June 2019 Prospect Newsletter
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June 2019 Worship Schedule
July/August Newsletter Deadline: Friday, June 21, 1:00pm
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Ladino-Klezmer Concert
Sunday, June 9 3:00 p.m.
This concert of traditional Jewish secular music will benefit Northwest Immigrants Rights Project and NW Justice Project and features Klez Chaos, a “self-selecting amorphous group of people who like to play klezmer tunes for fun in our spare time. Some are professional musicians; some play several instruments; some are experienced in a lot of genres; some are new to klezmer music; some go regularly to klezmer camps.” Prospect musicians will also share Ladino songs from the Sephardic tradition. Please plan to attend and invite family and friends for an afternoon of lively music for a good cause.
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Directory Update
An updated church directory will be published in early July. If your contact information has changed or you wish to be added to or removed from the directory, please call or email the church office by Friday, July 5. The printed directory is updated twice a year. The online directory is updated as changes occur. If you need the password, please contact the church office.
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Vacation Schedule
June 16 and 23: Music Director Kia Sams will be away from Prospect.
July 1-14: Pastor Meighan Pritchard will be away from Prospect.
August 6-9: Office Manager Karen Eisenbrey will be away from Prospect.
August 19-25: Pastor Meighan Pritchard will be away from Prospect
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Annual Congregational Meeting & Potluck
Sunday, June 23 12:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
We will gather after worship for a potluck lunch and meeting to approve the 2019-20 budget, recognize outgoing and continuing leaders, welcome people stepping into roles, and hear reports from boards and ministry teams, including the New Vision Focus Group. If you are able please bring a potluck dish to share.
Team leaders are asked to submit their reports and budgets to the church office by Friday, June 7 so Karen can compile, format, and print the report booklet.
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Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh
Friday, June 28 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Prospect’s Social and Environmental Justice Team hosts this FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, inspiring stories of the local, private sector, and community leaders across the U.S. who are continuing to take action to transition to a clean energy economy — regardless of federal inaction. It’s a must see for people of faith concerned about the future of U.S. climate action. Discussion to follow screening.
Free admission, snacks provided. Invite family and friends!
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Minister’s Greeting
Be the Church: Stay Tuned and Y’All Come
Our church building sports a banner that says,
Be the Church
Protect the environment.
Care for the poor.
Embrace diversity.
Reject racism.
Forgive often.
Love God.
Fight for the powerless.
Share earthly and spiritual resources.
Enjoy this life.
In other words, work for justice through a lens of God’s love, and don’t forget to sing with joy along the way. We are indeed engaged in being church these days, either in “stay tuned” or “y’all come” ways.
Several of us have been reading Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. We are seeing with new eyes how our culture is set up to work best for White people. This book was handed out at the Pacific Northwest Conference Annual Meeting in April and I’m sure is sparking discussions throughout our churches. Stay tuned for opportunities to discuss this as a congregation.
Y’all come to church on June 2 to hear from two members of the Real Change Speakers Bureau about their experiences with homelessness. Their accounts will give us a chance to examine whatever stereotypes or assumptions we may have about people living in homelessness. We will also get to spend some time volunteering at the Real Change headquarters for a few hours to see for ourselves how this organization is changing lives. I hope you can come! Stay tuned for the date and sign-up sheet.
On June 9 we will celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. Y’all come to mark this special day! Then at 3pm y’all come back to a concert of klezmer music and Ladino songs from the Sephardic Jewish tradition. There will be a free-will offering, and monies collected will go to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the Northwest Justice Project, both of which work on behalf of immigrants. Please come—and bring friends—to support these vital organizations!
Throughout June there are Seattle Pride events, culminating in the Pride Parade on June 30. We have marched in this parade with other UCC churches, holding our church banner or handing out rainbow comma “tattoos.” Anyone want to march this year? Let’s put a team together! Stay tuned for a y’all come invitation!
On June 23 we will hold our congregational annual meeting, where we recognize those who have served in leadership, welcome those who have agreed to serve, and conduct the business of the church. This is a time to share good food and community and to discuss how God is calling us to “Be the Church.” Y’all come!
We are working at becoming an Earth Ministry Greening Congregation, meaning that we will become more systematic and intentional about our environmental justice and climate change efforts. Recently we planted seeds in church and asked God’s blessing on all the earth. If you feel called to help put together our Green Team, let me know. Stay tuned for further developments! Meanwhile, y’all come to Paris to Pittsburgh, the climate change film full of ways that people in the U.S. are working to meet our Paris Climate Accord commitment. The government may pull out of this agreement, but states, cities, organizations, and individuals all across the country are still in! We are showing this upbeat film on Friday, June 28 at 7pm. Please come and bring a friend (or ten)!
I am grateful to serve a congregation in the midst of such “Be the Church” efforts, whether they are still developing in stay tuned mode or are launching as y’all come. May we always have heart and spirit for such joyful, justice-oriented, loving service. And may it always make our hearts sing!


