Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                February 22, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Feb 25
Worship Planning
Club 345 & Youth Group
with Dinner
March 4
Way of Discernment Study
March 10
Time Change
Spring Forward Tonight
March 11
Sunday School Training
Club 345 & Youth Group
with Dinner
March 16-18
Youth SUMYT Retreat
March 18
UMCOR Offering
March 19
April Calendar Deadline
March 25
Palm Sunday
March 29
Maundy Thursday Service
March 30
Good Friday Service
March 31
Flashlight Egg Hunt
April 1
Easter Services
Egg Hunt
April 8
Confirmation Begins
Stewardship Begins
April 22
Mission Sunday
April 23
May Calendar Deadline
April 29
Mission Sunday Revisited
Church Potluck Lunch
April 30
UMW Salad Supper
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Feb)
Common Table (Feb)
Green Team  (Feb)
Outreach (Feb)
Preschool (Feb)
Trustees (Jan)
Finance  (Jan)
Worship  (Jan)

Series: "The 'I Am' Statements of Jesus"

Sermon:   "Gifts of Darkness, Gifts of Light "   

Scripture Lesson: John 8:12

This Sunday, we turn back to John 8:12 to consider the I AM statement there, "I am the light of the world."  We'll consider the beauty in both the dark and the light.  We'll wrestle with the lessons that we learn and the ways we meet God in the dark and in the light.  We'll also consider what kind of light Jesus shines into darkness.  We'll consider how we are called to shine light and to experience dark.  We'll ask what the Lenten experience is of darkness and light.

