Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       May 4, 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
May 8
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 9
Common Table
May 15
Pentecost Sunday
Welcome New Members
May 23
June Calendar Events Due
May 27-29
Lazy F Mission Trip
May 30
Memorial Day
Office Closed
June 5
Celebrate Graduates
June 7
Young at Heart Potluck
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
July 4
Independence Day
Office Closed
July 11
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 16
Church Hike
July 18
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 25
August Calendar Events
July 25-28
Vacation Bible School
July 31
Church B-B-Q
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)

Trustees (April)

Staff Relations (April)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

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

"A Focus on Family"

"A Model of Connection"

Colossians 3:12-17

This Sunday 
What is it that every healthy parent wants for their children?  I think for most of us it's not wealth and fame.  It is happiness, confidence, self-esteem, and some kind of success in whatever their dreams may be. There are some things we, as parents, grandparents, church members and others need to understand if we want to be a healthy part of that "Dream come true" for our children.   There is a model, developed in research, consistently successful, proven and practiced.  And what's remarkable about this model is that it works in any setting, with any family configuration, and really, with any organization.  It  was initially called the Social Development Model.  It's really the Jesus model and one needed in families today.   In many ways this scripture provides us a model for the Christian home.  But to get there we have to have clear expectations, a clear understanding of our own situation, background and health; we have to know our roles, know we have support particularly if we are a single parent, and know that God is walking with us as is the church.  But there is more.  This Sunday we'll walk through a model that spans the generations.  It is what Jesus used, what the early church utilized, and what we've seen over and over again create health in families, communities, schools, and yes, even churches.  

Ministry News
No Sunday School on Mother's Day
There will be Kid's Club and Children's Choir during first service this weekend, but we will not be having  Sunday School so the children can enjoy the pancake breakfast with their moms.  

Camp  Sunday was a wonderful time reflecting on all the great relationships, experiences and faith building opportunities that camps offer.  Through your generous donations, we raised $1,436   for our camp scholarship fund.  A huge thank you to PATTY FERGUSON and her crew for an amazing and delicious taco bar!  

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.

UMW Spring Salad Supper Offering
The offering for Hopelink collected at the recent Spring Salad Supper totaled $425.  The UMW thanks all who supported this event and all who helped in any way to make the evening such a success.  Approximately 60 women attended.

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.
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.

Jars Needed
We need plastic jars with lids for a Vacation Bible School project.  We need  pint or quart size, such as a mayonnaise jar or a peanut butter jar. Give them to Linda Detering or Jen Hoerber.    Thank you.

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.  

Employment Opportunity
Aldersgate Christian Preschool has several openings for the 2016-2017 school year from September through June.   The openings are for Preschool Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Classroom Aide and Substitutes.  Applicants should possess education and experience working in Early Childhood Education with the ability to provide sound academic and social opportunities at an age appropriate level.
Applications are available in the Preschool Office located on the lower level of the church facility.  Interested applicants should call the preschool 425-562-0433.   ACP is a Christian preschool operated as an extension of the Christian Education Program of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  We are located on the spacious campus afforded us by the church.  Our staff includes dedicated teachers with extensive professional training and experience. 
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.  

Holy Land Tour March 21-30, 2017  
Deposits due Sunday May 15th  
Join Pastor Brad Beeman on the journey of a lifetime as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus--from the Sea of Galilee and Cana to Bethlehem and Jerusalem.  Anyone interested in exploring the sacred lands of the Bible, connecting with a community of fellow Christians and enriching their faith are welcome. Click here for a flyer with itinerary, cost, and registration information.  Submit deposits by May 15 in order to hold group space. Contact Julie Flahiff for more information at (425) 505-2151 or  

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 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 Class will attend church at St Anthony's Catholic Church for morning worship.
               Please meet at church at 8:30.  Confirmation Class will still be held at 5:00pm, with 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

Preschool Summer Camp
Enroll now in Aldersgate's Preschool summer camp program.  For children 3 years old through 1st grade graduates.  Hours are 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday through Thursday.  Weekly fee is $150.   CLICK HERE for summer camp information and registration forms.  Call or email the preschool for more information at 425-562-0433 or  Weekly themes are:
June 20-23 ~ Camping, Nature and Wetlands
June 27-30 ~ Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians
July 11-14 ~ Jungles, Rain Forests and Savannas
July 18-21 ~ Oceans, Sea Life and Aquatic Birds

Summer Hikes 
Hike with us Saturday mornings on  June 25July 16, and August 27.   Save the dates!  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 
Hurry and register now 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 (the Skyline Lodge is FULL), 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.   There is a collection bin by the church office.

Foodbank 5000 Item Challenge 
The challenge continues.  Learning about Jesus miraculously feeding 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish (Matt. 14:13-21), the Sunday School kids challenged the church to donate 5,000 food items to the food bank. Please bring in items for the food bank and color in a smiley face on the chart for each item you donate.  Thank you for helping our Sunday Schoolers promote their desire to serve.

Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
*Londa & Peter Narmita's friends,Jennifer and Warren, son William died.
*Erin Breske's neighbor Wave lost his father and grandfather.

People with Health Concerns
*Ispa Delongpre
*Stormie Cruz's mother
*Carol Cubilie's friend Ed
*Geri Martinsen's freind Terry
*Cindy Soderberg's friends John and Brittney
*Don & Edna Fadden's sister-in-law Betty
*Marjorie Krueger
*Shelia Cameron
*Bill Ferguson
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Immigrant Families
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.