Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                        April 26, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
April 28
Church Work Party
Conference Table Talk
April 29
Revisit Mission Sunday 
Church Potluck Lunch
April 30
UMW Salad Supper
May 5
Preschool Bike Rally
May 11
Memorial Service
May 13
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 20
Memoriial Service
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
May 21
June Calendar Deadline
May 25-27
Lazy F Mission Trip
Confirmation Retreat
May 27
On Worship Service 
@ 10:00am
May 28
Memorial Day
Office Closed
June 3
Graduation Sunday
June 10
Confirmation Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
June 17
Father's Day
June 18
July Calendar Deadline
June 21-24
Annual Conference
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (April)
Common Table (Feb)
Green Team  (April)
Preschool (April)
Finance  (March)
Trustees (March)
Worship (Feb)
Outreach (Feb)
Mission Sunday Thank You
Last week, we had a lot of fun and were able to serve God, the Earth, and the community through our Mission Sunday projects on Earth Day. Thanks to all the team leaders, all those who loaned equipment and tools, all those who came and worked, all those who served as greeters for our guests, and everyone who donated in any way. 


 "In Celebration of Faith, Love, Health and Service -
Reports from Earth Day Mission Sunday"

Scripture Lesson: John 21:8-14

This Sunday
Thank you all for your faith, health, love, and service as it was in great supply last Sunday! Our Earth Day Mission Sunday teams did great work for God, for the community, and for the Earth. Thank you! 

This week, we gather again in a single service at 10:00am to hear from all the teams, to celebrate the work they did, and the movement of the Holy Spirit through their work. The service will be followed by a Local Foods Potluck lunch so bring some food to share. During lunch, there will be a speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) who will be speaking about an opportunity that the Core Leaders are considering to be in partnership with NAMI to host peer support groups here at Aldersgate. Plan to stay to learn how faith, love, health, and service just keep growing the church and the community together in our efforts to support those who most need support. In worship, we'll hear the story from John 21: 8-14 of the Risen Christ on the lakeshore, sharing a meal with the disciples as he prepared them for what was ahead. We'll see if we can also share a meal and ask God to prepare us for what is ahead for us as well. 
Mission Celebration Sunday & NAMI Speaker
On April 29, the Sunday after Mission Sunday, we will gather again to celebrate the ways we were in service to our community, the new friends we made, and the way that God worked in us as a result of being in our mission field. We will have one blended worship service at 10:00am on April 29th.  
Local Foods Lunch
After worship, there will be a Local Foods potluck lunch. Please plan to bring something to share that has ingredients local to the area within 100 miles of your home. Again in honor of Earth Day, the request is that we try to reduce the impact on the planet from our lunch by consuming foods that have been grown or raised close to home.
Guest Speaker
During lunch, we will have a speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Bellevue City Council member, Janice Zahn, brought to the attention of the Core Leaders theat NAMI's need for a location to host peer support groups for members of the NAMI community. The Core Leaders thought the congregation would like to hear more about the organization and how we might be able to partner with them in their work before making any decision. As an extension of our Mission Sunday work, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to hear from them. So please plan to stay for lunch and a chance to learn more about this chance to extend our Mission into the community.  
Church Work Party
Saturday, April 28
Please join us on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00am-12:00pm as we work outside on the church landscaping.  It takes many helping hands to make the church look beautiful and welcoming.  If you can rake, prune and pull weeds, we could use your help. Please bring you favorite gardening tools and garden gloves.  Dress for the weather.  Come when you can; leave when you must.  All are welcome! Contact is Dave Carver.
Contribution Statements
Third quarter contribution statements were mailed out over a week ago. If you have any questions about your statement, please contact Wendi in the church office at
Stewardship Letter & Pledge Card
Stewardship Sunday May 6th
The stewardship letter and pledge card were mailed out to the congregation earlier this week. We hope that you've had time to pray about your pledge to support Aldergate's programs and missions. Our goals are to have a balanced budget for the new fiscal year, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, and to pay off our kitchen remodel loan by December 31, 2018. Please prayerfully consider how you can support Aldersgate through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and love. Contact Pastor Laura or Melinda Lilley with your questions. Please return your pledge card on Sunday, May 6th or drop it at the church office.  In case you missed our stewardship mailing,  CLICK HERE  for the letter and pledge card. Your pledge is an invaluable part of planning for the future at Aldersgate, so that we can continue to be a place where love overflows.
Confirmation Corner
We have six youth participating in confirmation this year. Their prayer quilts are hanging in the narthex and will remain there until Confirmation Sunday on June 10th. Please say a prayer for these young people during this spiritual journey and tie a knot in their quilt. You are invited to follow along in this journey with them by reading this Confirmation Corner

