Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 2, 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
June 2
Jamaa Letu Speaker
June 5
Celebrate Graduates
June 5-11
Congregations for the Homeless
June 8-9
Preschool Program
June 12
Confirmation Sunday
June 17
Church Office Closed
June 19
Father's Day
June 20
July Calendar Events ACP Summer Camp #1
June 24-26
PNWUMC Annual Church Conference
June 25
Church Hike
June 27
ACP Summer Camp #2
July 4
Independence Day
Office Closed
July 9
Young Adult BBQ
July 10
Youth Foot Golf
July 11
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 15
Church Office Closed
July 16
Church Hike
July 18
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 25
August Calendar Events
July 25-28
Vacation Bible School
July 31
Church B-B-Q Picnic
Church Leadership 

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

Core Leaders (April)

Trustees (May)

Staff Relations (April)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

Finance (Mar)

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
"A Focus on Family"

"Give Us This Day..."

Nehemiah 2:1-18

This Sunday is graduation Sunday.  We will celebrate those who have finished one course of work and will soon begin another.  For some, it is high school and they are preparing for whatever may come next whether it is college, a break, or a tech school of some kind.  For some it is graduation from college and what comes next is a career or even more schooling as they move into graduate school.  For still others it is the completion of their course work and are now moving into a career.  It is a time of celebration, no matter the accomplishment.  It is a rite of passage, a time of transition, a time of looking ahead and celebrating what lay behind.  This Sunday I'll deal with both.  We'll be examining a small book titled "20,000 Days."  It helps us remember where we've been.  More importantly it helps us examine what lay ahead and how to set goals, celebrate accomplishments and include God in all of it.  Jesus utilized his days better than anyone.  He gives us a Godly example of just what to do.  To prepare, please read Nehemiah 2: 1 - 18.
Ministry News
Jamaa Letu Orphange
TONIGHT - June 2, 7:00pm
TONIGHT Claudine (Blessing) Kasongo will be speaking at Aldersgate on June 2 at 7pm in Friendship Hall.  She is the first person in the Jamaa Letu orphanage to graduate from college.  Jamaa Letuu located in the 
Congo was sponsored by our church Conference and our church  has s upported it with Outreach funds for many years.  Claudine will be telling us about her life and the obstacles she has overcom e.  She will also tell us how  she is currently using her degree.    Come and learn the wonderful good your tithes and our church apportionments are doing in the world.

Super Weekend at Lazy F
Thank you to the intrepid workers who battled the holiday traffic to work at Lazy F.  The amount of work that was completed is amazing.  New signs, concrete poured, roofs repaired,  shelves installed,  rocks removed, wood shed built, envelopes stuffed, trails cleared, stairs made, clothing sorted and delivered to the Ellensburg Clothing Bank and more that I may have missed!  75 people from Aldersgate from age 4 up worked together to ready Lazy F for this summer and many years to come!   Thank YOU!!!!

Kitchen Update
Last Tuesday Rich Detering, Ted Snyder and Jon Tucker completed a final walk through of the kitchen with the contractor. The kitchen contract tasks have been completed.  While there are some concerns beyond the contract, they fall within the Kitchen Team's capability to resolve. The Kitchen Team is to be commended for their collection and integration of the needs and desires expressed by you our Aldersgate church community that became our "Vision". Our leadership must be commended for recognizing the "need" and having the courage to act with faith and trust to enable the team to bring this to fruition. This has been a substantial step in enhancing the capabilities of Aldersgate to meet our mission and fellowship needs for the future.  Thank you for your patience, faith and support of this project and the team's execution of it.

Confirmation Update 
We are heading into the last week of Confirmation and the congregation  should be very proud of the level of conversations this class has had, their genuine kind hearts, and the respectful and compassionate ways they listened and communicated their understanding of Jesus' teaching.  Please hold these young men and women in your minds and hearts. 

Confirmation Sunday
June 12th 
Please join us for a  reception to celebrate our Confirmation Class of 2016 between services on June 12th.  The youth will be confirmed during first service and introduced at the second service with a reception in their honor between services. 

More VBS Volunteers Needed
We are still in need of a Recreation Station Leader, Crew Leaders (helping get kids from one station to the next) and station helpers.  Please contact  Jen Hoerber to sign up.  You don't want to miss out on this fun week at AUMC.  We are also looking for organizers for the ALL Church  BBQ picnic on July 31st.

Jars Needed
We need plastic jars with lids for a Vacation Bible School project.  We need  pint or quart size, such as a mayonnaise jar or a peanut butter jar. Give them to Linda Detering or Jen Hoerber.   Thank you.

