February Newsletter
Happy Birthday,
February babies!
Keep these people in your prayers on their special day! Email info@aldersgateum.org to have your birthday added to the bird
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2/1         Kate Robinson
2/2         Heather Wilhite
2/3         Ron Harvey
2/4         Kris Griese, Melinda Seidel
2/7         Matt Brookman
2/8         Eli Wilhite
2/9         Greg Gee
2/10       Joe Miller
2/15       Tammy Gieselman
2/16       Brent Beeler, Doug Cozart, Hannah
               Rodocker, Ava Michel
2/17       Terry Ashby, Max Hamilton
2/18       Brenna Kelley, Steven Wahl
2/19       Aaron Thompson
2/21       Sandra Case, Emma Johnson, Ava
               Claire Marrs
2/22       Daniel Wahl
2/23       Randy Moore
2/24       Barbara Ahlers
2/24       Marcia Forston, Jake Kelley, Matt
               Pereboom, Darlene Stahl
2/27       Roger Garrett
February Calendar
Feb. 3-18    Kenya Mission Trip
Feb. 5          Youth Council Meeting
Feb. 7          Trustees Meeting, 6:30 pm
Feb. 9          Book Club Meets at Barnes & Noble,
                     2nd floor, 1:30 pm
Feb. 13        Stewardship Meeting, 6:30 pm
Feb. 17        Kids’ Night Out, 5:30-8:30
Feb. 18        M. A. L. E. (Men’s) Breakfast, 7:30 am
Feb. 20        CLOSED – Presidents Day
Feb. 26        Youth's Mardi Gras All-You-Can Eat
                      Pancake Fundraiser, 7-11 am
Feb. 28        Centering Prayer, 9:30 am
Looking Ahead
March 1           Ash Wednesday service 7pm
March 3-5       Spring Women’s Retreat, Barn
                         Abbey, New Harmony
March 18        MOPS Annual Rummage Sale,
                         7am-1pm
March 27-31   Spring Break Week
April 13            Holy Thursday Service 7 pm
April 14            Good Friday Service at 7 pm
April 16            Easter Sunday
May 6               3rd Annual Spring Fling/Vendor Fair
June 19-23     Vacation Bible School Week
SAVE THE DATE: Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Fair
Saturday, May 6th from 9 am- 2 pm. Registration for the 2017 Spring Fling will be open on January 23rd. Email Brooke at aldersgatecraftfair@gmail.com for more information. Proceeds will help support the Children & Youth of Aldersgate to attend church camp and other activities throughout the summer.
During the Week at Aldersgate
Sundays
Sweet Hour of Prayer - 7:30-8:30 am, Sunday mornings in Room 101. Contact person: Sue Moore
Faith Journeys - 9:45-10:45 am. Five adult classes of video discussion and/or Bible study format.   
Sunday Suppers - 5:45-6:30 pm in the Family Life Center. Organized by Nancy Roberts, this potluck/pitch-in meal is for anyone who would like to come and enjoy dinner with your church family! $3 per person suggested donation.  
Mondays

Men’s Bible Study: 12-1 pm, Aldersgate Media Center. Contact person: Elzie McBride
Tuesday
Women’s Bible Study: 9-11 am, Aldersgate, Room 102. Leaders: Marilyn Haley & Sally Gee
Quilters: 9 am-1 pm, Room 104
Centering Prayer: Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-10:30 am in room 101.  God speaks in all kinds of ways, including silence.
Wednesdays
Free Hot Breakfast for Harrison Students: 6:30-7:15 am, Family Life Center kitchen and gym
Open Gym - Basketball for Adults: 2:20-6:00 pm, in the gym
Club 345: 6-7:30 pm in Room 110. Bible Study, Snacks & Fun for kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
Social Dancing: 6-7 pm in the Atrium
Thursdays
Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at Barnes & Noble (2nd floor) 1:30 pm. 
Fridays
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The knitters are taking a break for the winter months. They will return in March on the 3rd Friday of the month from 9:30-11 AM.  Knit or Crochet items that comfort those in need. Contact person: Jan Dull
Children
Childcare
Infant-3 years old - 8:30am, 9:30am & 10:45 am, room 205, adult supervised.
3-5 years old - Adult supervised childcare is provided for special services and events.
Sunday School: Sunday mornings 9:45-10:45 am
3-5 years old | Room 208
Kindergarten-2nd grade | Room 217
3rd-5th graders | Room 212
Club 345 (Children’s Bible Study): Wed., 6-7:30 pm in Room 110, Bible Study & Snack. Fun for kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Children’s Director Contact Information: Nancy Roberts, (812) 477-7816; n.roberts@aldersgateum.org  
Kids Night Out will be on the following dates this semester:
Friday , February 17
Friday
, March 10
Friday
, April 28
FridayMay 12
Contact Nancy in the office to make a reservation .
Youth (6th-12th Grades)
Faith Journeys Class: Sundays 9:45-10:45 am, Youth Center kitchen
Youth Group: Sunday evenings, 4:30-6 pm, Youth Center
Youth Bible Study: Tuesday afternoon 3:30-4:30 pm, Media Center
Free Hot Breakfast for Harrison Students - Wednesday mornings, 6:30-7:15 am, Family Life Center
Fundraiser – Mardi Gras (All-You-Can Eat) Pancake breakfast, Sunday, Feb. 26th from 7-11 am in FLC.  Come enjoy pancakes sausage, coffee, juice and milk before Lent begins.  Support our youth, help send kids to camp!!  Watch for more info.    
Church Camp – For our Children and Youth.  Dates to come!!
Check out the Aldersgate UMC Youth Ministries Facebook page! 
Adult Faith Journeys

