School Supplies for Reelfoot Rural Ministries

July 10, 2019

It’s time to get ready for school at Reelfoot Rural Ministries! During the month of July, Aldersgate will be collecting school supplies to be distributed to low-income families during the months of July and August. We have faithfully supported this ministry year after year, and you are encouraged once again to participate by donating needed items. These items need to be brought to the church as soon as
possible so they can be delivered to Reelfoot before their distribution dates. This year the school supplies distribution will take place on Mondays only — July 22, July 29, August 5 and August 12.  Please see below for the supply list:

  • Clear view notebook binders (1.5, 2, & 3 inch
    Composition Notebook (black & white speckled)
    Expo dry-erase markers—Black (fine & broad line)
    Expo dry-erase erasers
    Flash drives (8 GB or larger)
    Plastic folders w/pockets & brads
    Dividers with/without pockets
    Wide/college ruled loose leaf paper
    Scientific calculator TI 84
    Graph paper (bound & unbound)
    Pencils (#2 plain, Ticonderoga, Mirado Black Warriors)
    Small bottles of hand sanitizer
    Disinfectant Wipes
    Pencil top erasers
    Scotch tape
    Fiskar Scissors
    Clip boards
    Pencil boxes
    Ziplock bags (gallon and quart)
    Glue sticks
    Page protectors

A box will be located in the narthex of our church where you can leave your school supplies. If you cannot shop for school supplies, they also need monetary donations to purchase the items in high demand each week. Make your check out to Aldersgate UMC and designate it for Reelfoot school supplies.  For more information you may contact Laura Hunt at

RIFA Soup Kitchen

July 25, 2019

Serving RIFA

On Thursday, July 25, we need volunteers to help prepare food and transport it to RIFA by 5:15 p.m. and also 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.  Many in our congregation have joined in serving RIFA Meals to those in our community in need of a hot meal. 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.



“God Refreshes Me” — Vacation Bible School

July 27, 2019

Aldersgate invites all children three years of age through 6th grade to join us for our annual Vacation Bible School event that will be held on Saturday, July 27, in the fellowship hall. Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. This year our theme will be “God Refreshes Me”. Please feel free t dress tropically! We will study about Elijah and Jacob being rested and refreshed by God, and also about the refreshment of Holy Communion.

We will have crafts, snacks and our water slide. Please apply sunscreen at home and bring a towel and swimsuit. Mark your calendars, now, and invite all your friends and neighbors!

Just Desserts for RIFA’s Soup Kitchen

August 12, 2019

Each month on the 12th of the month Aldersgate provides desserts for RIFA’s Soup Kitchen, which is located here in Jackson.  If you would like to volunteer to provide a dessert, please sign up at the bulletin board near the pastor’s office or contact the church office.  In August, all desserts must be brought to the church on Sunday, the 11th, or before 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Daytime Fellowship

August 21, 2019

Daytime Fellowship

Daytime Fellowship meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon and enjoys a potluck lunch together and a short program or devotional. Please invite a friend, and come join the group for lunch.


United Methodist Men

September 09, 2019

The United Methodist Men always meet on the second Monday of each month (except during the months of July and August).  Their next meeting will be held on September 9, at 6:00 p.m.  in the fellowship hall.  If you plan to attend, please sign up at the bulletin board in the hallway near the pastor’s office so we will know how many meals to prepare.

If you have any questions or anyone needs a ride to the church, please contact Mickey Edwards at 300-3767.



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