December 4, 2019

This Week at EUUC

Services

 

December 8, 2019

TWO SERVICES @ 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

“Twelve Candles” by Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and Rev. Cecilia Kingman

with seasonal hymns sung by the Congregation

Music: Adult Choir

Programs for Youth and Children:

All Ages Services: Children and Youth are in Chapman Hall with their families.

Toddler Room: Open from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 6 months to 3 years.

 

 

December 15, 2019

TWO SERVICES @ 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

“How Rare It Is, How Lovely” by Rev. Tom Bozeman

Music: April Cook and Dr. Tomoko Maki 

Programs for Youth and Children:

Pre-K through Grade 6: 9 a.m. Children start in service with families, then depart for classes.

Grades 7 and 8: 11 a.m. Coming of Age participants start in the service, then depart for their class.

Grades 9 through 12: 11 a.m. Youth Group gathers in the Faith Development Foyer, by the white couches, then moves to the loft for their meeting.

Toddler Room: Open from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 6 months to 3 years.

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – New “Calendar and Publicity Requests Form”

Starting today, you can access a new all-inclusive form for:

  • Submitting an Announcement for This Week at EUUC
  • Submitting an Article for the Newsletter
  • Submitting a Pulpit Announcement
  • Requesting an addition, deletion or change to the EUUC room calendar

You will no longer have to open 3 separate forms for an announcement to This Week at EUUC, a pulpit announcement, a calendar request and then send a separate email for a newsletter article. You can do all these things within the one request form. Once you’ve entered your contact information, you are asked to click on all the communication vehicles for which you are submitting a request. Drop down menus will open up allowing you to enter the information on your event, announcement or article.  There are even some parts of the form that will open anew just when you need them. For instance, when placing an event in This Week at EUUC, you’ll see boxes for “event” or “announcement”. Click “event” and the information about date, time and place will be made visible for you to fill out. If you have announcement, and click that box, you will see a box where you will enter your announcement.

Caution: You will need to click on the “I’m not a robot” box,  then check all pictures that apply, and finally click the “Submit” button in order to send your form. You will receive a confirmation that your form has been submitted. If you do not see a confirmation, go back and look at those pictures again.

You can access this form from the EUUC home page (www.euuc.org) under the News drop-down menu.

Questions: Contact the Congregational Administrator by email or call the office.

Gatherings and Events

First Friday with the Ministers

Friday, December 6 from 5:15 to 9 p.m., Childcare provided

If you’ve been longing for spiritual sustenance, family worship, or reflective listening and conversation, please join us this Friday for First Friday with our Ministers, Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and Rev. Cecilia Kingman. We have multiple offerings on these evenings. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the first part of the evening is a simple Family Worship Circle for families with younger children. All are welcome to participate. Then there is an open community Soup Supper at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to bring bread, fruit, or salad. You are also welcome to just bring yourself. After that we offer a Movie Night and childcare for kids ages 3-12, and a Spiritual Nurture time for all who wish to be together in reflective listening and conversation. Older kids and youth are welcome to join the Spiritual Nurture time. You are welcome to join us at any point in the evening, come for the whole time, or just attend the parts that call to you. All are welcome, no matter your age, family status, or personal theology.

Brunch & Cookie Decorating

Sunday, December 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Rooms 1, 2, 4 and 6

Families of all ages, please join us for a light brunch followed by cookie decorating after the 1st service. Bring your creative side to decorate some sweet treats you can take home or eat on the spot. Vegan and gluten free meal and cookie options available. Children of all ages from Pre-K through Youth group are welcomed and encouraged to participate; school-aged children and younger should be accompanied by an adult. Brunch served in Rooms 1-2, while crafts will take place in Rooms 4 and 6.

Advocates for Women presents: Reproductive Justice: U.S. Laws and Unitarian Universalist Principles

Sunday, December 8 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Chapman Hall

Enjoy a light lunch and learn about legal strategies to defend reproductive rights for all women and how this fight intersects with Unitarian Universalist principles. Speakers include Marley Banker, Shoreline UU Church Board Member and NARAL activist, and Fajer Ebrahim, Counsel at Legal Voice. Legal Voice uses the power of the law to dismantle oppression of women in the Northwest. Donations of $10 gift cards to Fred Meyer, Target, or Orca will benefit women escaping the sex trade. Sign up in the Narthex or by email.

Conversations From the Heart

Sunday, December 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in The Friarplace

Conversations from the Heart will be held after the 2nd service. This is a place to be Beloved Community in self-reflective conversation in a small venue where we can amplify internal voices that need to be heard. We all start where we are. This is a safe place to examine what we feel, think and know as we continue to grow toward racial justice. We focus on themes from the Black Lives Unitarian Universalists BLUUBox curriculum. There will be food and childcare.

Examining Whiteness Course – A Unitarian Universalist Association Curriculum for White People

Beginning on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 5

This course will unpack how white supremacy culture has affected you and how you can develop a positive white identity. This 7-session course meets weekly on Thursdays beginning January 9 and is sponsored by the Racial Justice Committee. Stop by the Social Justice desk to learn more about this class and to sign up. Class is limited to 15 participants. Please note: this class will include outside reading and other homework. We will be discussing challenging issues. Please think carefully before committing to this class. We feel it will be very rewarding.

Save the Dates

Auction 2020: Saturday, March 21, 2020. Dinner, silent and live auctions, music, free childcare and fun for all.

