Aldersgate Proposes Reconciling 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.”

Out to Lunch Group

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.

Smith Ranch Care Facility

Members of the Church and Choir lead residents of Smith Ranch in hymn singing on April 23rd 2017.

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Aldersgate Choir Director Retires

Gloria's service was celebrated on February 19th 2017

Choir Director, Gloria Bland, retires after 23 years service to Aldersgate.  The Church celebrated her service on February 19th 2017 at the morning service and it was followed by a potluck lunch.

Choir Director, Gloria Bland, retires after 23 years service to Aldersgate.  The Church celebrated her service on February 19th 2017 at the morning service and it was followed by a potluck lunch.

Sweetheart Breakfast and Travelogue - 12th February 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."

Outreach to Shut Ins

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. 

Out to Lunch Group

Members of the Out to Lunch Group take a group picture during a visit to the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond CA

Youth Computer Games Group

Youth from our members and the local High School share a computer game at the Church Hall

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