Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       July 14, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
July 15
Church Office Closed
July 16
Church Hike
July 18
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 19
Youth Pool & Pizza Party
July 25
August Calendar Events
July 25-28
Vacation Bible School
July 31
Sunday Service @ 10am
Picnic @ 11:30am
Aug 5
Church Office Closed
Aug 19
Church Office Closed
Aug 27
Church Hike
Aug 28
Youth Kickball
Sept 2
Church Office Closed
Sept 5
Labor Day Holiday
Church Office Closed
Sept 7
Music Potluck
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Sept 14
Preschool Begins
Handbell Choir Rehearsal
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)

Trustees (June)

Staff Relations (June)

Finance (May)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

Preschool (Feb)

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 Soul of a Child "

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

This Sunday we'll be exploring the fact that the soul of a child is much more complex than meets the eye.  They understand more about God than we think.  Each of their young experiences is like Velcro.  They stick to their soul and are retained there for the rest of their lives.  The most significant learning that comes to them isn't in nature or on the soccer field.  It is from us, their parents. We are, according to research, the dominant teachers of our children until they read the age of 16 unless there are others who spend more time with them than we do.  I mean things like child care providers, or computers, or grandparents.  Then parental influence shifts. As they grow up, there is a delicate balance between their parents  or other care-givers and their friends. At around sixteen their friends have equal, and in some cases, greater influence than care-givers.  It means we have sixteen years to teach or influence our children.  So let's explore what is needed in those initial sixteen years, and then what needs to follow.  And, by the way, it's not just about them, our children.  It's about us and what we believe and how we put it into practice that will have life long implications on their lives, their understanding of faith and the their potential engagement at a church.  

Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman

Friends, It's with sadness that I announce that Laura Wall has given her notice.  She has struggled with this decision for months and finally made the decision to take an offer from Compass Health in Edmonds.  It is a full-time position with great benefits.  I can't even begin to share how much I'm going to miss having her office next door; her wisdom, grace and sense of humor immediately available.  But this is an opportunity for her, one she is trained, educated and gifted to do.  Her letter of resignation is below.  Please pray for her as she goes through this time of transition.   Very Sincerely, Pastor Brad.

Laura Wall
A Letter from Pastor Laura
This is to let my beloved community at Aldersga te know that I am resigning my position effective the end of July .

As many of you know I have faced some difficult decisions recently. I've had to admit that, as much as I would like to clone myself and continue to try to balance 5 legs on a 3 legged stool-it isn't sustainable. In trying to balance:

1) Raising a teen-aged son,
2) Ministry as a Pastor,
3) Working at Compass Health,
4) My private counseling practice, and
5) Developing the Connections Counseling organization,
None of these 5 areas have had as much of my time as they need. All are worthy endeavors but I can't continue to try to juggle them, hoping none of the balls will drop (to mix metaphors terribly). Something has to go.
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Ministry News

Reception for Ted
Sunday, July 17
Long-time Facilities Coordinator, Ted Snyder, is retiring.  A reception will be held between services on Sunday, July 17 to recognize his many years of dedicated service to Aldersgate.  Please plan to attend.

Job Opportunity  
With the retirement of Ted Snyder, Aldersgate is in need of a Facilities Coordinator.  Working with the Trustees and the Church Custodian, it is a paid part-time position involving a variety of duties which cover the maintenance requirements of Church property.  Experience with the Church and working with volunteers is a plus. The hours are flexible and are expected to average 48 hours a month. Compensation rate is competitive and based on experience.  For more information, contact Rich Detering, Trustees Chairman, at , or Harris Atkins, Staff Parrish Relations Chairman at  .

Canopies Needed  
We are looking for two easy, pop-up canopies to be used for the week of VBS.  Please contact Jen Hoerber if you are able to let us borrow yours.  We will need them from July 24 through the afternoon of July 31.  Thank you! 
More VBS Workshop News
The VBS workshop on Thursday, July 14 is CANCELLED!  We will be having workshops and volunteer updates on Monday, July 18 in the afternoon from 1-3pm, Wednesday morning, July 20 from 10-Noon and Thursday evening July 21 from 6-8ish.  

ONE Service & Church Picnic 
Sunday July 31, 10:00am
On Sunday, July 31st there will be one worship service at 10am where we will worship as one body in Christ, followed by the church picnic at about 11:30am.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  Also bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.  We will have lawn games and a few contests to continue the fun!  Please sign up to attend on Sunday's attendance form.

