Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                 January 18, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Jan 14
CRC Classes Begin
Jan 15
Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
Church Office Closed
Jan 21
Bible Sunday
Jan 22
February Calendar Due
Jan 26
Family Bingo Night
Feb 3
SUMYT Spaghetti Fundraising Dinner
Feb 6
Young at Heart Potluck
Feb 7
Gospel of John Class Resumes
Feb 10
Youth Lock-In
Feb 11
Camp Sunday
Taco Bar Lunch
Feb 14
Ash Wednesday
Feb 19
Holiday - Office Closed
Feb 25
Club 345, Youth Group
with Dinner
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Nov)
Common Table (Nov)
Worship  (Jan 2018)
Green Team (Jan 2018)
Finance (Nov)
Outreach (Nov)
Preschool (Oct)
Trustees  (Oct)

Scripture LessonJohn 10:1-10

Sermon:   "Wasting Time with Jesus"


This Sunday
On Sunday we welcome Rev. Thomas Yang into the pulpit.  
Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky appointed Pastor Thomas  to start a Pan Asian multicultural expression of United Methodism in Bellevue, Washington beginning July 1, 2017.  He  is an ordained elder from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.  Please give him a warm welcome.

More than anything else, Pastor Thomas enjoys a serene morning with a coffee mug in hand. He's a Chicago native, a fitness fanatic, loves Jesus, and his humor is tinged with a spontaneous, unapologetic irreverence. He moved here six months ago (along with his 6-month newlywed wife and 2-year old pitbull puppy!) to start a new faith project that aligns with the Pacific Northwest Conference's mission to Create New Places for New People, particularly for Asian-Americans in the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas. Even though he is an introvert by nature, it only takes a Kit-Kat bar to have him open up to you! Pastor Thomas is looking forward to building relationships and partnering with the people of the Pacific Northwest, discipling all to be Jesus' hands and feet to the world.
SUMYT Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
February 3
If you didn't know, the SUMYT team, is a youth-lead group that plans the SUMYT youth retreat in March. The team is a place where people can make friends, have fun and develop leadership skills. Since there is no budget in the church conference for the team to plan the SUMYT retreat and we have no big source of funds other than registration fees, the team has decided to host a Spaghetti Dinner at Aldersgate UMC on Saturday February 3rd from 5:00-7:00pm to raise additional funds. At the dinner there will be great food, entertainment from SUMYT alumni, a slide show, and a dessert auction, where we will be auctioning off donated desserts. Tickets are $8 for 1 and $20 for 3, and we would be more than happy to take a donation if spaghetti isn't your thing, because it goes toward a really good cause. For more information and to buy a ticket, talk to any of the SUMYT representatives at Aldersgate: Bryce Swearingen, Alison Kirkman, Elyse Browder, and Jacob Yormark.  If you would like to donate a dessert, please email Bryce Swearingen.
Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, February 6
Calling all retired folks, empty-nesters, and wannabees!  Join us Tuesday, February 6 at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall for a tasty potluck dinner and an interesting program about Dave & Beth Sanford's recent trip to Vietnam.  Soup will be provided so please bring a salad or side dish that will go well with soup. The cost is $2 per person.  First timers please sign up on Sunday's attendance form and someone will call you about the food.
Finance Volunteers Retire
Some of our faithful volunteers have retired.  Linda Reichenbach has served as the Aldersgate Financial Secretary for the last  seven year  and it is now time for her to move on to other worthwhile endeavors.   Also, Benny Biesmans, Gerry Cherry and Ted Snyder are retiring as offering counters after many years of service . We are grateful for their hard work and faithful dedication to the job.   
New Finance Secretary
Wendi Brick, the church office manager, has taken over Linda's job as the Financial Secretary.  You can contact her with your questions about your 2017 contribution statement which will be sent to you before the end of January.  Please continue to use the existing Financial Secretary email address:
Offering Counters Needed
We have a need for 1-2 more people to help count the offering once every 4-6 weeks.  There are already four counters, Al Allot, Dorothy Bennett, Gayle Kreek and Wilma Tucker  (Thank you very much!!!), but we could use one or two others to add to the rotation or work as a substitute.  The counter works with the Finance Secretary (Wendi Brick) to count the offering which involves sorting  checks, counting cash, using an adding machine, and reviewing reports with Wendi.  It takes about an hour.  If you are interested, please contact Wendi in the church office.
Liturgists Needed
Aldersgate Brothers and Sisters - Please consider becoming a liturgist. Openings are available to all who wish to assist proclaiming the Word by reading at first or second service. Training will be provided. Sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Joe -  / 425-281-1250.
Lost & Found
Have you lost an umbrella, serving dish, or coffee mug?  Please check out the Lost & Found table in the narthex and claim your stuff.  Unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill at the end of the month.
Gospel of John Class
February 7
The Wednesday class on the Gospel of John taught by Pastor Brad will resume on February 7.  We will commence with chapter 6.  This class is offered at two different times, in the morning from 10:00-11:30am and also in the evening from 7:00-8:30pm - same class at two different times.  The weekly study is divided into three parts and runs through June with some breaks around the holidays.  Yes, the study will build week to week, but every week will also stand on its own, so missing a few weeks her and there will be OK.  Everyone is welcome!
