March Newsletter
Take a peak and learn about upcoming opportunities to reach out and get involved as we progress through the Lent season!
Calendar and Events
Happy birthday, March babies!
Keep these people in your prayers on their special day! Email to have your birthday added to the list.
Kimberley Peterson, Alan Stahl
Kody Conrad
Krystal Whitsell, Elissa Garrett Conley
Gale Miller, Heather Nally
Mary Jane Jones
Katie Brookman
Carolyn Stitt
Kari Dornburg
Bob Reid
Ron Jochum, Margaret Newcomb, Rich Smith
Bill Clippinger
Tristan Anthony, Michael Milner
Ellyn Hulsey, Abby White
Anne Martin
Karen Anthony, Marnie Meyer, Olivia Thompson
Patrick Barner, Karson Gordon, Paige Neireiter
Jo Maloy
Penne Gambrall, John Mehling, Elizabeth Roberts
Lillian Crawford, Charles Ann Jarvis, Barry Schaar
Mitch Gieselman, Roger Watson
Ianna Abate, Trent Albright, Madison Milner, Gina Schaar
Paige Hunter
Tom Fischer
Don Mobley
Darrin Aldridge, Elbert Moody
March Calendar
Spring Women's Retreat, Barn Abbey in New Harmony
Church Council Meeting, 12-1 pm
Trustees Meeting, 6:30 pm
Daylight Savings (turn clocks forward 1 hour)
Stewardship Meeting, 6:30 pm
Book Club meets at Barnes & Noble, 2nd floor, 1:30 pm
Kids' Night Out, 5:30-8:30 pm
M.A.L.E. (Men's) Breakfast, 7:30 am
Passion Sunday, Communion
Spring Break Week
Centering Prayer, 9:30 am
Holy Thursday, service at 7 pm (childcare provided)
Good Friday, service at 7 pm (childcare provided)
Easter Sunday
Game Night
Join us for a fun evening of board games, clabber, or bridge on Sunday, March 11 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 for more information. See you May 19th!
Regards from Rick
I like the month of March!
March straddles the seasons of winter and spring reminding us of what we have been through and inviting us to think about what is about to happen. It brings smiles of thankfulness for what has been (and now gone!) and smiles of anticipation for what will soon be. Yesterday a sprig of forsythia tucked up against the church building had a half dozen yellow blooms om it!
This year March is also in the liturgical transition from Epiphany to Easter holding most of the Lenten season including Palm Sunday and Holy Week (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.) In addition to that the local schools will go on Spring Break the last week of March which is Holy Week.
March will truly be the month of winds—winds blowing in and winds blowing out! Winds of weather, winds of social and family activities, winds of faith journeys. There will be lots of opportunities to fly kites and catch the winds!
May God be found in the winds you catch with your kite!
Caring for Pastor Jim Clark
We continue to hold Pastor Jim Clark and his family in our thoughts and prayers as he finds himself in the midst of his pastoral transition. Pastor Jim will assume full responsibility for Aldersgate July 1. Your Staff/Parish Committee and Leadership Core are in the planning process to facilitate his transition. If you have any ideas or questions for this transition time be sure and speak with Jan Dull, Staff Parish chp. or Karen Eskridge, Lay Leader.
Worship in March
March 4   3 rd Sunday in Lent
“Conversations with Jesus—the loser”
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Key verse: “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.”
March 11  4 th Sunday in Lent  
United Methodist Committee on Relief Offering will be received. Pastor Lynn will bring her sharing from this year’s Kenya Mission. We will hear how Jesus’ spirit is doing marvelous things through this work.
March 18  5 th Sunday in Lent
Celebration of Holy Communion   This will move us closer to Holy Week.
“Conversations with Jesus—the risk taker”
Luke 12:1-8
Key verse: “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others….”
March 25  Passion/Palm Sunday
We will remember the celebrative moment of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem with Palms. Then using the Gospel of Mark, we will read and sing our way through the Passion of Jesus .
Meditation: “The Tale of Twin Cities”