Room 102 | New Disciples Class:  Mike Herrell, teacher
Currently studying Great Figures of the New Testament by Amy-Jim Levine. In a few weeks the class will study The New Testament; How It Was Finalized by Professor Bart Ehrman (with DVD). Everyone is welcome to join the class for this interesting study. 
Room 103
| New Horizons Class:  Michelle and John Bryant, teachers

Currently studying Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (with DVD)

Room 104
| Brooke Kruckenberg, teacher

Currently studying Break Through;  Unleashing God’s Power Into
Impossible Situations by Chip Ingram
Room 105
| Christians Under Construction:  DeAndrea Ford, teacher

Room 110
| Fellowship Class:  Lew Plane, teacher

Studying Revival by Adam Hamilton (faith as John Wesley lived it)

Music Ministry
Cherubs (Pre-K) Meets Sundays, 5-5:30 pm,
   Room 217
Choristers (Gr.1-5) Meets Sundays, 5-5:45 pm,
   Room 201
Chancel Choir - Meets Thursdays 6:30-7:45 pm,
   Room 201
Contempo! Choir - Meets Wednesdays,
   6:30-7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Bell Choir - Meets on Sundays, 6:30-7:30 pm,
   Room 203
Join the Chancel Choir!
Attention all aspiring singers! Have you considered joining the Chancel Choir? You would be part of a caring, loving group that loves to sing, learn, pray and have fun together. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and they perform each Sunday at 11 am and on special holidays. They are in specific need of Altos, Tenors, and Basses, but all are welcome! See any Choir Member, call the church office, or talk with Mark, Lynn or Mitch if you are interested in joining. Mark's cell is 812-568-6681
Financial Information
2017 Offering Envelopes
If you do not find your name, contact Wendy in the church office.  If you are currently giving by ACH, you will not have an envelope box.
ACH ( Automatic Clearing House )
Have your tithing automatically taken from your checking or savings account once or twice a month.    E-GIVING
Did you know that e-giving can be used for book fees for a faith journeys class, men’s retreat fees, summer camp? Not only is giving online handy for regular donations to the church, it is quite convenient for getting money to the church without leaving your home. Questions, contact Wendy Hunter at 812-477-7816.
2017 Altar
Flower Sign-Up
Donate flowers for the altar in honor, memory or celebration of a special person or event.  Cost is $25.00, to be paid the week you sponsor the altar flowers. (We purchase and arrange the flowers for you, you may take them home after 11 am service).  Sign up on the flower chart in the Atrium and the office will send you a reminder by email the week before.  
Stay Fit at Aldersgate
Open Court Basketball – Wednesday afternoons, 2:30-6 pm.
Yoga – all classes meet in the Media Center, and there is no need to register for class. Just drop-in!
  Tuesday & Thursday 7:45-8:45 am
  Tuesday & Thursday 9-10:15 am 
  Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm
Walk Indoors – 8:30 am-3:30 pm on weekdays. Walk in a safe, level environment at Aldersgate, no matter what the weather. 
Quilters
Our "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt has been selected to be hung as part of the second "INSPIRATION THROUGH ART" exhibit to be located at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center at Bellemeade and St. Mary's Drive.The exhibit will run Mondays through Fridays from January 9th to April 7th, 2017.

This quilt is still for sale for $300.00.  A percentage of the sale price will go to Easterseals to help fund a new art-based program for their young clients. 

Please take a few minutes to stop over and view this special exhibit featuring some talented local artists.

