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Live worship THIS SUNDAY at 10 am, complete with music and communion!  Here's the link:  www.fumcbellevue.org/online. Check there each Sunday for the latest worship, events, and opportunities! 

This Sunday, October 4th, Coffee with the Pastor immediately following communion! Come for the discussion, come for a bit of socializing, come for the coffee (if you make good coffee, that is). 
 
Lectio Divino starting Monday, October 5th from 4 - 5:30 pm. Lectio Divina is a contemplative method of reading the Bible with ‘the ear of the heart’ so as to be transformed, more than simply informed, by the text. The group leader reads a passage of Scripture aloud three times. Each time participants are invited to consider a different aspect of the verse. After each reading, participants share their own understanding of what God is calling them toward through the words of the text. Each week, the group leader will send out an email reminder with the Zoom link and the materials for the event, including the instructions and the specific Scripture we will be engaging. No additional materials are necessary. You may wish to have a journal or other note-taking tool accessible if you choose to go deeper individually after the group meeting ends. Sign up here.

Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Principal's Office? A Humanities Washington program through the library,  Wednesday, October 7th,  6:30 pm.  More info and registration here.

It's election time. Are you ready to vote? The deadline for online and mail-in registration is October 26. Register and get more info here. Our ballots will be sent out on October 16th, which is when early voting begins! Then, help get out the vote this November by writing letters through Vote Forward, reminding people to vote. In multiple randomized trials, voters who received a letter were significantly more likely to vote. It's easy and fast! You'll receive a template to print, complete, fold, sign, and mail. Simple! Click here to sign up.

Donate to the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) to help those displaced by wildfires. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. When disaster strikes, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—forms the foundation for UMCOR’s US disaster training and response. When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR provides training, financial assistance, expertise, community collaboration to churches and partners making them more resilient to disasters.  There are two ways to donate:

Check out all upcoming Kaleidoscope events and opportunities here.
STAFF:  We're here for you!
  • To sign up for a time to meet with Pastor Phil, click here. 
  • To sign up for a visit with Laurie, click here
  • To leave a message for any of us, call the church office! We check messages remotely.
  • For other needs email Aya in our office: Changes in your contact information, emergency contact information (if you would like to provide that), opting out to receive reminder texts on Sundays, to let us know you have not received any information about our new Kaleidoscope Sunday Rhythms, a paper copy of the directory, etc. 
For Your Prayers
Consider spending some time this week in a moment of quiet reflection or prayer. Here are daily prayers, emailed to you Monday through Friday, from the UMC, focussing on racism and the need for change. 


Consider praying for the following:
  • All the students and teachers, parents and principals struggling to learn, teach, love, and lead in this crazy COVID time.
  • Please pray for Black peoples, Indigenous peoples, and all people of color.
  • Please pray for the protestors.
  • Please pray for our country to be less divided
  • Please pray for the health of our community and those affected by COVID-19.
  • Please pray for Pastor Joe and his LGBTQ+ friendly medical clinic and church in Kenya
  • Please pray for Pastor Phil for wisdom, strength, and vision
  • The mission and vision of our Church 
  • Our church family and friends
  • The local community and our neighbors 
  • The United Methodist Church
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