Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 30, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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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
July 4
Independence Day
Office Closed
July 7
VBS Workshop
July 9
Young Adult BBQ
July 10
Youth Foot Golf
July 11
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 14
VBS Workshop
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
Sunday Service @ 10am
Church Picnic
Aug 5
Church Office Closed
Aug 19
Church Office Closed
Aug 27
Church Hike
Aug 28
Youth Kickball
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

"The Family We Choose "

Matthew 12:46-50

As we come together on 4th of July weekend and celebrate the country's birthday, we continue to explore the whole idea of family.  Once again this Sunday, Vince Fratello will be bringing the message.  We find family is a variety of places, whether it is the family of Aldersgate, the Wednesday Study group that feel much like family, Roger talks of the praise band as the first family (first service).  As I said we find family in a variety of places and Vince will be exploring exactly what that means on Sunday.  At the same time, we need to know who we are, where and how we fit, what we believe and become responsible for how we act, not matter the family or families around us.  Jesus knew exactly who he was, found family in a variety of places and continually taught in ways that would allow others to become a part of his.  As United Methodists we have defining elements that set us aside particularly as we focus on acts of piety that help us define our acts of charity.  So, where do you find family?  Where or how do you fit into it, or not?  Well, friends, our ministries represent this family, the family we call Aldersgate, and all are welcome to become a part of it.  Vince will explore all of that this Sunday.  To prepare please read Matthew 12: 46 - 50.

Ministry News

First Service Time Change
July 10 - 9:00am
Please note, starting on Sunday July 10 and continuing through August 28, the first service start time will change to 9:00am on a trial basis.  This summer we will decide if it is something we will continue through the Fall with our full program schedule.

ONE Service & Church Picnic 
Sunday July 31, 10:00am
On Sunday, July 31 there will be only one service at 10:00am when we will worship together as one body in Christ Jesus.  Following the service, please join us for the annual church picnic.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Also bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Pastor's Whereabouts  
This week Pastor Brad is the camp pastor at Camp Twinlow and then  on vacation.  Church member Vince Fratello will be leading worship and preaching this Sunday, July 3.  Pastor Brad will be back in the pulpit on July 10.

Summer Giving  
We thank you for your financial support and remind you that summers are usually our leanest months because many of you will be gone on vacation.  We encourage everyone to catch up on their donation pledges. If you have not already done so, please consider signing up for automatic, recurring, electronic giving.  It's fast, it's simple, and it really helps us keep the lights on and programs going during the summer months. For more information, go to the giving page of the church website (   For those members in town for part or all of the summer, click here to check out our website  calendar page for summer events !  Blessings to you and your family. - Finance Team

VBS Workshops
July 7, July 14  
There will be workshops held on the following days to help prepare decorations and crafts for Vacation Bible School on July 7 and July 14 from 6 - 8pm. Please come when you can and help us get ready for the most fun week of the year!  

Kid's Club Volunteers 
Please CLICK HERE to sign up to host a Kid's Club this summer. It is easy and fun and a great way to serve the church. Kid's Club is a fellowship time for kids during the first worship service. There are typically between 4-15 kids present that range from 3 years old to tween age. 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.  Talk with Jen Hoerber about ideas that could work or to find someone to host with you!

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. Leave them in the bag by Linda Detering's mailbox or give them to Jen Hoerber.   Thank you.
Fun Events

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 $30 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.  There are scholarships available.

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group continues through the summer on  Sunday evenings from  6:00-8:00pm.   NEW TIME!  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  Click here for the summer schedule.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or Jen Hoerber.   Here are some upcoming events:
*July 3 - Holiday weekend. NO Youth Group
*July 10 - Come play  FootGolf!  Meet at 6:00pm at the Crossroads
      golf course  ( 15801 NE 15th ST, Bellevue) . Cost $13/adults or
      $9/juniors. Bring a soccer ball  or rent one for $3.  Wear
      comfortable clothes. Click Here to sign up .
*July 16 - Church hike.  Meet at the Coal Creek Falls trailhead  at
      9am, which is at the Cougar Mountain Regional Park.  To get
      there take exit 13 off Hwy I-90, to Lakemont Blvd and drive a
      couple miles until you see the blue King County park sign on your
      left. Bring water, a snack, and dress for the weather.
*July 17 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*July 24 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
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:
     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.  Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact is   Jen Hoerber
 - July 16 - Coal Creek Falls Trail - This trail is at the Cougar Mountain Regional Park.  To get there
        take exit 13 off Hwy I-90, to Lakemont Blvd and drive a couple miles until you see the blue
        King County park sign on your left.
 - August 27 - Twin Falls Trail

Church Picnic
July 31 @ 11:30am
On Sunday, July 31 there will be only one service at 10:00am when we will worship together as one body in Christ Jesus.  Following the service, please join us for the annual church picnic.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Also bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Please sign up to help. Contact is  Jen Hoerber.
Outreach & Missions World

Sophia Way Thank You
A Sophia Way client has written a thank you note to everyone who supports the Sophia Way organization which helps single women to transition from homelessness to stable independent living.    Click Here to read her reflections and learn more about Sophia Way.  The people of Aldersgate help support this organization with  donations of funds, food and time. 

Crossroads Feeding Program Needs YOU!
Summer is upon us and there are opportunities to serve those in need. The Crossroads Feeding Program is looking for volunteers to serve and donate food in June, July, August and September. We ask that servers be at least 10 years of age though younger kids can still help. Please check your calendars and click here  to sign-up or feel free to email Melinda Lilley  directly to find out specific needs. 

Missionary Visits from Nepal
Katherine Parker, an Aldersgate supported missionary to Nepal, joined  17 of us Wednesday for a lunch and reception.  She is with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as part of the health team to the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). Dressed in traditional Napli costume, she shared about her work there and the culture of that country.  We learned how she, as part of the UMN, provided assistance following the recent devastating earthquake.  Also, of particular interest to many in the audience was her explanation of how she teaches reproductive health and hygiene to adolescents in a country with many taboos about the subject.  If you missed this opportunity to hear Katherine, plan to attend her next visit with us.  Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until 2019, but you can follow her now on  or .

Thanks form C4H
Thank you to everyone who donated food or prepared and served dinner to the men in the Congregations for the Homeless shelter at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Your time and donations make a huge difference in the lives of these men.  Congregations for the Homeless is a stepping stone to breaking the cycle of homelessness.  Their program is comprehensive.  If you would like to learn more about this organization, check out their website:   Thank you again for caring and supporting this program

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 Passed Away  
*Kent Amsberry's mother Doris
*John Martinsen's uncle John
*Colleen Olleman's uncle Randolf

People with Health Concerns
*Jennifer Maybee's friend Kim
*Marcia Stansell
*Don & Edna Fadden's grandniece Jasmine
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Geri Martinsen's friends Gigi, Rich, and Terry
* Marvin & Norma Bush's daughter Karen

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker, the Amsberry family, the Kedar family, the City of Federal Way
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.