Welcome to Our Church!
PARKING ALERT! We have a moderate-sized parking lot, but there's no side-of-the-street parking anywhere near the church! (The Seattle Japanese School uses the Sammamish High School's lot from 8 to 3 on Sabbaths during the school year, and use the whole school parking area.) The good news is that the Neighborhood Church, seven blocks north, is letting us use the south section of their lot for our overflow. It's a mere six-minute walk (the pastor can do it in 5:15!), and you don't have to cross any streets, just a few driveways. We're already asking our members to park there, and several are. So if you arrive at our church and all spaces happen to be full, drop your family off and head north seven blocks. The lot is on your left. Bring an umbrella for sprinkly Sabbaths. CLICK HERE for a helpful map!
"SHOULD I VOTE?", a religious liberty seminar with Greg Hamilton! Anybody even minimally aware of national and world news realizes that religious liberty pillars we once took for granted are being challenged. Greg Hamilton, Director of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association, will speak at the 11 a.m. worship service and at a post-potluck 2 p.m. meeting that afternoon. If you've heard Greg speak before, you know he not only has a great sense of humor, but that he is also a tireless and articulate student of the latest developments in the religious liberty debate. To better inform yourself, mark your calendar, bring a potluck dish, and join us!
Sabbath, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. "Should I Vote?" --When one considers the issues and players, there is so much at stake in nearly every election, whether it is national or local. What is the counsel from the Bible, Spirit of Prophecy writings, and from the constitutional and historical record? What does it mean to be a responsible American Protestant Citizen, and does it matter before Jesus returns?
12:15 noon -- Potluck Fellowship Dinner
2:00 p.m. -- "Rome, Islam and the 'World Peace' Threat to Religious Freedom" -- A wide-ranging presentation based on Revelation 17:12-14; 13:11-15.
READ OR LISTEN TO "THE MISSING PIECE," Pastor Maylan Schurch's February 6 sermon. Afraid of sharing your faith? The book of Acts has several encouraging stories which shows that it's always God who takes the first step in arousing someone's interest--we just need to be ready to respond. (Click audio or text.)
DAILY PHOTO PARABLE -- Sunday, February 14 -- "Work" by Bev Riter. "Another search for a 'most photographed' place in Tuscany led us on remote, rough roads along vineyards, pastures of sheep and crops of wheat as seen in my photo. This idyllic countryside is . . . ." (Click here to read more.)
WHEN'S POTLUCK? HERE'S THE FEBRUARY SCHEDULE for our potluck fellowship dinners, which--unless otherwise noted--happen the first and third Sabbaths of the month, immediately after the worship service.
Sabbath, Feb. 6 -- POTLUCK!
Sabbath, Feb. 13 -- No Potluck
Sabbath, Feb. 20 -- POTLUCK!
Sabbath, Feb. 27 -- No Potluck
CLOTHING BANK! Each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, our Adventist Community Service clothing bank is open on the second floor of the two-story north wing. Clothing is free. No appointment necessary.
BIBLE STUDY! 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. This lay-led class studies Bible books or topics in-depth. The leaders use warmth and good humor to guide the discussion. Join us!
PRAYER MEETING happens at 7:30 Wednesday evenings. Beginning with singing and brief devotional thoughts, this time is devoted largely to prayers of gratitude, as well as prayers asking God's help with requests that are made. You're welcome to join us!
CHURCH BULLETINS ONLINE! If you missed church and would like to keep up on the latest news about church activities, go to the Main Menu at the upper left of this page, and click on "Bulletins Online." Or just click here.
HOW TO USE OUR WEBSITE CALENDAR! Our online event calendar is at the top right of this home page.Here's how to use it. (1) Ignore the non-current calendar you see just above this paragraph, because clicking on it will get you nowhere. Instead, scroll up to the calendar at the top right of this page. Click on any blue-highlighted date on that calendar, such as Wednesday. (2) Once you're there, click on the underlined word "Calendar" at the upper right. That gives you the view of the whole current month. (3) Once you're in the current-month view you'll see that above the "Sun" (Sunday) column there are left-pointing and right-pointing triangles side-by-side. Click on the left one to see the previous month, and on the right one to see the following month. (4) Often, by clicking on an event in the calendar, you'll be able to see additional information about that event.
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSONS ONLINE! Click here.
LISTEN TO "Communication 101/201/301," Gary Salsman's November 14 sermon. Gary gives Bible examples of how God has communicated with us. This sermon opens the heart of God and shows how He would love to relate to you. (To listen, click here.)
LISTEN TO "Old Map in the Attic," Ritchie Hammen's thoughtful, intriguing tour through the courtyard and into the holy places of the Old Testament sanctuary. At each step he provides practical spiritual applications, and tells stories from his own spiritual journey. (To listen, click here.)
LISTEN TO Eric and Brian Rojas and Kincade Fowler give their baptismal testimonies, followed by Shelley Schurch's welcome "roll call," Willman Rojas' children's story about his own baptismal surprise, and Eric's violin solo. (To listen, click here. To read "Marching Orders," the sermon Pastor Maylan Schurch prepared for that day, click here.)
READ ALL TEN CIP NEWSLETTERS ONLINE! "What's CIP?" you ask. If you've attended our congregation for the past four years, you know that it's our Bellevue church's completed Capital Improvement Project plan, for which God provided a steady stream of quiet but no less awesome miracles. You can read about them in the ten editions of a bulletin insert newsletter--and there are photos too! Click here.
LISTEN TO "BEST LAID PLANS," Yvanna Hammen's August 1 sermon based on down-to-earth spiritual insights she learned during and after her recent five months as a nursing student in Costa Rica. You'll enjoy her stories about nursing classes, choral singing on the city bus, and even a horrifying toad! And then--once back in the USA--the miracles started happening, and Plan A became Plan B. (Click here to listen.)
WATCH THE ASTOUNDING STORY of Harper and Hazel Bishop, who lived humbly and who thought ahead to the future! To see this brief video, click here. For more information on other kinds of fiscal forethought, click the "Plan for the Future" icon just below this paragraph.
YOUR ESTATE PLAN protects your family, provides for those you love, and advances the kingdom of God. Estate documents allow biblical principles of life management to continue beyond your life. Click here for more details!
WATCH CAMPMEETING VIDEOS ONLINE! If you weren't able to attend the 2015 Washington Conference camp meeting, most of the Rainier Auditorium sermons and other programs are online! Click https://www.youtube.com/user/waconference/videos
LISTEN TO Kelly Lin and Anna Nizovtseva--descendants of Adventist missionary pioneers in China and Russia--share dramatic stories telling how the Lord drew them from indifference to a closer connection with Him, and to leadership opportunities among other young adults. (Click here to listen.)
LET'S GROW HEALTHY! Click on the above icon, or click here, to go to a web page where you'll see a series of short, power-packed health tips.
WOULD YOU LIKE a brief, Christ-centered summary of what Adventists believe? See What We Believe. Want late-breaking Adventist and other Christian news? For the Adventist News Network, click: http://news.adventist.org and for the Adventist Review click: http://www.adventistreview.org
CHILD SAFETY POLICY-- The Bellevue church has established a no-attendance policy for registered sex offenders which includes all church-sponsored events. For more information, go to www.bellevueadventist.org/childsafety