February 2021 - Issue 8
ALDERSGATE
FREE METHODIST CHURCH
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9035 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229
On a hillside by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus taught his disciples the only prayer he would ever teach. It is deceptively simple and familiar enough that many can rattle off the well-loved prayer without even engaging with the words anymore.
The last line asks that God keep us from temptation and deliver us from evil.

Temptation is a human experience, in and of itself. The Bible makes a point to let us know that Jesus himself was tempted. As he prepared for his ministry in prayer and fasting alone in the desert, Satan set before Jesus the same things that may tempt us: power, glory, and the illusion of control. Lest you think you are not tempted by power, glory, or the illusion of control, let me mention a few words: TV remote; eating out; political viewpoint. Need I say more?
In C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters, a senior demon, Screwtape, is writing to his nephew, a junior tempter named Wormwood. Screwtape steers his protégé away from more flamboyant temptations. He writes,
Not all of our greatest and most dangerous temptations are spectacularly sinful. But they are cumulatively destructive. Somewhere along the way, little by little, we buy into the belief that by doing, buying, or achieving, we add to our own value, dignity, and worth. I am no stranger to this very tactic. Little by little, we convince ourselves that some small thing isn’t really a big thing.

So, we listen or share what we overheard about someone. We groom and fret and fuss about how our outward appearance without paying any attention to the health of our minds, hearts, and spirits. We treat ourselves to extra food and goods without giving a second thought to those who don’t have the very basic essentials. We focus on what the government can do, doesn’t do, won’t do, forgetting that we are still called to love our neighbor as ourselves and that God has already called us good and beloved. Lent can be uncomfortable! Apostle Paul said, it’s our privilege to know Christ and the power that raised him from the dead and to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death. Then we have hope that we ourselves will be raised from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11). Lent invites us to experience both!
This lent, I have a challenge for you: Before your next meal, before that last piece of cheesecake or pizza, no, I am not asking you NOT to eat them, unless, of course, it is part of your lent experience. Instead, I invite you to join Aldersgate in responding to those without essential needs at this frigid time of year in response to your abundance.
Here's how - Love where we live:

DONATE TO THE OLD BETHEL FOOD PANTRY

  • Help resource families
  • with paper products (Kleenex, napkins, toilet paper, etc.)
  • hygiene items (bars of soap, small shampoo, chapstick)
  • any non-perishable food items
  • Bless our neighbors and develop Pastor Emily’s young leaders.
  • Drop off point – Aldersgate
  • Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am – 2 pm.
  • If you cannot get to the church contact Janice.Jordan@aldersgatefmc.org or call 317-898-6456 to schedule pick up.

MINISTER TO LAKESIDE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS - BEFORE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26

  • Bless local teachers by sharing snacks and encouraging their investment in children
  • donate prepackaged sweet treats, individual chips/crackers, veggie tray, or a cheese plate
  • CUT OFF DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
  • Drop off point – Aldersgate
  • Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am – 2 pm.
  • If you cannot get to the church contact Janice.Jordan@aldersgatefmc.org or call 317-898-6456 to schedule pick up.
RECOMMENDED READING
Henri J.M. Nouwen invites readers to join him on a 40-day Lenten path as fellow pilgrims, from the solemn beginning of Ash Wednesday to the joyous climax of Easter. This inspirational "search for the way" speaks directly to the heart during this time of reflection and prayer.
Henri J.M. Nouwen provides a contemporary rereading of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Focusing on the threefold wisdom “Flee! Be silent! Pray!” Nouwen pursues the implications for today’s ministers of early Christian teaching on the fundamental role of the three disciplines of solitude, silence, and unceasing prayer.
RELATIONSHIP TOOLS
This year, why not use the season of Lent to deepen your relationship with Jesus while trying some new relationship tools to get to know Him better. Below is a simple guide to help you see and apply Scripture in a fresh way.
 
