Category: Get Involved

01/20/2018: Connecting Neighbors

Saturday, 8:30am, Bremerton United Methodist Church

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, plan to attend a free emergency
preparedness training, provided through the United Methodist
Committee on Relief (UMCOR). This training has three areas of focus:
Personal and home readiness; church readiness; and readiness to serve
your neighbors in case of an emergency.
Location: Bremerton United Methodist Church
1150 Marine Drive
Bremerton, WA 98312
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Trainers: Wendy Riddle and Becky Platt.

 

 

Click Here to view the Curriculum

Lunch will be provided.
Registration deadline: Saturday, January 13, 2018. Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connecting-neighbors-tickets-40947796963
For more information, please contact Wendy Riddle at wriddle56@gmail.com

01/17/2018: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

Wednesday, 6:30pm KUUF – Admin Room

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for Jan 17, 2018

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

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

Chalice Lighting

                              Check-in

6:45 PM              Consent agenda

  • Minutes of the December 20, 2017 board meeting
  • January 17, 2018 Board Agenda
  • Board Liaison & other reports, including Finance; Personnel; etc.

6:50 PM              President’s Report: Eric Harrold review of fellowship activities

  • We received a certificate from the UUA pronouncing us an Honor Congregation…(we paid our dues).
  • Planning-to-Plan continues which data analysis followed by program/services/involvement exploration.
  • Had final meeting with Economy Hearth and Home; installation Jan 17 – 27, 2018.
  • Furnace installation into the Sanctuary is complete; approx. cost is $3000.
  • I’ve asked the Charitable Giving Task Force to start identifying future recipients.
  • We need to find a Ways & Means Committee.

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

 

7:10 PM                                                           *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Review of the new KUUF Fellowship Council Charter (Jim Franklin): The KUUF Fellowship Council has updated their charter and want it voted on. Discussion

Recommended motion: I move that we accept the KUUF Fellowship Council Charter dated December 20, 2017.

Should membership at KUUF be a requirement to vote within a committee (Eric Harrold): Our KUUF by-laws are silent on whether membership to KUUF is necessary to participate in a voting role on a KUUF committee. This could be a concern if non-members are voting on how to spend KUUF committee budgets. Discussion.

Recommended motion to be added to the annual meeting: I move to added into the by-laws under ARTICLE XI, COMMITTEES: Section 1, (d) – Persons working within a committee, who wish to vote on committee business where as it pertains to spending appropriated funds from the KUUF budget, or voting on a committee’s published statement of attitude must be standing members of KUUF.

7:30 PM                                                                          *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Stewardship drive (chaired by Ginny Sugimoto and Katherine Woods): Ginny would like to discuss a theme for this years Stewardship drive. The last two President’s Columns have talked about the possibility of getting a half-time minister. Several members of the board attended a special meeting on Friday, January 5 at KUUF. I hope that we can agree that a Stewardship Drive focusing on getting a minister or getting ministerial services should be the theme. Discussion.

Delegates to the PWR Annual Meeting in Portland (Eric Harrold): The PWR has scheduled their annual meeting in Portland, OR at the Double Tree. We should consider sending ARE/CRE/Worship/Other to this event. Discussion. https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/regional-assembly

Allowing Homeless Persons to Park in the KUUF Parking lot (Eric Harrold): The Social Justice Committee has met with Monica from KCR to discuss how we could be involved with aiding the homeless. I have been asking people in car’s to leave our parking lot but could we allow them to park overnight without sacrificing safety (primarily for Tanesha) or causing a waste problem. Discussion.

Half-time Minister Analysis by the Finance Committee (Eric Harrold/Jim Strunk): The feasibility study on hiring a part-time minister has been submitted by the Finance Committee and should be discussed. Additionally, four board members met with the Treasurer to talk about current year budget and projections. Discuss.

