Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   October 5, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders

Oct 8
Directory Photos
CROP Hunger Walk
Oct 9
End-of-Life Planning
Oct 12-13
Rummage Sale
H4H Interfaith Build
Oct 15
Directory Photos
Oct 16
End-of-Life Planning
Em-BaRC Info Meeting
Oct 19-20
H4H Interfaith Build
Oct 20-22
Youth Retreat
Mens' Retreat
Oct 22
Directory Photos
Oct 23
End-of-Life Planning
November Calendar Deadline
Oct 24
KCLS Homelessness
Oct 27
Fall Festival
Oct 30
End-of-Life Planning
Nov 4
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  (August)
Finance (May)
Preschool   (May)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (12/2016)
Lay Leadership (9/2016)
Worship  (4/2016)

                         Scripture Lesson:    
John 6:25-35              
                                 Sermon :     "The Debate"

This Sunday
This week we take a break from the book of John and turn instead to the book of James. James is a letter that was probably written by a scholar in the Jesus movement several generations after Jesus, who named the letter after James, the brother of Jesus. The central idea of the letter is the teaching of Jesus to love our neighbors. The text that we consider for this week from Chapter 2 challenges Christians to live integrated lives, where our faith is demonstrated by our works. The author of James was part of a marginalized community in the midst of suffering and estrangement from the power structures of the day. Our context is so different in the church today. Because of the difference between the church of today and the early church, it is difficult to hear the message of the text by and for those who are not currently in power in the church. However even though it's difficult, that is the message of the text. The marginalized are known to be faithful because of their acts of mercy and love. Their faith, shown through their works, challenges those in power to recognize the grace of God in their lives, and the grace of God through them for the life of the church. It is a call for the followers of Jesus inside and outside the church to seek to live out their faith in every part of their lives. It is a call to live integrated lives where faith and works both testify to the same God, the God of love. It is a call to move beyond laws that hold us back and instead live by the law that frees us for the reign that God, through the Spirit and by the example of Jesus, is unfolding here and now. To prepare, read James 2:14-20.
~~~ Pastor Laura
FAN Cluster Meeting
Thursday, October 5, 7:00pm
Aldersgate Church as recently joined the Faith Action Network and there is a meeting of the Cluster of churches that are closest to us being held at Aldersgate on  October 5 at 7:00pm . It's a great opportunity to come together to learn more about what membership means for us and what our neighboring faith communities are doing these days. 
Church Directory Photos
October 8, October 15, October 22
Everyone who considers Aldersgate their church family should have their picture and contact information in the church directory. Kristy, Janice and Dwain will take new pictures on October 8, 15, and 22 between services.  Please sign up to have your picture taken on Sunday's attendance form.  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 (beloved). Paper copies will be available in November.   
Green Team ~ New Beginning
Sunday, October 10, 5:30pm
The Aldersgate Green Team has begun working again on behalf of God's Creation on projects both local and global. See our new bulletin board on the wall in the Narthex for upcoming events and initiatives. Stay tuned for composting innovations and ways that we can green our use of materials in the kitchen. Our next meeting will be on  October 10 at 5:30pm . Please consider joining us if you are interested. We'll have a light meal together so please let Pastor Laura know if you are coming so we have enough food. 
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 contacting the church office.
Thank You for Your Kindness
Mabel Fry expresses her thanks and appreciation for the calls and beautiful cards sent to her on the loss of her son David.  Each remembrance is a special gift at this time, and very much appreciated.
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.
Youth Assistant Pledge Drive Continues
Even though the deadline has passed, we are still gladly accepting pledges and donations for the Youth Assistant position. The Youth Program has grown so much that Jen Hoerber needs a Youth Assistant to help her plan and implement the youth program.  Your help is needed to raise $15,000 to support the annual salary of a Youth Assistant. P lease fill out and turn in this  pledge card  or go to the church website to make a donation to our "Youth Ministry." 
Lay Leadership Positions
Please consider using your God given gifts (talents, skills, interests) to serve at Aldersgate.    CLICK HERE  for a list of the places that we know of right now where your talents would be valued.  Please take some time to pray about which of these opportunities might be right for you at this time in your faith life. Pastor Laura and Christian Hampson are interested in identifying gifts in our church community and empowering people to use those gifts to the glory of God.  Pastor Laura and Christian are available to answer your questions and/or find the answers to them. They are looking forward to talking with you. 
Membership Rolls
It is time to update the church membership rolls.  Every year Betty Fredeen, our Membership Secretary, reviews the church membership and mails out letters to members who, according to our records, have not attended Aldersgate or contributed in the last two years.   The purpose of the letter is not to push people away but to let them know we are interested in them, to see if they want to remain members, and to keep our membership records accurate.  We need your help.  The members listed below did not respond to our letter or the letter was returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.  They will be removed from church membership in the near future if we do not hear from them.  If you know them, please encourage them to reply to the letter or contact the church office.  If you have any information about them, (current contact information, did they moved away, are they attending another church, etc.), please notify Betty Fredeen (425-746-5113) or the church office. 
