Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                             September 27, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
October 4 & 6
Habitat Build
October 6
LWV Initiative Forum
October 7
World Communion 
Bell Petting Zoo
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
October 11 & 13
Habitat Build
Oct 12-13
Rummage Sale
October 18
Faces of Felons
October 20
Parenting Forum
October 22
The Way Forward
November Calendar
October 26
Fall Festival
October 29
Stop the Bleed Class
November 3
CRC Panel
Kitchen Fundraiser
Time Change Tonight
November 4
All Saints Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Charge Conference
November 6
Election Day
November 11
Harvest Dinner
Veteran's Day
November 20
Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
November 22
November 22-23
Church Office Closed
November 25
One Worship Service
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)
Green Team (Sept)
Outreach (August)
Preschool (August)
CRC Team (August)
Trustees (July)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)
Worship (Feb)

Series:   "Belonging"

Sermon :   "God's Key to Overcoming Loneliness"

Scripture :  Romans 12:16, and 15:17

This Sunday
Last week Pastor Laura helped us understand how to intentionally move from seeking to be inclusive, to becoming more welcoming, to becoming a place of belonging. She described beautifully our focus for this coming year. This week I 'll be continuing on that theme and share one more piece of the sabbatical findings; an issue that surrounds us on all sides as we seek to build a ministry of belonging here in Bellevue. It is the issue of loneliness. It is an issue that crosses all social and socio-economic boundaries. It tears at the fabric of our society, and certainly at the fabric of our faith. We are, by design, created to be social creatures. There are times, however, for a variety of reasons, that we find ourselves, not only alone, but lonely. It is in those times that things like depression, anxiety, even fear can set in and take over. Loneliness comes in all kinds of flavors, and for all kinds of reasons and in all matter of levels. Yet loneliness is something for which we have a response. It is a response of belonging. So as we explore the hoped for movement from being inclusive, to welcoming, to belonging let's add a few things to the scriptural foundation of that process. To prepare please read Romans 12:16 and 15:7

~ Pastor Brad
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Laura Baumgartner

Stretching for the Gospel

As  October 1 approaches, I am looking at how things will change when my schedule has fewer hours attached to my work at Aldersgate because I'm moving from working half-time at the church to working quarter-time. As I've said before, I will still be the Associate Pastor and you are still welcome to contact me for whatever you want. My commitment to being your pastor hasn't changed and won't change in the foreseeable future. However, I will have fewer hours in my week to work on the church business. The big change that you may notice is that I will be less likely to step in and do something, and instead I'll work to transition some of you more fully into leadership roles to get things done, especially in creation of images for first service worship, pastoral care, and other tasks. I will spend one less day each week in the church office and I may be absent from events that other staff can attend. That said, I'm still figuring out all the details of the schedule and how I can make it work. I would like to hear your ideas and feedback. Please stay in touch about how this works. 

October also brings some unique opportunities for me as your pastor. First, the congregation at Kennydale UMC is interested in forming more of a connection between our churches. There may be reason to collaborate around projects and ministry areas as they move into what God has planned for them for the future. To begin to develop that connection, I will be guest preaching there on  October 7. Please pray for me and for them and for the Spirit to be with us. We are looking at dates in the spring when their Pastor, Rev. Dr. Kathy Morse might be able to join us in worship as well. Second, I will be attending the Residents in Ministry (RIM) retreat during the second week of October. RIM is a retreat for all provisional elders in the Pacific Northwest conference of the United Methodist Church to talk about how our formation is going as pastors. During this first of the RIM retreats, I'm told that we will be developing tools to help us become more culturally competent in our ministry settings. As I learn more about what that means, I'll let you know. However that means that I will also be away from you on  Sunday October 14. I know you are in good hands, since Pastor Brad will be with you. I don't want anyone to think that I'm leaving you just because I'm going to be away for two Sundays in a row. In both cases, I will be with you in Spirit representing you in other parts of the United Methodist connection. The third unique thing going on for me in October is that all the clergy will be gathering for what is called the Gathering of the Orders in Wenatchee later in the month and they've asked me to be on the worship planning team. That won't be over a  Sunday so I won't miss a third worship experience with you, but I will be away again, this time helping to plan worship that is (if it goes well) both uplifting and deeply rooted in Christ for clergy from all over the Pacific Northwest. 

I mention all this now because I'm feeling stretched to be present as your pastor and also present with other United Methodists around the area.You may feel it too. However that feeling of being stretched is surely a sign of the work of God among us. Our Wesleyan heritage honors how we are connected to each other and to be connected, sometimes we get to be stretched. As my physical therapist sometimes tells me, stretching is good for me. It keeps my muscles from building up scar tissue that is painful and stretching facilitates a good range of motion.

