Light Into Darkness
This winter has gotten under the skin of a lot of us. With 50plus days of below zero temperatures, the greatest number of days my children have had off of school in one year ever, and record snow in many places, this has been a tough winter to weather. It is the coldest winter this region has seen since 1978.
Yet Spring is coming--it always has and it always will--and with it comes the promise of Easter: He is risen! He is risen indeed!
I know some people in my life, and perhaps yours, feel like they are living in a perpetual winter. Whether put into their own personal 'winter' by depression or abuse or addiction, they can't seem to see the light of day, they can't, on their own, get out of the feeling that winter will never end, that their dark days and sleepless nights will go on forever.
Concerned about some of my friends who are having particular trouble this winter, I've been doing a lot of reading about how to be a friend to someone who's living in a personal season of winter. Some of the best advice that I've been using is to talk with the person about your concerns about them, listen to them without judgment (with an open mind), and help them explore options for getting further help.
It is hard to see friends going through their personal winter, but we can be signs of spring to them. We can help shine a little light in their darkness and bring them hope. Just by being a friend and available to listen to them when they need a listening ear is a huge gift we can give.
I hope you will consider bringing your friends and family to our Holy Week and Easter celebrations. This year more than ever, we need to shine light, to share faith, to stimulate hope. We are an Easter people, we live in perpetual hope because Christ has given us that hope of resurrection from the dead. Christ is alive!
---"In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed an apple tree, in cocoons a hidden promise, butterflies will soon be free. In the cold and snow of winter, there's a spring that waits to be; unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see."
On the journey,
Holy Week Schedule
PALM SUNDAY, April 13 Worship service at 10:00 a.m.
GOOD FRIDAY, April 18 7:00 p.m. - The Last Supper and Tenebrae Service of descending darkness
EASTER SUNDAY, April 20 Celebrating Christ's Resurrection!
served - 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Served by the Youth Bell Choirs, Easter Sunday Breakfast will include egg souffle, fruit kabob, roll, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Soome cereal will be available for small children. This is a fund-raising effort for the youth bell choirs. Cost for adults is $5 and $3.50 for children ages 3 to 10. Children under the age of 3 are free. Please sign up in advance using the form in the Sunday bulletin or contact the church office, 952-929-6725.
- 10:00 a.m.
Coffee served in fellowship hall following the service.
In place of Education Hour (following Worship Service), there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 through 6th Grade. Families should meet in the parlor, and groups will form and go on the hunt from there. The egg is one of the symbols of Easter, signifying new life and a new beginning. Let's celebrate God's love for us and be thankful for God's forgiveness.
Look out for flamingos in the morning!
If you wake up one Spring morning and your yard is full of Pink Flamingos, you have been “Flamingoed” by someone you know. It's a fun, new way of raising money for the 2014 Youth Mission Trip! To have the flamingos moved to the yard of someone you choose, you simply make a donation of any amount.
Or you may fill out a Certificate of Flamingo Insurace and submit it to the church office in order to insure that the exotic, pink birds never land in your yard! No worries for those who don't have a yard.... you may “Flamingo” your neighbor’s door. Don't be surprised if you open your door and are greeted by the beautiful birds! Making a donation will have them removed from your door, and you get to choose whose door they land at next!
EVERYONE has the option to purchase the $10.00 insurance to guarantee the wonderful creatures do not make their appearance at your place. (If you are sending the birds to someone who is not aware of the insurance, you must explain to them what is going on and give them the option to purchase the insurance.)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A "CERTIFICATE OF FLAMINGO INSURANCE" APPLICATION FORM
2014 Youth Mission Trip
Aldersgate youth will be traveling to Cairo IL on their mission trip this year. The group leaves on July 26 and returns August 1. The youth will be selling "Certificates of Stock" and "Certificates of Flamingo Insurance" during coffee time in the months of April, May and June. Stock sells for $10 per share and guarantees you a note from a participant about the mission trip. You may purchase stock from the youth on Sundays or download and fill out the certificate here and return it with your check made payable to Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A CERTIFICATE OF STOCK APPLICATION FORM
Send Your Child to Church Camp This Summer!
Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about summer! Swimming, crafts, canoeing, campfires and making new friends are just a few of the fun things kids can do at camp. The Minnesota Annual Conference Summer Camping Brochures are available on the table outside the office or you can view it on line at www.campminnesota.org. There are lots of great camping opportunities for kids, youth and adults.