Congregational Listening Session
Sunday, March 4
In the past few months, 3 pledging members have passed away. This may have a significant impact on our income for the remainder of this fiscal year and on into the future. Please plan to stay after worship on March 4 for a listening meeting to address concerns and brainstorm ideas to preserve and build our income stream.
| “Spring Ahead” on Sunday, March 11!
Remember to set clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time begins.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Sunday, March 11
One Great Hour of Sharing® is the Lenten Offering of the United Church of Christ that supports disaster, refugee, and development activities. The theme this year is “More Than We Can Imagine.” Pick up a Sharing Calendar in the church entry and please plan to give generously. Envelopes will be provided.
Dedication of RainWise Cisterns
Sunday, March 25 11:45 a.m.
Please plan to stay after worship on Palm Sunday, March 25, for a brief dedication of our RainWise project. Prospect’s two 865 gallon cisterns will capture runoff from 3,230 square feet of roof area, effectively keeping 12,700 gallons of stormwater out of the combined sewer system. Contractor Mars Simpson of Earth Alchemist and representatives from RainWise will speak about the project. We also plan to invite government officials, as well as our neighbors. After the dedication, we will celebrate with cake and coffee in the Fellowship Hall.
Holy Week & Easter
Palm Sunday: March 25, 10:30 a.m.
We will use local greens for our Palm Sunday Parade. If you have ferns, salal, cedar, or other greens to share, please bring them. No flowers, please. RainWise celebration after worship.
Maundy Thursday: March 29, 7:00 p.m.
We commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and his commandment to love one another.
Easter: April 1, 10:30 a.m.
Join in the celebration of Resurrection! We will receive new members, so if you are interested in membership, please talk to Pastor Meighan. Order lilies beginning March 4. Egg hunt to follow worship.
Listening for God with Mary Oliver’s Poems in Lent
This year during Lent we are diving into a little devotional booklet called “Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent,” put out by a group called SALT. I hope you are getting a chance to spend some time reading Oliver’s poetry, meditating on the themes suggested, and following some of the practices listed for each week.
My impression of Oliver’s spiritual practice is that she sits outside on a regular basis and watches and listens. Her poetry reflects detailed observations of nature infused with a deep spirituality.
There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.
The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.
(“Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End?”)
Those of us who gathered on Ash Wednesday read Oliver’s poem “Praying” and then shared our reflections after we had spent some time with small things from nature: rocks, cedar cones, sprigs of sage. In just a few minutes of stillness, we connected in ways that fed our spirits and took us beyond our daily routines.
Lent is a time for uncluttering our lives so that we are better able to listen for the still-speaking God. When we stop talking and doing, we open ourselves to receive wisdom from beyond ourselves.
On March 4, we will have a listening session after worship as we consider ways in which this congregation might thrive, spiritually and financially, well into the future. How are we listening for God? How do we become still, calm any worries, and listen deeply, faithfully, and lovingly? To what do you hear God calling us?
Lent is often a time of giving things up. But with Mary Oliver’s poems in my hands, I am finding the Lenten journey rich indeed. I hope you are, too.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Are we listening for that call? What are you hearing during this Lenten journey?
Weter-Roberts Application Deadline:
Sunday, March 18
The Weter-Roberts Endowment Fund Board is now accepting applications for financial aid. The purpose of the Fund is “to enhance the work of the Church” through:
1. Scholarship aid to members and friends of Prospect Church
2. Support of educational programs in our church and its neighborhood
3. Mission services in the local and world communities.
Scholarships are available to students of all ages. Request the Application Guideline and Information Sheet from the church office. Applications should be received in the church office by no later than Sunday, March 18, 2018. Decisions will be made shortly thereafter. If you have questions, contact Alice or Bill Van Pelt,
Church buildings are just like our homes: items are often stored where there is space at the moment, then forgotten or buried under later additions. Prospect’s Board of Trustees requests the help of the congregation in making more effective use of the various storage areas in our church building. Items currently stored have been consolidated in the stage closet in the Fellowship Hall, for the purpose of identifying which are useful enough to stay in the building, which would be better stored in a member’s home, and which can be disposed of. The deadline is Friday, March 2. Anything left unclaimed after that date will be dealt with by Trustees and the Building Access Committee. A dump trip is being organized for Monday, March 12.
MARCH: March Madness, Mad as a March hare, March comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb” (or vice versa).
Winter is receding in the rear view mirror, but spring is another 6 weeks away. The early blooming plants and shrubs are blessing us with fragrance and color, so at least the promise of spring is here. On the liturgical calendar, Lent will last through the month. Many Prospectors are observing carbon fasting and poetry reflection as Lenten practices.
