Category: Get Involved

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,

8/17/2018: 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
(small appliances OK).  Dates for dropping off donations will follow soon.
We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, pricing and selling . We will have a sign up list for volunteering in the KUUF foyer.  It is fun to help with this event.   Please consider joining us!
For more information you may contact Susan Welsh,, or Karen Leader Scott,

7/18/2018: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

Agenda for July 18, 2018
6:30 PM    Call to Order:  Eric Harrold, President
Chalice Lighting
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.
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.
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.

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.

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

7/1/2018: Charitable Giving

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.



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



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

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.

6/3/2018: Social Justice Meeting

The KUUF Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting at 11:45 in the admin room. Tentative agenda:

  1. Faith over Fear event June 21
  2. Collecting Used glasses to Re-cycle abroad
  3. Hiroshima & Nagasaki memorial days at Ground Zero
  4. Social Justice films
  5. Report on NAACP banquet
  6. KUUF Booth at Juneteenth Celebration
  7. Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Banquet Sept. 8
  8. Social Justice Committee meeting July 1 ?
  9. Retreat
  10. End of 2017-18 financial year
  11. Inter Group Training
  12. Black Lives Matter sign

6/1/2018: Charitable Giving

For the Month of May 2018 KUUF raised $408.00 for Kitsap Safe School Network.

Thank you to everyone!

The Kitsap Safe Schools Network is a growing partnership of community groups, agencies, churches, youth groups, parents and individuals working together to protect every child from the torment of bullying, including bullying based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.


June’s charitable giving recipient is RESULTS

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.

5/27/2018: Buildings and Grounds Requests Help

It is mowing season again, and the beautiful grounds at KUUF need your help and attention. Please step up and adopt a section of the grounds to mow. If you are not able to handle a mower, volunteer to edge or weed. Anything will help. Growth will slow down as the weather gets warmer and drier, but for now, it needs attention on a weekly basis. Three people are presently taking care of the grounds, and it is too much work for so few. Please help out!

Please contact to coordinate our activities and to receive instructions on access to the mowing equipment.

5/20/2018: Just a Note 🎵

Members of our KUUF Choir joined their voices this past Sunday as part of an interfaith choir celebrating Armed Forces Week.  The program was organized and hosted by the Bremerton LDS Church.  Our choir performed “This Land Is Your Land Rock” arranged by Mike Menefee.  The audience loved it!  We then joined in with the other choirs to sing the closing hymn, “God of Our Fathers”.  The choirs were accompanied on this hymn by a brass ensemble that included our Mike Menefee.  We all received a standing ovation!


A big “Thank You” to Mike and to Lisa Johnson for this opportunity.  Lisa heard of the program because of her work on the Interfaith Council and she presented the idea to Mike and the choir.  Mike organized KUUF’s participation and, of course, directed our choir’s number.  For all of us who were able to participate, it was both fun and worthwhile to be a part of the celebration.  It was also a wonderful way for KUUF reach out and be a part of the interfaith community.

5/16/2018: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda


Agenda for May 16, 2018


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

Chalice Lighting


6:45 PM                Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the April 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

  • Meeting with CPA to discuss income from the Matan Bldg lease (May 7th)
  • Requested from Caring Committee a proposal for Parish Nurse
  • Selene Patterson has volunteer to be an office assistant and fill in when Tanesha is sick
  • Asked the treasurer for recommendation on where to put PSE rebate
  • Used the Minister’s discretionary fund to assist a congregant
  • Anticipate a memorial service for Bobbi Baurick to be at KUUF

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

7:20 PM                Board Growth Topic:  Types and Purpose of a Board (Eric Harrold): We will discuss the difference between an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board. Which are we?


7:30 PM                                                                *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Worship Topics for Church Year 2018 – 2019: (Eric Harrold): Beth Wilson, who is the chair of the Worship Committee, has asked us to consider a theme for the up-coming church year. Discussion.


7:55 PM                                                                   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Appointment of Board Officers (Eric Harrold): The board needs to vote on a President and Vice President for 2018 – 2019. All willing members will be considered but I strong suggest the new board members take this time to learn how our board operates before filling an officer position. Review of location of KUUF by-laws and archived records. Discussion.

Suggested Motion: I move that XXXXX be appointed President of KUUF Board of Trustees for a one-year term.

Suggested Motion: I move that XXXXX be appointed Vice-President of KUUF Board of Trustees for a one-year term.



Vote on appointing Lynn Lund to fill the empty board position left when June Jones resigned in April 2018. Discussion.

Suggested Motion: I move that Lynn Lund be appointed to KUUF Board of Trustees for the remaining year of June Jones term three-year term.


Appointment on Treasurer (Eric Harrold): Mark Sugimoto has offered to be Treasurer for church year 2018 – 2019. Mark has filled this position in the past and has the approval of out-going Treasurer Susan Welsh. Discussion.

Suggested Motion: I move that Mark Sugimoto be appointed Treasurer for KUUF for a one-year term.




Appointment of Personnel Committee Members (Lisa Johnson): Two Personnel Committee members have rotated off of the committee this year. As per our by-laws, the Personnel Committee needs a minimum of three board members. Lisa would be Chair of this committee and we need two other members. Terry Mallory and Nathan Emmett have volunteered. Discussion.


Appointment of Board Liaison Positions (Eric Harrold): Paul Wilson, Nancy Sleight and Ellen Newberg have rotated off the board this year. Paul was liaison between the board and W & M and Personnel Committee; Nancy was liaison to Worship Committee; Ellen was liaison to Finance Committee. Discussion.


Appoint Task Force Member for Ministerial Services Development (Eric Harrold): From our congregational meeting, we received authorization to set up a task force to select a ministerial service provider and to determine how the services will be provided. Discussion.


GA is the 20 – 24 of June in Kansas City, MI (Eric Harrold): Delegates for GA? Do we have people interested in attending the General Assembly in Kansas City? Has the council discussed this? Discussion.


The Caring Committee Has Proposed Having A Parish Nurse (Eric Harrold): Karen Leader-Scott has sent the board a proposal for offering the congregation the services of a “Parish Nurse.” We need a Task Force to review this proposal and make a recommendation to the board to include all expenses KUUF will bear. Discussion.


Board Retreat for the 2018 – 2019 Church Year (Eric Harrold): I would like to schedule a board retreat this summer so let’s talk about when people are available to attend. Discussion.


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

Conversations with the Board Topics:

  • Board to discuss Ministerial Service Task Force

                                For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

8:30 p.m.             Adjournment

5/6/2018: Joys and Sorrows Update

We’re coming to the end of our trial period for our current joys and sorrows format. To provide an
opportunity to gather feedback in a way that also gives us a chance to connect and get to know each
other, along with leaving room to speak our truths and hear others, we’re inviting those who were not
able to meet with us on May 6 to join in small facilitated groups immediately after the service next
Sunday, May 20. We’d like everyone to participate, including those without strong feelings either way
about Joys and Sorrows. Sponsored by the Healthy Communication Committee, the Worship Committee and the Listening Team.