Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                 November 3, 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
Nov 4-6
Sr High Retreat
Nov 5
Lectio Divina Workshop
Nov 6
All Saints Sunday
Time Change - Fall Back
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
Thanksgiving Holiday 
Church Closed
Nov 27
Wreaths & Treats
Nov 28
Common Table
Charge Conference
Dec 2
Parents' Night Out
Dec 6
Young at Heart Potluck
Dec 10
Christmas Bash
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 Tabl e (Sept)
Trustees (Oct)
Staff Relations  (Oct)
Preschool (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Finance (July)
Worship (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

"Better Together" 

"For All the Saints "

Mark 4:13-26

This Sunday 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 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.
Ministry News

Prayer Workshop
November 5
Please join us for a Lectio Divina (Latin for 'Divine Reading') 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.  To read more about Lectio Divina goto .

Time Change 
Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning, November 6.  So set your clocks BACK on hour before you go to bed Saturday and we will see you at church on time Sunday!

Aldersgate Prayer Vigil
November 7 (7:00am to 7:00pm) 
Given the highly divisive nature of this year's election cycle, we have felt called to put prayer into action by helping coordinate a 12-hour, non-partisan, interdenominational prayer vigil in the hours leading up to Election Day. As Christians, we are called to pray for everyone; this includes current leaders, candidates, voters and our nation as a whole. Please consider joining us any time from 7:00am to 7:00pm on November 7th.   We are looking for two volunteers each hour to be on site during the prayer vigil to make sure things are running smoothly: visitors are greeted, flyers are refreshed, coffee and tea are stocked and candles are maintained. Click here to volunteer.   For more information about the prayer vigil,  contact Julie Flahiff, Joe Lee, Jean Harris or Sabrina MacIntyre.

What's Your Vision? 
Joe Lee is the new chairman of the Aldersgate Core Leadership team, the governing council at Aldersgate. He is interested in hearing your vision for Aldersgate.  He is available to speak with you during the Prayer Vigil on Monday Nov. 7 between 7:00am-7:00pm.  Just stop by and share your thoughts with Joe. 

Calling All Crafters!
You are invited to participate in the  December 11 United Methodist Women (UMW) Bake, Quilt, and Craft Sale with a donation of your handmade items. In addition to the  December 11 sale, we have the opportunity to sell crafts and quilts at the Christmas Bash on Saturday,  December 10. All money from these sales will be used to support missions both locally and world-wide.  Your crafts can make a difference in helping people in need. Please, watch for further information soon.  

Youth Fundraiser for Medical Team International
Parent's Night Out
December 2nd from 5:00-8:00pm
The AUMC Youth, with adult supervision, will babysit your children so you can savor a meal out, get a jump on your holiday shopping, or enjoy a peaceful evening at home.  There will be games, crafts, dinner and lots of fun planned for your little ones.  Space is limited! Sign up starting November 9th.   The cost is $25 for the first Child and $15 for each additional child. All the proceeds from this  AUMC Youth fundraising project will go to Medical Team International.  Medical Team International  is a non-profit Christian global health organization, delivering relief and development programs to all people in need.  If you have q uestions, email Jen Hoerber, Director of Children and Family Ministry.

Fun Events

Harvest Dinner 
November 13 @ 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, after both worship services.  Cost is $5 per person (max $18 for immediate family). 
Please sign up on Sunday (or contact the church office) even if you are not prepared to pay because we need an accurate head count.  You can pay at the door the night of the dinner.
Many people are needed to make this event a success.  We need ticket sellers, muffin pans, electric roaster ovens, decorators, kitchen helpers, food servers, etc.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.

Meaningful Movies
Tuesday, November 15
The next Meaningfull Movies on the Eastside is Tuesday November 15th, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church (4228 Factoria Blvd. SE, Bellevue) from 6:30-8:30pm.  The film is "FIX IT - Healthcare at the Tipping Point." The film was two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders.  This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

George Fox Players come to Aldersgate 
November 20th at 5:00pm 
Come see our very own Cora Beeman and the George Fox Players, a drama group from George Fox University, on the evening of November 20th at 5:00pm.  The performers will be exploring the theme "Ready or Not," with a series of stories where life comes pouring in and they realize they are not in control.  The performances are all based off of original scripts created by the students and the director.  The production will start at 5:00pm and run about an hour.  There will be hearty appetizers available afterwards and a brief time for fellowship and discussion.  Please feel free to bring an appetizer to share.  

Wreaths and Treats
November 27
Between services on November 27 each family will be able to make an advent wreath for their home.  We will also have cookie decorating and a couple of other ways to help prepare the church for the holiday season.  To find out how you could help support this event, please see Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber. 

Christmas Bash
December 10
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We are hosting a Christmas Bash on  December 10th from  10:00 - noon.  This festive celebration will include crafts for all ages and abilities, a few games, Nativity photo opportunity, sharing of Christmas stories, and singing carols.  The UMW will also have quilts and crafts for sale.  If you would like to volunteer at this event, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber.  
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:

*Nov. 4-6 - Sr. High Retreat at Fort Flagler.  
*Nov. 6 -  Youth Group
*Nov. 13 - NO Youth Group.  Come to the Harvest Dinner instead!
*Nov. 18-20 - Jr. High Retreat at Camp Indianola.  Let Jen know if you are interested.  
       For more information, CLICK HERE.
*Nov. 20 - George Fox Players at 5pm followed by snacks and Youth Group from 6:30-7:30pm.
*Nov. 27 - No Youth Group

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. 
Outreach & Missions World

Opportunity to Serve
At our last Common Table meeting it was apparent that many people had the desire to help the homeless.  So here is an opportunity for you to help provide meals for three emergency shelters.  CLICK HERE to sign up to provide meals to the 3 Emergency Shelters - Mens, Womens and Families.  The shelters are located in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland.  In fact, the Women's emergency shelter will be at Holy Cross Church Lutheran just down the street on Newport Way from January 3rd to March 31st.  

Prayer List   

People with Health Concerns
*Kristie McLean's friend's daughter Jenna
*Jon Tucker's neighbors Gary & Sally
*Judy Wallace's co-worker Geneil
*David Maybee's daughter Laurie, brother-in-law Ran, and daughter-in-law Wendy
*Heidi James' mother Jean
*Lew Green's friend Neil
*Lea and Ferrel Fox's daughter Cheryl
*Bill Ferguson 
* Betty Fredeen's friend Hannah, sister Peggy, and sister-in-law Audrey

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Our country and the elections
*The Standing Rock situation in North Dakota
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.