Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                February 18, 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
Feb 19-21
Church Work Party
Feb 22
March Calendar Due
Feb 24
Lenten Study
Feb 26
Family Fun Night
Mar 2
Lenten Study
Mar 9
Lenten Study
Mar 13
Daylight Savings Time 
Mar 16
Lenten Study
Mar 18-20
Youth SUMYT Retreat
Mar 20
Palm Sunday
Mar 21
April Calendar Due
Mar 23
Lenten Study
Mar 24
Maundy Thurs Service
Mar 25
Good Friday Service
Preschool Closed
Mar 26
Easter Egg-stravaganza
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Mar 27
Easter Sunday
Egg Hunt
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)

Worship (Jan)

Outreach (Jan)

Lay Leadership (Jan)

Staff Relations (Jan)

Finance (Jan)

Trustees (Jan)

Preschool (Nov)


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 Throughout History"
" More Water / More Wine: 
The Normal into the Miraculous "

 John 2:1-12

This Sunday
A wedding, with water in the desert, and then the need for more wine.   It's such a great story and so packed with meaning.  This Sunday we'll take a look at what it means, and particularly for us in this Lenten season.  For us the water represents a new beginning much like Ash Wednesday and every day in Lent.  For us the wine includes much more than we think.  It includes the teachings, the healing, the praying, the building of community, and even the cost of the confrontations.   All of this is wrapped up in a simple half chapter that focuses on a wedding; and not even a wedding but the dinner that followed.  This story has it all.  It has a wedding, a manipulative mother (that isn't even the mother of the bride).  It has an embarrassed and potentially shamed groom or host, a bride that doesn't know what to do, and a hero who doesn't want to step in but is forced to by that same mother.  And when he steps in he does so without acclaim and heals the whole situation.  And when I say that this story has it all.  It really does.  So to prepare go back and read the story.  It can be found in John 2: 1 - 12.

Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman 

Last Sunday I talked about the completion of seven statements throughout this Lenten Season.  I promised that they would be in my blog.  Here they are

1.  God is... God you are for me...
         I need from  you, O God...

2.  Jesus is... Jesus you are for me....Christ, I need from you...

3.  Holy Spirit is...Spirit you are for me... Spirit, I need from you...

4.  I find the eternal in...when... if I....

5.  Church is... My church is for me...I need from you...

6.  Church leadership is... you are for me...I need from you...

7.  Therefore, I expect from myself...and define myself...I will...

Then thank God for this time of definition and focus.  May this season of Lent strengthen, focus and hearten you in faith.

Ministry News
Church Work Party
Saturday, February 20
Just a reminder, please come join us on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30am to noon as we work outside around the church property.  Bring work gloves and garden tools.  Contact is Ted Snyder, 425-747-4653.

Lenten Prayer Class 
Meeting Wednesdays at 6:00pm the Lenten prayer classe offers a way to deepen our prayer practice throughout Lent. We will be practicing several forms of prayer, mostly but not all Christian in origin, with an emphasis on the contemplative traditions. The Wednesday of Holy week, we will use the  class to prepare ourselves for Christ's passion and resurrection.  The final class is March 30.  Come and pray in community!  Contact is Pastor Laura.

Vote for the UMW Award Winner   
ATTENTION PREVIOUS UMW SPECIAL MISSION AWARD RECIPIENTS:  If you have received this award in the past, you are eligible to vote on this year's nominees.   Balloting will be held between services on  February 21 and February 28 in the Family Room adjacent to the sanctuary.

Sunday School Teachers Needed 
February 28 and March 20  
Spend some time with our Aldersgate kids teaching Sunday school.  Click here to sign up to teach Sunday School classes through Easter.

Sunday School Planning/Training
March 13 at 10:00am
There will be a planning/training meeting between services about our Sunday School Expansion program .   We hope to expand from a one room classroom to a multi-age Sunday school program after Easter.    The breakdown would be:
    3 years olds - Kindergarten Class
    1st - 4th grade Class
    5th - 8th grade Tween Class
There are many benefits to this change in our children's  Sunday  school program.  One being the ability to offer a more meaningful and challenging curriculum for each age level. There are already teams forming, but we need a few more members to allow us to fully fill the teams and have another substitute or two who would be able to step in if no one from the teams are able to teach  one week.     If you are at all interested, curious or wondering at all about  Sunday  School, please contact Jen Hoerber or join us at the meeting on Sunday, March 13 at 10:00am.

