Good morning beautiful people! Well, we were spared the brunt of hurricane Florence, but our sisters and brothers east of us were not. Wind and water have devastated much of eastern North Carolina. Most of us have relationships with those who experienced the wrath of Florence. To be sure, we have been in prayer for Pastors Doug and Tara Lain who are appointed in Wilmington, and who are former pastors at Aldersgate. Our district will be connecting with the Harbor District, where Doug and Tara are pastors, to help with hurricane recovery.
United Methodists know our Lord through grace, and because of this, we are a ‘doing’ people. We want to know how we can help. I am sure we have been praying and will continue to do so. Immediately, the best way to help beyond our prayers is through finances and resources for daily needs. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has asked that pastors provide congregations with information about giving financially and providing hygiene kits and cleaning supplies (flood buckets). You will find this information below.
A word about financial giving. Giving through Aldersgate or through the North Carolina Conference will assure that 100% of your money will go directly to hurricane relief. There are no administrative fees when giving through the church or the Conference.
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If you choose to give financially during worship, rather than online, write ‘Florence’ in the memo line. If you choose to make hygiene kits or flood buckets, closely follow the directions. Bring these items to Aldersgate and place them in the Wesley Room and we will make sure they get to a distribution center. You may want to make these kits and buckets with a group that you are connected with at Aldersgate (Sunday School Class, Youth Group, Choir, United Methodist Men, Women’s Ministries, etc.) We may be able to provide an opportunity to make hygiene kits and flood buckets as the larger church family. There is something about doing ministry with others that helps deepen our faith in God and that nurtures our relationships with one another.
I repeat what I said Sunday morning, recovery from Florence will not be a sprint. It is a marathon. So, our prayers and help will be ongoing with those who are hurting from this hurricane. Let us not forget to pray for our first responders and those who put themselves in harm’s way to offer assistance to those in need.
I know Aldersgate to be a gracious people and I consider myself fortunate, as I know the rest of our church staff does, to be a part of a congregation who, when there is need, does not hesitate to act. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters affected by Florence.
At Aldersgate we believe that every person has special talents. Some have the talent of voice. Some have talent to play musical instruments. Some have the gift to stand in front of others to make a presentation or to teach. Others have the talent of compassion, cooking or technology. Each talent that a person has is a gift from God. Our inner being is related to our Creator, the giver of life and all our abilities. As we receive these gifts from God, we are directed by Him to develop and use them for the growth of His Kingdom.
What are the talents and skills you believe God is leading you to share? At Aldersgate United Methodist Church there are many opportunities to use your gifts to God’s glory. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Hogarth and Regina Whitaker will be joining the Fuquay Varina United Methodist, 2018 Bolivian Mission Team to Montero, Bolivia from July 13 –July 20, 2018. The mission team leader, Faith Stephenson’s grandfather began work in Montero ,Bolivia 23 years ago. They will be landing in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and staying in Montero, Bolivia and working in a Guarani village. The natives grow sugar cane and other crops that provide some income. The villages are about 45 minute drive from the city of Montero.
The team will be worshiping with the Bolivian Methodist at Cristo Ombero, as well as visiting outpatients with the Red Cross, a girls and boys orphanage , organize and led a Vacation Bible School for the Guarani children, and help build a 2 room house in the Guarani village. They also will be sending prescription and reader glasses.
In prior years, FVUMC built houses in two villages.The houses are usually 2 rooms, divided the way the family request. The village leaders decide who needs the homes the most. The new homes replace the traditional mud and thatch huts that are health and safety problems due to bug infestations that cause disease, fire and flooding. The new houses are elevated to prevent flooding, built from brick and clay blocks with tin roofs. FVUMC donated $4500 to cover the cost of our construction materials.
One of the major languages of South America, spoken by nearly five million people in Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina is Tupi-Guarani. In fact, more than two-thirds of the population of Paraguay are speakers of Guarani, most of whom are fully bilingual in Guarani and Spanish. There are significant differences between Paraguayan Guarani and the Guarani dialects spoken in other regions, and some linguists consider them separate languages.
Please be in prayer for Holly, Regina and the 2018 Bolivia Mission Team.
