March 06, 2019
The theme for the 2019 Memphis Conference Lenten Hunger Offering is MERCY. Mercy is an often-used word, especially here in the south, but do we fully understand what it means? Mercy is the showing of kindness or compassion to the less fortunate and showing it without judgment. Throughout the Bible there are numerous illustrations of mercy. God demonstrates mercy at its finest in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are recipients of this ultimate mercy and it is our duty to extend mercy to our fellow humans. Showing mercy by feeding the hungry is the goal of the Lenten Hunger Offering.
The 2019 LHO campaign’s goal is to decrease physical hunger – the feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by a lack of food coupled with the desire to eat. Medically, hunger results from stimulation of sensory nerves of the stomach by the contractions and churning of an empty stomach.
Why have a campaign about hunger when we live in the richest country in the world? It might surprise you to learn that 1 in 8 people in the US struggle with hunger. That’s 41 million people – nearly 13 million children and more than 5 million seniors. Hunger knows no boundaries and affects people from all walks of life. Many Americans are one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity. Your neighbor, your child’s friends or even a member of your congregation may be struggling to get enough to eat. Imagine having to
choose between buying food for the week and paying utility bills. People who struggle with hunger face those tough decisions every day. Decisions can have serious, long-lasting consequences.
Hunger and health are deeply, irrevocably intertwined. People who are food insecure are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. For children, food insecurity is particularly devastating, affecting not only physical and mental health, but also academic achievement and future economic prosperity. Hunger and food insecurities in young children are associated with delayed development and increased risk of chronic diseases like anemia. In older children, hunger is associated with anemia, decreased academic achievement and behavior problems such as anxiety and aggression. Imagine being a hungry child sitting in a classroom with a stomach that has not been fed since lunch time the previous day. It is difficult to pay attention and learn.
The Memphis Conference began the Lenten Hunger Offering to combat problems on local and global levels. This furthers the mission of the conference to “discover, equip, connect and send lay and clergy leaders who shape congregations that offer Jesus Christ to a hurting world, one neighborhood at a time.” Our conference distributes LHO monies to local neighbors such as food pantries in our four districts, Reelfoot Rural Ministries and United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis, as well as to global neighbors: Our Father’s House, Project Peanut Butter and feeding ministries in Mexico. This helps alleviate immediate problems of hunger, ultimately builds relationships and shares the MERCY we have received with a hurting world.
Your spare change can save lives! Please pick up your Lenten Calendar in the narthex of the church at our Ash Wednesday Service that will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:30 p.m. We will have some containers available for you to use to collect your loose change. If you would like to make your own container for your change, a LHO label will be available to place on an empty can or jar. If you are unable to attend the Ash Wednesday Service, the materials will also be available on Sunday, March 10th. Together we can make a difference in our communities and our world by showing mercy to the world!!!
Aldersgate’s Mission Team
March 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. Next month, all desserts must be brought to the church on Monday, 11th before 4:00 p.m.
March 13, 2019
Come join us for a night of fun at Wednesday Night Fellowship on March 13th. We will play “Irish Bingo”. The meal begins at 5:45 p.m., and the menu for the evening is Gloria’s stew (not the church stew), corn, salad, rolls and dessert. To make your meal reservations, please sign up at the bulletin board in the hallway near the pastor’s office, email or call the church office, or fill out the tear-off section of your Sunday bulletin and place it in the offering plate as it is passed. The deadline for reservations is 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 12th. The cost of the meal is $7.00 and all children 6 years old and younger eat free.
March 19, 2019
Bro. Barry will be offering a new spring study, “Invitation.” It offers an overview of understanding the whole of Scripture. The Bible is a complex book written over the course of 1,500 years by more than forty authors. It is in the marvel of such complexity that we discover the miracle in its simplicity and single, unified story. The Invitation study is a one-time, ten-week journey led by Dr. Brian Russell, Old Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. The cost of a book is $22.00. The study will begin Tuesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. in the former Peace Sunday School classroom. If you would like to participate, please call the church office or add your name to the signup sheet outside the pastor’s office.
“Seeing Black and White in a Gray World”
In light of the current debate taking place in our denomination, Bro. Barry will lead a study using the resource “Seeing Black and White in a Gray World” (The Need for Theological Reasoning in the Church’s Debate Over Sexuality) by Dr. Bill Arnold, Professor of Old Testament studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. How do we respond to a dispute in The United Methodist Church, in which both sides of the debate believe their positions are perfectly obvious and true, a black-and-white certainty, an obvious truth. Yet the two positions are mutually exclusive and cannot both be right. This study will focus on the biblical, theological, and cultural arguments in favor of traditional teaching on sexuality. It will assess the strength of popular arguments put forth for the acceptance of gay marriage. It will help us appreciate the already compassionate, moderate, and holistic position of The United Methodist Church on matters of sexuality. This will be a seven-week study that begins on Thursday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to participate, please sign up at the bulletin board in the hallway near the pastor’s office. The cost for the book that will be used for the study is $18.00.
March 20, 2019
Daytime Fellowship meets monthly on the third Wednesday at 12:00 noon and enjoys a potluck lunch together and a short program or devotional. This month the program will be presented by Tracy Boucher who is with the boys and Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee. Please invite a friend to join you for this monthly event. It is open to all ages. This group always enjoys good food, great fellowship and interesting programs.
March 28, 2019
On Thursday, March 28, 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.
March 31, 2019
UMCOR Special Sunday is on March 31st, and you can help! We are going to have a lunch to raise money for UMCOR on this special Sunday. And, guess what? You don’t have to bring any food! Just stay after church, make a donation, and eat with your friends. The menu will be coming soon but put Sunday, March 31 on your calendar now for lunch at the church.
There are countless stories about seeing God’s work in action through UMCOR. This is something we can do together to help give relief and spread God’s love throughout the world.
UMCOR offers aid in Jesus’ name to those who suffer:
● When tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, we responded.
● When children in Zimbabwe lost parents to AIDS, we responded.
● When a massive tsunami devastated lives in Japan, we responded.
Your gifts on UMCOR Special Sunday underwrite UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” This helps UMCOR keep the promise that 100% of any gift to a specific project will go toward that mission, not administrative costs.
This is such an important gift and one that we can do together. Let’s make a difference, together!
April 06, 2019
On April 6th from 2:00 — 4:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall, join us for fellowship and fundraising and learn to knit as we help in the fight against breast cancer! Gail White will be our instructor. Just bring yourself, $20 and maybe a finger food or snack and fun will follow! All proceeds will go toward our Mission Team’s donation for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” Sign up on the bulletin board near the pastor’s office.
April 08, 2019
Come join the United Methodist Men for some good food and fellowship on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. 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.