Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                     March 3, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

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Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
Mar 9
Lenten Study
Mar 13
Daylight Savings Time 
Mar 16
Lenten Study
Mar 18-20
Youth SUMYT Retreat
Mar 19
Petre Memorial Service
Mar 20
Palm Sunday
Mar 21
April Calendar Due
Mar 23
Lenten Study
Mar 24
Maundy Thurs Service
Mar 25
Good Friday Service
Preschool Closed
Mar 26
Easter Egg-stravaganza
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Mar 27
Easter Sunday
Egg Hunt
Mar 30
Lenten Study
Apr 3
Confirmation Meeting
Apr 5
Young at Heart Potluck
Apr 9
Visual Journaling
Apr 10
Confirmation Begins
Apr 17
Camp Sunday
Taco Bar
Apr 20
Jesus Study Resumes
Apr 26
UMW Spring Salad Supper
May 8
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 9
Common Table
May 15
Pentecost Sunday
May 27-29
Lazy F Mission Trip
May 30
Memorial Day
Office Closed
Church Leadership 

Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.

Core Leaders (Feb)

Staff Relations (Feb)

Trustees (Feb)

Lay Leadership (Feb)

Worship (Jan)

Outreach (Jan)

Finance (Jan)

Preschool (Nov)


To bring a project, program or fundraiser idea to the Aldersgate Common Table for consideration, please fill out the  ACT PROPOSAL FORM  


For an explanation of the Core Leadership Team and a description of the Aldersgate Common Table, CLICK HERE.

Feed Your Soul
See today's devotional from the Upper Room.   CLICK HERE
Thank You All!

Many thanks to the Aldersgate Ensemble and the band InnerVoices and all who came to the Family Fun Night!  It was a blast!  Click Here to see some pictures.  There are more pictures on display in the narthex and at the bottom of the lower level stairs.
Good Job Volunteers!

Thank you, thank you to all those who hosted a Kids Club in January and  February: Jean Rummel, and Don and Edna Fadden.

And a huge thank you to those who volunteered to teach Sunday School: Dorothy Beeman and Sara Fenstermacher.

"Jesus Throughout History"
"Standing or Escaping - What Is the Purpose of the Church? "

 Mark 1:29-37

This Sunday
In sitting and reading the Seattle Times on Monday here's what I found.  Once again Donald Trump found his way into the front pages of news internationally.  He is on the front pages in Denmark, Germany, France and England and not in a good way.  A secondary headline focused on a violent confrontation between a small group representing the Klu Klux Klan and a demonstration around "Black Lives Matter" in Anaheim, California.  Even the Oscars were confronted by the major issues facing the country including racism, a growing number of sexual assaults on college campuses, and global warming / climate change.  The issues that now surround the vacant Supreme Court seat seems to have created its own weather.  Many of us are watching in awe as those seeking the nomination for President from their respective parties, instead of focusing on issues, seem more intent on tearing each other apart.  I have never seen anything like what I witnessed in the last Republican presidential debate.  Locally, the Seattle police department has once again taken center stage alongside the issues around homelessness, particularly relating to the rising costs of rent, gentrification, and home purchases.  Even here, in the southern section of Bellevue, we are watching in somewhat troubled awe as the small homes that so defined the area around the church are being torn down and houses three or four times the size are replacing them.  Now, we can sit and watch, but might there be other things Christ might ask of us?  As volatile  as each of these may be, we need to talk about our approach as Christians.  That will be the focus this Sunday.  To prepare please read Mark 1: 29 - 37.  
Ministry News
Kitchen Press Release  
Demolition is complete and renovation activity is in full swing.  Basic framing is complete and the initial electrical, plumbing and gas work has passed City inspections.  Contaminated attic and crawl space areas have been cleaned and insulation is being replaced.  Drywall is being installed this week.  Wall and flooring materials are available with installation scheduled soon.  We have reached that point where the kitchen is going back together.  Thank you for your patience and support.

Confirmation Information Meeting
Sunday, April 3 @ 10:00am
For all youth planning on attending confirmation classes this spring, there is an informational meeting for youth and their parents on Sunday, April 3 at 10:00am downstairs in Smith Hall.  Confirmation classes will be Sunday evenings starting April 10 and run through Jun 12, which is Confirmation Sunday.

Lent in a Bag - Faith @ Home
Pick up a "Lent in a Bag" located in the narthex to assist with your family's Lenten preparation.  They are appropriate for all ages and family types.

Reception Help Needed
Craig Petre's memorial service will be at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 19th.  We need volunteers to help with the reception: to set up and to clean up, and to prep and serve the food and beverages.  We also need donations of cookies.  If you can help, please contact Lea Fox.

2016 Budget Approved
We are happy to report that the Core Leadership Team approved a budget of $518,084 for 2016.  We do show a slight deficit but we are a faithful people.  The Stewardship Team will be working toward a year-round campaign to increase the pledged and identified giving amounts as well as the kitchen remodel funding.  Click Here to see the budget.  Also we thank our staff, lay leaders and the 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 the resources wisely.  May we continue to live out our mission of "Faith, Love, Health, and Service" in 2016.  If you have questions about the budget contact Melinda Lilley.

Singers Needed
Allen Leslie, the Director of Music here at Aldersgate, has some real concerns regarding the second service Chancel Choir and it's viability moving forward. Recently we've lost some longtime members due to health concerns (and many others over the years) and we are not seeing an equal number of individuals stepping up to take their places. The choir is shrinking when we would prefer to see it grow.   Please if you have sung with us before or have thought about joining the Chancel Choir as your stewardship commitment to the church, now is the time to make that commitment. We really need folks who can commit to a once a week Wednesday evening rehearsal. Your level of musicianship will grow with the group over time. Please joining to preserve this Aldersgate tradition!

