Category: Community

11/02/2019: BUONA NOTTE! 2019 KUUF AUCTION


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, on auction night itself, and after.

Imaginative, desirable auction items:  Serious intelligence has it that there are already some pretty amazing, innovative, and unique items in the pipeline.  Meal donors from previous years, we are counting on you to open your homes for fellowship and sustenance. We are looking for fun experiences, too, 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 $12,000.00 goal for the evening.  Click here to donate online:

or, watch for Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron at the ticket sales table beginning Sept.8.  They will have hard copy donation forms that can be given to our Office Volunteer Selene Patterson, for input.  They will also have donation ideas to start your creative juices flowing.

Eager buyers:  Again, please consider inviting non-KUUF friends, relatives, and neighbors to our auction as your guests.  Alan and I have hosted good friends for the past three years, some of whom bought a lot of stuff!  This is a way of expanding our bidding base, plus it introduces KUUF to friends and neighbors who are UU at heart but haven’t discovered it yet.

Great Food:  Thanks to hospitality maven Janice Miller and her professional event planner daughter, Sunny Saunders, we are looking forward to an Italian Spaghetti Dinner, complete with all the trimmings and dessert.   Special diet accommodation offerings will be available. Childcare is provided, including pizza dinner (contact  Children’s RE Coordinator Jenell DeMatteo to reserve space(s).

Special Entertainment:  With an Italian theme, we are looking forward to entertainments by KUUF talent including Lennie Bironne, professional lip-synch performer; the KUUF choir led by Mike Menefee; and Music Director Brian Kinney.  We look forward to meeting our new auctioneer, Ryan Brewer.

Tickets go on sale for $15.00 on Sunday, Sept 8 (no charge for children).  Watch for ticket sales mavens Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron in the foyer.  If you can’t attend the auction, please consider purchasing and donating scholarship tickets, as well as making donations.  Note:  Ticket sales are limited to 100 this year, due to space limitations.  – Ellen Newberg, 2019 KUUF Fall Auction Chair.

10/27/2019: Save The Date For A.R.E.!

Shared ministry is rooted in the belief that all people, not just clergy, are called to share their gifts and to serve one another in a religious community. As we continue on the path of professional ministry at KUUF, the Committee on Shared Ministry has been working with Rev. Jessica to define our vision for the years ahead. On Sunday, Oct 27, after the service and potluck, the Rev. De Vandiver will facilitate our visioning process, assisting us in defining and understanding our shared ministry. Rev De., former Executive Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, has made a professional study of shared ministry and collaborative leadership in both nonprofit and parish communities. Rev. De will invite us to imagine how we might co-create our ministry at KUUF, along with our minister Rev. Jessica, in ways that are transformational and prioritize covenant, relationship, and trust. It will be an experiential and illuminating workshop! We hope you can join us.


If you haven’t already, please note on your calendar that our best party of the year/annual auction fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m. People are already donating interesting and unique items and events. Ticket sales got off to a great start last Sunday, which prompts me to warn you that ticket sales will be limited this year to the first 100 lucky people to purchase them @ $15.00.  If you can’t attend, please consider purchasing tickets anyway and donating them as scholarship tickets. Watch for Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt and Carolee Effron at the ticket sales table in the foyer. In keeping with the Italian theme of Buona Notte, the focus will be on Italian decorations, food, wine, and entertainment.  A fundraising game or two will be introduced, and you will have an opportunity to support a fun, all-are-welcome weekend at Seabeck Conference Center next summer through the Raise the Paddle event.  For more information on everything from donation questions to how to participate as a volunteer the evening of the event, email or call Ellen Newberg at (360) 692-3981.


Why do KUUF members attend our Fall Auction?

