Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                   April 4, 2019
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
Apr 7
Worship at 10:00am
Reconciling Ministry Vote
Stuff Easter Eggs
Apr 10
Stuff Easter Eggs
Apr 14
Palm Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Apr 18
Mary Martha Circle
Maundy Thursday Serv.
Apr 19
Good Friday Service
Apr 20
Apr 21
Easter Sunday Services
Easter Egg Hunt
April 22
May Calendar Deadline
Apr 27
UMW Spring   Salad Luncheon
Apr 29
Core Leaders Team
May 5
Communion Sunday
May 7
Youth at Heart Potluck
May 12
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 19
Stewardship Sunday
May 20
June Calendar Events
May 24-26
Mini Mission Trip
@ Camp Lazy F
May 26
Worship at 10:00am
May 27
Memorial Day
Office Closed
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
  Core Leaders (Mar)
CRC Team  (Mar)
Trustees (Mar)
Green Team  (Mar)
Finance Team (Mar)
Worship Team (Feb)
Medwestern Dinner Thank You
A big thank you to the Browder, Breske, Fenstermacher and Pearce families for preparing and sharing their Midwest meal traditions at Saturday's Kitchen Fundraiser. Those in attendance enjoyed everything from tator tot appetizers to green bean casserole, meatloaf, porcupine meatballs and jello dishes including Raspberry Pretzel Salad. And there were a variety of desserts to choose from, especially the Rice Krispies Coconut Ice Cream. Thank you to the guests who attended, donated and dined at the potluck. Donations to the Kitchen Fund are still being accepted. Please  CLICK HERE    to make your donation. Also, if you have a cuisine or cooking tradition that you would like to share with the congregation, please contact: Peter Narmita, Malia Hampson or Melinda Lilley.

Series:  "Pots of Clay"
Scripture :  Acts 16:16-34
Sermon: "We Can"

This Sunday  
This Sunday we will gather for one combined worship service at 10:00am. During worship, we will make the decision about whether to join the Reconciling Ministries Network. All members and active participants are welcome to vote. All are welcome to join us in worship and witness the decision making process. This week is the fifth in our sermon series, Pots of Clay, highlighting the ways that God is shaping and forming us, even now. Rev. Terri Jane Stewart will preach. They will help us understand how restorative justice practices help recognize the ways that all of God's children bear the image of God. We will celebrate communion together after the results of the vote have been announced.

Welcome Rev. Terri Jane Stewart
Sundat we welcome Rev.Terri Jane Stewart as a guest preacher. Rev. Stewart is the Founder and Director of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition: A Program of the Church Council of Greater Seattle.  In this role, Terri directs volunteers and programs for youth and families affected by incarceration across the state of Washington, intersecting with state and county facilities.  While Methodist, Terri graduated from Seattle University with a Master's in Divinity, a Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Direction and is continuing forward pursuing her PhD in the Doctoral Program for Leadership Studies.  Terri also holds certificates as an Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and as a Facilitator of SoulCollageĀ®. Additionally, Rev. Stewart serves on the national board of Reconciling Ministries Network, an organization that works for the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ folx within the life of the church.  One of Terri's guiding quotes is from Cornel West: "Justice is what love looks like in public."
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman

It's Wednesday and I've spent today traveling around visiting many of our more home bound folks.  Within each of those visits I've given opportunities for each individual to vote about whether or not they feel we should become a part of the Reconciling Ministry Network.  What has touched me is how deeply each cares about this decision.  They haven't shared with me what their vote may be.  I don't need to or want to know.  What I've seen in them was the passion, the dedication, and the commitment they have to this church; many of them a passion they've had for decades.  They've been through the ups and downs, the victories and tragedies.  They've been through all of this with multiple pastors; some of whom they've liked and others, well, less so.  Bottom line, is that they love this church we call Aldersgate, and renewed in me the sense of dedication so many share in this place.  I know I saw it in my two Wednesday Reconciling Ministry Network information gatherings last week.  I experienced it in a couple of pastoral calls in the past two weeks.  I experienced it again on Sunday night, this time with around twenty of our youth and parents.  I'm sure it was present last night at the Common Table gathering, and was present at the young adult gathering on Monday evening.  It may surprise you that in my twenty-seven years as a pastor, and having served six churches in two conferences over those years, that I've not seen the level of commitment, the level of dedication, and the level of passion I've seen here.  It's what gives me hope that whatever the outcome may be on Sunday, that we will be okay; that we'll continue to answer God's call in the communities we seek to serve.  All of that to say thank you; thank you for your spirit, your dedication, your love, your patience, and your grace.  Thank you for caring enough about your faith to vote with your heart.  Thank you for the wisdom you bring to each and every gathering.  Finally, thank you for allowing your hearts to be "strangely warmed" by the Spirit of God, whether you've been here for decades or for weeks, or anywhere in between.  You truly are an amazing gathering of saints, and it is a privilege to continue to serve as one of your pastors.  So, let's continue to pray as we approach Sunday, and to "encourage one another as we see the day approaching." 
Reconciling Ministry Network VOTE
Sunday, April 7 @ 10:00am Worship Service
You received an email last week Tuesday April 19 stating that the Considering Reconciling Committee (CRC) recommended, and the Core Leaders Team (CLT) approved, that Aldersgate should move forward and vote on whether to become members of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).  This vote will happen on Sunday, April 7 during one combined worship service at 10:00am. A similar letter was sent out last weekend this time by "snail" mail to be sure everyone got the message.  

