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Dear Aldersgate Family and Friends,

August outdid herself here in Juneau. What a beautiful season of sun, rain, berries, and salmon. We hope you had an opportunity to enjoy creation and had time to connect with God through the Spirit last month. As we enter September, our thoughts and prayers are with the students and educators in our community. Blessings to each child, youth, and adult who are continuing to teach, to learn, and to grow.

We concluded our 5 week series on Connect, and many of you were stirred toward service, giving, and witness. If you are interested in helping to plan the Harvest Festival, participating in our monthly potlucks, or supporting our fundraising concert for the Go Janes (coming up on September 15th), please let us know! Choir practice has begun again. Please reach out to Susan to participate. We love to hear you sing!

I’m very proud of Aldersgate for generously sharing our space with Juneau Strings Ensemble and Ursa Major (the youth orchestra). These groups are meeting two days a week, and the sanctuary is filled with young people and parents, music, and smiles. My heart was full when I witnessed so many people safe, comfortable, and happy in our church. Thank you!

Mark your calendars for our Youth and Young Adult Retreat at Eagle River United Methodist Camp, November 10-12. We will be gathering with UMC Sitka, UMC Ketchikan, and our three UMC Juneau young people. It is an opportunity to grow closer to God and build relationships in SE Alaska.

With Hope and Peace,

Pastor Kristi