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Advent Series Begins December 2!

November 25, 2018

Welcome to Aldersgate Church!

We’re glad you’ve found our church! We hope you’ll find us to be an
encouraging, friendly group of people. While we don’t make any claims
to be perfect, at our church we come together to help make the
kingdom of God a reality on earth by loving God and loving our neighbor.

Branding Survey
Your Help is Critical!
Church Council is excited to announce that Aldersgate Church will be
working with Mary Beth Bowen and Sarah Scott from Hive Creative Group
on creating a clearer and more effective brand for Aldersgate Church. This
effort will help us to have more concise communications within the
church and more effectively share our story with the community. With
Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars! your help, we will be examining our mission statement, values, key
principals, and more!
December 1, 2018 - 8:30 AM: Pancakes and Pajamas
December 1, 2018 - 9:00 AM: Hanging of the Greens Input from the entire Aldersgate family, including membership and
regular attendees, is critical to this project. Everyone is invited to
December 2, 2018 - 10:00 AM: Advent Brunch participate, and we encourage each member of your household to
December 7, 2018 - 5:00 PM: Parents’ Night Out complete a survey. Hive Creative Group has prepared both online and
December 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM: Children's Nativity and Dinner hard copy surveys for your convenience. The link to the online survey is
available on the Aldersgate Church website A
December 21, 2018 - 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 PM: Living Nativity
hard copy is now available to pick up. Surveys will be received through
December 24, 2018 - 5:00, 7:30 & 11:00 PM: Christmas Eve Worship Sunday, December 9th. We invite and encourage you to participate by
January 4, 2019 - 6:00-7:30 PM: First Fridays Kick-Off filling out a survey. If you should need assistance or have questions,
please contact the Church Office by telephone (973-5806) or email Thank you in advance for your help!
Thank You Aldersgate Congregation!
A Note from Nancy Berman and Deb Reynolds
From November 10 through November 17, members of this
congregation participated in the PACEM ministry, which would not have
been successful without the many hours of dedicated volunteer work.
The caring, giving, and loving spirit of Aldersgate touched the homeless
women of Charlottesville. Each night we fed and sheltered between 17-
For Our Youngest Friends 19 women. The ladies were thankful for the food, hot showers, laundry
and Their Parents service, CVS gift cards, backpacks and other gifts. They were also
A professionally staffed nursery is available for children birth through extremely grateful that they had a safe warm place to sleep out of the
age three during all services and Sunday School on the lower level. An elements. Thank you to everyone who donated food or toiletry items,
usher will be happy to direct you. Additionally, a Parent Room is prepared meals, hosted in the evening, stayed overnight, participated in
available in the Parlor adjacent to the Sanctuary, for viewing and hearing visitation, donated money, and those doing laundry for the women. Our
all services. Please ask an usher to show you the way. All restrooms are set up and tear down teams were the best! Most of all, thank you for
equipped with changing tables. your prayers and lifting up this ministry. God has truly blessed each of
us. May God continue to bless this congregation as we seek to be the
Sunday Children's Worship hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
During 9am and 11am Services 2019 Offering Envelopes Available soon
Calling all children! Children 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to
come and be a part of our Children's Worship time downstairs following Offering envelopes for 2019 will be available soon. Offering envelopes
the Children's Message. There they will have opportunities to encounter assist the tellers to more accurately count and credit the weekly
God through scripture, music, prayers, and other meaningful and fun offering. Each box of offering envelopes will be clearly labeled with a
ways. Elementary-age children will return to the sanctuary and gather giving number and the giver's name will be printed on a label on the
with the congregation for the benediction each week. At 9:00am, Pre- outside. Your giving number in 2019 is the same as your giving number
Schoolers move to their 10:10am Sunday School room. If you have any in 2018. If you have not used offering envelopes in the past, you are
questions, please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche. encouraged to give them a try. Thank you for your financial support of
the life and ministry of Aldersgate Church!

