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.

[04/16/20]   Pastor Dan will once again being holding "virtual church" through Skype on Sunday April 19th. You can join in anytime between 9:30 and 10:00 am. Will post the link when available. https://join.skype.com/v7CFHhomDKo2

[04/12/20]   Pastor Dan did a wonderful job conducting Sunday service over Skype today. If he does it again, and I think with some encouragement he will, and you couldn't figure out skype just know that Google is just a touch away with lots of answers. And, you can practice ahead of time too. If you want to be on the email link let Dan know your email address so he can add you. Happy Easter from all of us in Alden.

[03/25/20]   We’ve all been exposed.
Not necessarily to the virus ​
(maybe...who even knows‍).​
We’ve all been exposed BY the virus.​

Corona is exposing us.​
Exposing our weak sides.​
Exposing our dark sides.​
Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls,​
hidden by the invisible masks we wear.​
Now exposed by the paper masks we can’t hide far enough behind.​

Corona is exposing our addiction to comfort.​
Our obsession with control.​
Our compulsion to hoard.​
Our protection of self.​

Corona is peeling back our layers.​
Tearing down our walls.​
Revealing our illusions.​
Leveling our best-laid plans.​

Corona is exposing the gods we worship:​
Our health​
Our hurry​
Our sense of security.​
Our favorite lies​
Our secret lusts​
Our misplaced trust.​

Corona is calling everything into question:​
What is the church without a building?​
What is my worth without an income?​
How do we plan without certainty?​
How do we love despite risk?​

Corona is exposing me.​
My mindless numbing​
My endless scrolling​
My careless words​
My fragile nerves.​

We’ve all been exposed.​
Our junk laid bare.​
Our fears made known.​
The band-aid torn.​
The masquerade done.​

So what now? What’s left?​
Clean hands​
Clear eyes​
Tender hearts.​

What Corona reveals, God can heal.​
Come Lord Jesus.​
Have mercy on us.​

1 Corinthians 16:14 "Do everything in love."

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the beloved of God:

I write this note with a heavy heart trying to discern the best course of action for us to take as a congregation in the face of the present Coronavirus crisis. There is no getting around the fact that we are an older congregation and many of us are in the "at risk" category described by medical officials. On Friday Bishop Bard sent out an announcement via email recommending that all churches in Michigan suspend all "face to face gatherings" until April. That suspension includes worship, Bible studies, and any other meetings. Now, the Bishop did leave room for "virtual" gatherings but I far as I know we don't have that capability.

To be honest, I was surprised by the Bishop's recommendation. I personally did not think we were at this point yet. We're a small congregation and generally isolated up here in "God's country;" so, I was thinking the risk factor was minimal. However, seemingly every other organization and institution around us is closing, not only in our State but all around the country. I feel torn between suspending our calendar and staying open. To get further counsel, I sent the Bishop's notice to a few church leaders and asked for their thoughts, but there was no consensus on what to do. I, then, watched the news Friday evening and it became painfully obvious that our healthcare system is not prepared for a major outbreak of this or any virus. Our government's strategy seems to be to mitigate contact among one another and thus reduce the number of people exposed to the virus. This will hopefully give the healthcare system the time it desperately needs to become prepared. It makes sense to me to some degree, never mind that our healthcare system was caught totally unprepared for this eventuality. Moreover, no one wants to be responsible for someone else being exposed to this deadly virus because they did not act decisively enough when the occasion presented itself.

With all of this in mind, I am going to follow the Bishop's recommendation and suspend all church activities until April 5th. It seems to me to be the prudent thing to do at this point for the sake of the congregation and the community as a whole. Hopefully, by God's grace, conditions in the State and around the country will take a turn for the better and we can once again meet as a congregation for Sunday morning worship.

Until then; be safe, trust God and keep in contact with one another by phone, email or text. If you have an issue, please let someone know so we can help if we can.

