Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       May 19, 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
May 19
VBS Planning Meeting
May 23
June Calendar Events Due
May 27-29
Lazy F Mission Trip
May 30
Memorial Day
Office Closed
June 5
Celebrate Graduates
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 25
Church Hike
June 27
ACP Summer Camp #2
July 4
Independence Day
Office Closed
July 11
ACP Summer Camp #3
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
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 (April)

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

"Misfits, Castoffs, and Runaways: The Family Crucible"

Romans 5:1-5 and John 16:12-15

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." This is a great quote from Margaret Meade. There's a seeming conundrum there, but ultimately I don't think there is. Of course we are each unique-if not we would be shapeless blobs undifferentiated from the Primordial Goo. And of course it is our very uniqueness that gives us something in common.

As we continue Pastor Brad's series on the family this week, I'll be exploring difference in the context of family. We'll hear from Andrew Solomon, author of "Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity" who puts it wonderfully: "There is no such thing as reproduction. When two people decide to have a baby, they engage in an act of production.  "Something new is created in every new birth-a complete original. Mr. Solomon says that "encountering unexpected traits in one's child is a universal part of parenthood" and we'll explore what that means in the face of God's call to each of us to fulfill our unique role in the world.

It all starts with family-and it continues in the family of Aldersgate! 

I'll see you  Sunday, Pastor Laura
Ministry News
VBS Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 6:00-8:00pm
Join us TONIGHT , from 6:00-8:00pm, for a Vacation Bible School planning meeting and help us as we get ready for a wonderful week of exploring God's love in the depths of dark caves where The Light of the Lord will light up our world!  VBS is July 25-28 with a VBS Sunday celebration on July 31 !  Many volunteers will be needed that week, please sign up to help!

Calling All Graduates!
Deadline May 22
We will celebrate Aldersgate's graduating seniors (high school and college) during worship on June 5th .  Please send us a picture along with a description of their accomplishments, the name of the school they are graduating from, and their future plans to Jen Hoerbe by  May 22  so they can each be highlighted in a special bulletin insert.

ONE Worship Service
May 29 @ 10:00am
Spread the news, there will be only one worship service at 10:00am on Sunday, May 29, since half the church is away on the mission trip to Camp Lazy F.

Confirmation Sunday
June 12th 
Please join us for a  celebration  and reception for 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. 

Faith @ Home - Praying in Color
Prayer is an important part of our Christian journey, but sometimes it can be hard to do.  Try out a different kind of way of praying by Praying in Color.  This is a great way to pray together as a family and to allow your minds, hearts and bodies into the prayer.   Click here for the Praying in Color handout, or find it at church in the narthex.

VBS Volunteers
Sign up today to volunteer at VBS - the funnest week of the year!  As a church we get to come together to Worship, share our faith, and experience God's love with a great group of kids and you don't want to miss out on it!   We need a few more guides, station leaders and helpers, as well as some pre-VBS workers to help with decorations and other prep work. If your can help, contact Jen Hoerber.

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.

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

Yo uth 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:
*May 15 - Confirmation at 5:00pm, 
        dinner and Youth Group at 6:30pm
*May 22 - Confirmation Class will attend church
at  St Anthony's Catholic Church for morning worship.   Please meet at church at  8:30am .  After church we will meet with some church members and have brunch .
*May 27-29 - Register NOW for the Mini Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp
*May 29 - NO Confirmation or Youth Group
*June 5 - Confirmation at 5:00pm, dinner and Youth Group at 6:30pm.
All Parents and Mentors are welcome to join us from 7:00-8:00pm  for some youth group fun and a quick overview of      Confirmation  Sunday .

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.

Save the date!  After Vacation Bible School, on 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 church BBQ. Contact is  Jen Hoerber.

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 9:00am at the trailhead 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 Hoerbe r. 

Outreach & Missions World
Help Us Care for Each Other!
We are inviting all congregants to join the Aldersgate Cares site on the website This will offer a central way to coordinate meals, transportation and other assistance for those in need in our congregation. Simply go to and create an account. Once your account is created, you can visit the site at any time to view congregational care needs posted there. To do so, visit the Planner tab. Select any item and click "Accept this Task" to assign it to yourself.   If you have any questions, please contact Laura Wall ( ). Thank you!

Register NOW!
Lazy F Family Mini-Mission Trip 
May 27-29 
We have had a wonderful response to the Family Mission Trip to Lazy F.  If you have registered you will be receiving health forms to fill out soon.  If you haven't registered and you plan to attend please let Colleen Olleman know ASAP.  We are filling up fast.   It will be a wonderful weekend of work, fun and fellowship as we grow to together in service.   If you are unable to attend, please be a part of the mission by bringing clothes for the Ellensburg clothing bank to church, by donating craft supplies for the Craft Cabin, and by supporting those at Lazy F in prayer.  CLICK HERE for the registration form. Fill out the form (the Skyline Lodge is FULL), 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). 

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.   There is a collection bin by the church office.

Craft & Program Supplies Need for Lazy F
As part of our Lazy F Mini-Mission Trip, we are collecting craft and program supplies for the camp.  Click here for a complete list of the supplies needed.  Supplies will be collected through June.

Congregations for the Homeless
Meals need June 5th to June 11th
Each June Aldersgate supports Congregations for the Homeless by providing a week's worth of dinners and lunches for the men who will be staying at Christ the King Lutheran Church during the month.   This  year our week is Sunday June 5th through Saturday June 11th except Monday June 6th  (dinner is being provided by another group that night).   Look for the sign up sheets in the Narthex.  This is an excellent opportunity to work with others in the church.  The guidelines are:
Dinner Instructions
Bring dinner for 35 men which includes:
  • Entrée (hot dish)
  • Bread
  • Salad and/or Vegetable (men request vegetables a lot)
  • Dessert (could be fruit, but they prefer a real dessert J)
  • Drinks: 1-2 gallons of milk, 1 large container of juice (anything but orange juice)
When to Arrive and What to Do
Please arrive between 6:30-6:45pm (The church will open to the men at 7:00pm).    Arrive earlier if you need to heat up your food or need additional preparations.   Go to the second level (lower parking lot).   Please plan to have at least two people stay to serve the meal from 7:00pm until around 7:45pm .   We will serve until 7:45pm and then seconds will be served if there is  enough left over.  We will continue serving until 8:00pm, and then put away the food and leave.  The men will do the clean up.  Please bring your food in either disposable containers or easily transferable containers, so that if you have to leave, you can leave your food at the church.  

Foodbank 5000 Item Challenge 
The challenge continues.  Learning about Jesus miraculously feeding 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish (Matt. 14:13-21), the Sunday School kids challenged the church to donate 5,000 food items to the food bank. Please bring in items for the food bank and color in a smiley face on the chart for each item you donate.  Thank you for helping our Sunday Schoolers promote their desire to serve.

Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
*Erin Breske's neighbor Wave lost his father and grandfather.

People with Health Concerns
*Alex Ritzen
*Ferrel Fox
*Kathy Osler
*Betty Fredeen's neighbor Pearl, and friend Hannah
*Jon Tucker's friend Ed
*Kathy Maybee's daughter's friend Kim, and also Mark, the son-in-law of Kathy's friends
*Ispa Delongpre
*Stormie Cruz's mother
*Carol Cubilie's friend Ed
*Marjorie Krueger
*Shelia Cameron
*Bill Ferguson
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Immigrant Families
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.