Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   March 28, 2019
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
Mar 30
Welcome to the Table:
Kitchen Fundraiser
Mar 31
UMCOR Special Offering
Apr 1
Aging in Place
At the Crossroads
Deborah Circle
Apr 2
Reconciling Ministries Gathering
Apr 7
Worship at 10:00am
Reconciling Ministry Vote
Stuff Easter Eggs
Apr 10
Stuff Easter Eggs
Apr 14
Palm Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Apr 18
Mary Martha Circle
Maundy Thursday Serv.
Apr 19
Good Friday Service
Apr 20
Apr 21
Easter Sunday Services
Easter Egg Hunt
April 22
May Calendar Deadline
Apr 27
UMW Spring   Salad Luncheon
Apr 29
Core Leaders Team
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)
  CRC Team  (Mar)
Green Team  (Mar)
Finance Team (Mar)
Worship Team (Feb)
Trustees (Jan)

Series:  "Pots of Clay"
Scripture:  John 1:1-17
Sermon: "A World of Meaning"

This Sunday  
Frequently when the worship leaders gather just before worship begins at Aldersgate, we pray to be surprised by the Holy Spirit in worship that morning. It might seem like an odd thing for a pastor to pray for. It might seem counter-intuitive that once we've established an order of worship and a plan for the day, that we would ask for it to be interrupted by a surprise. Yet, we've found that when we are open to the surprises that the Holy Spirit presents us, we are open to the movement of God through worship. This week, we'll look at the patterns of God's surprises in our world. We'll explore how the holy interruption is sometimes just what we need so that we can take a new look around and see God at work in our lives. Read Chapter 3 of Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road by Walking" and John 1: 1-17 to prepare. 
Reconciling Ministry Network VOTE
Sunday, April 7 @ 10:00am Worship Service
You received an email last week Tuesday April 19 stating that the Considering Reconciling Committee (CRC) recommended, and the Core Leaders Team (CLT) approved, that Aldersgate should move forward and vote on whether to become members of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).  This vote will happen on Sunday, April 7 during one combined worship service at 10:00am. A similar letter was sent out last weekend this time by "snail" mail to be sure everyone got the message.  

As expected there continues to be any number of questions around the upcoming decision about whether to join the Reconciling Ministry Network. In many cases there are deep feelings on all sides of the issues that under gird this decision. The CRC committee has recommended that there be additional gatherings to talk about all of it.  T here is one gathering remaining next week before the vote and that is on Tuesday April 2 at 7:00pm in Friendship Hall. This Common Table meeting is facilitated by Pastor Laura and Joe Lee (Core Leaders Team chairman).  This will be the final opportunity to gather before the vote is taken on Sunday April 7 at 10:00am.  All are welcome to attend.  There is no agenda to this gathering other than seeking to provide answers to questions and opportunities to voice opinions, if you feel that might be necessary.   Please let Pastor Brad, Pastor Laura, or Joe know if you have any questions.  They are aware that the feelings around decisions like this can be raw.  Please come together in prayer, in fasting, and with the attitudes that love lay at the foundation for all we do. 

