Sunday, December 20, 2009

Looking for a dog? Please Read!

A note from one of our current ATS spouses. If you can help this family...let them know!....

Hello everyone! As you can see, we really do need your help!! As you all know, Cooper is our little Westie, and unfortunately, he has to go to a new home without children. We would love to be able to give him to someone we know and feel really comfortable with (it would be great, if we could still see him every once in awhile, too!, but not necessary)....I'm saying this all matter of fact like, but believe me I have shed many a tear since Wednesday. I feel like we are giving a part of our family away!! It breaks my heart terribly!! We already had a guy come over Friday night who is interested in taking Cooper, he's a nice guy and we can go with him, but just wanted to put feelers out to more people to see if there is an even better fit -- this guy is a friend of a friend of a friend, so it's quite a distant connection. Would love to give him to someone we know a little more, just for our peace of mind.

Do you know someone who would be interested in Cooper? Just to give you some info, Cooper is a West Highland Terrier, will be 6 on March 8. He's loveable, loves to be cuddled and his belly to be rubbed! He does love to bark, but what terrier doesn't! He is house trained, and we have trained him to stay in the house for hours at a time (so he will go good with those who work all day). He will be better being the center of a attention, ideally no other dogs and especially no cats. He is not a mean dog, just gets protective when he doesn't know others are playing, so this is the reason why he is better not to be in a home with children, because sadly little Stanley got bit by Cooper on Wednesday. He was a trooper, and mommy and daddy were more traumatized than him!! But, we just can't live in the tension and wondering if he will do it again, unfortunately he has nipped before. But, like I said, he really is not a mean dog, protective tho. I hate even typing these words, we thought Cooper would be with us through all our children, so this is so sad for us, but we have to do what is best for our family.

Do you know someone who would want a great dog for a Christmas present? We would be willing to make a road trip for the right home, so please if you know someone who is interested, please have them call 859-887-3095, 614-306-4112, and 419-674-6506 right away. Since we do have this guy who is interested, any recommendations brought to us by Monday morning, would be great! We can send a pic message by phone to someone who may want it!

Thanks everyone, sounds silly to ask for prayer for us, but we need it, it's just very sad! Please help Cooper find a good home!!

Kendra, Eric, Stanley, and Cooper

Friday, November 20, 2009

Recapping Couple's Connect

The last Couple's Connect, on Nov. 16th, opened an avenue of sharing with one another that we would like to continue to foster.

Here's a recap of the night ~
We began together under the premise of Galatians 6:2, "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." This night was about our individual wounds within the context of our marriage and community. We shared a moment of silence, to simply sit with one another and then we broke out into group of men and women. There, we entered into an invitation from James 5:16, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." We listened to testimonies of God's work in people's life to help them face their wounds and receive healing. Each of us had the opportunity to then safely share our burden as we wrote it down and slipped it into a bag. That bag was passed around and we read each one, acknowledging and receiving them collectively. We were given the chance to draw what a symbol of freedom and reconciliation would look like in our lives as we ended that small group time together. We came back and sang in worship to the God who is mighty to save and read a number of Scriptures that speak of the truth we are trying to abide in. We capped off the night with delicious desserts and joyful fellowship. Each couple represented left with their choice of either book: Dr. Seamand's, Wounds that Heal or a redeemable gift certificate for Dan Allender's, The Healing Path to continue together what happened that night.

ps - Dan Allender's books are now available in the Spouse & Family office at the student center at community life. Just bring your gift certificate to redeem.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Date Night Childcare - Nov. 13th

Date Night is this Friday, November 13th!! Childcare will be available for your use from 6-9pm in the DeepEnd.

If you plan on using Childcare you need to RSVP to We will need:

-Child's Name

But - HURRY! Spots are limited! Due to workers, we will only be accepting 40 children for this event. Unfortunately, if your child is not on our RSVP list then they will not be able to stay and play.

RSVP Deadline is NOON on Thursday, November 12th.

Thank you!! And happy Date-Nighting!

-Spouse and Family Team

Monday, November 9, 2009

Couple's Connect: Monday Nov. 16th

The Final Couple's Connect of Fall Semester!

