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 extremely successful. Not only are we feeding people, but we had the
opportunity to be with our children, youth, and people from the various worship services. We give
special gratitude to the Aldersgate Mission Team.
Wonderful Wednesday Averaged 90 to 100 People: The homecooked meals, the spiritual
development classes, and the choir practices provided physical food for the body, spiritual food &
music for the soul, and wholesome fellowship for the church family. We give special gratitude to the
cooking teams led by Linda Jacob, Barry Barbush and Dave Smith. Also we can’t forget the setup
crew led by Nancy Miller and the clean crew led by Sharon Whitmore, Rodney and Brenda
Brenneman. And to the class leaders Denny Cathcart, Jerry Bowman, Tom Sanagorski and Tami
Parker. Praises To God!
71 Fruit Baskets: Created and given by our Aldersgate Mission Team to express encouragement
to all the teachers and staff at inner city Jackson School. In addition to the many people from
Aldersgate who volunteer at this school, we desire for these children to know the love and truth of
46 Children Enrolled in Aldersgate Amazing Adventures Preschool: Three days a week the
children from the ages of 2 to 4 are learning about Jesus and His love. Recently the children went
to Elmcroft to share their Christmas love to the residence. Special gratitude to the outstanding
director, Lynne Ciepiela.
Prayer & Baptism Quilt Ministry: This vital ministry provides quilts for people who are having
their children Baptized or Dedicated; and for those in need of congregation prayer and support, who
need to know there are many here at Aldersgate who are praying for their health and well-being at a
time of need. Praises to Joanne Hammen & Chery Hummel for their outstanding leadership.
Christmas Decoration: Gratitude and praise to all the elves who assisted in the Christmas
decorations of the church. It looks GREAT! The entire Aldersgate family appreciates your humble
service of love.
Boy & Girl Scouts & Aldersgate: Working together to develop students in their relationships with
God by focusing upon their character, confidence, and community. While this relationship was
assumed in the past, it is quickly becoming an intentional reality. Many of the students do not have
a home church or know Jesus. With hospitality being expressed by both the Scouts and the
Church, we are finding ways to do ministry together. Special gratitude to the Scout’s leadership
129 Inner City People Fed by Aldersgate’s Thanksgiving Food Run: Special gratitude to Dave
Smith for his leadership in this awesome ministry, for all the people who donated food, and for
Miranda Moland, young adults, youth and others who help to serve. This ministry is good ministry
for everyone and especially families to serve at least once. It is an entry level in teaching people
what Jesus has called everyone to do.
40 Members in the Everlasting Light Musical Cantata: This major beautiful production not only
brought meaning to Christmas, but great joy. 30 talented voices with 10 gifted instrumentalists, we
got to experience what the angels sounds like in heaven. Special gratitude to Jim Young for his
supreme leadership. We love you, Jim!
24 Christmas Baskets for the Homebound: When someone cannot make it to the church, the
church makes it to you. We express our appreciation the Women in Mission who prepared and
delivered the baskets.
Table Talk Ministry: This ministry provides wonderful opportunities to connect with the various
members of the Aldersgate Family. It is a time for fun, food, and friendship. The Aldersgate
Christmas Party with the Dallastown Middle School Chorus was a hit. Special gratitude goes out to
Dot Miller, Larry Raffensberger and Randy Campbell and others on the team. And a Thank You to
Vanessa Trauger for bringing her talented chorus for us to hear.
75 People attended Aldersgate Church Conference: This annual meeting was productive,
effective, informative, and most certainly inspiring. With finances, facility, nomination, and ministry
in good order, the administrative part of the meeting was short and unanimous. Most of the time
was focused on the Growing Effective Church report, the name of the church being Aldersgate
Church, and a new vision. 2020 is the Year of the Lord. This is the year for people and the church
to flourish with the full blessings of God. II Corinthians 6:2.
92 Christmas Child Shoeboxes were collected: Sharing Christmas around the world with
children who may be seeing Jesus for the first time. Thank you all and Blessings. Also, thanks to
Dianne Deibler and Cathy Landis for coordinating and all your work on this mission.
Living in Gratitude Stewardship Campaign: Great Success: 73 families responded to stepping
into or over tithing for the year 2020. Plus, $65,000 above tithing is being committed to the 2020
Vision for the Fellowship Hall. With the one-for-one matching fund this equal to $130,000. This
means that we have reach 65% of the $200,000 goal for 2020. Many people believe we will have
the full amount before Easter.
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