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The Lord has been mindful of us;

he will bless us.

Psalm 115:12a NRSV

Page 3 A Message from Rev. Rob Robertson

A PACEM Success Story
Page 4 Haiti Mission By Adriana Nicholson
(from the PACEM newsletter)
Page 5 Meet the AUMC Praise Band
John came to us before the shelter season to do an early intake; he was sleeping under the bridge.
Page 6 Senior Fun Social
While answering questions he broke down with tears streaming down his face. His mother had
Page 7 Prepare Ye the Way passed away in late August in a drowning accident. He had been staying with her, since she
wanted someone around in the evenings. Once she passed away he lost their apartment and then
Page 8 Thank You Notes his job. We talked about grief, his current situation, and how to move forward.

Page 9 PACEM In the following weeks, John became a regular visitor and shelter guest. He began working with
Workforce and looking through employment listings with me. Indeed John applied to several jobs
Page 10 Thanksgiving Dinner and interviewed at several places. This week John came to me very excited. He was hired and
begins work next week as a mechanic. He will have health insurance, 401K plan, and a salary that
Page 11 Stewardship will sustain him.

Page 12 Upcoming AUMC Events John is still grieving the loss of his mother but he has hope and a plan to move forward. He
couldnt have done this on the streets sleeping under the bridge.
Page 13 Easter Offering

Page 14 Bowling for a Cause

Page 15 Toddler Playgroup Friendship Luncheon

Page 16 Lent The monthly Friendship Luncheon is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Come join us as we enjoy
a delicious meal created by the DoubleTree chef! February 21, we will be entertained with humorous
Page 17 Carrying Christs Light insights and memories from Al Highsmith. March 21, we will hear from local musician Vance Stallard.
Page 18 Here WEE Grow Again April 18, Amy OBrien returns to sing some of your favorites. To make your reservation, contact Jean
Ward at 434.964.1178. (Cost is $12 per person.) As long as you enjoy Christian fellowship, you are
Page 19 Financial Update welcome to join us.

Page 20 New Sermon Series

Page 21 Youth and Children Saturday Morning Mens Group

Page 23 Bits n Pieces

All men are invited to join in the Saturday Morning Mens Group from
Page 24 Staff Listing 8 to 9 AM in Room 208. This time of encouragement over breakfast
is the uplifting boost you need to face your week head on. New faces
are welcome, so be sure to bring a friend with you!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What an amazing Advent and Christmas season and beginning of 2017 it has been at Aldersgate Church! I praise the
Lord and thank you for your faithfulness and commitment to the life and ministry of Aldersgate Church. You
continue to demonstrate your commitment through your financial giving, your presence, your service, your witness,
and your prayers for your church and the world. It is such a blessing to be in ministry with you at Aldersgate Church.
Thank you and praise the Lord!
We thank all the men, women, girls, and boys who joined us in our Nativity Pageant in December. Its an exciting
opportunity for children, teens, and adults to join in the telling of the story of the Birth of our Savior and we could Even as I rejoice in what God and you has done, I remember Paul's words to the Philippians. Paul writes,
not have done it without each and every person who participated and each and every person who came out in "I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brethren, I do not consider that I
support! We thank those who worked backstage and those who helped prepare the delicious potluck, and we have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies
thank all the vocalists and musicians who shared their talents and gifts! Let us keep the joy of celebrating Jesus ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12b-14).
Birth in our hearts all year long!
Paul's motivation includes one day sharing in Christs resurrection, but that is not all. Instead of being satisfied only
with his own salvation, Paul knows there are people who need to experience the Good News of Jesus Christ. Today,
that still is true. There is a kingdom to grow and the goal of living as a grateful people, who have been made Christs
own. Being Christ's own is a gift, and we have been given this gift to share. As Christ's own, let us press on in our
mission of "making disciples for the transformation of the world." This newsletter is full of ways that you might
"press on", but I am also available to consult with you in person as you seek to follow Jesus. Sisters and brothers,
press on!
In God's Love and Service,
Rob Robertson, Lead Pastor
Office: (434) 973-5806

Lent is the Christian season of spiritual preparation before Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday. Ash Wednesday
marks the first day or the start of the season of Lent, which is a 40 day season that does not include Sundays.
Christian preparation for Easter during Lent may take several forms, including a period of fasting, repentance,
moderation (giving something up that keeps us from growing closer to God) and spiritual discipline (taking on
practices that assists us in growing closer to God). The purpose of any of these practices is to reflect on Jesus Christ
- his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection that our reflection might draw us closer to
the living God would gave his life for the whole world.