All are welcome - Students, Spouses, Staff, Community!
Come even if your spouse can't!

: 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Nov. 16th
Where: Seminary Dining Commons in the Student Center
Childcare: 6:15 - 8:30pm in the Childcare Area at the Student Center (free)
B.Y.O.M. - Bring Your Own Mug for coffee, tea or hot chocolate or water

The theme for this night is on personal wounds and healing in the context of marriage and community. Come connect with God, your spouse and other couples as we journey together!

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:4

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Come get a mitten Nov. 16-18.
It has a child's name on it.
Return gift and mitten by Dec. 1.

Here's why: We celebrate the international community by including their children in our national Christmas tradition of gift-giving. The gifts are given to the kids at an international family party on Dec. 4.

**The following information will be provided for you when you choose a mitten: the child's name, gender and age as well as a general gift idea (i.e. books, clothing, art supplies, etc.) selected by the parents.

Gifts should cost between $15 and $20.

Email or


No Couples Connect this Monday (Nov. 9).
It has been moved to MONDAY, NOV. 16 at 6:30pm.
(due to the ATS Presidential Inauguration festivities! click here for more info)

If you're totally calender-ically confused, give us a call - 859-858-2315.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Communion - Monday, Oct. 26th

Communion is this Monday, Oct. 26th. Join us in Richard Allen Chapel at 6:30pm. We will focus on the liturgical practices of the church and take Communion together. Once again, Dr. Marilyn Elliott will be speaking.

Come find a quiet place.

**Childcare provided in the DeepEnd. Richard Allen Chapel is located on the 1st floor of the Beeson Center.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Guys Night . . . Again!

This FRIDAY, October 23!

"Bowling for Jesus"
A little cheesy I know, but so are the shoes. Unless you're Jesus. Then you don’t need shoes.

At Southland Lanes
(Southland Dr. in Lexington)

If you need a ride or can offer one:
Meet at the Student Center at 7:00 pm
Or, you can meet us there at 7:30 pm
Bring about $10 plus change for 2 games.

Street Address: 205 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503

Contact Tony Grace if you are planning on going

Childcare @ Seminary: 6:45pm - 9:30pm
Register ASAP the names & ages of kids: 859-858-2315

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Couple's Connect coming Monday!

boy meets girl.

boy marries girl.
boy then wonders how his beauty turned into a beast.

girl hands boy the mirror for an equally shocking discovery.

The fairytale ending is classic: "and then they lived happily ever after." But there's a few pages missing from all those storybooks...pages that somehow got cut from the fantasy edition...pages that go right before that familiar line.

Now, what could those missing pages contain? Probably the same things we don't tend to share with other people - wounds, fears, fights, mistakes, regrets, roadblocks...drama with the in-laws, having to sleep on the couch, swearing in front of the kids, going to counseling, having the electricity turned off - you get the picture, you live there too. We all live there, in a place called reality.

And this coming Monday night, we'll all be in it together. Three brave couples are sharing parts of their story, precious, treasured, vulnerable parts of their story. They are sharing how God moved in their marriage through what they encountered in life.

Marriage is often a place of revelation. That can be both irritating, joyous & hopeful. We see the side of us that really is a beast, even if this realization comes after we point the finger at our spouse. But, redemption is full of beauty. The Lord wastes nothing and works with the power to transform anything...and He will if we let Him have His way. Here's to facing risk, truth and the relationship we have with God, our spouse and this community.

See you Monday night!
6:30pm Stevens Pike Dining Commons
Seminary Student Center
childcare: 6:15-8:30pm
* B.Y.O.M. (bring your own mug)
* Bring a canned or boxed food for the food pantry

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Women's Retreat 2009

There is a still a spot for you on this year's Women's Retreat! We'll be going back to Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center:

Amberly Strebeck will be our speaker this year. She is a current ATS spouse, wife to Ryan, and mother to Morgan (4) and Athan (2). (And a proud Texas Tech grad--GO RED RAIDERS!) Mainly though, she has some wonderful things to share with us. It's sure to be a jam-packed 24 hours full of God's word, friendships, food, and a bit of sleep too!

