Life's Greatest Lesson

Life’s Greatest Lesson

        Let’s enjoy a survey together, and if you are younger than 18 years old, then answer the questions as to whether or not you think you will learn or not learn how to do the following activities by your 18th birthday.  Let’s begin.  Did you know how to cook a full breakfast by the time you were 18?  Did you know how to sew on a button when you were 18?  By 18, did you know how to wash your clothes?  Could you swim half a mile by the time you were 18?  Ride a bike for 5 miles?  Did you know how to use power tools when you were 18?  Were you 18 before there were power tools?  Could you change spark plugs when you were 18?  Change a tire?  Did you know how to read and fold a map at 18?  Is a map, for you, something you see on your GPS and are you trying to figure out how to fold a GPS?  Could you balance a checkbook when you were 18?  Maintain an address book?  Keep a

calendar?  And do it all without a phone?  Did you know how to do basic

first-aid at 18?  CPR?  The Heimlich Maneuver?  Could you type using two hands at 18? 

        We could go on like this for a long time but I think the point is made.  There sure is a lot of stuff for us to learn in life.  School courses haven’t even been mentioned.  And what about learning how to live life itself, the moral life, the ethical life, the Jesus-serving, neighbor-loving, world-embracing, let-go-of-self-to-gain-your-self-back life?  Proverbs 22:9 tells us that a generous person will be blessed.  I truly believe that nothing teaches us more about Christian living and discipleship than generosity.  In the early church, when a person was excommunicated, he or she was stripped of the right to give.  How would that make you feel?  “You are no longer allowed to give to the work of God or the sharing of Jesus’ love.”  How would you feel if someone spoke those words to you?  What if our Chair of Stewardship/Finance, Steve Nyberg, came to you and told you that you are no longer

allowed to give to the joyful work of building God’s Kingdom on earth, no time, no money, no talent?  Would you miss anything significant?  One lady, after hearing about yet another ministry being started in her church, went to her pastor and said, “It looks like Bill and I will be spending another chunk of our children’s inheritance.  That is alright with us, given that the thing we most want them to inherit is our love for Jesus and the Christian faith.”

        How about you?  What do you have to say?  Pastor Steve

Mission Project for June 2018


Our Mission Project for the month of June is the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen. Aldersgate congregation has supported Dorothy Day for a number of years. A devoted group is always there on the first Wednesday of the month. Contact Janie Matson, 980-2357, if you are interested in participating.

We will be collecting the following items during the month of June:

Canned tomato products (any kind)

Canned vegetables (corn, mixed vegetables, carrots, green beans, peas)

Soups (especially vegetable, any kind of cream, tomato, cheese, broths)

Canned Beans (baked beans, pinto, black-eyed peas, kidney, butter beans)

Pasta (spaghetti, macaroni—NOT lasagna -, egg noodles)

Canned tuna fish

Canned fruits

Also needed are paper products

Paper towels, napkins, plates, hot and cold cups,

Plastic utensils

Other items needed are:

Large foil baking pans.

Aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

Catsup, mustard, barbeque sauce

Salt, pepper, dried onions, fresh onions, garlic powder, chili powder

Cleaning products are always helpful.

Dish towels, Dishwashing liquid, Bleach, Baking soda, White Vinegar, Liquid hand soap, cleaning liquid

Monetary donations are always welcome and are used very carefully.



Your Mission Committee

Vacation Bible School


Vacation Bible School will be at Aldersgate UMC on the evenings of Monday, 7/16/18 through Friday, 7/20/18, with Friday being the dinner and program for parents. Our theme this year is the Beatitudes. Kay is the director. A sign up sheet for volunteers will be out in May.

Additionally, Pastor Steve is planning a weekend VBS type program in someone’s home and is looking for a volunteer host. Dates will be determined once the location is secured.

Thank you! Marilee








        Have you heard about the next Survivor game show they have planned?  Six men will be dropped on an island with one van and four kids for six weeks.  Each child plays two sports and takes music or dance lessons.  There is no access to fast food.  Each man must take care of his four children, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, and do six loads of laundry a day.  The men have access to television but only when the kids are sleeping and all chores are done.  One catch: there is only one TV between them and no remote control.  Each man must be able to get a four-year-old to eat green beans.  They must also, simultaneously, be able to change a messy diaper and clean up after a sick baby.  They have to be able to juggle a wiggly toddler, six bags of groceries, answer the door to pay the pizza delivery guy, while the dog is barking, and shave without cutting themselves.  One of the challenges will be to prepare a meal for six with three hotdogs, four fish sticks, six chicken nuggets, a bag of frozen broccoli, half a can of tomato sauce, day-old macaroni and cheese, stale potato chips and guacamole.   They will be judged on how well they can make a model of a Native American teepee with six toothpicks, a tortilla, and one magic marker.  The winner gets voted off the island and gets his old job back!

        Actually, the winner gets called “Mom” or “Dad” and receives the grand prize of a lifetime full of blessings and heartache and joy and headaches and unimaginable love and upset stomachs.  For all of you Aldersgate Moms and Dads who give so much to the children of our church, God bless you!  Thank you for everything you do.  You show us Christ.  You show our children Christ’s love.  May you know the greater blessing, the gift of God that makes us all spiritual mothers and fathers to every child we know or meet.  God trusts them to us, to our care.

        If you are a child, please take time to tell a parent, or a spiritual parent, thank you.  Let them know they make a difference in your life.  May is known as the Festival of the Christian Home.  Celebrate the goodness of the home from which you came.  Celebrate the goodness of our church home.  And pray for those living in homes where the goodness is hard to see.  Let someone know they have been your blessing.  Pastor Steve