Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       April 28, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
April 30
Kitchen Setup
Church Work Party
May 1
Methodism 101 Class
May 7
Visual Journaling
May 8
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 9
Common Table
May 14
Visual Journaling
May 15
Pentecost Sunday
Welcome New Members
May 21
Visual Journaling
May 23
June Calendar Events Due
May 27-29
Lazy F Mission Trip
May 30
Memorial Day
Office Closed
June 4
Visual Journaling
June 5
Celebrate Graduates
June 7
Young at Heart Potluck
June 11
Visual Journaling
June 12
Confirmation Sunday
June 19
Father's Day
June 20
July Calendar Events ACP Summer Camp #1
June 24-26
PNWUMC Annual Church Conference
June 27
ACP Summer Camp #2
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)

Staff Relations (April)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

Trustees (Mar)

Finance (Mar)

Preschool (Feb))

Outreach (Jan)


To bring a project, program or fundraiser idea to the Aldersgate Common Table for consideration, please fill out the  ACT PROPOSAL FORM  


For an explanation of the Core Leadership Team and a description of the Aldersgate Common Table, CLICK HERE.

Feed Your Soul
See today's devotional from the Upper Room.   CLICK HERE

"It's All in the Family"

"The Church as Family"

Luke 5:17-31

This Sunday we examine part two of this ten week series on family.  This week it's all about the church.  As we examine the communion table we have to remember that the group gathered at that last supper with Jesus was much like many of our families.  He had fisherman who hardly ever darkened the door of the synagogue (church service); zealots who believed that it was their right to take whatever means necessary, including violence, to rid the region of Roman occupation; criminals in the form of a tax collector whose previous life represented the worst kind of manipulation of "faith;" older followers and younger followers; Jerusalem Jews and Galilean Jews both of whom really couldn't stand each other; those who saw themselves as failures, those who were self-centered and those who centered themselves on what Jesus was seeking to bring.  It doesn't get a whole lot more open than that.  Those were the disciples chosen by Jesus.  In many ways, they were the first congregational family.   In as much as they had their moments of disfunction, they remained steadfast, grew in faith and focus, in the love they carried for each other centered on Jesus.  Isn't that what a family of faith should be?  Let's explore that this Sunday.  To prepare please read Luke 5:17-31.
Ministry News
Help Set Up New Kitchen
Want to get an early peek at the new kitchen and maybe learn how to run the new dishwasher? We are looking for volunteers on Friday and Saturday April 29th and 30th to help set up the new kitchen. Please contact  Patty Ferguson  and let her know when you can help in the morning or afternoon.   

Church Work Party
Saturday, April 30
Join us Saturday April 30 to clean up the church grounds - weed, rake, prune, etc..  The fun starts at 8:30am.  Bring your favorite garden tool and dress for the weather.  Your help is appreciated!  Many hands make light work!  

Methodism 101 Class  
Offered between services, this class is for those who want to learn more about the Methodist church and for those who are considering becoming church members.  Everyone is welcome.  New members will be welcomed on May 15.  Class meets in room 24.

Common Table  
Monday May 9, 7:00pm
Join us on Monday, May 9 as we first celebrate the completion of the new kitchen from 7:00-7:45pm, followed by updates form the various ministry team leaders from 7:45-8:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

News From Lay Leadership Team
We have been made aware of openings on the following ministry teams or church positions.   Please contact Rick Wilson or the ministry team leaders if you are interested in any of these areas of service.
  • The Board of Trustees need a team secretary to be responsible for recording and publishing minutes/decisions made by the team.  Rich Detering leads the  Trustees. 
  • We are still in need of a Safety Officer who is responsible for determining if the church is in compliance with Conference Safe Church requirements.
From the Nursery   
We are pleased to welcome Judy Wallace as our new nursery coordinator.  She comes to us with years of experience in childcare and even recently started subbing at Aldersgate Christian Preschool.   Her warm smile and genuine, caring personality will welcome both the children and their parents each Sunday morning.  Welcome Judy!   In addition, the nursery also has three youth to assist on Sunday mornings.  Ryan Breske has been serving as a nursery attendant for years.  Fallon Fleishman and Jacob Yormark have recently started as junior youth attendants. 

Teachers Needed!  
Sunday School teachers are needed from now through June.  To be able to grow our program, we need to have people willing to teach.  If you are interested, speak with  Jen Hoerber.  Jen can help you ease into these opportunities to serve our kids and can even pair you up with someone to start.

VBS Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 6:00-8:00pm
Join us on May 19, from 6:00-8:00pm for a Vacation Bible School planning meeting and help us as we get ready for a wonderful week of exploring God's love in the depths of dark caves where The Light of the Lord will light up our world!  VBS is July 25-28 with a VBS Sunday celebration on July 31 !  Many volunteers will be needed that week, please sign up to help!

Calling All Graduates!
Deadline May 22
We will celebrate Aldersgate's graduating seniors (high school and college) during worship on June 5th .  Please send us a picture along with a description of their accomplishments, the name of the school they are graduating from, and their future plans to Jen Hoerbe by May 22  so they can each be highlighted in a special bulletin insert.

