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November 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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“Fall Back” on November 4!
Remember to set clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving Time ends. (But if you show up early to church, you can always join the choir!)
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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!
A few volunteers are needed for set-up and clean-up. Please contact Caitlin Jones if you can help out: jonescaitlinm@gmail.com or 206-465-4214.
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Tables of 8
Saturday, November 10
These dinner parties in the homes of Prospect members and friends are always a good time for getting to know each other outside of church. All are welcome, whether you're a longtime member or a recent addition. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall as a host or guest. Questions? Talk to Adam Dahl, adamdahl@hotmail.com or 206-999-7833.
 
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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 through Sunday, November 18 and money is accepted until Sunday November 11th.  Please give!

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Holiday "Baskets"
Through Sunday, November 11, we will receive a special offering to purchase Safeway gift cards for 20 preschool families in need, to help provide a Thanksgiving meal. Please make checks payable to Prospect Congregational UCC and indicate "Holiday Baskets" in the memo. If giving cash, please use an offering envelope and mark it for "Holiday Baskets." You may also give through Prospect’s online donation page.  Cards will be distributed during family conferences beginning November 16. Thank you for your generosity.

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Minister’s Greeting
So Thankful
Sometimes around Thanksgiving Kia has put together a song based on what we tell her we’re thankful for. What a great opportunity to stop and consider our blessings. Because it can be easier to focus on all the things that are going wrong, or that might go wrong soon. As I write this, we are facing elections. I know how I want the vote to go on some initiatives, but they may not go that way. Perhaps your preferred candidate will not win in your district. Or you may be dealing with other things in your life that are turning out less favorably than you had hoped. Housing is certainly expensive, jobs can be elusive, maybe the car is making a strange noise, or a relationship is going sour.
 
The other day when I found myself focusing on all the negatives, I went for a bike ride to get some endorphins going. The trees were at their peak of color, so breathtaking that sometimes I had to stop and take a picture. Gradually I began to consider all the things for which I was grateful. Pretty soon the list was too long to tally. But here are a few of the blessings in my life.
 
I am grateful for all of you at Prospect, for the privilege of serving this congregation, and for the constant opportunities we have every day to serve our loving God.
 
I am grateful for a bicycle recently tuned up, with brand-new fenders to keep the rain from making a stripe of road mud all up my back. For lots of bike lanes, bike trails, and drivers who look for bicyclists. For arms and legs and heart that are strong enough to propel me around town by bicycle.
 
I am grateful for good food, including tomatoes from a friend’s garden and apple trees full of fruit. Well, and I’m grateful for dark chocolate.
 
I am grateful to live in this region, which is stunningly beautiful. I am grateful for five acres on Whidbey Island that have come under my stewardship. What an opportunity! For the chance to build a house there, to plant things, to stare at the stars under a large sky or find morning dew bedecking spider webs in the long grasses. For the opportunity to invent the next chapter of my life.
 
I am grateful for people to love, and people who love me. For the life of my sister Molly, who was a gift and cherished companion for 53 years. For my mom, my brother-in-law, and my niece. For people who challenge me to become my best possible self and to have a good time doing it. For opportunities to make music in community by singing in the choir or picking up the flute from time to time.
 
And suddenly whether the elections go the way I want them to or not, whether someone says a cross word or a challenge looms large, my whole mindset has shifted. We will get through this. Life is very good.
 
What are you grateful for? How often do you let yourself stop and think about this? Especially on days when the tendency is to worry, counting one’s blessings can change one’s whole frame of reference. Life is a gift. We are surrounded by goodness, even in the midst of everything else. Let us remember to practice finding that goodness. Thanksgiving seems like a good time to start. Maybe we will even find ourselves humming Kia’s Thanksgiving song.

Blessings,
Meighan
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Prospect Welcomes Rev. Loren McGrail
Tuesday, November 27 6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
On November 27, we are hosting Global Ministries missioner Rev. Loren McGrail. All are invited to join us for a potluck supper and to learn about Rev. McGrail’s work as Communications, Advocacy, and Church Relations Officer for the YWCA of Palestine. If you are able, please bring a dish to share.

