It's the 4th Sunday of the month: October ACT (Social Justice) Sunday
This month's program is Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Working Toward Right Relationships with Native People, October 25th at 4 pm There are a few spots left so register here for Sunday's program. This participatory 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. 

Have you voted? Make a plan, get it done, and then drop your ballot in the nearest ballot drop box. To find the drop box closest to you go 
here. Not sure how to vote?  Sojourners Magazine's latest edition had an interesting perspective from Jim Wallis who suggests the Genesis contains our election altar call: "Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.' ...So God created humankind in God's image." (Genesis 1:26-27)  Wallis goes on to say "I believe this text about the creation of humankind in God's likeness is the foundation for politics for people of faith.  It means how we treat other human beings, our fellow citizens, is a theological matter and not just a political one.  Mistreatment of our fellow human beings is an offense to the image of God."  Whatever the position, whatever the ballot measure, consider how your vote affects the treatment of others and vote in a way that ensures equal, just, and God-like love for all.

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: You can read more of Bishop Stanovsky's address here but read on to 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 is all about working toward right relationships with the Indigenous Peoples of this area. As the 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. 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
We are currently raising $30,000 for the construction of a transitional housing apartment in our church. 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. 
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.
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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