Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service

www.Aldersgate-Church.org                                                               November 23, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

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Calendar
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Nov 23-24
Office Closed
Nov 26
One Service @ 10am
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Dec 3
Wreaths & Treats
Dec 5
YAHs Potluck
Worship Team
Dec 9
Christmas Bash
Dec 10
UMW Bake Sale
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Cantata
Dec 13
Cluster Charge Conf. at St. Peters UMC
Dec 17
Blue Christmas Service
Youth Christmas Party
Dec 21
Christmas Story Time
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Services
Dec 25-Jan 1
Church Office Closed
Dec 31
One Service @ 10am
New Year's Eve Party
Coffee
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Nov)
Common Table (Nov)
Green Team (Nov)
Outreach (Nov)
  Worship  (Oct)
Trustees (Oct)
Finance (May)
Preschool   (May)
Staff Relations  (12/2016)

  
Scripture Lesson:   John 14:2-7        
  Sermon :   "Which Way?  The Way "

This Sunday
This Thanksgiving, we are so thankful, for our lives, for health and healing, for abundance in our experience in so many ways. We praise God for the families-biological and other- that surround us, physically, emotionally, or spiritually this year at the start of a season of holidays. We give thanks for the food we consume, the hands that prepared it, the workers who grew it and raised it, the drivers who brought it to our markets, and especially for the wise ones who tended the Earth generations and generations before we even dreamt of this holiday. We are grateful for our ancestors whose lives looked different from ours and who sacrificed for our benefit. We know the grace of God is in our very living. We hear Jesus in the gospel of John telling us, "I come to bring life and bring it abundantly" and then later, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."  We will take this week to express our gratitude for this life. We will dig into our response to Jesus' invitations to us for life and life abundant. We will also wrestle with our experience that the life Jesus calls abundant doesn't always seem abundant when we are living it. We will meet together for a single worship service at 10:00am in the sanctuary.
 
