Join us on Wednesday evenings starting on September 13. We will meet together for a meal at 5:30 pm and then break into various class opportunities for children, youth, and adults. The cost for a meal is $6.50 per adult and $4 per child ($20 per family max).
One of the things we need for our Wednesday night meals are groups willing to be responsible to be the dinner host for that evening.
It is a wonderful way to raise a little money for your favorite mission area, and it provides a much needed and very welcomed service to your church family. It’s also a fun way to build community within your own small group. Please contact Barbara Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-638-5711 to schedule a date for your group. The best dates – and menus - go fast so call soon !
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE CLASSES
Our fall season of classes will continue through November 15th. Nursery will be provided for infants and toddlers. Please see below for class descriptions.
The best dates – and menus - go fast so call soon !
Wednesday Night Live Classes
CHILDREN’S MUSIC AND WORSHIP ARTS * LED BY NAN DE ANDRADE
All of our children from preschool age all the way through 5th grade are invited to participate in these special activities on Wednesday Night. These will include singing and preparing music to sing in worship, but will also touch on various arts including painting, puppets, bells, drama, gardening, and other engaging activities. There is always lots of variety and fun!
FINANCIAL PEACE * LED BY MARY TAYLOR AND APRIL TWINE
WHAT IS IT ? Financial Peace University (FPU) is a 9 lesson, money-management course taught by America's most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more. This is a life-changing course ! You can finally have “Financial Peace”
EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY * LED BY JUDY ALFORD
4 weeks from Sep 13-Oct 4
How does our relationship with God shape our views about money? How does our giving affect our relationship to God? How does God use our giving to change us? Experience afresh the joy of serving God through generosity. This study coincides with our 2017 stewardship program.
You are invited over these 4 weeks to join in brief daily readings and weekly discussions with everyone else at Aldersgate UMC. Each reading prepares us to understand more clearly the ‘why’ of Christian giving and to develop a common language and theology of generosity.
Everyone praying, reading, and reflecting on the same passages fosters a unified sense of purpose and clarity of mission. Your participation with an open heart helps open the doors for our church’s future mission.
You will have the opportunity to participate in weekly discussion in each Sunday School class. If you are unable to attend a Sunday School class, we highly encourage you to join in this Wednesday night study. The content will be the same so you do not need to attend both. But we hope you can attend one! Along with the stewardship team, we are praying that these weeks will be a time of spiritual growth for you and your family and provide a renewed commitment to the ministry of Christ here at Aldersgate.
THE JESUS CREED: LOVING GOD, LOVING OTHERS BY SCOT MCKNIGHT LED BY PASTOR BRYAN.
6 weeks from Oct 11-Nov 15
In this study we will look at what spiritual formation would have looked like during Jesus’ day using this wonderful book by Scot McKnight. When Jesus was asked by a religious scribe where to begin one’s life in spiritual formation, Jesus shared with him what we know as the Great Commandment. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:28-31). The principle of Christian spiritual formation is that a spiritually formed person loves God and loves others. This is a great introduction to the Christian spiritual life with many rich insights for wherever you are in your journey with Jesus.
The lessons follow this pattern:
Session 1: The Jesus Creed
Session 2: Do You Need a New Beginning?
Session 3: What Has God Called You to Become?
Session 4: How is God Calling You to Compassion
Session 5: What Kind of Society Should Christians Make?
Session 6: Yes, Disciples Fail … Living the Jesus Creed.
Along with the reading for each week, the participants will memorize the Great Commandment and include it as a part of their prayer life for the duration of the study.
PHILIPPIANS: FINDING JOY AND STRENGTH THROUGH CHRIST
LED BY PASTOR ERIC
Sep 13-Oct 4
In this study we will look closely at the Biblical text as the Apostle Paul writes a letter to the church in Philippi. It is interesting that one of Paul’s most joyful letters was penned while he was in prison. This books helps us understand how we can find joy through Christ in the middle of difficult circumstances. Philippians also helps us understand how to find strength and perseverance when we feel like giving up. One of the most quoted passages of scripture, especially among athletes, is found here: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). As I (Eric) train and prepare for my Ironman Triathlon race on September 24, this verse has been a constant source of motivation and encouragement. I never thought that I would ever be able to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles all in the same day. But by the strength of Christ I hope to do more than I ever thought possible, both in this physical race, but more importantly in the race of faith.
Additional class offered Oct 11-Nov 15 to be announced.
NURSERY - Nursery care is provided each Sunday morning from 8:15 until noon and Wednesday evenings in the Family Life Center from 6:30 –7:30 pm..