Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                  March 23, 2017
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Core Leaders
March 21-30
Holy Land Trip
April 9
Palm Sunday
Stewardship Sunday
April 13
Maundy Thursday
April 14
Good Friday
April 15
Flashlight Egg Hunt
April 16
Easter Sunday
Egg Hunt
April 23
Mission Sunday
One Service 9:00am
April 24
UMW Salad Supper
May Calendar Deadline
April 30
Mission Sunday ReCap
One Service 10:00am
May 2
Young at Heart Potluck
May 7
Dinner & Club 345
Dinner & Youth Group
May 8
Church Dinner
Common Table
May 14
Mother's Day
Pancake Breakfast
May 22
June Calendar Deadline
May 26-28
Lazy F Mission Trip
June 11
Graduation Sunday
June 14-17
Annual Conference
June 18
Father's Day
June 19
July Calendar Deadline
Church Leadership
Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.
Core Leaders (Feb)
Common Table (Mar)
Trustees (Feb)
Finance (Jan)
Preschool  (Jan)
Lay Leadership (Sept)
Outreach (Sept)
Worship  (April)

"Paper Doll Accessories
and the 
Marvel of What Is Real

Colossians 3:1-17

This Sunday
This Sunday at Aldersgate we have the rare privilege of having our Seattle District Superintendent, Rev. Rich Lang, in the pulpit for both services.  Rich has done a remarkable job of reinvigorating the district, focusing us in, bringing in some amazing talent to serve the churches of this area.  He has been creative in the formation of teams serving multiple churches in specific areas of need, and continued to be a passionate political force, a visionary, and a prophet, all while seeing himself as a servant.  To prepare for this special Sunday please read Colossians 3:1-17.  
Pastor's Blog
Pastor's Blog
Rev. Brad P. Beeman

This Sunday I will very literally be in the city of Jerusalem, walking where Jesus walked, examining the history, the city, the cultures and sharing time with this group of fourteen.  By now we will have walked along the shores the Sea of Galilee, seen Nazareth, been on a boat in the middle of the Sea, and spent time at the baptismal site.   Please know that we are praying for you, as I know you are for us. 

Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Services
April 9, 9am & 11:00am
We will commemorate the Messiah's entry into  Jerusalem with palms and Alleluias

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday Service 
April 13, 7:00pm
We will remember Jesus' last night with his disciples and receive communion.
Good Friday Good Friday Service
April 14, 7:00pm
We will meditate on the last events of  Jesus' life before his resurrection.
Easter Sunday Services
April 16, 9:00am & 11:00am
Join us and Christians everywhere as we rejoice because of Christ's Resurrection. W e will have a special Easter Kids' Club during the 9:00am service with an egg hunt starting at 10:15am.
UMCOR Sunday 
March 26 
In two weeks on Sunday March 26 we will take a special offering to help fund the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  UMCOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.  Their work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.  UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security and relief supplies.  They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own, to assist the most vulnerable person affected by crisis or chronic need.  Your generous gift ensures UMCOR's response in times of crisis.  Your gift helps UMCOR bring light out of darkness.  Please give generously.
Easter Celebration Committee
Planning Meeting March 29 @ 10:00am
If you are interested in helping with any of the Easter egg activities, please sign up to serve on our Easter Celebration Committee on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber.   A planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 at 10:00am.
VBS Planning Meeting
March 30, 6:00pm
Have you marked your calendars for Vacation Bible School yet?  Aldersgate VBS is set for July 24-27.  If you are interested in volunteering to be a Station Leader/Helper, or a Crew Leader/Helper, or to be on the Decorating Committee, please sign up on Sunday's attendance form or contact Jen Hoerber as soon as possible.  We will have our first official VBS Planning meeting on March 30
from 6:00-8:00pm and it would be great to have all of our key volunteers in place!
Stewardship Sunday
April 9
It is time to make our pledges to support the programs and missions of Aldersgate in the new fiscal year, July 2017 - June 2018. Look for the  stewardship letter and pledge card that were mailed to you yesterday. Please prayerfully consider how you can support Aldersgate through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  Contact Pastor Brad or  Melinda Lilley with your questions.  Please turn in your pledge card on Palm Sunday, April 9 or drop it at the church office. In case you missed the stewardship mailing,  CLICK HERE  for the letter and pledge card.
Mission Sunday
April 23 
Aldersgate will have its first Mission Sunday on April 23.  We will gather for one worship service at 9:00am and will then venture out to do various mission projects.  There will be several mission projects that will be organized by the church to do at church or to do at other places.  Lunch will be provided. These mission projects will be fully explained and you will have the opportunity to signup for them starting on March 26.  Congregation members are also encouraged to go out and serve in other ways as well.  Then on April 30 we will again have only one service but at 10:00am to review and celebrate our Mission Sunday accomplishments followed by a potluck lunch. 
Van Donation
A very generous family of our congregation has offered to donate their "2012 Toyota Sienna 8 passenger mini van with less than 50,000 miles and no accidents" to Aldersgate. They've also offered to pay for the van's maintenance and insurance for the first year. Before accepting the van, the Core Leaders are asking for a volunteer to take responsibility for managing the van's missionary & charitable use. If you feel called to care for the van and manage its beneficial use by Aldersgate members, please contact Board of Trustees Chair (Rich Detering) or Core Leaders Chair (Joe Lee) not later than  April 1, 2017.
Spring Yoga
Starts Saturday  
Be a part of Aldersgate's yoga ministry!  Vince Fratello will teach a Spring series of classes at the most basic beginner level and they will be organized to accommodate all body types and physical abilities.  The series will tentatively be nine Saturdays from March 25 to June 18 with no class on   April 15 , 22, 29 and May 13 because of Vince's travel and workshop schedule (sorry about the perfect storm in the middle) .  Class time will be 9-10:15am .  Students should bring a sticky yoga mat (ask if you are unsure) and Vince will supply the rest of the props.  The cost will be $45 per student for the entire series to cover Vince's expenses-you can try out the first class with no financial commitment and scholarships are available if needed. If you have questions you can contact Vince.   We hope to see you there!
Easter Egg Activities