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Strengthen the Church Offering
Sunday, June 23

On the day of our annual meeting, we will also receive the annual Strengthen the Church offering. This offering contributes to the continued expansion and revitalization of the United Church of Christ. 50 percent of your offering stays in our local conference, and 50 percent is sent to the national work of strengthening the church universal: through grants towards new church starts; inspiring youth and young adults into leadership; and equipping pastors for ministry in the 21st century. Please plan to give generously. Envelopes will be provided, or give online at
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Weter-Roberts 2019 Grants
The purpose of the Weter-Roberts Fund is to enhance the work of the church and perpetuate the values of Christian life through scholarship aid to the members and friends of Prospect Church, support of educational programs in our church and its neighborhood and mission services in the local and world community.

The members of the Board this year were; Jack Force, Robin Russell, Jackie Mampel, Suzanne Fry and Cora Trujillo

The Weter-Roberts Endowment Fund Board received 5 applications from the following people this year and money from the fund was awarded as follows:

Barbara Bojang; $1,000 for expenses related to her furthering her education as a teacher at Prospect Enrichment Preschool.

Lori Hardow: $1000 to purchase materials to make menstrual sanitary kits for Syrian Refugee women through the Days for Girls non-profit organization.

Rick Russell: $1,000 for the PNCUCC (Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ) Global Ministries Committee for expenses related to hosting delegates from PROK (Presbyterian Church of the Republic of Korea) with whom we've had a 25 year partnership.

Kaila Russell, Chair of PNCUCC Outdoor Ministries Committee.  $1,000 for camp scholarships for children and youth and transportation costs to N-Sid-Sen.

Pam Puglisi: $299.35 for the Prospect Campership Fund to allow Prospect members and friends to attend church camp or retreats who would not be able to afford to go.

Submitted by Cora Trujillo
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Coffee Hour: Help Wanted
After years of being waited on during Coffee Hour by Nancy and Daulton, it is our turn to help out. Nancy will be taking a leave of absence September 2019 - February 2020. Although Daulton will still be doing his much appreciated work in the kitchen, we need to provide him with some assistance. I will continue to ask folks if they would like to bring something to share for the regular Church Coffee Hours...many folks have done this more than once last year. I also will come early to help set up and serve during Nancy's absence. There is a need for help cleaning up after Coffee Hour, something Daulton and Nancy did together.  So here is how you can help...let me know which Sundays you could stay and help Daulton. I will post a signup sheet in Fellowship Hall and update it in the Church email.  I have already heard from several people willing to keep our Coffee Hour going.

Thanks so much,
Judy Hooper
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Weekday Traffic Alert
Starting June 12, Holy Names Academy will be tearing down their gym and excavating for 5 floors of underground parking.  This project will last until Thanksgiving of 2020.
Access to Prospect from the EAST may be difficult on weekdays from 7 am to 3:30 pm.  E. Aloha & E. Roy Streets between 22nd and 23rd will be the main access streets for dump and cement trucks.
You might consider using E. John St. or Crescent St. to access 19th Ave E. during construction hours.
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, May 19

