Ardmore United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Events and Reminders
 

Every Sunday at 9:45am - Adult Choir Practice in Sanctuary. If you are interested in singing in the choir, please talk to our Music Director, Elizabeth Boggs, or Pastor Tim.

Every Sunday at 10am - Adult Sunday School in Parlor. We will be starting a study of holiday traditions, their origins and significance and how they can be meaningful to us today. New members are welcome and submissions of traditions to be researched and discussed are always encouraged.

Worship Services:

December 15th at 11am: Third Sunday of Advent. Choir will sing “The Glory of Christmas” by Howard Helvey. 

December 22nd at 11am: Fourth Sunday of Advent. Children’s Choir will sing “A Christmas Folk Song,” and Children’s Bell Choir will also be performing.

Wednesday, December 24th at 4pm: Family-friendly Christmas Eve Service featuring a Children’s Christmas Pageant and families are invited to have their children participate. The Children’s Bell Choir will also be performing. We will conclude the service with a Candle Lighting Ceremony for all.

Wednesday, December 24th at 7:30pm: Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Servicea service of Lessons, Carols and Word. Renowned Trumpeter Elin Frazier will play a prelude beginning at 7:15 and Soloist Heather Phillips will sing “O Holy Night."

Click here to read the December 2019 Events flyer

Thursday, December 12th at 7:30pm: Administrative Council meeting in Wesley Room.

Now through Sunday through December 15th: during worship hour at the beginning of Children's Church, the Children’s Choir will practice for their annual Christmas medley directed by Shirley McClintock.  Please be sure the children are here on Sundays to practice and be involved.

Now through Sunday through December 16th: order your Poinsettias. Click here for details.

Monday Dec.16th at 7 p.m.: 3rd session of the 3-week Advent Study with brothers and sisters in Christ from Ardmore and Hope UMCs.  Our study is "Almost Christmas:  A Wesleyan Advent Experience."   In John Wesley’s famous sermon, “The Almost Christian,” he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. In Almost Christmas we will explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent and connect our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  Please sign up or speak to the Pastors to let us know of your interest. (Location on December 16th is at Union UMC.) 

 

Missions, Missions, Missions!

Grace Café: Help us serve a warm meal to the homeless. A few times a year, Ardmore UMC has been sending a team of volunteers to prepare & serve a hot meal to the needy at Grace Cafe. Grace Café is a restaurant style community meal and ministry of Arch Street UMC, serving 200-275 meals each Sunday evening with our neighbors experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. Our next service date will be December 22nd. Please consider being a part of this rewarding mission. Click here for details.  

 

Mid-Town Parish in North Philadelphia: As you may recall, when the UMC of Bala Cynwyd merged with Ardmore several years ago our District Superintendent challenged us to give significantly to Mission as a new “united” congregation. As a result, a substantial gift was given to Mid-Town Parish. The goal was to help them reestablish their worship space by helping them purchase a new building. After of years of effort they have finally begun to use the new building for worship. Praise God! We just received the invitation below for their Ribbon Cutting Service.  If anyone is able to attend and represent Ardmore that would be wonderful. Please keep Mid-Town in your prayers and we hope to get a praised report from them in our worship sometime soon.

 

Adopt a Family: A local single mom has reached out to us for support. She is two months behind her rent and electric bill, and needs food and clothes for her three children. Click here for details about how we can help.

Methodist Home for Children: During the month of November and continuing through Sunday, December 1st, Friends in Faith will be collecting gift cards for the Methodist Home for Children. The home would appreciate these gift cards to be valued at $10 or $20 and should be purchased for use at Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart or Best Buy.  Also, cash donations to be used for holiday meals are welcome.  Help us ensure that these children are not forgotten during this holiday season. Jo Hopkins will be available in the Narthex to sell cards and take donations after the service.

St. Mark’s Food Bank: We will continue to collect food donations for St. Mark’s in Broomall.  Please ensure that any food item has a future expiration date as the Food Bank cannot accept items with expired dates.

Rose window and chancel accent lighting

The accent lighting in the chancel area of our sanctuary is in need of some much needed improvement. Also, the time has come to upgrade the exterior accent lighting on the Rose Window. This total project is envisioned to help us have a better worship experience. We are excited about this accent lighting project and we will invite your participation and giving.Click here for more information.

