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Page 2 Welcome Rev. Julie Nitzsche

Page 3 AUMC Youth Summer Schedule

Page 4 Vacation Bible School

Page 5 Clara Biswas is coming to Aldersgate!

Page 6 School Supply Drive

Page 7 Congratulations to our Confirmands

Page 8 Peace With Justice Sunday

Page 9 Summer Show: “The Pirates of Penzance”

Page 10 The Crayon Initiative

Page 11 Fellowship of Friends

Page 12 Thank you to 85 Volunteers!

Page 13 Gleaning at the City Market

Page 14 Bits ‘n Pieces


As you may know, we’ve been without a part-time associate pastor for quite
some time now. Our own Pastor Rob has a very big job leading our church, and it
is time for him to have some help! Every year, SPRC and the Finance committee
allocate funds to support an associate pastor, yet SPRC has struggled to find a
licensed Methodist pastor to fill the position. This year, SPRC and Pastor Rob
worked much more closely with the District Superintendent to fill this need, and
our prayers for help have been answered. We are happy to announce to you that
our Virginia Conference’s Bishop Lewis projects that starting July 1, Julie Nitzsche
will be appointed as Aldersgate’s part-time associate pastor.

Pastor Julie is licensed for pastoral ministry in the Virginia Conference, and
earned a master of divinity in 2017. She’s been called to ministry a little bit later in life, having already enjoyed a
distinguished career as a Registered Nurse in acute cardiology. Pastor Julie’s passion is in fostering an
intergenerational faith community, and she served for many years as a director of children and youth ministries
before accepting a charge as the pastor at Westover United Methodist Church.

We are very blessed that she is coming to Aldersgate, and we eagerly await her arrival! Pastor Julie is married to
Kurt and they have 3 children; Helen, Olivia and Brandt. We will plan events in July to welcome Pastor Julie, so
please look for more details to follow in our weekly bulletins!

June 3rd 5:00 PM - Mandatory Parent and Youth Meeting

for Summer Youth Ministry Programs
Aldersgate Youth Summer Ministry is designed for all youth in middle and high school including Rising 6 th
Graders. Join us for dinner, fellowship and important information regarding youth ministry programing for
Summer 2018. This is very important information that will facilitate a wonderful summer of fun and
fellowship together. Please plan to join us! Adults interested in chaperoning are welcome to join us as well.

June 8th River Tubing on the James -Scottsville, Virginia

Reservations must be made in advance of this event.
A fee of $20.00 per person, includes roundtrip transportation to/from Aldersgate-Scottsville, tube rental,
lunch and drinks for the day. Tubing Trips run about 2-4 hours depending on river.

June 21st KingsFest

If you are interested in attending, please sign up by contacting Carolyn Robertson, Youth Coordinator.
Tickets will be purchased prior to the event. Reservation Fee: $ 30.00 for Ticket. Reservations must be
made in advance of this event, Deadline for reservations will be June 6 th .

June 24th – 28th Vacation Bible School

Youth, Hang out with us while we are “Shipwrecked” together! Volunteer your time to serve others at VBS
as we learn how Jesus Rescues all of us!

After a summer break, the YPB will start up again in September. We’ll be looking for a new keyboardist and
guitar player. Please contact Mike Colley, Whitney Gatesman, or Rob Robertson if interested.

Current band members include: Natalie Gatesman, Mckenzie Gatesman, Jo Anne Reid, Sophia Schlicht
(vocals), Lucas McGraw (keyboard), Len Colley (bass), Claire Marie Colley (drums).
We are getting Ready for Summer 2018!


th th
Sunday, June 24 - Thursday, June 28
Free Family Dinner-5:30 to 6:00pm
Program- 6:00 to 8:30pm
Registration is available online at
Come to a five-night adventure learning about how we are Rescued by Jesus.
Each evening will start with a free, family-friendly dinner and fun for all.
Registration is online, and volunteering opportunities are being posted in the Reed Room.

Our “Shipwrecked” VBS is opened to all children from 3 years (must be potty-trained) to rising 6th grade.