Preschool Employment Opportunity
Aldersgate Christian Preschool has several openings for the 2016-2017 school year from September through June.   The openings are for Preschool Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Classroom Aide and Substitutes.  Applicants should possess education and experience working in Early Childhood Education with the ability to provide sound academic and social opportunities at an age appropriate level.   Applications are available in the Preschool Office located on the lower level of the church facility.  Interested applicants should call the preschool 425-562-0433.   ACP is a Christian preschool operated as an extension of the Christian Education Program of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  We are located on the spacious campus afforded us by the church.  Our staff includes dedicated teachers with extensive professional training and experience. 
Fun Events

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 or Jen Hoerber. Here are some upcoming events:
*June 5 - Confirmation at 5:00pm, dinner and Youth Group at 6:30pm.  
      All Parents and Mentors  are welcome to join us from 7:00-8:00pm 
      for some youth group fun and a quick overview of  Confirmation  Sunday .
*June 12 - Confirmation Sunday and Reception.  NO Youth Group.
*June 19 - Father's Day.  NO Youth Group.
*June 26 - Youth Group continues through the summer on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. 
       NEW TIME!  Click here for the summer schedule.

Preschool Summer Camp
Enroll now in Aldersgate's Preschool summer camp program.  For children 3 years old through 1st grade graduates.  Hours are 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday through Thursday.  Weekly fee is $150.    CLICK HERE for summer camp information and registration forms.  Call or email the preschool for more information at 425-562-0433 or  Weekly themes are:
June 20-23 ~ Camping, Nature and Wetlands
June 27-30 ~ Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians
July 11-14 ~ Jungles, Rain Forests and Savannas
July 18-21 ~ Oceans, Sea Life and Aquatic Birds

Summer Hikes 
Save the dates and hike with us this summer on Saturday mornings. Meet other Aldersgate hikers at the trailhead at 9:00am on these dates:
 - June 25 - Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail
 - July 16 - Coal Creek Falls Trail
 - August 27 - Twin Falls Trail
Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact is   Jen Hoerber

At The Crossroads BBQ  
July 9, 6:30pm
The young adult group "At the Crossroads" will have its Summer BBQ Potluck on Saturday, July 9 from 6:30-10:00pm at Aldersgate UMC.  The drinks, hamburgers and hotdogs are provided.  Please bring a side dish to share with 10-12 people.  We will play lawn games, and wrap the evening up with an outdoor movie after it gets dark at 9:00pm.  All young adults (college and early career age) are welcome to attend.  Bring a friend and a lawn chair!  Check out the Facebook event at

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 $35 per child and payment can be made with a check (mark VBS in the memo line) or go to the  church website  to pay online.

ALL Church BBQ Picnic
July 31 @ 11:30am
Save the date!   O n Sunday, July 31st there will be one worship service at 10:00am  where we as a church will worship as one body in Christ, followed by the ALL Church BBQ Picnic. Please sign up to help. Contact is  Jen Hoerber.
Outreach & Missions World
Help Us Care for Each Other!
We are inviting all congregants to join the Aldersgate Cares site on the website This will offer a central way to coordinate meals, transportation and other assistance for those in need in our congregation. Simply go to and create an account. Once your account is created, you can visit the site at any time to view congregational care needs posted there. To do so, visit the Planner tab. Select any item and click "Accept this Task" to assign it to yourself.   If you have any questions, please contact Laura Wall ( ). Thank you!

Craft & Program Supplies Need for Lazy F
We are collecting craft and program supplies for the Camp Lazy F.   Click here for a complete list of the supplies needed.  Supplies will be collected through June. Look for the collection box in the narthex.

Congregations for the Homeless Meals and Lunches Next Week!
1. Lunch Items   Many thanks to everyone who signed up to provide lunch items.  You should have received instructions via email on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. If you did not receive an email, then your help was not needed due to so many people volunteering to help.  If you did get an email, please deliver  your lunch items to the church on  Sunday, June 5,  or during church office hours next week (Monday-Wednesday, 9am-2pm).  
2.   Dinner  If you signed up to provide dinner, you should have received instructions via email on Wednesday afternoon or  Thursday morning.   If you are making dinner and serving it, you need to coordinate it with the other members of your group as listed in the email.  After reading the email, if you have questions please email  Colleen Olleman or call 425-746-1696.  Thank you for your willingness to serve.

Foodbank 5000 Item Challenge 
The food challenge continues.  We've achieved over 20% toward our goal - a total of 1,137 food items have been collected so far.
Prayer List   

People Who Mourn
*Dan Kinney's brother died recently

People with Health Concerns
*Kathy Maybee's grandson Daniel
*Geri Martinsen's friends Jeff, John and Patty
*David Maybee
*Don & Edna Fadden's friend Steve
*Marvin & Norma Bush's daughter Karen
*Patty Ferguson's friends the Pollmann family and baby Hannah
*Alex Ritzen
*Ispa Delongpre
*Marjorie Krueger
*Shelia Cameron
*Bill Ferguson
*Cindy Wheeler

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker
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.