Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                        April 21, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

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Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
April 21
Holy Land Information
Apr 24
Methodism 101 Class
Apr 26
UMW Spring Salad Supper
April 30
Church Work Party
May 1
Methodism 101 Class
May 7
Visual Journaling
May 8
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 9
Church Dinner
Common Table
May 14
Visual Journaling
May 15
Pentecost Sunday
Welcome New Members
May 21
Visual Journaling
May 23
June Calendar Events Due
May 27-29
Lazy F Mission Trip
May 30
Memorial Day
Office Closed
June 4
Visual Journaling
June 5
Celebrate Graduates
June 7
Young at Heart Potluck
June 11
Visual Journaling
June 12
Confirmation Sunday
June 19
Father's Day
June 20
July Calendar Events ACP Summer Camp #1
June 24-26
PNWUMC Annual Church Conference
June 27
ACP Summer Camp #2
Church Leadership 

Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.

Core Leaders (April)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

Trustees (Mar)

Finance (Mar)

Staff Relations (Mar)

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

"Jesus Through History"

"All in the Family"

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Given that Confirmation 2016 has begun and we had a rousing time together last Sunday evening, I thought it appropriate that maybe this Sunday we should be focusing on Christ and the family.  Some would say that we've lost the focus on Christ in the family.  To some extent, I just don't believe that to be true.  We could, however, do some tweaking to make Christ more central.  But what does that mean?  I'll spend some time in the next few weeks examining that, and talking about just how families can bring Christ potentially back to the center.  Over these next few weeks, beginning this Sunday, I want to go back and look at the research one more time, to look at what Jesus said about family, and even what we find in scripture about the role of parents, couples, singles, children, youth and even older adults.  The whole idea of family has shifted so much in the last fifty to sixty years that it's important to stop for a few minutes and spend some time there.  To prepare please read Deuteronomy 6: 1 - 9.  We'll also be looking at what it means to, "Honor your father and your mother," (Exodus),  what scripture says about caring for our older adults (Proverbs), and how the church is to function as a family in the best sense of the word (I Corinthians).  
Ministry News
Confirmation Quilts
Confirmation class is off to a great start with 16 youth participating.  As they proceed on their faith journey, they would like your prayer support.  Hanging in the narthex are prayer quilts lovingly made by Lea Fox, Doris Prestwood, and Ruth Carver.  Please take a moment to pray for our confirmands, and when you do, tie a knot on their prayer quilt. 

Confirmation Update
  • Thank you to all who agreed to be mentors to our confirmands.  Your prayers and support are very meaningful to these youth.  Please remember we can all be praying for our confirmation class by tying knots in the prayer quilts hanging in the narthex.  
  • During our second confirmation class, we talked about how God speaks to us through scripture.  Some key discussion points were how having the background of the times helps to clarify the meaning.   The story is not just about the words used but going deeper into the meaning of the entire message.  We also spoke about how God talks to us quietly, loudly and in all forms, but we must listen.  We did a faith walk where one partner was blindfolded and the other guided them around the church grounds.  This proved that it is uncomfortable at times to trust and it is very important to communicate and to listen to each other and also to God. 
  • We also did an activity with the 10 commandments (Exodus 20) where in pairs they rewrote the commandments making the statements positive. 
Kitchen Status as of April 19
The equipment deliveries are now complete and in place as planned.  The plumbing and electrical work will be complete this week.   The refrigerator and freezer will be returned to the kitchen next week.   The stainless counter top is installed with the electrical complete.   The roll up doors are complete and looking good.   The new coffee equipment is installed (plumbing & electrical).   We need to perform a full "punch list" review with corrections as necessary.  Training and testing requirements are in work as are plans for decontamination (island cabinetry/drawers, plates, silverware, china and etc.).   Halleluiah! The end is in sight.

Help Set Up New Kitchen
Want to get an early peek at the new kitchen and maybe learn how to run the new dishwasher? We are looking for volunteers on Friday and Saturday April 29th and 30th to help set up the new kitchen. Please contact  Patty Ferguson or sign up on Sunday's attendance form and let us know your preference of helping in the morning or afternoon.   

