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October 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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October 2018 Worship Schedule
November Newsletter Deadline: Friday, October 19, 1:00pm
 
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Neighbors in Need Special Offering
“Love Your Neighbor”
Sunday, October 7
The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 7, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Through ucc.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.
 
Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American
Indian Ministries (CAIM). Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.
 
Neighbors in Need helps make A Just World for All possible. Please plan to give generously on October 7 or anytime through our online donation page at www.prospectseattle.org/donation
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It's time to donate socks!
Every fall Operation Nightwatch collects as many men's white socks as it can to last it through the year so that homeless men won't be cold and miserable in the same pair of wet, dirty sox all day, every day.  Rose Alfred started this project years ago and since then Prospect Church has been incredibly generous in supporting this cause with many boxes of socks.  6 pairs of socks cost only $7 on Amazon or only $10 at Costco. You can donate purchased socks (put them in the box by the front entry) or give Nancy Daugherty a check or cash to purchase socks for you.  Socks can be donated Sunday, October 14-- Sunday, November 18 and money is accepted until Sunday November 11th.  Please give!

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Office Closure
October 9-12
The Prospect church office will be closed Tuesday, October 9 – Friday, October 12 for Karen’s vacation. Voice mail will be checked for urgent messages. All other messages, email, and postal mail will be handled when Karen returns on Tuesday, October 16.
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Minister’s Greeting
Vote!
In a few weeks we will receive our ballots in the mail, and voting season will begin. Wouldn’t it be great if Prospect had a 100% turnout—if all our eligible voters cast our ballots?

Some months ago, I attended an online meeting with Nathaniel Stinnett, founder of the Environmental Voter Project (environmentalvoterproject.org). After working on multiple campaigns, Stinnett knew how to analyze all the poll results. He was dismayed to discover that, although millions of Americans say that the environment/climate change is one of their top two issues, only 4% of them typically vote. Four percent!
If you are wondering why climate change rarely comes up in candidate debates, that’s the reason. The candidates look at what issues are of concern—not to the general public, but to voters. Let me say that another way. Candidates don’t look at general polls. They look at voter polls. If you don’t vote, they don’t care what you think. So if you want your issue to matter, you have to vote in order for anyone to care. Even if you dislike all the candidates and you write in your dog’s name, you will be counted as a voter, and the issues of importance to you will be noted.

You may wonder how anyone will know that you are a voter and therefore should be listened to. How you vote is confidential. Whether you vote is public information. There are ways of cross-tabulating data to give a good idea of who cares about an issue, where that person lives, and whether or not that person has voted in recent elections.

The other night I attended an I-1631 rally where Bill McKibben was a featured speaker. (You may recall that I-1631 would put a fee on carbon in Washington State.) I was madly taking notes on my phone but can’t swear that I got every word correct. Still, here is the gist of what McKibben was saying.
 
Nothing beats Seattle. This place has been at the heart of the fight against fossil fuels. I will never forget waking up and seeing 1,000 kayaktivists saving the Arctic (by protesting Shell’s drilling platform, temporarily anchored in Elliot Bay).

It’s not a good idea to wait on the other Washington to get things done on climate change. But we can count on this Washington to get things done.

I visited Greenland recently and saw how rapidly the glaciers are melting. At one point our boat’s GPS said we should be on top of a glacier when we were a mile out in the water. Because the GPS map was five years old, and the glacier has receded that far in the meantime. If all of Greenland’s glaciers melted, sea level would rise about 20 feet.

Of all the options we have regarding climate change, one of them is not waiting. It’s only if everyone is part of this fight that we have a chance of winning it. The fossil fuel companies’ only hope is to lie about climate change because the people know climate change is real.

When we pass I-1631, we can say we shaped the future. There are very few people who can say, “I’m doing the most important work there is to do on this planet.” We get to say that.

The most important work there is to do on this planet is to take steps to decrease carbon emissions so that we even have a planet that can support us. I-1631 has the buy-in of labor unions, communities of color, poor communities, and environmental groups. It would make fossil fuel companies pay a fee per ton of fossil fuel extracted in or brought into this state. This is an incentive to decrease production of fossil fuels and focus instead on transitioning to more sustainable forms of energy. We are running out of time to make this transition without setting in motion irrevocable changes to our climate.
The fossil fuel companies are pouring millions of dollars into the fight to defeat I-1631, because if it wins here, people across the nation will know it could win where they live, too. The nation is watching to see what we will do.

