Outreach

United Methodists seek to improve the quality of life and opportunities for all God’s people. Asbury supports this effort through active participation in a number of humanitarian works within our community and around the world.


Disaster Response Team (DiRT)

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This ministry grew out of Asbury’s long term commitment to be there for other people in times of disaster. Since our first “Mission to Mississippi” in 2006 to rebuild homes, lives and faith following Hurricane Katrina, Asbury has maintained a Disaster Response Team. It was solidified when Asbury served as the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Disaster Response Headquarters during the Columbus, Indiana flood of 2008. Crews from this ministry have been deployed following the Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornadoes of 2011, and the Henryville/Holton, Indiana tornadoes of 2012.

Members of this response team must be certified by UMCOR, and receive appropriate training for serving in disaster areas.The physical work performed by this team has been as diverse as the needs of those affected, however, our core mission remains constant:

To provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster.

DiRT History

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  • 2013: Tropical Storm Debbie, Live Oak, FL
  • 2012: Henryville / Holton, IN Tornadoes
  • 2011: Cumberland Flood / Tornadoes, Nashville, TN
  • 2010: Cedar/Iowa River Flood, Oakville, IA
  • 2009: Hurricanes Ike and Rita, Beaumont, TX
  • 2008: Columbus Flood – UMCOR Disaster Relief HQ
  • 2008: Hurricane Katrina, Gulfport and Biloxi, MS
  • 2007: Hurricane Katrina, Gulfport and Biloxi, MS
  • 2006: Hurricane Katrina, Gulfport and Biloxi, MS

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Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack

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Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and the meals are shipped to food distribution partners in nearly 50 countries around the world. For more information about FMSC, click here.

How does a MobilePack work? FMSC brings raw ingredients, equipment, and trained staff. The funds and “people power” to produce meals come from volunteers within and around Columbus.

Food-packing takes place in two-hour shifts, with adults and children (Ages 5 and up) filling and sealing bags at work stations. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or register with families, friends, coworkers, athletic teams, etc.

Answers to other Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

As a MobilePack host, Asbury UMC has committed to cover the costs of meals, but we cannot do it alone. We encourage area churches, businesses, schools, organizations and individuals to help us make this dream come true with prayer, monetary donations and physical support.

Past MobilePack Events

Asbury United Methodist Church has completed 5 MobilePack Events. We could not have accomplished our goals without the work and support of the many people, churches, and organizations in the Columbus and the surrounding community. Thank you!

Throughout these events, 853,848 meals were packed. This is enough meals to feed 2,337 children for an entire year.

Year Goal Actual Meals Packed Volunteers Children Fed for 1 Year
2012 123,000 125,064 600 342
2013 116,000 122,256 575 334
2014 150,000 163,296 780 447
2015 200,000 233,280 1080 639
2016 200,000 209,952 1000 575
2017 200,000

2017 Timetable

Now We are ready to answer your questions and help you become involved with the 2017 MobilePack. Presentations to your organization or group is an effective way to get started. Teams can begin planning now.
Mid June First invoice of 1/3 of total meal cost due to FMSC organization.
Early August Second invoice of 1/3 of total meal cost due to FMSC organization.
Final meal goal is set.
Volunteer registration begins.
September 8, 9, and 10 FMSC MobilePack event at Asbury UMC.
Late October Final payment to FMSC is due.

Team Sign-up and Fundraising

Participating as part of a team is a lot of fun. We encourage you to get your teams organized early so that when registration opens you can get everyone registered for the shift of your choosing. Team fund raising events are encouraged, too. It is estimated that each person packs one box. The cost of one box of meals is $50.00.

Gifts

Make a donation to Feed My Starving Children in honor of your parents, children, grandchildren, friend, neighbor, co-worker or anyone else you want to bless.

Click here to make a donation directly to FMSC

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Love Chapel Meal Site

Columbus Love Chapel is an outreach program of the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches. They provide a number of services to the community, including a food pantry, housing assistance, financial assistance, and other services.

The Hot Meals free meal program provides free hot meals every night of the week for those in need in our community.  Average attendance varies from 30 to 70. The only requirement for guests is to sign in at the entrance! Through this program we strive to:

  • Provide hot and healthy free meals that bring people together in a positive way
  • Promote dietary habits which foster health and wellness
  • Model Christian compassion and kindness to others
  • Provide a meaningful hands-on service activity for churches, families & volunteer
  • Work cooperatively with other local service organizations to help those in need

Asbury serves as one of this program’s volunteer hot meal sites each Tuesday from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. Contact Columbus Love Chapel for more information.