Finally, two items; first, if you like music and find it a source of power and encouragement, copy and paste the link below in your browser and it will take you a song by the Christian group The Afters entitled, I Will Fear No More. It is a great message for this time of turmoil and trouble. Second, I have also included a prayer I was going to have us pray in worship this week. It specifically addresses the current virus crisis. I had to retype it in a format the congregation could follow and I found myself being comforted while I was doing so. Maybe you will find it comforting as well. We all know “The earnest prayers of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16 NLT).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmmbJlWhtk
A Prayer for Deliverance from the Coronavirus

by Pete Greig and 24/7 Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. You are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer…

[Response] “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1 NIV)

Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, we remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer…

[Response] “May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name.” (Psalm 79:8)

God of all Comfort and Counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved ones. May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick and the elderly… [Pause]

God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer

[Response] “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10)

Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank you for the army of researchers working steadily and quietly towards a cure – give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthrough today. Would you rise above this present darkness as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in your rays. May this be our prayer…

[Response] “Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

God of all Wisdom, we pray for our leaders, the World Health Organization, national governments, and local leaders too – heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer…

[Response] “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.” (Psalm 46:1-2)

I will bless you with the words of Psalm 91: “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Ps 91:3-7)

[Response] “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1)

May El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty who loves you, protect you. May Jesus Christ, His Son who died for you, save you. And may the Holy Spirit who broods over the chaos and fills you with his presence, intercede for you and in you for others at this time.

[Response] “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:18)

Regretfully,
Pastor Dan Biteman
(231) 409-8015
[email protected]

Brand New Single “I Will Fear No More” from the album Fear No More by The Afters. Listen or Download now at the links below. Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/...

[02/18/20]   Announcements/ Coming Events

2020-2021 Alden UMC Directory – is ready for you to pick up, they are on the table in the church narthex.

Game Night – this Friday, February 21st at 6:30 pm

Chilly Sunday Potluck – Join us at 1 pm Sunday, February 23rd in the Fellowship Hall for a warm and comfy lunch and a little entertainment. Bring your table service, some food, and maybe a friend; we’ll provide coffee, water and atmosphere.

Lenten Study begins Monday, February 24th at 7:00 pm – Our study will be The Grace of Les Misérables by Matt Rawle. The author dives into “six themes found in the story — grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love and hope—each represented by a character in Victor Hugo’s classic story.”

Reminder – Tina Fields has graciously agreed to be the Publicity Coordinator for the congregation. If you or your committee need to get the word out to the congregation and/or community she is the person to contact.

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th

A look at the week ahead

Tuesday 18
Ladies Prayer Group
10 am

Thursday 20
Info for bulletin announcements due
1 pm

Friday 21
Game Night
6:30 pm

Sunday 23
Chilly Sunday Potluck 1 pm

[02/11/20]   Announcements/ Coming Events

Pastor Dan has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2020

Coffee Hour – hosted by the Ad Council this Sunday, February 16th

Chilly Sunday Potluck – Join us at 1 pm Sunday, February 23rd in the Fellowship Hall for a warm and comfy lunch and a little entertainment. Bring your table service, some food, and maybe a friend; we’ll provide coffee, water and atmosphere.

Lenten Study begins Monday, February 24th at 7:00 pm – Our study will be The Grace of Les Misérables by Matt Rawle. The author dives into “six themes found in the story — grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love and hope—each represented by a character in Victor Hugo’s classic story.”

Reminder – Tina Fields has graciously agreed to be the Publicity Coordinator for the congregation. If you or your committee need to get the word out to the congregation and/or community she is the person to contact.

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th

A look at the week ahead

Tuesday 11
Ladies Prayer Group
10 am

Thursday 13
Info for bulletin announcements due
1 pm

Friday 14
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sunday 16
Coffee Hour hosted by the Ad Council

[02/03/20]   Announcements/ Coming Events

Following Sunday’s worship service Pastor Dan announced his retirement effective July 1, 2020.

Lenten Study begins Monday, February 24th at 7:00 pm – Our study will be The Grace of Les Misérables by Matt Rawle. The author dives into “six themes found in the story — grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love and hope—each represented by a character in Victor Hugo’s classic story.” If you would like to order a book please contact Pastor Dan by Monday, February 10th via phone, text or email at (231) 409-8015 or [email protected]

The UMW will hold a brief meeting immediately following worship this Sunday (Feb 9th) to discuss a possible international mission.

Reminder – Tina Fields has graciously agreed to be the Publicity Coordinator for the congregation. If you or your committee need to get the word out to the congregation and/or community she is the person to contact.

