The Semi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held:

Sunday, June 23, 2024  |  11:15 am  |  In-Person (Fellowship Hall)

Meeting Logistics:
  • The meeting is in-person only.
  • Snacks: All are encouraged to bring a small light snack to share during the Semi-Annual meeting. Coffee, cocoa, tea and water will be provided. Please sign up with what you will be contributing by sending an email to Dave Vossler.
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Business:
  • Report on 2024 Finances.
  • Update from the Housing Task Force.
    At the 2024 Annual Meeting, the congregation approved a motion to proceed in developing housing affordable for families and individuals on the east side of Saint Andrew’s property and authorize the Congregation Council to negotiate and execute a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Imagine Housing to develop and operate the housing.
    The Housing Task Force is leading this effort.
    Learn more....
  • Report on Bellevue Church Collaborations. Learn more....
  • Discuss and vote on pursuing a request from Silver Oak Montessori School to lease classrooms in South Hall.
    • Learn More ...

      Recently, we were approached by the Silver Oak Montessori School about the possibility of renting space in our South Hall. After taking a tour of our facilities, they let us know that they were very interested in renting six of the classrooms on the lower floor of that wing. Silver Oak Montessori would likely start with approximately 25 children from 1 – 5-1/2 years of age but may increase that number in the coming years. They hope to be able to open their school at our location in September of this year. Their mission is particularly attractive as they serve lower-income families. This aligns very well with our mission to “Grow together in Christ to love and serve all people”. Council has endorsed continuing to pursue the possibility of leasing this space.
      As you likely remember when we were working with the Emerald Heights Academy, we need to determine what, if any, building improvements need to be made if were to lease the space. To help us determine these requirements, we engaged Poppi Handy, managing partner for Third Place Design, to help us. She and an associate will be working with the City of Bellevue to determine what upgrades need to be made to qualify as an “E” (Education) occupancy for that area of our building.
      They have completed a preliminary review of City code and believe that religiously owned properties can house an Educational use “by right” – meaning it is already allowed by Code. If this is the case, we will not have to get a Conditional Use Permit. (This is a big deal as that process is expensive and very time-consuming). Poppi will try to schedule a meeting with City staff by the end of May to get a final ruling on what will be required to allow Silver Oak Montessori to lease our space.
      We do not yet know how much revenue would be generated, nor do we have certainty about what, if any, building improvements may need to be made to accommodate them. However, if we do want to enter into a lease with the Montessori School, the congregation must vote to authorize the Council or Executive Committee to work out the terms of the lease. As we will be holding our Semi-Annual meeting in early June, this topic will likely be discussed and potentially voted upon.


Per our Constitution, a quorum is required. Every voice and vote is important; please plan to attend!

Contact Congregation Council President Carolynn Ferris for more information.

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