Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                              September 29, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Chancel Choir Director

Handbell Director
Core Leaders, Chairman
  Joe Lee
Sept 30
Family Fun Night
Oct 2
World Communion
Kinney Memorial Service
Oct 4
Young at Heart Potluck
Oct 6 & 8
H4H Build
Oct 9
Club 345
Oct 13 & 15
H4H Build
Oct 14-15
Church Rummage Sale
Oct 18
Parenting Forum
Oct 22
Church Work Party
Oct 24
Nov Calendar Deadline
Oct 28
Fall Festival
Nov 4-6
Sr High Retreat
Nov 6
All Saints Sunday
Nov 13
Harvest Dinner
Nov 18-20
Jr High Retreat
Nov 22
Crossroads Thanksgiving
Nov 24-25
Church Closed
Nov 27
Wreaths & Treats
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)
Common Table (Sept)
Staff Relations  (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Trustees (Aug)
Finance (July)
Worship (April)
Preschool  (April)
To bring a project, program or fundraiser idea to the Aldersgate Common Table for consideration, please fill out the  ACT PROPOSAL FORM  
For an  explanation of the Core Leadership Team and a description of the Aldersgate Common Table, CLICK HERE.
Feed Your Soul
See today's devotional from the Upper Room.   CLICK HERE

""Better Together "

Sermon:  "God Has No Bordersr"

Scripture :   Ephesians 4:1-6

This Sunday 
There is a certain amount of courage required when facing a global crisis.  It just feels so big, so overwhelming and so daunting that most would never consider even taking it on.  Not so for a few of those courageous heroes around us.  One from Sammamish decided that clean water was needed in Africa.  That was a few years ago.  That private non-profit has become one of the largest distributors of clean water across the globe.  They dig wells, clean rivers, give filtering systems and have changed the lives of literally millions.  I think of our own Kristie McLean.  She heard of and then witnessed the shunning of those with fistula tears and decided that she, one lone woman from Bellevue Washington could change the lives of these women.  She did.  She partnered with others, created funding options with watermills and continues to tell the stories of these beautiful women.  Our own Kara Bennett saw a tragedy.  A small border town in northwest Thailand was one of the crossing points for children and families fleeing Myanmar's war torn region.  Working alongside one who had been injured in one of those conflicts, together they sought to create a better life for the children, not only of Myanmar, but of that small area of Thailand.  The answer was a Boarding House, and with the help of her family, a ship's captain whose dad happens to be a pastor, and a church whose heart is as big as all outdoors, the boarding house was built.  There are others among us who have taken the world in their embrace.  So now, on the heels of the first Presidential Debate, and on this Sunday when the world celebrates communion together, we'll explore what it means to be neighbors across the globe.  To prepare please read Ephesians 4:1-6.   
Ministry News

Fall Festival Planning Meeting
September 29 @ 6:00pm
Your help is needed to plan the Fall Festival which will be held on October 28. This is such a fun event but it does take a team to make it a success.  Last year we had 100+ people from the church, preschool and community participate. It was the perfect way to build relationships with our preschool families and our neighborhood.  So please join us as we plan the games, food and fun!!!  Contact is Jen Hoerber.

Time Change 
Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning, October 6.  So set your clocks BACK on hour before you go to bed Saturday and we will see you at church on time Sunday!

Music Director Needed
We seek a music director to lead our choir and other musical activities with a welcoming, enthusiastic spirit.  The music director leads the Chancel Choir in one service and one evening rehearsal each week, September through mid-June.  Depending on interest and qualifications of applicants, AUMC may also assign to the music director the responsibility for leading the bell choir, which rehearses once per week and presents music in one service per month (in place of the choir).   The level of effort for the music director position is 12 to 14 hours per week, not including the bell choir, and 14 to 17 hours including the bell choir. CLICK HERE for more information.   To apply, send your resume and cover letter to , or to 14230 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA 98006. The position is open as of September 18, 2016, and applications will be accepted until October 9 (this date may be extended).  

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 current.  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.  They will be removed 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. 
Chris Backus       Christopher Blake     Jessica Blake     
Eric Dawson        Alyson Dawson      Marty Henningsgard         Jason Johnson    Kristie Johnson         Meghan McNiel     
Carol Morrison      Michael Peterson     Kaitlin Lowe 
Molly von Mitschke-Colland                   Jessica Ferguson     
Tom Greenwood       Maria Jeanes         Kevin Jeanes
Benjamin Pasero    T ony Page              Linda Page         

Foot Golf Fun
Thank you to all those who attended Foot Golf last Sunday.  It was a perfect Fall day for some fun and fellowship!  Congratulations to Chris Browder for having the overall low score and for Justin Yormark for his hole in one!  Just for the record - none of the youth were able to beat Pastor Brad, so the challenge continues!  Pastor Brad came in 2nd for overall low score.

Sunday School Update 
We have some wonderful people who have stepped up to teach our kids and we are so grateful.  It would be great to round out our teaching teams with a few more people.  If you would like to join any of our three teams; Preschool, Elementary and Youth please contact  Jen Hoerber. W e are back to our normal  Sunday schedule.  CLICK HERE to check out the details of the kid's Sunday morning schedule.  For the next 2 weeks, the younger two classes will be studying Noah's Ark, Gen esis 6-9.

Parenting Forum
"Keeping Kids from Becoming @ Risk"
October 18
In this one evening workshop we will cover specific risk and protective factors and things we can do as parents, schools, churches, and communities to significantly influence our children in making good or even great choices, followed by a time for questions.  The workshop speaker is Brad Beeman who currently serves as Pastor at Aldersgate UMC.  His background also includes working with and studying at risk children and youth.  He has served on a White House task force that focused on Parenting as Prevention, and on a Washington DC task force pertaining to the international drug abuse and drug violence.  Beeman has spent years traveling the country talking about keeping our children safe and he is excited to start the conversation here in our Bellevue neighborhood.

