October 2016 Prospect Newsletter
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October 2016 Worship Schedule
November Newsletter Deadline: Friday, October 21, 1:00pm
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Tables of 8
Saturday, October 1
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. If you did not have a chance to sign up, please contact Jack Force, 206-409-9909 or to find out if there is still space available.
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Neighbors in Need
Sunday, October 2
We will receive the Neighbors in Need (NIN) special mission offering on October 2, Worldwide Communion Sunday. The 2016 theme for NIN is "This we believe" and connects the issue of child hunger to the work that UCC congregations are doing to serve their community and address this injustice. NIN is an annual UCC offering that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

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Information/Listening Session
Sunday, October 2
Please plan to stay after worship on October 2 for a listening/info session about changes to the 3rd floor. Prospect leaders will share up-to-date information on work that has been completed as well as future plans. We also want to hear ideas and input from members and friends.
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Weaving Our Strengths
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle 98122
Come to Weaving Our Strengths, a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration and skill-building to strength local churches' efforts for the common good. There will be worship, workshops, a resource fair, the Apel Awards, and conversations to weave our strengths together.
Last year, over 200 attendees from 16 faith traditions and at least 60 congregations gathered for a transformative day of learning, sharing, and fellowship.
Rick Russell has 1 group-rate ticket available, so talk to him if you are interested in going along. Pastor Meighan also plans to attend.
Learn more about the event, including the line-up of workshops from faith leader presenters, the schedule, and more on the event website:
Early Bird through 9/15: $40
$55 Regular / $25 Student
Group rates: $175 for up to 5 people;
$275 for 6 - 10 people
Scholarships available. No charge parking available.
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Minister’s Greeting
“Do This in Remembrance of Me”
On October 2, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday along with Christians all over the world. As we break bread together, we can think of Christians in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America who are sharing in Christ’s table on this same day, and we can feel part of something much larger than ourselves. In this act of communion, we are one with all of these people. We are also united through time with all who have participated in communion through the centuries, and all who will do so in the future.
But even as we share this sacred meal, we know that there are at least 60 million people displaced from their homes around the world and facing an uncertain future. They may not know where their next meal is coming from. Perhaps if we were Christ, we could take five loaves and a few fish and feed thousands. Or perhaps the miracle was that everyone in the crowd realized they had to share with and take care of each other, just as one little boy had freely shared his few loaves and fish.
On World Communion Sunday, we will participate not only in world communion but also in the UCC’s Neighbors in Need special offering. The theme for this offering campaign this year is “This we believe… no child should go to bed hungry.” There are so many needs in the world that we can’t possibly begin to meet them all. But we can bring what loaves and fishes, tithes and treasures that we have to God’s table. And churches across the country and the world can do the same. Imagine how many hungry refugees can be fed if we all contribute what we can. And imagine seeing Christ in each and every face.

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Church Office Closed
The church office will be closed October 11-14 for Office Manager Karen Eisenbrey’s vacation. Voice mail will be checked for urgent requests. All other messages, mail, and email will be dealt with when Karen returns on Tuesday, October 18.

