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December 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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December 2018 Worship Schedule
January Newsletter Deadline: Friday, December 21, 1:00pm
 
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Advent Workshop and Bake Sale
Sunday, December 2 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
This is an event for all ages! It will begin right after fellowship time. Participants are welcome to arrive throughout the event.
 
Greens will be provided for wreaths and swags, as well as cookies to decorate and a few other crafts. A bake sale will benefit Prospect Enrichment Preschool. If you are a baker, please plan to bring something for the bake sale.
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Caroling
Sunday, December 16 6:00 p.m. Parlor

All are invited to join for a simple meal, followed by caroling in the neighborhood, weather permitting, or for ourselves indoors if things turn foul outside.

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Longest Night
Friday, December 21 7:00 p.m. Parlor

On the longest night of the year, we offer space for those dealing with grief, disappointment, depression, or whose joy in the holidays is mixed with sadness. All are welcome; come as you are.

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Christmas Music Service
Sunday, December 23 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

This last Sunday before Christmas will be devoted to music of the season. In place of a sermon, the choir will present the Pergolesi (Durante) Magnificat. Invite friends and family!

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Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24 5:30 p.m. Sanctuary

All are welcome to this service of lessons and carols to celebrate Christ’s birth. Our Christmas Eve offering will be divided between the UCC’s Christmas Fund and Disaster Ministries. You are invited to bring a poinsettia to decorate the chancel, then take it with you to enjoy at home; they don’t hold up well in the unheated sanctuary.

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A Jazzy Holiday Gift For Real Change
Sunday, December 9 3:00 p.m. Sanctuary

The JFT Singers, a 5 voice jazz acapella ensemble directed by Frank Trujillo, returns to Prospect UCC to present a program of contemporary Holiday music arrangements.
The JFT Singers offer a mixture of secular jazz arrangements, contemporary arrangements of traditional pieces and a bit of humor to celebrate our Christmas holiday traditions and offer an opportunity share a little of our good fortune with The Real Change Organization. These selections are presented in hope to bring a smile, a tear and holiday memories that can inspire and enhance our future celebrations.
Admission is free and donations for this cause will be accepted during the program.
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Minister’s Greeting
Waiting for Jesus

What does it mean to practice the spiritual discipline of Advent, of waiting for Jesus’ birth? Especially when we already know the whole of Jesus’ life story as presented to us in the New Testament: birth stories in Matthew and Luke, ministry and teachings, death and resurrection. Jesus has already died and risen again. Why talk about his birth? We don’t do that with any of the people in our lives who have already come and gone. Imagine if your great-great-grandmother was born on December 25 over a century ago and your family spent all of December waiting to celebrate her birth. Why do it?
 
This quote from 14th-century theologian Meister Eckhart gives us a clue:
We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to [the] Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of God is begotten in us. (Quoted by Barbara Brown Taylor in Gospel Medicine.)
 
So in Advent we practice waiting with Mary, as if we, too, are pregnant, not just with any baby, but with everything that is divine. And we light candles to celebrate four aspects of this divinity: hope, joy, peace, and love.
 
It can be easy to forget these four qualities, especially in a year of wildfires, mass shootings, emigrant caravans being treated as enemies, midterm elections, and general political divisiveness that feeds on hate and fear. How countercultural, then, to focus in Advent on hope, joy, peace, and love as spiritual practices.
 
Our culture would have us believe that we will find happiness if we buy the perfect gifts for everyone in our lives, if we send heartfelt handwritten cards to everyone we have ever known, if we bake holiday treats and attend holiday festivities every week of the month. Surely this is rather a recipe for exhaustion and financial ruin.
 
Some years ago I was introduced to a wonderful book called Unplug the Christmas Machine, by Jo Robinson. This book is for people who have come to find Christmas all glitter and franticness, with no meaning or spiritual depth. It invites us to step back from everything about Christmas that makes us crazy busy and stressed, and figure out what brings us, well, the very things we name when we light the Advent candles: hope, joy, peace, and love.
 
This Advent, I invite you to light these candles in your own home and to contemplate on a daily basis how these qualities are or could be born anew in you. What brings you joy? How do you practice hope? What brings peace? Where do you experience love?
 
When these qualities take priority over runaway materialism, hate, and fear, we are tapping into a power that can shape our lives, our congregation, our communities, and our world for the better. We are inviting Jesus to be born in us anew.
 
Blessings in this Advent season,
Meighan
 
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Snow Policy
During the week, if Seattle Public Schools are closed due to weather, the church office will also be closed.

In the event of weekend snow or other emergency situations, Pastor, Chair of Trustees and Moderator or Co-Moderators will confer and decide no later than 8 am Sunday whether to cancel the service. One of them will then call the Office Manager at home to put out an all-church email, update the website and record a phone message. If none of these people is able to go to the church, they will call a member who lives close to post signs on the doors about cancellation, and be in the building for a little while in case anyone comes for church and needs to warm up before going back home.
 
