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Category: General Announcements

RightNow Media Biblical Videos

RightNow Media Free Video Library Looking for some Christian videos to add to your summer library? Just a reminder that everyone in our church has unlimited access to +25,000 biblical videos through RightNow Media! Sign up for your free account to access this streaming library anytime, anywhere, all year long! Click here to create your… Continue Reading

Aldersgate Cookbook

We Need Your Recipes The Grow in Grace Women’s Group is creating our very own, Aldersgate Church cookbook. Would you help by giving your favorite recipes (3-10 maximum)? Be sure to include your name on them and drop them in the box at church. Deadline for submissions is 8-10-23

Family Game Night

Family Game Night at Aldersgate Church Join us for a fun-filled family game night! Bring your favorite game (labeled with your family’s name) and a snack or treat to share. We will also have a craft/activity table too! Click here to register.

Senior Ministry: October 2022

Oh! The brilliance of the changing colors of the leaves – the reds, the oranges, the yellows, and the golds! What a reminder of God’s beautiful creation for our pleasure to enjoy. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus Not only is fall a time of change…change in temperatures,… Continue Reading

The Lord's Prayer

Taking a Look at the Most Well-Known Prayer of All Times and Worldwide We all recognize that it is the most well-known prayer of all times and world-wide. But it is more that. It is an important part of the foundation of our Christian faith, an anchor and refuge. We use it to begin prayers,… Continue Reading

Bible and Reading Prayer Prompts: October 2022

Dive into God’s Word this October 10-1 Deuteronomy 1: Lord, thank you for month this and your plans for me 10-2 Deuteronomy 2: Over the month of October, I declare… 10-3 Deuteronomy 3: As the seasons change, teach me… 10-4 Deuteronomy 4: Jesus, when I think of you as my friend, I…. 10-5 Deuteronomy 5:… Continue Reading

Help Wanted

Help Wanted! What: Front Desk Coverage (answering phones, and monitoring the front door) When: Every Tuesday & Thursday (you pick the time) Why: Ashlynn who is currently the primary receptionist is now working from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information or if you think you would like to volunteer at the front desk… Continue Reading

Aldergate Annual Church Conference 2021

Click here to join the livestream! Click here to download the Church Conference packet. We will be opening the session with worship, prayer, and praises from the past year… then we will get down to church business. It is important to note that members must be present in-person to vote. The livestream is for people… Continue Reading

State of the Church - 12.21.2020

 All of our services from now until January 10th are going to be online. Tuesday December 22nd, we will have our “Longest Night” service at 7:00. Thursday December 24th, we will have our 7pm Contemporary and 9pm Traditional Christmas Eve services online. You will want to get some candles together for all participating to… Continue Reading

Help Spread the Word... Not the Virus!

Aldersgate Church has accepted the challenge to rethink and redesign how we, as a church, worship and connect during this pandemic. As a result, WE ARE NOW MORE ACTIVE ONLINE THAN EVER BEFORE! (We need your help to spread the word.) The use of technology has equipped us to make the best of our circumstances… Continue Reading

Help is Needed

Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt – April 4 8:30 to 10:30 Mark your calendar now to join us for our Family Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt, featuring pancakes, bacon, egg casseroles, fruit and more on Saturday, April 4! Breakfast will be served 8:30 to 9:30 AM, so you may arrive anytime between those hours. Egg… Continue Reading

See What's Going on in the Preschool at Aldersgate Church

It’s February already??? How is that possible? They say “time flies when you’re having fun” — and we’re definitely having a blast in preschool! The school year is flying by way too fast! Love is in the air at preschool this month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. We will be focusing on kindness and caring… Continue Reading

February 2020 Children's Ministry Update

The Lord is continuing to do great things here at Aldersgate, especially within the Amazing Adventures. I continue to praise God for the progress being made in our new children’s area. We have been stepping confidently into our new identity, and God has continued to be faithful amidst our beautiful transformation. There is much more… Continue Reading

Do You Love to Sew? Want to Learn?