Announcements

Poinsettias for the Chancel

Each year we decorate the chancel area in Chapman Hall with poinsettias which members can purchase to honor special people who are significant in their lives or to remember loved ones who have died.  Plants are $15 each and can be taken home after the last Christmas Eve service. All of the dedications will be printed in the Orders of Service on the Sunday before Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Eve.To order, submit $15 for each plant to the church office no later than Sunday, December 15.  And do let us know how we should list your honorees for the services.

Helping our folks

The Orlien and Margo B. are letting go of their Captain’s Bed – solid oak, 10 drawers, Queen size (no mattress).  If you have a home for this large and tall item, please give them a call. You will need a truck or other transport but the bed is free.

Dining Out at Scott’s Bar and Grill

This will be our only Dine Out in December for holiday reasons. This month, on Thursday, December 19, at 5:30 to 8 p.m., we meet at Scott’s Bar and Grill, located on Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds. Call Sharon Harris on the day of the dine out before 3:00 p.m.

Newcomers Connection Reception

If you’re new to EUUC and would like to learn more about our congregation, or how to get involved, our Newcomers’ Connection Reception will be held after both services this Sunday, December 8. Grab a cup of coffee and join a few members of our congregation in Chapman Hall for informal conversation. Look for the “Newcomers Connection Reception” sign.

Sunday Offering for December

Sunday Offering has nominated Tierra & Libertad (Land and Liberty), a farming cooperative in Everson, WA, as our recipient in December. The cooperative was formed in order to plant, harvest and sell organic products with cooperative values of liberty and democracy. Five families have leased 65 acres with hope of eventually owning that property. They are sponsored by the non-profit organization Institute for Washington’s Future.

Recycling Options Through EUUC

If you have used ink cartridges or batteries to recycle, EUUC can recycle them for you. If we recycle cartridges through EUUC, we receive $2 per cartridge from Staples when up to 20 cartridges are deposited per month. You can recycle your batteries at the Southwest Recycling & Transfer Station (SWRTS), or we can do that for you. You’ll find the recycle drawers to your left as you enter the building through the triple glass doors.  By bringing us your used ink cartridges and batteries, you are helping our congregation and our environment in a positive and beneficial way.

Phase I – Restroom signs

As a part of the effort to expand our welcome at EUUC, your Board is authorizing the production and placement of new all-gender signs on the doors of our bathrooms. The new signs will show pictures of the kinds of fixtures you can find inside. Sinks, toilets, urinals, changing tables, etc. This is a part of Phase I for our bathroom project.

We begin these changes as a part of living into the values of our congregation: To be a fully affirming and inclusive space for people of all genders and expressions.
As we figure out next steps we will keep you posted.

Growing The Lobby Room

Thank you all so much for your heartfelt and thoughtful input to your legislators. To grow our lobbying efforts, we’re adding new options so that you can put your faith into action every time you’re at EUUC. We’ll continue to do in-person Lobby Rooms on first Sundays and add more if needed. In addition, please check the overhead display for the latest monthly topic or action, look for postcards on the new bulletin board in the Atrium, and find sign-up sheets for legislator office visits, suggestions for what you or your committee would like to see on postcards or letters, and/or sign up to volunteer.

Large and Small Directories available in office

Our 2019-2020 directory has been updated with new members and the both large and small versions are available in the office.  Please stop by the office and pick one up. (posted 11/26)

Policy posted for review

The revised policy Financial Information, Confidentiality and Access #86 has been posted for review. You are invited to comment after reading the proposed policy. (posted 10/24)

Join Our Family Ministry Team

The Family Ministry Team is seeking additional members to join our team. We meet the second Sunday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Our work centers around developing community among families in our congregation through events ranging from a fall harvest party and holiday cookie decorating to inter-generational events and family friendly service projects. If you would like to join our team or sign up to help with a single event, please contact Susan Russell for more information.

Submit your Fund-A-Need proposals

In early planning for our annual auction in the spring, the Finance Committee is seeking proposals for the Fund-A-Need auction item. We have raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund improvements to our buildings through Fund-A-Need auctions. Recent Fund-A-Need projects include the Enhancing our Spaces effort, the loft upgrade, and new furniture for the Friarplace. Any committee or individual member or staff member can propose a Fund-A-Need item by submitting a proposal. Please submit your requests by January 1, 2020 for consideration. Full details are available here.

Two ways to give to EUUC electronically

  1. EUUC’s text-to-give number is 425-970-9289.  Simply key in that number to your phone, and respond to the prompts to enter the amount you would like to donate, and you will be taken to a simple form to fill out to finish donating.
  2. Use your QR scanner on your cell phone to be taken to an EUUC donation page.  See your Sunday Order of Service for the QR code.

Programs for Children and Youth

If you have children under 18, subscribe to our weekly email for families. You’ll find all the latest news about events, classes, and social gatherings in our congregation.  You can subscribe by contacting Cass Bunting, Faith Development Coordinator, or by contacting the church office.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook, at EUUC Faith Development, for more news. Please remember to register your children or youth.

Registration Open for Children and Youth

Register now for 2019-20 Programs for Children and Youth. We have an exciting year starting this fall. Register now for programs for children and youth ages 1-18. Advance registering helps us plan for class sizes and appropriate staffing. Register today at EUUC.org.

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