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September 2016 Prospect Newsletter
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September 2016 Worship Schedule
October Newsletter Deadline: Friday, September 23, 1:00pm
 
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Reconnecting Sunday
Sunday, September 18
Whether you've been away for weeks, years or not at all, join us for this special Sunday of reconnecting with our Prospect family after the summer. We will also officially welcome our new JLP intern, Denise Parry. There will be cake during coffee hour to celebrate all our connections.
 
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Godly Play Resumes Sept. 11
Sunday School for children age 3 to 10 resumes after a summer hiatus, the 2nd Sunday of the month starting September 11.  Children are invited to leave during the beginning of the service.  The program is based on the "Godly Play" curriculum.  Bible stories are presented using props, after which the children are invited to "wonder" and play with the materials.  Then a light snack or "feast" is shared, representing communion.  Future dates for "Godly Play" are Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13 and Dec 11.  It is helpful (but not necessary) to contact Cora and let her know if you are bringing children so she knows how much snack to prepare.
Cora Trujillo
Godly Play Storyteller
trujcs1@gmail.com   
206-330-4201
 

 
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Welcome 350 Seattle!
 We are entering a new era of facility use as we begin renting office and meeting space to 350 Seattle, the local chapter of the environmental group 350.org. We have done benefit concerts and provided meeting space in the past. The organization has matured to the point where they need an actual office, and approached Prospect about renting from us. They will occupy the former nursery space in the NE corner of the 3rd Floor. 350 Seattle will have their own JLP intern this year and will give a presentation to all the interns on September 7. On September 29, they plan to include an office-warming party as part of their monthly general meeting. We look forward to a rich and productive partnership with this vibrant young organization!
 

 
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A Look Back at Summer 2016
While summer was a relaxed time in many ways, we had plenty going on, from hosting Mary’s Place to outdoor worship and Neighborhood BBQ. A highlight was the camping trip at the end of July. Enjoy these images of the summer just past:
 
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Minister’s Greeting
The Holy in Our Midst
 
Before we leave summer behind, I invite you to reflect on where you may have encountered the Holy in your summer travels. Summer gives us the opportunity to connect with nature without putting on too many layers of warm clothes. Did you encounter the Holy on a mountaintop as you hiked along ridges or worked to clear trails? Was it in a casual dinner with friends? Or serving hungry friends and strangers at Community Lunch? Did you discover the Holy in the radiant geometry of a sunflower? Or at a play or concert?
 
I particularly enjoyed spending time together as community at our August outdoor worship and barbecue. More than 60 people, both members and neighbors, showed up over the course of that day to participate in worship and/or enjoy food, live music, games, and new and old friends. One neighbor said she was hanging out her laundry and thinking how great it was to have a live band accompanying her work. Several neighbors who had volunteered with Mary’s Place back in June showed up and brought friends or spouses. Thank you to all who made the outdoor worship and barbecue such a success. There is something magical about spending time together in community and always expanding that community by throwing the doors open wide and inviting everyone. Hmm, sounds kind of like what Jesus taught us through communion: the Holy is with us in the breaking of bread and sharing of the cup with everyone in community.
 
Where might we encounter the Holy this fall? On September 11 we will welcome our second Justice Leadership Program intern, Denise Parry. Denise will be working at the Seattle/ King County Coalition on Homelessness and looks forward to exploring spirituality with us. Abi Velasco, our intern from last year, will be back with us as well. In August she began her “real” job at the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, which hired her after finding out what a great intern she was. Denise and Abi will help us continue our advocacy on issues of housing and homelessness, and I look forward to the ways in which they will lead, inform, and inspire us on these matters.
 
On September 18 we celebrate the launch into autumn with Reconnecting Sunday, so I hope you are all back from your travels and ready to reconnect by then! The Bible Study Group, which took a bit of a break toward the end of summer, starts up on September 12 at 7pm. All are always welcome for some check-in time and study of the scripture readings for the coming Sunday. The Women’s Book Group, which also took the summer off, meets on September 13 to discuss A Man Called Ove. In all of these activities and more as well, we have the opportunity to open ourselves to the Holy in our midst.
 
As a community of people following the path of Jesus, may we journey into autumn continuing to seek—and find—the Holy among us.
 
Blessings on the travels,
Meighan
 
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, July 17
Present:  Meighan Pritchard, John Daugherty, Louise Morehead, Consi Javier, Terri Dowling, Alice VanPelt
Absent:   Jim Miller, Adam Dahl, Suzanne Fry
 
Meighan opened with a prayer.
 
Financial Report:  Reviewed the preliminary end-of-year financial report. Results are skewed due to inclusion of wedding deposit refunds as a building expense. This item should be in the In/Out Fund. Jim Miller will revise and submit the final report at the next board meeting.
 
Staff Contract Renewals: Staff is currently working without contracts. An approved cost of living adjustment was implemented in July. There are no job description revisions. John will follow up with necessary signatures.
 
Office Equipment Needs: Our aging office computers have become less reliable and difficult to use effectively. It was agreed upgrades to Karen and Meighan’s desktops are necessary. In the past we have pieced together workstations with donated equipment. All those present agreed to recommend the congregation purchase new desk tops.
[N.B.: Meighan’s office computer is less than a year old. With some research and effort Karen’s computer is now functioning much better. – ed.]
 
Third Floor Space Allocation: The board discussed matters of meeting the increasing space demands and expanding rental options to help augment the new budget year. Are there ways to use the space more effectively? What are our goals for using the 3rd floor space? It was agreed a conversation with all the stakeholders is in order.
 
