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December 2017 Prospect Newsletter
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December 2017 Worship Schedule
January Newsletter Deadline: Friday, December 22, 1:00pm
 
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Advent Workshop
Sunday, December 3 11:45 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
This is an event for all ages! It will begin right after worship, with a light lunch served. 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. We will sing carols, perhaps with bar chimes! We will also sign cards for some of our members who can't get to church as often as they used to.
 
You can help! If you are a baker, please plan to bring something for the bake sale. If you have unused Christmas cards, please share them for the card-signing table.
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A Holiday Gift: JFT Singers Benefit Concert
Saturday, December 16 7:00 p.m.
Sanctuary

The JFT Singers are happy to present a program of contemporary and traditional Holiday music.  This concert is being held to raise money to aid in the aftermath of the recent storm impact on Puerto Rico.

The JFT Singers, directed by Frank Trujillo, is a 5-voice acapella vocal jazz ensemble.  Assisting with this concert we are happy to have the percussion talents of Rosemary Bell.

A new approach to old and new songs is our gift to our listening audience.

Admission is free but we ask that you give as you are able to help the people of Puerto Rico this holiday season.

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Caroling
Tuesday, December 19 6:30 p.m.
Parlor
All are invited to gather in the parlor for a light supper and an evening of caroling together, either in the neighborhood or for ourselves indoors.
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Longest Night
Thursday, December 21
7:00 p.m., Parlor
For those who have lost a loved one, lost a job, struggle with mental and physical health, or for whom Christmas brings up memories of a dysfunctional family, the Longest Night service creates a space in which to hold those feelings. Come as you are.
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Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24
10:30 a.m. Parlor
5:00 p.m. Sanctuary
We will offer a small, informal service in the morning and an evening service of lessons and carols. Christmas Eve Offering will benefit the UCC Christmas Fund for retired ministers and another organization to be determined. If you attend the evening service, you are invited to bring a poinsettia to decorate the chancel, then take it with you to enjoy at home.
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Minister’s Greeting
What Messiah Are We Waiting For?

Something is broken. The people are groaning under oppression, racism, poverty, homelessness. A very few at the top are making a lot of money and living well. Even the earth is groaning as we overuse the once abundant resources.
 
Could a Messiah fix these things? Could a Messiah restore us to some imagined “good old days”? Or move us forward to some ideal society that lives in justice and peace with each other and the planet?
 
A few election cycles ago, people pinned their hopes on “hope” and “change” and “yes we can.” A year ago it was “Make America great again.” These slogans promise a fix, a better life. But our politicians have been mired in … well, politics. They are not going to do the fixing for us. They will not and cannot be the Messiah we seek.
 
As the Worship and Music Team discussed what we would like to see in a Messiah, people said we are waiting for someone who could restore our faith; help renew Spirit; work for unification, tolerance, acceptance, and respect; and stand up for values we believe in. We said we need Christmas in order to focus on hope, renewal, and the most vulnerable among us.
 
We know the world we want to see—at least some of it. Children could all have a decent education, regardless of family background or income. We would learn to take less from the earth and to use what we take. We would learn to love and share across boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender identity, faith, language, and more.
 
Having a Messiah come along who could just make it happen would be very convenient. We could let that person come up with the vision, lead the way, do all the heavy lifting, and bear the consequences. We could choose whether we wanted to participate or not, but we could rest assured that someone was taking care of all the messianic needs of the world.
 
Of course, it doesn’t work that way. We are invited to be the Messiah we have been waiting for. Emanuel, God-with-us, is also God-in-us, God embodied in human flesh. We are invited to work humbly on hope, renewal, and aiding the most vulnerable among us.
 
In Advent we light the candles of hope, joy, peace, and love. Last of all we light the candle for the Christ child.
 
May all of these be alive in us in this Advent season and throughout the coming year.

Blessings,
Meighan
 
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Bonus Godly Play in December

"Godly Play", Prospect UCC’s Sunday School curriculum for children ages 3 to 10, is offered the 2nd Sunday of each month during the worship service.  It will be offered twice in December, the first Sunday, Dec 3, (the same day as the Advent Workshop), in addition to Dec 10.  Children are invited to leave during the first hymn to go to the parlor where they will hear a bible story presented with props, after which they are invited to "wonder", play with the materials, color, pray and have a "feast" (a small snack) symbolizing communion.  It is helpful (but not necessary) to let Cora Trujillo know if you will be bringing children. (trujcs1@gmail.com or 206-330-4201).

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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 Co-Moderators will confer and decide no later than 8 am Sunday whether to cancel the service. They will alert the Office Manager to put out an all-church email, update the website and record a phone message. They will also call a member who lives close to post signs on the doors about cancellation, and be in the building in case anyone comes for church and needs to warm up before going back home.
 
