Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                  January 5, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders, Chairman
  Joe Lee
Jan 8
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Jan 11
Old Testament Study Resumes
Jan 13-16
Young Adult Retreat
Jan 16
Holiday - Office Closed
MLK Day of Caring
Jan 21
Church Work Party
Youth Lock-in
Jan 22
Youth Sunday
Jan 23
Feb Calendar Deadline
Jan 28
Core Leaders Retreat
Jan 29
Preschool Sunday
Feb 7
Young at Heart Potluck
Feb 12
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Feb 20
Presidents Day Holiday
Office Closed
Feb 21
March Calendar Deadline
Mar 1
Ash Wednesday Service
Church Leadership 
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Dec)
Charge Conf.  (Nov)
Finance (Dec)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
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
Sunday Refreshments
CLICK HERE to sign-up to help serve coffee, juice and treats at church on Sunday  mornings.   Contact is  Kate Ingalls.

 "The Incompleteness 
of the Wise Men"

Matthew 2:1-12

This Sunday we revisit the Wise Men one more time.  This time I 'll be examining it via an unfinished painting.  Leonardo Da Vinci was contracted to paint what would become known as "The Adoration of the Magi."  He never finished it.  In spite of that it is seen as one of the most important of his works.  Why?  We'll explore that this Sunday.  To a great extent it is a perfect example of the Wise Men.  We all too often see them as completing their work once they gave their gifts to the family of Jesus.  However, might that simply have been one step along their journey.  We hear nothing more from them, and yet, we learn a great deal from them if we but explore some of the other pieces.  What brought them?  Why a house?  Why these gifts?  Why does Herod need to be a part of this story?  These are questions that can help us understand our own search, our gifts and how they might be offered, and even our own journey to this child.  It's also Bible Sunday; that Sunday when we hand out Bibles to our third graders.  These two events tie perfectly together: Epiphany Sunday and Bible Sunday.  I'll explain more at worship this Sunday.  To begin to explore all of it please read Matthew 2:1 - 12.

Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman 

Happy New Year!  And with that we resume the Wednesday Bible study class starting  January 11th at  10:00am and 7:00pm  where we will examine the land of the Testaments.  The Land flowing with milk and honey was promised by God to the Hebrews in the desert.  The land became a part of other covenants between God and the chosen people.  The loss of the land was a part of the disciplinary actions taken by God for disobedience.  The land held significance in the time of Jesus and he often utilized the history and the present situations of the land in his actions and teachings.  In as much as this set of classes will be offered as a precursor to the Holy Land trip, it will be for anyone and everyone interested in how the land and specific locations played such a significant role in what we see in scripture.  It also plays a key role in what we see in and around Israel today.
        On the foundation of what I offered last fall, we'll be exploring the key pieces of this Land of Promise from the perspective of both the Old and the New Testaments.  Specifically each class will focus on one location or one area.  Each of those locations are a part of the itinerary of the Holy Land trip and will be designed to help participants understand the significance of those places.  They include: God's covenants regarding the land, the Northern Kingdom that would become Samaria and Galilee, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River Valley, Bethlehem, Jerusalem including Golgotha (the place of the crucifixion), The Dead Sea, and then God's new covenant with us and our roles in the midst of this land.  We'll be exploring maps, examining history, examining theology (faith seeking and definition and understanding) as related to this region of the world, politics then and now, and various stories that are located in these regions.  I'm excited to be offering this both as a class and as preparation for the trip.  Let me know if you have any questions, would like to see the itinerary of the trip, or want the early bird outline of the study.  Everyone is invited to attend the study.  The more the merrier.  Again, Happy New Year.  
Ministry News

Education Hour   
Education classes for children and adults resume on Sunday, January 8.

Bible Sunday  
January 8
All 3rd graders and any other child in 4th or 5th grade, who has not already received a Bible, will receive one THIS  SUNDAY, JANUARY 8th .  Please send Jen Hoerber an email or call her with the correct spelling of your child's name if they should be receiving a Bible. 

Bible Sunday School Class
For ALL kids 3rd - 5th grade, this special Sunday School class is taught by Colleen Olleman and will start on  January 8th and run about two months .  This class is a great overview of the Bible and Colleen Olleman does an outstanding job making it fun and relatable. Class meets downstairs in room D.

United Methodist Women Meeting  
January 10 
On January 10 at 10:00am in room 22 the UMW will meet to discuss and donate to charities the money earned at the December UMW Bake, Quilt, and Craft sale. All are welcome to attend and make suggestions.

Wednesday Bible Class
Pastor Brad's Wednesday Bible class resumes on January 11. From now until mid-March, he will examine the land of the Testaments. For more info, go back up and read the Pastor's Blog. Everyone is welcome!  The class meets weekly on Wednesdays from 10-11:30am and also from 7-8:30pm; same class, different times.

