Change Is in the Air
As I write this, it is a cold November day with the chance of blowing snow and below zero temperatures overnight. Many of us expected that we'd have a few more days of fall weather before winter kicked in, but it was not to be.
As we enter the Advent season, we prepare ourselves for a blessed event – the birth of a baby that will bring us good news and great change. Christ will once again meet us where we are and invite us to grow and change with him. We're invited to not only follow with interest his growth from a baby to an adult that changed the world, but we're also invited to be agents of change ourselves, bringing new hope to a sometimes discouraged and despondent world.
We hope to soon be remodeling the upstairs of our building to bring more open space to the area just outside the sanctuary. We're looking forward to a time when we can fellowship and have coffee and treats directly outside our worship space. Our Healthy Church Initiative Building Team is working on a plan to make that happen.
We are in the process of change – in the weather, in the church season, in our building.
Speaking of change, I hope you will join me in wishing Angel Buckhalton well as she leaves our congregation as the Youth and Outreach Coordinator. She has served us well this past year and we are grateful for her faithful ministry among us. In this Advance you will find a farewell letter from Angel, whose last Sunday with us will be December 14.
As we look back and give thanks for all that has been, we look forward and yearn for what will be. Change is strange, but it can also be wonderful as we give thanks for the God who goes with us through it all.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
-- Romans 12:2
On the journey,
Calling All Kids!
Christmas Pageant is December 14! All kids ages 2 through high school are invited to participate in the Christmas pageant. Grandchildren, neighbors, and friends are all welcome! The pageant is December 14th during the 10 o’clock church service. There will be one practice on December 13th from 9:30-11:30 AM. Children age 2 through Kindergarten can come at 10 AM. We will have a games and craft area where the younger children can play until they are needed to rehearse.
We are also in need of parents to help with costumes or watching the younger children. If you are available, let the church office know or email Cleo at firstname.lastname@example.org. At least two adults that have been through Safe Sanctuaries training are needed Saturday morning.
Bell Choir Cookie Sale: A Holiday Tradition!
Calling all bakers! The Aldersgate Bell Choirs are holding a Christmas cookie sale on Sunday, December 14, following worship. Funds raised from this sale will support youth bell activities such as Adventure Ring and Young Ringers Camp, opportunities for our youth to get together, learn, and perform with other young ringers. If you would like to contribute to the cookie sale and help support the Aldersgate bell program, please bring 4-6 dozen of your best homemade Christmas cookies to church no later than Friday, December 12. Please label your donation “Bell Choir Cookies”. Thanks for your support!
Please Warmly Welcome a Guest Speaker.
On Sunday, December 7, we will be hearing from guest speaker Troy Noor, who will be bringing us information about the Minnesota Annual Conference's new vision called Reach.Renew.Rejoice. He will be talking about the Conference's Capital Campaign designed to help the United Methodists of Minnesota to start new churches and grow existing churches by equipping them to increase vitality. Our congregation has been the recipient of funds from the conference as we entered the Healthy Church Initiative process. We encourage you to come to this one hour presentation on Sunday, December 7 at 11:15 in the Fellowship Hall.
Join Us for the Theatre!
God Girl, Sunday, February 8, 2:00 pm Aldersgate is once again venturing out to the theatre. God Girl, a play by Kristine Holmgren will be performed at the History Theatre (part of the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul) in February.
"Meet the bright and spirited Macalester College graduate who was one of the first of a large group of women admitted to the Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1975, when the war in Vietnam was over and the women’s liberation movement was in full swing, an idealistic and determined young woman decided to change the world starting with her ordination to ministry. This new play by Presbyterian pastor and former Star Tribune columnist Kristine Holmgren reflects on the hard work, humor, and heartbreak experienced by the brave women who dared to break through the stained glass ceiling within the Protestant church."
Click here to download the order form for tickets. Seats will be located in Tier 2 of the Center Balcony, and tickets are $26 each. The History Theatre is located at 30 E. 10th St, St Paul, MN.