Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service

   www.Aldersgate-Church.org                                                                   April 11, 2019
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Series:  "Pots of Clay"

Scripture Luke 19:29-40, Luke 19:41-46

Sermon: "Peace March; or Is It?"

This Sunday  
This Sunday we gather to remember a parade, yet not your typical kind of parade.  There are no floats, no bands playing, no flag bearers or even huge balloons being held down by dozens of people.  This parade was probably small.  Instead of floats and band, there was simply a man on a donkey.  He was a man who had a wonderful reputation on the part of some, and a terrible reputation according to others.  Instead of flags being waved, it was palm branches cut from the local trees.  And instead of proceeding down a smooth paved street, it was a dirt road covered by the clothing of those who watched and shouted.  There were cheers as he went by, but the cheers had a peculiar message.   They shouted ancient words; like "Hosanna" which in English means, "Save Us."  And yes, that was his intention, but not in the way they hoped he might.  Yes, he had started an insurrection, a raising up of the people who had for so long been oppressed.  Yes, it was focused on resurrection, but not the resurrection of the Kingdom of Israel, but a different kind of kingdom.  He was to be raised up, but not in the way any had hoped.  Because of this insurrection, an insurrection of which the parade was a part, there would be a resurrection, but again, not one anyone would have thought possible.   Yet it's the two words that define this day, and it's those two words that will lead us through the next week.  Both mean raising up, but in very different ways.  So, this Sunday we'll explore all of that as we too wave palms and shout and sing "Hosannas" and try and realize that we are still part of an insurrection that can lead to resurrection, yet we also have to explore what kind of saving we may need.  To prepare please read
PASTOR'S BLOG
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman

It was 182 in favor and 12 opposed.  That was the count of the vote last Sunday regarding whether or not to become a Reconciling Congregation. At almost 94%, it was pretty overwhelming statement by almost 200 people who consider Aldersgate their church.  Over these past few days I've looked back over the events of last Sunday.  Over and over again I've re-lived some of those moments; the worship experience of one full service in spite of the extended worship time; the reverence that surrounded the voting, and sacred nature in the receiving of the totals; the service offered by those we didn't even know as they helped count the ballots; the combination of the choir and band and the power of the music; the message given by Rev. Terri Jane Stewart, the challenge she gave us as we move ahead.  I could feel the prayers that surrounded this whole time in our church history, and the prayers offered again on Sunday morning, and then the feeling of unity that was tangibly felt during communion.

But what may be the most powerful piece of the events leading up to and following Sunday's vote is the overwhelming response regarding "the twelve;"and by the twelve I mean the 12 who opposed becoming Reconciling.   I'll explain in a minute.  For years I've talked about being a church that is able to disagree and yet stay at "the table;" I've talked about love being the foundation for who we are as a church.  For years we've explored the life and teachings and actions of Jesus, particularly around the acceptance he offered to so many - as long as they were not oppressing or manipulating others. For the past five years we've sought, as a Core Leadership Team at Aldersgate, to provide as many opportunities as possible for all voices to be heard.   And now here we are, on the other side of a vote that has all the potential to divide us.  And yet, what has been so consistent in the responses following Sunday's service hasn't been around the numbers, or the positive feeling as much as it has been focused on the 12.  There is a deep desire to make sure they are okay, and that they know that they are loved.

Some have asked if I know who they are.  I don't.  I didn't sneak a peek at ballots handed to me by anyone. I didn't go through the ballots I had in my office.  I wouldn't do any of that.  So, no, I don't know who voted against any more than I know who voted for.  What I do know is that at this point the twelve may be feeling isolated, or upset, or frustrated, or so many other emotions that could come from being on the short end of such a significant voting margin.  I do, however, think I know this congregation well enough to know that it won't cause them to leave.  For some, like those on the other side of the vote, many will be relieved that it's finally over, that we can finally move back to what we're supposed to be focused on; God, Jesus and our neighbors.  That said, the result of the voting will create some changes.  It will focus us.  It is a pretty overwhelming mandate to more clearly identify ourselves in solidarity with our LGBTQIA communities.  It mandates us toward exploring just how we accept one another, love one another, live with one another, and become more and more like Jesus.   We may think our work is done.  It isn't.  It's just beginning.    So, to the twelve, our love for you has not changed.  If anything, it has deepened.  For the one hundred and eighty two, we have significant work to do as we enter into this new time.   So let's pray, let's worship, let's participate, let's have our voices be heard and let's continue to be the Body of Christ I saw around the communion table last Sunday.  Holy Week is upon us and we have much to do....
MINISTRY NEWS
Holy Week and Easter Services
 
P a lm Sunday services, April 14, 9:00am & 11:00am
We will commemorate the Messiah's entry into Jerusalem with pa lms and alleluias.
 
Maundy Thursday service, April 18, 7:00pm
We will remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.
 
Good Friday service, April 19, 7:00pm
We will meditate on the last events of Jesus' life before his resurrection. .
 
Easter Sunday services, April 21 - THREE services!
We will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Th   ere is a sunrise service at Wilburton Park at 6:00am and regular Easter services at Aldersgate at 9:00am and 11:00am.
Easter Egg Activities  

Dinner & Flashlight Egg Hunt -  April 14, 5:30-8:00pm. The monthly dinner for Club 345 and Youth Group will start at 5:30pm and includes a flashlight egg hunt. Bring a flashlight, your Easter basket, and a friend!