We want everyone who thinks of Aldersgate as their church home to be part of this process and to vote. Specifically, those who are eligible to vote are:
*   Members who attend worship
*   Members who are homebound or hospital bound
*   Anyone who gives financially to Aldersgate UMC
*   Anyone who gives of their time to Aldersgate UMC
*   Youth in 6th grade or above who are either active in the Aldersgate youth group or in some other ministry of Aldersgate UMC
*   College students who were active in ministries at Aldersgate and have not transferred their membership elsewhere
*   Active participants, as defined by self-report on attendance registers (to be used only in cases when nothing else applies)
If you are eligible to vote and you want to vote, but cannot be present on Sunday, April 7 during worship, then you can turn in your ballot early.   Ballots will be available from one of the pastors starting on Sunday, March 31, for those unable to be present at the vote. Turn in your ballot at the Common Table meeting on Tuesday, April 2 or at the church office between 9:00am-2:00pm on April 3-5. You can also mail your ballot into the church office. All ballots must be at church by the 10:00am worship service on April 7 to be counted in the vote. 
UMCOR Offering
Sunday, March 31
On Sunday, March 31 we will take a special offering to help fund the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. Their work reaches people in more thatn 80 countries, including he United States. UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security and relief supplies. Your generous gifts to UMCOR bring light out of darkness. Please give generously.
UMW Special Mission Award 
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Aldersgate are requesting nominations for the Special Mission Award. Any person in the church is eligible for this award based on service to the church and the community but special attention is given to those who participate in or support UMW and their mission projects. Please complete a nomination form, which is located on the desk in the narthex. It includes previous recipients of the award. Return the form to Kathy Maybee's church mailbox by Sunday, March 31 .
Aging in Place and Fall Prevention  
Monday, April 1
Deborah Circle is pleased to invite you to hear Gretchen Stuenkel, Occupational Therapist, talk about aging in place and preventing falls, an important issue for all ages, on Monday, April 1 , at 7:00pm, in Friendship Hall.  The program will be followed by refreshments, after which Deborah Circle will hold a short meeting.  For more information, contact Norma Line. Please sign up on the insert Sunday attendance form. 
Easter Fun 
We will have the annual Easter Egg-Stavaganza, Tween Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt along with another Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. These events are joy-filled times for our children, and families from the surrounding community come and join in on the fun. Your help is needed to make these events a big success so please sign up to volunteer or email Jen Hoerber.
  •  Volunteer at the Egg-Stravaganza on April 20 from 10:30am - Noon by staffing a craft or activity table, helping with refreshments, or leading a story.
  •  The Flashlight Egg Hunt will be held in conjunction with Club 345 and Youth Group on April 14. Dinner and festivities will be from 5:30 - 8pm. 
  •  Come stuff Easter Eggs on Sunday, April 7 after worship and also on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00am.
  •  Donations of small wrapped candy and toys are being accepted now through April 7. Look for a collection box in the narthex.
Reading Guide to Brian McLaren's Book
"We Make the Road by Walking" 
During the coming seasons, many people from churches throughout the west will be reading chapters from Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road by Walking". The chapters are intended to be read one per week.You may choose to read on a schedule that will coincide with themes in worship and the life of the church. Copies of the book are available for check-out from our church library or you may wish to order your own copy from Amazon or another online book seller.

Week Beginning         Chapter(s)            Main Idea                  
March 31                         3                      A World of Meaning
April 7                              4                      Being Image Bearers
April 14                           32                     Peace March
April 18                           32A                   Maundy Thursday
April 19                           32B                   Good Friday
April 21                           33                     The Uprising Begins
April 28         Page 126 & Chapter 27     New Identity           

