Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                             December 1, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Chancel Choir Director

Handbell Director
Core Leaders, Chairman
  Joe Lee
Dec 2
Parents' Night Out
Dec 6
YAHs Christmas Party
Dec 10
Christmas Bash
Dec 11
Bake-Quilt-Craft Sale
Christmas Pageant
Club 345
Dec 14-15
ACP Christmas Program
Dec 18
Youth Christmas Party
Dec 19
Christmas Storytime
Jan Calendar Deadline
Dec 24
Candlelight Services
5pm - Family Service
7pm - Contemporary
9pm - Traditional Service with Communion
Dec 25
One Service @ 11am
Dec 26-30
Office Closed
Dec 31
New Year's Eve Party
Jan 1
One Service @ 11am
Jan 3
Preschool Resumes
Jan 8
Dinner & Club 345
Jan 11
Old Testament Study Resumes
Jan 13-16
Young Adult Retreat
Jan 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Office Closed
Jan 21
Church Work Party
Youth Lock-in
Jan 22
Youth Sunday
Jan 23
Feb Calendar Deadline
Jan 29
Preschool Sunday
Church Leadership 
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Oct)
Common Tabl e (Sept)
Staff Relations  (Nov)
Finance (Oct)
Trustees (Oct)
Preschool  (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Worship (April)

To bring a project, program or fundraiser idea to the Aldersgate Common Table for consideration, please fill out the  ACT PROPOSAL FORM  
For an  explanation of the Core Leadership Team and a description of the Aldersgate Common Table, CLICK HERE.
Feed Your Soul
See today's devotional from the Upper Room.   CLICK HERE

Dear Aldersgate Church,
Thank you so much for your kind gift to the Fred Huchinson Cancer Research Center in Karen Kinney's memory. It is gratefully appreciated.  
Sincerely, Norma Bush

Dear Volunteers,
A huge thank you to all who helped to transfer the church into the Advent Season - Sabrina Macintyre, Gerry Cherry, Jean Rummel, Karen Yellman, Don and Edna Fadden, Jan Durham and Marilyn Knapp.   
~ From the Banner Committee Chairs - Jane Lee and Norma Line

"A Gift of Love "

I Corinthians 13

This Sunday we 'll be exploring love as we prepare to light the second candle of Advent.  As wonderful as that sounds, many of us have been dealing with things around us that feel like anything but centered on love.  I realized again this week that love is a verb as in, to love.  It's an action we take.  Love is also a noun.  It is something tangible, something we hold and then can give.  Love is hard, especially the kind of love we find in scripture.  Is our love really patient and kind?  Is it really humble instead of being arrogant or rude?  Does love really never fail?  We are surrounded by situations that seem to draw love away from us; things like the political climate, Standing Rock, Aleppo, a homeless shelter for men in Bellevue.  But then came the Facebook post early last week.  It attacked us as a church.  Not the United Methodist Church as a whole, but us right here at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  And it was an attack.  So what does love tell us to do with any of this? 
            It would be so easy  to ignore these things; and easy to respond with fear, anger, even hate.  But that 's not our call as Christians; as followers of Jesus.  The challenge is that in order to love (as in the verb) we have to have love, even be filled with love (as in the noun).  Only out of that can we offer it.  So we'll explore love on Sunday.  And like last week we will have some time in silence to think, to pray, to decide what to do with the love we've been given by a God who most certainly offers love (noun) and who loves us (verb).  Again, the question is, how will we respond?   To prepare let's go back to the words of Paul in I Corinthians 13 as we prepare for this second Sunday of Advent. 
Ministry News

We are doing a special end of year pledge drive for AUMC in December! Please expect to hear more on this topic from the Core Leaders Team! Please be on the look out for special pledge cards that we need returned ASAP. Also, we are asking for a special gift of a "13th month" for 2016. This extra gift will help us finish in the black in 2016 as well as help with the kitchen.

Mug Someone Today  
There are church mugs filled with goodies and information about our Christmas Events and Worship Schedule ready to be handed out to visitors throughout Advent.  Please find them at the narthex desk  and feel free to hand one to any visitor you meet this month .

Parents Night Out
Friday, December 2
The AUMC Youth, with adult supervision, will babysit your children so you can savor a meal out, get a jump on your holiday shopping, or enjoy a peaceful evening at home.  There will be games, crafts, dinner and lots of fun planned for your little ones.  Space is limited! Click Here for the registration form which must be turn in to the church office as soon as possible.   The cost is $25 for the first Child and $15 for each additional child. All the proceeds from this  AUMC Youth fundraising project will go to Medical Team International, a non-profit Christian global health organization, delivering relief and development programs to all people in need.  If you have q uestions, email Jen Hoerber, Director of Children and Family Ministry.

Christmas Pageant
December 11, 9:00am Service
Mark your calendars and join us for the children and youth Christmas pageant during the 9:00am service on December 11th.  The children and youth will help us get into the holiday spirit and remember the true meaning of Christmas as they retell the story of the very first Christmas. 

Christmas Eve Services
Saturday, December 24
On Saturday, Dec. 24 invite your family, friends, and neighbors to rejoice and worship the newborn King at Aldersgate on Christmas Eve:
  • 5:00pm -  A child-oriented family friendly candlelight service where we will involve the children in the retelling of the Christmas story and sing Christmas carols.
  • 7:00pm - A more contemporary candlelight service centered on music by the worship band and includes the most beloved scriptures and Christmas carols.
  • 9:00pm - A quiet candlelight service with carols, scripture readings, and communion.
Christmas Day Service
Sunday, December 25  @ 11:00am
Christmas Day falls on the  last Sunday of the month.  We will have one service at 11:00am .  We will remember the gift given to us by God, his son Jesus Christ, and the gifts we received on Christmas mornings, past and present.  Please bring a meaningful gift you received and there will be a time when volunteers can share the significance of their gift.  This is a very informal service.
2017 Altar Flower Calendar
Please sign up to provide altar flowers.  The 2017 flower calendar is now posted on the bulletin board across from the office.  Altar flowers are a lovely way to commemorate a special person or a special event with your dedication appearing in the bulletin.  The Flower Committee will provide a flower arrangement for $35 or you may provide your own arrangement.

