Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                              November 15, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
November 20
Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
November 22
November 22-23
Church Office Closed
November 25
10:00am Worship Service
UM Student Offering
December 1
Church Work Party
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
5pm ~ 7pm ~ 9pm
December 30
10:00am 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 (Oct)
Finance (Nov)
Green Team (Nov)
Preschool (Oct)
Trustees (Sept)
Worship (Sept)
CRC Team (Sept)
Common Table (June)

Series:   "Belonging"
Sermon :   "Acceptance: What It Is and Maybe What It Isn't "
Scripture :  Hebrews 10:19-25

This Sunday
We toss around words like "being accepting," or being "open and accepting" as though it is something clearly understood.  I'm not so sure it is.  And what if it isn't...clearly understood, that is.  It begs the question, would we really accept everyone no matter what?  Would we really feel comfortable enough to sit next to someone we know is an "enemy," or someone really strange, or who talks to themselves?  Would we accept someone we know to be a sexual predator or someone with a history of violent mental illness?  I'm not so sure, and I'm not so sure that's a bad thing.  I get that this is another tough topic, but it too is vitally important as we continue down this road of exploring what it means to be a place of belonging.  I mean, seriously, how far are we really willing to take it?  Are we willing to become something completely different, changed from what we already are? Have we really thought through what this means, or could mean?   For a whole lot of churches, the idea of saying that all are welcome is the foundation for the hope that in offering a welcoming environment, what will follow is that those coming in will receive a God-filled transformation, the realization that they are not whole without Jesus; that Christ can take what they are right now and make them more; more fulfilled, more joyous, more...(fill in the blank).  It begs the question, do we have an expectation that those coming will have some kind of transformation?  If so, what?  So this Sunday we'll explore it, and I hope to explore it in some creative ways.  To prepare please read Hebrews 10:19-25.

~ Pastor Brad
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Laura Baumgartner

I visited Lazy F for the first time ever last weekend. I know that must seem crazy to some of you, but I had never been before. I got to see the cross way up on the hill, marvel at the new dining hall, meet Sam and Mazy, the dogs, and give thanks for the beauty of the place. I now understand a little more about what so many of you have told me about what a unique and hopeful place Lazy F is and the many ways that you all have intertwined history with that place. However I wasn't there just to investigate.

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Office Closed
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23 .
Worship @  10:00am  Sunday, November 25
Join us as we all worship together as one body in Christ at one worship service on Sunday, November 25 at 10:00am.
United Methodist Student Day Offering
November 25
On Sunday, November 25 we will take a special offering that transforms lives through education.  Your generous gifts will help support United Methodist Student Day scholarships administrated 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.
Church Work Party
December 1
Please join us on Saturday, December 1 between 8:30am-noon to work around the church doing outdoor tasks like, raking leaves, pulling weeds, pruning bushes, etc. We have a beautiful property and it takes many hands to keep it tidy and looking its best. If you can help, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Ted Snyder (425-747-4653). Remember to bring your gardening gloves and tools, even a wheel barrow, and dress for the weather.
Advent Worship Series Begins December 2:
Prepare the Way
This Advent, as we prepare for Christmas, we also Prepare the Way for God's re-entry into our time and place at Christmas. We'll have images of feet on roads of various kinds throughout the season as we think about what "way" we are going. We'll consider what "way" God is preparing for us, how we are preparing the "way" for God, and if the characters from Jesus' life like Mary, John the Baptist, and the Visitors at the manger can teach us something about preparing for the arrival of Jesus in our midst. Plan to be part of Advent at Aldersgate in worship, in decorating, in sharing, in baking, in crafting, and in your own ways too. It's a time of year when we can all gather and wait and watch and prepare together. 
Preparing for Advent
Advent is coming soon and the Banner and Flower Committees are making lists! How can YOU help?

