Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service

   www.Aldersgate-Church.org                                                                   April 18, 2019
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Apr 18
Mary Martha Circle
Maundy Thursday Serv.
Apr 19
Good Friday Service
Apr 20
Egg-Stravaganza
Apr 21
Easter Sunday Services
Easter Egg Hunt
April 22
May Calendar Deadline
Apr 27
UMW Spring   Salad Luncheon
Apr 28
Stewardship Campaign
Begins
Apr 29
Core Leaders Team
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May 3
Scout BSA Recruitment
May 5
Communion Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
May 7
Youth at Heart Potluck
May 12
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 19
Stewardship Sunday
May 20
June Calendar Events
May 24-26
Mini Mission Trip
@ Camp Lazy F
May 26
Worship at 10:00am
May 27
Memorial Day
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Church Leadership
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Worship Team (Feb)


Series:  "Pots of Clay"

Scripture Luke 24:1-12

Sermon: "The Uprising Begins"

This Sunday  
From the ordinary clay pots that have been formed by God into human lives, something miraculous happens. We are loved and given the power and the ability to do what God calls us to do. Easter brings a time for celebration and a time for reflection on the places where God is loving us into becoming what is needed in this world. However Easter comes at the end of this week, when we walk through the messy paths of our lives and of the difficult last days of Jesus' life. We will remember the important friendships in Jesus' life, his humility, his service, his pain, his suffering, and his death before we get to the celebration of Easter next Sunday. Make the Holy Week services part of your week this week. Thursday at 7:00pm, we will gather for meditation and communion at Maundy Thursday worship. Friday at 7:00pm, we will pray together as we listen again to the story of Jesus' death on the cross told in poetry, song, and spoken word. Next Sunday, we'll have three services of resurrection: 6:00am in Wilburton Park, and then at 9:00am and 11:00am at Aldersgate in the Sanctuary. Please bring plenty of flowers to decorate the flower cross at the 9:00am and 11:00am services. To prepare, read chapters 32 and 33 in Brian McLaren's book  We Make the Road by Walking .
PASTOR'S BLOG
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman

It's now the middle of Holy Week.  Tonight is the Maundy Thursday service; a service that reminds us of that Last Supper that Jesus spent with his closest friends.  Tomorrow is Good Friday and with it comes another service; a service that helps us remember the darkness that filled the hearts of those who loved him the most; and the sacrifice Jesus made for so many.  Sunday we will celebrate the day of resurrection. It is a significant week in the life of the church.  And yet, there is now another significant day that can be added to this very holy week.  It takes us back a couple of days.  

Table Turning Tuesday, at least for many of us, has become another essential day in Holy Week. About five years ago, Reverend John Helmiere, pastor at Valley and Mountain United Methodist Church, together with leaders in his congregation, articulated the need for a day to act on behalf of justice in the world as part of Holy Week in recognition of Jesus' table turning actions in Jerusalem, the week leading up to the first Easter. The first Table Turning Tuesdays happened with just people from Valley and Mountain and the surrounding community in south Seattle. Pastor Laura even participated in one of these early events about housing affordability.  Over the years, John's idea has caught on. He's led workshops at district retreats and encouraged faith leaders throughout the Northwest and beyond to bring their faith into the public sphere and participate in whatever ways they are called. 

I will admit that up until now, I haven't participated. However in my message Sunday, I mentioned that I would be participating this year. I thought about going with Rev. John and the Valley and Mountain community to the detention center to stand with new immigrants to the US. However, instead I decided to focus on something for which I have deep passion and concern. It is the opioid/opiate epidemic and the inaction that continues to allow for all too many to end up addicted or worse. So this year on Table Turning Tuesday I met with some of our more prominent political figures, many of whom have some stake in the issue. I challenged them to take more action and offered to assist them in those actions. My hope is that together, we begin to turn the tables on how we might confront this issue. 

So I want to thank you for your permission to act on my convictions that this is a faith issue. I want to thank you for your support of the work that so many of us are doing together to try to address a healthcare crisis that has become a moral crisis for our community. I want to thank you for your prayers and your faith in the God who brings life and hope, even in the midst of despair and depression which are so familiar to the families involved in addiction. I want to thank you for being Easter People. 
MINISTRY NEWS
Holy Week and Easter Services
 
Maundy Thursday service, April 18, 7:00pm
We will remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.
 
