Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 9, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
June 12
Confirmation Sunday
June 17
Church Office Closed
June 19
Father's Day
June 20
July Calendar Events ACP Summer Camp #1
June 21
VBS Meeting
June 24-26
PNWUMC Annual Church Conference
June 25
Church Hike
June 27
ACP Summer Camp #2
June 29
Missionary Lunch
July 4
Independence Day
Office Closed
July 7
VBS Meeting
July 9
Young Adult BBQ
July 10
Youth Foot Golf
July 11
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 15
Church Office Closed
July 16
Church Hike
July 18
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 25
August Calendar Events
July 25-28
Vacation Bible School
July 31
Church B-B-Q Picnic
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)

Trustees (May)

Staff Relations (April)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

Finance (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

"Confirmation in Review"

Mark 11:12-14

This Sunday we celebrate the Confirmation Class.  These 15 young folks have far exceeded our expectations and if they are both the present and future of the church, we are certainly in great hands.  Their personalities are very different, their skills are different, their ages, their gifts, their abilities, their feelings about certain things, their experiences within or outside of the church, are all very different.  Yet, in the midst of all of that diversity, they have come together as a group in unexpected and deeply moving ways.  I think some have the idea that a mostly middle school group can't get serious, talk about feelings, or explore difficult and challenging topics.  They couldn't be more mistaken.  This group has taken on sin, homosexuality, grace, love, acceptance, bullying, being different and done it all with the kind of patience and grace that can (and maybe should) be examples to us all.  Thirteen have chosen to join the church.  Two have chosen to wait and continue exploring.  That too takes courage and self-reflection and I couldn't be more proud of all of them, whether joining or not.  You'll meet them all on Sunday.  They will be leading first service and the Service of Confirmation will take place then.  They will be introduced at second.  They will be honored with a reception between the two services.  Let's come together and celebrate this amazing group of leaders.      
Ministry News

Confirmation Sunday
June 12th 
Please join us for a  reception to celebrate our Confirmation Class of 2016 between services on June 12th.  The youth will be confirmed during first service and introduced at the second service with a reception in their honor between services. 

Communion Servers
We are updating our list of people willing to help serve communion.  Servers are asked to serve communion the same morning that they will be serving.  Click here for the current list of people willing to serve communion and learn how you can add your name to the list or have your name removed from the list.

More VBS Volunteers Needed
We are still in need of a Recreation Station Leader, Crew Leaders (helping get kids from one station to the next) and station helpers.  Please contact  Jen Hoerber to sign up.  You don't want to miss out on this fun week at AUMC.  

Jars Needed
We need plastic jars with lids for a Vacation Bible School project.  We need  pint or quart size, such as a mayonnaise jar or a peanut butter jar. Give them to Linda Detering or Jen Hoerber.   Thank you.

Preschool Employment Opportunity
Aldersgate Christian Preschool has several openings for the 2016-2017 school year from September through June.   The openings are for Preschool Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Classroom Aide and Substitutes.  Applicants should possess education and experience working in Early Childhood Education with the ability to provide sound academic and social opportunities at an age appropriate level.   Applications are available in the Preschool Office located on the lower level of the church facility.  Interested applicants should call the preschool 425-562-0433.   ACP is a Christian preschool operated as an extension of the Christian Education Program of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  We are located on the spacious campus afforded us by the church.  Our staff includes dedicated teachers with extensive professional training and experience. 
Fun Events

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 or Jen Hoerber. Here are some upcoming events:
*June 12 - Confirmation Sunday and Reception.
     NO Youth Group.
*June 19 - Father's Day.  NO Youth Group.
*June 25 - Everyone come hike the Lake Hills Greenbelt trail.
      Meet at the trailhead at 9am.
*June 26 - Youth Group continues through the summer on 
     Sunday evenings from  6:00-8:00pm.   NEW TIME! 
       Click here for the summer schedule.

Preschool Summer Camp
Enroll now in Aldersgate's Preschool summer camp program.  For children 3 years old through 1st grade graduates.  Hours are 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday through Thursday.  Weekly fee is $150.    CLICK HERE for summer camp information and registration forms.  Call or email the preschool for more information at 425-562-0433 or  Weekly themes are:
June 20-23 ~ Camping, Nature and Wetlands
June 27-30 ~ Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians
July 11-14 ~ Jungles, Rain Forests and Savannas
July 18-21 ~ Oceans, Sea Life and Aquatic Birds

Summer Hikes 
Save the dates and hike with us this summer on Saturday mornings. Meet other Aldersgate hikers at the trailhead at 9:00am on these dates:
 - June 25 - Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail
 - July 16 - Coal Creek Falls Trail
 - August 27 - Twin Falls Trail
Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact is   Jen Hoerber

At The Crossroads BBQ  
July 9, 6:30pm
The young adult group "At the Crossroads" will have its Summer BBQ Potluck on Saturday, July 9 from 6:30-10:00pm at Aldersgate UMC.  The drinks, hamburgers and hotdogs are provided.  Please bring a side dish to share with 10-12 people.  We will play lawn games, and wrap the evening up with an outdoor movie after it gets dark at 9:00pm.  All young adults (college and early career age) are welcome to attend.  Bring a friend and a lawn chair!  Check out the Facebook event at

VBS Registration
Register for VBS Today!  All kids entering pre-k through grade 5 in the fall are welcome!  Make sure to invite your friends  to this fun filled week of worship and experiencing God's love.  Registration forms can be found  HERE .  Cost is $35 per child and payment can be made with a check (mark VBS in the memo line) or go to the  church website  to pay online.

ALL Church BBQ Picnic
July 31 @ 11:30am
Save the date!   O n Sunday, July 31st there will be one worship service at 10:00am  where we as a church will worship as one body in Christ, followed by the ALL Church BBQ Picnic. Please sign up to help. Contact is  Jen Hoerber.
Outreach & Missions World
Craft & Program Supplies Need for Lazy F
We are collecting craft and program supplies for the Camp Lazy F.   Click here for a complete list of the supplies needed.  Supplies will be collected through June. Look for the collection box in the narthex.

Foodbank 5000 Item Challenge 
The food challenge continues.  We've achieved over 20% toward our goal - a total of 1,137 food items have been collected so far.
Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
Please pray for the families and friends of these people who have died recently:
*Mary Blakney's sister 
*Don & Edna Fadden's friend Steve
*Dan Kinney's brother

People with Health Concerns
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Kathy Maybee's grandson Daniel
*Geri Martinsen's friends Jeff, John and Patty
*David Maybee
* Marvin & Norma Bush's daughter Karen
*Patty Ferguson's friends the Pollmann family and baby Hannah
*Alex Ritzen
*Ispa Delongpre
*Marjorie Krueger
*Shelia Cameron
*Bill Ferguson
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Norma Bush
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.