  • To have a good time!  It’s our biggest party of the year.  This year the theme is Italian!
  • To foster fellowship as we work together to produce the auction, and gather that evening to celebrate the joy of belonging to our KUUF Beloved Community.
  • To bring friends as guests who may not yet know that they are UU’s.
  • To enjoy the fabulous professional lip-synching performances by Lennie Bironne, as well as some surprise entertainment.
  • To donate quality treasures that you are ready to pass along for someone else to enjoy, or to donate something fun to do with friends.
  • To eat a tasty buffet dinner, this year including a three sauce spaghetti dinner.  There is also a wine and beer bar and fabulous flavored waters.
  • To support our Raise the Paddle causes.  This year, at the request of our Children’s Religious Education Committee, funds will go toward supporting an intergenerational camp for all at the Seabeck Conference Center.  
  • To find the perfect Christmas or birthday present for someone on your list (maybe even you!).
  • To find a treasure or to obtain a wonderful experience, e.g., a destination vacation venue, a meal in someone’s home, or a fun activity with friends, e.g., a Un Super Bowl Party.
  • To support KUUF.  The auction is budgeted to raise $12,000.00 for our General Fund.  Your support is needed through ticket sales, donations, or purchases.

See you at the Auction on Saturday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m.  Watch for Emma/Otto Hines-Brandt or Carolee Effron in the foyer after worship services—they have tickets for sale @ $15.00.  Childcare is available ( as well as scholarship tickets (  Questions?  Contact Ellen Newberg, 2019 Auction Chair ( or (

09/01/2019: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group is taking a “Summer Break” and we will not be meeting on our usual First Sunday time in August.  We will next meet on September 1st, 9:30 am-10:30 am in the KUUF Library.  The book we chose for our September meeting is  Becoming Boddhisattvas: A Guidebook for Compassionate Action (also published under the title, No Time To Lose) by Pema Chodron (previously published as). Jerry Butler, 360-981-8826

08/08/2019: Free Financial Workshop

When it comes to knocking out debt, there is no such thing as a quick fix.

Reducing your current debt is the first step to rebuilding your credit. It is important to make solid plans on how you going go about doing this.

Becky House from American Financial Solutions a non-profit agency helps clients free themselves from the anxiety and stress of credit, debt, and financial worries.

She will give you some tips on how to take baby steps in reducing your debt.

07/21/2019: SpiritRest Silent Retreat

SpiritRest is a facilitated five-day silent retreat for Unitarian
Universalists and other spiritual seekers. Our 2019 gathering will be July 21-26 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. This retreat is led by UU ministers Sharon Wylie, Arvid Straube, Stefanie Etzbach-Dale, and Lucy Bunch.

Retreatants meet with a spiritual director for a half hour each day. In addition to the practice of silence, there is guidance for meditation, labyrinth walks, prayer, art journaling, Qi gong, and InterPlay. There is also time for singing together. Each day closes with a vespers service at sundown.

Learn more at our website

Rev. Sharon Wylie

07/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series POSTPONED!!

KUUF’s Second Friday Film Series for July—“Under the Bridge”—has been POSTPONED in order that people can stand in solidarity ON THE BRIDGE.   This is part of a nationwide “Lights for Liberty” protest of the situation and conditions at the camps on our southern border. We will show “Under the Bridge” on the second Friday in August.  Please join us ON THE east side of the Manette BRIDGE at 7 pm this Friday.   Together we stand, and together we are stonger!

07/05/02019: Concerts in the Barn

Concerts in the Barn is delighted to announce its third season of free chamber music concerts held in its iconic barn in Quilcene, WA. This year, the season begins on Friday, July 5th, and continues each weekend through July 21st

As in previous years, all concerts are free to the public—no tickets are required. The farm opens to visitors at noon each concert day. At 1 p.m., the barn doors open so that patrons can reserve their seats, either on comfortable pews or hay bales in the loft. Concerts begin at 2 p.m.

This year, Concerts in the Barn features the Carpe Diem String Quartet, of which The Washington Post recently wrote, “among these contemporary quartets…the Carpe Diem is the best one out there.” 

Two members of the musical ensemble are well-known to patrons who have been coming to the farm for a decade or more—first violinist Charles Wetherbee and violist Korine Fujiwara. Joining them are second violinist Marisa Ishikawa and Gregory Sauer, cellist. 

