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November 11, 2018

Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars!

November 18, 2018 - 12:15 PM: Confirmation Information Luncheon
December 1, 2018 - 8:30 AM: Pancakes and Pajamas
December 1, 2018 - 9:00 AM: Hanging of the Greens Welcome to Aldersgate Church!
December 2, 2018 - 10:00 AM: Advent Brunch 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
December 7, 2018 - 5:00 PM: Parents’ Night Out to be perfect, at our church we come together to help make the
December 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM: Children's Nativity and Dinner kingdom of God a reality on earth by loving God and loving our neighbor.
December 21, 2018 - 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 PM: Living Nativity
December 24, 2018 - 5:00, 7:30 & 11:00 PM: Christmas Eve Worship Branding Survey
January 4, 2019 - 6:00-7:30 PM: First Fridays Kick-Off 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
Office Hours and Email on creating a clearer and more effective brand for Aldersgate Church. This
Office hours at Aldersgate Church are 10:00am to 3:00pm, Monday effort will help us to have more concise communications within the
through Friday. On an interim basis, Randy Gardner will be serving as church and more effectively share our story with the community. With
Church Administrator. All Correspondence with the Church Adminis- your help, we will be examining our mission statement, values, key
trator should be sent to info@cvaumc.org. principals, and more!
Input from the entire Aldersgate family, including membership and
regular attendees, is critical to this project. Hive Creative Group has
USHERS NEEDED! prepared both online and hard copy surveys for your convenience. The
The church needs your help. A great service opportunity at link to the online survey will be available on the Aldersgate Church
website www.cvaumc.org/branding. The hard copy survey will be
Aldersgate Church is being an usher. We need ushers for every
available to pick up starting next Sunday, November 18 th after the 9:00
week of the month for the 11:00am service time except the and 11:00 AM services. Surveys will be received through Sunday,
3rd week of each month. If you are interested in exploring this December 9th . We invite and encourage you to participate by filling out a
opportunity to serve periodically on Sunday morning, please survey. If you should need assistance or have questions, please contact
contact Bob Miller at bmiller@pvcc.edu. or Pastor Rob at the Church Office by telephone (973-5806) or email info@cvaumc.org.
robrobertson@cvaumc.org. Thank you in advance for your help!
Sisters in Scripture
The Sisters in Scripture Sunday School Class (Room 211) has a small
group DVD bible study, Twelve Women of the Bible. Lysa TerKuerst, Elisa
For Our Youngest Friends Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders look at the spiritual lessons
and Their Parents learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for your life
A professionally staffed nursery is available for children birth through today. All ladies are invited to join us each Sunday morning, 10:10am-
age three during all services and Sunday School on the lower level. An 10:50am. Send any questions to Ann Brown at info@cvaumc.org.
usher will be happy to direct you. Additionally, a Parent Room is
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. Staff Openings at Aldersgate Church
Sunday Children's Worship Church Administrator Needed -
During 9am and 11am Services On behalf of Aldersgate’s Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), we
Calling all children! Children 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to share our church administrator, Amy O’Brien, was recently offered an
come and be a part of our Children's Worship time downstairs following opportunity for a career change. Amy feels led by God to accept that
the Children's Message. There they will have opportunities to encounter opportunity, and so her last day was Friday, October 5, 2018. We
God through scripture, music, prayers, and other meaningful and fun deeply appreciate Amy’s service to our church for the past 11 years; and
ways. Elementary-age children will return to the sanctuary and gather as she leaves us, we send our prayers, gratitude, love, and good wishes
with the congregation for the benediction each week. At 9:00am, Pre- with her and her daughter, Erin. If you are interested or know someone
Schoolers move to their 10:10am Sunday School room. If you have any that may be interested in learning more about the position, please
questions, please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche. contact Greg Brown, (434) 327-8763 or gabrown2926@gmail.com or
any member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC).
Children's Sunday School
Sunday School, a time of bible discovery with friends, invites all children Kitchen Coordinator Needed -
to come and learn at 10:10am. Lynn Bremer leads the elementary class Elizabeth Peterson has served as our Kitchen Coordinator for the past
(Room 106) and Sherry Bryant leads our all new Preschool/Kindergarten three years and her time as coordinator ended September 30,
class (Room 110). Classrooms are found in the Education Wing on the 2018. Her time, energy and dedication to the position is appreciated
ground floor level. and we thank her for all she has done!
Save the Date! Parent's Night Out If you are interested in the Sip N Chat - Kitchen Coordinator position or
Parent’s Night Out is a ministry opportunity for young parents to have a
have questions, contact Greg Brown (434) 327-8763 or
time apart for soul care. Parents may register their children (sign up link
gabrown2926@gmail.com or any member of SPRC.
coming soon) for December 7th from 5:00-8:00 pm. Children will spend a
fun and festive evening enjoying dinner, a movie, and various creative
stations such as drama, STEM, art, and more. Please sign up by December
1. Please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche at julienitzsche@cvaumc.org.
Joyful Noise Singers
Young Adults/Sunday Morning Children (grades 1-6) are invited to gather in the Sanctuary from 12:15-
Small Group: 12:30am (by the organ after 11:00am service) with Rafael. This will be a
time for the children to learn more about music and rehearse for
New Study Beginning Soon! upcoming opportunities to sing in worship as they glorify God. Contact
Join us for a time of fellowship and study this holiday season! The group Rafael at rafaelscarfullery@cvaumc.org.
will be exploring Christmas through the eyes of Joseph, a man who
found himself in circumstances that he never would have chosen for
himself. How do we, like Joseph, find the courage to keep pressing on, Children's Ministry is growing!!
Help is needed to fulfill our calling in the lives of our children. Adult
even when we find ourselves in unpleasant circumstances? How do we
“helpers” are needed during the 9:00am Children's Worship Time and
see God as a sustainer in the middle of our messy lives? We will discuss
these questions and more, using Adam Hamilton’s Faithful as our guide. during the 10:00am Children's Sunday School time, usually just once a
The group meets in the Hospitality Room (downstairs) on Sundays from month. Please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche julienitzsche@cvaumc.org to
10:10-10:50am and all materials are provided. Come as you are! get more information.

