Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 22, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
June 26-29
ACP Summer Camp #2
July 3-4
Church office Closed
July 8
Young Adult BBQ
July 10-13
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 11
VBS Work Party
July 16
VBS Work Party
July 17-20
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 19
VBS Work Party
July 21
Church Office Closed
July 23
VBS Setup
July 24
August Calendar Deadline
July 24-27
Vacation Bible School
July 30
One Service 10am
Church Picnic
August 15
Mariners Baseball Game
August 21
September Calendar Deadline
August 26
Jubilee School Service
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (May)
Finance (May)
Outreach  (April)
Trustees (April)
Preschool (April)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)

"Annual Conference Reflections "

Scripture Lesson
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Luke 10:25-28

This Sunday
Annual Conference took place last week.  It was the first time in history that both the Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho conferences met together.  Given that we met at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, which sits on an island surrounded by the Columbia River, the conference was about making connections and about life giving water.  As I head to Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center to offer Sunday worship and to be camp pastor next week, our two annual conference delegates, Jean Harris and David Lutz will be leading worship and sharing in the message this Sunday.  Jean has been attending our annual conference for years.  For David, this past week was his first time.  As I asked them to think about planning worship and sharing their thoughts, I asked that they focus on the spiritual, worshipful, and emotionally moving aspects of their experiences this year.  I know for David, one key worship experience was the installation worship service for our new bishop.  He'll be sharing the significance of pieces of that service.  For Jean one of her spiritually significant moments was a service on the river led by our own Rev. Jenny Philips.  For me, it was, once again, the ordination service and the moment when the twelve clergy who were being commissioned all knelt together.  It was overwhelming to see them and then to be able to pray for them as they continue to move toward their own ordination as elders and deacons.  In as much as this year's annual conference dealt with very little business, the worship services are what I'll remember.  They were deep, beautiful, challenging, encouraging, relational and rich.  Come and hear of two perspectives from our own two delegates.  To prepare please read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Luke 10:25-28.
~Pastor Brad
New Associate Pastor
We are pleased to announce that our new  Associate Pastor, Laura Baumgartner, is joining the Aldersgate Team as of 
July 1, 2017.   Laura has been teaching chemistry in the Bellevue Schools for many years and will continue part time as a teacher and part time as our Associate Pastor. This is Laura's first appointment as Pastor. She comes to us from her home church, University Temple United Methodist in Seattle, where she served as Church Council Chair, Bell Choir Director, and Director of Children and Family Ministries. She also served in two internships while she was in seminary, at Earth Ministry and at Riverton Park United Methodist Church in Tukwila. She brings experience from the classroom, a passion for social justice, and a desire to listen to where the Spirit is leading the church in these changing times. 

Laura has moved many times. She was born and went to high school in Boise, ID, but has lived in Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland, Boston, and Des Moines (IA). She's been in the Seattle area since 2001 and is happy to call it home now. Laura finds that wherever she goes, she meets wonderful friends who bring diverse perspectives and contexts that challenge and inspire her, but who also have in common a deep hunger for more meaning and more love in their lives. She is committed to working ecumenically and across faith traditions to learn more of what God's faithful people can teach each other. 

Laura is married to her husband, Eric, and they live with their daughter, Grace, and their dog, Calvin. When not at church, she enjoys walking with Calvin, doing yoga, being creative, and hearing great stories. 
THANKS Are Ringing!
Big THANK YOU to Lea, Renee, Hope, Sendi, Betty and Jackie for helping with the potluck, the concert and the reception following the handbell concert last week.  Also thank you to Tom Blakney for running the sound system.  And many thanks to all who brought cookies for the reception.  We had such a great response to this that coffee hour is well supplied for a while.  Finally, THANK YOU to everyone who came to the wonderful concert!  
Office Closed
Due to the Independence Day holiday and staff vacations, the church office is closed July 3 &4.
Summer Youth Assistant
Jocelyn Matheny has officially accepted the Summer Intern Youth Assistant position.  She will be helping with summer youth group along with assisting in future planning with our Youth Ministry program.  

Here is a little bit about her.....Jocie will be heading into her junior year at Central Washington University in September.  She was highly involved in Youth Group during middle and high school and is currently involved in the Wesley Club at Central.  She is grounded in the Methodist faith and has served as youth delegate and young adult delegate at both District and Annual Conferences.  She plays both softball and soccer and is majoring in physical education and school health with a minor in Spanish.  She's a lifelong Girl Scout and has a heart filled with enthusiasm and compassion.  Please join me in welcoming Jocie to Aldersgate this summer.  We are going to have a great summer! 

