Bear Creek Weekly 1.18.19
SUNDAY'S SCRIPTURE - Shine 2: "A Break-fast that Brings Light" Genesis 2:8-9 1 John 1:1-17
While taking needed supplies and household items to Afghan families on Wednesday, an emergent need for a family near crisis has come to our attention.
This is a family of five,, with three children ages, 5, 3, and 17 months. They have been in the United States for two years. Yama, the father, worked for the US Army as an interpreter, before getting a SIV to come to the US.
He drives for Uber but since Uber is unstable income, especially during the winter months, he is unable to meet his family’s living expenses, so he has accepted deployment back to Afghanistan in one month to work for the US Army again. He will be away for one year, leaving his family here. His wife, Azada, knows little English and will have no transportation. It would be devastating and extremely difficult on them if he left.
We need resources, job leads, etc. to improve his financial situation so that going to Afghanistan for work is not his only option. Take-home pay after his car payment, insurance, and gas( which he needs to drive for Uber) is $1800. His rent is $1450. He has to send home much of the remainder to Afghanistan to support his parents who have no source of income. The family is receiving energy bill relief and food stamps but he is in debt at the end of the month and has a $14,000 car loan. They qualified for low income housing and the family moved next to the airport in a substandard apartment that had roaches, bedbugs, etc.. This is likely where their mattresses were infected. His wife begged him to move back to a one bedroom at the Samara Apts. in Tukwila .
Yama is fluent in English, soft spoken, polite, and a caring husband and father. He trusts us as his only English speaking friends to help him connect to resources other than what little aid DSHS has been able to offer.
New small groups are coming soon, and we need your input! Please check out the table in the narthex after church to see what options are available. There will be 7 or 8 alternatives to check out. After reading the descriptions and potential times/dates, please VOTE to tell us which ones interest you. This will be our “fruit basket” of small groups, so there are a some fun new options! What a great way to connect with others and experience something different. If you have group ideas or would like to lead a group, please contact Danielle in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see Joan Pierce for more info. (email@example.com)
Texting is now an option at BCUMC!
You can now sign up for texting alerts from BCUMC! Please let us know what info you want via text & your current cell phone number.
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This year we are partnering again with Boy Scout Troop 422 during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. It is a canned food drive that mobilizes young people to fight hunger in their local community. Just like last year, we are competing against another local church (Wooden Cross Lutheran Church) to see who can collect more canned goods. Join in this friendly competition and feed your neighbors in need! Bring canned goods to church now through Feb 3rd and drop them off in the labeled bin in the Narthex. Thanks for your help!
If you'd like to give electronically you can do that a couple of ways:
1) You can go to our website at bcumc.org and navigate to the Give>Give Online tabs and there you will see one time and recurring options for weekly and monthly giving.
2) You can go to your Apple App Store or Google Play and download the “GivePlus” App to your phone. On the app you can set up one time and/or recurring options for weekly and monthly giving.
3) We can also set up a monthly electronic withdrawal from your bank account. If you want to do that it is best to call our office at 425-788-2953 and we can help you fill that form out.
Again, if you have any questions or need help, call our office or call Pastor Brook at 605-710-7793.