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May 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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May 2018 Worship Schedule
June Newsletter Deadline: Friday, May 18, 1:00pm
 
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Lamb Day
Saturday, May 5 1-4 p.m.
Sleeping Dog Farm
6669 Holst Rd, Clinton, WA
All are invited to spend a spring afternoon on a real farm! Bring kids and grandkids, lunch for your group, maybe some food to share. Anyone who would like to can hold a lamb. There are also chickens, dogs, cats, and one horse, all available for petting. There is also a walking trail through the woods in a ravine. We last did this in 2016 and it was a good time for all who went. Don’t miss out! If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please sign up at https://www.prospectseattle.org/about or contact the church office. (So far, we have more people asking for rides than offering them.)
 
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Online Giving is now available!
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.
 
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Tables of 8
Saturday, May 19
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. Watch for a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall or contact Adam Dahl, dahladam@hotmail.com or 206-999-7833.
 
 
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Weter-Roberts Grants
The Weter-Roberts Board met on Sunday, April 8 and made the following grants:

Guetsu Giovanna Andrade...................... $1000.00
Kara Swanson.......................................... $1000.00
SEJ Team (for JLP intern)........................ $1000.00
Lori Hardow (Days for Girls)..................... $1000.00
Prospect Preschool................................... $ 275.00
 
Congratulations to all recipients!
 
 
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Minister’s Greeting
Committed to Community

 
As I write this message, our Pacific Northwest Conference Annual Meeting still lies ahead. The theme of our gathering this year is “Breaking Forth,” which “celebrates our ministry of building deeper relationships and growing vitality in our churches and communities,” according to the meeting invitation. Our guest keynote preacher is Bishop Dwayne Royster of Philadelphia, who has been a UCC pastor and is now political director for PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing). I expect to return from this meeting filled with ideas for vibrant, Spirit-filled, committed communities. 
 
Meanwhile, this month we already have multiple opportunities on the calendar to participate in this Prospect UCC community and to practice our message of love and justice for all. We begin with Lamb Day on Saturday, May 5, from 1pm to 4pm. Lamb Day is an opportunity to get out of the city to beautiful Whidbey Island, where we can enjoy each other’s company, share some food, hold a lamb or two, meet the chickens and the horse, and generally have a good time together. Folks from University Congregational UCC will be visiting for their Lamb Day from 10am to 2pm; we will overlap with them for their last/our first hour. Come to see our own people, people from our neighboring congregation, and lots of animals!
 
Another opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to community comes with the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign. This is the campaign that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was trying to get on its feet when he was assassinated in 1968. The four main threads of the campaign address systemic poverty, militarism, racism, and environmental degradation. Stay tuned for ways in which to become involved in this work for justice throughout our community and society.
 
Part of being community is just coming together over a meal to get to know each other better. Tables of Eight will take place on Saturday, May 19. This is an opportunity to share a meal in groups of eight in the home of a church member. There is no agenda—just a good meal and an evening together.
 
On May 20 we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit to the earliest followers of the risen Christ. This is an example of community at its finest, united in Spirit to do the work of God. What a vibrant community those early followers created! But talking about a vibrant community of 2,000 years ago means nothing unless we are also creating vibrant community today. We will receive stewardship pledges on Pentecost Sunday—another way of demonstrating with joy our commitment to the work of this community.
 
I hope to see you at some or all of these events in May. Here’s to a vibrant, Spirit-filled, committed community at Prospect UCC for many years to come!

 
Blessings,
Meighan


 
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Stewardship Sunday -- May 20
The theme for this year's Stewardship Program is "Jesus Talked about Money - So Can We."
Stewardship Sunday is May 20. On that day, in worship, we will receive and dedicate our financial pledges of support for the mission here at Prospect. A letter from the Stewardship Team will be sent out soon. It will include a pledge form and information about online giving. Thank you for your generous support to Prospect. 
 
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Welcome, New Members!
On Easter Sunday, April 1, we received four new members: Mike Daley, Addie Harrington, David Deyo, and Michael Small. Mike and Addie have been attending with their children Sam and Josephine for about a year; Josephine was baptized at Prospect last May. Addie was raised on Bainbridge Island and grew up going to Eagle Harbor UCC. She writes, “After my dad’s death in 2005 I took an 11-year hiatus from church, and I’m happy to have found this community as Chapter 2 in my faith journey. The music, the congregation made me feel welcome and comfortable right away. Away from church, I am an elementary teacher, though I’m currently on sabbatical to be home full time with Sam (5), Josephine (2) and the dog, Dewey (8). Mike was raised in Acton, MA, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. After his father’s death in 1980, his mother, he, and his sisters took a hiatus from church. Here in Seattle, we’ve tried a number of churches looking for the right fit. Prospect has been wonderful and welcoming. Outside of church Mike works in investments, which has him traveling the world. Golf and New England sports are passions as well.”
 
