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02/22/2019: Could KUUF Become a Green Sanctuary Fellowship?

Our Seventh Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are apart.

To live out our seventh principle with integrity suggests that we take steps to ensure that our own spiritual home is consistent with that principle.  We should be committed to making every aspect of congregational life as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (our national denomination) has a Green Sanctuary program that supports UU churches in minimizing their environmental impact.  KUUF has made some progress, over the years, in being consistent with our seventh principle, but we still have a long ways to go. 

The Fellowship Council is seeking two or three volunteers who are willing to co-lead the process for KUUF to become a Green Sanctuary certified congregation.  If this resonates with you, perhaps you are ready to step forward and provide shared leadership to make this long-held goal at KUUF a reality.  If you are, please contact the Council Chair, Lisa Johnson through

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

Chalice Lighting  (opening blessing)


6:45 PM Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the January 17, 2019 board meeting
  • Board Liaison & other reports: Council, 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

  • I have asked three people to participate in the Matan lease renewal (formal talks to begin July 2019)
  • The board voted online to spend $400 for JSR to conduct Elisabeth’s memorial service – thank you
  • Cost comparison for quarter-time and half-time were given to the Finance Committee

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

7:15 PM Board Growth Topic: KUUF – A Democratic Republic?

7:20 PM       *****OLD BUSINESS *****

Congregational Safety Task Force (Lisa Johnson): The Council was scheduled to the Congregational Safety Plan at their February council meeting. Lisa – please update the board with their progress and any approaching training. Discussion.


Board service acknowledgement (Jackie Westwood): The unintended consequence from preparing a story of KUUF’s transition from formal ministerial affiliation to a lay-led format is upsetting those asked about this event. I asked Jackie to postpone further enquires a week after our board meeting. Perhaps our minister could lead us in a Celebration Sunday service in which we thank our leaders from that period during a service. Discussion.

7:40 PM   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

As a matter of policy, is allowing an outside agency to fundraise on KUUF property something we want to do (Terry Mallory): It appears that some amount of funds were collected at KUUF by a group advocating against the deportation policy. Should KUUF allow outside agencies to fundraise on our property? Discussion.

7:50 PM                                                                   ********************

Building and Grounds Committee had an unforeseen expense of approximately $500 for snow removal in the lower parking lot (Eric Harrold): This money should come from the General Fund B&G line item. Since this line has not been overdrawn, the funds can be accounted for in the standard way and a vote by the board to authorize this expenditure is unnecessary. Discussion.


KUUF 2019 – 2020 budget progress (Mark Sugimoto): Discuss where the budget construction process is in completion and set dates for the KUUF Board budget meeting. Also, discuss the pros and cons of not voting on the budget until the April 17th meeting. Discussion.


What should our Minister’s contract look like (Eric Harrold): Our minister has brought to light that the UUA requires a certain number of paid hours to obtain status as a permanent UUA minister. She has stated that half-time ministry would achieve that. I would like to explore the possibility of making her contract a two-year contract. Discussion.    


8:25 PM Thank you card recipient nomination(s) for January 2019:  

Conversations with the Board Topics: __________

For the good of the order:

Date of next Board meeting:  March 20, 2019

8:30 p.m. Adjournment

02/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

This Friday’s film showing has been canceled due to snow predicted for Friday afternoon that will worsen as the day goes on.

Screening starts at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm for snacks and social time. Discussion following the movie. Families are welcome with a kids’ play corner available. Free Admission.

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE Bremerton, WA call 360-377-4724 or email with questions.

The Bail Trap: American Ransom


Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Yet, few people know what the money bail system is, let alone how it all works or why we need to do away with it.

That’s why Brave New Films’ has produced a short film compilation about America’s broken bail system: The Bail Trap: American Ransom. This ongoing short-film series includes: Breaking Down Bail – unpacking the myths and the history of bail; Tai’s Story: College or Bail? – a documentary about a young woman and the $100,000 price-tag put on her freedom; Deal with the Devil – a cautionary film about the dangers of plea deals; How Much is Your Freedom Worth? – a compilation of spoken-word poetry performed by artists who have been formerly incarcerated; and Lessons for the Nation: New Jersey’s Cash Bail Overhaul – a success story about New Jersey’s historic money bail reform which has led to a near 20% decline in the state’s pretrial incarceration rate.

The reality is that 70% of people in jail are there for one reason: living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years simply because they can’t afford to pay high bail amounts. All the while, private companies are profiting in the billions each year. This must end. Sign up below to screen any portion or all of The Bail Trap: American Ransom in your education communities.