Children's Sunday School Advent Photo Booth in the Reed Room

Sunday School, a time of bible discovery with friends, invites all children
Capture the Moment!
to come and learn at 10:10am. Lynn Bremer leads the elementary class
(Room 106) and Sherry Bryant leads our all new Preschool/Kindergarten Join us in telling our story this Advent Season, “We Believe in
class (Room 110). Classrooms are found in the Education Wing on the Christmas….” Gather family or friends, snap your photo, and if you
ground floor level. choose…. Upload to Facebook or Instagram using #CvilleAUMC – don’t
forget to “check-in” at Aldersgate UMC as well.
Have Fun!
Young Adults/Sunday Morning Parent's Night Out
Small Group: Parent’s Night Out is a ministry opportunity for young parents to have a
Join us for a time of fellowship and study this holiday season! The group time apart for soul care. Parents may register their children (sign up link
will be exploring Christmas through the eyes of Joseph, a man who for December 7th from
found himself in circumstances that he 5:00-8:00 pm. Children will spend a fun and festive evening enjoying
never would have chosen for himself. dinner, a movie, and various creative stations such as drama, STEM, art,
How do we, like Joseph, find the courage and more. Please sign up by December 1. Please contact Pastor Julie
to keep pressing on, even when we find Nitzsche at
ourselves in unpleasant circumstances?
How do we see God as a sustainer in the
middle of our messy lives? We will Children's Ministry is growing!!
discuss these questions and more, using Help is needed to fulfill our calling in the lives of our children. Adult
Adam Hamilton’s “Faithful” as our guide. The group meets in the “helpers” are needed during the 9:00am Children's Worship time and
Hospitality Room (downstairs) on Sundays from 10:10-10:50am and all during the 10:00am Children's Sunday School time, usually just once a
materials are provided. Come as you are! month. Please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche to
get more information.
Sisters in Scripture
The Sisters in Scripture Sunday School Class (Room 211) has a small Children’s Nativity
group DVD bible study, Twelve Women of the Bible. Lysa TerKuerst, Elisa You're invited to come and enjoy our Children's Nativity, "ON THE ROAD
Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders look at the spiritual lessons TO BETHLEHEM", Saturday, December 15th at 5:00 pm at Aldersgate
learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for your life United Methodist Church. This is a free event, all are invited! Join us for
today. All ladies are invited to join us each Sunday morning, 10:10am- this fun evening featuring all of our worship musical groups, children and
10:50am. Send any questions to Ann Brown at youth ages 4-14 sharing God's story. You'll be invited to sing along with
favorite carols, hear the familiar story and we'll end the festivities with a
Staff Openings home cooked dinner! Bring the whole family as we celebrate the birth of
at Aldersgate Church our Lord and Savior together! Please get your free tickets from
Maryanne Thornton in the Reed Room, beginning December 2.
Aldersgate has three staff openings to fill, which includes the Church
Administrator, Kitchen Coordinator and Nursery Assistant.
Joyful Noise Singers
If you are interested or know someone that may be interested in Children (grades 1-6) are invited to gather in the Sanctuary from 12:15-
learning more about these positions, please contact Greg Brown, (434) 12:30am (by the organ after 11:00am service) with Rafael. This will be a
327-8763 or or any member of the Staff time for the children to learn more about music and rehearse for
Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). upcoming opportunities to sing in worship as they glorify God. Contact
Rafael at
A Time for All Generations to Connect
Advent Season Begins
Youth Sunday School Saturday, December 1
Each Sunday — 10:10 AM – 10:50 AM Children's Ministry is hosting Pancakes and Pajamas from 8:30 -
Youth Room - 105 9:30am on December 1 in the Fellowship Hall. Participants can come
Youth Sunday School - Every Sunday, Youth Sunday School meets in the dressed in festive pajamas and enjoy making their very own pancakes,
Youth Room (107) from 10:10–10:50am. This is open to all 6th - 12th complete with the toppings. Each participant will then have an
graders. Contact Ms. Rebecca, opportunity to make a Christmas Tree ornament that will be used for
our tree in the Reed Room and a take home activity for the whole
Christmas is around the Corner! Hospitality Committee will begin preparing the Reed Room @ 9:00am
Here are some great gift ideas ! on December 1 for our Advent season. If you would like to help set
tables and make this space ready, please contact Jennifer Hamlin at The Advent Brunch will be held on
Sunday, Dec. 2 @ 10:00am between services and is a pot luck
HOLD ON! Buy a ticket for Sunday, January celebration of food, faith and fellowship. Come and Enjoy!
20th, when our Aldersgate Youth Group heads to the mountains of Altar Guild is hosting the Hanging of the Greens, a traditional means of
Wintergreen to go snow tubing! preparing the Sanctuary for the season of Advent. Beginning at 9:00am
Early Bird Ticketing: 12/16/2018 $ 20.00 December 1, we'll decorate Sanctuary Chrismon Trees, hang wreaths,
Regular Ticketing: 1/6/2019 $ 29.00 prepare the Christmas Tree in the Welcome Center Please contact
Only if space is available: 1/13/2019 $ 29.00 Kimberley Roll at or 973-6382 for information.
We will enjoy an afternoon of Christian fellowship, good food and of Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00 am -- A few good men are needed
course TUBING! to help set up the artificial Christmas trees in the Sanctuary, Reed
Room and Welcome Center.

