Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                              September 8, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
Sept 8
ACP Parent Meeting
Sept 10
District UMW Meeting
Sept 11
Ministry Fair
Youth Group Zipoff
Sept 12 & 13
ACP Open House
Sept 14
Preschool Begins
Pastor's Study Begins
Handbells Begin
Sept 17
District Homeless Forum
Sept 18
Sunday School Begins
Club 345
Sept 19
Common Table
Oct Calendar Deadline
Sept 25
All Church Foot Golf
Sept 26
Holy Land Trip Meeting
Sept 30
Family Fun Night
Oct 2
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 24
Nov Calendar Deadline
Oct 28
Fall Festival
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)
Staff Relations  (August)
Trustees (July)
Lay Leadership  (July)
Finance (May)
Worship (April)
Preschool  (Feb)
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
Sermon:   "Being Intentional "

Scripture :  M atthew 5:1-16

This Sunday w e will pause to remember the 9/11 events of 15 years ago and talk about our role in the world today.   I will be exploring and offering the "6 P's of Marketing" and what they mean regarding the "word of mouth," neighborhoods, relationships, stories, and particularly regarding this place.  What do we want people saying about us?  What do we want people feeling about us, or this place or property or preschool?  I have some specific ideas I want to share and it's only fitting that it be on the Sunday  that precedes the beginning of our fall programs.  What if we built a path from the library to a reading place in trees?  Yet, "What if's" are only the beginning.  To see the potential of building relationships means we must take actions to fulfill the potential.  This sets the foundation for everything that will follow.  We're going to be exploring all of this through Easter.  In the midst of it I'll be bringing formalized proposals to the table for decisions.   Next week I want to examine our closest neighbor...the library.  Vision is something that is seen before it's done.  That's what I'm presenting today.  It's clear, concise and doable, and it could change everything.   After more than five years together, it's time to put it to work.  

Pastor Brad
Ministry News

Music Staff Changes
We sadly announce the retirement of J. Allen Leslie as Second Service Music Director.  Allen has served Aldersgate faithfully for many years.  His desire to become more involved with his family, to focus on his final ten years in education, and his move to North Bothell have all come into play as he has made this decision.  He and Armand continue in our prayers in this time of transition, as does the choir, handbells and those who attend second service worship.  The Staff Parish Relations Committee is already meeting to examine the next steps for this position.  Pastor Brad will be meeting with members of the music groups to hear ways they might like to move forward from here.  Again, prayers for all. Click here to read Allen's letter of resignation.

District United Methodist Women
Saturday, September 10
Aldersgate is hosting the annual Seattle District UMW meeting on September 10.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Jenny Phillips.  The theme is "Earth 'R Us."  All women are invited.   CLICK HERE for the registration form. The registration fee of $10 includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  For more information please contact Jean Rummel or Kathy Maybee.

Ministry Fair ~  Sunday, September 11
Come to the Ministry Fair scheduled for Sunday after both worship services.  It showcases all the opportunities to learn, grow and serve at Aldersgate.   Everyone is invited to browse the tables and learn more about the programs here at Aldersgate.

Teachers Needed for Youth Sunday School
The curriculum is easy to use.  The youth are amazing and are asking for more.  Please prayerfully consider Youth Sunday  School. Even if it's only once a month, it would be a wonderful gift to the youth and church.  Talk to Jen Hoerber with any questions or concerns you might have about teaching. 

Old Testament Stories ~  Starts September 14
From September 2016 thru June 2017, Pastor Brad will teach a class about the Old Testament stories and the truths they hold that are still relevant to us today. Our focus will be on God throughout Old Testament history. God seems to change in these stories, but the question is why and how?  The class starts on September 14 meeting weekly on Wednesdays   from 10:00-11:30am and also from 7:00-8:30pm; same class at two different times.  Everyone is welcome. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or by contacting the church office.

Reception Help Needed  
We need volunteers to help with the reception following the Memorial Service on October 2.  Helpers are needed to set up and to clean up, and to prep and serve the food and beverages. We also need donations of cookies. If you can help, sign up on Sunday's attendance form, or email  Lea Fox, or call her at 425-641-6796.

Aldersgate Common Table ~  Monday, September 19 
You are invited to the Common Table on September 19 at 7:00pm.  This gathering is for everyone who wants to have a voice in the life of the church.  It is a place to raise new ideas for the church and to hear what is happening on the ministry teams.  If you have an idea, please fill out this Common Table proposal form and email it to Jenny Andrews by September 12. 

