Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                             September 21, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Sept 22
Memorial Service
Sept 24
ALL Church Foot Golf
Oct 1
World Communion
Exploration Lunch
Oct 3
Young at Heart Potluck
Oct 8
CROP Hunger Walk
Oct 13-14
Rummage Sale
Oct 16
Common Table
Oct 20-22
Youth Retreat
Oct 23
November Calendar Deadline
Oct 24
KCLS Homelessness
Oct 27
Fall Festival
Nov 4
Nov 12
Harvest Dinner
Nov 20
December Calendar Deadline
Nov 21
Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 23-24
Office Closed
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (August)
Outreach  (August)
Trustees  (August)
Finance (May)
Preschool   (May)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (12/2016)
Lay Leadership (9/2016)
Worship  (4/2016)

Scripture Lesson  
John 1:40-51

  "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up"

This Sunday
So let's begin this Bible study of the Gospel of John and see where it takes us. This Sunday we will explore the four gospels to see which Jesus is the one we are seeking to follow. Each of the gospel writers utilized a platform from which their ideas of Jesus spring. The title of the sermon on Sunday is, "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up." There are so many ideas, so many disagreements, so many arguments, but John makes some points the others seem to miss. So let's explore some of those. No suggested reading this week, but I will ask you to make four or five statements about what you believe about Jesus. It can simply be words, phrases, or even scriptures you utilize as your definition. Then, over the next few weeks we will examine a wedding in a neighboring community on World Communion Sunday, and what it seeks to say about Jesus. Then we will explore the time of turning tables as an act of justice in  a world surrounded by injustice when Pastor Laura preaches. Then we will address what it means to be "born again," or "born from above" and specifically examine John 3:16. Then, as we continue we will explore the whole idea of what it means to decrease and be used as we allow God to increase in our hearts, minds and actions (Paul Benz as our guest preacher for that Sunday). Our Sundays are going to be fun and upbeat, all while helping us learn about these stories of "Good News," and Jesus as the light of the world who is, even today, wanting to fill our hearts and direct our lives.
~~~ Pastor Brad
Green Team meeting TODAY
September 21
TODAY on Thursday, September 21 at 11:30, the Green Team will meet at the church. Pastor Laura will provide a light lunch and all are welcome to come and be a part of this re-energized environmental ministry at Aldersgate. If you would like to be part of the team but can't make this first meeting, please contact Pastor Laura to let her know what would be a better time for you and/or how you would like to participate. Meetings are not for everyone but we do need your ideas.
Memorial Service TOMORROW
September 22
We will celebrate the life of Len Knapp tomorrow on Friday, September 22 at 2:00pm.  Len and his wife Marilyn began attending Aldersgate a few years ago.  They came to the second service and sang in the choir.  There will be a reception after the memorial service.  If you are able to help serve food during the reception, provide cookies or help with setup or clean up, please sign up or contact Lea Fox, 425-641-6796.
Youth Assistant Pledge
Have you heard them?  Do you see them?  Our Youth  Ministry has grown beyond belief with busy, happy kids (and their parents) filling our halls with their enthusiasm.  Youth are regularly participating in Youth Group, worship services, retreats, service projects, dinners, and now Sunday School.  Things have grown so much that Jen Hoerber needs a Youth Assistant to help her plan and implement the youth program.  Your help is needed to raise $15,000 to support the annual salary of a Youth Assistant.  By September 30, please fill out and turn in this pledge card or go to the church website to make a donation to our "Youth Ministry." 
Resource Library News
Bob Olson's latest poems have been added to "Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons," displayed on the library mobile cart.  See the last 4 pages for copies of Perception, Justice, My Lord's Prayer, Apocalypse, and Love, Love, Love, Love 
Aldersgate Acolytes
"Jesus said: "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12).   The lighting of the candles is a meaningful part of our regular worship services.   The presence of the light reminds us of Jesus' coming into our world and into our lives. The light is carried into the worship service as a symbol of Jesus' coming into the presence of the worshiping community. At the end of the service, the light is carried out into the world to show that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere. Children are invited to sign up to be Aldersgate Acolytes here.  Children should check in with the ushers 10 minutes before service on the day they are signed up to acolyte.  The ushers will show you how and when to light the candles and extinguish them.  Questions? Contact is Kate Ingalls.
Cookies Needed
The freezer is bare!  Please donate cookies for the refreshment time between services.  Homemade or store bought cookies, muffins, and sweet breads would be appreciated. Please put them in the kitchen freezer.
Lay Leadership Positions
Please consider using your God given gifts (talents, skills, interests) to serve at Aldersgate.    CLICK HERE  for a list of the places that we know of right now where your talents would be valued.  Please take some time to pray about which of these opportunities might be right for you at this time in your faith life. Pastor Laura and Christian Hampson are interested in identifying gifts in our church community and empowering people to use those gifts to the glory of God.  Pastor Laura and Christian are available to answer your questions and/or find the answers to them. They are looking forward to talking with you. 
Heartworks Workshops in October
