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					Aldersgate United Methodist Church 4301 Ambrose Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525-6122

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Published Monthly

May 2009

Vol.#16, Issue 5

What’s inside?
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
--Jane Howard
Text Message .................................. 2 Lessons & Sermons ........................ 2 Book Club ....................................... 3 Library Notes ................................. 3 Thanks ............................................ 3 IGNITE .......................................... 3 Blood Donor Drive Results ............ 3 Green Corner .................................. 4 Ada Valley ...................................... 4 State of Aldersgate .......................... 4 A Tale of Two Churches ................. 5 Paydown Update ............................ 5 ACCD News .................................. 6 It Takes a Village ............................. 6 Book Exchange ................................ 6 NECM / Missions .......................... 7 Wonderful Wednesdays .................. 7 Birthdays ........................................ 7 Birthday Dinner .............................. 7 Mother-Daughter Banquet ............. 8 Jubilee Happenings ......................... 9 Guess Who ..................................... 9 Spring Clean-Up ............................. 9 Sympathy ....................................... 9

Calendar .................................. 10


Green Corner
Community Garden
The 2009 Community Garden is underway! As of this writing, 21 of the 32 plots have been spoken for, much of the tilling done, and several families have begun planting! If you’re thinking about joining us, now is the time, since any plots that are still vacant on June 1 will be planted for NECM. Even if you don’t want your own plot in the Garden, you can still be part of this project. We can always use help with things like planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. Come join us on any of our workdays, or contact Lyn Jameyson about what needs doing when you’re available. We also invite you to consider donating any extra vegetable seedlings or seeds you may have. We can use them to grow food for NECM. And later in the season, if you have more zucchini or tomatoes (or whatever) than you can use, bring your excess to church, and it will also be sent to NECM. Any questions you have should be directed to Marj Wiltse (, Lyn Jameyson (, or Gary Burbridge (

Often, varieties of plants that have been cultivated for centuries by families and communities for flavor and local conditions have been sacrificed to industrial agriculture’s demand for uniformity, appearance, and durability for long-distance shipping. Saving and/or using heirloom seeds helps to protect genetic diversity and our future food security. One source of heirloom seeds is:

State of Aldersgate
On Sunday, April 19, members of our congregation met to hear a presentation on the “State of Aldersgate.” Since late last year, the finance committee has been working to balance the 2009 budget. In mid-February, the Three Angels congregation announced their departure at the end of March, reducing our income by almost $10,000 for this year. As this departure nearly doubled the deficit, it became clear to the Network that this information would need to be brought to the congregation. On April 20th, the Network met and discussed the outputs from meeting on the 19th. We have created a Strategy Team to review and present recommendations to the congregation. The team is: Matt Albin, Linda Powrie, Bill Maas, Carol McEvoy, Jeanette Johnson, and Pastor Greg. If you missed the first meeting, we will be again presenting information on Sunday, May 17th during the Sunday School hour. Everyone is encouraged to attend. On Monday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m., the Strategy Team will be presenting its recommendations to the Network for what can be done in the short- and long-term to reduce expenses and/or increase income. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Hate Yardwork?
Love it? Either way, it’s always more fun--and productive--with a group! I’m looking for a few individuals who may be interested in doing a yardwork exchange this spring and/or summer. Sound intriguing? Get more information by contacting Lyn Jameyson at 458-2077 or

Ada Valley Sale is Back
Fire up those grills and get ready for our Ada Valley spring meat sale. Encourage family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to place an order. Note: there are two different sheets: braided bread (green) and meat & pizza (tan). Order forms and payment are due on Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day). Pick up is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Jan Wilks, 361-7576. Proceeds will benefit the 50k fundraising efforts.

If you’re planning to garden this summer, consider planting some heirloom seeds. What are heirloom seeds? They’re seeds that have been collected, conserved, and handed down from previous generations.


