Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                              September 22, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Music Director, 1st Service

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Core Leaders, Chairman
  Joe Lee
Sept 25
All Church Foot Golf
Sept 26
Holy Land Trip Meeting
Sept 30
Family Fun Night
Oct 2
World Communion
Kinney Memorial Service
Oct 4
Young at Heart Potluck
Oct 6 & 8
H4H Build
Oct 9
Club 345
Oct 13 & 15
H4H Build
Oct 14-15
Church Rummage Sale
Oct 18
Parenting Forum
Oct 22
Church Work Party
Oct 24
Nov Calendar Deadline
Oct 28
Fall Festival
Nov 4-6
Sr High Retreat
Nov 6
All Saints Sunday
Nov 18-20
Jr High Retreat
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)
Staff Relations  (Sept)
Trustees (Aug)
Lay Leadership  (July)
Finance (July)
Worship (April)
Preschool  (April)
Outreach (Jan)
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 "

Sermon:  "Won't You Be My Neighor"

Scripture :   1 Peter 1:9-11

This Sunday 
This Sunday we'll examine one more time what it means to be a neighbor. The Old Testament talks about hospitality as one of the greatest expectations of God.  Jesus used the term "neighbor" in what has become known as the Greatest Commandment.  But it goes much deeper than the Greatest Commandment.  The early church not only taught hospitality but lived it.  Paul talks of it in many of his letters.  In many ways it is what grew the early church.  

But what does it mean specifically for us?  I assure you it isn't just about feeding the hungry and providing for those in need.  That's certainly part of it but it goes much deeper than that.  We are a neighbor to the library, Bellevue Community Center, Allen Road, and so many others.  We are neighbors to those living in and moving into Somerset, Horizon View and on Allen Road; and those attending Tyee, Somerset Elementary, Eastgate Elementary, Newport High school and so many others.  We are neighbors to the churches around us.  

So let's talk about neighbor and get specific about what our attitudes and actions need to be regarding being what every neighbor hopes their neighbor might be.  In addition,  Jason Menor will be baptized this morning at second service.  To prepare for all of this take a look at I Peter 1:9-11.
Ministry News

Music Director Needed  
We seek a music director to lead our choir and other musical activities with a welcoming, enthusiastic spirit.  The music director leads the Chancel Choir in one service and one evening rehearsal each week, September through mid-June.  Depending on interest and qualifications of applicants, AUMC may also assign to the music director the responsibility for leading the bell choir, which rehearses once per week and presents music in one service per month (in place of the choir).   The level of effort for the music director position is 12 to 14 hours per week, not including the bell choir, and 14 to 17 hours including the bell choir. CLICK HERE for more information.   To apply, send your resume and cover letter to , or to 14230 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA 98006. The position is open as of September 18, 2016, and applications will be accepted until October 9 (this date may be extended).  

Sunday School Update 
We have some wonderful people who have stepped up to teach our kids and we are so grateful.  It would be great to round out our teaching teams with a few more people.  If you would like to join any of our three teams; Preschool, Elementary and Youth please contact  Jen Hoerber. W e are back to our normal  Sunday schedule.  CLICK HERE to check out the details of the kid's Sunday morning schedule.  For the next 3 weeks, the younger two classes will be studying Noah's Ark, Gen esis 6-9.

Fall Festival Planning Meeting
September 29 @ 6:00pm
Your help is needed to plan the Fall Festival which will be held on October 28.  This is such a fun event but it does take a team to make it a success.  Last year we had 100+ people from the church, preschool and community participate. It was the perfect way to build relationships with our preschool families and our neighborhood.  So please join us as we plan the games, food and fun!!!  Contact is Jen Hoerber.

Blue Christmas Service
Not everyone is happy and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce, coping with the loss of a job, living with sickness and pain, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people.  The Blue Christmas service creates a sacred space for people living through dark times. This service is reflective, accepting, and hopeful.   Are you interested in attending a Blue Christmas service at Aldersgate ?  If so, please indicate your preference for either  Sundays, December 4 or December 11 on Sunday's attendance form or by contacting Sabrina MacIntyre.

Attention Knitters/Crocheters!
Over the course of a year Renee Kroese knits 15 prayer shawls for those in need of some comfort during difficult times.  They are displayed in the narthex and are free to anyone.  She has provided this ministry for over 10 years - that's 150 shawls!  That's a lot of work and a lot of yarn!  She could use your help! The shawls are easy to make.  If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please email Renee at 425-254-3547. Also you can support the ministry by donating yarn.  Three skeins of LYON BRAND HOME SPUN yarn is needed for one prayer shawl.
Fun Events

FootGolf Tournament
Sunday, September 25, 3:00pm
If you are still interested, we have a couple more spaces available!  Join us to play FootGolf   at the Crossroads Par 3 golf course on Sunday,  September 25th at 3:00pm. This event is FREE - t he cost of FootGolf will be covered by AUMC Family Ministries.  Bring your own soccer ball or you can rent one there for $3.  Drinks and snacks will be provided. Contact Jen Hoerber.

