Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                     August 16, 2018
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Associate Pastor
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Children, Youth, Family

Preschool Director

Core Leaders
August 20
September Calendar Deadline
August 25
School Service Day
September 2
One Service at 10am
September 3
Labor Day Holiday
Office Closed
September 5
ACP First Aid Class
Handbell Choir Practice
Chancel Choir Practice
September 6
ACP Parent Orientation
September 9
Mariner's Game
September 10-11
ACP Meet the Teacher
September 12
Preschool Begins
September 16
Sunday School Begins
Youth Group Kickoff
September 17
October Calendar Deadline
September 19
Pastor's Class Begins
September 30
October 2
Young @ Heart Potluck
October 4 & 6
Habitat Build
October 7
Club 345
October 11 & 13
Habitat Build
Oct 12-13
Rummage Sale
October 20
Parenting Forum
October 26
Fall Festival
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 16)
CLT Budget (July 28)
Preschool (July)
Common Table (June)
Finance  (June)
  Outreach  (May)
Trustees (May)
Green Team (April)
Worship (Feb)

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

"Can There Be a Peace-filled Passing?"

This Sunday
This Sunday we continue in the study of death and dying. This time it will center on how to create a peace-filled passing. There are things we can do that bring comfort to our families, help create our personal legacies, and assist in being remembered. One way to offer that is by video. In one of my past memorial services, I was able to experience the life of a dad being interviewed by a daughter. As he spoke, it was as though I knew him. It changed the whole feeling of the service, and it allowed others to share their experiences with this beautiful man. We all leave a legacy and I 'll spend some time talking about that. It will be centered on the scripture about the death of Moses. It is a rich description of how a person might be remembered. In the passage Moses is standing before God. They are on Mt. Moab, just east of the Jordan River valley.   The passage describes his age, the mourning, the transition of authority, and ultimately a eulogy that would help every following generation remember why Moses is so venerated. The eulogy is short. The eulogy is powerful. So the Sunday we'll explore legacy, a peace-filled passing that allows for a descriptive eulogy. To prepare please read Deuteronomy 34:1 - 12.

~ Pastor Brad
Worship Team Reminder
August 19 @ 12:00pm
The Worship Team will meet on Sunday, August 19, at noon to discuss fall worship themes and make plans for both services for the coming months. All are welcome! 
September 2 Worship @ 10:00am
On Labor Day Weekend, weather permitting, we will worship together at  10:00am in the open air courtyard on the lower level of the church. As we move from the August sermon series into fall programming, we'll gather as one body around the theme of Opening to the Spirit's Movement. We'll celebrate communion together in combined worship with elements from both first service and second service. We'll have some chairs but seating will be flexible if you prefer to use a camp chair or blanket. This will also be the day we offer back to school blessings for students, teachers, and backpacks. Then after worship, we will have the opportunity to stay and have lunch together. Plan to join us for this all church event!  If you can help with setup, potluck or clean-up please sign up or contact Pastor Laura.  

