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September 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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September 2018 Worship Schedule
October Newsletter Deadline: Friday, September 21, 1:00pm
 
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Reconnecting Sunday
Sunday, September 16
Whether you've been away for weeks, years or not at all, join us for this special Sunday of reconnecting with our Prospect family after the summer. We will also officially welcome our new JLP intern, Ainsley Meyer. There will be a special coffee hour to celebrate all our connections.
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Weaving Our Strengths – Narratives of Hope
Saturday, September 29 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church
Church Council of Greater Seattle's annual Weaving Our Strengths conference is a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. It’s a great chance to connect across denominations, share best practices, foster spiritually-grounded action, and bring insights and opportunities back to your home congregation.
 
If you are interested in going with a group from Prospect, please contact the church office. In the past we have had enough people to get tickets at the group rate. 
Other questions? Please contact conference@thechurchcouncil.org 
 
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Meet JLP Intern Ainsley Meyer
Hello! My name’s Ainsley and I use she/her pronouns. I was raised in Virginia but have been living in California for about four years now. I first discovered my passion for community service and advocacy as an Americorps volunteer. During my year of service I worked as a literacy tutor and after-school instructor in an underfunded middle school in San Jose, CA. Since then I’ve continued turning my passionate ideas into positive action through LGBTQ+ advocacy in my community.
 
In my free time I like to read, write, run, and camp. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to do more meaningful work, and to explore Seattle.
 
Ainsley will be interning with the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project and serving with Prospect United Church of Christ.
 
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20th Ave Block Party
Friday, September 7 6:00 p.m.
Bring a potluck dish and join our neighbors for an end-of-summer block party! All are welcome.
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Minister’s Greeting
Be a Piece of the Whole

One of the things I love about quilting is watching an assortment of shapes, colors, and fabrics come together to make something new. This summer I worked on a quilt project that I started a few years ago. There are 12 patchwork blocks along with some solid blocks, silhouettes of cats, and paw prints that will snake their way all through the quilt. The patchwork blocks all have cats in their names, e.g., Puss in the Corner, or Cat and Mouse.
 
There are a million pieces of fabric to keep track of for this project. Lately I’ve been cutting out all the paw prints, which include the main pad and four little claw prints. And if just one of those tiny pieces is missing, the quilt is incomplete. So I do my best to keep everything organized and together, because I am so looking forward to seeing the project “become itself.”

Being part of a congregation is a bit like being a piece of a quilt. There is a spot for everyone to shine, and we are not complete if even one person is missing. All of us contribute with our presence, our ideas, our theologies, our questions, our participation, and of course our time, talent, and treasures. We can all be wonderful and colorful on our own, but when we come together in community, we are more than the sum of our separate parts. We help the church “become itself” in the best way possible.
 
Some people come to church every week, such that, if they were missing, I would want to know that they were okay, because that would be so unusual. Some attend once or twice a month, or less frequently. Know that your presence matters. Your engagement with this community matters. Your contributions—of all kinds—make a difference. They help make up the patchwork that is Prospect United Church of Christ.
 
On September 16 we will celebrate Reconnecting Sunday, when most of us are back from summer trips and are settling into the fall rhythm. We will welcome Ainsley, our new Justice Leadership Program Intern, and all the gifts she brings with her presence. (See more about her elsewhere in this issue.) We will delight in being together as community to launch into a new season, new projects, and new issues with renewed energy.
 
So come. Be a piece of the whole. Shine. Leave your paw prints on this place. The quilt isn’t complete without you.

Blessings,
Meighan
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Prospect Caring Corner
We celebrate with Sam and Annie (and grandparents Craig and Barbara) the birth of William Knox Rennebohm, born July 25 at 6 lbs. 10 oz.
 
We also celebrate with James and Christy (and grandparents Pam and Tony) the birth of Andrew Joseph Puglisi, born July 1 at 2:42pm, 10 lbs., 1 oz., 21 ½ inches.
 
Please hold the family of office manager Karen Eisenbrey in your prayers following the death at age 92 of her father-in-law Carl Richard “Dick” Eisenbrey on July 8, 2018.
 
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Neighbors Night Out Block Party
The block party on August 7 was a big success! Several church members and friends shared treats and information about Prospect and RainWise with around 30 neighbors, accompanied by a 4-piece jazz combo. Thanks to RainWise for getting the ball rolling on our block.
 
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Celebrate with Consi
Saturday, September 15 6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Consi Javier invites you to her 60th birthday party! Please bring a potluck side dish if you want and join the celebration with food, games and dancing until 10 p.m. Kids of all ages welcome!
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Moderator’s Message
Greetings in Christian love. The summer is passing by quickly and we are soon to be in our fall posture. For some, like me, this means returning to my Seattle routine of church going, volunteering, and family supporting. My summer has been a delight, and I hope the same is true for all of you.
 
