April 1, 2020

This Week at EUUC

Services

 

April 5, 2020

ONE ONLINE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. live-streamed on
the EUUC Facebook page

“And Now, This…”
by Rev. Eric Kaminetzky

All programs for children and youth have been moved online.

 

 

 

April 12, 2020

ONE ONLINE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. live-streamed on the EUUC Facebook page

“Rolling the Stones Away”
by Rev. Cecilia Kingman

All programs for children and youth have been moved online.

 

Messages and Announcements 

Needing Connection More Than Ever? We Got That!

As sheltering in place settles in you may be finding your need to connect getting stronger. Your staff and leaders are here for you for that. We are offering a number of ways we can be together without you having to leave your place.

Sundays at 10 a.m. Sunday service live-streamed on Facebook with  Cecilia or Eric, followed by Coffee Time! on Zoom

Sundays after the service we’ll have Coffee Hour with the Board on Zoom. You can click here https://zoom.us/j/782272954 to join the meeting, or call in on one of these telephone numbers and enter the Meeting ID.

        +1 (669) 900-6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 (929) 205-6099 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 782 272 954

Fridays at 10 a.m. we’ll host a Reflection gathering on Zoom with Eric and Cecilia:

Reflection Zoom Meeting:

On Monday, March 30 and April 6 at 12:30 p.m.  join our Chalice Lighting & Check-In Zoom Meeting on Zoom:

Chalice Lighting & Check-In Zoom Meeting:

https://uuma.zoom.us/j/641460723

Meeting ID: 460 118 377

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Faith Development Offerings

See the Family Ministry weekly email for links and more information, or contact Cass Bunting to sign up.

Mondays at 9 p.m. on Zoom: Check In and Pastoral Care for Parents and Caregivers of Children and Youth

Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. on the EUUC Facebook page:  Bedtime Stories with Cecilia

Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom: Bedtime Stories with beloved EUUC members and staff

How to Access Live-Streaming on Facebook

To access live streaming of Sunday services, you do not need a Facebook account. Anyone can watch and listen. For those unfamiliar with Facebook, here is how to access the EUUC on-line services.

  1. Open your web browser and type in the web address facebook.com/euuc.org or click on that same address in our This Week at EUUC emails
  2. Scroll down our Facebook page. If you see a pop-up window asking you to Log In or Create New Account, click on Not Now just below “Create New Account
  3. Continue scrolling down our Facebook page until you see a video showing Eric or Cecilia (likely in their office or home) and the date of the service you are seeking.  Click on that video. You can adjust image size, sound, etc. utilizing icons in the bottom right corner of the video screen.

Book discussion – get to know our favorite Justice starting on Wednesday, April 1st

Advocates for Women is sponsoring an on-line discussion of the book “Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law.” We are planning to cover a few chapters each session, spreading the book over several not-too-long Zoom meetings. Our first gathering is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. We’d love to have your company! Please send an email for more information. (placed 3/25)

It’s Time to Pledge!

A big THANK YOU to the 117 members and families who have made their generous pledges already!  If you aren’t one of those folks, please make your pledge right away! You can pledge online or send in your pledge form. We have blank forms in the office. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Maxwell, EUUC Stewardship. (updated 3/25)

Auction Variety Show and Costume Contest

Once upon a time there was a mythical land known to all who entered it as EUUC, where magical and wondrous things were believed to happen. They planned a live-auction and dinner for all to attend, but an awful virus came to the land and ruined their plans. The people all stayed home to protect each other, but something magical also happened. They learned that EUUC is much more than a place. They learned to use all sorts of devices to stay connected and kept the community bonds strong. They could still hold an on-line auction to keep their treasure chest full, and they would host a Zoom celebration on April on 25 at 2 p.m. with a costume contest and variety show to lift their spirits. All are invited to join in the fun via Zoom and donations for the event will be accepted through the online auction. Interested performers should contact Kelly Silvers to sign-up by April 22. (placed 3/25).  See more about the online auction below.

Time to Donate to the Auction!

We are looking for great auction donations of all kinds: getting together with some friends or on your own you could plan a fun event or dinner or occasion for a gathering. Or you might have a cottage you could donate for a week. Or maybe you want to teach a cooking class or another skill that you have. Perhaps you have a favorite place to eat or frequent that you could give a gift certificate. There is no end of fun ideas to gather a group together. The last date to donate is now April 20 if you want to be in the catalog. You can find donation sheets at the Auction table between services and on the EUUC website.

Calendaring has begun for the 2020-2021 year

Room calendaring has begun for space reservations for the next congregational year, 2020-2021. Interest Groups and committees may make their room requests at this time for meetings and special events. Please use the online form. Thank you.

A message from your ministers

Beloveds,

We write you with hearts both hurting and grateful. Our hearts ache for all that our community, nation, and world are going through. There is much suffering around us, and we know there will be more to come.

