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September 23, 2018

Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars!

September 27 2018 5:30 to 8:30PM - Aldersgate At… Carter Mountain
Welcome to Aldersgate Church!
October 7th 2018 - 3:00 PM: Blessing of the Animals
We’re glad you’ve found our church! We hope you’ll find us to be an
October 12th 2018 - Senior Fall Luncheon (RSVP by October 5th) encouraging, friendly group of people. While we don’t make any claims
October 20th 2018 - 3:00 - 6:00 PM: Trunk or Treat (Rain date Oct. 27th) to be perfect, at our church we come together to help make the kingdom
December 1st 2018 - 8:30 AM: of God a reality on earth by loving God and loving our neighbor.
Pancakes and Pajamas - Hanging of the Greens
December 2 2018 - 10:00 AM: Advent Brunch
For Our Youngest Friends and Their Parents
A professionally staffed nursery is available for children birth through
December 15th 2018 - 5:00 PM: Children's Pageant and Potluck age three during all services and Sunday School on the lower level. An
December 21st 2018 - 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 PM: Living Nativity usher will be happy to direct you. Additionally, a Parent Room is
December 24th 2018 - 5:00, 7:30 & 11:00 PM: Christmas Eve Worship available in the Parlor adjacent to the Sanctuary, for viewing and
hearing all services. Please ask an usher to show you the way. All
restrooms are equipped with changing tables.

You Are Invited … Aldersgate At … Evening Sunset at Carter Mountain

Thursday, September 27 - 5:30 to 8:30pm
Fall Senior Luncheon Join us for an evening filled with live music and the best sunset
anywhere! It’s free admission so bring your lawn chairs or a blanket.
All seniors age 65 and older are invited to join us for the third annual
This is a great evening to gather together in fellowship and to watch a
Fall Senior Luncheon, Friday, October 12 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm.
lovely sunset with friends and family. This is also a wonderful event for
Sponsored by Aldersgate Church Fellowship of Friends, our luncheon
families. Because this is a free venue, it would be a nice gesture to
will include lunch, fellowship, door prizes, and entertainment! There is
support our local food vendors on the premises. For more information,
no charge for this exciting event, but we do need an RSVP by October 5.
contact Pastor Julie at julienitzsche@cvaumc.org. The mission of
Please contact Nancy Berman (434.973.6555; ndhberman@gmail.com)
“Aldersgate At…” is to create an opportunity for our members, friends,
or Anita Ratliff (434.409.7357; atratliff@gmail.com) to reserve your seat.
families, and guests to meet one another for fellowship and fun. We
We look forward to seeing you there!
hope you will find an opportunity to join us.
Staff Openings at Aldersgate Church
Church Administrator needed -
On behalf of Aldersgate’s Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), we
share our church administrator, Amy O’Brien, was recently offered an
Sunday Children's Worship opportunity for a career change. Amy feels led by God to accept that
opportunity, and so her last day will be Friday, October 5, 2018. When
During 9am and 11am Services Amy shared the news with us she also shared what a blessing it has
Calling all children! Sunday September 9th, children 3 years old through been to work here and talked about many of the wonderful people and
5th grade are invited to come and be a part of our new Children's Worship how thankful she is to have had the opportunity to serve the
time downstairs following the Children's Message. There they will have congregation. We deeply appreciate Amy’s service to our church for the
opportunities to encounter God through scripture, music, prayers, and past 11 years; and as she leaves us, we send our prayers, gratitude, love,
other meaningful and fun ways. Elementary-age children will return to and good wishes with her and her daughter, Erin.
the sanctuary and gather with the congregation for the benediction each
week. At 9am, Pre-Schoolers move to their 10:10am Sunday School Amy's move brings with it a need to fill that position, if you are
room. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche. interested or know someone that may be interested in learning more
about the position please contact Greg Brown, (434) 327-8763 or
Children's Sunday School gabrown2926@gmail.com or any member of the Staff Parish Relations
Sunday School, a time of bible discovery with friends, invites all children Committee (SPRC).
to come and learn at 10:10am. Lynn Bremer leads the elementary class
(Room 106) and Sherry Bryant leads our all new Preschool/Kindergarten
class (Room 110). Classrooms are found in the Education Wing.
Kitchen Coordinator needed -
Elizabeth Peterson has served as our Kitchen Coordinator for the past
Is God Calling You? three years and her time as coordinator will end September 30,
Adult volunteers are needed to share their hearts and talents with the 2018. Her time, energy and dedication to the position is appreciated
children of Aldersgate. Have you ever wondered how you might make a and we thank her for all she has done! Please join us Sunday October 7,
difference in the life of a child? Have you ever wondered what small 2018 during Sip N Chat to thank Elizabeth for her hard work over the
part you might be able to play in Children's Ministry? Helpers are last three years.
needed each Sunday morning at 9am & 10am. If you want to hear more
about how you can help, please contact Pastor Julie. 434-326-6639. If you are interested in the Sip N Chat - Kitchen Coordinator position or
have questions, contact Greg Brown (434) 327-8763 or
Children’s Ministry Team gabrown2926@gmail.com or any member of the Staff Parish Relations
The next Children's Ministry Committee Meeting will be Monday, Committee (SPRC).
October 1st at 7:30pm. This will be a time of shared conversation,
evaluation and planning ahead. All are welcome to join us. Contact
Pastor Julie Nitzsche at julienitzsche@cvaumc.org for more information.
You are invited to Save the Date! Children’s Nativity
All children and youth are invited to participate in our Children's
Young Adult Small Group Nativity, "ON THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM", which will be held on
TODAY at 10:10am in the Parlor Saturday, December 15th. There will be speaking roles for all ages along
Are you a young professional or parent seeking to connect with others? with traditional carols and also a few new songs. We will have our first
We invite you to a set-apart time of fellowship, encouragement, and rehearsal on Monday 9/24 from 5:45 to 7:45pm for 3rd graders thru High
spiritual growth. We have begun a video series entitled “The Circle School. Dinner will be provided. Younger children are encouraged to be
Maker” during the Sunday School hour (10:10-10:50am). We meet in the in the Nativity, too, so if you have a 4 year old thru 2nd grade child who
Hospitality Room on the lower level, and all materials are provided. You wants to participate please let us know. For more information, email
don’t need to do anything other than show up and enjoy. maryannethornton@gmail.com or call 825-9202

