Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                        May 24, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
May 25-27
Lazy F Mission Trip
Confirmation Retreat
May 27
On Worship Service 
@ 10:00am
May 28
Memorial Day
Office Closed
June 3
Graduation Sunday
Welcome  New Members
UMW Award
June 10
Confirmation Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
June 17
Father's Day
June 18
July Calendar Deadline
Common Table
June 21-24
Annual Conference
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (April)
Common Table (Feb)
Green Team (April)
Preschool (April)
Finance  (March)
Trustees (March)
Worship (Feb)
Outreach (Feb)

Scripture Lesson : John 3:1-8
Sermon:  "Reborn In ?""

This Sunday
     We  often say to friends from elsewhere that springtime in Seattle lasts five months, February to the Fourth of July. Oh, there are late spikes of winter and early spikes of summer, but most of that period is the mix of glorious sun and Seattle rain that nourishes the rebirth of the earth, sometimes within fifteen minutes of each other. Plants and flowers come out in fits and starts and the world becomes a green you just don't see anywhere else. It is hoodie weather, since only out-of-towners carry umbrellas, and socks and sandals for some. The lengthening days nourish our spirits as well, as we shed layers of clothes. We've been wearing light jackets for some months and often now no jacket at all. Long sleeves have given way to short sleeves and sometimes shorts. It can be a springtime for our soul too, but rebirth of our spirit from the Holy Spirit is much more complex as Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3:1-8. In preparation for this week's message you can read that passage and, if you like, Acts 9:3-18, which tells the story of Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus, a very dramatic instance of rebirth.

Vince Fratello and Karen Fleshman
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad Beeman

Tonight at the pastor's class, as things were winding down, we then experienced a whole other side of what it means to be church.  We surrounded a couple who are going through a difficult stretch in their lives, the kinds of challenges that can feel overwhelming.  We laid hands on them.  We prayed for them; for healing and hope, to be filled and empowered, to be surrounded and filled by the Spirit of God, and to feel the presence of our love for them.  To say we invested ourselves in them; in the relationships, in the love, and trust wouldn't be overstating. It was church in its purest form.

Sunday, May 27
One Service 10am
Due to the Memorial Day holiday and the Lazy F Mission Trip there will be only one worship service here at Aldersgate on Sunday, May 27 at 10:00am.

