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

www.Aldersgate-Church.org                                                                   August 31, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Sept 3
One Service 10am
Sept 4
Church Office Closed
Sept 6
Handbell Choir Resumes
Chancel Choir Resumes
Sept 7
ACP Parent Orientation
Sept 10
Club 345 Dinner
Youth Group Dinner
Sept 11
At the Crossroads
Deborah Circle
Sept 11-12
ACP Back to School 
Sept 12
Worship Team
Sept 13-14
ACP Classes Begin
Sept 17
Education Hour Starts
Youth Group Kick-Off
Sept 18
October Calendar Deadline
Sept 19
Instrumental Ensemble
Sept 20
Gospel of John Class
Sept 21
Mary Martha Circle
Green Team
Sept 24
ALL Church Foot Golf
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 (July)
Outreach  (August)
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Preschool   (May)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)





Scripture Lesson:   Acts 13:43
Sermon:  "Sanctifying Grace: God's Not Done Yet"

This Sunday
During this our third and final week with the Wesleyan understanding of grace, I want to share with you a poem written by our own Bob Olson. 

Grace
 
Grace is God's gift of love
Unfailing redemption
"Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who
trespass against us"
 
This Christian challenge
Is to be like Jesus
Learning and practicing
The gift of grace
In brotherly love
 
Shortcomings abound
Enemies prevail
Greed, pride, hatred
Guide our lives
To forgo grace
 
Ideology and culture difference,
Human prejudices, selfish goals
Separate unity and breed conflict
Fostering wars for dominance
Denying God's grace
 
Graceful I'm not
Country born and country bred
I'm unfit in elite company
But social graces aside
May I practice the grace of God?

The last line is speaking to me as I prepare for worship. I hope it speaks to you, too. I encourage you to ponder these questions and others like them, with me. How am I practicing grace? What kind of grace do I practice? What does it mean to practice the grace of God? What would it look like? How can we find God's grace together?

This week, as we gather outside on the level area near Smith Hall (weather permitting) we will be able to feel the wind and see the leaves on the trees rustle in the wind. We'll also have the opportunity to "practice grace" with each other, even when worship is different and maybe a little unfamiliar. We'll be together for one combined service together at  10:00 . This is an experiment in blending our two worship experiences and we'll be led by musicians from both services. We'll receive communion in the light of day. We'll welcome new insights that come from the experience of being together. Bring your camp chairs or picnic blankets if you have them or we'll have chairs available for those who are more comfortable in stable furniture. Come!
 
