Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   March 14, 2019
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Associate Pastor
Church Office

Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Mar 15-17
Youth SUMYT Retreat
Mar 17
CRC Team
Mar 18
Core Leaders Team
Mar 21
Mary Martha Circle
Mar 24
Mission Sunday
Worship at 9:00am
Mission Projects
Church Lunch
Mar 31
UMCOR Special Offering
Apr 1
At the Crossroads
Deborah Circle
Apr 9
Green Team
Apr 14
Palm Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Apr 15
Core Leaders Team
Apr 18
Mary Martha Circle
Maundy Thursday Serv.
Apr 19
Good Friday Service
Apr 20
Apr 21
Easter Sunday
Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 27
UMW Spring   Salad LUNCHEON
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.

Series:  "Pots of Clay"
Sermon:  "The Problem of Pain"
Scripture:  Psalms 73:1-5,13-`7, 21-28

This Sunday  
One of the problems most often confronted by Christians is "Why do bad things happen to good people?" And, if we are to be honest with ourselves, there is the corollary "Why do good things happen to bad people?" The daily news is all too often filled with both. Psalm 73 addresses both of these and gives us a little guidance about how there is a better way to be thinking about things. In this time of Lent, remembering Jesus greatest pain, it is appropriate that we address the problem of pain in our lives. In preparation, you can read Psalm 73.
Post General Conference Debrief Session
Saturday, March 16
United Methodists in the SeaTac District will gather at the Des Moines United Methodist Church ( 22225 9th Ave. S. )   on March 16th at 9:00am  to hear a report about the General Conference (thank you Marie Kuch-Stanovsky), and to address next steps. 
Mission Sunday
March 24, One Service @ 9:00am
Mission Sunday will be March 24, led again by the Aldersgate Green Team. This year the format will be similar to previous Mission Sundays in that  we will worship all together at 9:00am and start our mission projects in the community at 9:30am .  We will gather back together for lunch at 12:30pm . Sign up for Mission Sunday projects at the table in the narthex.
Taco Bar a BIG Success!
A BIG Thank You to all those who served on the Taco Bar committee headed up by Patty Ferguson (Sheep) and to all those who donated in support of Camperships.  A total of $1468 was collected last Sunday.  Once the cost of food is subtracted, we will send a portion of these funds to the conference campership fund and the remaining portion will be added to the Aldersgate Campership account.  Your generosity enables all children and youth to attend camp.  Thank you!
Welcome to the Table:  Midwestern  Church Potluck
Kitchen Fundraiser
Saturday, MARCH 30, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Come spend an evening enjoying the Midwestern traditions of four Aldersgate families. Dinner will be prepared  by the Browder, Breske, Fenstermacher and Pearce families.  They will be sharing family stories and anecdotes while you dine on their favorite family dishes. The youth will be assisting and collecting tips for the Youth Group. In addition, a dessert auction will be held.   Cost is $30 per adult/youth or $15 per child 10 years old and younger. Click here   to reserve and pay for your seat.  Or sign up on Sunday's attendance form and return it with your check in the offering plate on Sunday or return both to the church office during the week.   Please indicate any dietary restrictions you might have. Limited to 40 attendees.  Have questions? Contact Melinda at
UMCOR Offering
On Sunday, March 31 we will take a special offering to help fund the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. Their work reaches people in more thatn 80 countries, including he United States. UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security and relief supplies. Your generous gifts to UMCOR bring light out of darkness. Please give generously.
Office Helper Needed
We could use another office helper to process attendance forms, tidy the sanctuary, and assemble children's clipboards. This takes about 1.5 hours on a Monday or Tuesday, two times a month. If you are interested, please sign up or contact Wendi in the church office, 425-746-9800.
Lost & Found
What was lost has been found - literally! Check out the Lost and Found table in the narthex and reclaim your stuff. There are umbrellas, clothes, glasses, serving dishes, jewelry, keys and tote bags. All unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill at the end of March.
Preschool Enrollment
Aldersgate Christian Preschool has begun enrollment for the September 2019 - June 2020 school year for children 2 - 5 years old. Registration forms can be found on the table by the church office or online at If you have questions or would like a tour of the preschool, contact Dorothy Beeman, (425-562-0433).
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. Here is the reading schedule through Easter. Copies of the book are available for check-out from our church library or you may wish to order your own copy from Amazon or another online book seller.