 

8:25 PM              Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for December 2017:   Paul Wilson, Jim Franklin

Conversations with the Board Topics:

  • Board to discuss Stewardship theme and answer budget questions

 For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

8:30 p.m.            Adjournment

01/15/2018: MLK Seattle Celebration

Monday, Garfield Highschool, Seattle

MLK Seattle Celebration:  The 2018 annual MLK celebration will be held at Garfield High School on MLK Day, January 15, 2018.
This is a big event, with speakers, music, dozens of workshops, and a march from Garfield to the Federal building downtown that typically draws at least 5,000 participants.

01/13/2018: Ground Zero MLK Anti-Nuclear Vigil

Saturday, 10am, Bangor Main Gate – Ground Zero MLK Anti-nuclear Vigil:  Join Ground Zero members at 10:00am on Saturday, January 13 to walk to the Bangor main gate for an 10:30am vigil in support of nuclear abolition.

Contact Mack Johnson for more information.

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

01/12/2018: President’s Column

President’s Column

January 2018

 

Happy New Year to all you KUUF folks reading my column…okay, even those who are not reading it!  2018 can be an exciting year for us, limited only by our own vision of what’s possible. So, let’s not restrict ourselves to just this, or just that. Let’s leave that door wide open and not be afraid to step through, even if it means getting a little mud on our shoes – after all, we know it’s raining out there.

The Finance Committee has responded to the Board’s request to examine the feasibility of hiring a half-time minister. They estimate the cost of a half-time minister to be $45,000 annually. The question then becomes; how do we get there, from here, without having to make drastic cuts to programs and services supporting our spiritual home? Please let me reassure you that the Board is not considering any cuts in programs or services.

It’s possible that we can have ministerial services, including pastoral care, without formally hiring a minister. We now have several very good visiting ministers like Carol McKinley and Emily Melcher and good spiritual speakers like Joseph Bednarik. I will be working this month to explore if any of our visiting ministers are able to fill a larger role for us, and, what our interest is in having this as a resource.

I ask you – please – not to see this as an unachievable goal. We need pledges, we need congregational support, we need you to tell us (Board) how you feel about alternative approaches to our spiritual leadership. Engaging with each other, with committees and with the Board are positive ways to feel good about your relationship with KUUF.

We are KUUF.

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

01/07/2018: Get Connected in 2018! Join a Chalice Circle!

Consider joining a Chalice Circle as a great way to connect to your KUUF community. Chalice Circles offer a spiritual setting for personal growth, allowing members to interact on a meaningful level.  Covenants established by each circle insure that all voices are heard in a safe and confidential space.  Also build relationships by working together on an annual service project selected by the group.

 

Themes cover a wide range of topics, designed to provide opportunities for meaningful reflection and sharing about aspects of life that touch us deeply.  Some examples of recent themes are:  Gratitude, Mindfulness, Balance, Humility, Forgiveness, Work, Doubt, Grace, Nature, Endings.

 

It’s easy to join.  Peruse the current listing of groups below and then let our Chalice Circle Coordinator know which group you are interested in  — email ChaliceCircles@kuuf.org, or call the KUUF Office, 360-377-4724.

 

We have three new Chalice Circles now forming.  Childcare is available for our Sunday morning Circle.

 

CC #1, meets 2nd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45 pm in Port Orchard

CC #2*, meets third Sunday mornings at KUUF with childcare available

CC #3, meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm in East Bremerton

CC #4*, meets 2nd Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm in East Bremerton

CC #5, meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 9:45-11:15 am in Silverdale

CC #6*, meets 2nd Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm in Silverdale

CC #7, meets 3rd Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm in Silverdale

CC #8, meets 2nd Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm in Bremerton

CC #9, meets 3rd Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm in Manette

CC #11, meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm in West Bremerton

 

*new group now forming

 

12/21/2017: Kitsap Interfaith Network’s Longest Night Vigil for the Homeless

Thursday, 5:30pm, The Courtyard at First Christian Church, Bremerton
Kitsap Interfaith Network’s
Longest Night Vigil for the Homeless
December 21st, 5:30 pm
The Courtyard at First Christian Church
During this busy winter holiday season, we take a few minutes to remember our homeless community members; we will remember the ones who have died this past year with our presence, and remember those still struggling with our gifts. The service is short and out doors.
Bring gifts of winter coats, hats, socks, gloves, sleeping bags, toiletries, etc. with you or drop them off at the building. Business hours are 9-4 Mondaythrough Thursday, and the building is open Wednesday early evenings. Call 360-373-2444 for more times.

