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TO DO THIS WEEK:

1.  Celebrate our new rhythm kick-off with 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! 

2. Pertinent, practical and personal: ACT Sunday, September 27th at 4 p.m. Learn about racial inequities negatively affecting People of Color in the COVID19 crisis.  
DISPROPORTIONATE:  RACIAL INEQUITY AND COVID-19. Then, help 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

3. For 5 years we've been loaning and reloaning our initial $1000 donation to Kiva.org. Now it's time to up our commitment while fighting systemic racism locally and globally. We'll pick new loans to support as a part of our ACT Sunday workshop.  Please donate today,  generously,  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.

4. Learn about estate planning through the lens of social and racial justice at an event sponsored by the Campaign for Equal Justice.  More information can be found here.

5.  Volunteer to help distribute groceries at Jubilee Reach. Volunteers are needed Tuesday- Thursday, mornings and afternoons.


6.  Email the church office about any of the following:
  • Changes in your contact information
  • Emergency contact information (if you would like to provide that) 
  • Opting out to receive reminder texts on Sundays starting mid-September
  • To let us know you have not received any information about our new Kaleidoscope Sunday Rhythms
7. Check out upcoming Kaleidoscope events and opportunities here.


Update from the Finance Team

We hope you are safe and healthy – although the heavy smoke certainly added to our challenges.

In August, giving for church operations declined while giving for our other missions (Youth Lunches, Back to School supplies, Crossroads Feeding, and others) remained strong. We also used the last of our Payroll Protection Loan (received as part of the CARES COVID relief act) which funded staff salaries through the summer. This means we will be relying even more on your support for the remainder of 2020.

Our dedicated staff is busy preparing for our first live streaming worship service on Sunday, September 20, and our first ACT Sunday on the 27th. Plan to join our community in both events and the rest of our fall schedule. There are lots of groups available, so if you haven’t joined yet, do so now. We’re proving the church is not merely a building.

Your support makes all this happen which helps us fulfill our mission now and position ourselves for an exciting future. Thanks again for your generosity and please keep supporting the work of the church!
 


The updated directory has been emailed out to everyone listed in the current directory. Please check your junk mail or spam inbox if you didn't find it in your inbox today! You can email the office and request a PDF copy or paper copy if needed. Paper copies will be mailed out next week.
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:
  • Everyone affected by wildfires burning unchecked:  those whose homes have disappeared, those whose lungs hurt, those working to contain the fires and those who love them, and everyone who feels fear on top of COVID-19 loneliness or unease.
  • 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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