Book Club
Feb. 9 : We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
March 9: Before I Go to Sleep, S. WATSON
April 13 : Hillbilly Elegy,  JD Vance
May 11: The Women  in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware
June 8 : News of the World, Paulette Jiles
July 13 : The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks
Aug. 10 : The Bookshop on the Corner, Jenny Colgan
Sept.14 : All the Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Oct. 12 : Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Nov. 8 : Members pick
Dec. 14: Bring your favorite cookbook
Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at Barnes & Noble (2nd floor) at 1:30 pm.  Join us for coffee & conversation.  Invite your friends, everyone is welcome.  Contact Evelyn Walker at 812-477-1618 with questions.
Men's (M.A.L.E.) Breakfast
Join other men from church for a breakfast fellowship time without an agenda. They meet the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Carousel Restaurant at 7:30 am. Sign up in the bulletin insert OR e-mail info@aldersgateum.org.
2016 United Methodist Church Habitat Build
Aldersgate had a goal of raising $3,000 for the 2016 UMC Habitat Build. However, we exceeded this goal and raised $3,650 toward the $80,000 it cost to build the home! The house, located on Iowa Street off of Main Street, is now completed and is occupied by our family partner, Jessica. More information can be found about Jessica at this link.
Mountain Mission Truck is Coming!
The next UM Mountain Mission Truck Pick Up is on Monday, February 27, 2017.
The United Methodist Mountain Mission has been serving the people of eastern Kentucky since 1943. We have 8 opportunity stores in Kentucky that are located in Barbourville, Irvine, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pineville, West Liberty, and Burkesville. We have trucks that travel to churches in Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and throughout Kentucky to pick up donated items. With the help of our supporters, we are able to provide gently used clothing and household items at a reasonable price. Urgent Needs: Men's and Children's winter & summer clothing
Items we CAN'T use: Encyclopedias, * Textbooks, * Hymnals, * Sunday School Literature, * Appliances that do not work, * Electronics that do not work, * Organs, * Pianos, * Out of date televisions, * Out of date computer monitors
Aldersgate's Feb. 3-18 Kenya Mission Trip
During our 2 week mission trip we will hold a medical/dental/eye clinic, dedicate the borehole well project that we funded and that is now producing continuous clean water, and the preschool where we have funded a new kitchen and 2 cook pots. The ophthalmologist traveling with us will be performing cataract surgery with a local Kenyan surgeon, for the first time. We will be visiting our sponsored pre-school children in Dago, making home visits, and taking lots of pictures of them to bring home. The following people make up our Feb. Kenya Mission Team. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for the trip, travel, work hard and show the love of Christ during the 2 weeks there.                                    
Dr. Michel Gelinas, ophthalmologist from Wisconsin who will be performing our first cataract surgeries
Stephanie Lary, attorney from New York
Amy O'Connell, market research consultant with a global technology company, from the Washington DC area
George Relyea, works in IT in health care, from Evansville. He was on last summer's team.
Lynn Renne, Team Leader from Aldersgate, Evansville
Valerie Ritter, on left, a civilian Accounting Technician for the Indiana Army National Guard, works for US Property and Fiscal Office. From Edinburgh, IN
Doug Scally, retired engineer from Florida. Was a messenger to Mission Control during the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Moses Maura has been our trusted driver and important member of our teams since 2012. His sister, Mariam, and brother-in-law, Marcus, are owners/managers of Great Horizon Trails in Nairobi- our travel company!
Clement Maiko, Peter Mageto's brother and an Engineer in Nairobi, working on his masters thesis, helps organize our Medical Camps. Clement grew up in the village where we will be holding the medical camp, and his parents still live there.
Some of our translators and general helpers - We couldn't hold the medical camp without them! Most have been working with us for several years so they're experienced.
Duncan and Pamela Odoyo are our hosts for 3 nights at their farm in Dago, which is about 2 hours from the Reading Centre. We will stay in volunteer quarters on their farm. We will also meet at least 1 of their sons, George.
Alice Kamau is head of Mercy Pre-School in Nakuru. As we do every visit, we will visit her and the children, and check out her ongoing projects- this year the building of a kitchen, installing new cookpots, and putting up a new fence.
The Amani Centre: Here's how it started! These Evansville, IN high school students raised money to build the Amani (Peace) Reading Centre in Ekerenyo, Peter (in the picture) and Clement Mageto’s childhood village. We traveled to Kenya the first time and participated in the community dedication of the building in 2006. Three of the students have been to Kenya to see it. We now hold our Medical Camps in the Reading Centre.
Borehole Well Project in Kenya
I'm so excited and grateful to all who donated to this huge project!  

After about 17 months of construction, waiting while our contractor was reassigned to South Sudan during their civil war, and watching the dragging of feet by the Kenyan government, on Sunday the electricity for the pump was turned on, and the amazing project that so many generous people helped fund has come to life!   

During the course of the project the area was surveyed, the hole down to the water table was drilled with huge equipment, the pump and electrical system were purchased and installed,  the water storage platform and tank were built on top of the highest point in the area, and the pipes to drain the water were connected. A security fence and gate was built. 

I've attached a video Clement (Peter Mageto's brother, an engineer in charge of the project) sent me showing the water flowing from its origin deep underground up to the collection tank and then down to where people will have access to it.  Clement wrote "Finally the water is here. Official start of usage is on Wednesday next week.  All is well even as the drought bites."   There is drought there, but people will now have water!" Clean, consistently flowing, plentiful water!! There will even be pipes taking the water down the hills to several collection points. 

Over the years to come such a difference will have been made in so many hundreds, even thousands, of lives in the surrounding villages through the giving from generous hearts. 
 
With gratitude,  
Lynn