Text Message - May 2009
“Seek the welfare (shalom) of the city where I have sent you …, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare (shalom) you will find your welfare (shalom).” – Jeremiah 29.7 The biblical injunction to seek shalom, sometimes translated as welfare, sometimes as peace, sometimes as wholeness or well-being, couldn’t be more clear or compelling. Heeding this cry, the United Methodist Church began a concerted commitment to develop Shalom Zones in cities, towns and rural areas following riots in Los Angeles in 1992. Communities of Shalom seek to transform the world one community at a time, and are now active in more than 300 locations. Congregations and community groups are trained and supported as they work together with representatives of all faith traditions and community organizations to create economically and ecologically sustainable communities of peace, justice, hope, healing and wholeness in which all of God’s people experience shalom. The letters that spell shalom can be used to explain the purpose of Communities of Shalom as they seek to bring: S = Systemic and sustainable change for the long haul. Not just mercy but justice, too. H = Health, healing, harmony and wholeness for all of God’s children. A = Asset-based community development, tapping into the strengths that are already present, but often unrecognized and underutilized in the community. L = Love for God, self and neighbor, living out the two greatest commandments as advocated by Jesus. O = Organizing for direct action for community betterment. M = Multicultural, multi-faith collaboration, building relationships that bridge the commonalities of being human and that draw on the common core of religious practice. Grand Rapids Metro Ministry is dedicating itself to a pilot project of developing 3 sites in the metropolitan area in the next year. One possibility is to envision a Plainfield Corridor site (from Coit to Coit) that could include the Creston, Cheshire, and Northview neighborhoods. Congregations and community organizations would work together to bring about significant transformation in the areas of economic development, community health including ecological sustainability, multicultural and multi-faith relationships, and spiritual development. Look for opportunities to learn more as we explore the role Aldersgate may be called to serve in developing this vision in the month of May. Grace and Peace, Pastor Greg 5/3 Acts 4:5-11 1 John 3:16-24 “Standing Before Rulers”

Lessons & Sermons

5/24 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53 “Out of Sight, Out of Mind?” 5/31 Acts 2:1-21 John 15:26-; 16:4b-15 Rite of Confirmation

5/10 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 “Tree of Life: Grafted” 5/17 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 “Tree of Life: Preservatives Added”


Book Club
Aldersgate’s Book Club will meet at 1:30 p.m Tuesday, May 12, here at church. We are reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin. It’s the account of Mortenson’s remarkable humanitarian campaign to build schools in the Taliban’s backyard. Since it came out, he has built several more than the 55 the book states, and has recently been featured on television. As an alternate or additional read, you might try Lamb, by Christopher Moore. It’s a bawdily frank fictional account of Jesus’ young boyhood as told by Biff, portrayed as his best friend. In the story, even Biff’s devotion and wiles are not enough to divert the Son of God from his tragic destiny. One reviewer wrote, “Moore’s raucus, lewd, hip novel is part love story and part spiritual search.” Come and share your reactions!

~ Words of Thanks ~
Dear Aldersgate UMC, Thank you very much for the care package! I really enjoyed getting it. I love getting mail and a package is even better! May God bless you for your thoughtfulness. Sincerely, Rachel Parker

Blood Donor Drive Results
We gratefully acknowledge everyone who participated in the blood donor drive on April 8. Fifteen donors participated and 11 pints were collected. Thanks to: Scott Byrne Al Clark Fran DeVlieg Marilyn Duperron Terri Gorton Buz Helwig Jeanette Johnson Kathy Malkewitz Steve Malkewitz Shirly Myers Ruth Roggow Rosemary Schooley Janice Stegink Sandy Storrer Herb Wilkinson Congratulations to Herb Wilkinson for reaching the twogallon level, to Al Clark for reaching the five-gallon level, and to Ruth Roggow, who has donated 12 gallons! Special thanks to Marj Wiltse and Fran DeVlieg for their help with this drive. Mark your calendars now to donate on Wednesday, July 1. Plan ahead so the blood banks can keep their vital supplies up during the busy holiday week!

Dear Aldersgate, Thank you so much for sending me a care package at school. It was a great surprise, and all of the treats were wonderful. The comics were a great idea, since I never got to see them during the school year. I really appreciate all of you. Tres Fuller

Dear Aldersgate UMC, Thank you so much for the care packages. They were very unexpected and appreciated. Thank you for thinking of Grand Valley students! Erin Tincknell, Laura George, Nate Blunt, & Nicholas Sutton


Library Notes
We have the newest edition of the ever-popular and practical resource for job hunters and career changing individuals: 650.14 Bol Bolles, Richard N. What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles gives very practical advice on: better resumes’, establishing contacts, networking, hints for successful interviews, Internet sites, salary negotiations, skills inventory, new ways to use old skills, stop-gap jobs, and much, much more. There is also a website with information regarding unemployment insurance and food stamps.