Nominations for Jurisdictional Conference Delegates 
Accepted through April 1
In the United Methodist Church, Jurisdictional Conference is where bishops are elected and decisions about how to fill positions on general boards and agencies are made. Delegates for Jurisdictional Conference 2019 will be elected at Annual Conference in June, 2019 in Puyallup. If you are interested in how the process works or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, more information is available at
Lost & Found
This is your last chance to check out the Lost and Found table in the narthex and reclaim your stuff. There are umbrellas, clothes, glasses, serving dishes, jewelry, keys and tote bags. All unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill at the end of March.
Welcome to the Table:  Midwestern  Church Potluck
Kitchen Fundraiser
Saturday, MARCH 30, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
RSVP no later than tomorrow, Friday @ 5 pm to  
and bring payment on Saturday.
Come spend an evening enjoying the Midwestern traditions of four Aldersgate families. Dinner will be prepared  by the Browder, Breske, Fenstermacher and Pearce families.  They will be sharing family stories and anecdotes while you dine on their favorite family dishes. The youth will be assisting and collecting tips for the Youth Group. In addition, a dessert auction will be held.   Cost is $30 per adult/youth or $15 per child 10 years old and younger. Click here   to reserve and pay for your seat.  Or contact Melinda Lilley to reserve your spot, then pay at the door.  Limited to 40 attendees.   Have questions? Contact Melinda at 425-641-6158 or
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:  
* Mar. 31 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Apr. 7 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Apr. 14 - Dinner and Youth Group, 5:30-8:00pm
*Apr. 21 - NO Youth Group, it's Easter!
Spring Yoga Class
Starts April 6
Everyone says they should be going to a yoga class.  Let this be the day you actually do.  Be a part of Aldersgate's yoga ministry!  Vince Fratello will be teaching a Spring series at the most basic beginner level and it will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities.  Class 1 always starts at the beginning so don't worry.  If you have any concerns, ask someone who has already come!  The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays April 6, 20,27, May 4, 11, 25, and June 1, 8, 15, 29.   Class time will be 9:00-10:15am.  Students will be asked to bring a sticky  yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $50 per student for the entire series to cover Vince's expenses-you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed.  If you have questions you can contact Vince .  We hope to see you there!
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Sunday, April 14
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month for dinner and a fun activity.  The next meeting is Sunday, April 14. Volunteers are always needed to host the Club 345 activity or to provide the dinner.  Please sign up on the CYF bulletin board by the church office.  C ontact is Jen Hoerber .
UMW Spring Salad LUNCH 
Saturday, April 27
This year our salad event will be on Saturday, April 27th, at 12:00 noon.  We wanted to bring you a very special program that is only available on Saturday. It is a fashion show of vintage clothing worn over the last one hundred years. Not only can we see the items up close with the wonderful fabrics and detail of past years, we will have a fun look at the history of changes in fashion. Seattle Children's Hospital benefits from the program. Bring your  salad and a friend. Please sign up on the Sunday response form.
Emerald City Ringers Concert
Saturday, May 11 at 7:00pm
On May 11 at 7:00pm, come and see a handbell concert with ringers you recognize (Pastor Laura and Pam Johnson, AUMC Handbell Director) and a program full of dance music. From Stravinsky to Lady Gaga, with Little Eva and Abba in between, there will be music for everyone. Concert is at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue (411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue).
Mission Trip to Lazy F
May 24-26
Save the date! The Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp will be over the Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26.  There will be projects for all ages and abilities, including activities for kids 2-12.   it is a wonderful way to get to know each other as we work, play and experience fellowship together in a beautiful setting. See photos and additional information in the narthex.  Interested? Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Melissa Pearce (
Crossroads Dinner Update
We fed 54 people including young families at the Crossroads Feeding Program on March 26th, 2019. Thank you to all who contributed food and time to volunteer in this program. We encourage you to sign up to provide any food and/or serve food via this link  Any questions? Please contact Rachel Saw.
Habitat for Humanity Lunch
Thursday, March 28
Here is you chance to do something to ease the problem of housing for the homeless.  The Habitat luncheon on March 28 is an opportunity the hear from someone who has benefited from Habitat's programs. The luncheon will be held at the Washington State Convention Center.  A Showcase open house starts at 11:00am with the luncheon from 12:00 to 1:00pm.  There will be rides from Aldersgate at 10:30am.     Join other Aldersgate members to support Habitat.   If you are interested in attending, signup on  the Sunday attendance form or contact Darrell Lowe, 425-785-7642.
Speaking of Dying  4 th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, April 27, 4:30 to 6:30pm
Northwest Film Forum - 1515 12th Ave. Seattle, 98122  (Map)
You will be inspired by the film Speaking of Dying, a gentle yet compelling 30-minute documentary. It shines a clear, bright light on death and dying through the personal words and stories of patients, family members and medical providers. The film will motivate you to  understand the challenges and resources involved in preparing for our own death, and that of our friends and loved ones.  Ticket price includes t wo exciting speakers who will share innovative end-of-life options.   Lucinda Herring and Katrina Spade.   Tic kets are $20 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.             
Prayer Requests

People Who Mourn
*Mark Olleman's sister Ruth passed away
*Lynda Dreher's daughter Diane passed away
*Jennifer Maybee's friend Birgit passed away

People with Health Concerns
*Dave James
*Pauline Williams
*Cindy Wheeler
*Charlie Stansell
*Eathel Allyn
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jeff Wheeler
*Salote Bokini

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.