Good Friday service, April 19, 7:00pm
We will meditate on the last events of Jesus' life before his resurrection. .
 
Easter Sunday services, April 21 - THREE services!
We will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Th   ere is a sunrise service at Wilburton Park at 6:00am and regular Easter services at Aldersgate at 9:00am and 11:00am.
Easter Egg Activities  

Egg-Stravaganza - April 20, 10:30am-noon . This community Easter event is geared for young children. Come join us from 10:30-noon for fun activities, games and crafts. The egg hunt begins at 11:30am.   Bring your Easter basket!
 
Easter Sunday - April 21. We will host a a special Easter Kid's Club during both services for children who are four years old thru 5th grade with an Egg hunt between services starting at 10:15am. For the first service, the kids will be dismissed from Kid's Club directly into the playground for the Egg Hunt at 10:15am and therefore those kids should bring their egg baskets with them to Kid's Club. There are paper bags for those without baskets. Parents and all those who want to experience the excitement, please make your way to the playground promptly at that time.   The youth will be helping the very young children.  As you leave, please put your EMPTY eggs in the bins at the gate.  
Easter Fun Volunteers Needed
Your help is needed to make these Easter activities a big success.  Please sign up to volunteer or email Jen Hoerber.
  •  Volunteer at the Egg-Stravaganza on April 20 from 10:30am - Noon by staffing a craft or activity table, helping with refreshments, or leading a story.
  •  Set up for the Egg-stravaganza on April 19th from 10-noon.
Scouts BSA Girls Troop Update
  • Aldersgate's Girls' Troop now meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm. Invite girls to join!  The next meeting is April 23
  • We could use more adult helpers, men and especially women. Contact David Plowman, DPlow@comcast.net, and learn how you can help.
  • Scouts BSA Cascade District Recruitment Night is on Friday, May 3 at 7:00pm. Girls ages 11-18, come learn more about the Scouts BSA program and all the fun opportunities and exciting adventures that await you!
Mini-Stewardship Campaign Coming!
On the first Sunday after Easter, we will begin our mini-Stewardship Campaign for the six-month budget of July 1 - December 31, 2019. Our theme is "Who We Are." We will be highlighting our staff and the amazing ministry work they do. The Stewardship Moments will be shared by several Aldersgate members and why they give of their time, talent and tithe to support the mission of faith, love, health & service in our community.   Thank you for your grace and support during this Stewardship Campaign.
Member's Devotional Published
Caralynn Hampson, a youth member of Aldersgate, recently had a 4 day devotional published on Our Bible App.  Check it out at  https://www.ourbibleapp.com/new-blog/autistic-prayer .  Please note, to read the entire 4 day devotional, you will have to download the app.  
Coffee Cup Experiment
We are experimenting with coffee cups and you are the Guinea pigs. We have new biodegradable, compostable cups and lids provided for your use during refreshment time between services. Please note, these are one-time use cups only - do not refill and reuse. If your cup happens to leak, please leave it in the kitchen so we can track leakage. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Pastor's Class Resumes
Wednesday May 1
The Pastor's Class will begin on Wednesday,  May 1 . There will be two classes, one at 10:00am and another at 7:00pm. The title is, "A Marriage of Christianity." No, this is not a class to build a stronger marriage between potential spouses. The focus of the class is to build a stronger "marriage" between faithful disciples who disagree, sometimes strongly. It is about how to stay together in the midst of our differing pasts, understandings and beliefs. As we know, marriage is hard, complex, even complicated. It involves compromise, trust and understanding. So it is this time in our denomination. So, given that we do not all agree, even here at Aldersgate, we will go through some of Pastor Brad's own premarital counseling techniques to see if we can make our congregational, and even denominational marriages work. The class will explore our beliefs, our personal theologies, histories, and scripture. We will explore Jesus, and Paul, and others. We will explore John Wesley and how the interpretations of his standards have been redefined and interpreted today. Some of those lay at the foundation for the deepest denominational disagreements . Contact Pastor Brad if you have questions.
Resource Library News
Aldersgate Poems  includes Bob Olson's latest work entitled "Being Thoughtful" on page 170.  This resource is displayed on the library mobile cart. 
Reading Guide to Brian McLaren's Book
