Aldersgate Group Singing at Smith Ranch
Starting June 10th we will be moving the morning service to 9:00 am for the summer months as a trial for the future. We have canvassed the congregation and there is good support for testing out this time change. The Council will make a decision on the future at the beginning of September and a notice will be posted here on their intentions.
The last day of choir will be June 3rd. We would like to thank the current and former choir members for their service over the years and we will be celebrating their contribution on June 3rd.
The Book Study Group will restart on May 1st at 10 am to study "How the Nations Raged: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age" by Johnathan Leeman. Please contact Pastor Dave if interested in joining this group.
This month's "Out to Lunch" gathering will be on May 9th at 11:30 am at Jennie Low's, Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Novato. Please call (707) 774 6461 for more information.
Aldersgate was officially recognized by the Reconciling Ministries Network as a reconciling Church on 6th March 2018 and can now display the following symbol.
Pastor received this letter confirming that Aldersgate can return to operations as an independent Church in California Nevada UM Conference.
October 22nd was 'Hat Sunday' at Aldersgate
Several members of Aldersgate visited the Smith Ranch Facility on 17th September to sing to the residents. (Pictures to follow)
La Toscano is located at 3751 Redwood Blvd. in San Rafael. This is on the frontage road parallel to Hwy 101. Please call (707) 774 6461 if you are able to attend.
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.”
Members of the Church and Choir lead residents of Smith Ranch in hymn singing on April 23rd 2017.
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