Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                     August 23, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
August 25
School Service Day
September 2
One Service at 10am
September 3
Labor Day Holiday
Office Closed
September 5
ACP First Aid Class
Handbell Choir Practice
Chancel Choir Practice
September 6
ACP Parent Orientation
September 9
Mariner's Game
September 10-11
ACP Meet the Teacher
September 12
Preschool Begins
September 16
Sunday School Begins
Youth Group Kickoff
September 17
All Church conference
October Calendar Deadline
September 19
Pastor's Class Begins
October 2
Young @ Heart Potluck
October 4 & 6
Habitat Build
October 7
Club 345
October 11 & 13
Habitat Build
Oct 12-13
Rummage Sale
October 20
Parenting Forum
October 22
November Calendar
October 26
Fall Festival
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (July 16)
CLT Budget (July 28)
Green Team  (August)
CRC Team (August)
Trustees (July)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)
Outreach  (May)
Worship (Feb)

Psalm 71:15-24a

"Leaving a Lasting Legacy"

This Sunday
This Sunday we examine legacy. Not some legacy left behind by someone rich or famous, but our own legacy. We seldom seem to ask the question about what we hope to leave behind. I think part of why we don't talk that way is because we don't want to face our own death. But death is coming for all of us, and wouldn't it be a wonderful gift to think about, plan for, take steps toward your legacy. Jesus certainly talked about his, particularly as the day was approaching. So, what is it that we hope to leave behind once we're gone? Is there some lasting impression, some gift for humanity, some cultural shift, or some family inheritance? And by inheritance I don't necessarily mean money or things. Sometimes the most significant legacies are our children, our shared thoughts, and our love shared openly. Sometimes our legacies are the actions we chose to take while living, often courageous or transformative. Sometimes our legacies are the words of encouragement we offered to others.   And tragically, sometimes are legacies are more unhealthy and negative. What's interesting about legacies is that what we leave behind is up to us. So let's explore that this Sunday, as Laura and I share a few of our hopes for our own legacies. To prepare please read Psalm 71:15 - 24a.

~ Pastor Brad
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad Beeman 

Friends, it's been a long time since I've had to share news about staff and potential staff changes.  In as much as some of those times have been centered on potentially negative things, this time there are some positive things that have happened in the lives of some of our staff that have forced either a change or a departure.  Here's what's happening.  

As many of you are aware, Hanae Straub, is leaving her position as second service choir director.  The growth of Hanae and her husband Nathan's music business has made it just too challenging to continue her role at Aldersgate; add to that the fact that they are first time parents.  Her last Sunday with us will be the  Sunday  of Labor Day weekend.  Please come and say goodbye to her as we thank her for her bright, shining, wonderful, spirit-filled presence as she lead the choir and sung solos.   In the interim, as we search for her replacement, Jason Suchan will be taking on both roles, as choir director and organist / accompanist.  A search committee has been formed out of the Core Leadership Team and with Hanae and Jason's help, will begin to look for our next choir director. 

Second, Dave Carver's construction business has grown, and grown quickly.  Dave no longer has the time to work as our facilities manager.  Dave, being Dave,  has offered his maintenance services as a member of the church, now as a volunteer.  What he doesn't have time for is the property upkeep.  We're hoping to find volunteers to mow, cut, trim, weed, etc. in the interim as we search for his replacement.  

Finally, at least for today, because of our financial situation, we've had to move Pastor Laura's position to 1/4 time. What this means is that Pastor Laura's time at church will be reduced by a day, and she will be at church one day a week and on Sundays.    We cannot take that action without an All Church Conference.  The All Church Conference will take place on  September 17 at 7:00pm.   It is a one agenda item All Church Conference.  Our normal Core Leaders Team meeting will follow immediately at  7:30pm .  As always, anyone is welcome to attend the All Church Conference and all are welcome to attend any meeting of the Core Leadership Team.  

Committees are forming to hire new staff.  The search committee for the second service choir director includes: Dorothy Beeman, Robbin Price, Laura Baumgartner, Peter & Carolyn Coffee.  They will be meeting soon to begin that search.  If you would like to be a part of that group, please let any of the members of that committee know.  Peter Narmita will head the search committee for a new facility manager.  If you are willing to serve on a search committee and/or volunteer to help with grounds maintenance, please let Peter know.   As many of you are aware, we have already made a change regarding our custodial work.  We now have an outside contractor doing the work for both the Preschool and the Church.  If you have questions about any of that please see Dorothy Beeman in the Preschool office.  She is the liaison between Aldersgate and the cleaning company.  