Thank you to those that turned in their pledge cards. If you haven't had a chance to complete the pledge card, please do so and either drop it in the offering plate on Sunday or mail it back to the church.  Click here for the stewardship letter and pledge card or you can find a pledge card in the pew on Sunday.  If anyone has questions they can reach out to Jack Morrison or Melinda Lilley for answers.

Church Work Party
January 21
Please join us for a church work party on Saturday, January 21 from 8:30am-noon.  Aldersgate has a large, beautiful property which takes many volunteers to maintain.  Please come when you can Saturday morning and lend a hand. Burrr...we will be working INDOORS! Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.

Advent Wreath Recycling  
If you made an advent wreath at our Wreaths & Treats event, please save the plastic base and return it to AUMC in to reuse next year.

2017 Fundraisers  
Is your group planning to hold a new fundraiser or continue an annual fundraiser in the new year?  If so, please email your fundraiser name, proposed date(s) and method of solicitation to Melinda Lilley, Finance Team Chair.  All fundraisers are approved by the Finance Team to insure that dates do not overlap, that the overall yearly fundraising calendar remains reasonable and well spread out, and that fundraisers adhere to the Fundraising Policy which is posted outside the church office.
Yoga Class
January 7 - March 18  
Got a New Year's resolution? Vince Fratello can help with his introductory series of Yoga classes. Starting on January 7 from 9-10:15am, there will be 10 sessions thru March 18 (except March 4).  It will be taught at the most basic beginner level and will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities. Class 1 always starts at the beginning so don't worry. Students will be asked to bring a sticky yoga mat and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $50 for the entire series of classes.  You can try out the first class for free. Scholarships are available.  Contact Vince with questions.
Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
January 8
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 January 8.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.

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 Jen Hoerber. Here are some upcoming events:
*Jan. 8 - Dinner at 5:00pm and Youth Group from 6:00-7:30pm.
*Jan. 15 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Jan 16 - MLK Day of Caring, 9:00am-noon.  
We will sort and  organize clothing and toys for kids in need at the Eastside  Baby Corner (Issaquah). This activity will count toward your community service hours. Let Jen know if you are interested in participating.
*Jan 21 - Youth Lock-In, 5:30pm Saturday thru 10:00am Sunday!
We will meet at church Saturday evening and then head out and go bowling ( CHAPERONES and DRIVERS needed!)  Back at church we will play games, watch movies, prepare for the Youth Sunday worship service, and maybe get a little sleep.
*Jan 22 - Youth Sunday.  No Youth Group tonight.

Youth SUMYT Retreat
March 17-19
It is time to CLICK HERE and register for the SUMYT retreat.  The SUMYT retreat, one of the most popular events of the year, is for youth in grades 6-12 and is hosted at Camp Indianola.  The theme this year is CATCHING FIRE and features a powerful message, exciting small groups, an incredible dance, fantastic food and fun and games for everyone!  Rev. Jim Clarke of Cedar Cross UMC will lead us on how to really experience our faith. We'll talk about seeing God in silence, when we're feeling low and what it means to be Christian in the face of the social challenges facing the world today.  By the way, f our of our own serve on the planning team - youth Bryce, Jacob and Oliver, and Patty Ferguson as an adult leader.

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 $120.  For more information and to register go to  Contact Katie Olleman if you want to go.
Meaningful Movies on the Eastside
January 17 
Please join us to screen our first film of 2017:  American Winter.   This Emmy-nominated documentary by Joe and Harry Ganz follows the personal stories of eight middle-class families in Portland, Oregon struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Filmed over the course of one winter in one American city, the film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in millions of American families, and highlights the human consequences of the decline of the middle class and the fracturing of the American Dream.   Coffee/tea and snacks are included. A $5/person donation is suggested, but no one is turned away. All are welcome!    RSVP is helpful for planning refreshments, but if you do not RSVP, please come anyway!  (RSVP to  Janet Farness,  425-417-5217)   Meaningful Movies/Eastside is sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran, St. Margaret's Episcopal, East Shore Unitarian and Aldersgate United Methodist with the idea of bringing community members together to view films about the issues of our day. We have a brief talk-back sharing reflections. All opinions are welcome.
Outreach & Missions World

Martin Luther King Day of Caring
Aldersgate will again participate in the MLK Day of Caring on January 16.  We will sort and organize clothing and toys for kids in need at Eastside Baby Corner (Issaquah) from 9:00am - noon.  You must be 7 years of age or older to volunteer.  Friends and family are welcome to join us.  Sign up on Sunday's attendance form or email Jen Hoerber or Janice Zahn.  We plan to arrange carpooling and possibly having lunch together afterwards.  PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY! 
Prayer List   

People with Health Concerns
*Dave & Kathy Maybee's friends Al and Sharon
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Audrey
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie  

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
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.