Work continues on our church building as we move closer to having our space used well and efficiently. I celebrate the continued leadership of Pastor Meighan and Music Director Kia Sams. We are so fortunate to have them in our church. The Church Board has gathered recently (see minutes below) and good ideas on how to be a faithful, vibrant church abound. One event I will miss this fall is the Church Council of Greater Seattle's Weaving Our Strengths Conference on September 29 at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. I hope some of you are able to attend. I am mindful that we all have our stories, our challenges, our journeys, and that our church will always be in flux. But, I also know that God is with us, each of us, as we travel together. See you in church. 
Co-Moderator, Rick Russell
 
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Church Audio Visual Planning
The Church Board has enthusiastically endorsed the creation of an audio-visual presentation of our church for our web site. John Shrader has volunteered to head up this project, and has a few ideas, but wants it to be a church project, not a John project, so he is requesting help with the planning. An example of an idea:  how do we communicate that we are happy people? A still of smiling people is good, but it’s used by every bank and health care ad in the nation. With video, we can show our members greeting each other with handshakes and hugs. If you think it would be fun to contribute to this video, give John a call (425-736-0477) or send him an e-mail at shraderorder@hotmail.com.
 
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, August 19
Present: Rick Russell, Meighan Pritchard, Adam Dahl, Terri Dowling, John Shrader, and Louise Morehead.
 
Meighan opened with prayer. Minutes of Annual Meeting approved. Office Manager Report: Co-moderators Rick & Adam to sign and approve reports/contracts after this meeting. John Shrader spoke on film marketing ideas (detailed above).
 
Finance Report: Rick to check w/ Treasurer Jim Miller about why we ended the last fiscal year $3K in the red.
 
Building Improvement Team: Terri reported on conversations with our existing tenant 350 Seattle.
Terri said this is a discussion about fine tuning the
tenant’s contract for the coming year regarding rental rate and meeting space. 
 
Scent-free space: This issue has been discussed in the past and is difficult to police/enforce.  Meighan states that “scent free” signs will simply disappear from people’s view after time and not be noticed.  Rick proposed we look at other churches (both physical building and website) to see how they’re handling/policing this issue. We can also put a note in the newsletter. No other action taken.
 
Midweek worship service: Sam Rennebohm and Dave Kidder met with Meighan in June.  Sam to write a letter to congregation inviting participation.
 
Social & Environmental Justice team:  Meighan sees Prospect as a church poised to help larger local area churches come together for common ministry. Kathy Mahan will continue to host Environmental Movie series and Rick says he will ask Jerry Sams about where the rooftop solar panel conversation ended.
 
Pastor’s Report: 
Meighan attended Stewardship Workshop w/ Cora Trujillo in July.  Meighan discussed how this Workshop presented the idea that pastors ought to know who is giving what and not be worried about “treating people differently” because of their level of financial giving. Meighan reports that at Prospect the giving breaks down evenly as a 30/70: the top 30% of donors cover 70% of the budget and the remaining 70% of donors pick up the remaining 30% of the budget needs.
 
Meighan attended a neighborhood block party and, after hearing the neighbors talk about buying a house on their block to use as a “clubhouse”, she encouraged them to look upon Prospect Church as the neighborhood clubhouse and that we are always open to and welcoming of our neighbors. 
Re: what we are offering to our younger families or families with younger children, we may do well to get to know the families with children in our immediate vicinity and find out what would serve them best.
 
Re: Mission Trips, Cora is currently serving on the Global Ministries Committee within our Conference; this committee may put together a mission trip to Puerto Rico.   Also discussed the importance of traveling on a mission trip as this can be a bonding/galvanizing experience for those particular parishioners who get the opportunity. 
 
Weaving our Strengths (the annual Church Council of Greater Seattle conference) is coming up next month (9/29, all day @ Mercer Isl. Pres.) and Karen will be promoting this in the upcoming bulletins.
 
Goals for 2018-19: We only referenced goals from 2017/18 and decided to attend to goal setting as the focus of our next Church Board meeting.  Discussion was made about coming up with a Purpose Statement or “elevator speech” for people to have at the ready when asked, “So, what is Prospect Church all about?”
 
How can we advocate for our community and celebrate what we have as we live into “church 3.0”?
Completed Goals: 1) switched bank accounts to a bank that does not fund fossil fuel infrastructure and development; 2) celebrated the new sound system, building renovations, 3rd floor improvements, and RainWise cisterns.
Made progress on other 2017-18 goals: pastoral care outreach, creating targeted outreach events in the community, coming up with a business plan for long-term sustainability, and developing a marketing plan for building spaces (especially new third-floor conference area).
 