May Schedule
5/2: GRACE Hunger Walk: meet at church at 7:30 a.m. 5/7: Supper House: meet at church at 4:00 p.m. 5/17: Meeting / ICCF Tour depart after worship 5/31: Meeting: 12:-00 - 2:00 p.m. 6/7: Senior Recognition Sunday during worship

Due to the size of this month’s Newsletter, t e h minutes of the Network meeting are not included. Please stop by the church office for a copy or email the ofc a fie t and Jen will be happy to email them to you. Thank you for your understanding.


A tale of two churches
Imagine two churches across the street from each other. Both realize that many people in their congregations and community are struggling with economic problems to a degree that they sometimes have trouble feeding their families. Both churches decide to set up food pantries to help. But they decide to run those pantries in different ways.

Church X
• Asks its members to bring non-perishable food to the church’s food pantry. • Members purchase food at the grocery store for the pantry, spending a total of $5,000 over the course of a year. • Neither the church nor its members receive any tax break for the food gifts. • $5,000 worth of store-purchased food totals about 3,500 pounds. • Church members lovingly assemble 70 50pound standardized boxes of food. • They offer the standardized food boxes to 70 hungry families. • Because the families’ dietary needs, preferences, and other factors are not considered, as much as half of the food goes to waste. Bottom line: At a cost of $5,000, Church X provides hungry families with 1,750 pounds to 3,500 pounds of food they can use.

Church Y
• Asks its members to donate funds to the church’s food pantry account at the Food Bank. • Church members donate $5,000 over the course of a year. • Church members’ gifts qualify for a 50% Michigan tax credit and up to a 25% Federal tax deduction, so the after-tax cost to the members is as little as $1,250. • $5,000 in donations let the church obtain approximately 35,700 pounds of food from the Food Bank. • Church members lovingly stock the shelves of their food pantry. • They invite 714 families to come select 50 pounds each of food that fits their families’ needs. • Because the families choose what they can use, vitually none of the food goes to waste.

Bottom line: At a cost of as little as $1,250, Church Y provides hungry families with 35,700 pounds of food they can use.

Both congregations mean well, but the subtle differences in how they mobilize and dispense food aid make a huge difference in how much help they are able to provide, and how much it costs to provide it. When times are hard and needs are great, doesn’t it make sense to review options and make educated choices in these matters? Jennie and I always make an annual gift to the Food Bank, earmarking it for NECM’s use. We urge you to do likewise, in the spirit of Church Y. --Pastor Greg
This article was reprinted with permission from Full Plate Press, Spring 2009 edition.

The Committee to Pay-Down-the-Mortgage will continue working throughout 2009 to find ways to raise the funds needed to lighten or erase Aldersgate’s mortgage payments. We hope to celebrate with good news on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Keep up the good work on those Money and/or Talent Bags. As of March, $1,033 has been raised! Note: If you have turned in a Money or Talent Bag, feel free to get a new one from the basket in the Narthex.

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped with our 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, whether it was by donating candy and plastic eggs, helping with set-up and tear-down, or being “in the trenches” during the event. We hosted over 150 people (including 85 children) and a great time was had by all!


ACCD News
Hello! Have you noticed the seedlings growing in our classrooms? We are ready to plant in the garden and are excited about new additions coming to our outdoor classroom. We planted Elderberry bushes around the wood chip borders today as an Earth Day activity. I hope you can all remember a time when you picked Elderberries as a kid. My sister and I used to crush them and make pretend pies and “koolaid” and then, when we were older, we helped to pick them for Mom to make Elderberry jam. I am hoping the children at Aldersgate will be able to enjoy some of these “nature” memories when they are older. The connection to nature is a wonderful strength of our child care center. So many children miss out on the magical comfort and healing that happens when we commune with God’s creation. It is so therapeutic for us all to approach the outdoors with the wonder of a child. Please give us a call if you would like to volunteer to explore the outdoors with the children. We would love to have you visit! Thank you for the donations of materials this past year. We are especially grateful for the new dishwasher and wish to give a big thank you to Jack and Elaine Buege for their generosity. We have noticed the economy beginning to affect our families. Some are really struggling with the cost of tuition. If you are in a position to help, our scholarship fund is a great way to help families needing assistance. We can’t believe this school year is coming to an end soon! Thank you for your referrals, and please, help spread the word about our summer openings.

