Alexandria United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 04, 2023



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This week - Wed. 5/31


4-6 p.m. Pizza Night Fundraiser


No orders –

50 pizzas, first come first serve
free will offering -
all proceeds to support Alex UMC ministries
Ongoing Fellowship Opportunities
Friends Gathering   THIS WEEK! "Friends Gathering" is simply women gathering for friendship~food~creating memories~ we share stories and our lives in fellowship and camaraderie. We welcome newcomers and we meet monthly.
Where: The Lure Lakebar, 2800 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308, on Lake Le Homme Dieu.
When: Our next event is June 19, 2023, 5:00 p.m.
RSVP to Jean Bristow, .
Adult Fellowship happens once a month - all are welcome - we meet at Fat Daddy's in Alexandria, 115 30th Avenue E. Please consult the Weekly Calendar page for this meeting schedule.

JOY Circle   every month, JOY circle meets on the third Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Joy Circle is a group of women who enjoy fellowship, coffee, treats, and often they host the event while doing some sort of mission-centered project. All are welcome. Contact Carol, 320-763-5814 or or just come and join us the third Thursday of the month!

Coffee Fellowship   second Tuesday of every month, coffee fellowship is hosted in the Narthex ~ join us ~ all are welcome!
Christian Education
All-Church Read – "Messy Church" by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter
Reading Schedule for this week, preparing for next Sunday, May 28: Read up to page 39
The schedule will be updated here each week throughout the summer. Please check back!
Ecumenical Bible Study, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, at Windmill Pond Chapel (2nd floor)
Address715 Victor St, Alexandria, MN 56308,
All are welcome and encouraged to join us! We meet for 45 minutes or so and Pr. Amy and Sue Helgeson lead the group in sharing, prayer, Bible-based discussions and often a hymn or two! No homework - just come as you are!
#SeeAllThePeople – if you missed the first time, please join Pr. Amy in May for this series on discipleship – kick-off breakfast and details forthcoming.
Social Creed and UMC Principles Study (most) Wednesday mornings in the library/lounge, 10:30 a.m. Please consult the weekly calendar for updates on the meeting schedule.

News from Minnesota Annual Conference

Save the Date!
May 31-June 1
See article online by: Christa Meland
A palpable sense of the Holy Spirit. Great worship and conversation. Tools that you can bring back to your local church.
Those are some of the things you can expect at the 2023 Annual Conference, scheduled for May 31-June 1 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Drawing on Luke 24: 13-35, the theme of this year’s gathering is “Encounter. Transform. Respond. The Emmaus Experience.” More information to follow!
More happenings at Alex UMC!
Pizza Ministry at the Alexandria Community Wood-fired Oven
AlexUMC members are invited to volunteer for a Wednesday night with the Alexandria Community Wood-fired Oven
Volunteers can be greeters, help with activities, deliver pizza orders to those waiting ...
For more information, contact Pr. Amy or Jeremy Vinar, 320-763-4624,
Wednesday nights, June-August: 4:30-7pm
See schedule here:

Vacation Bible School (VBS) - June 19-22, 5:15-7:30 p.m.

Monday - Thursday, June 19-22, 5:15-7:00 p.m.
All are welcome! You do not have to be a member to join our VBS program!
AGES: Pre-school to Grade 5 + volunteers ecouraged and welcome Grade 6 - to age 100+
We are especially encouraging middle schoolers and high schoolers to volunteer to be a 'VBS Assistants'. Assistants help our kids during meal time, station time, and large group sing-a-longs.

Sign up sheet in Narthex for meals and volunteers -

For meals - we recommend 2 households partnering up to provide a meal - many hands make light work!
6/19 Monday Tacos in a bag
6/20 Tuesday Hotdogs/chips (Freier Family and Holm Family to serve tonight's meal)
6/21 Wednesday - (pizza oven)
6/22 Thursday - Sloppy Joes/chips

For volunteers - we need at least 2 people at each station, 6-7 p.m. Stations include Bible Story, Science, and Crafts. Please let us know if you can be a VBS Volunteer as either a station leader or assistant! Email Pr. Amy or call our office,, 320-763-4624.