Open call for ladies and gents who love to sew, or would love to learn! Can you operate a sewing machine? We need YOU! Can you hand sew? We need YOU! No experience necessary. In a quick lesson, we can show you how you can impact the lives of those needing the comfort that someone… Continue Reading

Endowment Fund Spotlight

Aldersgate Church General Purpose Trust Fund The General Purpose Trust Fund was established in August of 2013 with generous gifts (ultimately exceeding $200,000) from Life Insurance policies and the estate of Leonard Tarman. The money was undesignated and, in accordance with church policy, became part of the church’s Endowment Funds. After much debate, the committee… Continue Reading

Box Tops for Red Bird Christian School

Please place your Box Tops for Education in the white box on the Church’s Kitchen counter or in Jean Norris’ Church Mailbox. Red Bird Mission uses the funds raised to fuel their school buses that bring about 200 students to campus in Appalachia for a Christian School.

We are Co-heirs with Christ

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. Romans 8:16-17 Heirlooms are valuable objects families pass down from generation to generation. An elaborate pocket watch. An irreplaceable wedding ring. A set of priceless porcelain. In a… Continue Reading

Feb 2020 Tech Team Update

As many of you know, Aldersgate Church has been going through a transformation. The Spirit of God is breathing life into this church and inspiring us to take steps forward. One of our core values is excellence, and excellence in this era involves the use of technology. The church is venturing into some new and… Continue Reading

Aldersgate Church is Returning to Her Roots

This is the Year of The Lord! As the founder of our church, John Wesley, experienced the awaking of the Holy Spirit later in his life, so are the people of Aldersgate. As John Wesley was empowered with unbelievable passion to share the truth and love of Jesus, so are the people of Aldersgate. As… Continue Reading

Things to Pray for in the New Year

It’s comparatively easy to pray for ourselves, our families, and our friends. But how can we learn to pray more fervently and consistently for our church? Here’s some prayer points to help focus. That we would have unity and diversity-loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the Gospel. That a culture of… Continue Reading

A Letter from the Bishop

Grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, Healer of Our Brokenness, and Hope of the World! I am writing this pastoral letter to our people of the Susquehanna Conference regarding the groundbreaking announcement that was made on Friday, January 3, 2020. Earlier today, the Mediation Team representing the Council of… Continue Reading

Thanks for December 2019

Thank You Do you appreciate what it takes to create the great atmosphere for the month of December each year? This past month we witnessed: Hummel family provided and erected the beautiful tree in the West Lobby entrance. Deitz’s family worked with Bell Shelter and our giving tree. George Hummel worked with them behind the… Continue Reading

"Shofar"... So Good!

Trumpet Sounds of Praise 33,361 Bags For Food: In addition to the Mission Committee spending $10,000 for the rice mixture, bags, boxes and shipment, 130 various people within the Aldersgate Church family gathered together to pack bags of rice to feed over 200,000 people in a time of disaster. This Rise Against Hunger event was… Continue Reading

In the Bleak Midwinter of January

Whew, I am glad that is over De-frocked evergreens on the curb, errant tinsel here and there. Great sighs of “Whew, I am glad that is over.” What “THAT?” Well, you know, (CHRISTMAS). I suppose it depends on what filled your Christmas days. Did you find yourself trying to catch your breath? Did you run… Continue Reading

January 2020 Membership Musings

A Look Around the Church Happy New Year, and not only a new year, but a new decade as well! Before we get into 2020, I must reflect on the blessings we saw for Aldersgate Church during the year 2019: so much excitement marked the year as we saw new life energizing the staff and… Continue Reading

2020 - The Year of the Lord

This is the Year of Our Lord Before becoming the pastor of Aldersgate Church, God clearly revealed to me two Scripture passages to describe His response to those people who have been praying for a new season: Isaiah 40 and II Corinthians 6:2. After endless hours of being in the ‘Holy of Holies’, seeking God’s… Continue Reading

2020 Aldersgate High School Seniors & Students

Attention 2020 Aldersgate High School Seniors & Students Currently Enrolled in an Institution of Higher Learning The Barbara A. Gable Memorial Youth Scholarship, a part of the Aldersgate Endowment Fund, is awarded annually to Aldersgate members of our congregation who have been active participants in our youth program and/or the activities of our church. Students… Continue Reading

Senior Friends, January 2020

Madeline L’Engle heard her young daughter crying out one night because something had frightened her as she slept. L’Engle went to comfort her, and among other things she said, “Don’t be afraid dear, God is with you.” To which her still frightened daughter replied, “I know that Mommy, but I want somebody with some skin… Continue Reading

