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11/22/2018: Thanksgiving Potluck at KUUF

We welcome everyone to join us for a thanksgiving potluck on
Thursday 11/22/18  Friends and family welcome
We will start gathering around 1:00 and then eat around 2:00.
We are providing local, organically bred turkeys and ask everyone to bring the other dishes including, of course, cranberry sauce, pies, something to drink etc

There will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer or you may call or e-mail the office at 360 377 4724 or admin@kuuf.org.
Please consider helping with set-up and clean-up.

For more information contact Bonner Sams, Marcie Mathis, or Vivien Blyth.

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10/20/2018: Social Justice Retreat

WHEN?  – Our Social Justice Committee Retreat will take place on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 10:00 am.   It will go as long as needed, but will be over by 4:00 pm for sure.

WHERE? –   16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW Poulsbo, WA 98370 at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.  Just turn in at the  orange cones on Clear Creek Road.  Go to the main house building.

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WHO? –   Anyone and everyone are invited.  You can simply show up without registration.  From our doodle survey, the following signed up:  Jill, Terry, Robin, Peter, Phil, Mack, Melody, Sue, Sterling, Florrie and Lisa.   But feel free to invite any KUUF member or friend of KUUF….. or just your friend!

FOOD – Coffee and tea will be available and some snacks.  However, we have agreed that you BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!  There is a refrigerator and a kitchen area to preserve and prepare your food.  You can also bring your own beverages.

FACILITATOR –  The vary capable Jenell DeMatteo will guide us during the day.  She met with a planning group back in May.  Also, Phil and Mack took our Oct. 7 SJC meeting’s suggestions to Jenell on Wednesday.

AGENDA –  At our Sunday meeting someone said, “I need a purpose and a role in the Social Justice Committee.” We also need a program, a calendar of events and activities, a budget and an updated Charter.  We plan to work on all those things and more.

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, suwelsh888@yahoo.com, or Karen Leader Scott, leaderscott49@gmail.com.

8/15/2018: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for August 15, 2018

***** EXECUTIVE SESSION – (NONE SCHEDULED) *****

6:30 PM Call to Order:  Eric Harrold, President

Chalice Lighting

Check-in

6:45 PM Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

 

  • Minutes of the July 18, 2018 board meeting
  • Board Liaison & other reports, including Finance; Personnel; etc.

 

6:50 PM Vote to adopt the Agenda for this meeting

6:55 PM President’s Report: Eric Harrold Review of Fellowship Business

 

  • Council is developing a safety campaign calendar
  • Board Retreat was a success
  • Conversation with the Board has been changed to the second Sunday of each month

 

 

 

7:00 PM Treasurer’s Report (Mark Sugimoto): Vote to approve.

7:15 PM Board Growth Topic:  Where can I find information on how KUUF should be run?

7:25 PM *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Parish Nurse Cost to Fellowship (Terry Mallory): Karen Leader-Scott has proposed, that as part of the Caring Committee, we allow Jessica Ingalls to act as a parish nurse. I have contacted our insuring agency and they provided an updated policy raising our premiums by $326. Does the board approve of the additional cost to the 2018 – 2019 church budget? Our insurance is just to cover KUUF from liability. Anyone filling the parish nurse volunteer position has to provide proof of insurance for themselves. Discussion.

Suggested motion: I move that the board authorize an additional $326 to the 2018 – 2019 church budget to pay for the increased insurance premium associated with providing KUUF liability coverage for a Parish Nurse volunteer position.  

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Ask the Finance Committee to write a policy outlining the disposition of funds, received from the lease of KUUF property, not directly allocated to a fund for property maintenance (Eric Harrold): Again, I feel strongly that a policy is needed to transfer funds, not allocated in the leased property budget, into the General Fund to support annual fellowship operating cost. Discussion.

7:45 PM   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Raise the Paddle Cause (Eric Harrold): Ellen Newberg has asked that the board consider a “cause” for this year’s Raise the Paddle event during our annual Auction. Several possibilities have been suggested: Rail and step improvements for path beside the Matan Bldg; AED for Foyer; AV equipment for sanctuary; computer network upgrade for video conferencing. Discussion.

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KUUF needs to revive the Committee on Ministry (Eric Harrold): As KUUF moves closer to having a part-time minister we need to consider the need for a Committee on Ministry. This has been an active Committee in the past and I feel there are important reasons to put it back in place prior to employing a part-time minister. Discussion.

