Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                 November 9, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
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 5:1-18          
                         Sermon :     "Come On In, the Water Is . . . Alive? "

This Sunday
I remember standing at the edge looking down at what had been the pools.  They were just outside of and beyond what had been the walls of Old Jerusalem.   We came to an excavated area that went deep into the ground.  Below us were areas surrounded by stone walls and steps.  The area was divided by individual retaining walls, each also segmented with steps, and each wall surrounding what had been deep pools.  We stood on a viewing area and as we stood there, one of us read the scripture that you'll hear this Sunday.   It is the story of these very pools.  We felt God's presence.  Many of us wept at the feelings of healing represented there.  These pools had been consecrated as places of healing even in the times before Jesus.  The legend was that if the water was moving it was because an angel had descended into that pool.  The first to enter that pool would be healed.  The power would go from within the water and into the person, and all of those remaining would wait again for the waters to stir.  Jesus came to a man who was laying beside the pools, and had been for thirty-eight years.  He asked him the question,"Do you want to get well?"  Then comes a non-answer.  Then comes a healing.  And instead of focusing on the controversy that follows I think this Sunday we'll focus on the healing.  The words spoken by Jesus are as important for us today as they were in that time.  First, "Do you want to be healed?"  Second, "Get up."  Third, "Pick up your mat!"  And finally, "Walk."  There is much to this story.  Healing is a strange thing, filled with challenges and possibilities.  We'll be exploring both this week.  To prepare please read John 5:1 - 18.  
~~~ Pastor Brad
Ready to Join Us?
We welcome new members to Aldersgate regularly and would love to talk with you more about what membership would mean for you and/or your family. This Sunday, November 12, we will welcome anyone who is ready right away or who has transferred their membership already. If you are considering becoming a member and want more information, mark your registration sheet and/or contact Pastor Laura
Question Boxes
The committee designing a process for considering whether it's time for Aldersgate to join the Reconciling Congregations Network welcomes your questions. There is a box in the Narthex for your questions and also an electronic question submission form at We will check the boxes at least once a week, then research and make public the answers we find. Questions can be anonymous or you can put your name on it, as you wish. 
Christmas Singers
We are inviting singers of all ages and skill levels to join us in singing "Sing Joy to All the World", a Christmas cantata by Lloyd Larson. Rehearsal is in the sanctuary on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:45pm from now thru December 6. The cantata will be performed on Sunday, December 10 at the second service.  Special arrangements can be made if scheduling is a problem. Questions?  Contact Hanae Straub. Thank you!
Memorial Service Help Needed
A memorial service will be held in honor of Lane Dreher on Saturday, November 18 at 1:30pm.  Please sign up on the back of the attendance form to donate cookies for the reception that follows.  We also need volunteers to help with setup, serving, and cleanup.  If you can assist with the reception, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Lea Fox, 425-641-6796, 
Worship Service @ 10:00am
Sunday, November 26
There will be only one worship service  at 10:00am on Sunday, November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
United Methodist Student Day
On Sunday November 26, we will take a special offering that transforms lives through education. Your generous gifts will help support United Methodist Student Day scholarships, administered by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry. Your gifts help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has called them to do.
Woman at the Well Video
Pastor Laura showed a video in first service worship on 10/29 and was unable to show it in second service worship. If you are curious about the video or want to watch it (or watch again), it can be found at It tells the story of the Woman at the Well from the woman's perspective. The poem was written by  Chris Kinsley and Drew Francis. 
Church Conference Report
If you missed the Common Table and  ALL Church Conference on Monday, November 6, you can still CLICK HERE to see a copy of the church conference report for you reading pleasure.  
Ushers Needed
There is a need for more ushers for the first service.  Your duties include greeting people, handing out bulletins, lighting candles, collecting the offering, tidying up the sanctuary after the service.  With enough people on the rotating scheduled, you would only usher every 4-6 weeks or so.  If you are interested, please contact David James.
Opportunities to Serve
Please consider using your God given gifts (talents, skills, interests) to serve at Aldersgate. 
  •  Are you interested in supporting the church staff? Then join the Staff Parrish Relations Team.
  •  Have a knack for computers and technology?  Then join the Tech Team.
  •  Like to connect with new people?  Then become involved with visitation.
  •  Are you artistic and creative? Then use your talent for marketing and advertising.
  •  We also need a church safety officer.
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.  Check the back of the attendance form for volunteer opportunities that we know of right now where your talents would be valued.  Sign up for any that interest you. If you have questions contact Pastor Laura or Christian
Harvest Dinner
November 12
Join us this Sunday evening 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.  Cost is $6 per person (max $20 for immediate family) to cover the provided foods. Tickets will be on sale after both services Sunday and at the door Sunday evening..
To make the dinner a big success, we need the help of many volunteers.  On Sunday, we especially need kitchen helpers starting at 4:30pm and food servers starting at 5:15pm.    If you can help in any of these areas, please contact Patty Ferguson.  And finally, if you have 12-cup muffin pans we can borrow, please drop them off in the church kitchen before Saturday.
Deborah Circle
Special Guest - Alice Rowe
The UMW Deborah Circle will hold its November meeting on Monday, the 13th, 7:00pm, at Jean Rummel's home.   Our special guest will be Alice Rowe, who will be updating us on her family, their Congo mission, and tying that in with giving thanks.  Women of the church are invited to attend.  Please contact Clarine Goodleaf for more information, (425) 643-9339.
Wreaths & Treats
Join us for Wreaths & Treats on December 3 from 10:00-11:00am between services.  This is a festive way to start the advent season.  Besides a yummy spread of treats, there will be greens, candles, etc. to create an advent wreath for your home as well as a fun activity.  You can help the church prepare for the season as well by assembly visitor mugs and signing cards for our college students.  If you'd like to participate and/or support this event, please sign up on the attendance sheet or contact Jen Hoerber. 
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,
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:
*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.
*Nov. 19 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Nov. 21 - Serve food at Crossroads Thanksgiving Dinner
*Nov. 26 - NO Youth Group and NO Sunday School due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  But you can help decorate the Youth Room for Christmas!
EcoFaith Conference Saturday
The EcoFaith Conference  is this weekend, on Saturday November 11 at Bethany Community Church in Seattle from 9:00am-5:00pm. Tickets are still available. Come and hear how Christians are engaging with Creation Care and Environmental Stewardship through conversation, art, and experience. More info  HERE .  See Pastor Laura if you would to carpool. 
Holiday Bake & Craft Sale
December 9 & 10
Looking for a sweet way to contribute to missions?   Aldersgate United Methodist Women invite you to donate baked goods or handmade crafts to our annual bake and craft sale.  This year, UMW will be selling both  Saturday, December 9  at the Christmas Bash and between services on Sunday, December 10.  Please have your items at the church by  9:30am  for the  Saturday  sale, or before first service for the  Sunday  sale.  All proceeds go to support missions locally and around the world.  Contact Clarine Goodleaf, 425-643-9339.
People with Health Concerns  
*Kristie McLean's friend Jana
*Lois Ingram
*Garnet Ormsby
*Charlie Stansell
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Kristie McLean

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.