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From the Pastor's Pen

We read in Proverbs 29: 18, “Where there is no vision the people perish; But they that keepeth the law, happy are they.” Two minds of thought hopefully are weaved throughout this article. First, we must have a vision for our church’s future, and for it not to be just a dream, we must first pray, discern, then make plans and then act on them. Let us not be fearful, let us not be foreboding as we look out upon present situations and circumstances, troubling as they are we are, or ought to be encouraged. Scripture tells and informs us;
“I am encouraged and confident of this, that He who began a good works in you will prevail it to completion, and until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1: 6)

We as both a nation, and more specifically as a local mainline denominational church, are in the midst of major and troubling challenges. These challenges facing us are more than just troubling, they both present us with not just stark possibilities, but present us also with ominous to dire outcomes, should we falter or fail to act in ways and manners from our prayerful discernment, that will be hopefully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and our eventual actions pleasing in the sight of God.

Given what we face, we’ve been in prayer, we’ve discerned, we’ve asked, we’ve sought the wisdom and thoughts of all. So now we began to act. Please, I ask that each of us pray for our nation, pray for the Church, pray specifically for our beloved St. Peter’s UMC. As we head into our fall season, and schedule, we have some opportunities to implement and institute some plans and actions that are intended to better position our church for a better and more vital future. 

Pray for the resumption and continued growth of our Drop-In Daycare Center, pray for the successful start-up of our new Christian Pre-School. We will also overtime be implementing some changes to our worship service that we pray and hope improves our worship experience and will make it more meaningful and transformative for all.
We will hear some updates from our “Building Committee” as they inform us of their efforts and the task before them as they determine options and strive for recommendations on how we should develop our property. Some might say given the current context of our church and culture, that we are, or have entered a time of risk taking, I would much more prefer to say we have entered a time of transformation and saving.

We most assuredly want to transform our church, we want to return it to a place and time of excitement, and vitality, and as far as saving it just to save it. It is far more than that, we have a Christian imperative or obligation if you will as a Christian that we are to seek out and save souls. Jesus gave us the great command or commission prior to ascending back to heaven instructing the faithful to act, to go, to engage, and not just sit wait, hope and pray.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)

So we are not just about saving St. Peter’s, our charge, our commission is to go forth and make disciples for the saving and transformation of all the world, ourselves included.
Back to School Party! 

St. Peter's United Methodist Church is hosting a Back to School Community Party on Saturday, September 7th from 11Ato 3P. We will have a big bouncy house, fun, games, and food! Everyone is welcome to join us for this free event!
St. Peter's Christian Preschool

We are going forward with the Christian preschool program. School starts the week of September 9th. The program is for ages 3 to 5 years old with a choice of attending 5 days a week or 3 days a week. We have space available for additional children. We will be meeting in the north basement and the room has been set up and you're invited to drop in and see what's going on. The cost of the program is $400 for five days a week and $300 for 3 days a week with registration of $75.  Our teachers Reena and Caryn are excited and enthusiastic about starting this program. Registration forms are available in the church office or can be sent. If you have questions please call the church office and they will be directed to the appropriate people. The preschool coordinator team includes Diana Wilson and Rachel Hall.
Sophia Way Emergency Shelter

St Peter's United Methodist Church has a history of responding to the needs of our community through our mission projects. We will again be hosting the Sophia Way Women’s Emergency Shelter this summer from now through October 15.  We have the space available and once again Sophia Way has received a generous grant from the Symmetra Corporation to pay for this extra shelter.  The staff will arrive approximately 8pm and the women at 8:30pm.  They will be given a sleeping mat, bedding, a hot meal and breakfast food in the morning.  We are very fortunate to have the suitable space in our Fellowship Hall with those sliding walls and to meet the criteria which is needed for their shelter.  They will have a new location after October 15 at the Lakeside Church in Kirkland.  There is a meals sign opportunity through Andrea Liggett at Holy Family Church.  We are not responsible for all the meals.  We will have more information as we get closer how we can help.
Thank you church family for helping the women again this summer.
Shelter News

The summer Emergency shelter for Women is starting on Tuesday (August 20th) at St. Peter’s. There are sign-ups to provide the night meal through Sunday (August 25th) but some meals are needed after that. You can access the meal sign-up chart at

The staff comes at 8 pm and leaves at 8 am the next morning. They are awake all night. Clients come at 8:30 pm and leave at 7:30 am. Please do not let any clients in the church before 8:30 pm. In the morning the will have a bus ticket to leave the area.

There are a few things that could be brought for the women: cotton pajamas, sun screen, sun hats. Please bring these any evening after 8 pm and give to staff.
Celebrating Grandparents Day 

It’s that time of year where St. Peter’s celebrates Grandparents Day with pictures of grandchild(ren). Digital pictures can be submitted directly to Kasandra Baber by email at In addition, digital pictures can also be sent to the church office administrator (Stacey) at with instructions to forward to K. Baber. Hardcopy pictures can be dropped off at the church office to the attention of K. Baber. Please include child(ren) and family’s name for presentation and hardcopy picture return. Note:  Just for fun if you want to showcase your pet’s cute picture, please submit using the same instructions above (for viewing purpose only). Final date for picture submittals is September 4, 2019.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kasandra Baber.
Fall Worship Schedule

Fall worship schedule will begin again next Sunday, with Communion Service at 8:30A and Worship Service at 10:30A. 
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.
Charity Luncheons

Fall is the time when many organizations hold their fund-raising events. We, as a church, are particularly interested in two organizations dealing with homelessness on the Eastside.

First will be the luncheon for Congregations for the Homeless which will be on September 19th at Bellevue First Presbyterian Church. There will likely be a report on progress of retrofitting their building to accommodate men 24/7/365. Usually there are several people from St. Peter’s at this event. To register, go to Eventbrite or contact Pat King.

The second event is the luncheon for The Sophia Way which will be October 15th at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. Women experiencing homelessness is a timely topic with the recent deaths of 3 women outside in Bellevue/Kirkland. One was definitely known to our shelter. We have a table reserved for St. Peter’s. To reserve your spot, call Pat King, at 425-396-5141 or leave your name with the church office.
Food Bank

We are still collecting food for the Hopelink food bank here in Bellevue.  There is a collection trunk in the narthex where you can make your donations. Once a month volunteers will take the food to the food bank.  We encourage you to consider making donations to help our neighbors in need.
Electronic Giving 

It is very easy to sign up for electronic giving to the church. There is a link on the main page of the St Peters website- The best way for the church to receive the funds is through electronic transfer from your checking account there are no fees charged. You may also contribute using your Visa or MasterCard.

  • 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
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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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