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Change the World 2016

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 CROP Walk, an offering for GiveBIG, building Mothers Day baskets for the women of Matthew House, a work party at Friends of Youth, and a Pot Luck 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 May 2016 are listed below:

Sunday, May 1st – Matthew House Mother’s Day Baskets
On Sunday, May 1st, we delivered Mother’s Day Baskets to the mothers’, grandmothers’ and wives at Matthew House, an organization dedicated to assisting children and the families of people incarcerated in Washington’s prisons.

Tuesday, May 3rd and 4th – GiveBIG 
The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.  A stretch pool of corporate sponsored funds ($1.1 million in 2015) and challenge grants ($850,000 in 2015) helps your donation to your favorite local charity go further.

This year, our church participated in GiveBIG Seattle for the first time. We invited friends and neighbors to donate money to support our homeless ministries. Online donations are to be stretched with contributions from the Seattle Foundation and other corporate sponsors.

This year, with the generous help of 13 donors, we raised $1,125 (before stretch funds) for our homeless ministries. The total raised after we get information from Seattle Foundation will be posted when it is received.

A very big Thank You to our contributors and to the folks who spread the word about us this year. Let’s try to make next year even bigger!

Click Here to get more information about Seattle Foundation and the yearly GiveBIG event.

Friday, May 13th – Work Party at Friends of Youth
This year we will be helping with grounds keeping at the Friends of Youth housing complex on Avondale in Redmond.  The facility is for 18-24 year-olds who have kids or are pregnant.  Most are single moms and all are coming from homelessness.  Click here for more details about this event.

Sunday, May 22nd – Potluck and Games with Camp Unity
A good old Methodist potluck style brunch at Bear Creek UMC with our friends from Camp Unity.  Drivers needed to pick up campers from Blessed Theresa.  Stick around to play some board games afterwards.

Saturday, June 4th – Woodinville CROP Walk
Proceeds this year benefit Camp Unity and the YMCA Summer Lunch Program. Click Here to donate or join our team.

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