Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 8, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Preschool Director

Core Leaders
June 5-10
C4H Meals
June 11
Graduation Sunday
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
June 14
Handbell Concert
June 14-17
Annual Conference
June 18
Father's Day
Peace with Justice 
June 19
July Calendar Deadline
Church Picnic
Common Table
June 19-22
ACP Summer Camp #1
June 26-29
ACP Summer Camp #2
July 3-4
Church office Closed
July 10-13
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 17-20
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 24
August Calendar Deadline
July 24-27
Vacation Bible School
July 30
One Service 10am
Church 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 (May)
  Finance  (May)
Outreach  (April)
Trustees (April)
Preschool   (April)
Common Table (March)
Staff Relations  (Dec)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Worship  (April 2016)

"New Beginnings "

Scripture Lesson
II Timothy 1:3-7

This Sunday
This is graduation Sunday, a time to celebrate those who have completed course work and are ready to move into their next adventure.  I 'll be sharing the message with one of our graduates, Ryan Breske.  Ryan has grown up at this church, offered himself to his school and community in some pretty amazing ways.  He is a multi-sport athlete, a scholar, an oldest son, an older brother, a leader, a mentor, and a young man dedicated to making his world a better place.  He is ready to begin his next adventure.  He will be attending the University of Washington, has already joined the cheer squad, suffered his first injury, and can't wait for football season to begin.    I remember my first memory of Ryan was him holding three year old, now nine-year-old, Harry Browder.  It was the way Harry looked at him that took my breath away.  Six years later, Harry still looks at him that way; with the kind of admiration and love that can only come with consistent love and grace.  Ryan exudes that.  What sets Ryan apart is his attitude and his focus.  We'll talk about that a bit this Sunday.  To prepare please read II Timothy 1:3-7.
~Pastor Brad

P.S. There will be NO Kids' Club this Sunday.  Instead we will listen and learn from Ryan as he shares the message with Pastor Brad.
Pastor's Blog
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman

          Dorothy and I woke up this morning and it just felt strange.  For the first time in our lives, we have no children living at home.   We are officially empty nesters.  As she and I have talked over the past week we both realized that this past year and a half has been one of challenging and changing priorities.  With Ben home, after basically rescuing him from the street a year ago last October, our focus changed.  Then came the decline in my parents health, other struggles they were enduring, and then Cora's jaw surgery.  Particularly over this past year we've spent much more of our time focusing on family.  The time has been a challenging one.  But in the spirit of transparency, I wanted to let you all know that we recognize the shift.  Both of us love what we do.  We're both answering a call of God to serve in ministry at Aldersgate, yet there are times in life where our priorities and our focus needs to shift.  That was the case for us.
            I am aware that there are those in the church who have felt that shift, noticed the change and wondered what was going on.  The same can be said of some of the preschool staff and preschool parents.   As we waved goodbye to Cora on Monday, I felt both a longing and a renewed sense of energy and focus.  I know Dorothy is feeling the same.  So in this early summer blog I just wanted to explain, and thank you for your patience and your prayers, and let you know that our energy is returning as is our focus on our shared call, God and you.  I meant what I shared last Sunday, Aldersgate is a gift and one to never be taken for granted.  You are a treasure and it is a privilege for both of us to be serving, not only God and you, but serving together in ministry.  We love you, and our roles.  There are exciting things ahead and God is calling this amazing place to continue to grow in faith, love, health and service.  
Summer Youth Assistant
Jocelyn Matheny has officially accepted the Summer Intern Youth Assistant position.  She will be helping with summer youth group along with assisting in future planning with our Youth Ministry program.  

Here is a little bit about her.....Jocie will be heading into her junior year at Central Washington University in September.  She was highly involved in Youth Group during middle and high school and is currently involved in the Wesley Club at Central.  She is grounded in the Methodist faith and has served as youth delegate and young adult delegate at both District and Annual Conferences.  She plays both softball and soccer and is majoring in physical education and school health with a minor in Spanish.  She's a lifelong Girl Scout and has a heart filled with enthusiasm and compassion.  Please join me in welcoming Jocie to Aldersgate this summer.  We are going to have a great summer! 

