PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT TO SEE THE LIST OF FAMILIES THAT CAN BE SPONSORED.
Our Aldersgate Family has responded greatly with love and contributions to those less fortunate through various Community Missions Programs.
One of these programs that has become very familiar to each of us at Aldersgate is Share Your Christmas. Share Your Christmas is sponsored by the Durham County Department of Social Services and provides needy families with gifts of NEW clothing, toys, and needed household items. This year, Aldersgate will sponsor approximately 20 families totaling about 75 individuals. Individuals or entire families can be sponsored by signing up on forms that will be posted on a board in the Narthex and online.
Suggested spending limits are $60 per family member. In addition, contributions of $50 cash will supply each family with a Christmas Food Basket
The Kick-Off for each of these programs will be November 11th. This will be when information will be found on displays in the Narthex. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT TO SEE THE LIST OF FAMILIES THAT CAN BE SPONSORED.
You're Invited to Wednesday Night Live Advent Study
Nov 28th, Dec 5th, Dec 12th
All adults meet in the Sanctuary. Together we will sing, pray, listen, and learn as we host guest speakers each week.
“Becoming a Godbearer”
In the Annunciation story, the angel Gabriel appears to an unsuspecting teenage girl named Mary and invites her to participate in God’s plan to save the world. Mary responds by saying yes to this awesome invitation, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Mary’s call to ministry was to bear Jesus, the Son of God, into the world. As Kenda Creasy Dean writes in her book The Godbearing Life, “The Eastern Orthodox tradition calls Mary Theotokos, or 'Godbearer’ because she (quite literally) brought God into the world…While God does not ask any of us to bring Christ into the world as literally as did Mary, God calls each of us to become a Godbearer through whom God may enter the world again and again” (page 17-18). What is God’s invitation to us and how will we respond? How can we too bear the presence of God in our everyday lives in all we say, in all we do, and to whom all we meet? How can Mary’s response resonate in our lives as well, “let it be with me according to your world”?
One of the best ways to experience the true joy of Christmas is to use the time of Advent to prepare our hearts and minds to receive the greatest gifts of love – Jesus Christ! You are invited to an Advent Reflection Day on Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Check in and refreshments will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Wesley room. Our theme for the day will be “Expectant Waiting.” We will look at scripture, along with having some time for reflection and sharing. This is a great opportunity to make this a truly Christ-centered Christmas. Just as we prepare our home when we are expecting guests, this is your opportunity to take some time out and prepare your hearts for celebrating the birth of the Messiah.
Wear comfortable clothes, bring your Bible and a notebook and come experience the joy of Advent.
Lunch will be included so In order to plan adequately for the day, please sign up at the welcome center. For more information you may contact Barbara Atkinson at 919 638-5711 or habnc@hotmailcom
THE REINDEER STORE at Central Regional Hospital provides patients with an opportunity to purchase gifts for themselves and their families for Christmas. The Reindeer Store is an in-house shopping experience for patients who will remain hospitalized during the Christmas holidays. This experience is complete with all the sights and sounds of the holiday-bustling crowds, Christmas carols, Santa, and shopping.
YOUR DONATIONS to The Reindeer Store allow a mom who will not be home for Christmas to select toys for her 2 little children, a grandfather diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to select a remote control race car for his young grandson, or a little boy to find just the right necklace for his mom and a basketball for himself. Patients shop new items donated by generous caring friends- like you. “Reindeer Bucks,” a paper punch card with no actual cash value, is the only currency allowed.
Reindeer Toy Store Suggestions
New Items Only
Baby Dolls-soft Footballs Remote Control Cars Basketballs Color/Paint By Number Items Soccer Balls Barbie Dolls/Clothes Nerf Balls (all types) Board Games-Connect 4, Jenga, Trouble Cards- UNO, SkipBo, Playing Stuffed Animals Electronic Handheld game Star Wars themed items Matchbox Cars Legos Action Figures/Hero (non-violent) Play Doh Coloring Books/Crayons Seek & Find Books (Waldo)
We are unable to accept guns, violent toys or glass (i.e. marbles)
Thank you for supporting Reindeer Toy Store!
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Please place your donations in the Collection Closet outside the Wesley Room. The deadline is DECEMBER 2nd.
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…….CHRISTMAS !
November 18th - Christmas trees arrive Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. Help is needed to unload, count, and sort the trees, drill each tree for a center spike, and store them in the bins.
November 23rd (Friday after Thanksgiving) Help is needed to set up the lot and get the trees on stands for sales to begin. Tree sales also begin this day.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALES: Supporting Missions in Durham and Worldwide
Aldersgate United Methodist Men have been hosting Christmas tree sales for many years as an annual tradition. All profits go directly to support missions and activities of the church. An annual project, the tree sale has proven itself a remarkable vehicle, not just to fund our missions and activities, but to strengthen outreach to the local community.
For several years, all proceeds have gone to support missions to foreign countries (Jamaica, Haiti and Armenia), Bull City Youth missions, Families Moving Forward, hurricane relief, scouts, facility needs of the church and the FLC as well as individual requests in support of mission activities. Your tree purchase will definitely make a positive impact on the lives of others.
We mail discount coupons to the local community as an outreach. When neighbors visit the tree lot, we invite them to worship with us. We provide a card listing all the regular and holiday worship times and activities. Several families have joined the church after initially encountering us through their tree purchase.
We reach other new families through the tree sale by involving our church’s Boy Scout troop and their parents, many of whom are not church members. One profound benefit of the sale has been the camaraderie and fellowship that develops among church volunteers working together, hanging around the fire barrel, and forming new friendships during an afternoon or evening on the tree lot.
All church members are encouraged to sign up each year, knowing they will meet new neighbors, develop new friendships, and support strong mission by pulling a shift or 2 at the Christmas tree stand.
Help is always needed working the Tree Lot.
A sign-up board is available in the Narthex. There will also be a “Sign Up Genius” on the Aldersgate web site (www.aldersgate.org). Please sign up! We encourage all groups within Aldersgate UMC to sign up, as well as families. We need at least 4 people on any shift. Children may work the tree lot but they must be supervised by a parent or responsible adult.
COME BUY A CHRISTMAS TREE! Over 220 Christmas trees, various sizes and prices! Coupons available at the Welcome Station!
Dec. 2nd, 1st Sunday of Advent, Hanging of the Greens & The Chrismon Service at the
Sunday Worship Services 8:30 & 11:00 am. We prepare the Sanctuary for Advent by singing
Advent songs, Sacred dancers and everyone at both services will help decorate the Chrismon Tree. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT TO LEARN ABOUT CHRISMONS.
What is a Lovefeast? A Lovefeast service is a service dedicated to Christian love and is most famously practiced by the Moravians. It has become an Aldersgate Christmas tradition over the past 40 years.
The Lovefeast at Aldersgate is based on the traditional Moravian Lovefeast first celebrated near Winston-Salem at Bethabara (1753) and Old Salem (1766). The buns are from the same baker that makes buns for Moravian churches in Winston-Salem. The candles are made by the women of Home Moravian Church. The coffee is based on the recipe used for many years by Immanuel Moravian Church.
Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to come and celebrate this beautiful Christmas tradition on Sunday December 16th at 6:30 pm in the Family Life Center.
Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve Services - Family Worship Service begins at 4:00 pm. This is a “No-rehearsal Christmas pageant”.
Two Traditional Christmas Eve Worship Services at 7:00 & 11:00 pm include Communion and Candlelight. All worship services are held in the Sanctuary.
Dec. 30th, ONE Sunday Worship Service, 11:00 am, Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary. No Sunday School.