Author: Tanesha Smith

11/3/2018: 2018 KUUF AUCTION INSIDER INFO

Four key things are needed for a successful auction:  (1) Imaginative, desirable auction items; (2) Eager buyers; (3) Great food; and (4) Special entertainment.  Of course, these four things are underpinned by all the volunteers who support the auction both in the run-up to it and on auction night itself.

Imaginative, desirable auction items:  Serious intelligence has it that there are already some pretty amazing, innovative, and unique items in the pipeline, e.g., participatory dinner theater.  Meal donors from previous years, we are counting on you to open your homes for evenings of fellowship and sustenance.  New providers are most welcome, too.  We are looking for fun experiences as well, e.g., the wine tasting a couple of years ago where the Poulsbo Police were invited to give us breathalyzer tests at the end of the evening.  That was really fun, not to mention a big surprise for the guests (we all passed the breathalyzer test, in case you are wondering).  So, let your imaginations run wild and come up with those great auction items that will result in our achieving our budgeted $11,500.00 goal for the evening.  Click below to donate online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z2XWBBY

or, watch for Emma Hines-Brandt at the ticket sales table who will have hard copy donation forms that can be given to our Congregational Administrator, Tanesha Smith for input.

Eager buyers:  This year, please consider inviting non-KUUF friends and neighbors to our auction as your guests.  Alan and I have hosted good friends for the past two years.  This is a way to expand our bidding base, and to introduce KUUF to friends and neighbors who are UU at heart, but haven’t discovered it yet.

Great Food:  Thanks to hospitality maven Janice Miller, we are looking forward to a Taco Bar, complete with all the trimmings, including Beth Wilson’s homemade guacamole.  Special diet accommodation offerings will also be available.  Thanks to Carolee Effron, we will have a non-competitive Dessert Frenzy.

Special Entertainment:  With Emcee Jennifer Ingalls, acoustic guitar music by Aaron McFadden, lip-synch award winner Lennie Bironne, and Stokes Auctioneer Chris Sizemore on hand, we can count on an entertaining and fun evening!

Tickets went on sale for $15.00 on Sunday, Sept 9.  Watch for ticket sales maven Emma Hines-Brandt in the foyer.  If you can’t attend the auction, please consider purchasing and donating scholarship tickets.  – Ellen Newberg, 2018 KUUF Fall Auction Chair.

10/15/2018 From The UUA

Leadership Experience 2019

Have you recently taken on a leadership role in this congregation? Are you considering taking on a leadership role but want to increase your experience, knowledge, and skills before doing so? Are you a new board member or board president but still haven’t found the instruction manual? Visit www.uua.org/pwr to learn more about and apply to participate in “Leadership Experience 2019.” This is a hybrid in-person/on-line leadership development program offered by the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association that will take place this coming winter and spring. Space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to apply to participate by October 15!

9/30/2018: Hard Work and Love Will Overcome Fear

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Ray Garrido: Executive orders, new regulations and anti-immigrant policies are creating fear in the immigrant community. Separating parents seeking asylum is only the latest attack on people trying to save their lives. The Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) defends our sisters and brothers in removal proceedings, helps apply for various immigration status and helps them on their journey to becoming full members of our community.Ray Garrido will speak about his experience as Legal Service Director of KIAC, where he has served since 2009. In 2014 Ray helped found KIAC’s immigration services legal program, helping it grow from 2 accredited representatives (non-attorneys authorized to practice immigration law) to 8. It has served over 1,160 clients with matters ranging from citizenship to removal defense at the Northwest Detention Center. Ray dedicates between 50 and 60 volunteer hours per week, and now spends a good deal of his time defending clients in immigration court.

 

9/28/2018: Middle School Con

Friday, September 28, 2018 – 7:00 pm PDT to Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 2:00 pm PDT

Type of event: Conference

Email: dfmsaltwaterchurch@gmail.com

Sponsor: Pacific Western Region of the UUA

Middle School Conference (MS Con) is a place for our middle schoolers to experience a weekend of inclusive fun and community grounded in our Unitarian Universalist values.

