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Advent Series Begins December 2!

Welcome!
December 2, 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 7, 2018 - 5:00 PM: Parents’ Night Out
Input from the entire Aldersgate family, including membership and
December 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM: Children's Nativity and Dinner regular attendees, is critical to this project. Everyone is invited to
December 21, 2018 - 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 PM: Living Nativity participate, and we encourage each member of your household to
complete a survey. Hive Creative Group has prepared both online and
December 24, 2018 - 5:00, 7:30 & 11:00 PM: Christmas Eve hard copy surveys for your convenience. The link to the online survey is
Worship available on the Aldersgate Church website www.cvaumc.org/branding. A
hard copy is now available to pick up. Surveys will be received through
January 4, 2019 - 6:00-7:30 PM: First Fridays Sunday, December 9th. We invite and encourage you to participate by
filling out a survey. If you should need assistance or have questions,

Believe please contact the Church Office by telephone (973-5806) or email


info@cvaumc.org. Thank you in advance for your help!
Thank You Aldersgate Congregation!
A Note from Nancy Berman and Deb Reynolds
From November 10-17, members of this congregation participated in
the PACEM ministry, which would not have been successful without the
many hours of dedicated volunteer work. Each night we fed and
sheltered between 17-19 women. The ladies were thankful for the food,
hot showers, laundry service, CVS gift cards, backpacks and other gifts.
or Our Youngest Friends They were also extremely grateful that they had a safe warm place to
and Their Parents sleep out of the elements. Thank you to everyone who donated food or
A professionally staffed nursery is available for children birth through toiletry items, prepared meals, hosted in the evening, stayed overnight,
age three during all services and Sunday School on the lower level. An participated in visitation, donated money, and those doing laundry for
usher will be happy to direct you. Additionally, a Parent Room is the women. Our set up and tear down teams were the best! Most of all,
available in the Parlor adjacent to the Sanctuary, for viewing and thank you for your prayers and lifting up this ministry. God has truly
hearing all services. Please ask an usher to show you the way. All blessed each of us. May God continue to bless this congregation as we
restrooms are equipped with changing tables. seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

Sunday Children's Worship


Living Nativity:
During 9am and 11am Services The Greatest
Calling all children! Children 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to Story Ever
come and be a part of our Children's Worship time downstairs following Told
the Children's Message. There they will have opportunities to encounter Friday, December 21
God through scripture, music, prayers, and other meaningful and fun
ways. Elementary-age children will return to the sanctuary and gather
6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
with the congregation for the benediction each week. At 9:00am, Pre- Come see the Aldersgate
Schoolers move to their 10:10am Sunday School room. If you have any living nativity, a 20-minute outdoor show. Bring your friends and
questions, please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche. neighbors to this popular annual event, which is a highlight of the
Advent season!
Children's Sunday School 2019 Offering Envelopes
Sunday School, a time of bible discovery with friends, invites all children Available soon
to come and learn at 10:10am. Lynn Bremer leads the elementary class
Offering envelopes for 2019, which assist the tellers to more accurately
(Room 106) and Sherry Bryant leads our all new Preschool/Kindergarten
class (Room 110). Classrooms are found in the Education Wing on the count and credit the weekly offering, will be available soon. Each box of
ground floor level. offering envelopes will be clearly labeled with a giving number and the
giver's name will be printed on a label on the outside. Your giving