 
~~~ Pastor Laura
MINISTRY NEWS
Only One Worship Service
Sunday, September 3
Just a reminder, on Sunday, September 3 there will be only one worship service at 10:00am due to the Labor Day holiday.  The church office will be closed on Monday, September 4.
Green Team meeting
September 21
On Thursday, September 21 at 11:30, the Green Team will meet at the church. Pastor Laura will provide a light lunch and all are welcome to come and be a part of this re-energized environmental ministry at Aldersgate. If you would like to be part of the team but can't make this first meeting, please contact Pastor Laura to let her know what would be a better time for you and/or how you would like to participate. Meetings are not for everyone but we do need your ideas.
Sunday School Is Coming Soon!
On  September 17 we will kick-off a new season of Sunday school.  We will use a new Sunday School curriculum called "Digging In".   The kids will walk through the Bible from Genesis to Revelations for the next two years.  This will provide our kids the opportunity to really dig into the Bible, helping them understand Biblical concepts that will guide them daily, and help them grow in their faith and their relationship with God.
 
Kids' Club will continue to be offered at both services and the children will flow from Kids' Club into both Music Time and then Sunday school.  There will be three Sunday school classes for children; Preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grade.  There is also a new Youth Sunday School class as well. 
 
Sunday School teachers and teacher assistants are needed, so please prayerfully consider helping .  No experience is needed to be a Sunday School teacher!  Training is available and the curriculum is very user-friendly!  
Please Support Our Children's Programs
  • 2nd Sunday Dinners bring Club 345 and Youth Group together to share a meal before their fellowship time once a month.  There are typically 20-30 children, youth and adult helpers for dinner.  If you or your group would like to host a dinner, please sign up on the bulletin board across from the office.
  • Kids' Club is a fellowship time for kids during the Sunday church service.  For first service it typically runs from 9:10-9:45am and second service is from 11:15am-12 noon.  Kids' Club  can consist of all types of activities-art projects, stories, games, and much more. Please consider hosting a Kid's Club and sharing your talents, passion and stories with our children.  If you want to host a Kid's Club, but you just aren't sure of what to do, talk with Jen Hoerber as she has some activities all ready to go.  You can sign up for only one service or for both, or for just one Sunday or several.  Every bit helps!
Gospel of John
Starting on Wednesday, September 20, Pastor Brad will teach a class on the Gospel of John, in the morning from 10:00-11:30am and also in the evening from 7:00-8:30pm - same class at two different times.  We will learn about the authorship of the Gospel of John.  We will discover some of the primary focuses of the gospel.  We will compare the Gospel of John to the other three gospels. We will compare John's understandings about Jesus with those of Paul. We will explore why John is the only one to utilize the "I Am" statements. And there is so much more. The most important element in this year's study will be what the gospel can teach us today, particularly in the midst of all that seems to be swirling around us in the world. This 28 week study will be divided into three parts and it will run from September thru June with some breaks around the holidays. Yes, the study will build week to week, but every week will also stand on its own, so missing a few weeks here and there will be OK. We hope to have weekly study notes posted and available on the church website. Sign up on Sunday's attendance form if you are interested.
Aldersgate Acolytes
"Jesus said: "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12).   The lighting of the candles is a meaningful part of our regular worship services.   The presence of the light reminds us of Jesus' coming into our world and into our lives. The light is carried into the worship service as a symbol of Jesus' coming into the presence of the worshiping community. At the end of the service, the light is carried out into the world to show that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere. Children are invited to sign up to be Aldersgate Acolytes here.  Children should check in with the ushers 10 minutes before service on the day they are signed up to acolyte.  The ushers will show you how and when to light the candles and extinguish them.  Questions? Contact is Kate Ingalls.
Lay Leadership Positions
Please consider using your God given gifts (talents, skills, interests) to serve at Aldersgate.    CLICK HERE  for a list of the places that we know of right now where your talents would be valued.  Please take some time to pray about which of these opportunities might be right for you at this time in your faith life. Pastor Laura and Christian Hampson are interested in identifying gifts in our church community and empowering people to use those gifts to the glory of God.  Pastor Laura and Christian are available to answer your questions and/or find the answers to them. They are looking forward to talking with you. 
Adult Education Resumes September 17
There are two adult education classes offered on Sundays between services starting September 17.
  • The Book Study class meets in room 22 at 10:00am.  Led by Rich Detering, this class will study Rob Bell's newest book
    What Is the Bible?   Everyone is welcome.