12/20/2017: KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

Wednesday, 6:30pm KUUF – Admin Room

KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Agenda for Dec 20, 2017

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

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

Chalice Lighting

                              Check-in

6:45 PM              Consent agenda

  • Minutes of the November 15, 2017 board meeting
  • December 20 agenda
  • Board Liaison & other reports, including Finance; Personnel; etc.

6:50 PM              President’s Report: Eric Harrold review of fellowship activities

  • We did approve a special collection on 4 Feb 2018 in support of BLUU (sent to Worship, SJC, Tanesha & Treasurer)
  • Planning-to-Plan continues which data analysis followed by program/services/involvement exploration.
  • Fire resistant file cabinet is being identified and purchase pends.
  • Had final meeting with Economy Hearth and Home for HVAC of upper building.
  • Easterseals is going to buy new flooring for the building (upstairs only)

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

 

7:10 PM                                                           *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Ways and Means Committee (Eric Harrold): The new Finance Policy will contain a recommendation that we re-establish the Ways and Means Committee. The charter already exists (bring it up on the TV) so it would be a matter of the board selecting a chair and “POOF” we have a W&M Committee. Discussion.

 

Draft “KUUF Financial Policies” vote (Susan Welsh): A draft KUUF Financial Policies document has been created with the combined effort of the Treasurer, Congregational Administrator and Finance Committee. The board convened a special meeting to review the draft on the 30th of November 2017. The draft was revised and posted for congregational review prior to this vote. Discussion?

Recommended motion – I motion that we approve the December 2017 draft Financial Policies document as written (or… as amended).

 

7:40 PM                                                                          *****NEW BUSINESS *****

Hanging the Covenant in the admin conference room and foyer (Eric Harrold): A copy of our covenant has recently been discovered and several people would like to hang it in the administration conference room. We use this space for church meetings as well as community meetings (SURJ and Sheriff meetings are conducted here). I don’t think we need to vote on hanging these, but I would like to agree on where. I think the sanctuary is more spiritual and the foyer is more business oriented – sanctuary would be my recommendation. Discussion.

 

Change the Discussion with the Board away from the potluck Sunday (Selene Patterson): During the last “Discussion with the Board” Selene noticed that people who were gathered in the sanctuary to sit and talk while eating were drowned-out and put-out by the board discussion going on. She has asked us to consider moving Discussion with the Board to another time. Discussion.

 

Is the Treasurer considered an ex-officio member of the board (Susan Welsh/Eric Harrold): The question is whether the Treasurer is an ex-officio member of the board. We would be voting on making the Treasurer a non-voting ex-officio.  Discussion.

 

Part-time office assistant to help Tanesha (Paul Wilson): Paul has asked us to consider hiring a part-time office assistant to manage the additional workload coming in from Committees and the new President. 😊 Discussion.

 

Review of the new KUUF Fellowship Council Charter (Jim Franklin): The KUUF Fellowship Council has updated their charter and want it voted on. Discussion

Recommended motion: I move that we accept the KUUF Fellowship Council Charter dated December 20, 2017.

 

Should KUUF membership be required to vote within a committee (Eric Harrold): Our KUUF by-laws are silent on whether membership to KUUF is necessary to participate in a voting role on a KUUF committee. This could be a concern if non-members are voting on how to spend KUUF committee budgets. Discussion.

