Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                      June 29, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
July 3-4
Church office Closed
July 8
Young Adult BBQ
July 10-13
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 11
VBS Work Party
July 16
VBS Work Party
July 17-20
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 19
VBS Work Party
July 21
Church Office Closed
July 23
VBS Setup
July 24
August Calendar Deadline
July 24-27
Vacation Bible School
July 30
One Service 10am
Church Picnic
August 15
Mariners Baseball Game
August 21
September Calendar Deadline
August 26
Jubilee School Service
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (May)
Finance (May)
Outreach  (April)
Trustees (April)
Preschool (April)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)
Thanks You For Your kindness.
Thank you for your kind notes, cards, calls, and hospital visits during John's recovery.  When one has no immediate, close family, it is comforting to know there is the Aldersgate family who will step in and give support.    Lovingly, John & Geri Martinsen.

"This is a Day of New Beginnings "

Scripture Lesson
Isaiah 52:6-7

This Sunday
This Sunday we welcome Rev. Laura Baumgartner as our Associate Pastor.  Laura brings some wonderful experiences, passions and gifts to us.  She knows Bellevue well as having taught at Robinswood and now The International School.  She has been a lay person and leader at both University Temple in Seattle, and Riverton Park in Tukwila.  As such she knows the ins and outs of church leadership, has immense administrative skills and experiences, and understands the complexities of ministry in a variety of settings.  This Sunday we will celebrate all of that as we share worship together.  Very much like David Lutz 's account of the installation of Bishop Elaine Stanovsky at Annual Conference, we will also be offering various gifts as symbols to Pastor Laura as she begins ministry here.  She will be receiving a Bible, a container of water, anointing oil, a chalice and paten, a basin and towel, a globe, and a pastoral stole.  Each are symbolic of what pastoral ministry is and can be and I'll be talking briefly about each and what they mean as pastors and as those seeking to be in ministry together.  Please come and welcome her and her family to this remarkable congregation.  To prepare please read Isaiah 52:6-7.  
~Pastor Brad
Pastor Laura's First Day on the Job
We will welcome Laura Baumgartner as our new Associate Pastor in worship on Sunday,  July 2 , but she really begins her work at Aldersgate on Saturday,  July 1 . Her first day will include the morning yoga class and some unpacking, and it could also include you. If you are in the area early in the day on Saturday, please consider dropping by the church for a few minutes to say hello and introduce yourself,  tell her a little about yourself, help unpack a box, and share a laugh,  She'll have cookies and lemonade to share 'til they run out!
Welcome Reception
On Sunday July 2 there will be a reception to welcome our new Associate Pastor, Laura Baumgartner, and our Summer Youth Intern, Jocelyn Matheny, after the first and the second services.  Please come and say hello and introduce yourself.
Office Closed
Due to the Independence Day holiday and staff vacations, the church office is closed July 3 &4.
VBS Work Party (s)
Volunteers are need to help prepare for Vacation Bible School.  Several work parties have been scheduled to work on preparing scenery, decorations, class materials, etc.  A day is also planned to actually do the setup and decorating for VBS.  Please come and help at one or all of the work parties.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
--Tuesday, July 11, from 2:00 - 5:00pm.
--Sunday, July 16, after both worship services between
      10:00am - 2:00pm, bring a lunch.
--Wednesday, July 19, from 10:00am - 2:00pm, bring a lunch,
      and also from 4:00 - 6:00pm.
--Sunday, July 23, after both worship services between
      10:00am - 4:00pm.   Lunch is provided.
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!
Altar Flowers Needed
Commemorate a special person or a special event with flowers.  PLEASE sign up to provide altar flowers especially in July.  Your dedication will appear in the bulletin.  The flower calendar is located across from the church office
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.
Resource Library News
We are very grateful to the anonymous donor of books from the United Methodist Women's reading list!  These books are displayed on the library table and cover the categories of Social Action, Nurturing for Community, Education for Mission, and Spiritual Growth.
Membership Rolls
It is time to update the church membership rolls.  Every year Betty Fredeen, our Membership Secretary, reviews the church membership and mails out letters to members who, according to our records, have not attended Aldersgate or contributed in the last two years.   The purpose of the letter is not to push people away but to let them know we are interested in them, to see if they want to remain members, and to keep our membership records accurate.  We need your help.  The members listed below did not respond to our letter or the letter was returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.  They will be removed from church membership in the near future if we do not hear from them.  If you know them, please encourage them to reply to the letter or contact the church office.  If you have any information about them, (current contact information, did they moved away, are they attending another church, etc.), please notify Betty Fredeen (425-746-5113) or the church office. 
