Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                               January 4, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
Jan 7
Welcome Rock Church
Jan 14
CRC Classes Begin
Jan 15
MLKJ Day of Caring
Church Office Closed
Jan 21
Bible Sunday
Jan 22
February Calendar Due
Jan 26
Family Bingo Night
Jan 27
Core Leaders Retreat
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)
Green Team (Nov)
Outreach (Nov)
Preschool (Oct)
Worship  (Oct)
Trustees (Oct)
Finance (May)
Staff Relations  (12/2016)

Series  Life Savers

Scripture LessonJohn 9:1-7

Sermon:   "Eye Opening - Life Saving"
Communion for a New Year


This Sunday
Life Savers come in a variety of flavors. Some come in a variety of colors. To some extent, when talking of the candy, the roll is like a rainbow. Some are sweet and others not so much. And, by the way, throughout this season you'll be receiving a lot of these. Beyond the candy, you'll see all manner of "life savers" in the sanctuary as we progress through Epiphany. Partly because of where we're headed with the Gospel of John. Partly because it's what this season represents.'s a sudden realization, a sudden awakening, something that comes to mind that binds other things together, or a sudden ability to see life in a different way. Those kinds of realizations can change lives, change directions, even save us from any number of things. It's like a guiding light; or maybe a star followed by Wise Men from the East, or the realization that this baby boy would be a king that would save the world. It's a reminder that the gifts brought to Mary, Joseph and Jesus were life saving gifts. They represented both life and death. This Sunday comes the story of a blind man whose life is forever transformed, saved by Jesus. It's a much messier story than other healings; involves spit, and mud, and washing the mud away. How is that an Epiphany. Come and see. 
And, Happy New Year! It's a new day in so many ways. This afternoon we welcome a new congregation into our midst. Rock Chinese Church is gathering for their first service in a true sanctuary. They will be here at 1:00pm today. I can't wait to welcome them. It's the first Sunday of a new year and with a New Year come New Year's resolutions; hopes and dreams for greater health, better lives, deeper relationships. It's the day the worship team begins to brainstorm the upcoming season of Lent, and so much more. And for us, may our eyes (hearts) be washed clean, opened to a new road ahead; and may the road in front of us lead us and others toward God as we seek to continue to work in community. To prepare please read John 9:1-7.  

~~~ Pastor Brad
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Rev. Brad P. Beeman

Lane Dreher spent much of his life helping others, whether as an appliance salesman, business owner, assisting others in fixing things around their homes, fixing things around the church, the parsonage and even at Lazy F and other camps.  He was a servant extraordinaire.  We now have the opportunity to not only continue that legacy but help Lynda and the family as they continue in their transitions.  One January 13, beginning at 9:00 we will be moving the furniture, household items, and other things from the Dreher house on 26th & 156th, to two homes close to Riverton Park United Methodist Church.  The homes will provide shelter for our area's homeless.  These household items, utensils, kitchen appliances, furniture, beds, storage cabinets, and more will continue to serve others very much like Lane did.  We're looking for bodies, pick up trucks, cars, anyone and anything that can help that Saturday.  We'll have a 16 foot U-Haul as well.  This is the ultimate example of Christian recycling; of serving, helping, and participating in the ultimate win-win project.  Please let Brad, Laura, or Wendi know if you might be available to help.  I can't imagine a better way to begin the new year.  Come join the team as we move forward the love of Lane and Lynda, and the love of God.  Thanks!
Rock Chinese Church
Shares Our Sanctuary Beginning January 7, 2018
At the November Common Table we announced that Rock Chinese Church had been granted the use of a classroom on Friday mornings for English as a Second Language (ESL)/Communication Classes starting  January 5th. In addition, at the end of the year, the Core Leadership Team voted to grant Rock Chinese Church's request for the use of the Sanctuary on Sundays for worship from 1:00-3:00pm starting on January 7th including the use of the Nursery or a preschool classroom for early childhood education.   Read here for more information about Rock Chinese Church and what the Core Leaders approved.   This is a covenanted partnership between our two churches which effectively takes Christ "Beyond Our Doors" and makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  So l et's welcome Rock to Aldersgate on January 7th.  If you are able to be a part of the welcoming party, please contact  Joe Lee .
Sunday School Update
Sunday school resumes on January 7th.  The kids will continue to work through the Bible using the "Dig In" curriculum.  Sunday School classes are preschool (Room C), K-2nd (Room D), 3rd-5th (Smith Hall) and 6th-12th (Youth Room) and runs every Sunday from 10:10am - 10:50am.  Kids' Club, a fellowship time for children, runs from after Children's Time until 9:45am (or until the end of 2nd service) and Music Time is every Sunday morning from 9:45am - 10:10am.  If you would like to volunteer for Kids' Club, please see Jen Hoerber.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. 
Worship Brainstorm for Lent
January 7
After worship on  January 7 from noon until 2:00pm, anyone interested in helping to think ahead to the Lenten season is invited to stay and dream together what worship might bring between Valentine's Day (otherwise known as Ash  Wednesday) and April Fools Day (otherwise known as Easter). Bring some snacks to share.  Contact is Pastor Laura.
Deborah Circle Special Speaker
January 8
