Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service

www.Aldersgate-Church.org                                                               December 13, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Dec 15
Young Adult Xmas Party
Dec 16
Youth Xmas Party
Dec 17
Church Dinner
All Church Conference
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Services
5pm ~ 7pm ~ 9pm
Dec 30
10:00am Worship Service
Dec 31
New Year's Eve Party
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Jan 1
Happy New Year!
Office Closed
Jan 6
Youth Homelessness
Jan 12-13
Youth Lock-In
Jan 13
Youth Sunday
Jan 16
Pastor's Class Resumes
Jan 19
Core Leaders Retreat
Jan 20
Bible Sunday
Jan 21
Martin Luther King Jr Day
Office Closed
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Coffee
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)
Trustees (Nov) 
Preschool (Nov)
CRC Team (Nov)
Finance (Nov)
Green Team (Nov)
Worship (Sept)
Common Table (June)
Many Thanks  
Thanks to all who donated baked goods, arts and crafts, and to all of you who shopped at the annual UMW Bake/Craft Sale. We had such a wonderful variety of items and selections. This year we raised $1,956!  Wow!  All proceeds will be used to support mission programs, both locally and afar.  Thanks again for your support!

Series:  " Preparing the Way"

Scripture:  Luke 1:46-56

  Sermon:  "The Humble Travels of Magnificent Mary"

This Sunday:
          This Sunday the focus will shift from the Cantata and Pageants of last week. We will turn back and focus on the journey taken by a young girl; a young girl who was no more than fourteen years old. She was chosen, set apart, lifted up, but why? To a great extent she had to have been unprepared for the angelic invitation. She knew the law, the risks, the potential accusations that would come at her. She knew that her life could be threatened by answering "yes" to this unusual invitation. So, how could she have been prepared? And yet, it appears as though she was.   It's her response that answers all of those questions.
          Like other biblical women before her, her preparation for this day had come in multiple ways. It wasn't that she was so special, so holy, so spiritual that she was set apart from others. She was, however, faithful. She was prepared by her relationship and trust in God. She was prepared because of her deep relationship with Joseph. She was prepared by the promises of an angelic voice, and open to the message because she believed. In other words, like so many unexpected yet faithful servants before her, she answered the call of God with a humble yet confident yes.   She had unknowingly prepared for this throughout her life and her response is the perfect example of what came of that preparation. Her song is a testament to her heart. So this Sunday, we'll examine that in multiple ways. To prepare please read Luke 1:46-56.
MINISTRY NEWS
All Church Conference
December 17
The annual business meeting of the church will be held on Monday, December 17 at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend. It's a great time to learn more about our congregation, our leaders, our membership, our finances, and our hopes for the future. We will have a simple soup supper together at 6:00pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Even if you can't make dinner, please come to the meeting. Even if you can't make the meeting, please come for dinner. 
Blue Christmas Service
December 23
Blue Christmas Service Seasons of joy and happiness can also contain feelings of loss and loneliness. If you are in need of comfort this season, we welcome you to a service of healing and support on December 23 at 2:00pm. All are welcome.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Monday, December 24
On Monday, December 24 we invite you and your family, friends, and neighbors to worship with us for evening candlelight services on Christmas Eve.

5:00pm   - A child-oriented family friendly candlelight service where we involve  the children in the r etelling of the Christmas story and sing Christmas carols.

7:00pm  - A more contemporary candlelight service centered on music by the worship  band and includes scripture readings and more modern Christmas carols.

