Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                              November 22, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Nov 22
Nov 22-23
Church Office Closed
Nov 25
10:00am Worship Service
UM Student Offering
Dec 1
Church Work Party
Dec 2
Wreaths & Treats
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Dec 4
Young at Heart Potluck
Dec 8
Christmas Bash
UMW Bake/Craft Sale
Santa Photos
Dec 9
UMW Bake/Craft Sale
Santa Photos
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Cantata
Dec 16
Youth Xmas Party
Dec 17
Church Dinner
All Church Conference
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Services
5pm ~ 7pm ~ 9pm
Dec 30
10:00am Worship Service
Dec 31
New Year's Eve Party
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)
CRC Team (Nov)
Finance (Nov)
Green Team (Nov)
Preschool (Oct)
Trustees (Sept)
Worship (Sept)
Common Table (June)

Series:   "Belonging"
Sermon :   "Jesus: A Different Kind of Kingdom Builder "
Scripture :  Luke 19:29-40

This Sunday
          Someone says the word "kingdom" and I think of Arthur and Camelot, of fairy tales and princes.  But Jesus talked about a different kind of kingdom, one not of this world, and yet being created in this world.  The kingdom he talked about wasn't some mythical place as much as it was a mystical place; not so much a location as an attitude.  So what is this "kingdom of God" he talked about, and what might his role be within that kingdom?  As we look deeper into the scriptures, deeper into some of the sabbatical findings, a deeper understanding of "kingdom" comes into focus. So, on this Christ the King Sunday, we'll explore what that means.
            Remember, given that November 25 is Thanksgiving Sunday, the Sunday immediately following the holiday, we 'll be holding only one worship service at 10:00am . So come, let's all gather together for one worship experience, one service, and talk with thanksgiving about God's immense gifts to each of us. To prepare please read Luke 19: 29 - 40.

~ Pastor Brad
Office Closed
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23 .
Worship @  10:00am  Sunday, November 25
Join us as we all worship together as one body in Christ at one worship service on Sunday, November 25 at 10:00am.
United Methodist Student Day Offering
November 25
On Sunday, November 25 we will take a special offering that transforms lives through education.  Your generous gifts will help support United Methodist Student Day scholarships administrated by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry.  Your gifts help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has called them to do.
Pampered Chef Update 
A big thank you to everyone who ordered from the Pampered Chef Fundraiser party. We have reached the start of peak shipping season. Malia Hampson hopes that your order will arrive and be available at church on November 25. Orders will not arrive prior to Thanksgiving. Malia thanks you for your patience and support.  
Preparing for Advent
Advent is coming soon and the Banner and Flower Committees are making lists! How can YOU help?

