Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                  January 17, 2019
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
Jan 19
Core Leaders Retreat
Jan 20
Bible Sunday
Jan 21
Martin Luther King Jr Day
Office Closed
Feb 1
Preschool Registration Begins
Feb 2
Preschool Open House
Feb 8
Family Fun Night
Feb 10
Dinner  & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
Feb 18
Presidents Day
Office Closed
Feb 24
New Member Welcome
Mar 3
Camp Sunday
Worship at 10:00am
Taco Bar
Mar 5
Young at Heart Potluck
Mar 6
Ash Wednesday Service
Mar 10
Daylight Savings Time
Preschool Sunday
March 15-17
Youth SUMYT Retreat
Mar 24
Mission Sunday
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Nov)
Church Conf. (Dec)
Green Team (Jan)
Trustees (Nov) 
Preschool (Nov)
CRC Team (Nov)
Finance (Nov)
Worship (Sept)
Common Table (June)
Pastor's Class Postponed
Due to Pastor Brad's illness, his regular Wednesday Bible study class will be postponed until further notice. 

  Series:  "Foundations of Faith"
Sermon:  "From Genesis to Revelation"
Scripture:  Marck 4:1-24

This Sunday is  Bible Sunday where we will give Bibles to our 3-4th graders. It's also the week in our Foundations of Faith when we will talk about the Bible as Foundational. In each service, a congregation member will share a favorite Bible passage and explain why it is foundational for them. We'll also think about how the Bible has been foundational for the great justice movements in our country and give thanks for the ministry and leadership of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the day before the entire country recognizes his contributions with a holiday. Read Mark 4: 1-24 to prepare.   
Office Closed
Monday, January 21
Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the church office will be closed on Monday, January 21.
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, and the questions at the end of each chapter are intended to be opportunities for reflection, discussion, journaling, and prayer. In addition to the readings, either Pastor Brad or Pastor Laura will occasionally write a blog about a chapter as well. Some of you may choose to read the book in the order it was written. However, others may want to read on a schedule that will coincide with themes in worship and the life of the church. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book for $12, they are available in the office or from Pastor Laura on Sundays. If you want to read, but the cost is a hardship, copies are also available for check-out from our church library.  If you are interested in reading chapter by chapter according to the themes of worship, here is a schedule that may be helpful. 

