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

www.Aldersgate-Church.org                                                                      March 8, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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March 10
Time Change
Spring Forward Tonight
March 11
Sunday School Training
Club 345 & Youth Group
with Dinner
March 16-18
Youth SUMYT Retreat
March 18
UMCOR Offering
March 19
Stuff Easter Eggs
April Calendar Deadline
March 21
Stuff Easter Eggs
March 24
Church Work Party
Core Leaders Retreat
March 25
Palm Sunday
March 28
Stuff Easter Eggs
March 29
Maundy Thursday Service
March 30
Good Friday Service
March 31
Egg-Stravaganza
Flashlight Egg Hunt
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April 1
Easter Services
Egg Hunt
April 3
Young At Heart Potluck
April 8
Confirmation Begins
Stewardship Begins
April 15
Dinner &   Club 345
Dinner &  Youth Group
April 21
Young Adult Game Night
April 22
Mission Sunday
Mission Projects
Lunch
April 23
May Calendar Deadline
April 29
Revisit Mission Sunday 
Church Potluck Lunch
April 30
UMW Salad Supper
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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 (Feb)
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Outreach (Feb)
Preschool (Feb)
Trustees (Jan)
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Series: The "I Am" Statements of Jesus

Sermon:   "Shepherd?  Good?  Really? "
  
Scripture Lesson: John 10:7-16








This Sunday
As I prepared for this Sunday I kept wondering what image, what job, what person in society today would bring a similar image as shepherds in the time of Jesus.  There are a few that come to mind, but you'll have to wait until Sunday to hear about the specifics.  Just think about those who are ostracized, shunned, and not to be trusted.  At the same time we have to remember that Jesus qualified the statement with the word "good."  That in itself would cause a stir.  In the time of Jesus, very few shepherds would be seen as "good."  They were dirty, not to be trusted, shunned, and were at the very bottom of the caste system of the time.  Maybe that was intentional on the part of Jesus, particularly as we look more intently at what he did.  Remember, he washed the feet of the disciples.  It was the lowliest and most disgusting of the jobs that could be done by a servant.  We talk about him washing feet but seldom spend any time on it...until today.  So I'd like to go a bit deeper into this "I Am The Good Shepherd" scripture.  What if it's not about beautiful green fields, a lowly shepherd watching their peace-filled flocks, standing there by a placid lake, where the water is struck by the moonlight.   What if it's tougher than that?  To get there we have to dig a little.  But shepherds?  Really?  So let's explore it.  To prepare please read John 10:7-16.

~ Pastor Brad

PASTOR'S BLOG
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad Beeman

Dear Aldersgate Friends,

     I need to ask again if there might be those to donate to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund? We are currently running in the "red." The needs right now involve some in our church family who need food, rent and car repair. There are others suffering from the illness, in one case a stroke of an immediate family member, and don't have the funds to see beyond the need. There is another who suffered the invasiveness of a burglary and lost much of the little they had. Beyond our immediate congregation there is a person living in her car with a small child. She's working but doesn't have the income to move into any other location. She feels trapped by the economic situation here while knowing it costs money to leave, and settle in another location. She is not alone. There are others with similar needs. You have been so generous over the years and I hat asking for you to contribute more than you already have.

     After my plea last Sunday a person stepped up, asked to remain anonymous and donated. The donation was done in an unusual way. This person will match any other donation up to $750. That means, that if anyone donates any amount, this person will match it, with the hope to bring in at least $1500. Another helped me strategize how to move the Pastor's Discretionary Fund into a part of the church that would allow for corporate matching. I'm looking into that.

      Finally let me share that we are one of the only churches that does anything like this, particularly in this area. It's why I get so many calls and referrals from some of our local helping organizations. So, as we continue through this time of Lent, I ask that you prayerfully consider a donation to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. Every penny goes to help others; every penny. Thank you so much for your generosity. 

~ Pastor Brad
MINISTRY NEWS
Holy Week and Easter Services
 
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday service - March 25, 9:00am & 11:00am
We will commemorate the Messiah's entry into Jerusalem with palms and alleluias.
 
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday service -  March 29, 7:00pm
We will remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.
 
Good Friday Good Friday service -  March 30, - TWO services!
We will meditate on the last events of Jesus' life before his resurrection.  There is a service at First UMC of Bellevue at noon and a service at Aldersgate at 7:00pm.
 