Join Us! SAVE THE DATE: Children’s Nativity

Young Adult Small Group You're invited to come and enjoy our Children's Nativity, "ON THE ROAD
TODAY at 10:10am in the Hospitality Room TO BETHLEHEM", Saturday, December 15th at 5:00 pm at Aldersgate
Are you a young professional or parent seeking to connect with others? United Methodist Church. This is a free event, all are invited! Join us for
We invite you to a set-apart time of fellowship, encouragement, and this fun evening featuring all of our worship musical groups and children
spiritual growth. We meet in the Hospitality Room from 10:00am to ages 4-14 sharing God's story. You'll be invited to sing along with
10:50am on the lower level, and all materials are provided. You don’t favorite carols, hear the familiar story and we'll end the festivities with a
need to do anything other than show up and enjoy. home cooked dinner! Bring the whole family as we celebrate the birth of
our Lord and Savior together!
It’s the relationship secret
that’s hidden in plain sight ... Children's Nativity
Sunday Evenings, 5PM, Choir Room Cast Information
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, award winning and New York Times Bestselling The Children's Nativity on December 15 at 5:00pm and there is still room
author of Love & Respect and former pastor, presents his Love and for younger children (ages 4 through 2nd grade) to join the cast and
Respect conference on DVD with discussion to follow, each session attend 1 practice (December 12 or 14). The next practice for older
lasting about 1 ½ hours. For more information, contact Chris Fuss 434- children will be on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30pm. Please contact
466-5721 or preacherfuss@gmail.com. Pastor Julie for more information at julienitzsche@cvaumc.org.
A Time for All Generations to Connect
Advent Season Begins
Saturday, December 1
Children's Ministry is hosting Pancakes and Pajamas from 8:30 -
9:30am on December 1 in the Fellowship Hall. Participants can come
dressed in festive pajamas and enjoy making their very own pancakes,
Youth Sunday School complete with the toppings. Each participant will then have an
opportunity to make a Christmas Tree ornament that will be used for
Each Sunday — 10:10 AM – 10:50 AM our tree in the Reed Room and a take home activity for the whole
Youth Room - 105 family.
Youth Sunday School - Every Sunday, Youth Sunday School meets in the Hospitality Committee will begin preparing the Reed Room @ 9:00am
Youth Room (107) from 10:10–10:50am. This is open to all 6th - 12th on December 1 for our Advent season. If you would like to help set
graders. Contact Ms. Rebecca, wagnerwimps@yahoo.com. tables and make this space ready, please contact Jennifer Hamlin at
panachejennifer@gmail.com. The Advent Brunch will be held on
Sunday, Dec. 2 @ 10:00am between services and is a pot luck
Youth Calendar Update celebration of food, faith and fellowship. Come and Enjoy!
Altar Guild is hosting the Hanging of the Greens, a traditional means of
High School Youth preparing the Sanctuary for the season of Advent. Beginning at 9:00am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 5:00-8:00 PM High School Youth Group December 1, we'll decorate Sanctuary Chrismon Trees, hang wreaths,
prepare the Christmas Tree in the Welcome Center Please contact
Dinner and a Movie Kimberley Roll at rollwell3@gmail.com or 973-6382 for information.
Middle School Youth Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00 am -- A few good men are needed
Sunday, November 11, 2018 NO Middle School Youth Group—rest and to help set up the artificial Christmas trees in the Sanctuary, Reed
study! Room and Welcome Center.

