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Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go by Adam Hamilton

Aldersgate United Methodist Church
8320 South Street, Lincoln, NE

Two Four-Week Classes, Meeting On:
Friday Mornings at 10 A.M., February 23 – March 16
Sunday Afternoons at 1 P.M., February 25 – March 18

COST: $10 per Person or Couple (Covers Cost of the Book)
Register by mailing, calling 402-489-1510, or just show up.

Forgiveness is the gift one gives to oneself.

What is it that makes us so unforgiving of ourselves and of each other? Why is forgiving so hard? Using the book, Forgiveness, Finding Peace through Letting Go, each class will take an honest, realistic look at how to see, extend and accept forgiveness. How important is it that we forgive others and ourselves? People are like travelers carrying backpacks full of rocks. Over time, each pebble and stone weighs us down, and if we don’t release our anger, disappointments, and frustrations, they crush our spirit. Discover the benefits of “letting go” – and experience grace, reconciliation, and joy!

The Reverend Adam Hamilton authored the materials for this workshop. He is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas and the best-selling author of Forgiveness, Why?, Making Sense of God’s Will, and other publications.

Experienced facilitators will lead each of the four-week sessions, but the format will be like a book club discussion. The Sunday sessions also offer a free lunch at noon and free childcare.

Forgiveness should not be used as a tool that excuses, perpetuates or enables harmful behaviors by chronic abusers. Although the book and discussion may touch on tough situations, neither substitutes for counseling. This class is one of a series of classes that are part of the “Aldersgate Building Strong Families Program”. 

Love to Stay: A Workshop for Couples

The Love to Stay workshop has been canceled due to low enrollment. We hope to offer this workshop at a later date, please let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list for future offerings!

Join us for a six-week class on marriage and love relationships. The course author Rev. Adam Hamilton draws on the wisdom of the Bible and clinical research on healthy relationships.

Taught by Kathy Dombrowski, LIMHP, an experienced Marriage and Family Therapist and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Rev. Adam Hamilton authored the materials for this workshop.

We look forward to having you join us for this six-week class, details as follows:
-January 21 through February 25
-6:30 to 8:00 pm Sunday evenings
-Potluck at 6:00 pm (meal provided first meeting)
-Child Care, Children’s Activities and Youth Group included
-$20 per couple, contact the Church Office to register 402-489-1510

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Lincoln church aims to be model of environmental sustainability

Tree Care Workshop
Saturday December 9, 2017, 9 a.m. to Noon
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 8320 South St.

Learn About: 
Planting, watering, pruning, pests and diseases

Lorri Grueber, Community Outreach Forester with Lincoln Parks & Recreation

Cost: FREE
-A small free-will donation will be welcome to cover the cost of refreshments

Pre-Registration Is Required*
-Call: (402) 489-1510
*Seating is limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration is required to insure adequate space. If necessary, we will schedule another session.

Trees have value. They provide shade, habitat, and other environmental benefits. Their worth is both esthetic and monetary. Proper care can increase the health and life of your trees. This workshop will show you how. Pruning methods will be a major focus of the workshop. Dress warmly. Part of the workshop will be outside.
Lorri holds certifications from the International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, and Municipal Forestry Institute.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church:
This spring, Aldersgate United Methodist Church began a major renovation of its 1.9 acres of green space. As part of Phase I, the church has planted 51 trees, 94 shrubs, and a 1,000 square foot raingarden. This was in addition to 44 mature trees planted many years ago. More enhancements are planned in 2018.
The vision is an intensively landscaped park that provides attractive grounds, benefits the environment, serves the neighborhood and provides solace through nature. Pictures of the project and plans for the future are available at
Aldersgate Gardens is a Landscape Steward Site Affiliated with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

Aldersgate Gardens is a Landscape Steward Site Affiliated with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
Aldersgate Gardens
Celebration—New Date, Same Fun!

A rainstorm last Sunday caused us to postpone our festival until this week:  Sunday October 1 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.   Activities will include live music (our own Lia Havlena), free ice cream and cookies, and information about sustainable landscapes, pollinator gardens, raingardens, and similar topics.  We are inviting neighbors, suppliers, granting agencies, and the general public to attend, walk the grounds, ask questions, and offer ideas.   This is a chance to bring family and friends to a fun event. 
More enhancements are planned for next year, but there is much to celebrate already.  Since last spring, we have planted 51 trees, 94 shrubs, 1,000 square foot raingarden, and the parking lot islands (thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate Rylan Sanders and several helpers).  Also, we are now an affiliate of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, with designation as a Landscape Steward Site. 
We especially need members of the Aldersgate family to be there, acting as informal hosts to welcome the guests we have invited.  Please bring lawn chairs – and extra ones to share.
Steve Schafer
Chair, Board of Trustees

Recognized by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
As mentioned above, Aldersgate Gardens is now an affiliate of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, with designation as a Landscape Steward Site.  The Board of Trustees applied for designation for several reasons.   It represents official recognition for “excellence in horticulture landscape”, helps build our reputation as a congregation that has long placed a high priority on environmental issues, makes us part of a statewide network that puts our name in front of others, and provides access to expertise and potential grants, among other benefits.   
Aldersgate Gardens has four goals:  Provide Attractive Grounds, Benefit the Neighborhood, Benefit the Environment, and Offer Solace Through Nature.  (“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God.  And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”  -- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl)
Landscaping is not an end in itself, and the first goal, alone, would not fully justify the resources that are going into this project.  Basically, we are trying to use our 1.9 acres of green space and its easy access to the neighborhood as a form of outreach.  Several times already, neighbors have stopped and expressed appreciation for what Aldersgate is doing.  There is still a lot of work to realize the full potential that exists. In some ways, Aldersgate Gardens is a form of radical hospitality.  It is one mission, and a potentially valuable mission, but certainly not the most important mission that Aldersgate provides. 
Steve Schafer
Chair, Board of Trustees

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Church to celebrate renovation of green space
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.

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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 :)