At Aldersgate Church, we will begin the season of preparation with drive through dispensing of ashes during the
day on Ash Wednesday and a special service on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00p.m. The service is planned for less
than one hour be a time of worship and reflection calling you to observe a holy Lent. While the Bible does not
mention the custom of Lent, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1;
Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21. On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be used as a sign of our mortality and
penitence, so we may remember that only by your gracious gift are we given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ
our Savior.
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Aldersgate member Dave Reynolds has been participating in The Haiti Missions medical teams since 2001. This
UMVIM project, founded by Providence UMC in Charlotte, NC, has been sending four medical teams every year to
the Tovar Clinic in northern Haiti since the 1980s. This is one of the oldest continuously operating clinics in Haiti.
Each of the four teams spends eight days and manages between two and three thousand patient visits during their
time there (thats about 10,000 patient visits per year!). In addition, the Mission has been employing a local Haitian
physician to staff the clinic two days a week throughout the rest of the year. This provides this rural community
with continuity of care that is almost unheard of in rural Haiti. 2nd Annual AUMC KidsFest!
Each team is comprised of 18 25 people, each of whom pays their own travel, lodging, and
food expenses. There are 6-8 physicians, 2-3 nurses, sometimes a dentist, and many
Saturday, May 6
support staff. The Haiti Mission pays for interpreters, drivers and vehicles to get us to the
clinic, year round salaries for the Haitian clinic staff, and large amounts of medicines and
We can't wait to host our 2nd Annual AUMC KidsFest this Spring! Last
medical supplies (most of which are shipped ahead of time by air freight). The Mission also
purchases nutritional items (baby formula, fortified powdered milk, and a nutritional grain year this great event included a bouncy house, food, music, face-
mix called AK meal), which are given to the poorest of the poor (especially children). painting, crafts, and more! To volunteer, please contact Rachel Miller at
Funding is also used to pay for local x-ray and surgical services, which are deemed . You can also sign up on The City to help
necessary but not available at our clinic. It is such a blessing to work with our Haitian
with this exciting community outreach event!
physician friend, Dr. Maklin Eugene, who provides local expertise on where to get such
services and how much they will cost.

All of this does cost money at least $40,000 per team above and beyond each members
individual expenses. Over these 30-plus years, The Haiti Mission has been blessed with
both the continued support from Providence UMC, as well as donations from other
Methodist churches (several here in Virginia!). Significant private donations have also
played a part in maintaining this amazing project. Members of Aldersgate have been very
generous with their donations in support of Dr. Reynolds when he participates on the April
Vacation Bible School June 2017
Team last year donating over $2,000. This is money well spent, as every penny goes Please plan on joining us late June for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School
directly to the poor in Haiti.
at Aldersgate UMC! (Final date to be released soon.) Together we'll spend a
If you wish to offer financial support to the April Team, you can write a check to Aldersgate UMC with Haiti week experiencing a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who
Mission on the memo line. You can also donate directly to the mission by going to discover they're lovingly crafted by God.
donate/donate.html. Your prayers and well wishes are appreciated as well. Find out more at

Bishop Sharma Lewis will host a Bishops Convocation on Prayer on April 1, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church,
903 Forest Avenue, Henrico, VA 23229. The Rev. Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Credo Confirmation will be held this Spring at Aldersgate. Please be
Houston, TX, will be the plenary speaker for the convocation. Workshops on a variety of topics are being offered as in prayer for our Confirmands, their mentors, and their famililes. We
part of the convocation. look forward to celebrating their hard work and welcoming them to
Go to : for a our Aldersgate family soon and hope you will join us! Please feel free
brochure that includes workshops and registration information. to contact Rachel Miller with questions at
Call the Aldersgate Church Office at (434) 973-5806 if you would like to carpool to the Convocation.

