The Alpha Advisor
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR MAY 2018
Dear Church Family,
I’m happy to be able to announce to you that I have been officially re-appointed to Alpha for the 2018-2019 year! I’m so excited for the privilege of being able to be your pastor for at least another year, and hopefully many more. As I look back on the two years my family has been at Alpha, I’m incredibly grateful for such a loving and faithful church. You have blessed us in so many ways, we will never be able to thank you enough.
As I look forward to the year ahead, I know that there is work that God is calling us to. I want to take a moment to share one thing that I believe God is calling Alpha into in the near future. I have been invited recently to some workshops and training sessions for what’s called the Fresh Expressions movement. Fresh Expressions are ways of doing church that are ‘outside the box.’ One such Fresh Expression is something called Dinner Church. When I heard of Dinner Churches, I thought, “That sounds right up our alley. Alpha is always eating!” I think Dinner Church is an exciting way for us to reach people in Bloomingdale and the surrounding areas that don’t already have a church home.
Dinner Church is an expression of church that takes place over a dinner table. It happens outside the walls of the existing church and exists for people who, for whatever reason, are uncomfortable crossing the threshold of a church. It’s where we can offer Jesus and a meal to people who don’t feel like ‘church people.’ I want us to launch a Dinner Church for Bloomingdale this fall, around the time that school starts. Larry and I have been praying over this for about a year now, and we think now is the time to start.
We’re looking for people who are interested in this idea to join a team of people to launch a Dinner Church. If you want to know more about it, please visit the Dinner Church website: http://www.dinnerchurchcollective.net/ . If this is something you feel God nudging you towards, please contact me and I will put you on the team. I think this is the way God is calling us to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community in this time. Please join me in praying, planning, and implementing a Dinner Church for Bloomingdale.
As always, it’s a pleasure and a privilege do be your pastor,
The 10th Annual Fishing for a Cause will be on Saturday, May 5 at Sharon Park in Savannah. Registration begins at 9:30 and the event is 10:00-2:00. All donations ($5 suggested) go to benefit the Treutlen House! The first 50 kids registered receive a goody bag and t-shirt. No fishing rod? No problem! We have loaner poles and live bait. The Coastal Bass Anglers, staff from the Savannah - Ogeechee Canal Nature Center and Trapper Jack will be there. Prizes and door prizes too!
As our school year winds down, we are beginning planning for Vacation Bible School this summer. Our theme is Rolling River Rampage. Please be in prayer about how you can help with the program this year, whether shepherding an age group, leading a class (crafts, science, recreation or story time), work behind the scenes (snacks, decorating, set up) or be a star on stage. Our theme this year is Rolling River Rampage. We would like if anyone has undecorated Christmas trees, inflatable rafts, (easy assemble) SMALL tents, inflatable rafts, etc. that we can borrow. We currently need milk jugs, 2 liter cola bottles and small cans (tuna, chicken, cat/dog food.) We may post additional requests so watch your bulletin and facebook. Help us make this the best VBS yet!
Alpha Kids Cook will be cooking the Wednesday Night Supper on May 2. Please have your child at the church by 4:00 p.m. to cook dinner!
Pastor Matt will be out of town Wed, May 2 – Sunday, May 6. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact the church office and we will contact the appropriate person for you. We would like to welcome Steve Peavy from Trinity UMC Pooler who will be bringing our message on May 6. Communion has been moved to Sunday, May 13.
Our last regular Wednesday night will be on May 9. The following Wednesday, we will have a light supper at 5:45 at the church, then head over to Fun Zone in Pooler for a night of mini golf and go-kart racing! The cost is $23.99 plus tax for 3 hours of fun. (Bring extra money for snacks and if you want to play arcade games) All children under the age of 13 must have an adult with them.
On Sunday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. we will honor our high school graduates with a supper and “roast.” Join us as we show our love and give them an “Alpha-style” celebration!
The Coastal District of the United Methodist Women will be having their Mission study on Saturday, May 2 at Grace UMC. Registration begins at 8:30 and the event will be 9:00-1:30 with lunch provided. See Gloria Hansen for more information
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
May 2: Jerry Rivers
May 3: George and Betty Vickery
May 4: Tara Jones
May 5: Andy Stafford
May 6: Betty Burke
May 12: Katy Stricklin
May 13: Betty Vickery
May 19: Kyle Rawlings
May 19: Cody Rawlings
May 20: Darnell Waters
May 22: Lori Straub
May 26: Ashley and Cory Whitfield
May 27: Jason Cribbs
May 29: Lynn Rivers
May 30: Alex Ehret
Trustee of the Month: Brian Ehret
Acolyte: Ruth Stout
Ushers: Terry Jones and Walter Sapp
Greeters: Lily Mae Stafford and Zella Waters
May 6: Kelly Lego and Walter Sapp
May 13: Susan Ehret and Margel Winn
May 20: Nancy Hammond and Johanna Redeye
May 27: Willene Stone and George Vickery
May 2: Cook: Alpha Kids Cook
Dessert: Alpha Kids Cook
Cleaning: Susan and UMYF
May 9: Cook: Susan Ehret
Dessert: Dottie Whitfield
Cleaning: Janice and Karen
May 16: Cook: Margel Winn
Dessert: Deatre Denion
Cleaning: NEED HELP
PUBLIC PRAYER CONCERNS
NON-HEALTH CONCERNS:Christians Around the World
The Prayer Team
Glen and Morgan Paddock (Urban Missionaries)
Wayne and Judy Brannon
Children's Ministry Leaders
Our Children's Ministries need volunteers
Mission to the Navajo People
Rev. Kenny and Shari Harrelson
Janice and Larry Stricklin
Residents of Magnolia Manor
Family of Nick Altomare
Family of Carl Hackney (Richard's brother)
Family of Henry Barnes
Kate McKay (Friend of Ellen)
Shirley Smith (Wanda’s mother)
HOSPITAL (Not Local):
George Vickery and Betty Vickery
Steve Zentiska (Karen's brother-in-law)
Gail Boucher (Kendall's friend's mother)
Steve Duda (Willene's Friend)
Burt Venturelli (Michael's Dad)
Ruthie Brown (James' mother)
Cheryl (Friend of Lori Straub)
Debra Jean Kicklighter
Lily Mae Stafford
Kay Aliffi (Friend of Cathy)
Jason Smith (Wayne grandson)
Mary Smith (Waynes wife)
Geneva and Martin Collins
Janine Gordon (Brian's niece)
Stephen Elkins (Tracey Stewart's son)