  • The Life Discussion class meets in room 21 at 10:15am.  Led by Rick Wilson and Tom Breske, this drop-in class explores a wide variety of topics, to include current events, moral issues, and theological beliefs.  Everyone is welcome.
Music Ministry
If you play an instrument or sing, consider joining an Aldersgate music group.
  •  Worship Band performs at the first service each Sunday.  Rehearsals are usually weekly on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Contact is Roger Ingalls.
  •  Handbell Choir (Canterbury Bells) performs at the second service once a month, October-June. They rehearse weekly and the first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30pm.  Contact is Pam Johnson.
  •  Adult (& Youth) Choir (Chancel Choir) performs at the second service each Sunday, September-June.  They rehearse weekly and the first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30pm.  Contact is Hanae Straub
  •  Aldersgate Instrumental Ensemble performs 3-4 times per year. They rehearse once a month on the 3rd Tuesday and the first rehearsal is Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00pm. Contact is Rick Wilson.
Another Office Helper Needed
One person has agreed to help twice a month and so we need another one or two people to help round-out the month. This volunteer is needed on Mondays (preferably) or Tuesdays to help for two hours.   The duties include processing attendance forms, archiving bulletins, preparing children's clipboards, tidying up the sanctuary and narthex, and helping with occasional office tasks. We'd like the volunteers to start in Sept.  If you have questions, please sign up or contact Wendi in the church office, office@aldersgate-church.org.
Heartworks Workshops in October
Aldersgate will host a series of four sessions on Monday afternoons in October about end-of-life planning led by Martha VanDeMark of the Heartwork group. This series of workshops is a powerful way to discuss our own dying process and make our own decisions about what a good death might look like. The sessions will be facilitated discussions of 6-10 people and the cost is $125 per person or $100 per person if there is more than one person from the same family. Scholarships are available. It's a great experience for couples or children and parents to do together. Anyone who is old enough to have a driver's license is old enough to participate in the group. Please contact Pastor Laura if you are interested as the group is almost full. If there is enough interest, a second group may form at a later date.
FUN EVENTS
Yoga Class
Starts September 16
Vince Fratello will be restarting his introductory series of yoga classes at Aldersgate.  The classes 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.  If you have any concerns, ask someone who has already come!  The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays starting  September 16  mostly in Fellowship Hall ( September 23 and October 28  will be in the Youth Room) .  Class time will be  9:00-10:15am .  Students will be asked to bring a sticky  yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $50 per student for the entire series to cover Vince's expenses-you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed.  If you have questions you can contact Vince at  vjfratello@gmail.com .  We hope to see you there!

Young Adult Ministry-"At the Crossroads"
"At the Crossroads" is a young adult fellowship group. Join us at Crossroads mall for dinner, conversation, and laughter every 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm by The Stage.  On a typical night, we enjoy our meal while discussing the adventures life presents us and the journeys we dream to take.  Additional, quarterly events are held every season and include hikes, board game nights, a Christmas party, and the Young Adult summer BBQ.  Events are posted to Facebook on a monthly basis.  Upcoming events:
  • September Dinner: Due to the Labor Day holiday, we will meet on Monday Sept. 11 at 7:00pm at Crossroads Mall 
  • Hike to Twin Falls: Saturday, Sept. 16.   NEW TIME!  We will car-pool from the Eastgate Park & Ride at  4:30pm and start  the hike from the trailhead at  5:00pm
  • October Dinner: Monday October 3 at 7:00pm at Crossroads Mall.
  • November Dinner: Monday November 6 at 7:00pm at Crossroads Mall.
"At the Crossroads" is an open and inclusive community. The goal is to create fellowship amongst Young Adults founded on the love demonstrated by Jesus Christ for all people. All are welcome, so feel free to bring a friend.  For more information, Call, text or email Katie Olleman (425-457-3324).
Come Join the United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women here at Aldersgate are organized to provide fellowship, learning and charitable activities for all the women in the church.  There are two Circle groups that meet monthly.  They share Sunday refreshment duty three months of the year.  They help coordinate the UMW Spring Salad Supper in April, the Craft Sale in November and the Bake Sale in December.  They also assist with church receptions.
  • Mary Martha Circle meets on September 21, the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 9:30am at Aldersgate in room 22, September thru June.  They enjoy fellowship, refreshments, devotions and reading and discussing a study book.  The current book is John Ortberg's The Life You've Always Wanted.  Contact is Kathy Maybee.
  • Deborah Circle meets on September 11 due to the holiday and then usually the 1st Monday of the month starting in October thru June.  They meet at 7:00pm in member's homes.  They enjoy fellowship, refreshments, devotions and various charity projects.  Contact is Clarine Goodleaf.