Together, let’s take action against money bail and help end mass incarceration!

02/07/2019: President’s Column

Happy February everyone. The days are getting longer and our future is certainly looking bright! We are entering the time of year when KUUF builds the budget for the next church year (May 2019 – April 2020). Seems crazy to be writing 2020 already! The Stewardship Campaign is the program that asks each of us to make a monetary pledge which, when combined with all other members’ pledges, will fund KUUF operations throughout the next year. The numbers I’m showing below come from the 2018 – 2019 proposed budget and are only approximations.

What is my pledge used for?

  • About 61.5% of last year’s pledges supported our staff and administrative expenses. We have two paid administrative positions; one paid position for Director of Religious Education;, two paid positions supporting our music program;, and several childcare positions ensuring our children’s well-being.
  • About 23% was dedicated to maintaining our lower buildings and campus.
  • About 16% was used for program expenses. The majority of that allowed the Worship Committee to provide the amazing guest ministers and speakers we enjoy on Sundays.  
  • About 7.5% went to the UUA and the PWR to support their efforts in promoting UU values nationally and regionally. You may know our regional representative Tandi Rogers. She and the region’s compensation consultant were an important resource during contract negotiations with our minister – Rev. Jessica Star Rockers.  

That’s 108% of our pledges used for the stated purposes. How is that possible? Our total member-generated income is the sum of our pledging and fundraising events throughout the year. Additionally, we earn some money from administrative services provided, as well as, for the last several years, revenue from leasing the Matan Building.  

You’ll see that the cost of our quarter-time minister is not included above. This is because the funds providing her services were unspent from the previous year’s budget. As there are no guarantees that we will have unspent money after reconciling this year’s budget, the best way to ensure we retain our minister is through our pledges.

If you were to ask me, “Say Eric, I don’t have extra income. Do I have to pledge?” My answer would be, “No, you don’t have to pledge.” But then I would add that my experience has shown me that making a financial commitment, of any amount, may return to you a greater willingness to voice your feelings for how KUUF is doing, both pro or con. I also feel that your ownership, and the likelihood that you will join a committee or program, will be higher. I’m sorry I cannot support that statistically, it’s just my feeling having been both a pledging and non-pledging member. No matter how you contribute, financially or through volunteering, we love you at KUUF.

Thank you all for your continued support. I am looking forward to spending this year with all of you. We are KUUF.

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

02/07/2019: Notes from the Minister

The winter must have come in like a lamb because it is definitely going out like a lion. I hope you all have been warm and safe this week, with electricity and heat. Please remember, if you need anything, the Caring Committee and I are just a phone call away. We can connect you with resources and support during difficult times, including inclement weather. So don’t hesitate to reach out in an emergency, by phone or email (included below.) 

I’ve been particularly grateful this week for technology. When the roads in Kitsap Country were too icy for my long drive from Bainbridge to Bremerton, I was able to stay connected and attend meetings over Zoom video conference. Even our Fellowship Council met over Zoom this week. So not only are they a dedicated group of religious leaders, they are also pretty tech savvy! And neither snow nor sleet nor icy roads will keep them from their important work together.

Some of that important work is easy for us to see and name. And some of it is less obvious. The Welcoming Committee has been engaged in several different efforts to increase membership and make guests feel welcome. The Social Justice Committee continues to combat racism in Kitsap County, including being part of a community-wide response against racist leafletting. The Healthy Communications Committee is planning a community building workshop. And the Worship Committee has several multigenerational services planned for this year, so our most important members (the children!) can be a part of the fun of worshipping with us in the community.

I can’t possibly fit all the good work of all the committees into one article. But I encourage you if you’re wondering what your ministry at KUUF might be, come and talk with me. There are so many places to get involved. I’ve been deeply inspired and filled with such hope to witness the fun these committees have, and how much joy they bring to the life of this congregation. 

It’s an exciting time to be a part of KUUF. And I am so grateful to be serving among you. 

Many blessings and stay warm!

Rev. Jessica
360-377-4724 x. 2

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers

02/01/2019: New Ideas From the Worship Committee

Many of you will remember the process we’ve been through over the last several years to revise how we honor Joys & Sorrows during our KUUF Sunday services.  It was quite a process and continues to be an area of growth and development.