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 - A traditional candlelight service with carols, scripture readings, handbells, and Holy Communion.
December 30 Service @ 10:00am 
On Sunday, December 30, we will have one worship service at 10:00am. Vince Fratello will bring the message as we consider the how our lives and our relationship with God change and evolve. It will be an informal service. Come as you are.
Calling All Cookie Bakers and Cocoa Makers!
We are looking for a couple of people for each Christmas Eve service at 5:00pm,7:00pm, and 9:00pm to help restock and clean up the frefreshments around the services. Also we are in need of Christmas cookies delivered by 4:30pm Christmas eve. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or email  Patty Ferguson or call her at 206-419-2294
Finance Reminders
  • 2018 Contributions: If you would like a donation reflected on your 2018 contribution statement, it needs to be received in the church office (or post-marked if mailed) by 12/31/2018. Questions? Contact Wendi in the church office.
  • Gift a Hood:  Want to give a different gift this Christmas? Give an extra gift to the AUMC kitchen fund for the new stove hood! It will be much appreciated.  
  • Planning a Fundraiser? This is a reminder that all fundraising activities at the church need to be coordinated and approved through the AUMC Finance Team. Please contact Jim Phillips, the Finance chairperson, with your fundraising plans, (jim.nancy99@comcast.net). Here is a copy of the Aldersgate Fundraising Policy
Nativity Displays 
If you loaned us your nativity set for display, please take it home Sunday, December 16 after the second service. Boxes are in the choir room near the front door. A HUGE thanks to you all!
Allott Memorial Fund 
Church member Bev Allott passed away and, at her request, there will be no memorial service. A memorial fund has been established in her name. The proceeds will be used for a special church interest of hers to be chosen at a later time. Condolence cards can be sent to her children Greg and Wendy Allott at 4575 - 165th AVE SE, Bellevue, WA 98006.
Youth Homelessness  Talk
Sunday, January 6
Have you read the article about homeless youth in the Seattle Times? King County is in crisis with over 1500 youth and young adults living on the streets. 20% of these young people have been kicked out of their families because of their gender identification or sexual orientation that is not acceptable to their families.
 
The CRC and Outreach teams have invited Kimberly Turner to speak on a program sponsored by Friends of Youth and The Y on how the community can address this problem It will be held on Sunday, January 6 at 10:15am in Friendship Hall. Please put time on your calendar to either stay after 1st service or come early for 2nd service.
Pastor's Class Resumes in 2019 
Wednesday, January 16
The Pastor's class will resume on Wednesday, January 16 . It is offered at 10:00am and 7:00pm, same class at two different times. For the first few months of the new year, we will do an in-depth book study on Brian McLaren's book, "We Make the Road by Walking." It is designed to be a year-long study for spiritual formation, reorientation and activation, or reactivation of our focus on faith. During each class we will examine more thoroughly the scriptures, commentary, and discussion questions presented in the book. We will be utilizing this resource for many of the sermons on our Sundays through Easter and beyond.  Our Bishop has recommended this book as together we approach the upcoming General Conference. We will have the book available for purchase in January for $12. 
Centering Prayer Group
In these turbulent times, prayer and meditation are essential.  You are invited to the Centering Prayer/Lectio Divina group that meets at Aldersgate on Friday afternoons at 2:00pm.  This is an opportunity to open your mind to God's insight.  Interested - contact Sabrina Macintyre or Bob Olson.
FUN EVENTS
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:  
* Dec. 16 - Youth Christmas Party, 6:00-8:00pm
                 This year will be Fancy Shmancy party where we all get dressed up and enjoy a fun
                 evening together.  There will be a white elephant gift exchange ($15).
*Dec. 23 - No Youth Group due to the holiday season.
*Dec. 30 - No Youth Group due to the holiday season.
*Jan. 6 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm  (NO dinner tonight)
Young Adult Christmas Party
December 15
Where: Katie Olleman's home: 3780 148th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006
What: The young adult small group, "At the Crossroads" will be cookie decorating from 6pm to 8pm and watching a Christmas movie starting at 8pm on December 15th. Please bring a contribution to our cocoa tasting buffet :) Come prepared to enjoy Laughter, Good Cheer, Holiday Spirit and Friendship. If you know someone who would enjoy this event, please invite them to the party! For more information or to RSVP go to the FB event  or contact Katie by text or voice-message at (425) 457-3324.
Emerald City Ringers Concert
Saturday December 15 at 4:00pm
St. Matthews Lutheran Church  1700 Edmonds Ave. NE, Renton 98056
Come and see the Emerald City Ringers in their Christmas Concert for 2018, "Seasons of Love." You'll recognize a couple of faces from the AUMC handbell choir (Pastor Laura and Pam Johnson) and lots of tunes from the Christmas season. Suggested donation is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, $5 for children, and $30 for a family. 
Family New Year's Eve Party  
December 31
Grab your family and join us on December 31 , to ring in the New Year at Aldersgate with homemade pizza, games, crafts for the kids, and lots of fun!  We will create pizzas starting at 6:00pm and end with ringing in the New Year at 9:00pm (12 midnight Eastern Standard Time,) What to bring: Your favorite pizza topping(s), leftover Christmas cookies and treats, your favorite games, and any noise makers (pots and pans, etc.) for our "midnight" celebration. Please sign up on the back of the attendance form. Questions? Contact is Colleen Olleman, 425-746-1696.
2019 Yoga Series
Starts January 5 
Got a New Year's resolution? Vince Fratello can help with his introductory series of yoga classes at Aldersgate after the New Year. The classes will be taught at the most basic beginner level and will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities. Class 1 always starts at the beginning so don't worry. The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays, January 5 to March 9 . Class time will be 9:00-10:15am. Students will be asked to bring a sticky yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props. The cost will be $50 per student for the entire series-you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed. If you have questions you can contact Vince . We hope to see you there!
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
February 3
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month usually on the first Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity. The next meeting is February 3 at 5:00pm. Volunteers are always needed to host the Club 345 activity or to provide the dinner.  Please sign up on the CYF bulletin board by the church office.  C ontact is Jen Hoerber .
CHURCH & SOCIETY
Christmas Giving Opportunities
  • Vision House is a non-profit based in Renton that provides dozens of homeless women and children with a place to live, child care, education, and support while becoming self sufficient.  Your donations of gift cards for groceries, clothing, gasoline and personal items for $10 to $50 are a great help for these women during the year. These will be available in the narthex for you to choose. Please return your gift cards by Sunday December 16.
  • Hopelink Christmas Gift Store provides gifts for needy children from infants to 18 year olds.  Aldersgate focuses on teenagers because gifts for them are often in short supply/  Please donate gifts such as warm clothing, gift cards, makeup, sports equipment, movie cards. A donation box is in the narthex. Deadline is Sunday Dec. 16.
Questions? Contact Dorothy Bennett. 425-641-0871
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!
Friends of Youth Collection
The Considering Reconciling Committee is sponsoring a three week collection drive for Friends of Youth this holiday season. Friends of Youth is an organization that works with homeless youth in Bellevue providing counseling, transitional housing, case management, education, employment, and behavioral health management services. Approximately 20% of youth who are homeless in our area are estranged from their families because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The supplies we collect will be donated after worship on January 6. Bring your donations to Friendship Hall starting Sunday December 16.
 
