Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   October 25, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
October 29
Stop the Bleed Class
November 3
CRC Panel
Kitchen Fundraiser
Time Change Tonight
November 4
All Saints Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Cluster Conference
November 6
Election Day
November 9-12
Youth Retreat 2 Indianola
November 11
Harvest Dinner
Veteran's Day
November 20
Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
November 22
November 22-23
Church Office Closed
November 25
One Worship Service
UM Student Offering
December 2
Wreaths & Treats
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
December 4
Young at Heart Potluck
December 8
Christmas Bash
December 9
UMW Bake Sale
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Cantata
December 16
Youth Xmas Party
December 24
Christmas Eve Services
December 30
One Worship Service
December 31
New Year's Eve Party

Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Sept)
Worship (Sept)
Green Team (Sept)
Preschool (August)
Outreach (August)
CRC Team (August)
Trustees (July)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)

Series:   "Belonging"

Sermon :   "The 'In-Cast' (Then and Now) "

Scripture :  Matthew 25:31-46

This Sunday
For me it began with elementary school kickball.  You know how it works, the captain is chosen and then he (or she) begins to choose their team; one and then the other.  It always begins with the most gifted athletes and then each works their way "down" to the smaller, or more uncoordinated or weaker players.  "Okay, fine, I'll take Beeman," are words I remember well, usually followed by the rolling of eyes and an exasperated sigh.   I always envied those who were chosen first.  I always thought of myself as so much less than them.  It continued through junior high and even the beginning of high school.  The first chosen were always, it seemed, a part of the "in" crowd.  I was just that kind of geeky kid who could sing - but who really cares about singers in middle school? 

The elements of that kind of judgment carry on into our adult lives.  We realize that some continue to be "in" with others identified as "not so in, or even out."   This Sunday we'll explore that.  Throughout the news stories today, it seems as though we live in a dichotomist world; a world of "either / or," "in or out."  It seems as though it is all around us; and to some extent, the attitude is often within us, sometimes in overwhelming ways.  And I'm not just talking about those we see as "in or out."  What I think may be the bigger issue is do we feel comfortable with where we see ourselves?  Jesus turned it all on its ear.  We see that in the scripture for this Sunday. We may be surprised to find out who some of the "in" crowd was. Maybe it will help us with our understanding of ourselves, and even in our role in the world today.  To prepare please read Matthew 25:31-46.

~ Pastor Brad
All Saints Sunday
Submit Names by October 28
On Sunday, November 4 at both services we will remember and honor all the people we have loved and released to God through death in the hope of new life. We invite you who have lost loved ones since last All Saints' Sunday (November 5, 2017) to fill out the Sunday attendance form now with your loved one's name and relationship to you. These names will be spoken, a candle lit for each one, we will give thanks for them, and pray for us all as we continue to work through our grief and seek renewed confidence and peace in the promises of Christ Jesus. The deadline to submit names is Sunday, October 28 .
Kids Bells
Starts October 28
Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and Parents! Kids Bells is now rehearsing on Sunday's from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. You don't have to know how to read music to join. Come see what all the excitement is all about! Questions? Contact Pam Johnson (206) 200-8254 or
Christmas Singers
Starts October 31
Singers of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the choir in singing "A Festival of Lessons and Carols", a Christmas Cantata by Hal H. Hopson. Rehearsal is in the sanctuary on Wednesday nights,  7:30-8:00pm from October 31st thru December 5. The cantata will be performed on Sunday, December 9 at the second service.   Questions?  Contact Jason Suchan.
CRC Panel Discussion
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 2:00 - 4:00pm
This is an opportunity for members of our congregation to listen to, and ask questions of, Methodists who are in churches that have gone through the process of deciding whether or not they want to become a Reconciling Congregation.

There will be panel members from churches that recently became reconciling, churches that have been reconciling for a long time, and churches that went through the process and decided not to become reconciling.  

Church members can submit questions they would like asked of the panel ahead of time to a question box, bring questions with them to ask the panel members directly, or just come to listen.
Finance Report
  •  At the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year on September 30, our income exceeded our expenses by about $1600, or 4%. This is good news, but it is tempered a bit by the fact that in the summer months we have a reduced program and thus, fewer expenses. If you have questions about the church finances contact Jim Phillips.
  • First quarter statements were mailed out earlier this week to those who contributed between July 1 - September 30, 2018.  If you have any questions about your statement please contact Wendi in the church office.

Welcome to the Table:  
Aldersgate Kitchen Fundraiser
Saturday, November 3

Join us for this Pampered Chef / AUMC "Food Channel"  Demo and Tasting event to raise funds to pay off our loan  for the kitchen remodel.

