When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself" (Matt. 22:34-40; Mk. 12:28-34; Lk. 10:27). As followers of Jesus, we seek to live out our mission to declare and demonstrate God's boundless love for all by loving our neighbors through acts of mercy and justice. Our ultimate hope is in the coming of God's reign on earth. And yet, we believe that God cares deeply about how we live our lives. We pray that our acts of mercy and justice would be glimpses of God's coming reign where peace, love, justice, and inclusion reign without inhibition (Rev. 7:9-17).
Brownsville Neighborhood Blessing Bag Project - September 2021
We want to amplify the love that we see around us which reminds us of God's love for us. So when a neighbor came to us and asked us to help get the word out about a service project they wanted to do for people without homes in Bremerton, we were ALL IN!
What is a blessing bag, you ask? These are care packages that fit into gallon sized ziploc bags that are designed to be carried in your car. Next time you see an unhoused person asking for food or money at an intersection, you can simply reach back and grab a blessing bag to give them. No more are we resigned to saying “I wish I could help, but I don't have anything on me.” Now, you’ll have a blessing bag!
From now until September 30th, people who live around the Brownsville/Gilberton neighborhoods (and those who don't!) are invited to drop off items from the list below at the collection bins outside of Brownsville UMC (8811 Illahee Rd. NE). Prefer to order online? You can send donations directly to the church and we will receive them.
The bags will then be assembled and ready for pickup beginning October 18th. Check our church sign for updates!
Needed Items: Gallon size Ziploc bags Face masks Foil emergency blankets Bandages and gauze Toilet paper Small baby wipes packages Bottled water Travel-size hygiene products (toothpaste, soap, mouthwash, lip balm, shampoo, combs) Shaving razors and cream Small flashlights and batteries Socks, gloves, and cold hats (beanies, etc) Playing cards Granola and trail mix Dried fruits and fruit cups Misc. pre-packaged snacks (crackers, gummies, pudding, seeds, etc) Beef jerky and tuna bags Hard candy Small juice packs (Caprisun, small Gatorade bottles, Hi-C, etc) Feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads
Opportunities to Serve
There are many ways to serve and support the ministries at Brownsville. What gifts do you have to share? Email Pastor Greg (email@example.com) for more information.
Liturgist: As liturgist, you will light the candles, lead the call to worship, proclaim the scripture reading(s), and re-light the candles for the recessional. If you are serving on the first Sunday of the month, you will also assist the pastor in serving Holy Communion.
Greeters: Greeters welcome the congregation to worship and take special care to show hospitality to first-time guests.
Brownsville UMC is led by a small group of elected members who make up the Administrative Council. Each elected position is a one-year term that begin and end in mid-November. The Administrative Council is made up of the following positions:
Staff/Parish Relations Chair
For more information any one of these positions please contact Pastor Greg.
8811 Illahee Rd. NE, Bremerton, WA 98311 360-692-8266 firstname.lastname@example.org