Aldersgate will host a series of four sessions on Monday afternoons (10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30) about end-of-life planning led by Martha VanDeMark of the Heartwork group. This series of workshops is a powerful way to discuss our own dying process and make our own decisions about what a good death might look like. The sessions will be facilitated discussions of 6-10 people and the cost is $125 per person or $100 per person if there is more than one person from the same family. Scholarships are available. It's a great experience for couples or children and parents to do together. Anyone who is old enough to have a driver's license is old enough to participate in the group. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Pastor Laura if you are interested as the group is almost full. If there is enough interest, a second group may form at a later date.
FootGolf Is Back!
September 24
Join your Aldersgate Church Family for a fun afternoon of FootGolf!  What is FootGolf?  It's just like golf except with a soccer ball and no clubs!   O September 24th we will meet at Crossroads Par 3 golf course at 4:30pm. We will all start at different holes and will play through at least one round.  Bring a soccer ball (and an extra ball if you have it!) or $3 to rent a ball.  All other costs are covered by the church including snacks and drinks!  This is fun for the whole family!  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or email Jen Hoerber.
It's Time for the Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, October 2
Calling all retired folks, empty nesters, and wannabees!  Join us Tuesday, October 2 at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall for an enjoyable evening of good food and fellowship.  The theme - "Getting to know you, getting to know all about you."  First timers please sign up on Sunday's response form and someone will call you about food.  For more info, contact Wilma Tucker at 425-449-5419.
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have questions about the youth program, contact  Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
*Sept 24 - You and your family come join us for Foot Golf at 4:30pm at the Crossroads Par 3
                  golf course behind the  Crossroads Mall in Bellevue.  Bring a soccer ball or money
                  ($3) to rent one. The church will pay the game fees and provide snacks and drinks.
*Oct 1 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm 
*Oct 8 - Stay after church for lunch and then participate in the CROP Hunger Walk.
*Oct 15 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Oct 20-22 - Youth Retreat at Camp Sambica on Lake Sammamish
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
October 8
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for food and a fun activity.  The next meeting is October 8.  We will meet for lunch after church and then participate in the CROP Hunger Walk.  Contact is Jen Hoerber,
World Communion Sunday
We will take a special offering on World Communion Sunday, October 1.  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!
CROP Hunger Walk
Aldersgate participate in the interfaith CROP Hunger Walk this year on October 8th.  All are invited to join us for this 3 mile walk to raise money and awareness of hunger throughout the world.  The walk starts and ends at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, 17550 NE 67th CT, Redmond, WA 98052.  Registration begins at 1:00pm and the walk starts at 1:45pm.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or send an email to Jen Hoerber or Malia Hampson.  More information along with donation collection will be available Sunday mornings on September 24th and October 1st.
Rummage Sale
It's that time again!  This year's Rummage Sale is on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14.
So it is time to clean out the closets (and the garage!) and donate those unused, no longer needed items to the rummage sale.
  • Monday October 9 - Set up tables
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (October 10, 11, 12) - Donations accepted and priced
  • We are not able to accept donations on Friday.
  • We can only accept furniture that you are willing to take back if it doesn't sell.
  • Please call Linda Detering at 425-867-0441 if you need help getting your donations to church.
  • Sign up to help with the rummage sale on Sunday's attendance form.
Thanks to you, our members, neighbors and friends our rummage sales have been very successful with cheerful givers and happy buyers, please help us do it again! Funds from our rummage sale are used to help cover travel expenses of our own church members in mission and youth retreats. Please support us with your prayers, donations, and service
The Sophia Way Companion Training
In this workshop, you will gain the skills to make a positive impact in the life of a person experiencing homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency, or other difficulties by serving as a Companion.  You will learn how to compassionately and effectively walk side by side with someone in need on their journey towards a better life.  Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00am - noon at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue, WY NE, Bellevue.  This workshop is required for women who wish to serve as Companions through The Sophia Way program.  A donation of $25 is requested for registration.
People Who Have Passed
*We regret to announce that Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie Krueger passed away.  Marjorie was a
     member of Aldersgate since 2003.  The memorial service will be held in Minnesota.
*Sadly we announce that Len Knapp passed away.  Len and his wife Marilyn started attending
    Aldersgate a few years ago and they both sang in the Chancel Choir.  A memorial service is planned
    for Friday, September 22 at 2:00pm.  
*Darrell Lowe's sister Lela
*Mabel Fry's son
*Betty Fredeen's friend Mary
*Roger Ingalls brother Bill

People with Health Concerns
Prayer Requests *Nancy Phillips
*Dorothy & Bud Bennett's cousin Carolyn
*Jen Hoerber's friend Jackson
*Karen Yellman and her daughter
*Dan & Jo Wallis' friend Marta
*Dave & Kathy Maybee and Kristie McLean's cousin Jack
*Dave Maybee's granddaughter Ashley and daughter-in-law Wendy
*Danny & Nita Daniels
*Bill Ferguson's mother Geni
*Patty Ferguson's mother
*Lea & Ferrel Fox's neighbor Ken
*Bonnie McAuliffe

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.