On Friday, July 5th, renowned mandolinist/composer Jeff Midkiff will join the Quartet to perform traditional folk and fiddling tunes as well as original compositions featured on Midkiff’s Gold Prize-winning CD, “Run for Your Life.” 

On Saturday and Sunday, July 6th and 7th, the Carpe Diem and Midkiff will perform Midkiff’s string quintet, “Gypsy,” commissioned by the quartet, as well as music composed by violist Korine Fujiwara, inspired by her beloved home, Montana. To round off this all-American weekend, the Quartet also will perform Samuel Barber’s beloved American string quartet.

Midkiff and the Carpe Diem have performed together before, most recently in Carnegie Hall, which The New York Times described as “a fiery and flexible performance that was astonishingly free…”

Over the next two weekends, the Carpe Diem will perform an intriguing medley of chamber music that spans several continents. On July 13-14, the Quartet will perform the breathtaking works of Finnish composer Rautavaara and Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (interspersed with a Haydn quartet), and on June 20-21, the Quartet takes on the momentous works of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, two Russian giants in the composing world—with a romantic interlude of a Mendelssohn quartet twixt these giant opuses. 

For the past 35 years, thousands of concertgoers have flocked to the farm—now known as Trillium Woods Farm—to hear the world’s greatest chamber music musicians perform the world’s greatest chamber music in this distinctly pastoral setting. Concertgoers can sit inside the barn on comfortable pews or hay bales in the loft, or outside on the knoll, where music is aired outside. Families are warmly welcomed. This is a great opportunity to introduce children to chamber music, while they explore the farm. Patrons with mobility issues are encouraged to call the festival office at (360) 732-0732 to make sure their needs will be easily accommodated.

Trillium Woods Farm owners Alan Iglitzin and Leigh Hearon encourage people to come early, pack a picnic, and enjoy the farm environs before the music begins. Inside the milking shed, patrons can purchase cider from Finnriver Cidery and wines from Joe Euro’s The Wine Seller. Profits from all these beverages will go to fund Jefferson Youth and Music groups. Free bottled water also is available.

“We can’t wait for the season to begin,” says Alan Iglitzin, the founder of the Olympic Music Festival and Concerts in the Barn. “It’s always such a joy to greet our old friends who have been coming here for years and to make new friends, too.”

For more information, please go to or call (360) 732-0732.

Please pass this email along to your friends and anyone you think might be interested in attending. We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July—and look forward to seeing you at the farm next weekend!

With warmest regards,
Alan & Leigh

07/03/2019: Notes From the Minister

Happy July! I have returned from the General Assembly in Spokane and am filled with new ideas and enthusiasm for our faith! I look forward to sharing some of that with you this Sunday, as I preach on “The Power of We”, which was the theme for GA this year, an inspiring and challenging topic. How can Unitarian Universalists work together to serve our world? And what do we mean by “we”? There were many answers to this 
As we enter the month of July we enter the slowest time of the year for congregational life. The warm weather and long days become the norm (mostly!) and hopefully, we all get a chance to spend some time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. It is such a thrill to watch the earth burst forth with its abundance this month, to walk through the farmers market marveling at the stalls of fresh produce and sample the tastes of summer. 
I am taking two trips this month, one for a week-long family vacation to Southern California and one to teach at a multi-faith family camp in Idaho. I will be gone July 9-15 as well as July 28-Aug 3. If you email me during those times, please know it might take me some time to reply. In case of emergency, Tanesha and the board presidents all have my cell number and can reach me at a moment’s notice.
This month I am also leading our Children’s Chalice Camp, which is meeting July 16th and July 18th from 9-12. Everyone is welcome to attend! The morning will be fun and games and learning, and then we will be gathering at noon for a potluck. The best part of the potluck is that our congregational elders will be in attendance! As we endeavor to make stronger connections across the generations. And of course, if you and your child would like to attend, you can RSVP to me at
Many blessings on a joyous July. May the sun shine on your shoulders! And may you experience the abundance of summer.
Rev. Jessica