There will be workshops, worship, a talent / no-talent show, swimming and boating (with certified lifeguards), and much more. Meals are served family-style in the dining hall, and youth sleep in cabin groups of six to eight youth.
The workshops are a large part of the weekend. They can range from archery to drama, collage, tie dye, games, field sports, yoga, day spa, or sock monkeys depending on the interests of the group and the talents of the leaders.

Eligibility: MS Con is for youth in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are active in their local Puget Sound Unitarian
Universalist congregation.

Fees: $150 if registered by 11:59pm on Sept. 4. $175 if registered by 11:59pm on Sept. 11. No registrations after Sept. 11.
Register Now!

Registration information here:  https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/calendar/pwr-youth-events/puget-sound-middle-school-conference

A power point explaining what MS con is all about for those who aren’t familiar:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-3Ui-QCvttMcjBZWUhhSGFyRmMxVEQtdFQxMlFCeXd0OFlB/view?usp=sharing

This year registration is FREE for adult sponsors.  
Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com for any questions.  

9/23/2018 Is There a Future for Religious Education?

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Sara Lewis: Recent trends in American religious life and in Unitarian Universalism have left many asking if the traditional Sunday School model of religious education is dying out. At the same time, there is incredible creativity, innovation, and energy to meet the needs of today’s children, families, and adults for spiritual and faith formation. Is this a time of decline or a time of new growth? What could the future hold for religious education?

Sara Lewis has served for a decade as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education for the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She is a master level credentialed religious educator, and the chair elect of the Religious Education Credentialing Committee of the UUA.

9/19/2018: Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center Donations

Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center is having their next Give Away event for clients on Sept 19th.
KIAC is looking particularly for donations of new underwear, new socks and laundry soap.
Any and all  kids sizes. Women’s underwear in 7 or medium and smaller. Men’s in small or medium.  [No large and X large please]
KIAC has a give away event every 3rd Wed of the month and will always accept clean, gently used clothing in smaller sizes, [again no large and X-large]. Also personal care items, ie shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitary pads [ tampons are not commonly used], diapers, lotion, laundry soap etc.
No travel sizes.
Also non-perishable foods. Canned peaches are a favorite, refried beans, salsa, rice etc.
Items can be left in the box in the foyer or taken to KIAC at 3627 Wheaton Way – Light house Plaza- around back.
KIAC is also looking for volunteers with a truck who would be available on an as needed basis, at your convenience, to pick up a mattress or piece of furniture etc and take it to a client’s house.  If you are interested, talk to Annika Turner at KIAC and sign a confidentiality form.  Then if there was a client who needed, for example, a bed and a bed was donated then we could put the 2 together with the truck person to decide on the time that would work for everyone.
Thank you for doing what you can.

9/16/2018 The Altar of Iron and Light

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik: Within the United Nations building in New York City is a meditation room that contains a massive block of iron ore illuminated from above by a single beam of light. In the midst of the world’s Alpha City, this simple room is dedicated to silence and thoughtful introspection. The famed UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld designed the room, and he wrote, “This small room [is] a place where the doors may be open to the infinite lands of thought and prayer.” This sermon enters that room of iron and light to see where the infinite may lead.

Joseph Bednarik, a frequent and much appreciated speaker at KUUF, is a publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Pt. Townsend and assistant to the minister for preaching at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship.

9/14/2018: Social Justice Committee 2nd Friday Film Series

All films start at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Dates of the Movies:

September 14 : Shelter:  full length documentary (2016, 1 hour 20 minutes) Shelter is a movie about Covenant House in New Orleans, LA, which provides housing and services for “the most damaged population of youth that exists in society today”.  The staff at Covenant House help homeless, abused, traumatized youth and young adults to get off the streets.

More information and review:
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
More information to come.

9/9/2018 Coming Home Again  

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley: Welcome home, to Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship!  Although KUUF meets throughout the year, September always marks the beginning of the church year, as we gather to feed our souls, learn something from each other, and build the strength to reach out to the larger world.  Best of all, we do it together.