This year the District Winter Retreat for Middle and High School Youth
will be held at Westview on the James February 22-24, 2019. Poinsettias and Mission Kits
This retreat will be filled with fun, fellowship, and good food along the Starting today, we will have order forms for
way as we join in a wonderful weekend together. Still not sure if you poinsettias and mission kits in your bulletin. You
want to go? Ask one of youth who went on the November or December will be able to donate a poinsettia or mission kit in
Retreat Weekends. honor or memory of a loved one, or to the glory
Come and join us for the fun! Don’t miss out! of God. Poinsettias may be taken home after the
7:30pm December 24 worship service. Cost is $12
Pricing for 3-day retreat is coming soon. each.
Training for
Stephen Ministry
AUMC has been a Stephen ministry for 15 years. Our Stephen Ministers
have been a blessing to individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and Youth Calendar Update
to the whole congregation. To continue and expand the ministry of care,
November 25, 2018
we will begin another Stephen ministry training
High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
class to start in early 2019. Take advantage of this
Youth Group Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
opportunity to share the love that God has given
Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
you. You will find that being a Stephen minister
November 30 – December 2, 2018
will not only be helpful to others, but it will be one of the most fulfilling
High School Retreat to Eagle Eyrie, Lynchburg, VA (9th to 12th
and joyful experiences that you will ever have. If you want to know more
about this ministry, you can speak with one of our Stephen Leaders
December 2, 2018
(Billie Campbell— and Chris Fuss) or Stephen
Middle School Youth Group Dinner and a Movie 5 PM to 8 PM
Ministers (Joan Forrest and Mary Seymour).
(Off Site at the Vogel Home)
No High School Youth Group- Just Returning from retreat!
December 9, 2018
Angel Tree is Here! High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
Make Christmas a memorable day for underprivileged children and Youth Group Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
lonely senior citizens! Beginning Sunday, November 18, there will be an Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
Angel Tree display in the Reed Room. This year,
December 16, 2018
we will have 25 youth angels, through the
Middle School and High School Christmas Party
Salvation Army, and 45 seniors who could use a Reservation/RSVP by December 9th
little love and encouragement. You may pick up December 23, 2018
your angel at any time, but please return all gifts No Youth Group Tonight
to AUMC no later than Sunday, December December 30, 2018
9. Gifts for the Salvation Army youths should No Youth Group Tonight
be unwrapped, and gifts for the seniors do need Families are invited to 5th Sunday District Event at Ivy UMC
to be gift wrapped or gift bagged with the January 6, 2019 Youth Group Tonight – Welcome and Happy New Year!
residents' names securely attached. If you have High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
any questions regarding the youth gifts, please Youth Group Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
contact Ann Brown at 434-882-2533; or Pat Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
Daniel at 434.975.1363 for the senior gifts.

Vacation Notice
Pastor Rob Robertson will be on vacation from November 25-29.
Associate Pastor Julie Nitzsche is available for pastoral assistance.
“Caring for One Another”
Our Prayer Ministry
Aldersgate United Methodist Church believes deeply in the power of
prayer. For that reason, the email prayer ministry, “Caring for One
Aldersgate Church is Seeking a Director for Another,” was formed a few years ago. We send out email requests that
are submitted daily and ask that you include these people in your
the Aldersgate Youth Praise Band prayers. If you would like to be included in this ministry, please email
The Aldersgate Youth Praise Band ministry is seeking an adult Jeanne Hamlin at or call her at 434-973-9889. We
Christian to support and direct youth volunteers in expressing always welcome more participants. If you have a prayer request that
a contagious love of Jesus through music and worship. The you would like included, please send that to her also.
director will assist the band in rehearsals and in preparations
for leading worship at Aldersgate Church. The Youth Praise
Volunteers for Sunday Night
Band leads music during worship periodically throughout the year. If you Youth Dinner
would like to explore this volunteer opportunity, please contact Our Youth Group for 2018-2019 is in full swing and each Sunday night, or Pastor Rob Robertson at 973-5806. the Middle School and High School youth join for a time of fellowship
over a meal from 6:15pm-6:45pm. Youth Group is seeking adult
volunteers, Sunday School Classes or other adult small groups in the
United Methodist Student Day church who would be willing to volunteer to assist with our Sunday
It’s that time of year again when we lift up Methodist students in their Night Youth Group Dinner. We would ask that the night you volunteer,
educational journey. TODAY we will have a special collection for the you would help prepare or pick up our meal, set up food for buffet style
United Methodist Student Day. The purpose of this day is to support serving, and help us with cleaning up. Please see the available dates in
United Methodists students as they prepare for life by adding the Reed Room (meal stipend monies are available to support this
knowledge to their faith. The funds received from the offering go into ministry). For more information, contact Carolyn Robertson, Youth
the United Methodist Student Loan Fund to underwrite scholarships for Coordinator.
United Methodist students. Pews in the Sanctuary
The pews in the sanctuary are neat and tidy because of dedicated
volunteers. Would you consider giving two hours each month at your
District Conference and Training convenience to help stock the pews? It’s a peaceful service that can be
Sunday, December 2, 2018 done whenever you are available. Join the team by giving Kathleen
Crozet United Methodist Church Vogel a call at 845-896-9813 or email me at kathleen.
1:00pm-3:00pm — Mission Project with the HUB—150 Cleaning Buckets
and 100 Hygiene Kits Will be Assembled. Children, Youth and Adults are
Ushers Needed
Invited to Participate. The church needs your help. A great service opportunity at Aldersgate
3:00pm-4:00pm — Worship and District Conference Church is being an usher. We need ushers for every week of the month
4:00pm-4:15pm— Visit Displays and Snacks for the 11:00am service time except the 3rd week of each month. If you
are interested in exploring this opportunity to serve periodically on
4:15pm-5:30pm— Training Workshops
Sunday morning, please contact Bob Miller at or
(Childcare will be provided from 3:00pm-5:30pm) Pastor Rob at