Week Beginning         Chapter(s)            Main Idea
March 17                        1                             Awe and Wonder
March 24                        2                             Being Human
March 31                        3                             A World of Meaning
April 7                             4                             Being Image Bearers
April 14                           32                           Peace March

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:  
*Mar. 15-17 - Youth SUMYT Retreat
*Mar. 24 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Mar. 31 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Apr. 7 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
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 .
UMW Spring Salad LUNCH?! 
Saturday, April 27
Please save the date! The United Methodist Women's Spring Salad LUNCH (Yes, you read that correctly) will be on SATURDAY (Yes, believe it), April 27 at noon (Yes, at 12:00pm.) The day and time is a change from the usual, but the event will still be FABULOUS. All women are invited to attend. More details to come in April.
Mission Trip to Lazy F
May 24-26
Save the date! The Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp will be over the Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26.  There will be projects for all ages and abilities, including activities for kids 2-12.   it is a wonderful way to get to know each other as we work, play and experience fellowship together in a beautiful setting. See photos and additional information in the narthex.  Interested? Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Melissa Pearce (
Mission Sunday Signups
Mission Sunday will be March 24, led again by the Aldersgate Green Team. This year the format will be similar to previous Mission Sundays in that we will worship all together at 9:00am and start our mission projects in the community at 9:30am. We will gather back together for lunch at 12:30pm. However, unlike in years past, we will debrief over lunch that day instead of during worship the following week. We need leaders for several of the groups, and lots of people who are willing to participate in all the groups. Mission Sunday projects this year will include: 

  • Filling bags/backpacks at church: In addition to the Birthday Bags we have done several times and the hygiene bags for homeless persons we filled last year in partnership with our Muslim neighbors, we will also fill backpacks with healthy snacks for preschoolers in the Bellevue Public Schools. 
  • Days for Girls: sewing and cutting fabric in Friendship Hall to create reusable maxi-pads that enable girls to attend school in areas where otherwise they would be excluded during their periods. 
  • Litter pick-up: working in a park or public walk-way to remove litter and debris, making the area safe for pedestrians and children. 
  • Home Visits: yard work and outreach to church members who need a hand at home or who are preparing for home sale. 
  • Lunch: prepare, serve, and clean-up lunch for all volunteers and possibly for another community group in need of a meal. Lunch will be served at 12:30. 
  • Your idea for a project: Please see Pastor Laura if you have an idea for a Mission Sunday project. 
Sign up to help with one of these projects in the Narthex on Sunday!

Donations Requested for Mission Sunday
For the team that will be filling Birthday Bags and Preschool Backpacks, we could use donations of items to put in the bags. When you are out shopping, try to find a sale and pick up an extra to share with those who need it. As much as possible, look for items and wrapping that isn't plastic and doesn't have a negative impact on the Earth. 

Birthday Bags
Cake mix
Birthday Napkins
Paper plates
Party Favors
Small gift (book or stuffed animal)
Party decorations (signs/streamers)
Small treats (lollipops)
Birthday gift bags

Preschool Backpacks
22 Individual milk boxes
7 Individual bags of G oldfish crackers (in snack size bags)
22 Individual wrapped packages of fig bars
Habitat for Humanity Lunch
Thursday, March 28
Here is you chance to do something to ease the problem of housing for the homeless.  The Habitat luncheon on March 28 is an opportunity the hear from someone who has benefited from Habitat's programs. The luncheon will be held at the Washington State Convention Center.  A Showcase open house starts at 11:00am with the luncheon from 12:00 to 1:00pm.  There will be rides from Aldersgate at 10:30am.     Join other Aldersgate members to support Habitat.   If you are interested in attending, signup on  the Sunday attendance form or contact Darrell Lowe, 425-785-7642.
Prayer Requests

People Who Mourn
Lynda Dreher's daughter Diane passed away
Heidi James' friend Nancy lost her mother.

People with Health Concerns
*Brandon O'Brien
*Bud and Dorothy Bennett's granddaughter-in-law Evie
*Lynda Dreher's daughter
*Hope Barker
*Cindy Wheeler
*Mark Olleman's sister Ruth
*Charlie Stansell
*Eathel Allyn
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jeff Wheeler
*Salote Bokini
*Our youth and their chaperones who are at the SUMYT Retreat Friday-Sunday

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.