Baby Basics Mother’s Day Diaper Drive

Can you imagine having to choose between disposable diapers for your baby or paying your rent on time? This is the kind of choice low-income Eastside families face daily. Baby Basics Bellevue, a non-profit, all volunteer run organization has been distributing diapers since October 2012 to help meet diaper need in our community.

“Diapers may seem like a simple thing but here are no government subsidies or tax breaks for diapers. Diaper Need is a silent crisis and an important issue in our community. Sadly, diaper b2016.04_FLM_Diapers_Web_1.1anks in King County cannot keep up with the on-going need. Clean diapers are a basic necessity for a baby and helps the entire family,” explains Kim Stone, Co-founder and Director of Baby Basics.

The low-income families that Baby Basics serve are hard-working parents who do not receive federal or state cash funds. They may or may not have access to food stamps, which cannot be used for diapers. The parents may be the single mom working at Bellevue Square or the young father working at one of your favorite restaurants. Many of the parents are working jobs that pay minimum wage or just above.

To help meet the need and raise awareness Baby Basics Bellevue is having their fourth annual May Diaper Drive. The gift of diapers is an ideal way to honor mothers and to show support for low-income working moms (and dads!) on the Eastside.

Your gift of diapers this May will not only help cover a little bottom but will make a difference to a mom and her family. Diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6 are especially needed.

These community friendly organizations and businesses are springing into action with Baby Basics and collecting diapers:

  • Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, Mother’s Day, May 8
  • Chace’s Pancake Corral, 1606 Bellevue Way SE, Bellevue, Collecting change for diaper change
  • Café Cesura, 1015 108th NE, Bellevue, Collecting change for diaper change
  • Kirkland Way Storage, 11200 Kirkland Way, Kirkland
  • QFC – Bellevue Village, Saturday, May 7, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Sacred Heart Church, 9460 NE 14th Bellevue, Mother’s Day, May 8

Learn more about Baby Basics HERE!

Chris & Beverly Crowder, Serving with SIM in South Sudan

Last week we included a prayer in the bulletin for the Crowder family, who have been experiencing, with their mission community, the loss of a missionary child–the child of friends. Several folks asked for more information about the Crowders. Pastor Rich Leatherberry met Chris and Bev when he was in then Sudan, now South Sudan, with a team back in November 2006. BelPres Global Outreach has followed the Crowders ever since. Chris is now the National Director for SIM in South Sudan, and Bev serves as Medical Director. Read their biography, below.

Chris Crowder felt an almost physical pull on his life at age six. He was baptized at age seven and raised in a Christian home. However, the turning point in his life came when life choices forced him to choose Christ as his own savior, NOT his family’s.

After finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering at Baylor University he became more involved in local church life and plunged headlong into the field of wireless telecom. Several years of career success ensued but with it came an emptiness and an intense loathing of the corporate world.

After a lot of prayer and searching, Chris started to take some steps of short-term trips and more adventurous kinds of Christian service. He was discipled by an older man, something that contributed hugely to his spiritual development.

In 1998, after a brief stint in Guatemala with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Chris was ready to pray “Lord, I’ll do this if you want me to, but please don’t send me out alone.” About that same time, God began to call Beverly.

Having committed to mission service before they met, they began a search together and found a mutual passion and calling for Sudanese people, especially the Lost Boys of Sudan living in Nashville, TN.

SIM was a logical choice because of Bev’s abilities as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Chris’ interest in evangelism, discipleship, Bible Translation and a myriad of other things.

They spent a wonderful first year seconded to Samaritan’s Purse,– Bev doing medical work and medical training; Chris doing evangelism, church training, and community development.

Little Thomas was born Nov 11, 2006 having spent his entire gestational life in various parts of Sudan. Chris began serving his first term as director for the two Sudans in July 2008. Jonathan was born in August. Then in February of 2010, Bethlehem Joy was born.

BelPres, let’s remember the Crowder family in our prayers, especially now as their mission community grieves the loss of a child.

Dodgeball and Duncan

The Adventures of the High School Spring Deeper Retreat

Back in March, the high school department had the privilege of taking a group of about 35 students down to Gig Harbor for the spring Deeper Retreat. Early that Friday afternoon, four student leaders and two staff members drove down to the lodge and prepared the space.

Lights were hung, goodies bags were made, and snacks were purchased, all to ensure the space was ready for the students’ arrival. (more…)

Meal Packing: A Mustard Seed

Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Luke 13:18-19

Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that the Kingdom of God is already breaking into our world! And just as the disciples and many others experienced a taste of that kingdom with Jesus, we have moments in our lives when we experience God’s promises. Maybe we see a little of the promise, like the little mustard seed, and begin to see how that will grow, flourish, and bring life in its branches. In that kingdom we are all brothers and sisters – rich or poor – in every part of the world. (more…)

Thank you, Lars

Walking through the Upper Campus building on Sunday mornings is an inspiration thanks to the playful colors, friendly faces, singing, learning and laughter.  We are grateful to Reverend Dr. Lars Rood for his love, leadership, and vision to help that happen every week. (more…)

Middle Winter Camp

On February 6 over 40 BelPres middle schoolers and leaders loaded up a bus and headed to Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. Our theme for the weekend was drawn from Romans 1:6, Ephesians 2:9, and other passages that speak of “belonging” to the family of God. For most middle schoolers, they are just trying to fit in and find a place where they belong. Our goal for the weekend was to remind students that God loves them and that He has welcomed them into His very own family—where they belong.

There were a number of fun activities such as games played in and around the historic Fort Casey; one of the highlights of the weekend was the Saturday Night Talent Show. A number of students had fun showing off their talent in front of their peers, which included singing, magic, gymnastics, and more. (more…)

Birth Announcements April 2015

Esther Michal Stan
Born 2-24-15 to
Jessica and Kevin Stan

Carter Allen Ziegensuss
Born 1-23-15
to Jocelyn and Matt Ziegensuss

Kalliyan Sugita Hun
Born 12-8-14 to
Marisa Prior and Johney Hun

Walker Dare Jones
Born 1-11-15 to
Kristen and Wesley Jones

The New Baby ministry seeks to greet new babies in our church community with the love of Christ. If you know of a family who is due to have a baby or adopt a baby in the coming months please contact Jenelle Mullet,  jmullet@belpres.org, so we may include them in this ministry.