February 2019 Newsletter
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR FEBRUARY 2019
Hello church family!
I’ve been thinking a lot about childhood and about the way that we are formed into the people that we become. We sign our kids up for sports because we believe that there are life lessons to be learned in the skills that we develop on the field. Teamwork, doing your best, winning and losing, and contributing to something bigger than yourself are all valuable lessons. You can tell a kid all day long in a classroom that these ideals are valuable, but they won’t to learn them for themselves unless they experience them. Sports are such a great way to get our kids to experience these things for themselves in a safe, competitive, and fun environment.
Likewise, we have children’s ministry at church because there are lessons in scripture that we want our kids to learn. Children’s ministry is so much more than just babysitting our kids while the adults go about the business of developing our faith. Children’s ministry is discipleship, and I would argue that it’s a much more important discipleship process than most adult ministry. This is because the lessons that the kids learn during this time are going to shape who they become in the future. The stories they learn and the values they inherit during this period of their lives will determine the kind of adults they grow up to be.
That’s why children’s ministry is vitally important to the life of any church. We have been blessed at Alpha with so many kids. I am so glad that Ruth, Olivia, and Roger get to grow up in a loving and supportive environment like Alpha and get to be discipled by the wonderful people that we have volunteering in our children’s ministry. It makes me so glad that my kids are being poured into by our wonderful volunteers.
If you haven’t had the blessing of working with the children of Alpha, I would like you to consider doing it. You can sign up for a single Sunday of children’s church just to be a helper to see what it’s like. You’ll find that among the challenges of having that many children together in one place, there are also many blessings to be found. And you’ll get to know that you are part of what God is doing in our church by discipling the next generation of Christians at Alpha. I promise that you will be blessed if you go.
As always, it’s a joy and privilege to be your pastor!!
ANNOUNCEMENTS FEBRUARY 2019
The Wesley Community Center Love Walk 2019, sponsored by Savannah Early Childhood Foundation and Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019. Funds raised will directly benefit homeless and low income people from this community who need our services, including Early Childhood Education, youth camp, and crisis Intervention.
The 3.6 K walk begins at 9:00 am at Wesley (1601 Drayton Street) and is a pleasant stroll through each square on Bull Street. The return route circles back to Wesley. Join us for pre and post walk rallies, food, entertainment, and fellowship. You can talk to Gloria Hansen or go to http://www.wesleyctrs-savh.org/ for more information
Join us for ALPHA FIT, an exercise program held weekly on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. The classes are led by Autumn Whitfield Venturelli. All fitness levels are welcome. Invite your friends. You do not have to be a member of Alpha to attend.
We would love for you to join one of our outreach teams this year! We are looking for team members for the following:
Backpack Buddies – We pack healthy meals & snacks for the weekends for needy Bloomingdale Elementary students. Judy Edwards has more information, if you’d like to help.
SonRise Servers – This team feeds breakfast to the homeless in downtown Savannah on the first, second and fifth Saturday mornings. See Margel Winn if you’d like to get involved.
The Bloomingdale Table – We offer a free “No strings attached” meal for the community on a monthly basis, usually the third Thursday of the month at the Bloomingdale Community Center pavilion. If you would like to cook, serve or just visit with people, let Pastor Matt know.
The Bloomingdale Food Pantry – The food pantry is open at the First Baptist church Sunday school building on the first and third Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. They are always accepting food donations and need help serving the community on Thursdays. This is a collaborative effort of several Bloomingdale churches. See Linda Denhardt for more information
This is a great time to get “plugged in” at Alpha! We have ministries for all ages, from newborn to senior adult:
RECHARGE - On Wednesday evenings, beginning at 5:45 p.m. we have supper ($3 per person), then we offer classes for ages 4- adult. We have an adult Bible Study, Children’s music and Bible Time and Youth Group (6th grade – young college)
Sunday School- Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. We have preschool (nursery), Elementary (PreK- 5th grade), youth (6th-young college), two adult classes (Pairs and Spares and College and Career), a senior class (Watson Davis) and a class for widows and widowers (Young at Heart.)
Senior Ministries- We have a vibrant senior ministry which meets on the first Tuesday of the month for Bingo and lunch and meets every Thursday evening at 7:00 for a game night. See Nancy Hammond for more information.
United Methodist Men/Women – We have two women’s circles- the Bernie Wallace Circle which meets on the third Monday at 6:00 in member’s homes and the Ibby Waller Circle which meets the third Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the church social hall. The United Methodist Men meet for breakfast on the fourth Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
The United Methodist Men will be having their annual Fat Tuesday all-you-can-eat Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 5 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available soon from any UMM member. The meal includes pancakes, sausage and milk or juice for only $6 per person ($4 for kids 10 and under)
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
February 4: Kara Allen
February 6: Stephen Ehret
February 11: Jasper Luke
February 14: Janice & Larry Stricklin
February 14: Carol & Darnell Waters
February 18: Amy Love
February 18: Dottie & David Whitfield
February 19: George Vickery
February 20: Josie Stewart
February 25: Richard Deas
February 25: Jason Luke
February 25: Barbara Rawlings
February 27: Aiden Hearn
February 27: Polly Strickland
February 29: Lily Mae Stafford
Trustee of the Month: Janice Miller
Acolyte: Julia and Dewey Hooper
Ushers: David Whitfield and Walter Sapp
Greeters: Dottie Whitfield and Autumn Venturelli
Cooking: Susan Ehret
Dessert: Linda Denhardt
Cooking: Janice Stricklin
Dessert: Julie Miller
Cleaning: Janice Stricklin
Cooking: Margel Winn
Dessert: The Stouts
Cleaning: The Legos
Dessert: Joseph Madden
Cleaning: NEED HELP
Feb. 3: Kelley Lego and Sara Beth Stout
Feb. 10: Kelley Lego
Feb. 17: Kelley Lego and Willene Stone
Feb 24: Kelley Lego