Oct. 10th (leave Wilmore around noon) - Oct. 11th (arrive in Wilmore around 2pm)
Cost is $35

What to bring:
bedding for a twin bed (sheets/blankets or sleeping bag)
snack to share with the group

*The final count needs to be turned in Monday morning (Oct. 5th) - - so let us know by Sunday if you plan to attend! Stop by our office or email:

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Communion this Monday - the 28th


Women, there's room at the table.

Come join in the feast of communion this Monday in Fletcher Chapel.

~ An evening of prayer and teaching by Dr. Marilyn Elliott
. ~

** Don't know where Fletcher Chapel is? No problem! Come to the Student Center Lobby and there will be spouses there to point you in the right direction!)

Childcare is provided in the Deep End.

All married women are invited.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A God of Second Chances

Their marriage shattered.

They were divorced for 11 years.

They lived on opposite coasts.

They had given up...
but God wasn't done with them yet.

What He orchestrated changed what they thought about themselves, marriage and God - forever.

Hear their story. Grow hope - for your marriage &
for other couples you can provide support for.

Clint and Penny Bragg are sharing their miraculous story of healing and hope. They discovered a God of second chances and they will challenge you to see hope for every marriage at every stage. They now follow a call to speak into the lives of couples across the country. Raising their own funds, they embark on 40-day trips of ministry throughout the year to share their message of God's reconciliation.

Not only is this a way to build on your marriage, whether you need some refreshment or a total restoration but this will also be a great experience for building a foundation to minister to other couples.

When: Saturday night, Sept. 26th, 7 - 9 pm
Where: Wesleyan Seminary Foundation (215 E. College Street, Wilmore, KY)
Cost: No charge!
Childcare: Register your kids at 859-858-2315. Provided free.

This is an amazing couple - full of honesty, spunk, wisdom and humility. For more information on them, visit

Guy's Night


A Flick & A Fire
Friday Night - Sept. 25th - 7pm

For all the guys - student, spouse, staff, single, etc.

Come hang out- We'll be projecting a movie on the side of the barn, roasting hotdogs & playing cornhole. There's something for everyone.

Meet at 7pm: At the Student Center Parking lot to go to Ichthus Park by the stage & the barn.
Rain location: Same place, just inside the barn. So, plan on coming.
free - just register ahead of time at 859-858-2315 with names & ages. 6:45-9pm in the childcare area at the seminary.
- something to sit on
- something to snack on (and share)
- game stuff (frisbee, cornhole, bocce set)
- and a few other guys

Questions? Call SFM and we'll hook you up.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

See you MONDAY!

Looking for a small group?

Want to go on the Women's Retreat, but not sure who will be there?

Did you just move to Kentucky and are looking for ways to make this place "home?"

Interested in finding places to volunteer your gifts and time?

Do you desire to make friendships with women of different ages and home countries?

Is this your last year at Asbury? Want to make some memories?

This Monday night (Sept. 21) is THE GATHERING - a spouse "kick-off" event.
All married women (spouses and/or students) are invited to the
Cordelia A/B dining rooms at 6:30pm.
Bring an appetizer or dessert, and a friend....or just come on your own!
Childcare provided in the Childcare Area.

Chapel on Sept. 23rd

Want to know more about Biblical support for women in ministry?

You are invited to join the conversation about church issues related to gender on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

The chapel service will be on the theme "The Kingdom as Gender Inclusive" with Dr. Long presenting the message. This will be followed by a talk-back session in Cordelia A and B with Dr. Long, Dr. Stonehouse, and Dr. Gatobu. This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Team for Gender Equity.

Want to know more? Contact Eve Jagger:
photo at NSO by Krissi Carson.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Couple's Connect this Monday!

Spouse & Family is kicking off their fall season with Couple's Connect - a gathering of husbands and wives who want to build into their marriage.

We'll focus on connecting to our spouse, to God and to one another. In an intentional but informal way, we'll share together our prayers, laughter, struggles and hope...
...which always goes better with delicious desserts!

