Author: Tanesha Smith

08/04/2017: KUUF Rummage Sale 🗓 🗺

Thursday, 3pm, KUUF Sanctuary (Preview)
Friday, 9am, KUUF Sanctuary (Rummage Sale, Day 1)
Saturday, 9am, KUUF Sanctuary (Rummage Sale, Day 2)

Spring Cleaning? It’s time to also start thinking about the Rummage Sale! As you clean out and clean up, be sure and set things aside for the annual Rummage Sale. This is a really fun – and important – fundraiser for KUUF. There will be more information about how to get items to the sale.

As of this moment, we really need:

  1. A chairperson. There are experienced people to help and lots of notes from those who have gone before.
  2. People with vans, trucks or other vehicles who are able to pick up donations.

If you can do either of these things or if you have any questions, until a chairperson is found, contact Susan Welsh

07/02/2017: Social Justice Committee Meeting

11:45am – 12:45pm, KUUF admin room

The Social Justice Committee will meet at 11:45 after the July 2 service. Anyone interested is invited to attend. Besides this in-person meeting, SJC has an e-mail group. If you would like more information, contact Phil Davis at philipjdavis@comcast.net or (360) 478-2731.

 

 

Agenda for July 2:

  1. Check in.
  2. Discussion of White Privilege in preparation for July 16 teach in.
  3. Follow up possibilities for KUUF on LGBTQ issues brought up in July 2 service.

06/22/2017: Diversity Conference 🗓 🗺

Thursday, 7:30am, Olympic College

Friday, 12:00pm, Olympic College

The 2017 Diversity conference will bring educators, students and community members together to increase communication, build relationships, help you explore, exchange and experience diversity in a whole new way.

REGISTER NOW

Questions Contact: Amanda Gebhardt-Fuentes  agebhardt-fuentes@olympic.edu

Amanda Gebhardt-Fuentes, M.A. | Manager of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

360.475.7721agebhardt-fuentes@olympic.edu

Olympic College | Bremerton, Washington

06/18/2017: The Language of Flowers 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Rev. Carol McKinley – This will be an inter generational service – children will be staying for the whole service.

Today is KUUF’s flower communion service, a widely celebrated ritual in Unitarian Universalism that celebrates our earth’s beauty and humanity’s oneness.  The service was created by Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia, and was brought to the United States in 1940

Please bring a flower or sprig of green as a symbol of the unique gifts each person brings that contributes to the beauty of the whole bouquet, a symbol of the united fellowship of this community.

The Reverend Carol McKinley, the Olympia UU Congregation’s affiliated community minister, coordinates OUUC’’s Faith in Action Ministry.  She is also serving as the congregation’s bridge minister until the interim minister begins in August.

06/17/2017: KUUF Wine Tasting Event 🗓 🗺

Saturday, 6:00pm, Total Wine – Silverdale

Although this KUUF fund raiser is a spin-off from the 2016 auction, it wasn’t possible to schedule it until June 17, 2017.  Tickets are $20.00 each, with all proceeds going to the KUUF General Fund.  Here’s Total Wines’ description of the event:

“Treat your friends, family, and fellow wine lovers to a private wine class for up to 20 people in our Silverdale store’s classroom.  Total Wine & More will host an event that is certain to impress you and your guests.  Taste eight of our premium, hand-selected wines and discover hidden treasures from the wine region of your choosing.  Your guests will enjoy a tour of the land and learn about the famed appellations and grape varietals that make each region so unforgettable.  One of our wine experts will be on hand to present and discuss each delicious wine during your two hour class.  Value:  $500.00.”

The featured theme is:   California Dreaming.  Here’s Total Wine’s description of the event:

“Three outstanding white wines and five sumptuous red wines will delight your palate in this tasting. From Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced in the cooler climates of Carneros and the Russian River Valley, to the famous Cabernet Sauvignon appellations of Stag’s Leap and Spring Mountain – one of these outstanding selections is certain to become a favorite.

Tickets go on sale after the service on Sunday, May 14.  Remember, there are only 20 slots for this event, first come, first served (so to speak).