The first four phases (projects) of our building renovation are nearing completion. Our Justice Leadership Intern and the Social and Environmental Justice Team are leading us in important advocacy work around legislation and in study of the issues that matter in our progressive church and how we can make a systemic difference in the problems that face our communities. A newly-formed Pastoral Care Team is reaching out to members who are in need of visits, tuna hot dish and other matters requiring assistance.
We will begin the month with a listening session focused on Stewardship. As our membership declines, so does our income. How can we address this? What more can we give of our time, talent and treasure? The month will draw to a close with two fund raisers for organizations close to our hearts. The Preschool and Community Lunch auctions will be held the same weekend. Both are deserving of our support in however we are able to contribute. Let’s Party, and in doing so, channel some of the madness of March into actively supporting our church and its missions.
All things in moderation,
Suzanne Fry, Co-Moderator
This month has been filled to the brim with legislative action! The 60-day Washington State legislative session is more than halfway over, and the Earth Ministry staff and I spent much of the month travelling back and forth to Olympia to support legislation that uplifts environmental justice.
Some of top highlights include accompanying people of faith from Whidbey Island to discuss the Healthy Food Packaging Act with their senator and representatives and meeting with my own legislators as part of Interfaith Advocacy Day. I also got to bring along Prospect members Pastor Meighan and
Rick Russell to spend a Tuesday afternoon dropping off Valentines for legislators asking them to support the Oil Spill Prevention Act. I loved getting to show Meighan and Rick the ropes in Olympia – by the end of the day, they were leading the charge!
As I’ve mentioned before, I always look forward to advocating at the state capitol. This month has been especially fun because I spent so much of it with folks from across the state who are putting their faith into action by talking with their elected officials. Even though tackling environmental threats can seem daunting, it gives me hope to know that there are so many people advocating for God’s creation every day.
Coming up, I’m looking forward to turning my attention east of the Cascades. Earth Ministry is partnering with Save Our Wild Salmon to host a series of events that bring together faith leaders,
farmers, fishermen, and Tribal members to discuss salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin. I’ll be travelling with Earth Ministry to Spokane in March, and to Walla Walla, Moscow, ID, and La Grande, OR. I’m excited to get to spend some time back home in Pullman and talk with community members in my hometown about caring for creation!
Sunday, February 18
Meighan Pritchard, Rick Russell, Louise Morehead, Terri Dowling, Consi Javier, Leda Zakarison, and guest Michael Small
Meighan opened with a prayer
January Meeting Minutes:
Income/Expenses are consistent with expectations for January. Budget planning for the next fiscal year will begin soon. Building Access Committee will submit a rough estimate of additional budget requirements as Prospect expands building access to a wider community. It is anticipated we will see incremental increases in building supplies, maintenance, operational expenses (heat, light, etc.) and promotional expenses (websites, publications).
Office Manager Report:
Reviewed. Karen has upgraded Power Church, filed the annual non-profit status documents and revised Prospect’s brochure with updated information and new pictures. We now have the option to print brochures on demand - eliminating the need for ordering in bulk.
Meighan opened with a discussion of the Queer Men’s Faithwalk Group that meets every Saturday evening at Prospect. Michael Small facilitates this group and provided perspective on its history. The support group began ten years ago with a mission to help men form connections and build roots within their community. They are engaged in a number of community service activities, study groups, organizing food and clothing donations, providing haircuts. CB welcomes this ministry to Prospect family.
Meighan asked if there was interest in having another lamb day event this spring. The last one was in 2016 and was a success by all accounts. The board supported the idea.
Justice Leadership Program Intern:
Leda reported on a number of activities.
Current legislative session ends March 8th
. Status of current issues
- Oil Spill Prevention Act - Still in Ways and Means
- Healthy Food Packaging Act – House passed; Senate still in process
Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia – Leda attending
Earth Ministries had a very successful “Brunch Bingo” fundraiser
JLP Ecumenical Advocacy Ministry will meet in DC in April. Leda will be attending.
Greening Congregations – Leda plans to begin work on this with us after the legislative session ends.
Building Access Report:
Terri reported renovations for 3rd Floor Conference Room are complete. We’ll be purchasing new signs and window coverings. With remaining paint and volunteer effort, the 3rd
Floor NW office will be painted. A photoshoot of sanctuary and 3rd
floor is planned for early March. We are evaluating the current rental rates and designing content for brochures and our website. A solution to event parking is in planning stages. We are planning to stock janitorial supplies and limited cleaning tools for easy access by 3rd
Trustees are organizing the March 25th
dedication event. The Board supported sending invitations out to legislative representatives of the 43rd
Pastoral Care Team Report
: There are seven Prospect volunteers on this team who meet monthly. They are clarifying their outreach mission – discerning the best approach to be of assistance while respecting boundaries. This is an evolving process with the main goal of expanding Pastoral care outreach.
