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: 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,

 

-Matt

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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


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


VOLUNTEERING

Trustee of the Month: Brian Ehret

Acolyte: Ruth Stout

Ushers: Terry Jones and Walter Sapp

Greeters: Lily Mae Stafford and Zella Waters


Counters:  

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

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PUBLIC PRAYER CONCERNS

 

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

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

ASSISTED/INDEPENDENT LIVING:
Gladys Becton
Residents of Magnolia Manor

DEPLOYED MILITARY:
David Robbins

BEREAVED:
Family of Nick Altomare
Family of Carl Hackney (Richard's brother)
Family of Henry Barnes
Kate McKay (Friend of Ellen)

HOSPITAL (Local):
Shirley Smith (Wanda’s mother)


HOSPITAL (Not Local):
Joshua Grotheer


HEALTH CONCERNS:
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)