Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                 August 30, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Associate Pastor
Church Office

Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
September 2
One Service at 10am
September 3
Labor Day Holiday
Office Closed
September 5
ACP First Aid Class
Handbell Choir Practice
Chancel Choir Practice
September 6
ACP Parent Orientation
September 9
Mariner's Game
September 10-11
ACP Meet the Teacher
September 12
Preschool Begins
September 16
Sunday School Begins
Youth Group Kickoff
September 17
All Church Converence
October Calendar Deadline
September 19
Pastor's Class Begins
October 2
Young @ Heart Potluck
October 4 & 6
Habitat Build
October 7
Club 345
October 11 & 13
Habitat Build
Oct 12-13
Rummage Sale
October 20
Parenting Forum
October 22
November Calendar
October 26
Fall Festival
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 16)
CLT Budget (July 28)
Green Team  (August)
CRC Team (August)
Trustees (July)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)
Outreach  (May)
Worship (Feb)

"Opening Our Hearts to the Spirit's Moving"

Romans 8:26-27, Psalm 51:10-12, Acts 16:14-15, 
Ezekiel 11:19-20, Luke 24:32

This Sunday
This week we celebrate the holiday weekend with outdoor worship in the open air and a potluck lunch afterwards. We will combine services and enjoy the company of the entire Aldersgate community together. Our worship will include elements of the order of worship from each service, as well as a few things that we've learned from our combined worship experiences in the last year.
This week is a special week in the life of our congregation, as we move from the summer worship series into our fall programming. We'll be open to the leading of the Spirit among us, for this one special Sunday. We'll bless the students, teachers, and backpacks for the new school year. We'll sing and celebrate together. Join us for worship and lunch. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket if you have one. Bring a potluck dish to share.

~ Pastor Laura
September 2 Worship @ 10:00am
On Labor Day Weekend, weather permitting, we will worship together at  10:00am in the open air courtyard on the lower level of the church.   It will be the last Sunday for Hanae Straub our Chancel Choir director so plan to celebrate her ministry at Aldersgate as well as her new ministry in music education. As we move from the August sermon series into fall programming, we'll gather as one body around the theme of Opening to the Spirit's Movement. We'll celebrate together in combined worship with elements from both first service and second service. We'll have some chairs but seating will be flexible if you prefer to use a camp chair or blanket. This will also be the day we offer back to school blessings for students, teachers, and backpacks. Then after worship, we will have the opportunity to stay and have lunch together. Plan to join us for this all church event!  If you can help with setup, potluck or clean-up please sign up or contact Pastor Laura .  

What to bring:
  • a card for Hanae if you know her
  • your school bag if you have one
  • a camp chair or picnic blanket if you have one
  • food to share, based on your last name, or feel free to bring what you do well, regardless of your name:
    • Last name starts with A-D bring desserts or drinks
    • Last name starts with E-L bring salads
    • Last name starts with M-R bring bread, fruit, or other side dishes
    • Last name starts with S-Z bring protein
Staff Vacations - Office Closed
Due to staff vacations there will be times when only volunteers man the church office or the office is closed this summer. It is a good idea to call ahead to see if the church is open before you come. The church office will be closed on Monday, September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.
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, Sept. 5 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, Sept. 5 at 7:30pm. Contact is Robbin Price.
September 9  Worship @ 9 :00am and 11:00am
On  September 9, we begin our fall worship series, Jesus and the Extended Community. Pastor Brad will preach and will share stories from his own family. Plan to be there to begin this fall and the exploration of a Christ Centered Community together. Between services this week there will be a fellowship time for all ages. 
S lide Help Needed
Moving in to the fall, Pastor Laura would like to work with a few other people on designing and organizing the slides for first service worship. The process usually only takes 1-2 hours a week and is a lot of fun for creative, technology-oriented people. Please see Pastor Laura if you are interested, willing to learn the process, and can help as part of a team with this important work for the church. 
Resource Library News
  Please browse the Life 'til Death sermon series resources that are displayed on the library table.  Included are Five Wishes brochures and the following books: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, On the Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer, and The Grace In Dying by Kathleen Dowling Singh. 
All Church Conference
Monday, September 17
Please plan to attend the All Church Conference on Monday, September 17 at 7:00pm. All are invited to participate in a single item at the Church Conference which is to confirm Associate Pastor Laura's new ministry commitments to Aldersgate UMC. The meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall and light refreshments will be served. Following the Church Conference, you are welcome to remain and attend the Core Leaders meeting at 7:30pm if you wish. Childcare is available if you sign up for it in advance.   To read more about this staff change and others, click here to read Pastor Brad's blog from the August 23 electronic newsletter.
Sunday School - Coming Soon
On September 16 we will kick-off a new season of Sunday school. We will be use the curriculum called "Dig In" as the kids are in their second year of walking through the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. 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 broken up by age.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Support Our Children's Programs

Volunteers are needed to help implement our children's programs.  Please contact Jen Hoerber for more information.