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Mission Columbus

Mission Columbus is an on-going local ministry of Asbury United Methodist Church.  We provide case work and home construction in the Columbus area.  The repairs are completed by mixed ages of volunteers from Asbury and the community.

Mission Statement

Be living witnesses of God’s Love, Christ’s redemption and the Kingdom of Heaven through service and ministry associated with repair and construction of homes in Columbus, IN.

Operational Plan

Operational planning and strategic growth will be led by prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit.    Asbury will assemble volunteer teams to provide home repair and construction assistance to homeowners living in the greater Columbus community, who due to their life situations cannot perform or afford to complete this work on their own.  Embedded with the construction work will be spiritual care for the residents, their neighbors and the volunteer workers themselves.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects for this ministry will be home repair with the objective to repair and restore a client’s dwelling to warm, dry and functional condition, or construction necessary to provide the resident with basic dignified housing.

  • This ministry is not intended to be a provider of home improvement or remodeling to increase property value beyond its original “repaired” condition.
  • Typical work performed will include, but not necessarily limited to painting, siding installation, roofing, deck and ramp construction, winterization, dry wall repair, handicap accessible modifications, fencing, landscaping & draining management, window & door replacement, restoration framing, etc.
  • Funding for Mission Columbus projects is addressed in detail in the “FUNDING” section of this proposal. However, the general understanding should be … “if you can afford the materials, Asbury will provide the labor and tools to build it or install it”

Eligible Projects are classified into three types:

  • Light
    • Light – Simple, quick turn home repair … changing light bulbs, replacing toilets, caulking windows, painting a door, etc.
    • Light Projects will be on an as needed, as available basis. Goal is to develop a couple standing “SWAT” teams to respond to these needs.
  • Medium
    • Medium – “Workcamp” 1 & 2 Team Projects…. Spread out over ~6 months
    • Medium Projects will be pursued at a work load of 2-3 per year, targeting one work day per month and a couple of 2-3 day “blitz” events per year.
  • Heavy
    • Whole House Building Blitz…will not be pursued at this time.

Homeowner and Funding Information

  • Case workers will appraise projects prior to starting work, assessing spiritual care, home repair & financial assistance needs of residents.
  • Liability Waivers: No project shall start until the homeowner has signed a liability and workmanship guarantee waiver.
  • Case workers, prior to starting work on any project, will determine the home owner’s ability to pay for their part of the project.
  • Funding: The presumptive funding model for every project is that Homeowner will be responsible for cost of building materials, consumables, necessary permits, surveys and inspections. Asbury will provide skilled volunteer labor, donated tools, food for work teams, spiritual resources & materials, communication and publicity.When homeowners cannot cover all material costs, Asbury may assist with securing external funding from applicable community social services.
  • Once available social service funding has been exhausted, Asbury DiRT funds may be available to make up difference in material costs.
  • Case worker and construction manager will determine the amount of Asbury DiRT funding to be budgeted to each project. Based on identified funding through to the end of 2016, this ministry can sustain a cash flow rate of roughly $5000 / a 6 month period.
  • All Mission Columbus funding commitments shall be planned to insure that the Youth Mission Trip can continue as in the past, including availability of scholarship money, so that any Youth who wishes to participate may do so

Volunteer Requirements

  • All volunteers from age 14 to adult are welcomed.
  • All volunteers must sign a liability waiver before working on any job site and have proof of health & accident insurance. The liability waiver for a minor must be signed by a parent or guardian and notarized.  A Minor Consent to Treat Form must also be completed by a parent or guardian for all minors.  All volunteers are required to read and sign the Code of Conduct form.
  • Work teams will be made up of adult and youth (14 yrs / entering 9th grade) volunteers.  The youth to adult ratio shall be no greater than 4:1.  Adult volunteers must follow Asbury’s Child and Youth Protection Policy while working with volunteers under the age of 18.
  • Trained members of the Disaster Response Team (known as “Red Shirts”) will be the construction managers. Red Shirts will provide skills training, work planning, prayers, tools, material logistics, and prayers.

Volunteer Forms

Click here for more information about Mission Columbus projects.

