SUNDAY'S SCRIPTURE
Advent: Hope
From Mess
to Manger
 
Matthew 1:18-25
Luke 1:26-38
Coordinating Board Meeting
Saturday, December 2, 9:00am

The Coordinating Board is meeting this Saturday at Tim and Ellen Boyer's home. For more information, contact Pastor Brook .
A Look From Brook
Pastor Brook shares his thoughts
Darkness. As we enter the month of December, darkness seems to pervade every ounce of our existence. Even our children’s books. Last night I read Emerson one of my favorites: “Green Eggs and Ham,” and I turned the page to this gloomy picture...
"Three Wee Kings" Rehearsal 
Sunday, December 3, 5:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 5:00pm

Calling all BCUMC thespians ans friends! Rehearsals for our Christmas Musical are in full swing!

If you cannot make it, please contact Connie Gagnon to set up an alternative time.
Performance:
Sunday, December 10, 5:00pm
Bake Sale and Intercultural Exchange
Sunday, December 3, After Worship

The Interfaith Partnership has invited Syrian refugee women and their families to come and sell their Middle Eastern homemade delicacies! Our goal is to help the women interact with the public in a positive way and to empower the women to earn money for their families doing what they feel proud of. The women will be selling their items in the lobby after worship. 

We expect nine families with 20 children and hope the kids from Bear Creek will have the opportunity to interact with our smaller guests making crafts at a table. We will also give each child a brown stuffed teddy bear as a "Bear Hug".  

We hope to have a good turnout and that the families will feel welcomed and supported. Bring cash to make your purchases. Our hope is that the women will sell out of everything they bring!  

An article about our visit was put into the Woodinville Weekly, but was edited for length and some content. For the full article, click the button below.
Progressive Christmas Brunch
Saturday, December 16, 10:00am
The BCUMC Women's Group invites all ladies and gal pals to join us for our annual Christmas Brunch at Trilogy.

Starters: Home of Judy Macmillan 
Brunch:  Home of Becky Zimmerman
Dessert: Home of Connie Gagnon

To carpool, meet at church at 9:40am.  
Please RSVP/ YES: Judy Macmillan

For addresses, please contact Connie Gagnon
Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 17, 2:00pm

Come celebrate the season with Brook and Cyndy McBride at their home.
(17624 182 nd Ave NE, Woodinville)

Desserts and drinks provided. All ages welcome!
Sunday Morning Worship - 9:30 am
Join us for an informal service singing our favorite carols.

Family Worship - 5:00 pm  
This service is designed with families with young children in mind. We will be combining carols, contemporary Christmas classics, and some creative use of drama to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.  We will use battery operated candles for the candlelight service.  

Candlelight Service - 7:00 pm
This service is designed to blend traditional carols, contemporary Christmas classics, special music (including choir and bells), and Scripture to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. We will use real candles for this candlelight service.

Candlelight Service - 11:00 pm
This service will be an intimate candlelight service as we share traditional carols and special music to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. We will use real candles for this candlelight service.
Cold Weather is Here and
Helping Hands Needs Your Support!
 
This crucial community fund allows us to provide gas cards, food relief, or help with utility/ rent payments for those struggling to make ends meet.

So far this year, BCUMC has assisted over 60 families with a food/gas card, utilities, or rent!

Right now the HHF account is empty and Dee is turning away multiple applicants daily.
We can’t help needy families without this fund and the fund can’t exist without your support. Please mark your donation "HHF". Your generosity goes a long way, thank you!
Does Uncle Walter really need another Christmas sweater?
Why not get him a gift that keeps on giving?
Here are some great alternative ways to gift this holiday season:
Reverse Advent Calendars for Local Food Banks
 
If it is truly better to give than receive, how about having your family put something in a basket for a Food Bank every day in December leading up to Christmas??
 
Children can easily participate by buying items with their own $$ or even choosing an item each day to add to the basket! Then after Christmas helping to deliver the food to one of the Food Banks below.
 
Any non-perishable food is welcome but here are a few items always needed:
Spaghetti Sauce Pasta Hamburger Helper Tuna
Rice-A-Roni Spaghetti O’s Cocoa Syrup
Cold Cereal Peanut Butter Toiletries (TP, toothpaste, soap)
If you cannot deliver it yourself, drop off the items at church and we will see that they are
delivered. Below are 3 Food Banks close to us. Thank you in advance for your continuing
generosity.
 
