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ON MATT’S HEART                                                  SEPTEMBER 2016
Prove It
For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about the book of James in a sermon series called Prove It.  The main idea of James is that there’s no such thing as faith that’s divorced from Godly action.  Faith isn’t just something you think or something you feel, it’s something you DO.  So if we really believe that God is alive, that He loves us, and that He’s active and at work in our world, then we’re going to want to participate in that work.  If God has been speaking to your heart this month about putting your faith into action, then we’ve got several opportunities for you to Prove It right here in our community and around the world.
Backpack Buddies
This group meets every Friday to pack meals to send home to kids who depend on school lunches for something to eat. Alpha is proud to serve over 35 needy children at Bloomingdale Elementary school, providing meal, snacks and beverages for their weekends. For more information about how you can donate or help pack backpacks, see Nancy Hammond.
SonRise Servers
Alpha is proud to be a member of a coalition of area churches (The SonRise Servers) that feed the homeless of Savannah a healthy breakfast twice a month at the Savannah Baptist Center on Wheaton St. To get involved, see Willene Stone or Margel Winn.
Food Pantry
The Bloomingdale Food Pantry is a collaboration of several Bloomingdale churches. The food pantry is located at First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale (just behind Alpha.) They currently serve around 60 area families, providing pantry staples, as well as some fresh food and holiday meals. We as a church collect items several times a year, as well as providing volunteers to man the pantry on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays 1:00-4:30. For more information, see Linda Denhardt.
Larry Stricklin is going to Haiti November 14-21st of this year.  The group is going to help an Orphanage/Church/School create a self-sufficient income for the children there.  Their plan is to build a chicken farm on the property. Past success has showed that the raising & selling of the chickens locally, helps the cost of feeding, housing, clothing, & teaching the children that reside on the property.  The farm is going to cost $2500 to build. It’s not too late to sign up to go!  Larry and his team also need help fundraising for their trip to help this community develop some sustainable income.  See Larry Stricklin if you’re being called to go or to give.
Every believer is called to live a life that shows their faith to the world.  Whether you take part in these wonderful opportunities to live your faith out, or find other ways, make sure that you’re spending your time and your resources to spread God’s love in the world because we believe that God loved us first!  I’m so glad to be a part of a church that Proves It every day.

Prove It
Does your faith count when the rubber meets the road? Do your beliefs about God actually affect your everyday life? Starting in August, Alpha will be diving into a six week series on the book of James calledProve It. James challenges us to live out our faith with our actions and not be content to passively believe the right things.  We invite you to come and be challenged to respond to God’s amazing love by loving him in return, not only with our minds and hearts, but with our actions too. 

**PLEASE NOTE!  The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 7 instead of its usual time on the second Monday.  This is in order to get the budget done in time for Charge Conference. Please make every effort to attend if you serve on this committee.

We are still looking for a second nursery worker!  If you know of anyone 18 and over that is available on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, please have them see our website at for more information.  Just click on “Nursery Worker needed” at the top.  Pay is $10 an hour.

The Church office will be closed Thursday, September 1 - Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday.  If you need anything, please send an email or call the pastor. 

Our Wednesday Night Programs will be beginning on September 14 this year!  If you have not been coming, you have really been missing out on a great time.  We begin the evening at 5:45 with supper ($3 per person) followed by Bible Study for the adults, music and a Bible lesson for the children and Youth Group.  Our Chancel choir practices at 7:30 on Wednesdays and we invite teens and adults to join them and “make a joyful noise” for the Lord! Be sure to sign up to help clean up or make dessert one night this year!

The UMW is selling cookbooks to raise money.  The recipes have been sent to the publisher and the books should be back soon.  If you pre-order your copy before they come back from the publisher, the cost is only $12 each.  After they come back, they will be $15. These will make great Christmas presents!

Our Church Charge Conference will be coming up soon (Sept 25)!  In the next few weeks, we will be working to fill our volunteer (Lay) positions for the upcoming year.  Please prayerfully consider where your talents and abilities can be best utilized.  Can you help with Children’s ministry, help the needy or help make personnel decisions?  Can you help take care of the building and grounds, cook or help with worship?  If you have interest in a particular area, please let Pastor Matt know.  We’d love to see everyone involved in some capacity!

Welcome Home! Our Annual Homecoming Celebration will be Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Loran Smith will be bringing the message and we will enjoy a covered dish meal following the service. Be sure to invite loved ones, former members and friends for this event!

There is a church work day scheduled for Saturday, September 11 to prepare for Homecoming.  Join us for biscuits and sausage at 8:00, then off to work we go! There are all kinds of inside and outside jobs to do from yard work to polishing pews.  We need all ages to come help out and let's make Alpha shine.

Our annual Charge Conference will be held as a Cluster-wide event (covering several Effingham and West Chatham Churches) on Sunday, September 25 at Trinity UMC (Pooler.)  The Conference will begin at 2:30 p.m. All church members are invited.

As many of you know, we present a slide show of historical pictures at our Homecoming celebration.  If you have any pictures you’d like to share, please email or bring in to the office before September 11.  Be sure to put your name on them and they will be returned right away.

On Sunday, September 18, the UMW will hold their annual Coastal District meeting at College Place UMC in Brunswick.  If you would like to attend, please see Gloria Hansen for more information.