So let’s do that most important work on this planet. As good citizens, as good Christians who follow a God that calls us to be good stewards of creation, let’s vote. And let’s turn out all of our spouses, friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues to vote as well.
1-6-3-1, let’s show the nation how it’s done!

Blessings,
Meighan
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Fall Clean-Up – Inside and Out!
Saturday, October 27
(Rain or shine)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Breakfast and Lunch Provided!
Everyone is welcome to come on October 27 and help make our church building shine. Trustees have all sorts of indoor and outdoor projects for any skill level and ability. It’s always a fun time and a great chance to chat it up with fellow Prospectors. There will be doughnuts and coffee for the early birds, and a delicious lunch at the end. Come for the whole time or just for part – anything helps! Bring your garden gloves and tools (rakes, pruning shears, dustpans etc.) and let’s get to work!
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Moderator’s Message
Greetings Prospect family!  I find it hard to believe October is nearly upon us. We are officially into the fall season which, at Prospect Congregational Church, means all manner of things related to cozy: perhaps a special music concert, a Tables of 8 dinner, and for some of us a tasty treat at our new neighborhood bakery, Macrina Bakery!
 
I’m excited about many things this fall brings: serving my first term as your co-moderator (alongside seasoned co-moderator Rick Russell), getting to know our new Social Justice Intern Ainsley Meyer, and setting out to work on our Church Board goals for the 2018/2019 year.  I’m consistently and pleasantly reminded every Sunday what a warm, welcoming, loving, and active membership we are blessed with.  Please let me know if there’s anything stirring in your heart that you’d like to see more of (or less of!) happening within our community.  It’s an honor walking alongside you on this journey.

In Christ’s love,
Co-Moderator Adam Dahl
 
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Poetry Reading
Wednesday, October 10 7:30 p.m.
Gather for a cozy evening by the fire in the Parlor to share favorite poems. Please talk to Kia Sams if you would like to read something.
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Save the Date: Listening Session and Potluck
Sunday, November 4
After worship on November 4, Prospect’s Social and Environmental Justice Team will facilitate a congregational listening session to help figure out how we prioritize our outreach efforts so they are in sync with our values. Bring your ideas, listening ears, and a potluck dish to share. All are welcome!
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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. (Next meeting: October 18 to discuss Fear Less by Dean Sluyter.) 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.

Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (October 14).  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, contact Michael Small, mmario2mario@hotmail.com.

Women’s Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. The next meeting will be October 9 for discussion of Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery by Mark Matousek. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend.
 
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Local Author Event
Saturday, October 6 2:00 p.m.
The Neverending Bookshop
7530 Olympic View Dr, Unit 105
Edmonds, WA 98026
Karen Eisenbrey, author of Daughter of Magic (and Prospect's office manager) and Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone, will be the featured authors for the grand re-opening of The Neverending Bookshop! They'll be reading, taking questions, and signing books, and there will be CAKE! Come by and celebrate this cool independent bookstore, fantasy fiction, and The Year of Publishing Women!
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Dave Mampel Art Show & Reception
Saturday, October 6
3-6:00 p.m.
Caffe Vita
5028 Wilson Ave S, Seattle
Come mingle with art lovers, listen to great live music, eat fun food/drink and celebrate David Mampel's first solo art show in Seattle. Plenty of free street parking and right above beautiful Lake Washington in North Columbia City. Surprise giveaways and much more! More info about the art and artist at davidmampelart.com.

 
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Preschool News
The school year is off to a great start!
 
It's as if the children have been here before (of course some of them are returning students) but for only a couple weeks in, they are doing so well with routine and all that school includes.
 
We would love to have volunteers come by and read, plant flowers in the back yard, bake or simply spend time in our classroom. You would have the chance to interact with our students, meet our new teacher, Ms. Barbara, as well as enjoy a meal cooked by Ms. White.
 
As I mentioned, we do have a new lead teacher, Ms. Barbara, who actually had her son attend Prospect years ago and was even a classroom volunteer! You will have an opportunity to meet and hear from her this month at Preschool Sunday, Oct. 21st. We hope you all can attend.
 