Listening Meeting on March 4th:
Subject –anticipation of budget shortfalls. Meighan and Rick have been planning. Jim Miller will reflect on the budget impact of recent membership losses and detail how we might address. Rick will research initiating a legacy program and seek legal advice on steps in that process.
: The board voted to renew Prospect participation in the JLP. We briefly discussed the merits of sponsoring one or two interns. Consensus - one intern is the right fit for Prospect. The board voted to participate for another year. Prospect contributes $3K annually to the program.
Next CB Meeting: March 18, 2018
Submitted by Terri Dowling
|Building Access Committee Report
Online Scheduling Options:
We are reviewing current online scheduling options that may meet our requirements. Scheduling requests will require maintaining control over verifying client identity and confirming space availability. Rental contracts must be signed by the individual responsible for meeting the terms and conditions of the contract. Karen will have final say in coordinating building rental schedule.
Maintaining Tax Exempt Status:
Prospect’s tax exempt status carries with it certain restrictions. While we may use our building to host a wide range of events we have annual limits on renting to for-profit entities. There are no limits on any type of religious ceremonies, groups with 501(c) 3 status, non-profits, charities etc. We will need to properly track our facility income through the reservation process.
Facility Rental Contract Review:
Thorough deliberation on our building insurance is under review. We may need additional insurance due to increased liability. Disaster cancellation protection and an umbrella policy are being evaluated by Trustees. ‘Day of Event’ insurance is another option for consideration. This would require rental clients to purchase for their specific event.
Other BAC Details in Progress:
- We are currently developing recommendations for revising our fee structure. We are also reviewing contract terms regarding deposits, cancellations, and damages.
- We are exploring opportunities for event parking and hope to contract with local parking lot options.
- A photoshoot is planned for early March with focus on the sanctuary and 3rd floor conference room. Updated pictures will be used for outreach materials and website updates. There is a possibility we will also have a 360 degree panoramic video produced for the website.
- New signage and window coverings are planned for 3rd floor.
- 3rd Floor NW office will be painted – making it available for rental.
- We may need to establish onsite event coordinator for large events.
With the installation of our new sound system, the range of features available has dramatically increased as well as the operational complexity. Do we allow clients to operate or do we provide support? We agreed on a tiered approach. Consultation with the client would determine what level of support they require. Dave K is writing a tutorial to help manage this aspect of support.
Submitted by Terri Dowling
Adult Education is on hiatus while we look for available dates to view the "Discover Islam" film series.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (March 11). Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: email@example.com or 206-330-4201.
Seattle Queer Men’s Faithwalk 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 13. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or email@example.com.
PNW Conference News
The February-March issue of the Conference UCNews is online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Annual Meeting and camps
• Justice Leadership interns' projects
• Participation in Women's Marches
• Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition
• Eastern Washington Legislative Conference
• PNC participation in commemoration of MLK's assassination and Poor People's Campaign
• Bellingham First raises funds to renovate basement for youth services
Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.
|Liberation UCC “Next 10 Years”
Sunday, March 11 1:30 p.m.
832 32nd Ave
Mark your calendars to celebrate the “Next Ten Years” with Liberation United Church of Christ, (founded on March 11, 2007) with Rev. Dr. Velda Love, Minister for Racial Justice, United Church of Christ.
|The Lecture Series at UCUCC presents:
Faith on the Move: Changing the National Conversation on Immigration
March 9 and 10
University Congregational UCC
4515 16th Ave NE
Join Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy, immigration leader and President, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California, for a hopeful and practical look at our communities' ability to reframe this critical conversation. Friday's opening lecture features a conversation with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Friday, March 9,7 - 8:30 pm: Law and Story: Reframing the National Conversation on Immigration, a conversation with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson with introduction by Michael Ramos, Executive Director, Church Council of Greater Seattle
Saturday, March 10, 9 am - 2:30 pm: Faithfulness Beyond Boundaries: Reading Ruth on the Move
Tickets available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3321395
All sessions $50 | Friday only $25 | Saturday only $30
Scholarships and discounted tickets available (inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org)
2018 Auction tickets are now available!
Visit www.charityauction.bid/prospect2018 to purchase your tickets today! Please feel free to pay with check. Simply leave payment in PEP’s mailbox in the church office and be sure to add any seating preferences as a note. Make checks payable to Prospect Enrichment Preschool.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 6PM
WHERE: Mount Baker Community Club
Interested in attending the Preschool Auction with fellow members of your Prospect Church family?
We'd love to have you at this fun and important event.
