Daytime Fellowship

September 19, 2018

Join the Daytime Fellowship group at noon on Wednesday, September 19th for  lunch, fellowship, and a program!  Please bring a dish for the potluck lunch.

We all have items that are special to us, a family treasure, gift or souvenir.  This month we will have “Show and Tell”.  Every household may bring one item to display and give a 1 — 2 minute description of their item.  Tables will be set up to display items.  So, dust off your favorite treasure, bring a dish and join us for a potluck lunch.

All ages are invited to this 3rd Wednesday of the month event.  For more information, check back on the website or contact the church office.

Outdoor Worship Service and BBQ Supper

September 23, 2018

Our next Outdoor Worship Service will be held on Sunday, September 23.  Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the church pavilion.  The Evangelism Team will provide barbecue for the main meat dish and everyone is asked to bring a side dish to go along with it.  Buns, drinks and paper products will also be furnished.

Following supper, Butch Rose will be sharing his personal testimony and life’s story at the cross in the outdoor worship area.  Please reserve this date and ask some friends to come join you for an evening out in God’s great outdoors!  We should have cooler evenings by the end of September.  Please remember to bring your lawn chairs!

A Firm Foundation — New Study Lead by Bro. Barry

September 25, 2018




Bro. Barry will be leading a new study opportunity this fall. We will be using “A Firm Foundation”, a ten week study. The study will be using a video featuring a short teaching by Rev. Jessica LaGrone, Dean of Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary. Each participant or couple will need a study book at the cost of $13. The study will begin Tuesday, September 25th, at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. If you would like to be a part of the study, please let the office know as soon as possible so books can be ordered. I sign-up sheet will also be located on the bulletin board outside the pastor’s office.

What does the future hold for The United Methodist Church? It is the question being asked all around our denomination. What should be the response to the competing visions and notable division within contemporary Methodism in North America? This study engages the deep heart questions of United Methodists and casts a compelling vision by trustworthy voices for dynamic faith.

Several of the best known pastors in Methodism have written the chapters exploring the power of classic ideas such as: The Lordship of Jesus Christ, Engaging scripture meaningfully, The power of the Holy Spirit, The promise of sanctification, Living with undivided purpose, Fostering dynamic discipleship and The gift of the global church. This resource is a useful tool not only in navigating present challenges but in pursuing the future promise for the people called Methodists.  The foundational principles that have guided Methodist thought from the beginning of John Wesley’s countercultural movement remain rich resources as we explore what it means to remain faithful disciples in the tradition of the Wesleys.

RIFA Soup Kitchen

September 26, 2018

Serving RIFA

Almost a year ago now, our Missions Team was considering if and how we could use our kitchen facilities to serve the hungry in our community.  The team invited coordinators from the RIFA Soup Kitchen to meet with them and offer their input. Following that meeting, our team members began working alongside another church, volunteering one Thursday night a month to serve dinner to the patrons at the soup kitchen.  In just a few months, Aldersgate was asked to consider being the host group on the 4th Thursday evening of month as the previous church had to step aside.  Our Missions Team was ready and brought the request to the church council.  The council approved, and our work began. Money remaining in the budget from the discontinued food pantry was designated as money to be used for this new outreach ministry.  The Missions Team accepted this request from RIFA, believing our church is called to feed the hungry and that the details of finances and volunteers would work out if we accepted the call.

So here we are – six months into this new ministry.  Many of our congregation have joined in serving. Have you participated yet?  Maybe you are still not sure what you can do or how to volunteer, so here are some ways you can help:

-Bring money to the communion rail each communion Sunday.  This offering is designated for the soup kitchen meals. It costs around $185 each month to provide the food.  If each of us gave just a couple of dollars each month, we could fund this ministry.

-Give an extra offering designated specifically for this ministry.  Just mark your envelope for the soup kitchen.

-Help prepare food at the church to be delivered to the soup kitchen.  (4:00 – 5:00 on 4th Thursday)  Sign up list is on the bulletin board.

