Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                               December 6, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
Dec 8
Christmas Bash
UMW Bake/Craft Sale
Santa Photos
Dec 9
UMW Bake/Craft Sale
Santa Photos
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Cantata
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
Jan 1
Happy New Year!
Office Closed
Jan 6
Youth Homelessness
Jan 12-13
Youth Lock-In
Jan 13
Youth Sunday
Jan 19
Core Leaders Retreat
Jan 20
Bible Sunday
Jan 21
Martin Luther King Jr Day
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 (Oct)
CRC Team (Nov)
Finance (Nov)
Green Team (Nov)
Preschool (Oct)
Trustees (Sept)
Worship (Sept)
Common Table (June)

9:00am Service:   Christmas Pageant
"The Mysterious Animal" by Gwynne Watkins

11:00am Service:  Christmas Cantata
  "A Festival of Lessons and Carols" by Hal Hopson

This Sunday join us for three events that tickle the senses and help prepare the way for Christmas!  Come see the  Christmas Pageant at the 9:00am service and come hear the Christmas Cantata at the 11:00am service.  Following both services come taste and touch at the United Methodist Women's Bake and Craft Sale which raises money for mission projects.  Smelling is optional.
Christmas Pageant
December 9
Join us for the children and middle school youth Christmas pageant on December 9 at the 9:00am service.  This year's pageant tells the story of the Christmas through the eyes of the animals and celebrates Jesus as a gift to all of us. There is still time for your child to get involved. Contact is Jen Hoerber
Christmas Cantata
December 9
Celebrate the beautiful music of the Christmas season!  On December 9 at the second service the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir will perform "A Festival of Lessons and Carols" by Hal Hopson. "Lessons and Carols" had it's origin at Truro Cathedral (England) on Christmas Eve 1880, when a services of scripture and supporting carols was developed by the Bishop of Truro, F.W. Benson. Some 38 years later in 1918, this format was adapted for Christmas Eve at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England. The BBC broadcast from King's College Chapel helped to popularize the "Service of Lessons and Carols", and it was quickly duplicated.
Nativity Sets/Creche
The Banner Committee would love to display your nativity set (creche) in the narthex on two Sundays, December 9 and December 16. If you would like to lend your set, please drop it off in the church workroom any time after December 2. Please include a sentence or two about your creche such as where it came from, who made it, why it is special to your family, etc. Be sure to label your containers clearly. Your creche can be taken home after church on December 16 th or, if you are not at church then, it will be stored in the church workroom for pick-up later. The creches will NOT be set up until the afternoon of December 8 (after the Christmas Bash). Two years ago we had about 15 sets on display. We hope to have even more this year. Questions? Contact Norma Line (425-373-4068).
Pastoral Care Team Meeting
December 9
If you are interested in being a part of the Pastoral Care Team, we are meeting on Sunday, December 9 after second service at 12:30pm in room 22. This team does a variety of things to support our church family such as prayers, visits, phone calls, emails, home help, food, house projects, driving to appointments, etc. The goal of this meeting is to see what we, as a team, can do to help Pastor Brad and Pastor Laura care for our congregation.  If you are interested, please see or contact Pam Johnson and Lea Fox at or (206) 200-8254.
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. 
Gift a Hood 
As you know, we have been working to pay off our kitchen remodel project. About $33,000 is still owed. The stove hood that was not expected to be needed with the remodel cost $32,500. Thus, we would have the project nearly paid in full but for this one unforeseen cost. Want to give a different gift this Christmas? Give an extra gift to the AUMC kitchen fund for the new hood! It will be much appreciated.   Contact is Jim Phillips, Finance Team
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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.
Sunday Refreshments 
Every Sunday morning after services we enjoy coffee, juice and treats. We encourage everyone to take a turn at serving the refreshments. We are happy to pair you with someone who has experience who can show you how to do it. The sign up sheet is posted on the kitchen counter. Please sign up.
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
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 retelling 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, 