These people were mailed two letters over the last two years. They will be removed from membership at the November 2017 Charge Conference unless we hear from them.
Tom Greenwood              Kaitlin Lowe       Betsy Norton     
Tony Page                      Linda Page         
These people were mailed one letter in 2017 and will be mailed another in 2018.  They will be removed from membership in 2018 unless we hear from them.
Gloria (McKinney) Bacus          Amy Pazan     Courtney Pazan          Christopher Lilley     
  Adrienne & Steve Schultz        Marilee Gossard 
CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 8
Aldersgate participate in the interfaith CROP Hunger Walk this year on October 8th.  All are invited to join us for this 3 mile walk to raise money and awareness of hunger throughout the world.  The walk starts and ends at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, 17550 NE 67th CT, Redmond, WA 98052.  Registration begins at 1:00pm and the walk starts at 1:45pm. All walkers are invited to partake of a light lunch (donations will be accepted to help pay for the food) at Aldersgate at 12:30pm.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or send an email to Jen Hoerber or Malia Hampson.  More information along with donation collection will be available Sunday mornings on September 24th and October 1st.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
October 8
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for food and a fun activity.  The next meeting is October 8.  We will meet for lunch after church and then participate in the CROP Hunger Walk.  Contact is Jen Hoerber,
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 8 - Stay after church for lunch and then participate in the CROP Hunger Walk.
*Oct 15 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Oct 20-22 - Youth Retreat at Camp Sambica on Lake Sammamish
*Oct 27 - Fall Festival - Come for the food (chili, hot dogs, fruit, veggies) and stay to help
      staff a carnival booth. 
*Oct. 29 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
Rummage Sale
Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14
I believe in miracles!   Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine, an everyday item into something special.  I'm looking forward to the Rummage Sale next week when once again I'll witness a miracle, seeing those everyday items that we no longer want, that no longer have usefulness to us, being grabbed up by someone who can re-purpose them. We "reduce and reuse" and also turn those items into cash for our mission and youth programs. 
To do this we need HELP!    We especially need help on Thursday Oct. 12th, morning, afternoon, and evening with pricing, and on Friday Oct. 13th, with cashiering both morning (8:30am-12:30pm) and afternoon (12:30-4:30pm). If you have an area of interest or expertise (i.e. clothing, books, tool, linens, house wares, holiday, etc.) and would like to organize that area do let me know.  Please call Linda Detering at 425-867-0441 to sign up to help. A BIG thank you to everyone who has already signed up to be a part of this miracle I'm looking forward to working with you.  
Meaningful Movies on the Eastside
October 17, 6:30pm
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church (4228 Factoria Blvd SE)
The October film is "Demon at the Door: Our Heroin Crisis." Join us as we view the film and have conversation about this very important problem in our communities. For eight months, KOMO News investigated the heroin crisis in Seattle.  KOMO News Anchor Eric Johnson calls it shocking, devastating and unflinchingly real. "For the better part of a year we've been working on this program. We've been in alleyways and homes and police cars and assorted incarnations of hell on earth. We've peered into the darkness of heroin addiction, looking for answers, truth, and yes, humanity," Eric Johnson says. "It will hurt to watch this. But I believe it is very important. Watch with your children. You owe it to them. Because looking the other way is no longer an option."

The goal of these screenings is to bring the community together to view a film and enjoy a moderated conversation following the film that invites and welcomes all opinions.  Come and join in the dialog!   Free and open to the public! There is a suggested donation of $5/person, but no one will be turned away!  RSVP's are helpful to plan food, but come anyway if you don't RSVP.  This film series is jointly sponsored by the Holy Cross Lutheran, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, East Shore Unitarian Church, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound - American Muslim Empowerment Network. RSVP Dick Jacke,
Fall Festival is  October 27th
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, carnival games and of course our costume parade for all the kids!    If you are can help staff a carnival booth, help in the kitchen, decorate, 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.
Interfaith Build
October 12, 13, 19, 20
It's fall and time for the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build.  This is your chance to do something about housing the homeless.  Habitat is building homes on the Sammamish Plateau and has set aside a block of time for the Interfaith Community.  The dates are October 12,13 ,19, and 20.  Habitat is hoping for up to 15 volunteers each Thursday and Friday.  If you are interested please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Rich Detering for details.

This is also the time to help Habitat financially.  The houses are sold at cost the those in need.  Our contributions allow Habitat to find new land and to start new homes.  Mark your contributions for Habitat and place them in the offering plate.
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
*Church members Marjorie Krueger, Peter Ting, and Len Knapp
*Jeff Wheeler's doctor
*Zach Salene's friend Victor's parents and sister 
*Ispa Delongpre's daughter's father
*David Plowman's daughter-in-law's mother Sheryl
*Mabel Fry's son David
*Darrell Lowe's sister Lela
*Roger Ingall's brother Bill
*Betty Fredeen's friend Mary

People with Health Concerns 
*Mark Olleman's father Roger and sister Ruth
*Cindy Wheeler
*Nancy Phillips
*Dorothy & Bud Bennett's cousin Carolyn

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.