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have questions about the youth program, contact  Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
* *Sept 3 - NO Youth Group due to the Labor Day holiday
*Sept 10 - Dinner at 5:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Sept 17 - Youth Group Kick-Off, 5:00-8:00pm.  Join us for a BBQ dinner and  Nerf Capture
                 the Flag with Newport Presbyterian and Bellevue First UMC at Aldersgate.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
September 10
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity.  The next meeting is September 10 at 5:00pm.  Parents and church members please sign up to provide the dinner or help lead the activity. Contact is Jen Hoerber, CFM@aldersgate-church.org.
Blues for Mister Charlie
Friday, September 15
A play by James Baldwin, performed by the Williams Project will be showing in Seattle September 6-17 and there is interest in gathering a group to carpool and attend together at Franklin High School on Friday September 15. More about the play is below and at http://www.thewilliamsproject.org/. Tickets can be reserved online or by talking with Colleen Olleman or Pastor Laura.
 
In a small southern town, a white shopkeeper kills a black musician. As the case heads to trial and tensions rise, a Reverend, a journalist, and the shopkeeper's wife struggle to make sense of the truth. Written in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of Baldwin's friend and civil rights activist Medgar Evers, Baldwin's rarely produced masterpiece explores race and violence in the United States with honesty, music, dark humor, and compassion.

After the play, the cast will host a short discussion about the themes introduced by the play. The play is appropriate for high school age and older. All seats are general admission. Donations will be accepted at the door and the Aldersgate Outreach Team will donate for any who attend.
MISSION & OUTREACH
This Is Hunger
The faces of hunger in America are both familiar and hidden from view, yet they are all too real and far too many.  "This Is Hunger" is coming to Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue , September 14- 18, for a FREE and interactive experience!   "This Is Hunger", an interactive experience on wheels (literally, it's a big rig!) brought to us by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.   When the 53-foot-long double expandable trailer is parked and open on both sides, it provides almost 1,000 square feet of interior space to take participants on a voyage of awareness and activism: to help them understand the stark reality of hunger in America and to spark their commitment to taking action that will help end hunger once and for all.
"This Is Hunger" is open to the East King County community.  T o reserve your FREE tickets, visit  www.thisishunger.org  and click on Find Tickets.  If you have questions please contact  Rabbi Lipper,  rabbilipper@templebnaitorah.org  .   We look forward to seeing you in the truck!
"Conversations for Organizing Faith Communities on the Eastside" 
 September 7 @ 7:00pm
On  September 7 , Aldersgate will host the 2nd "Conversations for Organizing Faith Communities on the Eastside" led by Michael Ramos of the Greater Seattle Council of Churches.  We can use help setting up chairs at  5:30  and taking down at the end.  We will also be serving light refreshments and coffee so help in providing cookies, crackers, cheese, veggies and fruit would be appreciated.  Please contact Jean Harris    if you can provide any of the support listed.  Also, all members of the congregation are encouraged to attend to support this movement.  The meeting is at  7:00pm . We would like to have a good show of Aldersgate hospitality.
VBS Mission Update
School supply donations came flying in all week during Vacation Bible School and beyond.  With the help of our loving congregation, we were able to surpass our goal and donate the following school supplies to Congregations for Kids.              
  • 3104 Ticonderoga Pencils
  • 133 Comp. Notebooks
  • 213 Erasers
  • 386 Glue Sticks 
  • 78 Highlighters
  • 11 Boxes Markers
  • 17 Boxes Colored Pencils 
  • 20 Folders
  • AND $410!!!!
WAY TO GO, SUPER HEROES!!  These supplies and money has been given to Congregations for Kids and will help families in need in the Bellevue school district.  This is the 22nd year this organization has collected supplies and they expect to serve over 1400 families this year. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!  It is greatly appreciated! To find out more about this amazing organization, check out their website at  congregations4kids.org.
PRAYER REQUESTS
People Who Have Passed
*Kelly Carver's grandmother Harriet died recently.
*Sadly, we announce that Josephine ("Jo") Nanninga passed away on August 9.   Jo and her husband Bill were charter members of Aldersgate. They were faithful and committed members of Aldersgate UMC and their hard work and generosity left a lasting legacy here at Aldersgate. The family will have a private service. There will not be a service at Aldersgate.  Condolence cards can be sent to Jo's daughter Carol Nanninga Lawrence, 12917 SE 4th PL, Bellevue, WA  98005. 

People with Health Concerns
Prayer Requests
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Erin Breske's friend Bella
*Bill Ferguson's mother Geni
*Lea & Ferrel Fox's neighbor's cousin Kawika
*Edna Fadden
*Cindy Wheeler
*Bonnie McAuliffe
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Jen Hoerber's friends Mike, Kara and family

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.