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 by other people who have known Jesus for a longer period of time. Special appreciation to Denny Cathcart and Intentional Faith Development Team.
The Amazing Adventures Children’s Ministry… After several months of anticipation, excitement and unlimited prayers, the Children’s Sunday School and Christian Preschool Classrooms are not merely renovated, but completely redesigned for children to Journey with Jesus. Each room was designed to depict a different theme with the intent to remind the children that Jesus is always with them, offering Amazing Adventures wherever they may go whether trekking through the JUNGLE or FORREST, submerged UNDER THE SEA, crossing the DESERT, or floating in OUTER SPACE. The Amazing Adventures will not just be a Sunday Morning ministry, as the Vision is to reach children with the love and truth of Jesus Christ six days a week and during both the day and night times. Special gratitude to Larry Raffensberger for overseeing the full project; the Aldersgate Mission Team, who donated all the paint and volunteered to do all the painting; and many other dedicated volunteers who have been helping in various ways with the construction. Last but not least, were it not for those faithful ones who had gone before us to establish the “Fund For Tomorrow” which enabled Aldersgate to accomplish this project ‘Today’…which was our predecessors ‘Tomorrow’ – we give thanks.
J-Walkers Crosswalk Youth Ministry Kick-Off… 30 youth and 16 adults participated in the Fall Kick-Off on September 8th. While attending the weekly Crosswalk Events on Sunday nights, the Youth are not only having crazy fun, but are most importantly growing in our character, confidence and community of friends. A seed has been planted for a Youth Praise Band to be established in the near future. Special praises for Miranda Moland who has a truly authentic and awesome relationship with Jesus that is evident in all she does and to the parents who are supporting her.
200 Attendees for the Welcome Aboard Table Talk Event… Those who were present enjoyed a delicious meal, meaningful fellowship, and a intimate introduction to most of the staff, Pastor Austin and Pastor Dale. The staff designed new “A-Team” Spirit Wear that proclaimed the 2020 Vision that Aldersgate Church is Setting Sail. With people from all the difference worship services in one room, there was a wonderful feeling of community among us. Special thanks to Dot Miller and the Table Talk Ministry Team for coordinating the event, providing the main dish, and extending to all Christ-like hospitality. Well done!
Crossover Youth Adult Ministry… Approximately 12 different young adults have been hanging out on Sundays at 10:30 to meet with each other and Jesus. Along with developing wholesome friendship, they discuss current topics that are relevant for everyday life. Thanks to the leadership of Miranda Moland. She rocks because of the ROCK she stands on!
“Not Alone” Women’s Bible Study Class… Up to 26 different women of various ages meet every Wednesday evening at 6:30PM to talk about healthy and meaningful relationships and how to make them last a lifetime. Special appreciation to Tami Parker for facilitating the class.
Improved Sound and Lighting in the Fellowship Hall… After several weeks of renovations, new state-of-the art digital technology has been installed. Other major improvements included stabilizing and reconfiguring the stage set-up and illuminating the wooden cross. Special gratitude goes out to David Jones and his Worship Design Team enhancing our Contemporary Worship experience.
Wonderful Wednesdays… On average, about 100 people gather together on Wednesday evenings to greet, meet and eat each other within the church community. After dinner, adults venture off to various studies while the children practice for their Children’s Choir Debut on November 17th, work on homework and make crafts. This joyful gathering is made possible because of the coordination efforts of Jan Bowden and many volunteers. Thank you to all who are involved behind the scenes.
The Amazing Adventures at Aldersgate Christian Preschool… Having reached full enrollment, 42 children have received age appropriate “Adventure Bibles” and are being taught on a weekly bases about the love and truth of Jesus Christ through music, Bible stories, and crafts. How beautiful it is to not only have passionate leaders/teachers, but passionate about sharing the love of Christ with others. Accolades to our Director, Lynn Ciepiela and her Assistant Teachers, Chris Schaeberle and Deborah Watt for creating an Christ-like environment for our Preschool Community and their families to experience The Amazing Adventures of Jesus!
Bible Presentation and Celebration at Aldersgate… Thirteen 2nd and 3rd grade children received Adventure Bibles at a Special Bible Presentation on Sunday, October 13th. This rite of passage marks the identity of them taking ownership of their own faith as an result and extension of their parent’s guidance. Missy Stuart’s genuine love and care for children in general, coupled with her strong desire to nurture our children and devotion to teaching them the Word of God, would cause the rocks to cry out in Praise to God if we didn’t. Missy, the rocks can remain silent for we sing praises to our God, for the way you love Jesus endlessly.
FOUR Church Office Renovations… Special donations and countless volunteers and staff members stepped up to help renovate the Judy’s Office, Sherry’s Office (Main Church Office), Pastor Austin’s Office, and Sheila’s/ Dave Office. Additionally, much effort has been made to clean-out, simplify and organize several administrative areas over the past months as well. Gratitude to all those “Martha’s’ who took part in this.
MOST OF ALL… Praises to God for these, and all the other new and ongoing ministries that are too numerous to note on this sheet. The Spirit of God is blowing wind into the Aldersgate S.S. sails and ministries are abounding. Church family get ready…