Other:
•Louise expressed a desire to have Meighan in the pulpit more, specifically 3/4 time.  Meighan appreciates this gesture and stated that somewhere in her memory she believes the membership rolls have to increase to 120 members (we are currently at 75) in order to justify a full-time clergy person. 
•Possible workshop/visit coming up from Jim Antal, author of Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change.

Minutes by Adam Dahl, tweaked by Rick Russell, Meighan Pritchard, and Karen Eisenbrey
 
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Building Access Committee Report
What have we’ve been doing since our last report you ask…?
 
Online Scheduling - Peerspace.com
We are reviewing the merits of converting our meeting room bookings to an online scheduling app that will give us broader exposure in the Seattle rental arena. Peerspace.com has been our primary focus. They have their roots in the LA area with broad experience in the video/photography arena. They have since grown their market presence to include NYC, San Francisco, Atlanta, DC, Boston and now expanding into Seattle. They currently have 500 listings (Host sites) for Seattle and upwards of 500,000 website visits per month for their combined territories. Currently they have a high demand for sites with lots of natural lighting, flexible staging areas in convenient locations around Seattle. That’s us! The advantages they provide include exposure to a broader market of potential Guests, calendar integration with Host sites, marketing and Host success teams for orientation, set-up and ongoing support. They have $1,000,000 liability insurance for each booking which includes injury, property damage, liability claims and customer support for resolving issues. They have crafted a strict cancellation policy protecting Hosts from last minute cancellations. There are no fees to list our facility on their site, no enrollment or subscription fees and no inactivity fees. Their only fee is a 15% commission per booking. Peerspace client base includes: corporate and personal use for receptions, meetings, conferences, and productions. This will be an exciting new course for Prospect.
 
Photographs of New Conference Room & Sanctuary:
If you haven’t already done so, check out the beautiful new photos of the 3rd floor conference room and sanctuary. Suzanne’s friend Ray Woodhouse donated his professional photography talents to help us put a new face on our space. (Not to be confused with a space race!) Karen has posted several of them on our website and we will absolutely be using them with our online scheduling app. Many thanks to Ray! 

New Carpet Installation:
Our beautiful new carpet installation was accomplished without a hitch. Thanks to Suzanne Fry’s most amazing organization skills, the entire project went exactly as planned. Many volunteer helpers arrived at all the right times to make this exquisitely orchestrated move seamless and almost incident free. It was as if Suzanne had stage managed this whole affair. Oh wait…she DID! The installers moved efficiently from room to room, completing the installation on time with minimal issues. A huge shout out to everyone who donated their time to this massive project. We’d still be scratching our heads without you.
 
Outreach:
Dave Kidder, Sam Rennebohm and Pastor Meighan met regarding launching an outreach fellowship platform with spiritual appeal and less structure for adults and families of today. The concept might be to hold services weekly or monthly using an informal structure and free flow theme or content. Sam has expressed strong interest in developing this vision. Building Access Committee agreed this is a perfect fit with our mission of utilizing our building to foster community outreach in new ways. Watch for future updates on this exciting new outreach opportunity.

Submitted by Terri Dowling
 
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Justice Leadership Jubilee
The Pacific Northwest UCC Conference’s Justice Leadership Jubilee Program currently is seeking volunteers for its 2018-2019 year.  Justice Leadership Jubilee is an intentional ten-month commitment for adults who want to deepen their faith while learning skills for systemic change-making within a community of their peers. In the Christian tradition, “jubilee” signifies the liberation and healing that emerge from re-structuring a community toward greater social, economic, and environmental justice. Jubilee Volunteers work 6-10 hours per week in a social justice organization and take on a leadership role in their faith community, applying justice-based learning to enliven and inspire congregational mission and ministry.
Learn more at justiceleadership.org.
 
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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 maryalicepower@hotmail.com

Bible Study meets most Mondays in the Office to study the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. No meeting on Labor Day, September 3. 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 (September 9).  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 September 11, after a summer break. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend.
 
