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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sermon Title:  "Fences"
Scripture:  Luke 10: 25-37

Sunday Schedule:
  8:30  Vietnamese Worship
  9:00  Contemporary Worship
10:00  Church School
11:00  Korean Worship
11:05  Traditional Worship


Neighbors and Fences
 More than likely if you live in a neighborhood in North Texas you have a fence.  Even if you live in an apartment complex you have a fence around the whole complex.  And Fences aren't bad, are they? 
Fences serve two basic purposes: 
Fences are to keep something out.
Fences are to keep something in. 
We put them around our playgrounds at preschool, churches, and school to keep children in.  We also put fences up around our pools to keep small children out.  
A rancher maintains their fence in order to keep the livestock from wandering onto neighboring farms.  My fence keeps my dog out of my neighbors yard and out of the street. Protecting both my dog and my neighbors.  
These are all good things right? Of course they are, but is there a downside? Do fences also cause problems?  Are fences a bad thing?
Benjamin Franklin sagely advised us, "Love your neighbor; yet don't pull down your hedge." In Robert Frost poem "Mending Walls" coined the phrase, "Good fences make good neighbors." 
But is this really true?  
Do "good fences" make us good neighbors?  Do they help us get along with our neighbor? Do they help us love our neighbors?
More and more of my neighbors have fences that cover their drive, so they drive in, close the gate and I never see them.  Fences are just one thing that makes it harder to know my neighbors. 
So now, I am wondering what other fences (Barriers, obstacles, walls,) are preventing us from living Jesus' command to Love our neighbors.  We can't just blame the fences, what other things are getting in the way?
Think about the "fences" in your life and your neighborhood.  Then join me this Sunday as I continue our sermon series on Neighboring.  I look forward to see you in worship or online through facebook live. 
Don't forget Sunday we will be Celebrating with Cindy Carlisle as she retires from children's ministry after 16 years.  There will be a special presentation at 9 and 11 a.m., plus cake reception at 10 a.m. 
Rodney Whitfield
Senior Pastor
Meetings / Ministries / Missions

Bible Discovery Makes a Difference!
Congratulations to Sophia Perez as she received a bible from Aldersgate last Sunday! 

The Little Praisers learned about Blessings and made hats to remind them that they are a blessing from God and to share God's blessings with others! 


Aldersgate Family,
It is with mixed emotions I share with you that I have made the decision to resign from my position as Interim Youth Director at Aldersgate UMC.  I am sad to be leaving so soon.  I have enjoyed my time on the staff and am grateful for the opportunity to serve with you. I have built many relationships and I will continue to treasure all of them as I continue with my career as a Youth Director.

I would just like to thank all of you very much for the opportunity to grow and learn in my career and for being such a welcoming church. I have enjoyed being in ministry with all of you.

On Sunday, September 29, I will begin my job as Youth Director at Trinity United Methodist Church, Denton. This is my home church and I am excited about this new opportunity. I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for Aldersgate and for me in my new position.

With many blessings,

Kailey MacAllister

Food Share
Food Share is an Aldersgate program where volunteers deliver groceries to senior citizens in need who live in our community - it's neighbors helping neighbors, for more than 25 years! Our next Food Share will be September 28th at 8:30am - meet in the narthex. Current food pantry needs are: peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, spaghetti sauce, and rice. (Also, a few packages of pasta are needed.)

The Giving Garden
Did you know that The Giving Garden gives educational tours of the garden? We also visit classrooms to talk about community gardening and how it benefits people. If you would like more information, email: Contact@GivingGardenofCarrollton.org 

Honey Dudes
Need help around the house such as repairs or chores? email  honeydudes@aumchurch.org or contact Bart Mahnken.
What is Open Arms?
Open Arms is an afternoon of care and fun for adults with special needs and a time of respite for their caregivers. Need more information? Contact Gail Darden (gail_darden@verizon.net) or Barbara Townley-Cochran (be.tc@verizon.net).

For questions please contact Jeff Baker at jeff@bakerjk.com 



You are invited to join the 

Thursday Evening Women's Bible Study 

as we begin a six-week program on "Finding I AM: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart."

Lisa TerKeurst takes us to the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John.

We'll start on September 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Room 118 (Pathfinders) and finish up on October 6th. You may order the book online. Nursery will be available if we know in advance that it is needed.

Contact: Cindy Branson

Please contact Bart Mahnken @ bart@mahnkeninsurance.com if you have any questions.

Mark your calendars for the "Women's Retreat"
October 11 - 12
The Prothro Center
Lake Texoma


Contact Blanche Farnam @ bfarnam4@gmail.com

Contact Blanche Farnam      blfarnam4@gmail.com
Please contact the church office by email or @ 972.492.9393 if you have any questions regarding these announcements. Church office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Friday and Saturday.


Rev. Rodney Whitfield

Aldersgate United Methodist Church | 972-492-9393 | office@aumchurch.org | http://www.aumchurch.org
3926 Old Denton Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75007