Schedule · Saturday, November 3, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
       Doors Open - Enjoy beverages @ the Mocktail Bar
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
       Food Demo & Tasting - Led by Chef Peter Narmita
       General seating is free and includes appetizers and
       beverages.   Reserved Premium Seating ($50 each)
       includes food tasting.     Go to  to 
       reserve & pay for your seat.    All guests will learn new 
       recipes, cooking tips, shop &  spend  time with friends.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Pampered Chef Shopping & Silent Auction
Led by Consultant Malia Hampson 
100% of sales donated to Aldersgate
Two ways to participate in this fundraiser:
1.   Attend in person - Share this post on
        your Facebook page  to invite others to join you
2.   Shop on-line - Forward this link to
        friends & family  and purchase Christmas gifts for friends &
        friends  15% of sales donated to Aldersgate.
Have questions?
Cluster Conference
November 4
There will be a Cluster Conference on Sunday, November 4 starting at 7:00pm at First United Methodist Church of Bellevue. Presided over by our District Superintendent, Rev. Rich Lang, this is a communal event with other Methodist churches in our area to gather the laity  to have civil, open, serious conversation about the mission of the UMC. Everyone is invited to attend.  Using a Table Talk format, there will be three movements to this Cluster Conference.
a.)     Setting the table with a teaching about stages of faith.
b.)    Opening the table with a Bible study about the content of Jesus' teachings.
c.)   The main course being conversation about The Way Forward and the future of our District (mission field).
The Way Forward Information
Have you heard about a special General Conference in February and been unsure what it meant?  Do you know what the bishops are recommending for how the structure of the United Methodist Church may change as a result of the General Conference?  Are you curious what it will mean for Aldersgate? On Monday October 22 at 7:00pm members of the CRC committee presented information from the conference and the UM news service and distilled it into a few handouts and slides. Many spent the evening listening, responding, and questioning together. We ended the evening with a short prayer time for the church and the denomination and our siblings and family members in Christ throughout the world. Here is a link to the slides we used  on Monday for you to read. We are open to your questions!  Contact is Joe Lee, chair of the Core Leadership Team.
Rummage Sale Update
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the RUMMAGE SALE! Thank you to those who set up and took down tables and signs, those who donated and bought items, those who organized, priced, cashiered, sold, packed and hauled.  The team work made it happen and your contributions of time and energy were greatly appreciated.   All together we made a grand total of $2,350 for the mission travel fund and the youth retreats.  And we were able to find "good homes" for our extra items at: The Baby Corner, The Friends of the Library, Sophia Way, Mary's Place, The Men's Homeless Shelter, and Goodwill. A special thanks to the wrestling team at Newport High School who hauled away leftovers to Goodwill to support their fundraiser.   If you donated items to the rummage sale, click here   for a donation letter for your tax records.
Fall Festival
October 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Mark your calendars! It's time for the annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 26 from 5:30-7:30pm. A popular family event, the Fall Festival will again have a chili and hot dog dinner, carnival games, cookie decorating, a costume parade and fun for all! We, of course, are looking for volunteers to help with this event. If you can help, please contact Jen TODAY!
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:  

 *Oct 28 - Corn Maze @ Bob's, 5:30pm-7ish.

 *Nov 4 - Dinner and Youth Group, 5:00pm-7:30pm

 *Nov 11 - No Youth Group - Harvest Dinner, 5:30pm

 *Nov 18 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm

 *Nov 20 - Service @ Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner

 *Nov 25 - No Youth Group - Thanksgiving Weekend

Stop the Bleed!
Monday, October 29
Remember that the Stop the Bleed class is Monday, October 29 from 6:30-8:30pm. At this time the class is FULL. If you are interested in the class, call Dorothy Bennett to see if there is room, 425-641-0871. In this class, Evergreen Hospital volunteer instructors will teach how to stop bleeding properly for all types of injuries and for all age groups from infants through the elderly. The number of deaths in large disasters or even in home accidents can be reduced if someone is trained to stop the bleeding.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
November 4
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 November 4 at 5:00pm. Volunteers are aklways needed to host the Club 345 activity or to provide the dinner.  Please sign up on the CYF bulletin board by the church office.  C ontact is Jen Hoerber .
Annual Harvest Dinner
November 11
Save Sunday, November 11 at 5:30pm for the Annual Harvest Dinner at church. This is Thanksgiving dinner, "Aldersgate-style". All the traditional foods will be provided - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and beverages - PLUS what you supply as side dishes and desserts to serve 10-12. If your last name begins with A-F, please bring a salad; G-M - dessert; N-Z - side/vegetable. Cost is $6 per person (max $20 for immediate family) to cover the provided foods. Tickets will be on sale after both services starting Sunday.

Harvest Dinner Volunteers Needed
To make the Harvest Dinner a big success and enjoyable for all, many volunteers are needed to sell tickets on Sundays, to prep food and carve turkeys on Saturday November 10, and, on Sunday November 11, peel and mash potatoes, set up and decorate tables, help in the kitchen, serve food, and obviously cleanup. We also need to borrow muffin pans and electric oven roasters. If you can help, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or at the table in the narthex, or by contacting Patty Ferguson at
Warm Socks Needed
School has started and rains have returned!  The need for warm socks touches everyone, especially the homeless.  Please leave new socks in the basket across from the office.  They will be delivered to Congregations for the Homeless, Griffin House, Mary's Place, Operation Nightwatch and Sophia Way.   Griffin House may be new to many in our congregation.  Located in Renton, Griffin House serves homeless boys.  Imagine what a pair of socks in Seahawks colors would mean to its new owner!
Prayer Requests   
People Who Passed Away
*Michelle Joyce's friend Ryan
*Betty Fredeen's brother Tom

People with Health Concerns 
*Bev Allott
*A preschool dad
*A preschool student
*Charlie Stansell
*Mike Lingerfelt
*Mary Blakney
*Wally Bennett
*Bill Ferguson
*Bill Ferguson's father
*Patty Ferguson
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker

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.