If you would like to hear more about volunteer opportunities,

contact Carolyn Robertson

On Friday, June 29 Aldersgate will be blessed with a visit from our missionary in
Cambodia, Clara Biswas. For more than 10 years, Aldersgate has had a Covenant
Relationship, through the General Board of Global Ministries, with Clara. During this
time, Clara has headed the Street Children Ministries in Phnom Penh, the capital of
Cambodia. This mission serves orphans, street children, HIV/AIDS patients, and
other sick people in this huge city. Her staff contributes their time, energy, and
creative efforts in preparing educational programs, teaching Sunday school, and
helping in the orphanages. They work diligently to improve the living conditions and
educational levels of the many children living near the dumpsites around the city. In
Clara’s words, the children “grow strong and develop as responsible citizens as they
continue in their studies and adopt social skills as well as vocational skills, through
our ministry in the Name of Jesus Christ.”

This is indeed a special opportunity for us to gather together to hear Clara describe
the work she and her staff do. The Outreach and Missions Team will sponsor a coffee and dessert reception at 7PM
on the 29th in the church Fellowship Hall. It has been three years since Clara last visited Aldersgate, so she will have
much to share. She has a remarkable way of describing the various areas in which she works, and explaining all the
ways she and her team work to help the Cambodian people.

It is not necessary to RSVP for this event, although it would be helpful to have an idea of the expected attendance.
If you think you will attend, e-mail Dave Reynolds at to let him know.

Everyone enjoys a cookie or a cup of coffee on Sundays. If you have even just a few hours a year to help serve
our members, friends, and guests, the Member Care / Hospitality Team would love to hear from you!
Supporting Sip ‘n Chat is a great opportunity for families, friends, Sunday School classes, and small groups to
come together and bring joy to our weekly fellowship times. The time and effort are minimal, but the rewards
are long-lasting!
Contact Jennifer Hamlin ( or Tina Shifflett ( if you need
more information or are ready to help.

Once again, AUMC will be providing school supplies for 150

students (more if possible) at Greer Elementary School. Below
is a list of items needed for the students. In June the list will be
available in the Welcome Center and in the Upper Narthex on
the desk. Monetary donations will also be accepted to
purchase bulk supplies of paper towels, tissues, ear buds,
cleaning wipes and other items to supplement what we receive
during the collection period. Please make your check payable to
AUMC with GREER FUND on the memo line. Any monies left
over after purchasing needed supplies will remain in the GREER
FUND to help needs that may come up during the school year.

Beginning in June, donations of supplies can be left in the collection boxes which will be located in the Welcome
Center and in the Upper Level Narthex. Volunteers from the Outreach and Missions Team will also be ready to do
the shopping for those who prefer to make monetary donations. Packing and delivering of the school supplies will
be scheduled during the month of August. An announcement will be in the bulletin with the date and time. Please
contact Deb Reynolds at or 295-8217 if you are interested in helping with this important
outreach ministry of our church.

May God’s blessings be with each of you as we continue our outreach to the underserved in our community.

Deb Reynolds

Hand Sanitizer NOT Travel Size Disinfecting wipes

Bottled Glue #2 Pencils
Glue Sticks Colored Pencils
Crayons (box of 24) Watercolor paints
Pencil POUCH ZIPPERED Scissors STUDENT SIZE (blunt tip)
Paper towels Dry Erase markers
Tissues Pencil Sharpener
Markers BROAD TIP Colored pencils
Marble composition notebook NOT SPIRAL Highlighters
Pocket folders Gallon and sandwich Ziploc bags
Block Erasers
Confirmation is a series of classes that help youth currently in the sixth grade or higher explore their faith
and discern whether they are ready to make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ! During confirmation
classes, confirmands learn more about the meaning of Christian faith and practices, the history and
teachings of The United Methodist Church, an explanation of the sacraments of Baptism and Holy
Communion, the membership vows of the church, and more.

Celebrate with these young people who were confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, May 20 th

Alexander William Schlicht

Emma Constance Megginson
Olivia Rae Hamlin
Jacqueline Grace Joyce
Samuel Paul Peterson
Timothy Richard Sandridge
Robert Grant Abbott
Because we believe that all God’s children
deserve to live full lives, we will celebrate
Peace with Justice Sunday on May 27. On
this Special Sunday, follow in the footsteps
of our founders who left us a legacy to care
for and support the oppressed. If you
would like to make a contribution to
support vulnerable and oppressed children,
youth, and adults, make your checks
payable to “AUMC” with “Peace with
Justice” on the memo line. Offering
envelopes will be available in each bulletin.

A big thank you to the Aldersgate friends who participated in the April 28 th Workday at Westview on the James!
Mark your calendars now!

