Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                              November 17, 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 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)
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

"Ready for Grace "

Ephesians 2:4-10

This Sunday Vince Fratello will be bringing the message and leading worship.  The timing for this message couldn 't be better.  The election is over, and, what may be needed now more than at any other time in recent history, is grace combined with action.  Vince will be talking about grace from a personal perspective.  

Where will I be? I will be in Phoenix, Arizona seeking to support Daniel Flahiff as he swims, rides and runs in his first Ironman.   Some have asked why I 've chosen to go.  Daniel, in a very literal sense, saved my life.  He helped me turn around physically, emotionally and even spiritually.  This is the least I can do to support the person who has done so much for me.  No, I'm not really coaching him at least not in the way it may sound.  My role is to support, encourage, pray for, and be there to provide whatever he may need to accomplish this goal.  It's a different kind of coaching.  I offer that because he has most certainly been there for me.  He offered what he had freely even though it was undeserved.  

Grace does that.  It frees us and motivates us to do things we may not otherwise do.  It provides us the kind of courage needed in times like this.  Grace, at the deepest levels reminds us of a love that will not let us go, of being there for one another no matter the situation, of loving in a way that reminds us of how God loves each of us.  Vince is stepping in and talking about that in his message.  I'm doing that for a man I deeply respect, admire and love.  We do that because it's what Jesus did.  And there are others within our doors and beyond our doors who continue to need us to offer that kind of grace.  To prepare please read Ephesians 2:4 - 10.

Pastor Brad
Ministry News

Adult Education Class Update
The book study adult education class that meets Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:00am in room 22 is starting a new book entitled "Christmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like Jesus" by Mike Slaughter.  Come join us!  Questions? Contact Rich Detering.

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. 

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.  

Missing Serving Dish
After the Harvest Dinner Renee's white oval casserole dish including the lid went missing.  If you accidentally took it home, please return it to the church office or contact Renee (425-254-3547).  Thank you!!

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! 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. 
Fun Events

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. 20 - George Fox Players at 5pm followed by snacks and Youth Group from 6:30-7:30pm.
*Nov. 22 - Come serve at the Crossroads Thanksgiving dinner.  Please be at the Crossroads
                  Community Center ( 16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue) by 5:30pm.
*Nov. 27 - Come to Wreaths & Treats between services. 
                 No Youth Group due to Thanksgiving holiday.
*Dec. 2 - Parents Night Out Fundraiser for Medical Team International.  
               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

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.
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
THANKS! From Andrews Glen
Once a month Aldersgate volunteers, lead by Karen Yellman and Sabrina MacIntyre, donate food and serve dinner to the residents of Andrews Glen, a low income apartment complex located just down the street. Dinner is followed by a fun game of Bingo complete with prizes which are also donated by volunteers from Aldersgate.  Your hard work and generosity is very much appreciated by the residents.  Click here to read their kind words of thanks.
Prayer List   

People with Health Concerns
*Wilma Tucker's nephew Josh
*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 and families divided over the election
*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.