Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                        July 27, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
July 30
One Service 10am
Church Picnic
August 15
Mariners Baseball Game
August 21
September Calendar Deadline
August 24
Youth Pool Party
August 26
Jubilee School Service
Sept 3
One Service 10am
Sept 4
Church Office Closed
Sept 6
Handbell Choir
Chancel Choir
Sept 7
ACP Parent Orientation
Sept 10
Club 345 Dinner
Youth Group Dinner
Sept 11-12
ACP Back to School 
Sept 13-14
ACP Classes Begin
Sept 17
Education Hour Resumes
Youth Group Jump-Off
Sept 18
October Calendar Deadline
Sept 20
Gospel of John Class
Sept 24
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)
Finance (May)
Trustees (May)
Outreach  (April)
Preschool (April)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)

Our Strength in God "

Scripture Lesson
Psalm 24:14b

This Sunday we   will review and embrace the lessons and songs learned at Vacation Bible School last week.  We will talk about how, when we get our strength from God, we too can be super heroes. We will discover that God's heroes have heart, courage, wisdom, hope and power.  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.
VBS News
Jen Hoerber
Director of Children, Youth & Family 

The sanctuary was filled with a lot of excitement with over 120 children and 70+ volunteers throughout the week at this year's Vacation Bible School.  We discovered that when we get our strength from God, we too can be super heroes.  We started the day in Opening Assembly singing songs and learning our hero codes for the day from Flame and Captain Sheep.  The groups then rotated through recreation, snack/mission, crafts, science and story where they explored the hero code of the day and learned more about our Bible Story.  Our hero codes stated that God's heroes have heart, courage, wisdom, hope and power.  We closed the day out with another rally where we checked in on what we learned and sang a few more songs.  The children have been engaged, having fun and getting excited for Jesus! 

A huge thank you to all who helped with Vacation Bible School this year.  What an incredible week it has been and without the hard work of so many people, we couldn't have pulled it off.  A few of the special moments that VBS has created include 
  • Bellevue First joining forces with us and the relationships and connections that have grown from it.  
  • Children came from our church, preschool and the community to Aldersgate and spent time with friends and made need ones too. 
  •  Are youth were present and were able to get to know the kids, adult volunteers and each other better.
  • God was with us and his presence was felt with each smile, dance move, hug, question and hero code shared.
  • One of our VBS heroes came up to me today and said, "thank you for making this week so much fun. I really like your church. It just makes me feel good. "
Thank you Aldersgate  VBS for being an environment where all of us grow in faith and discover (or rediscover) God's amazing love with a very special community.
Pastor's Blog
Pastor Brad P. Beeman
We look ahead to another opportunity to serve our local community.  The 13th annual Jubilee Reach Service Day is coming up on August 26th.  It is an opportunity for those of us in a church to assist a school and its teachers in preparing their classrooms for the upcoming year.  We have partnered with Puesta del Sol, the Spanish language school that sits just behind Tyee Middle School.  In other words, it's our neighbor just down the street.  We can choose whether we work in the morning (8:00am-12:00pm) or afternoon (1:00-5:00pm) or both.  Our tasks will be to assist teachers in their classrooms.  Volunteers will be asked to decorate classrooms, organize supplies, create bulletin boards, get desks ready, sort curriculum sheets, and anything else needed by the teacher.  There are no age restrictions, easy access for everyone, and it will be fun and fulfilling.  It's a great opportunity to be in service with a neighbor.  And just a reminder, we've had multiple Aldersgate children attend there, and a number of our preschool families are hoping to send their children there.  So let's step up one more time, knowing that service is a part of our mission. 
            I'll be putting up more information on a couple of bulletin boards, and begin to promote Jubilee Reach Service Day more fully.  So, mark your calendars for August 26th, and let's help out our local schools, and particularly our neighbor, Puesta del Sol.  Look for the sign-up sheets in the very near future.   Thanks, Aldersgate!!!
Only One Worship Service
Sunday, July 30
Just a reminder, on Sunday, July 30 there will be only one worship service at 10:00am followed by the All Church Picnic at 11:30am.  Pass it on!
Last Chance for Mariner's Tickets
If you still want tickets to the Mariner's game on August 15, (view level seats for $13 each) please call Colleen Olleman immediately, at 425-746-1696 (no later than this evening) and leave a message!
Help Move Furniture
On Sundays, August 6 and August 13, between services (about 10am), please help move furniture in/out of the preschool classrooms so we can clean the carpets and wax the floors.  Please sign up!  Questions? Contact Dave Carver or Dorothy Beeman.
Kids' Club Volunteers Needed
Want an Excuse to Play?   Kids' Club is in need of volunteers!  Come play, craft, or simply hang out with our Aldergate's kids during worship services this summer.  Volunteers are needed during each service throughout the summer.  You can simply volunteer for one service, both services on specific date, or multiple Sundays, so its flexible and can work with anyone's schedule.  Contact Jen Hoerber if you are interested at 425-299-4996 or via email at Volunteer and come out and play!
Ushers Needed
The first service is in need of more ushers to add to the usher rotation.  Basically an usher comes to church 15-20 minutes early, greets people, hands out the Sunday bulletin, lights the altar candles, does a headcount, collects the offering, assists visitors, and tidies up the sanctuary after the service. Youth and adults are welcome to serve as ushers.  With enough volunteers, usher serve every 6-8 weeks.  If you are interested in serving as an 1st service usher, please contact David James (, 425-643-2970)
Kitchen Range Hood
Are you renovating your kitchen? The church has a very nice stainless steel residential kitchen range hood for sale for a donation.  It is a 48-inch Broan Elite 61000 series, model #614804 and is practically brand-new. The church is upgrading to a commercial kitchen range hood to meet the requirements of the bigger ovens.  If you are interested, contact Rich Detering or Dave Carver.
Budget Approved
We are happy to report that the Core Leadership Team has approved a balanced budget for the next budget cycle, July 2017 - June 2018. Click here to view.  If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Lilley ( 425-641-6158) ,  the  Finance Team Chairperson and member of the Core Leadership
Resource Library News
Please check your personal bookshelves for any church library books you borrowed but may have forgotten to fill out its checkout card!  This is because a recent inventory shows that 12 books are missing from the library, as listed here .    If you find one, please return it to the in-basket, located above the library laptop.  