Jackson School, December 2019

An Update from Jackson School “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17 Reflecting on this past year and our involvement with Jackson School and the staff and students there, I can see the blessings of… Continue Reading

Mission Central Update: January 2020

Where the things from the church might be going I took the car full of toys from church to Mission Central recently. I asked where the things from the church might be going – a whole list was quickly rattled off of these Mission Central Mission partners: There had been a request from Senior Helpers… Continue Reading

Aldersgate Church 20/20 Vision

Moving Forward with the New Year 75 people at the Aldersgate annual Church Conference unanimously affirmed 7 goals for the year 2020: Community Christian Club (CCC): A gathering of local residence who weekly meet during the day in the Gathering Place for food, fellowship, faith development, and fun. The target group will be for those… Continue Reading

An Update from the Aldersgate Church Preschool

What a Wonderful December! Wow! What a wonderful December we had in the preschool! Christmas is such a magical time of year-especially for young children. The preschoolers learned the story of that miraculous first Christmas, and that Jesus was the best Christmas present we could ever receive! We talked about the importance of helping and… Continue Reading

Casserole Ministry - Would you like to help once a month?

Would you like to help once a month? Our Daily Bread and Life Path Ministries are both the recipients of the Casserole Ministry. Each month, volunteers make casseroles at home using one of four rotating recipes provided: Zippy Beef, Hash Brown Casserole, Meat/Potato Pie and Chicken Pot Pie. Each cook provides the ingredients and Our… Continue Reading

Living in Gratitude Campaign

Living in Gratitude Campaign As your pastor, I want everyone to discover a lifestyle that changes everything. It will change you, your family, and your church. Along with receiving information in the mail, I will teach on the Biblical treasure principle on the weekend of November 10th and 17th. A Response Card will be provided… Continue Reading

From the Desk of Austin White

Hello, Aldersgate! I was raised in Halifax, PA, where there is more corn than people. After encountering a loving God in my Youth Group, I realized He was calling me to serve His Church, so I slowly began to embrace my call to pastoral ministry. This past May, I graduated from Messiah College with a… Continue Reading

"Shofar" So Good

Trumpet Sounds of Praise! There are SO many exciting things happening in the life of Aldersgate Church. Make sure you are getting involved! — Over 20 people participating in the NEW Christianity Explored Class… Sincere people who are intentionally seeking to embark on a new journey, or renew our journey, with Jesus are being encouraged… Continue Reading

The Glory Days are Coming Back

Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ – Grace, peace, and joy to you from God has anointed Aldersgate Church to advance the Gospel beyond our greatest imagination. One night I was awakened by God to read Isaiah 40. Immediately, my heart became strangely warm as it was clear to me that God was identifying my… Continue Reading

New Worship Schedule at Aldersgate Church

New Worship Schedule Beginning on September 7th and 8th Saturday Night Acoustic Worship Service: 6PM in the Gathering Place. Child Care Provided. Sunday Worship and Sunday School Schedule: 8AM – 9AM Informal Worship Service in the Sanctuary 9AM – 9:15AM Casual Fellowship Time in The Gathering Place 9:15AM – 10:15AM Contemporary Family Worship Service in… Continue Reading

Introducing Austin White

Meet Austin White Meet the newest addition to our staff, Austin White, assisting Pastor. It brings such joy to my soul knowing that I will join you all at Aldersgate soon! September 1st could not come soon enough! I look forward to getting to know you, hearing your stories, ministering with you, and worshiping alongside… Continue Reading

What's in a Name?

Branding Committee Update – July 2019 What is Branding? “Branding” is a name, term, sign, symbol, design, or a combination of these, that is intended to identify the goods and services of one business, or group of businesses, and to differentiate them from those of competitors”. “If the church were a car, what kind of… Continue Reading

Barbara A. Gable Scholarship Recipients - 2019

We are blessed as a congregation to have so many spirit filled youth in our membership. We thank our Youth Leaders and the congregation for the support they provide for these young Christian servants. This year we were very encouraged with amount of applicants we had apply for this Scholarship and thank each of them… Continue Reading

Aldersgate Leadership Workshop

Leadership Workshop is aimed at giving leaders, or those who would like to lead, new skills or a fresh new look at helping them develop their behaviors from being an individual contributor to a leader of people. As a leader, success is dependent on the success of the people you’re leading. It’s quite a shift… Continue Reading