Holy Saturday Easter Sunday services -  April 1 - THREE services!
We will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a sunrise service at Wilburton Park at 6:30am and regular Easter services at Aldersgate at  9:00 and 1 1:00am.
Altar Flowers
Please sign up to provide Altar flowers especially in April and May. They are a lovely way to commemorate a special person or a special event with your dedication appearing in the Sunday bulletin. The Flower Committee will provide a flower arrangement for $35 or you may provide your own arrangement. The flower calendar is posted on the bulletin board near the office.
Help with Easter Activities
We will have the annual Easter Egg-Stavaganza and Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt along with another Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. These events are joy-filled times for our children, and families from the surrounding community come and join in on the fun. Your help is needed to make these events a big success so please sign up on the attendance form to volunteer or email Jen Hoerber.
  • Volunteer at the Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, March 31 from 10:30am - Noon by staffing a craft or activity table, helping with refreshments, or leading a story.
  • Volunteer at the Flashlight Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 7:00pm by helping with the Ice Cream Sundae Bar.
  • Volunteer to stuff Easter Eggs on Monday March 19 at 6:00pm, Wednesday March 21 at 11:30am, and also on Wednesday, March 28 at 11:30am.
  • Donations of small wrapped candy and toys are being accepted now through March 28.  Look for a collection box in the narthex.
Confirmation Classes
Classes to prepare for confirmation will start in April and are open to any youth in 6th - 12th grade. In the classes lead by Jen Hoerber and Pastor Brad, the youth will learn more about God and faith. Those who wish will be confirmed on Sunday, June 10. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God and to promise to live as a person of faith. It is an important step in our spiritual journeys.   You can support the confirmation class by volunteering to be a confirmation mentor, lifting them and the leaders up in prayer, and staying informed by reading the Confirmation Connection article in the newsletter. Please contact Jen Hoerber for more information.
Sound Help Wanted
Sound operators are needed for both the 9:00am and the 11:00am.  Training will be provided.  For more information, please email Tom Blakney  or call him at 206-310-6296.
Ushers Needed - BOTH Service
More ushers are GREATLY needed at both services.  The duties are simple: to greet people and pass out bulletins, to assist visitors and help them find a seat, to light and extinguish the altar candles, to collect and store the offering, to take a headcount, and then tidy the sanctuary after the service.  The ushers work a rotating schedule and with enough ushers, that would mean helping once every 4-6 weeks.  Can YOU help?  If so please sign up on Sunday's attendance form OR for the first service contact David James,  and for the second service contact the church office.
Resource Library News
Bob Olson's latest poem has been added to "Aldersgate Poems," which is displayed on the library mobile cart.  Copies of Repentance; Heroes, Villains and BystandersMemories, and 2018 Olympics are found on pages 154-157, respectively.
FUN EVENTS
Easter Egg Activities
 
Egg-stravaganza - March 31, 10:30am-noon
This community Easter event is geared for young children. Come join us from 10:30-11:30am for fun activities, games and crafts. The egg hunt begins at 11:30am.   Bring your Easter basket!
 
Flashlight Egg Hunt  -  March 31, 7:00-8:00pm
This community Easter event is geared for tweens and teens. Come join us at 7:00pm for ice cream sundaes. The egg hunt begins at 7:30pm. Bring a flashlight, your Easter basket, and a friend!
 
Easter Sunday - April 1
We will host a special Easter Kid's Club during the 9:00am service with an Egg hunt between services at 10:15am.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
March 11
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for food and a fun activity. 
The next meeting will be March 11 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm.   Contact is Jen Hoerber, CFM@aldersgate-church.org.
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:
*March 11 - Dinner, 5:00-6:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*March 16-18 - Youth SUMYT Retreat
*March 18 - NO Youth Group
*March 25 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*March 31 - Flashlight Egg Hunt, 7:00-8:00pm
Church Work Party
Saturday, March 24
Please join us on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00am-12:00pm as we work outside on the church landscaping.  It takes many helping hands to make the church look beautiful and welcoming.  If you can rake, prune and pull weeds, we could use your help. Please bring you favorite gardening tools and gloves.  Dress for the weather.  Come when you can; leave when you must.  All are welcome!
Mission Sunday on Earth Day
April 22 will be Mission Sunday this year and the Green Team will be helping to design a decidedly green way to be in mission in our community. If you have ideas, suggestions, or want to be part of a particular team, see Pastor Laura or anyone on Green Team. 
CHURCH & SOCIETY
Habitat for Humanity Luncheon, March 20
Here is your chance to make an impact on the high cost of housing for the homeless. Join us for the Habitat for Humanity Luncheon on Tuesday March 20 and hear their story. This is a chance to get up to date on what is being done by Habitat to provide housing. The luncheon will be held at the Washington State Convention Center. The showcase open house starts at 11:00am with the luncheon from 12:00 to 1:00pm. There will be rides from Aldersgate leaving at 10:30am. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Darrell Lowe at 425 785 7642.
Crossroads Dinner Update
On the fourth Tuesday of the month Aldersgate provides dinner for hunger people in the Crossroads area. We fed about 48 people at both the January and February Crossroads dinners and essentially gave away all the food we brought. Those served included individuals and families, men, women, and children. The Salvation Army Coordinator has stated that about 40% are homeless.  Most are hungry and very grateful for the dinner. We serve a good dinner consisting of fried chicken, 3 kinds of salad ( green salad, Jello with and without fruit, and potato salad), rolls and butter and desert. We buy the fried chicken and the remainder is donated by the congregation. WE can be very proud of this outreach. Thank all of you that donate food and help serve. Know that your efforts are very appreciated by those we serve. If you are interested in helping contact Melinda Lilley, meLindaLiLLey@me.com.
UMCOR Offering
March 18
On Sunday, March 18 we will take a special offering to help fund the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. Their work reaches people in more thatn 80 countries, including he United States. UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security and relief supplies. Your generous gifts to UMCOR bring light out of darkness. Please give generously.
Mission & Outreach Team Update
The Mission & Outreach ministry team met last week to review existing projects and consider new projects.  Jean Rummel gave an interesting presentation about Jennifer Ting's inspiring Days for Girls mission work in Malawli. For more information about this mission project, please see the Outreach bulletin board (across from the drinking fountains).  The team made financial disbursements to:
  •  Katherine Parker - our covenant missionary
  •  The Pastor's Discretionary Fund
  •  Backpacks for Kids - Weekend food for hungry children
  •  Jennifer Ting's Days for Girls International
The Mission & Outreach team meets quarterly.  Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.  The next Mission & Outreach Team meeting is May 8 at 7:00pm.
PRAYER REQUESTS
People Who Mourn
*Church member Kim Brewer's father passed away Thursday.
     Please pray for Kim, Brad and Gwen Brewer and their family.
*Church Conference staff member Bruce Galvin wife Robin
      passed away unexpectedly.  Please pray for Bruce and his family.

People with Health Concerns
*Ferrel Fox
*Alec & Jean Ritzen's friend Annette
*Robert Brawn's nephew David
*Al Allott
*Butch & Sue Black

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Rachel Motz

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.