Image(s): Free Google Images, key word(s): “underwater”
Learning to Breathe Easter Under an Ocean of Doubt and Fear:
Doubting Thomas

John 20:19-29
We’re Painting the Library & Education Wing!
This Weekend & April 28-29
The library and education wing are getting a much needed makeover! In order to do this, we need volunteers to donate their time and talents.
Can you help us with any of the following?:
·  move furniture, remove fixtures, tape edges - Friday, 4/13, 2:00-6:00 PM

·  paint the library - Saturday, 4/14, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

·  paint education wing hallway ceiling - Saturday, 4/14, 12:30-4:30 PM

·  paint education wing hallway walls - Sunday, 4/15, 12:30-4:30 PM

·  put back fixtures & furniture - Sunday, 4/15, 12:30-4:30 PM

·  remove education wing doors and knobs - Saturday, 4/28, 12:30-2:30 PM

·  paint education wing doors - Saturday, 4/28, 12:30-4:30 PM

·  overall cleanup/touch-up - Sunday, 4/29, 12:30-2:30 PM

·  supply snacks & drinks - (any time)
If you can help, please fill out the sign up sheet(s) in the lobby or contact Connie Gagnon so we know how many volunteers we have and can appropriately plan the work. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
A Look From Brook
Pastor Brook shares his thoughts
Pastor Brook has been on vacation and now the poor guy (and his wife) are sick (ugh, airplane germs). Let's pray they are both better for Sunday!

While they rest and get better, take this chance to review some of your past favorites.
Coordinating Board Meeting
This Saturday, April 14, 9:00 AM

We have a big day ahead of us! Our Coordinating Board is set to meet with much work to do concerning Vision 2018! It is vital to have all those on the coordinating board present if possible. We hope to be done by 11:30! Come ready to go!  

We will be meeting at Brook and Cyndy's home.
Try Out a New Phone App With Pastor Brook!

Pastor Brook is trying out a new phone app for churches called “PRAY”!  It is an app that allows individual churches to connect with each other, form small groups, share information, and pray for each other. 

If you would like to help Pastor Brook test this out, please text “I’m in” to his cell, (605) 610-7793.  Thanks!
The BCUMC Diversity Team
Needs Your Input
This Sunday, April 15, 10:45 AM
Bear Creek is creating a Welcome Statement to let those outside our doors know that our church is a safe and loving place for everyone. 
Please, bring your thoughts and ideas about what it should say to best express us. 
Questions? Please contact Tresje Seeley .
Pastor's Book Study
New Study Begins Tuesday, April 17

Our Tuesday morning study is going off script a bit. We are going to try a writer a little more in the popular mainstream: Kathy Lee Gifford!  Here’s what the bio on her new book says:

As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and Greek—along with actually hiking the ancient paths of Israel—that she found the fulfillment of those desires. Now you can walk with Kathie on a journey through the spiritual foundations of her faith:

·          The Rock (Jesus Christ): Hear directly from Kathie about her life-changing and ever-deepening connection with Jesus, the Lover of her soul.

·          The Road (Israel): Explore dozens of ancient landmarks and historical sites from Israel, the promised land of God’s covenant.

·          The Rabbi (God’s Word): Go beyond a “Sunday school” approach to the Bible by digging into the original languages and deeper meanings of the Holy Scriptures.

As you journey through The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi , you’ll also find additional content from Rabbi Jason Sobel throughout the book. Jason’s insight into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible like never before.
Come! Begin your journey toward a deeper faith through The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi . We meet on Tuesdays at 9:30! Contact Pastor Brook if you are interested. He usually orders the books in advance. 
Beginner's Dance Class
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 PM

Join your instructors Dee and Tom McMillan for an hour of learning today's most popular social dances and refresh your dance skills. All levels are welcome!

Remember: No matter how skilled you are, if you're having fun, you're doing it right!
Bystander Intervention Training
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 PM

Bystander Intervention involves witnessing and peacefully interrupting situations in which there are negative events unfolding for an at-risk person or population. We are hoping to train members of our community and our partner faith communities to learn how to act in situations of Islamophobia, anti-Immigrant actions or hate crimes.

Contact Debby Heimfeld to arrange carpool to this event.
Bear Creek Heads to the City!

Pastor Brook has received some good interest concerning a mission opportunity in the Seattle area this Summer!  

The hope is to go down into Seattle (possibly the Tukwila area) and immerse ourselves into several areas of need. 

First, would be to expand our relationship with the Syrian and Afghan refugees! 

Second, we would like to work with River Park United Methodist Church in Tukwila. This church does some amazing reach out to their neighborhood. Projects might include working with children, painting, home fix up projects, and more. 

Third, I hope to connect with some homeless ministries in the Seattle area to see if we could do some work with the homeless.  

Much of this is still in the works, but the hope would be that we could stay down in Tukwila, at the church, for the experience. All ages are welcome. We would also invite you to join us for a day or two if you can’t make the whole experience!