Poinsettias - Please donate money to buy a poinsettia to decorate the church in December.  A large plant costs $30, and a small plant costs $15. Signup on Sunday's attendance form and include a dedication to appear in the bulletin December 16. Please pay promptly!  Make your check out to AUMC and put "POINSETTIAS" in the memo field. You can take your plant home after church on Sunday, December 23.
Volunteers - We will decorate the sanctuary and narthex on Friday, November 30 beginning at 9:00am. We need many hands and strong backs to help! If you can help, contact Norma Line ( )
Creche [Nativity] Sets - A big hit a few years ago, we will display your special creche sets in the narthex for two Sundays in December. There will be more information later on about delivery dates, etc.
Variegated Holly - The Flower Committee hopes to use lots of greens and holly this year to decorate the church. If you are willing to donate holly, please contact Norma (see email above). Allergy problems? Let us know.
Church Work Party
December 1
Please join us on Saturday, December 1 between 8:30am-noon to work around the church doing outdoor tasks like, raking leaves, pulling weeds, pruning bushes, etc. We have a beautiful property and it takes many hands to keep it tidy and looking its best. If you can help, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Ted Snyder (425-747-4653). Remember to bring your gardening gloves and tools, even a wheel barrow, and dress for the weather.
Advent Worship Series Begins December 2:
Prepare the Way
This Advent, as we prepare for Christmas, we also Prepare the Way for God's re-entry into our time and place at Christmas. We'll have images of feet on roads of various kinds throughout the season as we think about what "way" we are going. We'll consider what "way" God is preparing for us, how we are preparing the "way" for God, and if the characters from Jesus' life like Mary, John the Baptist, and the Visitors at the manger can teach us something about preparing for the arrival of Jesus in our midst. Plan to be part of Advent at Aldersgate in worship, in decorating, in sharing, in baking, in crafting, and in your own ways too. It's a time of year when we can all gather and wait and watch and prepare together. 
Christmas Pageant
December 9
Join us for the children and middle school youth Christmas pageant on December 9 at the 9:00am service.  This year's pageant tells the story of the Christmas through the eyes of the animals and celebrates Jesus as a gift to all of us. There is still time for your child to get involved. Contact is Jen Hoerber. Practices are not mandatory but will be held during Kids Club on November 25, December 2 and December 8 at 12:30pm after the Christmas Bash. 
Christmas Cantata
December 9
Celebrate the beautiful music of the Christmas season!  On December 9 at the second service the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir will perform "A Festival of Lessons and Carols" by Hal Hopson. "Lessons and Carols" had it's origin at Truro Cathedral (England) on Christmas Eve 1880, when a services of scripture and supporting carols was developed by the Bishop of Truro, F.W. Benson. Some 38 years later in 1918, this format was adapted for Christmas Eve at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England. The BBC broadcast from King's College Chapel helped to popularize the "Service of Lessons and Carols", and it was quickly duplicated.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting
December 9
If you are interested in being a part of the Pastoral Care Team, we are meeting on Sunday, December 9 after second service at 12:30pm in room 22. This team does a variety of things to support our church family such as prayers, visits, phone calls, emails, home help, food, house projects, driving to appointments, etc. The goal of this meeting is to see what we, as a team, can do to help Pastor Brad and Pastor Laura care for our congregation.  If you are interested, please see or contact Pam Johnson and Lea Fox at or (206) 200-8254.
All Church Conference
December 17
The annual business meeting of the church will be held on Monday, December 17 at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend. It's a great time to learn more about our congregation, our leaders, our membership, our finances, and our hopes for the future. We will have a simple soup supper together at 6:00pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Even if you can't make dinner, please come to the meeting. Even if you can't make the meeting, please come for dinner. 
2019 Flower Calendar
The 2019 flower calendar is now posted on the bulletin board across from the office. Please sign up to provide altar flowers especially in January and February. They are a lovely way to commemorate a special person or a special event with your dedication appearing in the Sunday bulletin. The Flower Committee will provide a flower arrangement for $35 or you may provide your own arrangement.
Resource Library News 
Bob Olson's collection of poems entitled Aldersgate Poems  has been updated to include Bob's latest poem "Who Am I?" on page 168.  This volume is displayed on the library mobile cart. 
Wreaths & Treats
December 2
Advent Wreaths and Treats will be  December 2  in-between services.  Please join us for fellowship by sharing festive treats and making advent wreaths for your home.  All of the supplies for the advent wreath will be on hand.  Volunteer to bring treats, greens and sign up to make a wreath by   simply signing up on the attendance form on Sunday mornings or emailing Jen Hoerber.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
December 2
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month on Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity. The next meeting is December 2 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 .
Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, December 4
Calling all retired folks, empty nesters, and wannabees! Join us Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall for a tasty potluck dinner and a performance by the Issaquah Singers ensemble. Please bring an entree, salad or vegetable (only dessert will be provided.) Each person should bring their own dishes and utensils. Also each person should bring a wrapped white elephant gift for the gift exchange - something from home (don't spend any money!), new or used, that you no longer want. The cost is $2 per person to help pay for expenses. First timers please sign up on Sunday's attendance form. Someone will call you about the food. For more information, contact Wendi in the church office.
Christmas BASH
December 8
Invite your friends and come for the CHRISTMAS BASH on December 8 from 10:00am-12 noon. This is a great festive morning filled with crafts for all ages, fun activities, a craft and bake sale and photos with Santa fundraiser. It will wrap up with a simple Christmas story time and carol sing-along. Volunteers are needed to set up, staff a craft/activity table and help with the story time and carol sing. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber. If you have a craft or idea you want to share that's Awesome! If not, no worries, we have awesome ones you can help with!
Holiday Bake & Craft Sale
December 8 & 9
Simplify your holiday baking and shopping with our annual United Methodist Women Bake/Craft Sale, coming December 8 (at the Christmas Bash) and December 9 (after both services)!  In addition to taking home some wonderful goodies, you will also be helping the UMW support missions, a definite win-win.  Also, the UMW would welcome any donations of baked goods or crafts. If you would like to help in that respect, please sign up on the attendance form or contact Clarine Goodleaf.
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:  

