In 2005, Pastor Terry Nielsen was privileged to travel to Moshi, Tanzania as part of a synod sponsored pastor exchange program and we were privileged to host Pastor James Nkya, an effort that formed a relationship with the Northern Diocese and Karanga Parish in Moshi that continues to this day. In 2015 Pastor Lowell Nelson participated in this same program and Pastor Fred Njama came to Bellevue for six weeks.
With the blessing of a new addition to our church in 2009, we have been able to reach out to the community to provide meeting spaces for several local groups, including regular meetings of AA, Al-Anon, and other groups who meet periodically. We host the American Red Cross Blood Drive four times a year, hosted by our Parish Nurses who also provide monthly blood pressure screenings, timely CPR training, and a variety of other educational programs.
We have an active youth program including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Confirmation classes for 7th & 8th graders, and regular youth group gatherings. Our Jr. and Sr. High youth are involved in activities throughout the Synod and the Sr. High Mission Trips every summer are a highlight of their year. FUEL (Filling Up Every Life) is our Wednesday night program beginning with a meal, a variety of classes for youth and adults, and a brief worship service.
Our music program includes an Inspiration Choir at our traditional service and Praise Teams at our contemporary services, as well as special music by many of our members.
Many Bible studies and adult classes are offered during the week and on Sunday mornings led by our Pastor and lay leaders. We are a welcoming community of over 700 baptized and 550 confirmed members. We pray that God will guide us so that we will be a blessing to the Bellevue area for many years to come.