Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                               December 20, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Services
5pm ~ 7pm ~ 9pm
Dec 30
10:00am Worship Service
Dec 31
New Year's Eve Party
Jan 1
Happy New Year!
Office Closed
Jan 6
Youth Homelessness
Jan 12-13
Youth Lock-In
Jan 13
Youth Sunday
Jan 16
Pastor's Class Resumes
Jan 19
Core Leaders Retreat
Jan 20
Bible Sunday
Jan 21
Martin Luther King Jr Day
Office Closed
Feb 3
Dinner  & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Feb 4
Young @ Heart Potluck
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)
Trustees (Nov) 
Preschool (Nov)
CRC Team (Nov)
Finance (Nov)
Green Team (Nov)
Worship (Sept)
Common Table (June)

Series:  " Preparing the Way"
  Sermon:  "Prepare to Experience Christmas"
Scripture:   Luke 2:25-35a

This Sunday is the fourth week of Advent. It seems like it's Christmas already but we have one more Sunday of preparing the way. There's one more Sunday in our season of walking slowly, deliberately, and spiritually, or of being reminded of the invitation to slow down. Since Pastor Brad will not be with us, Rev. Dr. Carol Mariano will be our guest preacher. She will be preaching on Luke 2: 25-35a. She will invite us to Prepare to Experience Christmas. 
Plans for Pastor Brad's Recovery
As many of you know, Pastor Brad has been ill this week. He was admitted to the hospital last Sunday morning with pancreatitis and then developed a fever. He is now regaining strength but is in a lot of pain and has requested no visitors. He hopes to be home from the hospital to continue recovery at home within a few more days, but his doctors are determining the best course of treatment for him. He is thankful for your prayers and good wishes. 

Even with Pastor Brad recovering, the church is still celebrating the final week of Advent, and then Christmas! We will welcome guest preacher Rev. Dr. Carol Mariano in worship on Sunday, December 23 at 9am and 11am. Pastor Laura will lead worship for the Blue Christmas service on December 23 at 2pm, and at all three Christmas Eve services, at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm on the 24th. Vince Fratello, with help from Tom Blakney, is planning to preach on December 30 at the one service at 10am, and Pastor Laura will be back to begin the New Year series, "Foundations of Faith" on January 6 at 9am and 11am. 

Pastor Laura will be on vacation from December 25-January 4. She will be travelling to the east coast with her family and the church office will be closed. In case of emergency, you may call the church office and leave a message on Laura's voicemail (extension 12). She'll check those and get back to you every few days while she is gone or you may call Pastor Laura's cell at 206-595-9607. For pastoral emergencies that require someone local, Rev. Kathryn Morse, pastor at Kennydale United Methodist Church and Rev. Casey Banks, Associate Pastor at Bothell United Methodist Church, will be available. Rev. Morse can be reached on her cell at 206-491-4045. Rev. Banks can be reached through Pastor Laura or Rev. Morse.
Blue Christmas Service
December 23
Blue Christmas Service Seasons of joy and happiness can also contain feelings of loss and loneliness. If you are in need of comfort this season, we welcome you to a service of healing and support on December 23 at 2:00pm. All are welcome.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Monday, December 24
On Monday, December 24 we invite you and your family, friends, and neighbors to worship with us for evening candlelight services on Christmas Eve.

5:00pm   - A child-oriented family friendly candlelight service where we involve  the children in the r etelling of the Christmas story and sing Christmas carols.

7:00pm  - A more contemporary candlelight service centered on music by the worship  band and includes scripture readings and more modern Christmas carols.