The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

9/02/2018: A Ministry of Reconciliation

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Jessica Star Rockers: A Ministry of Reconciliation  This sermon won the graduate preaching award (The Charles Billings Prize for Preaching) at Meadville this year.  Jessica is thrilled to share it with you all.

Jessica Star Rockers is a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, on her way to the Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee in September. She has served as an intern minister at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island and Shoreline UU Church in Shoreline, WA. She is currently a learning fellow with the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and their young son.

9/2/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet again on Sunday, Sept. 2nd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  Our book for this meeting is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr,  a winner of the Pulitzer Prize  and on the NY Times best seller list; the website pulitzer.com describes this novel as “An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.”  You are welcome whether you want to just listen or join the discussion — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

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9/2/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

No RE on September 2 or 9, 2018
Childcare Available.
Next Class: September 16, 2018
Intro to World Religions
 
Thank you for all the donations to the Children’s Library on World Religions. We still have 5 books outstanding.
CRE is looking for donations of “artifacts” from the major world religions: statues, crosses, prayer beads, menorah, etc.  to use on our altars for Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Earth Spirituality, and Hinduism. Thank you.  
Childcare opens at 10am for children who do not want to start in the service. All children are welcome to start in the service and then go up to the children’s building for Childcare or Religious Exploration.
The children listen to a story in the service and then the congregation sings them out at approximately 11 am.
Childcare Needed for KUUF Event?
Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com
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We invite parents of young children to participate fully in KUUF events and activities.  If the need for childcare is impacting your ability to engage in KUUF congregational life, please contact Jenell, our Children’s Religious Exploration Associate, at jenell.dematteo@kuuf.org.

9/1/2018: 2018 KUUF Trip to Recsenyed Transylvania

The KUUF Partner Church Committee would like to invite you to travel with us to our Partner village of Recsenyed in rural Transylvania. The trip is scheduled for two weeks returning on September 29. This is a very exciting time to be visiting them as this year marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda; the first edict of Religious freedom in history, and Rev Adel has said they would like to take us to visit Torda while we are there. We will be staying in the homes of some of the villagers, and don’t worry about the language barrier, as they have English speakers available. This trip is a great way to broaden our understanding of not only Unitarianism but of the culture of our Szekely partners, and to make new friends. If you are interested or have any questions please contact John or Ginger Younie at 360-308-8059

 

8/26/2018: Caring For Our New Mothers

KUUF Sanctuary 10:30 – 11:30 Rev. Carol McKinley; Protecting the health of mothers and babies in childbirth is a basic measure of a society’s development. Yet every year in the U.S., 700 to 900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and some 65,000 nearly die — the worst record in the developed world. Why does this happen, and what can be done to better care for the new mother?

This sermon is in response to the request from Nathan and Genevieve Emmett, who successfully bid at KUUF’s auction to name a sermon topic.  Thank you, Nathan and Genevieve, for this opportunity to become more aware of an issue that touches all our lives, and the life of our community.

 

The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

 

8/19/2018: Children’s Religious Exploration

Art for All this Summer
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
RE Class August 19, 2018

Friendship bracelets

We will be having one RE Class for ages 6-13 that begins after the children are sung out of the service.  Our class time is only 30-40 minutes and will be focusing on Unitarian Universalist Stories and the Seven Principles through art.
More information Here
This Fall we will be exploring
WORLD RELIGIONS
Fall Registrations begin this Sunday!
Childcare opens at 10am for children who do not want to start in the service. All children are welcome to start in the service and then go up to the children’s building for Childcare or Religious Exploration.
The children listen to a story in the service and then the congregation sings them out at approximately 11 am.
Childcare Needed for KUUF Event?
Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com
​​
We invite parents of young children to participate fully in KUUF events and activities.  If the need for childcare is impacting your ability to engage in KUUF congregational life, please contact Jenell, our Children’s Religious Exploration Associate, at jenell.dematteo@kuuf.org.