Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   October 20, 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
Oct 22
Church Work Party
Oct 24
Nov Calendar Deadline
Oct 28
Fall Festival
Nov 4-6
Sr High Retreat
Nov 5
Lectio Divina Workshop
Time Change - Fall Back
Nov 6
All Saints Sunday
Nov 11
Veteran's Day
Office Closed
Nov 13
Harvest Dinner
Nov 18-20
Jr High Retreat
Nov 20
George Fox Players
Nov 21
Dec Calendar Deadline
Nov 22
Crossroads Thanksgiving
Nov 24-25
Church Closed
Nov 27
Wreaths & Treats
Nov 28
Common Table
Charge Conference
Dec 2
Parents' Night Out
Dec 6
Young at Heart Potluck
Dec 11
Bake-Quilt-Craft Sale
Christmas Pageant
Club 345
Dec 14-15
ACP Christmas Program
Dec 18
Youth Christmas Party
Dec 19
Christmas Storytime
Jan Calendar Deadline
Dec 24
Candlelight Services
5pm - Family Service
7pm - Contemporary
9pm - Traditional Service with Communion
Dec 25
One Service @ 11am
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)
Common Table (Sept)
Staff Relations  (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Trustees (Sept)
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

Laity Sunday 2016: Living Vital Worship
by Jodi Cataldo
Is worship a noun or is it a verb? Is worship something you go to, or is it something you live? This year's theme for Laity Sunday, "Disciples Called to Action: Living Vital Worship," calls us to see worship not as passive spectators, but as active participants. Indeed, worship is something that we live! These scripture references for Laity Sunday unfold worship in several different ways:

Worship as Love: Matthew 22:37-39 
(The Great Commandment-to put love of God and neighbor above all else)
Worship as Discipline: Matthew 16:24 
(The Great Commitment-to embody God's love individually)
Worship as Justice: Micah 6:8 
(The Great Requirement-to live God's love through our actions)
Worship as Evangelism: Matthew 28:19-20 
(The Great Commission-to go and take God's love into the world)
Please join us this Sunday to hear personal testimonies from Lea Fox on Love, Joe Lee on Discipline, Melinda Lilley on Justice and Jason & Erin Menor on Evangelism.

On Laity Sunday, we celebrate that true worship can only happen when we live it - clergy and laity - together. For without the vital ministry of the laity, we would not be The United Methodist Church. We ARE disciples called to action, living vital worship!
Ministry News

We're in a Meeting!
On Tuesdays, the church will be locked from 10:00am-11:30am (approximately).   Security of our preschool children is the reason for the change.  Every Tuesday the church staff is in a meeting at this time and we are thus unaware when people enter the building and roam around unescorted.  C hurch folks who have a key to the building are welcome to enter, just be mindful to ensure that the doors remain locked, closed and latched.   Preschool paren ts can still  use the lower level entrance.  We hope this won 't be a terrible inconvenience for you.  We are just concerned about keeping our kiddos safe.

Church Work Party
October 22
Just a reminder to join us for a church work party on Saturday from 8:30am-12:00pm.  Bring your garden gloves and favorite garden tools. .

Contribution Statements
Quarterly contribution statements were distributed by regular mail or email  if we had your email address on file (the email sender = Logos CMS).  Please review your statement and take this opportunity to catch up on your pledge to the church and the kitchen fund.  If you did not receive a statement or have a question about your statement, please email the Finance Secretary, Linda Reichenbach or call her at 425-641-5625.

Upcoming Prayer Workshop
Please join us for a Lectio Divina workshop on Saturday, November 5th from  10:00am to Noon .  You'll be introduced to the ancient Christian practice of praying the Scriptures.  Our presenter is Jeff Renner with Contemplative Outreach of Puget Sound North (COPSN).  The suggested donation is $15.00 per person.  Make checks payable to AUMC and note 'Lectio Divina' on the memo line.  These will be used to make a freewill donation to COPSN.  Sign up on the  Sunday  attendance form or email your name and contact information to Sabrina MacIntyre (425-793-4490). 

Preschool News
The preschool is off to a great start.  We have 170 children attending class and 20 teachers and aides teaching and caring for them.  Preschool families come from around the world: Austrailia, China, Great Britain, India, Japan, Korea, Spain, just to name a few, and live in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, Redmond and Sammamish.  Click Here to read the latest  preschool newsletter.

Sunday School Update
The children have been enjoying themselves on Sunday mornings and having the opportunity to get to know the other children and grow in their faith through experiencing activities, music and most importantly bible stories.  

A Big THANK YOU to Robbin Price for heading up the children's music time each  Sunday .  They will start working on some Christmas carols this  Sunday . We will be doing a Children and Youth Christmas Program this year.  It will be held on  December 11th  at the  9am  service. 

