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Change in Financial Secretary

On January 1, Don Fritz is stepping down as Financial Secretary after

three years of faithful service. Joe Berman will be taking on this
position. You can contact Joe at or at

January 3, 2016
2015 Annual Donations Statement
If you would like your 2015 Annual Donations Statement sent by Email
(to save the Church paper and postage) please let Joe Berman know by
Email ( before January 10, 2016.

2016 Numbered Offering Envelopes

If you used numbered offering envelopes in 2015, you can pick up your
new set of 2016 envelopes in the Reed Room. Using the numbered
offering envelopes makes data entry of your donations more efficient
and reliable. If you would like to start using offering envelopes in 2016,
just pick up a set and be sure to register your name, address and
envelope number (printed in red ink on the front of the set). If you
have questions about getting or using numbered offering envelopes in
2016, please contact Joe Berman at

Savior, Teacher,
Lord, Friend
A new sermon and worship series for a new year
beginning Sunday, January 10, 9:00 and 11:00

How can we know and embrace the fullness of Jesus identity

and role in our lives? What difference does our understanding
of Jesus make for how we practice our faith?

January 10
January 17
January 24
January 31


"From 1st time Guest to Faithful Disciple"

Workshop for Aldersgate Members and Leaders

Church Council is pleased to announce a free workshop for

Aldersgate members, attendees, and leaders Sunday, January
10, 4:00 7:00 pm, at Aldersgate. Led by Rev. Paul Nickerson, a
church consultant used widely by United Methodist churches in
Virginia, the workshop will look at what vital churches do
to greet first-time guests to worship, to follow up and begin
to connect them with the community of faith.
We will also explore five key ways people grow in discipleship
and how to set up a church system that enhances faith
development for all members, guests, and others. Participants
will work on an Action Plan to implement these principles at
Aldersgate. A light dinner is included.
Sign up on the Communication Card or contact
Susan Painter at
or John Oliver at

Busy Hands Fellowship

Busy Hands Fellowship will be on holiday break until Jan. 14 when we
will resume our weekly drop-in meetings on Thursdays from 11-2:00.
Make a New Years resolution to bring your handiwork project to the
Hospitality Room to work on while enjoying a time of fellowship. For
more information contact Kimberley Roll at 434-973-6382 or

Bibles for Africa

"I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive
it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." With
these stirring words of hope, the prophet Isaiah looks forward to what
we know now as the season of Advent ... expecting the second coming
of our Lord. Would you be willing this Advent season to share such
Good News by providing one or more Bibles to the 2,000 people of
Liberdale United Methodist Church in Mozambique? Their Pastor,
Rev. Joao Sambo, and our Assistant Pastor for Congregational Care, Rev.
Don MacNicoll (friends since 2004), are working together to raise funds
for 400 Bibles in the local Xitswa dialect. The Bibles cost $13 each. If you
can help, write your check to AUMC and notate it "Bibles for Africa."

Samaritan Fund
The Samaritan Fund offers local benevolence to Aldersgate and
community members. To donate, make your check payable to AUMC
with Samaritan Fund in the memo. Thank you for reaching out.

Altar Flowers for 2016

Each week, you have the opportunity to place flowers in the sanctuary
to the glory of God, in honor of a person or occasion, or in memory of a
loved one. The new flower charts for 2016 are ready for you to start
making reservations. They are on the bulletin board in the Reed Room
with each Sundays date clearly visible. Please be sure to indicate the
wording you wish to have printed in the worship bulletin. You are
welcome to take your flowers with you following the 11:00 worship
service or you may leave them in the sanctuary to be given to someone
who is ill or homebound. Arrangements are $40 each. Make checks
payable to AUMC with Altar flowers on the memo line.