PRESENT:  Pastor Meighan Pritchard, Co-Moderator Rick Russell, Debora Goodman PEP Treasurer, Amy Miller PEP Board representative,  Jerry Sams for Trustees, Louise  Morehead, Terri Dowling, Suzanne Fry
Minutes of the last meeting were approved.
Agenda with modifications and additions was accepted by consensus.
The Office Manager’s Report was reviewed.
Justice Leadership Intern Report:  Ainsley reported that there will be a Volunteer Day at the offices of Real Change on a weekday TBA.  Homeless speakers from Real Change will be preaching in worship on June 2.  Ainsley’s last day with Prospect will be Sunday, July 28.
Prospect Enrichment Preschool:  due to the resignation of the Director, Lead Teacher and possibly the Bus Driver, the PEP board has voted to close down the school at the end of the school year. Among the reasons cited:
  • Seattle Preschool Program offers a 6-hour program as opposed to the 3-hour program at Prospect, which is more attractive to working parents.
  • The Daycare facilities from which a majority of PEP students arrive and to which they return are expected to close down in the next few years as the caregivers age out of business.
  • Sound Childcare Solutions, an umbrella organization for managing 7 – 8 preschools was thought to be a possible solution.  However, they would require that employees receive benefits that PEP can’t afford.  Also, a part-time director would be appointed to cover only 2 of the 4 days each week. 
  • As PEP loses students to Seattle Preschool Program’s 6-hour day, PEP could lose ECEAP funding.
Money raised at this year’s auction and funds currently in the Jane Michael Endowment could support the school for 1 more year.  There would still need to be a search for a director, a lead teacher and possibly bus driver.  The current PEP Board is worn out.  However, about 9 people have expressed interest in coming onto the board and there will be a meeting on May 29. Debora Goodman is heading up this effort but feels there must be a quorum of at least 5 – 6 attendees who are willing to fund-raise as well as attend monthly meetings.
Regarding the money raised in March of this year, if the school closes in June, the PEP Board is discussing a plan to offer Raise the Paddle Donors refunds if they so choose.  The PEP by-laws state that any funds left in account when the school closes should be donated to another non-profit preschool.  In terms of restoring the church spaces currently in use by the preschool, the PEP board may suggest, via letter to the Church, recommendations on dispersal of furniture, equipment and supplies.
Trustees:  Jerry reported that 2018-19 Building Expenses will be over budget by about $5400.  This does not include the new dishwasher and tree trimming, which are being paid out of the Osgood Fund.  There is great concern that our elevator is old and difficult to maintain, but essential as the congregation ages.  Elevator maintenance will cost at least $3,600 this fiscal year, which is $2700 over planned.  Parts are very hard to find, causing long delays in repair.  Our furnaces are old but still able to be maintained.  Deferred maintenance due to a switch in vendor caused an unplanned cost increase of about $3200.  Budget will need to increase for this expense in 2019-20.  Budget for building expenses for 2019-20 will be around $5000 more than this year, representing an increase of about 21%.
Budget:  The board voted on a 3.5% COLA increase in all staff salaries for 2019-20.  Rick will give the budget to Karen for preparation for the Annual Congregational Meeting.
Building Access:  Terri reported that Prospect’s listing for renting through Peerspace is almost ready to go “live.”  For now we will be concentrating on the 3rd floor conference room and adding other spaces as we determine the efficacy and experience the procedural demands.

Pastor’s Report:  Meighan will take vacation this summer the 1st 2 weeks of July and the 3rd week of August.  Meighan reminded the board that her sabbatical is coming up in August and September of 2020.
Congregational Annual Meeting:  Sunday June 23 Potluck, meeting and team recognitions.  Reports are due to Karen by June 7 for the Annual Report.

Respectfully submitted by Suzanne Fry
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Ongoing Groups
Beyond Fundamentalism Book Group
meets monthly at the home of Jim & Mary Alice Power, 1107 22nd Ave E.

Bible Study meets most Mondays in the Office to study the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. All are welcome; weekly attendance is not required.

Godly Play Sunday school is usually offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (June 9.)  Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: or 206-330-4201.

Women’s Book Group usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:00 p.m. in the Parlor. June meeting will be Tuesday, June 11. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to read and discuss North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.

