December Newsletter
Calendar & Events
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Happy Birthday,
December babies!
Keep these people in your prayers on their special day! Email info@aldersgateum.org to have your birthday added to the list.
12/1     Marilyn Haley
12/3     Anita Charles
12/5     Myles Hawkins
12/6     Jack Blanton, August Katz
12/6    Tom Roberts
12/7     Lewis Kivett, Elliott Pereboom
12/8     Kate Ashby
12/11  Cory Gieselman, Dana Wagner
12/12  Ray Miller, Barbara Summers
12/15  Brett Cobb, Kaili Graupner
12/16  Dan Pritchard
12/17  Pat Roberts
12/19  Andora Buedel, Andrew Wahl
12/23  Haley Woodruff
12/24  Ken Montgomery
12/24  Nick Paradossi
12/25  Anna Gries
12/28  Bruce Woodruff
12/29  Adam Brookman
12/30  Josh Kight, Wes Milner
12/31  Allyson Taber Turner
December Calendar
Dec. 2                  Karibu Kenya Fundraiser
Dec. 3                  Church Council Meeting, 12:00 pm
Dec. 3                  Angel Tree will be in the Atrium
Dec. 5                  Trustees Meeting, 6:30 pm
Dec. 10                New Member Exploration Class, 9:45-10:45 am in room 107
Dec. 10                Church Christmas Dinner
Dec. 11                M.O.P.S. (Moms of Preschoolers), 9-11 am
Dec. 12                Stewardship Meeting, 6:30 pm
Dec. 14                Book Club, Barnes & Noble, 1:30 pm
Dec. 15                Kids’ Night Out, 5:30-8:30 pm
Dec. 16                M. A. L. E. (Men’s) Breakfast, The Carousel
Dec. 16               Gift Drop Off for Angel Tree Kids, 9-11 am
Dec. 18               Deliver Gifts to Patchwork Central for families to pick up
Church Office Closed
As in past years, the church office will be closed December 25 – January 1, we will reopen on Tuesday January 2 nd . We will be checking the mail and phone messages and and always we will be available in the event of any emergencies. Have a blessed Christmas Season.  -Aldersgate Staff
Christmas Dinner
Sunday, December 10, 2017 in the Family Life Center
Doors Open 4:45, Dinner 5 PM, Sounds of the Season Program 6 PM
The meal will be catered by Marx BBQ and will include o ven baked turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, slaw, rolls & butter. The drinks will include coffee, ice tea & lemonade with homemade pie & cake for dessert!
  • We are seeking volunteers to bring either one cake or one pie for the Christmas dinner. Please contact the church office or sign up in the bulletin if you are willing to help.
 
Cost: Adults $10.00  Children (5-10) $5.00  
Children 4 and Under Free

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Make your reservations & payment November 26 or December 3 in the Atrium before and after each service. You may also drop off reservations and payment in the church office during weekday office hours, 8am-4pm. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Dec.6, 2017.
Welcome, New Member!
On Sunday, November 26, 2017, Aldersgate welcomed a new member and baptized one of our young ones. Rachel Reiners committed to Aldersgate as a new member, and her daughter, Charlotte Huber, was baptized. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Rachel and Charlotte!
December Advent & Christmas Worship
What an exciting time of the Christian year. No matter how old or young we might be, there is something special about this season of Advent and Christmas with its emotions of anticipation, giving and receiving that reaches to the very depth of our being! 

As we begin this now timeless journey of Advent and Christmas, here is some worship information that you will want to know.

The overall theme for this year will be:  “Journey to the Manger.” Each week the morning text and meditation will look at one of the persons who made the journey to the manger. As we experience their journey to the manger, we just might find a connection with our own journey to the manger. The prayer for this season is that we all might find ourselves kneeling anew before the incredible moment of God’s in-breaking revelational moment into our lives through Jesus.

Each week during Children’s time each child will receive their own piece of the nativity for that week’s theme. They will be able to build their own magnetic manger setting as the weeks go by until on Christmas Eve they will be able to put baby Jesus into place. Hopefully you as parent/grandparent will talk with your child as they do this. Invite them to tell you what they are doing and who the pieces are? Ask them why God was doing this?

