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Asbury's worship service for Sunday, Sept. 10, has been cancelled. Stay put and stay safe! 

Join us in praying for all

in the path of Hurricane Irma.



Bible Study

  Wednesday morning Bible study will resume Sept. 13, based on the book “The Shack.” The study begins at 10 a.m., at Sweet Magnolias café downtown. 

 Our Wednesday evening Bible study, "The Story," is at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This group uses "Favorite Bible Passages." Books are available.

Our Starfish Ministry prayers and offerings this week are for the Society of St. Andrew.


Sept. 12-16 

Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. - Leadership Council


10 a.m. - Bible Study, "The Shack,"

at Sweet Magnolias

6 p.m. - Parenting with Love & Limits

6:30 p.m. - Asbury AA

 7 p.m. - Bible Study, "Favorite Bible Passages," Fellowship Hall


6 p.m. - Grief Support Group

Call the church office at 533-2301 for information on any event.


Asbury AA


Asbury UM Bartow hosts meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous on Sundays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in

classroom 6. For more information

call Susan at 863-640-1891.


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Hurricane Preparation and Planning

 Hurricane Irma is potentially a catastrophic storm that may have a great impact on Florida. As of this posting, it is still unknown where it may go. Please be prepared!

Here is information on shelters and supplies from

Polk County Emergency Management.

Prepare an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about different types of emergencies.

Key Points:

     -  Make a family plan.  Define each family member’s responsibilities and determine where your family will ride out the storm.

     - Establish an out-of-state contact to call in case of an emergency.

     - Prepare your home by testing smoke alarms, securing outside items (patio furniture, pruning trees, etc.), locate your water meter and electrical shutoff, have flashlights, batteries and a NOAA Weather radio.

     -  Make preparations in your plan for your pet.  Pet shelters are available. Ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Have a three day supply of food and water, treats, toys, collar/leash, and a pet carrier. Pets are allowed ONLY in Polk County’s three Pet-Friendly Shelters which are located in Eagle Lake, Haines City and Lakeland.

     Put Together A 3-Day Survival Kit. Everyone should have basic supplies on hand in order to survive at least three days if an emergency occurs. Plan on one gallon of drinking water per person per day. Keep food items such as peanut butter, canned fruit, energy bars, cans of juice, canned vegetables, canned meats, crackers, dry cereal on hand. Don’t forget paper plates and cups, plastic silverware, paper towels, toilet paper, hand-operated can opener, extra batteries, garbage bags, matches, hand sanitizers and wipes and a first aid kit. 

     -  Keep enough medications to last at least three days.

     -  Obtain cash or travelers checks, as banks/ATM’s may not be accessible or open for some time.

    -  Bartow’s Emergency Shelters are located at Bartow High School, Stephens Elementary School and Spessard L. Holland Elementary School.  You will need to take your 3-day survival kit with you.  For your comfort, take along a portable chair, change of clothes, sleeping bag, blanket, sheets and a pillow.

     - Special Needs Shelters.   Polk County Emergency Management also provides three Special Needs Shelters.  A Special Needs Shelter is an emergency facility capable of providing special medical or nursing care which does not necessitate an acute care hospital setting.  Eligible persons desiring special needs sheltering should pre-register with Emergency Management.  A Special Needs Shelter is a temporary emergency facility capable of providing care to residents whose medical condition may require the use of electrical equipment, oxygen, dialysis or individuals with physical, cognitive or medical conditions who may require assistance from medical professionals.  Although Special Needs Shelters provide more care than a General Shelter, they do not provide the level of care found in a medical facility.

The Special Needs Shelter in Bartow is located in the Polk County Health Department.  You will need to take your 3-day survival kit with you.

     Transportation.  If you need a ride to a shelter, regardless of special need status, arrangements will be made with Polk County Transit Services to pick you up and take you to your assigned shelter.  If you are a special needs client, you will be asked about your transportation plans.