Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                               September 6, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Associate Pastor
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Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
September 2
One Service at 10am
September 3
Labor Day Holiday
Office Closed
September 5
ACP First Aid Class
Handbell Choir Practice
Chancel Choir Practice
September 6
ACP Parent Orientation
September 9
Mariner's Game
September 10-11
ACP Meet the Teacher
September 12
Preschool Begins
September 16
Sunday School Begins
Youth Group Kickoff
September 17
All Church Converence
October Calendar Deadline
September 19
Pastor's Class Begins
October 2
Young @ Heart Potluck
October 4 & 6
Habitat Build
October 7
Club 345
October 11 & 13
Habitat Build
Oct 12-13
Rummage Sale
October 20
Parenting Forum
October 22
November Calendar
October 26
Fall Festival
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (July 16)
CLT Budget (July 28)
Green Team  (August)
CRC Team (August)
Trustees (July)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)
Outreach  (May)
Worship (Feb)

"The Community of Christ: My Family's Story"
Ephesians 4:1-6

This Sunday
This Sunday we begin in earnest our focus on what it means to be a church filled with love, acceptance, and forgiveness.  We 're seeking to be a place of belonging; being brought in to the family of God as all we do is centered in actions and attitudes that accurately reflect the love and acceptance of Jesus.  It sounds so easy.  It's not.  It wasn't for Jesus and it isn't for us.   The Old Testament spends a great deal of time talking about the chosen people; of the rules for that gathered community, the consequences when laws are broken, and the stories of a God who seemed distant, illusive and judgmental.  Then came Jesus, the first in human history to be fully filled with God's Spirit; a spirit of love and transformation.  The God described by Jesus was not illusive but as close as our breath.  The God of Jesus sought to accept anyone and everyone.  This God sought to bring beauty, love, healing and hope.  Those who were confronted were those who sought to bring hopelessness and oppression, abuse and rejection.  Jesus confronted those, but others he loved, healed, touched, fed and then expanded the whole idea of community.  He included friends and enemies, the poor and the sick, the stranger and friend.  As we begin this journey together, seeking to do the same, we need to understand that it took Jesus three years to make the needed changes.  It may take us the same amount of time.  It begins today.  This Sunday I'll spend some time talking about my own family, the stands taken by my parents and even my siblings.  I'll talk about the places of acceptance and the places of rejection.  I'll talk about the way the culture of our family changed.  I'll talk a bit about my own experiences in the church.  To prepare please read Ephesians 4:1 - 6. 

~ Pastor Brad
September 9  Worship @ 9 :00am and 11:00
On  September 9, we begin our fall worship series, Jesus and the Extended Community. Pastor Brad will preach and will share stories from his own family. Plan to be there to begin this fall and the exploration of a Christ Centered Community together. Between services this week there will be a fellowship time for all ages. 
September 16  Worship @ 9 :00am and 11:00
The second week of the fall sermon series will bring an opportunity to share some our own stories of extending the community in the church and in our families. It will be a time to enter into the conversation about a Christ-Centered Community in our context. It will also be a time when we have the chance to consider committing to live by a covenant during this season where we would:
1. stay curious
2. be kind
3. listen with the same amount of passion 
       with which we hope to be heard.
Plan to be part of the conversation during worship. Between services, Sunday School begins this week with classes for all ages. 
Sunday School - Coming Soon
On September16 we will kick-off a new season of Sunday school. We will be use the curriculum called "Dig In" as the kids are in their second year of walking through the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Kids' Club will continue to be offered at both services and the children will flow from Kids' Club into both Music Time and then Sunday school. There will be three Sunday school classes broken up by age.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Support Our Children's Programs

Volunteers are needed to help implement our children's programs.  Please contact Jen Hoerber for more information.