Aldersgate United Methodist Church and the Black Box Players present
"The Pirates of Penzance"

Show dates:
July 26, 27, 28, and 29,
and August 2, 3, 4*, and 5
Performances are at 7PM in the Reed Room

Seating is General Admission — Doors open at 6:30PM — TICKETS ARE FREE!

*You are invited to join us before the show on Saturday, August 4 at 5:45PM for a yummy Dinner Theatre!
The Cast will be your wait staff. Lots of fun for the whole family!

The show is RATED “G”. This original adaptation will feature some of the original songs with lots of dancing
and non-stop laughs! It is a perfect way to introduce eve the youngest child to Gilbert & Sullivan!

Watch your Sunday bulletins for ticket info!

Casting will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6PM in the Reed Room. If you would like be in the show
but can't attend casting, or if you would like to help out behind the scenes, email MaryAnne Thornton at or call (434) 825-9202.

In June, when parents are looking through their kids’ school supplies and
figuring out what needs to be replaced, there is now a good reason to save all
those broken crayons. When our collection boxes arrive in June, Aldersgate will
begin collecting broken and used crayons for The Crayon Initiative. The Crayon
Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools and homes across
the country, then melts them down and remanufactures them, reducing waste.
More than a half million pounds of crayons are discarded every year, which
equates to roughly 60 million crayons. As a better option, this program
distributes the recycled crayons to art programs at children’s hospitals across
the U.S. including our own University of Virginia, three hospitals in Richmond,
Kings’ Daughters Children’s in Norfolk and Carillion Children’s in Roanoke. These
crayons brighten the lives of young patients during their sometimes lengthy
stays. The Crayon Initiative has taken great strides to help keep the earth clean,
while spreading joy to kids in need by providing them with a supply of free art
materials. So remember, don’t throw those crayons away. Even if you are in a
restaurant with your child or grandchild, bring those crayons home. The
restaurants must throw away all those crayons after one use. You can save
them for future use. Questions, contact Deb Reynolds
Come on and think outside the crayon box! The kids will love it.

Sadly, the life of a restaurant crayon is a short one. Restaurants typically throw
crayons out after only one use – and because crayons are not environmentally
friendly, they turn into a waxy sludge that never biodegrades and clogs up
landfills. More than a half-million pounds of crayons are discarded every year,
which equates to roughly 60 million crayons!

Since 2011, Bryan and the Ware family have proudly dedicated themselves to
sorting countless crayons in their own backyard, cooking them down in their
kitchen, and recycling them for future creative use.

Better yet, the recycled crayons are distributed to art programs at children’s
hospitals across the U.S., brightening the lives of young patients during their
stay. With the aid of thousands of volunteers, The Crayon Initiative has taken
great strides to help keep the earth clean, while spreading joy to kids in need by
providing them with an endless supply of free art materials.

Aldersgate’s United Methodist Men have recently purchased a new automatic defibrillator (AED) to place
on the ground floor level of the church. On Sunday June 3rd there will be two training sessions (about 30
minutes duration) on how this device operates – one at 10:15 and a second session at 12:15. Both sessions
will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

AED’s are easy to use devices, which give step by step audio instructions when activated. And they will not
shock anyone who is not in need of such treatment. Nonetheless, it is helpful to be familiar with the device
so that one is more comfortable using it, should the need ever arise. Everyone is invited and encouraged
to participate in one of these training sessions. No RSVP is required – just be there.

The primary mission of AUMC’s Fellowship of Friends is to

help anyone who can no longer attend worship at
Aldersgate to remain connected with the church. The
connection may be through phone calls and cards as well as
by deliveries and visits.

Card ministry provides cards and notes of encouragement

for those who are homebound and/or going through a
difficult time. Altar flowers (when available) and worship
DVDs are provided to individuals and care facilities. An
abbreviated communion, as an extension of the worship
service, can be served by Fellowship of Friends volunteers.