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Moderate Word
As one of your co-moderators (along with Suzanne Fry), it is my turn to write a report on what is going on. Last night I participated in the Harvest Concert to celebrate the new sanctuary lights, the new sound system upgrades, and the ongoing work in the 3rd Floor. What a great event to shout out our gratitude to all those who made and are making these wonderful improvements to our church home. We were definitely making a joyful noise to our God and to one another.

Other highlights in our church life are the new cisterns that have been installed through the RainWise Program. They are in the alley and the Pre-School play area. As we experience all this rain, we can be assured that we are doing our part to keep Seattle’s drain system from overflowing or backing up. The Trustees and the Church Board are discussing signage to let the neighborhood know what that is about, and, also, when we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this environmentally friendly project.
The work on the 3rd floor main room is nearing completion and the Church Office has already received some inquiries into the use of that space. If you have not seen the renovations, you are in for a treat. The new floor, painting, storage space, and electrical improvements, along with new tables and chairs, make this area very inviting to new users, as well as our existing users – the Preschool, 350 Seattle, and Prospect groups.

The Social and Environment Justice Team is meeting regularly. We have had great conversations and sharing around our vision and values for our church. The next steps will be to name strategies to help bring those visions to reality.

Thank you for your support of our church.

Yours in Christ,
Rick Russell, co-moderator
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, November 19
PRESENT:  Pastor Meighan Pritchard, Rick Russell, Suzanne Fry (co-moderators), Consi Javier, Louise Morehead, Leda Zakarison
ABSENT:  James Miller, treasurer, Terri Dowling

Minutes of last meeting were reviewed and approved followed by a brief summary of the Office Manager’s Report. 

In the absence of the treasurer, Income and Expenses on the Operating Budget report were scanned and no red flags found. Meighan gave us a heads-up that her health insurance that we cover as part of her compensation package is going up.  She has offered to investigate less expensive options, perhaps through the ACA.

Changing Banks:  Discussion surrounding changing from Bank of America to a bank without fossil fuel investments:  Umpqua looks like a good candidate.  There is a branch at Mercer and Broadway. Jim has an email in to them asking about any fees involved for our type of account.  BECU and Seattle Credit Union were mentioned as possible contenders.  The downside of SCU is lack of branches or ATMs in our area for making deposits.  Further research on these options is presently up in the air. However, a decision will be made by the
Church Board in the coming weeks.
 
Cisterns:  The two cisterns have been installed.  We can request signage “advertising” to the community that we are RainWise.  Rick suggested including the Trustees in this conversation to determine what signage and where it would be posted. Meighan will forward the email from RainWise outlining various signage styles and choices to the CB.  RainWise will also provide us with “Raincycle” posters for the preschool.  RainWise will also help us with a dedication ceremony to include our neighbors. Several dates were discussed.  February 18, the 1st Sunday in Lent, was offered as a possible date.

Building Access Committee:  the 3rd floor cabinetry is nearing completion.  Hopefully by Christmas.

Fragrance Free Policy:  There was a discussion about making Prospect Fragrance Free.  Karen mentioned earlier that several other churches have adopted this policy.  As her time allows, she will check to find out how they implement it.  This issue has been tabled for the present time.

JLP Intern Report:  Leda has been attending and sometimes testifying at public hearings for proposed fossil-fuel projects around the state:  in Longview about the coal terminal, in Tacoma regarding a fracked-gas plant, and in Spokane after the Thanksgiving holidays. Leda raised the idea of becoming an Earth Ministry “Greening Congregation.”  Earth Ministry could help us with ideas and we could connect with other Greening Congregations.  There is a $250 fee to become one, but there may be a sliding scale for smaller churches like us.  The next step is to appoint a Lead Layperson to work on this.

Pastor’s Report:  Meighan can’t yet find a Sunday to start the Islam Series for Adult Ed, too many other meetings and holiday events.  It isn’t dead, just delayed.  She attended a Clergy Retreat and found the Strengths Exercise productive.  The Rapid Response Church issue is in limbo at present. Meighan welcomes assistance on these issues from anyone interested.

Holiday Schedule:  We tallied the surveys taken in today’s service.  They trended toward an early Christmas Eve service (5:00p) with quite a few responders wanting a morning service as well.  Meighan will check with Karen on the results of the online survey.  It was suggested that the morning service be a simple gathering in the parlor.

Next meeting:  Sunday 12/17 after worship.

Submitted by Suzanne Fry

 
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Ongoing Groups
Adult Education
will meet on Sundays without other meetings at 12:00 in the Parlor, to view the "Discover Islam" film series. 1/7/18, 1/28/18, 2/4/18, and 2/25/18 are possible dates.