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Welcome JLP Intern Denise Parry
Denise Parry is excited to work with the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and Prospect Congregational UCC. A native of Gold Beach, Ore., Denise recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology and a minor in gender and queer studies. At UPS, Denise was involved in the Puget Sound Queer Alliance, Needlecrafts for Charity, Advocates for Detainees Voices, Puget Sound Garden Club, Advocates for Institutional Change and Repertory Dance Group. Denise is passionate about the intersections of poverty, disability and marginalized identities and they presented research exploring these intersections at the 2015 and 2016 Lewis and Clark Gender Studies Symposium, as well as the 2016 Pacific Sociological Association Conference. Denise, who previously worked in a chemical storeroom for UPS bioethics and gender programs and at a fishery in rural Alaska, expects to be challenged intellectually and spiritually by this experience.
(Reprinted from PNC News, September 2016)
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Fall Clean-Up – Inside and Out!
Saturday, October 29
(Rain or shine)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Breakfast and Lunch Provided!
Everyone is welcome to come on October 29 and help make our church building shine. Trustees have all sorts of indoor and outdoor projects for any skill level and ability. It’s always a fun time and a great chance to chat it up with fellow Prospectors. There will be doughnuts and coffee for the early birds, and a delicious lunch at the end. Come for the whole time or just for part – anything helps! Bring your garden gloves and tools (rakes, pruning shears, dustpans etc.) and let’s get to work!
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Moderate Word
If you keep track, you may have noticed some church furniture and odds and ends in new places, or perhaps even gone. Many of you have been helping with this, in your work to make better use of our church space.  
It all started, I think, with the sanctuary remodel, done to make that space more usable.  It continued through on the commitment we made at last year’s purpose and values workshop, to make our building a more useful venue to “support and generate group and individual efforts toward environmental, social and economic justice.”
And it also comes from a desire that some of us share to generate some new funds in the process.  As an aging community, we are vulnerable to concerns of failing health. And as a small community, we know that at any time the loss of pledge income, often because of health concerns, can cause significant financial strains on the church.
A while back, we considered the possibility of drawing increasing sums from our endowment until the money ran out.  We discarded this idea, though, deciding instead to try to create a sustainable plan that would allow us a better chance to continue to thrive in the years ahead. Part of this strategy can involve offering reasonable rents to help support local community organizations and activities, while also helping to support the costs of operating the church.
Building on our sanctuary remodel, our efforts have two current fronts.
The first is an initiative to improving the quality and capacity of our church sound system, driven largely through the leadership of David Kidder.  This would not only solve noise problems in our sanctuary, but also create new capacity to record and transmit the spoken voice and music that are truly exciting.  
The second involves refurbishing our third floor space to make it more usable, taking it back to the days when it offered a large open space available for meetings.  We also learned that we could offer office space for rental, and now have new tenants. 350Seattle in one of those rooms.
To develop this space, I met with all known third floor stake holders, including Preschool staff and board members, Sunday school teachers, choir leaders who manage the choir music stored on the third floor, and our membership coordinator, who stores items used for a large variety of membership activities.  All of these folks have expressed their support for a third floor makeover, and have spent a lot of time and energy cleaning up and cleaning out.  
At their August meeting, I presented several goals to the Trustees for their review:
  • Open the large room space for maximum flexibility of rental use
  • Sound proof office rooms for confidential meetings
  • Create neat, efficient storage of all necessary church materials
  • Provide work table space for meetings, mailings, and sorting
  • Provide stackable chairs
  • Make cosmetic improvements to increase attractiveness
The Trustees approved these goals, in concept, at that meeting.
At our August church board meeting, we re-established a committee to review our church space, and to make recommendations about how it might be made more attractive to potential users. Terri Dowling and Louise Morehead are chairing that committee, which also includes David Kidder and Susan Reeb from the Trustees, Rosemary Bell, and perhaps others. 
As you may guess, the fruition of all of these ideas will require continued effort, cost money, and may lead to some changes in the ways we do things.  At our most recent meeting, church board members agreed with Meighan’s advice that it is time to slow down a little.  We are now ready to bring our ideas to the congregation for discussion and listening sessions.  The first of these meetings will be on October 2nd, after church.  After a brief presentation, we look forward to hearing your thoughts. 
John Daugherty, Moderator
