November 2018 Newsletter
Hi church family!
Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I thought I’ve give you another list of things I’m thankful for in this month’s newsletter, in no particular order:
As I was looking over the yard at Trunk or Treat the other day, I was struck with a tremendous gratitude for our church. There is such a sweet spirit when the folks of Alpha get together. I know there are churches out there that are just filled with tension and strife, and while Alpha isn’t perfect I’ve never gotten that sense here. I’m grateful for a church family that loves God and neighbor.
While I was at Trunk or Treat being grateful, there were people working hard to make it and other things at our church successful. I’m so grateful for the staff we have at our church, who go above and beyond for us. Janice and Susan are a tremendous asset in the office. Without them, this church would go screeching to a halt. Walter and Shirley do a great job keeping our church clean. Wanda and Katy watch over our youngest kids with such care. Linda is incredibly faithful to provide us with beautiful organ music every single week. I’m grateful for our staff.
Somebody donated flowers in the sanctuary in honor of Pastor’s Appreciation Month last month, and it touched my heart. It’s great to be recognized. Thank you!
Coffee. I know that afternoon coffee isn’t a sacrament, but I suspect that it’s not too far off. Some days it’s a means of grace for me, and today is one of those days.
God is bringing people to The Bloomingdale Table. Each month, there are new people who have no previous connection with Alpha, and we have the opportunity to meet and minister to them through the Bloomingdale Table. God is being faithful to bring people.
Joey Tirpak is our Bloomingdale Table DJ, and I’m grateful for his efforts and his availability to make the Table a success.
My kids have teachers that care about them and nurture them in learning. I’m tremendously grateful for all the folks at Bloomingdale Elementary.
I’m thankful for my mom and dad and the way they have always cared for me and supported me.
I’m thankful to God for sending his Spirit. The more I learn about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and in the life of the believer, the more I want to experience. God is blessing our church with a move of the Spirit, I’m convinced of it.
There are many more things to be thankful for, and I pray that you and I will be transformed into the kinds of people who are always looking out for reasons to be thankful, no matter what the season is. I pray that we are overwhelmed by the realization of the love of God in our lives so that we can give that love away to the people around us.
As always, it’s a joy and a privilege to be your pastor,
There will be no Wednesday night programs on Wednesday, Nov. 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We look forward to seeing you on the 28th for our Hanging of the Greens. On the 28th will still have dinner as usual at 5:45 p.m., then we will spend the evening “decking the halls” for Christmas. We hope you can join us for this always fun evening!
The November Bloomingdale Table will be held on Thursday, November 29 at 6:30. Please let Matt know if you can help cook or serve the meal that evening. Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors in Bloomingdale! The menu will be Chicken Tetrazzini.
The Children’s Choir will begin working on their Christmas program soon. They meet on Wednesday nights 6:30-7:15. Before practice, we would love for you to join us for supper at 5:45 if you would like. It is $3 per person.
There will be a training class for new acolytes on Wednesday, November 7 following the Children’s Bible study class (7:30). We welcome kids aged 6 and over. Kids will be expected to be able to carry a lit candle lighter safely and to be solemn during the service. This is a great way for the young ones to begin to be involved in the ministries of the church! Contact Susan Ehret 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
Sara Beth Stout
Melissa and Scotty Allen
Jerry and Lynn Rivers
Trustee of the Month: Chris Jones
Acolyte: Eli and Madison Koskela
Ushers: Andy Stafford and Chris Jones
Greeters: Lily Mae Stafford and Judy Edwards
Nov 7: Cooking: Susan Ehret
Dessert: Judy Edwards
Nov 14: Cooking: Janice Stricklin
Dessert: Linda Denhardt
Cleaning: Gloria Hansen
Nov 21: NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMS
Nov 28: Cooking: UMM
Dessert: Susan Ehret
Cleaning: NEED HELP