You may recognize the Aldersgate Praise Band because they lead worship at the 9:00 AM Blended Service
on Sunday Mornings. However, what you may not know is that they also have a reputation for being asked
to travel and play for small churches and community outreach events. In the past, they have partnered with
the African Lighthouse Baptist Temple and other District Youth events. This past fall was busy for the band
This Lenten season experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal on Sunday
as they were asked to travel and play at a number of outside events. Highlights included playing at Mt.
mornings at Aldersgate Church through the Lenten Series, Come, Lord of Light and Life.
Vernon UMC and Mountainview UMC for their annual Homecoming Services. The band was also invited to
The Sunday series begins Sunday, March 5th at both the 9:00am and 11:00am worship services
and examines Jesus as the true light and the giver of grace, truth, and life. play at the Charlottesville District Conference hosted at Aldersgate UMC. The Praise Band enjoy being out in
Make Sunday worship a part of your Lenten discipline. the community and worshiping whenever they can get their hands on an instrument. "We are very grateful
for the opportunities to serve and play for different groups and congregations outside of Aldersgate" says
March 5 1st Sunday of Lent Matthew 4:1-11 Tempted Chelsea Morse, Aldersgate's Worship Leader in charge of leading this group of musicians, "It brings us so
much joy to see the people in the pews enjoying the music and whole-heartedly praising the Lord." The
March 12 2nd Sunday of Lent John 3:1-17 By Night
new year holds great opportunity to serve in music. The band is considering more ways to reach the
March 19 3rd Sunday of Lent John 4:5-42 Living Water community and think with a mission-minded heart. If you have a gift for music and would like to learn more
March 26 4th Sunday of Lent John 9:1-41 Are You Blind? about participating in the Praise Band, reach out to Chelsea Morse for more information at The Band is always looking for those who have a heart for worship and want to
April 2 5th Sunday of Lent John 11:1-45 Come and See contribute their gifts to the ministry.
April 9 Palm-Passion Sunday John 18-19 Arrest, Trial, & Crucifixion of the King

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

1500 East Rio Road, Charlottesville
The Aldersgate Praise
Annual St. Patricks Day Band poses for a
photo with the
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Pastor of
Moutainview UMC
Saturday, March 18 and the

5:00 to 7:00 PM Charlottesville

Adult Meal: $10 Rev. Danny Kesner
Senior 60+: $8 after playing at the
Homecoming service
Child 12 & under: $5 this Fall.
2017 Church Council
In addition to Lead Pastor Rob Robertson, these are the names and faces of those
currently serving the Aldersgate congregation on Church Council, which meets monthly. The long anticipated refinancing of the loan on our church building did happen at the end of December. The new
Should you have any general questions or comments, feel free to e-mail loan, for $2,100,000, is through the Virginia United Methodist Development Company and is a five-year note using a
30-year amortization schedule at a rate of 4.25%. It replaces the prior note with SunTrust which carried an annual
interest rate of 7.02%. As a result, our monthly payment for the church loan goes from $17,347.36 to $10,333.74.
Lots of numbers, but a key point here is the $7,013.62 reduction in monthly payment is a significant step in our
efforts to reduce expenses and improve cash flow.
Following the Defying Gravity series, Consecration Sunday on October 30, was a wonderful day with pledges, or
estimates of giving, for 2017 being submitted by many in the congregation. More pledges followed through several
more weeks and, by December, 109 pledges had been received. This is a 20% increase in the number of pledges
over 2016. It shows a favorable trend for the financial health of our church and is a great aid in the budgeting
Billie Campbell Laura Nelson Susan Painter Jim Garman Mike Thornton process. We do, of course, have many generous givers who do not pledge and they are also very much appreciated.
Council Chair Lay Leader Lay Member Trustees Chair Spiritual Growth
to Conference
Along with celebrating the birth of Jesus, more good news in December was the strong response of our congregation
in finishing up on pledges for 2016, in giving through the Christmas envelopes and in providing other extra gifts. We
were able to finish paying District and Conference apportionments and also take care of some other missions items
that had been deferred. The past year was a challenging one from a financial standpoint but our congregation did
respond to the challenge and finished strong at years end. We will still need to build cash reserves and will be
operating with a tight, prudent budget in 2017 but are so very encouraged by the recent trends in our church and
find much to be optimistic about in Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
(not pictured) Here we find faith, love, charity and peace. Thanks to all for your support.
Note: Stephen Clark, President of the Virginia United Methodist Development Company, as well as President of the
Virginia United Methodist Foundation, will be at Aldersgate UMC on Sunday, February 19, along with Randy Shelton,
Lending Relationships Manager and Loan Origination Officer. Their visit will provide an opportunity to learn more
Kathryn Reid Pat Daniel Tina Shifflett Jennifer Hamlin Kathy Morse
Member Care Outreach about the services and the savings and investment offerings of the Development Company and the Foundation.
Co-Chair Co-Chair Member Care
Staff/Parish Relations Staff/Parish Relations and Hospitality and Hospitality and Missions

SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, March 14, 2017 for the

Faithful Aging Conference!
Faithful Aging will be the first statewide, faith-based conference on aging addressing opportunities related to an
WHO: Seniors 65 and older come join together for Fellowship, Fun, Games, Puzzles, Coffee, Tea, Cookies & Sweets aging congregation and meeting the needs of older members, including those with dementia, inside and outside the
walls of our faith communities. Presented by the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College and Virginia United
WHEN: Friday, March 31, 2017 Methodist Homes, Inc. (VUMH), this conference developed following listening sessions across the Virginia
Conference to hear directly from clergy and laity about the needs of older adults in their congregations and
WHERE: The Reed Room at Aldersgate United Methodist Church communities. The Virginia Conference Older Adult Council is a Gold Sponsor for the event. A .5
CEU has been approved for Virginia Conference clergy and certified professionals as well as
TIME: 1:30 - 3:30 PM five hours of credit toward recertification for Lay Servants. Details and registration information
will be available in January for the conference to be held at Lynchburg College.
RSVP: By March 20, 2017 to:
Nancy Berman 434.973.6555 Martha Stokes, Director of Church and Community Relations
Anita Ratliff 434.409.7357 Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc.
5101 Cox Road, Suite 225, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Sponsored by Aldersgate Fellowship of Friends Direct Office: (804) 474-8718 Cell: (804) 298-4603

That time is quickly approaching! If you havent had a chance to participate in the sale
before, you are missing out on a lot of fun! Please come and join us in greeting the
thousands of people who come through our doors as shoppers, consignors and
volunteers! Its a great way to fellowship with church members, too!

You can go to the website and sign up or contact Karen Chang at 434.284.1818 if you
are not able to sign up online.

The dates for the spring/summer sale are as follows:

Set up: Tuesday, February 28th from 9am-1pm

Wednesday, March 1st from 5-9pm

Drop off/Inspection:
Thursday, March 2nd 10am-2pm and 3pm-7pm
Friday, March 3rd 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Saturday, March 4th 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Monday, March 6th 9am-1pm

Super Volunteer Shop:

Monday, March 6th from 5pm-8pm

Volunteer Shop:
Tuesday, March 7th from 5pm-9pm

Charity Event/Consignor Shopping Day:

Wednesday, March 8th from 10am-6pm Would you like to BOWL for a good cause???
Restocking Days: Deb Reynolds is putting together a TEAM of SIX or more to bowl in the 2nd
Thursday, March 9th 10am-2pm and 3pm-7pm Annual Heart Havens... Charlottesville District ..."Bowling for a Cause"
Friday, March 10th 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm event... to be held on Sunday afternoon, March 12th, from 2-4 PM at Keglers
Bowling Alley. Deb will be the Team Captain and will also bowl. If you are interested in being on her team, please
Public Opening Day: let her know as soon as possible. (NO degree of skill or prior bowling experience is required). Shoe rental is free and
Saturday, March 11th 9am-3pm plenty of bowling balls will be available. You can also come out and be a cheerleader for your Aldersgate Team(s).