March 29   7 PM  “Maundy Thursday” Worship
This worship will focus on the Upper Room experience of Jesus and the disciples. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Chancel Choir will sing.
March 30  7 PM  “Good Friday” Worship
This worship will focus on the traditional “Seven Last Words of Jesus.” The Contempo Choir will sing.
April 1    Easter Sunday            
This is the single most important worship moment of the year.
Invite your extended family and friends to join with you!
Adult Ministries
Summer Speaker Series
Did you serve in the military? If so, please call the church office or Sharon and Dan Michel (812-490-0110). State which war, years you served, and which branch of the military you were in. Express whether you would be willing to tell your story during the Summer Speaker Series.
Pastor Rick Wednesday Noon Lenten Bible Study
We will use the “I Am” statements of John’s Gospel as the source for our study. The only required reading is the gospel text surrounding each of the “I Am” verses. We will explore the text and reflect amongst ourselves how it touches our lives and the world we live in.

Lunch will be provided at noon, so reservations will be important. You may also bring your sack lunch if desired. Lunch will be 5.00 per person. We will gather and eat at noon and study and share time together from 12:15 to 1 pm.

Each week will stand on its own, so you may attend one or all of the sessions. When making reservations for food, be sure and indicate the week (s) you will be attending.

Our weekly study outline will be:
               March 7              “I Am the Light of the World” John 8:12
               March 14            “I Am the Good Shepherd” John 10:14
               March 21            “I Am the Way, Truth, Life” John 14:6
               March 28            “I Am the True Vine” John 15:1
               April 4                 “I Am the Resurrection and the Life” John 11:25
Book Club
March 8  
April 12
May 10 
June 14         
July 12         
August 9   
Sept 13
October 11   
November 8
Dec 13
Still Life by Louise Penny
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!
Children Ministries
Kids' Night Out
Friday, March 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm
Children 3 months – 5 th  grade are invited. Please RSVP no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, March 14. Contact Nancy in the church office if you have questions or to make a reservation.
Donate Plastic Easter Eggs
On Easter Sunday, we have an egg hunt for the children (which translates to LOTS of plastic Easter eggs). Would you be willing to bring a dozen (or more) plastic Easter eggs, filled with wrapped candy, for the children's Easter egg hunt? Please only used wrapped candy to fill the eggs. E-mail Nancy at  if you will be able to assist her in this fun-filled task. Drop off the eggs in the church office any time before March 30th.
Words of Thanks
Dear All,
It was such a surprise to receive one of your beautiful prayer shawls. This last few months has been so cold and it is amazing to take the chill away. The poem that you all included is just perfect and I love the color. I will cherish it always and will always remember the time and love that went into making it.
Thank you so much,
Melissa Peterson
Stewardship Story
In 2017, so much was accomplished as a result of our congregation’s contribution of individual talents, time and financial support.  As a church family, we were able to pay our operating expenses and meet all our annual commitments. Thanks to 75 faithful givers, we were able to eliminate a $140,000 Line of Credit. Because of staff vacancies and salary savings during the year, and our trustees’ /staff’s efforts in managing expenses, AUMC was able to operate in 2017 within our budget while continuing to support and grow our important ministries/programs. We as a congregation were able to advance our 2020 Vision of spreading joy, promoting peace, reducing suffering and restoring hope through our faith in Jesus Christ.

 Our AUMC Leadership has established our goals for 2018 which include improving, strengthening and expanding our programs and ministries. In 2018 we need everyone to support our effort by prayerfully considering giving of your talents, time and financial resources. If each of us could give 10% to 15% more of our individual time or 10% to 15% more of our financial resources, then when brought together as a church family, synergy will occur. What we accomplish as a church family will be much more than the sum of our individual contributions. 

No doubt….we have an exciting year ahead in 2018 with the arrival of a new pastor, changing mission needs and the challenge of transforming individual lives. Frankly we are off to a rather slow start financially in 2018. Our weekly giving in January and in February is considerably lower than in recent years. Please pray for our church in 2018. Search your hearts and reaffirm your commitment to our mission at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.


Rich Smith
Stewardship Team
Aldersgate Reaching Out
Fill Aldersgate's Food Pantry!
Place items in the shopping carts near the office entrance or make a monetary donation and we will shop for you. Cash or checks payable to Aldersgate with Food Pantry in memo line.
March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25
food in cart
Peanut Butter, Jelly, Saltine Crackers
Soup, Ravioli, Spaghettios
Cereal, Pop Tarts, Granola Bars
Ramen Noodles, Mac-N-Cheese