Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   August 18, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Aug 19
Church Office Closed
Aug 22
Sept Calendar Deadline
Aug 27
Church Hike
Memorial Service
Aug 28
Youth Kickball
Sept 2
Church Office Closed
Sept 5
Labor Day Holiday
Church Office Closed
Sept 7
Music Potluck
Choir Rehearsals Begin
Sept 8
ACP Parent Meeting
Sept 10
Playground Work Party
Sept 11
Ministry Fair
Sept 12 & 13
ACP Open House
Sept 14
Preschool Begins
Pastor's Study Begins
Handbells Begin
Sept 18
Sunday School Begins
Sept 19
Church Dinner &
Common Table
Oct Calendar Deadline
Oct 4
Young at Heart Potluck
Oct 14-15
Church Rummage Sale
Oct 24
Nov Calendar Deadline
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)
Trustees (July)
Staff Relations  (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

"The Power of Story"

1 Samuel 17:32-50

This Sunday we begin a series on what it means to be community.  We will explore that word from a variety of angles and in a variety of ways.  Sunday we begin by exploring the whole idea of story.  The Bible is full of them.  Yet, what's equally important is when we are willing to share ours.  When people share their individual stories something happens.  Relationships grow.  Trust is developed.  Deeper levels of risk take place.  And we simply don't do it enough. 

All too often we don't get the important details of stories until after someone is gone.  It is at the memorial service or funeral.  I don't know how often I've heard the words, "I had no idea that (fill in the name) did that, was involved in that, accomplished that, loved that, grew up there, was related to...," and the list goes on and on.  

Friends, we are a congregation of stories, surrounded by a community of stories in a city of stories, even a country of stories, and yes, even a world of stories.  Some of the stories were born right here while others begin in a different part of the world.  

This Sunday we share the story of our own Benny and Ginny.  They met on a pilgrimage road in Spain and are preparing to walk The Camino again, this time together.  We'll be praying for them.  The prayer is one offered throughout the world, for those preparing to walk that sacred road.  And in so doing, we, in a small way become a part of that story.  

So this Sunday is about stories.  To prepare head back into some of your favorite stories in scripture.  We'll hear about David and Goliath and will certainly find our place as we explore. 

It will be good to back with you and I can't thank all of you enough for embracing Kyle the way you did.  You're the best!

Pastor Brad
Ministry News

Memorial Service
Saturday, August 27  @ 2:00pm
Sadly we announce that Seiko Olson passed away on Saturday.  Seiko and her husband Bob  have been members of Aldersgate since 1994.  A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 27 at 2pm.  Please plan to attend and support the family during this difficult time.

Reception Help Needed  
We need volunteers to help with the reception following the Memorial Service on August 27.  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.

New Staff Member
We are pleased to welcome our newest employee, Dave Carver, as Facilities Coordinator.  Dave has experience working on commercial properties and is knowledgeable about building systems and proficient at performing a variety of common repairs.  Dave is also adept at  working with youth and parent volunteers, which this job entails, after almost 10 years as a middle school band teacher in Federal Way.  Dave, his wife Kelly and their daughters Emily and Mackenzie, and his mother Ruth have all been attending Aldersgate for many months now.  Dave looks forward to this opportunity to contribute to the community of Aldersgate.

2nd Service Ushers Needed
Youth and adult volunteers are needed to help usher at the 2nd service on a regular monthly basis.  We already have 2 ushers per Sunday but we would like 3-4 ushers per Sunday. We need help at the 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month.  JUST ONCE A MONTH! Duties include handing out bulletins, lighting/extinguishing candles, helping with the offering, tiding up the sanctuary after the service. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office if you can help.

Ministry Fair
Sunday, September 11  
The Ministry Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11, after both worship services.  It showcases all the opportunities to learn, grow and serve at Aldersgate.  If you lead a ministry team, interest group, or church event, now is the time to start planning your display table.  To reserve a table, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form, or email Rick Wilson, or leave him a note in his church mailbox.

Flower Calendar  
Commemorate a special person or a special event with flowers.  PLEASE sign up to provide altar flowers in August, September and October.  Your dedication will appear in the bulletin.  Provide your own flowers or the ladies on the Flower Committee will provide an arrangement for $35.  The flower calendar is located across from the church office.

Fun Events

Summer Hike
August 27 
The last summer hike is Saturday morning on August 27 on the Twin Falls Trail. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the trailhead at 9am.  To reach the trailhead, drive east on I-90 to exit 34.  Turn right at the end of the exit ramp, and proceed a little more than half a mile to SE 159th Street. Continue another half mile to the Twin Falls Trailhead.   You will need a Discover Pass, or pay a fee to park.

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group continues through the summer on  Sunday evenings from  6:00-8:00pm.   All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  Click here for the summer schedule.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
*August 21 - Youth Group  6:00-8:00pm
        Join us for Frisbee Golf and win prizzes!
*August 25 - We will go and experience the Medical Teams
        International Real Life exhibit.  We will leave the church
        at 12:00pm, have lunch, go to the exhibit and be back 
        at church by 3:30pm.
*August 28 - Youth Group 6:00-8:00pm
         Join us for Kickball - Youth vs Parents & Sib!
*Sept. 4 - No Youth Group - Holiday weekend
*Sept. 11 - Youth Group 6:00-8:00pm
Outreach & Missions World

Food Bank 5000 Challenge 
Back in April the children learned about the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 and how everyone's small donation of food to the food bank helps to feed many people.  The kids decided to challenge the congregation to donate 5000 food items.  The smiley face chart hanging in the hallway helps us visualize what 5000 actually looks like.  Please bring in food items and color in a smiley face for each food item to track our progress.  You can see we are more than half way to our goal. 

Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Seiko Olson, church member since 1994. 
      A memorial service is planned  for August 27 at 2:00pm.
*Marvin & Norma's daughter Karen
*Jenny Andrews' mother Valerie
*Founding member Jack Wilder

People with Health Concerns
*Betty Fredeen's friends Hannah and Pearl
*Geri and John Martinsen's friends Skip and Judith
*Max Wilson's friend Emilia
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Audrey

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Geri and John Martinsen's son Rod
* Our church kids who are away at summer camp

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.