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Moderator’s Message
Dear Prospect folk,
 
Fall is here and we are regrouping for all manner of opportunities in our church building and around the world. The Building Access Team is staying on task in the care of the third floor with all its potential for ministry and financial support. Meanwhile, the Social and Environmental Justice Team is organizing a time for us to listen and discern our values and dreams. That will take place on November 4. I am excited about this process. The Spirit of God is moving in our midst. From outside our region (and comfort zone) we are going to host the Rev. Loren McGrail, a missioner with long experience in Palestine. She will join us for a potluck supper and share her story with us on Tuesday, November 27, at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall. Put it on the calendar! And, of course, there are the day to day, week to week, events that bind us together - Bible Study, Worship Music, Hebrew Chanting, Men's Group, Volunteering in so many places around the area, and Sunday worship. Life is full. God is good. All the time.

See you in church,
Rick Russell - Co-Moderator
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Mary’s Place Giving Tree
Prospect is once again hosting a Giving Tree to help Mary’s Place families. The deadline is early this year, so we will be receiving donations in November. Pick one or more tags from the small tree in the entry, then either buy the gift requested or give a donation to Mary’s Place so they can purchase the gift. You can choose from shoe tags, kids’ toy tags, or adults’ gift tags. Attach the tag to the unwrapped gift (or check in envelope) and return to Prospect no later than December 2.

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Save the Date: Advent Workshop and Bake Sale
Sunday, December 2 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
This is an event for all ages! It will begin right after fellowship time. Participants are welcome to arrive throughout the event.
 
Greens will be provided for wreaths and swags, as well as cookies to decorate and a few other crafts. A bake sale will benefit Prospect Enrichment Preschool. If you are a baker, please plan to bring something for the bake sale.
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Celebration of the Life of Floyd Little
Saturday, November 10, 2-5:00 p.m.
Jack's BBQ restaurant, 3924 Airport Way S
Prospect member Floyd Little passed away on September 8, 2018. His and Mary’s families hope you can share in this gathering.
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October Surprise: Celebrating Ten Years of Coffee Hour Service
Nancy Daugherty & Daulton Branch
On October 14th we achieved a surprise celebration for two larger than life Prospectors. We all know how much love, time and effort Nancy and Daulton put into every Sunday so that we may enjoy a delightful hour together in community. Come rain or shine there is always coffee, tea and a multitude of treats waiting for us after service. On the rare occasion when one or the other is unable to be here, they always find coverage so as not to disappoint.
 
For their moment in the spotlight, Nancy and Daulton were treated as royalty complete with crowns, flowers and gift certificates. In recognition of their Herculean efforts, here is a representative sampling of all they have provided for Sunday coffee hours over the past ten years of service to the Prospect community. For the past 520 Sundays Nancy & Daulton have prepared the following refreshments…
 
19,200 cups of coffee
9,600    cups of tea
4,800    slices special occasion cakes
720       coffee cakes
8,640   muffins, cookies, bars,
2,880    pounds fresh fruit & veggies
480       pounds crackers, chips
480       cheese and spreads
Total = Astounding!!!
 
We concluded festivities with a unanimous Lifetime Appointment of Nancy and Daulton as Coffee Hour Hosts in Perpetuity. I’m sure we can all agree this is an exceptional achievement Nancy and Daulton! You kids really percolate!
Terri Dowling
 
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, October 21
Present: Co-moderator Rick Russell, Pastor Meighan Pritchard, Intern Ainsley Meyer, Consi Javier, Suzanne Fry, Louise Morehead
 
No minutes from last meeting.
 
Agenda for today’s meeting: Read and accepted.
Office Manager Report: Accepted unanimously.
 
Finance Report: Pledges are up so far, will probably even out before the end of the year. Bottom line total expenses: $30K with $39K income = healthy ratio. Financial report(s) accepted unanimously.

Building Access Team: Waiting to see the Pop up Office use for initiative 1631 people.
 
Ainsley: Tuesday forum in Sanctuary on initiatives 1631 and 1634: chance to understand confusing initiatives. Hope vendors can come; people living without homes don’t know that they can register to vote. They can use the Real Change Office address to register to vote. We were asked to take down 1631 signage during the forum so people do not feel as though they are being encouraged to vote one way or the other. Cora, Ainsley’s mentor, encourages Ainsley to create a project involving Prospect and Real Change before a proposed mission trip to Puerto Rico next spring.
 
