Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                           April 7, 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
Apr 9
Visual Journaling
Apr 10
Confirmation Begins
Apr 17
Camp Sunday
Taco Bar
Methodism 101 Class
Apr 18
May Calendar Events Due
Apr 20
Jesus Study Resumes
Apr 24
Methodism 101 Class
Apr 26
UMW Spring Salad Supper
May 1
Methodism 101 Class
May 7
Visual Journaling
May 8
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 9
Church Dinner
Common Table
May 14
Visual Journaling
May 15
Pentecost Sunday
May 21
Visual Journaling
May 23
June Calendar Events Due
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)

Finance (Mar)

Staff Relations (Mar)

Lay Leadership (Mar)

Preschool (Feb)

Trustees (Feb)

Worship (Jan)

Outreach (Jan)


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

"The Jeffersonian Jesus

  Matthew 7:21-29

This Sunday we ' ll be examining a bit of history.  Thomas Jefferson, beyond being the author of the Declaration of Independence, was also a man of deep belief.  Don ' t get me wrong.  He did not consider himself a Christian, per se.  He did consider himself a follower of Jesus.  Suffice it to say that he would have fit perfectly into the fabric of Pacific Northwest spirituality.  Jefferson did not believe in all the miracles, the walking on water or anything supernatural about Jesus.  He did believe Jesus to be the greatest teacher of all time.  So in his effort to help others understand the teachings of Jesus, Jefferson rewrote the Bible, particularly the gospels and removed every super-natural item, leaving only the teachings and actions as the story of what we too could potentially become.  It truly is a remarkable read.  So this Sunday, we ' re going to explore the Jeffersonian Jesus, the Jefferson Bible and what that means for those of us living in this time in the Pacific Northwest.  We continue the " Jesus Through History series and again, like weeks this past year, will explore what all of this means for us.  To prepare, look up the Jefferson Bible and scan through it.  In addition please read Matthew 7: 21 - 29
Ministry News
Help with Meals
Lauren Steele is recovering from neck surgery and would appreciate meal support. Please go to to sign up.   Log in to  and search for Lauren Steele. (You may need to set up an account, which only takes a minute.) Then under Planner, you will see what days are covered. Click the date for a day you can provide meals, and click "Accept this task." (Or you can coordinate with Laura Wall, who will sign you up.) Thank you so much!!! The Steele family appreciates all the help they have received.

Methodism 101 Class 
STARTS April 17 
Offered between services for three Sundays starting April 17, this class is for those who want to learn more about the Methodist church and for those who are considering becoming church members.  Everyone is welcome.  New members will be welcomed May 15. Class will meet in Room 24, the Youth Room.

Children's Choir
STARTS April 17
Did you hear?  We are starting a children's choir!    A HUGE THANK YOU to Robbin Price for volunteering her time to start a children's choir!  Children ages Kindergarten and up will be meeting every  Sunday  from  9:45am - 10:15am  in Smith Hall.  All preschool children will have their own music time in Room D.  This will be a wonderful way for kids to Praise God with their voices.  Choir will start on the  17th of April . We will keep parents notified of performance dates as they get scheduled.

Changes to Sunday Morning Children's Program
STARTS April 17
Things are CHANGING around  on Sunday mornings as far as our children's program goes.  These are exciting changes and ones that I believe will allow our children's  Sunday School program and New MUSIC program to take off!   These changes will go into effect on  April 17th
  • ROOM CHANGE After Children's Time during our 8:50am Worship Service (approximately 9:00am), all children will be released to KID'S CLUB which will now be held in Smith Hall.
  • CHILDREN'S CHOIR  From 9:45am to 10:15am the new children's choir will meet with Robbin Price in Smith Hall.  Please note the children's choir is for Kindergarten and older.  All preschool children will automatically be transitioned to Room D where they will have music time.  
  • 2 SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES  At 10:15 all Children will transition into Sunday School.  There will be two Sunday School classes.  Age 4 - 4th grade elementary class will meet in Room D.  Grade 5th - 8th Tween class will remain in Smith Hall.  The elementary class will continue with the Spark curriculum and the Tween class will use the Claim the Name curriculum.  Sunday school will end at 10:50am.  Tweens will be released when class is over and the elementary class will be escorted up to Friendship Hall after class.  If you need to pick your child up before Sunday School is released, please come to the classroom where your child is at and pick them up.  For safety reasons, we can not allow kids to leave the program without their parent.  
  • SNACK TIME  There will be a snack offered on Sunday mornings.  A platter from the kitchen will be brought down to the kids.  If your child has dietary restrictions, please make sure you have filled out a Sunday School registration form so it is documented.   
Click Here to sign up to host Kid's Club or teach Sunday School. Hosting Kids Club and teaching  Sunday School is a great way to serve the church and hang out with some really cool kids.  Jen Hoerber can help you ease into these opportunities to serve our kids and can even pair you up with someone to start.  

Please talk with Jen Hoerber if you have any questions regarding the changes to  Sunday  Mornings.

Children's Choir
STARTS April 17
Did you hear?  We are starting a CHILDREN'S CHOIR!    A HUGE THANK YOU to Robbin Price for being willing to volunteer her time in starting a children's choir!  Children ages Kindergarten and up will be meeting every  Sunday  from  9:45am - 10:15am  in Smith Hall(preschoolers will be having their own music time in Room D).  This will be a wonderful way for kids to Praise God with their voices.  Choir will start on the  17th of April . We will keep parents notified of performance dates as they get scheduled. 

