Hunger and Homelessness
Crossroads Meal Program: On the fourth Monday of each month, a group from our church prepares a meal and serves it at 6pm at the Salvation Army Center on 164th Ave NE in the Crossroads area of Bellevue. Two Sundays before the meal we solicit donations of ingredients for the dinner.
King County Emergency Feeding Program: Loose change is collected on the third Sunday of each month to support the King County Emergency Feeding Program.
Mary's Place / Church of Mary Magdalene: Needed items and food are collected for the Church of Mary Magdalene. Mary's Place kids join us for our annual Vacation Bible Adventure (VBA).
Surplus Baked Goods Rescue: Each Friday morning members of our congregation collect all surplus baked goods from area grocery stores and deliver them to Mary's Place.
Camp Unity: We have hosted homeless encampments in the past. As we wait for our next turn to do so we collect needed items in the donation area of the north entranceway. Meals are also served occasionally by us.
Women and Children
The Women's Service Group: Meets at 10 am in the Parlor the second and fourth Mondays of each month to sew layettes for newborns.
Congregations For Kids Good Start Back to School Project: Every summer, with donations from FUMC-B and 22 other Bellevue faith communities, we provide school supplies for needy children in Bellevue.
Atlantic Street Center: helps low income families in Seattle to thrive through programs for preschoolers, teenage moms, and families of all types. Our church supports ASC financially and through in kind donations such as sewing machines, excess fabric, etc.
Katherine Parker, missionary: Katherine is a Methodist missionary serving with the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal, focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene. Read more about her work on her blog, available at www.umcmission.org/Explore-our-work/missionaries-service/missionary-profiles/Parker-Katherine)
UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief): is supported by Methodists throughout the world. When disaster strikes, UMCOR works through local partners to see that needs are met. One Great Hour of Sharing, the first Sunday of March, we donate to pay ALL administrative expenses for UMCOR.
Bag Ladies: Sew school bags for UMCOR school bag kits. As of October, 2015 they have sewn and sent more than 7000 bags!
Sager Brown: is the UMCOR depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. There they collect supplies send around the world for bedding, birthing, health, layette, school and sewing kits as well as cleaning buckets. In fall, 2014 a team from FUMC-B helped at Sager Brown for a week.
United Methodist Women: Provide weekday opportunities for service, education and fellowship. UMW conferences and events offer many opportunities to support women and children around the world.
Beanies for Service Members: Stocking caps are made and sent to our troops. Information is available in the north entrance coat closet.