24 Hours That Changed the World
We begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 5. From Ash Wednesday until Easter on April 20, we are in a season of spiritual preparation. Historically this season of Lent has been a time that converts prepare for baptism and when people "who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness and restored to participation in the life of the Church. In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith." (from the Book of Worship)
We often seek ways to renew our faith during the season of Lent, some by giving something up for that time period, some of us by adding something to our routine that would help us focus on God.
This year we are offering to the congregation another Adam Hamilton study called 24 Hours that Changed the World. It is a DVD based study that helps guide us through the last 24 hours of Jesus' life and is designed to help us experience and understand the significance of Jesus' suffering and death on the cross.
As I write this, I am preparing for a week long continuing education experience, immersing myself in the ministry and activities of the people at Adam Hamilton's church, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. By the time you read this, I will have returned from my week of learning just a bit more about this 18,000 member church and its leadership. I hope that in the days and months ahead I will be able to share with you some of what I have learned.
As we journey through Lent together, let us stretch ourselves to learn more about Jesus and his life, to spend more time in prayer and study, to make an intentional effort to include Christ in our daily lives.
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart--for all of you share in God's grace with me.
On the journey,
Ash Wednesday Service
Our Ash Wednesday service is March 5 at 7:00 p.m. This will include the opportunity for Imposition of Ashes and communion.
Don't get caught by surprise by the time change!
It's Spring (well, almost) and that means we set our clocks ahead by one hour. Remember to do so Saturday night, March 8, so you're not late for church on Sunday, March 9!
24 Hours That Changed the World
Subject of an All-Church Study Walk with Jesus on his final day. • Sit beside him at the Last Supper • Pray with him in Gethsemane. • Follow him to the cross. • Desert him. Deny him. • Experience the resurrection.
Beginning March 9th, our church will offer a seven-week study you won’t want to miss: “24 Hours That Changed the World.” In the study, Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, will guide you through the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. The study is designed to help you experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way you never have before.
Whether you are a long-time Christian or simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion, you
are invited to join us on this inspiring journey. The study includes:
• 24 Hours That Changed the World, a book by Adam Hamilton
• 24 Hours That Changed the World: Video Journey, a DVD with seven sessions that were
filmed in the Holy Land, plus a leader guide
As part of this event, we will be making an extra effort to invite members of the surrounding community to participate. For more information about this special event and how you can participate, please contact David Aastuen at 651-253-2958 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bell Choir Plant Sale
Aldersgate Bell Choirs are sponsoring a plant sale again this spring. In order to have the plants YOU need for your garden this spring, we need to get our order to the grower as soon as possible. Order forms are available either by email (gmail link below) or you can download the form using the link at the end of this paragraph. To pick one up at church look for them by the bulletin boards outside the office and across from the bell room. Please complete your order and turn it in to the church office or email it to the address below no later than March 10, 2014. Orders change depending on the availability of plants so please do not pay for your order until you pick it up. Plants are arriving the afternoon of Friday, May 9 and will be available for pick up from 3:30 to 6:30 that Friday afternoon or from 9:00 to noon on Saturday, May 10. If you have questions about plants, want to receive an order by email or have other questions, please contact Aldersgatebellfundraisers@gmail.com.
Click here to download the 2014 Plant Order 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.