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Advent Series Begins December 2!

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

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filling out a survey. If you should need assistance or have questions,
please contact the Church Office by telephone (973-5806) or email
info@cvaumc.org. Thank you in advance for your help!
Living
Nativity:
The Greatest
Story Ever
Told
For Our Youngest Friends Friday, December 21
and Their Parents 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
A professionally staffed nursery is available for children birth through Come see the Aldersgate
age three during all services and Sunday School on the lower level. An living nativity, a 20-minute
usher will be happy to direct you. Additionally, a Parent Room is outdoor show. Bring your friends and neighbors to this popular annual
available in the Parlor adjacent to the Sanctuary, for viewing and event, which is a highlight of the Advent season!
hearing all services. Please ask an usher to show you the way. All
restrooms are equipped with changing tables. Living Nativity Outdoor
Drama Rehearsal
Sunday Children's Worship All adults participating in the Living Nativity outdoor drama will have a
rehearsal, costume fittings and potluck dinner on Wednesday,
During 9am and 11am Services December 19th starting at 5:45 PM. It is still no too late to participate in
Calling all children! Children 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to the wonderful evening of telling the story that changed the
come and be a part of our Children's Worship time downstairs following world. Contact MaryAnne Thornton, maryannethornton@gmail.com.
the Children's Message. There they will have opportunities to encounter
God through scripture, music, prayers, and other meaningful and fun
ways. Elementary-age children will return to the sanctuary and gather
2019 Offering Envelopes
with the congregation for the benediction each week. At 9:00am, Pre- Available soon
Schoolers move to their 10:10am Sunday School room. If you have any Offering envelopes for 2019, which assist the tellers to more accurately
questions, please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche. count and credit the weekly offering, will be available soon. Each box of
offering envelopes will be clearly labeled with a giving number and the
Children's Sunday School giver's name will be printed on a label on the outside. Your giving
number in 2019 is the same as your giving number in 2018. Thank you
Sunday School, a time of bible discovery with friends, invites all children for your financial support of the life and ministry of Aldersgate Church!
to come and learn at 10:10am. Lynn Bremer leads the elementary class
(Room 106) and Sherry Bryant leads our all new Preschool/Kindergarten Friendship Christmas Luncheon
class (Room 110). Classrooms are found in the Education Wing on the
The Friendship Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Double Tree
ground floor level.
Hotel on Wednesday, December 19. (Change of date from Tuesday to
Wednesday for this month). Entertainment will be provided by Burley
Middle School students (Bearettes). Contact Jean Ward at 434-964-1178
for more information.
Young Adults/Sunday Small Group:
Join us for a time of fellowship and study this
holiday season! The group will be exploring Children’s Nativity
Christmas through the eyes of Joseph, a man who You're invited to come and enjoy our Children's Nativity, "ON THE ROAD
found himself in circumstances that he never TO BETHLEHEM", Saturday, December 15th at 5:00pm. This is a free
would have chosen for himself. How do we, like event, all are invited! Join us for this fun evening featuring the children,
Joseph, find the courage to keep pressing on,
youth, praise band and the Aldersgate Ringers, all sharing God's
even when we find ourselves in unpleasant
story. You'll be invited to
circumstances? How do we see God as a sustainer
sing along with your favorite
in the middle of our messy lives? We will discuss
these questions and more, using Adam Hamilton’s carols, hear the familiar
“Faithful” as our guide. The group meets in the story and we'll end the
Hospitality Room (downstairs) on Sundays from festivities with a home
10:10-10:50am and all materials are provided. Come as you are! cooked meal. Seating is
limited, be sure to make
your reservation by
First Friday emailing info@cvaumc.org
Coming Soon or contacting Maryanne
You’re invited for a special “first” Friday, family-friendly gathering, Thornton.
beginning January 4 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Our theme for January is
“New Beginnings.” Our gathering, in the Reed Room, will include a
simple supper, hands-on devotion time, New Year activities and a take
home gift. Sign up link coming soon. Contact Pastor Julie for more Joyful Noise Singers
information @julienitzsche@cvaumc.org. Children (grades 1-6) are invited to gather in the Sanctuary from 12:15-
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
Advent Photo Booth in the Reed Room upcoming opportunities to sing in worship as they glorify God. Contact
Capture the Moment! Rafael at rafaelscarfullery@cvaumc.org.
Join us in telling our story this Advent Season, “We Believe in
Christmas….” Gather family or friends, snap your photo, and if you
choose…. Upload to Facebook or Instagram using #CvilleAUMC – don’t
forget to “check-in” at Aldersgate UMC as well. Have Fun!