When: 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Sept. 14th
Where: Seminary Dining Commons in the Student Center
Childcare: 6:15 - 8:30pm in the Deepend at the Student Center (free)
B.Y.O.C. - Bring Your Own Cup for coffee, tea or hot chocolate - but no worries, we've got you covered if you forget to go green.

Students, Spouses, Staff, Community - all are welcome. Come even if your spouse can't!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kids are Cool!

Imagine this…a table set with cupcakes, both vanilla and chocolate frosting. Next to them, an assortment of Capri Suns to drink. Mix with that about 25 college girls…and you’ve got yourself a Childcare Worker Orientation! The SFM team gathered with this large group last Tuesday night for about an hour. We filled out paperwork, snacked together, and shared cute stories about all the little kids that love to be downstairs.

Now, most of you know that I have an invested interest in the Childcare Area because my own three little ones are often down there. Let me tell you…from a mother’s heart…we’ve got the cream of the crop working for us! These college ladies are amazing! They are excited! They loved meeting the new kids last week during NSO and can’t wait to see the rest of the Seminary babies! It was sweet to see my son, Nate, run in and see a few of his favorite workers – hugs were shared and my heart was warmed. Nate left calling it his “new school”. Love it!

I just wanted to share with you that we are off to a great start in the Childcare Area. The workers are ready to meet your sweet children. The kids are ready to play with each other. We hope to see you and your smiling children downstairs soon!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Alpha Marriage - Fall 09

Alpha Marriage is back this fall for yet another season of cultivating love, growth & worship in the relationships of seminary families.

We have 10 date nights planned so that you & your spouse can share some quality time together, pouring into your marriage. This tight-knit small group will journey together through challenging, relevant topics that give you the opportunity to develop truth and skills no matter what stage of marriage you are in.

We'll be meeting at WGM (World Gospel Mission) located across the street from Asbury College & the Luce Center ( College St.) from 6:30-9:00pm on Thursday nights. Would love for you to join us!

The Schedule! (Commitment is 10 weeks)
Sept. 17 - Strong Foundations
Sept. 24 - Communication
Oct. 1 - Resolving Conflict
Oct. 8 - Forgiveness
Oct. 15 - Finances
Oct. 22 - In-laws
Oct. 29 - Intimacy *speakers Marilyn & Steve Elliott
Nov. 5 - Parenting
Nov. 12 - Building a Home
Nov. 19 - Marriage & Ministry

Cost: $25 per couple (due 1st night) - includes ALL materials, food, resources, childcare, and goodies. (checks made out to Asbury Seminary)
Childcare: 6:15-9:15 pm in the Student Center Deep End (free)

Register! Sign up HERE or at the left column under "Registrations."

Email me at OR if you have further questions.

Monday, August 24, 2009

New Couple's Orientation!

~ September 2nd at 6:30pm in the Student Center Lobby ~

All are welcome - New & Current seminary families!

We'll be dessert-ing, social-ing, and pray-ing it up together as we welcome the new couples to the community.

Let us know you're coming via email to

See you then!

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Roots have Spread...

This summer sure has been filled with lots of transitions, students and staff alike!

It has been and continues to be a time for the roots to run deep and strengthen. Growth is evident and we're excited for the fruit this year will produce.

As we welcome new families to the seminary, we all are looking forward to the start of a new season together. We can't wait to share stories with you all!!

Many of you already know that we are celebrating with Erin Crisp who has accepted a teaching position in Fayette County this coming year. She served as a phenomenal leader for the Spouse & Family Team this past year and we are not-so-secretly jealous of the eighth grade students who will now be the recipients of her gifts. She'll always be part of the SFM family, now getting to be a full fledged participant! And Erin, we'll save a seat for you at anything you want to volunteer at... :)

Stepping up into the position of Spouse & Family Director is our own Sarah Jackson. She has served the last 3 years as the Student Services Coordinator in Community Life. She and her husband, Jason, have been involved with SFM since beginning their seminary journey. In this transition, the position has become full time (YAY!!) and she'll be keeping regular office hours so stop by and say hello as you pass through the lobby of the Student Center. We're excited to have Sarah "officially" join the team.