*Nov. 25 - No Youth Group - Thanksgiving Weekend

*Dec.  2 - Dinner, 5:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm

*Dec.  9 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm

*Dec. 16 - Youth Christmas Party, 6:00-8:00pm

*Dec. 23 - No Youth Group due to the holiday season.

*Dec. 30 - No Youth Group due to the holiday season.

Emerald City Ringers Concert
Saturday December 15 at 4:00pm
St. Matthews Lutheran Church  1700 Edmonds Ave. NE, Renton 98056
Come and see the Emerald City Ringers in their Christmas Concert for 2018, "Seasons of Love." You'll recognize a couple of faces from the AUMC handbell choir (Pastor Laura and Pam Johnson) and lots of tunes from the Christmas season. Suggested donation is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, $5 for children, and $30 for a family. 
Silent Night by Taproot Theater
December 16
St. Peter's UMC is hosting the award winning Taproot Theater who will present the holiday play "Silent Night" on Sunday December 16 at 2:00pm. The play is suitable for families with a length of about 45 minutes.  The play is about two strangers who get lost in space and time and encounter an angel who gets them back to their homes.  Tickets are $10 per person and children 6 years old or younger are free.  There will be nursery care for younger children. Refreshments will be provided after the performance.  Tickets can be purchased at St. Peter's Church (17222 NE 8th ST, 425-747-3210, or at Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door.
Crossroads Dinner
Tuesday November 27 
The Salvation Army,    911 - 164th Ave NE Bellevue 98004 
This is the monthly chicken dinner organized by Aldersgate volunteers (4th Tuesday of every month.) About 50 hungry people come for dinner.   We need more people NOW to provide food and to serve dinner on November 27.  If you can help,  sign up here .   For those who have volunteered to bring food for this event, please have your donation to Aldersgate by  4:00pm . For those who have volunteered to serve food, please arrive at The Salvation Army at 5:30pm.  Know that your donation of food and time will be very appreciated by those we feed . contact is David Maybe, Melinda Lilley, Rachel Saw.
Christmas Giving Opportunities
  • Vision House is a non-profit based in Renton that provides dozens of homeless women and children with a place to live, child care, education, and support while becoming self sufficient.  Your donations of gift cards for groceries, clothing, gasoline and personal items for $10 to $50 are a great help for these women during the year. These will be available in the narthex for you to choose. Please return your gift cards by Sunday December 16.
  • Hopelink sets up a Christmas Gift Store each year which provides gifts for needy children.  Please donate gifts for infants to 18 year olds.  Aldersgate focuses on teenagers because gifts for them are often in short supply such as warm clothing, gift cards, makeup, sports equipment, movie cards. A donation box will be in the narthex Nov. 25. Deadline is Sunday Dec. 16.
Questions? Contact Dorothy Bennett. 425-641-0871
Warm Socks Needed
School has started and rains have returned!  The need for warm socks touches everyone, especially the homeless.  Please leave new socks in the basket across from the office.  They will be delivered to Congregations for the Homeless, Griffin House, Mary's Place, Operation Nightwatch and Sophia Way.   Griffin House may be new to many in our congregation.  Located in Renton, Griffin House serves homeless boys.  Imagine what a pair of socks in Seahawks colors would mean to its new owner!
Prayer Requests
People Who Passed Away
*Sadly we announce that Bev Allot passed away a week ago on Monday. 
    She was a m ember of Aldersgate since 1964. At Bev's request, there will 
     be no  memorial service.  Condolence cards can be mailed to her children, 
   Greg and Wendy Allott, at 4575 - 165th AVE SE, Bellevue, 98006.
*Mabel Fry's son-in-law

People with Health Concerns 
*Pastor Brad
*Lynda Dreher's daughter
*Bob Olson's friend Phillip
*Dorothy Bennett's friends Judy and Bruce
*Jen Hoerber's friend Sawyer
*Patty Ferguson
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.