Now the Worship Committee is tackling an even more important element of our Sunday services: how we include and serve children and families in our services.  We have begun to look at ways we could be more inclusive and welcoming to families and especially their children. Some of the reasons include: (adapted from UUA Renaissance Module)

  • Bring new families into KUUF by offering vital, creative, responsible and caring approaches to including children in the life of our church.
  • Give families ways to spend meaningful time with their children that will promote sharing and conversation throughout the week.
  • Intergenerational worship allows for special interaction between older and younger members of our beloved community, building appreciation, trust and love between the generations.  
  • It allows children to experience UU liturgy, values and norms within worship so that they know what they are when they encounter other worship experiences and when they talk to their friends.
  • Children get to experience seeing what adults do when they worship and offers them an example of reverence and respect for worship they can later emulate.
  • Effective intergenerational worship is often one of the most common characteristics shared by our fastest growing churches.
  • Being able to worship in the main worship room in the church – for the entire service – is often an important clue to our younger members as they figure out what our religion is about and how we value them.
  • Intergenerational worship can be fun, memorable and meaningful.

You may have already noticed that we have families and children leading the Chalice Lighting on the last Sunday of each month, using the Children’s Chalice Lighting Words from Mahatma Gandhi.  Look for other changes as the months fly by; we will be trying new things to see how they work!

The Worship Committee held our annual retreat last Saturday and spent a lot of time exploring ideas about how we could better include children in our services.  We don’t have any final answers yet, but we will be trying new ways of experiencing the Children’s Story, music, and multigenerational services. If you have ideas, suggestions, thoughts or concerns about this evolving process, please feel free to share them with a member of the Worship Committee, send them to, or call Beth Wilson, Chair of the Worship Committee at (253) 857-5234 (home land line).  We value your feedback and rely upon your response and support. We are excited to be helping KUUF grow in this way!

01/16/2019 KUUF Board of Trustees Agenda

Agenda for January 16, 2019


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

                                Chalice Lighting  (opening blessing)


6:45 PM                Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the December 19, 2018 board meeting
  • Board Liaison & other reports: Council, 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

  • Stewardship chair search continues
  • I intend to schedule an additional board meeting in March dedicated to the budget
  • Easterseals of Wash granted us permission to use their wifi to establish comms between sanctuary and children’s care area.
  • Committee on Ministry will transition off board members as replacements are identified

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

7:15 PM                Board Growth Topic: What’s in it for us; UUA and PWR dues

7:20 PM                                                                       *****OLD BUSINESS *****

KUUF community outreach (Jack Peterson): A list of past Charitable Giving organizations has been provided by Arlis Stewart. How can KUUF “intentionally” support those organizations? Discussion.


Congregational Safety Task Force (Lisa Johnson): A draft Congregational Safety Plan is provided for review. The Council will be discussing at their February council meeting with the intention of implementing safety plan action items. Discussion.

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

Reality of quarter-time ministry (Eric Harrold):
I rejoice in having Jessica Star Rockers as our quarter-time minister. The reality is that Jessica will not be able to remain our quarter-time minister indefinitely. She is balancing committee’s interests with quarter-time work. KUUF could get a distorted view of quarter-time ministry if she accepts separate pay from committees. Discussion.

7:50 PM                                                                   ********************

KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan passed by congregation (Eric Harrold): Now that the KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan has been accepted by the congregation, the board, council and committees need to review for items which need their attention. The board could form a task force to assist all “Responsible Groups” with identifying their roles in executing this plan. Discussion.


Board service acknowledgement (Jackie Westwood): There is interest in formally acknowledging members who have served on KUUF’s Board of Trustees. Perhaps a special area on the web-page where members who have made significant contributions can be honored. Should there be written criteria for consideration – if we decide to do that? Discussion.


Library budget request (Eric Harrold): Selene has requested a library budget of $340 to be added to this church year’s budget. I hope to have the Finance Committee recommendation by the time of the meeting. Discussion.


Annual congregational meeting (Eric Harrold): I have discussed our options regarding when to hold our annual congregational meeting (ACM) with our administrator and I’m suggesting we agree on 28 April 2019. Although the new board members will have been voted onto the board at the April ACM, board organization isn’t complete until the May meeting, when a new President and Vice President are elected by the board. Off going board members are encouraged to attend the May board meeting.


UUA congregational certification for General Assembly voting eligibility (Eric Harrold): The UUA sent out a certification link to KUUF for updating. We need to complete this form to be eligible to have voting delegates at General Assembly. We need to vote yes, no or abstain on the statement of conscience entitled “Democracy Uncorrupted.”


