Alden United Methodist Church

Join us each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. for worship and fellowship. Pastor Daniel Biteman 231 409-8015

The Alden Methodist Episcopal Church (ME) was started by the early settlers of Spencer Creek who held church services in their homes. After a school was built in 1867 they met there for prayer, Bible study, and personal accountability and growth, starting by asking each person “How is it with your soul?”. Some people walked seven miles through the woods to attend church. July 18, 1884, the cornerstone of the Spencer Creek Methodist Church was laid at the church’s present location. Seventeen families were listed as members. The original church did not have a basement, but it had a shed behind for the shelter of horses, buggies, and wagons. It was heated by a pot-bellied stove and hanging oil lamps provided light. People sat on round-backed wooden chairs. At Christmas huge trees stood in each corner. Members decorated the trees with presents and one year they cut a hole in the back wall between the two windows so Santa could come down a chimney. For years a circular band mended the spot in the South wall. Improvements were made in 1903 -1906 including a hardwood floor, opera seats, and red plush Chancel chairs. A floor furnace was put in a partial basement. Then in 1927, the building was jacked up and a full basement was added. This allowed space for a kitchen, Sunday School rooms, and room for dinners and social gatherings. Generous donations allowed the church to be completely redecorated with new walls, ceiling, and stained glass windows. While the church was “up on stilts” Sunday School and Worship were held in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. At this time there were 47 families. In the 1950’s, an addition was built at the back of the church, adding rest rooms, a minister’s study, and making the chancel larger. In the lower level, a new kitchen and furnace room were added. Later additions were made including pews, an organ, and the Carillon. By 1987 the church had grown to 120 families and a ground breaking service was held May 24, 1987 to begin construction and a total remodeling which turned the nave end to end, added a new entrance, and created more spacious office and classroom areas. During this time, church was held at the Alden Community Center until the project was completed October 1987.

Mission: The mission of the Alden Community United Methodist Church is to CONNECT people to Christ, NUTURE them to spiritual maturity and PREPARE them to go into the world to bear fruit and to set a Christian example.

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The VBS decorating crew met yesterday and really made some progress on our props. We are looking for some items that could be loaned to us just for the week of bible school: June 17-21. If you have any of the following items you can loan us make a comment so others can see that is covered. 1 old fashioned footlocker, up to 7 wooden crates, up to 10 tiki lights (no fuel), 3 old fashioned lanterns like train conductors used, 2 old suitcases not plastic, 5 old wooden oars, 1 spy glass or spotting scope on a tripod, a large globe, large pieces of netting to go over our tiki hut that is being made. These items can be dropped off at church and marked VBS with your name so we can get them back to you. Your help is greatly appreciated!!

From the comfy/cozy potluck that was followed by games. A good time had by all.

[01/21/19]   The VBS committee is holding a meeting this Wednesday Jan 23 at 7 at the church to see who can help with bible school this summer and to get ideas about decorations, crew leaders, adult leaders etc. If you can join us please do. If you can't join us but would like to help in some way, comment below. We had to cancel last year because so many adults were unavailable. We are hoping to have bible school this year but we need as many helpers as possible. It will be in June, most likely the week after Fathers Day.

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Chris Schroeder : June 2, 1944 - January 19, 2019 | Grand Rapids, MI

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lifestorynet.com On June 2, 1944, Jon Christian Schroeder was born to parents Richard and Lillian Schroeder in Charlotte, Michigan. He was older brother to RoxAnne, Steve and Alan Lee. Chris lived in

[01/14/19]   Join us this Sunday the 20th of January at 1:00 for a "comfy, cozy potluck". Wear your comfy clothes and bring your version of comfort food to share. Bring your own place settings and drinks although hot cocoa will be available. Stay after and play games if you would like to. See you there.