With Spouse & Family kick-off events just a couple weeks away, we'll be posting more updates and resources to the blog so you can stay informed. Check your snailmail too for a mailing that includes information on all the programs we'll be offering this fall. But, more than anything, we'd love to talk with you in person and connect too.

You're loved & you're being prayed for.

love * grow * worship

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Books

Our office has some great marriage and family related books and DVDs that you'd be welcome to borrow if you're interested in reading this summer.

Sacred Marriage- Gary Thomas (DVD and book)
The Art and Science of Love- A workshop for couples- John Gottman- DVD series and book (not a Christian marriage resource, but research based and valuable none the less)
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work- John Gottman
The Marriage You've Always Dreamed Of- Greg Smalley
When Couples Pray Together- David and Jan Stoop
Communication: Key to Your Marriage- H. Norman Wright
Mad About Us: Moving from anger to intimacy with your spouse- Gary and Carrie Oliver

Give me a call 2315 or email and I can SPO you a book or resource if you're interested.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A couple of chuckles while you're vacationing...

FROM: It's All About You- The Washington Post Writer's Group

Friday, July 3, 2009

Summer Play Group

Want to hang out with some other parents?
Meet at Centenniel Park (Icthus grounds) 6-8pm on Tuesday evenings. Bring dinner for your family, eat, play and chat. No RSVPing required. Just come whenever you like.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Moving in?

Are you a new family moving to Wilmore or Nicholasville this summer? Call our office 859.858.2315 or email and we'll get you some move-in help.

Friday, May 22, 2009


When you arrived at ATS, what helped you feel like you could belong here? When did it first start to feel like home?

Friday, May 8, 2009


Our spring semester draws to a close with Consecration this Monday night. We want to provide opportunities for folks to share community over the summer and to welcome in new families as they arrive. We have two main streams of thinking here.

1. Transition Team: many of you have already volunteered to be on our transition team of couples who will be working to meet, greet and welcome new families over the summer.

2. All are invited gatherings (not the technical term but I'm makin' in work here): Planning to go to a Legends game? Let us know, we'll post the details and welcome other families to meet you there. Nicholasville pool on an afternoon? Contact our office at least 3 days in advance so that we can get word out. Eating at La Hacienda or Sonny's? Maybe others would like to join you. Let us know and we'll open it up to others. Picnic? Yard saling? Frisbee golf? Grilling out? Icthus park? Golf? Museum? Short road trip? Whatever you think others might enjoy, let us know and we'll get the word out. If people don't show up that's OK. You were planning on going anyway right? And if you're sitting around wishing you had something to do with someone, take advantage of some of these offers that are sure to arise throughout the summer. We'll post them here on the blog, and we'll send them out to the email list.

We would LOVE to get some things on the summer calendar right away as a resource for new families who will be arriving soon. Consider organizing an "all are invited gathering" anytime in June, July or August; simply email us the date, times, and location and we'll take care of posting it. I hope to see many of you around over the summer.

Playgroup is still meeting May 11th and 25th from 10:30-noon. The 25th they'll be meeting at the park because the student center will be closed.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Childcare Snacks!

Hello Parents! The Childcare Area is in need of snacks! There aren't that many dates left so we don't need a whole lot. A bag of goldfish, a box of graham crackers, or something like that would be great for our little ones to munch on while down there.
We also need 5 oz cups for the kiddos. If you have either of these needs around the house and would like to donate them - we'd appreciate it! You can bring them by the Childcare Area at any time - if no one is around, just place them on top of the cubbies. :)

Thanks for all you do!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Monday Night 4/20/09

"A longing fulfilled is a tree of life...a longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul."
Prov. 13:12 & 19

Everyone can use some sweetness for the soul. What would fulfill a longing for you this Monday night? Spouse and family wants your relationships and your existence to be one that is life-filled, growing, and becoming new. Examine your soul this weekend. Are there withered places? Are there bitter places? Are there tired, lonely, dry places?

