Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                 March 9, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Church Office

Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
March 11
Time Changes Tonight
March 12
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
March 13
Soup Supper
Common Table
March 17-19
Youth SUMYT Retreat
March 20
April Calendar Deadline
March 21-30
Holy Land Trip
April 9
Palm Sunday
Stewardship Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
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 10:00am
April 24
UMW Salad Supper
May Calendar Deadline
April 30
Mission Sunday ReCap
One Service 10:00am
May 2
Young at Heart Potluck
May 7
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
May 14
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 26-28
Lazy F Mission Trip
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)
Trustees (Jan)
Finance (Jan)
Preschool  (Jan)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Worship  (April)


1 Corinthians 12:12-27

"Our Unique Gifts - Offered and Shared"

This Sunday
This Sunday we'll be exploring the unique gifts consistently offered by this church; gifts like generosity, community involvement, care for one another, and love of God.  I continue to realize that for much of my previous and even pastoral career I saw myself as one who was to help determine what was lacking in organizations, communities, and even churches.  Then I came here, to Aldersgate.  In as much as my focus continued I've learned some hard lessons.  This church, this Body of Christ is unlike any I've served before, and potentially unlike any church I've ever known.  How?  The hearts represented in this church are all about generosity.  So this Sunday I want to spend some time on naming some of the other gifts I've seen and experienced while serving here.  You've taught me.  On so many levels you've taught me what it means to be the Body of Christ.  For that I will be forever grateful and this Sunday is an opportunity to be specific about some of those lessons.  To prepare please read I Corinthians 12: 12 - 27. 

~Pastor Brad 
Life Discussion Topic
This Sunday,March 12, the Life Discussion class's topic for discussion will be "College Campus Free Speech."  This class meets Sunday morning between services in room 21.
Memorial Service  
March 12
There will be a memorial service to honor the life of Anne Bennett on Sunday, March 12 at 1:30pm.  If you can help  set up, serve or cleanup, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Lea Fox at 425-641-6796 or  WE DO NOT NEED COOKIES.
Common Table & Lent Soup Supper  
Monday, March 13
The next Aldersgate Common Table will be on Monday, March 13 at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  Come early at 5:30pm for the Lent Soup Supper!  Free childcare is available if you sign up for it in advance.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact the church office. Your Core Leaders will discuss:
  •    New Staff Update
  •    One Board Governance
  •    Mission Sunday on April 23rd
  •    Stewardship
  •    Faith Action Network
  •    Homelessness Task Force
Camp Sunday Success 
Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated Camp Ministries through worship and our annual Taco Bar Fundraising lunch last Sunday. From hearing stories from camp representatives, singing favorite camp songs and eating yummy tacos, it was a special and meaningful Sunday. A big thank you to Sheep (Patty Ferguson), Kim and Gwen Brewer, Linda Hannis, Dorothy Beeman and Roger Ingalls for putting on the Taco Bar where we fed 99 people! We raised $1408 from the taco bar luncheon that will be sent to the district office for camp scholarships. Thank you for supporting Camp Ministries. Please check out our Facebook page for pictures from this special Sunday.
Library News  
Come browse the books about forgiveness and Lent.  Also, read Bob Olson's latest poems in "Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons" (on the library table).  "Life and Death," "Conflict/Cooperation," and "Tabloid Reality" are found on pages 117- 119.
VBS Volunteers Needed.
Have you marked your calendars for Vacation Bible School yet?  Aldersgate VBS is set for July 24-27.  If you are interested in volunteering to be a Station Leader/Helper, or a Crew Leader/Helper, or to be on the Decorating Committee, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber as soon as possible.  We will have our first official VBS Planning meeting on March 30
from 6:00-8:00pm and it would be great to have all of our key volunteers in place!
Easter Celebration Committee
Volunteers are needed to help plan and implement our Easter activities.  We will again have 3 Easter Egg Hunts at Aldersgate.  Our two community events will be held on April 15.  The Eggstravaganza will be held in the morning and will be geared for young families (preschool - younger elementary) and our Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will be geared towards our older elementary students and youth and held in the evening.  On Easter Sunday we will have a special Easter Kids' Club during the 9:00am service with a egg hunt starting at 10:15am.  If you are interested in helping with any of these activities, please sign up to serve on our Easter Celebration Committee on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber.  A meeting will be scheduled to plan these events in early March.
Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
March 12
This fellowship group for kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade meets once a month, usually on the second Sunday.  It starts with dinner at 5:00pm, followed by games, crafts, and other fun activities from 6:00-7:30pm.  The next Club 345 is March 12. Contact is Jen Hoerber.
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:
*Mar. 12 - Dinner at 5:00pm, Youth Group from 6:00-7:30pm
*Mar. 17-19 - SUMYT Retreat
*Mar.19-  NO Youth Group
*Mar. 26 - Youth Group from 6: 00-8:00PM
Meaningful Movies of the Eastside
March 21

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.  

March 21 -"Gun Violence in America" - UMC pastor Rev. Dr. Sandy Brown leads a conversation about gun violence using excerpts from the film "Bowling with Columbine," a film made by Michael Moore, which explores America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership.


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.

Spring Yoga  
Be a part of Aldersgate's yoga ministry!  Vince Fratello will teach a Spring series of classes at the most basic beginner level and they will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities.  The series will tentatively be nine Saturdays from March 25 to June 18 with no class on   April 15 , 22, 29 and May 13 because of Vince's travel and workshop schedule (sorry about the perfect storm in the middle) .  Class time will be 9-10:15am .  Students should bring a sticky yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $45 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 at .  We hope to see you there!
Habitat for Humanity Luncheon
Homeless Housing: Beyond the Build
March 14  
Want to do something about housing for the homeless?  Come to the Habitat for Humanity Luncheon on March 14 and hear their story.  A Showcase Open House starts at 11:00am with the luncheon from 12:00 to 1:00pm.  Carpool from Aldersgate at 10:30am to the Washington State Convention Center.  Please sign up or contact Darrell Lowe 425 785 7642.
2017 Aldersgate All Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F
Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28
Save the Date! The Aldersgate All Church Family Mission Trip will be on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28 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.  If you are interested, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Colleen Olleman
People with Health Concerns
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Ginny Truscott's sister Mary
*Jeff Wheeler's co-worker Dave
*Melinda Lilley's brother Randy
*Robert Brawn's father Mel
*Janice Zahn
*Ruth Carver 
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker

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.