Public Sale: Each of the six TEAM members is expected to get pledges from ANYONE who will donate any amount of money,
Monday-Friday, March 13th-17th, 10am-6pm from $1.00 to $100.00. The entire TEAM is responsible for raising a minimum of $600 total. Of course we would love
Saturday, March 18th, 9am-3pm to raise more. If you do not want to bowl on a TEAM, you can still be a sponsor. Your check can be made to
Charlottesville District UMC with Heart Havens Bowling Event in the Memo line. All proceeds will be used to help
Sorting: build/buy a residential facility in the Charlottesville District for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Saturday, March 18th 3pm-7pm NOTE: This is a DISTRICT event and only 10 lanes are reserved... If we get more than 6 people who would like to
Sunday, March 19th 2pm-6pm participate, we are allowed to form a SECOND TEAM... However, that TEAM would also be required to raise a
minimum of $600.
If you have ANY questions, please contact Deb Reynolds or give her a call 295-8217. You can
help build the community that love built in the Charlottesville District! Help us open a heart.
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To our friends at Aldersgate United Methodist Church:

Thank you for once again hosting PACEMs womens shelter in our 13th winter of helping people who are
homeless in our area. We want you to know how truly blessed this community is to have congregations like
yours to help in our mission to provide shelter for our neighbors in need. We greatly appreciate your
willingness to prepare and serve dinner, to work with partner congregations, and for all the movies, showers,
backpacks, giftcards, bingo, desserts, and hospitality you provided for the guests in a warm, welcoming, and
compassionate environment each night.
Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. ~ Proverbs 22:6 (NRSV)
In addition to shelter, AUMC also provides generous financial support for PACEM. Your financial help
supports the cost of PACEMs shelter staff in your church. The graciousness of the entire PACEM Family The Acolyte Ministry is much more than lighting a candle. The mission of the
makes it possible for us to remain open throughout the winter. Acolyte Ministry is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who will also serve as
Thank you for hosting PACEMs womens shelter again this year, for the hands of all your volunteers, the leaders in Christs Church. This ministry offers the opportunity for the youth
graciousness of opening your doors, and your willingness to work with other congregations in our community and young adults of Aldersgate to find areas to serve in worship and continue
to address the immediate needs of our neighbors. to explore their faith. This ministry is designed to help our youth grow as
leaders while learning to communicate and work with each other during
Sincerely, worship and training events and to ultimately be a representative for Christ as
they grow to become leaders in their church, their family, their school and
their community. Currently 18 youth from 3rd grade through 12th grade and
one young adult has expressed an interest in exploring and learning more
about what is involved in becoming an Acolyte, serving at the 9 AM and 11 AM

To the congregation of Aldersgate: We all want to know what is being asked of us prior to saying yes; therefore, attending one of the Exploring
Events is just that exploring. Following each event our youth will have the information they need to make an
Beginning November 12th thru November 19th members of this congregation participated in the PACEM
informed decision prior to saying Yes about serving in this ministry. This exploration event also meets the training
ministry. This ministry would not have been successful without many hours of dedicated volunteers. The
requirements to serve as an acolyte. If you are a youth interested in Exploring the Acolyte Ministry please join us
caring, giving, and loving spirit of Aldersgate touched the homeless women of Charlottesville. Each night we
during one of the three opportunities being offered during the month of February. The following dates are:
fed and sheltered between 8-10 women. The ladies were extremely grateful for the food, hot showers,
laundry service, and the CVS, Subway and McDonalds gift cards. They were especially thankful that they had
a safe warm place to sleep out of the wind, rain and cold. Thank you to everyone who donated food, toiletry High School and Middle School Leadership Exploration in the Acolyte Ministry
items, prepared meals, evening helpers, overnight volunteers, participated in visitation, monetary donations February 12, 2017 following the 11:00 Service, 12:15 until 2:30. Lunch will be provided
and those doing laundry for the women. Our set up and tear down teams were great! Most of all, thank you Or
for your prayers and lifting up this ministry. God has truly blessed each of us. May God bless this Combined Training Event 3rd to 12th Grade
congregation as we continue to do Christs work. February 19, 2017 following the 11:00 Service, 12:15 until 2:30. Lunch will be provided
In His Service, Combined Training Event 3rd to 12th Grade
Deb Reynolds, Nancy Berman and Kathy Morse February 21, 2017, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
PACEM Key Volunteers
Please let Carolyn Robertson know what event you will be attending so that she can have enough pizza, beverage
and dessert for all. All Training Events will begin in Room 208 and dismiss from the Sanctuary. This ministry is also
open to Young Adults. Young Adults interested in serving can contact Carolyn Robertson directly for more
Dear Aldersgate Church,
information. If a youth is interested but is unable to attend these dates please contact Carolyn Robertson, Acolyte
Happy New Year to all of you and Thank You so much for all the lovely Christmas gifts. You will never know
Coordinator at 757-536-0960(cell) or
how happy you made us. May God bless all of you this coming year and always.
The Residents of Golden Living