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, August 28
Present:  Meighan Pritchard, John Daugherty, Louise Morehead, Consi Javier, Terri Dowling, Adam Dahl, Jim Miller, Suzanne Fry, Troy Woodworth, PEP guests Amy Miller & Debby Goodman 
Meighan opened with a prayer.
Financial Report: Jim noted our July budget performance was very strong. Pledges are ahead of schedule and we are underspent on total expenses.
Regarding Minister’s Travel Expense budget item - Meighan reported she has purchased a Car2Go membership as a safety backup for pastoral care needs. Outside our operating budget, unused contributions for the chancel renovation/organ repair are in excess of $5300. We will need Congregational input on how best to reallocate the surplus.
Third Floor Space Allocation: As part of our goal to increase building revenue we are moving forward with reallocating office space, consolidating storage needs and converting the central room to a mixed use meeting space. John has met with the folks most impacted and with Trustees at their August meeting. At that meeting, Trustees voted conceptual support for this project.
The current plan is to resurrect use of the third floor space as a general purpose meeting room and prepare both north offices for rental. To do this, preschool space is consolidated to both south side offices. We are welcoming 350Seattle in September to the NE office space and plan to paint the central room and provide the necessary furnishings to accommodate a meeting space for a variety of needs.
Representing the preschool, Amy and Debbie expressed concerns about the pressure to meet new space requirements without a clear understanding of the overall plan and timeline. There is uncertainty about the timeline for moving preschool property.  They also wanted to know who is responsible for implementing this plan.  John outlined the general decision making responsibilities:
  • The Church Board is responsible to work with congregation members to carry out the vision established last Fall related to improving and increasing our use of the church facility to increase our visibility in the community and increase building use revenues.
  • The Board works closely with the Trustees, who have general responsibility for managing building use, maintenance and improvements.
  • The congregation approves changes in church direction and funding operational and capital needs.
John will develop a project timeline. Note – given time requirements for congregational involvement, the earliest window for 3rd floor painting is early October 
Committee to Advance Building Use Rentals: Terri and Louise had a preliminary discussion on committee focus and scope with the goals of augmenting church income and raising visibility with our Capitol Hill neighbors. The three areas for development are:
  • What types of building use to pursue
  • Building appearance to make our space more welcoming.
  • How best to use various marketing strategies
It was noted that as building use grows there may be potential need for a building coordinator. The first priority will be to work with Trustees on the cosmetic changes to the third floor meeting space. Suzanne volunteered to help in that effort.
Pastor Report:  Denise Parry, Prospect’s new JLP intern will be joining us beginning 9/11/16. Jan Kinney has volunteered to mentor Denise.  Paul Benz of Faith Action Network recommended Mike Denton to moderate a candidate forum at Prospect. Mike has agreed and plans are underway to schedule Congressional candidates Brady Walkinshaw and Pramila Jayapal. We had a great turn out for the Church BBQ with 45 Prospect members and 25 neighborhood folks enjoying festivities. Feedback from Mary’s Place debriefing was positive. Prospect will host Mary’s Place again next year. Prospect neighbors also enjoyed the experience and plan to recruit more neighbors next year. A web developer for church applications may use PUCC as a development test site with a potential Power Church interface.  
Meighan closed with a prayer.
Submitted by Terri Dowling
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Book Review: The Gospel According to St Rage
by Karen Eisenbrey
There is a genuine and authentic dialogue going on in Eisenbrey’s book, The Gospel According to St. Rage.  To me it is reminiscent of the conversations Holden Caulfield had with his sister and high school classmates in J.D. Salinger’s book, The Catcher in the Rye. Although the talk is meandering at times, as teenage conversation can be, there is also substance and meaning in Eisenbrey’s portrayal of teenage life in high school and in the birthing of their newly formed garage band, St. Rage. The characters--the invisible Barbara (who becomes a superhero also called St. Rage), Jackson, Storm, Carol Anne, Whitney, Heather to name a few--vibrate and light up when they are in concert and in conversation. Their music together is the soul that unites them. The reader, I believe, will love this first novel by Karen Eisenbrey.
Arthur Mampel
(This book is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions at Karen is more than happy to sign books on request.)
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1960s Dance Party!
Save the Date!
Saturday, November 19, 5 PM to 9 PM at Prospect
 Come help Cora Trujillo celebrate
 2 major life transitions:
 with a 
 *********"1960s Dance Party"**********
Come dressed for the decade with prizes awarded for best outfit.
            Food, drink and music provided.
            This is a Prospect fundraiser so NO GIFTS; donations will be accepted to support the
            ministries of Prospect Church
            Please RSVP to Cora or Frank by Nov 1
206-330-4201 or 