That's it for now.  If you have any questions about any of this please let me or Joe Lee know.  We're happy to share whatever we can about these changes.  Our ongoing hope is to be as transparent as possible about the things going on around us at Aldersgate.  Thank you for your prayers as we search for the next staff persons who will serve this amazing place.  
                                                                                                            Pastor Brad
Resource Library News
  Please browse the Life 'til Death sermon series resources that are displayed on the library table.  Included are Five Wishes brochures and the following books: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, On the Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer, and The Grace In Dying by Kathleen Dowling Singh. 
Mission Trip Recap
The youth will share their stories about the mission work they completed on the Idaho Mission Project during their week-long adventure on Sunday, August 26 between services.  Learn about the organizations they served and how the mission trip helped them grow in connection to each other and to God. 
September 2 Worship @ 10:00am
On Labor Day Weekend, weather permitting, we will worship together at  10:00am in the open air courtyard on the lower level of the church.  It will be the last Sunday for Hanae Straub our Chancel Choir director so plan to celebrate her ministry at Aldersgate as well as her new ministry in music education.  As we move from the August sermon series into fall programming, we'll gather as one body around the theme of Opening to the Spirit's Movement. We'll celebrate together in combined worship with elements from both first service and second service. We'll have some chairs but seating will be flexible if you prefer to use a camp chair or blanket. This will also be the day we offer back to school blessings for students, teachers, and backpacks. Then after worship, we will have the opportunity to stay and have lunch together. Plan to join us for this all church event!  If you can help with setup, potluck or clean-up please sign up or contact Pastor Laura .  

What to bring:
  • a card fo Hanae if you know her
  • your school bag if you have one
  • a camp chair or picnic blanket if you have one
  • food to share, based on your last name, or feel free to bring what you do well, regardless of your name:
    • Last name starts with A-D bring desserts or drinks
    • Last name starts with E-L bring salads
    • Last name starts with M-R bring bread, fruit, or other side dishes
    • Last name starts with S-Z bring protein
Staff Vacations - Office Closed
Due to staff vacations there will be times when only volunteers man the church office or the office is closed this summer. It is a good idea to call ahead to see if the church is open before you come. The church office will be closed on Monday, September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.
S lide Help Needed
Moving in to the fall, Pastor Laura would like to work with a few other people on designing and organizing the slides for first service worship. The process usually only takes 1-2 hours a week and is a lot of fun for creative, technology-oriented people. Please see Pastor Laura if you are interested, willing to learn the process, and can help as part of a team with this important work for the church. 
Music Ministry
If you play an instrument or sing, consider joining an Aldersgate music group.
  • Worship Band performs at the first service each Sunday. Rehearsals are usually weekly on Thursdays at 7:00pm. Contact is Roger Ingalls.
  •  Handbell Choir (Canterbury Bells) performs at the second service once a month, October-June. They rehearse weekly and the first rehearsal is Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30pm. Contact is Pam Johnson.
  • Adult (& Youth) Choir (Chancel Choir) performs at the second service each Sunday, September-June. They rehearse weekly and the first rehearsal is Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30pm. Contact is Robbin Price.
Sunday School - Coming Soon
On September16 we will kick-off a new season of Sunday school. We will be use the curriculum called "Dig In" as the kids are in their second year of walking through the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Kids' Club will continue to be offered at both services and the children will flow from Kids' Club into both Music Time and then Sunday school. There will be three Sunday school classes broken up by age.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Support Our Children's Programs

Volunteers are needed to help implement our children's programs.  Please contact Jen Hoerber for more information.