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Save the Date: All-Church Camping Trip
July 22-24
Scenic Beach

Start planning now to get in on this annual event. It’s mid-week this year, Monday, July 22-Wednesday, July 24. We have reserved the Group Camp site, which will accommodate tents or RVs. There is no fee and pre-registration is not required. All Prospect folks are welcome, either to camp or to hang out during the day. Everyone should be self-contained, though we may have an informal potluck one night. There are stoves with grills (for wood or charcoal), a pit toilet, a water source, and a shelter. Flush toilets and showers are a short walk away. Acoustic instruments are encouraged but no "Boom Boxes" and no alcoholic beverages. Talk to Bill Van Pelt if you have further questions.
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PNW Conference News

The April-May 2019 edition of the Conference PNC-UCCNews is now online at with information on:
  • Magnolia's Sunday service projects;
  • Annual Meeting;
  • Westminster UCC-Spokane's 140th anniversary;
  • Puerto Rico mission recovery team (including Rick Russell and Pastor Meighan);
  • camps;
  • Justice Leadership updates;
  • 5th-grader Sarah Haycox of Richmond Beach UCC rediscovering a civil rights leader;
  • Paul Ashby's report on his interfaith peace dialogues in Asia;
  • and more!
Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.
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Preschool News
Prospect Enrichment Preschool is Alive!
To everyone who has expressed an interest in the future of Prospect Enrichment Preschool, we have wonderful news! The board met on May 29 with a bunch of parents and their friends, and we now have 9 committed board members. The new board will meet Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
We also voted to hire Donna Guna as the new Director. Alexis, Marjorie and Meighan recently interviewed and approved her. While I am really sad to see Alexis leave, I'm very excited to meet and work with Donna!

Debby Goodman, Treasurer

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Climate Justice Webinar
Wednesday, June 6 2:00 p.m. Eastern
The UCC's Council for Climate Justice is sponsoring a webinar in which leading authors and advocates for five environmentally-related resolutions will present on their respective resolutions. The webinar is for anyone in the UCC regardless of whether or not you are attending General Synod. It is important for members throughout the life of our denomination to be engaged in the process of considering vital matters of faith. The five resolutions pertain to the Green New Deal, forced migration, carbon dividend legislation, nuclear war prevention, and the use of Styrofoam. The webinar will be held on June 6th at 2 pm ET, but a recording will be sent out to all who register.
Register today!

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FAN Puget Sound Spring Summit
June 23, 2-4 PM
Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E
Join people in your area to share opportunities for advocacy and strategize for the upcoming year. Areas of focus include economic justice, housing and homelessness, healthcare, immigration, criminal justice, the environment, and more.

The event is free, but please register so they know how many to expect.
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Church Council of Greater Seattle Centennial Celebration
Saturday, June 1, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational UCC
1217 6th Ave, Seattle 98101
Please join Church Council of Greater Seattle in celebrating 100 years of making a difference together! Doors open at 6 pm; Program at 6:30 pm; Buffet reception at 8:30 pm. We’ll gather as communities brought together by the work of faithful justice. Across religion, sectors, geography and other diversities we’ll hear stories of our work together over the years; reflect on the present day; honor prophetic leaders essential to who we are today as the Church Council; and look to the future, together. All are welcome.
This gathering, including the buffet reception, is free thanks to community sponsors. RSVPs are requested. More info & RSVP here.

