Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                     March 10, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

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Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
Mar 13
Daylight Savings Time 
Mar 16
Lenten Study
Mar 18-20
Youth SUMYT Retreat
Mar 19
Petre Memorial Service
Mar 20
Palm Sunday
Mar 21
April Calendar Due
Mar 23
Lenten Study
Mar 24
Maundy Thurs Service
Mar 25
Good Friday Service
Preschool Closed
Mar 26
Easter Egg-stravaganza
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Mar 27
Easter Sunday
Egg Hunt
Mar 30
Lenten Study
Apr 3
Confirmation Meeting
Apr 5
Young at Heart Potluck
Apr 9
Visual Journaling
Apr 10
Confirmation Begins
Apr 17
Camp Sunday
Taco Bar
Apr 20
Jesus Study Resumes
Apr 26
UMW Spring Salad Supper
May 8
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 9
Common Table
May 15
Pentecost Sunday
May 27-29
Lazy F Mission Trip
May 30
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 (Feb)

Preschool (Feb)

Staff Relations (Feb)

Trustees (Feb)

Lay Leadership (Feb)

Worship (Jan)

Outreach (Jan)

Finance (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

"Random Kindness, Senseless Beauty "

  John 12:1-8 

This Sunday
The random acts of kindness movement has been around for over 20 years. It's often the quirky, nonsensical nature of these acts of compassion that catch us off guard and enable a change of heart, or at the very least, a change of perspective. God does this same thing through Mary as she shows kindness and even beauty to Jesus, just
days before he offers himself to arrest, trial, and death. Maybe kindness and beauty aren't so random; maybe they're the only ways we can stay in this work of being Christ in the world.

Please welcome Rev. Shalom Agtarap, Associate Pastor at Blaine UMC, who will be giving the message at both services.  
Ministry News
Sunday School Planning/Training
March 13 at 10:00am
If you are interested, curious or wondering at all about our plan to expand the Sunday School program, please attend the planning/training meeting between services  on March 13 at 10:00am

Sunday School Update
Volunteers are needed for both Kid's Club and Sunday School on March 20th.  Jen will be with our youth on the SUMYT Retreat and cannot cover these.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering with our kids.  

Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday Services
March 20, 8:50am & 11:00am
We will commemorate the Messiah's entry into Jerusalem with palms and Alleluias

Maundy Thursday Service   Maundy Thursday
March 24, 7:00pm
We will remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.
Good Friday Good Friday Service
March 25, 7:00pm
We will meditate on the last events of  Jesus' life before his resurrection.
Holy Saturday Easter Sunday Services
March 27, 8:50am & 11:00am
Join us and Christians everywhere as we rejoice because of Christ's Resurrection
Confirmation Information Meeting
Sunday, April 3 @ 10:00am
For all youth planning on attending confirmation classes this spring, there is an informational meeting for youth and their parents on Sunday, April 3 at 10:00am downstairs in Smith Hall.  Confirmation classes will be Sunday evenings starting April 10 and run through June 12, which is Confirmation Sunday.

Library Book Review
Please browse our copy of Jim Kraus' book "Conversations With St. Bernard:  A Novel" located on the mobile display cart.  Also CLICK HERE to read its book review. 

Kitchen Press Release
Demolition is complete and renovation activity is in full swing.  Basic framing is complete and the initial electrical, plumbing and gas work has passed City inspections.  Contaminated attic and crawl space areas have been cleaned and insulation is being replaced.  Drywall is being installed this week.  Wall and flooring materials are available with installation scheduled soon

Reception Help Needed
Craig Petre's memorial service will be at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 19th.  We need volunteers to help with the reception: to set up and to clean up, and to prep and serve the food and beverages.  We also need donations of cookies.  If you can help, please contact Lea Fox.

Singers Needed
The choir is shrinking when we would prefer to see it grow!   Please, if you have sung with us before or have thought about joining the Chancel Choir as your stewardship commitment to the church, now is the time to make that commitment. We really need folks who can commit to a once a week Wednesday evening rehearsal. Your level of musicianship will grow with the group over time. 
Fun Events

Yoga Class
Begins April 2
Be a part of Aldersgate's yoga ministry!  Vince Fratello will be teaching a Spring series of yoga classes which start at the most basic beginner level and are organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities. The series will tentatively be ten Saturdays from April 2 to June 4, from   9:00-10:15am.  Students should bring a sticky yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost is $50 per student for the entire series - you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed.  If you have questions, contact Vince .  We hope to see you there!

