Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 15, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
June 14-17
Annual Conference
June 18
Father's Day
Peace with Justice 
June 19
July Calendar Deadline
Church Picnic
Common Table
June 19-22
ACP Summer Camp #1
June 26-29
ACP Summer Camp #2
July 3-4
Church office Closed
July 10-13
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 17-20
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 24
August Calendar Deadline
July 24-27
Vacation Bible School
July 30
One Service 10am
Church 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 (May)
Finance (May)
Outreach  (April)
Trustees (April)
Preschool (April)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)

"Being Men of Faith in the 21st Century "

Scripture Lesson
I Kings 3:5-12

This Sunday
This Sunday is Father's Day.  I'm reminded, as I think back on the Holy Land trip, that Jesus had two fathers.  One was obviously God who called Jesus His beloved child in whom he was well pleased.  The other was the of forgotten Joseph.  Joseph was with Jesus for much of his first thirty years.  Joseph taught him what it meant to be a man; a Galilean man, a working man, a man who provided what was needed for his family, a care taking man, a loving man, a man who confronted evil in whatever form, a mentoring man, a man worth of being followed by other men and women.  I do not believe that Jesus was born with everything he needed to become what he would become.  I do believe there was something deep within him at his birth that allowed him to learn, discern, and live as he lived.  That said, someone had to teach him what it meant to "live a life worthy of the calling he had received," as Paul so aptly stated to his protege, Timothy.  On this Father's Day I will be exploring the lost art of mentoring, guiding and leading as men.  We seem to have lost most of our rites of passage, and even so much of what defined us as father's and men.  I'll explore this further this Sunday.   To prepare read, i Kings 3:5-12.
~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.   Y ou will be able to meet her at the Church Picnic and Common Table on Monday June 19.
 Please come and welcome her to Aldersgate!

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. 
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.
Welcome Our New Associate Pastor 
Church Picnic & Common Table
Monday June 19
Sign up now for the next Aldersgate Common Table on Monday, June 19 starting at 6:00pm with a church potluck picnic. Bring a main dish, salad or side dish to share that can feed your family and at least 3-4 others.  Dessert will be provided. This gathering is for everyone who wants to have a voice in the life of the church. It is a place to raise new ideas for the church and to hear what is happening on the ministry teams. If you have an idea, please fill out this Common Table Proposa l form and email it to Joe Lee by Monday, June 12.  Free childcare is available if you sign up for it in advance.  Your Core Leaders will discuss:
== Introducing our new Associate Pastor, Laura B.
== Sharing information about Annual Conference
== An update on finances and stewardship
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. 
Financial Secretary Needed
AUMC is looking to fill the Financial Secretary position beginning  September 1, 2017 .  Responsibilities include receiving, recording and depositing all funds received on Sundays and through on-line giving.  Other responsibilities include sending out quarterly and year-end tax statements and working to track pledges in conjunction with the annual pledge drive.  The Financial Secretary serves on the Finance Committee.  A background in accounting/finance is useful but not mandatory.  Please contact Linda Reichenbach if you are interested in serving AUMC in this capacity.
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)
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 18 - Father's Day. NO Youth Group
*June 25 - NO Youth Group
*July 2 - NO Youth Group
*July 9 - Summer Youth Group Begins!
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
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 Needed
A volunteer is need to help manage the Starbucks Gleaning program. Volunteers pick up food items from Starbucks and store them in the church's freezer.  Then the Starbucks Gleaning Coordinator submits a report via computer once a month (approx.10 minutes), packages the food items for Sophia Way, Andrews Glen, Griffin Home, and Union Gospel Mission (approx. 1/2 hour each time), and occasionally recruits the volunteers needed to pick up the food items from Starbucks. If you are interested in managing this program please contact Jan Durham at or 425-747-9956.
Crossroads Dinner Help Needed
The Crossroads Feeding Program is looking for volunteers to donate and serve food this summer at the Salvation Army located in the Crossroads area. Groups, families, youth, individuals - all are welcome to volunteer. Thanks for supporting this outreach ministry. Click here to sign-up online for the following dates:
Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 - 7 pm
Tuesday, July 25, 5:30 - 7 pm
Tuesday, August 22, 5:30 - 7 pm
Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 - 7 pm
Pastor's Discretionary Fund
Friends, the requests keep coming in and the needs are great. The Pastor's Discretionary Fund is not only depleted but now running in a deficit.  If you feel called to continue to support this ministry at Aldersgate, please add a bit to the offering plate  on Sunday .  Even if it's a small amount, everything helps.  Through this fund we're feeding the hungry, clothing those in need, and offering hope to those who are currently without it.  Every cent of this fund goes to help the most desperate of those living around us.  Thanks for prayerfully considering the Pastor's Discretionary Fund with help.  Thank You! 
Peace with Justice Sunday
June 18
Peace with Justice Sunday is June 18 and we will take a special offering to help support the Peace with Justice ministries in our church conference.  Gifts on Peace with Justice Sunday fund grants to United Methodist ministries and programs that work for peace, love and compassion for God's children in the United States and around the world.  These programs empower United Methodists to speak out for removing structures and systems that harm God's children globally.  When you give, you encourage people to live - not just preach - a gospel of peace.  Please give generously.
People with Health Concerns
*Tom Blakney's daughter Elisabeth
*Jennifer McLean's piano student
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Audrey
*Charlie Stansell
*Cora Beeman
*John Martinsen
*Jack Morrison
*Edna Fadden
*Bud Bennett
*Mabel Fry
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker

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.