Office Closed Memorial Day
The church office will be closed on Monday, May 28 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Last Pastor's Class
Wednesday, May 30
The last class is May 30 and meets at 10:00am and 7:00pm; the same class at two different times. Pastor Brad will offer overviews of some of the findings from his Sabbatical research.
Ready to Join Us?
If you are not a member of Aldersgate Church and would like to join, we will welcome new members on June 3 in both services. For more information, email Pastor Laura or see her on Sunday.
Stewardship Pledge Card
Thank you to those that have submitted their pledge card. If you have not had a chance to turn in yours yet, please do so by this  Sunday. We ask that you prayerfully consider submitting your pledge so the Finance Team can prepare a budget that supports our staff in their guidance of fulfilling our mission. We hope all those who call Aldersgate their church home will give so that we can fully fund all our ministries, grow in service to others and continue to be a place where love overflows.  Please  CLICK HERE  for the pledge card and either mail it or bring it to church at your earliest convenience.
ACP Cookie Donations
Aldersgate Christian Preschool will have its Spring Program on Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 & 7.  Anyone interested in donating cookies for the reception, can drop them off in the church kitchen or preschool office marked "ACP" beginning Sunday, June 3 through Tuesday, June 5.  Thank you!
CRC Table Talk 
Saturday, June 9,   1:00-4:00pm
Many of the members of Aldersgate who attended the Pacific Northwest Table Talk at Edmonds UMC in April feel that it would be helpful to offer a similar Table Talk for our congregation. The process is designed to facilitate a conversation among those who have divergent ideas, feelings, and interests around sexuality and how we talk about it in church. It is not designed as a decision making process or a way to come to agreement, but rather as a way to try to hear each other in dialogue. The CRC (Considering Reconciling Committee) will offer this process for any who are interested to participate on  June 9 from 1:00-4:00pm in Friendship Hall. Participation will include consideration of the covenant proposed for the dialogue, which has three parts: First, we covenant to stay curious. Second, we covenant to be kind. Third, we covenant to listen with the same amount of passion with which we want to be heard.
Common Table ~ Monday June 18
The next Aldersgate Common Table will be on Monday, June 18 and it starts at 7:00pm in Friendship Hall. Come early for dinner at 6:30pm. This gathering is for everyone who wants to stay informed about church business and have a voice in the life of the church. On the agenda is Sabbatical Overview (Pastor Brad), Church Budget (Melinda Lilley) and NAMI (Pastor Laura). Free childcare is available with advance notice.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office if you plan to come to dinner or need childcare.
Anaheim Youth Group Overnight
The youth group from Anaheim UMC is coming for an overnight stay June 30 on their way to a service project in Spokane. They will arrive at Aldersgate Saturday and leave Sunday before worship. Anyone interested in helping with a dinner and/or a breakfast for the youth and their chaperones please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Pastor Laura. 
Summer Kid's Club   June 24 - August 26
Sign up to host a Kid's Club this summer!  Kid's Club is a fellowship time for preschool and elementary age kids that takes place after Children's Time through the end of the Sunday worship service.  You can play games, do a craft project, read a story or play outside on the playground!  This is an important way that the church supports families and welcomes children at Aldersgate.  Please see Jen to sign up for a  Sunday to host a Kid's Club this Summer.  
Summer Music 
We are looking for any type of special music for the second service during the summer from mid-June through August. Voice, piano, small ensembles, bells or brass, all are welcome to share their gifts and talents with the congregation. Contact Hanae Straub at
Thank You Volunteers!
A BIG, BIG, THANK YOU! to all who have in any way helped with the Roelker, James, and Allott Memorial Receptions. It is a blessing to be a part of a Congregation who are so willing to "step up" when help is needed. I really appreciate each and everyone  of you. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.~~~ Lea and Pam.
Looking for a Good Book?
Bob Olson is down-sizing his personal library and has many books to give away for FREE or, If you feel SO inclined, you can make a small donation for the books which will go to the Pastor's Discretionary fund to help people in need of financial assistance.   Look for Bob's book table in the narthex  and check it often as it will be updated regularly with more books. If you have favorite authors or topics of interest please tell Bob.
Summer Camp at ACP!
There are a limited number of spots available in our preschool summer camp program.  Summer Camp is designed for students who are 3 years old through First Grade graduates (or Second Grade if attending with a younger sibling.)  Our theme this summer is Science Explorers and we will explore a different science discipline each week:  June 18-21 Physics, June 25-28 Chemistry, July 9-12 Biology, July 16-19 Earth Science.  If you are interested in registering your child, please contact Jill or Dorothy in the preschool office at 425-562-0433 or
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for food and a fun activity. 
The next meeting will be June 10 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm.   Contact is Jen Hoerber.
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:
*May 25-27 - Mission Trip to Camp Lazy F -  No Youth Group
*June 3 - Youth Group 6:00-8:00pm
*June 10 - Dinner and Youth Group, 5:00-7:30pm
*June 17 - Father's Day - No Youth Group
*June 24 - Youth Group 6:00-8:00pm