Click here for Bob Olson's report on Larry Morris' book Among Us: Stories of Worship and Faith.    In addition, Bob Olson's latest poem ' I Am a Miracle ' has been added to  Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons .  These works are displayed on the mobile cart.
ALL Church and VBS Picnic
Sunday, July 30
Join us for Aldersgate's All Church & VBS Picnic on Sunday, July 30th at 11:30am ( There is only one worship service at 10:00am!)  Aldersgate will provide hot dogs, hamburgers with all the fix'ins, plus drinks, plates and utensils.  Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share and a blanket or chair to sit on. There will be games and fun from Vacation Bible School and much more.  Come join the fun!  For an accurate headcount PLEASE sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office. Contact is  Colleen Olleman.   
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:
*July 27 - Lunch will be provided after VBS and then stay to help move sand from the parking
      lot to the playground.
*July 30 - One worship service at 10:00am followed by the Church picnic at 11:30am.  
      No youth Group.
*August 6 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*August 13 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*August 20 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*August 24 - Pool Party @ the Newport Hills Pool, 4:00-7:00pm
VBS Mission Project -  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. The need is great.  In 2016, 18.8% of district students, 3760, qualified for the free or reduced price lunch program.  Fortunately, Congregations for Kids was able help 1466 students receive backpacks and school supplies valued at $51,166 donated by 30 participating organizations including Aldersgate. Please donate the supplies listed or bring a monetary donation (write "VBS Missions" in the memo field of your check).  The last day to contribute is Sunday, August 6.

Composition Books (College Rule)                    Glue Sticks
Erasers (Standard Size, Pink Pearl)                  Highlighters (yellow)
Pencils (Ticonderoga Brand)                              Colored Pencils (Box of 12, Crayola Brand)
Markers (boxes of 8-10, wide, washable, classic colors)
Markers (boxes of 10, thin, non-washable, classic colors)
Towels Needed
Lazy F Camp is looking for old beach towels or large bath towels for protection for tie-dying and messy Olympics. Patty Ferguson will accept you towel donation or answer any questions.
Crossroads Dinner Update
At the July dinner we fed 63 people including about 15 children. The numbers have been generally increasing but this is the most we have served for some time. We gave away all the food we brought except a few cookies and a little milk. Thank you to all who donated food  and served. Know that your generosity was very much appreciated by those we served.  If you are interested in helping with the Crossroads Dinner program by providing food or serving food, contact Dave Maybee or Melinda Lilley.
Job Opportunity
Faith Action Network has a job opening for a full-time FAN Organizer to help lead their efforts to build their networks of Advocating Faith Communities, individuals, and partner organizations, especially in legislative districts where additional education, advocacy, and mobilization is needed.   Click here to see a full job description.  Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to  The position will remain open until July 28.
Prayer Requests
People with Health Concerns
*Bill Ferguson
*Bonnie McAuliffe
*David & Kathy Maybee's friend Sharon
*David Plowman's friends John and Nicole
*Dorothy Bennett's friend Judy
*Colleen Olleman's nephew Kris
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Neverlyn Lingerfelt's friend Melissa, Erin & Jessica Ferguson,  incarcerated men and women

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.