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Aldersgate Trinity United Methodist Church

October & November 2008 Edition

3600 Memorial Blvd. Port Arthur Texas 77640 Office: 409-985-8861 Fax: 409-983-3009 Rev. Joy M. Richards “May each person reading this Journal receive a blessing!”

Aldersgate Trinity Journal

Hutch was baptized on July 27, 2008 at Aldersgate Trinity UMC and is the child of Dan & Christina Self.

Hurricane Ike hit the Port Arthur area around Sept. 12-13. Aldersgate Trinity UMC sustained some damages and we will be meeting with the adjuster soon. Please keep all those who suffered loss of home, belongings and life in your prayers as they begin the restoration of their lives. Color copies of the “Journal” are available from the Church office for $2.00 each, or you may download and print from the website:

“May God empower each of us to be a witness of God’s love to others as we each work in the recovery. In Christ. Amen.”

“If you are seeking a church home, we openly invite you to come and be with us, as we help to bring God’s kingdom upon earth” “Welcome to our House of Prayer, Come and be our Guest.” Blessings, Rev. Joy M. Richards

The Mission of Aldersgate Trinity United Methodist Church is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout our Church family, our Community, and the world with a spirit-filled centered worship, education and fellowship.

Prayer List

Memorials & Honorariums

Our Family & Friends Seeking Healing Mercies for cancer, Grant each strength & Peace: FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH CANCER: Cade Johnson

Mary Peterson

Suzette Ledet

Robel Howard

Peggy Swafford

EJ Ashford

Richard Whiddon

Lydia Gillis

Bryan Autry

Suzanne Sublett

Debbie Harris

Barbara Doyle

Carolyn Louviere

Alice Livingston

Bob Boden

Nadine Kebodeaux

Frances Richard

Robin Long



Our sympathies to Pat & Jennie Brady and family at the loss of her father, Sammie Guidry, this past week. Services were held this past Thursday. For all those affected by Hurricane Ike. For Dot Hamilton who was hospitalized recently, for strength and healing. For Helen Ploet who is at the Medical Center of SETX. That God will provide for our Church, both financially & in continued growth. Prayer for the continued growth of ATUMC, that we receive our 20 new ones to join us this year.

Prayer for the financial burden at ATUMC to be met by having increased contributions.

That fundraisers be blessed with success, to help meet the financial needs that are over and above the offerings of the church.

For our financial well being. ~Tanya Ferguson  Continued prayers for Jay Rice, son of Herb & Shirley Rice.  Prayer for continued growth of our Church. HOPE & JOY

In Memory of

Carol Thomson by Jackie Conner JC & Kay Drake Connie Davis Cal & Verna Rutherford In Honor of

Madeline Brown by Jackie Conner In Memory of

Sammie Guidry by Jackie Conner

For our Church Transformation growing us into a thriving church.

Prayer for Pastor Joy as she ministers to us.

Thank you Pastor Joy for your constant efforts to help us be a great Church!

Our Sympathies To Pat & Jennie Brady at the loss of her father, Sammie Guidry. Sammie passed away on September 22, 2008.

The Foundation

Odds & Ends


2nd Mile Giving!!!

The Foundation is a permanent fund that exists to provide long term support to the ministries and mission of the church. Your gifts to the Foundation provide a means through which the mission of the church can be carried far into to the future. Through your gifts you can leave a lasting legacy of your life, or a lasting legacy of a parent, child, or other loved one, while at the same time helping to support the ministries of your church. What size gift is appropriate for the Foundation? There is no minimum dollar amount. Gifts of any size are important and needed. Give often and as the Spirit leads. Please remember to consider the ATUMC Foundation in your estate planning. Leaving a donation in your Will for ATUMC will be most appreciated by future generations.

We are asking each member to prayerfully consider being generous in 2nd Mile Giving. Please consider raising your offerings. Our expenses exceed our offerings by about $3,000.00 a month.

Committee Meetings

⇒ Oct. 5: Laity Sunday I, the laity of the Church

Please mark your calendars now! Meetings are: Time Monthly Meetings Oct. 10:00 a.m. Homebound Ministry 10/20 5:00 p.m. Trustees Meeting 5:30 p.m. Finance Meeting 6:00 p.m. AdMin Council

Nov. 11/17 11/18 11/18 11/18


Tuesday, Oct. 7

Transformation Mtg. Trustees Finance Finance (if needed) AdMin Council

Coming Events

10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

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* Denotes a date Change ~ ** Time & date change Please remember that if you are a member of these committees it is your duty to attend. If you are a Chair of ANY committee, including those not listed above, it is your duty to attend AdMin Council or send a written report.

