Special Congregational Meeting: Time to Vote

One year ago, two weeks after Easter Sunday, Pastor Kevin stood before the congregation and explained that he would be retiring in six months’ time. Kevin gave us the gift of time for this church to do what we do best – take time to think, to process, to make a plan,...
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Congregational Care Commission

 The Congregational Care Commission is the church’s largest commission and we’ve been around for a long time.  We used to be known as The Deaconesses, and we became a commission with our own budget in 2006.  Some of our members have served for over 20 years! The Congregational...
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Holy Week: How Palm Sunday Will Be Different

Last year, Palm Sunday was a feat of logistics. Through the work of innumerable volunteers doing  everything from asking “what room does this go in”, to acting as cross-walk managers, sound crews in two locations, directing a bus and of course playing trombones, we managed to...
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Washing Tiny Feet

I know it is not quite Holy Week, but there is so much to do upstairs in the children’s chapel as we prepare for Easter.  Last week, with great solemnity and piety, we washed each other’s feet just as Mary anointed Jesus’s feet.  This coming Sunday, we learn about the Passover...
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My Lent as a Public Christian

Every year, I try to consider what I will do for Lent. Lent is a 6 week period that leads up to Easter, representing Jesus’ time of temptation in the wilderness. It is a time to reflect on who we are in relationship to God and in what ways have we have fallen away from who...
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Lent is a Tender Season

Lent is a tender season of the year.  It is somber and solemn, with things stripped bare and emotions raw.  Purple is a color associated with mourning.  Sackcloth burlap is a fabric that is unrefined and coarse.  Lent invites us out of our comfort zones, out of our consumer...
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Finding Peace in Chaos

Author: Emily Martin, Social Justice Intern As some of you may know, I’ve been attending Bellevue First Congregational since September through the UCC’s Justice Leadership Program (JLP) where I also work for Earth Ministry. This month marks the halfway point of JLP. It has been...
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Making a Budget

Author: Lisa Horst Clark, Pastor I know for many folks at our Winter Congregational meeting, the question may be “Is the budget balanced?” And if the answer is “yes”, the reply is “let’s have more pie!’ But I want to give you a glimpse of some of the conversations that went into...
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Making Art

Author: Lisa Horst Clark, Pastor There have been times in these last months when my social media feed has alternated between the outraged, the despairing, and occasional pictures of babies. In the midst of this, that I saw a friend post “I can’t wait to see the art...
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