We can't fulfill every longing through a program or event, but we can provide opportunities for life and sweetness. This Monday night, childcare will be available, and what you do with the time you have (6:30-8:30pm) is your choice, but please spend that time in a life-giving activity. Spend time alone, with a spouse, with your Fusion group or with a friend, but do something that fulfills a longing for you.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Forum of International Women

“Issues I Have Faced in My Ministry”
Friday, April 17
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Cordelia A and B

A number of international women enrich the Asbury community with their presence. Please join us to hear four of them tell about issues they have faced in their ministry.
The presenters are:
Dr. Anne Gatobu: Assistant Professor of Theological Studies (Kenya)
Carolyn Pappy Kuzhivila: PhD in Evangelism (India)
Adina Headley: Asbury Alumnus (West Indies)
Grace Gichuru: MA Intercultural Studies, Beginning D Miss program this summer (Kenya)

Baby Sitting Provided: 1:00 to 3:45 PM.
All are welcome. Please plan to attend.
Sponsored by the Mercy and Justice Team
Office of Multicultural Ministries.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Couple's Connect: Monday the 13th!*

*B.Y.O.M. = Bring Your Own Mug!!

This Monday the 13th is the final Couple's Connect and it is going to be GREAT!

Matthew & Nancy Sleeth are talking about creation stewardship in the context of marriage. Read his book we gave away at previous couple's connects for a fruitful discussion!

We are also highlighting and
giving away LOTS of eco-friendly products so you can work towards going greener. Come get and share tips, resources, food, seeds, and prayers for a more sustainable lifestyle. We're even planting a tree on campus together.

See you & your sweetie
Monday at 6:30pm in Cordelia A & B.

childcare available 6:15-8:30 in the deepend.

Free Financial Peace Event - April 23rd!

The Economy, $$ and Hope.

What does it mean for you, your family and your community?

The Seminary's Financial Peace class is hosting this live "Town Hall Meeting" with Dave Ramsey. He'll be taking questions live from people facebook-ing and twittering him.

The event is free and will be held Thursday April 23rd at 8:00pm (ends at 9:30pm) in the Administration Building, room 305.

Childcare is provided in the deepend but please let us know about your kids ahead of time so we can schedule ample workers.

Visit for more details!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Kids Art

Calling all child artists! We need your help. For the Asbury Reader this fall we would like to use some kids' artwork. Parents, have your child draw, paint or color their depictions of the following ideas. We're taking submissions until April 20th. The artwork should be on paper no larger than 8.5 x 11 and should be dropped off at the spouse and family office in the student center.

We're looking for depictions of the Kingdom of God. Share the parable with your child, explain the image used in the parable and possibly show them some examples of the imagery (i.e mustard seeds etc.), then ask them to draw or paint their own depictions. The parables are as follows:
The Kingdom of heaven is like-
*treasure hidden in a field
*a merchant seeking fine pearls
*a dragnet cast into the sea
*mustard seed
*a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure
*a king who wanted to settle accounts
*a landowner who went out early
*a king who prepared a wedding banquet

Thanks for your submissions! We can't guarantee publication of all artwork, but we appreciate everyone's effort, and drawing about the parable could be a great learning opportunity for your family.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Spiritual Development and Children

Dr. Cathy Stonehouse
Tonight- Friday March 13th
Cordelia A & B
Childcare provided in the childcare area. Come and hear what Dr. Stonehouse has learned from over a decade of research regarding how our children develop spiritually and what we can do as parents or grandparents to encourage spiritual growth.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Service Opportunity- 3/16/09

Wilmore Community Center needs our help!

Drop off your kids at childcare in the student center, then head over to the Wilmore Community Center. The entrance is just off the Police Station parking lot. From 6:30-8:30pm next Monday night, we will be packing away their winter clothing to send to a relief organization in Eastern Kentucky and putting out the spring/summer clothing on the racks. We need your help! Would you give two hours of your time with friends to serve a local organization that does so much for our community?

Contact our office if you have questions, but I hope to see you there!