"We Make the Road by Walking" 
During the coming seasons, many people from churches throughout the west will be reading chapters from Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road by Walking". The chapters are intended to be read one per week.You may choose to read on a schedule that will coincide with themes in worship and the life of the church. 
Week Beginning         Chapter(s)            Main Idea                  
March 31                         3                      A World of Meaning
April 7                              4                      Being Image Bearers
April 14                           32                     Peace March
April 18                           32A                   Maundy Thursday
April 19                           32B                   Good Friday
April 21                           33                     The Uprising Begins
April 28         Page 126 & Chapter 27     New Identity           
FUN EVENTS
2 Sticks and a Stitch
Tuesday, April 23
We have starting a knitting group and our next meeting will be Tuesday April 23  at 1:30pm at church. Crochet crafters are also welcome.  We will make prayer shawls, scarves and more. No experience is necessary.  For more info contact Renee Kroese at 425-254-3547. PS-Donations of yarn for the prayer shawls are always appreciated: 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun =  1 shawl.
UMW Spring Salad LUNCH 
Saturday, April 27
This year our salad event will be on Saturday, April 27th, at 12:00 noon.  We wanted to bring you a very special program that is only available on Saturday. It is a fashion show of vintage clothing worn over the last one hundred years. Not only can we see the items up close with the wonderful fabrics and detail of past years, we will have a fun look at the history of changes in fashion. Seattle Children's Hospital benefits from the program. If you have a garment from a former time period that you would be willing to display at the luncheon, please contact Jean Rummel at 425-572-5894 or srrummel@comcast.net.  Also, bring a  salad and a friend. Please sign up on the Sunday response form.
Club 345 (3rd~4th~5th Grade)
Sunday, May 5
Club 345 is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and meets once a month for dinner and a fun activity during the school year.  The next meeting is Sunday, May 5. Volunteers are always needed to host the Club 345 activity or to provide the dinner.  Please sign up on the CYF bulletin board by the church office.  C ontact is Jen Hoerber .
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:  
* Apr. 21 - NO Youth Group, it's Easter!
*Apr. 28 - Youth Group, 6:00-8:00pm
*May  5 - Dinner and Youth Group, 5:00-7:30pm
*May 12 - NO Youth Group, it's Mother's Day!
VBS - To Mars and Beyond
Registration Begins April 22 
Vacation Bible School is July 22-25. Registration will begin after Easter, the week of April 22. There are many volunteers needed to put on this 4 day camp, so please consider how you can get involved. There are station leaders, station helpers, group leaders, floaters, behind the scene prep and decorators, and more!  Please contact Jen Hoerber to discuss which volunteer position best suits you.  
Young at Heart Potluck
Tuesday, May 7
Calling all retired folks, empty-nesters and wannabees! Join us Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00pm for a delicious potluck dinner and an interesting program titled Moving Forward-Relocate and Downsize the Easy Way by Katy Munoz. Cost is $2 per person. Please sign up and someone will contact you about the food.
Emerald City Ringers Concert
Saturday, May 11 at 7:00pm
On May 11 at 7:00pm, come and see a handbell concert with ringers you recognize (Pastor Laura and Pam Johnson, AUMC Handbell Director) and a program full of dance music. From Stravinsky to Lady Gaga, with Little Eva and Abba in between, there will be music for everyone. Concert is at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue (411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue).
Pancake Breakfast 
Mother's Day, May 12
PANCAKES are coming!!!!!!!!! Come on Mother's Day, May 12, and enjoy pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages prepared by the Men's Breakfast group and other volunteers. The youth will serve and all proceeds with go to the youth program fund. Cost is $4/adult, $3/child, or $12/family. Serving will start at 8:00am and continue to 10:30am. Give Mom a treat and enjoy our 28th annual pancake breakfast. Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.
ACP Anniversary Bash
Saturday, June 1
