Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   August 24, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
August 26
Jubilee School Service
August 27
Back to School Blessing
Sept 3
One Service 10am
Sept 4
Church Office Closed
Sept 6
Handbell Choir Resumes
Chancel Choir Resumes
Sept 7
ACP Parent Orientation
Sept 10
Club 345 Dinner
Youth Group Dinner
Sept 11
At the Crossroads
Deborah Circle
Sept 11-12
ACP Back to School 
Sept 12
Worship Team
Sept 13-14
ACP Classes Begin
Sept 17
Education Hour Starts
Youth Group Kick-Off
Sept 18
October Calendar Deadline
Sept 19
Instrumental Ensemble
Sept 20
Gospel of John Class
Sept 21
Mary Martha Circle
Green Team
Sept 24
ALL Church Foot Golf
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (July)
Outreach  (August)
Trustees  (July)
Finance (May)
Preschool   (May)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)

Sermon:   "Justifying Grace: God's Undeserved Gift of Forgiveness "

Scripture Lesson:   Acts 9:13-16, 14:3

This Sunday
This week in worship, we will have our Back to School Blessing for children and adults who are going back to school this fall. If you would like to, please bring your backpack or other school supplies for the blessing during the children's time. 

We will also turn to the story of Paul's ministry in Acts, working with both Chapter 9 and Chapter 14. Saul's conversion to Paul on the road to Damascus in Chapter 9 is one of the most remarkable turn-around stories in the Bible. It is a story of someone turning toward God's grace and being justified. It is also a story in which Paul has to come to terms with wrongs he has committed before his conversion. His hands have been responsible for the torture and execution of Christians, yet he turns to God anyway and God finds a way to use even him. Then w e will rejoin Barnabas, now in the company of Saul/Paul, in Iconium and witness the signs and wonders done through them by God's grace.  Read Acts 9:1-19 and Acts 14:1-7 to prepare.
~~~ Pastor Laura
Pastor's Blog
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Laura Baumgartner
In this first month with you, I've learned a lot about you. I've met many of you and had a chance to learn from you what some of your priorities are for the life of our congregation. I appreciate you letting me learn from you and listen to you and grow with you. One of the places that I've started to dig in and get involved is in working with Christian Hampson on the work of the Nominations team. As you may or may not know, Nominations is a role within the United Methodist church polity that includes three main areas. 

First, nominations teams help to discern and identify what gifts are present in the people of the congregation and how the people who have those gifts can be empowered to use their gifts to the glory of God. Sometimes, that means helping to connect people to a team that needs their help. Sometimes that means listening to people and their deep dreams for their church and raising those dreams to the awareness of others who share them. Sometimes it means thinking creatively about where God is calling us as a congregation and how we interact with our mission field. Sometimes people think of this role of the nominations team as filling holes on committees and that's important, but it's really much more than that. We are also there to facilitate a conversation about how to serve in the congregation, whether that's on a committee or elsewhere. CLICK HERE for a list of the places that we know of right now where your talents would be valued.   Please take some time to pray about which of these opportunities might be right for you at this time in your faith life. Christian and I are available to answer your questions and/or find the answers to them. They are looking forward to talking with you. 

The second main area that nominations teams deal with is to help leaders, once they have been identified, to effectively find resources so they can lead. We think of this as leadership development. We are in communication with the Core Leadership Team in the work toward leadership retreats, resources, and studies. This means that the process of becoming a leader of any kind in the church is not a one way road that leads only to more work. Instead, our hope is that being a church leader is a step into a more faithful and joyful walk with God. 

Finally, we understand our third role to be as a clearinghouse for opportunities for laity to develop new skills, new learnings, and new interests, whether or not they are leading a group or serving on a committee, or even attending worship. Expect to see notes from us in the  Thursday emails and the  Sunday bulletins with opportunities around the Bellevue, Seattle, and greater PNW region that will help us all stretch our minds, our hearts, and our hands in new directions as God calls us more and more into relationship with our region. One example that I hope you will consider is the Eco-Faith conference on  November 11, 2017 at Bethany Community Church in Seattle. It will be a day of study, reflection, and discussion around the question, "What does Christ have to do with the environment?" I hope you will come! Tickets are available at The fee for the day is $40 for students and $80 for others. Please see me if a scholarship would help you to attend. 

So we are here to serve you, as a leader, as laity, or in whatever way you are connected to Aldersgate. We hope you will read the list of places to serve below at this time and call us right away with your ideas. If we don't hear from you, we'll probably be calling you soon. Either way, we look forward to talking with you!
Back to School Blessing
August 27
For all children, teachers, and other school/district staff who are going back to school, we will offer a blessing during Children's Time in worship on August 27.  Children who wish to bring their backpacks or notebooks to Children's time on August 27 are welcome to do so for the blessing.  Kindergartners and preschoolers are also welcome to participate.  This is also a great day to bring a friend!
