Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   October 11, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
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)
Worship (Sept)
Green Team (Sept)
Preschool (August)
Outreach (August)
CRC Team (August)
Trustees (July)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)

Series:   "Belonging"

Sermon :   "The Puzzle 
That Is Our Soul"

Scripture :  Psalm 139:1-18, and 23-24

This Sunday
This Sunday, in response to the jigsaw puzzle of last week, I would like to take some time to examine the jigsaw pieces that are our lives.  Instead of focusing on the world outside of us, I would like to instead, focus briefly on the world inside of us.  A few years back I did a study of the soul.  I wanted to find out what it was, how it functioned, if it was real, if it changed over time, and how our perceptions of it played out.   I came away with the theory that we each contain this God-shaped "void" within us.  It is as individualized as our appearance.  No soul is the same, not one.  Our souls help define who we are, how we respond to others, and how we see ourselves.  Our souls either strengthen us and our convictions, or weaken us, particularly if we pay no attention to the care of the soul.   Jesus is the example of what quality soul work can look like.  He took risks; sometimes intense risks.  He would be the first to admit that his willingness and his ability to do what he did was based on his relationship, his trust, his time with, and understanding of God.   At the same time, he seemed to know that even that depended on him doing whatever was necessary to keep his own soul healthy, alive, and whole.  He was centered on God; God's teaching, God's healing, God's accountability, and God's transformational power; a power that was flowing through him; through his soul.  Doing any of that meant spending time with God, being challenged, renewed, even reinvigorated by his Creator.  Bottom line is that it is up to us whether we do the same.  Like our physical health, our soul or spiritual health depends on any number of actions taken on our part.   So, why explore this now?  As we continue to walk through what it means to be a place of belonging, our individual souls will play a huge part as together we work our way through this year.   My hope his Sunday is to focus on a few of the soul-based exercises and activities that will help us be spiritually healthy and vibrant.   To prepare, please read Psalm 139,  and write about what you felt as you read it.  

~ Pastor Brad
The Way Forward Info Evening
Monday, October 22
Have you heard about a special General Conference in February and been unsure what it meant? Do you know what the bishops are recommending for how the structure of the United Methodist Church may change as a result of the General Conference? Are you curious what it will mean for Aldersgate? Come to church on Monday October 22 at 7:00pm and learn more. Members of the CRC committee have gathered information from the conference and the UM news service and distilled it into a few handouts and slides. The evening will have time to listen, respond, and question together. We will end the evening with a short prayer time for the church and the denomination and our siblings and family members in Christ throughout the world.
A Message From Melinda Lilley
Finance Update & Budget
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1
For me, this verse describes the transition not only from Summer to Autumn but the various transitions that are happening with our church finances. 

First of all, we welcome Jill Swanson as our new Treasurer and we thank Marie Vieth for her years of service. Jill is also the Treasurer for the Aldersgate Christian PreSchool. She can be reached at 

Second, Melinda Lilley is moving out of the Finance Chair position into a Communications role. Jim Phillips has graciously accepted the finance team leadership role. He can be reached at

Third, the Aldersgate July 2018-June 2019 Fiscal Budget that was approved by the Core Leadership Team is now available to view. Please click here to download or ask for a copy from Wendi in the office.  We went from a previous fiscal budget of $511,547.05 to the current fiscal budget of $463,613.21 (about $50,000 less). Needless to say, we were forced to cut some maintenance and other needed services in order to achieve a balanced budget. If you have any questions, please contact:
A quarterly update with the status of our income and expenses will be available shortly. Your continued faithful giving is appreciated.

Finally, I'd like to thank the members of the Finance Team that I've had the pleasure of working with over the last years, especially Jim Phillips, Darrell Lowe, Brad Brewer, and Gary Swearingen. Thank you for serving our community. 