After talking about the early church last week, we started this week by first looking over a chart that reviewed the main religions of the world and then another one which looked at several of the Christian denominations. We then dove into Methodism and figured out some of the important events such as The Aldersgate Experience (our church was not named after a tree!) and the Circuit Riders to name a few. We also talked a bit about John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and how he asked, "How is it with your soul?" We discussed how the wording of that question drew you in deeper and into a more real conversation than, "How are you?" We also discussed the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. They each drew out the Quadrilateral in a way that made sense to them and we talked about which of the four was easiest for us to relate to.
Summer Music
Calling all musicians! We are looking for any type of special music for the second service during the summer from mid-June through August. Voice, piano, small ensembles, bells or brass, all are welcome to share their gifts and talents with the congregation. Please contact Hanae Straub for more information.
Singers & Players Needed
Do you have a hidden talent for music that you'd like to put to use?  Or, maybe you know someone that doesn't come to church, but would benefit from having a place to display their musical talents for a loving and appreciative audience?   The 1st service worship band is always looking for players and singers to contribute their musical gifts, both often, and occasionally.  Our biggest need at present is for a bass player and a guitarist.  Seekers AND Believers are welcome. Young AND old are welcome.  All that is needed is a smidgen of talent, a desire to learn and be part of a grace filled music community, and willingness to show up early on a  Sunday  morning.  Practices are  on Thursday  evening.   Please help us grow by planting the bug in the ear of the musician that has not yet come forward.  You could be giving THEM a gift of a lifetime.    Contact 1st Service Music Director Roger Ingalls  or 425-894-8173.
UMW Spring Salad Supper 
Monday April 30
Ladies! You are invited to the annual SPRING SALAD SUPPER on Monday, April 30 , at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall! Storyteller Debbie Dimitrie will portray the story of Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman who was truly ahead of her time. Bring a salad to share, bring your friends, and come prepared for an enjoyable evening! Please RSVP on Sunday's attendance form.  
Deborah Circle
Monday, May 7
The next Deborah Circle will meet on Monday, May 7, at 7:00pm at the home of Beth Sanford. Our program this month will be "Save Time, Save Money, and Save the World!" by Norma Line, Sabrina McIntyre, and Linda Detering. All women are welcome to attend. Carpooling will be available from the church.  Please contact Clarine Goodleaf for more information.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
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 May 20 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm.   Contact is Jen Hoerber.
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:
*April 29 - Mission Sunday Revisited!  There is only one worship service at 10:00am followed
                by a Potluck lunch.  Confirmation, 11:30am, Youth Group 6:00-8:00pm
*May 6 - Confirmation, 11:00am, Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*May 13 - Mother's Day - Come help serve at the Pancake Breakfast.  No confirmation or
                 Youth Group.
*May 20 - Confirmation, 11:00am, Dinner and Youth Group, 5:00-7:30pm
*May 25-27 - Mission Trip to Camp Lazy F - REGISTER NOW!  No Youth Group
Pancake Breakfast
Sunday May 13
PANCAKES are coming!!!!!!!!! Come on Mother's Day, May 13 , and enjoy pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages prepared by the Men's Breakfast group and other volunteers. The youth will serve and all proceeds with go to the youth program fund. Cost is $4/adult, $3/child, or $12/family. Serving will start at 8:00am and continue to 10:30am . Give Mom a treat and enjoy our 27th annual pancake breakfast. Please sign up.

