Basketball in the Park
Aldersgate is trying something new this summer, by volunteering on Thursday evenings with Basketball in the Park. People from our church like Sid, Gay, Lance, Linda C. and Ann and others have been helping out with this effort, co-sponsored by Perspectives, Inc., Project Pride for Living, and the St. Louis Park Police Department. For 10 weeks in the summer, May 29-August 7 (skipping July 3) people gather on a Thursday evening at Ainsworth Park and play basketball, do crafts, play kickball, or play flag football. I'm scheduled to be there 5 of the 10 Thursdays and if my first experience was any indication, it's going to be a fun experience.
My first time there, I helped Barb and Eileen, two volunteers from St. George's Episcopal Church, with registration. None of us had done it before, so we learned together. We registered the first thirty or so kids within the first 15 minutes and over the next hour or so another 30 kids came through. When there was a lull, Eileen and I got acquainted and it turns out Eileen is an ordained Deacon at St. George's. We talked about how our jobs differ and how they are the same and what a blessing it was to serve the church.
When I got a chance, I watched the basketball game that Sid and Gay were helping with. The players were all being good sports-men and -women and everyone seemed to be having a good time. The flag football game seemed to have no one keeping score, but the girls and boys were having fun kicking and passing the ball. Kickball had several fans and players and everyone was getting a turn 'at bat.' There were two or three adults at each of the games, a few other adults helping with the crafts table or wandering around to help various groups. Linda and Ann seemed to be having the most fun at the craft table, stringing beads on plastic string for bracelets for the kids and talking with the moms and older kids who stopped by to take a break.
At the end of the evening all the kids have to pick up ten pieces of garbage and throw it away, then get their name put in a bucket for the drawing. All the kids who help clean up the park are eligible for the drawing. The first night I was there the prizes were nice quality jump ropes. The kids loved them.
I went home from my first evening of Basketball in the Park, feeling good about myself, good about my fellow volunteers, good about the kids I got to meet, good about the kind of community that works together to make this happen. As is often true, we who volunteer get as much if not more out of the experience as do those for whom we volunteer. I encourage you to give it a try!
On the journey,
STEP Out this Summer!
Summer months at STEP bring an increased demand for food. During the summer, the children are out of school and arenít receiving the free or low cost school lunches they do when they are in school. If you would like to contribute to help STEP meet the higher summer demand, the missions committee will have a box for donations on the table outside the church office. If you would prefer to make a cash donation, you may write a check out to Aldersgate UMC and write STEP in the memo and we will give your donation directly to STEP. Thank you for your generosity.
Strengthen the Chain! Become a Link!
The prayer chain ministry has been an active, vital part of the life at Aldersgate for decades. It is open to anyone. If you have a request please email email@example.com or call the church office at 952-929-6725 (office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and it will be passed on to the approximately 20 individuals who are on the email prayer chain. Sometimes you may wish for these prayers to be very specific, naming the person and their illness or concern. Other times you may wish the request not contain much information for privacy sake. Also, if you would like to be a part of this ministry and have your name added to the email prayer chain, please email the church office. May the work of your prayers bring healing to all the people you touch.)