Yours in Faith, Love, Health and Service,
All Saints Sunday
November 4
On Sunday, November 4 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 5, 2017) to fill out the Sunday attendance form now 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. The deadline to submit names is Sunday, October 28 .
Cluster Conference
November 4
There will be a Cluster Conference on Sunday, November 4 starting at 7:00pm at First United Methodist Church of Bellevue. Presided over by our District Superintendent, Rev. Rich Lang, this is a communal event with other Methodist churches in our area to gather the laity  to have civil, open, serious conversation about the mission of the UMC. Everyone is invited to attend.  Using a Table Talk format, there will be three movements to this Cluster Conference.
a.)     Setting the table with a teaching about stages of faith.
b.)    Opening the table with a Bible study about the content of Jesus' teachings.
c.)   The main course being conversation about The Way Forward and the future of our District (mission field).
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). 
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!
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. 
Church Rummage Sale
Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13
Come One - Come All! The Rummage Sale is  Friday and Saturday, October 12-13.  TODAY is the last day to donate your unwanted  treasures to the church.    Also please donate shopping bags, especially paper bags.  Of course, we need a variety of volunteers to pick up, sort and price items, cashier, cleanup, deliver and just lend a hand as needed so please sign up on Sunday!     Contact is Linda Detering if you can help.
Fall Festival
October 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Mark your calendars! It's time for the annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 26 from 5:30-7:30pm. A popular 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. If you can help, please sign up for one of the following: Revamp/create carnival games, prep food and cook at church the week of the event, or help the day of the event with set-up from 11:00am-5:00pm, man a booth (Shifts 5:30-6:30pm and/or 6:30-7:30pm), and clean up from 7:30-8:30pm. 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.
Welcome to the Table:   Aldersgate Kitchen Fundraiser
Saturday, November 3
Mark your Calendars!   We hope you can join us on Saturday, November 3, from 4:30 - 6:30pm for this Pampered Chef/AUMC "Food Channel" Demo & Tasting event to raise funds to pay off our loan payment for the kitchen remodel. Leading the event will be Malia Hampson, new Pampered Chef consultant and Peter Narmita, Aldersgate's "chef for the day."  This will be both an on-site as well as an on-line fundraiser party. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact .
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 14 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Oct 20 - Volunteer at the Parenting Forum
*Oct 21 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Oct 26 - Volunteer at the Fall Festival
*Oct 28 - Corn Maze @ Bob's, 5:30pm - 7:00ish
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
November 4
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 November 4 at 5:00pm. Volunteers are needed to host the Club 345 activity or to provide the dinner.   C ontact is Jen Hoerber .
Habitat for Humanity Build Update
There are two days left to build; TODAY Thursday, October 11 and also  Saturday October 13 .  The work these past two weeks concentrated on exterior insulation, exterior wrap and siding. The 10 houses are well on their way to being weather tight for the fall and to be completed in the spring. Thanks to all who worked at the site and to those who contributed to the cost of the project. There will be an Interfaith service at the Sammamish site at 4:00pm on Sunday October 14 . Come and see the progress.    If you are interested c ontact 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.
FAN Cluster Meeting
Sunday, October 14
Faith Action Network will have a cluster meeting this  Sunday, October 14 at First Congregational Church, Bellevue from  2:30 to 4:30 PM.  FAN is a statewide interfaith advocacy nonprofit organization through which people and faith communities partner for the common good striving for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education and courageous public action.  The cluster meeting is  a wonderful way to connect with other local faith communities, share what Aldersgate UMC has been working on, and find ways to support one another in our justice activities. If you are able to attend, please RSVP.
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!
Prayer Requests   
People Who Passed Away
*David Maybee's friend Jim
*Betty Fredeen's brother Tom
*David Plowman's uncle Gerald

People with Health Concerns 
*Wally Bennett
*Bill Ferguson
*Bill Ferguson's father
*Patty Ferguson
*Marcia Stansell's friend Renee
*Bev Allott
*Lynda Dreher
*Bonnie McAuliffe
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.