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Poinsettias and Mission Kits
Want to give a thoughtful gift? We have order
forms for poinsettias and mission kits in your
bulletin. You may donate a poinsettia or
Youth Sunday School mission kit in honor or memory of a loved
Each Sunday — 10:10 AM – 10:50 AM one, or to the glory of God. Poinsettias may be
Youth Room - 105 taken home after the 7:30pm December 24
Youth Sunday School - Every Sunday, Youth Sunday School meets in the worship service. Cost is $12 each. The
Youth Room (107) from 10:10–10:50am. This is open to all 6th - 12th deadline is TODAY, Sunday, December 9.
graders. Contact Ms. Rebecca, wagnerwimps@yahoo.com.
Gifts of Stock – A Great Way to Give
Christmas is around the Corner! to Aldersgate Church
Here are some great gift ideas ! Many of us have stock that has appreciated substantially during the past
HOLD ON! Buy a ticket for Sunday, January 20th, when our Aldersgate few years. Please consider using it to make a year-end gift to Aldersgate
Youth Group heads to the mountains of Church, or pay some or all of your 2019 pledge. In doing so, you’ll avoid
Wintergreen to go snow tubing! all brokerage charges or commissions, avoid all capital gains taxes,
generate a great tax deduction for yourself and Aldersgate Church will
Early Bird Ticketing: 12/16/2018 $ 20.00 receive 100% of the market value of the stock! For more information or
NEXT WEEK!
help in making the gift, contact Bob Forrest, a member of the Finance
Regular Ticketing: 1/6/2019 $ 29.00 Committee, by telephone (434-974-6650) or email. Thank you for your
If space is available: 1/13/2019 $29.00 financial support of the life and ministry of Aldersgate Church.

We will enjoy an afternoon of Christian fellowship, good food and of Donor Advised Funds Can Help You
course TUBING!
and Aldersgate Church
Because of the new tax law, many people are establishing Donor
Advised Funds to insure they have sufficient deductions to be able to
itemize in 2018. By establishing and making a contribution to your DAF,
This year the District Winter Retreat for Middle and High School Youth you can take the entire amount of the contribution in 2018, even
will be held at Westview on the James February 22-24, 2019. though the distributions from your DAF to Aldersgate Church and other
This retreat will be filled with fun, fellowship, and good food along the charities may not be made until 2019 or later. For more information on
way as we join in a wonderful weekend together. Still not sure if you how to establish a qualified DAF or for more information or help in
want to go? Ask one of youth who went on the November or December making the gift, contact Bob Forrest, a member of the Finance
Retreat Weekends. Committee by telephone (434-974-6650) or email. Your financial
Come and join us for the fun! Don’t miss out! support of the life and ministry of Aldersgate Church empowers ministry
and makes disciples at Aldersgate Church.
Pricing for 3-day retreat is coming soon.
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
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this opportunity to share the love that God has December 9, 2018
given you. You will find that being a Stephen High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
minister will not only be helpful to others, but it will be one of the most Youth Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
fulfilling and joyful experiences that you will ever have. If you want to Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
know more about this ministry, you can speak with one of our Stephen December 16, 2018
Leaders (Billie Campbell—bcampbell@icloud.com and Chris Fuss) or Middle School and High School Christmas Party
Stephen Ministers (Joan Forrest and Mary Seymour). Reservation/RSVP by TODAY, December 9, 5:00 PM
December 23, 2018
No Youth Group Tonight
Angel Tree gifts! December 30, 2018
Deadline: TODAY, No Youth Group Tonight
December 9 Families are invited to 5th Sunday District Event at Ivy UMC
Thank you for making Christmas a January 6, 2019 Youth Group Tonight – Welcome and Happy New Year!
memorable day for underprivileged children High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
and senior citizens! Please return all gifts to Youth Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
AUMC no later than Sunday, December Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
9. Gifts for the Salvation Army youths January 13, 2019
should be unwrapped, and gifts for the Youth Group Tonight
seniors do need to be gift wrapped or gift High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
bagged with the residents' names securely Youth Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
attached. If you have any questions Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
regarding the youth gifts, please contact Ann January 20, 2019
Brown at 434-882-2533; or Pat Daniel at Youth Group Snow Tubing @Wintergreen Resort
434.975.1363 for the senior gifts.

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“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 several dates when help is especially needed. Please prayerfully during the 10:00am Children's Sunday School time, usually just once a
consider offering the gift of yourself in this very important way. Please month. Please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche julienitzsche@cvaumc.org
see Pat Daniel with 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

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