Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       August 9, 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 5-11
Youth Mission Trip
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
October 7
Club 345
October 20
Parenting Forum
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)

2 Peter 3:8-11

"Letting Go So You Can Live"

This Sunday
Walking into a conversation about death and dying means that we come to terms with the fact that our faith life is connected to our physical life. Our spiritual journey develops over the course of a lifetime lived in a body on Earth. Our hopes and dreams for our passing from this life into the next life with God are tied to our experience of this life and how our experience has been one of God's presence with us through good times and hard times. This week in worship, we will invite an experience of God-with-us even in times of grief, even in times of endings and beginnings, even in times of suffering. We recognize God's presence in our bodily existence, as well as in each ending and new beginning that comes to pass for us, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and in every other way. We recognize that God-with-us happens not necessarily in expected ways, but rather in the fullness of time, in the breaking of hearts, and in the touch of the unexpected. Read 2 Peter 3:8-11 to prepare.

~ Pastor Laura
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! 
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!
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.
Parenting Forum on  October 20th
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.  
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
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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.
Sunday Refreshments
Do you enjoy coffee and treats on Sunday morning? Then please grab a friend (or Sunday School class, or choir member, or ministry team) and signup to make coffee and serve treats. The signup sheet is on the kitchen counter. There are treats in the freezer or you can bring your own home-made or store-bought treats. And many thanks to the women of Deborah Circle and Mary Martha Circle for providing and serving refreshments six months out of the year.
Resource Library News
Aldersgate Poems  has been updated to include Bob Olson's latest poems entitled "Loneliness," "Profit Over Progress" and "Privileged Inclusion" This volume is displayed on the library mobile cart.  These works are found on pages 165 - 167. 
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 10 - Return from Mission Trip
*August 12 - Still recovering from Mission Trip - No Youth Group
*August 19 - Youth Group Hike to Twin Falls.  Meet at the trail head at 12:00pm
*August 21 - Craft Time with Courtney, 4:00-5:30pm, please bring $2 for supplies.
*August 26 - Youth Group Movie Night
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.
Katherine Parker - Missionary in Nepal
Katherine Parker sends her thanks to Aldersgate for its financial support and prayers.  For many years Aldersgate has helped support Katherine Parker, a United Methodist Church Global Ministries missionary.  She is serving on the Health Team in Nepal.  Her area of expertise is sanitation and hygiene and currently she is working with youth concerning reproductive health, and menstrual health and hygiene.  You can read Katherine's thank you note  HERE.  You can learn more about her work in Nepal by reading her
Jubliee Reach Day of Servic e
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.
Prayer Requests   
People Who Mourn 
Sadly we announce that Dale Heidal passed away last Sunday.   Dale was once the choir and handbell director at Aldersgate.  celebration  of his life will be  Saturday , August  11 at  1:00pm  at  First Baptist Church of Olympia  ( 904 Washington Street SE,  Olympia).   Jean Heidal thanks the people of Aldersgate for their prayers  for Dale over the past few months.  Condolence cards can be mailed  to Jean at P.O. Box 12225, Olympia, WA  98508

People with Health Concerns 
*Nancy Phillips
*Pam Johnson's father Dennis
*Lea Fox's brother's children
Additional Concerns
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Our youth who are at summer camp, Our youth on the mission trip

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.