David and Michael began attending earlier this year, transferring from All Pilgrims. Michael leads the men’s group that meets every Saturday evening in the parlor. The last Saturday of the month is devoted to outreach to homeless neighbors on Broadway.
 
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A Moderate Word
“April showers bring May flowers.”  Or so we hope, as April 2018 was one of the rainiest Aprils on record. We are all ready for some spring, summer and warmth.
 
As we approach the last two months of the Church fiscal year, we should take stock of how we have met the goals we set for our church. There has been a lot accomplished in our building renovations.  The 3rd floor is almost complete and May should see a new marketing brochure to get the word out about our facilities. Plans to update the carpet in the second floor areas are expected to happen during the summer preschool break. The RainWise cisterns and signage are in place.  The Social and Environmental Justice Team has been meeting monthly this year instead of just quarterly.  We welcomed 4 new members on Easter Sunday. Growth, study and improvement abound.
 
As we enjoy another “Lamb Day” on Whidbey Island this month, let us reflect on how we can be active and pro-active members of our shepherd’s flock.
 
All things in moderation,
Suzanne Fry, Co-Moderator
 
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Church Board Minutes
April 17
PRESENT: Pastor Meighan Pritchard, Suzanne Fry co-moderator, Jim Miller treasurer, Terri Dowling, Dona Snow Miller
ABSENT: Rick Russell co-moderator, Louise Morehead, Consi Javier, Leda Zakarison JLP Intern
Minutes of last meeting were unanimously approved.
Building Improvement Team Report was presented by Terri Dowling.  Window shades have been ordered for the 3rd floor conference room.  Mismatched and cracked glass panes will not be replaced at the present time.  Some patterned film that can be applied from the inside may work to even
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out the discrepancies in appearance.  Photography of the space for use in advertising will take place the 2nd half of May.  Terri has met with the Trustees to work out revisions to the rental rates to bring the church closer to the going rates of other places, without putting our not-for-profit tax-exempt status in jeopardy. Terri is investigating a site called “Peer Space” which works somewhat like an Air B&B for business rentals.
Finance Report We appear to be a little behind in pledges this month but that may be due to some people paying ahead in other months.  Also expenses are a little over at this point in time due to some big payments, such as insurance, that are due at this time of year.  Jim, Troy and Karen have experimented with Vanco, an online giving service that links to Power Church (our accounting software).  After a few trials, it seems to be a possible solution for those who wish to make their contributions online or set up for automatic payments from their checking accounts.  There are fees involved with both the Vanco site and credit card charges.  However, an option allows donors to cover the fees as part of their transaction.  Churches that have adopted this type of payment method have seen an increase in income that more than makes up for the fees and c.c. charges.  The board voted to adopt this new payment option.
Justice Leadership Intern ReportLeda is traveling on Earth Ministry business in eastern Washington.  She has been actively involved in Initiative 1631, the Clean Air Clean Energy Initiative, which would charge fees to the worst of the corporate polluters. Next she will be in D.C. for Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
Pastor’s ReportMeighan requested that her salary be converted to Housing Allowance for the foreseeable future.  It is up to the pastor to determine the apportionment of these funds. There is a case pending in Wisconsin challenging the housing allowance perk for clergy as an unfair tax advantage.  In the future it could be that this is no longer allowed by the federal government.
RainWise Update: Signage has been installed near the alley and in the “pocket park” to the south of the church entrance.  That particular sign erroneously identified us as “Prospect Congressional UCC” but has been corrected.
Stewardship Campaign & Annual Church Meeting and Potluck Rick Russell and Pastor Meighan will begin to organize the Stewardship drive soon. June 17 was proposed as a date for the annual church meeting and potluck. The Church Board will begin discussions around 2018/19 budget in May.
Next Meeting:  May 27 after church. This is the 4th Sunday and Memorial Day weekend, but SEJT needed to switch Sundays to accommodate a special speaker.

Submitted by Suzanne Fry

 

 
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Save the Date: Annual Congregational Meeting & Potluck
Sunday, June 17, 12:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
This is our yearly opportunity to meet as a congregation to review where we've been and look ahead to where we're going in the coming year. We will hear reports from boards and ministry teams, approve the budget, and elect our 2018-19 leaders. Reports for the meeting booklet should be submitted to the church office no later than Friday, June 1.
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Ongoing Groups

Adult Education
is on hiatus while we look for available dates to view the "Discover Islam" film series.

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. All are welcome; weekly attendance is not required. Will not meet on Memorial Day, May 28.

Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (May 13).  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. Next meeting will be  Tuesday, May 8 for discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or susan.s0925@gmail.com.