VIM Team Leader Training

Volunteer In Missions Training prepares you to lead a UMVIM Team locally, nationally, or globally. Topics covered include: Best Practices, Cultural Awareness, Health and Safety, Team Orientations, Useful Forms, and Fundraising. There is always room to become better missionaries and servants. This Training is open to all whether you have lead teams already or have… Continue Reading

2019 Annual Conference Election Results

Results from General Conference – May 5-15, 2020 (at the Minneapolis Convention Center): Clergy Elected: Rev. Matthew E. Lake Rev. Janice F. Hughes Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Salsgiver Rev. Dr. Kathleen E. Kind Rev. Jason R. Mackey Rev. Dr. Kenneth M. Loyer Laity Elected: Christina McDermott Kaytlynn Hughes Spencer Ross Craig Brennecke William Leight Dr…. Continue Reading

Membership Musings - June 2019

June is sometimes the month of good-byes and new beginnings. The Preschool’s Spring Program was delightful as the children performed many songs with lots of actions! Several children have been here for three years and now it’s good-bye as they enjoy the summer before heading off to Kindergarten. Several of our Youth are graduating from… Continue Reading

Hosts Wanted

Hosts Wanted! Pastor Dale “longs to know the people at Aldersgate, their gifts and their love for the church.” We are scheduling small, one and a half hour, informal home gatherings with no more than ten guests per home. If you would like to be a Host, please contact Randy or Mandy Campbell to reserve… Continue Reading

It's Time

It’s Time It’s Time to meet and welcome Pastor Dale and his wife, Tami, on July 6th and 7th. It’s Time to be reminded of the WET Team Report recommending that we build Fellowship Time into Sundays and adjust the beginning of the Contemporary Service to a later time, preferably 9:15AM. It’s Time to be… Continue Reading

Growing Effective Churches - June 2019 Update

Growing Effective Churches – June 2019 Update Intentionally taking steps to help propel Aldersgate into a Growing AND Effective Church, numerous Committees were formed about a year ago to seek out new ideas that would help us rethink how we do “church”. On Tuesday, May 21st, several Committees presented their recommendations for the Church Council… Continue Reading

The W.E.L.L. January 2019 Update

Suggested donations to The WELL during January are personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, sanitizer, etc. Items may be donated through the collection bin in the west lobby. If you are interested in helping to get the donated items to The WELL, please contact Ray Gilbert for more info. The WELL was… Continue Reading


Need help with shoveling snow or winter chores? Rent-A-Kid is an intergenerational program that allows older adults to hire local youth to help with various jobs. To be eligible for the program you must be a York County resident, 60 years of age or older, and agree to reimburse a minimum of $5/hour or a… Continue Reading

Children's Wing Renovations

The children of York will only learn about and experience the Love of God at Aldersgate Church if they’re willing to walk through the door. They will grow into a deeper relationship with God if they’re willing to come back consistently. Today’s students expect a welcoming space, exciting and relevant videos and music that is… Continue Reading

Knitting Group

Our knitting group provided the children at Jackson school with 51 hats and 91 scarves. What an awesome gift to the children. Thank you ladies for giving of your time to this outreach. We will not meet until March 2019 and anyone interested in joining us please email Angela Jones at [email protected] or call at… Continue Reading

A Great Way to Make Contributions to Aldersgate's Endowment Funds

This article is ONLY for those of us over 70 1⁄2 years old and have one or more Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRA’s). If this describes you, and you make donations to Aldersgate (or any other charitable organization), you might want to consider making your contributions by way of a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) instead of… Continue Reading

Commission on a Way Forward

Some of you may have heard that there are major divisions within The United Methodist Church. These divisions stem from different approaches to homosexuality. Some United Methodists favor gay marriage; others oppose it. Some favor the ordination of “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals”, others oppose it. In response to these strong tensions that threaten to divide our… Continue Reading

Women in Mission: December 2018 Update

Our Christmas Gift and Craft Show on November 10th was an amazing success with wonderful vendors, and an abundance of visitors and shoppers! We thank all who supported our Bake Sale by your donations and purchases, as well as your purchases of soup and sandwiches. We’ll report next month just how much was raised for… Continue Reading