It’s the relationship secret Joyful Noise Singers

that’s hidden in plain sight ... Children (grades 3-6) are invited to gather in the Sanctuary from 12:15-
12:30 (by the organ after 11am service) with Rafael. This will be a time
Sunday evenings, 5PM, Choir Room for the children to learn more about music and rehearse for upcoming
opportunities to sing in worship as they glorify God. Contact Rafael at

Save the Date

Vacation Bible School 2019
• Sunday, June 23rd – Thursday, June 27th, 2019
• Join us for ROAR
• Where Life is Wild and God is Good
• Five Days of VBS fun this summer !
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, award winning and New York Times Bestselling • First meeting November 12 at 6:30pm
author of Love & Respect and former pastor, presents his Love and
Respect conference on DVD with discussion to follow, each session
lasting about 1 ½ hours. In an exhilarating 10-week study, Dr. Eggerichs
will spark your imagination, make you laugh (and maybe cry), and
refresh your commitment to each other. Whether you are preparing for
marriage, in a struggling relationship, or seeking to strengthen a healthy
marriage, these life changing, practical principles can make the
difference. Each couple will need a Love & Respect Workbook ($10)
For more information, contact Chris Fuss 434-466-5721 or
Sisters in Scripture
The Sisters in Scripture Sunday School Class (Rm. 211) has begun a 12-
session small group bible study DVD, Twelve Women of the Bible. Lysa
TerKuerst, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders look at the
spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean
Youth Sunday School for your life today. All ladies are invited to join us. See Ann Brown with
Each Sunday — 10:10 AM – 10:50 AM questions.
Youth Room - 105
Youth Sunday School- Every Sunday Youth Sunday School meets in the
Youth Room from 10:10 – 10:50 AM. This is open to all 6th - 12th
You are Invited to Tuesday Morning Study
graders. Questions? contact Ms. Rebecca, wagnerwimps@yahoo.com and Fellowship at Aldersgate Church
Important Parent and Youth meeting "Struggles in Faith: A Study of
1 Samuel" is a new seven-
for 2018-19 Youth Ministry Programs week study has begun on
Please join us TONIGHT at 5pm, for dinner, fellowship, and very Tuesday mornings at 10am in
important informational meeting regarding Aldersgate Youth Ministry the Choir Room. We will meet
programming for the 2018-19 school year. This meeting will provide for approximately 1-1/4 hour
information important for both youth and adults. Attending will each session. "Struggles in
facilitate a wonderful year of fun and fellowship. Faith" highlights the lives of
New to Youth Ministry: This evening is a great time for parents and such figures as Hannah,
youth to come together and see what opportunities are available for Samuel, Saul, David, and many others. While the people and events of 1
youth to connect beyond worship to the life of the church. If you are Samuel are from long ago and from far away, the struggles these men
new to youth ministry, come as a family and use this time to learn more and women faced are the same as ours today. Whether this will be the
without having to make a commitment. Aldersgate Youth Ministry is first time that you have been a part of a study of God's word or you
designed for all youth in middle and high school. Please join us! For have been a part of many studies, you are invited to join the fellowship
more information, see Carolyn Robertson. and learning of "Struggles in Faith: A Study of 1 Samuel." You will
identify with these ancient Israelites and much can be learned from