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will have a special presentation during the Service. Oct. 12: Laity Sunday II, the laity of the Church will have a special presentation during the Service. Oct. 19: Annual Church Conference with Dr. Burnham immediately following services. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important day at ATUMC. Oct. 26: Children’s Sabbath, the children will help with the Worship Service. Nov. 3: Bible Study of John begins at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited and encourage to attend! Nov. 8: 2nd Annual Veterans Day Fish Fry, save the date and start talking to your friends about our Great Fish Dinners! Representatives from Veteran Benefit Organizations to be on site to assist you. On this day we will be honoring our Women in Service. Jan. 17, 2009: Annual Senior Celebration Dinner at 5p.m. Covered-dish meal, bring a wrapped “white elephant gift” to share. This is a casual event

On the First Sunday it is Communion Sunday. On the Second Sunday the children collect their “Quarters to Dollars” to benefit the Methodist Children’s Home, be sure to bring your pocket change. On the Third Sunday we will hold a reception for our members who have birthday’s or anniversaries during that month, everyone is invited to come and celebrate. On the Fourth Sunday the children collect non-perishable food items and cash donations to benefit UBM.

Conectionalism... God's Preparing, Accepting, and Sustaining Grace (taken from the United Methodist website) God's grace is a wonderful gift to humankind. Grace is God's love freely offered to us. We do not do anything to "earn" it. Take a moment and reflect upon how you have experienced God's grace in your life. Jot some notes down, if you like, before reading the next paragraph. Did you know that John Wesley believed that God provides us with three kinds of grace? He believed in: prevenient (preparing) grace accepting (justifying) grace sustaining (sanctifying) grace God's prevenient grace is with us from birth, preparing us for new life in Christ. "Prevenient" means "comes before." Wesley did not believe that humanity was totally "depraved" but rather God places a little spark of divine grace within us which enables us to recognize and accept God's justifying grace. Preparing grace is "free in all for all," as Wesley used to say. Today some call God's justifying grace "conversion" or being "born again." When we experience God's justifying grace, we come into that new life in Christ. Wesley believed that people have freedom of choice. We are free to accept or reject God's justifying grace. Wesley emphasized "Free Grace" saying: The grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is FREE IN ALL, and FREE FOR ALL.... It is free in all to whom it is given. It does not depend on any power or merit in man; no, not in any degree, neither in whole, nor in part. It does not in anywise depend either on the good works or righteousness of the receiver; not on anything he has done, or anything he is. It does not depend on his endeavors. It does not depend on his good tempers, or good desires, or good purposes and intentions; for all these flow from the free grace of God; they are the streams only, not the fountain. They are the fruits of free grace, and not the root. They are not the cause, but the effects of it. Wesley believed that, after we have accepted God's grace, we are to move on in God's sustaining grace toward perfection.Wesley believed the people could "fall from grace" or "backslide." We cannot just sit on our laurels, so to speak, and claim God's salvation and then do nothing. We are to participate in the what Wesley called "the means of grace" and to continue to grow in Christian life. Some Christians tend to focus on God's justifying grace, but Wesley asserted that the Christian walk does not stop with acceptance of new life in Christ. Wesley said in his sermon, "On Repentance of Believers": It is generally supposed, that repentance and faith are only the gate of religion; that they are necessary only at the beginning of our Christian course, when we are setting out in the way to the kingdom.... And this is undoubtedly true, that there is a repentance and a faith, which are, more especially, necessary at the beginning: a repentance, which is a conviction of our utter sinfulness, and guiltiness, and helplessness.... But, notwithstanding this, there is also a repentance and a faith (taking the words in another sense, a sense not quite the same, nor yet entirely different) which are requisite after we have "believed the gospel;" yea, and in every subsequent stage of our Christian course, or we cannot "run the race which is set before us." And this repentance and faith are full as necessary, in order to our continuance and growth in grace, as the former faith and repentance were, in order to our entering into the kingdom of God.

