July/August 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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July/August 2018 Worship Schedule
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Summer Vacation schedules
Pastor Meighan will be away from Prospect on vacation July 2-13. She will not have internet access or cell reception for most or all of that time.
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Summer Coffee Hour
Summer is upon us again and with that will come simpler "no host" coffee hours.  During July and August, we will provide coffee hour through the generosity of those who have pledged throughout the year and also from those of you who may, from time to time, bring in some produce or other things to share, as you desire.  We'll all still enjoy time together.
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Updated Church Directory
An updated church directory will be published in early July. If your contact information has changed, or you wish to be added to or removed from the directory, please call or email the church office. The printed directory is updated twice a year. The password-protected online directory is updated as changes occur. If you need the password, please contact the church office.
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Men’s Spiritual Retreat
July 20-22
Pilgrim Firs
Prospect UCC’s men’s group is holding their annual Men's Spiritual Retreat July 20-22 at the ever amazing Pilgrim Firs Camp. We will look at overcoming loss and grief.
Registration is now open. Registration fees include accommodations, delicious wholesome meals, snacks, entertainment.
Check with Michael Small or David Deyo for further details.
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Reading and Book Talk
Sunday, July 29 12:15 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Join local author (and Prospect’s office manager) Karen Eisenbrey for an afternoon book talk. She will read excerpts from her new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic and talk about how the book came to be, with Q&A to follow. Invite friends and family, especially teens who enjoy fantasy fiction. Books will be available for purchase and donations will be accepted for Days for Girls.
Facebook Event
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Minister’s Greeting
Filling the Soul
What fills your soul? What gives you the strength to keep going during difficult, stressful times? Many of us get a chance for some vacation in the summer, and with the warm weather we can go hiking, sit by a lake, putter in our gardens, or find other ways to restore ourselves.
I love this time of year. I still associate summertime with a break from studies, a chance for road trips and adventures that stretch me, fill me with wonder, and teach me new skills.
One of my favorite vacations every year is to my family’s lake cabin at Newman Lake in eastern Washington, where we celebrate the Fourth of July with relatives. The screen saver on my laptop is of Newman Lake at sunrise: serene water, sun peeking over the ridge, and streaks of clouds swooping across a blue sky. Just looking at this screen saver reminds me of this favorite place and quiet time of day.
My grandparents built this cabin around the time my mother was born. She grew up spending summers there. I have visited there most summers, and so have my cousins. Now another generation is growing up with this place as well. We swim, take walks, nap, read books, eat a lot, talk a lot, go out in boats, play Clue or card games. I always take a sewing project.
Over the decades, the faces around the picnic table have changed as some family members died and others were born. This summer will be the first without my sister Molly, who always brought an enormous jigsaw puzzle. But the first time I ever went to the lake cabin by myself, I noticed that even the family members who had passed on still felt present in that place. There is a sense of history that extends beyond me and my generation. Molly will still be with us in some form, just as other relatives are.
I take comfort in that place. I rest and renew, reconnect with generations and with what is bigger than myself. I regain perspective, the long view on my life. I practice awe in nature on a daily basis with kayak journeys, walks up the road, meditations among the trees, and more.
May you find ways this summer to do the same.


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Prospect at Women's Retreat 
Five women from our church carpooled to the annual Women's Retreat held at N-Sid-Sen camp the weekend of May 18th.  It was a lovely and lively, restful weekend on Lake Coeur d'Alene for Carolyn Urban, Cora Trujillo, Sarah Miller, her mother, Dona Miller and myself.  Meeting women from small towns such as Colfax and Pullman as well as much younger women with young families was one of the highlights of the event as well as sharing intimate stories of our lives.  Discussing our favorite Bible verses, walking a labyrinth and daily vespers were among the optional activities planned for us.  We stayed in comfortable, warm, twin rooms with views of the lake and ate delicious meals too.  Hikes and seeing osprey and bald eagles added to the pleasures of the weekend. 
All this leaves you with one question, I know.  The answer is about six hours with two or three stops along the way.
Pam Puglisi
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Annual Meeting Minutes
Sunday, June 17
The meeting was called to order by Suzanne Fry, co-moderator.
Suzanne announced that a quorum was in attendance, 28 members out of 79. Attendance list available upon request.

Pastor Meighan Pritchard recognized Leda Zakarison for her outstanding work as a Justice Leadership Program Intern.
Meighan recognized all those who have contributed to the church’s mission and administration during the past year, asking all those who had participated in ways that she named to stand.
Suzanne presented Bob Bakke with a plaque that the Trustees and Building Improvement team had made to honor him for all he has done in the past many years to make repairs and improvements to the church building. The plaque will be placed on the 3rd floor in the new conference room space. Louise Morehead then read a tribute to Bob written by Terri Dowling, who was unable to attend the Annual Meeting.
Suzanne asked participants to review the Annual Report, which was distributed to all in attendance.

