Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   October 26, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Oct 27
Fall Festival
Nov 4
Worship Brainstorming Party/Potluck
Nov 6
Core Leaders
Common Table
Charge Conference
Nov 12
Harvest Dinner
Nov 18
Memorial Service
Nov 20
December Calendar Deadline
Nov 21
Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 23-24
Office Closed
Nov 26
One Service @ 10am
Dec 3
Wreaths & Treats
Dec 5
YAHs Potluck
Worship Team
Dec 9
Christmas Bash
Dec 10
UMW Bake Sale
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Cantata
Dec 13
Cluster Charge Conf. at St. Peters UMC
Dec 17
Youth Christmas Party
Dec 21
Christmas Story Time
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Services
Dec 25-Jan 1
Church Office Closed
Dec 31
One Service @ 10am
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)
  Worship  (Oct)
Trustees (Oct)
Green Team (Sept & Oct)
Outreach  (August)
Finance (May)
Preschool   (May)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (12/2016)
Lay Leadership (9/2016)

                         Scripture Lesson:   
John 4:1-42            
                         Sermon :     "To Be Known and L oved"

This Sunday
In Biblical times, the well was the source of life for ancient people. Water represented the connection between people and the connection to the Earth. This day we celebrate our connections with other Protestants on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. There are lots of Biblical stories about wells. Jacob met his wife Rachel at the well in Genesis. Moses met his wife, Zipporah, the daughter of Reul, at the well in Exodus. The well story was a well-known euphemism for a courtship. Not only does Jesus sit down in broad daylight when no one would normally be at the well, hoping for help drawing water. He sits down at the well and talks to the first person who happens by, who happens to be a Samaritan, and a woman by herself. Jesus meets this woman as a suitor would meet her. However his purpose is different. His purpose is not to take her for his wife. Instead, he offers her love, to be sure, but not the love of a husband for a wife. This is the love of God for the woman. To be loved is to be known.  Jesus knows us, loves us, and calls us. We may feel unworthy. We may be undignified. We may not feel like we fit in at church. We may not fit the mold of what "church people" are. Jesus knows us and calls us in love. 
~~~ Pastor Laura
Church Work Party
Saturday, October 28
Please  join us for a church work party on Saturday October 28 from 9:00am-12:00pm. We will work outside raking, weeding, pruning, etc.  Bring your gloves and gardening tools.  Families and kids are welcome.  Aldersgate has a large, beautiful property which takes many volunteers to maintain. Please come when you can Saturday morning and lend a hand.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance from or contact Dave Carver, P.S.-Dave promises no rain.
Saturday, November 4
A CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) class will be held here at the church on Saturday November 4 from 9:00am to 11:30am.  The class will teach current CPR procedures and use of our AED.  A certification will be awarded to those who attend and demonstrate correct procedures.  Note; certifications from the previous class expire this November.  Attendance will provide life saving knowledge in the event of sudden cardiac arrest or heart attack. Church staff, nursery workers, and ushers are strongly urged to attend.  Other folks may also attend if there is room in the class.  if you are interested in attending, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office.
Worship Brainstorming Party/Potluck
Saturday, November 4
Have you ever wondered how the planning process for our worship services works? Have you ever wished you could let someone know what works for you in worship? Do you have great suggestions for hymns, songs, prayers, visuals for use in worship, or anything else related to  Sunday  morning (either service)? If so, this party is for you! On  Saturday November 4 , from  12-2pm  we will preview the themes for worship in January and brainstorm some great ideas for the Epiphany Season. The hope is to gather so many ideas that we can't use them all  in one year  so get ready to imagine together. Also, bring a lunch item to share with those who gather. If you have questions, contact Pastor Laura. 
All Saints Day
Sunday, November 5
On Sunday, November 5 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 6, 2016) 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, we will give thanks for them, and pray for us all as we continue to work through our grief and seek renewed confidence and peace in the promises of Christ Jesus.