Altar FlowersThe calendar sign-up is posted on the bulletin board outside the church office. The price is $45. Sign up now to get your requested dates. 

Upper Room - November/December issues are now available in the Narthex. (Both large print and regular size.)  Please take one for your daily devotions. 

Amazon Smile, Ticket Window and Vacation Silent Auction Rental – Support the church and get a great benefit for yourself.  See bulletin board with available vacation homes and details on the other opportunities that have recently been developed. (see attached.)

 

Interested in becoming a member of Ardmore UMC? 

Following Easter, we will coordinate times to have a ” Membership Class”.  A likely time for a class is Sunday evenings at 6pm. If that works for your schedule, please contact Pastor Tim. 

 

Laity Involvement in the Life of the Church - If you would like to become more active or involved with areas in the life of the church, please see Pastor Tim or Paula Engard-Ellis to match your interests with our needs. We hope you will get involved and participate in the life of the church! Use your gifts & graces to serve the Lord! Volunteer to serve on a Committee, Team, or Work Area. We are looking for people to serve in the following areas:

• Church Council
• Lay Leader
• Christian Education
• Outreach & Mission
• Coffee/Fellowship Hour after worship
• Help with Dinners and Events
• Property, Trustees
Find your place! Simply contact the church office to express your interest in joining a Committee. 
 
Wifi Hot Spot

We have set up a Wifi “hotspot” in the sanctuary, should you want or need the internet while you are at church. There is a unit in the Sanctuary, Wesley Room and Bailey Hall. The network and password are on the front of the white box plugged into the wall somewhere in each space. For the sanctuary, it is located on the right hand side as you are looking at the altar, toward the front. Please be respectful of this service.

Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

Pastor Tim is now on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. His responsibilities include review and evaluate of candidates for Ordained Ministry in the United Methodist Church. Please continue to pray for Pastor Tim in this role, as well as all who follow their call into ministry.
 
Sunday School Volunteers Needed
There are many opportunities to volunteer and Sunday School (Children's Church) Assistant Teachers are always in demand. To volunteer in our Christian Education Program, please contact Pastor Tim (or call the church office) to participate in this ministry. You can also read the Sunday School newsletter here.
 
Tables for Eight
If you missed the previous series of "Tables for Eight" dinners, please keep an eye out for announcements for the next series. The "Tables for Eight" program places interested adult members of the congregation into groups of eight to share in a co-operative dinner. This program is open to couples, singles, or simply two friends who wish to sign-up together. The groups of eight will be different for each dinner. The dinner will take place in the home of someone who has offered to serve as a host. This person, or couple, will provide the main dish, rolls and beverage. Others in the group will be assigned to provide a salad, or a side dish, or a dessert. 
 
Read Our Newsletters
Click on these links to read past newsletters:
 
Become a Member of Ardmore Church or Learn More About AUMC
Please talk to Pastor Tim if interested in joining the church or attending the next membership class. 
 
Community Garden
We have made progress! Thanks so much to John and Lisa Calhoun, Michelle Flamer, Rob Lewis and Brenda Casper. Due to their efforts, the rest of the garden has been weeded, hoed and planted. Straw has been put down to help with weeds. If you would like to help, talk to any of the team members listed above.
 
Sunday School
Click on these links for more information about Sunday School for All Ages, and/or Youth Group. Feel free to call or email us for more information.
 
Local Food Banks
Please remember to continue to support the food bank. Boxes for donations are located in the Narthex. Basket for all varieties goes to St. Mark’s food bank. The orange container is for Hope UMC in Havertown (they appreciate Peanut Butter, Jelly and lunch items).
 
Lectors, Altar Guild Members Needed

Anyone interested in being a Sunday morning scripture reader, please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board. We are in need of volunteers for the Altar Guild as well. Sign up sheet on bulletin board. 

Other Outreach / Service Projects
Ardmore United Methodist Church is a giving church family. Throughout the year we participate in various charitable outreach / service projects to benefit needy members of the surrounding community and around the world. If you have a good idea for a service project (for the whole church or the youth) please contact us at aumeth@verizon.net.