Kid's Club Volunteers 
Please CLICK HERE to sign up to host a Kid's Club this summer. It is easy and fun and a great way to serve the church. Kid's Club is a fellowship time for kids during the first worship service. There are typically between 4-15 kids present that range from 3 years old to tween age. Share a part of your story and your passions with the kids - they love getting to know members of their Aldersgate Family.  Play games or do an art project with them.  Talk with Jen Hoerber about ideas that could work or to find someone to host with you!
Fun Events

VBS Registration
Register for VBS Today!  All kids entering pre-k .through grade 5 in the fall are welcome!  Make sure to invite your friends to this fun filled week of worship and experiencing God's love.  Registration forms can be found   HERE.  Cost is $30 per child and payment can be made with a check (mark VBS in the memo line) or go to the church website to pay online.  There are scholarships available.

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group continues through the summer on  Sunday evenings from  6:00-8:00pm.    All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  Click here for the summer schedule.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
*July 16 - Church hike.  Meet at the Coal Creek Falls trailhead  at  9:00am, which is at the Cougar
      Mountain Regional Park.  To get  there take exit 13 off Hwy I-90, to Lakemont Blvd and drive a
      couple miles until you see the blue King County park sign on your  left.  Bring water, a snack,
      and dress for the weather.
*July 17 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm.
*July 19 - Pool & Pizza Party, from 4:00-7:00pm at the Newport  Hills Swim  & Tennis Club, located
       at 5464 - 119th Ave SE,  Bellevue.
*July 24 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm.
*July 31 - ALL Church Picnic, 11:30am.  No Youth Group.

Summer Hikes 
Save the dates and hike with us this summer on Saturday mornings. Meet other Aldersgate hikers at the trailhead at 9:00am.  Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact is   Jen Hoerber
 - July 16 - Coal Creek Falls Trail - This trail is at the Cougar Mountain Regional Park.
       To get there  take exit 13 off Hwy I-90,   to Lakemont Blvd and drive a couple miles until you see
        the blue King County park sign on your left.
 - August 27 - Twin Falls Trail - T o get there, drive east on I-90 to  exit 34.  Turn right at the end of
      the exit ramp, and proceed a little  more than half a mile to SE 159th Street. Continue another
      half  mile to the Twin Falls Trailhead.  You will need a Discover Pass to park, or pay a fee.

Preschool Summer Camp  
There is one more week left of preschool camp July 18-21.  The theme is Oceans, Sea Life & Aquatic Bires.  Enroll now, for children 3 years old through 1st grade graduates.  Hours are 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday-Thursday. Weekly fee is $150. Call or email the preschool for more information (425-562-0433, 

Church Picnic
July 31 @ 11:30am
On Sunday, July 31st there will be  one worship service at 10am  where we will worship as one body in Christ, followed by the church picnic at about 11:30am.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  Also bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.  We will have lawn games and a few contests to continue the fun!  Please sign up to attend on Sunday's attendance form.
Outreach & Missions World

VBS Mission Project - School Supply Fundraiser
Partnering with Congregations for Kids, AUMC and the VBS families are collecting school supplies for students from low income families within the Bellevue School District so that they will have a Good Start Back to School.  Please donate supplies t and drop them off at the school bus display in the narthex through July 31.  Click Here for the school supply list.
Rebuild: Up From the Ashes  
Dale Hoff, a retired contractor and Lay Leader at University Temple United Methodist Church is organizing work crews to travel to the Carlton Fire complex to help rebuild homes for families that are homeless as a result of the fires. Help is needed on July 25-26 and August 10-11.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Dale at or 206-713-8233..

Thrift Shop Volunteers Needed
Saint Margaret's Thrift Shop, just down the road from us by Newport High School, is looking for some volunteers to help at the Thrift Shop.  They need people to process donations and also to work the sales floor.  As a volunteer, you will receive a store discount and first pick of the items donated.  St. Margaret's Thrift Shop provides clothing and household goods to those in need.  Excess donations are sent on to the Salvation Army and support is given to the residents of Andrew's Glen, a low-income apartment complex that Aldersgate helps with a monthly meal.  If you are interested, contact the Thrift Shop at 425-641-6830 or thriftshop@saintmargarets.or g.
Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Jennifer Maybee's friend Kim

People with Health Concerns
*Jenny Andrews' parents Valerie and Tim
*Betty Fredeen's friends Hannah and Pearl
*Marcia Stansell
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Geri Martinsen's friends Gigi and Rich
* Marvin & Norma Bush's daughter Karen

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*The Amsberry family and the Kedar family
*Christians persecuted around the world
*Our church kids who are away at summer camp
*The folks in Dallas, TX
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.