(People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry)

Ash Wednesday, which is March 1 this year, marks the beginning of Lent. The season of Lent continues for 40 days Aldersgate will be hosting the mens PACEM shelter April 1st through the morning of April 8th. This is an awesome
not including Sundays and ends on the Saturday before Easter, which is April 16. Lent is a wonderful season of the Lenten focus for 2017 and it is a privilege to serve the Lord in this manner sharing our love for all Gods people.
church to draw closer to in our daily walk with Jesus Christ. It is a time to examine our schedules and allow more We want to give as many people as possible an opportunity to participate in this. Sign-up sheets will be available in
time for spiritual practices and more time to serve others. The most common ways for discipleship growth during the Reed Room and on The City and we ask you to please review them and prayerfully consider ways you may be
Lent are: prayer and fasting. able to help.
In the weeks ahead, should you have any questions, please see me, email me at or speak
with anyone on the Missions/Outreach team.
We will pick up the linen a few days before we begin and the cots and bedding will arrive Saturday morning April 1st.
We will need help picking up linen and setting up in the Fellowship Hall Saturday morning.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ
We will provide our guests with a meal once they arrive (usually between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.). After our guests have
Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
been served, volunteers are encouraged to join them for the meal. This is an excellent time to engage in
conversation and to let the love of Christ shine through us.
UMC Bishop Rueben P. Job wrote this of John Wesley, Wesley knew that a life of prayer was not an accident or
Once we have cleaned up after the meal, volunteers may want to join our guests in some games (board games,
natural consequence of just living. Wesley was convinced that a life of prayer was the result of a determined and
dominoes, or cards).
disciplined effort. The time, which we allot to prayer, is an indication of our relationship with God. Prayer time may
After the lights are out, two volunteers from the church are needed to stay at the church overnight in case of
be a mixture of time set aside for reading Gods Word, study, and prayer but it is also a continual dialogue with God
emergency. Air mattresses are available and will be in the youth room and across the hall. These volunteers will
throughout the day and a continual willingness to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
need to bring their own sheets, blankets and pillows. PACEM staff will monitor the guests.
When they awake in the morning, we provide coffee and snacks as many of them will return to The Haven for a hot
Although some of the meals are already covered, we want to give others an opportunity to provide meals. We will
16 And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others have approximately 35 guests plus volunteers for dinner. You may want to consider partnering with some others to
that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their lighten the responsibility. I will be happy to work with you on this and can make some suggestions for menus.
reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your Perhaps some of you would be willing to furnish some gelatin salads or other types of salads to accompany the
face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your meals.
Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will We are also asking for volunteers offering to do laundry (wash cloths and towels) throughout the week. We will not
reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 be doing laundry for our guests.
Saturday morning, April 8th, we will need to transport the cots, mats and pillows to the next shelter location which
John Wesley at certain times in his life had the spiritual discipline may require two trucks/vans and at least two volunteers. The soiled linen will need to be taken to the city jail for
of fasting twice a week. Wesley considered prayer, Scripture study laundering which will require another two vehicles and volunteers
and fasting to be acts of piety. Fasting may take many forms from We will meet a few weeks prior to our sheltering week to answer any additional questions and go over our
a long time period without food; to fasting through lunch; or simply guidelines. A date and time for this will be announced shortly.
giving up a particular food or activity through Lent. The important
part of fasting is giving that time to God. If fasting through lunch The following is a list of items we will be collecting in the weeks ahead. Containers will be set out for collection:
spend that time in prayer or study as an example. White crew socks
Decks of cards, dominoes, board games
Lastly, Lent is a time to get involved in a ministry, which you do not Toiletry items such as tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, and lotion
often participate. Join a Sunday school class; the Sermon Discussion Sugar, coffee, coffee creamer, tea bags, #10 cans of applesauce and sliced peaches, butter, eggs, milk,
Group; try out the music ministry; start a small group; become an orange juice, salad dressing, peanut butter, jelly
usher and greeter; work on a Missions project; or the numerous Snack items including fruit, granola bars, nabs, cookies,
other ways to minister to others during the season of Lent. The We will update this list periodically but this at least gives you an idea of our needs.
important part is give more time to your relationship with God and
grow and strength your discipleship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanking you in advance and I look forward to serving with you.