 - A traditional candlelight service with carols, scripture readings, handbells, and Holy Communion.
December 30 Service @ 10:00am 
On Sunday, December 30, we will have one worship service at 10:00am. Lay speakers, Vince Fratello and Tom Blakney, will bring the message as we consider the how our lives and our relationship with God change and evolve. It will be an informal service. Come as you are.
Church Conference Report     
If you missed the All Church Conference on Monday, December 17, you can read the conference report here or pick up a copy ofthe report from the desk in the narthex.
Finance Reminders
  • 2018 Contributions: If you would like a donation reflected on your 2018 contribution statement, it needs to be received in the church office (or post-marked if mailed) by 12/31/2018. Questions? Contact Wendi in the church office.
  • Gift a Hood:  Want to give a different gift this Christmas? Give an extra gift to the AUMC kitchen fund for the new stove hood! It will be much appreciated.  
  • Planning a Fundraiser? This is a reminder that all fundraising activities at the church need to be coordinated and approved through the AUMC Finance Team. Please contact Jim Phillips, the Finance chairperson, with your fundraising plans, ( Here is a copy of the Aldersgate Fundraising Policy
Nativity Displays 
If you loaned us your nativity set for display earlier in the month, we thank you. Now please take it home. You will find it in the church workroom.
Advent Wreath Recycling
If you made an advent wreath at our Wreaths & Treats event, please save the plastic base and return it to AUMC in January to reuse next year.
Welcome New Choir Director
We are pleased to announce that our new choir director is Allison Renn, who will start leading the choir January 2, 2019. Allison comes to Aldersgate from Wisconsin, by way of North Carolina and California. Fueled by her lifelong love of music, she consistently strives to inspire adults and children to embrace their musical talents in her varied roles as a music educator, conductor, vocal performer, and composer. She has taught in many public and parochial schools, focusing primarily on choir and general music programs. Additionally, Allison has been volunteering or working in churches since high school. Allison earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance form the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and she completed her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, focusing on Vocal Pedagogy and Performance. When not making music, Allison loves to read, sew, bake and play outside with her husband and three children.
Youth Homelessness  Talk
Sunday, January 6
Have you read the article about homeless youth in the Seattle Times? King County is in crisis with over 1500 youth and young adults living on the streets. 20% of these young people have been kicked out of their families because of their gender identification or sexual orientation that is not acceptable to their families.
The CRC and Outreach teams have invited Kimberly Turner to speak on a program sponsored by Friends of Youth and The Y on how the community can address this problem It will be held on Sunday, January 6 at 10:15am in Friendship Hall. Please put time on your calendar to either stay after 1st service or come early for 2nd service.
Pastor's Class Resumes in 2019 
Wednesday, January 16
The Pastor's class will resume on Wednesday, January 16 . It is offered at 10:00am and 7:00pm, same class at two different times. For the first few months of the new year, we will do an in-depth book study on Brian McLaren's book, "We Make the Road by Walking." It is designed to be a year-long study for spiritual formation, reorientation and activation, or reactivation of our focus on faith. During each class we will examine more thoroughly the scriptures, commentary, and discussion questions presented in the book. We will be utilizing this resource for many of the sermons on our Sundays through Easter and beyond.  Our Bishop has recommended this book as together we approach the upcoming General Conference. We will have the book available for purchase in January for $12. 
Centering Prayer Group
In these turbulent times, prayer and meditation are essential.  You are invited to the Centering Prayer/Lectio Divina group that meets at Aldersgate on Friday afternoons at 2:00pm.  This is an opportunity to open your mind to God's insight.  Interested - contact Sabrina Macintyre or Bob Olson.
Family New Year's Eve Party  
December 31
Grab your family and join us on December 31 , to ring in the New Year at Aldersgate with homemade pizza, games, crafts for the kids, and lots of fun!  We will create pizzas starting at 6:00pm and end with ringing in the New Year at 9:00pm (12 midnight Eastern Standard Time,) What to bring: Your favorite pizza topping(s), leftover Christmas cookies and treats, your favorite games, and any noise makers (pots and pans, etc.) for our "midnight" celebration. Please sign up on the back of the attendance form. Questions? Contact is Colleen Olleman, 425-746-1696.
2019 Yoga Series
Starts January 5 
Got a New Year's resolution? Vince Fratello can help with his introductory series of yoga classes at Aldersgate after the New Year. The classes will be taught at the most basic beginner level and will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities. Class 1 always starts at the beginning so don't worry. The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays, January 5 to March 9 . 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 contact Vince . We hope to see you there!
Kids Bell Choir
Resumes January 13
Calling all kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades to try something new. Time to ring, swing and shake, just to name a few. There's no music experience required, you'll be ringing just fine in a blink. There's laughing, ringing and some fun with tennis balls, come see what you think. Kids Bell Choir will start back up on Sunday, Jan 13th. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 6:30 - 7:30pm (first Sundays of the month will be right after Club 345 from 7:30 - 8:00pm) in the Sanctuary. Please contact Pam Johnson if you are interested in joining in on all the fun at or (206) 200-8254.
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:  
*Dec. 23 - No Youth Group due to the holiday season.
*Dec. 30 - No Youth Group due to the holiday season.
*Jan. 6 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm  (NO dinner tonight)
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
February 3
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month usually on the first Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity. The next meeting is February 3 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 .
Many Thanks  
Thanks to all who donated baked goods, arts and crafts, and to all of you who shopped at the annual UMW Bake/Craft Sale. We had such a wonderful variety of items and selections. This year we raised $1,956!  Wow!  All proceeds will be used to support mission programs, both locally and afar.  Thanks again for your support!
Hopelink/Vision House Thank You
You have again been so generous to both Vision House and Hopelink.  Both agencies are very grateful. Total giving this year amounted to about $900 for each group. Their clients' new year will be blessed by these gifts.   
Friends of Youth Collection
The Considering Reconciling Committee is sponsoring a three week collection drive for Friends of Youth this holiday season. Friends of Youth is an organization that works with homeless youth in Bellevue providing counseling, transitional housing, case management, education, employment, and behavioral health management services. Approximately 20% of youth who are homeless in our area are estranged from their families because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The supplies we collect will be donated after worship on January 6. Bring your donations to Friendship Hall starting Sunday December 16.
The current list of needs includes:
  •  New underwear for youth (men and women)
  •  Socks
  •  Full-size soaps, shampoo, shaving products
  •  Fleece blankets
  •  Cleaning supplies for youth moving into transitional housing.
  •  New dish sets.
  •  New glassware sets.
  •  New pots and pans sets.
  •  New twin XL bedding sets.
  •  Laundry baskets and laundry soap.
  •  New shower curtain with matching towels.
  •  Gift cards for new apartment items for youth moving into transitional housing
Prayer Requests
People Who Passed Away
*Darrell Lowe's cousin Steve passed away unexpectedly.
*David & Heidi James' neighbor Grant lost his wife Mary.

People with Health Concerns 
*Wendi's father Lee
*Pastor Brad
*Dorothy Benneett's brother Jim
*Eathel Allyn
Betty Fredeen's friend Jennifer
*Melinda Lilley's friend's mother Marilyn
*Betty Fredeen's friend Jainie
*Lynda Dreher's daughter Diane
*Bob Olson's friend Phillip
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.