Election of Officers, Church Board and Weter Roberts Board:
Co-moderators: Rick Russell will serve an additional year as co-moderator. Adam Dahl was nominated as co-moderator. It was moved and seconded that Adam be elected as co-moderator. The vote was unanimous in favor.
Suzanne proposed that the Church Board be re-elected for another term. A motion was made and seconded to approve her proposal. The vote was unanimous in favor.
Suzanne recommended that Jim Miller be re-elected to serve as Treasurer and Consi Javier and Phillip Maxwell be re-elected to serve as Financial Secretaries for the upcoming year. A motion was made and seconded to approve her recommendations. The vote was unanimous in favor.
Weter Roberts Board nominees: Suzanne Fry, Jack Force, Cora Trujillo, Robin Russell, Jackie Mampel. It was moved and seconded to elect these members to the Board. The vote was unanimous in favor.

Other Ministries:
Meighan mentioned that the Pastoral Care ministry was accidentally left off the annual report. Members are Jack Force, Barbara Force, Judy Hooper and Rick Russell.

Budget for fiscal year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019
All attendees were given a copy of the proposed budget. Suzanne summarized some of the increases from the current year’s budget including a 3% Cost of Living increase for all staff. The proposed budget has a deficit of $350.55.
Question from the floor: How do projected pledges differ from the current year’s pledge income? Jim Miller, Treasurer, responded that pledges received to date for the upcoming fiscal year are greater than the amount pledged for this year and the amount actually received.
Question from the floor: What are the financial results for the current year?
Jim responded that through the month of May, Income is $1200 less than the budget and expenses are about $2000 less. He concluded that the financial status through May is good.
Judy Hooper asked what types of expenses would be covered by the additional $1000 budgeted for Marketing? Suzanne explained that a brochure is planned for the 3rd floor conference room as well as possible use of a booking site for business space similar to Airbnb.
It was moved and seconded that the proposed budget for next year be approved. The vote was unanimous in favor of approval.

Other Questions regarding plans for next year:
One question was asked. Do we need someone from the church to serve as liaison to Prospect Enrichment Preschool? A small group interested in this idea agreed to discuss this question to determine what the responsibilities of a liaison would be.

The second floor and stairs to the 3rd floor will be re-carpeted in July. Volunteers are needed to move furniture.

Meighan asked to speak and recognized Suzanne for her dedication and hard work as co-moderator during the current year. Suzanne was presented a bouquet of flowers.
All in attendance thanked Daulton Branch for being a consistent presence and great help in the kitchen for meetings and coffee hours.

Suzanne adjourned the meeting.

Meighan offered a closing prayer.

Submitted by Suzanne Fry
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Ongoing Groups

Adult Education
is on hiatus.

Beyond Fundamentalism Book Group meets monthly at the home of Jim & Mary Alice Power, 1107 22nd Ave E. All are welcome for soup supper and discussion. To RSVP or for more information, call 206-324-2483 or e-mail

Bible Study meets most Mondays in the Office to study the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. All are welcome; weekly attendance is not required. No Bible study on July 2, 9, and August 20.

Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (July 8 and August 12).  Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: or 206-330-4201.

Prospect Men’s Group meets every Saturday, 5 p.m. in the Parlor. The last Saturday of the month is devoted to outreach to homeless neighbors on Broadway. For more information, contact Michael Small,

Women’s Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. The next meeting will be September 11, after a summer break. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend.

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All-Church Camping Trip
July 23-26
Scenic Beach
This annual event is mid-week this year, Monday, July 23-Thursday morning, July 26. We have reserved the Group Camp site, which will accommodate tents or RVs; there is a minimal cost per camper to stay overnight. Call Bill Van Pelt 206-324-9476 for the exact amount and to reserve your spot. Make checks payable to Prospect Congregational UCC. (No cost to come hang out during the day, if you don’t wish to camp overnight). Everyone should be self-contained though we may have an informal potluck on Tuesday night. There are stoves with grills (for wood or charcoal), a pit toilet, a water source, and a shelter. Flush toilets and showers are a short walk away. Acoustic instruments are encouraged but no "Boom Boxes" and no alcoholic beverages.

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PNW Conference News

The summer issue of the Conference UC News is now online at with information on:
• Annual Meeting, camps, stewardship training, board news
• Poor People's Campaign and UCC involvement
Leda Zakarison JLP intern with Earth Ministry
• Newport UCC welcomes bicyclists
• Admiral challenges PNC churches to collect food for children in summer
• Kelle Brown's speech at Poor People's Campaign
• Several from PNC arrested during Poor People's Campaign in Olympia
• Joe Chrastil tells of community organizing
• Korean partners reflect on summit

Hard copies will be available in the Prospect office and Narthex.