Believe number in 2019 is the same as your giving number in 2018. Thank you
for your financial support of the life and ministry of Aldersgate Church!
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 time apart for soul care. Parents may register their children (sign up link
this holiday season! The group will be http://www.cvaumc.org/parents-night-out/) for this Friday, December
exploring Christmas through the eyes of 7th from 5:00-8:00 pm. Children will spend a fun and festive evening
Joseph, a man who found himself in enjoying dinner, a movie, and various creative stations such as drama,
circumstances that he never would have STEM, art, and more. Please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche at
chosen for himself. How do we, like julienitzsche@cvaumc.org.
Joseph, find the courage to keep pressing
on, even when we find ourselves in Children’s Nativity
unpleasant circumstances? How do we see God as a sustainer in the
You're invited to come and enjoy our Children's Nativity, "ON THE ROAD
middle of our messy lives? We will discuss these questions and more,
TO BETHLEHEM", Saturday, December 15th at 5:00 pm at Aldersgate
using Adam Hamilton’s “Faithful” as our guide. The group meets in the
Hospitality Room (downstairs) on Sundays from 10:10-10:50am and all United Methodist Church. This is a free event, all are invited! Join us for
materials are provided. Come as you are! this fun evening featuring all of our worship musical groups, children and
youth of all ages sharing God's story. You'll be invited to sing along with
First Fridays—Coming Soon favorite carols, hear the familiar story and we'll end the festivities with a
home cooked dinner!
You’re invited for a special “first” Friday, family-friendly gathering,
beginning January 4 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Our theme for January is Bring the whole family as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior
“New Beginnings.” Our gathering, in the Reed Room, will include a together! Please get your free tickets from Maryanne Thornton in the
simple supper, hands-on devotion time, New Year activities and a take Reed Room, beginning December 2. A little help is needed. We’re
home gift. Sign up link coming soon. Contact Pastor Julie for more looking for a few folks to help with setting and/or clearing up dinner. If
information @julienitzsche@cvaumc.org. you can help, please email Pastor Julie Nitzsche.

Staff Openings
at Aldersgate Church Joyful Noise Singers
Children (grades 1-6) are invited to gather in the Sanctuary from 12:15-
Aldersgate has three staff openings to fill, which includes the Church 12:30am (by the organ after 11:00am service) with Rafael. This will be a
Administrator, Kitchen Coordinator and Nursery Assistant. If you are time for the children to learn more about music and rehearse for
interested or know someone that may be interested in learning more upcoming opportunities to sing in worship as they glorify God. Contact
about these positions, please contact Greg Brown, (434) 327-8763 or Rafael at rafaelscarfullery@cvaumc.org.
gabrown2926@gmail.com or any member of the Staff Parish Relations
Committee (SPRC).

Believe Believe
Poinsettias and Mission
Kits
Want to give a thoughtful gift? We will have
Youth Sunday School order forms for poinsettias and mission kits in
Each Sunday — 10:10 AM – 10:50 AM your bulletin. You will be able to donate a
Youth Room - 105 poinsettia or mission kit in honor or memory
Youth Sunday School - Every Sunday, Youth Sunday School meets in the of a loved one, or to the glory of God.
Youth Room (107) from 10:10–10:50am. This is open to all 6th - 12th Poinsettias may be taken home after the 7:30pm December 24
graders. Contact Ms. Rebecca, wagnerwimps@yahoo.com. worship service. Cost is $12 each.