Only One Worship Service
Sunday, September 3
Just a reminder, on Sunday, September 30 there will be only one worship service at 10:00am due to the Labor Day holiday.  The church office will be closed on Monday, September 4.
Music Ministry
If you play an instrument or sing, consider joining an Aldersgate music group.
  •  Worship Band performs at the first service each Sunday.  Rehearsals are usually weekly on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Contact is Roger Ingalls.
  •  Handbell Choir (Canterbury Bells) performs at the second service once a month, October-June. They rehearse weekly and the first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30pm.  Contact is Pam Johnson.
  •  Adult (& Youth) Choir (Chancel Choir) performs at the second service each Sunday, September-June.  They rehearse weekly and the first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30pm.  Contact is Hanae Straub
  •  Aldersgate Instrumental Ensemble performs 3-4 times per year. They rehearse once a month on the 3rd Tuesday and the first rehearsal is Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00pm. Contact is Rick Wilson.
Adult Education Resumes September 17
There are two adult education classes offered on Sundays between services starting September 17.
  • The Book Study class meets in room 22 at 10:00am.  Led by Rich Detering, this class will study Rob Bell's newest book
    What Is the Bible?   Everyone is welcome.
  • The Life Discussion class meets in room 21 at 10:15am.  Led by Rick Wilson and Tom Breske, this drop-in class explores a wide variety of topics, to include current events, moral issues, and theological beliefs.  Everyone is welcome.
Green Team meeting
September 21
On Thursday, September 21 at 11:30, the Green Team will meet at the church. Pastor Laura will provide a light lunch and all are welcome to come and be a part of this re-energized environmental ministry at Aldersgate. If you would like to be part of the team but can't make this first meeting, please contact Pastor Laura to let her know what would be a better time for you and/or how you would like to participate. Meetings are not for everyone but we do need your ideas.
Heartworks Workshops in October
Aldersgate UMC has the opportunity to host a series of four sessions for a small group interested in engaging in an end-of-life planning workshop led by Martha VanDeMark of the Heartwork group. This series of workshops is a powerful way to discuss our own dying process and make our own decisions about what a good death might look like. The sessions will be facilitated discussions of 6-10 people and the cost is $125 per person or $100 per person if there is more than one person from the same family. It's a great experience for couples or children and parents to do together. Anyone who is old enough to have a driver's license is old enough to participate in the group. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form if you are interested, indicating your preference for the time for the workshop. Contact is Pastor Laura.
Thank You Garnet!
For almost 10 years Garnet Ormsby has served as a regular office volunteer coming to church every Monday morning to help with clerical jobs.  She processes the attendance forms, prepares the children's clipboards, tidies the sanctuary, stuffs envelopes, etc. She has been so faithful and helpful.  We have been truly blessed by her hard work and dedication.  Garnet will retire from her position at the end of September.
Regular Office Help Needed
We are in need of another regular office volunteer since Garnet is retiring from the position at the end of September.  This volunteer is needed on Mondays (preferably) or Tuesdays to help for two hours.  The duties could be split between a couple people and involves:
  1. Log the Sunday headcount, process the attendance forms and tally up the names of people who have signed up for activities
  2. Archive the Sunday bulletin and inserts
  3. Prepare the children's clipboards
  4. Tidy up the sanctuary and narthex, stock prayer cards and offering envelopes, straighten hymnals
  5. Help with occasional tasks like stuffing envelopes
We'd like the volunteer to start in September when Garnet is around to help with training.  If you have questions, or think you might be interested in doing part or all of these duties, please contact Wendi in the church office,
Young Adult Ministry-"At the Crossroads"
"At the Crossroads" is a young adult fellowship group. Join us at Crossroads mall for dinner, conversation, and laughter every 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm by The Stage.  On a typical night, we enjoy our meal while discussing the adventures life presents us and the journeys we dream to take.  Additional, quarterly events are held every season and include hikes, board game nights, a Christmas party, and the Young Adult summer BBQ.  Events are posted to Facebook on a monthly basis.  Upcoming events:
  • September Dinner: Due to the Labor Day holiday, we will meet on Monday Sept. 11 at 7:00pm at Crossroads Mall 
  • Hike to Twin Falls: Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6:00pm. Carpool at 5:30pm from the Eastgate Park & Ride.
  • October Dinner: Monday October 3 at 7:00pm at Crossroads Mall.
  • November Dinner: Monday November 6 at 7:00pm at Crossroads Mall.
"At the Crossroads" is an open and inclusive community. The goal is to create fellowship amongst Young Adults founded on the love demonstrated by Jesus Christ for all people. All are welcome, so feel free to bring a friend.  For more information, Call, text or email Katie Olleman (425-457-3324).