The search committee will be continuing their search for a permanent Youth Assistant.  The search committee consists of Jean Rummel, Allison George, Sarah Fritze, Bryce Swearingen, Camille Browder and Jen Hoerber.  Please let Jen know if you have any questions. 
VBS Work Party (s)
Volunteers are need to help prepare for Vacation Bible School.  Several work parties have been scheduled to work on preparing scenery, decorations, class materials, etc.  A day is also planned to actually do the setup and decorating for VBS.  Please come and help at one or all of the work parties.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
>>Tuesday, July 11, from 2:00 - 5:00pm.
>>Sunday, July 16, after both worship services between 10:00am - 2:00pm, bring a lunch.
>>Wednesday, July 19, from 10:00am - 2:00pm, bring a lunch, and also from 4:00 - 6:00pm.
>>Sunday, July 23, after both worship services between 10:00am - 4:00pm.   Lunch is provided.
Summer Giving
Many of you will be going on vacation or visiting family during these upcoming summer months. Enjoy your trips and we look forward to seeing you when you return! If you have not already done so, please consider  signing up here  for recurring giving. It's fast, it's simple, and it really helps us keep the lights on and programs going during the summer months.  Blessings to you and your family.
Library Resource Center News
Read Bob Olson's latest poems An Angel on My Shoulder  and Dreams .  They are found in Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons, displayed on the library table (see pages 121 and 122)
Young Adult BBQ
Saturday, July 8
The young adult group (called  At the Crossroads) will have a BBQ on Saturday, July 8 from 6:30pm-11pm. Good food, great people, lawn games, and a movie ---what more could you ask for on a summer evening!  Dinner will be served straight off the grill at the beginning of the evening.  The main course, hot dogs and hamburgers, will be provided.  Please bring a summer side to share potluck style. Y'all come and bring a friend!  Contact is Katie Olleman.  RSVP on Facebook.
ALL Church and VBS Picnic
Sunday, July 30
With all the warm weather last week, it is easy to get excited about summer picnics and barbecues ! The Aldersgate All Church and VBS picnic is on July 30 .   And we can use your help making it a big success!  Do we want some games or races?  Do we want to BBQ?   Can you help with grilling or set up?   Sign up on the Sunday attendance form if you can help or email Colleen Olleman.   If you can't help with VBS because it is during the work week, then the ALL Church Picnic is an excellent way to be involved!
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have questions about the youth program, contact  Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
* June 25 - NO Youth Group
*July 2 - NO Youth Group
*July 9 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*July 16 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*July 23 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Vacation Bible School Registration
VBS is filling up fast!  NOW is the time to register!  "Hero Central" VBS  runs the week of July 24-27 from 9:00am - noon for kids 4 years old through 5th grade.  Contact Jen Hoerber about our special 2-3 year old program. During the week we will discover our strength is in God while we explore Bible stories through crafts, games, music, science and more! Register online from the church website at If you would like additional information or a paper registration form, contact Jen Hoerber.
Mariners Baseball Game
Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:10pm
Let's go to the ballgame and root on our Seattle Mariners against the Baltimore Orioles.  We have View Section seats and the cost is $13.00 per person.  (This is half price!)  Please pay in full at the time of your request and include this linked order form plus a self-addressed stamped envelope so the tickets can be mailed to you or include instructions to put the tickets in your church mailbox.  Tickets will arrive around July 28th.  The last day for ordering tickets is July 26th.  We have 100 tickets reserved for the Aldersgate Community including the Aldersgate Christian Preschool and VBS families.  Give your check, the order form and the self-addressed STAMPED envelope to Wendi in the church office.  If you want to sit with another family/person please return your orders together. Questions? Contact is Colleen Olleman.
Starbucks Gleaning Coordinator FOUND!
The new Starbucks Gleaning Coordinators are Ruth & Kelly Carver.  We thank them for their willingness to serve!
People Who Passed Away
*Betty Fredeen's sister Sue
*Londa Narmita's co-worker Schallard

People with Health Concerns
*John Martinsen
*Geri Martinsen's friend Skip
*Laureen Thomas's friend George
*Bob Olson's friend
*Londa Narmita's friend Joanne
*Dorothy Bennett's friend Patt
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Audrey
*Edna Fadden
*Bud Bennett
*Mabel Fry
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Kristie McLean's student Brandon, Jean Harris' granddaughter Sarah

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.