April 2020 Prospect Newsletter
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April 2020 Worship Schedule
May Newsletter Deadline: Friday, April 17, 1:00pm
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How to Be the Church while Social Distancing

Although we can’t meet in person for worship or other church events, we are learning how to be church away from our building. Worship continues each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., but online instead of in our sanctuary. Bible study and team meetings have gone online, too. Watch for word of small groups that will be organized to keep people connected. We thank everyone for their creativity and flexibility in this time of upheaval and confusion.

We expect the situation to continue at least through April, including Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter.

To join online Sunday worship, including Palm Sunday (April 5) and Easter (April 12):

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 267 383 079

One tap mobile

Dial by your location
        +1 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 267 383 079
(Find your local number:

To join online Maundy Thursday Service,

Thursday, April 9 7 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 341-263-210
(Use the same phone number as above to join by phone, using meeting ID 341-263-210) 

1. Once you are in the meeting, move your cursor to the bottom of your screen, where you will see a row of control icons. 

2. You'll see a box that asks you to choose between a phone call or computer audio.
3. At this time, you may start video (lower left) if you wish to show your face to the other participants.

4. Please mute yourself once the worship service has begun. To mute yourself on phone, click *6. To mute computer audio, click the microphone icon in the lower left.

5. To connect by phone, dial the number (starting with 1). 

6. You'll be instructed to enter the meeting ID shown in the box on your screen. Be sure to end it with the # sign.

7. You'll be instructed to enter your participant ID shown on your screen. Again, be sure to end it with the # sign.

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Easter Activity for All Ages!
No matter your age, you may find coloring reduces stress. Please enjoy these Easter-themed coloring pages. Please share your finished artwork by scanning or photographing, then emailing to by April 9. We will put together a slideshow to share during our Easter worship service on Zoom. Download pages for printing here.

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While we have had to cancel in-person worship services, Prospect still has expenses. To continue giving, you may set up automatic payment with your bank or mail checks to the church yourself. We also offer three ways to donate electronically:

  1. Go to to set up electronic giving online for one-time or recurring donations;
  2. Download the free Give Plus Church mobile app: here for iOS and here for Android;

    - Choose Give Plus, Vanco Payment Solutions;
    - Select Prospect Congregational UCC;
    - Create an account using your email address. (If you already have online giving set up, you can sign in using your same login information on the app.)
    - Watch this video if you still have questions.

  3. NEW! Text-to-give to our general operating fund:
          - Text 833-297-5332 and enter the amount you wish to donate: $xx or $xx.xx;
         - Click the registration link and enter your payment information;
         - Receive a verification text as well as an email receipt.For future giving, simply send a text to the same number with the amount you wish to give, and your donation will process automatically. (Watch this GivePlus Text video to see how easy it is to make a quick donation.)

Vanco Payment Solutions' Client Services team will also take donations over the phone: 800.675.7430.
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Minister’s Greeting
God in Our Midst

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. –Psalm 23:4 (King James Version)


Friends, we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death right now—as individuals, as a region, as a nation, and as a planet. COVID-19 is in our midst. For some, it carries mild symptoms or none at all. For others, it is deadly. So the most Christian thing we can do in these days to love and protect our neighbors is to stay away from each other. Which we have been doing.

Along with churches around the world, we have been learning how to “be church” online. It is good to login to our Zoom worship space on Sunday morning and see so many of your faces there! How I wish we could all gather in our familiar sanctuary, shake hands and hug each other, sing and pray together. And we will do these things again when this virus has cleared out.

In the meantime, as we practice social distancing and self-isolation, Psalm 23 reminds us that God is with us, even and especially in such disturbing times. Whether we are healthy or sick, alone or with loved ones, we are in God, for all of creation is a part of God.

As we travel the road to the cross and resurrection this year, we may have a new appreciation for what it means to feel entombed in our own homes, cut off from our regular lives, friends, neighbors, and family. We are joining Jesus in that Holy Saturday space of waiting for resurrection and new life. It can be too quiet. Claustrophobic. When will we get to break out of this confinement, gather together, celebrate resurrection and new life in community?

One pastor I know was thinking of putting off celebrating Easter until everyone could gather in person. I understand the wish to wait. But I am also seeing with new eyes that the joy of Easter comes not when everything is perfect, but in the midst of trauma and despair. The disciples are grieving the death of their teacher, friend, and spiritual leader. The core has fallen out of their world. They do not know what comes next and are huddled in a house together—self-isolating from the larger world—out of fear. This is exactly when the women visit the grave and return with amazing, surprising, miraculous good news. The story isn’t over! There is hope beyond death! The oppression of Rome and the fear of the high priests has not carried the day.

