Charles Spurgeon once said, “Everything is wonderful until you get used to it.”  Those words are so true.  I remember the first time I saw a microwave in    action.  A man took a piece of stale bread, put a few drops of water on it, and it was just like it was fresh-made in only 30 seconds.  It was incredible!  Now, I open the door, put the food in to heat or cook, and stand there wondering why it is taking so long.  During the mid-twentieth century, one of the most recognizable brand icons in America was a dog sitting in front of an old-time gramophone, head cocked, listening to the sound.  That iconic image was owned by the RCA Victor record company.  How amazing, that the sound of a voice talking or singing could be recorded on a plastic disk!  Now, the question asked is, “What’s a record?”  Do you remember when remote controls for television sets first came out?  How does it do that!  It changes the channel from across the room!  I don’t even have to get out of my seat!  It was shocking!  It was so unreal, but I was holding it in my hand!  What about now?  Does anybody get excited by their remote controls anymore?  Babies are fascinated by water.  It freezes.  It boils.  It splashes.  You can weigh hundreds of pounds and still float on it.  It’s a miracle!  Yawn.  It’s just water.    Everything is wonderful until you get used to it.

        January begins the weeks known in the church as the Sundays after

Epiphany, a time for revelation and exploring and discovery, remembering the   journey of the wisemen searching for Jesus.  We need Epiphany.  We need this time that is all about journeys, our journeys as God’s faithful people and our    journey as God’s faithful church.  We need this time to figure out where Jesus wants us to go and what Jesus wants us to do.  Epiphany is about following the light of Jesus Christ obediently, going wherever that light leads and to all upon whom that light shines. Epiphany is God saying, “It’s not about what you want; it’s about what I want.”  Epiphany is about a faith so courageous that we would dare to pray, “Not my will but thine be done.”  These weeks after Epiphany are a blessed reminder that God is leading us, a holy reminder that we have been given a faith so strong it has the power to change the world.  Aldersgate, pray for your church during the next few weeks, for when it comes to faith, even faith, everything is wonderful until you get used to it.  Pastor Steve
















Family Scouting Coming to AUMC

You may have heard it on the news, but this fall, the Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to participate in the Cub Scout Program, ages 5-10.  In 2019, the program will be expanded to allow older girls to enroll in a program that runs parallel to the Boy Scout program, and will allow girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.  If you have any questions or concerns, please ask me and I will do my best to address them.  You may learn more with this flyer from the Boy Scouts.

In the meantime, three dates to remember.
February 10th:  Valentines Dinner (More to come)
February 11th:  Church-wide Breakfast to support Scouting Program
February 11th:  Scouting Sunday will be observed during the 10:30 Service

Thank you for your continued support of our Scouting Ministries.

Wayne Miller


Current Blog — Mission Project - January



The “SOUPER” BOWL is not until February, but we will get a head start with our January Mission Project!!

We will be having “SUPER SOUP and CANNED GOODS SUNDAYS” all month to contribute to Pilgrim’s Inn and HOPE.

If you have “Warm Items” that need a home, we will also find that new home!

Many, many thanks for your outstanding support during 2017 and the Mission Committee looks forward to an outstanding 2018.