[01/12/19]   The Student Aid Committee met and agreed to renew grants to both Micaela Fields and Tori Carver for the winter semester. They both are doing great! Our only fundraiser to support these kids is Village Market slips so please continue to gather community cash. Remember for gasoline you MUST take the receipt to the window or it doesn't count. Gasoline is everyone's biggest expense so it is important to get those slips validated. We appreciate your continued support so we can pass that support on to future students. Slips can be given to Maggie or Sue at church or placed in the box in the narthex.

Game night and a puppy birthday party. 🎂 🍰 🧁

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[12/17/18]   Game Night this Friday at 6:30. Join us for a fun time! Bring snacks if you want to.

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Just for fun! What would you add?

The tree is decorated and advent has begun.

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UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters Around the World - UMCOR

If you are thinking of donating to a California fire charity we recommend this one. If you select the Alden Church then we will get credit for the donation. Share with others who may not have a home church. https://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2018/august/umcor-responds-to-current-disasters-around-the-world

umcor.org In the wake of recent disasters in the United States and internationally, UMCOR is working with its partners to meet the needs of those in impacted areas.

[10/07/18]   Thank you to everyone who helped with the Baked potato chili bar. It was a success. Also thank you to everyone who stopped in and enjoyed the food and good company.

We have two students receiving grant money from the student aid fund: Tori Carver and Micaela Fields. Micaela is going to Keene State College and Tori is at Detroit Mercy. The student aid fund is fully funded through donations. If you would like to donate to this fund to help support future students it would be appreciated. Also, remember to save your Village Market slips and be sure they are stamped CC. Photo is from Micaela Fields.

[09/02/18]   It is time to start collecting Village Market slips again. We collected enough last year to earn over 700.00 for the Student Aid fund. This fund gives grants each year to deserving students going to college or technical school. So, save your slips! They can be placed in the plastic box in the narthex at church. Remember: all gas slips MUST be stamped with CC or they are not any good. You have to go to the window to do that. Gas slips are typically the biggest expense so be sure and get them stamped. Also, do not highlight or circle any amounts on the slip or they may get voided. Thanks for all the support given in the past and let's keep up the good work and break a record next year!! Our students will thank you. Also, please share this post to get the word out to the most people!!

Juggling The Jenkins

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Today was the start of our Stewardship Campaign F.R.O.G., Fully Rely On God. Thanks Deb Crane for the great pics !

I guess we are not alone with this problem!!

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[06/05/18]   After much deliberation it was decided to cancel VBS for this year. Too many of our key people are out of town. We plan to resume next year.

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Thank you Debbie for making the church so pretty last night.

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Burlap

Everyone has a Leroy.

Our church family spent some time with Leo and Ella May yesterday. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon.

Had a fun time at the Art Walk in Elk Rapids yesterday with our church social group. Snacks after on the beach. It was a gorgeous day.

[08/14/17]   A Nashville gospel band called The New Legacy Project will perform this Sunday at 9 am. The group blends traditional southern gospel with today's country gospel. A goodwill offering will be taken.

[08/12/17]   Friday the 18th is game night at the church starting at 6:30pm. Enjoy a fun night of conversation, board/card games and snacks.

[08/09/17]   The Alden United Methodist Women are having their annual rummage sale this Thursday thru Saturday (plus a few other days next week). If you are in the area stop by and look around. Lots of clothing (some new), jewelry, household, games, toys, puzzles, plus more! 9015 Helena Road at the church. Starts at 9 each day

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Everyone had a good time at church today singing VBS songs. Everything was taken down after and donated to the Bellaire Methodist church for their VBS.

Kids prepping the snack today.

Kids making a human table and preschool enjoying snack at VBS.

Decorating crew did a great job getting the church ready for bible school. It starts on Monday. I think everyone is ready, now we just need kids!

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23rd Psalms Lenten Series
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want
2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters
3He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

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9015 Helena Road
Alden, MI
49612-9752

Opening Hours

Monday 11:30 - 15:00
Tuesday 11:30 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 09:00 - 14:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday 09:00 - 10:15
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