Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 1, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
June 3
ACP Bike-a-thon
June 5-10
C4H Meals
June 11
Graduation Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
June 14
Handbell Concert
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)
Outreach  (April)
Trustees (April)
Finance (April)
Preschool (April)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)

"Gifts of Love "

Scripture Lesson
John 11:33-36

This Sunday
This Sunday we're celebrating gifts. The word alone can mean so many things.  Gifts come in a wide array of colors and types.  They can be something that we have inside us that needs to be shared.  They can be something that we offer to others.  They can be surprises or they can  We find them under the tree and Christmas and on our birthdays.  We find them in the talents that are shared, like last weekend at Lazy F and here at the worship service at Aldersgate.  We find them being shared by so many in this congregation, and this Sunday we'll celebrate a bunch of them.  Jesus brought innumerable gifts to those around him.  He shared fully of himself in every way and at every level.  It's why the shortest verse in scripture may also be the most powerful.  Jesus shared not only healing gifts, teaching gifts, but also emotional gifts.  It goes with the territory of sharing gifts.  So to prepare for this Sunday please turn to the Gospel of John, chapter 11: 33 - 36.  

~Pastor Brad
Parking Lot Closed
The access to the upper parking lot via Allen Road will be closed from Friday morning, June 2 at 9:00am until Saturday morning, June 3 at noon. Also the upper parking lot is not available on Saturday to facility the Aldersgate Preschool Bike-a-thon.
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
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.
Banner Help Wanted
The Banner Committee needs occasional help changing banners in the sanctuary.  Want to volunteer?  Have questions? Contact Norma Line at or 425-373-4068.
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!
Summer Special Music
During the summer, the Chancel Choir is taking a break and so we are looking for musicians to provide special music for the second service.  If you are musically gifted, vocal or instrumental, classical or contemporary, young or old, all are welcome to participate.  Music is needed on Sundays from June 18-September 10.  Contact Hanae Straub if you are interested .
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 4 -  Youth Group from 6: 00-8:00pm
*June 11 - Dinner, 5:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*June 18 - Father's Day. NO Youth Group
*June 25 - NO Youth Group
Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
Sunday, June 11
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade meet once a month for dinner and fun.  The next meeting is June 11, from 5-7:30pm.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Handbell Concert
June 14
Come hear the Ringers and Singers Handbell Choir from First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida on Wednesday, June 14  at 7:30pm.  They have made joyous music for over 40 years.  Since 1976, the group has traveled extensively, performing for churches and communities around the world. Tour stops have included England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, the Netherlands, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, Canada and the United States. The group gives 100% of offerings collected during each performance back to the churches and organizations where they perform.  The free will offering taken during the concert will go to support the Handbell Program here at Aldersgate. There will be refreshments following the concert in Friendship Hall.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form if you can donate 3 dozen cookies for the refreshment time.
Vacation Bible School Registration
 It is time to register for "Hero Central" VBS which runs the week of July 24-27 from 9:00am - noon. 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.
Preschool Summer Camp
Enroll now in Aldersgate Christian Preschool's summer camp program.  For children 3 years old through 1st grade graduates.  Hours are 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday through Thursday.  Weekly fee is $160.  Call or email the preschool for more information at 425-562-0433 or  Weekly themes are:
  •  June 19-22 ~ Our State-Washington
  •  June 26-29 ~ Our Continent-North America
  •  July 10-13 ~ Our Planet-Earth
  •  July 17-20 ~ Our Galaxy-Outer Space
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.
Called to Dismantle Racism:  Practical Pathways 
to Mobilize Faith Communities for Racial Justice
Saturday, June 10
The Church Council of Greater Seattle is holding a workshop on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Avenue in Seattle. The training is designed especially for congregations who have begun to embrace the pathway toward racial justice within their own congregations.  The training will strengthen connections between area congregations committed to moving forward on racial justice work by providing some foundational and logistical pathways their communities can utilize for change. The training will underscore the moral imperative of understanding racism in our congregations and broader communities to effectively partner with others to dismantle it.  
Ideally, a team of 2-4 people from the congregation would attend together to carpool and share resources.  The cost is $25 for an individual and $75 for a team up to 4 people.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch.  RSVPs by Wednesday, June 7, should be sent to Ann Erickson at
People with Health Concerns
*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.