Parenting Discussion Group
Sundays at 10:00am
Have you tried out the parenting discussion group, yet?  There have been some great discussions going on!  This group has moved to Friendship Hall!  Keep an eye out for the Stuenkel's and Browder's and you will find great discussions and support for all things parenting!     " As a society, we are busier today then ever before.  In the midst of school, work, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, etc... how do you make time for your family? for yourself?"

Host a Kid's Club
Please volunteer to host Kid's Club - it's fun!  Kid's Club is a fellowship time for kids during the 8:50am worship service.   There are typically between 4 - 15 kids present and range in age from 3 years - tween.  Share a part of your story and your passions with the kids - they love getting to know members of their Aldersgate Family.  Play games or do an art project with them - they are super fun and creative!  Not sure what to do, but want to support Kid's Club?  Talk with Jen Hoerber about ideas that could work or find a friend to host with you!
Refreshments Needed  
If you enjoy a tasty treat after church on Sunday, please provide them!  We need to restock the freezer with more cookies, muffins and sweet breads.

Thank You
Dave and Kathy Maybee express their deep appreciation to you their Aldersgate family for all your prayers and good wishes for Dave's recovery.  He is doing very well!
Fun Events

Family Fun Night
Friday, February 26, 6:00-9:00pm
Invite your friends and neighbors for a casual night of music, games and food. Roger Ingalls and his band "Inner Voices" and the Aldersgate Ensemble will be our musical entertainment for the night!      Bring a game and food to share!    Please make sure your food is completely prepped and ready to serve since we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel. Remember . . .Friends + Games + Music + Food = FUN!

UMW Spring Salad Supper
Tuesday, April 26
All women of the church are encouraged to save the evening of Tuesday, April 26, for the Spring Salad Supper.   This year we'll be enjoying an evening of antiques and collectibles appraisal by Debbie Mallory, local owner of The Sophisticated Swine, Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal and Estate Sales. Be checking out your attic for treasures to bring.   No gems, please. More information to follow.

Easter Egg Activities
Keep those plastic eggs and candy rolling in!  We are needing about 1000 eggs for all of our events!
  • Egg-stravaganza -  March 26th, 10:00am-noon.  This is a community Easter event geared for young children.  We are looking for adult and youth to help with the different craft and game stations. Also, if you have any rolls of duct tape (okay if used), we need some for one of our crafts and would love for you to donate.
  • Tween Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt  -  March 26th, 6:30pm - ???. This is a community Easter event geared for kids ages 10 and up)  We need adult volunteers to help with the ice cream sundae bar and Easter egg hunt following.
  • Easter Sunday  we will be hosting a special Kid's Club during the 8:50am service with an Easter Egg hunt at 10:15am.  It would be great to have some youth volunteers to hide Easter eggs and to assist during Kid's Club activities.
Vacation Bible School
Aldersgate VBS 2016 will be held the week of July 25th!  If you would like to sign up or at least discuss the possibility of being a station leader or group leader, please let Jen know.  We are starting to get some key volunteers, so we can continue the planning process together. 

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:
February 21  Youth Group at 6:00pm
February 28  Youth Group at 6:00pm
March 6  Youth Group at 6:00pm
March 13  Youth Group at 6:00pm

Youth - Let's go to SUMYT  
March 18-20
We are excited to announce that we have 10 youth going to SUMYT this year.   We would LOVE to have another chaperone (at least one for Saturday - Sunday is NEEDED)  and also a couple drivers to take the kids to camp and home afterwards.  Please let Jen know if you are interested. 

Outreach & Missions World
Lazy F  Family Mission Trip
Save the dates May 27-29 for the Aldersgate Family Mission Trip to Lazy F.  The weekend will include tasks for children and adults of all ages.  Last year Aldersgate remodeled two cabins, weeded, planted flowers, built covered firewood storage and a GaGa Ball court, and served at the clothing bank at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  The evening events include a campfire with s'mores, board games and a chance to relax in a beautiful location.   Registration details will posted soon.
Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
*Betty Fredeen's sister Donna passed away.
*Dave Maybee's Uncle Peno passed away.
*Sadly we announce that Craig Petre passed away last week.  He was a member at Aldersgate since April 1980.  

People with Health Concerns
*Andy Luedke's grandpa Norm and Andy's parents
*Dave Maybee
*Kate Ingalls friend Sarah and daughter Sophia
*Ginny Truscott's friend John
*Robert Brawn
*Carol Cubilie's son Tim
*Cindy Wheeler
*Betty Fredeen

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Nita & Zane Daniel
*Jeff & Cindy Wheeler
*Candace McKenzie's daughter's in-laws
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.