This is when we most need to hear that Christ is risen and living in our midst. Our God does not abandon us, even when we must huddle in self-isolation from the world. We are launching a small-groups project to help us all keep in touch with each other on a regular basis, to remind ourselves of old and new ways in which we can “be church.” We are forced to learn new ways of gathering together online, and after this coronavirus is all over, we will still have these new tools and skills to put to use in worshipful ways, even as we return to the old practice of gathering in person.

In this time of self-isolation, be looking for where there is new life. Perhaps it is in your newly cleaned-out closet or garage, which is now organized and usable. Perhaps it is in the blossoms outside your window, heralding spring as they always do. Perhaps it is in relationships affirmed and even strengthened through phone calls, letters, emails, Zoom meetings, and Facebook. I am hearing stories of neighbors shopping for one another, dropping things off on each other’s porches. Now is our opportunity to live out our love of neighbor in new ways.

If you are struggling during this time, please reach out—to me, to others in the church, to neighbors and friends. We may be isolated physically, but we are still here for each other. And so is God. Know that God walks with us through this valley and always.



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Local hospitals are in desperate need of surgical masks.  Cora Trujillo is sewing reusable face masks and is looking for donations of supplies.  She needs 100% cotton fabric, 1/4 inch clothing elastic and thin, flexible wire such as twist ties.  The fabric can be from used clothing. Contact Cora at 206-330-4201 or and we'll figure out a virus free hand off arrangement.

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Weter-Roberts Grants
Applications are now being accepted for grants from the Weter-Roberts Endowment Fund. Application Deadline is May 1, 2020. The purpose of the Weter-Roberts Fund is to enhance the work of the church and to perpetuate the values of Christian Life through:
1. Support of educational programs in our church and wider community.
2 .Mission services in the local and world community.
3. Scholarship aid to members and friends of Prospect Church. 
More information and application guidelines can be obtained from the church office or any member of the Weter-Roberts Board, or apply online here.

The members of the Weter-Roberts Board are:
Cora Trujillo, chair
Robin Russell
Suzanne Fry
Patsy Severson
Jack Force
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Church Board Minutes
March 15, 2020

Present: Terri Dowling, Meighan Pritchard, Consi Javier, Adam Dahl, Jan Kinney, Patsy Severson, Suzanne Fry, Louise Morehead.

Meeting held via Zoom

Check in and prayer

Approved Minutes from last Board Meeting.

No agenda additions, agenda accepted.

Office Manager report - accepted


Q. was asked, “How are we reaching out to people and parishioners stuck at home?”

Meighan encouraged people to be in contact with one another via phone or small groups with discussion questions. How would this be organized? ZIP Code? Karen might be able to sort members by ZIP Codes and then we would send out lists to people with postcards or some other method of staying connected.

Meighan will put out a worship bulletin with Friday email so people have something to follow along with via Zoom worship.

Consi suggested a “well check service” based on a roll-call provided by Adam to check on people who aren’t participating in Zoom worship services. Discussed how to keep people engaged via technology. Do we create a “tech deacon” team where tech-savvy people at Prospect would make sure parishioners with barriers to accessing technology knew how to participate via telephone, smart phone, or other means? Jan volunteered to assist Consi with this project and proposed using a checklist or script to stick to.

Meighan recommended activating the Pastoral Care Team via Rick Russell or Judy Hooper.


Building Access Committee:

Currently in a situation way beyond our control. Terri says she is assisting in the redesign of the church website to increase outreach and community engagement. Talk of hosting a bike safety event in the neighborhood for kids or a technology recycling event (similar to Windermere Real Estate’s event). Question was asked about A-board signs in the neighborhood and if they should be collected? Patsy agreed to do walk the neighborhood the next time she comes in to sign checks. Jerry Sams is able to control church furnaces via his smart phone to save costs when building is unoccupied.


Finance Report:

This month there appears to be a surplus of income over expenses. We are still on track to have the budget deficit initially anticipated. Congregational meeting to discuss this issue has been postponed due to restrictions on gathering in person and concerns about members’ access to technology to participate in a Zoom meeting.


