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IT'S THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH,
WHICH MEANS IT'S TIME TO ACT

Friday, November 20th
Transgender Day of Remembrance at 7 pm
Join Emerald City Social Club and our church community to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence since last year. Here is a video description of the event, and its importance, by Maggie. R.

Sunday, November 22nd, ACT Sunday
From 9am – 5pm, walk along the visual demonstration in support of trans people on NE 12th between NE 112th Ave and NE 106th Ave. Park at the library from 10 am – 2 pm. Or check it out on the church lawn until December 3rd.


FIFTH SUNDAY, SABBATH SUNDAY OPTIONS

Sabbath Sundays, the 5th Sundays of the month, are all about spiritual practices and doing things that bring you delight.  Our first experience of Sabbath Sunday in our new Sunday rhythm will be Sunday, November 29th.   You can create your own experience of Sabbath, or there are three options organized by the church:
  1. Use your body and senses to become more aware of the neighbors who surround us. Take a short, socially distanced walk through the areas surrounding the church building with Sheri Y., during which you'll be invited to take note of what you see, hear, and even feel along the way.
  2. Use poems as a way to reorient yourself around the Divine, community, and where we are in this season of our lives. Brittany L. invites participants to bring a poem that has helped them get through the last year. Sharing is optional, but listening will be essential!
  3. Sabbath invites us to reconnect with both nature and the divine. Using materials easily found around our homes and neighborhoods, Laurie E. will lead us in constructing a simple "Advent Wreath" to use as we prepare for Christmas.
Here is more information on these events as well as registration information.  Sign up today!

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.
  3. Bellevue LifeSpring (our usual Christmas family sponsor) would like $100 donations, by November 20th,  to buy food and gifts for one child. The Bellevue School District will distribute the gift cards and food vouchers to local families in need. You can donate here or if you prefer to send a check, please write Adopt-A-Family in the subject line and mail the check to 302 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 98004. 
SOCIAL JUSTICE (ACT) TOPICS OF INTEREST

Become a Reconciling United Methodist to serve as a witness to the Church and world of God’s affirmation of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Then tell the story of why you are a RUM and invite your loved ones to join the movement alongside you. The more the merrier! Empower yourself to make a difference in the movement. Find out more, here.

More groceries are needed for families in Bellevue starting in January.  Are you interested?  The cost is about $25/week. Grocery drop off is at 10:30 am on Thursdays at our church. If you want to donate but don't want to shop, that's fine, too! Please let Laurie Edwards know if you are interested or want more information!
 

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 our community to indicate their financial support by completing a 2021 estimate of giving card and returning to the church by December 11. If you’ve not yet received a 2021 estimate card, please contact the church office (office@fumcbellevue.org or 425-454-2059) and we will forward a card. 

 

THE UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE from our church.  Not enough people were using it for it to make sense for us, financially.  However, you can go online here and find three different Upper Room devotionals for each day!

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 a fair and just election and the ability to come together for the good of the whole when it has been decided.
  • 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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