Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   October 19, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Oct 19-20
H4H Interfaith Build
Oct 20-22
Youth Retreat
Mens' Retreat
Oct 22
Directory Photos
Oct 23
November Calendar Deadline  
Oct 24
KCLS Homelessness
Oct 27
Fall Festival
Nov 4
Worship Brainstorming Party/Potluck
Nov 6
Common Table
Charge Conference
Nov 12
Harvest Dinner
Nov 20
December Calendar Deadline
Nov 21
Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 23-24
Office Closed
Nov 26
One Service @ 10am
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)
Outreach  (August)
Trustees  (Sept)
Finance (May)
Preschool   (May)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (12/2016)
Lay Leadership (9/2016)
Worship  (4/2016)

                         Scripture Lesson:   
John 2:13-25             
                         Sermon :     "Jesus as One With Authority

This Sunday
This Sunday we continue the series on the Gospel of John as Rev. Paul Benz, Executive Director of the Faith Action Network offers the message at both services.  Paul brings a remarkable history of advocacy and devotion to issues around social justice.  He is an ordained pastor out of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.  Paul and I have known each other for years.  He is a man of deep integrity and passion and is answering his call to ministry in his role at FAN.  He will be preaching about Jesus as one with authority, and as a table turning advocate for the poor and disenfranchised.  Paul has also offered to be available following both services for questions, comments, and discussions.  Aldersgate is now a member of The Faith Action Network, a decision that was unanimously supported by the Core Leadership Team.  This Sunday will give us a much clearer window into just what that means.  To prepare please read John 2:13-25.
~~~ Pastor Brad 
Church Directory Photos
October 22
Everyone who considers Aldersgate their church family should have their picture and contact information in the church directory. Janice and Dwain will take new pictures on October  22 between services.  If you prefer, you can supply your own photo for the directory by emailing a picture (jpg file format) to the church office.  The directory is accessible online at  and it is password protected (Check with the church office). Paper copies will be available in November.   
Quarterly Statements
Most quarterly contribution statements have been delayed due to a computer glitch that is beyond our control.  We hope to mail your statements to you soon.
Church Work Party
Saturday, October 28
Please  join us for a church work party on Saturday October 28 from 9:00am-12:00pm. We will work outside raking, weeding, pruning, etc.  Bring your gloves and gardening tools.  Families and kids are welcome.  Aldersgate has a large, beautiful property which takes many volunteers to maintain. Please come when you can Saturday morning and lend a hand.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance from or contact Dave Carver, P.S.-Dave promises no rain.
Saturday, November 4
A CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) class will be held here at the church on Saturday November 4 from 9:00am to 11:30am.  The class will teach current CPR procedures and use of our AED.  A certification will be awarded to those who attend and demonstrate correct procedures.  Note; certifications from the previous class expire this November.  Attendance will provide life saving knowledge in the event of sudden cardiac arrest or heart attack. Church staff, nursery workers, and ushers are strongly urged to attend.  Other folks may also attend if there is room in the class.  if you are interested in attending, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office.
Worship Brainstorming Party/Potluck
Saturday, November 4
Have you ever wondered how the planning process for our worship services works? Have you ever wished you could let someone know what works for you in worship? Do you have great suggestions for hymns, songs, prayers, visuals for use in worship, or anything else related to  Sunday  morning (either service)? If so, this party is for you! On  Saturday November 4 , from  12-2pm  we will preview the themes for worship in January and brainstorm some great ideas for the Epiphany Season. The hope is to gather so many ideas that we can't use them all  in one year  so get ready to imagine together. Also, bring a lunch item to share with those who gather. If you have questions, contact Pastor Laura. 
All Saints Day
Sunday, November 5
On Sunday, November 5 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 6, 2016) to fill out the Sunday attendance form 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.
Women's Study Group - Time Change
Just a reminder, the Women's Study Group now meets 2:00pm on Monday afternoons.  All women are welcome to attend.  Together we spend time sharing, praying and discussing the book we are reading.  Currently we  are reading the book "Living as a Covenant Community" by Evy McDonald.  It is a UMW recommended study.
Dreher Memorial Service
Saturday, November 18
Sadly we announce the death of Lane Dreher.  Lane and his wife Lynda have been members at Aldersgate since January 2005.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 1:30pm.  If you can assist with the reception, please contact Lea Fox, 425-641-6796,  We need help with setup, serving, and cleanup.
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 help was fantastic. A special kudos to the youth who helped, your contributions of time and energy were greatly appreciated.   All together we made a grand total of $3,500 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 King County Library System and Friends of the Library, Sophia Way, Mary's Place, The Men's Homeless Shelter, the Habitat Store, and Goodwill.
