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It's the 3rd Sunday of the month: 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 fall at Annual Conference, Bishop Stanovksy spoke in an address entitled: Taking Something That Isn't Yours is the Original Sin. She spoke about many examples of that, including taking someone's body in rape or sex trafficking, taking children from their parents at the border, and taking land from Indigenous Peoples, for example. At the end of her talk, she called on all of us to promote greater cultural and racial equity and inclusion in our communities of faith by doing the following:
  1. Learn the history and current reality of racism, anti-blackness, Native American exclusion, anti-immigrant attitudes, implicit racial bias, and white supremacy.
  2. Examine the visual images present in worship spaces and facilities, newsletters, for imagery that is culturally biased or exclusionary.
  3. Reflect on traditions, decision-making, and communication styles that assume and privilege Euro-centric culture and values.
  4. Examine the values and people prioritized in church budgets and activities.
  5. In word and deed, intentionally to appreciate and honor the God-given goodness of a diverse human family.
  6. Intentionally to welcome the wide diversity of God’s children into full, authentic voice and leadership in our churches.
  7. Initiate and enter into partnerships with groups in the community that are not now present in each congregation.
You can read more of Bishop Stanovsky's address here but read on the find out more about some of the things that FUMCB will be doing to answer her call, and our own desire to change the world in Christ-like ways!

October ACT (Social Justice) Sunday
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Working Toward Right Relationships with Native People, October 25th at 4 pm 
Register here!
This is a unique, experiential workshop tracing the historic roots and ongoing impacts of the 'Doctrine of Discovery', the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward right relationship with Native peoples.  This workshop was created in response to calls from Indigenous leaders at the United Nations and the World Council of Churches and is presented by Friends Peace Teams. 


October is all about working toward right relationships with the Indigenous Peoples of this area. As a first step on that path, the Social Action Ministry Team (SAMT) and Leadership Council are working on a Land Acknowledgement Statement to acknowledge the Coast Salish people who were here before us.  Once finished t is our hope that this will be read before programs, be printed in bulletins, be prominent on our webpage, etc. Here is what the draft statement says: "We respectfully acknowledge that the lands on which we live and gather were stolen from the Coast Salish peoples, in particular the Duwamish tribe. We condemn the US government for not fulfilling its promises for reservations, hunting, and fishing rights for these tribes in the Treaty of Point Elliot of 1855. We honor the Salish people and are enriched by their continued presence in our communities."  Stay tuned for more steps we can all take to be better neighbors to the native people of our land!
 
Fighting Homelessness Through Transitional Housing
Leadership Council recently committed to creating an efficiency apartment, complete with bathroom, shower, and kitchen facilities, as well as a private outside entrance, in the education wing on the bottom floor of our building. SPRC has committed to hiring a Case Manager to work with the resident(s) of the apartment, as well, so that we can offer short term housing to individuals wanting to move out of homelessness. We are currently raising $30,000 for the construction of the apartment, which has already begun. If you would like to donate, please do so on our website, through your bank, or by mailing a check to the church.  

 
We're looking for some volunteers to help with the technical aspects of streaming our worship service. 
  • Would you like to hone your Zoom skills, with plenty of one-on-one training and support?  
  • Are you yearning for something to DO to help out?
  • Is a connection with others leaving a hole in your life during the pandemic?
  • Do you have knowledge of PowerPoint, basic Zoom skills, and a computer that can be hardwired to the internet (not on wifi)?
If so, this is the gig for you! Please email Laurie E to volunteer. 
 
Systemic Racism Resources:
  • 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. Action changes things! 
  • Redlining, Real Estate, and the Color of Law, a webinar sponsored by the UW Alumni Association describe the history of legal segregation in Seattle, and how it continues today.  Click here to watch on YouTube. Thanks to Kathy K for this great resource.
  • Interviews of Asian American teachers discussing school in the age of COVID, wildfires, and civil unrest. Click here for to see all the interviews. The interviews are part of worship for the Seattle Progressive Asian American Christians. Aya Sato, our officer administrator is one of the key leaders of this organization. 
 
Check out all upcoming Kaleidoscope events and opportunities here.

September Finance Update

September saw us joining online live worship as well as our first interactive ACT Sunday. The hard work of our staff and dedicated volunteers resulted in successful events with good participation. Your support makes these possible, along with our other missions, online resources, and the many online group gatherings (if you haven’t participated in a group, check the church website for opportunities).  If you didn't see it in last week's newsletter, check out this list of all we've accomplished since we've been staying healthy at home!

Giving in September was strong and, coupled with tenant income from parking, allowed us to meet expenses for the month. We are losing one of our parking lot tenants and we’ve used the Payroll Protection Program loan, so it is important for our faithful givers to continue their generosity through the rest of 2020.

THANK YOU! Your support is allowing us to fulfill our mission in these troubling times and position ourselves for a bright future with new ways to serve the community. Please keep supporting the work of the church!

The Finance Team

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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