After last week's sermon, someone suggested to me that we should divide up the sanctuary into three sections, the way that I suggested an airplane could be divided up. Then during the sermon, a third of the congregation could sleep, a third could play board games, and the final third could watch movies. Instead of those activities, let me suggest we should be stretching. Let's stretch our minds to imagine a little more clearly what the kingdom of God would look like in our context. Let's stretch our hearts to care a little more deeply about those around us who are feeling disconnected. Let's stretch our arms to reach a little more fully out into the world around us so God's love is known and shared and shown. If you all get up to stretch next time I get up to preach, I'll know why. I'll see you this  Sunday then again on  October 21
Mod Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the youth by dining at Mod Pizza last week. It was awesome to see the Aldersgate family out in full force all throughout the day! We are excited to announce that we raised $290.62. We were also graciously given an additional $33 from those who couldn't make it to Mod for a total of $323.62. A BIG Thank you from Aldersgate's Youth!
World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 7
We will take a special offering on World Communion Sunday, October 7.  Your gift matters!  Gifts fund graduate racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual amount reserved for ministries beyond the United States.  Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.  The World Communion Sunday offering empowers a diverse mix of national and international ethnic students.  Thank you for your generous gift!
Update on The Way Forward  and General Conference 2019
Please find attached three documents that may be helpful as background to the conversations we will have throughout this fall about inclusion, welcoming, and belonging in the church. Please review these documents as we move toward General Conference in February, 2019. The committee designing a process for Aldersgate to Consider becoming a Reconciling Congregation (CRC) is planning an evening informational session to share more about what has brought United Methodists to the point of a special General Conference and what it may mean for the future on  Monday, October 22 at 7pm. Please mark your calendars and bring your questions.    
  • First, click here to read a summary of the three plans that General Conference will consider in February based on an article written for the United Methodist News Service this summer. 
  • Second, the Western Jurisdiction leaders and bishops announced this week that they endorse one of the three plans that will be before General Conference in February. Click here to read their press release.
  • Finally, to read a timeline of the history that brought our denomination to the point of needing the General Conference that has been called for February of next year click here.  
S lide Help Needed
Moving in to the fall, Pastor Laura would like to work with a few other people on designing and organizing the slides for first service worship. The process usually only takes 1-2 hours a week and is a lot of fun for creative, technology-oriented people. Please contact Pastor Laura if you are interested, willing to learn the process, and can help as part of a team with this important work for the church. 
Membership Roll 
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. 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 2018 Charge Conference unless we hear from them.
Gloria (McKinney) Bacus          Marilee Gossard
These people were mailed one letter in 2018 and will be mailed another in 2019. They will be removed from membership in 2019 unless we hear from them.

Colleen Flower                          George & Sybil Thompson
Mary Gardner                            Sean & Catherine McLellan
Rod & Dorothy Newton             Michelle & Kristen Henningsgard
MaryAnn Morice                        Lynn, Judith & Karsten Logen
Ginger Ryder                            Brant, Lynn, & William Henshaw
Ben Lawry                                George, Joshua, & Jacob Muttart
Bell Petting Zoo
Sunday, October 7
Calling all kids and youth from 3rd grade to 12th grade (and adults too)! Have you ever wondered what bells were all about? Come to the Bell Petting Zoo on Sunday, October 7 from 4:45pm-5:15pm in the Sanctuary. You can learn how to ring and learn what all you can do with a bell and a chime. If you are interested in joining a kids bell choir or youth bell choir, please come and try out a bell and a chime or two.  You don't have to know how to read music or have any music experience.  Stop by and see what all the fun is about!  Questions?  Please contact Pam Johnson at or (206) 200-8254.
Church Rummage Sale
Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13
SAVE the DATES!  This year's Rummage Sale is  Friday and Saturday, October 12-13.   As they say, one man's junk is another man's treasure, so n ow is the time to clean out your cupboards, closets, book shelves, garage and attic and donate your treasures to the church.   We will receive your donations  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,  October 9-11 .  We need a variety of volunteers so please sign up on Sunday!  Your support of the  Rummage Sale, whether volunteering,  donating items or buying items, raises funds for mission trips!  Last year's Rummage Sale funds helped to  pay for our youth to go on their mission trip this summer.  Contact is Linda Detering.
Fall Festival
October 26, 5:30-7:30pm
The crisp air, the turning leaves and the arrival of pumpkin spice all let us know Fall is here which means it's time for the Fall Festival!  Mark your calendars for  Friday, October 26th from 5:30-7:30 for this popular fall family event.  The Fall Festival will again have a chili and hot dog dinner, carnival games, cookie decorating, a costume parade and fun for all!  