September 1: Terry Jones                                                             

September 2: Janet Jones                                                            

September 4: Shelly Carruth                                                            

September 6: Benton & Amanda Stegall                                             
September 7: Cathy Cribbs                                                 

September 9: MaryAnn and Walter Parker                                      

September 9: Matt and Sara Beth Stout                                 

September 10: Mike Stewart

September 11: Delana Nivens

September 12: Marion Slater

September 16: Emily Ehret

September 16:  Idell Ray

September 17: Brian & Susan Ehret

September 18: Clark Allen

September 19: Benton Stegall

September 19: Andy Rawlings

September 20: Eric Stafford

September 21: Cali Copeland

September 22: River Martin

September 27: Bill Stewart

September 28: Janice Stricklin

September 29: Fred Denhardt

September 30: Maria Martin                                                                                                                                                       

Brooke Jones
Mary Ann Parker and Barbara Rawlings

David Whitfield and John Bennett           

Chris Jones

Sept 4: Willene Stone and George Vickery                        
Sept 11: Nancy Hammond and Johanna Redeye             
Sept 18: Susan Ehret and Margel Winn
Sept 25: Betty Burke and Walter Sapp

Nursery Volunteers: 

Sept. 4: NEED HELP
Sept. 11: Linda Denhardt      
Sept. 18: Sandy Roach
Sept. 25: Katy Stricklin

Wednesday Nights:         
Sept 14:  Cooking: Janice Stricklin
                Dessert: Susan Ehret                      
                Cleaning: Ellen Hooper
Sept 21: Cooking: Margel Winn
               Dessert: Betty Vickery
               Cleaning: Linda Denhardt
Sept 28: Cooking: UMM
               Dessert: Janet Jones
               Cleaning: Nancy Hammond

Sandy Roach finished treatments

Christians Around the World
Amy Love and her Family
Chris Mazzola's Ministry
Larry Stricklin
Taylor Baughn (Mary Ann's niece) 
The Prayer Team
Ron Goodlin
Glen  and Morgan Paddock (Urban Missionaries)
Our Nation
Randy Lewis

Tonya Meares (Dottie's cousin)
Willene Stone
Nancy Hammond
Zella Waters
Lois Clements
Ellen Hooper

Gladys Becton

Justin Copeland

Family of Perry Sapp
Family of Patrick Booton
Family of Mitchell Glass
The Ehret Family in the loss of Brian's Aunt

Keith Axtell Sr

Sue Eagerton (Dottie's grandmother)
Jimmy Oetgen
Julian Oetgen
Reggie Miller
Jessie Waters
Randi Whitfield
Harold Sapp (Walter's brother)
Claydie Perkins (Glenda Key's mother) and her family
Kermit Smith
Maree Patrick
Alvin and Susan Godbee (Harry's brother & sister-in-law)
Walter Parker
Danny Miller
Anthony Clements
Jimmy Hester (Margel's cousin)
Gene Denhardt (Fred's brother)
Wayne Smith( Margel's nephew)
Marion Slater
Bob Poticny
Barbara Aldridge
Butch Ottis
Martin and Geneva Collins (Terri Collins parents)
Jeanie Joyner
Houston Susen
Stan Strack
Chris Mercer
Steve Zentiska (Karen's brother-in-law)
Scott Morgan
Judy George (Nancy's sister)
Willie Parker (Maria's boyfriend)
Sue Roe (Ellen Hooper's mom)
Craig Phillips
Shirley Smith
Michael Gay
Dean White
Michael Vickery
Ginger Palmer
Karen Glover
Cathy Cribbs
Sandy Roach
Doris Roach (Sandy's Mother in law)
Justin Wood
Dusty Rhodes
Henry Davis
Jeanette S.
Gail Boucher (Kendall's friend's mother)
Stephen Ehret
Thomas Davis

May 2018 Newsletter

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: .  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,



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ANNOUNCEMENTS                                MAY 2018


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


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

Wednesday Night:

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




NON-HEALTH CONCERNS:Christians Around the World
Larry Stricklin
The Prayer Team
Glen and Morgan Paddock (Urban Missionaries)
Our Nation
Wayne and Judy Brannon
Children's Ministry Leaders
Our Children's Ministries need volunteers
Our Military
Stephen Peoples
Mission to the Navajo People

Willene Stone
Lois Clements
Ellen Hooper
Rev. Kenny and Shari Harrelson
Maria Martin
Janice and Larry Stricklin

Gladys Becton
Residents of Magnolia Manor

David Robbins

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):
Joshua Grotheer

George Vickery and Betty Vickery
Reggie Miller
Maree Patrick
Walter Parker
Steve Zentiska (Karen's brother-in-law)
Ginger Palmer
Karen Glover
Cathy Cribbs
Sandy Roach
Henry Davis
Gail Boucher (Kendall's friend's mother)
Steve Duda (Willene's Friend)
Burt Venturelli (Michael's Dad)
Ruthie Brown (James' mother)
Joe Murray
Marion Slater
Cheryl (Friend of Lori Straub)
Meredith Luke
Steve Hartley
Stan Strack
Dylan Moore
Debra Jean Kicklighter
Anthony Clements
Wayne Moore
Mary Brewer
Lily Mae Stafford
Mary Howard
Kay Aliffi (Friend of Cathy)
Jason Smith (Wayne grandson)
Mary Smith (Waynes wife)
Dot Eagerton
Danny Miller
Lynn Shikany
George McLamb
Julia Hooper
Geneva Collins
Autumn Meushaw
Geneva and Martin Collins
Jessie Kajawa
Donald Parker
Mary Smith
Eric Stafford
Roxie Knight
Dennis Baxter
Janine Gordon (Brian's niece)
Kim Poplin
Stephen Elkins (Tracey Stewart's son)

Matt Stout