Christmas is around the Corner! Advent Photo Booth in the Reed Room
Here are some great gift ideas ! Capture the Moment!
Join us in telling our story this Advent Season, “We Believe in
Christmas….” Gather family or friends, snap your photo, and if you
HOLD ON! Buy a ticket for Sunday, January choose…. Upload to Facebook or Instagram using #CvilleAUMC – don’t
20th, when our Aldersgate Youth Group heads to the mountains of forget to “check-in” at Aldersgate UMC as well. Have Fun!
Wintergreen to go snow tubing!
Early Bird Ticketing: 12/16/2018 $ 20.00 District Conference and Training
Regular Ticketing: 1/6/2019 $ 29.00 TODAY, Sunday, December 2, 2018
Only if space is available: 1/13/2019 $ 29.00 Crozet United Methodist Church
We will enjoy an afternoon of Christian fellowship, good food and of Schedule:
course TUBING! 1:00pm-3:00pm — Mission Project with the HUB—150 Cleaning Buckets
and 100 Hygiene Kits Will be Assembled. Children, Youth and Adults are
Invited to Participate.
This year the District Winter Retreat for Middle and High School Youth 3:00pm-4:00pm — Worship and District Conference
will be held at Westview on the James February 22-24, 2019. 4:00pm-4:15pm— Visit Displays and Snacks
This retreat will be filled with fun, fellowship, and good food along the 4:15pm-5:30pm— Training Workshops
way as we join in a wonderful weekend together. Still not sure if you (Childcare will be provided from 3:00pm-5:30pm)
want to go? Ask one of youth who went on the November or December
Retreat Weekends.
Come and join us for the fun! Don’t miss out!
Pricing for 3-day retreat is coming soon.
Believe
Training for
Stephen Ministry Youth
AUMC has been a Stephen ministry for 15 years. Our Stephen Ministers
have been a blessing to individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and
to the whole congregation. To continue and expand the ministry of care,
Calendar
we will begin another Stephen ministry training
class to start in early 2019. Take advantage of
Update
this opportunity to share the love that God has December 2, 2018
given you. You will find that being a Stephen Middle School Youth Group Dinner and a Movie 5 PM to 8 PM
minister will not only be helpful to others, but it will be one of the most (Off Site at the Vogel Home)
fulfilling and joyful experiences that you will ever have. If you want to No High School Youth Group- Just Returning from retreat!
know more about this ministry, you can speak with one of our Stephen December 9, 2018
Leaders (Billie Campbell—bcampbell@icloud.com and Chris Fuss) or High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
Stephen Ministers (Joan Forrest and Mary Seymour). Youth Group Dinner for High School and Middle School
6:15 PM
Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
Angel Tree is Here! December 16, 2018
Deadline: December 9 Middle School and High School Christmas Party
Make Christmas a memorable day for Reservation/RSVP by December 9th
underprivileged children and lonely senior December 23, 2018
citizens! Beginning Sunday, November 18, No Youth Group Tonight
there will be an Angel Tree display in the December 30, 2018
Reed Room. This year, we will have 25 youth No Youth Group Tonight
angels, through the Salvation Army, and 45 Families are invited to 5th Sunday District Event at Ivy UMC
seniors who could use a little love and January 6, 2019 Youth Group Tonight – Welcome and Happy
encouragement. You may pick up your angel New Year!
at any time, but please return all gifts to High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
AUMC no later than Sunday, December Youth Group Dinner for High School and Middle School
9. Gifts for the Salvation Army youths 6:15 PM
should be unwrapped, and gifts for the Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
seniors do need to be gift wrapped or gift
bagged with the residents' names securely attached. If you have any
questions regarding the youth gifts, please contact Ann Brown at 434-
882-2533; or Pat Daniel at 434.975.1363 for the senior gifts.
Believe
“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 seeks Director for the 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
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 Christian
Jeanne Hamlin at jeaham@comcast.net or call her at 434-973-9889. We
to support and direct youth volunteers in expressing a contagious love
always welcome more participants. If you have a prayer request that
of Jesus through music and worship. The director will assist the band in
you would like included, please send that to her also.
rehearsals and in preparations for leading worship
at Aldersgate Church. The Youth Praise Band leads
music during worship periodically throughout the
Volunteers for Sunday Night
year. If you would like to explore this volunteer Youth Dinner
opportunity, please contact info@cvaumc.org or Our Youth Group for 2018-2019 is in full swing and each Sunday night,
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
Ushers Needed volunteers, Sunday School Classes or other adult small groups in the
A great service opportunity at Aldersgate Church is being an usher. We church who would be willing to volunteer to assist with our Sunday
need ushers for every week of the month for the 11:00am service time Night Youth Group Dinner. We would ask that the night you volunteer,
except the 3rd week of each month. If you are interested in exploring you would help prepare or pick up our meal, set up food for buffet style
this opportunity to serve periodically on Sunday morning, please contact serving, and help us with cleaning up. Please see the available dates in
Bob Miller at bmiller@pvcc.edu. or Pastor Rob at the Reed Room (meal stipend monies are available to support this
robrobertson@cvaumc.org. ministry). For more information, contact Carolyn Robertson, Youth
Coordinator.
Holiday Nursery Care Assistance Needed Children's Ministry is growing!!
A little extra help is needed so that our nursery is open to meet the Help is needed to fulfill our calling in the lives of our children. Adult
needs of our congregation and guests this Advent season. The following “helpers” are needed during the 9:00am Children's Worship time and
are a lot of dates when is needed. Please prayerfully consider offering during the 10:00am Children's Sunday School time, usually just once a
the gift of yourself in this very important way. Please see Pat Daniel with month. Please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche julienitzsche@cvaumc.org
any questions and to sign up for the following slots: to get more information.
December 23: 8:45am-10:30am/ 10:45-12:30am Pews in the Sanctuary
December 24, Christmas Eve: 5:00pm AND during the 7:30pm The pews in the sanctuary are neat and tidy because of dedicated
December 30: 8:45am-10:30am/ 10:45am-12:30am volunteers. Would you consider giving two hours each month at your
convenience to help stock the pews? Join the team by giving Kathleen

Believe Vogel a call at 845-896-9813 or email me at kathleen.


morse.vogel@gmail.com