Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       April 13, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
April 13
Maundy Thursday
April 14
Good Friday
April 15
Flashlight Egg Hunt
April 16
Easter Sunday
Egg Hunt
April 23
Mission Sunday
One Service 9:00am
April 24
UMW Salad Supper
May Calendar Deadline
April 30
Mission Sunday ReCap
One Service 10:00am
Potluck Lunch
May 2
Young at Heart Potluck
Holy Land Presentation
May 7
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
May 8
Church Dinner
Common Table
May 14
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 22
June Calendar Deadline
May 26-28
Lazy F Mission Trip
May 28
One Service 10:00am
June 11
Graduation Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
June 14-17
Annual Conference
June 18
Father's Day
June 19
July Calendar Deadline
July 19-22
ACP Summer Camp #1
July 26-29
ACP Summer Camp #2
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Mar)
Common Table (Mar)
Trustees (Feb)
Finance (Feb)
  Preschool  (Feb)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Worship  (April)

"Rolling Stones"

Luke 24:1-12, 36-45

This Sunday
It's finally here.  Lent is behind us, as are the events of Holy Week.  It is resurrection that now stands before us.  It is Easter Sunday, a day of hope, renewal, even resurrection, and a time to lift our spirits.  The Praise Band at first service will be doing some wonderfully creative things.  As I tell a piece of the Easter story, the band will have the congregation responding with songs; upbeat, fun, familiar songs that will engage the stories of Easter like no others, and maybe bring back  a few memories to boot.  It will be a service not to be missed.  Then in second service the chancel choir will be offering selected pieces all related to the Easter themes and like first service music, the choral pieces will be spread out throughout the service.  Again, something not to be missed.  It will be a magnificent time of retelling the Easter stories.  So come, bring friends and family, spend the morning.  And just a reminder that there will be the annual decorating of the Flower Cross at both services, so remember to bring some flowers, even enough to share.  For the children there will be an Easter Egg Hunt between services and all are invited to watch or participate. What a great morning it will be celebrating the risen Christ. 

Please Join Us for Holy Week and Easter Services

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday Service 
Ap ril 13, 7:00pm
We wi ll remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.

Good Friday Good Friday Service
April 14, 7:00pm
We will meditate on the last events of  Jesus' life before his resurrection.

Easter Sunday Services
April 16, 9:00am & 11:00am
Join us and Christians everywhere as we rejoice because of Christ's Resurrection. W e will have a special Easter Kids' Club during the 9:00am service with an egg hunt starting at 10:15am.
Connections Counseling Annual Report
Greetings friends, colleagues, fellow ministers in Christ!     Attached here you will find the Connections Counseling Annual Report. Please do forward widely and generously -- in the spirit of your ongoing support of this now-3-year-old endeavor.   Grace and Peace to you all,   Laura Wall
Aldersgate T-shirts
If you ordered a T-Shirt it will be arriving on Friday, April 21, just in time for Mission Sunday! Expect to see your family's shirts on Sunday, April 23, with your name on them.  Payment can be made to the church or to Robbin Price at any time, either now, or after the shirts arrive. Please make your check out to Aldersgate, and note on the memo line that the money is for T-shirts. Thanks!
Mission Sunday
Sunday, April 23 @ 9:00am

Aldersgate will have its first Mission Sunday on April 23.  We will gather for one worship service at 9:00am and will then venture out to do various mission projects.  

  • There are several mission projects that will be done here at the church and others offsite at other places.  
  • The mission projects are listed on the table in the narthex where you can learn more about them and signup for them.  
  • Lunch will be provided but you must sign up by April 19 so that we buy enough food.   
Mission Sunday Revisited & Potluck 
Sunday, April 30 @ 10:00am
On April 30   we will again have only one service but at 10:00am to review and celebrate our Mission Sunday accomplishments followed by a potluck lunch.  For the potluck, p lease plan to bring a dish that will serve your family plus 3 to 5 more servings to share.  We need main dishes, sides, salads and desserts.  If you bring a hot dish, consider making it a crock pot dish that can be kept warm during service.  The timing of this meal puts it in the "brunch hour" so feel free to bring items that either are breakfast related or items that are more traditional.  In other words anything goes!  If you can help set up tables or help receive food that morning around 9:30am, please contact Colleen Olleman (425-746-1696 or  Plan to come and fellowship together as we give thanks for the gifts of service from the Aldersgate Community.
Pastor's Wednesday Class
Wednesday, April 26
Pastor Brad will start a new class about Philip Yancy's book "The Jesus I Never Knew" on Wednesday, April 26 . The class meets weekly on Wednesdays from 10-11:30am and also from 7-8:30pm; same class, different times.
Donate Yard Tools
If you have yard tools that you no longer use, please donate them to the church.  We need leaf rakes, garden rakes, garden hoes, pitch forks, lopping shears, pruning shears, pole saw, chain saws (running or not), 5-gallon buckets, and work gloves (NO shovels needed).  Contact Dave Carver to arrange donation (206-853-7056).
Library New s
Read Bob Olson's latest poem Reality Challenged  on page 120 of "Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons ,"  displayed on the library table.  Don't forget to browse the Lent and Easter books. 
Thank You from Mabel
I want to express my thanks and appreciation for flowers, cards, and calls that I have received during my recent hospital and recovery stays.  Each caring thought and prayer is very much appreciated.  Hip repair recovery seems to be a slow and ongoing process.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness and caring.  Sincerely, Mabel Fry and Family
Easter Egg Activities


