Category: Community


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:

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 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!

9/28/2018: Middle School Con

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

Type of event: Conference


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:

A power point explaining what MS con is all about for those who aren’t familiar:

This year registration is FREE for adult sponsors.  
Please contact Jenell at for any questions.  

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.

9/2/2018: 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 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,, 360-981-8826






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


8/17/2018: Save The Date! KUUF Rummage Sale!

KUUF Rummage Sale on Friday, August 17, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., and Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Please consider donating to this sale.   We accept most things, but NOT adult clothing, mattresses and electronics.   You can drop off your donations right after church, at the administration building, on these Sundays:  July 15July 22July 29August 4August 12.   Weekdays during business hours:  August 13-16.

We can still use more volunteers for this event.   There is a sign up list in the KUUF foyer.

For more information you may contact Susan Welsh,, or Karen Leader Scott,

8/5/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet on Sunday, August 5th, 9:30am-10:30am in the library (Elmore Room) at KUUF when we will be discussing the stimulating and controversial book by Michael Pollan: “How to Change Your Mind – What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” – as usual, you are welcome to come and participate or simply listen — Jerry Butler,, 360-981-8826






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7/22/2018: Work Party!

Our July 22 work party is from 11:30 AM (after the Sunday service) to 2 PM. Please note the time correction. Included activities are window cleaning, painting parking lot lines, cleaning the ditch near the parking lot, etc. (see Ed Woods)
There will be weeding to do on the berm (hump) adjacent to the lower parking lot, and along the steps from lower to upper parking lot, etc. Also grass mowing and weed whacking. Please bring gloves, your favorite garden hand tools and maybe a water bottle and snack for yourself. (see Donna Munro)

7/1/2018: Deck Work Appreciation!

Thanks to:
Alan Newberg for organizing the work using existing new and used lumber stored under the deck (minimal cost to the fellowship,)
Sam Stephens for pulling up the rolled roofing anti skid and pressure washing the deck,
Alan Newberg, Jim Franklin, Eric Harrold and Ed Woods for working on the deck replacing rotted boards, and strengthening some support joists.



Our annual auction is our biggest party of the year, and our biggest fund raiser, with an emphasis on the “fun.”  Please schedule our 2018 auction on your calendar now for Saturday, November 3, 5-8 p.m.

Everyone’s help is needed to make it a success.  Some important jobs can be done in as little as 15-30 minutes the night of the auction, e.g., monitoring the closure of the Silent Auctions and taking successful bid paperwork to the checkout folks during the Live Auction.  Other tasks take a few hours before or during the auction, e.g., checkout and payment, set-up of tables and decorations, display of auction items, a brain-storming meeting, tablecloth washing, and assembly of 80 copies of the hard copy auction catalog.

If you would like to support the auction by helping out for an hour or two, or join the core team that makes it a success, please contact Ellen Newberg ASAP. We don’t have many meetings.  The initial meeting will be hosted by Ellen at a Starbucks in late June for a couple of hours.  Biggest needs:  Meal Planner/Kitchen Coordinator and Auction Item Recruitment Coordinator.  We will also be discussing potential Raise the Paddle recipients.

Also, please start thinking about what you want to donate to the auction this fall.  Home-hosted meals are by far the most popular items, as are vacation retreats.  Creative donations of activities are also very welcome.  As you do your spring cleaning, set aside things for the rummage sale this summer, and save the really good stuff for our auction!  And, of course, we need bidders!  Thanks.

Contact:  Ellen Newberg
land line: (360) 692-3981
cell:  (360) 551-7526