Rockland church raises more than $2,000 for charity
Rockland — The Aldersgate United Methodist Church, across from Chickawaukie Beach, on Route 17, is nearing the end of an eight-month funding program dedicated to the support of several area help organizations. On the Fourth Saturday of each month, at 5 p.m., the church serves a public baked bean and casserole supper with new twists.
Since March the church has given a total of $2,303 to six organizations, Hospitality House, Pope Memorial Humane Society , Area Interfaith Outreach and Penquis School Supplies.
The supper Saturday, Sept. 28 will benefit the United Methodist Economic Ministry which has thrift shops and food pantries in Salem and Solon, two of Maine’s most economically challenged communities — Vivian Hodgekins, president of the UMEM board of directors and wife of the new Rev. George Hodgekins, pastor of UM congregations in Union and Searsmont, will share information on the agency as supper begins and will be available to answer questions.
The Thursday, Oct. 26 supper will benefit ministries for Midcoast children provided directly by the Aldersgate church, including Trunks for Treats, Halloween Party, Friday, Oct. 25, Joy of Giving, a worship at which children may create and wrap gifts for their family members, Mid–winter Vacation Bible School during the February break and an Easter Egg hunt, which last year included gifts of dog and cat food for the Pope Memorial Humane Society, and provided by the Loyal Biscuit Company of Rockland.
Justice has long been a major focus for United Methodist’s and by supporting local benevolent organizations, Aldersgate church is carrying out its mission through agencies already established in the Midcoast area.
The congregation and the Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall invites anyone who would like to share in these projects to call the church office at 596-5715, email Aldersgaterockland@gmail.com or come by and enjoy a meal.