Sunday Refreshment Time
CLICK HERE to sign-up to help serve coffee, juice and treats at church on Sunday  mornings.   Contact is  Kate Ingalls.

Fun Events

YAHs Christmas Event
December 6, 6:00pm  
The next Young at Heart dinner is December 6 at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall.  You do not have to bring anything but your $2 donation.  Don't think you have to be "old" to participate because we are all "Young at Heart" and very fun loving!.  Come join us for a fun evening.  Call Bev Allot to RSVP, 425-746-8309.
Christmas Bash
December 10
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We are hosting a Christmas Bash on  December 10th from  10:00 - noon.  This festive celebration will include crafts for all ages and abilities, a few games, Nativity photo opportunity, sharing of Christmas stories, and singing carols.  The UMW will also have quilts and crafts for sale.  If you would like to volunteer at this event, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber.  We need volunteers to donate cupcakes, staff a booth with a game or craft project, lead carols or read stories, help clean up or set up.

UMW Bake, Quilt & Craft Sale
Sunday, December 11
Plan to attend the United Methodist Women Bake, Quilt, and Craft Sale Sunday, December 11, in Friendship Hall following both services.  Delicious baked goods and beautiful items sewn by Aldersgate's own Merry Quilters will be available for sale. All proceeds of the sale go to support mission projects, locally and worldwide. Donations of baked goods and crafts from the congregation are appreciated and may be brought to Friendship Hall the morning of the sale (prior to first service if possible).  For more information, contact  Jean Rummel, 425-572-5894.

Christmas Story Time
Tuesday, December 19
Join us around the Christmas tree in Friendship Hall on December 19 at 10am for Christmas Story Time .  We will have some snacks and listen to some of our favorite Christmas storybooks and maybe sing a few carols as well. This is geared for children 2-7 years old and their families.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
This fellowship group for kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade meets once a month, usually on the second Sunday.  It starts with dinner at 5:00pm, followed by games, crafts and other fun activities from 6:00-7:30pm.  The next Club 345 is December 11.  Bring a $5 White Elephant gift to exchange.

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:300pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or  Jen Hoerber. Here are some upcoming events:

*Dec. 2 - Parents Night Out Fundraiser for Medical Team Int'l.
       Contact Jen if you want to volunteer.  Earn community service
      credit!    All volunteers arrive at 4:15 and stay until 8:30pm.
       Dinner included.  
*Dec. 4 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Dec. 10 - Christmas Bash Community Celebration.   Contact Jen if
      you want to volunteer.  Earn community service credit!   All
      volunteers arrive at 9:30am and stay until 1:00pm
*Dec. 11 - Dinner, 5:00pm followed by Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Dec. 18 - Fancy Shmancy Christmas Party, 6:00-7:30pm.   Come
       dressed in your fancy party attire.  Bring a $10 white elephant
       gift to exchange.
*Dec. 25 - No Youth Group tonight - It's Christmas!

Sr. High Winter Camp
Lazy F Senior High Winter Camp is December 27 - 30 and it looks at the Book of Acts through the lens of Star Wars!!  We have one youth already signed up!  More info can be found at this link: . 
Young Adult Retreat
January 13-16
Make Camp Twinlow your destination for a long weekend of wintery fun January 13-16 - for young adults ages 18-35(ish).  Cost is $100 if you register and pay by Dec. 31, or $120 after Dec. 31.  For more information and to register,  CLICK HERE .  Contact Katie Olleman is you want to go.
Outreach & Missions World

Christmas Giving Opportunities
  • Hopelink Christmas Store  Aldersgate has provided items for the Hopelink Christmas Gift Store for many years. We focus on teenagers because gifts for them are often in short supply but gifts for any age child are also welcome.  A box will be placed in the narthexfor your donations. All gifts must be delivered to the church no later than Sunday, December 18.
  • Vision House  Your donation of gift cards to Vision House aids the task of providing transitional housing to homeless families.  The gift cards are for groceries, clothing, gasoline, and personal items when special needs occur during the year. A gift tree is in the narthex for your choice of a gift from $10 to $50.  Please bring your gift card to the church by Sunday, December 18.
Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away
*Kevin Jeanes' aunt Louise
*Sadly we announce that Bill (Wally) Nanninga, age 95, died on November 11, a WWII veteran, he died on Veteran's Day.  He and his wife Josephine (Jo) were married for 72 years and were charter members of Aldersgate joining in June 1963.  There will not be a memorial service.  Condolence cards for Jo Nanninga can be mailed to her daughter, Carol Lawrence at 12917 SE 4th PL, Bellevue, 98005.

People with Health Concerns
*Bob Olson
*Cindy Wheeler
*Wilma Tucker's nephew Josh
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie
*Bill Ferguson 

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
* Brenda
*Our country and families divided over the election
Submit prayer requests to Dorothy Bennett, the Prayer Chain Coordinator, or fill out a pew prayer card or contact the church office.  Prayer requests will  stay on the Prayer Chain for about 3 weeks.  Please contact Dorothy or the church office with an update if you want the request to be prayed for longer.  
All prayer requests will appear in the church newsletters unless you specifically request otherwise.