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Days for Girls
Several Prospect members are active with Days for Girls, using their sewing skills to create colorful, durable, reusable feminine hygiene supplies for girls and women in developing countries. The Seattle chapter is gearing up for the coming academic year, having found that we get more done in the winter than in the summer. Mark your calendars for work parties on November 5, January 7 and February 25 at University Congregational. If you want to sew at home, please contact Lori Hardow,
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Ongoing Groups
Adult Education
meets on Sunday at noon in the Parlor. Current series: Richard Rohr's Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
For more information, contact Consi Javier, 206-440-9261

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.

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.  Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: or 206-330-4201.

Women’s Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Parlor. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. Next meeting is Tuesday, October 11 for discussion of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. 
For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or


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PNW Conference News

The latest Pacific Northwest Conference News is online at This issue includes stories on Faavae Fou Samoan church, camps, National Youth Event, faith and politics, Colville's 125th, men's retreat, extended family's commitment to N-Sid-Sen, global ministries ties and more. Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.

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Initiative 873
Conference Minister Mike Denton invites us to sign the petition for I-873, which would amend the law to eliminate consideration of whether an officer acted “without malice and with a good faith belief” when determining whether the officer committed justifiable use of deadly force. There is a copy of the petition in the Narthex for those who wish to sign. Learn more at
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Faith, Values and the 2016 Election
Interfaith Power & Light has put together a reflection guide for voters, "Faith, Values and the 2016 Election: Toward a Politics of the Golden Rule." This guide provides a framework to think about key moral issues heading into the election. Pick up a copy in the Prospect Narthex or request one from the church office.

If you are not yet registered to vote, now is the time! The deadline for registration by mail is October 8; for online registration, October 10; and for in-person registration, October 31. More information can be found here.
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Environmental Justice Workshop
Wednesday, October 19–Friday, October 21
Pilgrim Firs
Pastor Meighan leads this “train the trainer” workshop with the goal of empowering conversation and actions around environmental justice that will continue far beyond the initial workshop. Includes a field trip to see an environmental justice issue firsthand and find out what steps communities are taking to address it. Talk to Meighan if you have questions. 
Cost: $130; register at:

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“On the Beat, Music Retreat”
Friday, November 4 - Saturday, November 5
Come and prepare for Christmas!
Bring a Christmas Music gem to share (bring 20 copies if possible)
Bring your instruments for jamming (voice, guitar, harp, trumpet, etc.). Handbells and djembes will be available.
$65 registration includes 4 meals, an overnight, great opportunities to develop skills and have fun!
Just come Saturday for $43!
Registration is at
If you have questions call Gen at (408)593-9556

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Save the Date:
Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat
“Let Your Spirit Bloom”
November 4-6 Kah-Nee-Ta Resort
Keynote Speaker: Jane Kirkpatrick
Registration deadline: October 1st
This November retreat will be a chance for women to find inspiration, relaxation, fellowship, education, stimulation, and yes, good fun!  There is indeed something for everyone. For more information about registration and workshops, please visit the website at
Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.  Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications.  She is the author of over 25 books, including many historical novels. Many of her titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West.  When asked which books she would recommend for women who want to get an idea about her work, she recommended the books Where Lilacs Still Bloom and A Light in the Wilderness.  This is truly going to be an amazing retreat!
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Preschool News
This month marked the beginning of school for our preschoolers! We have families who have returned from last year as well as children who are new to Prospect and our mission. I myself am new to Prospect, but the mission being served within this community is a familiar one for me as I have made it my own mission to serve children and their varied needs within education and life.
As a newcomer to Prospect I have witnessed the genuine and continued dedication of the church and school to serve the area’s disadvantaged and I remain eager to participate in this effort. Hearing the children each morning laughing, playing and learning sparks an eagerness to serve each family on a daily basis and which can be witnessed through the actions of our teachers, cook, bus driver and volunteers each school week. While the children’s presence serves as a constant reminder of the great service we strive to provide, being surrounded by the Prospect Church family makes our mission a continued reality for a multitude of families each year.
As we kick off this school year I’d like to start by saying “Thank You” for your continued efforts to support the school’s mission as well as your partnership in providing a future of service and dedication to each child and family.
This Month’s exciting Preschool News!
-           During late September the kids were able to go on their first community walk to Interlaken Park. Our wonderful teacher, Ms. Hilary led the tour and walk with an animation that would make anyone excited to be walking through Prospect’s neighborhood! The children saw gardens, treehouses, dogs and smiling faces within their community all while socializing with their peers along the way.
-           The book mobile visited our school and each child was able to pick out a book!
-           The class welcomed a class pet! We will update you next month with more details.
-           Welcome Night was a success with several parents and family members in attendance!
Thanks again for your continued support and dedication,
Alexis Bacon
Director for the Children
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Faith and Climate Action Conference
Saturday, October 8
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
University Christian Church
4731 15th Ave NE
Pastor Meighan is one of the workshop leaders for this conference. Keynote speaker Jay O’Hara is a climate activist, Quaker, and co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center. Suggested donation: $35. Ticket link:
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Community Lunch Fall Appreciation Dinner
Sunday, October 23, 5-8:00 p.m.
All Pilgrim’s Christian Church
(Republican at Broadway)

Join Community Lunch for a great evening to recognize volunteers, donors and friends.
Enjoy wonderful food served in the style and spirit of Community Lunch and Supper (but with beer and wine and a fantastic dessert dash)!
Space is limited! Get your free tickets at:
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Operation Nightwatch
Sock it to Homelessness
Start collecting men's athletic socks for our homeless friends and neighbors.

Socks won't solve our community's homeless crisis. But socks can help to keep homeless people hopeful, knowing there are neighbors like you, who care about their situation.

