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IT'S THE SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
Community Groups are a key aspect of our church identity. Each group meets once a month for good conversation, mutual support, and a healthy dose of laughter and general good-times. Currently, all groups are functioning as Virtual Community Groups, meeting once a month via Zoom. If you haven't signed up for a group yet, go to (fumcbellevue.org/groups) and sign up!


CHARGE CONFERENCE
THIS Sunday at 3 pm, with an SPRC meeting at 2 pm.
Charge Conference is our annual business meeting with our District Superintendent. This is a good chance to find out what we have accomplished this year and our strategies for living out our mission for the upcoming year. Click here to go to the virtual meeting. 


CHRISTMAS EVE PANDEMIC STYLE
ALL are welcome to both events on Thursday, December 24th.
  • Open House from 3 - 4 pm - stop in and say Merry Christmas and then come back for the service or stay around and chat, enjoying your virtual mulled cider and cookies! Click here
  • Service from 4 -  5 pm - Music, readings, a message, and a candle-lit Silent Night. Click here.

HELP! GROCERIES FOR FAMILIES IN BELLEVUE
Since March BFUMC members have been buying groceries for 10+ families in Bellevue each week through Jubilee Reach, where they provide groceries for 500 families from Bellevue every week who are living on the edge of homelessness. Some of the stories are heartbreaking:  a father, the only family breadwinner, who has a brain tumor; grandparents caring for grandchildren of parents scraping by paycheck to paycheck; minimum wage workers who have lost their jobs, people who have never had to ask for help before, etc.

Now, we need some new people (at least 2) to step up and help out!  Please consider what you can do? To buy the requested groceries costs about $25/week. There's a set list of items, plus a rotating list of hygiene supplies to be bought each week. We meet at the church at 10:30 am on Thursdays to pack all of the bags into one person's car to deliver them to Jubilee Reach. IF YOU CAN'T SHOP BUT WANT TO HELP we can arrange for someone who will shop for you and you can reimburse them as you go. If you can't afford $25/week, donate what you can to the Jubilee Reach grocery program through our church (online here) through your bank's online bill-pay program, or by mailing a check to the church and we'll use the money to buy necessary items.

If you can help, please email Laurie E. This is a very easy and rewarding way to help during a time when the need is high and the ability to help is hampered. THANKS!


BOOK GROUP - Wednesday, December 16th at 2 pm
We will share our favorite poetry. This is a tradition with the Book Group. Please note the time change and the fact that the poems do not have to be holiday-related. If you have questions, contact Darlene H or Phyllis B.

TDOR and DISPLAY in SUPPORT of the TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY
These two events, Transgender Day of Remembrance and the display which stretched for 6 blocks along NE 12th St in Bellevue touched the transgender community members with whom we partner, and our neighbors, too! We received wonderful testimonials such as the following. 

  • "I was awash with emotions. The last emotion was the most powerful- pride and restored faith in humanity came with the comprehension of your awesome and courageous message to the community of inclusion and love. Thank you and GOOD FOR YOU!"  (Neighbor)
  • "I would like to say thank you to all of you who helped put together that wonderful program on Friday night.  I have heard nothing but good comments about it. It's comforting beyond words to know we have allies out there such as yourselves." (Emerald City Social Club member)
  • "I was deeply moved by the display on many levels. Simply seeing so much work put into it and such a huge display (occupying space in cis straight Bellevue) was powerful.  This initial feeling was a tearful, relieved joy. Signage and graffiti directed at trans people can sometimes be very hateful and something which I brace myself for and this was the complete opposite. it's important for the trans community to know that allies are willing to hold space for us, and for those allies to risk disapproval from unfriendly elements of the public." (PFLAG member)
2020 GIVING

We continue to do amazing things in this most unusual year. We’re doing the important work of fulfilling our mission and making a positive impact in the community and we’ve gotten positive feedback from our live worship, ACT Sunday events like Transgender Day of Remembrance, and the many different group activities (we’ve even started new groups!). These different activities are generating many new connections in the community and are possible only with a lot of work on the part of our staff and volunteers. Thank you for supporting these efforts (and our other missions like Youth lunches, Crossroads feeding and Jubilee Reach meals) with your giving and volunteering.

Recent giving has slowed significantly and we are using reserves to fund the shortfall. Your financial support in December is critical. Please examine your 2020 giving and consider a generous gift before December ends. Your gifts will help keep positive momentum flowing as we move into 2021 and help us preserve some reserves for use in 2021.

Your support allows us to fulfill our mission in these troubling times. Thank you and 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 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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