Come join the fun as we celebrate Aldersgate Christian Preschool's 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 1 from 11:00am- 2:00pm here at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  There will entertainment such as The Bubble Up Show, Xakary the magician, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, and Crafts. Food Trucks such as The Ultimate Melt will be available to purchase lunch and snacks and there will be complementary popcorn and desserts.  To volunteer at this event, please sign up for a shift or two at https://bit.ly/2Ua4Qel , sign up on the Sunday attendance form  or contact Dorothy Beeman and Jen Hoerber.
ACP Summer Day Camp
Aldersgate Christian Preschool offers four weeks of summer fun EXPLORING OUR WORLD for children ages 3* years through First Grade graduates (*2 year olds are welcome when approved by the preschool director).  Camp is from 9:30am - 1:30pm Monday through Thursday, for a weekly fee of $175.  Register now!
June 17-20  It's a Small World: Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlers
June 24-27  Ecosystems & Habitats: Oceans & Deserts
July 8-11      Ecosystems & Habitats: Rain Forests & Jungles
July 15-18   The Final Frontier: Space
CHURCH & SOCIETY
Mission Trip to Lazy F
Registration Deadline May 3
The Church Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp will be on Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 24 in the evening through Sunday, May 26 around noon.  There will be projects for all ages and abilities, including activities for kids ages 2-12.  For a nominal fee ($20-$55 depending on age and accommodations), you receive 2 nights lodging and 5 meals, plus  a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other as we work and play together in a beautiful setting.  See photos and additional information in the Lobby.   Interested? Please sign up on the attendance form and/or fill out the registration form in the Narthex by the Lazy F display. Registration deadline is May 3rd.   Contact is Melissa Pearce ( Melissapearce1@gmail.com or 310-872-6140).
Crossroads Dinner Update
We fed 54 people including young families at the Crossroads Feeding Program on March 26th, 2019. Thank you to all who contributed food and time to volunteer in this program. We encourage you to sign up to provide any food and/or serve food via this link http://signup.com/go/vFLydxF.  
The next dinner is April 23, the fourth Tuesday of the month.   Any questions? Please contact Rachel Saw .
4word: Seattle May Gathering
Thursday, May 2
All Aldersgate Women are invited to attend this month's event being held in Friendship Hall on Thursday, May 2nd, 6-8:30 pm. Join us for a potluck meal as we explore the theme of "Drawing Healthy Boundaries." Click here to  register for the gathering. Contact  Melinda Lilley with questions.
4word is a global organization for Christian women in the workplace led by women that leads, connects and supports women in the workplace to help them achieve their God-given potential with confidence. Learn more at  https://4wordwomen.org/local-group/seattle/.
Vision House Luncheon
Tuesday, May 7
You are invited to the NO HOMELESS KIDS benefit luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Meydenbauer Center. All proceeds benefit homeless families living at Vision House.  Register for the luncheon by May 1st.  Click here to register for free.  Please join Melinda Lilley at her table.
Free Amplified Phone with Captions
Difficulty hearing on the phone? Y ou may be eligible for a No-Cost captioning telephone.  CaptionCall provides amplification and superb sound quality while displaying smooth-scrolling captions on a large, easy-to-read screen. Caption Call, recommended by hearing-care professionals, is a free federally funded program.  If you meet simple requirements, you can have an amplified telephone with captions installed in your home at no charge.  You must have medically determined hearing loss, certified in writing by your hearing or health care provider.  You must also have a high-speed internet connection in order to receive captions of what callers say.  For further information, go to captioncallphone.com or call (877) 557-2227.  
PRAYER REQUESTS
Prayer Requests
People Who Mourn
Sadly we announce that Charles (Chuck) Roger Nicklett passed away.  You may remember  that he was confirmed in 1979 and occasionally attended  Aldersgate with  his mother Thelma Nicklett who passed away in 2017.  He is survived by  his brother Gary. There will be a funeral service at Barton's Funeral Home ( 11630 Slater Ave NE, Suite 1A,  Kirkland)  on Friday, May 24 at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, any donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated. Condolence cards can be sent to Gary & Deborah Nicklett at 16407 45th ST CT E, Lake Tapps, WA 98391-6752.

People with Health Concerns
*Carol Cubilie
*Heidi James' mother Jean
*Pauline Williams
*Cindy Wheeler
*Charlie Stansell
*Eathel Allyn
 
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker
*Jeff Wheeler
*David James

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.