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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 planting 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:

 

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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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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.

UPDATE:

On an absolutely perfect day in Woodinville, 29 of our faithful came together to walk in solidarity with all the hungry men, women, and children in this world.   As a part of the festivities, Pastor Brook McBride and Brook Self stirred up a little friendly competition to see who could raise the most money for the event. 

Pastor Brook is disputing a few of the claims, but in the end Brook Self and Bear Creek UMC Team 1 were there winners raising $1450.    Bear Creek UMC Team 2, led by Pastor Brook, raised a total of $620.  

The good news is that  Bear Creek UMC raised over $2100 for world hunger!   Brook and Brook want to thank each and every one of you for your efforts!   And Brook?  “I’m already recruiting for next year!“ 

At the time of printing, Brook Self is looking for the ugliest pig she can find!  We leave you with this quote from Brook Self: “In all, the real winners were our walkers who had a great time rallying together with other area churches for such a great cause, and hungry people both in our area, and throughout the world!”   By the way, the local money will go to the Malby Food Bank and the YMCA summer lunch program.

Brook McBride

2018 Crop Walk is scheduled for September.  More info to be posted as the date draws nearer.

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Harvest Time: Growing a Solution to Hunger

When: Saturday, September 23 or Sunday, October 1st
Where: Food Bank Farm (located at Skylight Farm), 17319 Elliott Rd, Snohomish, WA 98296
Parking: Enter “Chinook Farms”, drive down gravel road and turn left at fork. Park in spots along right side, in front of greenhouses. Farmer Jim will meet you there!

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

Lots of volunteers are needed to harvest sweet corn, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots and other fresh produce ready to send to Hopelink’s Food Bank. Last year over 1000 volunteers harvested over 150,000 pounds of fresh produce. It’s fun for the whole family. Children age 7 and up can help harvest produce while the wee little ones are welcome to explore the farm with their parent.
Two dates to choose from (or come to both!).
Saturday September 23rd 10 a.m. – 1 p.m (carpool from BCUMC 9:30 a.m.)
Sunday October 1st 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (carpool from BCUMC 1:30 p.m.)
Please bring the following:
· Closed-toe shoes (*required)
· Waterbottle (NON-GLASS type)
· Gardening or work gloves
· Weather-ready clothing and accessories, including hats, sunscreen, etc.
Sign-up sheet in the church lobby or contact Chris Aakre

 

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

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