GET READY TO BE SERIOUS
  • Don’t rush into your prayer and Bible reading so you can check it off your list.
  • Carefully choose your reading plan, gather your Bible, pen, paper, etc. (Note the suggested passages for reading below).
  • Pray for yourself, asking God for grace to hear Him, receptivity to accept Him, and help to stay focused.
 
PREPARE YOUR EYES TO SEE
  • Read the Bible passage – be aware of a word or phrase that draws your attention. What is God highlighting for you? If you need to read it a few times, that’s fine.
  • Spend some time in silence – take a little time to sit with the word God has shown you, mull it over a little.
 
PREPARE YOUR EARS TO HEAR
  • Carefully read the passage for a second time – be on the lookout for what God is telling you through the passage.
  • Talk it over with God – “So you’re telling me________?” “You mean to tell me?” Having a little conversation about what God is telling you will allow you to go deeper and hear more. Be silent. Let God speak.
 
PREPARE TO CHANGE
  • An encounter with God should change your life. Ask God to show you what to change. It could be something to start or stop doing. It could be a very small action or a large action.
  • Carefully read the passage a third time – What is God inviting you to do differently? The change could be directly connected to the word or phrase, or indirectly connected.
  • Take some time in silence – allow God to speak to you. Respond to God. Have a conversation. What will this change mean for you? Tell God how you’re going to follow up on the change and ask Him for grace to do what you discerned.

WRAP IT UP
  • Pray a prayer of thanks – tell God you’re thankful for what he showed you or that you enjoyed your friendship time with Him.
  • Take some notes – How was your "meet-with-God” spot? Too hot, cold, busy? Did you kneel, sit, stand? How did that work? Any distractions?
  • Share this plan with someone else.
DAY 1: ASH WED:
1 Peter 5:6
DAY 2: Psalm 118:25-26
DAY 3: 1 Samuel 15:22
DAY 4: Matthew 4:1-2
DAY 5: SUNDAY - GRACE DAY
DAY 6: Mark 1:12-13
DAY 7: Matthew 6:1
DAY 8: Philippians 3:10-11
DAY 9: Luke 13:3
DAY 10: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
DAY 11: Psalm 35:13
DAY 12: SUNDAY - GRACE DAY
DAY 13: Psalm 42:1
DAY 14:
Colossians 3:1-5a
DAY 15:
2 Corinthians 5:17
DAY 16: Mark 7:7-9
DAY 17: Matthew 6:16
DAY 18: Colossians 1:27
DAY 19: SUNDAY - GRACE DAY
DAY 20: John 20:17
DAY 21: Acts 10:2
DAY 22: Romans 5:8
DAY 23: John 3:16
DAY 24: Mark 15:3
DAY 25: Psalm 110:1, Daniel 7:13
DAY 26: SUNDAY - GRACE DAY
DAY 27: Romans 10:6-7
DAY 28: Micah 7:8
DAY 29: Acts 4:33
DAY 30: Acts 2:42-47
DAY 31: John 20:11-18
DAY 32: John 13
DAY 34: Zechariah 9:9
DAY 35: 1 Corinthians 11:24
DAY 36: Luke 22-24
DAY 37: 1 Peter 5:7
DAY 38:
Matthew 26:17-30
DAY 39: Mark 14-16
DAY 40 PALM SUNDAY: Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, Psalm 119:19-29
INDOOR CHURCH MARCH 7
As the State continues to lower the age for COVID-19 vaccinations, many people who had been in our highest risk group for severe illness are becoming our lowest risk group. For this reason and more, the Aldersgate Board approved reopening Aldersgate for services in the upper sanctuary on Sunday, March 7, barring no unforeseen contraindications.
 
We'll continue to follow best practices for congregational health and safety so stay tuned for details.
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Jeremiah 29:12
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Rev. Donna Miller - pastordonna@aldersgatefmc.org
Emily Wagler (Children) - emily@aldersgatefmc.org
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9035 E. 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229