Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       July 21, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
July 25
August Calendar Events
Decorate for VBS
July 25-28
Vacation Bible School
July 31
Sunday Service @ 10am
Picnic @ 11:30am
Aug 5
Church Office Closed
Aug 19
Church Office Closed
Aug 27
Church Hike
Aug 28
Youth Kickball
Sept 2
Church Office Closed
Sept 5
Labor Day Holiday
Church Office Closed
Sept 7
Music Potluck
Choir Rehearsals Begin
Sept 8
ACP Parent Meeting
Sept 12 & 13
ACP Open House
Sept 14
Preschool Begins
Pastor's Study Begins
Handbells Begin
Sept 18
Sunday School Begins
Sept 19
Common Table
Church Leadership 

Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.

Core Leaders (July)

Trustees (June)

Staff Relations (June)

Finance (May)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

Preschool (Feb)

Outreach (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

"The Strengthening of Our Children's Faith "

Colossians 3:12-17

This Sunday we'll be exploring the experiences of a child and what that does to strengthen their souls.  So what is it that creates strength in our children?  What changes the life of a child most significantly is not just formal education.  It is in what they experience in life.  They learn with multiple simultaneous stimuli and all of that become more beneficial when it involves experiencing something physically that creates emotional involvement.  It is Camp, items listed in the whole Cotton Wool Revisited articles, family actions in service, things that involve them in physical and personal ways changing lives, creating story, and so much more.  It's having fun together and creating learning opportunities that they truly grow.  It is in them seeing and experiencing multiple generations working together to create fun faith-filled experiences that help them deeply their understanding of God, Jesus, Church and how it all works in the society around them.  Vacation Bible School is one of those opportunities. We'll explore this on this Sunday and talk a bit about what lay ahead next week and on into the fall, winter and spring...
Ministry News

VBS Decorating Help Needed
Sunday, July 24th
Decorations will go up this Sunday, July 24th after church.  Remember - the more the merrier!  We will have lunch brought in and have all of the decorations ready to go, so we just need lots of hands to help make the transformation to deep under ground where we can shine the light of Jesus all week.   

Canopies Needed  
We are looking for two easy, pop-up canopies to be used for the week of VBS.  Please contact  Jen Hoerber if you are able to let us borrow yours.  We will need them from July 24 through the afternoon of July 31.  Thank you! 

Contribution Statements
The 2 nd quarter contribution statements were sent out via e-mail or regular mail, if we do not have an e-mail on file for you.  With summer vacations being taken, church attendance takes a normal dip and with this, a dip in our cash flow!  Please take a moment to review your statement and if you find you have fallen behind on your annual pledge, now is a great time to catch up.  If after reviewing your statement you notice a discrepancy, please contact Linda Reichenbach.   If you are interested in on-line giving, please contact Melinda Lilley.   

ONE Service & Church Picnic 
Sunday July 31, 10:00am
On Sunday, July 31st there will be  one worship service at 10am where we will worship as one body in Christ, followed by the church picnic at about 11:30am.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  Also bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.  We will have lawn games and a few contests to continue the fun!  Please sign up to attend on Sunday's attendance form.

Job Opportunity  
With the retirement of Ted Snyder, Aldersgate is in need of a Facilities Coordinator.  Working with the Trustees and the Church Custodian, it is a paid part-time position involving a variety of duties which cover the maintenance requirements of the church property.  Experience with the church and working with volunteers is a plus. The hours are flexible and are expected to average 48 hours a month. Compensation rate is competitive and based on experience.  For more information, contact Rich Detering, Trustees Chairman, at , or Harris Atkins, Staff Parrish Relations Chairman at  .

Pastor Laura Wall Resigns 
It is with great sadness that Pastor Laura shares her decision to resign her position at Aldersgate in order to accept full-time employment with Compass Health. Click Here to read more about her decision.

Resource Library News
We are very grateful to Pastor Brad who allowed us to select many books from his private collection!  Please browse a portion of these now on display on the library table and mobile cart, along with a few new books purchased at Annual Conference.