9:00pm  - 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.
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.
Connections Counseling Closing Laura Wall
Laura Wall writes - 
It is with mixed feelings that I share the news with you that Connections Counseling will be closing its "doors" at the end of January, 2019. For 5 years this small non-profit has been assisting low-income people to access spiritually informed counseling. Many Pastors, churches, counselors, volunteers, and donors have offered space, grace, prayers, and love to sustain this effort over the years. For this I will always be deeply grateful. With changes in life circumstances, I've had to take a step back from the organization. In the absence of new leadership, Connections Counseling will dissolve.
It has been my privilege and deep pleasure to be involved in developing and sustaining this small non-profit so nurtured by the Aldersgate community. I am grateful for all those who breathed life into it, and into me-including Pastor Brad, Shannon Hamrick, Marie Veith, and the counselors-Peter Jabin, Katie Stickney, Jenn Peterson, Gretchen Champoux, and Mary Stanton-Nurse--as well as the Pastors and churches, especially Redmond UMC, Lake Washington UMC, Ronald UMC, and University Temple UMC.
I know that together we have touched many lives, lifted people out of despair, and helped heal soul and body through the Grace of God.
I wish you all peace and joy, and, always, love - Laura
Christmas BASH
December 8
Invite your friends and come for the CHRISTMAS BASH on December 8 from 10:00am-12 noon. This is a great festive morning filled with crafts for all ages, fun activities, a craft and bake sale and photos with Santa fundraiser. It will wrap up with a simple Christmas story time and carol sing-along. Volunteers are needed.  Please contact Jen Hoerber if you can help.
UMW Holiday Bake & Craft Sale THIS WEEKEND!
December 8 & 9
Here's your chance to buy delicious baked goods and unique handmade gifts while, at the same time, helping the United Methodist Women support local and global missions.  This popular annual fundraiser will be in Friendship Hall Saturday, December 8 (10:00am-noon) and Sunday, December 9 from 9:30am -12:30pm.   Don't miss it!  C ontact is  Clarine Goodleaf .
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.  9 - Christmas Pageant, 9:00am
                Santa Photo Fundraiser, 10:00am
                Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:00-8:00pm
*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.
Mary Martha Circle
December 13 
Just a reminder that Mary Martha Circle will have its Christmas luncheon on Thursday December 13 at the home of Kathy Maybee. Newcomers are welcome to join Mary Martha Circle which usually meets the third Thursday of the month from 9:30-11:15am in room 22 at church.  About 12 women participate.  We enjoy light refreshments, have devotions, share prayer concerns, and talk about what is new in our lives. We read and discuss a study book which presently is The Life You've Always Wanted , by John Ortberg . We also participate in activities of the United Methodist Women. In the spring we have a lunch out, we help with the Bake sale in December, and help put on the Spring Salad Supper in the spring.  We do coffee duty three months of the year and help with receptions. If you would like more information email Kathy Maybee or call er at 425-747-3668.
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. 
Silent Night by Taproot Theater
December 16
St. Peter's UMC is hosting the award winning Taproot Theater who will present the holiday play "Silent Night" on Sunday December 16 at 2:00pm. The play is suitable for families with a length of about 45 minutes.  The play is about two strangers who get lost in space and time and encounter an angel who gets them back to their homes.  Tickets are $10 per person and children 6 years old or younger are free.  There will be nursery care for younger children. Refreshments will be provided after the performance.  Tickets can be purchased at St. Peter's Church (17222 NE 8th ST, 425-747-3210, or at Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door.
New Year's Eve Party  
December 31
Save the Date! On Monday, December 31 we will have an Aldersgate Family New Year's Eve party from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Details to follow.
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 .
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!
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
People Who Passed Away
*David & Heidi James' neighbor Grant lost his wife Mary.

People with Health Concerns 
*Melinda Lilley's friend Marilyn's mother
*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.