Sunday School Update
Through Easter Children's Sunday School will be studying Holy Week and Easter from Matthew 21:1-11; 27:32-66; 28:1-10.  When Jesus traveled to Jerusalem, the city was bursting at the seams with Jews from all over the world.  They had come to the holy city to observe and celebrate the Passover.  The Passover is the great feast in which Jews recall how God delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness into the Promised Land.

Sunday School Planning/Training
March 13 at 10:00am
There will be a planning/training meeting between services for our Sunday School Expansion program on March 13 at 10:00am .     We hope to expand from a one room classroom to a multi-age Sunday school program after Easter. The breakdown would  be:
3 years old - Kindergarten class
1st - 4th grade class
5th-8th grade class
There are many benefits to this change in our children's  Sunday  school program.  One being the ability to offer a more meaningful and challenging curriculum for each age level. There are already teams forming, but we need a few more members to allow us to fully fill the teams and have another substitute or two who would be able to step in if no one from the teams are able to teach  one week.     If you are at all interested, curious or wondering at all about  Sunday  School, please join us at the meeting on Sunday, March 13 at 10:00am.

Fun Events

UMW Spring Salad Supper
Tuesday, April 26
All women of the church are encouraged to save the evening of Tuesday, April 26, for the Spring Salad Supper.   This year we'll be enjoying an evening of antiques and collectibles appraisal by Debbie Mallory, local owner of The Sophisticated Swine, Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal and Estate Sales. Be checking out your attic for treasures to bring.   No gems, please. More information to follow.

Vacation Bible School
Aldersgate VBS 2016 will be held the week of July 25th!  If you would like to sign up or at least discuss the possibility of being a station leader or group leader, please let Jen know.  We are starting to get some key volunteers, so we can continue the planning process together. 

Easter Egg Activities
Thank you for your Easter egg and candy donations.   We are still in need of  wrapped candy for the filling of Easter eggs, sugar cookes for decorating, and duct tape in fun colors and patterns.
  • Egg-stravaganza - March 26th, 10:00am-noon.  This is a community Easter event geared for young children.  From 10:00am-11:15am there will be fun activities such as crafts, games, and a cookie decorating station in the classrooms downstairs.  Then at 11:15am, we will gather in Smith Hall where Pastor Brad will lead us in some songs and tell the Easter story.  The Easter egg hunt begins at 11:30am.  **We are still in need of volunteers to man the different stations
  • Tween Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt  -  March 26th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm. This is a community Easter event geared for kids ages 10 through middle school.  Bring a flashlight and a friend.  At 7:00pm meet in Smith Hall for ice cream sundaes nad instructions. Then at 7:30pm the flashlight Easter egg hunt begins!  
  • Easter Sunday  we will be hosting a special Kid's Club during the 8:50am service with an Easter Egg hunt at 10:15am.  It would be great to have some youth volunteers to hide Easter eggs and to assist during Kid's Club activities.
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad.  Here are some upcoming events:
March 6     Youth Group at 6:00pm
March 13  Youth Group at 6:00pm
March 20   No Youth Group due to SUMYT Retreat Weekend
March 27   No Youth Group due to Easter Sunday

Youth - Let's go to SUMYT  
March 18-20
We are excited to announce that we have 10 youth going to SUMYT this year.   We would LOVE to have another chaper one and also a couple drivers to bring the kids home from camp Please let Jen Hoerber know if you are interested in helping. 
Outreach & Missions World
Sophia Way Story
The Sophia Way is an agency in Bellevue that  assists women from homelessness to independence which Aldersgate supports financially and in other ways by individuals in the congregat ion.  The Sophia Way is dedicated to helping end homelessness for single adult wo men in King County. They help them transition from homelessness to stable independent living by offering them critical resources that they need to start a new life. They offer them shelter, safety and stability. Their trained and compassionate staff counsel and teach them life-skills, encouraging them to set small goals and supporting them at each step.  Please Click Here to rea d one of the letters from             a  Sophia Way client.  

Habitat for Humanity Luncheon
Tuesday March 22 , will be the Habitat for Humanity Luncheon from noon to 1:00pm at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  Come join the other Aldersgaters and hear about the work that Habitat does to provide affordable housing.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Dave Sanford or Darrell Lowe.  

Lazy F Family Mission Trip  
Save the dates May 27-29 for the Aldersgate Family Mission Trip to Lazy F.  The weekend will include tasks for children and adults of all ages.  Last year Aldersgate remodeled two cabins, weeded and planted flowers, built covered firewood storage and a GaGa Ball court, and served at the clothing bank at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  The evening events included a campfire with s'mores, board games and a chance to relax in a beautiful location.  Sign up ion Sunday's attendance form if you think you might attend - this is not a commitment, we are just trying to gauge interest.
Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
*Sadly we announce that Craig Petre passed away.  He was a member at Aldersgate since April 1980.  His memorial service will be March 19 at 1:00pm.

People with Health Concerns
*Bill Ferguson
*Bill & Patty Ferguson's great-nephew baby Micah
*Andy Luedke's grandpa Norm and Andy's parents
*Dave Maybee
*Robert Brawn
*Cindy Wheeler
*Betty Fredeen

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Nita & Zane Daniel
*Jeff & Cindy Wheeler
*Candace McKenzie's daughter's in-laws
*Hession, Kansas Excel plant employees
*The Pollmann family and baby Hannah
Submit prayer requests to Dorothy Bennett, the Prayer Chain Coordinator, or fill out a pew prayer card or contact the church office.  Prayer requests will  stay on the Prayer Chain for about 3 weeks.  Please contact Dorothy or the church office with an update if you want the request to be prayed for longer.  
All prayer requests will appear in the church newsletters unless you specifically request otherwise.