Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       July 26, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
July 29
One Service at 10am
Church Picnic
August 5-11
Youth Mission Trip
August 20
September Calendar Deadline
August 25
School Service Day
September 2
One Service at 10am
September 3
Labor Day Holiday
Office Closed
September 5
ACP First Aid Class
Handbell Choir Practice
Chancel Choir Practice
September 6
ACP Parent Orientation
September 9
Mariner's Game
September 10-11
ACP Meet the Teacher
September 12
Preschool Begins
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)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)
  Outreach  (May)
Trustees (May)
Green Team (April)
Worship (Feb)

Isaiah 43:2

This Sunday
This Sunday we will rev iew and embrace the lessons and songs learned at Vacation Bible School last week.   We learned that with God we could find Adventure, Acceptance, Joy, Rest, and Peace on the river of life . We will worship God with our songs and prayers. We will rejoice in the blessing and privilege of sharing God's love with the children in our community.
Sunday July 29
One Service @ 10:00am
It is Vacation Bible School Sunday on July 29.  There will be only one worship service starting at 10:00am followed by the church picnic. .  We will be inviting all of the VBS families to join us for worship.  

Church Picnic
The All Church Picnic is July 29 at approximately 11:30am following the 10:00am service. The church will provide sandwiches and lemonade and ask that everyone bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. If your last name begins with:
      A-H bring a salad (fruit salad, green salad, pasta salad, etc.)
      I-R bring a side dish (baked beans, deviled eggs, etc.)
      S-Z bring a dessert. 
Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.   We need help with organizing the food, games, set up and clean up.  If you can help with the picnic, please contact Jen at
August Sermon Series
In August, we will begin a new sermon series looking at questions and perspectives that we face when we are honest about our mortality. The series is called Life 'til Death b ecause one of the things Iearned from people who have a terminal diagnosis is that there is joy in living when we know that we can make our own decisions and trust our loved ones to follow them. The goal of the series is not to be morbid. It's also not to talk much about finances or legal documents or medical treatments, although resources will be available in the library for those interested in those topics. Instead, our focus will be on the spiritual side of the end of life, whether that life be our own, a spouse or parent or child or friend, or the life of someone or something in our community that has been treasured. We'll talk about grief and loss, about letting go, about finding peace, and about what outlives our current reality. The mood of the services will be different from the VBS services of July, but it won't be depressing or geared only for one age group. We are all moving in the same direction on this journey and we can face these topics together.
We Had a Blast at Aldersgate VBS 2018!
We experienced the ride of a lifetime with God at the Rolling River Rampage 2018 Vacation Bible School!  We had 113 rafters join us on the adventure this week along with 50 volunteers!   We learned the importance of finding adventure, acceptance, joy and rest on the river of life through each of our activity stations.  Each day the rafters started and ended with a worship like assembly where they got their mission assignments from Paddle Captain Sheep (Patty Ferguson) and our purple spotted river otter, Romper (puppet master Gwen Brewer).   The Bible stories, such as Mary and Martha and Zacchaeus, were shared along with fun snacks that illustrated the message in a very yummy way.  The science station, according to one of our rafters, was 'a blast of coolness!'  Craft projects allowed the rafters creativity to shine and at the recreation station the games were fun and tied into the daily themes!  Thank you to our Aldersgate family for your prayers and support!  We hope to see everyone on Sunday when we continue our ride down the river and celebrate with the all church picnic!  


Parenting Forum on  October 20th
We are joining forces with Bellevue First UMC to host a day long Parenting Forum.  Faith leaders, experts in education, and organizations passionate about helping families will come together to offer perspectives on relevant topics for parents of children and youth of all ages. There will be two key note speakers;   Dr. Ivan Khan,  Superintendent Bellevue School District and  Jamal Rahman,  Muslim Sufi Interfaith Minister along with several break out sessions focusing on healthy habits, positive discipline, addiction, and anxiety plus several more.   The Parenting Forum will be held at Bellevue First UMC from 9:30am-3:30pm  Registration will be opening soon.  