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Liaison to the Chalice Circle Facilitator (Eric Harrold): Someone has asked about a liaison for the Chalice Circles. As this is not a committee, and has no elected chair, I presume a board member would be coordinating with the facilitator of the Chalice Circle, which is Selene. Would anyone like to act in that capacity? Discussion.  

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2018 Safety Campaign (Jim Franklin/Eric Harrold): The Council is working on developing a Safety Campaign Calendar to outline our greater safety concerns. I believe we (the board) should specifically ask them to include aspects of safety that we consider a priority. Topics that come to mind are: child care security, active shooter scenario, fire drill (kids and adults), earthquake drill (kids and adults), medical emergency, property hazards, building access, etc. Discussion.

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8:25 PM Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for July 2018:  

Conversations with the Board Topics: How on that…over.

  • How is the Board communication doing? The board communicates with the congregation in several ways: President’s Column, open meetings, conversation with the board, other (?). Are you getting the word?

For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, 19 September 2018

8:30 p.m. Adjournment

8/9/2018: News About KUUF’s Worship Services

The Worship Committee is making two changes in our worship services.  The first is fairly simple;l the other involves our Joys & Sorrows process.

Hoping to make our Worship Services a deeper experience, we’ve asked Rev. Carol McKinley to train about a 16 people, including the members of the Worship Committee, to be Lay Leaders.  The training will focus on how to create sacred space for worship, how to create a sense of welcome and inclusion from the pulpit, how to respond in case of an emergency, how to use the lay leader script without reading it, and a few other items.  We are grateful to those who have volunteered to be on the newly forming Lay Leader Team.  Those folks will rotate as Lay Leaders each Sunday starting in September.  We hope this will strengthen our worship services.

For several years KUUF friends and members and the Worship Committee have been trying to find a new way of celebrating Joys & Sorrows that meets the needs of more of those who attend Worship Service.  We’ve tried several different methods and sought the advice and input from all members and friends.  The opinions range from those who prefer to use our previous method of having each person speak their own joy or sorrow to those who prefer to not have Joys & Sorrows as part of the Worship Service at all.

Hoping to create a new ritual that is a compromise, the Worship Committee has developed the following new Joys & Sorrows ritual that will also start in September.  Here are the steps of the new ritual:

  • Those who have a Joy or Sorrow to share will complete a form similar to the one we now use and place it in the basket before the service.  They will indicate on the form if they prefer to have the Joy or Sorrow read for them or if they prefer to read it themselves.
  • During the reading of Joys & Sorrows, those that were submitted to be read for the author will be read by the Joys & Sorrows Reader.  When they are all read, then
  • The Joys & Sorrows Reader will invite those who want to read their own Joy or Sorrow to come forward.  Each person will be given their card to read to the congregation.
  • Please do not speak extemporaneously or come up if you have not filled out a card.  The purpose of using the card is to ensure that the Joys & Sorrows ritual does not become an opportunity for long descriptions, but a moment to simply share, in one’s own voice, the joy or sorrow you have.
  • Because of our assisted hearing system, each person will read into the microphone, which will be held by the Joys & Sorrows Reader.

We hope this new way of celebrating Joys & Sorrows will meet the expressed needs of as many congregants as possible.  We know that it isn’t exactly what some people would like, but it is a compromise that may be helpful.

We will try this method for six months, and evaluate again to see if it is working.  We thank everyone for their commitment to our beloved community and to a worship service that is loving, gracious and caring of all.

8/5/2018: Social Justice Meeting

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting from about 11:40 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, after the service in the Admin. room.

Agenda topics include:

  1.   KIAC Banquet & Auction
  2.  SJC Retreat – possible dates
  3.  Second Friday Film Festival
  4.  Hiroshima & Nagasaki Days – Ground Zero

At 1:00 those interested are invited to car pool to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action at 16159 Clear Creek Road NW to hear Bill Moyer speak at 1:30. Bill founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 to teach creative and dramatic ways to resist tyranny. This is the famous activist who mobilizes hundreds of kayaks in a giant, floating mosaic! He is a keynote speaker for Ground Zero’s August 4 – 6 commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. For more details go to http://www.gzcenter.org/event/hiroshimanagasaki-commemoration/

7/26/2018: Very Successful Work Party!

