"Singing" at Smith Ranch

The choir and other singers will be going to Smith Ranch Retirement Facility after Worship Service at 12:30 pm on December 17th.  All are welcome to attend this important Mission.

Out to Lunch Group for December

The "Out to Lunch" Group will be meeting at Applebee's in Terra Linde on December 13th at 11:30 am.  Contact the Church Office or Pat Bielefield if you plan to attend.

Advent Season

When we celebrate the coming of Christ........

First Sunday in Advent - December 3rd at 10:30 am - Hanging of the Greens

Second Sunday in Advent - December 10th at 10:30 am

Third Sunday in Advent - December 17th at 10:30 am

Fourth Sunday in Advent - December 24th at 10:30 am - Christmas Eve

and 5:00 pm for the annual carol service.



Book Group Plans to Continue

The Book Group will start studying Jim Wallis's book "Americas Original Sin" on December 5th at 10 am and weekly thereafter.  Please indicate your interest by calling the Church Office at (415) 492 0237.

Out to Lunch Group November 8th

The group will be meeting at the Marin Civic Center Smart Train station at 10:05 am.  You will need a Clipper card to ride as they do not take cash (San Rafael Transit Center).  They will be taking the train to Petaluma for lunch.  Please contact Pat if you are able to attend.

Hurricane appeal from UMCOR - Bishop Minerva



Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We have watched this week as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana.  I know that you join me in praying for those who are affected by this disaster.  In moments like this it is so important that we respond with prayers, but also with generous hearts. 
With the support of our Council on Finance and Administration I am appealing to all of our California-Nevada Conference churches to gather an offering this coming Sunday, September 3rd, to respond to the needs of those who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing rain storms and flooding that it has caused.    
As United Methodists, we count on our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to respond on our behalf.  UMCOR is known around the world for its extraordinary recovery response.  UMCOR is on the ground in this disaster area already and will still be there when the rains subside and the rebuilding occurs.  One hundred percent of donations to UMCOR go to direct aid for those affected by the disaster.
Please make your checks payable to the "California-Nevada Conference,” with the UMCOR Advance number 901670 in the memo line. Church Treasurers, please send your church’s offering for this appeal to the attention of Conference Treasurer, at P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0250.  By sending your offerings through our Conference Treasurer we will be able to track our efforts.  Every single penny you send will be immediately forwarded to UMCOR.
We know that congregations are also organizing efforts to assemble health kits that UMCOR is requesting.  Our conference staff is in conversation with the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City about scheduling a truck route through the California-Nevada Conference to pick up health kits.  As soon as arrangements are made, you will be notified about pick-up locations and schedules.  For instructions on how to create a health kit, click here.
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) teams will not be deployed to the affected areas for several months.  At this time only Certified Early Responders are allowed to enter the impacted areas.  Persons wishing to volunteer should begin to form teams for service in late spring 2018, or fall 2018. 
We in the California-Nevada Conference have benefitted from the generous gifts of United Methodists from throughout our connection who have contributed to UMCOR.  UMCOR dollars have helped us provide disaster case management for the Valley Fire in Clearlake, disaster case management for the Erskine and Weed/Bolls Fires, and emergency support for survivors of the Detwiler Fire.  Now it is our turn to express our gratitude by giving so others may be lovingly cared for.
Let us continue to pray for those affected by this most recent disaster in Texas and Louisiana, and let us give with generous hearts.
Your Sister in Christ,
  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño



Doris Duncan Memorial Service

The Duncan family have organized a memorial service for Doris Duncan at 11:00 am on Friday, 25th August, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  All who knew Doris are welcome to attend.

Out to Lunch Group Meets at Jennie Low's

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.

Book Group Starting up in August

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 joins Aldersgate as Choir Director

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 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.”

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."