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Change the World 2017

For the past few years, our church has participated in a United Methodist initiative called “Change The World.” The idea is that, through one day of service in the community, our church makes a real and visible difference in the world around us. For one day, we live and love like Jesus did.

But we’re supposed to do that every day.

At Bear Creek UMC, rather than celebrating “Change The World” day, we celebrate “Change The World” month.  This year’s activities include planing seeds and harvesting veggies for Food Bank Farm, building Mothers Day baskets for the women of Matthew House, Woodinville Crop Walk,  and a welcome BBQ for Camp Unity Eastside.

Nobody can do everything. But everybody can do something to serve. As we serve, our hearts, minds and spirits are changed, and we grow closer to living and loving like Jesus.

What will YOU do? The events for 2017 are listed below:

Growing a Solution to Hunger

When: April 30,  10:45am
Where: BCUMC lobby

Join us to pot seeds for the Food Bank Farm, an innovative project to provide fresh food to the hungry. Last year the project donated 152,866 pounds of food! Watch for opportunities in the fall to help harvest the vegetables. For more information about this organization please click the link: https://foodlifeline.org/blog/201509/11-growing-solution-hunger

UPDATE: Volunteers at BCUMC potted 44 pallets of seeds with 60 seeds per pallet.  They were delivered to the Food Bank Farm on Sunday, April 30th after the event finished.  Thank you to our volunteers for donating their time to help the hungry in our surrounding communities!

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Mother’s Day Baskets for Matthew House

When: Sunday, May 7, 10:45am
Where: BCUMC lobby

Take a basket from the lobby and fill it with goodies any mother would love.  Return filled baskets to Bear Creek UMC by Sunday, May 14th and we will deliver them to Matthew House.

UPDATE:  31 Mother’s Day baskets were donated and $175.00 was collected to give to Matthew House.  Thank you to all of  our generous donors!

“Our trip to Matthew House was very special today. There happened to be a family of three boys and their mom staying there. Dad will be released in two months. The older boys (maybe 7 or 8 years old) helped us carry the baskets in. Then they were able to pick one out for their mother, who was right there. Linda (from Matthew House) took their picture and said she’d be posting it on Facebook. It was such a blessing to see this and I wish the folks at BCUMC could have been there too! 

Linda shared with us that for the first time in all her years at Matthew House, she had to use some of her paycheck to pay for bills. They are experiencing an especially difficult time financially. I’m sure the monetary donations we collected will be much appreciated when they receive them.

I just had to share with you!”

Nancy Larson

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Welcome BBQ for Camp Unity Eastside

When: Saturday, May 27th, 5:00pm
Where: Northshore United Church of Christ
(18900 168th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072)

Join the team from Bear Creek UMC and Congregation Kol Ami in welcoming Camp Unity Eastside to their new temporary home at NUCC.  More information about Camp Unity Eastside, move dates, and current/future locations can be found on our Camp Unity missions page.

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Woodinville Crop Walk

When: Saturday, June 3rd, 8:30am–Onsite registration, 9:00am–Walk Starts
Where: Carol Edwards Center
(17401 133rd Avenue NE, Woodinville, WA 98072)

Looking to make a difference in our local community and in communities worldwide, the Woodinville CROP Hunger Walk is to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger.  A portion of the funds raised here in Woodinville will go to the YMCA summer lunch program and other needy organizations to help fight hunger.

This year Woodinville and some 1,000 other communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme “Ending hunger one step at a time.”  Many of the Walkers will be proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live — as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites here in the U.S.  These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.

For more information, to join our team, or to donate, please click here.

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Harvest Time: Growing a Solution to Hunger

When: Sunday, October 1st, 1:00pm
Where: Food Bank Farm (located at Skylight Farm), 17319 Elliott Rd, Snohomish, WA 98296

Join us to harvest farm-fresh produce with Hopelink Harvest at Food Bank Farm for Hopelink food bank.

Volunteers: Groups 4-10 people scheduled July through October.
Please bring:  Closed-toe shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and accessories, non-glass water bottle, garden gloves.
Carpool: Carpooling is appreciated, please limit to 5 vehicles.
Bathrooms: Portable bathroom located on-site.

Contact: Lindsey Robinson via email or call/text 425-346-3581

For more information about these events or to volunteer, please contact Chris Aakre.