Our recent Sunday’s work party brought many hardy souls who labored in this warm weather:  painting new white parking lines in the parking lot, weed whacking, weeding and mowing, erecting the rummage sale sign, dealing with the motion sensor light in the breezeway, organizing the KUUF kitchen, deck repair, etc.
About 30 volunteers contributed their talents (and sweat!):
Vivien Blyth,  Dianne Brooks and Sam Stephens ,  Marty Bishop,  Jill Clarridge,  Rosemary Dougall,   Genevieve and Nathan Emmett,  Jim Franklin,  Eric Harrold,  Lisa and Mack Johnson, Karen Leader Scott,  Sue Matan, Donna Munro,   Ellen and Alan Newberg,  Selene Patterson,  Jack Peterson,  Marilyn Rumble,  Helen Schwartz,  Lyn Schnug,  Robyn Williams,  Jeri and  Alan Searly ,  Ed Woods,  Ginny and Mark Sugimoto, Susan Welsh,  Beth and Paul Wilson.
Thank you all for the great amount of work we got  done, it’s so encouraging!

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)

7/18/2018: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Agenda for July 18, 2018
***** EXECUTIVE SESSION – (NONE SCHEDULED) *****
6:30 PM    Call to Order:  Eric Harrold, President
Chalice Lighting
Check-in
6:45 PM    Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda
Minutes of the May 16, 2018 board meeting
Board Liaison & other reports, including Finance; Personnel; etc.
6:50 PM    Vote to adopt the Agenda for this meeting
6:55 PM    President’s Report: Eric Harrold Review of Fellowship Business
Council is developing a safety campaign calendar
Parish Nurse update; documents to insurance
Building & Grounds was informed that received funding for the kitchen cabinets
Board Retreat scheduled for 26 July 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
7:00 PM     Treasurer’s Report (Mark Sugimoto): Vote to approve.
7:15 PM    Board Growth Topic:  Where does the KUUF Board get its authority? (discuss section 1)

7:20 PM                *****OLD BUSINESS *****
KUUF Safety Campaign (Eric Harrold/Terry Mallory): From the last Conversation with the Board, the idea of conducting a safety campaign emerged. The Council has been asked to manage our safety campaign calendar and hopefully, for the Council to set up the trainings in all aspects, which include: fire drill, earthquake drill, shooter drill, medical emergency drill, disruptive person drill, etc. It will still be the Board’s responsibility to ensure all the trainings are done and logged. Discussion.

7:40 PM                   *****NEW BUSINESS *****
Safety Campaign for KUUF (Jim Franklin): I’m trying to bully the Council into taking up the Safety Campaign project. This idea came from the Conversation with the Board last month. If it develops the way we were talking about it, it will be a multi-faceted project to encompass emergency response training for fire, earthquake, medical emergency, shooter and property considerations. Discussion.
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Selene agrees to be the new Board Secretary (Eric Harrold): Selene has agreed to become our new Board Secretary. This is an important position and one which requires appointment by the Board of Trustees. She would be recording all official board functions (like the retreat) excluding board meetings, which we pay Tanesha to take for us. Discussion.
Proposed motion: I move that, in accordance with KUUF By-laws Article IX, Sections 1 & 3,  Selene Patterson be appointed as board secretary for church year 2018 – 2019.
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The Finance Committee needs to have a liaison (Eric Harrold): The Finance Committee no longer has a liaison since Ellen has left the board. Who would like to take that job? Discussion.

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Transfer of authority for building security and keys (Eric Harrold): Last week Jim Franklin assumed authority for building security by allowing himself to be appointed as a responsible person to have new keys made and he has authority to manage the alarm security codes as well. Jim’s name has been given to the alarm answering company and he will be called when a KUUF building alarm is activated. Discussion.
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8:25 PM    Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for May 2018:
Conversations with the Board Topics: How on that…over.
How is the Board communication doing? The board communicates with the congregation in several ways: President’s Column, open meetings, conversation with the board, other (?). Are you getting the word?
For the good of the order
Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, 15 August 2018
8:30 p.m.    Adjournment

8/5/2018: Social Justice Committee Meeting

 

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting from about 11:40 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, after the service in the Admin. room.

At 1:00 those interested are invited to car pool to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action at 16159 Clear Creek Road NW to hear Bill Moyer speak at 1:30. Bill founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 to teach creative and dramatic ways to resist tyranny. This is the famous activist who mobilizes hundreds of kayaks in a giant, floating mosaic! He is a keynote speaker for Ground Zero’s August 4 – 6 commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. For more details go to http://www.gzcenter.org/event/hiroshimanagasaki-commemoration/

7/1/2018: Charitable Giving







http://www.results.org/

For the Month of June 2018 KUUF raised $395.00  Kitsap RESULTS. Thank you to everyone!