The search committee will be continuing their search for a permanent Youth Assistant.  The search committee consists of Jean Rummel, Allison George, Sarah Fritze, Bryce Swearingen, Camille Browder and Jen Hoerber.  Please let Jen know if you have any questions. 
Welcome Our New Associate Pastor 
Church Picnic & Common Table
Monday June 19
Sign up now for the next Aldersgate Common Table on Monday, June 19 starting at 6:00pm with a church potluck picnic. Bring a main dish, salad or side dish to share that can feed your family and at least 3-4 others.  Dessert will be provided. This gathering is for everyone who wants to have a voice in the life of the church. It is a place to raise new ideas for the church and to hear what is happening on the ministry teams. If you have an idea, please fill out this Common Table Proposa l form and email it to Joe Lee by Monday, June 12.  Free childcare is available if you sign up for it in advance.  Your Core Leaders will discuss:
== Introducing our new Associate Pastor, Laura B.
== Sharing information about Annual Conference
== An update on finances and stewardship
Financial Secretary Needed
AUMC is looking to fill the Financial Secretary position beginning  September 1, 2017 .  Responsibilities include receiving, recording and depositing all funds received on Sundays and through on-line giving.  Other responsibilities include sending out quarterly and year-end tax statements and working to track pledges in conjunction with the annual pledge drive.  The Financial Secretary serves on the Finance Committee.  A background in accounting/finance is useful but not mandatory.  Please contact Linda Reichenbach if you are interested in serving AUMC in this capacity.
Lazy F Camp Thank You
To Everyone who participated in the Lazy F Family Mission Trip,    
Dave Burfeind, Lazy F Camp Director, sent an email that included the following, 
"Thanks again for your great work this weekend.  It is truly amazing what great group of folks can accomplish in a short time.  I did not do much work, but was extremely tired from running around after you guys!"
It was a tremendous weekend of hard work and fellowship.  Thank you to everyone who participated in making the Family Mission Trip a labor of love and service.  There are so many people to thank including Peter Narmita for organizing the projects, Jen Hoerber for organizing the camp fire, Patty Ferguson for serving as our medical  person,  Brad Beeman and Roger Ingalls for  Sunday Worship, Mark Olleman for  Saturday morning devotions, Livonia Lowe and Gwen Pazan for helping with Registration, and Dave Sanford for designing the shed.   Many more of you helped and we thank you!.  Know that collectively, because of your help, we were able to make a difference at Lazy F Camp.  T hank YOU!!!  ~~~Colleen Olleman
Summer Giving
Many of you will be going on vacation or visiting family during these upcoming summer months. Enjoy your trips and we look forward to seeing you when you return! If you have not already done so, please consider  signing up here for recurring giving. It's fast, it's simple, and it really helps us keep the lights on and programs going during the summer months.  Blessings to you and your family.
ALL Church and VBS Picnic
Sunday, July 30
With all the warm weather last week, it is easy to get excited about summer picnics and barbecues ! The Aldersgate All Church and VBS picnic is on July 30 .   And we can use your help making it a big success!  Do we want some games or races?  Do we want to BBQ?   Can you help with grilling or set up?   Sign up on the Sunday attendance form if you can help or email Colleen Olleman.   If you can't help with VBS because it is during the work week, then the ALL Church Picnic is an excellent way to be involved!
Library Resource Center News
Read Bob Olson's latest poems An Angel on My Shoulder  and Dreams .  They are found in Aldersgate Poems: Inspired by Junior Church and Sermons, displayed on the library table (see pages 121 and 122).
Many Thanks
We want you to know how much we have appreciated all your prayers, cards, phone calls, food and visits during Bud's recovery from his fall.  He still has weeks to go, but is now definitely on the mend.  Thank you all so much. ~~~ Bud and Dorothy Bennett 
Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  If you have questions about the youth program, contact  Jen Hoerber.  Here are some upcoming events:
* June 11 - Dinner, 5:00pm, Youth Group, 6:00-7:30pm
*June 18 - Father's Day. NO Youth Group
*June 25 - NO Youth Group
*July 2 - NO Youth Group
*July 9 - Summer Youth Group Begins!
Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
Sunday, June 11
Kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade meet once a month for dinner and fun.  The next meeting is June 11, from 5-7:30pm.  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Handbell Concert
June 14
Come hear the Ringers and Singers Handbell Choir from First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida on Wednesday, June 14  at 7:30pm.  They have made joyous music for over 40 years.  Since 1976, the group has traveled extensively, performing for churches and communities around the world. Tour stops have included England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, the Netherlands, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, Canada and the United States. The group gives 100% of offerings collected during each performance back to the churches and organizations where they perform.  The free will offering taken during the concert will go to support the Handbell Program here at Aldersgate. There will be refreshments following the concert in Friendship Hall.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form if you can donate 3 dozen cookies for the refreshment time.