Event coordinator:  Ellen Newberg

06/12/2017: Women Who Love To Read 🗓 🗺

Monday, 12:30pm, Bremerton

WOMEN WHO LOVE TO READ BOOK CLUB

MONDAY, JUNE 12 AT 12:30 PM

The book club meets at Phyllis Millard’s house in Bremerton.

This meeting is a pot-luck lunch.

We will be voting on the books we will read this coming year.

No single book discussion at this meeting.

 

For more information please contact: Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556 or lnybyh@yahoo.com

06/11/2017: Adult RE: Spirit in Practice – Spiritual Partnerships 🗓 🗺

Sunday, 11:45am, KUUF – Admin Room

Spirit in Practice was created by the UUA to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help you connect with the sacred ground of your being, however you understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and/or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregations, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our faith journeys.

KUUF members Selene Patterson and Karen Leader Scott are co-facilitating.  Need childcare?  Please let us know two weeks ahead.

May 7:  Introduction and Personal Spiritual Practices

May 21:  Communal Worship Practices

June 11:  Spiritual Partnerships

June 18:  Mind Practices

Please register now by emailing ARE@kuuf.org or calling the office:  360-377-4724

06/11/2017: KUUF 2017 Garden Tour 🗓 🗺

Sunday, 1:00pm, KUUF – Member Gardens

If you are interested in spending a pleasant June afternoon in up to five KUUF members’ gardens, jot this date on your calendar now.  Light refreshments will be available as well as a charming booklet with pictures and information on each of the gardens:

This is first and foremost a social event, although funds raised will benefit our 2017/2018 KUUF budget. You may also get some good gardening inspiration and ideas.

05/21/2017: KUUF Farmers Market 🗓 🗺

Sunday, 11:45am, KUUF – Breezeway

Sunshine brings spring flowers and thoughts of fresh produce from our very own Farmers’ Market. For the last several years, KUUF has hosted a spring/summer market on the breezeway after Sunday services. Plants and produce are donated by folks who have extra and sold to others who would like to buy them. All proceeds benefit the Fellowship.

So, it is time to think of planting an extra row of produce or seedlings to share. It’s also time to volunteer to help with working at the market since a couple of folks have retired and replacements are needed. Help is needed in setting up the space before the service, putting things away afterwards, and of course, counting and turning in the money that has been donated.

Planning meeting:  May 7 after the service. All interested, please attend
Opening day: May 21 after the service  (Third Sunday)
For more info: Ask Bobbi Baurick (ph. 360-479-4735) and Carolee Effron (nwlilybelle@yahoo.com)

05/17/2017: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda 🗓 🗺

Wednesday, 6:30pm KUUF – Admin Room

KUUF Board of Trustees agenda for the upcoming board meeting.

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6:30 p.m.        Call to Order:  Ellen Newberg, President

Welcome to our newly elected Board members Jim Franklin and Lisa Johnson

                              Housekeeping:  please review the Board contact list and make corrections/additions.

Chalice Lighting

                              Check-in

                              Additions, changes or deletions to our agenda.

6:40 p.m.            Consent agenda

  • Minutes of the April 19, 2017 Board meeting.
  • Board Liaison and Other Written Reports, including Finance, Personnel, etc.
  • 2017/2018 Charitable Giving Recipient Monthly Designations.
  • $250.00 donation to ACLU in lieu of Sunday, June 28 speaker honorarium.

6:45 p.m.            Oral Report:  Media Communications Task Force:  New Website launch info and demo, by Jackie Westwood and Justin Rogers.

7:00 p.m.            Treasurer’s Report:  Susan Welsh, Treasurer.

                   *****OLD BUSINESS *****

7:15 p.m.            POLICY REGARDING DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR:  Paul Wilson.

Copies of the Tahoma UU Congregation Policy Regarding Disruptive Behavior were distributed at our February meeting.  Paul has adapted it for consideration as a KUUF policy.  Congregational discussion is recommended before formal adoption.

 (Action required:  Approval or disapproval for submitting a Policy Regarding Disruptive Behavior for discussion at our Sunday, May 21 Conversation with the Board).

***** NEW BUSINESS *****

7:20 p.m.            ELECTION OF 2017/2018 BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS.