We want everyone who thinks of Aldersgate as their church home to be part of this process and to vote. Specifically, those who are eligible to vote are:
*   Members who attend worship
*   Members who are homebound or hospital bound
*   Anyone who gives financially to Aldersgate UMC
*   Anyone who gives of their time to Aldersgate UMC
*   Youth in 6th grade or above who are either active in the Aldersgate youth group or in some other ministry of Aldersgate UMC
*   College students who were active in ministries at Aldersgate and have not transferred their membership elsewhere
*   Active participants, as defined by self-report on attendance registers (to be used only in cases when nothing else applies)
If you are eligible to vote and you want to vote, but cannot be present on Sunday, April 7 during worship, then you can turn in your ballot early.   Ballots will be available from one of the pastors  for those unable to be present at the vote. Turn in your ballot at the  church office between 9:00am-2:00pm on April 1-5. You can also mail your ballot into the church office. All ballots must be at church by the 10:00am worship service on April 7 to be counted in the vote. 
Holy Week and Easter Services
P a lm Sunday services, April 14, 9:00am & 11:00am
We will commemorate the Messiah's entry into Jerusalem with pa lms and alleluias.
Maundy Thursday service, April 18, 7:00pm
We will remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.
Good Friday service, April 19, 7:00pm
We will meditate on the last events of Jesus' life before his resurrection. .
Easter Sunday services, April 21 - THREE services!
We will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Th   ere is a sunrise service at Wilburton Park at 6:00am and regular Easter services at Aldersgate at 9:00am and 11:00am.
Easter Egg Activities  

Dinner & Flashlight Egg Hunt -  April 14, 5:30-8:00pm. The monthly dinner for Club 345 and Youth Group will start at 5:30pm and includes a flashlight egg hunt. Bring a flashlight, your Easter basket, and a friend!


Egg-stravaganza - April 20, 10:30am-noon. This community Easter event is geared for young children. Come join us from 10:30-noon for fun activities, games and crafts. The egg hunt begins at 11:30am.   Bring your Easter basket!


Easter Sunday - April 21. We will host a special Easter Kid's Club during the 9:00am service with an Egg hunt between services at 10:15am.