Deborah Circle invites women to come welcome and hear Pam Cunningham, District UMW Librarian, who will talk about Program Resources. The meeting is Monday, January 8 at 7:00pm in Friendship Hall. Refreshments and a brief social time will follow Ms Cunningham's talk. Deborah Circle will then have its meeting for those who would like to participate. Contact is Clarine Goodleaf.
Green Team Meeting 
January 9
Start your year off with a New Year's Resolution to live lightly on the planet and join the Green Team. Our first meeting of 2018 is  January 9 at 5:30pm in Room 21. A light meal will be shared. Let Pastor Laura know if you have questions or want more information. 
Play an Instrument?
 If you play a band or orchestra instrument and would like to play occasionally just for the fun of it, come join the Aldersgate Instrumental Ensemble which performs 3-4 times per year. They rehearse once a month on the 3rd Tuesday and the next rehearsal is Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00pm. Contact is Rick Wilson.
Bible Sunday - Date Change
Sunday, January 21
We will celebrate the tradition of presenting Bibles to our 3rd graders as a gift from the congregation on January 21 during worship. It is our prayer that this gift will honor our children's growing faith development and enhance their faith with God's word.   If your child is in third grad and would like to receive his or her Bible, contact Jen Hoerber.. 
The Way of Discernment Book Study
Several small groups within the church are interested in working through a book study in the New Year using the Companions in Christ Series called,  The Way of Discernment. The study is designed to be engaged by a small group over 10 weeks but many options exist for those who find their circumstances different from those envisioned by the authors of the book. From the introduction: 
As discerning people of faith, our journeys remain rooted in a bibleical understanding of God's wisdom and guidance. When we ponder scripture... we engage the stories with our whole selves- intellect, emotion, intuition, and will- as we draw on classic practices of scriptural meditation, prayer, and journaling. ... The study focuses on your daily experience of God and your growing capacity to respond to grace with gratitude, trust, love, and self-offering. 
Discernment is a practice that will be useful to individuals who face questions about the future as well as to our church as we listen deeply to where the Holy Spirit is calling us. If you or your small group would like to participate in a study of the Way of Discernment, see Pastor Laura so she can coordinate ordering enough copies for participants and leaders. 
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 poem has been added to Aldersgate Poems , which is displayed on the library mobile cart.  A copy of "Jesus Wept...Jesus Smiled" is found on page 150.
Advent Wreath Recycling
If you made an advent wreath at our Wreaths & Treats event, please save the plastic base and return it to AUMC in January to reuse next year.
Considering Becoming a Reconciling Congregation
Update on Process to Consider Reconciling Congregations (CRC)
In January, 2018, the pastors will offer 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.
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. 7 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Jan. 14 - Dinner, 5:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Jan. 21 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Jan. 26 - Bingo Night, 6:30-8:00pm
*Jan. 28 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
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.

You've seen them at church. Adults that look peaceful and happy when they pray. That kid that knows all of the answers to the questions in Sunday school. That kid that comes up with prayers at youth group that are so good, you think your pastor should take notes! And then there's the during-service knitters, nappers, texters and the bulletin doodlers. The four-year olds that already know "Jesus" is the right answer to every question your pastor asks and the adults that go to Bible study with your parents. They are young and not-so-young and just like you, they are: UNDER CONSTRUCTION!  Every one of us, from the youngest youth to the most mature adult is a work in progress. Our relationships with God, our families and friends don't just magically happen - they are built on foundations of respect, trust and love. And those relationships need regular maintenance in order to thrive. Nobody is born with it all figured out-we learn how to be examples of God's love through the ups and downs of our relationships with others.
Yoga Classes Begin January 6
Got a New Year's resolution? Vince Fratello can help with his introductory series of yoga classes at Aldersgate after the New Year.  The classes will be taught at the most basic beginner level and will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities.  Class 1 always starts at the beginning so don't worry.  If you have any concerns, ask someone who has already come!  The series will tentatively be eleven Saturdays January 6 to March 17.  Class time will be 9:00-10:15am.  Students will be asked to bring a sticky yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $50 per student for the entire series-you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed.  If you have questions you can contact Vince at  We hope to see you there!
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
January 14
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 January 14 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.
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
Christmas Donations
A big thank you to each of you generous donors to Hopelink Christmas Gift Store and Vision House. You have helped dozens of people have a more hopeful 2018.
People Who Mourn
*Flo Monkman's brother-in-law Jim passed away.  Please pray for his wife Lou (Flo's sister) and family.

People with Health Concerns
*Bob Olson's friend Yon Suk
*Janet Martin's husband Ron
*Michelle Joyce's co-worker's son Miguel
*Sue Black
*Bev Allott

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.