April Newsletter
Fun summer events are quickly approaching! Take a look to learn more.
Regards from Rick
I was reminded this morning at the Arby Men’s breakfast table in Bedford where I was enjoying the fellowship of a dozen men from First UMC that last year at this time the spring flowers were in full bloom. Not so this year. Cold and rain have kept them at bay. But they are just waiting to burst forth in glorious color. The forsythia is straining in the bud. Is it any wonder that the spring solstice holds the sacred moments of God’s resurrection revelation? For is this not the time when human spirits once again strain against the emotional feelings of desolation and death, crying out to hear once again that Jesus is alive! Life, not death, is victorious! And so we sing:

Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain,
wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
love lives again, that with the dead has been: 
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green. 
 
Have you noticed? The winter wheat fields are turning a glorious deep, pure green!
 
And so we sing and pray and laugh and celebrate our way into April.
Worship in April
April 8  2 nd Sunday of Easter
Message: “Play it again, Sam”
Scripture: John 20:19-31; I John 1:1-2:2
Key Verse: “ We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us..” I John 1:3a
 
April 15  3 rd Sunday of Easter   Native American Ministries Sunday (offering)
Guest Pastor-- The Rev. Fred Shaw, a retired United Methodist Pastor from Ohio and a member of the Shawnee Remnant Band of Ohio.
Youth Pancake Breakfast to raise money for church camp scholarships.

April 22 4 th Sunday of Easter
Message: “No Exams”
Scripture: John 10:11; I John 3:16-24
Key Verse:  “And by this we will know that we are from the truth…” I John 3:19a

April 29  5 th Sunday of Easter
Message: “A Life with No Fear”
Scripture: John 15:1-8; I John 4:7-12
Key Verse:   “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” I John 4:18

As you have noticed, the preaching after Easter comes from the writing of I John. While it is often referred to as a letter, it doesn’t read like a letter. Many feel that it serves as a commentary on the Gospel of John and probably comes from the fledgling Jesus community of Ephesus where the writer lived. There is no doubt that the Gospel of John and I, II and III John belong to the same genre or believers’ community. If you have not read it through, it would well be worth your time to do so now.

