Aldersgate United Methodist Church

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Propelr - A Fund Raiser through Union Bank
Support Aldersgate United Methodist Church be denoting Aldersgate UMC as your non-profit of choice with Propelr at Union Bank and Trust!!

How it works:
*Make a purchase with a Union Bank debit card at participating merchants and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Aldersgate UMC.
*There is no cost to you to use this program when you have the UBT debit card.
*If you designate Aldersgate as(our charity of choice, we’ll receive a percentage of your charges. This is similar to SCRIPT. Percentages range from 1 to 20%.
*Stop in at any Union Bank or go to to designate Aldersgate UMC as your charity of choice. You will find a list of all the participating merchants there—over 125 members currently.
**SCRIP will still be available at church. This doesn’t replace it.

Aldersgate Gardens

Aldersgate has adopted a long-range plan to landscape its 1.9 acres of green space.  The plan reflects four goals: to provide attractive grounds, benefit the neighborhood, benefit the environment, and offer solace through nature.  A major renovation of its playground is also part of the long-range plan.
Read more about these efforts on the Landscaping and Playground pages!

National Recognition for Aldersgate’s Environmental Stewardship
Each year the national office of Interfaith Power and Light recognizes congregations that are at the forefront of promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability.  Interfaith Power and Light is a non-profit association that promotes a religious response to global warming.  There are local chapters in most or all 50 states, including the Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light.  The annual Cool Congregation Challenge recognizes five winners and three runners-up in each of five categories.   Recently, Aldersgate was named a runner-up in the 2016 Cool Congregations Planning category in recognition of its One- and Five-Year Capital Facilities Plan.  The application for the award cited potential energy projects for the future, including replacing the 30-year old heating and cooling systems in the Sunshine Room with high efficiency heat pumps and adding continuous insulation on the outside of uninsulated concrete block walls.  An energy audit by LES estimated annual savings of $500 and $700 respectively for these two projects.  The application also highlighted the landscaping plan that emphasizes environmental stewardship.  Further information is available at:  For several years, Aldersgate has assigned a high priority to environmental stewardship with projects like promoting recycling and replacing all lights with LED and high efficiency florescent bulbs. 

Care Ministry

The Care Ministry group tries to make at least monthly contacts with other Aldersgators either by personal visit, phone conversation or mail. Most of the people we contact are unable to attend church functions. We try to offer a “listening ear” regarding their circumstances and share information about the congregation. The Care Ministry Team meets every two months to share information, concerns, needs, rejoices and support each other in this ministry. Prayer undergirds all our work.

If this is something you might be interested in, please contact the Church Office.


U.M. Missions

Each month at Aldersgate we have the opportunity to give to several Mission projects. We provide a meal at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, FaithLinks give to the Food Bank, Stitcheroos sew for UMCOR, and we can bring groceries for the Eastridge Food Pantry. We also give to the Change for Change that benefits a different mission each month. As a United Methodist we are also asked to give to six different missions on Special Sundays like World Communion Sunday that is coming up October 4. The Great Plains Conference and the Blue River District both ask us to include Mission Shares in our Church Budget. That’s what we mean by being a connectional denomination – we are connected to other congregations in Nebraska and the world.

In addition, the Conference asks us to give a portion of our operating budget to Mission Agencies. With our conference now including Kansas and Nebraska, I thought you might be curious about what those agencies are. A partial list of Mission Agencies includes:
Nebraska Wesleyan University
St. Paul School of Theology in Leawood, KS
Epworth Village in York, NE
Released & Restored
U.M. Homes/Aldersgate Village in Topeka, KS
GraceMed Health Clinic in Wichita, KS
The Big Garden in Omaha
Justice for Our Neighbors
Wesley House in Pittsburg, KS
U.M. Open Door in Wichita, KS
Rural Response Hotline of Nebraska
Kansas Christians United


Stocking the pantry and raising money for Aldersgate. Now, that’s a win-win! The scrip program consists of gift cards that Aldersgate has purchased at a discount. When you buy them and use them at face value, Aldersgate earns that percentage in profit.