VBS NIghtly Schedule:
Meal, 5:30
Large Group, 6pm

*Stations, 6:15-7:00
Large Group, 7-7:30 p.m.

*Stations: 6:15-7:00
Bible Story, 10-12 min
Science, 15 min
Craft, 15 min

Confirmation and our Youth programming

Pr. Amy leads and interactive children's message every Sunday!

Pr. Amy also takes youth on field experiences - watch for announcements here and in the Sunday Bulletin. Recently, she took confirmation age youth to the Faithful Five event at Koronis Ministries: an introduction to Confirmation for middle school/high school students who are considering Confirmation

The Faithful Five:
Prayers - we visited various stations that led us in different ways to pray
Presence - we listened to a presentation on noticing how our attention to our faith life is vital for our formation as Christians
Gifts - we took an 80 question assessment that revealed spiritual talents that we are using every day even if we aren’t consciously thinking about it
Service - we created a skit about a service project we might do in our congregation. Our group did a skit about starting a ‘kindness campaign'
Witness - we heard testimony from one of our group leaders about his own faith journey

"I am excited and curious about all that we can do together as a Confirmation class, but most importantly, I am interested in endeavoring to grow in faith alongside the youth of Alexandria UMC. Confirmation changes the relationship a child has with their church, especially in terms of service and expression." ~Pr. Amy

If you have a youth interested in our weekly programming or in our Confirmation programming, please contact her at If you are an adult interested in learning more about Confirmation and/or helping with our youth programming, please contact Pr. Amy and schedule an appointment. Pastor's office hours are posted in the weekly bulletin or call Ginger at 320-763-4624.

Find our brochures on bulletin boards here at church or go online to see a full listing of all that is going on in Minnesota regarding Methodist Campership opportunities:

Alexandria UMC to Camp!
July 9-15, Northern Pines (Park Rapids) - “Family Camp 2" - all ages
Historically, our church families have not gone camping together so this will be something new! Congregants can register and/or sponsor a family to go; cost is $420. All families interested are encouraged to apply for a campership award - the forms are available online or in our main office and posted on the bulletin board.

Tentative - Shores of St. Andrew Family Camp with Pr. Amy and Pr. Christa - Immanuel Lutheran, July 26-30 (email Pr. Amy if you are interested in this opportunity. Costs are very reasonable - this is a tentative plan).

Sponsoring a youth camper!
Youth camping - many dates and programs from which to choose - Northern Pines (Park Rapids) and Koronis Ministries (Paynesville) has camping for youth starting at age 6. Our congregation is encouraged to sponsor a youth to attend camp for a week of their own choosing. Depending on which week a camper chooses, costs vary, see pamphlet on bulletin board or go online to .

Highlights from Camp Minnesota - applications are online, or email/call:, 855-622-1973
Grandparent Camp opportunities
Northern Pines - June 9-11, $155/$175
Koronis Ministries - August 7-11, $290/$400
KoWaKan Adventures - Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely, MN
Kowakan Teen Trek, July 16-21, Ages 13-18, $535
Looking Ahead to 2024!
Pr. Amy and Thomas are planning travel to the Holy Land in April 2024!
"The Holy Land - The Women in Jesus' Life"
Are you interested? Dates are set for April 15-24, 2024.

Click here to register, or visit the URL below by copying and pasting it into your preferred web browser:

Price Main Tour:
Starting at $3,750  per person sharing a double   (optional single room supplement $870)



Our Contact information
Rev. Amy VanValkenburg, LLP Email:, Pastor's mobile: 320-309-5574/320-460-0776
Ginger Mayer, Admin. Assistant, Phone: 320-763-4624   Email:,
Office Hours: 9am - 1pm, Church Address: 2210 Sixth Avenue E, Alexandria, MN 56308


Whoever you are, however you are, just as you are, you are welcome at
Alexandria United Methodist Church.