Specifically during this final week in Black History Month, we'll talk about race.  Some of us have darker skin or lighter skin.  Jesus and the gospel writer John didn't intend to make a statement about skin color when they referred to dark and light.  However, sometimes the metaphorical language of dark and light gets personal in our context.  Darker skinned people have been, and often still are, treated differently than lighter skinned people partly because of oppression that came from within the Christian church.  We are people of the great I AM, which means that we are people called to truth and justice.  The sermon this week will challenge us to seek and find justice in our context of dark and light.
Easter Season Brainstorming
Sunday, February 25
The theme for worship during the season between Easter and Pentecost will be Rise up!  We'll work with stories of the resurrected Jesus from the book of John. On Sunday morning February 25 , we will have the Scriptures for the Easter Season in Friendship Hall in between services and at noon for any who wish to participate in brainstorming songs, rituals, decorations, or other parts of worship. Please plan to participate . A discussion for anyone interested will follow at 12:30pm. Conta ct is Pastor Laura.
Way of Discernment Stud y
Starts March 4
Pastor Laura will begin a new adult small group to work through the Way of Discernment volume from  he Companions in Christ series. The group will meet on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm, beginning March 4 and run for approximately 3 months. If you are interested in a copy of the book, see Pastor Laura or order one from an online retailer. Used copies are available for about $10. All are welcome. Come when you can. Don't stay away just because you can't be there every week. 
UMW Special Mission Award
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Aldersgate are requesting nominations for the Special Mission Award. Any person in the church is eligible for this award based on service to the church and the community but special attention is given to those who participate in or support UMW and their mission projects. Please complete this nomination form and return the form to Kathy Maybee's church mailbox by March 4, 2018.  The form includes a list of former recipients of the award. 
Update from Green Team: Waste-Free events
The last few all church events have been great examples of reducing our contribution to the landfill from meals at church. We've been composting and recycling more and throwing less away. As you have heard, the cups and plates we use are compostable. There is plenty of dinner ware that is washable and we are getting better about how to sort it all out. What you may not know is that recycle and compost is free for the church, but we pay for our landfill contributions. So the more we can compost and recycle, the less it costs us financially, not to mention the less impact it makes on the planet. Keep up the good work. Take the challenge to make your next event at church free of landfill waste!
Mission Sunday on Earth Day
April 22 will be Mission Sunday this year and the Green Team will be helping to design a decidedly green way to be in mission in our community. If you have ideas, suggestions, or want to be part of a particular team, see Pastor Laura or anyone on Green Team. 
Ushers Needed - BOTH Service
More ushers are GREATLY needed at both services.  The duties are simple: to greet people and pass out bulletins, to assist visitors and help them find a seat, to light and extinguish the altar candles, to collect and store the offering, to take a headcount, and then tidy the sanctuary after the service.  The ushers work a rotating schedule and with enough ushers, that would mean helping once every 4-6 weeks.  Can YOU help?  If so please sign up on Sunday's attendance form OR for the first service contact David James, and for the second service contact the church office.
Staff Liaisons
Do you want to find ways to honor and support an Aldersgate staff member? Are you willing to meet with a staff member once a month to see how they are doing and pray for them regularly? Would you be willing to work with them if they were having a concern regarding the church? As our Core Leaders Team (CLT) transitions more fully to a Single Board Governance model and the functions of what used to fall under Staff Parish Relations (SPR) Committee now fall with CLT, the staff liaisons that SPR once provided need to be handled differently. We are looking for one lay member of the congregation for each of our 17 staff members who is willing to serve in this role. It's a great way to get to know a staff member better. It's a great way to serve your church. It's a great way to grow in your faith. Win-Win-Win. See Pastor Laura if you are interested in helping with this important ministry. Pastor Laura will provide guidance for these positions and will make sure that each liaison is well-matched with a staff member. 
Sound Help Wanted
Sound operators are needed for both the 9:00am and the 11:00am.  Training will be provided.  For more information, please email Tom Blakney  or call him at 206-310-6296.
Resource Library News
Bob Olson's latest poem has been added to "Aldersgate Poems," which is displayed on the library mobile cart.  A copy of "We Are Veiled" is found on page 153.
Camp Sunday a Success!
We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU out to all of you for your part in making Aldersgate's Camp Sunday and Taco Bar Lunch a huge success. We appreciate your flexibility with figuring out the worship service and handling changes right up to the end. We appreciate every onion chopped along with all the other amazing food that was prepped, served and cleaned up. We appreciate the sharing of stories about camp and learning about what is all taking place at our Methodist camps. We appreciate each and every one of you and your dedication to the camping ministry and to Aldersgate. It is a powerful day when you hear real lifesaving stories of a thriving ministry. It is a blessing to share with all of you that over $1189 was given towards Camperships last Sunday. Aldersgate will make a donation to the district campership fund as well as replenishing our own campership fund. Thank you for your part in Camp Sunday. It was a fun yet deeply meaningful service. We have already heard from kids and families who are planning in taking advantage of our amazing Methodist Camps this summer. 
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
February 25
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 February 25 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:
*Feb 25 - Dinner, 5:00-6:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*Mar 4 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Mar 11 - Dinner, 5:00-6:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*March 16-18 - Youth SUMYT Retreat
*Mar 25 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
Mission & Outreach Team Update
The Mission & Outreach ministry team met last week to review existing projects and consider new projects.  Jean Rummel gave an interesting presentation about Jennifer Ting's inspiring Days for Girls mission work in Malawli. For more information about this mission project, please see the Outreach bulletin board (across from the drinking fountains).  The team made financial disbursements to:
  •  Katherine Parker - our covenant missionary
  •  The Pastor's Discretionary Fund
  •  Backpacks for Kids - Weekend food for hungry children
  •  Jennifer Ting's Days for Girls International
The Mission & Outreach team meets quarterly.  Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.  The next Mission & Outreach Team meeting is May 8 at 7:00pm.
From Our Missionary in Nepal, Katherine Parker
Dear friends at Aldersgate UMC,
Thank you for your continued and sustaining prayer and financial support for my work as a United Methodist Missionary in Nepal. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity in 2017, which enables our church to send missionaries from everywhere to everywhere. I want to acknowledge the 2017 gifts of $2,000 from you and your congregation, Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Bellevue. Thank you!  
  CLICK HERE to read more of her letter to Aldersgate.
UMW Funds Dispersed
The United Methodist Women Bake Sale in December netted over $1400. At least $550 was from craft items donated by church members.  A huge thanks to all who baked, worked and donated crafts and, of course, to those who bought these items. We couldn't have been this successful without all of you!

Recently the UMW members from Mary Martha and Deborah Circles met to decide where to donate this money.  Recipients this year are Sophia Way, Congregations for Kids (in Bellevue School District), Friends of Youth (including Griffin Home, Renton) and Days for Girls (Jo Fritze and Jennifer Ting).  Our UMW was also able to meet their annual pledge to the District.
2018 Meekhof Lecture Series
There will be two stimulating guest lectures on Christian spirituality by Guest Speaker Dr. Wendy Farley. professor of Christian Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary at the Newport Presbyterian Church, 4010 - 120th Ave SE, Bellevue.

*Biblical Hope When the World Was Turned to Rubble 

Friday February 23, 7:30-9:00pm, followed by coffee and snacks

*Practices of Beauty and Compassion

Saturday, February 24, 9:00 Brunch, followed by 9:30-11:00am talk

People Who Mourn
Brad and Kim Brewer's sister-in-law Donna passed away.  Please pray for her husband Brent and the rest of the family.

People with Health Concerns
*Robert Brawn's nephew David
*Dale Heidal
*Michelle Joyce's friend Mary's husband Rick
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Dave Maybee's daughter-in-law
*Katie Schroeder's brother Tim
*Al Allott
*Michelle Joyce's co-worker Miguel
*Butch & Sue Black

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Carol Cubilie, Rachel Motz

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.