Easter Fun Volunteers Needed
We will have the annual Easter Egg-Stavaganza, Tween Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt along with another Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. These events are joy-filled times for our children, and families from the surrounding community come and join in on the fun. Your help is needed to make these events a big success so please sign up to volunteer or email Jen Hoerber.
  • Donations of small wrapped candy and toys are being accepted now through April 7. Look for a collection box in the narthex.
  • Come stuff Easter Eggs on Sunday, April 7 after worship and also on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00am.
  • Volunteer at the Egg-Stravaganza on April 20 from 10:30am - Noon by staffing a craft or activity table, helping with refreshments, or leading a story
Reading Guide to Brian McLaren's Book
"We Make the Road by Walking" 
During the coming seasons, many people from churches throughout the west will be reading chapters from Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road by Walking". The chapters are intended to be read one per week.You may choose to read on a schedule that will coincide with themes in worship and the life of the church. 
Week Beginning         Chapter(s)            Main Idea                  
March 31                         3                      A World of Meaning
April 7                              4                      Being Image Bearers
April 14                           32                     Peace March
April 18                           32A                   Maundy Thursday
April 19                           32B                   Good Friday
April 21                           33                     The Uprising Begins
April 28         Page 126 & Chapter 27     New Identity           
Nominations for Jurisdictional Conference Delegates 
Accepted through April 1
In the United Methodist Church, Jurisdictional Conference is where bishops are elected and decisions about how to fill positions on general boards and agencies are made. Delegates for Jurisdictional Conference 2019 will be elected at Annual Conference in June, 2019 in Puyallup. If you are interested in how the process works or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, more information is available at
Spring Yoga Class
Starts April 6
Everyone says they should be going to a yoga class.  Let this be the day you actually do.  Be a part of Aldersgate's yoga ministry!  Vince Fratello will be teaching a Spring series at the most basic beginner level and it will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities.  Class 1 always starts at the beginning so don't worry.  If you have any concerns, ask someone who has already come!  The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays April 6, 20,27, May 4, 11, 25, and June 1, 8, 15, 29.   Class time will be 9:00-10:15am.  Students will be asked to bring a sticky  yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $50 per student for the entire series to cover Vince's expenses-you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed.  If you have questions you can contact Vince .  We hope to see you there!
2 Sticks and a Stitch
Tuesday, April 9
We are starting a knitting group and our first meeting will be Tuesday April 9 at 1:30pm at church. We will make prayer shawls, scarves and more. No experience is necessary. Crochet crafters are also welcome. For more info contact Renee Kroese at 425-254-3547. PS-Donations of yarn for the prayer shawls are always appreciated: 3 skeins of Lion brand Homespun =  1 shawl.
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:  
*Apr. 7 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Apr. 14 - Dinner and Youth Group, 5:30-8:00pm
*Apr. 21 - NO Youth Group, it's Easter!
*Apr. 28 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Sunday, April 14
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month for dinner and a fun activity.  The next meeting is Sunday, April 14. Volunteers are always needed to host the Club 345 activity or to provide the dinner.  Please sign up on the CYF bulletin board by the church office.  C ontact is Jen Hoerber .
UMW Spring Salad LUNCH 
Saturday, April 27
This year our salad event will be on Saturday, April 27th, at 12:00 noon.  We wanted to bring you a very special program that is only available on Saturday. It is a fashion show of vintage clothing worn over the last one hundred years. Not only can we see the items up close with the wonderful fabrics and detail of past years, we will have a fun look at the history of changes in fashion. Seattle Children's Hospital benefits from the program. Bring your  salad and a friend. Please sign up on the Sunday response form.
Emerald City Ringers Concert
Saturday, May 11 at 7:00pm
On May 11 at 7:00pm, come and see a handbell concert with ringers you recognize (Pastor Laura and Pam Johnson, AUMC Handbell Director) and a program full of dance music. From Stravinsky to Lady Gaga, with Little Eva and Abba in between, there will be music for everyone. Concert is at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue (411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue).
Crossroads Dinner Update
We fed 54 people including young families at the Crossroads Feeding Program on March 26th, 2019. Thank you to all who contributed food and time to volunteer in this program. We encourage you to sign up to provide any food and/or serve food via this link  Any questions? Please contact Rachel Saw.
Vision House Luncheon
Tuesday, May 7
You are invited to the NO HOMELESS KIDS benefit luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Meydenbauer Center.  All proceeds benefit homeless families living at Vision House.  Register for the luncheon by April 18 to be entered into a drawing for Mariners tickets - four main level seats to a Mariners home game valued at $372!  You must be present to win. Click here to register for free.  For more information contact Melinda Lilley.
Mission Trip to Lazy F
May 24-26
The Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp will be on Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 24 in the evening through Sunday, May 26 around noon.  There will be projects for all ages and abilities, including activities for kids ages 2-12.  For a nominal fee ($20-$55 depending on age and accommodations), you receive 2 nights lodging and 5 meals, plus  a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other as we work and play together in a beautiful setting.  See photos and additional information in the Lobby.   Interested? Please sign up on the attendance form and/or fill out the registration form in the Narthex by the Lazy F display. Registration deadline is May 3rd.   Contact is Melissa Pearce ( or 310-872-6140).
Speaking of Dying  4 th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, April 27, 4:30 to 6:30pm
Northwest Film Forum - 1515 12th Ave. Seattle, 98122  (Map)
You will be inspired by the film Speaking of Dying, a gentle yet compelling 30-minute documentary. It shines a clear, bright light on death and dying through the personal words and stories of patients, family members and medical providers. The film will motivate you to  understand the challenges and resources involved in preparing for our own death, and that of our friends and loved ones.  Ticket price includes t wo exciting speakers who will share innovative end-of-life options.   Lucinda Herring and Katrina Spade.   Tic kets are $20 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.             
Prayer Requests

People Who Mourn
*Mark Olleman's sister Ruth passed away
*Lynda Dreher's daughter Diane passed away
*Jennifer Maybee's friend Birgit passed away

People with Health Concerns
*Dave James
*Pauline Williams
*Cindy Wheeler
*Charlie Stansell
*Eathel Allyn
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jeff Wheeler
*David James

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.