We need a President, a Vice-President who ideally is committed to serving as President in 2018/2019, and an official Secretary (Tanesha serves as our recording secretary).  Susan Welsh is willing to continue serving as our Treasurer.

(Action required:  Election of 2017/2018 Board of Trustees officers).

7:40 p.m.            DESIGNATION OF BOARD CHARITABLE GIVING TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

The Charitable Giving Task Force consists of four members:  two elected from the congregation at large (Phil Davis and Ruth Piccone) and two from the KUUF Board of Trustees.  June Jones is willing to continue service as a Board representative to the Task Force.  One more Board member is needed.

(Action required:  Appointment of two Board representatives to the 2017/2018 Charitable Giving Task Force).

7:45 p.m.            BOARD LIAISONS TO COMMITTEES ASSIGNMENTS.

Board Liaisons are needed for the following committees:  Welcoming and Membership, Listening Team, Caring, Finance, Social Justice, Children’s RE, Adult RE, Endowment, Bldgs. And Grounds, Worship, Media Communications Task Force).

(Action required:  Assignment of Board Liaisons to committees).

7:55 p.m.            ORIENTATION OF BOARD MEMBERS.

Board members serve vital roles both on the Board and in our KUUF community.  They deserve support and an informative orientation to prepare them for the important work they will be doing during their terms on the Board.

(Action required:  Orientation plan for new and currently serving Board members).

8:10 p.m.            STAFF SUPERVISION ASSIGNMENTS.

Since we don’t have a minister to serve as staff supervisor, staff supervision and support falls to the Board, e.g., Office Administrator, Music Director, DRE Assistant, Accompanist, and Child Care Staff.

(Action required:  Assignment of staff supervision and support responsibilities).

8:15 p.m.            PROPOSAL:  SHALL WE HAVE TWO MEETINGS A MONTH THIS YEAR?

This is an especially busy, important time at KUUF.  For the past couple of years, Nancy, Paul and Ellen have held mostly weekly executive phone conferences to discuss a lot of KUUF issues.  Keeping in mind that all three go off the Board in April 2018, we need to do some succession planning.  Will a new executive team emerge, or will it be better to hold two meetings a month, one official meeting and one working meeting?

(Action required:  Decision on whether to hold two Board meetings a month).

 

 

 

8:20 p.m.            2017/2018 CHARITABLE GIVING RECIPIENT DESIGNATIONS FOR MAY AND JUNE.

It has been recommended that RESULTS be the May recipient.  The Charitable Giving Task Force will recommend recipients at for the months of May and June.

(Action required:  Approval of Charitable Giving recipients for the months of May and June as recommended by the Charitable Giving Task Force).

8:25 p.m.            CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND RUMMAGE SALE COMMITTEE CHAIRS:  All.

When committees are inactive, the Board is charged with recruiting Committee Chairs who are then responsible for recruiting committee members.  Once a committee is active, it elect its own chair.

(Action required:  Recruitment of a Children’s Religious Education Committee Chair and a 2018 Rummage Sale Committee Chair).

8:30 p.m.            IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL BOARD RETREAT DATES:  All.

The value of holding a Board Retreat early in the fiscal year cannot be underestimated.  Please come prepared with a list of dates when you can attend a day-long retreat in May or June.  We also need to agree upon a location and facilitation services.  Paul Wilson has graciously offered his home as our meeting site.

(Action required:  A list of dates when we can all attend a Board Retreat in May or June, and a decision re a facilitator).

8:40 p.m.            UUA RECOMMENDED WHITE SUPREMACY TEACH-IN.

Due to a change in UUA leadership, Unitarians have an opportunity for a teachable moment and more.

(Action required:  Discussion concerning the UUA recommended White Supremacy Teach-in).

8:50 p.m.            Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for May 2017:

               Sunday, May 21 Conversation with the Board:  who will purchase the finger food?

For the good of the order.

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, June 17, 2017

Topics:

  • Policy Regarding Disruptive Behavior
  • Part-time Maintenance Position
  • Service Directory legal review by John Mitchell

9:00 p.m.            Adjournment

04/19/2017: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda 🗓 🗺

Wednesday, 6:30pm KUUF – Admin Room

KUUF Board of Trustees agenda for the upcoming board meeting.

