November 30, 2022

This Week at EUUC

Sunday Services

 

Join us at EUUC for In-Person Worship on Sunday mornings

 

December 4, 2022

Something Judges Us, Something Accepts Us

With Rev. Bruce Bode

ONE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. On-Site

Also live-streamed on euuc.org, YouTube and Facebook

Children start in Chapman Hall, and then go to their Religious Exploration classes

  December 11, 2022

Jesus Wasn’t Born in a Stable

With Rev. Eric Kaminetzky

ONE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. On-Site

Also live-streamed on euuc.org, YouTube and Facebook

This is an All-Ages Sunday and children will remain in the service with their parents. Family seating is on the left-hand side of the sanctuary.

 

 

Something Judges Us, Something Accepts Us “You are perfect the way you are … and you could use a little improvement,” writes Japanese Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. This week’s sermon will be an exploration of the interior sense of being both judged and accepted.

Rev. Bruce A. Bode, a native of Lynden, WA, is Minister Emeritus of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (QUUF) in Port Townsend, from which he retired in 2018 after serving the congregation as Senior Minister for 14 years (2004-2018). Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002). Prior to that, he served for twenty-two years (1978-2001) as an Associate Minister at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a large, independent, religiously liberal congregation.

Happening This Week

  • Sundays at 10 a.m. Sunday service live in Chapman Hall and live-streamed on euuc.org, YouTube or on Facebook
  • Sundays immediately following the service, Coffee, Community, and Conversation on Zoom. Click here to join. 
    How do I use Zoom? Click here if you need some help.

Please also check your email for announcements two (2) hours prior to the event.

Gathering Safely Together 

To keep our community safe, we ask that you follow these COVID Precautions:

    • Be up-to-date with your vaccinations and boosters (medical exemptions allowed)
    • Sign in at the door and provide your contact informationChapman Hall
    • Wear a non-vented mask indoors (preferably N95, KN95 or KF94) (if over age 2)
    • Honor social distancing

Please stay home if you have any COVID symptoms, recently were diagnosed with COVID, or recently had a high risk exposure event  Click here for details.

Level Up Your Immunity! Winter holidays are coming!

Time to level-up your immunity and the protection of the community. To be up-to-date for COVID vaccines, all medically eligible people (over age 5) should have received the bivalent booster by now. For those age 5 and younger, the bivalent booster should be received by January 15, 2023.
Thank you to everyone who has obtained the most recent booster!

Watch A Previous Sunday Sermon

You can watch one of our latest Sunday sermons on euuc.org, on YouTube or on Facebook. See below for some of the links to various aspects of the last service.

Vespers Services

In-Person in Chapman Hall and live-streamed at 7 p.m.

  • Friday, December 9 with Melanie DeMore and Rev. Eric Kaminetzky
    • Saturday 12/10 workshop with Melanie DeMore from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Chapman Hall
  • Friday, December 23 with Eric Lane Barnes, Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and the EUUC Choir
    • Choir rehearsals for the 12/23 service at on Sundays, December 4 and 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Chapman Hall

The live-stream link will be sent out on the day of the services.

Christmas Eve Service 

In-Person in Chapman Hall and live-streamed at 5 p.m.

Join us on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, at 5 p.m. in our sanctuary for a family-friendly service.

GATHERINGS

Book Discussion: Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Sunday, December 4 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in Room 1 In-Person and Online

Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, Take My Hand demonstrates how racial injustice results in dangers inevitable when people lack the right to bodily autonomy and full access to reproductive healthcare. It is a searing and compassionate novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible injustice done to her patients. This event is part of the educational program for the proposed Congregational Stand on Reproductive Justice. To RSVP, Email Advocates4women.rsvp@euuc.org.  Online instructions will follow later.

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Become a Chalice Lighter

The Chalice Lighter Program assists the growth and vitality of new and existing UU congregations in the Pacific Northwest with grants to provide vital capabilities, such as securing, improving or furnishing a building or providing new technology. Grants are funded exclusively through contributions from individuals who participate as Chalice Lighters. As a Chalice Lighter, you will pledge to support the growth and vitality of Pacific Northwest District (PNWD) Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregations by donating at least $20 to each of three Chalice Lighter “Calls” each year. To receive a Chalice Lighter grant, a congregation must have 30% of it’s membership be active Chalice Lighters. EUUC has been a recipient of a Chalice Lighter grant in the past.  Please fill out this form to become a Chalice Lighter or call Will Wilcox.

Poinsettias for the Pulpit

We are bringing back a long-cherished ritual of decorating our pulpit with live poinsettias.  If you would like to honor a loved one, please send an email to the Congregational Administrator along with the name of the person you wish to honor (either “in honor of” or “in memory of”).  A donation of $12 per poinsettia can be made online. Please choose “Poinsettias” when donating.  If you like, you may take your poinsettia home after the Christmas Eve service. Please get your information to us no later than December 14.

From the EUUC Democracy Action Team

Remind the Senate they must pass the Electoral Count Act reform. Join the UUSJ (Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice) in making calls urging them to get this done now.  On Zoom Tuesday 12/6/22 at 9 a.m. More information about making calls HERE.  More information on the Electoral Count Act.

For more information contact: democracy.rsvp@euuc.org

From Your Racial Justice Committee

In keeping with our First Principle (believing in the inherent worth and dignity of every person), here are some UU organizations focusing on racial justice:

Is Your Information Correct in the EUUC Database?

