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From the Pastor's Pen

What does God want us to do here at St. Peter’s? What do you think we should be doing here at St. Peter’s? In reality, what are we doing here, are we praying, discerning and planning to return our church to greater vitality, and renewing hope in new person’s lives? Are we intentionally praying, planning and seeking to bring in new people who want and need a place to live out and deepen their faith and understanding of God, and what that means to their lives and their living?

We answer these prior questions everyday, every week, and every Sunday by how we order the life of our church. There are some wonderful events on-going at our church, the meals and feeding programs, housing the summer homeless women’s shelter, the drop-in daycare center, and the back-to-school celebration party we had to name a few.  

What the church does should bother all persons from time to time especially those who are its members, this is due to the Church’s calling and what it represents. The church is the place where persons have a dual citizenship, they are to be citizens of heaven, as well as citizens of the respected nations they live and reside in. Such a situation creates a dichotomy, a tension if you will in what they do, how they conduct themselves, what is important, and ultimately what is ultimate and supreme for them.

All this to say it is not easy following God. Jesus said, "I did not come to bring peace, but to turn those of the same house, against one another." Persons will interpret, implement and respond to the Will, Word, and Authority of God differently. And that is not meant to say that that is a bad thing, difference is not always wrong, and doing the same thing over and over is not always right. We must make room for, and allow new ideas and suggestions to be affirmingly tried.

Rabbi Abraham Heschel writes; “When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendors of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion, its message becomes meaningless.”

We have a story to both tell and share, we must do it to a new and at times cynical generation. It is the only thing that will save them, it is the only thing that has saves us.


The Bellevue/Redmond Interfaith CROP Hunger Walk/Event will be on September 29th at 1P. Registration will be at 12:30P and the walk begins at 1:30P, at First Congregational Church (UCC) 11061 NE 2nd St., Bellevue. See John Fountain or visit for more information.
St. Peter's Christian Preschool

The St. Peter's Christian Preschool has been put on hold for the fall. We will be reassessing the program later this year.
The 24th Annual Anna's Concert

This year our annual Anna's Concert will feature the Brass Band Northwest on Saturday, October 5th, at 3:00P. The concert is FREE and open to the public. Childcare will be available. If you would like more information about the band you can visit their website at 
Charge Confrence

Charge Conference will be on Monday, October 21st at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Please have your reports in to the office no later than October 11th. Thank you! 
Sophia Way Luncheon

Save the date for the “Our Way Home” Benefit Luncheon for the Sophia Way, Tuesday, October 15th at 1P, at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. Register at
News from the Sophia Way

Tuesday, August 20 was a busy and banner day for The Sophia Way, as we reopened our Emergency Shelter, hosted (until October 15) by St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Bellevue. As the sun started to set, women began lining up. 

Dietra Clayton, who recently was promoted to Director of Client Services & Shelter Programs, implemented significant changes that immediately lightened the spirits of our guests. Balloons, flowers, and smiling faces welcomed our guests. Now, the women enter through the front door, where previously they had to line up at a side entrance. Previously, they were responsible for pulling out their own sleeping mats, which can be difficult for many. Now, sleeping mats are arranged prior to our guests’ arrival. Currently, we have nearly 40 women coming to shelter for a hot meal and safe place to sleep and expect our numbers to rise as the season changes. 

The women experiencing homelessness on the Eastside are diverse—more than one-third of those we serve are over the age of 55! We see White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian clients who become homeless for a plethora of reasons – job loss, eviction, accident or illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and more. Every woman has a unique story with unique needs—it is up to our committed frontline staff to assist her determine what change she wants and how to go about making those changes to stabilize and transform with the ultimate goal of finding a permanent home. 

You can help us make a difference. Here are five ways to contribute—
1) Donate a shelter meal 
2) Attend Our Way Home luncheon on Tuesday, October 15 
3) Volunteer – individually or as a group 
4) Purchase much-needed items for the shelter 
5) Make a financial gift 

We continue to be honored and humbled by our community’s generosity. We thank each one of you for helping us end homelessness for women.

With gratitude,
Alisa Chatinsky
Interim Executive Director
Fall Bag Filling for the Homeless

On Sunday October 20th after church please plan to help fill gallon baggies for people standing on corners asking for help. We hope to fill 50 baggies with socks, granola bars, juice boxes, packages of cheese or peanut butter and crackers, packets of Kleenex or other items. If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact Pat King at prior to October 14th.
Crossroads Feeding Program 

The crossroads feeding program continues monthly with a meal served on the second Monday of every month at the Salvation Army located on 164th Avenue Northeast just up the hill from the church. We serve a hot meal at 6pm which often includes teriyaki chicken, rice, assorted vegetables, salad, fruit, cookie snack and milk. We serve between 35 and 50 people with seconds and thirds and everyone goes home satisfied. The cost of the meal is supported by the church budget. We are always looking for people to be involved with either cooking, serving the meal or clean up. We have great team members but there is always room for more. If you are interested or want more information please call the church office at 425-747-3210 and the call will be a directed to the appropriate volunteers.

  • 50 or less in worship
  • Single cell
  • Difficult to become a member, process is long term "adoption"
  • Members have a sense of belonging
  • Pastors usually not central leadership figure
  • Power source - Patriarch/Matriarch
    • Transition from family size to pastoral size
    • Power monger, influence, manipulation
  • Family Size Pastoral
    • Traditionally functions as a Chaplin
    • Traditionally pastor not center of power/influence
    • Must be able to work with gatekeepers
    • Longer pastorate makes for more powerful clergy, shorter
      stays makes for more powerful gatekeepers
    • To be effective most pastors stay 10 years or longer in family
      size churches for pastors to gain influence
St. Peter's Links

St. Peter's UMC Website

Church Calendar

Sermon Podcasts

St. Peter's Childcare Center

Contact Information

Ministry & Missions

Katherine Parker-
Missionary to Nepal

Amazon Smile

UMC Market

Pastoral Care
To contact us:
St. Peter's United Methodist Church 17222 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008
Phone: 425-747-3210           Website:          Office Hours: M-F, 9A-12P
Our Child Care Center is open Tues., Wed. and Thurs. from 9A-12:30P 
They follow the Bellevue Public School calendar, and are closed in summer. 
Reservation Line: 425-443-5897

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