An important part of this ministry is identifying those in need. Do you have a church acquaintance or
friend who is confined to home or a health-care facility? When you look around the sanctuary on Sunday
morning, is there someone missing who has been in attendance regularly? Please share information you
may have with the Fellowship of Friends by using the Connection Card in your Sunday bulletin or
by contacting Anita Ratliff (409-7357 or or Nancy Berman (973-6555 or . As always, this information will remain confidential.
Our PACEM Men’s Shelter Week was successful. The men were very grateful for their meals and a
comfortable, warm place to call home for a week. We hosted 24-34 men for a week in our old Fellowship
Hall. Our guests were served a delicious dinner on Easter Sunday. At each of their seats were lovely Easter
Cards the children in Sunday School made for each of the Men and a special Easter Treat made by Olivia
and Catherine Wamsley. Various groups of friends from our church, the Men’s Group, The Praise Band
and Sisters in Scripture prepared the meals. One meal was donated by the Peterson’s from Wood Grill and
one meal was donated and served by Mission BBQ.
Boy Scout Troop 119 from AUMC were an amazing help setting up and taking down of all the cots, tables,
and chairs. Thank you Scouts! Our custodian, Lloyd, graciously worked extra hours to keep the area for
our guests clean. That is a lot of work cleaning up after 34 men!!
Thank you to the congregation for all the donations of time, food, toiletries, and monetary
donations. Special thanks to Dave Reynolds, Blaine Stockton, Page Mann, Lucas Ohlendorf, and Jonathan
Peterson for laundry pick up and delivery as well as trucks to transport all the equipment. I think all that
volunteered and were here on the premises enjoyed their time, in fact many were here multiple days.
There were a few new faces and lots of seasoned shelter volunteers. We hope that next year will bring
even more new faces. Thank you for your help to make this a successful week.


When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the
gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the Lord your God.
--Leviticus 23:22

Gleaning is the traditional Biblical practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to
rot or be plowed under after harvest. Partnering with the Society of St. Andrew, Aldersgate participates in a
gleaning project at the City Market in Downtown Charlottesville.

As the City Market begins to shut down for the day, vendors who wish to participate can donate unsold
fruits, vegetables, breads and pastries. Gleaners collect these items and deliver them to local community
resources where they are used to feed their residents and clients. Organizations that benefit from this
gleaning include The Haven, a day center for the homeless; the Salvation Army; Crescent Hall and Midway
Manor, public housing complexes; and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA).
Again this season, Aldersgate will be gleaning at the City Market the second Saturday of each month---June
9, July 14, August 11, September 8 and October 13. Gleaners need to be at the City Market by 11:45 AM
and are usually finished by 1:00 PM. If you would like to learn more about this valuable project or want to
help, please contact Susan Painter or 434-987-5448.

There is now more time to participate in Busy Hands. This warm and friendly fellowship group has
added an hour to its meetings on Thursdays in the Reed Room. Participants can now drop in anytime
from 11:00 to 3:00. We each bring our own arts and crafts projects to work on while engaging in
interesting and lively discussions. There is a little break for a “brown bag” lunch. Everyone is welcome,
whether you attend regularly or drop in occasionally. So don’t be shy, give Busy Hands a try.

Bishop Lewis has announced the annual conference mission offering goal of
$200,000 to focus on the following missional priority projects:

Cambodia: $50,000 Brazil: $25,000

Mozambique: $25,000 Native Americans: $10,000
Cuba Recovery: $25,000 Haiti: $25,000
Puerto Rico Recovery: $25,000 Moscow Seminary: $15,000

Live streaming of the Conference will begin on June 15.

Visit to find the link or for more information on the Mission Offering.

Make plans now to join us for the Friendship Luncheon! We meet each month at the DoubleTree Hotel on
Rt. 29N for a time of delicious food, entertainment, and visiting with each other. To make your reservation,
contact Jean Ward at 434.964.1178. Cost is $12 per person. You do not have to be part of the Friendship
Sunday School Class; as long as you enjoy Christian fellowship, you are welcome to join us.

To our Friends at Aldersgate United Methodist Church:

Thank you for hosting PACEM’s men’s shelter in our 14th winter of helping people who are homeless in our
area. We want you to know how truly blessed this community is to have congregations like yours to help in
our mission to provide shelter for our neighbors in need. We greatly appreciate your willingness to prepare
and serve dinner, to work with partner congregations, and for all the movies, showers, bingo, meals,
desserts, and hospitality you provided for the guests in a warm, welcoming, and compassionate environment
each night. In addition to shelter, AUMC also provides generous financial support for PACEM. Your financial
help supports the cost of PACEM’s shelter staff in your church. The graciousness of the entire PACEM Family
makes it possible for us to remain open throughout the winter. Thank you for hosting PACEM’s men’s
shelter again this year, for the hands of all your volunteers, the graciousness of opening your doors, and your
willingness to work with other congregations in our community to address the immediate needs of our

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