  • Sunday Dinners  bring Club 345 and Youth Group together to share a meal before their fellowship time once a month. There are typically 20-30 children, youth and adult helpers for dinner. If you or your group would like to host a dinner, please sign up on the bulletin board across from the office.
  • Kids' Club  is a fellowship time for kids during the Sunday morning worship services. For first service it typically runs from 9:10-9:45am and for second service it is from 11:15am -12 noon. Kids' Club can consist of all types of activities-art projects, stories, games, and much more. Please consider hosting a Kid's Club and sharing your talents, passion and stories with our children. If you want to host a Kid's Club, but you just aren't sure of what to do, talk with Jen Hoerber as she has some activities all ready to go. You can sign up for only one service or for both, or for just one Sunday or several. Every bit helps! 
  • Sunday School  teachers and teacher assistants are needed, so please prayerfully consider helping. No experience is needed. Training is available and the curriculum is very user-friendly! 
Music Ministry
If you play an instrument or sing, consider joining an Aldersgate music group.
  • Worship Band performs at the first service each Sunday. Rehearsals are usually weekly on Thursdays at 7:00pm. Contact is Roger Ingalls.
  •  Handbell Choir (Canterbury Bells) performs at the second service once a month, October-June. Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Contact is Pam Johnson.
  • Adult (& Youth) Choir (Chancel Choir) performs at the second service each Sunday, September-June. Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Contact is Robbin Price.   
All Church Conference
Monday, September 17
Please plan to attend the All Church Conference on Monday, September 17 at 7:00pm. All are invited to participate in a single item at the Church Conference which is to confirm Associate Pastor Laura's new ministry commitments to Aldersgate UMC. The meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall and light refreshments will be served. Following the Church Conference, you are welcome to remain and attend the Core Leaders meeting at 7:30pm if you wish. Childcare is available if you sign up for it in advance.   To read more about this staff change and others, click here to read Pastor Brad's blog from the August 23 electronic newsletter.
Pastor's Study - Community According to Jesus
Wednesday, September 19
Starting Wednesday, September 19, Pastor Brad will teach a class that will focus on Jesus, and his views, teachings and actions centered on what it means to be community. We'll examine who is welcome, who belongs, and how Jesus identified each. Jesus changed the whole idea of community, but why and how? To begin we'll examine some of the specific pieces of the Old Testament and the Laws around what constitutes, defines, effects, kills and upholds community. From there we'll begin to examine Jesus as we spend some time in the four gospels. Then we'll take a look at Paul and examine the influence of Jesus on Paul; how Paul viewed and built community, take a look at 15 "One Another" verses, and what they might mean for us.   Click here for more information
Consider Reconciling Committee (CRC) Meeting 
Sunday, September 23
The committee developing the process for Aldersgate to consider whether to become a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network will meet at  noon on  September 23. All are welcome at this committee meeting. 
Resource Library News
  Please browse the Life 'til Death sermon series resources that are displayed on the library table.  Included are Five Wishes brochures and the following books: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, On the Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer, and The Grace In Dying by Kathleen Dowling Singh. 
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 see 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. 
Young Adult Ministry-"At the Crossroads"
"At the Crossroads" is a young adult fellowship group. Join us at Crossroads mall for dinner and conversation, on the first Monday of the month at 7:00pm by the stage. Events are posted to Facebook on a monthly basis. For more information, text/call Katie Olleman, 425-457-3324. Upcoming events:
>>> September Dinner: Monday, September 10  due to the Labor Day holiday
>>> October Dinner: Monday, October 1.
Come Join the United Methodist Women!
The United Methodist Women here at Aldersgate are organized to provide fellowship, learning and charitable activities for all the women in the church. There are two Circle groups that meet monthly. They share Sunday refreshment duty three months of the year. They help coordinate the UMW Spring Salad Supper in April, the Craft Sale in November and the Bake Sale in December. They also assist with church receptions. All the women of the church are welcome to join a Circle.
  • Deborah Circle meets next on September 10 (due to the holiday) and then on the 1st Monday of the month starting in October at 7:00pm in members' homes.  Contact is Clarine Goodleaf, 425-643-9339.
  •  Mary Martha Circle meets next on September 20, the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 9:30am at AUMC.  Contact is Kathy Maybee, 425-747-3668.
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 9 - Mariner's Game.  
*Sept 16 - Youth Group Kick-off, 6:00-8:00pm
*Sept 23 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Sept 30 - 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 to host Club 345 and bring in dinner are needed!   Contact is Jen Hoerber.
New Yoga Series
Starts September 22
Vince Fratello will restart his introductory series of yoga classes at Aldersgate. The classes will be taught at the most basic beginner level and will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities. The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays starting on Sept. 22  from 9-10:15am in Friendship Hall.  Please note, first class, on Sept. 22, will meet in the Youth room . Students should bring a sticky yoga mat 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
Love Thy Neighbor UMW Revivals
September 21-22
This summer, the Innovation and Vitality Team within the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church is holding six revivals in six cities. The nearest to Aldersgate happens on September 21-22 , in Seattle and we will celebrate what God is already doing in our midst and plot towards what is possible. We will reignite our communal imagination towards God's work in our neighborhoods. There will also be a time to network and collaborate with other Christians who are ready to figure out where the Spirit is moving within and around the church of the Northwest. Learn more and register at Cost is $21.75 if you register by September 7.
Parenting Forum
Saturday, October 20th
We are joining forces with Bellevue First UMC to host a day long Parenting Forum.  Faith leaders, experts in education, and organizations passionate about helping families will come together to offer perspectives on relevant topics for parents of children and youth of all ages. There will be two key note speakers;   Dr. Ivan Duran,  Superintendent Bellevue School District and  Jamal Rahman,  Muslim Sufi Interfaith Minister along with several break out sessions focusing on healthy habits, positive discipline, addiction, and anxiety plus several more.   The Parenting Forum will be held at Bellevue First UMC on Saturday, October 20 from 9:30am-3:30pm  Registration will be opening soon.  
Prayer Requests   
People Who Passed Away
*Bev Allebrandi
*Betty Fredeen's daughter-in-law Chrissy's father
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Sina's sister
*Mabel Fry's son James.  
      Condolence cards can be sent to Mabel's new address at:
      c/o River Mountain Village, 608 W 2nd ST, Newport, WA  99156

People with Health Concerns 
*Bonnie McAuliffe
*Nancy Phillips
*Jo Fritze's sister Jane
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker, the Firefighters

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.