NEX-GEN Virginia Conference Angel Tree Coming Soon

Youth Fall Retreats Make Christmas a memorable day for underprivileged children and
lonely senior citizens! Beginning Sunday, November 18, there will be an
Today is the FINAL Day to Register!
Angel Tree display in the Reed Room. This year, we will have 25 youth
High School Retreat Details (Grades 9th – 12th Only) angels, through the Salvation Army, and 45 seniors who could use a little
Retreat Weekend will be Friday, November 30 til Sunday, December 2. love and encouragement. You may pick up your angel at any time, but
High School Full Price and the final date to reserve a spot for the please return all gifts to AUMC no later than Sunday, December 2. Gifts
Weekend Retreat is $145.00 payment by TODAY. Registration and for the Salvation Army youths should be unwrapped, and gifts for the
Refunds will follow the Virginia Conference Policy. seniors do need to be gift wrapped or gift bagged with the residents'
names securely attached. If you have any questions regarding the youth
If you should have any questions about this retreat, contact Carolyn gifts, please contact Ann Brown at 434-882-2533; or Pat Daniel at
Robertson at carolynrobertson@cvaumc.org. 434.975.1363 for the senior gifts.
On-line Orders: Christmas Wreath Youth Confirmation Information
Group Fundraising Event
It is still not too late to support our youth and join in
the spirit of the holidays by participating in our
for Youth & Parents
Christmas wreath fundraising event. We are now Please register by Thursday, November 15th
taking orders for wreaths on-line only. The proceeds
On November 18, 2018, at 12:15pm, youth and their parents are invited
will support our youth in ministry, fellowship and in
to attend an information luncheon regarding the confirmation program
mission. The funds our youth raise will go towards
at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Confirmation is a series of
reducing the out-of-pocket expense for youth and their families to attend
classes that help youth, currently in the sixth grade or higher, explore
youth ministry events including our annual Virginia Conference Retreats their faith and discern whether they are ready to make a profession of
and District Retreats. faith in Jesus Christ! During confirmation classes, confirmands learn
Here is how you can support our mission: about the meaning of Christian faith, the history and teaching of the
Visit: www.Mickman HolidayGifts.com
United Methodist Church, an explanation of the sacraments of Baptism
Login by Using our Fundraising Code: ALDERSVA001
Sellers Name: Youth Group and Holy Communion, and the membership vows of the
church. Contact Carolyn Robertson at carolynrobertson@cvaumc.org to
Place your order on their secure website. Aldersgate Youth will receive
$8.00 per item purchased. Thank you for your support of our youth! reserve your lunch.
Volunteers for Sunday Night
Training for Stephen Ministry Youth Dinner
AUMC has been a Stephen ministry for 15 years. Our Youth Group for 2018-2019 is in full swing and each Sunday night,
Our Stephen Ministers have been a blessing to the Middle School and High School youth join for a time of fellowship
individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and to over a meal from 6:15pm-6:45pm. Youth Group is seeking adult
the whole congregation. To continue and expand the ministry of care, volunteers, Sunday School Classes or other adult small groups in the
we will begin another Stephen ministry training class to start in early church who would be willing to volunteer to assist with our Sunday
2019. Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love that God has Night Youth Group Dinner. We would ask that the night you volunteer,
given you. You will find that being a Stephen minister will not only be you would help prepare or pick up our meal, set up food for buffet style
helpful to others, but it will be one of the most fulfilling and joyful serving, join us for dinner and fellowship and help us with cleaning
experiences that you will ever have. If you want to know more about up. Please see the available dates in the Reed Room (meal stipend