  • 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 morning worship services. For first service it typically runs from 9:10-9:45am and for second service it 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! 
  • Sunday School  teachers and teacher assistants are needed, so please prayerfully consider helping. No experience is needed. Training is available and the curriculum is very user-friendly! 
Pastor's Study - Community According to Jesus
Starts September 19
Starting Wednesday, September 19, Pastor Brad will teach a class that will focus on Jesus, and his views, teachings and actions centered on what it means to be community. We'll examine who is welcome, who belongs, and how Jesus identified each. Jesus changed the whole idea of community, but why and how? To begin we'll examine some of the specific pieces of the Old Testament and the Laws around what constitutes, defines, effects, kills and upholds community. From there we'll begin to examine Jesus as we spend some time in the four gospels. Then we'll take a look at Paul and examine the influence of Jesus on Paul; how Paul viewed and built community, take a look at 15 "One Another" verses, and what they might mean for us.   Click here for more information
Let's go out to the ballgame!
Sunday, September 9 @ 1:15pm
Deadline to order is TODAY
Aldersgate UMC will be going to Safeco Field to cheer on the Mariner's on September 9!
  • Mariners vs New York Yankees
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:15pm
  • View Seats for $13 each
We have a limited number of seats reserved, so order yours today! Please fill out the form located on the desk in the narthex, enclose the money in the attached envelope, and give the envelop to Wendi in the church office. Deadline to order is TODAY. Questions? Contact Jen Hoerber at 425-299-4996.
Young Adult Ministry-"At the Crossroads"
"At the Crossroads" is a young adult fellowship group. Join us at Crossroads mall for dinner and conversation, on the first Monday of the month at 7:00pm by the stage. Events are posted to Facebook on a monthly basis. For more information, text/call Katie Olleman, 425-457-3324. Upcoming events:
>>> September Dinner: Monday, September 10 due to the Labor Day holiday
>>> October Dinner: Monday, October 1.
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. All the women of the church are welcome to join a Circle.
  •  Deborah Circle meets next on Sept. 10 (due to the holiday) and then on the 1st Monday of the month starting in October at 7:00pm in members' homes. contact is Clarine Goodleaf, 425-643-9339.
  •  Mary Martha Circle meets next on Sept. 20, the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 9:30am at AUMC. Contact is Kathy Maybee, 425-747-3668.
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:
*Sept 2 - No Youth Group due to the Labor Day holiday
*Sept 9 - Mariner's Game.  Limited tickets available.  Deadline to order tickets is August 30.
*Sept 16 - Youth Group Kick-off, 6:00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month on Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity. The next meeting is October 7 . Volunteers to host Club 345 and bring in dinner are needed!   Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Love Thy Neighbor UMW Revivals
This summer, the Innovation and Vitality Team within the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church is holding six revivals in six cities. The nearest to Aldersgate happens on September 21-22 , in Seattle and we will celebrate what God is already doing in our midst and plot towards what is possible. We will reignite our communal imagination towards God's work in our neighborhoods. There will also be a time to network and collaborate with other Christians who are ready to figure out where the Spirit is moving within and around the church of the Northwest. Learn more and register at Cost is $21.75 if you register by September 7.
Parenting Forum on  October 20th
We are joining forces with Bellevue First UMC to host a day long Parenting Forum.  Faith leaders, experts in education, and organizations passionate about helping families will come together to offer perspectives on relevant topics for parents of children and youth of all ages. There will be two key note speakers;   Dr. Ivan Duran,  Superintendent Bellevue School District and  Jamal Rahman,  Muslim Sufi Interfaith Minister along with several break out sessions focusing on healthy habits, positive discipline, addiction, and anxiety plus several more.   The Parenting Forum will be held at Bellevue First UMC from 9:30am-3:30pm  Registration will be opening soon.  
Prayer Requests   
People Who Passed Away
*Bev Allebrandi, who is a former member at Aldersgate, passed away
      unexpectedly.  Her memorial service will be at Fairwood UMC
      (15255 SE Fairwood Blvd Renton) on September 1
      @ 11:00am - NEW TIME.   
      Condolance cards can be sent to Tom Allebrandi at
       17325 - 121st LN SE #XX-103, Renton, 98058
*Betty Fredeen's daughter-in-law Chrissy's father
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Sina's sister
*Mabel Fry's son James.  Condolance cards can be sent to Mabel's new address at
      c/o River Mountain Village, 608 W 2nd ST, Newport, WA  99156

People with Health Concerns 
*Bonnie McAuliffe
*Nancy Phillips
*Jo Fritze's sister Jane
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker, the Firefighters

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.