Crop Walk Update
Aldersgate participated in the Redmond-Bellevue Interfaith Crop Walk this past Sunday.  Twenty-six people from Aldersgate joined members from other local churches, mosques, and synagogues to raise awareness and funds to fight against hunger.  There were approximate 350 walkers in total and around $5000 raised.  Thank you for the support of both your prayers and your money. Through personal donations and sponsorships, with additional funds from both the Outreach Ministry Team resources and the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, Aldersgate donated $828 to the Crop Walk. Twenty-five percent of funds raised will benefit the local work of the Emergency Feeding Program, the Muslim Association of Puget Sound-Muslim Community Resource Center, and Hopelink, while 75% of funds will bring sustainable food sources to global communities through the work of Church World Services, Islamic Relief and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.  
Green Team Update
The Green Team at Aldersgate has been hard at work and has made progress toward increasing our ability to compost organic waste and decrease our waste stream to landfills. You will notice some new posters soon helping with sorting waste into various receptacles around the building. Take a look! Also whenever possible, think about using reusable dishes instead of disposable. Clear plastic plates and cups have to be landfilled but are easily replaced by reusable plates and cups from the kitchen. The new dishwasher works wonders, so let's use it instead of the landfill.
Fall Festival
October 27
Bring your family, friends and neighbors to the Fall Festival on Friday, October 27, from 5:30-8:30pm.  This fun event has been highly popular with 150+ people in attendance from the church, preschool and community in years past.  We will have a hot dog / chili dinner (6:00-7:00pm), carnival games and of course our costume parade (7:30pm) for all the kids!    If you can help staff a carnival booth, help in the kitchen, decorate before hand, clean up the night of the event, or be part of the cooking team cooking and preparing food prior to the event, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber.
Harvest Dinner
November 12
Save Sunday, November 12 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 8-10.   If your last name begins with A-F, please bring a dessert; G-M - vegetable/side; N-Z - salad.  Please sign up to help on the back of the attendance form.  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 October 29. For questions the contact is Patty Ferguson.
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 20-22 - Youth Retreat at Camp Sambica on Lake Sammamish
*Oct 27 - Fall Festival - Come for the food (chili, hot dogs, fruit, veggies, treats) and stay to
      help  staff a carnival booth. Earn community service credits.
*Oct. 29 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Nov. 5 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
December 10
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for food and a fun activity. 
The next meeting will be December 10 since the Harvest Dinner is happening in November.
Contact is Jen Hoerber,
The Sophia Way Companion Training
Saturday, October 21, 9:00am
In this workshop, you will gain the skills to make a positive impact in the life of a person experiencing homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency, or other difficulties by serving as a Companion.  You will learn how to compassionately and effectively walk side by side with someone in need on their journey towards a better life.  Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00am - noon at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue, WY NE, Bellevue.  This workshop is required for women who wish to serve as Companions through The Sophia Way program.  A donation of $25 is requested for registration.
Riverton Park United Methodist Church Work Day
Saturday, October 21, 10:00am
On  October 21 , Riverton Park UMC is hosting a New Beginnings Celebration from  10:00am-12:00pm  where other Methodists in the area can come and take a tour of the new projects they have started up and even pitch in to help on a variety of projects related to their parking lot ministry for homeless families. As we notice the need in our neighborhood increasing due to increased housing costs and decreased options for low income families, this is a way to educate ourselves about how others in the United Methodist connection have found to respond. See Pastor Laura if you would like to carpool. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Rev. Steve London at
Stories and Experiences of Homelessness
Tuesday, October 24 @ Aldersgate
On Tuesday, October 24 come engage with and learn from Real Change's Homeless Speakers Bureau, a group of homeless and formerly homeless people who speak about their personal experiences with homelessness and can inspire us all to social action.  Sponsored by the Newport Way Library Association. Held at Aldersgate UMC.
People Who Have Passed Prayer Requests
*Sadly we announce the passing of Thelma Nicklett.  Thelma has been a
     member of Aldersgate for over 46 years having joined in 1971 .  There will be
     a graveside service at the Tahoma National Cemetery sometime in the
     future.  Condolence cards can be mailed to: The Nicklett Family, 
     3601 - 224th PL SE, Issaquah, WA  98029
*Church member Lane Dreher
*Mark Olleman's father Roger
*Church member Peter Ting
*Jeff Wheeler's doctor
*Zach Salene's friend Victor's parents and sister 
*Ispa Delongpre's daughter's father

People with Health Concerns 
*Flo Monkman's son David
*Mark Olleman's sister Ruth
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers
*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.