Families Moving Forward is an emergency shelter for homeless families in Durham. It provides a safe place to live while each family looks for a job and permanent housing.
Our church partners with Temple Baptist and the congregation of Duke Chapel to prepare and serve dinner on a rotating basis 4 or 5 times each year.
On Monday nights, we will be providing part of the meal for 50 people. On Thursday nights, we will provide the entire meal for about 15 people. We are seeking AUMC members to cook and serve food and assist with child care for newborn to 5-year-old children for 1 hour each night (6:30 till 7:30). We need child care helpers both Monday & Thursday nights.
You can also assist the families by donating items such as paper products, toilet tissue, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and laundry supplies for a BARREL OF JOY. Please bring your donations to the church at any time and put them in the closet across from the Wesley room.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please call or email Mary Taylor at 919-225-0528 (cell) or email@example.com.
(Click on the photo to the left to see a video about this mission)
The Guatemala Sewing Mission began in 1987. A school evolved from the purchase of a single foot pedal Singer sewing machine. Thru the school, hundreds of women have acquired valuable sewing skills. In addition to the school in San Juan Ostuncalco, a second school has recently opened in the remote village of Las Barrancas. The purpose of the mission is to provide women in the Western Highlands of Guatemala the opportunity to learn a skill so that they will be able to help support their families. Guatemala has the 4th highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. For more information about this mission at Aldersgate contact: Anne Finch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban Ministries - is a Community Shelter in Durham that is home to more than 6,000 people per year. Aldersgate provides food and clothing through out the year. For more information contact: April Twine: email@example.com
CONDUIT is a coalition of seven churches in northern Durham that joinied together in 1988 to focus on the residents of Oxford Manor Public Housing. CONDUIT helps support school supplies, Chrismtas gifts, outside enrichment programs and afterschool tutoring program. For more information about this mission at Aldersgate contact Lee King: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Durham Food Pantry Network is a non-denominational network of Durham churches, businesses, schools and other organizations devoted to keeping pantries in Durham stocked with food and clothes. For more information about this mission at Aldersgate contact Paula Veasey: email@example.com
The Jamaica Mission Teams have been traveling to Jamaica to serve God through mission work in St. Thomas Parrish and the communities of Peartree River, Johnstown and Yallahs since 2003. From rebuilding hurricane damaged churches to new community centers, schools and libraries the impact from sharing the love of God on the people of Jamaica is amazing. For more information about this mission at Aldersgate contact Stacey McCorison: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Haiti Mission Team began in 2010. The medical mission trip encompasses two aspect of health care, general medical care and vision evaluation and glasses distribution. For more information about this mission at Aldersgate contact April Perry: email@example.com
Project Agape in Armenia The North Carolina Conference has adopted Project AGAPE Christmas Boxes for the children of Armenia as a conference-wide mission project. These simple gift boxes brought smiles to the faces of children, raised the morale of parents, and generated thanks to God that someone remembered them on Christmas, one the holiest days of the year. For more information about this mission at Aldersgate contact: Charlotte Obrien: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Circles of Love Ministry provides Christian witness tools to share God’s love one circle at a time. This ministry provides an opportunity to share God’s love by wearing, making, and sharing necklaces and bracelets made into circles of love. These circles of love will be used in conversation about Jesus, to share the gift of presence and celebrate in God’s creative gift to us, and invite others to spread God’s love by making and sharing the Circles of Love. These items are anointed with prayer and associated with scripture before sharing the items. The Circles of Love Community will encourage others to share this ministry and continue to spread God’s circle of love. The Circles of Love Community continues to expand one person at a time by teaching, witnessing, and sharing God's love with items that form circles of love. Circles of Love Ministry sponsors classes on how to make and share the circles of love items; Trinity necklaces, bracelets, Trinity bell necklaces, love clips, mission packets and prayer partner packets. The Circles of Love Ministry was created in 2013 and is sponsored by A.U.M.C and the North Carolina United Methodist Youth Service Fund. Please contact email@example.com
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Teaming with area churches, the Community Backpack Ministry provides food and support for students at Riverside High School in Durham, NC. For more information about this ministry, please contact Paula Veasey at firstname.lastname@example.org.