New Programs Starting This FALL @ Aldersgate 
Brought to you by Children & Family Ministries

**Club 345 - C lub 345 is a 'youth group-like' fellowship opportunity for all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  .  CLICK HERE to sign up to host a Club 345  or talk to Jen Hoerber.
**2nd Sunday  Dinners for Club 345 and Youth 2nd Sunday  Dinners is a new program for both our Club 345 and Youth Group programs. Want to support this program?  Grab a friend or two and sign up to a host a monthly dinner.  CLICK HERE to sign up or talk to Jen Hoerber. 
**Parenting Forum Series @ Aldersgate -    We will focus on a few topics that are important to parents and offer information, support and encouragement all rooted in Christian love and faith.   If you'd like to support these efforts, please contact Jen Hoerber. Assistance with logistics and hospitality will both be needed. 
*October, Tuesday the 18th:  Protecting Your Kids from Becoming
     'At Risk'  with speaker Pastor Brad Beeman
*February: 'Talking to Your Kids about the World We Live In' 
*May:  'Social Media & Your Kids' or 'Promoting a Healthy   Family'
Fun Events

FootGolf Tournament
Sunday, September 25, 3:00pm
Join us for a fun and healthy way to get to know your Aldersgate UMC family with an afternoon of FootGolf!  AUMC has the entire course reserved at the Crossroads Par 3 golf course on Sunday,  September 25th at 3:00pm for our first ever FootGolf Tournament.   We will have teams starting off at each hole and we will be playing at least 9 holes  N ever heard of FootGolf?  It's basically a mix of soccer and golf.  Check out the website  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.   Sign up HERE or on Sunday's attendance form.     Please note that  September 20th  is our deadline for registration !
At the Crossroads
September 12 @ 7:00pm
The young adult group "At the Crossroads" will have a September monthly meeting on the second Monday (moved due to Labor Day) and will be meeting on Monday, September 12th at 7:00 pm by the Stage in Crossroads Mall for dinner, conversation, and laughter. The monthly dinners will return to their regular scheduling on the first Monday of the month starting on Monday, October 3rd. Please Contact  Katie Olleman for further information.

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.11 - Youth Group ZIPoff, 3:30-7:00pm
We will be zipping into Youth Group this Fall with Zipline Tours of Bellevue.  This special event will be on September 11th at Eastgate Park starting at 3:30pm.   Once we are finished with the zipline tours, we will head back to church and have dinner together.  Sign up HERE by September 8.  We need you to RSVP for this event as there are specific chaperone requirements.  This event is FREE - the church will cover the cost of the zipline tours for all of our youth and required adult chaperones.  
*Sept. 17 - Youth Connect Luau Dance/Party/Worship at Kent UMC from 7:00-10:00pm.
*Sept. 18 - Youth Sunday School begins from 10:05 - 10:50am
*Sept. 18 - 2nd Sunday dinner at 5:00pm and Youth Group from 6:00pm-7:30pm
*Sept. 19 - Common Table at 7:00pm
Come support the Youth Group initiative to add Frisbee Golf to Aldersgate's grounds.
*Sept. 25 - ALL Church FootGolf Tournament 3:00-5:30pm
This event is FREE! Sign up HERE or on Sunday's attendance form by  Sept ember 20th.   Bring a soccer ball and wear comfortable clothes. 

Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
September 18
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.  Club 345 meets on  September 18.

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.

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", will be our musical entertainment for the evening.

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.
Meaningful Movies on the Eastside
6:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday, September 2016-May 2017
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church (4228 Factoria Blvd SE)
Gather with other community members to engage in entertaining, educational, and topical films.  This series of eight films have been chosen based on quality, educational value, and potential for community dialog. Come and join in the dialog!  Gather with your neighbors for refreshments, a move and discussion!  Free and open to the public!  There is a  suggested donation of $5/person, but no one will be turned away!   Click here for more information
**September 20 - "Dream On"
**October 18 - "The Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction"
This film series is jointly sponsored by the Earthkeepin Team at Holy Cross Lutheran, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Outreach Team, East Shore Unitarian Church and Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
Outreach & Missions World

Homeless Forum
Saturday, September 17
As Methodist churches, one common ministry we all have is some form of care for the homeless.  So, on September 17th from 9:00am-3:00pm we will have an opportunity to experience a Poverty Simulation led by Lisa Gustafson of Seattle University, and afterwards we will meet, have lunch, and work together to form a District strategic response to the crisis of homelessness in King County. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Habitat for Humanity
InterFaith Build 
Want to do something about affordable housing, come and visit our table at the Ministries Fair on Sunday.  See details about this year's build on the Sammamish plateau.  Sign up and build on Thursday October 6Saturday October 8Thursday October 13 and Saturday October 15 

Church Rummage Sale
The Fantastic, Fun, Fabulous Aldersgate Rummage Sale will soon be here!
Save the dates:
   Set up: Monday, October 10th
   Pricing and donations accepted: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, October 11th & 12th
   SALE: Friday AND Saturday, October 14th & 15th      
Come to the Ministry Fair this Sunday and sign up to help!  
Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Church member Karen Kinney (Marvin & Norma's daughter)
     Karen and her husband Dan have been members at Aldersgate since 2003.
       A memorial service is planned for October 2 at 2:00pm.

People with Health Concerns
*Don & Edna Fadden's niece Lisa and family
*Garnet Ormsby's brother George
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Audrey and friends Hannah and Pearl

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*All our children and youth who have started school and their teachers
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.