St. Peter's United Methodist Church is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on September 14 at 10:30 am with a special service and buffet lunch and reception. Founding members will attend and will reminisce about helping to build a church when Bellevue's population was 14,350 and was growing rapidly.
Founding member Judy Ellis says, "After we moved to Bellevue from Seattle in 1959, the Conference asked a number of us at Seattle First to help organize a new Methodist church on the Eastside and so we agreed. It was a good fit for our family -- close to home, more convenient for our children, a chance to engage in more of the church activities we enjoyed and among our friends coming from Seattle First."
In addition to providing a faith home for people on the Eastside, St. Peter's began a tradition of outreach to the community. Now, fifty years later, Bellevue's population is estimated at 134,000 – almost ten times larger. And, St. Peter's has continued its tradition, creating a child care center, serving meals to the hungry, bringing worship opportunities to seniors, and opening its doors to the homeless for winter shelter.
St. Peter's received the Alliance of Eastside Agencies (AEA) Outstanding Faith Organization award in 2012. The award recognizes an exceptional faith group which has taken action and done an outstanding community service to help those in need in the eastside community.
Pastor Steve Baber says, "We are thankful for the faithful work of those who made this church a reality. We will continue to be representative of God's good works in this community and beyond for another fifty years."
About St. Peter's United Methodist Church
Established in 1964, St. Peter's United Methodist Church has grown with the northeast Bellevue area. Its facility is located on five acres of forested land with a beautiful view of Lake Sammamish. The individuals and families of this congregation are people from all parts of the world and nation.