Methodism 101 Class 
Offered between services, this class is for those who want to learn more about the Methodist church and for those who are considering becoming church members.  Everyone is welcome.  New members will be welcomed May 15. Class will meet in Room 24, the Youth Room.

Church Work Party
Saturday, April 30
Join us Saturday April 30 to clean up the church grounds - weed, rake, prune, etc..  The fun starts at 8:30am.  Bring your favorite garden tool and dress for the weather.  Your help is appreciated!  Many hands make light work!  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.

Children's Sunday Schedule
**KIDS' CLUB After Children's Time during our  8:50am  Worship Service (approximately  9:00am ), all children will be released to KID'S CLUB which will now be held in Smith Hall.

**CHILDREN'S CHOIR  From  9:45am to 10:15am  the new children's choir will meet with Robbin Price in Smith Hall.  Please note the children's choir is for Kindergarten and older.  All preschool children will automatically be transitioned to Room D where they will have music time.  This will be a wonderful way for kids to Praise God with their voices.  

**SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES  At  10:15  all Children will transition into  Sunday  School.  There will be two  Sunday  School classes.  Age 4 - 4th grade elementary class will meet in Room D.  Grade 5th - 8th Tween class will remain in Smith Hall.  The elementary class will continue with the Spark curriculum and the Tween  class will use the Claim the Name curriculum.   Sunday  school will end at  10:50am .  Tweens will be released when class is over and the elementary class will be escorted up to Friendship Hall after class.  If you need to pick up your child before Sunday School is released, please come to their classroom and pick them up.  For safety reasons, we can not allow kids to leave the program without their parent. 
**SNACK TIME  There will be a snack offered  on Sunday  mornings.  A platter from the kitchen will be brought down to the kids.  If your child has dietary restrictions, please make sure you have filled out a  Sunday  School registration form so it is documented.    

** Click Here  to sign up to host Kid's Club or teach Sunday School. Hosting Kids Club and teaching  Sunday  School is a great way to serve the church and hang out with some really cool kids.  Jen Hoerber can help you ease into these opportunities to serve our kids and can even pair you up with someone to start.    

Resource Library News
1.  Please consider gifting an item from the Wish Tree.  It displays all new tags,  including one for a copy of The Jefferson Bible highlighted by Pastor Brad in a recent sermon.  Don't forget to browse the new arrivals, displayed on the library table.   
2.  Click here and read the book review written by Jean Harris about the book "I Am Malala." 

Summer Special Music  
During the summer, the Chancel Choir is taking a break and so we are looking for musicians to provide special music for the second service.  If you are musically gifted, vocal or instrumental, contemporary or classical, young or old, all are welcome to participate. Solos, duets, and small groups are all appropriate.  Music is need on Sundays from June 19 through September 11.  Jason, our pianist, and Allen, our choir directory, are available for rehearsals and extra help if you need it.  Contact Allen Leslie if you are interested.
Fun Events

Free Mariner's Tickets
Jill Swanson, the finance manager for Aldersgate Preschool, has about 10+ free tickets to a Mariner's game on Tuesday, April 26, starts at 7:05pm, 300 level.  If you are interested, contact her at the preschool 425-562-0433.

Holy Land Tour (March 21-30, 2017)
Information Night, Thursday April 21, 6:30 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 on April 21 at 6:30pm as we discuss itinerary, flights, accommodations, packing, health and safety.
Women's Spring Salad Supper
Tuesday, April 26  
All ladies are invited to attend the Spring Salad Supper on Tuesday, April 26 in Friendship Hall.  The Salad Potluck starts at 6pm and the program starts at 7pm.  Debbie Mallory of the Sophisticated Swine Antiques Appraisal and Estate Sales will estimate the value of our small antiques and collectibles (please, no gems).  Bring your treasures and a salad to share for an evening of good food and fellowship.  The evening offering will be donated to Hopelink.

