We Stand With Our Muslim Neighbors

This past Monday evening, a group from First Congregational Church, Bellevue joined with hundreds of others in a community vigil and teach-in at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound. Together we mourned the victims of the terrorism at the Christchurch mosques and prepared for...
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The Eternal Hope of Dogs

This week’s reflection comes from Office Manager Mariah Pepper:   If you’re been by the office in the past six months, then you’ve met my dog, Tilly. She’s a pretty good office dog, except when she gets startled by the door and starts barking at you. But we’re working...
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Prayer for the Hurried

I drove to work on December 31 and I made all the lights. The streets in Bellevue were almost empty, such was the room on the road, the quiet of visitors in the office—although let it be known, still too hard to find a place to get lunch. When instead we turned to January 2nd,...
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Flabbergasted

We think we know the story: Angels. Shepherds. Kings. Sheep. So familiar with the chain of events, we aren’t flabbergasted by it all.  And yet what strikes me every Advent is how these familiar characters were going about their everyday lives when…. When the...
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Community, Service, and Love

“It’s a part of life’s rich pageantry.” This is a phrase frequently used by a former boss of mine, which attempts to describe a sequencing of events that feel both magical and challenging.  We encounter the challenges in this season in particular as we add shopping for gifts to...
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