March 2019 Newsletter
Dear Church Family,
I want to write you about a few things that are happening in our church, both as a denomination, and as a local church.
First off, you probably have heard that the Special General Conference was held recently. As of this writing, it concluded yesterday. The Conference delegates voted to move forward with the Modified Traditional Plan, which retains the language in the Book of Discipline around human sexuality. It remains to be seen if any changes will be made to the Book of Discipline around the increases in accountability contained in this plan, as the plan still has to be reviewed by the Judicial Council for constitutionality. Regardless of the decision by the Judicial Council, I expect the impact to Alpha of this outcome to be minimal.
The Conference was contentious and the division in the church was acutely felt. Please continue to be in prayer for the United Methodist Church in the coming days and months so we can focus on the mission of the important work God has called us to do, instead of being constantly pulled into conflict over this issue.
In our local church we have more opportunities to offer ourselves to God. The first Wednesday of March will be Ash Wednesday, and with that we will begin the season of Lent. Lent is an opportunity for us to look inward. To examine our desires and seek to align those desires with God’s desires. I encourage you to think about fasting during this time. Find something to fast that will help you align your desires with Jesus.
I’ve also been enjoying our Alpha Fit group, which is an exercise class that meets in the Social Hall on Tuesdays at 6pm, led by Autumn Venturelli. If disciplining yourself to exercise fits in to your Lenten practices, then please join us!
We are also continuing with our Bloomingdale Table ministry. This is a great opportunity to meet people from outside our church and to spread the love of Jesus to Bloomingdale. I encourage you to keep this ministry in prayer and to come out to support it.
So! It’s an interesting time to be a United Methodist, but being a Christian hasn’t changed much. We’re called to love our neighbors, feed the hungry, and devote ourselves fully to Jesus. I’m grateful that Alpha has opportunities to do all of those things and more.
As always, it’s my joy and privilege to be your pastor,
ANNOUNCEMENTS MARCH 2019
The Trustees Committee meeting has been moved the second Tuesday of March due to the Pancake Supper. The meeting will be on March 12 at 6:30.
If anyone is interested in joining our Usher Team or Greeter Team for Sunday mornings, we need you! Ushers and Greeters would serve a month at a time in teams of two. Usher duties include taking up offering and guiding people to the front for Communion once a month. Greeters greet people as they enter the church, direct them to restrooms, nursery, etc. if needed and light the Acolyte candle lighters. Men and ladies are welcome! If you are interested, let Susan Ehret or Matt Stout know.
We will be celebrating Confirmation Sunday on Sunday, March 3 during the morning service. The Alpha Family would like to congratulate our confirmands on their decision to respond to the grace of God, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as people of faith. Join us for a covered dish meal and fellowship following the service. We will also be celebrating a Baptism that morning.
The Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper will be Tuesday, March 5, 5:00-7:30. The tickets are $6 for adults and $ for kids under 10. Tickets are available from any member of the United Methodist Men. Price includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage and beverages. Proceeds benefit projects of the UMM.
Join us for our Ash Wednesday Service on March 6. We will have our regular Wednesday night supper at 5:45 ($3) and the service will begin at 6:30.
Since we didn’t have a Bloomingdale Supper in February, we will have two this month. The first will be Thursday, March 7 and the second Thursday, March 28. They begin at 6:30 in the Bloomingdale Community Center Pavilion. This is a “No-Strings” meal provided by our church for the Bloomingdale Community so invite anyone you know who may enjoy it.
The South Georgia Conference will host the “South Georgia Response to the Way Forward” in Tifton on March 9 1:00-4:00. The event will take place at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
The United Methodist Women will be attending the Spiritual Growth Retreat at Epworth Friday, March 22-24 at Epworth. Contact Gloria Hansen for more information
We have begun livestreaming our Sunday sermons for those of you who may miss a Sunday! Join us at approx 10:55 on the Alpha United Methodist facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AlphaUMC/) soon after church or click the picture above to link to it directly
We know little hands like to keep busy in church so we have Children’s bulletins and crayons on the table in the back of the church. They have puzzles on them for the older kids and are great for letting the little ones doodle on.
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
March 2: Emily Zachary
March 3: Cory Whitfield
March 6: Kurt Shuman
March 14: Joseph Madden
March 14: Anthony Clements
March 14: Zella Waters
March 16: Jessie Wood
March 17: Autumn Venturelli
March 20: Justin Copeland
March 21: Chris Jones
March 21: Tanner Rushing
March 30: James Brown
March 31: Ashley Clements Selfridge
Trustee of the Month: Brian Ehret
Acolyte: Julia and Dewey Hooper
Ushers: Chris Jones and Andy Stafford
Greeters: Dottie Whitfield and Autumn Venturelli
Cooking: Susan Ehret
Dessert: No Dessert (Ash Wed)
Cooking: Janice Stricklin
Dessert: Rosemary Riedel
Cleaning: Janice Stricklin
Cooking: Margel Winn
Dessert: Judy Edwards
Cleaning: Judy Edwards
Dessert: Willene Stone
Cleaning: Willene Stone
March 3: No Children’s Church
March 10: Deatre Denion
March 17: Deatre Denion and Kelley Lego
March 24: Deatre Denion
March 31: Deatre Denion