Dinner, Common Table & Charge Conference
November  6 
The next Aldersgate Common Table will be on Monday, November 6 in Fellowship Hall.  Come at 6:30pm for a light Church Supper - a bowl of hearty soup and bread!  The meeting will start at 7:00pm. This gathering is for everyone who wants to have a voice in the life of the church.  The staff and core leaders will host this year's church charge conference.  This will be an official business meeting of the church, where we share information and take care of important decisions related to policy, finance, and organization of our congregation.     Everyone is welcome to attend.   Free childcare is available if you sign up for it in advance. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office. 
Quarterly Statements
Quarterly contribution statements were sent to you by regular mail last Monday and you should have received them by now.  A computer glitch beyond our control prevented us from emailing them to you.  If you have questions about your statement, please contact Wendi in the church office.
Resource Library News
Bob Olson's latest poems have been added to "Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons," displayed on the library table.  Copies of  Is Revolution Necessary?  and The Light of Jesus  are found on pages 144 and 145, respectively.  
Thank You for Your Kindness
Gwen Pazan and her family wish to thank you all for the  thoughtful cards, notes and hugs they received concerning the death of her mother, Marjorie Krueger.  They brought the family great comfort. 
Dreher Memorial Service
Saturday, November 18
Sadly we announce the death of Lane Dreher.  Lane and his wife Lynda have been members at Aldersgate since January 2005.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 1:30pm.  If you can assist with the reception, please contact Lea Fox, 425-641-6796,  We need help with setup, serving, and cleanup.
Fall Festival
October 27
Please join us for the FALL FESTIVAL this  Friday, October 27 from 5:30 - 8:30pm.
Win candy and prizes playing carnival games such as a pumpkin toss, pumpkin bowling and doughnuts on a string!  There will be other activities such as a lego build and cookie decorating.  A chili and hot dog dinner will be provided from  6-7pm.  We will have a costume parade for the kids at  7:30.   A few additional volunteers who will help with carnival games would be very much appreciated, so please consider coming and joining in on the fun!  If you can help, contact Jen Hoerber as soon as possible.
Harvest Dinner
November 12
Save Sunday, November 12 at 5:30pm for the Annual Harvest Dinner at church.  This is Thanksgiving dinner, "Aldersgate-style".  All the traditional foods will be provided - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and beverages - PLUS what you supply as side dishes and desserts to serve 8-10.   If your last name begins with A-F, please bring a dessert; G-M - vegetable/side; N-Z - salad.  Please sign up to help on the back of the attendance form.  Cost is $6 per person (max $20 for immediate family) to cover the provided foods. Tickets will be on sale after both services starting Sunday October 29. For questions the contact is Patty Ferguson.
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:
*Oct 27 - Fall Festival - Come for the food (chili, hot dogs, fruit, veggies, treats) and stay to
      help  staff a carnival booth. Earn community service credits.
*Oct. 29 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Nov. 5 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Nov. 12 - Grab your family and come to the Harvest Dinner at 5:30pm.  Tickets go on sale
      Sunday, $6 per person or $20 for a family.  Bring a side dish to share.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
December 10
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for food and a fun activity. 
The next meeting will be December 10 since the Harvest Dinner is happening in November.
Contact is Jen Hoerber,
Rummage Sale Update
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the RUMMAGE SALE! Thank you to those who set up and took down tables and signs, those who donated and bought items, those who organized, priced, cashiered, sold, packed and hauled   The team work made it happen and your help was fantastic. A special kudos to the youth who helped, your contributions of time and energy were greatly appreciated.   All together we made a grand total of $3,500 for the mission travel fund and the youth retreats. And we were able to find "good homes" for our extra items at: The Baby Corner, The King County Library System and Friends of the Library, Sophia Way, Mary's Place, The Men's Homeless Shelter, the Habitat Store, and Goodwill.
People Who Have Passed
Prayer Requests
*Church member Thelma Nicklett
*Mark Olleman's father Roger
*Church member Peter Ting
*Jeff Wheeler's doctor

People with Health Concerns 
*Flo Monkman's son David
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers
*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.