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Moderator’s Message
Dear Prospect family,
 
As I write this, Troy and I are en route to visit family in smoky California and will return December 10th.  Lots of good work happening this season over at the Church Board.  We are exploring ways in which 2019 will be every bit as good as or better than 2018 for stewardship of our talents, time, and treasure.  We are looking at ways in which, through faith, we can become more integrated into our community both near and far.  Building use? Mission trips? Social and Environmental Justice?  Yes, yes, yes!!
 
As we leave behind the fall season, with all its glorious color, and head into the stillness of winter, I’m giddy with anticipation of so many things.  I love the Advent season, the Longest Night service, winter solstice, our amazing choir and beautiful music at Prospect, the sight of our sanctuary Christmas tree, and most of all celebrating the birth of Christ - the reminder that God loves us uniquely and deeply. 
 
In Christ’s love,
Adam, co-moderator
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Mary’s Place Giving Tree

Prospect is once again hosting a Giving Tree to help Mary’s Place families. The deadline is early this year, so the gift tags have been available for a few weeks already. Pick one or more tags from the small tree in the entry, then either buy the gift requested or write a check to Mary’s Place so they can purchase the gift. You can choose from shoe tags, kids’ toy tags, or adults’ gift tags. Attach the tag to the unwrapped gift (or check in envelope) and return to Prospect no later than December 2.

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Holiday "Baskets"

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to provide $40 Safeway gift cards to 20 preschool families in need before Thanksgiving. Through Sunday, December 2, we will continue to receive offerings to purchase a second round of cards to help during Winter Break. Please make checks payable to Prospect Congregational UCC and indicate "Holiday Baskets" in the memo. If giving cash, please use an offering envelope and mark it for "Holiday Baskets." You may also give through Prospect’s online donation page. Cards will be distributed on Family Night, December 12. Thank you for your generosity.

 
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, November 18
Present: Rick Russell, Suzanne Fry, Pastor Meighan Pritchard, Consi Javier, Ainsley Meyer, Louise Morehead
 
Résumé of previous meeting: Accepted.
 
Items:
  • 350 Rent agreement has been signed.
  • Sacristy: Please do not set items in front of storage door – we need to get in there. Thank you.
  • Meighan: Sharing space – Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day, report.
  • Ainsley: WA Advocacy Day – Feb 8, 2019, Involves Real Change & maybe Prospect UC, too. Ainsley will be ‘on her own’ in advocacy at Real Change. Hopes to speak regularly at coffee hour to update us on these activities. To date, she/we have helped register some persons without homes for voting.
  • Concert: December 9th – Frank Trujillo’s jazz group will dedicate proceeds to Real Change.
  • Meighan: Clergy retreat past week (Sexuality in the Church) Positive workshop on sexuality curricula for all different ages. Attendance rising: 2 or more potential future members.
  • Missioner Visit: Nov 27th 6:00 p.m. Potluck. Presentation by Loren McGrail on Israel & Palestine. She’ll go to OR following that. SEJT has morphed from Social Justice Team: hope to get Caitlin to send around a request for set-up help.
  • Puerto Rico Work Camp Trip: Cora, Rick & conference folks. Letter to UCC Global Ministries Office for dates in March 2019 to send 8-12 people to PR to work on hurricane restoration for 1 week. Anyone interested, time to think of funds.
  • Other: Jim Miller, Treasurer, wants to desist. Provided list of treasurer duties. Explored potential replacement for Jim.
  • Other: Policy related to abuse. Trustees have alerted the CB regarding UCC Board Policies. Maybe ask a UCC neighbor church in re “Safe Church Policy.” Need this in relation to insurance policy. This refers back to trustees.
Meighan closed in prayer.
Submitted by Louise Morehead
 
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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. No meeting in November. December’s book will be The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.

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 usually offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (December 9), but in December we will offer an extra session for children coming to the Advent Workshop (December 2).  Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: trujcs1@gmail.com 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, talk to David Deyo, (206) 451-0140 or daviddeyo@gmail.com.

Sacred Hebrew Chanting will meet Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Come explore the spiritual practice of Hebrew Chanting. There will be a brief teaching, chanting of sacred text and time for reflection and sharing. RSVP to Cora Trujillo at trujcs1@gmail.com or 206-330-4201.

Women’s Book Group usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend.

 
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PNW Conference News

The November-December 2018 issue of the Conference UCNews is now online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Pilgrim Firs' first mission camp
• The new Justice Jubilee participants
• Broadview UCC's ecumenical Day of the Dead celebration
• Schedule for global ministries co-worker in Palestine presentations
• Plymouth pastor represents church at interment of Matthew Shepard's ashes
• United Churches of Olympia partners to build tiny houses
• Shalom UCC in Richland joined in voter education events
• Pugetarians meet bi-monthly in Seattle
• And more

Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.
 
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Preschool News
'Tis the season.

Here at Prospect, during November and December, we can count on two things: Breaks and Conferences!
It's a time to enjoy the progress made up to this point, an opportunity to touch base with parents and a chance to take a breather with family and friends.

Thank you to everyone that played a role in providing gift cards to our families during conferences. Many families weren't expecting these gifts and were pleasantly surprised and relieved. So, thank you for the continued support and generosity that is continuing to impact the families we serve.