Goals and Role of Church Board and Leadership:
1. Investigate having mid-week gathering/worship/fellowship. Meighan and Dave K. met with founder of church at Miller Community Center. We might join with a 2019 effort: Mid-week fellowship where people come together from different churches and work through curriculum together.
2. How do we live in Church 3.0.
3. Spread the good news.
4. Assessment, stewardship, and roles – these are too vague. 
 
The Social and Environmental Justice Team (SEJT) is providing leadership and energy, including a listening session on November 4th. It is exploring outreach activities in and outside the church. Listening Session stems from visit with Erica West; she spoke with us about what we wanted. Listened, and advised us to listen to ourselves, that we might be open to different energies, ideas, and values that we have in this congregation that we could then take as resources out to other faith communities. Goals that can be found within that process. Make sure SEJT and CB in close communication.
 
Pastor’s Report: Meighan confirming Advent Workshop on Dec 2.
Meighan has formed the Pacific NW Conference Environmental Justice Team. Invited Rev. Jim Antal to speak Feb 22-24 at University Congregational lecture series.
On elections: Prospect is hosting forum and providing pop-up office for 1631.
In Sept Meighan attended Landmark Forum with follow-up of 10-wk seminar about commitment through January.
Over the summer, Meighan and Cora T. attended stewardship workshop and hope to find ways for us to engage in some of the ideas. Meighan, Rick and Adam will follow up. Perhaps CB could hold a longer meeting to dive deeper.
 
Listening Session: Nov 4th after service w/ potluck. Tables & questions.
Rev. Loren McGrail, Global Ministries missionary in Palestine, will be in our conference/region from Nov 11th for 1 month. At University Congregational, art display. Tuesday, Nov 27th at 6 pm here, potluck and presentation. Will need hospitality volunteers for her visit.
 
Puerto Rico Work Camp Trip: idea in formation. Global Ministries Committee, Rick is co-chair and Cora T. is member. At meeting in Yakima on Oct 13th, authorized further inquiry into work camp trip to PR following hurricane devastation. 15-member teams for 1 week desirable; time and place TBD; people must come by their own means. Housing provided – basic tools, but they also appreciate brought tools. Randy Crowe took 6 work teams to LA for Katrina; he’s part of this as leader. Mike Denton, Conference Minister, thinks we should combine Global Ministries with Disaster Relief Ministries. Mike is contact person for both. Rick meeting with concerned leaders this week. This may get off the ground, and we could participate. The regional director for Latin America, Angel Luis Rivera Agosto, Exec Director of Global Ministries for Latin America and the Caribbean, said, “I’m the guy. Go through me.” “Stay tuned,” exclaimed Rick. “We want dates,” requested Meighan.
 
Suzanne: 1. Today B. Van Pelt and P. Henry videotaped choir. Brenda Neth wanted to know if she could post recording on YouTube. Suzanne needs to run it past church board and Kia. There may be copyright issues.
2. Workday next Saturday: boxes of hymnals and Bibles … still there or get rid of them? No longer current use: New Revised Standard are current; Revised Standards are out of date.
 
Meighan: Bethany Lutheran Church in Green Lake area, now community center with an electric car charging station. Reopened with worship opportunities; really just as a community center. Adam brought this to our attention that this is one way for a church to be reborn since we have the notion of being a vital community hub. We’ve got 350, Preschool, WA Alpine Club in spring, recitals; all good. The “pastor” and his family remodeled 6 Sunday school rooms and live in them. Field trip? Check it out: 7400woodlawn.org
 
Closing Prayer: Rick.
 
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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. No meeting in November. December’s book will be The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.

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 (November 11).  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, talk to David Deyo, (206) 451-0140 or daviddeyo@gmail.com.

Women’s Book Group usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Date of the November meeting is TBD. We will read and discuss Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend.
 
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Vote!
Remember to return your ballot by Tuesday, November 6. Ballots can be returned by mail (without postage!) or placed in a drop box.
 
Church Council of Greater Seattle has taken an affirmative position on three initiatives:
 
Initiative 940 would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation.
 
Initiative 1631 would charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts, under oversight of a public board.
 