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

                                Conversations with the Board Topics: __________

                                For the good of the order:

Date of next Board meeting:  February 20, 2019

8:30 p.m.             Adjournment

01/04/19 President’s Column

President’s Column

January 2019

Happy New Year to all our KUUF members and friends! I hope that 2018 brought you all of what you needed and some of what you wanted. I am blessed to be leading the KUUF Board of Trustees towards church year 2019 – 2020 (May 1 thru April 30) and look forward to finishing this year with resolve and determination in providing for KUUF’s needs (and wants). I pray that we keep love in our hearts and kindness on our tongues as we greet the new year and all the opportunities it brings to us.

As I reflect back on church year 2018 – 2019, I’m thrilled with what we have accomplished:

  • Brian Kenny hired as our accompanist
  • Jennifer Ingalls became our Parish Nurse
  • Jessica Star Rockers signed as our Part-time Minister
  • Congregation approved KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan
  • 2018 Safety Campaign was organized and begun

The events I have listed here only begin to scratch the surface of what KUUF members and friends have accomplished this year…and we have four months left to go! I wonder what amazing things we’ll complete before April 30? I hope you’re wondering that as well, and looking for ways to help us achieve those goals.

Last year the Board of Trustees approved money to pay for childcare so members with children could attend committee meetings and KUUF events. If there are barriers to your involvement in programs or events at KUUF, please talk to a board member so we can examine the situation…you may not be the only one experiencing this difficulty. KUUF wants and needs your involvement, so please see someone with a purple name-tag, or anyone you trust, and let us help you, help us.

Speaking of Stewardship, it’s that time of year again. Most of the KUUF programs we love are made possible through member (and friends) pledges and through fund raising efforts like our rummage sale and auction. Everything I’ve been talking about in this column either directly, or indirectly, requires KUUF budget support. Contributions to KUUF through pledges not only support our fellowship but also support churches and fellowships within our Pacific Western Region and the UUA. If you’re a twelfth-man (fan) of Unitarian Universalism like I am, this is a great opportunity for us to support the things we believe in both inside and outside of our communities.

Thank you for all the support you have given me and your fellow congregants throughout the past year. KUUF doesn’t just reside geographically on a map, or on someone’s ledger, it’s in our hearts and souls…and that’s why – we are KUUF.

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

The KUUF Parish Nurse

What services does our volunteer, part-time Parish Nurse offer at KUUF?
● Information-sharing for optimizing health and well-being
● Good-Samaritan emergency response to an accident or sudden illness IF she is present
● On-the-spot assessment and referral for abuse or risk of suicide
● Maintenance of the church first-aid kit
● Involvement in disaster planning for the faith community
● Upon request: provide referrals, accompaniment to appointments, supportive visits, blood pressure checks, and assistance with advanced care planning.

When might I contact the parish nurse?
● When you have a doctor’s appointment and you are not sure what questions to ask or want someone to accompany you.
● When your blood pressure has been running high and you want it checked.
● When you or a loved one has a chronic disease and you are looking for resources.
● When you or a loved one are discharged from the hospital and have questions on how to cope.
● When you decide to make lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, diet change, or exercise, and you need resources and encouragement.
● When you have an idea for an educational program you think might be of benefit to the fellowship.
● When you or a loved one would like to complete an advanced directive
and need resources and support.

What services does the Parish Nurse not offer?
● Medical diagnoses or prescription medication
● Injections, laboratory tests, wound care, or other care that requires direction by a physician or other advanced-practice provider
● Care that would otherwise be provided by a home health or hospice agency

May the Parish Nurse provide services to minors (under age 18)?
Under Washington State law:
● Age 13 is the age of consent for mental health treatment, age 14 is the age of consent for testing & treatment of sexually-transmitted infections, there is NO minimum age of consent for reproductive health services.
● Therefore, the Parish Nurse may talk to minors who have concerns about
mental health, STI’s, contraception or pregnancy – with or without a parent present.
● If a parent is not present, the nurse will notify a parent that a conversation occurred, but will reveal no further information unless there’s danger of harm to the minor or others. Any meeting without a parent will occur in a public setting.

How does a member or friend of the fellowship contact the Parish Nurse?
● In person at the church
● By phone message at (916) 223-6880 (this phone is fingerprint
and password protected and calls and messages are confidential)
● By e-mail message at

Is the Parish Nurse available 24/7?
● As a part-time volunteer, she is not available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
● She checks and returns phone and e-mail messages regularly – usually within 24 hours.
● When she is not available for more than a day or two, she will let the congregation know.