December 3  First Sunday of Advent  with Holy Communion  8:30 & 11 am
Scriptures: Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:18-25
The approach of Mary and Joseph to the manger.
Meditation: “A Personal Commitment to God”  by Pastor Rick
December 10  Second Sunday of Advent  8:30 & 11 am
Scriptures: Luke 2:8-14 and Matthew 1:19-21
The approach of Angels and Heavenly Hosts to the manger.
Meditation: “The Universe Responds”  by Pastor Rick
December 17  Third Sunday of Advent  8:30 & 11 am
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
The Approach of the Shepherds to the manger.
Meditation: “The Faith and Curiosity of the Least”  by Pastor Rick
December 24  Fourth Sunday of Advent  9:30 am ONLY
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
The Approach of the Wise Ones (Magi) to the manger.
Meditation: “The Joyous Submissiveness of Human Intellect”  by Pastor Rick
December 24  Christmas Eve   Children’s Worship  5 pm
Scripture: Luke 2:1-7 and Matthew 1:24-25
The arrival of Baby Jesus to the manger.
Meditation  “It’s a baby boy!” by Pastor Rick
December 24  Christmas Eve   7 and 11 pm
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Meditation  “A Star is Born”   by Pastor George Purnell
December 31  First Sunday of Christmastide 8:30 and 11 am
Pastor George Purnell will lead worship and bring the message .

Blessings,

Pastor Rick
Stewardship Story
Gifts to the Permanent Endowment Fund
The following persons have made gifts to the Permanent Endowment Fund in memory of loved ones specifically for 2017 All Saints Sunday.
Given By:
Aldersgate Quilters 
Aldersgate Chancel Choir
Bob & Kate Ashby                        
Bill and Carolyn Clippinger
       
Jan Dull


Karin Heinicke


Bruce and Pam Meythaler
Nina Lee Parker

George Purnell
Gray and Brenda Reavis




Aleta Ritchey and Myra Taber

Kathy Rowe
In Memory of:
Terry Ashby
Our dear friend Mark X. Hatfield
Our son, Terry Ashby
Dr. & Mrs. Donald R. Clippinger; Mrs. & Mrs. Walter R. Graf
Parents, Julia & Fred Dull; brother, John Dull; Friends, Diane Purnell & Darlene Stahl
Dr. Clyde Parker, father; Carol Verderese, sister; Mark X. Hatfield, good friend
Good friend Diane Purnell
My husband, Dr. Clyde Parker, Daughter, Carol Verderese
My dear wife, Diane Purnell
Our parents H. Gray Reavis, father of Gray and Luther S. & Pearl Shore Todd, parents of Brenda; Our friend, and former member of Aldersgate, Ada Robinson
P. D. Ritchey, husband, father, and grandfather
My husband, Dennis Rowe
Words of Thanks
To the Knitters,
Thank you so much for the Prayer Shawl. I use it. It is very pretty. See you in church. Regards, Max Hamilton
Thank you, thank you for telling your congregation about the new treasure in the tri-state that is Gilda's Club. We also thank you for your generous donation which helps provide both the setting and the services for those impacted by cancer at any age, any stage -- all free of charge. Cozy. Warm. Caring. Fun! Informative. Joyful. Comforting. Way Cool. These are some of the words overheard about GCEVV, just one more way of giving thanks.
Be blessed, even as you are a blessing.
Ann's Kitchen Committee
Message from Mitch
My Dear Friends at Aldersgate,

The clock moves swiftly, and the days are full. Nearly three months have passed since my “goodbyes” to all of you, at least as your pastor. I’m delighted to learn of all the good things that you are continuing to do as a vital part of the Body of Christ. I am grateful for the leadership of Pastor Rick in faithfully guiding Aldersgate during this transitional period, and I was unspeakably touched by his initiative of inviting you to write messages of appreciation to me during worship a while back. It made my whole month!

