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December 16, 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.

Living Nativity:
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Friday, December 21
Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars! 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
December 21, 2018 - 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 PM: Living Nativity Come see the Aldersgate living
nativity, a 20-minute outdoor show.
December 24, 2018 - 5:00, 7:30 & 11:00 PM: Christmas Eve Bring your friends and neighbors to
Worship this popular annual event.

December 30, 2018 - First Sunday After Christmas

January 4, 2019 - 6:00-7:30 PM: First Fridays Christmas Eve Services at Aldersgate
January 6, 2019 - 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM: Epiphany We invite members of Aldersgate and
the community to Christmas Eve
January 7, 2019 - 7:30 PM: Children’s Ministry Meeting candlelight services! There will be three
January 13, 2019 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM: Baptism of the Lord opportunities to worship: Contemporary
(Family Service) at 5:00 PM; Traditional
January 20, 2019 - “Six Decisions That Will Change Your Life” at 7:30 PM; and Celebratory at 11:00
Worship Series Begins PM. Please bring family and friends to
any of these worship services to
January 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM: Vacation Bible School Planning celebrate the birth of our Lord. We look
Meeting forward to seeing you at these special
Living Nativity Outdoor
Drama Rehearsal
All adults participating in the Living Nativity outdoor drama will have a
rehearsal, costume fittings and potluck dinner on Wednesday,
December 19 starting at 5:45PM. It is still no too late to participate in
For Our Youngest Friends the wonderful evening of telling the story that changed the
world. Contact MaryAnne Thornton, maryannethornton@gmail.com.
and Their Parents
A professionally staffed nursery is available for children birth through
age three during all services and Sunday School on the lower level. An
usher will be happy to direct you. Additionally, a Parent Room is Friendship Christmas Luncheon
available in the Parlor adjacent to the Sanctuary, for viewing and The Friendship Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Double Tree
hearing all services. Please ask an usher to show you the way. All Hotel on Wednesday, December 19. (Change of date from Tuesday to
restrooms are equipped with changing tables. Wednesday for this month). Entertainment will be provided by Burley
Middle School students (Bearettes). Contact Jean Ward at 434-964-1178
for more information.
Sunday Children's Worship
During 9am and 11am Services Training for
Calling all children! Children 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to Stephen Ministry
come and be a part of our Children's Worship time downstairs following AUMC has been a Stephen Ministry congregation for 15 years. Our
the Children's Message. There they will have opportunities to encounter Stephen Ministers have been a blessing to
God through scripture, music, prayers, and other meaningful and fun individuals, to the lay ministers themselves,
ways. Elementary-age children will return to the sanctuary and gather and to the whole congregation. To continue
with the congregation for the benediction each week. At 9:00AM Pre-
and expand the ministry of care, we will
Schoolers move to their 10:10AM Sunday School room. If you have any
questions, please contact Pastor Julie Nitzsche. begin another Stephen ministry training class to start in early 2019. Take
advantage of this opportunity to share the love that God has given you.
You will find that being a Stephen minister will not only be helpful to
Children's Sunday School others, but it will be one of the most fulfilling and joyful experiences
Sunday School, a time of bible discovery with friends, invites all children
that you will ever have. If you want to know more about this ministry,
to come and learn at 10:10AM Lynn Bremer leads the elementary class
(Room 106) and Sherry Bryant leads our all new Preschool/Kindergarten you can speak with one of our Stephen Leaders (Billie Campbell—
class (Room 110). Classrooms are found in the Education Wing on the bcampbell@icloud.com and Chris Fuss) or Stephen Ministers (Joan
ground floor level. Forrest and Mary Seymour).

Believe Believe
First Friday Joyful Noise Singers
Children (grades 1-6) are invited to gather in the Sanctuary from 12:15-
Coming Soon 12:30AM (by the organ after 11:00AM service) with Rafael. This will be a
You’re invited for a special “first” Friday, family-friendly gathering,
time for the children to learn more about music and rehearse for
beginning January 4 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. Our theme for January is
upcoming opportunities to sing in worship as they glorify God. Contact
“New Beginnings.” Our gathering, in the Reed Room, will include a
Rafael at rafaelscarfullery@cvaumc.org.
simple supper, hands-on devotion time, New Year activities and a take
home gift. Sign up link is at www.cvaumc.org/first-fridays. Contact
Pastor Julie for more information @julienitzsche@cvaumc.org. Important Children’s
Ministry Meetings
Advent Photo Booth in the Reed Room There are two important children’s ministry meetings in January. On
Capture the Moment! Monday, January 7 at 7:30PM, the Children’s Ministry Committee will
Join us in telling our story this Advent Season, “We Believe in meet. On January 28, at 7:00PM, the Vacation Bible School Planning
Christmas….” Gather family or friends, snap your photo, and if you group will meet. So save the dates! See Pastor Julie in you have any
choose…. Upload to Facebook or Instagram using #CvilleAUMC – don’t questions.
forget to “check-in” at Aldersgate UMC as well. Have Fun! Heartfelt Gratitude to
Children’s Nativity Volunteers
We would like to thank everyone that helped to make the Children’s
Nativity a blessing for all who came. We deeply appreciate all of the
children and youth and their parents who made such a tremendous
commitment to share God’s story in this way. We also are grateful to the
Praise Band, Handbells, Higher Voices and all the individuals who served
behind the scenes to support this ministry event.