We are looking forward to helping many young scientists learn about the natural world through a variety of fun activities. Happy exploring! --Shelley Fisher ACCD Director

It Takes a Village...
“Children are our future!” I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase many times; perhaps you have even said it yourself. But what does it really mean to you? And what responsibilities do we adults have to today’s children to ensure a bright future? I believe that every one of us has something to offer to our younger generation here at Aldersgate, whether it is working directly with them or supporting their programs behind the scenes. We will have many exciting opportunities beginning in the next several months, but with those opportunities comes the need for many helpers. Please prayerfully consider how YOU can play an active part in shaping our congregation’s future. Would you: --help in the infant & toddler or preschool nursery once or twice per year? --be a support person in the children’s worship center (during the 9:30 service)? --help prepare a weekly Wednesday evening meal for our community’s families? --just be present and available to interact with young families on Wednesday evenings? --be an additional support person and/or activity leader in our Sunday School classes for children and youth? --help with set-up for special programs such as the Pumpkin

Party, Giant Pajama Party, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, and others? --offer monetary support for needs that arise? --help chaperone outings for children and/or youth? --act as a prayer partner for a child or youth? --identify a new need and help to fill it? There are a wealth of opportunities (and needs) for involvement, and none require previous experience or special skills--just a caring heart and the willingness to give of yourself. Let me know how YOU want to get involved! Contact me (Lyn Jameyson) at 458-2077 or

Book Exchange
Do you have books on your shelves you’ll never read again, but would rather not trash? Create space for new titles by bringing older, but still readable, books to our Book Exchange to share with other book lovers. Then, browse the tables for intriguing titles to take home. Books are treasures! Share your wealth, and hopefully find “golden” additions for your shelves. Don’t have books you can spare? Take a look anyway; we’d love to have you discover something of interest to pass on to another reader. As always, unclaimed titles will be donated to a civic organization.


Ongoing Mission Projects
Here are three easy ways to get involved with missions/community outreach projects at Aldersgate: Bring in your empties! Money received from cashing in our returnables goes toward sponsoring our missionary. “NECM is a non-profit organization sponsored by a variety of churches, groups, businesses, and individuals and depends largely upon the time and energy of dedicated volunteers to minister effectively.” Aldersgate UMC has, for many years, been a proud sponsor and generous supporter of NECM’s client-choice food pantry which serves northeast Grand Rapids residents. Please prayerfully consider the hungry in our community and donate items if you are able. ~ needed each month ~ Fruit Vegetables Meat Pasta Fruit juice Personal Care Items: bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, & diapers Thank you to all who support NECM’s vital community ministries through volunteerism, prayer, food, and monetary donations. Bring in your lables! These labels go to Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky and are redeemed for supplies to Bring in your tabs! aid their Appalachia ministries. Tabs from aluminum cans are given to the UM Community House here in Grand Rapids.

Wonderful Wednesdays!
This September will be the beginning of an exciting new ministry at Aldersgate! A weekly Wednesday night meal, coupled with fellowship and activities for all ages, will be offered to our church family and the entire community. Please contact Lyn Jameyson at 458-2077 or if you would like to be a part of the planning committee.

May Birthdays
1st 4th 6th 8th 9th 10th 12th 14th 15th 20th 21st 22nd 24th 25th Mark Kirkwood Tyler Ebel Steve McEvoy Joan Ensley Fran DeVlieg Rosemary Wilkinson Darrin Clark Larry Garver Lorraine Malkewitz Joe Nawrot Donna Owen Cindy Chapman Morgan Rouse Tim Ingram Elaine Buege Kathy Maas Lorna Brown Linda Garver Susie Spang Shari Zdravecky Jim Fuller

Please make a note: The church office now has a new email address. Please use this address for all correspondence to the church:

Friday, June 12 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by the H s i a i y Team optlt W atch for more details in f t r Take Outs and the uue June Newsletter.

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Jubilee Happenings
Featuring.... “Collection”
During March, 55 pounds of nails were collected for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. Our May collection will be toilet paper and facial tissue for Family Haven, which is a temporary housing unit operated by Inner City Christian Federation, a local agency working to provide affordable housing in this area. (See more information elsewhere in this Newsletter.) In June, we will be featuring Aldersgate’s music program. As part of that focus, we’d like to sing favorite hymns. If you’d like to submit a hymn, please write down your name and the title of your favorite hymn, and turn it in to the church office by May 31.

