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What's Happening
 

September ACT Sunday
DISPROPORTIONATE:  RACIAL INEQUITY AND COVID-19

Sunday, September 27 at 4 pm
 
Long-standing systemic health and social inequities put People of Color in King County at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.  What we learn about these issues from our presenter Matias Valenzuela,  the Equity Director for King County Public Health, will be applied as we work, in small groups, to select small businesses owned by People of Color in under-resourced communities to receive micro-loans.

To register for this Zoom meeting, please click here. NOTE: In this Zoom meeting you will be asked to have your video and audio off until we go to breakout rooms (virtually) to choose borrowers. The program will not be recorded.

KIVA.ORG
Fund Drive for Loans to Business Owned by People of Color

FUMCB has been loaning money to people through Kiva for 5 years now!  We've helped to change the lives of 26 people with loans totaling $7,500, all for our initial investment of $1000.  This time when we choose new borrowers, we're hoping to be able to lend $500 to each of 6 borrowers. Please join in helping to create funding for the ACT Sunday microloans by donating to Kiva.org through FUMCB online here, or by mailing a check to the church office. Please indicate that the funds are for Kiva when donating. All funds collected up to one thousand dollars will be doubled by a generous member of our congregation.   
 
SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS:
Racism and the Struggle for Equity in the Field of Conservation.  
Thursday, August 27, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

 
Woodland Park Zoo invites us to hear panelists discuss their experiences as members of the BIPOC community and co-conspirators* working in and around the field of conservation.  Together, we will explore how racism and other issues of social injustice are connected to climate injustice and work against the goals of conservation. We will be joined by a special animal guest, and panelists will have a chance to answer audience questions.  Register here.
*Co-conspirator is a term used in some antiracist work to describe those who are non-BIPOC and are dedicated to disrupting systems of oppression. 

 

Finance update for July

Giving is staying strong.  Thank you! We did have a small shortfall in July, although we also received some overdue rental income which offset an unexpected expense. Support for other programs such as Jubilee Reach, sack lunches, and Crossroads Dinner continue. Unsurprisingly, we are preparing many more meals for Crossroads than in the past.

Community Groups met again,  our staff is busy preparing an exciting new fall season with live (virtual) worship on September 20, followed by an ACT Sunday program on September 27 (see above). If you haven’t watched the Kaleidoscope video or received information about Kaleidoscope, please contact the office. Your financial support helps make this all happen, which helps us better fulfill our mission, making clearer our vision of the future for our community.

Your continuing support is vital to maintaining our community and positioning ourselves for the future. Thanks again for your generosity and please keep supporting the work of the church!
 

UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION
Do you need to update your contact information? Email the office or let your Care Circle leader know! We are updating our directory in preparation for sending a new version out soon.
 
NEW SECURITY CODE
At the beginning of the pandemic, we changed the security codes at church.  There is a Trustee/staff code and a  general code.  Two codes were created to keep people out of the building until it is again safe to gather together.  Please don't try to get in without the new code and please don't use the Trustee/staff code unless you are on Trustees or staff.  THANKS!
 
SUNDAY REMINDER TEXTS
In September we will be sending out Sunday texts with links and information about our Sunday rhythm for that day to everyone in our congregation for whom we have a mobile phone number.  If you don't want to receive texts, please email Aya and we'll make sure to opt-out for you.
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
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!
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:
  • The Seventh Day Adventist congregation which meets at our church.  Several of their single moms are struggling to make ends meet during this time of unemployment and uncertainty.
  • 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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