Smart Goals Survey:

12 responses. Tabling Goal-setting conversation until next Church Board meeting.


Pastor’s Report:

Meighan applying for Clergy Renewal grant through Eli Lilly Foundation which is due at end of March. Theme of sabbatical will be “Seeds, Soil, Seasons, and Spirit” and she is looking into permaculture design course on Orcas as well as touring the country via rail to see church farms/farm churches. Meighan’s new driveway on Whidbey is “draining and fabulous” and her building permit was approved after 20 weeks.



In person worship cancelled through April to follow suit with Seattle Public Schools.

Submitted by Adam Dahl

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Prospect’s Kimball Organ

Prospect’s organ is the only organ of its age never to have been removed and relocated. It is an historical instrument—it was the top of the line for its age and model.

Carl Dodrill of the Pipe Organ Foundation and Frank Trujillo recently tuned up the organ and repaired a few holes in the leather baffles in the main console. All is functioning well again.

During the tuning process, Frank discovered that one of the keys to the pipe rooms was bent. Anyone who needs to enter the pipe rooms on the 3rd floor is asked to please use caution and use the right key. Each door has its own key. Be especially careful not to bump the pipes themselves. This causes tuning issues. So far no major damage has happened.

This organ will be 100 years old in about 15 years or so and it needs to be used with care. For all users, play the instrument but please be careful with this Kimball Organ.

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Save the Date: Church Camping Trip July 27-29

The Prospect Church summer Camp trip has been scheduled for Monday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 29, 2020. There is no cost to campers, check in is after 2:30 pm, Monday, check out is after 1:00 pm Wednesday. For further information contact Bill Van Pelt, 206-356-4986.

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Ongoing Groups

Beyond Belief Faith Study is on hiatus until we can resume in-person meetings. Rick Russell facilitates.

Beyond Fundamentalism Book Group meets monthly at the home of Jim & Mary Alice Power, 1107 22nd Ave E.

Bible Study meets most Mondays online 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 once a month, usually on the second Sunday. It will not be offered while we are not meeting in person, but Cora Trujillo is preparing video to share with our Sunday school families. Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: or 206-330-4201.

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Pacific Northwest Conference News

The Spring 2020 issue of the Conference UCNews is now online at with information on:

• The Conference's and congregations' response in this time of COVID-19
• How camps are gearing up - and some regular camp stories.
• Lenten story sharing facilitated by Courtney Stange-Tregear
• Plans to cancel the in-person Annual Meeting and emerging plans for live streaming some parts|
• An introduction to the PNC's upcoming moderator, Hillary Coleman
• The success of the Climate Change Task Force out of the Fall Gathering
• Lora Rathbone educating Richland's Shalom UCC on environmental justice
• Andy and Jim CastroLang bringing a UCC justice witness to Spokane City Council.
• Magnolia UCC's second Community in Service Sunday
• Pilgrim Firs' gift to update South Lodge and the couple giving funds
• N-Sid-Sen's need to replace cabin 8

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PNC-UCC Annual Meeting 2020

On Monday, March 16 the Board of Directors affirmed a recommendation brought forward by the Annual Meeting Planning Committee to not hold an in-person Annual Meeting in April 2020. This decision was difficult but given the state mandate and the likelihood that COVID-19 will still be with us in April, the Board felt this was the best decision. 
The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is still working out the details but here is part of the plan:

  • Offer an online connection, probably worship, during the weekend of April 24-26 in coordination with Conference staff, Conference leadership, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and others. Please watch for details!

  • The main business items planned for a vote at the 2020 Annual Meeting were the slate of new Conference leaders, the 2020/2021 Budget, and four sets of bylaw changes. Our current bylaws give the Board of Directors the authority to act between Annual Meetings of the Conference and so the Board will act as necessary to keep the Conference functioning.  Here is the current thinking:

    • The Slate of new Conference Leaders – the Board will vote on the full slate at their meeting on April 20. 

    • 2020/2021 Budget - a couple of online opportunities may be offered for people to hear about the budget and provide input before the Board votes on the budgets for Conference operations and the two camps. 

    • Bylaw changes – changes require an affirmation by 2/3 majority at a meeting of the Conference, so any voting will have to be pushed to the future.