Love and blessings,  Pastor Rick
Calendar and Events
Happy birthday, April babies!
Keep these people in your prayers on their special day! Email info@aldersgateum.org to have your birthday added to the list.
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April 30
Ron Kimberlin, April Moody
David Becker, Phyllis Kincaid, Elijah Messinger, Lucas Messinger, Tyler Messinger, Janie Roberts, Amy Tank, Benjamin Welp
Mike Dahl
Aidan Gordon, Peggy Julian, Jaxson Kruckenberg
Pat Barner, Tommy Tate
Evelyn Johnston
Becki Miller
Jack Barner, Kim Clodfelter
Jeff Fisher
Cheryl Schauberger
Kurt Bottles
Andrea Gordon, Cameron Witte
Jane Glancy
Kim Milling, John Neireiter
Dennis Messinger
Carolyn Mills
Avery Pereboom
Stephanie Aldridge, Russ Becker
Ruth Reid, Karen Thompson, Sherri Wisuri
Brian Millard, Dave Roberts
Pat Marienau
Sue Moore
April Calendar
April 3
April 8
April 12
April 13
April 15
April 17
April 21
April 24
Trustees Meeting, 6:30 pm
Game Night, 6-8 pm
Book Club meets at Barnes & Noble, 2nd floor, 1:30 pm
Kids' Night Out, 5:30-8:30 pm
Pancake Breakfast - Youth Fundraiser, 9 am- 12 pm
Stewardship Meeting, 6:30 pm
M.A.L.E. (Men's) Breakfast, 7:30 am at the Carousel
Centering Prayer, 9:30 am
Looking Ahead
May 19
June 18-22
3rd Annual Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Fair
Vacation Bible School Week
Game Night
Join us for a fun evening of board games, clabber, or bridge on Sunday, April 8 from 6 to 8 pm in the Media Center! If you have questions, call Sharon or Dan Michel at  812-490-0110 . See you soon!
Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Fair
Come and enjoy a children and family friendly event at Aldersgate United Methodist Church! Proceeds will help support the children and youth of Aldersgate to attend church camp and other activities. E-mail Brooke at aldersgatecraftfair@gmail.com for more information. See you May 19th!
Living with Alzheimer's Series
Join us for this series of programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle, and late stages of the disease. See videos from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do at each point along the way. Registration is required for each class; please call 1.800.272.3900 to register or at communityresourcefinder.org. A $5 donation is suggested. The series is designed for family caregivers; please no professionals. Each class will be from 10 am -12 pm at 701 N. Weinbach Ave., Suite 510 in Evansville.
  • Early Stage:         April 4, 2018
  • Middle Stage:   April 26, 2018
  • Late Stage:  May 31, 2018
Patchwork Central's
Pancake Extravaganza
April 21, 2018, 7:30 -11:30 am  
100 Washington Avenue, 812-424-2735
Featuring our Art & Company Spring Art Sale!
The breakfast is $7 for adults and $4 for children. It includes sausage, fried apples, juice, coffee, and all-you-can-eat pancakes.
Adult Ministries
Did you serve in the military?
Would any man or woman who has served in the military please contact Sharon or Dan Michel at 812-490-0110. They would like to recognize all the Aldersgate members who have been in the armed forces during the Summer Speaker Series.
Book Club
April 12
May 10 
June 14         
July 12         
August 9   
Sept 13
October 11   
November 8
Dec 13
Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
Love Does by Bob Goff
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
The Doll House by Fiona Davis
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak
We'll do something fun!
Connection Counter
Have a turn hosting the connection counter in the atrium. A very easy way to volunteer! Sign up for April shifts by clicking the link below:

Children Ministries
Kids' Night Out
Friday, April 13 from 5:30-8:30 pm
Children 3 months – 5 th  grade are invited. Please RSVP no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, April 11. Contact Nancy in the church office if you have questions or to make a reservation.
Vacation Bible School
June 18 - 22, 9 am - noon each day
Contact Nancy in the church office if you are available to volunteer. Watch for upcoming news and information about signing up your kiddos!
Children's Summer Camp
Children currently in 2 nd, 3 rd, and 4 th grades should plan to attend Church Camp this summer at The Historic Santa Claus Campground. The camp dates are July 8-13. You can register your child for camp starting on April 2, 2018 at www.santaclausumc.org. Warrior Camp will be the 2018 church camp theme. This year at Warrior Camp the children will be purposefully trained and equipped with God’s personalized weaponry: The Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) and prayer. Campers will explore the Warrior-Heart-of-Jesus and in the process, discover their own Warrior-Heart-for-Jesus! Contact Nancy in the church office for more information.
Words of Thanks
Evansville Habitat
Aldersgate UMC,
Thank you for your recent generous gift of $1000.00 towards the United Methodist Build, we celebrated another successful year of helping more families in the Evansville and Posey County build and improve their very own place to call home. As a member of the Board of Directors of Evansville Habitat, we would like to extend our appreciation for you contribution towards the United Methodist Build and for your support of the “Transforming Lives and Neighborhoods” effort. 
Bless You! Jim Bartlett
Patchwork Central
Thank you very much for your continued support of Patchwork. We are glad to continue to have members of your congregation involved in our programs. Aldersgate’s 2017 contribution to Patchwork Central from our Outreach Missions Committee was $1,000.00.
Sincerely, Amy Rich, Co-Director
United Methodist Youth Home
Thank you so much for your generous donation of $1000.00. Your kind gift is helping make hope, healing and recovery possible for the young men and women who come to UMYH. You’re helping give these troubles teens the support, structure, educations and love they need to c become responsible and productive members of the community.
Blessings, Travis Johnson, Director of Development