 

Egg-stravaganza - April 20, 10:30am-noon. This community Easter event is geared for young children. Come join us from 10:30-noon for fun activities, games and crafts. The egg hunt begins at 11:30am.   Bring your Easter basket!

 

Easter Sunday - April 21. We will host a special Easter Kid's Club during the 9:00am service with an Egg hunt between services at 10:15am.

 

Easter Fun Volunteers Needed
Your help is needed to make these Easter activities a big success.  Please sign up to volunteer or email Jen Hoerber.
  •  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. 
  •  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.
  •  Set up for the Egg-stravaganza on April 19th from 10-noon.
Coffee Cup Experiment
We are experimenting with coffee cups and you are the Guinea pigs. We have new biodegradable, compostable cups and lids provided for your use during refreshment time between services. Please note, these are one-time use cups only - do not refill and reuse. If your cup happens to leak, please leave it in the kitchen so we can track leakage. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Pastor's Class Resumes
Wednesday May 1
The Pastor's Class will begin on Wednesday,  May 1 . There will be two classes, one at 10:00am and another at 7:00pm. The title is, "A Marriage of Christianity." No, this is not a class to build a stronger marriage between potential spouses. The focus of the class is to build a stronger "marriage" between faithful disciples who disagree, sometimes strongly. It is about how to stay together in the midst of our differing pasts, understandings and beliefs. As we know, marriage is hard, complex, even complicated. It involves compromise, trust and understanding. So it is this time in our denomination. So, given that we do not all agree, even here at Aldersgate, we will go through some of Pastor Brad's own premarital counseling techniques to see if we can make our congregational, and even denominational marriages work. The class will explore our beliefs, our personal theologies, histories, and scripture. We will explore Jesus, and Paul, and others. We will explore John Wesley and how the interpretations of his standards have been redefined and interpreted today. Some of those lay at the foundation for the deepest denominational disagreements . Contact Pastor Brad if you have questions.
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. 
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           
FUN EVENTS
2 Sticks and a Stitch
Tuesday, April 23
We are starting a knitting group and our next meeting will be Tuesday April 23  at 1:30pm at church. We will make prayer shawls, scarves and more. No experience is necessary. Crochet crafters are also welcome. For more info contact Renee Kroese at 425-254-3547. PS-Donations of yarn for the prayer shawls are always appreciated: 3 skeins of Lion brand Homespun =  1 shawl.
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:  
*Apr. 14 - Dinner and Youth Group, Flashlight Egg Hunt, 5:30-8:00pm
*Apr. 21 - NO Youth Group, it's Easter!
*Apr. 28 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*May  5 - Dinner and Youth Group, 5:00-7:30pm
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 .
VBS - To Mars and Beyond 
Vacation Bible School is July 22-25. Registration will begin after Easter, the week of April 22. There are many volunteers needed to put on this 4 day camp, so please consider how you can get involved. There are station leaders, station helpers, group leaders, floaters, behind the scene prep and decorators, and more!  Please contact Jen Hoerber to discuss which volunteer position best suits you.  
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.
Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, May 7
Save the date! The next YAHs potluck is Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00pm. For retirees, empty-nesters and "wannabes", come join us for a delicious potluck dinner and an interesting program. More details to follow.
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).
ACP Anniversary Bash
Saturday, June 1
Come join the fun as we celebrate Aldersgate Christian Preschool's 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 1 from 11:00am- 2:00pm here at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  There will entertainment such as The Bubble Up Show, Xakary the magician, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, and Crafts. Food Trucks such as The Ultimate Melt will be available to purchase lunch and snacks and there will be complementary popcorn and desserts.  To volunteer at this event, please sign up for a shift or two at https://bit.ly/2Ua4Qel or contact: Dorothy Beeman and Jen Hoerber.
CHURCH & SOCIETY
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 http://signup.com/go/vFLydxF.  Any questions? Please contact Rachel Saw.
Vision House Luncheon
Tuesday, May 7
You are invited to the NO HOMELESS KIDS benefit luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Meydenbauer Center.  All proceeds benefit homeless families living at Vision House.  Register for the luncheon by April 18 to be entered into a drawing for Mariners tickets - four main level seats to a Mariners home game valued at $372!  You must be present to win. Click here to register for free.  For more information contact Melinda Lilley.
Mission Trip to Lazy F
May 24-26
The Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp will be on Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 24 in the evening through Sunday, May 26 around noon.  There will be projects for all ages and abilities, including activities for kids ages 2-12.  For a nominal fee ($20-$55 depending on age and accommodations), you receive 2 nights lodging and 5 meals, plus  a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other as we work and play together in a beautiful setting.  See photos and additional information in the Lobby.   Interested? Please sign up on the attendance form and/or fill out the registration form in the Narthex by the Lazy F display. Registration deadline is May 3rd.   Contact is Melissa Pearce ( Melissapearce1@gmail.com or 310-872-6140).
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
Prayer Requests
People Who Mourn
*Sadly we announce that Charles Nicklett passed away.  You may remember
    that he was confirmed in 1979 and occasionally attended  Aldersgate with
    his mother Thelma Nicklett who passed away in 2017.  He is survived by
    his brother Gary. More information about a service is forthcoming.
*Mark Olleman's sister Ruth passed away

People with Health Concerns
*Heidi James' mother Jean
*Dave James
*Pauline Williams
*Cindy Wheeler
*Charlie Stansell
*Eathel Allyn
 
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jeff Wheeler
*David James

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.