I also want to thank so many of you for the gifts, cards, support, and kind words extended to Tammy and me as we moved on to our new life chapter. It was genuinely humbling and uplifting at the same time.

As we now transition into the Advent/Christmas season, and as we anticipate the coming year, I wish you continued blessings. You have played such a pivotal role in my life, and you continue to be a beacon on a hill. I’m honored and privileged to be your Superintendent, and I’m blessed to call you “friends”. You remain in my prayers.

Grace and peace,

Mitch
Aldersgate Ministries
Children (birth-5th grade)
Kids' Night Out
Friday, December 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Children 3 months – 5 th grade are invited.
Please RSVP no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13.
Contact Nancy in the church office if you have questions or to make a reservation.
Adults
Advent Study, Adam Hamilton’s Faithful:
Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph
DVD Study with book; Nov. 26-Dec. 24
The study will be taught by Jim Renne Sunday mornings 9:45-10:45 in Room 214, “The Gallery." We’re hoping that those of you not currently in a Sunday school class will enjoy this short term experience leading up to Christmas. Join us!
Faith Journey Classes
Rm 102 – New Disciples Class
The Making of the New Testament Canon, DVD study by Professor Bart Ehrman. 
Led by Mike Herrel
Rm 103 – New Horizons Class
Participating in the Advent Study in Room 214
Rm 104 – Aldersgate Peeps
Aldersgate Peeps class studies the current challenges of this complex modern life through both bible-based study and classroom discussion. DVD Study Present over Perfect
Led by members of the class
Rm 110 – Fellowship Class
Participating in the Advent Study in Room 214
Women's Weekend Retreat
Friday, March 3 at 5 pm until Sunday, March 5 at noon
Come join us for a weekend of spiritual renewal surrounded by peace and beauty at the Barn Abbey in New Harmony. Meet new friends, refresh, and relax. Retreat fee is $100 which includes lodging, meals, and retreat materials. Payment must be received to hold your room. Sign up on the insert and submit your check in the offering plate or in the office noted "Women's Retreat". If you have questions, contact the office.
Music Ministry
Christmas Eve Preludes
It is our tradition that children and adults are invited to play or sing during one of our Christmas Eve Preludes at 5, 7 and 11. Please contact Valarie Thompson valboilers2000@yahoo.com for the 5 pm service, Summer Bennett summerebennett@gmail.com for the 7 pm service, and Barry Schaar bschaar@twc.com for the 11 pm service preludes.
Introducing Our Music Staff for the 11 am Service
Joe Uthup - Chancel Choir director
Joe was born in India and raised in Bloomington Indiana. He was a member of the Indiana University Children’s Choir and the First United Methodist Church Children’s Choir and sang with several ensembles in high school. He received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate from Indiana University. His wife, Gifty, and he moved to Evansville last October. He teaches applied voice at the University of Southern Indiana and Gifty is an audiologist at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.

Summer Dicus Bennett – Organist  
Summer and her family came to Aldersgate when she was in middle school. She sang in youth choir, played in the handbell choir, subbed as organist, and served as youth choir director.
She attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. 
 
She served 4 years at Community Baptist Church in Henderson as Minister of Music and substitute organist. She has served as musical director and pianist for Civic Theatre, audition pianist for New Harmony Theatre, accompanist for Lincoln School Advanced Choir, and 4 years for the Harrison High School choir.
 