 
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Earth Day at Prospect
Prospect’s Earth Day “Living Cross,” crafted by Frank Trujillo and adorned by everyone who attended worship on April 22.
 
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PNW Conference News

The April-May issue of the Conference UC News is now online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Annual Meeting, camps, stewardship training, board news
• Mission co-worker from Hong Kong visits PNC
• Justice Leadership Homelessness Pilgrimage
• March for Our Lives
• Hearing loops installed at Mercer Island UCC
• Storm water cisterns installed at Prospect UCC
• Former minister at Pullman and University Place writes book
• University UCC has Spirit Workshops and Vigils for the Common Good

Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.


 
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Save the Date: All-Church Camping Trip
July 23-26
Scenic Beach
Start planning now to get in on this annual event. It’s mid-week this year, Monday, July 23-Thursday morning, July 26. Watch for details as we get closer to summer.
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Circle of Souls: A Spiritual Retreat for Women
May 18-20, 2018
N-Sid- Sen Camp and Conference Center
In the circle, we are all equal.
When in the circle, no one is in front of you.
No one is behind you. No one is above you.
No one is below you.
In the circle, we are all equal.

Dave Chief, Oglala Lakota
This spiritual retreat for women of all ages is an opportunity to create a Circle of Souls. This
circle is a place of safety, where all are welcome to explore and remember the truth of who we really are. In a world where so many of us are being told what to believe in and what to accept or repel, it is our intention to encourage you to ease into the sacred space within yourself.
Circle of Souls is a time to nurture yourself and your soul. We will take time for discovery, sharing, singing, worshiping, praying, and relaxing. In community and in solitude we will experience a time of renewal on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Register online at www.n-sid- sen.org
Cost: $105 to $120.
Register by April 23 for early bird discount.
Cora Trujillo is going and is happy to offer a ride.
Sponsored by Pacific Northwest Conference United Church of Christ
 
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Preschool News

It finally feels like spring and our students are enjoying every minute of it!

This week alone we have been planting, gardening, painting spring scenes and have even visited the zoo!

Soon we will stop by Leschi Elementary's kindergarten class for a tour to prepare our pre-kindergarten group for the approaching transition.

Each year when the students graduate we look forward to sending them each on their way with their own backpack of school supplies. If you would like to send a note to the students to show your support of their progress made this school year, we encourage you to leave us a note in the church office as the students love getting mail!

The month of May also means "GIVE BIG" which is an online giving campaign sponsored by Seattle Foundation on May 9th, 2018. This year will be the final year of GIVE BIG Seattle and we hope to reach our goal of $2000 raised which will help cover the cost of backpacks and supplies as well as teacher appreciation gifts. 

To GIVE BIG to PEP on May 9th, please visit:  https://www.givebigseattle.org/pep or find us on Facebook

Worried you might forget to visit the site on May 9th?... You can make a donation as early as Thursday, April 26th and it will be scheduled for May 9th. Just visit: GIVEBIGseattle.org

Auction Totals:
Raise the Paddle goal of $16,000 met with $20,000 raised!
Total amount raised for the night: $50,000

As always, thanks so much for the continued support!


Alexis Bacon-Yates
Director
206-324-5230 pepseattle@gmail.com
 
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Bellevue Chamber Chorus
and City Cantabile Choir present
Voces Latinas (Latin Voices)
 
Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood Ave. N.
 
Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
3030 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
Frank Trujillo and Phillip Maxwell invite you to join them for a collaboration between Bellevue Chamber Chorus and City Cantabile Choir!  Fredrick Lokken and Frederick N. West co-conduct the stirring Mass for Peace and Justice (Misa por la Paz y la Justicia) by legendary Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, featuring the traditional 6-piece Andean ensemble Surllajta and tenor soloist Justin Ferris. Each chorus will also present individual sets of dynamic music from the region in the first half of the concert. Don’t miss this excursion into the music and spirit of Latinoamérica!
    Tickets: http://bellevuechamberchorus.org/ or 425-522-3436
    Adults: $22 at the door, $18 if purchased in advance
Students (over 12): $15
12 and under: free
 
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May Volunteers

Ushers
 
6 Roland Holloway
13 Roland Holloway
20 Roland Holloway
27 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  6 Roland Holloway
13 Special Mother's Day Coffee Hour

20 Pam Puglisi
27 Accumulated Abundance


Liturgist
  6 Leda Zakarison
13 David Deyo
20 Suzanne Fry
27 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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May Birthdays
Dona Snow-Miller.......................... 05/03
Anthony Puglisi..............................05/04           
Floyd Little......................................05/11
Ethan Knight...................................05/13
Russell Power.................................05/14
Gerald Sams...................................05/14
Judith Hooper..................................05/29
 
 

 
 
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