U.M.C. Witness Corner It's hard to figure it out sometimes. What to do. Listen to this witness from another church. See what they say about transforming into a vitalized church. May God bless the reading of this witness that we may be graced with better understanding of what it takes to honor God and God's prompting at ATUMC. Blessings, Pastor Joy Cornerstone and Redeemer UMCs in Michigan Cornerstone United Methodist Church, located in Caledonia, Michigan, next door to Grand Rapids, is an 18-year-old congregation with an emphasis on "bringing Christ to the world" and on challenging people who are comfortable. Started with 50 members, it is now a mega-church that has outgrown its facilities, which resemble a sprawling intergenerational college campus. All of its worship is contemporary. The Rev. Brad Kalajainen, the lead pastor who started Cornerstone with his wife, Colleen, told the congregational development school that people are not "all right without God" and that 50 percent of the focus of Cornerstone is on those outside the church. "We are overgrown," said Pennie Westers, executive director of Cornerstone, explaining that the church will move into new facilities in the fall of 2009. "Our kids have taken over." The lack of church connection and commitment in contemporary society figured in the sermon at Redeemer United Methodist Church in DeWitt, Michigan, on Sunday, August 3. Redeemer was one of several "teaching churches" visited by school participants. The pastor and preacher was the Rev. Rod Kalajainen, the brother of Brad Kalajainen of Cornerstone. He described "drive-through people" and "flu-shot persons" who want a "mild case of Christianity." The church depends on a committed core of people who are passionate about Jesus, said the pastor of Redeemer, which has grown from about 40 members in 1992, when it was refounded, to an average of 1,200 in Sunday worship services. "If you're thinking about turning around a church, you're in it for the long haul and you [need to be] willing to risk everything," he said. "The minimum it will take is five to ten years. Year ten--that's when we turned the corner. "Get dirty, get your hands dirty; we have raised the bar of expectation and innovation," said Rev. Kalajainen. I hope you have enjoyed this article. Blessings, Pastor Joy

Field of Dreams Ministry Our hope is to grow our beloved ATUMC to having a full house on Sunday’s at Worship. That is an excellent spiritual goal and one that is worthy of our time and effort. It is a good thing to share the word of God with others and to be a part of another’s faith journey. Each of us should strive to be God’s field and God’s helper by encouraging people to have a relationship with God. (1 Cor. 3:9) Let us join fully in support of bringing others to be our guests at ATUMC. May God’s rich glory be Thine as we step deeper into understanding our role as Disciples of Jesus Christ in this 21 Century and as we also, grow in our habits of worship that fit the 21st Century. May God bless our efforts and bless each of us in our labor for the Kingdom.

In June those who brought guests were: Rev. Joy & Charles Richards brought 4 guests! Our hope is that eventually we will have every couple bringing a guest at least once a month to worship. Let’s encourage one another in this effort. Thank you for your support and for your love of ATUMC. These actions are needed and I know you will do all you can to help. Let’s make this vision for ATUMC a reality! Blessings, Pastor Joy Richards




Wed Oct. 1

Thu 2


















Nov. 1

10:00 a.m. Nominations Meeting 5

6 Communion Sunday




10:00 a.m. Transformation Mtg. 5:00 p.m. Trustee Meeting 5:30 p.m. Finance Meeting 13


5:00 p.m. Finance Meeting (if needed) 6:00 p.m. AdMin Council


Quarter’s to Dollars Missional

District Celebration Dinner


20 Birthday & Anniversary’s

21 10:00 a.m. Homebound Ministry

CHURCH CONFERENCE Following services 26

6:00 p.m. Family Supper Night


5:00 p.m. Trustees 5:30 p.m. Finance 6:00 p.m. AdMin Council 28

11:30 a.m. Clergy Women Luncheon



4:00-5:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat

3 Communion Sunday




Quarter’s to Dollars Missional

6:00-7:30 p.m. Bible Study The Book of John


17 Birthday & Anniversary’s honored

12 5:00 p.m. Fellowship Gathering

18 10:00 a.m. Homebound Ministry





15 Emmaus Gathering






28 27 Thanksgiving Day


5:00 p.m. Brd. of Trustees 5:30 p.m. Finance Comm. 6:00 p.m. AdMin Council 25

Office Closed Dec. 1

Fifth Sunday


6:00 p.m. Family Night Supper

Red Wagon Missional 30


2nd Annual Veterans Day Fish Fry Event 11

6:00-7:30 p.m. Bible Study The Book of John 23


6:00-7:30 p.m. Bible Study The Book of John





6 8:00 a.m. 2nd Garage Sale



Report at 9:45 a.m.

Report at 9:45 a.m.