An Invitation From the Youth Praise Band their successes and struggles. Pastor Rob Robertson will facilitate. May
The Aldersgate Youth Praise Band (YPB) will begin their 2018-2019 God use this book to make us more and more into men and women
school year rehearsals TODAY at 3:15 to 4:45. we meet in the main after God's own heart!
Sanctuary. The YPB is always looking for high-school-aged or middle-
school-aged musicians and singers who are committed and want to be a Reading Plan - Week 2: Chapters 3 - 8
part of this unique and long-standing youth ministry at Aldersgate. Since Week 3: Chapters 9 - 14
our previous electric guitarists and keyboardists have graduated and Week 4: Chapters 15 - 16
moved on, we especially need those instruments; but all are welcome. If Week 5: Chapters 17-19
interested, please contact Mike Colley at 434-825-9909 Week 6: Chapters 20 - 27
or colley@earthlink.net Week 7: Chapters 28-31
Growing Together.... Charlottesville District Youth 5th Sunday
Each of us has been called by September 30th at Mt. Moriah UMC in White Hall
Jesus! How do we respond? What Aldersgate youth will meet at 2:15 PM in the lower parking lot.
does a generous heart look like? Who We will eat dinner pizza at Crozet Pizza and return by 6:45 PM
demonstrates an attitude of
gratitude? Our Fall stewardship NEX-GEN Virginia Conference
campaign will look at these
questions. No matter where we are
Youth Fall Retreats
in our relationship with Jesus, we can Aldersgate youth are encouraged to attend the annual Virginia
GROW. Let us each prayerfully Conference Youth Retreat Weekends. This is a fun weekend of activities,
consider what God has done in our music, over 2 night and 2 days. This is a great time to get away from the
lives, and how we want to give world and be with friends.
thanks. As a church, the Lord can
take our combined efforts, and do
Middle School Retreat Dates and Details
more than we can imagine. TOGETHER, we can do all things, through (Grade 6th – 8th Only)
Christ! Commitment Sunday is All Saints Sunday, November 4th. Retreat Weekend will be Friday, November 9th til Sunday November 11th
The Very Early Bird Price for the weekend with $100.00 payment by
A Service for the Blessing of Animals Early Bird Price for the weekend with $120.00 payment by Sunday,
September 30th
Sunday, October 7th at 3:00pm Middle School Full Price and final date for Weekend Retreat with
A Blessing of Animals at Aldersgate Church on Sunday, October 7th at $145.00 payment by October 14th
3:00pm witnesses to God's and the church's love, care, and concern for
creation and recognizes our mutual interdependence with all of God's High School Retreat Dates and Details
creatures. This service is designed for all ages, including children. It will
be held outdoors in the lower parking lot, weather permitting, to allow (Grades 9th – 12th Only)
for larger animals, including horses or other livestock, to be present. Retreat Weekend will be Friday, November 30th til Sunday, December 2nd
Favorite toy animals also are welcome. The service will be celebrated The Very Early Bird Price for the weekend with $100.00 payment by
near the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi, October 4th. TODAY
Early Bird Price for the weekend with $120.00 payment by Sunday,
September 30th
High School Full Price and the final date to reserve a spot for the
Weekend Retreat with $145.00 payment by Sunday, November 11th
Registration and Refunds will follow the Virginia Conference Policy.
The Total cost of the retreat is $145.00 with a portion of this retreat
underwritten by the church for those who register early.

