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It's the 3rd Sunday of the month: Live worship THIS SUNDAY at 10 am, for Reconciling Sunday, complete with music, communion, and "coffee hour"! Brittany Ledyard will provide the message to help us celebrate 25 years as a reconciling congregation and to look forward to the ways our work continues into the future. Here's the link: www.fumcbellevue.org/online. Check here each Sunday for the latest worship, events, and opportunities! 
 
EVENTS

The FUMCB Book Group will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, at 3 pm. We will be reading books of our choice on the topic of LGBTQ+ issues,  the ACT Sunday focus in November. Please email Darlene P if you plan to attend. Do you have suggested titles for future meetings? Please email Kathy K. Questions? Please email Darlene H.

Sabbath Sundays, the 5th Sundays of the month, are all about spiritual practices and doing things that bring you delight.  Our first Sabbath Sunday in our new Sunday rhythm will be Sunday, November 29th.  There will be three offerings organized by the church (Advent wreath making, poetry readings, and a neighborhood prayer walk near the church) or you can do whatever you please! Here is more information on the three church-sponsored events as well as registration information.

UPCOMING SOCIAL JUSTICE (ACT) SUNDAY OPPORTUNITIES

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. There will be a reading of the names followed by a keynote speaker (TBA) followed by a time for sharing and discussion.

Sunday, November 22nd, ACT Sunday
Demonstration in support of the Transgender Community 
12 noon - 2 pm Corner of 108th Ave NE + NE 12th St in Bellevue
  
We are planning a dignified demonstration to bring TDOR into the public view. Each participant will hold a remembrance banner for one of the 40+ transgender people killed since the last TDOR. Remembrance banners and hand warmers will be provided by Bellevue First United Methodist Church. Co-sponsors include Bellevue Eastside PFLAG
Emerald City Social Club, and Seattle Progressive Asian American Christians. Meet at the Bellevue Library at 11:30 to pick up your banner and find your spot assignment. If you want to participate or have questions, please contact Laurie Edwards at Lauriee@fumcbellevue.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases we MAY cancel this event. Please check the webpage for the latest information.

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!
 
November is Native American Heritage Month and a great opportunity to look at Thanksgiving through a different lens: fewer Pilgrims and more gratitude, less Doctrine of Discovery, and more respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. All of that? That's called decolonizing - deconstructing colonial ideologies of the superiority and privilege of Western thought and approaches and instead valuing and revitalizing Indigenous knowledge and approaches. Creative Thanksgiving suggestions can be found here, while more about the decolonized view of Thanksgiving can be found here in a humorous yet fact-filled video.

The Duwamish are still fighting for recognition: The federal government still does not recognize the Duwamish tribe, which signed a treaty with the U.S. government in 1855. Their pursuit of justice continues today. Click here for a recent King5 story about this.   

Indigenous Peoples Call to ACTion: If you would like the resource list from the presentation about making right our relationships with Indigenous Peoples, of all the many steps you can take, click here

One way to improve our relationships with Indigenous Peoples is to be better allies. Here's an Ally Bill of Responsibilities, written by an Algonquin Tribe member, that outlines some best practices in being an ally. Leadership Council is working toward being a better ally to the Duwamish by developing a Land Acknowledgement Statement and perhaps paying Real Rent. If you, too, want to be a better ally and would like more information on the Real Rent Duwamish program, click here

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!

OCTOBER FINANCE UPDATE

Since mid-September we’ve experienced meaningful live worship on four Sundays, experienced two thought-provoking ACT Sunday events, and our first official Community Group meetings. Many of you joined one or more of these successful events and we’ve had a number of participants from the broader community. Our staff and dedicated volunteers continue the hard work necessary to make these events successful. Your support makes these possible, along with our other missions, online resources, and the many online group gatherings.

Of special note, your giving for the new transitional housing unit has been generous and we’re well on the way to meeting our goal. Thank you!

October giving was down over 40% from September and October expenses were higher. The result was a substantial deficit for the month. It is very important for our faithful givers to continue their generosity through the rest of 2020 so we can keep our momentum and continue making a positive impact on the community.

THANK YOU! Your support allows us to fulfill our mission in these troubling times. Please keep supporting the work of the church!

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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