We are grateful, too. Grateful beyond measure-for the gift that is this congregation. We need each other, and we have shown up for one another with courage and wisdom in the last few weeks. Thank you for helping with these efforts to care for one another.

It is hard to let go of our usual ways, but this is what we must do now. So many plans have been suspended. So many events postponed or cancelled. Seniors who won’t graduate, teachers and students who won’t complete their year, weddings postponed…the list goes on and on.

And we have our closures and cancellations at EUUC too. Our auction has been postponed and may well happen on line, and our Rummage Sale is postponed indefinitely. Our Youth Service and Coming of Age graduation will not go on as planned. All our usual ways of marking time and being together are disrupted.

These losses are disorienting. We feel grief in the face of so much disruption.

And yet, we must realize that we are no longer living in normal circumstances. At EUUC, as everywhere, all plans for the next six months will be in limbo. All classes and events are suspended or moved on-line for the foreseable future. The only work before us now is caring for one another and for our wider community.

So, we ask you, in these times, to understand that your ministers, staff, and leadership must focus on only the most critical tasks. We don’t know when things will return to normal or what a new normal will be like. We cannot respond to the greatest needs right now and also respond to questions about rescheduling speakers and classes.

In this moment, your ministers, staff and board are concentrating all our energies on pastoral care and community needs. And we are focused on organizing structures to care for our most vulnerable members. As people in our congregation contract the virus, our attention must be on supporting them and we will do our best to respond to these urgent needs.

If you know of someone with an acute crisis please let us know. Please reach out to one another and to your Pod leader and check in. Use your EUUC Pods to support one another, Share resources. Stay connected without making physical contact.

We will get through these days, and together. We will gather again in one strong body, and sing and dance and laugh and yes, cry, cry for all that we endured. But for now, we must prepare ourselves for the next stage of this pandemic and be certain that everyone is cared for.

Thank you for your understanding, for your patience, and for your persistence in supporting our congregation.

We love you.
Sincerely,
Cecilia & Eric
(placed 3/18)

A Message from the Auction Committee

In concert with our decision to hold our Sunday services on-line for the near future, and in an abundance of caution, we are deciding to postpone our “Once Upon a Time…” auction, slated for March 21, to late April and make it an on-line event. We’ve been pondering doing this version before, and now seems like destiny led us to it this time.

Details about how to do it, and when it will happen will be forthcoming in the next few days. We promise it will be easy for all if you have a computer or smart phone. Even if you don’t have either, we will help you!

For the time being, keep submitting your donations, and please if possible, include a photo that represents it. If you are planning to host an event, don’t schedule them to convene before the first of August and plan to be flexible on this in case this COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc with gatherings. Be creative in what you offer. Nothing is off the table! You can donate online or email us. At this time please do not drop off your forms or donations at the church.

We have some fun twists planned with this on-line plan, so stay tuned for those as well (in other words don’t put away your costume!) And when all this social distancing is over, we plan to come together and triumphantly celebrate our loving community once again.

On-Line Auction Scheduled

Our Annual Auction will be held on-line, beginning April 23 and will end on April 30. Simple instructions on how to use your phone or computer will be forthcoming prior to the event. We will be able to help you with this process to make it possible for anyone, anywhere to participate! The new deadline for donations is April 20. Continue to be creative in your ideas for what you could donate: services, lessons, activities, new items, etc. Please try to submit a photo or picture with your donation so that people can get a better sense of what it is they are bidding on. Donation forms found on the EUUC website.

Sunday Offering Nominations

In the absence of church services Sunday Offering hopes you will continue to support our current nomination, Native Action Network, by sending a donation.

The Sunday Offering Committee welcomes nominations submitted by EUUC members who have a favorite tax exempt charity they support or have personal knowledge of. They can be relatively small organizations helping people locally or larger groups that are having a significant impact nationally or globally. If you would like to nominate an organization for future Sunday Offerings, nomination forms can be found online at EUUC’s website.

The Sunday Offering cause is the Native Action Network, a Washington organization dedicated to uniting Native women of all ages and creating a forum that celebrates the power which women have in creating positive change within their families and communities. It includes a 10-month leadership training for high school and college graduates to expand knowledge, assist them in community project development, family and youth guidance and volunteerism.This month’s Sunday Offering Cause was nominated by Ellie Nicholls. (updated 3/25)

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.

The EUUC premises are closed

Due to the current health care crisis, the EUUC building is closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sunday services will be streamed online on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. from our EUUC Facebook page until further notice.
Please stay home and take good care of yourself. We love you!

Neighbors in Need Saturday Breakfast

CANCELED – Because of the Coronavirus emergency, the Neighbors in Need Saturday breakfasts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood are canceled until further notice. (placed 3/18)

Programs for Children and Youth

More information regarding classes for Children and Youth to come

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 2019-2020 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 sizees and appropriate staffing.  Register today at euuc.org.

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