Saturday, April 15, 10:30am-Noon

This community Easter event filled with games, crafts, the Easter story, and an egg hunt (11:30am) is geared for young families (preschool - younger elementary).  

  Bring your Easter basket!


Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15, 7:30-8:30pm 

This community Easter event starts with ice cream sundae's followed an egg hunt (8:00pm) geared for older elementary students and youth. 

   Bring a flashlight and a friend!


Easter Sunday 

April 16

We will have a special Easter Kids' Club during the 9:00am service and there will be an egg hunt starting at 10:15am.  

UMW Spring Salad Supper
Monday April 24
On  Monday, April 24 at 6:00pm the United Methodist Women are hosting their annual Spring Salad Supper.  All the women of the church are invited to attend.  The program will be a heartwarming and humorous look into some of the experiences of Larry P. Morris as he dealt with families and faith.  He is a full time accountant, part-time pastor, and prolific writer and publisher of prose and poetry.  Come join us.  Bring a salad to share and please include a note if the dish is gluten free or contains nuts, etc.  An offering will benefit Hopelink.  RSVP on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Dorothy Bennett.
Holy Lands Presentation
Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:00pm
Come and learn about in the Holy Lands journey made by 15 members of our congregation last month!    Pictures and stories from the group will be shared  Tuesday  evening,  May 2nd at 7:00pm .  Stay after for cookies, coffee and an opportunity to visit with tour members.

Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, May 2 @ 6:00pm
Calling all retirees, empty nesters and wannabees!  Join us Tuesday, May 2nd, at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall, for an enjoyable evening of good food and fellowship.  The  programs will be a presentation about the Holy Land trip and the entire congregation is invited to attend it at 7:00pm. First Timers, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form and someone will call you about the food.

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:
*Apr. 15 - Ice Cream Sundaes and Flashlight Egg Hunt, 7:30-8:30pm
*Apr. 16 - Easter, No Youth Group
*Apr. 23 - NO Youth Group, It's Mission Sunday so sign up for a mission project!
*Apr. 30 -  Youth Group from 6: 00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
Schedule Changes
There will be no regular dinner and Club 345 meeting in April due to Spring Break ----->> instead come to the Flashlight Egg Hunt (eat ice cream sundae's!) on Saturday, April 15 from 7:30-8:30pm.  And in May the regular dinner and Club 345 meeting will be on May 7 from 5:00-7:30pm (  to work around Mother's Day.) Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Mariners Baseball Game
August 15
Save the Date!!!!!   August 15th is Aldersgate Night at the Mariners.  We will have view seats and the cost will be $13.00 a ticket.   Logistics for selling the tickets are being worked out but will soon be available.
Vision House Benefit Luncheon
Thursday, April 27
The number of homeless children is rising and we can do something about it.  Church member Melinda Lilley invites you to attend Vision House's No Homeless Kids Benefit Luncheon on Thursday, April 27 at the Bellevue Hilton.  Come at 11:30am to network and then the lunch and program is from 12:00-1:00pm.  Mark Canlis, co-owner of the Canlis restaurant will speak about "The Power of Becoming."  We will hear from formerly homeless parents who are working hard to forge a new path for their families and learn how we can help them succeed.  The lunch is free to attend.  A request for donations will be made during the event.   Please RSVP and register to sit at Melinda's table by April 20th at or 425-228-6356.  Or contact Melinda directly and she will register you.
All Church Family Mission Trip 
Register Now
The Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp will be on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.  There will be projects for all ages and abilities.  Interested? Food and lodging is $15-$35 per person. Click here for the registration form, packing list and directions or find them in the narthex.  Also, we need a group of people to help plan the mission trip.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form if you can help with registration or plan and coordinate large projects, smaller projects, and projects for our children at the camp. These are short term commitments but vital to the success of the weekend. 
People Who Passed
*Dwayne Zahn's father Floyd
*David Plowman's uncle Ron 
*Colleen Olleman's aunt Wilma 

People with Health Concerns
*Cindy Wheeler
*Lea Fox's brother Dean
*Betty Fredeen's sister Claudia and niece Nicole
*Roger Ingall's friend Susan
*Marvin and Norma Bush's daughter Anita
*Bill Ferguson and his father Bill
*Kathy Maybee
*Mabel Fry
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Colleen Olleman

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.