Free Knit Fabric

A lady in the community has many bolts of t-shirt fabric that she would like to give away to someone who might have a use for them. She says they are perfect for making t-shirts and a regular sewing machine can be used with the addition of a needle for stretch fabric. If anyone can use this fabric, the lady's contact information is: Alma Blake # 858-0001. She can be reached after 3 pm Mon, Tues, Wed, and Friday. She lives right here in Wilmore and the fabric is being stored in a nearby storage facility. This would be a great project for a missions minded group of individuals.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Play Group

A play group, open to anyone with young children, has been started by some Asbury spouses and community members. The group is open to anyone who would like to participate. They are going to meet in the Childcare Area in the Student Center on Monday mornings from 10:30-noon on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

The dates would be:
March 9th & 23rd
April 13th & 27th
May 11th & May 25th

Everyone is welcome! No registration required. Just show up for some conversation and play time with kids. In warmer weather the group will probably meet at or walk to the park as well.

For more information, contact Angie Storey-Fryer at

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Couple's Connect on Monday!

Couple's Connect~ Monday at 6:30pm, Cordelia A & B

Come hear what Professor Cathy Stonehouse has to say about the community's role in the spiritual development of children.

We're going to have a playful night full of snacks, give-aways, discussion and ways you can facilitate connection with God for the kiddo's.

This isn't just for parents!!
And its not just about Silly Songs with Larry.

See you this Monday for Couple's Connect

childcare available from 6:15-8:30 in the deepend.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Need Cash? - Seminary Childcare Opportunities

Our College Childcare workers are going on Spring Break so we are in need of workers to fill in. The times are:

March 13th: 6:15-9:15pm (Dr. Stonehouse Event)
March 14th: 1:45-5:15pm
March 16th: 5:50-8:45pm (Spouse Event)
March 17th: 10:45-12:15 (Chapel)
March 18th: 7:45-11:15am
March 19th: 10:45-12:15 (Chapel)
March 19th: 6:15-9:15pm (Alpha, Financial Peace, ESL)
March 21st: 1:45-5:15pm

Pay is $8 per hour.

If you are able to work any or all of these shifts, please email Angela at:
Workers need to have a SSN and be at least 17 yrs old.

Love of children is a huge plus!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Fitness Center Childcare

Register to have childcare while you exercise. Hours for childcare are:
Wednesdays starting March 4th 8:00-11:00am
Saturdays starting March 7th 2:00-5:00pm
For $15 (check payable to ATS- you can give it to the childcare workers on Wednesday), you can drop off and pick up your children at the Deep End anytime within these hours. We will run childcare until May 16th this semester. Sign up today!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Couple's Retreat Recap

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What a wonderful time! We hope you enjoyed your experience and took the opportunity to grow and have fun with your spouse!

We wanted to make available some of the resources that were provided during the retreat.
HERE is the link to the pictures that were professionally taken.
HERE are the massage techniques.
HERE are the love starter questions.
HERE are instructions for the relationship timeline.

We also have a growing collection of marriage enrichment resources in the Spouse & Family office available for you to check out. This includes Gary Thomas' 'Sacred Marriage' book and dvd that were shown at the retreat. If there is enough interest, we may be inclined to have a "movie night" where we can watch the entirety of the videos together over snacks.

Help us do next year's retreat up right too ~ LEAVE A COMMENT about
1. What you most enjoyed about the retreat
2. How the experience enriched your marriage
3. Suggestions for next year
and we'll randomly select a winner to receive a date gift basket! We'll announce the winner at Couple's Connect on March 9th!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Celebrate Black History in Worship Today!

Hosted by Scott & Natasha Cozart.
McKenna Chapel
7pm Thursday Feb. 12
Children especially welcome!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Registration is Open!

Register now for Financial Peace University! You may also register to the left under "Community Links." Spots do fill quickly. For details look below.

Alpha Marriage is currently full for the spring semester. Check back for future seasons.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Find Financial Peace this Spring

Spouse & Family will be offering a 10 week class of Financial Peace University. We'll meet every Thursday beginning Feb. 19th from 6:30-9:00pm on campus. The course is free but you will need to get the materials including the workbook and Financial Peace Revisted book. (These can be purchased on or borrow them)

Facilitators will guide you through fun & sassy financial videos to help you develop a game plan for budgeting, dumping debt, saving, investing, & giving.