 

8:25 PM              Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for November 2017:

Conversations with the Board Topics:

  • SJC to discuss effort to re-affirm welcoming status (12-31-2017)

 

For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

8:30 p.m.            Adjournment

12/10/2017: Children’s Religious Exploration

 
Sunday Dec. 10
Celebrating Kwanzaa
 
We will be having one RE Class for ages 5-13 that begins after the children are sung out of the service.  Our class time is only 30-40 minutes and will be focusing on Unitarian Universalist Stories and the Seven Principles.
Sunday Service Childcare:
Childcare opens at 10am for children who do not want to start in the service. All children are welcome to start in the service and then go up to the children’s building for Childcare or Religious Education.
The children listen to a story in the service and then the congregation sings them out at approximately 11 am.
Childcare Needed for KUUF Event?
Please contact Jenell at dematteo@olypen.com
 Sunday Dec. 17
Solstice and making lanterns

12/08/2017: Guest at Your Table

Please join us by participating in Guest at Your Table

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What is Guest at Your Table?

Guest at Your Table is an annual fundraising and education program that supports UUSC’s human rights work. We invite everyone to take part: individuals, families, small groups, congregations, and community organizations.

Over the decades, Guest at Your Table has raised millions of dollars for human rights projects that have made a real difference in people’s lives.

What is this year’s Guest at Your Table theme?

This year Guest at Your Table highlights the empowerment of refugees and displaced people. One of UUSC’s major focuses is serving the people who are most overlooked or discriminated against in the midst of humanitarian crises such as forced migration, large-scale conflicts, genocide, and natural disasters. As UUSC celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we’ll look back to our origin: Martha and Rev. Waitstill Sharp helping European refugees escape persecution during World War II. We are excited to share several inspiring stories this year!

How do I participate?

Please take a GAYT box from the foyer and gather change during the month of December.  Or write a check for your donation to KUUF.  All boxes/donations are due back to Jenell by Jan. 7, 2017.

For more information please contact Jenell, RE Assoicate or go to the website:

www.uusc.org/welcome-to-guest-at-your-table

12/08/2017: President’s Column

President’s Column

December 2017

 

Let’s start with Happy December to all our members and friends of KUUF!  I hope you all have reason to be joyful this holiday season. I, and your Board of Trustees, have heard the interest many of you have expressed for a minister we can call our own. So, let me be upfront about this, we need another $40,000 in pledges to make that happen. We each have our own reasons for wanting a minister, and I know that we also share many common purposes, goals and spiritual interests. The Board is focusing this year’s Stewardship Campaign on raising sufficient monies for the operation our beloved spiritual home and making the wish of having a minister a reality. I often made the point to my children that if they wished in one hand and put work in the other, which would fill up faster? I know you get the point, wishing will not get us where we want, and need, to go. I’ll call on the old proverb “actions speak louder than words” when asking that you weigh you’re desire for pastoral leadership with your pledging this year. I have asked the Finance Committee to develop a budget that accounts for a half-time minister while maintaining our current staffing, maintenance of our facilities, and all the services, programs, and activities so vital to our beloved community. I don’t need to tell you that we can make this happen – you already know that. I need to tell you the cost of making a half-time minister a reality. For my part, as a member of KUUF, I will increase my pledge to make this happen. What will you do?

 

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

12/03/2017: Social Justice Committee Meeting

Sunday 11:45am, KUUF Admin Room

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, “1st Sunday of the month” meeting on Dec. 3 in the admin room beginning at about 11:45.  Anyone interested is invited to attend!

Agenda

  1. Proposed SJC spending for 2018-19
  2. Should we solicit a Local Homeless Project proposal, to be funded in the 2018-19 budget year?
  3. LGBTQ Welcoming Renewal Task Force, including urgent call for support of a beyond binary (male/female) “X” option on Washington State birth certificates
  4. SJC chair position
  5. Brick for Marvin Williams Center
  6. Author Saab Lofton speaking after a KUUF service
  7. Hanging the Black Lives Matter banner and constructing a display box.
  8. Intergroup Dialogue training
  9. Kitsap County Council for Human Rights Conference Dec. 15
  10. Revisions to Social Justice Committee by-laws