Initiative 1639 would require increased background checks, training, age limitations, and waiting periods for sales or delivery of semiautomatic assault rifles; criminalize noncompliant storage upon unauthorized use; allow fees; and enact other provisions.
 
Learn more here: https://thechurchcouncil.org/initiative-endorsements/
 
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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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International Food and Gift Marketplace
Saturday, November 17 10 am – 4 pm
Meany Middle School Cafeteria and Hallway
301 21st Ave E
Meany PTSA is hosting an "International Food & Gift Marketplace” as an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community in and outside of Meany Middle School. With winter around the corner and the holidays upon us, the marketplace event will be the place to be!
 
 
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The Alaska Suite: A Story of Beauty, Loss, and Hope
A fundraiser for the Alaska Wilderness League
Sunday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.
Seattle Unity Church, 200 8th Ave. N
"The Alaska Suite," composed by noted local musician Nelda Swiggett, will be presented by her Quintet. Original chamber jazz along with stunning images of Alaska and spoken word will celebrate wild beauty as well as portray impacts of climate change. Donations to the Alaska Wilderness League will be requested for their work protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Tongass National Forest. An inspiring evening not to be missed.
Tickets are $15-$25 (sliding scale) at the door or $20 (fee included) at Brown Paper Tickets. https://alaskasuiteseattleunity.brownpapertickets.com/
Doors open at 6:30.

 
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Ignatian Spirituality Center
November Events
 
Being With the Poor: A Catastrophe of Grace
A Morning of Reflection with Gary Smith, SJ
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 - 11:30 am
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
The upcoming midterm election season reminds us of the urgency to be people grounded in prayer so that we may respond to the needs of our world in a sustained, impactful way. Though we may have a sincere desire to act, many of us still find it difficult to discern exactly what to do. How can we respond to the immense needs of those on society’s margins—e.g. those living in poverty or those who have sought refuge in our country? Join us for this morning of reflection with Fr. Gary Smith, SJ.
 
    Cost: No Cost. Free will offering (suggestion donation $20).
    Info: https://www.ignatiancenter.org/this-ignatian-life
    Questions: Email Andrea Fontana at andrea@ignatiancenter.org or call (206) 329-4824
    Like & Share: https://www.facebook.com/events/1141793115972928/
 
Ignatian Spirituality for Men:
A Lunch Conversation with Gary Smith, S.J.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
Join other men for this lunch conversation with Fr. Gary Smith, SJ to explore further how an Ignatian lens can help us to discern with whom we are called to be in closer relationship, and how we might take further steps from separation to solidarity with those most in need. Vince Herberholt, Facilitator.
 
    Info: https://www.ignatiancenter.org/ignatian-spirituality-for-men
    Questions: Email Andrea Fontana at andrea@ignatiancenter.org or call (206) 329-4824
 
The Way of Companionship: Accompanying Those in Society's Margins
Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Seattle
This morning will offer a clear language and compassionate approach to companionship. Together we will explore 5 core practices anyone can apply to support individuals on the road to healing, recovery and wholeness. Anyone working with or considering a closer connection with people in society’s margins will benefit from this day.
 
    Cost: Cost is $20.
    Info: https://www.ignatiancenter.org/way-of-companionship-training
    Questions: Email Andrea Fontana at andrea@ignatiancenter.org or call (206) 329-4824

 
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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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November Volunteers

Ushers
  4
Roland Holloway
11 Roland Holloway
18 Roland Holloway
25 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  4 Potluck
11 Lise and Steve Brown

18 Peter Henry
25 Alice and Bill Van Pelt

Liturgist
  4 David Deyo
11 Patsy Severson
18 Suzanne Fry
25 Ralph Cobb



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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November Birthdays
Jane Doggett.................................. 11/01
Carol Kinney................................... 11/03
Kathy Mahan.................................. 11/10
Sam Rennebohm........................... 11/14
Maxine Leckie................................ 11/18
Cora Trujillo.................................... 11/19
Rhubie Adrian-Mitchell................... 11/23
Thomas Braziunas......................... 11/23
Carol (Kia) Sams............................ 11/25
Caitlin Jones................................... 11/26
Jeff Mitchell.................................... 11/27
Julie Bowles-Pelz ...........................11/29
 

 
 
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