If you are interested, please contact Pastor Brook , thanks!  
Save the Date:
BCUMC All-Church Retreat
October 12-14
at Camp Indianola!

Mark your calendars and get set to have some time! Bear Creek UMC is going to camp! That’s right! S’mores, campfires, singing, laughing, playing games, praying, sharing, and so much more! This is an
all-family, every-age, great time experience. You won’t want to miss it! The setting can’t be beat.  We’ve got the lodge reserved for two nights…now we just need to fill it.  

Contact the church office or check out the event on our Bear Creek UMC Facebook page! You DO NOT want to miss this!  

The cost will be $125 per person. Children and youth will be ½ price.  Children under 5 are free! Nursery care will be provided for some of the events.  That’s for two nights and 4 meals!  You can’t beat this! 

Check it out at:
Week At A Glance:
April 15 - April 22
Sunday, April 15th
Worship - 9:30 AM
Sunday School - 10:45 AM
Painting Party - 12:30 PM
Youth Group - 6:00 PM

Monday, April 16th
Men's / Women's Reunion Groups - 7:00 PM
Yoga Class  - 7:15 PM

Tuesday, April 17th
Leadership Team Meeting - 11:30 AM
Community Mahjong - 6:30 PM
Trustees Meeting - 6:30 PM
Finance Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 18th
AA Meeting - 7:00 PM
SPRC Meeting - 7:00 PM

Thursday, April 19th
Worship Band Practice - 7:00 PM
Celebration Choir Practice - 7:45 PM

Sunday, April 22nd
Worship - 9:30 AM
Sunday School - 10:45 AM
Youth Group - 6:00 PM

For our entire Events Calendar, click the button below:
Bear Hugs

A Huge Bear Hug and many thanks to our generous donors to the Helping Hand Fund. We couldn't have this crucial resource to help others without people like you!
So far this year, we have assisted 14 families with rental or utility assistance and 10 families with food/gas cards, and more requests come in every week.
~Dee McMillan and Pastor Brook
  Want to give someone a “Bear Hug”? 
Please contact Susan Jackson .
GiveBIG 2018   
Thursday, April 26

Camp Unity is taking part again in GIVEBIG, the Seattle Foundation’s annual day of community giving! Camp Unity’s goal is to raise $35,000 for the essential needs described below. And we are well on the way thanks to generous pledges totaling $7,500 from Bear Creek United Methodist Church, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Northshore Community Church, Overlake Christian Church, and St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church.
Won't you add your donation and help us reach our goal?  Mark your calendar to schedule your donation at   GIVEBIG Camp Unity Eastside   starting April 26.  
Mother’s Day Baskets for
Matthew House
Now thru Sunday, May 6
Help a struggling mom feel special and appreciated this year. Grab a basket from the lobby and fill it for a Matthew House mom. For more information, contact Beth Taylor .
Jars for Jaama Letu

Please turn in your jars this Sunday so that Missions can tally the total and send the money to where it is desperately needed.
Prayer Shawls Available
If you or someone you know needs/wants a prayer, please take/give a prayer shawl! 
Remember: Prayers are universal, have no denomination, and just like the bad things that happen in life, good things need prayer too!
The English Classes for refugee and immigrant women from Afghanistan which began in January continue every Thursday. Jan, Vicki, Beth, Barb, and Debby are truly enjoying the opportunity to teach the women English and also to get to know them personally. The women are warm, genuine, and appreciative, and we come away feeling exhausted but renewed, by giving what we can and getting much in return. 
Families from Afghanistan are eligible for Visas to come to the US if they worked on behalf of the US government for at least two years and have evidence of imminent threats due to their work. The review process takes one to three years. 

Right now, three of the women in the class are expecting a child, and we often have 7 or 8 toddlers and preschoolers as well. This week, a sister church in Bothell provided volunteers to come help supervise the little ones, so that the Moms could focus. 

The women have learned vocabulary and practice speaking and writing on topics such as food and cooking, money and how to shop, clothing and colors, and health and Dr. visits. They share with us some of their culture also, invited us to lunch in their apartment, and showed us how to wear headscarves.

We are still in need of volunteers to come help play with the children during class time.  Contact Debby if you would like to learn more.  
Friday Feel Good Song! 

T.G.I.F! You have survived the grind and hustle of the work and school week. It's time to celebrate with the Friday Feel Good Song.

Let's have fun (circa 1986) with a complete nonsense song. Here's " Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles.
Miss A Sunday Service?

Don't worry, podcasts are posted on iTunes weekly. Search for Sunday Mornings At Bear Creek.

The weekly message is also available on our website. Simply click the button below!
Have An Announcement?

Do you have something to tell the Bear Creek UMC community? Send us your announcement (60 words or less) and a preferred graphic (if you want one) and we'll place it in our publications.

Please contact the church office .
Sundays at 9:30 AM

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