Maltby Food Bank  21104 86 th Ave SE, Snohomish, 98296
Tuesday 10-1 Thursday 9-11:30 & 1-4 360-668-7900
 
Hope Link Redmond 16725 Cleveland St, Redmond, 98052
Tues 1:30-4:30 Wed 4:30-730 Thurs 10:30-1:30 425-882-0241
 
Woodinville Storehouse 17110 140 thAveNE Woodinville 98072
Tuesday 6:30-7:20 pm Saturday 9:30-10:20 am 425-483-5252
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Giving Tree for CUE

Pick a numbered tag from the tree to get a wish list for one of our individual CUE campers. Then return your wrapped gift with the number attached to Marge Kuykendall in the lobby or the church office on or before December 17 .
 
Thank you for your generosity this Holiday season!  
Consider Giving Alternative Gifts for the Holidays!

We will once again be offering alternative gifts for you to purchase for the perfect Christmas gift! This is a great way to give a gift and help a charitable organization at the same time. Alternative giving is donating money to a worthy organization in honor of a family member or friend. When you make a donation, you will be provided with a card to give to the recipient with information about the charity and explaining that a donation was made in their name. These make great gifts for coworkers, teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts, and great stocking stuffers for the family.

Here are brief descriptions (and links) for the featured organizations for Alternative Giving 2017:

This free medical clinic is for homeless youth and run by volunteer staff and physicians through the University of Washington. It is solely dependent on donations for all the medical needs of the youth including prescriptions, lab tests and other needed medical supplies.

Located in the Seattle area, Mary’s Place provides both day and night shelter services including two meals a day, hygiene facilities, showers, laundry, medical care, support groups and resources for housing, employment and benefits.

This is a special ministry provided for families of incarcerated men in Washington. These families are often left behind with financial and emotional struggles. Your donation may help provide transportation for a visit, provide food, or other types of support for these families.
Finally arriving in the US after a long and challenging process, 243 refugees have settled in the Tukwila area. SCM opened a refugee community service center on Saturdays which provides classes and other programs to help the refuges adjust to their new life. SCM provides gift cards for food, some rental assistance in emergencies, clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They assist families with trauma support, medical expenses, help finding employment, and other immediate needs.

The mission of UMCOR is to alleviate human suffering throughout our world – whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster. Currently, they have active relief missions in over 100 countries.

The Alternative Giving table will be available in the lobby after worship on Sundays during the month of December. Please consider this great gift option for the special people in your life!
Bear Hugs
 
A big bear hug to Judy Holt for the beautiful seasonal decorating she has created for us in the our worship space. Thank you Judy!
- Ellen M.

  Want to give someone a “Bear Hug”? 
Please contact Susan Jackson .
Friday Feel Good Song! 

It's Friday! You've made it through a busy week of work and/or school. With the holiday season upon us, it's also the busiest time of the year for many of us!

This year we will be showcasing old-time favorites and contemporary Christmas hits. Let's get started off on a good note with "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams.
Week At A Glance:
December 3rd - December 10th
Sunday, December 3rd
Worship - 9:30am
Bake Sale - 10:30am
Sunday School - 10:45am
"Three Wee Kings" Rehearsal - 5:00pm
Youth Group - 6:00pm

Monday, December 4th
Men's / Women's Reunion Groups - 7:00pm
Yoga Class - 7:15pm

Tuesday, December 5th
Leadership Team Meeting - 11:30am

Wednesday, December 6th
Weekly CUE Meal - 6:00pm
AA - 7:00pm
Women & Books - 7:00pm

Thursday, December 7th
Worship Band Practice - 7:00pm
Celebration Choir Practice - 7:45pm

Saturday, December 9th
"Three Wee Kings" Dress Rehearsal - 5:00pm

Sunday, December 10th
Worship - 9:30am
Sunday School - 10:45am
"Three Wee Kings" Performance - 5:00pm
Youth Group - 6:00pm

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Please contact the church office .
Worship:
Sundays at 9:30am

Office Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM  
Wed: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
Closed Weekends & Holidays

Ph. 425.788.2953