 
~~~ Pastor Laura
MINISTRY NEWS
REMINDER @ Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
Just a reminder to all those youth and families that are volunteering to help at the Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner, please arrive at the Crossroads Community Center by 5:15pm and plan to stay until 7:45pm .  Your help is greatly appreciated!
Worship Service @ 10:00am
Sunday, November 26
There will be only one worship service  at 10:00am on Sunday, November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Christmas Poinsettias
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.  A small poinsettia costs $10 and a large one costs $25.  Please make your chec k out to AUMC with "Poinsettia" in the memo field.
Time to Deck Our Halls!
December 1 & 2
The Banner Committee would love a bit of help to get our church ready for the holiday season. We will be decorating Friday, December 1 beginning at 4:00pm for a few hours and Saturday, December 2, beginning at 9:00am. Until we are finished.  Can you help?  If so, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Norma Line
New Church Directory
A new church directory is accessible online at http://aldersgate-church.org/directory/, (scroll to the bottom of the webpage) and it is password protected (beloved).  In addition, you can sync the church directory directly to your Apple, Android or Kindle device with a free app and using your email address as it is listed in the church directory.  Also, paper copies of the directory are now available in the narthex. The online directory is updated throughout the year and you can update your contact information and family photo at any time by contacting Wendi the church office.  
Worship Team Meeting
December 5
There is a Worship Team meeting on  December 5 at 7:00pm.   The combined worship teams from both services will gather . All are welcome to come and help to look ahead at the season after Christmas. 
Cluster Charge Conference
December 13
On December 13 at 7:00pm at St. Peter's UMC the Bellevue area United Methodist churches will meet together with our District Superintendent Rich Lang to get to know each other and celebrate the ministry that is happening in our city next month. It will be a shared time of fellowship, business, and visioning for the future together. It is vital that those who are in leadership at Aldersgate attend, but all who wish are welcome to participate. It should be a fun evening that is also enlightening and festive.
Wheelbarrows Needed
The church could use a couple more wheelbarrows.  If you have one that you no longer use, please donate it to the church.  Contact is Dave Carver.
Ready to Join Us?
We always love to welcome new members into our Aldersgate congregation. Of course, it's not necessary to be a member to attend and participate fully in the life of the church. However membership is a step that is important for many people as they commit to their Christian journey and to the community here who supports that journey. If you are interested in learning more about membership or scheduling a time to join us, contact Pastor Laura
AmazonSmile is a program by Amazon.com that will donate 0.5% of your purchase price of eligible products to Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  You can sign up for AmazonSmile by going to your Amazon account or you can go to
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Considering Becoming a Reconciling Congregation
Update on Process to Consider Reconciling Congregations (CRC)
The committee that has formed to design a process for our church to use as we consider whether to become a Reconciling Congregation would like to invite you to participate in some upcoming events in 2018. The committee felt strongly that this process should not detract from our celebration of the holy seasons of Advent and Lent, so we will not schedule events during those seasons. 

In January, 2018, the pastors will offer a series of Bible studies for anyone interested in participating. For each of three weeks, a series of five or six studies per week will engage with Scripture passages that have traditionally been interpreted to mean that homosexuality is not compatible with Christian teaching and Scripture passages that have been interpreted in the opposite way. There is no need to attend more than one session per week as all six sessions will address the same passages. The dates of the Bible study are listed below. 

After Easter, the current plan is to hold two evening panel discussions or speaker events. One would be to hear the stories of other churches who have considered becoming Reconciling and decided either way. The other would be an opportunity to hear from parents and families of children who identify as LGBTQIA+ in Christian churches. 

In addition to these events, the committee has been collecting your questions and researching to find answers to them. The first set of answers to questions posed to us by congregation members is attached here. Please read it and keep the questions coming. The committee will continue researching and finding answers as long as there are more questions. 

Bible Study Dates (all sessions will last approximately 90 minutes):
  • Sunday January 14, 21, and 28 at 12:30pm, child care available, both Pastor Brad and Pastor Laura co-lead, bring a bag lunch and lunch for your children who are staying for child care.
  • Sunday January 21 and 28 at 5:00pm Pastor Brad and Pastor Laura will co-lead these sessions, intended to include youth and families of youth
  • Wednesday January 17, 24, 31 at 10:00am Pastor Brad will lead.
  • Wednesday January 17, 24, 31 at 7:00pm, Pastor Brad will lead.
  • Thursday January 18, 25, and Feb. 1 at 7:00am with pancakes prepared by Dave Carver, Pastor Laura will lead.
  • Thursday January 18, 25, and Feb. 1 at 4:00pm - these sessions are family friendly for families who have children they wish to include in the conversation. Pastor Laura will lead.
Your CRC Team Wants You!
( C onsidering becoming a R econciling C ongregation)

Our commitment:
  •  To value all concerns, ideas, suggestions and questions that are brought to us.
  •  To share all of the most reliable information we can on all sides of this issue.
  •  To create a safe space for people to share their thoughts and ideas. You are all members of our beloved family, and we value what you have to say.
  •  To take as long with this process as is needed to ensure the entire congregation is fully informed and comfortable having their say.
Please be part of the conversation. Be part of the committee, or bring us your thoughts.  Every member of our church family has inestimable worth, and that means you.  So please, let your light shine!
CRC Question Box
The CRC Team, which is designing a process for considering whether it's time for Aldersgate to join the Reconciling Congregations Network, welcomes your questions. There is a box in the Narthex for your questions and also an electronic question submission form at  https://goo.gl/forms/MhIWD3IngtxyBXOw1 We will check the boxes at least once a week, then research and make public the answers we find. Questions can be anonymous or you can put your name on it, as you wish. 
FUN EVENTS
Emerald City Ringers Concert
Come and hear Christmas music on handbells on  December 9 at 4pm  at St. Matthews Lutheran Church at  1700 Edmonds Ave NE  in Renton. You'll recognize at least one of the ringers from Aldersgate!
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  All youth in 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have questions about the youth program, contact  Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
*Nov. 21 - Serve food at Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:15pm-7:45pm
*Nov. 26 - NO Youth Group and NO Sunday School due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  But you can help decorate the Youth Room for Christmas!
*Dec. 3 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Dec. 9 - Santa Photo Youth Fundraiser at Christmas Bash, 9:30am - noon.
*Dec. 10 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Dec. 17 - Youth Christmas Party, PJ Style, 6:00-8:00pm
Wreaths & Treats
December 3