Immediately after Services

Rick Smith

Dot Hamilton

10/05 Bill Jackson


& Rick Smith

Charles Jackson *Joe Mosier *Mark Stelly Volunteer 10/12

Ed. Boone, Sr. Barbara Boone

Scott Larson

Kay Drake & Reda David

Charles Richards Volunteer 10/19

*Rick Smith Bill Jackson

Charles W. Richards

Jackie Conner & Marcelle Woods

Beweeta Barnes

Dot Hamilton & Rick Smith

Marcelle Woods

Jackie Conner & Marcelle Woods

Herb Rice

Dot Hamilton

JC Drake Marcelle Woods 10/26 Marcelle Woods Bill Jackson Volunteers 11/02

Bill Jackson Charles Jackson *Joe Mosier *Mark Stelly Volunteer


Ed. Boone, Sr. Barbara Boone

& Rick Smith

Charles Richards Volunteer 11/16

*Rick Smith Bill Jackson

Scott Larson

Kay Drake & Reda David

Charles Richards

Jackie Conner & Marcelle Woods

Rick Smith

Dot Hamilton

JC Drake Marcelle Woods 11/23

Marcelle Woods Bill Jackson Volunteers


Verna Rutherford Marv Folck JC Drake Bill Jackson

& Rick Smith

A word from your Pastor Psalm 36:7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. Ever need refuge? Ever yearn for refuge? Ever wish it was tomorrow already so that whatever you are experiencing is over? Often we flounder in life because we seek the wrong goals. We think we want this or that, but what is hidden or veiled is our deepest desire to know God. Somehow it is hard for us to discover that all we've run after or toward has been running after vanishing fun and that when we catch up with it, it lacks luster. We feel empty and useless, bored with our life when we chase after secular, worldly things. New cars, clothes, CD's, PC's won't fill the heart. The only thing that will, is coming into relationship with God. Our verse explains clearly to us that it is God's love that is priceless to us! That everyone can have this priceless gift in God. We are told that it’s found very near to God, under the very shadow of God’s wings. Imagine being under God's shadow, basking in God's love daily. As those who seek to know God, we have an advantage over others. For wanting to know God begins our journey into the heavenly. We enter heaven upon earth. We find small glory in things even now, while here on earth. We are to experience our lives through the eyes of glory. What a gift! It is this gift, that we are asked to share by none other then Christ our LORD. To arise each day not knowing the love of God must make one feel so alone and hopeless. The good news is that Christ died to bring us into relationship with God . We who believe in Christ as our LORD, are a forgiven people. And in that forgiveness, we are to be those who share the truth with others. Spiritual maturity calls us to stand and be counted. Christ has well placed each of us and expects us to do his bidding. He bids us to love God and to love neighbor. LORD God Almighty it is so wonderful to be able to praise Thee and to worship Thee. Many in the world are living in areas where that is not a possibility. We, in America have freedom to worship you freely and yet, with that freedom we so often take it for granted. Forgive us we pray for our attitudes toward you, worship, study of the word and to proclaiming your salvation to others. Help us to break free from whatever bondage that binds us into silence; that binds us into not sharing the gospel openly with others. Free us for joyful obedience and guide us into the realization that you are truly counting upon us. Help us to understand you have given your all for us and that in doing so, we will have a place in heaven, eternally. Help us to internalize the hugeness of that gift and that without you as our savior, we would not be going to heaven. Help us to invite others to come into your kingdom.

LORD we lift ourselves for repentance in this area of our lives. We surrender again, our hearts to Thee. We commit to picking up our cross and to following Thee. We lift ourselves for renewal and we lift our entire church body for renewal. Bless our efforts to be your disciples. Bless our church and our pastor as we pass through this time in history. Help us to be those who are faithful not only in the large things, but in the insignificant things as well. Guide us into your wisdom and your kingdom knowledge, opening our eyes to see that you call us to accountability and responsibility to Thee. Increase our generosity, our missional outreach as a church. We pray that you send us our 20 new members this year and that you increase our offerings to meet our financial needs at Aldersgate Trinity UMC. We ask for blessings for the country of Georgia as they struggle for freedom, as well as other countries who seek freedom. We promise to take our freedom more seriously, for it is a huge gift to be able to live in freedom. LORD have mercy upon us we pray. We lift all our sick and ask for blessing upon each one, asking for wellness in all ways to each one named. Sanctify us, LORD. Move us into faithful maturity in Thee. In Christ, we pray amen. Blessings, Pastor Joy

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