What is a Parish Nurse?
● A Parish Nurse (Faith Community Nurse) is a licensed Registered Nurse who has completed the Fundamentals of Faith Community Nursing course.

Who is our Parish Nurse?
● Jennifer Ingalls, a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing
● Her background includes oncology, nursing education, vascular access, infusion therapy, and volunteer work in breastfeeding medicine, maternal/child, school nursing and summer camp nursing.

What is the philosophy of Parish Nursing?
● Parish nursing is a nursing specialty focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
● It uses a holistic center of care, attending to physical, mental, and
spiritual needs.
● Parish nursing is also called Faith Community Nursing.
● Parish nursing services are designed to work within the inter-dependent web of our faith community, guided by our faith tradition, covenant, and personal values.

Parish Nurse Update 01/03/2019

New Year’s greetings from your parish nurse,

I hope all of you are healthy and warm after what is often a busy and tiring month for many.  I’m writing to offer a reminder of how any of you can reach me for information, a referral, to set up a visit, or to ask a question.  My phone (which is fingerprint and password protected) is (916) 223-6880, and my email is

I will be available after this Sunday’s service, and after *almost* all upcoming services for any questions you may have.  If you’d like a blood pressure screening, help completing an advanced directive, or have questions you’d like to ask in private, we can arrange that easily.

My original plan for this letter was a brief “wellness and encouragement letter,” during this most germ-ridden time of the year.  I had wanted to offer some encouragement about self-care, staying hydrated, and generally being good to ourselves.  But my plans changed yesterday, when I found out that a nurse colleague of mine took his own life over the holidays.  This was a brilliant, dedicated, compassionate, well-trained nurse, and his loss has rocked the team of the hospital where I worked from 2009-2017.  And as I move through my own complex feelings about this loss, I asked myself, what, if anything, can I do now?

I no longer live in the same area as this nurse, so I can’t easily offer concrete assistance to his family and three small children.  I can’t give a hug to my colleagues who knew him very well, or lend a listening ear to them.  What I can do is offer a hug and a listening ear to all of you.  And offer encouragement that you check in on your friends and family and offer the same.  Feel free to reach out to me, to a member of the Caring Committee, the Listening Team, and of course, Rev. Jessica.  We are your beloved community.

I’d also like to share a resource.  The National Suicide Hotline is a 24/7 free service, with a 1-800 number. 1-800-273-8255  This service is also available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing via TDD, and also via chat on their website,  I would encourage those of you who don’t feel you need this resource to save it into your phone anyway, so that one day you have it handy to share with someone who might need it.

So, in closing, Take care of yourselves, and know you are loved, important, and so valued.

With care,

Jennifer Ingalls, RN
Parish Nurse

12/19/2018: KUUF BOARD OF TRUSTEES Agenda


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

Chalice Lighting


6:45 PM Vote to adopt the Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of the November 19, 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

  • AED is being installed in the foyer, next to the Elmore Rm doorway. Thank you, Terry
  • Thanksgiving dinner at KUUF had approximately 45 persons – thank you volunteers
  • Caring Team and others helped a young woman in distress on Sunday
  • In discussion with PWR to complete “Staff start-up”
  • Finance has requested 2019 – 2020 budget proposals from committees – liaisons please follow up
  • Two new congregation elected board members: Lynn Lund and Jackie Westwood

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

7:15 PM Board Growth Topic: Why do we pay UUA and PWR dues?

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

KUUF Policy on Congregational Safety (Eric Harrold): In conjunction with 2018 Safety Campaign we are looking into “Emergency Communications” between the child care area and the congregation. Are walkie-talkies an option or are cell phones adequate? Who at the service should be in contact with child care? Discussion.

7:45 PM   *****NEW BUSINESS *****

CRE Budget Increase Request (Mark Sugimoto): The CRE has asked for a budget increase of $125 for church year 2018 – 2019. Are there available funds to support this request and if so, where would this money come from? Discussion. (refer to end of agenda for budget reference)


Adult Religious Education (ARE) revival (Jill Clarridge): Jill will be telling us about the effort to revive the ARE. Several members have come together under Jill’s leadership to bring this program back to KUUF – and we thank them all for making this happen. Discussion.