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th

Experience the Holy Land – 13-day biblical tour of Israel with the Oberammergau Passion Play ~ September 15-27, 2020 ~ All inclusive – $5299.00 ~ departing from Grand Rapids, MI ~ Lead by Pastor Dan Biteman ~ Hosted by: Katie and Dan Webber ~ Limited group size ~ More information available at [email protected] (Code: KWebber20) ~ Or contact: Pastor Dan at 231-409-8015 or [email protected]

A look at the week ahead:

Tuesday Ladies Prayer Group 10 am

Thursday
Info for bulletin announcements due

[01/27/20]   Announcements/ Coming Events

SPRC meets tonight at 7 pm

Trustees meet Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00 pm

Missions Committee Update – The Missions Committee met 1/9/2020 and 1/23/2020 to review the past year and get things in order for this year. We thought the congregation might appreciate knowing the plan for the upcoming year.

We have made no changes to what we have done in the past, but have rearranged one of the months for the basket offering. Some contribute within their monthly giving and/or others in the baskets passed.

* March: UMCOR

* April: Native American (Kewadin, Northport, and Greensky churches)

* Mother's Day thru Father's Day: Moms and Tots Ellsworth Baby Bottles

* August and September: CROP Walk

* November: Giving Tree and Harvest Dinner

* December: Christmas Eve Basket for Moms and Tots

In addition, we are contributing to Child Fund International and are purchasing 2 breeding goats and 25 chicks.

If you have suggestions or concerns, please feel free to tell one of us: Pastor Dan ~ Angela ~ Claire

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th

Experience the Holy Land – 13-day biblical tour of Israel with the Oberammergau Passion Play ~ September 15-27, 2020 ~ All inclusive – $5299.00 ~ departing from Grand Rapids, MI ~ Lead by Pastor Dan Biteman ~ Hosted by: Katie and Dan Webber ~ Limited group size ~ More information available at [email protected] (Code: KWebber20) ~ Or contact: Pastor Dan at 231-409-8015 or [email protected]

A look at the week ahead

Monday 27 SPRC 7 pm

Tuesday 28 Ladies Prayer Group 10am
And Trustees 7 pm

Thursday 30
Info for bulletin announcements due
By 1 pm

Sunday 1
Coffee Hour hosted by the congregation

Photos from Alden United Methodist Church's post

Celebrating Matt’s birthday at game night.

[01/13/20]   Announcements/ Coming Events

Coffee Hour is hosted by Student Aid and SPRC this Sunday, January 19th.

Pasties for sale – If you’re hungry for more pasties place your order soon; the Central Lake United Methodist Church will be making pasties the week of January 20-25. To place an order contact Carolyn Sage (231-676-2989) or Pastor Dan (231-409-8015) or sign the order sheet on the table in the church narthex.

Ad Council meets Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 pm

Social Event, An Afternoon at the Movies – Sunday, January 26th at 2 pm in the sanctuary ~ popcorn and soda provided ~ bring snacks to share ~ contact Linda Fox for more information

SPRC meets Monday, January 27th at 7:00 pm in Alden

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th

Experience the Holy Land – 13-day biblical tour of Israel with the Oberammergau Passion Play ~ September 15-27, 2020 ~ All inclusive – $5299.00 ~ departing from Grand Rapids, MI ~ Lead by Pastor Dan Biteman ~ Hosted by: Katie and Dan Webber ~ Limited group size ~ More information available at [email protected] (Code: KWebber20) ~ Or contact: Pastor Dan at 231-409-8015 or [email protected]

A look at the week ahead



Friday Game Night
6:30 pm

Sunday
Coffee Hour hosted by Student Aid & SPRC



Prayer Concerns

Cathy Rice
Guy Molby is recovering from a bout with pneumonia
Joyce Tharp, from Central Lake UMC, is in the hospital
Diane Nemeth’s daughter, Chris, suffered a mild stroke
Continued prayers for Diane Nemeth’s sister, Mary Jane
Continued prayers for Paul and Carolyn’s daughter-in-law, Pia, who is halfway through radiation treatments
Linda Russell requests prayers for Craig who is having shoulder surgery this week
Ed Antaya – possible knee replacement
Earl Paige – back pain
Shonna is recovering from a heart valve replacement

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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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9015 Helena Rd
Alden, 49612

The Alden United Methodist Church Missions group focuses on helping in local, regional, national, and international needs though volunteering time, food, money, and support to organizations as well as our own missions.