October Newsletter
"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." - John Burroughs
From Pastor George
Pastor Jim asked me to write a brief piece for the midweek news about my interim role at Central United Methodist Church in Evansville during November and December.

The pastor who had been serving at Central, Rev. Kevin Reed, was recently appointed to serve the Nappanee United Methodist Church in Nappanee, Indiana. Central will be receiving its new full time pastor on January 1, 2019.

This transition leaves Central without a pastor for November and December, so I have agreed to serve there during those two months. I will be preaching weekly at Central, as well as meeting with staff, doing hospital calling, and providing other pastoral duties as needed.

Since Central worships at 9:15 AM, I will preach there and still be found sitting with Dan at the 11 AM service at Aldersgate each week. I will be a little less available for calling at Aldersgate, so I asked the Staff Parish Committee to halve my stipend for those months.

I know we join together in praying for Central as the congregation there prepares to receive the new pastor on January 1, 2019.

George Purnell
Calendar and Events
Happy birthday, November 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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Jim McMurray, Evelyn Walker
Megan Clark, Kay Hammond
Amanda Michel
Gary Dicus, Nolan Doan
Sam Reid
Doris Hayhurst, Laura Reid Merten
Mike Herrell
Alex Albright
Mickey Katterhenry, Pete Paradossi, Ann Wetzel
Amy Becker, George Woodham
Haydyn Meythaler
Roger Call
James Cohorst, Jan Dull, Edith Rodocker
Tony Goerges, Terri Kempf, Jane Kline
Keith Milling
Jamie Clark, Kristin Moore, Sarah Moore, Ellie Van Natta
Norman Charles
Lindsay (Schaar) Shaw
Greg Wilhite
Judy Bright
Diane Katz, Kayla Woodruff
Kathy Rowe
Debbie Faulk
November Calendar
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All Saints Day
Daylight Savings Time Ends ( roll clocks back one hour)
Trustees Meeting, 6:30 pm
Book Club, Barnes & Noble, 1:30 pm
Veterans Day Celebration and Dinner, 5-7 pm
Stewardship Meeting, 6:30 pm
Kids’ Night Out, 5:30-8:30 pm
M. A. L. E . (Men’s) Breakfast, The Carousel
Celebrations Brunch, 9:45-10:45 am, FLC
Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Centering Prayer, 9:30-10:30 am
The Way Forward with Bishop Michael Conyer, Aldersgate UMC, 7 pm
Looking Ahead
Nov. 18
Dec. 9
Dec. 14
Angel Tree will be in the Atrium
Church Christmas Dinner, 5 pm in the FLC
Kids’ Night Out, 5:30-8:30 pm
It Takes a Village Helping Hounds Craft Fair
ITV's Sixth Annual Helping Hounds Craft Show will take place at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on November 3 from 9 am to 3 pm . A $1 donation entry is requested, but not required. Proceeds from the event directly benefit It Takes A Village. Come on over and check out all the great vendors!
All Saints Sunday
All Saints Sunday will be November 4 , and we will be bringing our bell banner into the sanctuary once again during the service. It already has over 1000 bells pinned on the ribbons in honor or memory of saints in the lives of our church
family.  

The banner will be in the Atrium throughout the morning. You are invited to pin a bell on a ribbon in honor of, or in remembrance of, a saint in your own life.
Gilda's Club Celebration
The Southwest District of the United Methodist Church helped raise the $100,000 needed to build, name, and sustain Ann's Kitchen! To celebrate, everyone is invited to Gilda's Club on Monday, November 5 for an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
Book Club
The Book Club meets at 1:30 pm on the second Thursday of the month on the second floor of Barnes & Noble. Anyone is welcome to join for coffee & conversation!
November 8
December 13
The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak
We'll do something fun!
No Game Night This Month
The Game Night bunch will not be meeting in November, as their usual meeting night falls on the evening of the Veterans Day Celebration.
Veteran's Day Celebration
We will be having a Veteran’s Day Celebration on  Sunday November 11 at 5 pm in the Family Life Center. Join us for music by both children's choirs, a combined adult choir, and the bell choir. There will also be a short program to honor our veterans.   Everyone is invited to this FREE meal (ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn bake, mac-n-cheese, roll, and a cake). 
Calling all veterans! We would like to honor you at this celebration, so if you are a veteran, please contact Diane in the church office at 812-477-7816 or via e-mail at d.aker@aldersgateum.org.
Conversation on the Way Forward
Bishop Michael Coyner
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
News & Updates
The kiddos of the Aldersgate Pre-School celebrated Halloween by trick-or-treating in Pastor Jim's office!
New Exercise Class at Aldersgate
Qigong (pronounced chi gung) is an ancient and holistic system of gentle body movements combined with breath. Many benefits can be derived from these very simple movements including, but not limited to, stress reduction, improved health, balance, circulation and vitality.

Many exercises can be performed seated in a chair so it is ideal for those with limited mobility or those confined to wheelchairs. Everyone of any age or physical condition can do qigong.
 
Classes will begin Monday, November 12 from 9:00-10:00 AM. The cost is $8/class. There is no commitment required so feel free to drop in when you can.

Classes will be led by Karen Yoe. You may contact her for further information at  karenyoe@wowway.com  or 812-480-2265. She would appreciate hearing from you if you plan on attending so she can prepare adequate materials for participants.
Missions- "Love Does"
Patchwork Central Reading Program
Readers are needed at Patchwork Central on the second Thursday of the month from 4:15 to 5 pm.
Patchwork Central's Food Pantry
The move has been completed! The food from our food pantry has been transferred to Patchwork Central's food pantry. We will still accept food and funds at Aldersgate, but we will no longer maintain our own pantry. If you would like to help out with the Patchwork Pantry, please contact the church office and we will give you the appropriate contact information.
Patchwork Central's Holiday Art Sale
The holidays are approaching, and Patchwork Central is here to help us prepare! Stop by their art sale on November 10 from 9 am to 3 pm for unique homemade gifts by local artists. Admission is free and 30% of proceeds will be given to support Patchwork's programming.
Mac & Cheese for the Rescue Mission
Aldersgate has been asked to collect 1000 boxes of Mac & Cheese for the annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway at the Evansville Rescue Mission. We hope you will pick up a few boxes of Mac & Cheese for the Mission the next time you are grocery shopping! You can drop off your donations in the shopping basket near the church office.  Thanks! Outreach Committee
UMCOR Hurricane Relief - Flood Buckets
Please find below the updated and most accurate list of items needed for the cleaning buckets for those affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. It is very important to bring in exactly what the list asks for, so if you are still planning on donating these items, please take a look at the updated list! We are accepting donations until November 11.

Items which can be donated are:
  • One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner
  • No spray cleaners
  • One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
  • One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)
  • One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)
  • Pump spray bottles must have protective covers
  • One scrub brush
  • With or without handle
  • 18 re-usable cleaning wipes
  • No terrycloth, microfiber or paper towels 
  • Remove from packaging
  • Five scouring pads sponges
  • No stainless-steel pads with soap in them 
  • Remove from packaging
  • 36-50 clothespins
  • One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
  • 24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45-gallon sizes) 
  • Remove from packaging
  • Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm thickness) 
  • No surgical masks
  • Two pairs kitchen gloves
  • Durable for multiple uses
  • Remove from packaging
  •  One pair work gloves
  • Cotton with leather palm or all leather