Join us for Wreaths & Treats on December 3 from 10:00-11:00am between services.  This is a festive way to start the advent season.  Besides a yummy spread of treats, there will be greens, candles, etc. to create an advent wreath for your home as well as a fun activity.  You can help the church prepare for the season as well by assembly visitor mugs and signing cards for our college students.  If you'd like to participate and/or support this event, please sign up on the attendance sheet or contact Jen Hoerber. 
Young at Heart Porluck
Tuesday, December 5
Calling all retired folks, empty nesters, and wannabees!  Join us Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall for a tasty potluck dinner (ham & dessert provided)  and a performance by the Dickens Carolers.  Think about a personal Christmas experience that you might volunteer to share with the group.  The cost is $3 per person to help pay the food and entertainment expenses.  First timers please sign up on the attendance  form and someone will call you about the food. For more information, contact Wendi in the church office.
Christmas Bash
Saturday, December 9
Come celebrate the Christmas Season at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at our 2nd annual Christmas Bash on Saturday December 9 from 10:00am-noon!  There will be Family friendly crafts and games for all age plus a Christmas Carol Sing-Along at 11:30am. Enjoy the Bake and Craft Sale (all proceeds benefit missions.)  And get a  Festive Christmas Photos $25 for 5x7 plus digital copy (all proceeds benefit the youth mission trip.)  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
December 10
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for food and a fun activity. 
The next meeting will be December 10.   Contact is Jen Hoerber, CFM@aldersgate-church.org.
New Year's Eve Party
Save the Date! On Sunday, December 31 we will have an Aldersgate Family New Year's Eve party from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  Details to follow.
CHURCH & SOCIETY
United Methodist Student Day
November 26
On Sunday November 26, we will take a special offering that transforms lives through education. Your generous gifts will help support United Methodist Student Day scholarships, administered by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry. Your gifts help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has called them to do.
Holiday Bake & Craft Sale
December 9 & 10
Looking for a sweet way to contribute to missions?   Aldersgate United Methodist Women invite you to donate baked goods or handmade crafts to our annual bake and craft sale.  This year, UMW will be selling both  Saturday, December 9  at the Christmas Bash and between services on Sunday, December 10.  Please have your items at the church by  9:30am  for the  Saturday  sale, or before first service for the  Sunday  sale.  All proceeds go to support missions locally and around the world.  Contact Clarine Goodleaf, 425-643-9339.
Christmas Giving Opportunities
Please consider giving to the following worthwhile organizations.  If you have any questions contact   Dorothy Bennett, 425-641-0971.
  • Vision House  This wonderful organization gives  transitional housing to homeless families and provides support services and childcare as the family becomes self-sufficient. To help the process, gift cards for groceries, clothing, gasoline, and personal items, etc. are invaluable and provided year round.  Your purchase of a gift card during the Christmas season is so appreciated and will brighten the lives of children who have been homeless.   A gift card tree is in the narthex for your choice of a gift card from $10 to $50. Please return the gift cards to the church by Sunday December 17.
  • Hopelink  The Christmsa gift store at Hopelink provides gifts for children from infant to 18 years old.  Each client family can apply for a voucher to choose one gift for each child from the store.  . Aldersgate focuses on teenagers because gifts for them are often in short supply at the gift store.  Suggestions are  - sweatshirt, sweat pants, jacket,sweater, gift card to stores, warm scarves, dressy scarves, makeup, sports equipment, movie gift cards, hair care products etc.And of course, gifts for any age are happily accepted.    Starting November 26, drop off your donation in the donation box located in the narthex near the drinking fountains.  Please return donated gifts to the church by December 17. 
  • Sophia Way   Do you have someone you would like to remember with a Christmas gift but they have everything?  Give a gift to Sophia Way in their name.  Jean Harris has cards she is selling that you can give as an acknowledgment of the donation. Contact Jean  at 425-747-0727  or jean7439@comcast.net.
Outreach & Mission Team News
Did you know that the Outreach/Mission team meets quarterly solely to disburse cell tower lease funds designated for outreach and mission?   Decisions are made b ased on past support, knowledge of community needs and requests from various non-profits and individuals largely addressing needs on the Eastside or requested by the Methodist conference.  The team met on Tuesday, November 14 and disbursed funds as follows:

Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner           Pastor's Discretionary Fund          
Emergency Feeding Program                Women's Winter Shelter Blanket Fund
Griffin Home Holiday gift                        Hopelink Gift Store earmarked for teenage gifts
Necissitus Fund
 
The Outreach/Mission team will consider funding projects others may have if the team feels it fits into the Outreach/Mission category.  For example, we fund the Crossroads dinner every month.  In the past the team also support various projects on Aldersgate's Mission Sunday, the gaga pit and the Thailand boarding house. In addition, the Outreach/Mission team gives funds to help support Katherine Parker, a UMW missionary in Nepal and also the Jama Letu orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We also pay the membership fee to Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns and will be paying membership to Faith Action Network now that we have joined officially.   For more information, contact Jean Harris.
Pillowcase Dresses & Shorts
Jo Fritze and the Grinning Grannies are expanding their mission, from not only sewing feminine hygiene kits, to also sewing  pillowcase dresses for girls and shorts for boys.  Jo and the Grannies need donations of pillow cases and help making the dresses and shorts.  The patterns are simple to make so they can teach the ladies in Malawi to make them in their villages.  A return trip to Malawi is planned for June 2018. If you would like to help, contact Jo Fritze at 425-777-5892.  You can donate pillowcase, sew dresses and shorts at home, or join with the Grinning Grannies on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00pm.  
Sustainable Energy Solutions Information
The Green Team at Aldersgate invites you to start becoming informed about an upcoming issue that is moving toward ballots in WA by November, 2018. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy has proposed a new carbon tax to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Washington State and address some of the root causes of climate change. The Alliance includes members of faith communities, as well as union representatives working for a just transition of jobs for those who have been employed in the fossil fuel industry as we move to more sustainable energy sources, tribal leaders, communities of color most affected by climate change, and business leaders. Read more about the policy proposed by the Alliance at  http://fanwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Alliance-Policy_summary.pdf
PRAYER REQUESTS
People with Health Concerns  
*Al & Bev Allott
*Flo Monkman
*Stormie Cruz's sister Brandi
*David and Heidi James Neighbor Mary
*Garnet Ormsby
*Charlie Stansell
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Kristie McLean, Dave and Kathy Maybee

To submit a prayer request to the Prayer Chain, email Dorothy Bennet t, the Prayer Chain Coordinator.  You can also fill out a pew prayer card on Sunday and put it in the offering plate, or you can contact the church office with your prayer request.   All prayer requests will appear in the church newsletters unless you request otherwise.