Please contact Amy Miller for sign up information.
You can email her at: email@example.com
Table Captains Needed – If you are interested in being a table captain, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.324.5230, ask for Alexis!
Wine & Desserts Needed:
Bottles of wine as well as desserts are still needed for our Auction’s Wine Wall and Dessert Dash. If you have an unopened bottle or have a favorite local bakery that may donate a treat, please let Amy Miller know!
Preschool Wish List:
Plants to plant:
1 Hyacinth bulb
1 Tulips bulb
1 Daffodils bulb
1 Primrose bulb
Picture Frames Needed:
Our preschool artists are invited to have their art displayed at University of Washington and while we will have an abundant supply of art to share, we will need frames to display them in. If you have any extra frames at home that you’d like to get rid of, please share them with the preschool! We will be on display at the UW tower starting in April.
As always, we welcome anyone interested in volunteering in the classroom, on the board or auction committee. Feel free to email me at: email@example.com
Please contact us at 206.324.5230 if you are interested in donating any preschool items.
Thanks so much for the continued support!
|PNC-UCC Annual Meeting
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall
BREAK FORTH into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Our theme this year, “Breaking Forth,” celebrates our ministry of building deeper relationships and growing vitality in our churches and communities.
Guest presenter will be Bishop Dwayne D. Royster. Bishop Royster has served in pastoral ministry for the past 20 years and is the Minister Emeritus and founding Pastor of Living Water United Church of Christ in Philadelphia. He is currently serving as Political Director for People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO). PICO believes in building a more just world by teaching people of faith how to build and exercise their own power to address the root causes of the problems they face. At the center of PICO’s model of faith-based community organizing is a belief in the potential for transformation – of people, institutions, and our larger culture.
If you are interested in being a lay delegate (we can send up to 3, plus a youth delegate under the age of 26) please talk to Pastor Meighan or contact the church office.
|Ignatian Spirituality Center Spring Events
Nine Days of Grace: Novena 2018
Open our Eyes, Show us Your Face
Wednesday, March 7—Thursday, March 15, 2018
WEEKDAYS: 12:30 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University
7:00 pm at St. Joseph Church, Seattle
SATURDAY: 1:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
SUNDAY: 1:00 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius
Fr. Trung Pham, SJ, Victoria Ries, and Joe Hastings, presenters
Deepen your experience of Lent this year by entering into Nine Days of Grace: Novena, a retreat that can be made amid the busyness of daily life. Take just one hour a day to attend a liturgy at either the Chapel of St. Ignatius or St. Joseph Church, or make the retreat online. Be inspired by the preaching of three presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition and vision, offer up your deepest desires in prayer, and join a faith-filled community to share the Eucharist. Attend one, any or all of the nine days to experience God’s abundant grace!
This year’s theme is “Open our Eyes, Show us Your Face.” In what might seem like “dark times” in our country and in our lives, we can easily lose sight of a deeper reality and truth—that the Light has come into the world and continues to be at work in our hearts, in our face-to-face relationships, in our local communities, in people of good will working toward justice, and in the world over the long arc of history. Inspired by the scripture readings for the Nine Days of Grace, this year’s retreat team—Fr. Trung Pham, SJ, Victoria Ries and Joe Hastings—recognized that if we let our eyes be opened, we can come to see God’s face in these glimpses of light and hints of the kingdom present here and now.
Let’s pray that God will open our eyes and show us God’s face! There is no cost for this program. Free will offering is welcomed.
|Northwest Film Premiere: 1948: Creation & Catastrophe
Friday, March 16 7:00 p.m.
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E
Saturday, March 17 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds United Methodist Church
828 Caspers St, Edmonds
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: CREATION & CATASTROPHE reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. It is simply not possible to make sense of what is happening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today without an understanding of 1948. This documentary was the last chance for many of its Israeli and Palestinian characters to narrate their first-hand accounts of the creation of a state and the expulsion of a nation.
Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the director Andy Trimlett, a film professional, who holds a master's degree from the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Admission is free. Donations are welcomed to help defray costs.
|Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly
Thursday, March 22
6:00 p.m. reception
6:30 p.m. program
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood Ave. N
The Annual Assembly is CCGS’s major consultative event of the year. We continue to be in a kairos moment, a critical time, calling for the unifying voice and faithful witness of the church. In addition to clergy, Prospect can send two voting lay delegates, and other members are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. Those who attend will leave this event inspired to: participate in the collective power of faith in action; connect with neighbor churches to mutually inspire and ignite one another as agents of healing and followers of Christ; and, catalyze and collaborate for peace, justice and the well-being of all. Sound interesting? Please talk to Pastor Meighan or contact the church office by March 15 to RSVP.