If you would like to be involved in the Spiritual Growth ministry Kathy Morse
please contact Mike Thornton at Chair, Missions/Outreach

The United Methodist Church has long supported Outdoor Ministry and specifically, Christian Camping. Fifty years
ago, Westview on the James was founded in order to offer a place apart where children can experience and grow
deeper with God. In this busy, often stressful world, Christian camps offer children a sacred space in the natural
world where they can encounter God, enjoy Christian hospitality and community, nurture their faith and
discipleship, and learn creation care and appreciation. Oh, and have lots of fun! Leaving behind their normal
routines and distractions, Westview campers can enjoy zip lining, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, biking, hiking,
music, crafts, a new bouldering wall and high ropes course, worship, and more! Voted Style Weeklys favorite sleep-
away camp for 2016, Westview offers a variety of camp sessions including Mini-Camp, Resident Camp, Adventure February 14 Church Unfinished Fellowship Hall. Please bring ride-on toys to share
Camp, and new this year, Two-Week Camp. Counselor in Training Camp will also be offered July 9-14 for 15-16 year
olds who desire to develop their leadership skills while participating in camp activities. This summer, consider March 14 Azalea Park, 304 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville
supporting your local Methodist camp by registering your child for Summer Camp 2017
April 11 Monticello-Saunders Trail. Parking is available both on Rt. 20 North and on Rt. 53 East.
We will meet by the brick wall near the parking area on Rt. 53.

May 9 Pen Park, 1400 Pen Park Road, Charlottesville

We stepped out and tried something new this year and had our first Thanksgiving dinner here at Aldersgate.
Between our congregation and those attending from the Africa Lighthouse Baptist Temple, we had over 60 people. If it is rainy on days when outside activities are planned we will meet in the
church Fellowship Hall for inside fun. Please bring toddler ride-on toys to
The food was delicious, the story of our countrys first Thanksgiving was a beautiful reminder, and Pastor Peters
message on freedom, family, friends, and faith was very moving. share.
Many thanks to all that made our dinner a success; from those bringing food and decorations to those of you that AUMC Playgroup will meet from 9:30 - 11 AM on the second Tuesday of each month.
helped with the preparation, serving, greeting, and clean up. Your support of this was very much appreciated and
we are hoping to do this again in 2017. In case of inclement weather, playgroup will be canceled if Albemarle County Public Schools
are canceled.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Crockett at 434-806-3467

or Tori Fahrenkrog at (804) 450-7035

Thank you to Amanda Helmstetter for sharing her beautiful photography talent with us.
Winston Churchill has always been one of my favorite historical figures. Famous for his bull dog
appearance, his ever-present cigar and his famous, very quotable speeches, Churchill was one of the
greatest men of the 20th century. Several years ago I received a framed copy of a speech Churchill had
given in 1940. The most remembered line was, simply, Let us go forward together.