Should we revive the Fun and Frolic Committee (Lisa Johnson): Members are interested in re-starting the Fun and Frolic Committee to manage KUUF activities. With many of our activities open to the public, planning and execution of those events becomes more critical. Discussion.


KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan passed by congregation (Eric Harrold): Now that the KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan has been accepted by the congregation, the board, council and committees need to review for items which need their attention. The board could form a task force to assist all “Responsible Groups” with identifying their roles in executing this plan. Discussion.


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

Conversations with the Board Topics: __________

For the good of the order

Date of next Board meeting:  January 16, 2019

8:30 p.m. Adjournment

Supporting Data

Board authorized increases to the annual 2018-2019 budget: It has been agreed by the board, after discussion with the Treasurer, that after reconciling the current church year budget, if the funds are not available to pay for these additional expenditures, the money will be transferred from the reserve savings account to balance the budget.

  • June 25th; $619.10 for personnel raises
  • Aug 15th; $362 for parish nurse insurance premium
  • Sept 19th; $29.90 for minister’s contract
  • Oct 17th; $1600 for an AED
  • Oct 17th; $300 for the ministers stole
  • <Dec 19th; $125 for CRE budget increase>

Total: $3,036.00 = 1.8% of $163,531 2018-2019 budget

12/14/2018: Sign Up for Potlucks Meet Our New Minister

**All spots for the Saturday, December 14, 2018 Potluck are filled**

Greetings from your newly re-formed Committee on Ministry (COM). Along with our new minister, the Reverend Jessica Star Rockers, we serve as a committee to support the shared ministry of KUUF. Our focus is the spiritual health of this congregation, and the ways this is lived out in our community.

The first order of business is making sure our new minister has a smooth entry into our community and gets off to a great start. To that end, we are scheduling monthly “Meet the Minister” gatherings where you can sign up in small groups to enjoy a meal and get to know Jessica a little better.

At the request of COM members, six hosts from different parts of Kitsap county have volunteered to hold potluck dinners in their homes starting in December, 2018, through May of 2019.

To sign up for the first potluck in December, please follow the tips below:

  • Date: Saturday, December 14, 2018 at 6 p.m.
  • Hosts: Alan and Ellen Newberg
    9255 Illahee Rd. NE, Bremerton, WA 98311 (1/2 mile south of the Brownsville Marina).
  • Space for 9 guests
  • The first 9 people to let Ellen know they would like to participate will constitute the guest list. Contact:; (360) 692-3981
  • Newberg’s have a cat.
  • Food—potluck. Ellen will work with guests to determine who brings what.
  • There is a flight of six stair steps to climb inside, plus a few steps outside.

Looking Forward to Additional Hosts in 2019:
Carolee Effron, January 15—Jill Clarridge, February 23—Susan Welsh, March 18, —Robin and Peter Kreidler, April 11—Selene and Nate Patterson, May 17.

To Participate:
Look for signup sheets in the foyer. In addition, information will be published in The Candle with details of each month’s potluck.
Members of KUUF’s COM welcome your feedback and suggestions. We can be reached at Vivien Blyth, Karen Leader-Scott, Ellen Newberg, Jack Peterson, Jackie Westwood and Rev. Jessica.

12/13/2018: Letter from the President

Greetings KUUF Congregation:

Thank you to all who attended the December 9th, 2018 congregational meeting. We had a quorum and I feel that business went smoothly. Here are the results:

Board elections – I am very pleased to tell you that both Jackie Westwood and Lynn Lund have been confirmed by the congregation as KUUF Board Members. The board had appointed these individuals to fill board vacancies left by the departure of June Jones and Jim Franklin. Lynn’s term will be complete on April 30, 2019 and Jackie’s term is complete on April 30, 2020. Congratulations to both of them…and us!

KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan – We discussed action plans for five stated objectives: Beloved Community, Professional Ministry, Social Justice, Personal & Spiritual Growth, and Organizational Growth. We received no arguments against the action plans so none were included in the meeting packet. All action plans were passed by vote of the congregation.

What does that mean now? I have added the December 9th meeting results to the December board meeting agenda, where we will discuss how to execute the action plans. Since we are all a part of making the KUUF 2018 Five-Year Plan work, I encourage everyone to talk with your favorite board member regarding how you can be involved. Thank you for your patience in allowing the Planning-to-Plan Task Force to do their work and bring you this plan for our future. I look forward to working with everyone to make this dream a reality.

We are KUUF

Eric Harrold

President, KUUF Board of Trustees