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IT'S THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: Live worship THIS SUNDAY at 10 amcomplete with music and communion for the second Sunday of advent. Here's the link www.fumcbellevue.org/online. Check here each Sunday for the latest worship, events, and opportunities! 

COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR THIS SUNDAY
Stay online after worship to join Pastor Phil this Sunday for a virtual coffee hour. The time will be open and free-flowing, so bring whatever meaningful questions or topics you’ve been thinking about, or just show up for the fellowship and good-natured conversation.


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES HIGHLIGHT
Here are two wonderful articles that highlight the importance of the natural world too, and its relationship within indigenous cultures.
BUY FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
(by Maggie Radford, Social Action Ministry Team Chairperson)
The lists below are just a starting point for identifying Black-owned businesses to purchase from this holiday season. Small businesses are struggling due to Covid and it is more important than ever to shop small and also consider the broader social impacts of our spending. If you do not see something here that is the style of your family and friends we encourage you to look around for yourself and identify ways you can make the gifts you give more broadly impactful on top of the smile of joy brought to a loved one. 

Etsy (small artisan online shop)
Black Owned Business Page 
  • Offering everything from Jewelry, art, candles, and baby clothes to coffee tables 
Shopping for someone with on-point household style 
  • List focuses on Black artisans with everything from pottery, blankets, linens, art, to furniture
Local Seattle Black-Owned Business 
  • List includes everything from farm to door grocery subscriptions, massages, yoga, jewelry, local boutiques, to restaurant gift card ideas
Another resource for Seattle Black-owned businesses 
  • List includes everything from candies, pasta, to clothes, and jewelry 
We will be offering more information about buying from Black-owned businesses this month for ACT Sunday, December 27th, so keep an eye out for that!

CHRISTMAS FAMILIES PANDEMIC STYLE
This year, donate to families in need in a COVID-19 safe way: GIFT CARDS! Support families through these organizations with whom we regularly partner:
  1. Jubilee Reach (Bellevue organization helping families in need) Elves program is asking for a  $100 donation from you to buy gift cards, groceries, gas, a blanket, and socks for one of 500 families.  You'll even get information about the family you sponsored! Donate here or send a check to Jubilee Reach at 14200 SE 13th PL, Bellevue, WA, 98007.
  2. Mary's Place (Seattle day center and shelters for homeless families) would like $10 or $25 gift cards from your favorite grocery store so that families can have a holiday meal, or from your favorite retail store (Target, Walmart, etc.) so that families can purchase their own holiday gifts. Gift cards can be delivered to families safely and give them flexibility. Send to PO Box 1711, Seattle, WA 98111.

THE POETRY OF MAYA ANGELOU, FREEDOM AND ADVENT
This year's Advent devotional is available to be read online, printed, or picked up from the box outside the church's north entrance door.


SUPPORTING SEATTLE PROGRESSIVE ASIAN AMERICAN CHRISTIANS (SPAAC)
Giving Tuesday has passed but there is still an opportunity to support SPAAC in our continued partnership with them! Many of you know Aya, our office administrator, and Rev. Thomas Yang. They run a local community organization for socially, politically, and theologically progressive Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American and diaspora Christians in the greater Seattle area. It is an LGBTQ-affirming, feminist, justice-oriented, anti-racist, pro-immigrant, anti-ableist space that holds a wide range of theologies. SPAAC commits to creating and preserving the cultural and social identities of progressive Asian American Christians by fostering spaces that connect, inform, educate, and inspire the community and broader public. Support them by checking out their work out here and if you're able to support them financially, click here!


DOING MARVELOUS THINGS TOGETHER
“Sing to God a new song, for God has done marvelous things. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy.” + Psalm 98

In a year like no other, we’ve evolved and come together as a community in ways we never imagined. We’re supporting our community in many ways. Youth lunches, Crossroads feeding, Jubilee reach meals, and new social justice initiatives are only some of the ways we are reaching out. We have a new church rhythm with live and online video content that’s helping members engage and stay connected while gaining new connections in the community. We’ve come together at happy hours, webinars, prayer services, community groups, and bible studies.

Your remarkable financial and volunteer support, prayers, and creativity is making all these things possible in 2020. We wish to continue to fulfill our mission of transforming the world in the name of Christ in 2021. To do so, your continuing financial and volunteer support, along with your prayers, is critical.

To help us plan for 2021, we’re asking you to indicate your financial support by completing a 2021 estimate of giving card and returning to the church by December 11th. If you’ve not already returned your estimate, please do so soon. If you’d like a 2021 estimate card, please contact the church office (office@fumcbellevue.org or 425-454-2059) and we will send the card.

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, a paper copy of the directory, etc. 
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 Linda and Neal Harold, both experiencing some serious health issues.
  • 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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