The yellow scrip order forms are available in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office.

The Wesleyan Means of Grace

Courageous and forward-leaning mission congregations practice spiritual disciplines. Our vital work is a spiritual adventure based in John Wesley’s means of grace. John Wesley taught that God’s grace is unearned and that we were not to be idle, waiting to experience grace but we are to engage in the means of grace. The means of grace are ways God works invisibly in disciples, hastening, strengthening and confirming faith so that God’s grace pervades in and through disciples. As we look at the means of grace today, they can be divided into works of piety and the works of mercy.

Works of Piety
Individual Practices – reading, meditating and studying the scriptures, prayer, fasting, regularly attending worship, healthy living, and sharing our faith with others

Communal Practices – regularly share in the sacraments, Christian conferencing (accountability to one another), and Bible study

Works of Mercy

Individual Practices – doing good works, visiting the sick, visiting those in prison, feeding the hungry, and giving generously to the needs of others

Communal Practices – seeking justice, ending oppression and discrimination (for instance Wesley challenged Methodists to end slavery), and addressing the needs of the poor

Making disciples, growing vital congregations and transforming the world is part of a spiritual adventure that is empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit as churches engage in the means of grace. Spiritual goals are accomplished by connecting the means of grace with proven vital church practices such as planning, strategic direction, prioritization, clear focus and alignment.

Saving Labels

You can help others by clipping labels, box tops, cancelled postage stamps, and Best Choice bar-codes.

Epworth Village gets school supplies with the (Campbell’s) Labels for Education with the bar-code and point value if it has one. They also collect the Box Tops for Education (Betty Crocker) but these have an expiration date.

The cancelled postage stamps are sold to stamp collectors and need to have at least ¼ inch of envelope around the stamp.

The Best Choice bar-codes need to have the words “Best Choice” included. The Aldersgate U.M. Women use these funds for mission work.

The receptacle for all of these is on the coat rack in the Fellowship Hall.

Eastridge Emergency Food Pantry

The Eastridge Pantry is housed near the Eastridge Presbyterian parking lot. Seven churches in southeast Lincoln including Aldersgate support this Pantry. People in need may pick up food from the Pantry shelves on Tuesday evenings or Friday afternoons.

The Pantry is in need of:
Toothpaste (full-size tubes)
Laundry/dishwashing soap
Bar/hand soap
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Macaroni and cheese
Salad dressing
Cooking/vegetable oil
You may leave these or other non-perishable food items in the grocery cart in Fellowship Hall.

Aldersgate in the news!

Understanding Ash Wednesday

Ashes to go

Aldersgate in the News

With a donate to Epiworth Village Aldersgate has made headlines...see more here


Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are retail stores that sell new and gently used donated goods from manufacturers, distributors, and individuals, which are then sold to the public at significantly reduced prices. The mission of the Habitat ReStore is to further our ministry and to generate additional revenue so that we can build more Habitat homes in our community.

Accepted Donations
Lawn & garden
Lighting & electrical
Home goods
Tools & hardware
Money for start-up and administrative costs

Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity
144 N. Antelope Valley Pkwy.

Directory Updates

It’s time once again to update our Church Directory. Please help us make sure the information is current and correct. If you have a photo that you would like us to use, please include it. If you would like us to take a photo of you, let us know so we can schedule a time.

Names in Household:

Last First Middle Date of Birth

Last First Middle Date of Birth

Last First Middle Date of Birth

Last First Middle Date of Birth

Address_____________________________ Home Phone___________________________

____________________________________ Email Address_________________________

____________________________________ Fax Number___________________________
(Nine digit zip, please)

Briefly write what you would like to share about yourselves in the directory – interests, occupations, favorite things, talents shared at church, etc.

Please help us update and check the accuracy of our membership records. The information below will not appear in the directory.

Baptized: YES NO Wedding date (if applicable)______________________________

Work Phone Numbers___________________________ _____________________________

You can email OR mail it to us :)