Vacation Bible School
July 23-26, 2018
Aldersgate VBS 2018 will be held  July 23-26, Monday through Thursdya from 9:00am - Noon for kids age 3 through 5th grade.   Our theme is Rolling River Rampage where we will learn to find Adventure, Acceptance, Joy, Rest, and Peace on the river of life.  Registration is open!  Cost is $30/child or $75/family and scholarships are available.  Please register online  at  All types of volunteers are needed and welcome! If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or talk to Jen Hoerber.  
United Methodist Women Update
Last month's UMW Spring Salad Supper was a huge success with about 60 attending to enjoy lots of delicious salads and to hear Debbie DiMetri present her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt. An offering was collected for Hopelink which totaled $220.  A huge thank you to all who supported this event.
Congregations for the Homeless
Tuesday, June 5 - Saturday, June 9
Each June Aldersgate supports Congregations for the Homeless by providing food for lunch and dinner for the homeless men staying at Christ The King Lutheran Church.   This year from June 5 through June 9 we will be feeding about 35 men.  We will organize volunteers into teams and you will be able to provide either part of a meal or a complete meal.  Also we will need people to serve the dinner as well.  Sign up on Sunday's attendance form or on the sign up sheets located on a table in the narthex.  For more information email Dave Maybee  or call him at 425-747-3668.
Fairwood UMC celebrates 1 year as Reconciling
Saturday, June 2
This June, Fairwood Community UMC is celebrating one year of being a member of Reconciling Ministries Network, a United Methodist organization that "works for full equality in membership, ordination, and marriage for God's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children." On June 2nd FCUMC is celebrating by hosting a potluck for all. FCUMC would like to invite you and your church community to come help commemorate this anniversary, learn from each other, and share in fellowship. It is an opportunity to learn what difference it makes to a church to become reconciling. FCUMC has invited Rev. Dr. Izzy Alvaran, the Western Jurisdiction director for the Reconciling Ministries Network to provide an update on his work and the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the 32 member commission formed by the United Methodist Council of Bishops to help forge a path forward on the subject of LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church.  The potluck is being hosted at Fairwood Community UMC at 6 PM on June 2nd in Benedict Hall. The address is 15255 SE Fairwood Blvd, Renton, WA 98058.
Bellevue City Council Considers Homelessness on the Eastside
Public Hearing June 11
On April 20, the City of Bellevue released its first draft of the proposed amendments to the Land Use Code (LUC). There will be a series of Council meetings this spring and a public hearing is tentatively scheduled on June 11 during which faith community members will have the opportunity to testify about caring for God's children throughout the community. In preparation for that public hearing, please read the attached amendments to the Land Use Code and prayerfully consider your own voice in the public dialogue about homeless Bellevue residents and the proposal to situate a homeless shelter in Bellevue.
Initiative I631 on Climate Change Information
Tuesday, June 12
The Green Team is sponsoring Earth Ministry  speakers to come to Aldersgate to help us understand Initiative I 631 as it works its way toward ballots in November. It's in the phase of signature gathering and many faith communities are in strong support. Come on June 12 at 7:00pm and learn the role that faith leaders have played all along in drafting the initiative, protecting God's creation, and calling for justice for those most affected by climate change. 
National Alliance on Mental Health Update
On Sunday, April 29 we had a lunchtime presentation by Michele Meaker, a speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Michele has explained a little more about what the need is for a venue for a spiritual support group for people who experience mental illness and their loved ones. She writes:

"We would love to start a Spiritual Support Group meeting twice per month at Aldersgate. We have three NAMI members getting trained as Support Group Facilitators, who have attended support groups for some time and are experienced. Joe would help us get the group launched and I would be back up. We shouldn't have any trouble on our end to have good leadership for the group."

In addition to a room in which they could meet, Michele suggests having hosts from Aldersgate to represent the congregation and make it clear that this is a way that we are reaching out and not just acquiring a new tenant. A good host would b e someone who might be interested in what the group is doing and willing to attend to learn more.  How to respond to this need in our community will be one item the Core Leaders will discuss. 
Prayer Requests
People with Health Concerns
*Nancy Phillip's sister Karen
*Wally Bennett
*Mark Olleman's sister Ruth
*Dale Heidal
*Butch & Sue Black

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.