The month of October is an unofficial kickoff to auction planning and this year we are celebrating 55 years of fulfilling our mission to serve disadvantaged families but also to honor Prospect's role in creating a community of giving back. We are excited to make this auction the best yet with some favorites, such as Jeff Kinsgbury, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes catering, Live Auction, Silent Auction, exciting games throughout the night and so much more.
 
Additionally, we have a special guest helping us this year - Marianne Habersetzer! She will be joining us as the Major Gifts Coordinator! We are also hoping to reconnect with church members old, new, near and far to really honor the history of Prospect.
 
If you have any ideas regarding ways to truly honor the program’s legacy or any names of people we should reach out to or honor, please don't hesitate to let me know at pepseattle@gmail.com or 206.324.5230. Also, if you would like to participate in the planning, we would love to have you join us!
 
As always, thanks so much for the continued support!

Alexis Bacon-Yates, Director
206-324-5230 pepseattle@gmail.com
 
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PNW Conference News

The September-October 2018 issue of the Conference UCNews is now online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Summer camps and a Muslim speaker
• The new Justice Leadership Interns
• The Adult Spiritual Formation curriculum to share in small groups
• A global mission co-worker from Palestine available to present/preach in churches
• A summer stewardship workshop on a culture of generosity
• Elizabeth Maupin of Spirit of Peace doing interfaith outreach
• Sophie Morse's annual meeting workshop on conflict resolution
• Ruth Calkins of Newport - new children's books at age 91
• And more

Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.




 
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The Lecture Series at UCUCC presents:
Prophets and Passion: Race, Resistance and Prophetic Imagination
Dr. Sharon Jacob and Dr. Sharon Fennema, Pacific School of Religion
October 5, 6 & 7
University Congregational UCC
4515 16th Ave NE
You’re invited for all or part of this important conversation exploring institutional racism past and present, here in the US and around the world, and discovering new tools and practices centered in prophetic imagination to enable a world where we can all flourish. Sessions include Friday evening, six sessions on Saturday (two tracks, three each, mix and match as you like), Sunday morning, and Sunday service. 

Sessions details:    
Friday, October 5, 7 - 8:30 pm | Bringing Down Rulers from Their Thrones: Race, Resistance and the Prophetic Imagination
In his influential book, The Prophetic Imagination, Walter Bruggemann articulated a vision for the community of God whose words and practices of lament, protest and complaint give rise to
an alternative social order, based on his reading of the Hebrew Bible. 40 years later, our current context cries out for a renewal and expansion of this prophetic imagination, both globally and locally, especially in our work for racial and economic justice. Toward that end, we explore race and capitalism in the global context by reading Mary, the mother of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke alongside the real-life experiences of Indian surrogate mothers, and in the local context by reading practices of remembering the body of Christ alongside the realities of gentrification in US cities. How might these expansions of prophetic imagination call us to new forms of lament, protest and resistance as we strive to create a world where all can flourish?
   
Saturday, October 6| Against the Grain: The Prophetic Work of Revealing and D/Re-Centering | 9 am - 2:30 pm. Six sessions to mix and match as you like:
 
9 - 10:15am: When Love Becomes a Political Tool: Reading Ruth through an Immigrant Lens Dr. Sharon Jacob | This workshop is designed to help participants read the story of Ruth through a more contextual lens. Read through the contemporary lens of immigration in the United States, we will seek to ask poignant question of the Biblical texts as we reflect and construct alternative interpretations of this story.
Spiritual Practices for De-centering Whiteness, Dr. Sharon Fennema| Acknowledging that the values, attitudes and ways of being in the world that are associated with whiteness have come to dominate many aspects of our culture in the US and that this dominance feeds racism, colonization, and misogyny, this workshop seeks to empower participants with spiritual practices that help de-center dominant world views, decolonize our imaginations and foster resiliency in our work for justice.  
 
10:30 am - Noon: For the Love of the Nation: A Postcolonial, Feminist, and Contextual Reading of Rev 2:20-25, Dr. Sharon Jacob | In this workshop we will use the lens of Nation, Nationalism, and communal identity to read, reflect, and interpret the text of Revelation. We begin with conversations of Nationalism and race in the Indian context and bring our reflection into the current context of the United States. Along with dealing with issues pertaining to race, and gender, this workshop will also look at the issue of Islamophobia in the global context.
An Emancipatory Psalter - Re-imaginging the Psalms for Liberation, Dr. Sharon Fennema | Growing out of an endeavor initiated by the Faith Education, Innovation and Formation office of the UCC, this workshop will engage participants in the process of contextualizing and re-contextualizing psalms so that they can speak anew of God's liberating love for our times. We will work to write, embody and ritualize psalms in ways that address contemporary justice concerns.
   