  • Sunday Dinners  bring Club 345 and Youth Group together to share a meal before their fellowship time once a month. There are typically 20-30 children, youth and adult helpers for dinner. If you or your group would like to host a dinner, please sign up on the bulletin board across from the office.
  • Kids' Club  is a fellowship time for kids during the Sunday morning worship services. For first service it typically runs from 9:10-9:45am and for second service it is from 11:15am -12 noon. Kids' Club can consist of all types of activities-art projects, stories, games, and much more. Please consider hosting a Kid's Club and sharing your talents, passion and stories with our children. If you want to host a Kid's Club, but you just aren't sure of what to do, talk with Jen Hoerber as she has some activities all ready to go. You can sign up for only one service or for both, or for just one Sunday or several. Every bit helps! 
  • Sunday School  teachers and teacher assistants are needed, so please prayerfully consider helping. No experience is needed. Training is available and the curriculum is very user-friendly! 
Pastor's Study - Community According to Jesus
Starting Wednesday, September 19, Pastor Brad will teach a class that will focus on Jesus, and his views, teachings and actions centered on what it means to be community. We'll examine who is welcome, who belongs, and how Jesus identified each. Jesus changed the whole idea of community, but why and how? To begin we'll examine some of the specific pieces of the Old Testament and the Laws around what constitutes, defines, effects, kills and upholds community. From there we'll begin to examine Jesus as we spend some time in the four gospels. Then we'll take a look at Paul and examine the influence of Jesus on Paul; how Paul viewed and built community, take a look at 15 "One Another" verses, and what they might mean for us.   Click here for more information
Let's go out to the ballgame!
Sunday, September 9 @ 1:15pm
Aldersgate UMC will be going to Safeco Field to cheer on the Mariner's on September 9!
  • Mariners vs New York Yankees
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:15pm
  • View Seats for $13 each
We have a limited number of seats reserved, so order yours today! Please fill out the form located on the desk in the narthex, enclose the money in the attached envelope, and give the envelop to Wendi in the church office. Deadline to order is August 30. Questions? Contact Jen Hoerber at 425-299-4996.
Young Adult Ministry-"At the Crossroads"
"At the Crossroads" is a young adult fellowship group. Join us at Crossroads mall for dinner and conversation, on the first Monday of the month at 7:00pm by the stage. Events are posted to Facebook on a monthly basis. For more information, text/call Katie Olleman, 425-457-3324. Upcoming events:
>>> September Dinner: Monday, September 10 due to the Labor Day holiday
>>> October Dinner: Monday, October 1.
Come Join the United Methodist Women!
The United Methodist Women here at Aldersgate are organized to provide fellowship, learning and charitable activities for all the women in the church. There are two Circle groups that meet monthly. They share Sunday refreshment duty three months of the year. They help coordinate the UMW Spring Salad Supper in April, the Craft Sale in November and the Bake Sale in December. They also assist with church receptions. All the women of the church are welcome to join a Circle.
  •  Deborah Circle meets next on Sept. 10 (due to the holiday) and then on the 1st Monday of the month starting in October at 7:00pm in members' homes. Contact is Clarine Goodleaf.
  •  Mary Martha Circle meets next on Sept. 20, the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 9:30am at AUMC. Contact is Kathy Maybee.
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  All youth in 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have questions about the youth program, contact  Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
*August 26 - Youth Group Movie Night, 6:00-9:00pm
*Sept 2 - No Youth Group due to the Labor Day holiday
*Sept 9 - Mariner's Game.  Limited tickets available.  Deadline to order tickets is August 30.
*Sept 16 - Youth Group Kick-off, 6:00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month on Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity. The next meeting is October 7 . Volunteers to host Club 345 and bring in dinner are needed!   Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Jubliee Reach Day of Servic e
Aldersgate will again participate in Jubilee School Service Day on August 25 , from 8:00am- Noon. This is a great way for our church to reach out into the community and serve. This year we will work at Eastgate Elementary and help them prepare for students.  There are a variety of tasks such as doing yard work, decorating bulletin boards, compiling back to school packets, cleaning desks, organizing library books, and painting.  This volunteer opportunity is open to kids (with adult present), teens and adults. Register online at You will find the church (Aldersgate UMC) and school (Eastgate Elementary) located on the registration page. Paper registration forms can be found on the desk in the narthex with additional information.  Paper registrations should be turned into Jen Hoerber to ensure proper registration.
Love Thy Neighbor UMW Revivals
This summer, the Innovation and Vitality Team within the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church is holding six revivals in six cities. The nearest to Aldersgate happens on September 21-22 , in Seattle and we will celebrate what God is already doing in our midst and plot towards what is possible. We will reignite our communal imagination towards God's work in our neighborhoods. There will also be a time to network and collaborate with other Christians who are ready to figure out where the Spirit is moving within and around the church of the Northwest. Learn more and register at Cost is $21.75 if you register by September 7.
Parenting Forum on  October 20th
We are joining forces with Bellevue First UMC to host a day long Parenting Forum.  Faith leaders, experts in education, and organizations passionate about helping families will come together to offer perspectives on relevant topics for parents of children and youth of all ages. There will be two key note speakers;   Dr. Ivan Duran,  Superintendent Bellevue School District and  Jamal Rahman,  Muslim Sufi Interfaith Minister along with several break out sessions focusing on healthy habits, positive discipline, addiction, and anxiety plus several more.   The Parenting Forum will be held at Bellevue First UMC from 9:30am-3:30pm  Registration will be opening soon.  
Prayer Requests   
People Who Passed Away
*Bev Allebrandi, who is a former member at Aldersgate, passed away
      unexpectedly.  Her memorial service will be at Fairwood UMC
      (15255 SE Fairwood Blvd Renton) on September 1 @ 11:30am.   
      Condolance cards can be sent to Tom Allebrandi at
       17325 - 121st LN SE #XX-103, Renton, 98058.
*Betty Fredeen's daughter-in-law Chrissy's father

People with Health Concerns 
*Bonnie McAuliffe
*Nancy Phillips
*Jo Fritze's sister Jane
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker,  the Firefighters

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.