If you should have any questions about this retreat, contact Carolyn
Robertson at carolynrobertson@cvaumc.org.
Virginia Conference Event College Student Care Packages
Another school year has rolled around and exam time will be here
September 26, 7pm: "Way Forward" before you know it! We like to send care packages to our college
"Way forward: a Q&A event with Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, the Rev. Tom students . . . and they like to receive them! So if you know of a first time
Berlin and Ms. Martha Stokes." This event will focus on the work of the college student OR if your continuing college student has had a change
Commission on a Way Forward, the three proposed models and General of address, please let us know so that we can send a care package out at
Conference 2019. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26 exam time! You can call Susan Reed at 973-0766 or email
at 7 p.m. at Reveille Church, 4200 Cary Street Rd, Richmond, VA 23221. reedr3va@gmail.com. Thanks for your help; the kids will appreciate it!
Bishop Lewis, the Rev. Berlin and Ms. Stokes will share their thoughts as
well as moderate questions on these topics. The event will be
livestreamed and archived at https://livestream.com/VAUMC/COWFQA
Do you sew?
Do you own a sewing machine? Do you have a drawer
or closet or tubby full of fabric? We need you! The
Living Nativity ministry needs more costumes, and we
are in need of folks to help make them. Patterns and
fabric will be provided, and they range from very easy
to mildly intricate. Please join us. We have
Calling All Painters! something for everyone who is creative and wants to
The Board of Trustees is seeking persons to assist with be part of this wonderful ministry. Call, text, or email Kathleen Vogel at
several interior painting projects that will be beginning soon kathleen.morse.vogel@gmail.com or (845) 896-9813.
at Aldersgate Church. Some experience is preferred. If you
might be able to assist for a few hours or for a couple of days Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord
or would like additional information, please contact Ed Ansell Do you play an instrument? Do you love to
of the Board of Trustees at (434) 973-9630. Thank you! sing? We have a place for you! The Chancel
Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, and Handbell
Volunteers Needed Choir are all back in full swing for the year. If
you would like to know more about how to
for Weekend Backpack Program become involved with the musical life of our church, see Rafael
At 6pm on Wednesday evenings during the school year, volunteers go to Scarfullery, Music Director (RafaelScarfullery@cvaumc.org), or Melody
Greer Elementary School and pack approximately 150 bags of food for Day, Handbell Choir Director (Melody@daysongstudio.com).
underserved families within the Greer community. The food is
taken home by students on Fridays. The families who receive All Saints Sunday
this food may not otherwise have adequate food resources for
On All Saints Sunday, November 4th, we will remember the members of
the weekend. We are in need of volunteers to help with this
Aldersgate who have died since November 1, 2017. In addition, if you
program. Your time commitment is 30 minutes once a month.
have a friend or family member you would like to remember in the All
Please consider being the hands and feet of Jesus as we continue to do
Saints Sunday bulletin, please write the name on the tear-off flap of the
his work. Contact Deb Reynolds rynldsdeb@gmail.com for more
Worship Bulletin or email aldersgate@cvaumc.org. All names are due
information, or to sign up to help.
by 9am on Tuesday, October 30.

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