These people were mailed two letters over the last two years. They will be removed from membership at the November 2017 Charge Conference unless we hear from them.
Tom Greenwood              Kaitlin Lowe       Betsy Norton     Tony Page           Linda Page         
These people were mailed one letter in 2017 and will be mailed another in 2018.  They will be removed from membership in 2018 unless we hear from them.
Gloria (McKinley) Bacus                 Marilee Gossard               Christopher Lilley           
Amy Pazan                                   Courtney Pazan                 Jennifer Peterson            
Jennifer Phillips                              Adrienne Schultz              Steve Schultz  
THANKS Are Ringing!
Big THANK YOU to Lea, Renee, Hope, Sendi, Betty and Jackie for helping with the potluck, the concert and the reception following the handbell concert last week.  Also thank you to Tom Blakney for running the sound system.  And many thanks to all who brought cookies for the reception.  We had such a great response to this that coffee hour is well supplied for a while.  Finally, THANK YOU to everyone who came to the wonderful concert!  
Young Adult BBQ
Saturday, July 8
The young adult group (called  At the Crossroads) will have a BBQ on Saturday, July 8 from 6:30pm-11pm. Good food, great people, lawn games, and a movie ---what more could you ask for on a summer evening!  Dinner will be served straight off the grill at the beginning of the evening.  The main course, hot dogs and hamburgers, will be provided.  Please bring a summer side to share potluck style. Y'all come and bring a friend!  Contact is Katie Olleman.  RSVP on Facebook.
ALL Church and VBS Picnic
Sunday, July 30
With all the warm weather last week, it is easy to get excited about summer picnics and barbecues ! The Aldersgate All Church and VBS picnic is on July 30 .   And we can use your help making it a big success!  Do we want some games or races?  Do we want to BBQ?   Can you help with grilling or set up?   Sign up on the Sunday attendance form if you can help or email Colleen Olleman.   If you can't help with VBS because it is during the work week, then the ALL Church Picnic is an excellent way to be involved!
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.  Here are some upcoming events:
* July 2 - NO Youth Group
*July 9 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*July 16 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*July 23 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*July 24-27 - Please let Jen know if you are available to help with Vacation Bible School from
     8:30am-12:30pm.  The number of children attending has increased significantly from last
      year so we need your help.  It is going to be a great week! 
*July 27 - Lunch will be provided after VBS and then stay to help move sand from the parking
      lot to the playground.
Vacation Bible School Registration
VBS is filling up fast!  NOW is the time to register!  "Hero Central" VBS  runs the week of July 24-27 from 9:00am - noon for kids 4 years old through 5th grade.  Contact Jen Hoerber about our special 2-3 year old program. During the week we will discover our strength is in God while we explore Bible stories through crafts, games, music, science and more! Register online from the church website at If you would like additional information or a paper registration form, contact Jen Hoerber.
Mariners Baseball Game
Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:10pm
Let's go to the ballgame and root on our Seattle Mariners against the Baltimore Orioles.  We have View Section seats and the cost is $13.00 per person.  (This is half price!)  Please pay in full at the time of your request and include this linked order form plus a self-addressed stamped envelope so the tickets can be mailed to you or include instructions to put the tickets in your church mailbox.  Tickets will arrive around July 28th.  The last day for ordering tickets is July 26th.  We have 100 tickets reserved for the Aldersgate Community including the Aldersgate Christian Preschool and VBS families.  Give your check, the order form and the self-addressed STAMPED envelope to Wendi in the church office.  If you want to sit with another family/person please return your orders together. Questions? Contact is Colleen Olleman.
Starbucks Gleaning Coordinator FOUND!
The new Starbucks Gleaning Coordinators are Ruth & Kelly Carver.  We thank them for their willingness to serve!
Congregations for the Homeless
For six days in early June Aldersgate members provided ingredients for sack lunches and cooked and served dinner for 35 to 40 homeless men staying at Christ the King Lutheran church. We thank all of you that provided food, cooked and served dinner. Know that your efforts were greatly appreciated by those we served.
People Who Passed Away
*Dan Kinney's mother Ellie
*David James's cousin Cynthia
*Betty Fredeen's sister Sue
*Londa Narmita's co-worker Schallard

People with Health Concerns
*John Martinsen
*Geri Martinsen's friend Barbara
*Laureen Thomas's friend George
*Bob Olson's friend
*Londa Narmita's friend Joanne
*Dorothy Bennett's friend Patt
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Audrey
*Edna Fadden
*Bud Bennett
*Mabel Fry
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Kristie McLean's student Brandon, Jean Harris' granddaughter Sarah

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.