ROAR Vacation Bible School

Save the Date:
June 23-27,
Gifts of Stock – A Great Way to Give
to Aldersgate Church
Many of us have stock that has appreciated substantially during the past
few years. Please consider using it to make a year-end gift to Aldersgate
Church, or pay some or all of your 2019 pledge. In doing so, you’ll avoid
Youth Sunday School all brokerage charges or commissions, avoid all capital gains taxes,
Each Sunday — 10:10 AM – 10:50 AM generate a great tax deduction for yourself and Aldersgate Church will
Youth Room - 105 receive 100% of the market value of the stock! For more information or
Every Sunday, Youth Sunday School meets in the Youth Room (107) help in making the gift, contact Bob Forrest, a member of the Finance
from 10:10AM–10:50AM. This is open to all 6th - 12th graders. Contact Committee, by telephone (434-974-6650) or email
Ms. Rebecca, wagnerwimps@yahoo.com. (bobforrest19@gmail.com). Thank you for your financial support of the
life and ministry of Aldersgate Church.
Christmas is around the Corner!
Here are some great gift ideas ! Donor Advised Funds Can Help You
HOLD ON! Buy a ticket for Sunday, January 20th, when our Aldersgate and Aldersgate Church
Youth Group heads to the mountains of Because of the new tax law, many people are establishing Donor
Wintergreen to go snow tubing! Advised Funds to ensure they have sufficient deductions to be able to
itemize in 2018. By establishing and making a contribution to your DAF,
Early Bird Ticketing: 12/16/2018 $ 20.00 you can take the entire amount of the contribution in 2018, even
TODAY! though the distributions from your DAF to Aldersgate Church and other
Regular Ticketing: 1/6/2019 $ 29.00 charities may not be made until 2019 or later. For more information on
how to establish a qualified DAF or for more information or help in
If space is available: 1/13/2019 $29.00
making the gift, contact Bob Forrest, a member of the Finance
We will enjoy an afternoon of Christian fellowship, good food and of Committee by telephone (434-974-6650) or email
course, TUBING! (bobforrest19@gmail.com). Your financial support of the life and
ministry of Aldersgate Church empowers ministry and makes disciples at
Aldersgate Church.
2019 Offering Envelopes Available soon
This year the District Winter Retreat for Middle and High School Youth on Sunday, December 23
will be held at Westview on the James, February 22-24, 2019. Offering envelopes for 2019, which assist the tellers to more accurately
This retreat will be filled with fun, fellowship, and good food along the count and credit the weekly offering, will be available beginning Sunday,
way as we join in a wonderful weekend together. Still not sure if you December 23 before and after worship. Each box of offering envelopes
want to go? Ask one of youth who went on the November or December is clearly labeled with a giving number and the giver's name will be
Retreat Weekends. printed on a label on the outside. Your giving number in 2019 will be the
Come and join us for the fun! Don’t miss out! same as your giving number in 2018. Thank you for your financial
support of the life and ministry of Aldersgate Church!
Pricing for 3-day retreat is coming soon.
2019 Worship Series: Youth Calendar
6 Decisions That Will Change Update
Your Life
The worship series, 6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life, begins at December 16, 2018 TONIGHT
Aldersgate Church on Sunday, January 20 at both the 9:00AM Middle School and High School
contemporary and 11:00AM traditional services. This worship series is Christmas Party, 5:00PM-8:00PM
based upon a study of the same December 23, 2018
name, by the Rev. Tom Berlin, a No Youth Group Tonight
United Methodist pastor in the December 30, 2018
Virginia Conference. Our series will No Youth Group Tonight
examine key grace-empowered Families are invited to 5th Sunday District Event at Ivy UMC
decisions by disciples of Jesus Christ, January 6, 2019 Youth Group Tonight – Happy New Year!
who are seeking to grow deeper in High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
the love of God and neighbor. Youth Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
Scripture tells us that humanity, male and female, is made “in the image Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
of God” (Genesis 1:27 NRSV). Part of this understanding is human January 13, 2019
beings have been gifted with a creative freedom, including the ability to Youth Group Tonight
make choices. High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
Youth Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
Each and every day we make countless decisions. We choose and choose Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
and choose some more, but not all of our daily decisions are equally January 20, 2019
important and not all of our decisions draw us deeper in living out Jesus’ Youth Group Snow Tubing @Wintergreen Resort
commandment to "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, January 27, 2019
and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; Youth Group Tonight
and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27 NRSV). During the six weeks High School Youth Group 5:00 PM
of 6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life, you are encouraged to make Youth Dinner for High School and Middle School 6:15 PM
attending Sunday worship at Aldersgate Church a priority, to study and Middle School Youth Group 6:45 PM
meditate upon Scripture, and to find at least some time apart daily to February 3, 2019
pray. Souper Bowl of Caring

“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
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/ 10:45AM-12:30AM
December 24, Christmas Eve: 5:00PM AND during the 7:30PM
Pews in the Sanctuary
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.