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WHITE SWAN 

For many years, Bear Creek UMC has done an annual mission trip to White Swan/Wilbur UMC (near Yakima). The community of White Swan is on the Yakama Indian reservation, approximately 3 hours from Woodinville/Seattle.  The trips are typically in the latter part of July for five or six days. Because of the proximity to us, there are ample opportunities for you to join in service and fellowship, whether it is for a day or two, or the entire period of time.   All are welcome.

For those of you who have not been on one of the many White Swan trips, Wilbur UMC is one of the oldest congregations in the conference, recently having celebrated its 150-year anniversary. The church is an integral part of the community, naturally becoming the center of relief efforts following the fire that swept through town a few years ago. Wilbur UMC teams with the “Log Church” (a Disciples of Christ congregation) on a number of programs and projects.  The church grounds also include a community park that is heavily used at all hours of the day and night.

“The Grange” is owned by Wilbur Memorial UMC, and is used by a Baptist church on Wednesday’s and Sundays.  Besides the church services, the large room upstairs is used for community conferences/meetings.  There are also two enclosed rooms, each containing double bunks for sleeping.  A kitchen area and bathrooms complete the upstairs.  There is a ramp to the upstairs for handicap access.  The lower floor houses the White Swan community food bank which is heavily used.

Over the years we have participated in many projects including yard work, painting, repair and maintenance of the church and grange building, providing Bible School for the children, building houses to replace those lost in the fire, and helping individuals in the community. Being a part of a White Swan trip is a unique opportunity to learn about a different culture, help a community that faces many challenges, get to know fellow Bear Creek folks better, make new friends, and make a difference as a disciple of Jesus. For more information, contact missions@bcumc.org.