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Save the Date!  Women's Retreat at Pilgrim Firs!
Please mark Mother's Day weekend on your calendar -- May 8-10 -- for another joy-filled, nourishing women's weekend of music, creativity, sabbath and spiritual exploration.  Details to follow.  Contact Cora Trujillo for updates and more info.
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Compassion Cultivation Training
Prospect Congregational UCC hosted an 8 week long Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) class series this past fall, taught by Diane Hetrick and Shayla Collins. The class series looks at the questions: What is Compassion?  Can we learn to be more compassionate?  If so, how?  What we learn along the way are skills to settle our mind, increase our resilience, and help us feel more connected to ourselves and others. We learn how to develop our compassion so we can come to the end of our days feeling ‘well used’, not ‘used up’.  Classes include didactic information, small group exercises and sharing, guided meditations, and suggested home practices to help us bring these ideas and skills into our daily life.
Diane will be offering the class again at Prospect in spring 2020 (Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, April 30th- June 25th, 2020).  The class is offered on a donation basis, and no one should let any financial constraints keep them from attending.  For further information, or to sign up on an interest list, you can email Diane at: or sign up on her interest list on her website:
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Preschool News

March brought us some unexpected turns of events that have left our preschool, our community, our nation, and the world with a sense of anxiety and uncertainty. The preschool made the difficult decision to temporarily close its doors on March 17th for two weeks, although that was our most optimistic projection. During our closure we are still offering Family Support Services remotely so that are most vulnerable families, that are so heavily impacted by public school and local business closures, do not find themselves in a time of crisis with no one to reach out to for help. On a more positive note, we had the opportunity to redesign our classroom with fresh décor, window treatments, and lovely houseplants. So when we do return to the program we will have a fresh and inspiring space to learn in.

At this point in time, we still have every intention of holding our annual auction if the health threat has alleviated by then. But realistically, we have to also prepare for the possibility that our region will not be back to business as usual, and we will have to consider postponement or alternative options. Tickets are still on sale at, and don’t forget to use your promo code for the discounted rate available to the congregation. You may also make an item donation or Raise the Paddle pledge from the website, as well.

With this COVID-19 outbreak, routines and social norms are changing almost daily. In these troubling times it is important to remember the core values we teach our children at Prospect: compassion, empathy, and kindness. Now, more than ever, we need to ask those around us “Are you ok?” and comfort when we see someone is upset or afraid. We need to try to see how others are feeling before we put our own emotions in the situation. And although it may be difficult, we must put the needs of others before our own wants. If we can continue with these basic practices, then we can retain our normality through this volatile time.

Preschool News at a Glance:
56th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Auction
When: May 30th, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Where: Mount Baker Community Club
Cost: $100 general public, $75 church members
Promo Codes at checkout:
ProspectUCC for $25 off per individual
ProspectTable for $200 off a table

Wine & Desserts Needed:
Bottles of wine as well as desserts are still needed for our Auction’s Wine Wall and Dessert Dash. If you have an unopened bottle or have a favorite local bakery that may donate a treat, please let us know!
Please email Donna at or call 206-324-5230.

Donna Guna
Director, Prospect Enrichment Preschool 206-324-5230
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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. Go to to set up electronic giving online for one-time or recurring donations;
  2. Download the free Give Plus Church mobile app: here for iOS and here for Android;

    - Choose Give Plus, Vanco Payment Solutions;
    - Select Prospect Congregational UCC;
    - Create an account using your email address. (If you already have online giving set up, you can sign in using your same login information on the app.)
    - Watch this video if you still have questions.

  3. NEW! Text-to-give to our general operating fund:
         - Text 833-297-5332 and enter the amount you wish to donate: $xx or $xx.xx;
         - Click the registration link and enter your payment information;
         - Receive a verification text as well as an email receipt.For future giving, simply send a text to the same number with the amount you wish to give, and your donation will process automatically. (Watch this GivePlus Text video to see how easy it is to make a quick donation.)

Vanco Payment Solutions' Client Services team will also take donations over the phone: 800.675.7430.

We have obtained a mobile credit card reader so we can receive credit/debit card donations on Sunday mornings and at special events. It is being rolled out gradually, so may not be available every Sunday.

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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April Volunteers

While we are not meeting in person, we will not need greeters or coffee hour hosts. We still welcome liturgists for our online worship services. Please call or email the church office to volunteer. Messages are checked regularly during office hours.

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:
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April Birthdays

Dawn Counts ...................... 04/01
Bellah Adrian-Mitchell .........04/06
Dorothy Sale ....................... 04/12
Frank Trujillo ...................... 04/14
Leda Zakarison ..................04/30

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