Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                              November 10, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Chancel Choir Director

Handbell Director
Core Leaders, Chairman
  Joe Lee
Nov 11
Veteran's Day
Office Closed
Nov 13
Harvest Dinner
Nov 18-20
Jr High Retreat
Nov 20
George Fox Players
Nov 21
Dec Calendar Deadline
Nov 22
Crossroads Thanksgiving
Nov 24-25
Thanksgiving Holiday 
Church Closed
Nov 27
Wreaths & Treats
Nov 28
Common Table
Charge Conference
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
Jan 1
One Service @ 11am
Jan 8
Dinner & Club 345
Jan 13-16
Young Adult Retreat
Jan 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Office Closed
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)
Trustees (Oct)
Staff Relations  (Oct)
Preschool (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Finance (July)
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

"Better Together" 

"The Power of Light "

John 8:12
Matthew 5:13-16

"This Little Light of Mine" is essentially the theme for this Sunday.  The election is over and the winner is....  In one of the most contentious, unhealthy, negative and mudslinging presidential campaigns in history, we move into a new era.  Or is it?  This Sunday we're going to turn things positive, have some fun, and at the same time look at ourselves as followers of Jesus in a time of negativity; to be that positive light, that upbeat response, that being a, "Light in the darkness" kind of place.   All of it will be based in the scripture about being the light of the world and that simple little song, "This Little Light of Mine."   Remember the words.   This little light of mine.  I'm going to let it shine.    Hide it under a bushel, No!  I'm going to let it shine.    Won't let anything whoosh it out, I'm going to let it shine.  What does it all mean?  We gather in the morning for worship.  We gather in the evening a favorite event for so many of us at Aldersgate, Harvest Dinner.  There is simply no doubt but that we need to be fed in order to become a light.  We need to be loved in order to know how to love.  And we need to be energized in order to shine.  Sunday will do all of that and more. To prepare please read Matthew 5: 13 - 16 and John 8: 12.
Ministry News

Sunday Refreshment Time
Every Sunday morning after services we enjoy coffee, juice and treats.  We encourage everyone to take a turn at serving the refreshments.  Now there is a new way to sign up on-line to help schedule Refreshment Time volunteers ---> just CLICK HERE.  Questions?  Contact Kate Ingalls.

Time to Deck the Halls!
The Banner Committee would love a bit of help to get our church ready for the holiday season. We will be decorating  Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 , from 9:00am-1:00pm.  We know how much you enjoy seeing how we "deck the halls" each season.   Want to help this year?  If so, come when you can, leave when you must!  Contact Norma Line or Jane Lee, sign upon the Sunday attendance form, or just drop in if you wish.  Thank you!

Poinsettia Donations
If you would like to provide a poinsettia to decorate the church for the holiday season, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form and include your dedication which will appear in the church bulletin in December.  Please make your chec k out to AUMC with "Poinsettia" in the memo field.  A small poinsettia costs $10 and a large one costs $25.  An ode to the poinsettia by Jane Lee:)
Poinsettia time is here.
Let's clap our hands and cheer.
Red and white Poinsettia say
That Christmas time is near!

Calling All Crafters!
You are invited to participate in the December 11 United Methodist Women (UMW) Bake, Quilt, and Craft Sale with a donation of your handmade items. In addition to the December 11 sale, we have the opportunity to sell crafts and quilts at the Christmas Bash on Saturday, December 10. All money from these sales will be used to support missions both locally and world-wide.  Your crafts can make a difference in helping people in need. Please, watch for further information soon.  

Parent's Night Out
December 2nd from 5:00-8:00pm
Youth Fundraiser for Medical Team International
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! Sign up starting November 9th.   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.  Medical Team International  is 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.
Fun Events

Harvest Dinner 
November 13 @ 5:30pm 
The Annual Harvest Dinner starts at 5:30pm in Friendship Hall.  If your last name begins with A-E, bring a dessert, F-M - vegetable/side dish, N-Z - salad.  Tickets are on sale on Sunday, after both worship services.  Cost is $5 per person (max $18 for immediate family). If you have not yet purchased tickets, please contact Patty Ferguson (206-419-2294) if you are coming so we have an accurate headcount.  Also we can still use one turkey carver, and people to setup and cleanup. If you can help please contact Patty.  See you there!

Meaningful Movies
Tuesday, November 15
The next Meaningful Movies on the Eastside is Tuesday November 15th, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church (4228 Factoria Blvd. SE, Bellevue) from 6:30-8:30pm.  The film is "FIX IT - Healthcare at the Tipping Point." The film was two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders.  This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

George Fox Players come to Aldersgate 
November 20th at 5:00pm 
Come see our very own Cora Beeman and the George Fox Players, a drama group from George Fox University, on the evening of November 20th at 5:00pm.  The performers will be exploring the theme "Ready or Not," with a series of stories where life comes pouring in and they realize they are not in control.  The performances are all based off of original scripts created by the students and the director.  The production will start at 5:00pm and run about an hour.  There will be hearty appetizers available afterwards and a brief time for fellowship and discussion.  Please feel free to bring an appetizer to share. 

Wreaths and Treats
November 27
Between services on November 27 each family will be able to make an advent wreath for their home.  We will also have cookie decorating and a couple of other ways to help prepare the church for the holiday season.  To find out how you could help support this event, please see Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber. 

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.  
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.

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:

*Nov. 13 - NO Youth Group.  Come to the Harvest Dinner instead!
*Nov. 18-20 - Jr. High Retreat at Camp Indianola.  Let Jen know if you are interested.  
       For more information, CLICK HERE.
*Nov. 20 - George Fox Players at 5pm followed by snacks and Youth Group from 6:30-7:30pm.
*Nov. 27 - No Youth Group due to Thanksgiving holiday.

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.  There is no meeting in November due to the ALL church Harvest Dinner on November 13. 
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. Suggestions are sweatshirt/pants, jackets, sweaters, gift cards, scarfs, makeup, sports balls, movie gift cards, hair items.  Gifts for any age child are also welcome.  A box will be placed in the narthex by Thanksgiving for your donations. 
  • Vision House  Your donation of gift cards to Vision House aids the task of providing transitional housing to homeless families.  This wonderful program helps them become self-sufficient.  The gift cards are for groceries, clothing, gasoline, and personal items when special needs occur during the year. A gift tree will be in the narthex for your choice of a gift from $10 to $50 after Thanksgiving
Opportunity to Serve
At our last Common Table meeting it was apparent that many people had the desire to help the homeless.  So here is an opportunity for you to help provide meals for three emergency shelters.  CLICK HERE to sign up to provide meals to the 3 Emergency Shelters - Mens, Womens and Families.  The shelters are located in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland.  In fact, the Women's emergency shelter will be at Holy Cross Church Lutheran just down the street on Newport Way from January 3rd to March 31st.  

Prayer List   

People with Health Concerns
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie
*Kevin & Maria Jeans' friends Charles, Kenny, Eric, Macericio and Tom
*Kristie McLean's friend Don, and her friend's daughter Jenna
*Jon Tucker's neighbors Gary & Sally
*Judy Wallace's co-worker Geneil
*David Maybee's daughter Laurie, brother-in-law Ran, and daughter-in-law Wendy
*Lea and Ferrel Fox's daughter Cheryl
*Bill Ferguson 
* Betty Fredeen's friend Hannah, sister Peggy, and sister-in-law Audrey

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
* Londa Narmita's co-worker Irina and her sons
*Our country
*The Standing Rock situation in North Dakota
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.