Saturday, April 15, 10:30am-Noon

This community Easter event filled with games, crafts, the Easter story, and an egg hunt (11:30am) is geared for young families (preschool - younger elementary).  

  Bring your Easter basket!


Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15, 7:30-8:30pm 

This community Easter event starts with ice cream sundae's followed an egg hunt (8:00pm) geared for older elementary students and youth. 

   Bring a flashlight and a friend!


Easter Sunday 

April 16

We will have a special Easter Kids' Club during the 9:00am service and there will be an egg hunt starting at 10:15am.  

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:
*Mar. 26 - Youth Group from 6: 00-8:00pm
*Apr. 2 - Youth Group from 6:00-8:00pm
*Apr. 9 - NO Youth Group
*Apr. 15 - Ice Cream Sundaes and Flashlight Egg Hunt, 7:30-8:30pm
*Apr. 16 - Easter, No Youth Group
Club 345 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
Schedule Changes
There will be no regular dinner and Club 345 meeting in April ----->> instead come to the Flashlight Egg Hunt (eat ice cream sundae's!) on Saturday, April 15 from 7:30-8:30pm.  And in May the regular dinner and Club 345 meeting will be on May 7 from 5:00-7:30pm (  to work around Mother's Day.)  Contact is Jen Hoerber.
Young Adult Board Game Night
Saturday, April 8
On April 8th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Aldersgate's young adult program, "At the Crossroads," will be having a Board Game Night at Aldersgate UMC for our spring quarterly event.  We'll be having dinner to kick off the evening and then breaking out into games. The main course, Chili, will be provided. Please bring a side dish, desert or snacks to share. Also feel welcome to bring that board game you've been hankering to play. Finally, everyone is welcome, "At the Crossroads" so feel free to invite friends!   This is an open and inclusive community. The goal is to create fellowship amongst Young Adults founded on the love demonstrated by Jesus Christ for all people.
To RSVP go to our event on the Adersgate FB page.
Meaningful Movies of the Eastside

Gather with your neighbors for a movie, discussion, and refreshments! St Margaret's Episcopal Church (4228 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue) is hosting monthly films on the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30pm.  All are welcome! A $5/person donation is suggested, but no one is turned away. Coffee/tea and snacks are included.  To help plan for refreshments, RSVP to Janet Farness, 425-417-5217.  

*April 18 - "Just Eat It!" - A film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia's Knowledge Network.  There will be a special guest at this film.

Homeless Project
We currently support several good feeding programs for homeless and low income people. If you are interested in another project to help the homeless and want to help define that project, please contact Dave Maybee  or sign up on Sunday's attendance form. 
Vision House Benefit Luncheon
Thursday, April 27
The number of homeless children is rising and we can do something about it.  Church member Melinda Lilley invites you to attend Vision House's No Homeless Kids Benefit Luncheon on Thursday, April 27 at the Bellevue Hilton.  Come at 11:30am to network and then the lunch and program is from 12:00-1:00pm.  Mark Canlis, co-owner of the Canlis restaurant will speak about "The Power of Becoming."  We will hear from formerly homeless parents who are working hard to forge a new path for their families and learn how we can help them succeed.  The lunch is free to attend.  A request for donations will be made during the event.  Please RSVP and register to sit at Melinda's table by April 20th at or 425-228-6356.  Or contact Melinda directly and she will register you.
All Church Family Mission Trip 
Volunteers Needed!
As the weather is warming up it is time to put in place a team to make Aldersgate's Family Mission Trip to Lazy F Camp a productive and meaningful time for both the camp and the workers from Aldersgate.   Sign up or contact Colleen Olleman ( if you can help with the following areas:  
  • help plan and coordinate large projects, 
  • help plan and coordinate projects for our children, 
  • help plan and coordinate smaller projects at the camp, 
  • registration
These are short term commitments but vital to the success of the weekend.

Aldersgate All Church Family Mission Trip will be again on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28th at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg, WA.  There will be projects for all ages and all abilities.   If you are new to the Aldersgate Community or you have been here for 20 years it is a wonderful way to get to know each other as we work, play and fellowship together.  Put the Family Mission Trip on your calendar now to be a part of this special weekend.
People with Health Concerns
*Edna Fadden
*Cindy Wheeler
*Kathy Maybee
*Colleen Olleman's aunt Wilma
*Mabel Fry
*Jean Ritzen's family friend Annette
*Michelle Salene's friend Stacy
*Don and Edna Fadden's daughter-in-law's mother Pat
*Mary Blakney
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Ginny Truscott's sister Mary
*Jeff Wheeler's co-worker Dave
*Janice Zahn
*Ruth Carver 
*Gwen Pazan's mother Marjorie

Additional Prayers
*Missionary Katherine Parker, Holy Land Travelers, Mark Olleman's sister Ruth and father Roger

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.