Another Big THANK YOU to our Sunday School Teachers!  Our pre-k/Kindy teachers are Linda Detering, Dorothy Beeman, Candace McKenzie and Jen Hoerber.  Our elementary team currently consists of Kathy Wilson-Green and Jean Rummel.  Sara Fenstermacher will be joining them in January.   We are continuing to look for another person on both our preschool and elementary Sunday School teams.  If you would like to find out what that looks like, please set up an appointment with Jen.

This Sunday School rotation's Bible story is Abraham and Sarah from Genesis 12:1-9; 18:1-15 and 21:1-7.  God grants a seemingly impossible promised baby to Abraham and Sarah. 

All Saints' Sunday
November 6
On Sunday, November 6 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 1, 2015) 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, and we will give thanks for them and pray for all of us as we continue to work through our grief and seek renewed confidence and peace in the promises of Christ Jesus.    
Fun Events

Fall Festival
October 28, 5:30-8:30pm
Come join the fun! The night will be filled with carnival games, chili & hot dog dinner, costume parade and more!  You will not want to miss this evening of fun and fellowship!  We need lots of help to make the Fall Festival a success.  Please sign up  on Sunday's   attendance form or contact  Jen Hoerber  ASAP if you   can help with any of the following:  
***Prepping and cooking food  on Thursday  afternoon 10/27.  
***Set up  the morning or afternoon on Friday 10/28
***Run games Friday evening
***Help in the kitchen Friday evening
***Help with cleanup after the Festival
***Provide  sugar cookies (need 8 dozen) for cookie decorating 

Harvest Dinner 
November 12 @ 5:30pm 
Save Sunday, November 13 for the Annual Harvest Dinner which starts at 5:30pm in Friendship Hall.  This is a Thanksgiving dinner, "Aldersgate style." All the traditional foods will be there PLUS what you supply as side dishes, salads and desserts.  If your last name begins with A-E, bring a dessert, F-M - vegetable/side dish, N-Z - salad.  Tickets are on sale on Sundays, October 30-November 13. after both worship services.  Cost is $5 per person (max $18 for immediate family).  Many people are needed to make this event a success.  We need ticket sellers, decorators, kitchen helpers, food servers, etc.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.

Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
This fellowship group for kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade meets once a month, usually on the second Sunday.  It starts with dinner at 5:00pm, followed by games, crafts and other fun activities from 6:00-7:30pm.  The next Club 345 is December 11.  There is no meeting in November due to the ALL church Harvest Dinner on November 13. 
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 2 - Starlight Sound Halloween Dance at Fairwood UMC at  7pm
*Oct. 23 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Oct. 28 - Fall Festival, 5:30-8:30pm - Come join the fun and help  run the carnival games!
*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.
Outreach & Missions World

Rummage Sale Recap
Thank You  Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the RUMMAGE SALE!   The BIG winter storm tried to defeat us, but it did not succeed!   This year we had tons of donations, and were open for two days. The bad weather caused us to have fewer buyers but we didn't let that stop us. It was terrific. Many hands make light work and it took many hands to make signs and put them up and down, set-up, organize, sort, price, cashier, clean-up, put tables away, and haul things away.  The time and energy of each person was greatly appreciated.  And thank you also to everyone who donated items to sell and who made purchases. It all added up to $2,400 for our mission travel fund.
 A special THANKS to every one who helped deliver all our left over "goodies" to other charities.  We were able to find "good homes" for our extra items at: The Baby Corner, Sophia Way, Mary's Place, the Women's Emergency Shelter, the YWCA "Dress for Success" Business Clothing Bank; The King County Library System and Friends of the Library; Jubilee Reach, Habitat, and Goodwill.
Many pe ople from our neighborhood attended the sale and had very positive comments. One of my favorites was the fellow who bought the pile of hoses.  He said his wife had sent him over because she had been to the sale and "everyone was so nice to her".  Thank you for making his day and mine too! 

Your Donation Is Tax Deductible
If you donated items to the rummage sale, your contribution is tax deductible. Click Here for a donation substantiation letter.  Please keep this letter with your tax records.  The IRS requires a written acknowledgement of non-cash gifts when you claim the tax deduction on your income tax return. 
Prayer List   

People with Health Concerns
*Heidi James' mother Jean
*Lew Green's friend Neil
*Cindy Wheeler's mother Jackie
*Jeff Wheeler
*Lea and Ferrel Fox's daughter Cheryl
*Dave Maybee
*Stan McKenzie's friend Michael
*Bill Ferguson 
* Betty Fredeen's friend Hannah and sister-in-law Audrey

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
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.