this ministry, you can speak with one of our Stephen Leaders (Billie monies are available to support this ministry). For more information,
Campbell—bcampbell@icloud.com and Chris Fuss) or Stephen Ministers contact Carolyn Robertson, Youth Coordinator.
(Joan Forrest and Mary Seymour). Young Adult/Family Gathering
United Methodist Men: Flower Bulb Sale Young Adult Small Group and Children’s Ministry is hosting a Simple
Gathering on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm on the playground at
The United Methodist Men’s group has extended its sale of iris roots,
the church. Join us for a simple time of making s’mores and hot
glads, and jonquils bulbs through TODAY in the Reed Room following the chocolate, bring a lawn chair and enjoy conversation and let the kids
9:00 am service and the 11:00 am service. The profits from this sale will play! You don’t have to be a part of Small Group to join us, just come as
continue to support the men’s group mission. you are. For more information, email julienitzsche@cvaumc.org.
PACEM Ministry: Help Needed!
Aldersgate UMC will once again host the PACEM (People and
Congregations Engaged in Ministry) Women’s Shelter from November
10 through the 17. Opportunities to help include greeting our guests
as they arrive, laundering towels, personal laundry, preparing snacks,
Aldersgate Church is Seeking a Director for helping in the kitchen, spending time with our guests, and staying
the Aldersgate Youth Praise Band overnight. Items also are being collected for the shelter through
The Aldersgate Youth Praise Band ministry is seeking an TODAY. Volunteer sign-up sheets and Donation boxes will be located in
adult Christian to support and direct youth volunteers the Reed Room and the Welcome Center.
in expressing a contagious love of Jesus through music Personal items: Chapstick, lotion, ladies socks (athletic and dress).
and worship. The director will assist the band in Food: Gum, mints, hard candy, snack bags of potato chips, pretzels,
rehearsals and in preparations for leading worship at Cheetos, soft snack bars, tea bags, hot chocolate mix, lemonade mix,
Aldersgate Church. The Youth Praise Band leads music Splenda and sugar.
during worship periodically throughout the year. If you Other: New or gently used bath towels and current magazines.
would like to explore this volunteer opportunity, please contact Monetary contributions will be accepted to buy food and paper goods,
info@cvaumc.org or Pastor Rob Robertson at 973-5806. and to help with other expenses related to hosting the
program. Please make your check payable to AUMC with PACEM listed
on the memo line. For more information, contact Deb Reynolds at 295-
Blue Ridge Food Bank Needs Donations! 8217, or rynldsdeb@gmail.com; or Nancy Berman at 973-6555, or
As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with family and
friends, please remember those less fortunate than we are and
contribute food items to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Food that is Donations for College Students
needed includes:
The time has come again: time to collect goodies for care packages for
Canned Items: Beef Stew, Ravioli, Spaghetti, Vegetables, Fruit, 100% our college students during exam time! We are collecting candy, gum,
Juice, Soups, Chicken or Tuna (most needed) chocolate, nuts, granola bars, mints, popcorn, crackers, pens, pencils, or
Boxed: Rice 1 lb. (or bag); Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta & Pasta Sauce, any individually wrapped food items or small items that would lift the
Breakfast Cereals/Oatmeal/Grits spirits of students in the midst of exams AND remind them that their
Other: Coffee/Tea/Jam/Jelly, Peanut Butter (most needed) church family is thinking of them! The items can be placed in the tub
located in the hospitality room downstairs; deadline is November
NOTE: Please check expiration dates. NO GLASS JARS and NO jumbo
18. Call Susan Reed for information at 973-0766 or email
size containers, please. Food Collection Bins will be placed in the
Welcome Center and outside the Reed Room. Food will be collected
through November 30.

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