1 -2:30pm: Mother to the Other: Reading Rev 12 alongside the Wet Nurse of Colonial India, Dr. Sharon Jacob |This workshop introduces its participants to the issue of race in the colonial context of India. Reading Rev 12 alongside the British occupation of India, the participants are introduced to the liminal figure of the Indian wet nurse. Participants will then use the colonial experience of the wet nurse that is based in race as a lens to reflect on our interpretations of the mother in Rev 12.
Introduction to Liturgical Direct Action, Dr. Sharon Fennema |How can the Christian liturgical calendar, symbols, and worship practices contribute to our work for justice? What does it look like to celebrate liturgy in public, aiming to disrupt the status quo, revealing what is hidden, unseen, or under-reported, with the hope of transforming social and political systems and structures? This workshop engages participants in the process of imagining how our symbols and rituals could be put to use in the service of justice and healing.
   
Sunday, October 7 |No registration required and there is never a charge for Sunday events. All are welcome! 
9 - 9:45 am: Passion and Resistance: The Power of No: Demons, Dogs and De-centering, Dr. Sharon Jacob and Dr. Sharon Fennema
Engaging the stories of the Gerasene demoniac and the Syrophonecian woman we will explore a problematic Jesus, unexpected prophets, and ways of reading scripture as resistance. We will also consider what wisdom these stories have for us as we consider our relationships to privilege and dominance and the work for justice that we are called to pursue.
10 am Sunday Service sermon: Prophetic Prayers of Refusal: Imagining the Weakness of God
 
Tickets:  $50 all sessions; $25 Friday only; $30 Saturday only. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets or pick up a registration form from the table in Prospect’s entry.
 
 

 
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Community Lunch on Capitol Hill Fall Appreciation Dinner
Sunday, October 14
5-8:00 p.m.
All Pilgrims Christian Church
Broadway & Republican
Join Community Lunch for this fun event to recognize the contributions of so many people that make Community Lunch possible! This event is free and features a dinner served in the spirit and style of CLCH Lunches and Suppers, but with wine, beer and other beverages.
 
Enjoy live Bluegrass music by the Shed Boys, participate in a raffle for cool prizes and enjoy an evening with all your friends from Community Lunch on Capitol Hill.
Free for donors, volunteers, and friends!
Sign up now at Brown Paper Tickets
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Fall Faith + Ecology Film Series
October 11 and 18
St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center
907 Columbia Street
Vegetarian supper at 6 p.m. Films start at 6:30 p.m. with discussion to follow. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 11:
Sustainable
A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America's food system, from the agricultural issues we face - soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use - to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is about the land and the people who work it.

Thursday, October 18:
Return of the River
A group of strong-minded committed people attempt the impossible: to change the public opinion of a town and eventually the nation to bring a dam down. The community comes to a consensus, setting the Elwha River free and showing the way to more sustainable future.
Presented by Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Seattle First Baptist Church and St. James Cathedral.
 
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Eastgate CUCC Fall Gospel Concert
Saturday, October 13
7:00 p.m.
Eastgate Congregational UCC
15318 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA 98006

Remain Aware and Celebrate God’s presence in challenging times
featuring Tacoma-based gospel performing artists
Christina Brewer and Tyler Mauga.
All are Welcome!!
Free Admission (Donations accepted)
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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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October Volunteers

Ushers
 
7 Roland Holloway
14 Roland Holloway
21 Roland Holloway
28 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  7 Jane Braziunas
14 Muriel Branch

21 Preschool Sunday: Amy Miller, Judy Hooper
28 Suzanne Fry


Liturgist
  7 John Shrader
14 TBD
21 TBD
28 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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October Birthdays
Art Mampel.................................... 10/06
Jack Force..................................... 10/19
Marcus Reeb.................................. 10/24
Jackie Mampel............................... 10/25
Mike Daley...................................... 10/27
Solynn McCurdy..............................10/31
 

 
 
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