Library Question
The Library Committee would like your response to this question:  What have you looked for in the Resource Library that you h ave NOT found? Email your response to Sabrina MacIntyre.
Summer Special Music  
During the summer, the Chancel Choir is taking a break and so we are looking for musicians to provide special music for the second service.  If you are musically gifted, vocal or instrumental, contemporary or classical, young or old, all are welcome to participate. Solos, duets, and small groups are all appropriate.  Music is need on Sundays from June 19 through September 11.  Jason, our pianist, and Allen, our choir directory, are available for rehearsals and extra help if you need it.  Contact Allen Leslie if you are interested.

Widow/Widowers Group   
Some interest has been expressed for a monthly social support group for widows and widowers.  If you are interested, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.

Church Work Party
Join us Saturday April 30 to clean up the church grounds - weed, rake, prune, etc..  The fun starts at 8:30am.  Bring your favorite garden tool and dress for the weather.  Your help is appreciated!  Many hands make light work!

Fun Events

Intro to Visual Journaling
Saturday April 9, 1-3 pm at Aldersgate UMC
Come and express yourself! No artistic experience or talent required. In this 2-hour workshop you will experience how art can give shape to your own story more powerfully than words. Cost is $45; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to subsidize counseling for persons with limited ability to pay.  Sign up on Sunday's attendance form.

Camp Sunday  
Sunday, April 17 
On Camp Sunday we will hear all about the United Methodist summer camps available to our children and youth.  The message will be about the "Camp Experience" and the Children's Moment will be offered by a few Aldersgate campers.  Immediately following the 2nd service will be the Taco Bar lunch - a campers' favorite. Donations will be gladly accepted to provide camp scholarships for children and youth.  Sign up if you will join us for lunch and if you can help prep food, setup or take down tables/chairs, or help with cleanup.  For more information about the camps available this summer go to
Women's Spring Salad Supper
Tuesday, April 26  
All ladies are invited to attend the Spring Salad Supper on Tuesday, April 26 in Friendship Hall.  The Salad Potluck starts at 6pm and the program starts at 7pm.  Debbie Mallory of the Splendid Swine Antiques Appraisal and Estate Sales will estimate the value of our small antiques and collectibles (please, no gems).  Bring your treasures and a salad to share for an evening of good food and fellowship.  The evening offering will be donated to Hopelink.

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:
  • April 10 - Confirmation at 5:00pm, dinner and Youth Group at 6:30pm
  • April 17 - Camp Sunday with Taco Bar at 12:00pm, 
    • Confirmation at 5:00pm, dinner and Youth Group at 6:30pm
  • April 24 - Confirmation at 5:00pm, dinner and Youth Group at 6:30p 
Outreach & Missions World
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Lazy F Family Mini-Mission Trip 
May 27-29 
It is time to register for the Aldersgate Family Mini-Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp on May 27-29. Cost for 4 meals (Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast) and 2 nights lodging varies from $15 to $45 per person depending on age and housing choice (scholarships are available).  CLICK HERE for the registration form. Fill out the form, write a check to AUMC (write Mini-Mission on the notation line), and give the registration form and check to Gwen Pazan (she has a church mailbox). Come join us as we work together to help maintain this beautiful Methodist camp.  The weekend will include tasks for children and adults of all ages. We will also help served at the clothing bank at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  Contact is Colleen Olleman.

Clothing Drive for Ellensburg UMC
As part of our Lazy F Mini-Mission Trip, a crew will work at the Ellensburg Clothing Center run by the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  Please share with those in need by donating new and gently used, clean clothing.  They have a particular need for kid's jeans and shorts size 5-12 and also summer clothing for adults, though any clothing will be gratefully accepted.   Start cleaning out your closets now and look for a clothing collection bin in the narthex next month. 

Vision House Luncheon
The number of homeless children is rising, and we can do something about it. The Vision House NoHomelessKids Benefit Lunch is on April 28th at the Bellevue Hilton.  Hear from formerly homeless parents who are working hard to forge a new path for their families - and how we can help them succeed. The keynote speaker is O.B. Jacobi, President of Windermere Real Estate. The luncheon is free to attend, but a request for donations will be made during the event.  Aldersgate supported the Vision House Giving Tree at Christmas and now Melinda Lilley is hosting an Aldersgate table at the luncheon.  Please join her in supporting homeless children and their families! For more information email Melinda or call her at 425-641-6158.

News from Grace Boarding
Kara Bennett writes: "Exciting news! Grace Boarding founders Ponchai and Naw Gea are traveling from Norway to stay at Grace Boarding for a few months to oversee the end of the school year, prepare for the next school year, and accept new boarders. While they are in town, three Grace Boarding girls will be baptized. Pray for G'boh Moo, Paw Pearl Lay Wah, and Naw Moo Paw as they officially join the body of Christ! Stay tuned for more details in the next update.  Thank you for being a part of the Grace Boarding family and for your continued support." 

Grace Boarding is a community initiated effort that provides a home and a future for up to 25 ethnically Karen children between ages 8 and 16 from the Thailand-Myanmar border region by giving them the opportunity to live and attend school in more stable Thailand. This home was provided with funding from Aldersgate UMC in 2013 and 2014, and receives continuing support from AUMC as part of our Outreach program and from Friends of Grace Boarding.

Help with Andrews Glen  
We need a couple volunteers who can help with the Andrew's Glen dinner on April 11.  Please contact Colleen Olleman if you can help.

Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
*Lea Fox's cousin Randy and wife Kami died.  Please pray for the family.

People with Health Concerns
*David Lutz
*Reed Rasmussen
*Janet Martin's son-in-law's parents
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie Krueger
*Jeff Norman
*Dave Maybee's brother-in-law Ran
*Shelia Cameron
*Lauren Steele
*Bill Ferguson
*Robert Brawn
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Danny, Nita & Zane Daniel
*Jeff & Cindy Wheeler
*Students and community in Begi, Ethiopia
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.