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.greatpeninsula.org/

We are a private, non-profit organization comprised of volunteers and a small staff many of whom are your neighbors and friends. We came together because we care about the future of this great land, and about our community.

As a land trust, we have the tools and expertise to protect and preserve the special places of our region.  In collaboration with communities, partners, and landowners, we work to protect the natural habitats, rural landscapes, and open spaces of the Great Peninsula of western Puget Sound.

7/1/2018: President’s Column

Good day to all members and friends of KUUF. We are well into church year 2018 – 2019 and I’m surprised how many activities we have going on – I thought UU’s took the summer off

 

I have a couple of updates for everyone:

      1) Mack Johnson and Jessica Demick have been added to the Ministerial Services Task Force – based upon input you provided to Terry Mallory. Thank you to everyone who participated in that effort.

      2) Last church year the congregation approved taking $7500 from endowment savings to fund the replacement of eight failed windows, a new refrigerator and a new dishwasher.  From those funds we had $1,484.44 left unspent. During the June 2018 board meeting, I authorized using the remaining $1484.44 toward the upgrade of our kitchen cabinets. I believe this to be in accordance with what the money was approved for, and it should make the kitchen easier to use for our generous volunteers.

 

During the last conversation with the board the idea of a safety campaign arose. I like this idea! The council has been considering what to do about congregational safety, in light of what other fellowships are experiencing, as well as our own brushes with adversity – due mostly to our choice to display the Black Lives Matter banner at the entrance of our property. The discussion grew into fire safety, an earthquake drill, a medical emergency and whether we should have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the fellowship. I believe a “Safety Campaign” would serve us well and I’ve asked the Council to consider creating a safety campaign calendar, so we can see what needs to be organized, as well as the best time to conduct each training.  Go Council!!

 

On a similar vein, the effort to approve having a parish nurse is moving along. I have received all the necessary documents required by our insurer–Church Mutual, and the Personnel Committee is drafting a Parish Nurse volunteer job description. (The UUA has plenty of experience in using parish nurses and their website has great information, if you care to review it). We don’t have all the details worked out, but my understanding is that our parish nurse would be available for over the phone consultations, e.g., “Is it bad when a rash goes from here, to here;” not, “Are you available to set a broken bone?” We’ll learn more soon so keep your eyes open.

 

Finally, our annual Rummage Sale is being planned and this may impact some of us, as storage locations are scarce. Thank you to the amazing volunteers that are organizing this important fund-raising event! We are considering the minister’s office and the administration conference room as possible storage locations. The option of a storage pod was explored but would cost several hundred dollars and take up lower level parking areas. If you have concerns about storage, please let myself or a Rummage Sale planner (Karen Leader-Scott and Susan Welsh) know, so we can accommodate as many people as possible while preserving our budgeted fund-raiser.

 

As always, I thank you for your understanding of all matters KUUF and I encourage you to – “be the change you want to see.”

 

We are KUUF

 

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

6/30/2018: 2018 AUCTION PLANNING TEAM FORMING- WE NEED A FEW GOOD PEOPLE!

2018 AUCTION PLANNING TEAM FORMING:
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED—A COMBINATION OF SMALL AND LARGER TASKS MAKE FOR A SUCCESSFUL AUCTION.

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
elena29@comcast.net
land line: (360) 692-3981
cell:  (360) 551-7526

6/17/2018: Message from the Worship Committee about Joys & Sorrows

The Worship Committee thanks the members of the congregation who participated in our recent Joys & Sorrows sharing and listening sessions.  Your feedback about our Joys & Sorrows ritual has been invaluable to us. Based on your input, the Worship Committee has identified a purpose for our ritual:

The purposed of our Joys & Sorrows ritual is to nurture a caring community at KUUF by sharing significant events in our lives.  

 

Using that purpose statement, the Worship Committee is working to identify a new ritual that will achieve that purpose, of nurturing our caring community.  We seek to include the elements of our prior ritual that build towards that purpose, while avoiding the pitfalls that we were experiencing. We are still working out the details of our new ritual, but know it will involve compromise on everyone’s part.  

 

Because we are working on creating some other new elements of our worship service to introduce in September, we will spend the rest of the summer refining the details of our new ritual, integrating it with the other new elements and communicating the changes to the congregation in August before they are introduced in September.  

 

In the meantime, we’ll continue our practice of our current Joys & Sorrows ritual, knowing that it will come to an end at the end of August.  

 

The Worship Committee appreciates the trust of the congregation as we take your feedback and use it to create a new ritual that will build community.  Thank you so much for your support.