Bring new white socks to church through November 13; Nancy Daugherty will deliver them to Operation Nightwatch to be rolled and distributed. Or stop by their open house, November 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. on, drop off the socks you collect, and talk to Nightwatch staff to learn more about our programs. And help is needed to handle the socks as they come in! Contact them if you are interested in volunteering:
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The Lecture Series at UCUCC presents Stephen J. Patterson
October 7, 8 & 9
University Congregational UCC
4515 16th Ave NE
Stephen J. Patterson is a leading New Testament scholar and former head of the Jesus Seminar. He is the George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University.
In The Lost Way Patterson reveals the dramatic story behind the modern discovery of the earliest gospels, accounts that do not portray Jesus exclusively as a martyr but recover a lost ancient Christian tradition centered on Jesus as a teacher of wisdom.
Friday, October 7 7-8:30 p.m.
The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels are Rewriting the Story of Origins of Christianity
Saturday, October 8 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lecture 1: The Lost Gospel of Galilee
Lecture 2: Plato’s Gospel in the Oasis of Odessa
Sunday, October 9
9:00 a.m.: Christianity’s First (Forgotten) Creed
10:00 a.m. Worship Service: Sermon by Stephen Patterson
Tickets are now available for the Friday and Saturday lectures at, search Patterson.  Cost is $35 for all lectures (or $20 for Friday only or Saturday only). Sunday morning sessions are free and all are welcome.
Charles McCollough Sculpture Exhibitions
If you plan to attend the Friday night opening lecture on October 7, come early for the opening of the Charles McCollough sculpture exhibition, The Wise and Radical Jesus, hosted by the Creativity Council of UCUCC. An opening night reception with the artist will take place from 5-7:00 p.m. McCollough will speak and show slides of his work in the chapel on Sunday morning, October 9, starting at 11:15 a.m.
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Ignatian Spirituality Center Fall Events
Ignatian Spirituality 101: An Introduction to Ignatian Prayer & Spirituality
Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:30-8:45 pm at St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
ISC staff and partners, Presenters
What spirituality grounds Pope Francis?  What is Ignatian spirituality all about?  How might I incorporate Ignatian prayer and spirituality into my life? If you have heard a little bit about Ignatian spirituality, but would like to know more, this evening introduction to the basics of Ignatian prayer and spirituality is for you!  Come learn more about the life of St. Ignatius and key elements of Ignatian spirituality, experience Ignatian prayer, and learn how this rich spiritual tradition is being kept alive locally. If you are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality, we encourage you to think of others to invite!
Free will offering.  For more information or to RSVP, please visit or contact or (206) 329-4824.  Co-sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle; Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL); Christian Life Communities (CLC); and Magis:  Alumni Living the Mission.
Accompanying Those in the Margins: The Way of Companionship
Saturday, October 8
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center, 732 - 18th Ave E.
Presented by Ignatian Spirituality Center Facilitator: Carolyn Hickman
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. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who companions folks in the margins, people in their own community, or even in their own families. All are welcome to attend.
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Clothing and Musical Instruments for Middle School Students in Need
A clothing bank has been started at Washington Middle school to serve the students who are most in need. Last year they had 100 homeless students, and about 50% of the students were eligible for the free and reduced-cost lunch program. This program allows students to "shop" for new clothes, shoes, accessories in a dignified way. The program was launched earlier this month and received glowing reviews from the recipients.
If you have any gently used clothing which is youthful, and you would like to contribute it to a great cause, you can drop it off at the WMS office 2101 S Jackson (office should be open until 2:30 p.m. in the summer). Clothes you contribute should be laundered before you drop them off. All size clothes, shoes and accessories are appreciated.
 Washington MS also needs musical instruments! If you have musical instruments gathering dust, please consider donating. They have a need for upright basses at the moment, but will consider any instrument that is offered. Your donation is tax deductible. Contact Justine Way:
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October Volunteers

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

Coffee Hour
  2 Peter Henry
  9 Suzanne Fry
16 Barbara Force
23 Jane Doggett
30 Muriel Branch

  2 Susan Reeb
  9 TBD
16 TBD
23 TBD
30 TBD

If you would like to be a liturgist or host coffee hour, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
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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October Birthdays
Art Mampel..................................... 10/06
Jack Force........................................ 10/19
Jackie Mampel................................ 10/25
Solynn McCurdy............................. 10/31
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