Come Join the United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women here at Aldersgate are organized to provide fellowship, learning and charitable activities for all the women in the church.  There are two Circle groups that meet monthly.  They share Sunday refreshment duty three months of the year.  They help coordinate the UMW Spring Salad Supper in April, the Craft Sale in November and the Bake Sale in December.  They also assist with church receptions.
  • Mary Martha Circle meets on September 21, the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 9:30am at Aldersgate in room 21, September thru June.  They enjoy fellowship, refreshments, devotions and reading and discussing a study book.  The current book is John Ortberg's The Life You've Always Wanted.
  • Deborah Circle meets on September 11 due to the holiday and then usually the 1st Monday of the month starting in October thru June.  They meet at 7:00pm in member's homes.  They enjoy fellowship, refreshments, devotions and various charity projects.
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have questions about the youth program, contact  Jen Hoerber.   Click here for the summer schedule.  Here are some upcoming events:
*August 24 - Pool Party TODAY at the Newport Hills Pool from 1:00-4:00pm
*August 27 -  Youth Group & Parents' Meeting, 6:00-8:00pm
*Sept 3 - NO Youth Group due to the Labor Day holiday
*Sept 10 - Dinner at 5:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Sept 17 - Youth Group Kick-Off, 5:00-8:00pm.  Join us for a BBQ dinner and  Nerf Capture
                 the Flag with Newport Presbyterian and Bellevue First UMC at Aldersgate.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
September 10
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet once a month on Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity.  The next meeting is September 10 at 5:00pm.  Parents and church members please sign up to provide the dinner or help lead the activity. Contact is Jen Hoerber,
Blues for Mister Charlie
Friday, September 15
A play by James Baldwin, performed by the Williams Project will be showing in Seattle September 6-17 and there is interest in gathering a group to carpool and attend together at Franklin High School on Friday September 15. More about the play is below and at Tickets can be reserved online or by talking with Colleen Olleman or Pastor Laura.
In a small southern town, a white shopkeeper kills a black musician. As the case heads to trial and tensions rise, a Reverend, a journalist, and the shopkeeper's wife struggle to make sense of the truth. Written in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of Baldwin's friend and civil rights activist Medgar Evers, Baldwin's rarely produced masterpiece explores race and violence in the United States with honesty, music, dark humor, and compassion.

After the play, the cast will host a short discussion about the themes introduced by the play. The play is appropriate for high school age and older. All seats are general admission. Donations will be accepted at the door and the Aldersgate Outreach Team will donate for any who attend.
VBS Mission Update
School supply donations came flying in all week during Vacation Bible School and beyond.  With the help of our loving congregation, we were able to surpass our goal and donate the following school supplies to Congregations for Kids.              
  • 3104 Ticonderoga Pencils
  • 133 Comp. Notebooks
  • 213 Erasers
  • 386 Glue Sticks 
  • 78 Highlighters
  • 11 Boxes Markers
  • 17 Boxes Colored Pencils 
  • 20 Folders
  • AND $410!!!!
WAY TO GO, SUPER HEROES!!  These supplies and money has been given to Congregations for Kids and will help families in need in the Bellevue school district.  This is the 22nd year this organization has collected supplies and they expect to serve over 1400 families this year. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!  It is greatly appreciated! To find out more about this amazing organization, check out their website at
"Conversations for Organizing Faith Communities on the Eastside" 
 September 7 @ 7:00pm
On  September 7 , Aldersgate will host the 2nd "Conversations for Organizing Faith Communities on the Eastside" led by Michael Ramos of the Greater Seattle Council of Churches.  We can use help setting up chairs at  5:30  and taking down at the end.  We will also be serving light refreshments and coffee so help in providing cookies, crackers, cheese, veggies and fruit would be appreciated.  Please contact Jean Harris    if you can provide any of the support listed.  Also, all members of the congregation are encouraged to attend to support this movement.  The meeting is at  7:00pm . We would like to have a good show of Aldersgate hospitality.
People Who Mourn
Sadly, we announce that Josephine ("Jo") Nanninga passed away on August 9.   Jo and her husband Bill were charter members of Aldersgate. They were faithful and committed members of Aldersgate UMC and their hard work and generosity left a lasting legacy here at Aldersgate. The family will have a private service. There will not be a service at Aldersgate.  Condolence cards can be sent to Jo's daughter Carol Nanninga Lawrence, 12917 SE 4th PL, Bellevue, WA  98005. 

People with Health Concerns
*Edna Fadden
*Cindy Wheeler
*Jon & Wilma Tucker's granddaughter Meredith
*Kathy Maybee's son-in-law William
*Betty Fredeen's friend Dale
*Bonnie McAuliffe
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie
Prayer Requests
Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Jen Hoerber's friends Mike, Kara and family

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.