This week is the 2nd Sunday, so it's time for Community Groups. 
 If you haven't signed up for a group yet, go to ( and sign up! There are two new groups opening up: North Seattle/Bothell/etc and South Bellevue/Renton/etc. If you are in the Radford Group, your get together is at 6:30 Friday, the Allen group meets at 10 am Sunday, and the Bruning group meets Sunday at 5 pm.

Book Group October 14th
The next FUMCB Book Group meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 3 p.m. Darlene Pollard will be the host. Please let her know a few days prior to the date that you wish to participate. In October we will each be reading one or more books of our choice on the topic of Native Americans. If you have questions, please contact either Phyllis B. or Darlene H.

Fight systemic racism by writing to your King County Councilmember!
It's budget time and the best time to influence the budget to ensure that spending is equitable rather than equal. Information on our website provides everything you need to help get the most money to parts of the county with the greatest need. This call to action came as a result of our discussion with Matias Valenzuela from Seattle/King County Public Health last Sunday. Action changes things! 

Columbus Day celebrates a man who doesn't deserve our praise. 
As it turns out Christopher Columbus' story is much different than the one we learned in school. Throughout his years in the New World, Columbus enslaved natives who were put to work for the sake of profits. Later, Columbus sent thousands of indigenous Taino from Hispaniola to Spain to be sold. Many died en route. The rest were forced to search for gold in mines and work on plantations. Within 60 years after Columbus landed, only a few hundred of what may have been 250,000 Taino were left on their island. Read more here.

Consider celebrating Indigenous People's Day on Monday, October 12th instead!  Here are some easy, virtual ways to do that::
  • Learn about the Duwamish Tribe and their efforts to become recognized by the US Government in order to receive the benefits promised them in the Point Elliot Treaty. 
  • Listen to a podcast that gives the fascinating history of the Musgokee Tribe lands (a large portion of Oklahoma) recently returned to them by the Supreme Court.  There's murder, mayhem, and treason!
  • Enjoy some music by Indigenous artists.
  • Make a Navajo taco (YUM) for dinner!
  • Learn a little Southern Lushootseed, the language of the Coast Salish peoples in this area!
We may be staying home to stay safe, but that hasn't stopped us from accomplishing a lot of meaningful work! Here's what we've done since March!
  • Collected money for school supplies
  • Given $1500 each to Mary’s Place and Friends of Youth
  • Participated in bible studies, sermon discussions, and many meetings
  • Bought groceries weekly for 10 – 12 families in Bellevue...Read more
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.
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:
  • Indigenous peoples across the US who have not been treated fairly by our government since the first time they met us.
  • ALL those in our country who have COVID and are suffering.
  • 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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