-Serve the prepared meals to those who come to the soup kitchen.  (5:00 – 7:00 on 4th Thursday at RIFA soup kitchen on Airways Blvd.)  Sign up list is on the bulletin board.

-Make or provide cookies or brownies for desserts for the meal.  This would save on the cost of the meal. (240 cookies needed each month on 4th Thursday)

-Offer a short devotion before the meal at the soup kitchen on the 4th Thursday evening.

-Above all, pray for those who receive the meals and for our congregation as we serve them.

-NOTE:  Jan Matthews, chair of the Missions Team, can answer other questions you have or give you more information.

It’s always amazing to me how God can use us if we only listen for his call.  Thanks to the leadership of our Missions Team and their discernment, Aldersgate has an opportunity to serve the hungry in our community.  Let us continue to answer that call faithfully.

-Marianne Archer, Lay Leader

On Thursday, September 26, we need some volunteers to help prepare food and transport it to RIFA by 5:15 p.m. and also some volunteers to help serve and clean up from 5:00 — 7:00 p.m.  If you can help out, please sign up at the bulletin board in the hallway near the pastor’s office.

Parent’s Night Out

September 29, 2018

Parent’s Night Out begins September 29th.  The focus for our upcoming Saturday Parent’s Night Out will be the 150 year celebration and anniversary of Hays Avenue/Aldersgate Church.  Lessons and activities will center around the history of our church, especially our name, the stained glass windows/meaning of the symbols and our pipe organ.

Tentative dates are:

  • September 29, 2018 — “Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You”
  • December 1, 2018 — “Cause for Celebration”
  • January 26, 2019 — “The New is Here!”

Parents Night Out is for children infant — 5th grade from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. Reservations must be made by contacting Teresa Frommel (text or call 571-8070) Future dates will be posted after the new year.

Guess Who? Adult Small Group Activity

October 01, 2018

The Adult Ministries Team is excited to announce that “Guess Who?” (Aldersgate’s adult, small group fellowship activity) is beginning again in October.  That means ALL New Groups and ALL new opportunities to make friends and strengthen bonds with people in our congregation!  Once a month, a couple or member of a group will have an opportunity to host a dinner at their home or another venue.  The host of the group will begin the dinner by engaging in a faith-centered activity. This could mean a devotional reading, a biblically themed game or any creative way you would like to begin the evening by focusing on Christ!  From there, the group will have fun socializing over dinner, getting to know each other better, and of course, laughing together!  The number in your group will determine how many months you meet.  From there, the group may very well take on a life of its own!  To become part of a group, sign up at the bulletin board in the hallway near the pastor’s office anytime from September 2nd — 30th.

We will need volunteer group facilitators.  These leaders are simply asked to kick off the first dinner (set the tone) and take on the responsibility of making sure the group is communicating.  If you would like to be a group facilitator, please send an email to
Brooke Wagster at by September 15.

Ladies of the Church Painting Party

October 06, 2018

On Saturday, October 6, all ladies of Aldersgate are invited to come to a painting party in the Fellowship Hall. Melinda Reid, Executive Director of the Jackson Arts Council, will direct us in painting a lovely motif from our Rose Window.   Melinda has been hosting mobile paint parties for seven years, and can help even those who have never attempted this craft to achieve success.  The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with snacks, a devotion, and singing.  Then from 10:30 until approximately 12:00, we will receive instruction from Melinda.

The church will provide the paint and canvases, so Melinda has discounted her fee to $15 a person.  This is half the normal fee. We hope to have a minimum of ten ladies attend.  You may pay that day, but prior sign-up is definitely necessary.   Sign up by emailing Becky Buckley at or on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

United Methodist Men

October 08, 2018

Come join the United Methodist Men for some good food and fellowship on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.  The next meeting will be on October 8th.

If you plan to  attend, please sign the sheet in the hallway near the pastor’s office so we will know how many to expect for dinner.  If you need a ride or more  information, please contact Mickey Edwards at  300-3767.

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