ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Every year, in early November, the festive Alternative Christmas Market transforms Aldersgate’s Fellowship Hall into a bustling marketplace for purchasing a variety of items which support the missions of many organizations, some of which include Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project, International Child Care, Bead for Life, and Stop Hunger Now; unique and meaningful gifts to give your loved ones. Gifts that GIVE!
FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES
Families Helping Families, a program provided by the Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC), connects desperately needy kids and parents with donors to bring stability and health to children at risk of abuse. Each month Aldersgate collects diapers, training pants, pull ups, and child-safety items to benefit this cause. A variety of opportunities throughout the year are provided through our Orange County CAPC case worker such as outfitting a student heading to first grade or providing a family with basic toiletries.
GLOBAL MISSION OUTREACH
While we are committed to our local community we also feel a deep responsibility to being global Christians in the world, which “is our parish." We fund a diverse group of projects in places like Darfur, Mexico, the Philippines and Haiti. Additionally, we sponsor quarterly outreach movie discussion nights that focus on different parts of the globe. Every few years we also sponsor a cross-cultural trip in order to serve but more importantly to heal from the spiritual and relational poverty common to western Christians.
MONTHLY FOOD COLLECTION
Families Forward assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by providing support and the tools necessary to do so. Once a month, food donations are collected at Aldersgate to support their food bank. Other events are presented throughout the year such as the back to school backpack drive and assisting in transitional housing preparations.
LEARNING, ENRICHMENT, AND ACHIEVEMENT PARTNERS (LEAP)
Summer Mission Project / food and financial donations. This free summer program helps youngsters who are in need of tutoring they otherwise might not get because of the type of school they attend. It is stationed at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tustin and serves students from five non-Title I Tustin schools. Title I schools have a high percentage of low-income students and receive federal funding for things such as summer school programs. LEAP operates on donations from businesses and community, fundraisers, and volunteer support.
- Ages: Volunteers must be at least 13 Years Old
- Time: 5:30 PM
- Meetings: 3rd Sunday of every month
- Location: St. Pauls Episcopal Church
100+ homeless, struggling families, and seniors are served dinner every Sunday at St. Pauls’ Episcopal Church. The third Sunday of every month, Aldersgate volunteers prepare and serve meals. We are now consistently serving 120-150 guests each Sunday. Sunday Suppers has grown to provide not only a great meal, but grocery giveaways, crafts for children, and a “New Church” service. Volunteers are needed to serve, set up, help cook, set place settings, make coffee, clean up, donate groceries, etc.
Sunday Suppers Coordinator | Ann Diplacito
VISIONING TASK FORCE
A handful of Aldersgate church members recently met together to collaborate with each other on how we can continue to make Aldersgate United Methodist Church a spiritual home in Orange County and grow the church family.
Click here to learn more about the vision for the church.
This past February, Pastor Robb Fuesler, Danielle Murrieta, and Todd Waterson were able to participate with ZOE ministry and be a part of empowering some of the 700,000 orphans of Rwanda.