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Pit Stop

Pit Stop started in 2007 serving lunch to the high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 during their lunch break every Thursday from 11:00-12:30. For only $4, students may have up to 4 Soft Tacos with beef or chicken, grated cheese, lettuce, taco sauce, sour cream, Spicy Ranch dressing, Nacho cheese and chips, cookies, and drink.
This opportunity to invite youth to Asbury’s lower level youth area for lunch and Christian fellowship is possible because of the local high schools’ open campus lunch policy and our proximity to North High School.

Where did the name “Pit Stop” come from?
The youth enter the doors at the Pit area outside by the parking lot. AND……

Pray for your peers
Invite them to lunch
Tell them the Good News

The students lovingly call Pit Stop “TACO CHURCH”.

In 2007, we started with 24 students and 3 cooks. Now we have 300 students and at least 13 cooks.
The servers have devotion and pray before serving meals each Thursday.

The home baked cookies are a huge hit with the students and have become our signature feature.
Now we have over 40 cookie bakers scheduled throughout the school year baking 48 dozen cookies a week.

Over 30 people have sponsored students who can’t pay for their lunch or have made a donation.

If you would like to provide cookies or are available to help serve the food, please contact the church office at 812-372-4555.

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Red Bird Mission

Red Bird Mission has been providing ministries in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Asbury supports this mission by annually sending a group volunteers in mission. This work camp strives to provide home repair for low-income community residents and maintenance for Mission buildings and grounds. Some examples of work projects are roof replacement, small room additions, painting, building porches or ramps, and grounds keeping.

More information may be found at the Red Bird Mission website.

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Web Team

webThe Asbury Web Team creates and maintains the Asbury UMC Web Site.

  • Dave Barnes, Content Administrator:
    • Day-to-day updates to existing pages.
    • Biblical and spiritual content.
    • Alignment with overall church objectives.
  • Stan Maddox, Site Administrator:
    • Graphics, images.
    • Navigation and taxonomy.
    • Coding and troubleshooting.
    • Overall site design and development.

Talk to the team

Questions? Comments? Something not working right? Need to have something posted to the site? We would love to hear from you! Please send us an email message. Both Dave and Stan check the team’s email address on a regular basis, so don’t worry if you aren’t sure who to contact. Just send the message and we will sort it out. Our email address is: web@asburycolumbus.org

We have a place for you!

Interested in helping out? Join our team! We can use writers, editors, photographers, Web developers and graphic artists. Experience is helpful but not necessary; we can teach you everything you need to know. Drop us a line if you would like to learn more.

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Youth Workcamp Mission Trip

This is a ministry for involving youth and adults in a one week workcamp experience ministering to those in need. The need may be the result of poverty or a natural disaster. Some of the previous workcamps have been:

  • 1994: Bolliver, TN – Group Ministry
  • 1995: Fairmont, WV – Group Ministry
  • 1996: Cherokee, NC – Group Ministry
  • 1997: Windsor, VT – Group Ministry
  • 1998: Orangeville, OT – Group Ministry
  • 1999: Forest City, PA – Group Ministry
  • 2000: Smithers, WV – Group Ministry
  • 2001: Halifax, NC – Group Ministry
  • 2002: Sault St. Marie, MI – Group Ministry
  • 2003: Cookeville, TN – Group Ministry
  • 2004: Farwell, MI – Group Ministry
  • 2005: Marshfield, MA – Group Ministry
  • 2006: Gulfport, MS – Hurricane Katrina “Operation Big House”
  • 2007: Gulfport, MS – Hurricane Katrina “Live Out Loud”
  • 2008: Gulfport, MS – Hurricane Katrina “Who? (do you want your GOD to be)”
  • 2009: Beaumont, TX – Hurricane Ike & Rita “God’s Party”
  • 2010: Oakville, IA Cedar/Iowa River Flood “Ready Yourselves”
  • 2011: Nashville, TN Tornado & Cumberland River Flood “Not About Me”
  • 2012: Tuscaloosa, AL – “Called 2 Be Sent”
  • 2013: Live Oak, FL – “Called 2 Live”
  • 2014: Scioto Co, OH – Reach Ministry
  • 2015: Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Reach Ministry
  • 2016: Cocke County, TN – Appalachia Service Project

For more information about the 2017 Jr. High Workcamp Mission Trip, head to the Youth Connection Page.

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