Vacation Bible School
July 23-26, 2018
Aldersgate VBS 2018 will be held  July 23-26, Monday through Thursdya from 9:00am - Noon for kids age 3 through 5th grade.   Our theme is Rolling River Rampage where we will learn to find Adventure, Acceptance, Joy, Rest, and Peace on the river of life.  Registration is open!  Cost is $30/child or $75/family and scholarships are available.  Please register online  at  All types of volunteers are needed and welcome! If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or talk to Jen Hoerber.  
Youth Service Project
The youth have decided on a spring service project that is meaningful to them. They are collecting donations of pet supplies and money for the Seattle Humane Society from now through May 3. The supplies needed are listed below and will be collected in a box in the narthex. Also in the narthex, the youth have posted pictures of their pets and why they love them. Please feel free to add your pet's name and why you love your pet and post its picture to the display in the narthex.  Thank you for supporting  this youth-directed service project.  The youth will be going on a tour of the new facility at the end of this month.  
  dry dog food          dry cat food           dog treats              cat nip toys
 dog poop bags      pet potty training pads           money donations 
Vision House: No Homeless Kids Benefit Luncheon
Tuesday, May 15
Children shouldn't be homeless - yet the number is rising. They need your help more than ever. Come hear from a formerly homeless mom who worked hard to forge a new path for her family, and how you can support those following in her steps. Vision House's annual benefit luncheon is on Tuesday May 15th, 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. There is no cost to attend but guests will be invited to make a generous donation. Please contact Melinda Lilley if you'd like to sit at the Aldersgate table or click here to register. Please RSVP by May 8th.
Mission Trip to Lazy F
Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27
The Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp will be on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 25 (evening) through Sunday, May 27 (noon). There will be projects for all ages and abilities. Food and lodging is $15-$35 per person. Registration forms are available in Friendship Hall or you can register online at Please contact Melissa Pearce ( 310-872-6140) or Peter Narmita or Dave Carver for more information. (Scholarships are available)
Clothing Drive
As part of the mini mission trip to Lazy F, a crew will work at the Clothing Bank at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church. Please share with those in need by donating new and gently used, clean clothing. They have a particular need for summer clothes, women's capris and dresses, kid's shorts and tops, and any swimwear. Start cleaning out your closets now and look for the collection site in the narthex by the drinking fountain.
Green Team Update
Tuesday, May 8
Beyond Mission Sunday, Green Team wants you to have information about matters related to climate change that will affect you. First, there is an Initiative filed with the State of Washington that many faith communities and people of faith are supporting as a way to reduce carbon emissions and protect Creation. The initiative is in the process of gathering signatures to determine if it will appear on the November ballot. Please find attached more information about why people of faith are working in alliance with others to bring this initiative to WA voters. In addition, there is an event coming up at UW on  May 15 from 7-9pm where Katherine Hayhoe, professor on climate science from Texas Tech University and a Christian will speak about the intersection of her faith, her science, and her advocacy. Hayhoe has been named one of TIME's 100 most influential people and one of Fortune 500's World's Greatest Leaders. FREE Tickets available at Green Team will meet next on  Tuesday May 8 at 5:30. Dinner provided. 
Seattle District UMW Spiritual Day Apart
Saturday, April 28
All women are invited to participate in the Seattle District UMW Spiritual Day Apart on April 28 at Fairwood UMC.   Click here for more information and the registration form.
Table Talks to Discuss a Way Forward for the UMC
Saturday, April 28
United Methodists are invited  to   participate in Table Talk conversations on human sexuality.  The conversations will be held at Edmonds United Methodist Church on April 28 from 1:00-4:00pm. Registration is required, but free. Click here for more information.
Tiny Homes Construction Project
United Methodist volunteers have begun an effort to build 12 Tiny Homes in 2018. For more information, contact Dale Hoff, Project Creator and Manager. Call, text or email (206) 713 8233, Or read here about the project.
Poor People's Campaign
Rev. Dr. William Barber has revived the Poor People's Campaign of 1967-68 that was originally started by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beginning on Mother's Day 2018, six weeks of nonviolent demonstrations are planned to help bring a message of justice and an awareness of the plight of our nation's poor people. For more information go to
James Memorial Service May 11

The memorial service for Wendy James is on Friday, May 11 at 2:00pm. Wendy attended Aldersgate as a child and youth and her parents David and Heidi James have been members at Aldersgate since December 1992.  Please remember the family in your prayers.  If you can help with the reception after the service (setup, kitchen prep, serving, cleanup, food), please contact Lee Fox.

Allott Memorial Service May 20
The memorial service for church member Al Allott is on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00pm. Al and his wife Beverly became members of Aldersgate in 1964. Please remember the family in your prayers. If you can help with the reception after the service (setup, kitchen prep, serving, cleanup, food), please contact  Lee Fox .

People Who Mourn
*Jim Phillip  due to the death of his sister Mary Kay. 

People with Health Concerns
*Dale Heidal
*Mabel Fry's son James
*Butch & Sue Black

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Pastor Brad (Birthday May 7)

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.