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 maryalicepower@hotmail.com

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. Will not meet Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday. In December, we will offer a bonus session on December 3 for children who attend worship before the Advent Workshop. Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: trujcs1@gmail.com or 206-330-4201.

Women’s Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. in the Parlor. The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 12 to discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or susan.s0925@gmail.com.

 
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PNW Conference News

The November-December issue of the Conference UCNews is online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Justice Leadership interns' projects
• The Fall Gathering = reflections, photos, speakers
• Post-church-fire grief
• School of Theology and Ministry's 20th anniversary
• Leslie Cushman honors
• Pilgrim Firs' mission/service camps in 2018
Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.

 Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.

 
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Gospel Drag Tea Party
Friday, December 1 7:00 p.m.
Liberation UCC
832 32nd Ave
Are you concerned about justice? Are you looking for a tangible way to invest in a non-profit that continues to help heal, nourish and bless this world?
 
Then join Diamond St. James, one of the performers at the Annual Gospel Drag Tea Party. Liberation United Church of Christ is proud to not be afraid to invite all God’s people and their talent to church. There will be great singing, cakes, tea, coffee and HIV Testing. Bring your church fan, bring your friends, and bring your dollar bills.
 
Every dollar raised will be matched by a grant from the United Church of Christ to help further the mission of Liberation UCC into its “Next Ten Years.”
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2018 Conference Men’s Retreat
February 2-4
Pilgrim Firs
Male Relationships: When We Were Boys
We will start out talking about those friendships that were so meaningful to us and reflect on how they shaped us for life as adults. Please pass along this offering to those you think would appreciate this time away to be with other men for worship, music, sharing, and hanging out. There will be the usual Day of Silence option from Thursday night to Friday afternoon (February 1-2). That day may include a service component. Stay tuned. Registration for this event is on the Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center website. Contact Rick Russell with any questions.
 
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Messiah Singalong
Friday, December 8 7:30 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave

Come sing this great oratorio along with the Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kim Roy. Desserts and beverages available at intermission. Proceeds benefit Garfield's award-winning orchestra.
Tickets: $15 ($10 seniors and students) Purchase tickets at the door or online.
Scores available to rent at the door: $5
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Preschool News

December is an exciting time of the year, especially for children. Our students are excited as holiday season is here and they are eagerly participating in baking gingerbread, pumpkin bread and other goodies. As well as exploring the seasonal changes outside during their weekly walks and visits to neighborhood parks.

While our students are filled with excitement some of the families are experiencing stress as a result of expenses associated with the holidays. Thankfully, here at Prospect, we have a habit of connecting families with the resources they need most. Marjorie, our Family Support Specialist gets to know each family personally and throughout the school year she focuses on meeting their needs beyond the classroom. Additionally, we have the continued support of the church congregation who has continued to provide gift cards for groceries, hats, coats and even toys.
 
Thank you for continuing to help us meet the needs of our PEP families, especially during the holiday season. The generosity of the congregation and community really is what make PEP stand out amongst other preschool programs and keeps the Prospect mission alive.
As always, we welcome anyone interested in volunteering in the classroom, on the board or auction committee. Feel free to email me at: pepseattle@gmail.com

SAVE the DATE!
March 24th, Annual Auction – please share any ideas you may have on the name for this year’s auction. We look forward to continuing to get to know everyone in the Prospect community and to grow in partnership this year!
Table Captains Needed – If you are already interested in being a table captain, please let us know!


Preschool Wish List:

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.

                
Kids’ Giant Rug:
We are looking to replace our ABC rug with a new and improved version.
             
Please contact us at 206.324.5230 if you are interested in donating any preschool items.
Thanks so much for the continued support!

Alexis Bacon-Yates
Director
206-324-5230 pepseattle@gmail.com
 
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The Gifts of Darkness: An Advent Evening of Prayer
Tuesday, December 12 7:00 pm
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Patrick Twohy, SJ and Rev. Catherine Fransson, Presenters
We live in a culture of words, noise and busyness. What if we were to stop and be still? What might we hear? What gifts might we experience in the darkness? Allow yourself to let go of the "shoulds" of the season; simply pause, rest, listen and be restored at this year's contemplative, ecumenical Advent Evening of Prayer.  Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and Seattle First Baptist Church
 
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December Volunteers

Ushers
 
3 Roland Holloway
10 Roland Holloway
17 Roland Holloway
24 Roland Holloway
31 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  3 Pam Puglisi, Judy Hooper, Mary Alice Power
10
Alice and Bill Van Pelt
17
Muriel Branch
24
No coffee hour
31 Surplus Holiday Treats

Liturgist
  3 Jane Doggett
10 Leda Zakarison
17 Suzanne Fry
24 10:30 a.m. NA

       5:00 p.m.: 5 readers needed
31 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 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
Bob Bakke.......................................12/11
Tom Doggett................................... 12/11
 

 
 
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