Resource Library News
Bob Olson's latest poems have been added to Aldersgate Poems, which is displayed on the library mobile cart.  Copies of "Jesus wept...Jesus smiled"  and "Purpose" are found on pages 150 and 151, respectively.
Considering Becoming a Reconciling Congregation
CRC Bible Study Starts Sunday  (Considering Becoming a Reconciling Congregation)
During January the pastors are offering a series of Bible studies for anyone interested in participating. For each of three weeks, a series of six studies per week will engage with Scripture passages that have traditionally been interpreted to mean that homosexuality is not compatible with Christian teaching and Scripture passages that have been interpreted in the opposite way. There is no need to attend more than one session per week as all six sessions will address the same passages.  Please bring a journal, a pen, and your Bible.
Bible Study Dates (all sessions will last approximately 90 minutes):
  • Sunday January 14, 21, and 28 at 12:30pm, child care available, both Pastor Brad and Pastor Laura co-lead, bring a bag lunch and lunch for your children who are staying for child care.
  • Sunday January 21 and 28 at 5:00pm Pastor Brad and Pastor Laura will co-lead these sessions, intended to include youth and families of youth
  • Wednesday January 17, 24, 31 at 10:00am Pastor Brad will lead.
  • Wednesday January 17, 24, 31 at 7:00pm, Pastor Brad will lead.
  • Thursday January 18, 25, and Feb. 1 at 7:00am with pancakes prepared by Dave Carver, Pastor Laura will lead.
  • Thursday January 18, 25, and Feb. 1 at 4:00pm - these sessions are family friendly for families who have children they wish to include in the conversation. Pastor Laura will lead.
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:
*Jan. 21 - CRC Class, 5:00-6:30pm,  Youth Group, 6:30-8:00pm
*Jan. 26 - Bingo Night, 6:30-8:00pm
*Jan. 28 - CRC Class, 5:00-6:30pm, Youth Group, 6:30-8:00pm
*Feb. 4 - No Youth Group due to the Super Bowl
*Feb 10 - Youth Lock-In
*Feb 11 - Camp Sunday, Taco Bar Lunch
Youth SUMYT Retreat
Aldersgate Youth are going to SUMYT!  SUMYT is a youth retreat that is put on by the Seattle United Methodist Youth Team!   (Did you know Aldersgate has 4 youth on the SUMYT team and 1 adult helping to plan this amazing retreat!)  The retreat is at Camp Indianola on Friday, March 16th through Sunday, March 18th.   This year's theme is "Under Construction."  We will have a fun-filled weekend exploring what it means to be a work in progress, growing in love, community and faith. All youth should contact Jen Hoerber with questions and get registered online soon!   The website to register is When you register you should c hose the pay later option as the church will pay a portion of the $120 registration fee.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
February 25
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 February 25 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm.   Contact is Jen Hoerber,
Family Bingo Night
Friday, January 26
Get ready to shout BINGO on Friday, January 26 from 6:30-8:00pm at this family friendly night of fun. Each person will get two cards for each of 6 games of Bingo with 'prizes' and some entertainment too. Please donate an item for the prize table between now and January 24, like that duplicate Christmas present or the one that just doesn't fit your style! Also please bring a snack to share. Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Crossroads Feeding Program Update
 Happy New Year to All and a very big thank you to everyone who participated in the Crossroads Feeding Program by so generously donating food and serving food last year. Your time, service and donations were greatly appreciated!  On the 4th Tuesday of the month, Aldersgate partners with the Salvation Army to provide and serve dinner.   If you wish to provide food or serve food, the calendar and sign-up for this year is now posted:  Please contact Melinda Lilley, with questions. Thank for your continued support of this outreach ministry. 
Missionary in Nepal
We received another n ewsletter from Katherine Parker, Board of Global Missions Missionary to Nepal who Aldersgate helps to support.  Her newsletter explains that she is available for conversations via Skype on a number of subjects  that might interest your Sunday school class, small group or mission/outreach team.    Click here for Katherine 's latest newsletter and ways to contact her.
SEATAC UMC District Workshop: Toward a New Urban Strategy
Saturday, January 27 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
This day of workshops is a great opportunity to meet others working in churches around the newly formed Sea-Tac district and learn from what other churches do, as well as get a sense for the direction the district is heading. It is open to everyone and carpools are possible. The keynote speaker will be Jason Byassee. Byassee is the author of several books including "Trinity: The God We Don't Know," and most recently "Faithful and Fractured with Dr. Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell."  Other workshops will include an SPRC enrichment time on clergy mental health, and sessions on Urban Discipleship, Urban Strategies for Families, Community Organizing, Earth Justice, Contemplative Prayer, and Interfaith Partnerships. Pastor John Helmiere from Valley and Mountain in Hillman City will share a teaching on Table Turning Theology. Lunch will be provided.  Questions? Please email

Saturday, January 27 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Registration fee: $20
Register via Eventbrite HERE
People Who Mourn
*Ron Pazan's mother Gloria passed away.  Please pray for Ron and
    his family especially his sister Kathy.
*Flo Monkman's brother-in-law Jim passed away.  Please pray for his
    wife Lou (Flo's sister) and family.

People with Health Concerns
*Dan & Jo Wallis's friend Marta
*Bob Olson's friend Yon Suk
*Sue Black

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Bob Olson's friends in Haiti.

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.