Pancake Breakfast
Mother's Day, May 8th  
Take a break and let us serve your family breakfast at church on May 8 from 8am­10:30am.  Pancakes, sausage, and fruit will be served with juice, coffee, and tea. The cost is $4/adult, $3/child, or $12/family. The breakfast is sponsored and prepared by the Men's Breakfast group and served by the Youth Group. All funds raised will benefit the Youth Ministry. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form. This breakfast in a legacy of Carl Soderberg who started serving pancakes to the kids in his children's Sunday school class and it grew into a church tradition.

Visual Journaling Your Memory Book
Saturdays 1-3 pm, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11
Register now for this 5-week Course!  In this workshop series we will experiment with a variety of art materials and techniques, including touch drawing , charcoal and watercolor, oil pastels, soft pastels, pen and ink and more as you explore memories that have shaped your life. Discover the beauty of your story! The result will be a Book of Life - your life! - that we will bless in a ritual of gratitude and compassion.  NO ART EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Workshop fee is  $165 - No one will be turned away for lack of funds.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit counseling subsidies for people with limited ability to pay.  Contact Laura Wall to s ign up or to request more information.  This workshop is p resented by Connections Counseling in partnership with Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad.  Here are some upcoming events:
* April 24 - Confirmation at 5:00pm,  dinner and Youth Group  at 6:30pm.
*May 1 -  Confirmation at 5:00pm,  dinner and Youth Group  at 6:30pm.
*May 8 - Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast.   No Confirmation or Youth Group.
Outreach & Missions World
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Lazy F Family Mini-Mission Trip 
May 27-29 
It is time to register for the Aldersgate Family Mini-Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp on May 27-29. Cost for 4 meals (Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast) and 2 nights lodging varies from $15 to $45 per person depending on age and housing choice (scholarships are available).  CLICK HERE for the registration form. Fill out the form, write a check to AUMC (write Mini-Mission on the notation line), and give the registration form and check to Gwen Pazan (she has a church mailbox). Come join us as we work together to help maintain this beautiful Methodist camp.  The weekend will include tasks for children and adults of all ages. We will also help served at the clothing bank at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  Contact is Colleen Olleman.

Clothing Drive for Ellensburg UMC
As part of our Lazy F Mini-Mission Trip, a crew will work at the Ellensburg Clothing Center run by the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  Please share with those in need by donating new and gently used, clean clothing.  They have a particular need for kid's jeans and shorts size 5-12 and also summer clothing for adults, though any clothing will be gratefully accepted.   Start cleaning out your closets now and look for a clothing collection bin in the narthex next month. 

Foodbank 5000 Item Challenge 
As the children explore the story of Jesus feeding the 5000, we discussed how when we donate food to the food bank our little bit of food helps to feed many.  Our Sunday schoolers then decided that if Jesus could feed 5000, we could all come together and bring in 5000 food items for the food bank.  They want to chart the progress on the smiley face chart we used to visualize what 5000 actually looks like which is hanging in the hallway by the food drive donation tub.  Please bring in items for the food bank and color in a smiley face for each item you donate.  Thank you for helping our SundaySchoolers promote their desire to serve.

Vision House Luncheon
The number of homeless children is rising, and we can do something about it. The Vision House NoHomelessKids Benefit Lunch is on April 28th at the Bellevue Hilton.  Hear from formerly homeless parents who are working hard to forge a new path for their families - and how we can help them succeed. The keynote speaker is O.B. Jacobi, President of Windermere Real Estate. The luncheon is free to attend, but a request for donations will be made during the event.  Aldersgate supported the Vision House Giving Tree at Christmas and now Melinda Lilley is hosting an Aldersgate table at the luncheon - 5 spots left!.  Please join her in supporting homeless children and their families! For more information email Melinda or call her at 425-641-6158.
Prayer List   

People with Health Concerns
*Don & Edna Fadden's sister-in-law Betty
*Betty Fredeen's friend Hannah
*Geri & John Martinsen's friends Glen and Carol
*Lea Fox's brother Dean
*David Lutz
*Reed Rasmussen
*Janet Martin's son-in-law's parents
*Marjorie Krueger
*Shelia Cameron
*Lauren Steele
*Bill Ferguson
*Robert Brawn
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jeff & Cindy Wheeler
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.