All are welcome.....
All are welcome.....
The out to lunch group will meet at Jennie Low's on August 9th at 11:30 am. Call the Church Office or Pat Bielefield at (707) 774 6461 for information.
We will be meeting in August on Tuesdays at 10 am to discuss a book entitled "On God's Side" - What Religion forgets, and politics hasn't learned about serving the Common Good" by Jim Wallis (Editor of Sojourner Magazine). The book is currently available from Amazon or local bookstores. The book study meetings will be at the Church. Rev David Niu will lead the study. All are welcome to attend. Check in with the Church Office at (415) 492 0237 if you plan to attend.
Rick Schaefer has been practicing with our choir and leading the singing in the worship service on Sundays for several weeks. Rick is an accomplished musician. Please welcome him to our Church.
Aldersgate Church Council voted recently to pursue the listing of Aldersgate as a reconciling Church. We have a steering group to educate members on the benefits of this. As many of our main line Churches have adopted this classification, it is a distinct disadvantage for our Church to not advertise this in recruiting visitors to our congregation, even though in practice we are a “Welcoming” congregation. We have a draft statement which we will submit to the Reconciling Network with our submission:
“Aldersgate United Methodist Church of San Rafael, is a welcoming faith community. We recognize that all persons are created in God’s image. We welcome all persons without regard to age, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, religious background, economic status and developmental and physical ability and we are applying to become members of the reconciling ministries network.”
The next meeting of the Out to Lunch Group will be at Jennie Low's Restaurant in Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato at 11:30 am on 14th June 2017. Call Pat if you are able to come.
Members of the Church and Choir lead residents of Smith Ranch in hymn singing on April 23rd 2017.
Ruth Barstow's birthday was celebrated by a gathering at Aldersgate with Aldersgate and family friends on 4th March 2017.
Gloria's service was celebrated on February 19th 2017
At 8:00 am on Sunday, 12th February, we all had a delightful breakfast to celebrate Valentine's Day, followed by a travel talk and slideshow by John Grasham and his family.
The talk and slide show program was entitled "Highlights of Kenya and South Africa".
John says "In addition to pictures of Kenya and South Africa, that Beth and I took, augmenting the program are, from the air photographs of animals, that, from a hot air balloon, one of my sons took while he was on a Kenya expedition that included a view of a full eclipse of the sun. Also, giving emphasis to Kenya's neighbor Tanzania - is the unforgettable view - from Kenya, of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent of Africa, - outside of Asia - the world's third highest mountain. An understanding of its height is enhanced by seeing the photographs that a grandson took, when - as an Eagle Scout - he, with a group of Boy Scout Leaders, took about a week to climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro."
The choir visited Ruth Bunnel on her 90th Birthday to celebrate and wish her well. Ruth sang with the choir for many years until she fell sick.
Members of the Out to Lunch Group take a group picture during a visit to the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond CA
Youth from our members and the local High School share a computer game at the Church Hall