Church Work Party
October 22
Please join us for a church work part on Saturday October 22 from 8:30am-12:00pm.  We will work outside on the landscaping raking, weeding, pruning, etc.  Aldersgate has a large, beautiful property which takes many volunteers to maintain.  So please come when you can Saturday morning and lend a hand.  Bring your garden gloves and favorite garden tools.  Wheelbarrows are always helpful. If you can come, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or email the church office.

A Message of Thanks  
We  rejoicing and our hearts are truly over flowing with thanks from all the love and grace of the Aldersgate church family, in support of Jason's baptism on Sunday, September 25.  We are humbled by your presence, prayers, gifts, service and your witness.  From the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you.  Sincerely, James, Erin & Jason Menor.
Fun Events

Family Fun Night - TOMORROW!
September 30th  6:00-9:00pm
Join us for Family Fun Night!  Bring a dish to share, your favorite game and be ready to have some fun.  Roger Ingalls band, "Inner Voices", and the Aldersgate Ensemble will be our musical entertainment for the evening.

Yoga Classes
Start Saturday October 1
Vince Fratello is teaching a Fall series of classes at the most basic beginner level and it will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities.  The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays from October 1 to December 3.  Class time will be 9:00-10:15am.  Students will be asked to bring a sticky yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $50 per student for the entire series - you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed.  If you have questions you can email  Vince.

Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
October 9
This fellowship group for kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade meets once a month.  It starts with dinner at 5:00pm, followed by games, crafts and other fun activities from 6:00-7:30pm.  

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:300pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or Jen Hoerber. Here are some upcoming events:
*Oct. 2 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm. 
*Oct. 9 - 2nd Sunday Dinner at 5:00pm and Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Oct. 16 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Oct. 23 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Oct. 28 - Fall Festival, 6:00-9:00pm
*Oct. 30 - NO Youth Group
*Nov. 4-6 - Sr. High Retreat at Fort Flagler.  Let Jen know if you are interested.  For more information CLICK HERE.
*Nov 18-20 - Jr. High Retreat at Camp Indianola.  Let Jen know if you are interested.  For more information CLICK HERE.

YAHs Potluck  
Tuesday, October 4 @ 6:00pm
Get ready, get set, Celebrate!  The next Young at Heart potluck will be on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm.  Save the date!  We warmly welcome all retired folks or "wannabees."  Please sign up if you have never attended before and someone will contact you about the food.  For more information contact  Dave &  Kathy Maybee. 

Fall Festival
October 28, 6:00-9:00pm
The night will be filled with carnival games, chili & hot dog dinner, costume parade and more!  You will not ant to miss this evening of fun and fellowship!
Outreach & Missions World

Habitat for Humanity
InterFaith Build
Want to do something about affordable housing?  Come with us to the Sammamish Plateau to help Habitat build a home.  The InterFaith Build will take place the first two weeks in October (Thursdays and Saturdays.).  Help is also needed to prepare lunch for the builders on October 6. Sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact  Darrell Lowe, 425-746-9612.

Church Rummage Sale
The Aldersgate Rummage Sale will soon be here! Funds from the Rummage Sale are used to help cover travel expenses of church members on mission trips. Please start cleaning out your closets and garage and donate items to the Rummage Sale.  We need many volunteers to make the Rummage Sale a success so please sign up to help on Sunday's attendance form or contact  Linda Detering .  Volunteers are needed for the following:
   Monday, Oct. 10 - Set up tables
   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Oct. 11-13 - Accept donated items, sort and price items
   Friday, Oct. 14 - Cashier, Helper
   Saturday, Oct. 15 - Cashier, Helper, Cleanup, Deliver to charities
   Sunday, Oct. 16 - Cleanup, Deliver to charities

Sophia Way Benefit Luncheon
October 13
The annual benefit lunch for Sophia Way will be held on  October 13  at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue.  The lunch is completely paid for by the Red Lion so all donations will go directly to the program.  If you would like to attend please respond to Jean Harris.   Lunch choices are petit filet with prawns or vegan gluten free ravioli.  For more information click here.

Vision House Volunteers Needed 
Since 1990, Vision House has provided housing, support services and child care for homeless families with children. This Fall, they are in the process of expanding their services to families by transitioning into a tiered services model and beginning to offer more educational classes.  They  are currently seeking volunteers to mentor residents  (sit alongside them in class and assist with class practice activities) and volunteers to provide childcare during the following classes for our resident families:     Housing Sustainability Class (Renton) on Monday evenings
                 Financial Literacy Class (Renton)  on Thursday  evenings
Anyone interested can visit  or contact Rose at Vision House at 425-228-6356 or   

Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Darrell Lowe's aunt Audrey
*Londa Narmita's friend Dennis
*Betty Fredeen's friend Pearl
*Don & Edna Fadden's niece Lisa
*Steve Farmer, Food Service Manager at Lazy F Camp

People with Health Concerns
*Stan McKenzie's friend Michael
*Brad Beeman's mother Betty
*John Saalwaechter's father
*Tom & Julie Strain's son Chris
*Bill Ferguson and his niece Sierra
*Dave and Kathy Maybee's friend Allen
* Betty Fredeen's brother-in-law Noel, her sister-in-law Audrey and her friend Hannah

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jen Hoerber, Jacob and Justin
Submit prayer requests to Dorothy Bennett, the Prayer Chain Coordinator, or fill out a pew prayer card or contact the church office.  Prayer requests will  stay on the Prayer Chain for about 3 weeks.  Please contact Dorothy or the church office with an update if you want the request to be prayed for longer.  
All prayer requests will appear in the church newsletters unless you specifically request otherwise.