The current list of needs includes:
  •  New underwear for youth (men and women)
  •  Socks
  •  Full-size soaps, shampoo, shaving products
  •  Fleece blankets
  •  Cleaning supplies for youth moving into transitional housing.
  •  New dish sets.
  •  New glassware sets.
  •  New pots and pans sets.
  •  New twin XL bedding sets.
  •  Laundry baskets and laundry soap.
  •  New shower curtain with matching towels.
  •  Gift cards for new apartment items for youth moving into transitional housing
Communities of Belonging: Beyond Labels
December 14
Strengthen your community and challenge your perception   through an evening of stories and conversations with the formerly incarcerated and other marginalized populations to be held at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st Street, Seattle) on Friday, December 14 from 7:00-8:30pm.   Doors open at 6:45pm. Program begins promptly at 7:00pm.  Light refreshments provided. There is no charge for this event.  Please email your RSVP to Kristie Mclean or call her at  (206) 605-5351.
PRAYER REQUESTS
Prayer Requests
People Who Passed Away
*Darrell Lowe's cousin Steve passed away unexpectedly.
*David & Heidi James' neighbor Grant lost his wife Mary.

People with Health Concerns 
*Dorothy Benneett's brother Jim
*Eathel Allyn
Betty Fredeen's friend Jennifer
*Melinda Lilley's friend's mother Marilyn
*Betty Fredeen's friend Jainie
*Lynda Dreher's daughter Diane
*Bob Olson's friend Phillip
 
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.