Altar Flowers Needed
Alar flowers are a lovely way to commemorate a special person or a special event with your dedication appearing in the bulletin. Please sign up to provide flowers in May and July.  The Flower Committee will provide a flower arrangement for your donation of $35 or you may provide your own arrangement with flowers from your backyard..  Sign up on the Flower Calendar located on the bulletin board by the church office.
Aldersgate's Flower Committee has been arranging flowers for the sanctuary since January, 2003. People who sign up to "sponsor" flowers pay $35 and are invited to take the arrangement home with them after the Second Service. The price has remained the same since the beginning!   A small profit is realized with each "sponsored" arrangement.  Through the years, this money has been used for various charitable projects and church items.  These include Pastor's Discretionary Fund, Kitchen Fund, Library Support, additional hymn books, tables and pedestals for the sanctuary, ushers' cabinet and flowers for special occasions and for shut-ins.  The Flower Committee consists of Renee Kroese, Linda Detering and Norma Line. We thank you for your support and we  hope you continue to enjoy the flowers we provide.
Fun Events

Pancake Breakfast
Mother's Day, May 8th  
Take a break and let us serve your family breakfast at church on May 8 from 8am­10:30am.  Pancakes, sausage, and fruit will be served with juice, coffee, and tea. The cost is $4/adult, $3/child, or $12/family. The breakfast is sponsored and prepared by the Men's Breakfast group and served by the Youth Group. All funds raised will benefit the Youth Ministry. . This breakfast in a legacy of Carl Soderberg who started serving pancakes to the kids in his children's Sunday school class and it grew into a church tradition.   Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Wendi in the church office if you plan to attend.
Visual Journaling Your Memory Book
Saturdays 1-3 pm, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11
Register now for this 5-week Course!  In this workshop series we will experiment with a variety of art materials and techniques, including touch drawing , charcoal and watercolor, oil pastels, soft pastels, pen and ink and more as you explore memories that have shaped your life. Discover the beauty of your story! The result will be a Book of Life - your life! - that we will bless in a ritual of gratitude and compassion.  NO ART EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Workshop fee is  $165 - No one will be turned away for lack of funds.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit counseling subsidies for people with limited ability to pay.  Contact Laura Wall to s ign up or to request more information.  This workshop is p resented by Connections Counseling in partnership with Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad.  Here are some upcoming events:
* May 1 -  Confirmation at 5:00pm,  dinner and Youth Group  at 6:30pm.
*May 8 - Come help with the Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast.   NO Confirmation or Youth Group.
*May 15 - Confirmation at 5:00pm, dinner and Youth Group at 6:30pm
*May 22 - Confirmation at 5:00pm, dinner and Youth Group at 6:30pm
*May 27-29 - Register NOW for the Mini Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp
*May 29 - NO Confirmation or Youth Group

Family Hike
Saturday, July 16
Save the date!  A family hike is planned for July 16 at Coal Creek Trail in Bellevue. More details to come soon. Everyone is welcome to participate.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.  
Outreach & Missions World
Register Now!
Lazy F Family Mini-Mission Trip 
May 27-29 
It is time to register for the Aldersgate Family Mini-Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp on May 27-29. Cost for 4 meals (Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast) and 2 nights lodging varies from $15 to $45 per person depending on age and housing choice (scholarships are available).  CLICK HERE for the registration form. Fill out the form, write a check to AUMC (write Mini-Mission on the notation line), and give the registration form and check to Gwen Pazan (she has a church mailbox). Come join us as we work together to help maintain this beautiful Methodist camp.  The weekend will include tasks for children and adults of all ages. We will also help served at the clothing bank at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  Contact is Colleen Olleman.

Clothing Drive for Ellensburg UMC
As part of our Lazy F Mini-Mission Trip, a crew will work at the Ellensburg Clothing Center run by 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 kid's jeans and shorts size 5-12 and also summer clothing for adults, though any clothing will be gratefully accepted.   Start cleaning out your closets now and look for a clothing collection bin in the narthex next month. 

Foodbank 5000 Item Challenge 
As the children explore the story of Jesus feeding the 5000, we discussed how when we donate food to the food bank our little bit of food helps to feed many.  Our Sunday schoolers then decided that if Jesus could feed 5000, we could all come together and bring in 5000 food items for the food bank.  They want to chart the progress on the smiley face chart we used to visualize what 5000 actually looks like which is hanging in the hallway by the food drive donation tub.  Please bring in items for the food bank and color in a smiley face for each item you donate.  Thank you for helping our SundaySchoolers promote their desire to serve.

Prayer List   

People with Health Concerns
*Londa & Peter Narmita's friends Jennifer and Warren
*Geri Martinsen's freind Terry
*Cindy Soderberg's friends John and Brittney
*Don & Edna Fadden's sister-in-law Betty
*Betty Fredeen's friend Hannah
*Geri & John Martinsen's friends Glen and Carol
*Lea Fox's brother Dean
*Marjorie Krueger
*Shelia Cameron
*Bill Ferguson
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
Submit prayer requests to Dorothy Bennett, the Prayer Chain Coordinator, or fill out a pew prayer card or contact the church office.  Prayer requests will  stay on the Prayer Chain for about 3 weeks.  Please contact Dorothy or the church office with an update if you want the request to be prayed for longer.  
All prayer requests will appear in the church newsletters unless you specifically request otherwise.