Family Fun Night
September 30th  6:00-9:00pm
Join us for Family Fun Night!  Bring a dish to share, your favorite game and be ready to have some fun.  Roger Ingalls band, "Inner Voices",  and the Aldersgate Ensemble will be our musical entertainment for the evening.

Holy Land Tour March 21-30, 2017
Information Night 
Monday, September 26 at 7:00 pm
Join Pastor Brad Beeman on the journey of a lifetime as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus--from the Sea of Galilee and Cana to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Anyone interested in exploring the sacred lands of the Bible, connecting with a community of fellow Christians and enriching their faith are welcome. Come to our Information Night as we discuss itinerary, flights, accommodations, packing, health and safety, and meet fellow travelers.  Contact is  Julie Flahiff.

Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
October 9
This fellowship group for kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade meets once a month.  It starts with dinner at 5:00pm, followed by games, crafts and other fun activities from 6:00-7:30pm.  
Yoga Classes
Start Saturday October 1
Be a part of Aldersgate's yoga ministry!  Vince Fratello will be teaching a Fall series of classes at the most basic beginner level and it 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 from October 1 to December 3.  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 to cover Vince's expenses-you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed.  If you have questions you can email Vince.  We hope to see you there!

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:
*Sept. 25 - ALL Church FootGolf Tournament 3:00-5:30pm.
*Oct. 2 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm. 
*Oct. 9 - 2nd Sunday Dinner at 5:00pm and Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Oct. 16 - Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm

YAHs Potluck  
Tuesday, October 4 @ 6:00pm
Get ready, get set, Celebrate!  The next Young at Heart potluck will be on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm.  Save the date!  We warmly welcome all retired folks or "wannabees."  Please sign up if you have never attended before and someone will contact you about the food.  For more information contact Dave & Kathy Maybee.
Outreach & Missions World
Lets Reach our Goal to Feed the 5000!!!
Remember the challenge the Sunday Schoolers brought to us at the end of Spring?  We are Sooo close to our goal of bringing in 5000 items for the food bank. It's time to bring this home!  Please bring an item or two or three to church on Sunday.  There will also be a donation bin at FootGolf as well.

Habitat for Humanity
InterFaith Build
Want to do something about affordable housing?  Come with us to the Sammamish Plateau to help Habitat build a home.  The InterFaith Build will take place the first two weeks in October (Thursdays and Saturdays.).  Help is also needed to prepare lunch for the builders on October 6. Sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Darrell Lowe, 425-746-9612.

Church Rummage Sale
The Fantastic, Fun, Fabulous Aldersgate Rummage Sale will soon be here! Funds from the Rummage Sale are used to help cover travel expenses of church members on mission trips. Please start cleaning out your closets and garage and donate items to the Rummage Sale.  Also, please sign up to help.  It takes many people to make this event a success.  Contact is Linda Detering.
   Set up: Monday, October 10th
   Pricing and donations accepted: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, October 11th & 12th
   SALE: Friday AND Saturday, October 14th & 15th
Sophia Way Benefit Luncheon
October 13
The annual benefit lunch for Sophia Way will be held on  October 13  at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue.  The lunch is completely paid for by the Red Lion so all donations will go directly to the program.  If you would like to attend please respond to Jean Harris.   Lunch choices are petit filet with prawns or vegan gluten free ravioli.  For more information click here.

Vision House Volunteers Needed 
Since 1990, Vision House has provided housing, support services and child care for homeless families with children. This Fall, they are in the process of expanding their services to families by transitioning into a tiered services model and beginning to offer more educational classes.  They  are currently seeking volunteers to mentor residents  (sit alongside them in class and assist with class practice activities) and volunteers to provide childcare during the following classes for our resident families:     Housing Sustainability Class (Renton) on Monday evenings
                 Financial Literacy Class (Renton)  on Thursday  evenings
Anyone interested can visit  or contact Rose at Vision House at 425-228-6356 or      
Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Betty Fredeen's friend Pearl
*Don & Edna Fadden's niece Lisa
*Steve Farmer, Food Service Manager at Lazy F Camp

People with Health Concerns
*Brad Beeman's mother Betty
*John Saalwaechter's father
*Tom & Julie Strain's son Chris
*Bill Ferguson and his niece Sierra
*Dave and Kathy Maybee's friend Allen
* Betty Fredeen's brother-in-law Noel, her sister-in-law Audrey and her friend Hannah

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jen Hoerber, Jacob and Justin
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.