Ardmore United Methodist Church
Monday, December 17, 2018
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Upcoming Events

Sundays now through Dec. 23rd: The Children’s Choir have begun to practice for their annual Christmas medley that will be held on Sunday, Dec. 23rd directed by Shirley McClintock.  Please be sure the children are here on Sunday’s to practice and be involved.

December calendar of events: Click here to read or download December events

Sunday, 12/16 - 11:00am Worship. 3rd Sunday of Advent. The Choir will sing "The Glory of Christmas: an exceptional arrangement of Carols by Howard Helvey.

Sunday, 12/16 4:30pm-8:00pm Grace Café at Arch Street UMC. All are welcome as we help prepare and serve over 250 folks for a Christmas feast to the homeless. Click here to read flyer for more details. We will be meeting at 4:30pm in the church parking lot to car-pool to and from. Join Us!

Thursday, 12/20 - 7:30pm: Pastor's Advent Study. Pastor Tim & Brenda Del Rosario.  Participants should consider whether God speaks to them and to the Church in dreams today.

Sunday, 12/23 - 11:00am Worship. 4th Sunday of Advent. The Children's Choir will sing "The Friendly Beasts" directed by Shirley McClintock. It will also feature Wayne Davis on guitar. Be sure not to miss this wonderful presentation!

Monday, 12/24 - 4:00pm - Christmas Eve Family Service. The Family Service will feature a Children's Christmas Pageant, to which all families are invited to have their children participate. We will conclude the service with a Candle Lighting Ceremony for all.

Monday, 12/24 - 7:30pm - Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service. The traditional Christmas Eve service will be a service of Lessons, Carols and Word Renowned Trumpeter Elin Frazier will play a prelude beginning at 7:10pm. Soloist Meryl Dominguez will sing "O Holy Night" and Soloist Laurice Kennel will sing "Sweet Little Jesus Boy." 

Missions, Missions, Missions!

Methodist Home for Children: During the month of November and continuing through Sunday, December 9th, 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.

New Blankets for the HomelessEileen and David Phillips will be collecting new blankets to distribute to the homeless of Philadelphia on the afternoon of December 16th before serving at Grace Café. A collection Box will be placed outside the office.  We welcome anyone to join us in the distribution of blankets.  

Sock Drive: We invite you to refill the basket with new socks for our next fellowship to Grace Café on December 16th. 

Grace Café: Come with us to serve a warm meal to the homeless on December 16th, 4pm-7pm.

Hope UMC Food Bank: There is an S.O.S. from Hope UMC regarding their Food Bank, which is open to needy families the third Sat. of every month.  In Oct., forty-five families applied for help and literally, "picked the shelves clean".  With the holidays fast approaching, there is little time to restock the shelves.  If any of the churches in the area could help it would be a blessing.  The following are some of the much-needed items. Food cards cannot be used for the following: detergents, shampoo, toothpaste and toilet tissue.  Other needed items, condiments, cereal, coffee, tuna, peanut butter and pasta.  Please check expiration dates when donating perishable goods. 

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.

Order Your Poinsettias - We will be placing a large order of Poinsettias, please click here and fill out the form to order yours.

Altar FlowersThe 2019 calendar sign-up is now posted on the bulletin board outside the church office. The price this year has increased to $45 due to increasing costs for the flower shop. 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. 

Envelope Giving - Due to changing patterns of giving, use of the offering envelopes is decreasing.  All of that is good! If we consolidate our offering envelope order, would you mind if we assign you a new number? Your feedback is very important, so feel free to call or email the church office with your thoughts and/or suggestions. 

 

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. 
 
Grace Cafe - Service Opportunity
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 periodically. 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 announced soon. Stay tuned for future opportunities to be part of this mission. 
 
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.