We, of course, are looking for volunteers to help with this event.  Please contact Jen Hoerber or sign up  on Sunday's attendance form for one of the following; Revamping/creating carnival games (are you crafty or have the ability to cut wood?  If so, we could use your help!), Cooking (all the chilli and sides will be prepped and cooked the week of the event at church), Or help the day of the event  Friday, October 26th with Set-up from 11-5, Manning a booth (Shifts  5:30-6:30 and/or  6:30-7:30), and Clean Up from  7:30-8:30.  Thank you in advance for all of your support for this important and fun community outreach event!  
Stop the Bleed!
Monday, October 29
Injuries often can be repaired if the victim does not bleed out. 
The number of deaths in large disasters or even in home accidents can be reduced if someone is trained to stop the bleeding. Evergreen Hospital has volunteer instructors who will teach a class at Aldersgate in how to stop bleeding properly for all types of injuries, and for all age groups from infants through the elderly.  The class is on Monday, October 29 from  6:30-8:30pm   If you will attend, please sign up or contact Dorothy Bennett.
Calling Crafters/Artists
As you exercise your creative side this fall, please consider making additional hand-crafted items or art work to donate to the United Methodist Women for their annual bake/craft sale, December 8-9 . All proceeds will be used for church and missions. Sign-up sheets will come out mid-November. For more info, please contact Clarine Goodleaf ( or 425-643-9339). 
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:  
* Sept 30 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Oct 7 - Dinner & Youth Group, 5:00-7:30pm
*Oct 14 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Oct 21 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Begins October 7
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 October 7 . Volunteers are needed to host Club 345 or provide dinner!   Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Habitat for Humanity Build
Thursdays & Saturdays, October 4, 6,11,13
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 4, 6, 11, and 13.  Habitat is hoping for up to 15 volunteers each  Thursday and  Saturday.  If you are interested please sign up  on Sunday's   
attendance form or at  Contact Darrell Lowe for more information.
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.
Statewide Ballot Initiatives Explained at Aldersgate 
Saturday, October 6, 3:00pm
Aldersgate UMC and the League of Women Voters are partnering again this fall to host an Initiative Forum like the Candidate Forum that we hosted over the summer. It's a great time to learn more about each initiative and who supports and who opposes them. The exact format of the event is still being finalized, but doors will open at  2:30pm  and the event will start at  3:00pm . League speakers and materials will help make sense of the language that you will see on your ballots about the four statewide initiatives this fall. See Pastor Laura with questions or to sign up to bring snacks that we can offer as a gesture of welcome to our guests for this event.
The Face of Felons: Beyond the Label
Thursday, October 18 
Strengthen your community and challenge your perceptions through an evening of stories and conversations with the formerly incarcerated. Join us on Thursday, October 18, from 7:00-8:30pm in Friendship Hall. Doors open at 6:45pm and the program begins promptly at 7:00pm. The program is FREE and appropriate for people 18 years old and over. If you plan to attend, please sign up or contact Kristie McLean at
Parenting Forum: Raising children in a World of Deep Divides
Saturday, October 20, 10:00am-3:00pm
Bellevue First United Methodist Church
The goal of the 'Parenting Forum: Raising Children in a World of Deep Divides is to provide parents helpful resources from knowledgeable presenters on a variety of relevant topics.  This forum is open to the public and geared for parents with children of all ages.  The day will consist of phenomenal key note speakers, morning and afternoon breakout sessions covering an array of topics, and close with a panel discussion.  The forum will be held at Bellevue First UMC and will run from  10am - 3pm (doors open at  9:30) and lunch will be catered.  Registration can be done online at  The $15 registration fee includes lunch.  For more information visit our Facebook page:

Here is the schedule for the day, subject to change 

      Morning Key Note Speaker (10:15am):  
               Dr. Ivan Duran, Superintendent of Bellevue School District
      Morning Breakout Sessions ( 11:10am )
  • Addiction                                            
  • Positive Discipline                                
  • Parenting as Prevention                                
  • Raising LGBTQI+ Kids                           
        Lunch ( 12:00 )  

       Afternoon Breakout Sessions (1:00pm)
  • Uncomfortable Conversations                         
  • Gifted Education                                  
  • Depression                                           
  • Parenting in a Multicultural Context   
  • Eat, Sleep, and Play                             
      Afternoon Key Note Speaker ( 2:00pm ): Spirituality of Children and Parents                       
               Imam Jamal Rahman, Interfaith Community Sanctuary      
      Afternoon Panel Discussion ( 2:30pm )
  • Imam Jamal Rahman, Interfaith Community Sanctuary
  • Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn, Seattle University School of Theology and UMC PNW Conference
  • Jen Hoerber, Dir. Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Aldersgate UMC
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!

The Sophia Way Lunch
Thursday, October 11
It is time for the annual Sophia Way Lunch.  It will be held at the Meydenbauer Center on Thursday, October 11 at noon.  The event is free but there will be a request for a donation.  There will be a keynote speaker and an update from the director as well as stories from the clients. Jean Harris will have a table and you may call her at 425-747-0727 or e-mail at if you would like more information or if you would like her to register for you.  You may also register at the Sophia Way website:

Prayer Requests   
People Who Passed Away
*Betty Fredeen's brother Tom
*David Plowman's uncle Gerald

People with Health Concerns 
*Marcia Stansell's friend Renee
*David Maybee's friend Jim
*Bev Allott
*Lynda Dreher
*Bonnie McAuliffe
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Bob Olson

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.