The course will be open to couples & singles of the seminary. Spots are limited so come back to the blog here and register, beginning Feb. 9th. You'll be able to sign-up online.

* childcare will also be provided in the Deepend but let us know you'll need it upon registering

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Friday Giveaway and Winner

This week's Giveaway will be a 2 week contest since the prize is so great and we want lots of feedback. The task: Leave a comment that describes what you can do for a date with your spouse in Wilmore/ Nicholasville for less than $10. Be creative! We will be collecting these ideas along with our own and handing them out to couples at the first Couples Connect of 2009 on February 9th.

The prize: Two $5 gift certificates for Main and Maple coffee house in Nicholasville.

The winner from last week is- Comment #4, Christina Proctor. Contact our office to let us know how you would like to receive your chocolate and books- SPO or pick-up.
Stay Warm everyone!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ELL Group Leaders Needed

English Language Learner (ELL) Group Leaders
If you are a female and you grew up speaking English, we need you. Many of the wives of our international students have expressed a desire to learn conversational English. Would you consider giving 1.5 hours of your time every week or every other week, just 3 or 6 hours a month, in service to international spouses in our community? We will be meeting Thursday nights- 6:30-8:00pm and childcare is provided.

No preparation or special training is necessary. You would simply come to the class and follow the lead teacher's instructions. Your time would be spent practicing basic conversation skills with non-native English speakers while also building relationships with the same group of 2-3 women every week (or every other week). The time commitment would be either weekly or bi-weekly from February 19th until May 14th.

Imagine the difficulty of living in another culture, hundreds of miles away from home, being unable to communicate with many of the people in your environment. Contact Erin at Spouse and Family if you're interested in serving our international community in this way. 858-2315 or

Monday, January 12, 2009

Alpha Marriage!

Alpha Marriage is coming this spring!! Come back to the blog starting Feb. 9th to register. We'll have a link to register online. Spots fill quick!

Here's the Details for the Spring Semester Group:
Alpha Marriage will be held Thursday nights from 6:30-9pm at World Gospel Mission (across from Asbury College). It will consist of a series of 10 dates with delicious desserts and relevant topics. You'll have time to meet other couples but really focus on time just with your spouse. The program fee is $25 and that covers all materials, food, and surprise goodies! (Childcare will also be provided at the seminary, free of charge from 6:15-9:15pm.)

The Schedule! (Committment is 10 weeks)
Feb. 19 - Strong Foundations
Feb. 26 - Communication
Mar. 5 - Resolving Conflict
Mar. 12 - Forgiveness
Mar. 19 - Finances
Mar. 26 - Intimacy *speakers Marilyn & Steve Elliott
Apr. 16 - Building a Home
Apr. 23 - In-laws
Apr.l 30 - Parenting *speakers JD & Tiffani Walt
May 7 - Marriage & Ministry

Don't forget - Registration starts on the blog Feb. 9th!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Giveaway

With a nod to the upcoming Movie Night, (and the fact that all I really want to do on cold January days is curl up under a blanket with a good book or movie), share your favorite book, movie or both.

This week's prize is more Canadian chocolate- another Coffee Crisp chocolate bar, and some great books. We have "The Creation Story" by John Audia, a short, hard cover picture book for children that includes sign language instructions for each day of hte story. Also, "Bible Stories for All Ages" with stories, activities and game or song suggestions. This book would be ideal for use with your own young children as bedtime stories or with a class of children you may be teaching. OR, you could donate it to your church's Children's Director.

Check back next Friday to see if you won!

Movie Night

January is a great month to snuggle up in front of a fun movie with friends. On Monday, January 26th, childcare (6:15-9:30pm) will be provided in the Deep End and couples are invited to enjoy a movie together. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Location and time: McKenna Chapel, 6:30-9:00pm
Movie: Bella
Click here for a Christian review. Click here for secular reviews.

Relevant themes in this movie will be discussed after viewing. Themes include redemption, the value of life, friendship and compassion. Whether you attend simply to enjoy a good movie with your spouse, to interact with friends or to participate in the discussion, you will enjoy your evening.