I think Churchills words resonate with us today. We have a generous church membership and together
we can accomplish much. We have to continue to put our faith in Christ, believing that by trusting him
and doing his will, we can make this a better world.

Where does stewardship fit into Gods kingdom? By going forward together, continuing to be good
stewards of all that God has given us, as one body in Christ, we can accomplish what the Lord has set
before us. We are the hands and feet of Christ and by working together as a church, dedicated to Him, all
things are possible. This winter, as the days slowly lengthen and we look forward to warmer weather, let
us remember to go forward together.

Bob Forrest Let us go forward together.

Winston Churchill

(Theyre Sip n Chat staples!)

We need more helping hands to make this happen every week! Have you been looking for a place to
serve the church. Offering your hands to set up and clean up for Sip n Chat just a few times a year would
fill a major need. Is this your call to serve? Contact Tina Shifflett at or Jennifer
Hamlin at

Dates that there are an immediate need:

March 5th, 9am

March 5th, 11am
April 2nd, 9am
April 9th, 11am
May 7th, 9am
May 7th, 11am
Easter Offering
We strive to show and pass on Gods love to all our neighbors and one way we do this is
Exodus small groups on Tuesdays, 8 sessions, through March 14 (online study on Mondays) through our annual Easter offering.
For the past ten years we have supported Clara Biswas, a missionary of the General Board of
February 12 children take Valentines to The Laurels Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Clara serves as team leader of Street
Children Ministries in Cambodia. She works to improve the lives of impoverished children living on the streets of
February 12 3:30 p.m. Charge Conference for Rachel Miller as certified candidate for ministry Phnom Penh, sharing the love of God, helping children obtain an education, improving living conditions, and
providing medical care and financial support. $2,500 of our Easter offering will be sent to aid her in continuing her
February 28-March 10 Here Wee Grow Again (HWGA) Set Up and special sales events valuable work in Cambodia.
When you place your gift in the offering plate, or make a payment online, please make a notation that it is for the
March 1 Ash Wednesday. Imposition of ashes at morning drive through and 7:00 p.m. service
Easter Offering. Thank you for your Consideration.
March 11-March 18 HWGA Public Sale
Kathy Morse, Chair
Missions and Outreach
March 18 Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner 5 to 7 p.m., Celtic Event in Reed Room at 7:00 p.m.

March 25 AUMC Tea

March 26 One Great Hour of Sharing offering for UMCOR

April 1 through 8 PACEM Mens Shelter Monthly Dinner Meetings

Aldersgate United Methodist Mens group meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 for dinner in the
April 9 Hospitality Room. We invite all the men, either members or frequent visitors, to join this fellowship and meet many
of the "behind the scenes" workers who keep our church in good shape and appealing to visitors passing by. Come

Palm Sunday Worship

join in the fun and fellowship! Contact Merrill Bishop at 434.975.3072.

Sweethearts Dinner
9 and 11 am You are invited to join the United Methodist Men at the DoubleTree Hotel for their Sweethearts Dinner on Saturday,
February 18 at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you dont have a sweetheart to bring with you.
Please RSVP to UMM President Merrill Bishop at or 434.975.3072.
Holy Week Worship Events
April 13 Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm
A Excerpt from Virginia Advocate
April 14 Good Friday Service 7 pm
In the January 2016 issue of the Virginia Advocate, an article entitled, Richmond Program Assures Shelter for
April 15 Holy Saturday A Day of Prayer in sanctuary 7 am to 7 pm, hike/walk 9 am Homeless was featured. This is an excerpt from that article:

April 16 I have to say that at first we were anxious about having these strangers in our church building but it was and
continues to be such a blessing, said Julie Ferry, who was the coordinator for Chester UMC for many years. We
witness the faith of our guests in their vulnerable and difficult life situations. Also, witnessing the gifts and the talents
Easter Sunday Worship of our church members at work for the least of these is awesome. We have learned to trust God in the planning and
implementing of this ministry because we could not do it without Him, said Ferry.
9 and 11 am