Barbara A. Gable Memorial Youth Scholarship

Attention All 2019 Aldersgate High School Seniors and Aldersgate Students Currently Enrolled in an Institution of Higher Learning The Barbara A. Gable Memorial Youth Scholarship, a part of the Aldersgate Endowment Fund, is awarded annually to Aldersgate members of our congregation who have been active participants in our youth program and/or the activities of our… Continue Reading

The W.E.L.L. - December 2018

Suggested donations to The WELL during December are supper items such as canned meats, beans, stews and soups, boxed potatoes etc. The WELL was created by the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church to provide items to persons/families in emergency need. It is currently located at Union Lutheran Church on West Market Street and… Continue Reading

We're Going Orange

The Children’s Ministry of Aldersgate Church is so excited to be going ORANGE! What does that mean? When Red (the unconditional Love of the Home) is combined with Yellow (The Light of the Church), you get ORANGE. Two combined influences are always stronger than two separate influences. This strategy focuses on the Family and Home…. Continue Reading

Coupon Book Fundraiser

Aldersgate Preschool is selling Save Around local coupon books. Ask any preschool board member for more details or stop by the stand in the west lobby before or after worship in early November to pick one up.

What's Going on at the Aldersgate Preschool

November in the Preschool This month in preschool, the children will be preparing for Thanksgiving. They will learn about the Pilgrims and their Native American Indian friends and the first Thanksgiving. We will even have our own Thanksgiving Feast to celebrate the holiday. We asked each child in our 4’s class to tell me something… Continue Reading

Bakers, We Need You!

Help us fill the Bake Table at the Christmas Craft & Gift Show on November 10th! Aldersgate is blessed with wonderful bakers who make yummy fudge, baked fruit & nut breads, cookies, brownies, pies, candy-covered pretzels, trail mix, whoopie pies, etc. Will you make some for our show? All proceeds from the sale go to… Continue Reading

Help Wanted

The Worship Design Team Needs Your Help! The Worship Design Team (WDT) needs help the week of November 26th to prepare the sanctuary and fellowship hall for Advent and Christmas and to welcome Pastor Rick back to the pulpit on December 2nd. We will move all the boxes from the basement starting at 10:00am on… Continue Reading

Operation Christmas Child

The Shoeboxes have arrived! Please pickup your Shoebox in the west lobby outside fellowship hall starting 10/13 to 10/28. Someone will be available at the table to hand out the boxes as well as to provide instructions on what to put in them. Please consider taking a box and filling it to help give a… Continue Reading

Bell Shelter Christmas Gifts

Have you begun your Christmas shopping? We are thinking about the families in Bell Family Shelter and how we can help them have aMerry Christmas. We will have trees laden with “Bells” up by Sunday, November 25th in both the fellowship hall and the Narthex. Information on the individual bells will give you a child… Continue Reading

Mission Central Volunteer Day: Saturday, October 20th

October 20 is the day Aldersgate has sponsored in the Buy-a-Day Program. We will carpool from the church at 8:00am. Bring your bag lunch, and volunteer from 9:00am–1:00pm at this “Warehouse of Wonders” in Mechanicsburg. Tours will be provided for anyone interested. There is work for everyone to do. The sign up sheet is on… Continue Reading

Tax Prep Volunteers Needed for Spring 2019 Tax Season

Do you prepare your own taxes? Are you interested in learning about the new tax laws? Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation Program is expanding its team of volunteers in York County for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide is a program that offers free tax… Continue Reading

The W.E.L.L. - October 2018

Suggested donations to The WELL during October are lunch items such as peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, crackers, boxed mac & cheese, etc. The WELL was created by the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church to provide items to persons/families in emergency need. It is currently located at Union Lutheran Church on West Market… Continue Reading

2019 Champions of the Monday Night Church Golf League

Congratulations gentlemen for earning this honor for the second year in a row! Pictured accepting the trophy (from L–R) are Denny Good, Jeff Kuhn, Barry Parthree, and Chris Rudisill. Not pictured are David Jones and Jerry Bowman.

Growing Effective Churches Update

As we begin to see the leaves changing and temperatures cooling, we are also beggining to see many little things changing with our church. The committes have been selected and many of them have met and started to assess what they have to do, what they need to do, and the timeframe they need to… Continue Reading