Vacation Bible School Registration
VBS is filling up fast!  NOW is the time to register!  "Hero Central" VBS runs the week of July 24-27 from 9:00am - noon for kids 4 years old through 5th grade.  Contact Jen Hoerber about our special 2-3 year old program. During the week we will discover our strength is in God while we explore Bible stories through crafts, games, music, science and more! Register online from the church website at If you would like additional information or a paper registration form, contact Jen Hoerber.
Mariners Baseball Game
August 15 @ 7:10pm
Let's go to the ballgame and root on our Seattle Mariners against the Baltimore Orioles.  We have View Section seats and the cost is $13.00 per person.  (This is half price!)  Please pay in full at the time of your request and include this linked order form plus a self-addressed stamped envelope so the tickets can be mailed to you or include instructions to put the tickets in your church mailbox.  Tickets will arrive around July 28th.  The last day for ordering tickets is July 26th.  We have 100 tickets reserved for the Aldersgate Community including the Aldersgate Christian Preschool and VBS families.  Give your check, the order form and the self-addressed STAMPED envelope to Wendi in the church office.  If you want to sit with another family/person please return your orders together. Questions? Contact is Colleen Olleman.
Peace with Justice Sunday
June 18
Peace with Justice Sunday is June 18 and we will take a special offering to help support the Peace with Justice ministries in our church conference.  Gifts on Peace with Justice Sunday fund grants to United Methodist ministries and programs that work for peace, love and compassion for God's children in the United States and around the world.  These programs empower United Methodists to speak out for removing structures and systems that harm God's children globally.  When you give, you encourage people to live - not just preach - a gospel of peace.  Please give generously.
Starbucks Gleaning Coordinator Needed
A volunteer is need to help manage the Starbucks Gleaning program. Volunteers pick up food items from Starbucks and store them in the church's freezer.  Then the Starbucks Gleaning Coordinator submits a report via computer once a month (approx.10 minutes), packages the food items for Sophia Way, Andrews Glen, Griffin Home, and Union Gospel Mission (approx. 1/2 hour each time), and occasionally recruits the volunteers needed to pick up the food items from Starbucks. If you are interested in managing this program please contact Jan Durham at or 425-747-9956.
Crossroads Dinner Help Needed
The Crossroads Feeding Program is looking for volunteers to donate and serve food this summer at the Salvation Army located in the Crossroads area. Groups, families, youth, individuals - all are welcome to volunteer. Thanks for supporting this outreach ministry. Click here to sign-up online for the following dates:
Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 - 7 pm
Tuesday, July 25, 5:30 - 7 pm
Tuesday, August 22, 5:30 - 7 pm
Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 - 7 pm
Pastor's Discretionary Fund
Friends, the requests keep coming in and the needs are great. The Pastor's Discretionary Fund is not only depleted but now running in a deficit.  If you feel called to continue to support this ministry at Aldersgate, please add a bit to the offering plate  on Sunday .  Even if it's a small amount, everything helps.  Through this fund we're feeding the hungry, clothing those in need, and offering hope to those who are currently without it.  Every cent of this fund goes to help the most desperate of those living around us.  Thanks for prayerfully considering the Pastor's Discretionary Fund with help.  Thank You! 
Called to Dismantle Racism:  Practical Pathways 
to Mobilize Faith Communities for Racial Justice
Saturday, June 10
The Church Council of Greater Seattle is holding a workshop on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Avenue in Seattle. The training is designed especially for congregations who have begun to embrace the pathway toward racial justice within their own congregations.  The training will strengthen connections between area congregations committed to moving forward on racial justice work by providing some foundational and logistical pathways their communities can utilize for change. The training will underscore the moral imperative of understanding racism in our congregations and broader communities to effectively partner with others to dismantle it.  
Ideally, a team of 2-4 people from the congregation would attend together to carpool and share resources.  The cost is $25 for an individual and $75 for a team up to 4 people.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch.  RSVPs by Wednesday, June 7, should be sent to Ann Erickson at
People with Health Concerns
*Tom Blakney's daughter Elisabeth
*Jennifer McLean's piano student
*Betty Fredeen's sister-in-law Audrey
*Charlie Stansell
*Cora Beeman
*John Martinsen
*Jack Morrison
*Edna Fadden
*Bud Bennett
*Mabel Fry
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker

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.