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IT'S THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: ACT SUNDAY
WHO OWNS THE SPACE? DECOLONIZING OUR STORIES AND INSTITUTIONS

This Sunday, January 24th at 4 pm

Register hereWho owns the space in our world? Whose voices are heard and respected? Whose experiences are valued? Who is centered in our perspective?   The process of making room for multiple perspectives, decolonization, leads us to a new understanding of our world, and a better future. We'll act to show gratitude for those doing the work of decolonization in our local schools and you will leave with the incentive and the resources to find transformative actions to decolonize the spaces in your own life.
 
Alex Hulet, a charismatic Lake Washington High School history teacher, will lead this workshop, joined by a panel of students and others with whom she works. Alex is a passionate leader in the work of teaching tolerance, increasing diversity, and decolonizing the history syllabus at LWHS.


Social Justice Updates
Our webpage 
has an updated list of Buy Black resources, as well as a form you can fill out to update the list with resources you discover. Submitting the form updates the list immediately, making it easier for others to support recommended resources, too!

Stay up to date with social justice topics by
subscribing to our new monthly social justice email, ACTIVATE, which is full of practical, actionable steps you can take, resources for more learning, and information about upcoming programs.

Sabbath Sunday Options (5th Sunday, Jan. 31st) 
Take "time-off" to celebrate the goodness of life by enjoying one of these communal practices, suggesting another one, or enjoy the day your own way. For more information or to register click here.

  • Poetry Read: A Sense of Calling Practice delight with us through the written word as we find stillness together and listen to poetry read aloud. In the Ordinary Season following Epiphany, we contemplate Christ's early ministry and his calling of the disciples; this is a chance to share a poem that has called to you or that expresses your own sense of calling. You are not obligated to read but are welcome to join us for the joy of listening together.
  • Bird Watching Practice Sabbath by reconnecting with nature and the world you live within Expect to see Bald Eagles up the Skagit River; snow geese on the Skagit flats, as well as countless other migrating birds in the area. Truly a day of wonder and surprise. Birdwatching information, maps, and links will be provided ahead of time to anyone who registers. We will not be organizing meetups for lunch or back around the campfire due to Covid concerns, but we will have an active text group throughout the day to share sightings!


THE LARAMIE PROJECT and CHANGING TIMES: A POST PRODUCTION DISCUSSION WITH THE CAST
Sunday, Feb. 7 at 1 pm
The Laramie Project is a gripping exploration into the true story of the effect of a hate crime on a small town. The murder of Matthew Shepherd, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is explored through real-time accounts, revealing the different ways people respond or fail to respond to change. Please check out Studio East's website for information about their digital presentation of this play, available Friday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 7.
 
The discussion on Sunday the 7th of February at 1 pm will range from the issues with making art during a pandemic, how youth are affected by the pandemic and participation in the performing arts, and what The Laramie Project can teach us about prejudice and tolerance 
 Registration for the discussion is separate from tickets for the play.  This PopUp is sponsored by the Social Action Ministry Team of Bellevue First United Methodist Church.

Financial Summary for 2020
We were able to accomplish great things in 2020 despite the pandemic. We’ve been nimble and found innovative ways to adapt and transform our connection to the community. Rather than trying to “wait out” the pandemic, we’ve moved forward with new ways to meet our vision. Thanks to your generous giving and help from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program along with prior year’s operating surplus, we were able to finish 2020 without using reserves. Many of you also supported our mission with gifts to Youth lunches, Crossroads feeding, Jubilee reach meals and the Neighbors fund.

To continue our good works and advance the mission of the church, we need everyone’s financial support. 2021 is uncertain and will present difficult funding challenges. While we do have reserves, your giving will make a strong future possible. Your faithful stewardship is the means to fulfill our mission and vision well into the future. Thank you and keep up your faithful support of the church!

If you have questions about 2020 financial information, please contact Wayne Bruning, 425-883-6843 or wbruning@prodigy.net

Updated Care Circle Lists
If you would like an updated PDF of your Care Circle, email the office.

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For Your Prayers
Consider spending some time this week in a moment of quiet reflection or prayer.
Consider praying for the following:
  • Please pray for our new president and vice president, for their efforts at bridge building, and for our country.
  • Please pray for the families and friends of Marlene Stevens and Bill Eberhart.
  • Please pray for the members of the Duwamish Tribe, as well as all those whose ancestors lived on these lands from time immemorial.
  • Please pray for all of our LGBTQ neighbors.
  • 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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