Poinsettias - Please donate money to buy a poinsettia to decorate the church in December.  A large plant costs $30, and a small plant costs $15. Signup on Sunday's attendance form and include a dedication to appear in the bulletin December 16. Please pay promptly!  Make your check out to AUMC and put "POINSETTIAS" in the memo field. You can take your plant home after church on Sunday, December 23.
Volunteers - We will decorate the sanctuary and narthex on Friday, November 30 beginning at 9:00am. We need many hands and strong backs to help! If you can help, contact Norma Line ( )
Creche [Nativity] Sets - A big hit a few years ago, we will display your special creche sets in the narthex for two Sundays in December. There will be more information later on about delivery dates, etc.
Variegated Holly - The Flower Committee hopes to use lots of greens and holly this year to decorate the church. If you are willing to donate holly, please contact Norma (see email above). Allergy problems? Let us know.
Christmas Pageant
December 9
The Children and Youth Christmas pageant is fast approaching.  Please let Jen Hoerber know if your children or youth would like to participate and in what capacity.  Practices will be during Kid's Club the next few weeks and the kids are already singing the carols in Music Time.  This is an easy going show and we hope to have all the kids participate in whatever way they feel comfortable.  
Pampered Chef Update 
A big thank you to everyone who ordered from the Pampered Chef Fundraiser party. We have reached the start of peak shipping season. Malia Hampson hopes that your order will arrive and be available at church on November 25. Orders will not arrive prior to Thanksgiving. Malia thanks you for your patience and support.  
2019 Flower Calendar
The 2019 flower calendar is now posted on the bulletin board across from the office. Please sign up to provide altar flowers especially in January and February. They are a lovely way to commemorate a special person or a special event with your dedication appearing in the Sunday bulletin. The Flower Committee will provide a flower arrangement for $35 or you may provide your own arrangement.
Resource Library News 
Bob Olson's collection of poems entitled Aldersgate Poems  has been updated to include Bob's latest poem "Who Am I?" on page 168.  This volume is displayed on the library mobile cart. 
Wreaths & Treats
December 2
Advent Wreaths and Treats will be  December 2  in-between services.  Please join us for fellowship by sharing festive treats and making advent wreaths for your home.  All of the supplies for the advent wreath will be on hand.  Volunteer to bring treats, greens and sign up to make a wreath by   simply signing up on the attendance form on Sunday mornings or emailing Jen Hoerber.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
December 2
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 December 2 at 5:00pm. Volunteers are always 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 .
Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, December 4
Calling all retired folks, empty nesters, and wannabees! Join us Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall for a tasty potluck dinner and a performance by the Issaquah Singers ensemble. Please bring an entree, salad or vegetable (only dessert will be provided.) Each person should bring their own dishes and utensils. Also each person should bring a wrapped white elephant gift for the gift exchange - something from home (don't spend any money!), new or used, that you no longer want. The cost is $2 per person to help pay for expenses. First timers please sign up on Sunday's attendance form. Someone will call you about the food. For more information, contact Wendi in the church office.
Holiday Back & Craft Sale
December 8 & 9
Simplify your holiday baking and shopping with our annual United Methodist Women Bake/Craft Sale, coming December 8 (at the Christmas Bash) and December 9 (after both services)!  In addition to taking home some wonderful goodies, you will also be helping the UMW support missions, a definite win-win.  Also, the UMW would welcome any donations of baked goods or crafts. If you would like to help in that respect, please sign up on the attendance form or contact Clarine Goodleaf.
Christmas BASH
December 8
Join us for the CHRISTMAS BASH on  December 8th from 10:00-12 noon.   This is a great festive morning filled with crafts for all ages, fun activities, a craft and bake sale and photos with Santa fundraiser.  It will wrap up with a simple christmas storytime and carol sing-along.  Invite your friends and come enjoy a wonderful morning!  Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.  See Jen Hoerber asap if you are interested in manning a craft or activity table.  If you have a craft or idea you want to share that's Awesome!  If not, no worries, we have awesome ones you can help with!  
Kids Bells
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are invited to join Kids Bells.  Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings usually from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. You don't have to know how to read music to participate. Contact is Pam Johnson.
*Nov. 18 - Practice at 6:30pm
*Nov. 25 - No practice over Thanksgiving Weekend
*Dec.  2 - Practice at 7:30pm after Club 345
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. 18 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm

*Nov. 20 - Service @ Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner

*Nov. 25 - No Youth Group - Thanksgiving Weekend

*Dec.  2 - Dinner, 5:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm

Emerald City Ringers Concert
Saturday December 15 at 4:00pm
St. Matthews Lutheran Church  1700 Edmonds Ave. NE, Renton 98056
Come and see the Emerald City Ringers in their Christmas Concert for 2018, "Seasons of Love." You'll recognize a couple of faces from the AUMC handbell choir (Pastor Laura and Pam Johnson) and lots of tunes from the Christmas season. Suggested donation is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, $5 for children, and $30 for a family. 
Silent Night by Taproot Theater
December 16
St. Peter's UMC is hosting the award winning Taproot Theater who will present the holiday play "Silent Night" on Sunday December 16 at 2:00pm. The play is suitable for families with a length of about 45 minutes.  The play is about two strangers who get lost in space and time and encounter an angel who gets them back to their homes.  Tickets are $10 per person and children 6 years old or younger are free.  There will be nursery care for younger children. Refreshments will be provided after the performance.  Tickets can be purchased at St. Peter's Church (17222 NE 8th ST, 425-747-3210, or at Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door.
The Sophia Way Fundraiser
November 15
Come to the "Sugar for Shelter" fundraising evening and help us  build a new permanent shelter for women  experiencing homelessness.  This is a family-friendly fun evening of games, bingo, and delicious DESSERTS!    Click here for more information and to register.
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willows Road,
Redmond, WA 98052
Crossroads Community Dinners
Aldersgate is hosting two community dinners this month, one the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and one the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Your help is needed and appreciated for either or both. Here are all the details about both events. 

Tuesday, November 20 at Crossroads Community Center at 6:00pm
Organizer: Tom Breske and the youth
This is the annual Thanksgiving Dinner organized by Aldersgate volunteers.  About 300 people from the community come and enjoy a festive dinner. For most who have volunteered to help cook, serve, or clean-up for this event, arrive between 5:30-5:45. For a few of you, Tom will be in touch with you about when to arrive and what you'll be doing. What we still need for this event is people to show up, sit at tables with others who come, eat, and enjoy. If parking at the Community Center is full, Community Center staff will be distributing parking permits to park at Crossroads Mall. Do not park at the Mall without a permit or your car may be towed.

Tuesday November 27 at The Salvation Army at 5:30pm
Organizer: David Maybe
This is the monthly chicken dinner organized by Aldersgate volunteers (4th Tuesday of every month.) About 50 hungry people come for dinner.  We need more people NOW to provide food and to serve dinner on November 27. If you can help, sign up here.   For those who have volunteered to bring food for this event, please have your donation to Aldersgate by  4:00pm Know that your donation will be very appreciated by those we feed
Christmas Giving Opportunities
  • Vision House is a non-profit based in Renton that provides dozens of homeless women and children with a place to live, child care, education, and support while becoming self sufficient.  Your donations of gift cards for groceries, clothing, gasoline and personal items for $10 to $50 are a great help for these women during the year. These will be available in the narthex for you to choose. Please return your gift cards by Sunday December 16.
  • Please donate items to the Hopelink Christmas Gift Store which provides gifts for needy children from infants to 18 year olds. Aldersgate focuses on teenagers because gifts for them are often in short supply such as warm clothing, gift cards, makeup, sports equipment, movie cards. A donation box will be in the narthex Nov. 25. Deadline is Sunday Dec. 16.
Questions? Contact Dorothy Bennett. 425-641-0871
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
*Sadly we announce that Bev Allot passed away on Monday.  She was a
    member of Aldersgate since 1964. At Bev's request, there will be no
    memorial service.  Condolence cards can be mailed to her children, 
   Greg and Wendy Allott, at 4575 - 165th AVE SE, Bellevue, 98006.
*Mabel Fry's son-in-law

People with Health Concerns 
*Dorothy Bennett's friends Judy and Bruce
*Jen Hoerber's friend Sawyer
*Patty Ferguson
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Cynthia Wheeler's brother and parents

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.