Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       April 6, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
April 8
At the Crossroads 
Game Night
April 9
Palm Sunday
Stewardship Sunday
April 13
Maundy Thursday
April 14
Good Friday
April 15
Flashlight Egg Hunt
April 16
Easter Sunday
Egg Hunt
April 23
Mission Sunday
One Service 9:00am
April 24
UMW Salad Supper
May Calendar Deadline
April 30
Mission Sunday ReCap
One Service 10:00am
Potluck Lunch
May 2
Young at Heart Potluck
May 7
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
May 8
Church Dinner
Common Table
May 14
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 22
June Calendar Deadline
May 26-28
Lazy F Mission Trip
June 11
Graduation Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
June 14-17
Annual Conference
June 18
Father's Day
June 19
July Calendar Deadline
July 19-22
ACP Summer Camp #1
July 26-29
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.
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  Preschool  (Feb)
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Outreach (Sept)
Worship  (April)


Luke 19:28-48

This Sunday
This Sunday is all about the parade, but not the kind of parade that we think of with Macy 's on Thanksgiving Day, or that grand parade that takes place in Pasadena before the Rose Bowl.  This parade was much smaller, somewhat shorter, and didn't come with balloons or floats.  And yet this parade is packed with meaning.  To understand it we have to understand that it involved things like kings, colts, crowds and cloaks.  It involved palm branches cut from nearby trees.  It involved a simple word we often confuse with this celebration.  Hosanna doesn't mean hallelujah.  Hosanna literally means, "Save us!"   This parade also brought deep seeded anger by some who were watching; the Temple authorities who stood atop the Temple Wall or on the Teaching Steps.  Yet there is one more word involved in this parade; it is an unusual word, an almost undefinable word.  The word is "kenosis."  Kenosis is one of those strange words that means two things at the same time.  It means being emptied, or self-emptying and at the same time means fullness.  It's what was taking place in Jesus as he rode that donkey down the hill and across the valley.  It's what consumed him as he marched up those same teaching steps where years earlier he was interpreting scripture as a child.  Kenosis.  We'll explore it more fully as we lift high our palms, sing of the Hosannas, and remember the parade that was that Palm Sunday so many years ago.  To prepare please read Luke 19:28 - 48.
Pastor's Blog
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
            First and foremost I want to thank you for your overwhelming faithfulness and generosity.  Aldersgate has grown and will continue to grow because of what you 've been willing to do, and what you've been willing to give.  Over these past few weeks we've heard examples during worship from just a few of the faithful disciples who call this their church home.  Yet, we're not done; not done growing and not done giving.  So as we approach Celebration Sunday this Sunday, and the bringing in of our pledge cards and placing them on the altar, I have one more request. 
            We have an opportunity to hire a half time Associate Pastor.  She has already met with me, and with representatives of the Staff Parish and the Core Leadership Teams.  She brings a significant recommendation from our District Superintendent and Cabinet whose first choice would be to appoint her here at Aldersgate.  That is, if we can afford it.  She brings a wealth of experiences, knows Bellevue well, and can offer us some much needed help in areas like pastoral care, teaching, preaching, worship, leadership development, and ongoing pastoral support.  The realistic cost is around $25,000.  I will admit to you that I need the help.  Too much is falling between the cracks, particularly with pastoral care.  To have someone take on some of the roles of pastoral ministry would be an incredible gift.  I also need to share that, in as much as her job description would not include youth ministry, this in no way impacts the desire to continue looking for someone to assist Jen in that vital ministry.   In other words, we will continue looking for a staff member to help with our youth.  The challenge is that at least five other churches close by are also looking for youth support.  In the mean time, if we are able to hire this Associate it would mean that I would have more time to spend with Club 345 and the youth group.  I miss being with them, but the needs of the greater congregation have taken priority. 
            So, I'm asking for your additional financial support.  We can't bring her on without expanding the budget to fill this position.  Are you willing to pledge if you have not done so before?  Are you willing to increase your pledge so that we might take on this new staff person?  If you're new to the church, this would be a great time to add your financial support to the ministries of Aldersgate via turning in a pledge card.  Please pray about this.  Again, we need this at this time as we continue to grow in ministry; and in faith, love, health and service.  Thank you for what you already do.  You are a tremendous gift in so many ways.
                                        Very Sincerely,
                                         Pastor Brad
Connections Counseling Annual Report
Greetings friends, colleagues, fellow ministers in Christ!     Attached here you will find the Connections Counseling Annual Report. Please do forward widely and generously -- in the spirit of your ongoing support of this now-3-year-old endeavor.   Grace and Peace to you all,   Laura Wall
Stewardship Sunday
April 9
It is time to make our pledges to support the programs and missions of Aldersgate in the new fiscal year, July 2017 - June 2018. Look for the  stewardship letter and pledge card that were mailed to you yesterday. Please prayerfully consider how you can support Aldersgate through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  Contact Pastor Brad or  Melinda Lilley with your questions.  Please turn in your pledge card on Palm Sunday, April 9 or drop it at the church office. In case you missed the stewardship mailing,  CLICK HERE  for the letter and pledge card.
Please Join Us for Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday Services
April 9, 9am & 11:00am
We will commemorate the Messiah's entry into  Jerusalem with palms and Alleluias