Spring Clean-Up May 16
Help Wanted: “Good looking men, strong women, and children who are above average,” to volunteer for our spring cleaning work day. Help us bring a sparkle to Aldersgate to match the spring sunshine. We’ll work from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with snack time at 11:00 a.m. Come anytime, for as long as you can. “Many hands make light work,” so bring a friend!

Guess Who?
How well do you know the younger generation in our church family? Can you figure out who this person is by the 10 clues below? Check the bulletin board at church to see if you’re right!


Question of the Month
March: Where is the Aldersgate cornerstone, and what date is engraved on it? Answer: The cornerstone is on the cross tower with 1962 engraved on it. Aldersgaters who answered correctly: Ben Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Gerriet Powrie, and Linda Powrie. Check the Narthex display for the current question.

Music Notes
Do you like to sing or play an instrument? If so, please contact Andria Savara at 308-0257 or about providing special music for worship this summer. Both ensembles and soloists are needed and welcomed.


Rummage Sale
Combine Spring cleaning with fundraising by donating items you no longer need and would like to sell at Aldersgate’s Rummage Sale on Friday, May 8. Proceeds will benefit our 50K fund. We’ll need workers for set up on Thursday, May 7th as well as “sales help” on Friday the 8th (morning or afternoon) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.If you’re able to help out, please contact Linda Fuller, 784-7102 or

1 My favorite color is blue. 2 I have one brother and no sisters. 3 The school I attend is North Oakview Elementary. 4 My pets are two goldfish named Golda and Dr. Herbert, Jr. 5 My favorite food is sushi. (ironically...) 6 When I grow up I want to be a teacher. 7 My favorite activity is playing the Wii. 8 My favorite animals are the fox and the monkey. 9 My favorite thing about coming to church is going to Sunday School. 10 Something that might surprise people about me is that I have moved two times.

Jerry and Joan Ensley, Jim Gebben, and their families on the loss of Maureen Gebben, on Monday, April 27.

The thoughts and prayers of your Aldersgate family are with you.


May 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 1 Saturday
9 a.m. ACCD Work Day

Building Steward of the Month: Lorraine Lancaster (616) 784-5662
3 10:30 a.m. 4 9:30 a.m. Mortgage Session Worship Fellowship Time 11 a.m. Sunday School
7 p.m. Mortgage Session
PDF Offering 9:30 a.m. 10 Worship F. Time 11 a.m. S. School


GRACE Hunger Walk

1:30 p.m. Care Package Assembly


12-5 p.m. Private Event 4:30 p.m. Supper House 5 p.m. Rummage Sale Set Up 6:30 p.m. TOPS

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Rummage Sale


3 p.m. Set up for 5:30 p.m. Mother-Daughter Banquet

7 p.m. Scouts

6:30 p.m. Bells 7:30 p.m. Choir

6 p.m. ACCD Staff Meeting 7 p.m. Scouts 7:30 p.m. Airplane Club

1:30 p.m. Book Club


1 p.m. Birthday/ JOY Club


9 a.m.-2 p.m. Trustees Clean Up Day Ada Beef Sale orders pick-up

5:30 p.m. ACCD Board Meeting 7 p.m. Stephen Ministers Meeting
NECM Offering

6:30 p.m. Bells 7:30 p.m. Choir

6:30 p.m. TOPS 7 p.m. Green Committee Mtg.

9:30 a.m. 17 Worship Fellowship Time 11 a.m. S. School Strategy Team presentation ICCF Tour after worship 3 p.m. Allegro Wrap Up Party UMCOR Offer.

6:30 p.m. Trustees 7 p.m. Finance, Nurture, Missions, & Outreach Meetings 8 p.m. Ministry Network Meeting 7 p.m. Scouts






6:30 p.m. Bells 7:30 p.m. Choir

6:30 p.m. TOPS

9:30 a.m. 24 Worship Fellowship Time 11 a.m. Sunday School



6:30 p.m. Bells 7:30 p.m. Choir 7:30 p.m. Transformation Team




ACCD Offering

OFFICE CLOSED 7 p.m. Scouts

6:30 p.m. TOPS

31 9:30 a.m. Worship Fellowship Time 11 a.m. Sunday School Confirmation 10

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