What's Happening 
Congregations for Kids Back to School Supply Drive
  • Picture the yellow school bus box that appears in the entrance area of the church every summer.
  • Picture it full of checks made out to our church or Congregations for Kids, or all those on-line donations that happen out there on the web somewhere.
  • Picture 2,073 kids getting much-needed back-to-school supplies all packaged up nicely for them on the first day of school.
  • Picture their parents relieved that they didn't have to spend that money from the funds that are spread too thin these days.
  • Now, make all those pictures a reality and donate to our annual Back to School Supply Drive!  All donations due to the church by Sunday, August 9. No supplies this year, please, just monetary donations.
Donate today!  THANKS! 

FUMCB Book Group
The next meeting of the FUMCB Book Group will be Wednesday, August 19, at 3 pm via Zoom.  The topic for the August meeting will be “homelessness”.  Read any book of your choice on the topic of homelessness, such as Richard LeMieux’s book,   “Breakfast at Sally’s”. If you are planning to join the discussion, please email Darlene P. If you have questions, please email Darlene H or Phyllis B.


We've launched three new community groups! Each group will meet once a month for good conversation, mutual support, and a healthy dose of laughter and general good-times. There's no book studies, no homework, just normal folks going through life together. For the summer of 2020, all groups will begin as a Virtual Community Group, meeting once a month via ZOOM. Our hope is that by the fall, we'll be able to start meeting in homes and in-person groups across our local area.  Ask to join one of our three groups by clicking here.  
Social Justice Resources

Ibram X Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist and professor at Georgetown University, presented practical ways to be an anti-racist at a recent webinar attended by 77,000+ people through Prince George's library system in Maryland. The archival video of Dr. Kendi's interview is available for on-demand viewing at until August 20, 2020.  Do not miss this one!
Climate Change
Thanks to those of you who attended the webinar on the ethics of climate change. If you missed it this past Sunday, you can catch a different session through Humanities WA. Check their programming listings here.
Our webpage:  newsletters and other useful bits

The church web page is a wonder!  All the info you need about our church is there.
  • Newsletters archived  for the last few years for all those links and articles you missed
  • The Kaleidoscope video that Phil produced to answer all your questions
  • Sermon recordings from the pandemic and months before that, too, for when one sermon just won't do
  • Info on how to set up appointments to talk with staff members on Zoom
  • Community Group information and sign up forms so you can join the fun
  • Upcoming event info and all the links you need
  • Much more! 
Check it out at!
Practice Spirituality 
  • Pastor Phil's sermon can be found on our web page each week.
  • Sermon Discussions on Sundays at 10:30am or 11 am. 
  • Would you like an Upper Room devotional booklet? They are in a box outside the north, main, entrance. Or, you can find it online this time here
Help Keep our Staff Safe and Healthy
There are some changes in the indoor traffic flow at the church aimed at keeping the staff safe and healthy when they are working in the building. The north entrance doors to the church are to be used only by the main office staff.  Everyone else is asked to please enter by the south entrance door and please use Purell or wash you hands immediately.  We also ask that you wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands often, and stay home if you are sick or may be infected.   The office hallway is blocked off from the rest of the church.  All committee and volunteer mailboxes/files are now in the church library which can now be accessed by the seldom-used door off the back corner of the entrance area.  Please do not go out of the library into the main office hallway. If you need access to that area, please email Aya in the office.

These are fragile virus-protection measures.  if one person makes a bad decision we may all get sick.  We appreciate you doing what you can to keep us healthy!  If you have questions or concerns, please email Laurie E.
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 or a church directory email Aya in our office!
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:
  • Please pray for Black peoples, Indigenous peoples, and 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, vision, and health
  • 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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