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday Service 
Ap ril 13, 7:00pm
We wi ll remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.

Good Friday Good Friday Service
April 14, 7:00pm
We will meditate on the last events of  Jesus' life before his resurrection.

Easter Sunday Services
April 16, 9:00am & 11:00am
Join us and Christians everywhere as we rejoice because of Christ's Resurrection. W e will have a special Easter Kids' Club during the 9:00am service with an egg hunt starting at 10:15am.
Easter Candy & Egg Assembly
We need your help!  Please donate small wrapped candy for our Easter egg hunt events by April 11.  Please drop the candy off in the basket in the narthex.  We also need help assembling hundreds of Easter eggs on Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00am in Friendship Hall. Please sign up to help on Sunday's attendance form.
Donate Yard Tools
If you have yard tools that you no longer use, please donate them to the church.  We need leaf rakes, garden rakes, garden hoes, pitch forks, lopping shears, pruning shears, pole saw, chain saws (running or not), 5-gallon buckets, and work gloves (NO shovels needed).  Contact Dave Carver to arrange donation (206-853-7056).
Mission Sunday
April 23 @ 9:00am

Aldersgate will have its first Mission Sunday on April 23.  We will gather for one worship service at 9:00am and will then venture out to do various mission projects.  

  • There are several mission projects that will be done here at the church and others offsite at other places.  
  • The mission projects are listed on the table in the narthex where you can learn more about them and signup for them.  
  • Lunch will be provided but you must sign up by April 19 so that we buy enough food.   
Mission Sunday Revisited & Potluck 
April 30 @ 10:00am
On April 30   we will again have only one service but at 10:00am to review and celebrate our Mission Sunday accomplishments followed by a potluck lunch.  For the potluck, p lease plan to bring a dish that will serve your family plus 3 to 5 more servings to share.  We need main dishes, sides, salads and desserts.  If you bring a hot dish, consider making it a crock pot dish that can be kept warm during service.  The timing of this meal puts it in the "brunch hour" so feel free to bring items that either are breakfast related or items that are more traditional.  In other words anything goes!  If you can help set up tables or help receive food that morning around 9:30am, please contact Colleen Olleman (425-746-1696 or  Plan to come and fellowship together as we give thanks for the gifts of service from the Aldersgate Community.
Library New s
Read Bob Olson's latest poem Reality Challenged  on page 120 of "Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons ,"  displayed on the library table.  Don't forget to browse the Lent and Easter books. 
Thank You from Mabel
I want to express my thanks and appreciation for flowers, cards, and calls that I have received during my recent hospital and recovery stays.  Each caring thought and prayer is very much appreciated.  Hip repair recovery seems to be a slow and ongoing process.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness and caring.  Sincerely, Mabel Fry and Family
Young Adult Board Game Night
Saturday, April 8
On April 8th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Aldersgate's young adult program, "At the Crossroads," will be having a Board Game Night at Aldersgate UMC for our spring quarterly event.  We'll be having dinner to kick off the evening and then breaking out into games. The main course, Chili, will be provided. Please bring a side dish, desert or snacks to share. Also feel welcome to bring that board game you've been hankering to play. Finally, everyone is welcome, "At the Crossroads" so feel free to invite friends!   This is an open and inclusive community. The goal is to create fellowship amongst Young Adults founded on the love demonstrated by Jesus Christ for all people.
To RSVP go to our event on the Adersgate FB page.
Easter Egg Activities


Saturday, April 15, 10:30am-Noon

This community Easter event filled with games, crafts, the Easter story, and an egg hunt (11:30am) is geared for young families (preschool - younger elementary).  