Nursery Coordinator Position Open
Do you know someone who loves children with a welcoming spirit who would be interested in our nursery coordinator position?  This position is for Sunday Mornings from 8:45am - 12:15pm.  The coordinator welcomes families and makes sure our youngest are cared for and nurtured during worship on Sunday mornings.  They also schedule and work with our youth attendants. If you know any qualified applicants, please refer them to Jen Hoerber at
Sunday Refreshments
Do you enjoy coffee and treats on Sunday morning? Then please grab a friend (or Sunday School class, or choir member, or ministry team) and signup to make coffee and serve treats. The signup sheet is on the kitchen counter. There are treats in the freezer or you can bring your own home-made or store-bought treats. And many thanks to the women of Deborah Circle and Mary Martha Circle for providing and serving refreshments six months out of the year.
Resource Library News
Aldersgate Poems  has been updated to include Bob Olson's latest poems entitled "Loneliness," "Profit Over Progress" and "Privileged Inclusion" This volume is displayed on the library mobile cart.  These works are found on pages 165 - 167. 
Let's go out to the ballgame!
Sunday, September 9 @ 1:15pm
Aldersgate UMC will be going to Safeco Field to cheer on the Mariner's on September 9!
  • Mariners vs New York Yankees
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:15pm
  • View Seats for $13 each
We have a limited number of seats reserved, so order yours today! Please fill out the form located on the desk in the narthex, enclose the money in the attached envelope, and give the envelop to Wendi in the church office. Deadline to order is August 30. Questions? Contact Jen Hoerber at 425-299-4996.
Youth Mission Trip in August
Jen and Griffey will be taking a group of 10 of our youth to Twinlow Camp to participate in the Idaho Mission Project, a service and adventure based youth program. They will travel to Twinlow on Sunday, August 5 (Imagine the fun of 12 people in a van for 8 hours!) and return on Friday, August 10. Each day while at camp, they will be sent out into the community to participate in several different types of mission projects. Please pray for our youth as they prepare for this mission trip. 
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:
        *July 29 - Church picnic @ 11:30am.  Bring a side dish to share.  No Youth Group tonight.
*August 1 - Craft Time with Courtney from 4:00-5:30pm, please bring $2 for supplies.
*August 5 - Leave on Mission Trip to Idaho - No Youth Group
*August 10 - Return from Mission Trip
*August 12 - Still recovering from Mission Trip - No Youth Group
*August 19 - Youth Group Hike to Twin Falls.  Meet at the trail head at 12:00pm
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Starting October 7, kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet for dinner and a fun activity once a month, on the 1st Sunday of the month, from 5:00-7:30pm.     Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Katherine Parker - Missionary in Nepal
Katherine Parker sends her thanks to Aldersgate for its financial support and prayers.  For many years Aldersgate has helped support Katherine Parker, a United Methodist Church Global Ministries missionary.  She is serving on the Health Team in Nepal.  Her area of expertise is sanitation and hygiene and currently she is working with youth concerning reproductive health, and menstrual health and hygiene.  You can read Katherine's thank you note  HERE.  You can learn more about her work in Nepal by reading her
School Supply Drive
The mission project for Vacation Bible School is to collect school supplies and You Can Help! Aldersgate is partnering with Congregations for Kids to provide school supplies for low-income families in the Bellevue School District who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program. In 2017, 17.7% of district students, that's 3,579 students, qualified. Please donate money ( checks made out to AUMC and write "VBS Mission" in the memo field of your check), or donate composition books (wide rule) and pencils (sets of 10-12, Ticonderoga brand only.) A monetary donation is preferred because Congregations for Kids can then buy school supplies in bulk and thus you get "more bang for your buck." The last day to contribute is Sunday, August 5 .
Jubliee Reach Day of Servic e
Aldersgate will again participate in Jubilee School Service Day on August 25 , from 8:00am- Noon. This is a great way for our church to reach out into the community and serve. This year we will work at Eastgate Elementary and help them prepare for students.  There are a variety of tasks such as doing yard work, decorating bulletin boards, compiling back to school packets, cleaning desks, organizing library books, and painting.  This volunteer opportunity is open to kids (with adult present), teens and adults. Register online at You will find the church (Aldersgate UMC) and school (Eastgate Elementary) located on the registration page. Paper registration forms can be found on the desk in the narthex with additional information.  Paper registrations should be turned into Jen Hoerber to ensure proper registration.
Summer 2018 UMC Revivals in the Northwest
This summer, the Innovation and Vitality Team within the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church is holding six events in six cities. They are calling them Ordinary Revivals, drawing on the long tradition of revival meetings where Christians deepened their faith and collaborated regionally with others who responded to the call of Jesus on their lives. These Ordinary Revivals will have some of that flavor but they will also be a time to network and collaborate with other Christians who are ready to figure out where the Spirit is moving within and around the church of the Northwest. The event closest to Aldersgate will be September 21-22 in Seattle. Learn more and register at
Prayer Requests   
People Who Mourn 
*Sadly we announce that Dale Heidal passed away last Sunday.  
     Dale was once the choir and handbell director at Aldersgate. 
     celebration  of his life will be  Saturday , August  11 at  1:00pm  at 
     First Baptist Church  ( 904 Washington Street SE,  Olympia).
*Lea Fox's sister-in-law Carolyn passed away.
*Ruth Maloney who's Uncle Ted passed away.
People with Health Concerns 
*Nancy Phillips
*Pam Johnson's father Dennis
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Our youth who are at summer camp

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.