If you have moved or changed your phone number or email address in the past year or so, did you let us know?  We want to keep our database information current.  Also, please consider taking some time to log into your Breeze account and add a picture of yourself or your family. That’s really helpful in getting us all introduced to each other.  If you need login information, contact the Congregational Administrator.

Holiday Toy Shop to Start Soon

The Annual South Snohomish County Toy Shop for 2022 is taking place on Saturday, December 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Any way you can help will be appreciated. The donation of gift cards, e.g., Target or Fred Meyers, has been the tradition of our congregation. If you can help with this project, please call Mary Freundlich. If you can help in setting up the Toy Shop on December 2, at 6:00 p.m., or working at the Toy Shop on December 3 at 11:30 a.m., call Merrie Emmons.  Or contact the Community Engagement Committee by email.

 

Save the Date for UU General Assembly: Faithfully Becoming 

June 21 – 25 in Pittsburgh, PA

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: Let’s Start the Conversation

General Assembly continues to be a time for us to gather, in body and spirit, to honor our history, celebrate who we are, and forge our future together. The General Assembly and Conference Services Team leads the initiative to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are woven throughout, from planning to fruition.
Over the next several months leading to General Assembly 2023, we will highlight aspects of DEIB through a series of videos. Our hope is that you will embrace the theme and activities and continue discussions, both inside and outside of the UU community. American developer John Seely Brown said, “conversation is a catalyst for innovation.” Be an innovator and champion for diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility at General Assembly 2023 and beyond.

View a short video by Ann Verdine-Jones, one of the speakers at the upcoming event.  More information

Arms Around Contacts for Fall 2022

Future Contacts:
December: Barbara Purn
January: Steve Trautwein and Jody Dunham-Trautwein

To facilitate pastoral services among members, this committee connects members with needs to the Minister, or to members who can help. Examples of services include transportation, meals, child care, hospital and home visits, minor home maintenance or repairs, companionship, support during crises, and bereavement support.

Sunday Service Link

Giving Thanks Sunday, November 27, 2022, with Rev. Eric Kaminetzky on euuc.org, on EdmondsUU YouTube Channel or on Facebook

December Sunday Offering – Cedar River Clinics

Advocates for Women asks the congregation to join them in celebrating and supporting Cedar River Clinics as the December Sunday cause of the month. Cedar River Clinics, run by the Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC), has provided compassionate reproductive health care, birth control, and abortions for over 40 years. FWHC was founded in Yakima in 1979 by two young women who wanted patient-centered health care in their community.

As we all learned a few weeks ago, Washington state is one of 12 states that have policies to protect reproductive healthcare, including abortion. However, even with those protections in place, finding a provider is still a challenge.  Almost 40% of all hospital and clinics in Washington state are owned by Catholic organizations who will not offer abortion as a part of healthcare. Couple that with the fact that abortions now illegal in more than 10 states, many individuals will travel to sanctuary states like Washington where the right to abortion is protected.

Cedar River Clinics is an independently run clinic. It is a social justice organization that combines direct services (abortion, birth control, reproductive healthcare), with advocacy and activism (to preserve and ensure access) and community education (to demystify health information and empower health decisions.)  They are seeing people from across the country including from Texas, Florida and South Carolina.  In 2021 Cedar River Clinics served 2,849 clients, representing a 26% increase in clients and clinic visits from 2020. It is likely these numbers will continue to increase.

As always, if you have an organization that you wish to nominate for Sunday cause of the month, we invite you to fill out the online Sunday Cause nomination form.

See Sunday Offering page for more details.

As always, if you have an organization that you wish to nominate for Sunday cause, we invite you to fill out the online Sunday Cause nomination form

How to Reserve Rooms for Meetings

If you are interested in having your group gather, inside and/or outside, please submit a calendar request on this new form.  Also let us know if you wish to serve food.  Plan ahead, as several teams at EUUC will need to review your request before the room can be booked. Be sure that you have received an answer that your room reservation has been made before advertising your event. 

The rooms are rated by types of use, number of folks and duration of use. The office, the A/V team and the Covid Advisory Team will review your request before approving the request. A different room might be designated other than the one requested.  A sign-in sheet along with the room-specific protocols will be provided all leaders upon approval of a meeting space.

If you need to go into the building for any other reason, and you do not have a key, please contact the office before going to the building so we can arrange a time when someone is there.  Please be sure to follow the usual protocol found here.

Calling All Musicians and Singers!

As we come out of the pandemic, we are now able to accept live musical contributions for our Sunday service music. If you would like to contribute a live musical piece or pieces for a Sunday service, please contact Nick Maxwell or Dawn Taylor-May. You or small groups are welcome to contribute live music for Special Music (typically scheduled just prior to “A Time for All Ages”), Walking-In Music, Reflections, or Walking-Out music, or you could provide the entire service and do all four. Hymns are also welcome. Submitted by Dawn Taylor-May

How to Access Live-Streaming on Facebook

To access live streaming of Sunday services or other meetings hosted on the EUUC Facebook page, 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 Sunday Service email which you will receive around 8 a.m. (2 hours before the 10 a.m. Sunday Service)
  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. Our Sunday service is often near the top of the EUUC Facebook page. You will usually see someone who looks like a minister, either Cecilia, Eric, or a guest speaker. Click on that video. You should be able to adjust the size of the picture and the volume by using the icons (little symbols) on one of the corners of the picture

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