Week Beginning
Chapter(s) to Read
Main Idea
January 6
Jesus Coming of Age
January 13
Join the Adventure
January 20
Jesus the Teacher
January 27
February 3
February 10 
General Conference
February 17
February 24
Faith Makes It Real
Resource Library News
Please browse the library table for books authored by Brian McLaren. Aldersgate Poems has been updated to include Bob Olson's latest poem entitled "Only Love Heals Hate" on page 169. This volume is displayed on the library mobile cart.
Aldersgate & the Boy Scouts of America
Aldersgate became a BSA Charter Organization for Boy Scout Troop 638 in 1968. Thus, last year we celebrated our 50th year as a BSA Charter Organization, an awesome milestone. Over those 50 years we have had both youth and adult members of Aldersgate participating in our Troop, as well as families from our neighborhood. Sixty-Four Scouts have achieved their Eagle Scout badge in Aldersgate's troop.
This year Aldersgate is embarking on a new adventure. In 2018 the boy participation in our Scout Troop dwindled to zero, and to keep Aldersgate's charter with the BSA alive, we are working with the Scouting District to form the first "Scouts BSA Girl Troop" in the Bellevue Eastgate area. Yes, as of February 1 , 2019, girls ages 11-18 can now be part of the Scouts BSA program (formerly called Boy Scouts) and can work towards the Eagle Scout rank. We have several adult leaders committed to this new unit (including folks from Aldersgate), and we are in the process of recruiting the girls as well. Please share this flyer with girls who might be interested.
For those of you who ask "what about the boys' program"? This Scouts BSA Girls Troop does not preclude us from recruiting boys and additional adult leaders in the future for a Scouts BSA Boys Troop. However, with our current resources and the timeline of this new adventure, we want to make it's success our priority at this time.
If anyone in the church would like to be part of this new adventure, or if you know of girls who might be interested in joining the troop, please contact David Plowman, Aldersgate Troop 638 Charter Organization Representative, 425-503-1146,
CRC Updates
The Considering Reconciling Committee is continuing to work to help with both the ongoing discernment at Aldersgate about whether to join the Reconciling Ministries Network and also bringing information in forms that make sense to Aldersgate about the upcoming United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis about how the denomination will move forward taking into consideration the divergent views globally around full inclusion of the LGBTQ community. 
  • 1. Survey - The committee has designed a survey that you will be asked to take. It is short and has only four questions. It will be distributed in paper form for the next two Sunday mornings and will also be available electronically by next week's enews. The goal of the survey is to get information from you about what information and events you would like to see in our community. 
  • 2. Friends of Youth Donations and Speaker - We are still working to reschedule the speaker from Friends of Youth and the YMCA who was unable to be with us on January 6. We will continue accepting donations for homeless youth until Superbowl Sunday, February 3. Let's make this our superbowl challenge! How much can we show that we care by bringing in items for youth on the streets of Bellevue?  Click here for the donation list.
  • 3. Prayer Vigils for GC2019 - We are organizing participation from several east side churches to pray for the General Conference delegates, their safety, their discernment, and their leadership. A prayer service will be held at Bellevue First UMC on Saturday February 23, the first day of the Conference, at 6:00pm. In addition, individuals and groups may sign up for any hour of the conference to be in prayer during that hour, beginning at 7:00am (Bellevue time zone, which is 9:00am in St. Louis) on Saturday February 23, until 5:00pm (7:00pm in St. Louis) on Tuesday February 26. If you would like to help with coordinating or leading prayers during this Prayer Vigil, please see Pastor Laura or Patty Ferguson. Sign-ups for hours coming soon.
Aldersgate Preschool Open House & Enrollment
Saturday, February 2
Aldersgate Christian Preschool is having its annual Open House on Saturday, February 2 from 9:30-11:00am.  This is an opportunity for parents and children to visit classrooms, meet teachers, and ask questions.  There will be activities for children and refreshments will be served.  This event is for anyone interested in enrolling their child (2 - 5 years of age) in preschool for the 2019-2020 school year which begins in September.  Open Enrollment begins February 1Click here for a registration form or they can be found on the table by the church office.  
Are you Ready to Join Us?
Sunday, February 24
On February 24, we will be welcoming new members to our congregation. If you are interested in finding out more about membership, please speak with one of the pastors. Membership is open to all adults who are interested and youth who have taken confirmation. We welcome those who transfer membership from other churches or those who have never been a member of a church before. All are welcome. 
Altar Flowers
Commemerate a special person or special event with flowers! Please sign up to provide altar flowers in February and March. Your flower dedication will appear in the Sunday bulletin.  Signup calendar and instructions are posted on the bulletin board by the church office.
Family Fun Night
Friday, February 8
Are you looking forward to a fun night with the family?  Join us on Friday, February 8 from 6:00-8:00pm for a Friday Family Fun Night.  Mark your calendars and get ready to have some fun!  More details coming soon!.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
February 10 - DATE CHANG E
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month usually on the first Sunday evening for dinner and a fun activity. The next meeting is February 10 at 5:00pm (date change due to the Superbowl). 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 .
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:  
*Jan. 20 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Jan. 27 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*Feb. 3 - No Youth Group, due to the Superbowl
*Feb. 10 - Dinner and Youth Group, 5:00-7:30pm
Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, March 5
Save the date! There will be a YAH's potluck on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00pm for retired folks, empty nesters, and wanna-bees. We are looking forward to a fun evening. Please join us! Stay tuned for more information.
Green Team Invites you to Brunch Bingo!
Saturday, March 2
The Green Team at Aldersgate would like to invite you to attend a fundraiser for Earth Ministry with us. On March 2 from 11:00am-2:00pm, at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, come and play bingo and have brunch. Tickets are $65 until February 2 and then they cost $75. Ticket includes brunch and 5 rounds of Bingo! Earth Ministry is an organization that supports environmental ministries in local congregations. Tickets available HERE.  For more information, see anyone on Green Team!
Mission Sunday March 24
It's not too early to mark your calendar for Mission Sunday. We'll have one brief worship service at 9:00am, then break into teams to work on mission projects all over the community and then return for lunch together. Think about whether you can help to lead a team or donate items needed for birthday bags, hygiene kits, or lunch. If you have ideas for community service projects on Mission Sunday, please see Pastor Laura. 
Prayer Requests

People Who Mourn
*David and Carol Tinney and family

People with Health Concerns
*Mark Olleman's sister Ruth
*Charlie Stansell
*Wendi's father Lee
*Pastor Brad
*Eathel Allyn
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Mackenzie Carver's friend Cynthia, Jen Hoerber's friend's daughter Rachel

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.