  Bring your Easter basket!


Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15, 7:30-8:30pm 

This community Easter event starts with ice cream sundae's followed an egg hunt (8:00pm) geared for older elementary students and youth. 

   Bring a flashlight and a friend!


Easter Sunday 

April 16

We will have a special Easter Kids' Club during the 9:00am service and there will be an egg hunt starting at 10:15am.  

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:
*Apr. 9 - NO Youth Group, Bellevue schools on Spring Break
*Apr. 15 - Ice Cream Sundaes and Flashlight Egg Hunt, 7:30-8:30pm
*Apr. 16 - Easter, No Youth Group
*Apr. 23 - NO Youth Group, It's Mission Sunday so sign up for a mission project!
*Apr. 30 -  Youth Group from 6: 00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
Schedule Changes
There will be no regular dinner and Club 345 meeting in April due to Spring Break ----->> instead come to the Flashlight Egg Hunt (eat ice cream sundae's!) on Saturday, April 15 from 7:30-8:30pm.  And in May the regular dinner and Club 345 meeting will be on May 7 from 5:00-7:30pm (  to work around Mother's Day.) Contact is Jen Hoerber.
UMW Spring Salad Supper
Monday April 24
On  Monday, April 24 at 6:00pm the United Methodist Women are hosting their annual Spring Salad Supper.  All the women of the church are invited to attend.  The program will be a heartwarming and humorous look into some of the experiences of Larry P. Morris as he dealt with families and faith.  He is a full time accountant, part-time pastor, and prolific writer and publisher of prose and poetry.  Come join us.  Bring a salad to share and please include a note if the dish is gluten free or contains nuts, etc.  An offering will benefit Hopelink.  RSVP on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Dorothy Bennett.
Mariners Baseball Game
Save the Date!!!!!   August 15th is Aldersgate Night at the Mariners.  We will have view seats and the cost will be $13.00 a ticket.   Logistics for selling the tickets are being worked out but will soon be available.
Meaningful Movies of the Eastside

Gather with your neighbors for a movie, discussion, and refreshments! St Margaret's Episcopal Church (4228 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue) is hosting monthly films on the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30pm.  All are welcome! A $5/person donation is suggested, but no one is turned away. Coffee/tea and snacks are included.  To help plan for refreshments, RSVP to Janet Farness, 425-417-5217.  

*April 18 - "Just Eat It!" - A film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia's Knowledge Network.  There will be a special guest at this film.

Vision House Benefit Luncheon
Thursday, April 27
The number of homeless children is rising and we can do something about it.  Church member Melinda Lilley invites you to attend Vision House's No Homeless Kids Benefit Luncheon on Thursday, April 27 at the Bellevue Hilton.  Come at 11:30am to network and then the lunch and program is from 12:00-1:00pm.  Mark Canlis, co-owner of the Canlis restaurant will speak about "The Power of Becoming."  We will hear from formerly homeless parents who are working hard to forge a new path for their families and learn how we can help them succeed.  The lunch is free to attend.  A request for donations will be made during the event.  Please RSVP and register to sit at Melinda's table by April 20th at or 425-228-6356.  Or contact Melinda directly and she will register you.
All Church Family Mission Trip 
Volunteers Needed!
As the weather is warming up it is time to put in place a team to make Aldersgate's Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp a productive and meaningful time for both the camp and the workers from Aldersgate.   Sign up or contact Colleen Olleman ( if you can help with the following areas:  
  • help plan and coordinate large projects, 
  • help plan and coordinate projects for our children, 
  • help plan and coordinate smaller projects, 
  • registration
These are short term commitments but vital to the success of the weekend.

Aldersgate All Church Family Mission Trip will be again on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28th at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg, WA.  There will be projects for all ages and all abilities.   If you are new to the Aldersgate Community or you have been here for 20 years it is a wonderful way to get to know each other as we work, play and fellowship together.  Put the Family Mission Trip on your calendar now to be a part of this special weekend.
People Who Mourn
*Dwayne Zahn's father Floyd died on Monday.
*David Plowman's uncle Ron died on Wednesday  

People with Health Concerns
*Marvin and Norma Bush's daughter Anita
*Bill Ferguson and his father Bill
*Edna Fadden
*Cindy Wheeler
*Kathy Maybee
*Colleen Olleman's aunt Wilma
*Mabel Fry
*Jean Ritzen's family friend Annette
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Mark Olleman's sister Ruth and father Roger

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.