What's Happening

Would you like to volunteer? 

With 500+ families still in the program, Jubilee Reach has decided to extend its Groceries for Families program through the end of  January!  This program has made a huge difference in the lives of families just barely hanging on through the pandemic. and opportunities to help them are still available. 
  1. Would you be willing to pay for and/or shop for one bag of non-perishable groceries for one family once a week until the end of January?  Specific groceries would be purchased each week at a cost of $20 - $30/week. Groceries are delivered to our church each Thursday at 11 am by the shoppers and are then delivered to Jubilee Reach   Ten families from our church have been doing this for several months, and most are choosing to continue to help out in this way. but we can always use more groceries!  If you want to provide a bag a week but don't want to shop, or are happy to help by shopping but can't afford to finance a bag a week, or are willing to do both shopping and paying, email Laurie E and volunteer.
  2. Or, would you like to volunteer in person one Thursday afternoon a month to help hand out groceries from 12 noon - 3:30 pm?  If we can get 8 people to volunteer, we can cover one shift a month.  Again, email Laurie E if you would like to volunteer.
If you are interested please email prior to  Monday, August 17th, as Jubilee Reach needs to know what our commitment will be. Thanks, as always, for your generosity!
This Sunday is Community Group Sunday, so Pastor Phil will be encouraging everyone to get involved for his sermon. Each group meets once a month for good conversation, mutual support, and a healthy dose of laughter and general good-times. There's no book studies, no homework, just normal folks going through life together. For most of the remainder of 2020, all groups will meet as a Virtual Community Group, meeting once a month via ZOOM. Our hope is that sometime in the next few months we'll be able to start meeting in homes and in-person groups across our local area. Ask to join one of our three groups by clicking here.  We will soon be starting two or three new groups, too, as the ones we have are almost at capacity, so please let us know if you would be interested in leading or participating in a new group, instead!

The next meeting of the FUMCB Book Group will be Wednesday, August 19th, at 3 pm via Zoom. The topic for the August meeting will be “homelessness”.  Read any book of your choice on the topic of homelessness, such as Richard LeMieux’s book, “Breakfast at Sally’s”. If you are planning to join the discussion, please email Darlene P. If you have questions, please email Darlene H or Phyllis B.
Racism and the Struggle for Equity in the Field of Conservation.  

Thursday, August 27, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Woodland Park Zoo invites us to hear panelists discuss their experiences as members of the BIPOC community and co-conspirators* working in and around the field of conservation.  Together, we will explore how racism and other issues of social injustice are connected to climate injustice and work against the goals of conservation. We will be joined by a special animal guest, and panelists will have a chance to answer audience questions.  Register here.
*Co-conspirator is a term used in some antiracist work to describe those who are non-BIPOC and are dedicated to disrupting systems of oppression. 

Do you need to update your contact information? Email the office or let your Care Circle leader know! We are updating our directory in preparation for sending a new version out soon.
At the beginning of the pandemic, we changed the security codes at church.  There is a Trustee/staff code and a  general code.  Two codes were created to keep people out of the building until it is again safe to gather together.  Please don't try to get in without the new code and please don't use the Trustee/staff code unless you are on Trustees or staff.  THANKS!
In September we will be sending out Sunday texts with links and information about our Sunday rhythm for that day to everyone in our congregation for whom we have a mobile phone number.  If you don't want to receive texts, please email Aya and we'll make sure to opt-out for you.
Practice Spirituality 
  • Pastor Phil's sermon can be found on our web page each week.
  • Sermon Discussions on Sundays at 10:30am or 11 am. 
  • Would you like an Upper Room devotional booklet? They are in a box outside the north, main, entrance. Or, you can find it online this time here
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!

When will it be time to take down our Black Lives Matter sign at church? The answer is complicated, but there are few facts to consider first.
  • A recent Seattle Times piece by Bitaniya Giday, a Bellevue School District Senior, reveals the countless episodes of racism she has endured and the frustration she has experienced at getting the administration to make any changes to protect students of color.....(read more).
If you'd like to read more, please go to our new blog page at You'll find past newsletter articles as well as the rest of this one.  
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:
  • The Seventh Day Adventist congregation which meets at our church.  Several of their single moms are struggling to make ends meet during this time of unemployment and uncertainty.
  • Please pray for Black peoples, Indigenous peoples, and 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, vision, and health
  • 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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