Kid's Club Volunteers 
Please CLICK HERE to sign up to host a Kid's Club this summer. It is easy and fun and a great way to serve the church. Kid's Club is a fellowship time for kids during the first worship service. There are typically between 4-15 kids present that range from 3 years old to tween age. Share a part of your story and your passions with the kids - they love getting to know members of their Aldersgate Family.  Play games or do an art project with them.  Talk with Jen Hoerber about ideas that could work or to find someone to host with you!
Fun Events

VBS Registration
Register for VBS Today!  All kids entering pre-k  . through grade 5 in the fall are welcome!  Make sure to invite your friends  to this fun filled week of worship and experiencing God's love.  Registration forms can be found    HERE .  Cost is $30 per child and payment can be made with a check (mark VBS in the memo lin e) or go to the  church website  to pay online.  There are scholarships available.

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group continues through the summer on  Sunday evenings from  6:00-8:00pm.    All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  Click here for the summer schedule.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
*July 24 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm.
*July 31 - ALL Church Picnic, 11:30am.  No Youth Group.
*August 7 - No Youth Group
*August 14 - Youth Group 6:00-8:00pm
*August 21 - Youth Group 6:00-8:00pm

Summer Hike
August 27 
Hike with us Saturday morning on August 27 on the Twin Falls Trail. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the trailhead at 9am.  To reach the trailhead, drive east on I-90 to exit 34.  Turn right at the end of the exit ramp, and proceed a little more than half a mile to SE 159th Street. Continue another half mile to the Twin Falls Trailhead.  You will need a Discover Pass, or pay a fee to park.

Church Picnic
July 31 @ 11:30am
On Sunday, July 31st there will be  one worship service at 10am  where we will worship as one body in Christ, followed by the church picnic at about 11:30am.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  Also bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.  We will have lawn games and a few contests to continue the fun!  Please sign up to attend on Sunday's attendance form.
Outreach & Missions World

VBS Mission Project - School Supply Fundraiser
Partnering with Congregations for Kids, AUMC and the VBS families are collecting school supplies for students from low income families within the Bellevue School District so that they will have a Good Start Back to School.  Please donate supplies t and drop them off at the school bus display in the narthex through July 31.  Click Here for the school supply list.

Gleaning  Volunteer Needed  
Aldersgate has an ongoing gleaning project with Starbucks in Factoria.  We collect their leftover pastries and distribute them to homeless shelters. We need another volunteer for the third Friday of the month to collect the food and deliver it to the church freezer.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form if you can help.  And many thanks to all the gleaning volunteers who assist with this project!  Contact Jan Durham for more information.
Rebuild: Up From the Ashes  
Dale Hoff, a retired contractor and Lay Leader at University Temple United Methodist Church is organizing work crews to travel to the Carlton Fire complex to help rebuild homes for families that are homeless as a result of the fires. Help is needed on July 25-26 and August 10-11.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Dale at or 206-713-8233..

Thrift Shop Volunteers Needed
Saint Margaret's Thrift Shop, just down the road from us by Newport High School, is looking for some volunteers to help at the Thrift Shop.  They need people to process donations and also to work the sales floor.  As a volunteer, you will receive a store discount and first pick of the items donated.  What a deal! St. Margaret's Thrift Shop provides clothing and household goods to those in need.  Excess donations are sent on to the Salvation Army and support is given to the residents of Andrew's Glen, a low-income apartment complex that Aldersgate helps with a monthly meal.  If you are interested, contact the Thrift Shop at 425-641-6830 or thriftshop@saintmargarets.or g.  
Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Jennifer Maybee's friend Kim

People with Health Concerns
*Londa Narmita's co-worker Jim
*Bud & Dorothy Bennett's cousin
*Ruth Carver's cousin John
*Jenny Andrews' parents Valerie and Tim
*Betty Fredeen's friends Hannah and Pearl
*Marcia Stansell
* Marvin & Norma Bush's daughter Karen

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Our church kids who are away at summer camp

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.