As always, please feel free to come by our classroom to visit with the children, read a book, create an art piece, act out a story or work alongside the teachers. 
 
We encourage you to visit and read our most recent Book Binder, Henny Penny, with the students as it is a favorite for them but also curriculum related. 
 
For me personally and perhaps the Board, December signifies full-fledged auction planning. We hope you can attend our annual auction on March 23, 2019 at 6PM at Mount Baker Community Club. We will be celebrating 55 years of PEP and hope to have several church members in attendance to enjoy the night.

With the auction quickly approaching, our auction website is up and ready at:
https://charityauction.bid/PEP55Years

Thank you for the continued support and please feel free to visit!
Happy Holiday season from all of us at PEP!

Alexis Bacon – Yates, Preschool Director
PEPSeattle@gmail.com
206-324-5230
 
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Stevens Elementary Tree Sale & Pancake Breakfast
Tree Sale:
Friday, December 7 6-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast & Holiday Concert:
Saturday, December 8 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Stevens Elementary School
1242 18th Ave E

Help fund arts, music, and instructional programs at Stevens Elementary! Purchase trees and greenery at the event or pre-order here through December 3 and pick up on Friday evening, December 7 or Saturday morning, December 8, for best selection. Home delivery service is available for purchase to 98112, 98102 and 98122 zip codes for pre-sale and day-of sales.

Tickets to the pancake breakfast for $5 per person at the door. Pancakes, potato latkes, and sambusas with all the trimmings (plus gluten-free options) will be served by Stevens staff and parents. Enjoy a musical performance by Stevens students after breakfast
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32nd Annual Messiah Sing-along/Play-along
Sunday, December 9 6:30 p.m.
St. John's United Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall
5515 Phinney Ave. N
Brings your voice and/or instrument and participate in the 32nd Annual Messiah Sing/Play Along presented by Music Center of the Northwest. There is no admission charge, Instead, a generous donation of cash or nonperishable food for Family Works Food Bank is requested. 100% of all gifts directly benefit Family Works.
 
There are no soloists. All singers are invited to sing the arias and choruses. Orchestra music is provided. A limited number of vocal scores will be available.
 
Come and see why more than 150 people say this is their favorite Messiah Sing/Play Along. Contact office@musiccenternw.org for further information.
 
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Ignatian Spirituality Center
December Events
 
An Advent Evening of Prayer:
The Waiting Room
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
7:00 pm
Seattle First Baptist, Seattle
Allow yourself to let go of the busyness and "shoulds" of the holiday season! This Advent, we join Mary, Elizabeth and others in "The Waiting Room," remembering that we are not alone as we wait for what is yet to be. Come to this contemplative ecumenical evening to pray with beautiful music, silence, vivid imagery and rich reflections from presenters Carla Orlando (SEEL Puget Sound) and Rev. Tim Phillips (Seattle First Baptist Church
 
The Wisdom of Breath:
An Examen at the Turn of the Year
Saturday, December 29, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
Jennifer Kelly, Facilitator
When the hectic holiday season dies down, we invite you to join us at the turn of the calendar year for a day of reflection. This quiet personal mini-retreat includes presentations leading you through four movements of an Examen, reflection questions, and abundant time for prayer and journaling — all designed to help you reflect back on the previous year and look ahead to the New Year with hope.
 
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Garfield H.S. 18th Annual Messiah Sing-along
Friday, December 14 7:30 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave

All are invited to this sing-along of selected choruses and solos from Handel's Messiah with Garfield Symphony Orchestra, directed by Bryan Kolk.
Dessert and beverages offered at intermission.
All proceeds benefit Garfield Orchestra's award-winning music program.
Tickets: $15 General/$10 Seniors/$5 Students
www.brownpapertickets.com/events/390342
Musical scores to rent for $5.
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Bellevue Chamber Chorus presents: Gloria!
Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks for Christmas
 
Saturday, December 15 7:30 p.m.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
3030 Bellevue Way Ne
Bellevue, WA 98004
Tickets

 
Sunday, December 16 4:00 p.m.
Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
Tickets
(Phillip Maxwell and Frank Trujillo both sing in this chorus.)
Enrich your holidays with the resplendent sounds of the master composers of the 16th—18th centuries! Featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, and other jubilant works by Heinrich Schutz, Hans Leo Hassler, and Jan Sweelinck.
Single Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10
Call 425-522-3436 for more information and available group/specialty rates.
BellevueChamberChorus.org
 
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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 www.prospectseattle.org 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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December Volunteers

Ushers
 
2 Roland Holloway
  9 Roland Holloway
16 Roland Holloway
23 Roland Holloway
30 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  2 Pam Puglisi, Judy Hooper
  9 Robin Russell

16 Louise Morehead
23 Roland Holloway
30 Bring your holiday treats!


Liturgist
  2 Ralph Cobb
  9 Jan Kinney
16 Suzanne Fry
23 TBD
30 Informal service



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 wphwac@aol.com.
 
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: www.prospectseattle.org
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December Birthdays
Andrew Doggett............................. 12/09
Robert Bakke................................. 12/11
Tom Doggett................................... 12/11
Sam Daley...................................... 12/17
 

 
 
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