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Justice Leadership Jubilee
Justice Leadership Jubilee is a program of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ designed to help people grow in their justice advocacy skills and focus. Jubilee is an intentional ten-month commitment for adults who want to develop their faith and learn systemic change skills with a community of their peers. They are currently looking for Fall 2019 Jubilee participants. The experience involves:
    Working with a community justice agency that matches your interests
    Spiritual reflection and sojourning retreats
    Learning and skill building through workshops
    Engagement with your home church
Applications welcome now! As you discern if this might be right for you, consider calling Christine Hanson to ask questions and to set up a face to face meeting if that feels comfortable.
Visit and learn more under the *Jubilee *drop down
Call: Christine Hanson 509-679-7430
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Seattle Peace Chorus: Canto General
Sunday, June 2 7:00 p.m.
University Congregational UCC
4515 16th Ave NE
Saturday, June 8 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall
1119 8th Ave
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Pablo Neruda's magnificent poetry, set to music by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. 
Director Frederick N. West brings together stellar guest soloists--alto Nadia Tarnawsky and Seattle Opera baritone Jonathan Silvia, 
who will take your breath away! 
Plus an orchestra of flutes, classical guitars, pianos, bass and a world of percussion to accompany the rich voices of the Seattle Peace Chorus. 
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Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66
Friday, June 7 7:30 p.m.
Gerlich Theater, Meany Hall
Ralph and Sue Cobb, Jan Kinney, and Jerry Sams are singing in this concert, which is presented by the UW School of Music in collaboration with UW Symphony, UW Chamber Singers, UW Chorale, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Singers, and Seattle Girls Choir Prime Voce Ensemble. Soloists: Kim Giordano, Soprano; Brendan Tuohy, Tenor; Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone
Tickets: $15 ($10 students/seniors) 206-543-4880
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Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey
Saturday, June 15, 1 – 3 pm
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Come witness the Lummi Nation’s 2019 Totem Pole Journey dedicated to the survival and revival of Southern Resident Orcas.
The Lummi Nation House of Tear Carvers’ 2019 Totem Pole Journey embodies the power of qwe lhol mechen, the “killer whale people that live under the water.” Lummi leaders will travel from Miami to the Northwest with a totem pole, holding blessings and ceremonies along the way to raise awareness of the plight of Southern Resident Orcas. The Lummi are also calling for the release of Tokitae, a member of L-pod who was captured in 1970 near Whidbey Island and is being held captive at the Miami Seaquarium.
This year’s focus is a vision of resilience, truth, belonging, and healing for qwe lhol mechen and for us all in a troubled time from which we shall rise again. Join us to fill this totem pole with prayers for abundant salmon, healthy orcas, and thriving communities.

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Ignatian Spirituality Center
June & July Events

A Sojourn in the Spirit: A Midyear Day of Reflection
Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
Mary Hartrich, Presenter
Pause in the middle of the year with a day of reflection before summer begins. This silent, personal, guided mini-retreat is based on four movements of a modified Ignatian Examen, a form of prayer designed to help you discern God's presence and direction in your life experience. Former ISC Executive Director Mary Hartrich will offer brief and inspiring presentations, followed by reflection questions and abundant time for prayer and journaling.
  • General Public $55
  • Young Adults 20’s & 30’s:  $40
Partial work scholarships available. Light breakfast and lunch included.
Register at
A Pilgrimage of the Heart: Summer Ignatian Retreat
3:30 pm Friday, July 26 - 2:00 pm Sunday, July 28, 2019
Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, Federal Way
Fr. Ryan Rallanka, SJ, Rosanne Michaels, and Matt Barmore, Presenters
Take the time this summer to rest, renew your soul, and soak in silence on the shores of Puget Sound with this 3-day guided silent Ignatian retreat at the beautiful Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades in Federal Way. This silent retreat will offer stirring and relevant presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, followed by handouts with suggestions for prayer and abundant time for silent reflection; opportunities for individual spiritual direction; evening prayer and sharing in the Eucharist.
People of all ages, faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one's experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition.
Early Bird rate through July 5th.  Final Week rate from July 6th-12th.     
Single Room, Resident
  • Early Bird rate: $320 | Final week rate: $345  
Shared Room, Resident
  • Early Bird rate: $275 (per person) | Final week rate: $300 (per person)
Commuter Retreat (meals only)
  • Early Bird rate: $220 | Final week rate: $245  
Partial work scholarships available.  
Register at


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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 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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June Volunteers

Roland Holloway & John Shrader
  9 Roland Holloway & John Shrader
16 Roland Holloway & John Shrader
23 Roland Holloway & John Shrader
30 Roland Holloway & John Shrader

Coffee Hour
Kyrie Cataldo
  9 Addie Harrington
16 Coffee Hour Treats

23 Potluck
30 Carolyn Urban

  2 Cora Trujillo
  9 Suzanne Fry
16 Michele Foran
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
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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June Birthdays
Bill VanPelt............................ 06/04
Dylan Hooper.................................. 06/17           
Pauline Anderson............................ 06/18           
Robert Raab..................................... 06/21           
Peter Henry...................................... 06/24           

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