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Creation Justice Webinar:
Carbon Pricing: What Faith Communities Need to Know
Wednesday, September 5
10:00 a.m. (1:00 p.m. EDT)
To protect God's creation, a policy prescription commonly proposed is to put a price on carbon. The idea is that when polluters emit CO2 there should be a cost to it, and this cost will reduce the amount of pollution. Different mechanisms have been proposed for achieving this with a significant amount of debate. What do faith communities need to know? How can we engage the public conversation on carbon pricing in a way that reflects our values? As part of an ongoing series called Creation Justice Webinars, the Rev. Brooks Berndt of the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministry and the Rev. Michael Malcom of Alabama Interfaith Power & Light will co-host a panel featuring four speakers who will address carbon pricing:
  • Cassandra Carmichael, Executive Director, National Religious Partnership for the Environment
  • Tamra Gilbertson, Author of “Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance”
  • Jessie Dye, Senior Campaign Strategist, Earth Ministry
  • Donald Addu, Southeast Regional Director for Citizen’s Climate Lobby
Sign-up to join the webinar at http://bit.ly/CarbonPricingWebinar
Learn more about this series at http://www.ucc.org/creation_justice_webinar_series
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Rise for the Climate: Global Day of Action
Saturday, September 8 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tollefson Plaza, 1548 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA
In thousands of cities and towns around the world, events are being planned for September 8 to demand that our local leaders end fossil fuel dependence, take action towards 100% renewable energy and start putting people over profits to ensure a just transition. These events are taking place just ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, where mayors, governors and business leaders are being challenged to set more ambitious and equitable climate goals. Learn more at riseforclimate.org.
 
The march will be less than 2 miles long and have support vehicles for those that need assistance. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/350-tacoma-september-8-rise-for-climate

 
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A Conversation with Glennon Doyle
Friday, September 14
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 pm) 
University Congregational UCC 4515 16th Ave NE
The Lecture Series at UCUCC is delighted to host Glennon Doyle for an evening of real talk and truth telling conversation about life, love, family and friends. Tickets are $35.
 
Glennon Doyle is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE WARRIOR, a 2016 Oprah's Book Club selection, as well as the hilarious New York Times Bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. She is an activist, speaker and founder of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised over eleven million dollars for women, families and children in crisis. Glennon is also the creator of Momastery.com, an online community where millions of readers meet each week to experience her shameless and hilarious essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, mental health, addiction, recovery and connection.

Pastor Meighan is going and says, "Glennon Doyle knocked my socks off at General Synod last summer, where she was a keynote speaker. She was completely vulnerable and often also hilarious and profoundly insightful, all at once. She is a recovering addict and a powerful writer and speaker. I would love to have a whole group of people from Prospect go together." 

Tickets: $35 
Purchase tickets here  
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Preschool News
We are only weeks away from having our students and families back in the building!
 
The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time as we look forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting some new.
This school year we are welcoming our new lead teacher, Ms. Barbara Harris-Bojang. She is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher who is finishing up her degree in Early Childhood Education. She also is the mom of a Prospect Alum!
Hopefully, you will have a chance to meet and chat with Ms. Barbara as well as visit the classroom!
This school year we hope to nurture the relationship between the preschool and church, so please feel free to let us know if you would like to volunteer within the classroom or participate in our preschool program in some other way.
Also, we hope you all are as excited as we are for the 55th Anniversary and Auction Celebration on March 23, 2019 at Mount Baker Community Club! We will be celebrating the 55 years of service Prospect has provided to the community as well as coming together to raise funds for continued longevity of our scholarship program. We hope to reconnect with past supporters and reignite the community’s support of this remarkable program.
 
We look forward to getting to know everyone and to grow in partnership this year!
 
Preschool Wish List:
If you are interested in sharing seeds or gardening tools or even planting with our students, please email pepseattle@gmail.com or call 206.324.5230
 
Save the Date:
55th Anniversary and Auction Celebration
Saturday, March 23rd at Mount Baker Community Club
Let’s make this year’s auction the most memorable yet!
 
Table Captains – If you are already interested in being a table captain, please let us know!
 

Looking for new Board members:
If you are interested in serving as a leader for the preschool, please feel free to join us for our first Board meeting on Sept. 5th to find out how easy it is to be a member!
Alexis Bacon-Yates, Director
206-324-5230 pepseattle@gmail.com
 
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PNW Conference News

The summer issue of the Conference UC News is now online at http://www.pncuccnews.org 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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Save the Date: 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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Save the Date: 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 https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3598543
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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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September Volunteers

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

Coffee Hour
  2 Prospect Men's Group
  9 Rosemary Bell

16 Reconnecting Sunday: Jane Doggett, Barbara Force, Dona Snow-Miller, Jim Miller
23 Terri Dowling
30 Cora Trujillo


Liturgist
  2 TBD
  9 Suzanne Fry
16 TBD
23 TBD
30 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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September Birthdays
Doug Durasoff................................ 09/02
Stephen Brown............................... 09/04
Barbara Force................................ 09/05
Clayton Puglisi............................... 09/14
Courtney Brown.............................. 09/17
Consi Javier.................................... 09/17
Josephine Daley............................. 09/19
Roland Holloway............................. 09/20
Pauline McCurdy............................. 09/21
Susan Reeb.................................... 09/25
Sean Power..................................... 09/29
 

 
 
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