Easter Egg Activities
Thank you for your Easter egg and candy donations.   We are still in need of wrapped candy for the filling of Easter eggs, sugar cookes for decorating, and duct tape in fun colors and patterns. 
  • Egg Filling Get-Togethers  Help us fill the Easter Eggs! on Monday, March 14th from 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00-7:00pm and also on Wednesday, March 16th at 11:30am after Bible Study.  If you want to fill eggs at home, check with Jen for a ready-made bag
  • Egg-stravaganza - March 26th, 10:00am-noon.  This is a community Easter event geared for young children.  From 10:00am-11:15am there will be fun activities such as crafts, games, and a cookie decorating station in the classrooms downstairs.  Then at 11:15am, we will gather in Smith Hall where Pastor Brad will lead us in some songs and tell the Easter story.  The Easter egg hunt begins at 11:30am.  **We are still in need of volunteers to man the different stations.
  • Tween Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt  -  March 26th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm. This is a community Easter event geared for kids ages 10 through middle school.  Bring a flashlight and a friend.  At 7:00pm meet in Smith Hall for ice cream sundaes nad instructions. Then at 7:30pm the flashlight Easter egg hunt begins!  
  • Easter Sunday  we will be hosting a special Kid's Club during the 8:50am service with an Easter Egg hunt at 10:15am.  **It would be great to have some youth volunteers to hide Easter eggs and to assist during Kid's Club.
Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, April 5
Calling all retirees, empty nesters and wannabees!  Join us Tuesday, April 5th, at 6:00pm in Friendship Hall, for an enjoyable evening of good food and fellowship.  More info to come on the  program.  Do you have ideas for future get-togethers?  We'd love to hear them!  If you have never attended YAHS, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form, or phone Mary Atkins (253 858-6270) or Beth Sanford (425 392-7223).
Are There Treasures in Your Attic?  
Have you wondered what they might be worth?  Ladies, plan to bring your small antiques and collectibles to the United Methodist Women's Spring Salad Supper on Tuesday, April 26.  Following a salad potluck, Debbie Mallory, owner of the Sophisticated Swine Antiques Appraisal and Estate Sales, will share her expertise with us. The evening's offering will be donated to Hopelink.  Watch for more information.
Vacation Bible School
Aldersgate VBS 2016 will be held the week of July 25th!  If you would like to sign up or at least discuss the possibility of being a station leader or group leader, please let Jen know.  We are starting to get some key volunteers, so we can continue the planning process together. 

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:
March 13  Youth Group at 6:00pm
March 20   No Youth Group due to SUMYT Retreat Weekend
March 26  Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt and Sundae Bar @ 7pm.
March 27   No Youth Group due to Easter Sunday
Outreach & Missions World
Habitat for Humanity Luncheon
Tuesday March 22 , will be the Habitat for Humanity Luncheon from noon to 1:00pm at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  Come join the other Aldersgaters and hear about the work that Habitat does to provide affordable housing.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Dave Sanford or Darrell Lowe.  

Lazy F Family Mission Trip  
Save the dates May 27-29 for the Aldersgate Family Mission Trip to Lazy F.  The weekend will include tasks for children and adults of all ages.  Last year Aldersgate remodeled two cabins, weeded and planted flowers, built covered firewood storage and a GaGa Ball court, and served at the clothing bank at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church.  The evening events included a campfire with s'mores, board games and a chance to relax in a beautiful location.  Sign up ion Sunday's attendance form if you think you might attend - this is not a commitment, we are just trying to gauge interest.
Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
*Sadly we announce that Craig Petre passed away.  He was a member at
     Aldersgate since April 1980.  His memorial service will be March 19 at 1:00pm.
*Andy Luedke's Grandpa Norm passed away. 
*Jenny Andrews' relation Betty, matriarch of the Lawry family, passed away.

People with Health Concerns
*Lauren Steele
*David James
*Edna Fadden
*Jean Harris' granddaughter Sarah
*Bill Ferguson
*Bill & Patty Ferguson's great-nephew baby Micah
*Dave Maybee
*Robert Brawn
*Cindy Wheeler
*Betty Fredeen

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Nita & Zane Daniel
*Jeff & Cindy Wheeler
*Hession, Kansas Excel plant employees
*The Pollmann family and baby Hannah

Youth SUMYT Retreat
As ten youth and three chaperones head off to the SUMYT Retreat at Camp Indianola on Friday, March 18, please lift them up in prayer for a safe, meaningful retreat where they can come together, meet other youth from the conference and deepen their faith.  Those youth attending are:  Elise B., Camile B., Oliver F., James F., Kyle B., Bryce S., Caralynn H., Jacob Y., Gwen B., Sofie.  Chaperones are Jen Hoerber, Griffey Edwards and Patty Ferguson, plus Erin Ferguson will be the nurse for the retreat.  Many thanks to Malia Hampson, Emily Browder, and Brad Brewer for helping with transportation.
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.