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Music under the Stars
Thursday, July 5
Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25
7:30 p.m. Live Student Performance
8:00 p.m. Live Audio Broadcast
at Volunteer Park Amphitheater
It’s another summer of Music under the Stars! Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and join Seattle Chamber Music Society for a free, casual evening of classical music. Each night, there is a live student performance, followed by KING-FM’s audio broadcast of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s concert streamed directly from Benaroya Hall.
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Spirit Workshop
Sacred Walk: Vitality, Regeneration, & the Duwamish Riverfront
Sunday, July 29 2-5:00 p.m.
During the summer, the Spirit Workshops move into the great outdoors.

On Sunday, July 29, join activist & writer BJ Cummings for a stroll along the Duwamish riverfront in the South Park neighborhood of King County. BJ has spent more than two decades with the river – working toward its clean up, navigating its water, collaborating with Duwamish tribal leaders and the seven generations of immigrants who have arrived since. Neighbors, including a Duwamish tribal member, will share along the way of our walk. That's 2pm – 5pm, with a stop for a cool beverage and rousing conversation at the end.

Advance sign up is very much requested, especially to arrange for a rendezvous and carpools.

Spirit Workshops are an outreach ministry for the spiritual-but-not religious. Please share the word with the seekers in your circles. Facebook event:
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Ignatian Spirituality Center
Summer Ignatian Retreat
*3:30 pm Friday, July 27 - 2:00 pm Sunday, July 29
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way
Fr. Eric Watson, SJ, Carla Orlando, and John Hickman, Presenters 
Fr. Pat Kelly, SJ, and Fr. Natch Ohno, SJ, Assisting Jesuits
(*Please note: check-in time is 2:45 - 3:15 pm)
This guided silent Ignatian retreat will offer stirring and relevant presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, followed by suggestions for prayer and abundant time for reflection; opportunities for individual spiritual direction; morning and evening prayer; and sharing in the Eucharist. We welcome adults of all ages and faith backgrounds who are open to deepening their relationship with God through the Ignatian spiritual tradition.
  • Early Bird rate through July 6. Final Week rate from July 7-13. 
    • Single Room, Resident: Early Bird rate $320 | Final week rate $345
    • Shared Room, Resident: Early Bird rate $275 (per person) | Final week rate $300 (per person)
    • Commuter (meals only): Early Bird rate $220 | Final week rate $245 Resident Retreatants will have lodging (individual or **shared rooms, all with private bath) and meals in a beautifully renovated retreat center overlooking Puget Sound. Commuter Retreatants will have meals only. **Those sharing a room will either share one queen bed, or may request a roll-away. Partial work scholarships available.  
Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
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Online Giving
You can now manage your giving to Prospect UCC online. You can set up one-time or recurring contributions and review your online giving history anywhere you have access to the internet. Follow these easy steps:
  1. Visit the church website at and select the “Donate” tab
  2. Click on the “Donate” button
  3. Click on the “Create Profile” button
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create your profile and schedule contributions.
If you prefer, you may give through the free Give+ Church mobile app on your smart phone or tablet. Download from the App Store or Google Play.

If you give to Prospect through the web-based donation page or mobile app but still wish to participate in the Sunday morning offering, you are invited to give a token cash gift or place an “Electronic Giving” card in the offering plate. These cards are found in the pew rack.
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July Volunteers

1 Roland Holloway
  8 Roland Holloway
15 Roland Holloway
22 Roland Holloway
29 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  1 Michael Small & friends
  8 No Host

15 No Host
22 No Host
29 No Host

  1 David Deyo
  8 TBD
15 TBD
22 TBD
29 TBD

August Volunteers:

5 Roland Holloway
12 Roland Holloway
19 Roland Holloway
26 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  5 No Host
12 No Host

19 BBQ/Potluck
26 No Host

  5 TBD
12 TBD
19 TBD
26 TBD

If you would like to be a liturgist, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall or contact the church office. To host coffee hour, please contact Judy Hooper, 206-325-2851 or In July and August, we will have simpler no-host coffee hours.
If you are interested in membership at Prospect, please speak to Pastor Meighan Pritchard.
Food Bank: We are all encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishables for St. Mary’s Food Bank.  See website for a list of suggested non-perishable items:
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Summer Birthdays
Pamela Puglisi................................ 07/13
David Kidder................................... 07/18
Jane Braziunas............................... 07/20
Nancy Daugherty............................ 07/20
Lise Brown...................................... 07/24
Karen Eisenbrey..............................07/30
John Kovach.................................. 08/01
Jim Miller........................................ 08/01
Beret Kischner............................... 08/05
Addie Harrington............................ 08/11
Beatye Adrian Mitchell................... 08/15
Meighan Pritchard.......................... 08/20
James Puglisi................................. 08/28
Steve Alfred.....................................08/29

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