What to bring:
  • your school bag if you have one
  • a camp chair or picnic blanket if you have one
  • food to share, based on your last name, or feel free to bring what you do well, regardless of your name:
    • Last name starts with A-D bring desserts or drinks
    • Last name starts with E-L bring salads
    • Last name starts with M-R bring bread, fruit, or other side dishes
    • Last name starts with S-Z bring protein
Staff Vacations - Office Closed
Due to staff vacations there will be times when only volunteers man the church office or the office is closed this summer. It is a good idea to call ahead to see if the church is open before you come. The church office will be closed on Monday, September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.
Mission Trip Recap
August 26
The youth will share their stories about the mission work they completed on the Idaho Mission Project during their week-long adventure on Sunday, August 26 between services.  Learn about the organizations they served and how the mission trip helped them grow in connection to each other and to God. 
United Methodist Women News
Aldersgate's UMW recently made a donation towards the church's General Fund, the Kitchen Fund and the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. A big thank you to all who support the UMW.
S lide Help Needed
Moving in to the fall, Pastor Laura would like to work with a few other people on designing and organizing the slides for first service worship. The process usually only takes 1-2 hours a week and is a lot of fun for creative, technology-oriented people. Please see Pastor Laura if you are interested, willing to learn the process, and can help as part of a team with this important work for the church. 
Budget Update
The Core Leaders Team (CLT) approved a balanced budget of $463,613.21 for the July 1, 2018 -  June 30, 2019 fiscal year. The details are still being finalized. In order to balance the budget, the CLT was forced to cut some maintenance and other needed services. We hope these cuts will be temporary and, through your stewardship, can be restored this fiscal year. Please prayerfully consider your past and future giving. Check your giving records - send in your pledges. We ask that everyone consider giving a "13th month" - designate it as such and allow us to significantly shorten the temporary cutback in services. Thank You for your faithfulness! 
Nursery Coordinator Position Open
Do you know someone who loves children with a welcoming spirit who would be interested in our nursery coordinator position?  This position is for Sunday Mornings from 8:45am - 12:15pm.  The coordinator welcomes families and makes sure our youngest are cared for and nurtured during worship on Sunday mornings.  They also schedule and work with our youth attendants. If you know any qualified applicants, please refer them to Jen Hoerber at
Let's go out to the ballgame!
Sunday, September 9 @ 1:15pm
Aldersgate UMC will be going to Safeco Field to cheer on the Mariner's on September 9!
  • Mariners vs New York Yankees
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:15pm
  • View Seats for $13 each
We have a limited number of seats reserved, so order yours today! Please fill out the form located on the desk in the narthex, enclose the money in the attached envelope, and give the envelop to Wendi in the church office. Deadline to order is August 30. Questions? Contact Jen Hoerber at 425-299-4996.
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:
*August 19 - Youth Group Hike to Twin Falls.  Meet at the trail head at 12:00pm
*August 21 - Craft Time with Courtney, 4:30-6:00pm, please bring $2 for supplies.
*August 26 - Youth Group Movie Night, 6:00-9:00pm
*Sept 2 - No Youth Group due to the Labor Day holiday
*Sept 9 - Mariner's Game.  Limited tickets available.  Deadline to order tickets is August 30.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Starting October 7, kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet for dinner and a fun activity once a month, on the 1st Sunday of the month, from 5:00-7:30pm.     Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Jubliee Reach Day of Servic e
August 25
Aldersgate will again participate in Jubilee School Service Day on August 25 , from 8:00am- Noon. This is a great way for our church to reach out into the community and serve. This year we will work at Eastgate Elementary and help them prepare for students.  There are a variety of tasks such as doing yard work, decorating bulletin boards, compiling back to school packets, cleaning desks, organizing library books, and painting.  This volunteer opportunity is open to kids (with adult present), teens and adults. Register online at You will find the church (Aldersgate UMC) and school (Eastgate Elementary) located on the registration page. Paper registration forms can be found on the desk in the narthex with additional information.  Paper registrations should be turned into Jen Hoerber to ensure proper registration.
Love Thy Neighbor UMW Revivals
September 21-22
This summer, the Innovation and Vitality Team within the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church is holding six revivals in six cities. The nearest to Aldersgate happens on September 21-22 , in Seattle and we will celebrate what God is already doing in our midst and plot towards what is possible. We will reignite our communal imagination towards God's work in our neighborhoods. There will also be a time to network and collaborate with other Christians who are ready to figure out where the Spirit is moving within and around the church of the Northwest. Learn more and register at Cost is $21.75 if you register by September 7.
Parenting Forum
October 20
We are joining forces with Bellevue First UMC to host a day long Parenting Forum.  Faith leaders, experts in education, and organizations passionate about helping families will come together to offer perspectives on relevant topics for parents of children and youth of all ages. There will be two key note speakers;   Dr. Ivan Duran,  Superintendent Bellevue School District and  Jamal Rahman,  Muslim Sufi Interfaith Minister along with several break out sessions focusing on healthy habits, positive discipline, addiction, and anxiety plus several more.   The Parenting Forum will be held at Bellevue First UMC from 9:30am-3:30pm  Registration will be opening soon.  
Prayer Requests   
People Who Passed Away
*Bev Allebrandi
*Betty Fredeen's daughter-in-law Chrissy's father

People with Health Concerns 
*Nancy Phillips
*Jo Fritze's sister Jane
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Our youth who are at summer camp, the Firefighters

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.