Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                        July 20, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
July 21
Church Office Closed
July 23
VBS Setup
July 24
August Calendar Deadline
July 24-27
Vacation Bible School
July 30
One Service 10am
Church Picnic
August 15
Mariners Baseball Game
August 21
September Calendar Deadline
August 24
Youth Pool Party
August 26
Jubilee School Service
Sept 3
One Service 10am
Sept 4
Church Office Closed
Sept 6
Handbell Choir
Chancel Choir
Sept 7
ACP Parent Orientation
Sept 10
Club 345 Dinner
Youth Group Dinner
Sept 11-12
ACP Back to School 
Sept 13-14
ACP Classes Begin
Sept 17
Education Hour Resumes
Youth Group Jump-Off
Sept 18
October Calendar Deadline
Sept 20
Gospel of John Class
Sept 24
Foot Golf
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)
Trustees (May)
Outreach  (April)
Preschool (April)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)

"God Man"

Scripture Lesson
Matthew 4:23 - 5:12
Luke 2:41-52

This Sunday
Spider Man, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Captain America, even Ironman all have things in common.  They are super heroes who possess powers that seem, well, super-natural.  Each seems to have a singular power that is then undergirded by others.  They seem to be a part of a close knit group that seeks to work together to conquer the evils that seem to threaten humankind.  Their primary goal is to save humanity from some evil force.  They often wear things that make them easily identifiable, some kind of super hero outfit that fits their power.  They each offer things that stretch the understanding of heroism, and seem to have a depth of moral integrity that often goes against the norms of their location.  Many have gained their powers through some exterior circumstance whether it 's a tragic life event, some power that has entered them at some point, or even that they come from somewhere else.  Well, suffice it to say that this Sunday we'll be exploring what makes a super hero super.  What sets them apart?  I'll ask the question, if you were a super hero, what would your chosen superpower be? 
            All of this is to prepare us for Vacation Bible School the following week.  We have 130 children coming to Aldersgate, each of whom will be exploring this topic.  So, I need to ask, was Jesus a super hero, particularly if you examine what sets super heroes apart from normal human beings?  Let 's have some fun with this.  At the same time, there are deeply spiritual elements involved.  To prepare please read Luke 2:41-52 and Matthew 4:23-5:12.

~Pastor Brad
Hero Central VBS Update
We are looking forward to an exciting and fun week at Vacation Bible School July 24-27.  We will welcome 135 kids to Hero Central VBS and share God's great love with them all week.  At Hero Central we will discover our strength in God and learn we can be heroes too. The  VBS Key Hero Verse is: "Do good! Seek peace and go after it!" (Psalm 34:14b).  Each day we will hear a Bible Story and get our Hero Code and then explore these through music, crafts, science and games. 

     God's Heroes have Heart! - Samuel Anoints David 

          (1 Samuel 16 1-12) 

     God's Heroes have Courage! - Abigail Saves the Day 

          (1 Samuel 25)  

     God's Heroes have Wisdom! - Jesus Goes to the Temple 

          (Luke 2:41-52) 

     God's Heroes have Hope! - Beattitudes 

          (Matthew 4:23-5:12

On  Sunday July 23  we will transform our church into our Hero Central Base for the week and would appreciate any and all help doing so!  We will start after worship services and will work until it is done.  Lunch will be provided

On Monday, July 24 all VBS volunteers should arrive by 8:15am and arrive at  8:30am the rest of the week.  Our young heroes should arrive at  8:45am on Monday to get checked in.  

A big thank you to all those who have been working hard on VBS preparations and those who will be volunteering through the week.  Please lift up VBS volunteers, participants and families in your prayers. 
Only One Worship Service
Sunday, July 30
Just a reminder, on Sunday, July 30 there will be only one worship service at 10:00am followed by the All Church Picnic at 11:30am.  Pass it on!
Kids' Club Volunteers Needed
Want an Excuse to Play?   Kids' Club is in need of volunteers!  Come play, craft, or simply hang out with our Aldergate's kids during worship services this summer.  Volunteers are needed during each service throughout the summer.  You can simply volunteer for one service, both services on specific date, or multiple Sundays, so its flexible and can work with anyone's schedule.  Contact Jen Hoerber if you are interested at 425-299-4996 or via email at Volunteer and come out and play!
Help Move Furniture
On Sundays, August 6 and August 13, between services (about 10am), please help move furniture in/out of the preschool classrooms so we can clean the carpets and wax the floors.  Please sign up!  Questions? Contact Dave Carver or Dorothy Beeman.
Ushers Needed
The first service is in need of more ushers to add to the usher rotation.  Basically an usher comes to church 15-20 minutes early, greets people, hands out the Sunday bulletin, lights the altar candles, does a headcount, collects the offering, assists visitors, and tidies up the sanctuary after the service. Youth and adults are welcome to serve as ushers.  With enough volunteers, usher serve every 6-8 weeks.  If you are interested in serving as an 1st service usher, please contact David James (, 425-643-2970)
Kitchen Range Hood
Are you renovating your kitchen? The church has a very nice stainless steel residential kitchen range hood for sale for a donation.  It is a 48-inch Broan Elite 61000 series, model #614804 and is practically brand-new. The church is upgrading to a commercial kitchen range hood to meet the requirements of the bigger ovens.  If you are interested, contact Rich Detering or Dave Carver.
Budget Approved
We are happy to report that the Core Leadership Team has approved a balanced budget for the next budget cycle, July 2017 - June 2018. Click here to view. A big thank you to the congregation for your faithful giving and pledge commitment. If you haven't turned in a pledge card, it's not too late!  Please click here for the pledge form and return it to the church office.