She has 3 sons, Jackson, 3 rd grade, Samuel, 1 st grade, and Oliver, 3 years.
Aldersgate Reaching Out
Stage Work Day
Help us build a stage for the Family Life Center on December 2, 2017 at 8 am.
Meet at the church (coffee and light breakfast will be waiting for you) to help build the stage. If you can hammer a nail, we can use you. Many hands make light work!
Angel Tree
The “Angel Tree” will be in the Atrium decorated with “Angels” on Dec. 3 rd, bearing names of children who might have a meager Christmas. The names are from families who participate in the Patchwork after school program. Church families are invited to take an Angel, buy gifts and bring the wrapped gifts to church. The gifts will then be delivered to Patchwork Central on Monday, Dec. 18 th to be picked up by the parents of the children.  We are encouraging the parents to pick the gifts up from Patchwork so they are included more in the gift giving process with their children
Choose your “Angel”:
  • Have fun shopping!!
  • Bring your wrapped gift(s) to the church with the RED or GREEN Angel tag (with the child's name only) on to the OUTSIDE of the gift. 
  • Gift drop off days: Weekdays 8 am-4 pm in the church office, Sat. Dec 16th from 9–11 am in the FLC, or Sunday morning from 8 am-12 pm in the FLC.
Poinsettias for the Sanctuary & Atrium
Poinsettias will again fill the Sanctuary and Atrium this Christmas Season. If you are interested in providing one or more poinsettias for the altar, watch for sign up information in your weekly bulletin. 
Volunteer Opportunity at the United Caring Services
United Caring Services (324 NW Sixth Street in downtown Evansville) needs volunteers to help prepare and serve dinner the first Friday of every month, from 4 to 6 PM. This would be an excellent mission opportunity for a Sunday School class, or a group of friends. If you are interested, please contact Jennie Hiam at JHiam@usi.edu or 812-479-7490.
Fill Aldersgate's Food Pantry!
Place items in the shopping carts near the office entrance.
Dec. 3  Pop Tarts, Cereal, Granola Bars
Dec. 10 Canned green beans, corn, fruit
Dec. 17 Canned Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta, Tuna
Dec. 24 Peanut Butter, Jelly, saltine crackers
Dec. 31 Soup, Ravioli or Spaghettios
(If you prefer, make a monetary donation and we will shop for you. Cash or checks made payable to Aldersgate with Food Pantry in memo line.)
Christmas Caroling at the Jail
THE CHRISTMAS DAY TRADITION CONTINUES!
Christmas caroling at the Vanderburgh County Jail on Christmas Day from 3-4 p.m. Those age 16 and over can attend! Casual dress-bluejeans, sweatshirts, etc.
The address is 3500 North Harlan St. and the phone number is 1-812-421-6200. Meet in the JAIL LOBBY A FEW MINUTES BEFORE 3 P.M.

Group singing! No one has to sing a solo!!

We have been doing this for the past 14 years, and it has proven to be a BLESSING to the inmates, the jail staff, and those church members/citizens who participate!
Bring your friends and family members! Thank you for caring! Read Matthew 25:31-40 Jesus admonishes us to do this and to care for others less fortunate.
Contact person: Jennie Hiam, jhiam@usi.edu
Kenya Mission Trip: February 9-24, 2018
There will be 13 people traveling on Aldersgate’s next Kenya trip (our 16 th trip) – Nurses, teachers, hospital chaplain, eye surgeon – from Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, Oregon. The trip will include our annual/biannual Medical/Dental/Eyeglass Clinic, cataract surgery, and working with the Dago PreSchool child sponsorship program. 
                                         
How can you help from this end?
  1. Prayers!
  2. Donate reading glasses – new, strengths 2.0, 2.25, 2.5 are the most used. (Drop in box in Mission Hall by giraffe)
  3. Sew lightweight fabric glasses “pouches” – we could use 500!
  4. Sponsor a child in Preschool/Kindergarten program at Dago (www.missionpartnerskenya.org
  5. Donate to the cost of medical/dental/eyeglass clinic, cataract surgery (www.aldersgateum.org click GIVE to donate online.)
Life Groups
Game Night
There will be no Game Night in December since the Church Christmas Dinner will be on the second Sunday of the month. J oin the fun again at Game Night on Sunday, January 14, from 6 to 8 pm in the Media Room. Join us for some “Crazy Bridge”, no experience necessary.  Play clabber, bridge, or board games. Everyone is invited to join!
Book Club
12/14: Members 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.
Vision Statement
Rooted in our belief in God:
    We will grow together through our ministry with all people
    We will spread joy, promote peace, and reduce suffering
    We will restore hope through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Mission Statement
We are a loving and inclusive family of believers who proclaim the good news of Christ through worship, prayer, fellowship, education and mission, leading to the transformation of lives.