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

6:30 p.m.          Call to Order:  Ellen Newberg, President

Chalice Lighting

                             Check-in

6:40 p.m.          Consent agenda

  • Minutes of the March 15, 2017 Board meeting.
  • Board Liaison & Other Reports, Including Finance; Personnel; etc.
  • Accompanist Job Description: Paul Wilson.
  • Designation of Rosemary Dougall and Karen Leader Scott as our delegates to General Assembly.

6:45 p.m.            Reports.

  • Materials/Supplies for Deck and Administration Building ramp replacement bids: Paul Wilson and Eric Harrold.
  • Matan Building Toilet Replacement Project: Paul Wilson and Eric Harrold.
  • Social Justice Committee Resumption: Phil Davis, Chair.

7:00 p.m.            Treasurer’s Report:  Susan Welsh, Treasurer.

                   *****OLD BUSINESS *****

7:15 p.m.            2017/2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL:  Susan Welsh, Treasurer. 

The Board approved a 2017/2018 budget proposal for recommendation to the congregation for its consideration at our 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, April 23. Since then, two updates have been made:  (1) $450.00 for the annual septic inspection has been moved from the Matan Building budget to the General Fund budget; (2) $550.00 has been deducted from the contingency line and added to the Adult Religious Education (ARE) line item for a total of $600.00.

(Action required:  Approval of a 2017/2018 budget proposal, including wage adjustments discussed in Executive Session on March 15th, plus the two changes described above, to present to our members for a vote at our 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting on April 23).

7:25 p.m.            POLICY REGARDING DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR:  Paul Wilson.

Copies of the Tahoma UU Congregation Policy Regarding Disruptive Behavior were distributed at our February meeting.  At our March meeting, Paul agreed to adapt it for consideration as a KUUF policy.

(Action required:  Approval or disapproval of a Disruptive Behavior Policy for KUUF).

***** NEW BUSINESS *****

7:35 p.m.            KUUF SERVICE DIRECTORY:  All.

A KUUF Service Directory could be accommodated on our website, or made available in hard copy.  Its purpose is to make members aware of the talents and services provided by our members for a fee, e.g., house sitting, massages, reflexology, house cleaning, photography, etc.  The benefits for vendors and prospective customers are many.  However, there are pros and cons (Please see form and guidelines).

(Action required:  Approval or disapproval to pursue a KUUF Service Directory).

7:45 p.m.            IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL BOARD RETREAT DATES:  All.

The value of holding a Board Retreat early in the fiscal year cannot be underestimated.  Please come prepared with a list of dates when you can attend a day-long retreat in May and June.  We also need to agree upon a location and facilitation services.

(Action required:  A list of dates when we can all attend a Board Retreat in May or June, selection of our meeting site, and a decision re a facilitator).

8:00 p.m.            2017 ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ASSIGNMENT OF TASKS:  ALL.

We need to agree on who does what in order to have a smoothly running 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting, e.g., table set-up for quorum sign-in, provision of finger food, ballot collection and counting, clean-up, etc.

(Action required:  Assignment of 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting Tasks).

8:20 p.m.            Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for April 2017:

For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (?); Date of 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting:  Sunday, April 23

May Agenda Items:

  • Election of 2017/2018 Board of Trustees Officers.
  • Two meetings a month (one official and one working) needed?
  • Orientation of New Board Members.
  • Staff Supervision Assignments, e.g., Office Administrator, Music Director, DRE Assistant, Accompanist, Child Care staff.
  • 2017 Board Retreat Planning/Discussion.
  • 2017/2018 Charitable Giving Recipients Schedule report, e.g., Bremerton Foodline in November: June Jones.

8:30 p.m.            Adjournment

04/16/2017: Unbelieving the Unbelievable – Living, Dying, Living 🗓 🗺

10:30am-11:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Joseph Bednarik –  Though death is as natural as ashes and dust, for human beings what  happens after death is considered one of the greatest mysteries.  On this Highest Holy Day of Easter, we will explore the miracle of life after death, and like Doubting Thomas reach out to touch the Teacher.

Our speaker will be Joseph Bednarik, co-publisher at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend. Joseph also serves as assistant to the minister in the pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and is a frequent and popular speaker at KUUF.