Thank you to our staff, lay leaders and Finance Team for creating this budget. Their leadership and guidance in our faith community is greatly appreciated. We thank God for the abundance he has given us and we pray that we use those resources wisely.  May we continue to live out our mission of "Faith, Love, Health and Service" in 2017/2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Lilley (425-641-6158),  the Finance Team Chairperson and member of the Core Leadership
Where Is Connections Counseling?
With the arrival of Associate Pastor Laura Baumgartner coinciding with Laura Wall's move to La Conner, the counseling office at Aldersgate has closed.  Connections Counseling, however, is still alive and functioning the same as ever. Laura Wall and Katie Stickney still see clients at Redmond UMC, although Laura will be phasing that out as she reaches into new areas including Mount Vernon, La Conner and Anacortes. Mary Stanton-Nurse is setting up shop at Ronald UMC, Peter Jabin, Jenn Peterson and Gretchen Champoux are still in Seattle, and the subsidy fund is still serving low-income clients.  I f you want to refer people to Connections Counseling, email , or call Laura Wall at (425) 829-0177. (The number on the brochure is now out of date; we hope to update brochures by Fall.) If you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas to share, you can call Laura, or email her at .
ALL Church and VBS Picnic
Sunday, July 30
Join us for Aldersgate's All Church & VBS Picnic on Sunday, July 30th at 11:30am ( There is only one worship service at 10:00am!)  Aldersgate will provide hot dogs, hamburgers with all the fix'ins, plus drinks, plates and utensils.  Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share and a blanket or chair to sit on. There will be games and fun from Vacation Bible School and much more.  Come join the fun!  For an accurate headcount PLEASE sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office. Contact is  Colleen Olleman.   
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.   Click here for the summer schedule.  Here are some upcoming events:
*July 23 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*July 24-27 - Please let Jen know if you are available to help with Vacation Bible School from
     8:30am-12:30pm.  The number of children attending has increased significantly from last
      year so we need your help.  It is going to be a great week! 
*July 27 - Lunch will be provided after VBS and then stay to help move sand from the parking
      lot to the playground.
*July 30 - One worship service at 10:00am followed by the Church picnic at 11:30am.  
      No youth Group.
Mariners Baseball Game
Tuesday, 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.
VBS Mission Project -  School Supply Drive
The mission project for Vacation Bible School is to collect school supplies and YOU CAN HELP!  Aldersgate is partnering with Congregations for Kids to provide school supplies for low-income families in the Bellevue School District. The need is great.  In 2016, 18.8% of district students, 3760, qualified for the free or reduced price lunch program.  Fortunately, Congregations for Kids was able help 1466 students receive backpacks and school supplies valued at $51,166 donated by 30 participating organizations including Aldersgate. Please donate the supplies listed or bring a monetary donation (write "VBS Missions" in the memo field of your check).  The last day to contribute is Sunday, August 6.

Composition Books (College Rule)                    Glue Sticks
Erasers (Standard Size, Pink Pearl)                  Highlighters (yellow)
Pencils (Ticonderoga Brand)                              Colored Pencils (Box of 12, Crayola Brand)
Markers (boxes of 8-10, wide, washable, classic colors)
Markers (boxes of 10, thin, non-washable, classic colors)
Towels Needed
Lazy F Camp is looking for old beach towels or large bath towels for protection for tie-dying and messy Olympics. Patty Ferguson will accept you towel donation or answer any questions.
Letter from Nepal
Colleen Olleman wants to share this recent newsletter from Katherine Parker, Board of Global Missions Missionary to Nepal and supported by Aldersgate.  

Most of my work at the United Mission to Nepal falls under the broad category of program management. This spring I have been involved in the evaluation of several of our community-focused projects in health and transformational learning. While this has largely been a positive and exciting process of learning from our best practices, it is always the challenging stories that stay with me. In the rest of this newsletter, I will try to explain the context of some of the experiences that have affected me deeply over these last few months.
Transfigurations, The Movie
Saturday July 22 at 7:00pm
The Well at Queen Anne United Methodist Church (1606 5th Ave W, Seattle) is hosting the event   Transfigurations, The Movie, followed by Q&A with director Peterson Toscano on Saturday July 22 at 7:00pm. Peterson Toscano has shaken up Bible academics and received high praise for his ground-breaking, genre-bending, gender blending Bible scholarship. By unearthing the stories of gender-variant people in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Toscano's one-person play deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories and presents an array of Bible characters with an array of genders. Donations accepted, DVDs will be available for sale. Let Pastor Laura know if you need a ride. 
Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy
Sunday, July 23 at 7:00pm
Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle) is hosting the event Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy on Sunday July 23 at 7:00pm.   In Washington, social justice, labor, faith, environmental, and health advocates have used our collective experiences and values and built on existing policies to create what we believe is the most effective and equitable carbon reduction policy to date for transitioning to a clean energy economy.  Learn more about the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy's campaign for a carbon tax that would fund investments in a clean-energy economy.  Light snacks will be served with coffee and tea. Free parking available. Let Pastor Laura know if you would like to carpool.
Job Opportunity
Faith Action Network has a job opening for a full-time FAN Organizer to help lead their efforts to build their networks of Advocating Faith Communities, individuals, and partner organizations, especially in legislative districts where additional education, advocacy, and mobilization is needed.   Click here to see a full job description.  Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to  Th position will remain open July July 28.

Prayer Requests
People with Health Concerns
*David & Kathy Maybee's friend Sharon
*David Plowman's friends John and Nicole
*Dorothy Bennett's friend Judy
*Dale Heidal
*Bob Olson's ministry friends
*Colleen Olleman's nephew Kris
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Neverlyn Lingerfelt's friend Melissa

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.