Committee to Advance Building Use Rentals: Exploratory committee for developing new revenue options for Prospect has been formed. Current volunteers are Louise, Rosemary, Pam and Terri. By expanding rental use we hope to augment our budget and raise visibility with our neighbors.
 
Pastor Report: 
Justice Leadership Program is expanding from 5 to 8 interns. Abi has been hired for the next term working for Housing Coalition. She will continue as a resource at Prospect on a limited basis. We will celebrate Abi’s year with Prospect and welcome our new intern in September.
Book Discussion Board members are reading Real Good Church by Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette. A separate board meeting for discussion is scheduled on July 31st
Candidate Forum Meighan proposed hosting a candidate forum.  Meighan will contact the League of Women Voters to offer space logistics.
Seabeck Conference Center/ Family Camp Retreat Meighan will request Prospect be notified of open slots in the future.
Neighborhood Block Party is held each Friday during summer. We discussed attending their Aug. 5th block party to meet neighbors and invite them to our outdoor service and picnic.
 
August 14th Outdoor Service Planning: Alice Van Pelt gave a planning overview. This year outdoor service will be held on Prospect grounds with the intention of welcoming the neighborhood. Worship will be at 10:30am. Alice will contact Tom and Dave to plan worship music. A picnic will follow worship and will include a simple BBQ of hot dogs, a few sides and ice cream. There will be games, activities, art projects for children. Alice is seeking volunteers to help make it happen. Flyers will be distributed. An outside sign welcoming our neighbors to join us will be posted several days in advance.  
 
Meighan closed with a prayer.

 
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1960s Dance Party!
Save the Date!

Saturday, November 19, 4 PM to 9 PM at Prospect
To All Members and Friends of Prospect:
 Come help Cora Trujillo celebrate 2 major life transitions:
RETIREMENT and 60th BIRTHDAY
 with a 
 *********"1960s Dance Party"**********
The theme will be the 1960s so come dressed for the decade.  We hope to see lots of peace signs, go-go boots, bell bottoms, mini-skirts and afro's!
 
Food, music, dancing and prizes for best '60s getup!
 
and please NO GIFTS!! ... 
(but this will also be a fund raiser for Prospect so donations will be accepted)
 
If you want to help with decorating, set up, clean up etc. let Frank or Cora know.
 A formal E-vite with more details to come soon!  
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Ongoing Groups
Adult Education
will resume classes in September. All are welcome. Contact Bill Van Pelt at 206-324-9476 for more information.

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! (Does not meet on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.)

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: trujcs1@gmail.com or 206-330-4201.

Women’s Book Group All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. Next meeting is Tuesday, September13 for discussion of A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or susan.s0925@gmail.com.

 

 
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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 September 24, November 5, January 7 and February 25 at University Congregational. If you want to sew at home, please contact Lori Hardow, seattlewa@daysforgirls.org.
 
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PNW Conference News
The latest Pacific Northwest Conference News is online at http://www.pncuccnews.org. This issue includes stories on Annual Meeting, churches showing solidarity with Muslims during Ramadan (including Prospect), church leadership, 2016 Peace Pilgrimage to Korea, Justice Leadership Jubilee, and more. Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.

 
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Louisiana Disaster Relief
Historic flooding in Louisiana has left nearly 30,000 people needing rescue; over 12,000 are in shelters, several have died and in many locations flood waters continue to rise. If you wish to help, please remember monetary donations provide the most effective, efficient and versatile form of support for disaster survivors. The UCC is asking that donations be directed to the Emergency USA fund, https://transactions.ucc.org/CampaignForm/UCChrist/emergency_usa
Undesignated donations allow for funds to be used where needed most but if individuals choose to do so, donations can be designated for *LA Flood Recovery*. They are tracked separately and all efforts are made to honor the designation.
 
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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 www.W4GP.com.

 
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Coming this Fall: Justice Leadership Jubilee
There is a new (nonresidential) program in the greater Seattle area designed to engage adults who are interested in social justice-- it's called Justice Leadership Jubilee!

*Justice Leadership Jubilee* is a ten-month, 15 hours/week commitment for adults who want to develop their faith and learn systemic change skills with a cohort of their peers. We know this is a significant investment and
so we especially looking for people who are in some kind of transition point (kids leaving the house, shift in employment, retirement, etc.) to consider making an intentional commitment to justice. The year includes:

- 1 day a week in a social change agency (like the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Earth Ministry, or WHEEL)
- 1 gathering per month (with the other Jubilee participants) to engage in spiritual reflection
- 1 social justice training per month (varies based on the month, but will cover topics such as: racism and class, nonviolence, advocacy and forms of social change)
- Support in bringing the new information and skill set back to your congregation

The *inaugural year* of the program will begin this fall 2016. Apply today at: www.justiceleadershipjubilee.org.
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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
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 www.nrwr.us.

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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New FAN blog
FAN (Faith Action Network) is starting something new! They’re asking faith leaders all over Washington to share reflections on how their theology, faith, culture, or traditions shape how they see and do the work of social justice. You’ll be able to read a whole host of diverse perspectives and stories about faith guiding social conscience on FAN’s blog at fanwa.ourpowerbase.net. While we remain focused on the actions we can take together for systemic change, our interfaith leaders remind us we also need to raise our moral voices to bear on the issues of the day!

The first post is about the importance of respectful and responsible participation in the electoral process. Read what our Interfaith Leaders Council has to say about it, and check out the dozens of other faith leaders across Washington who have signed onto the statement. FAN is sharing it with our elected officials and in candidate forums in the hope that this will improve our political discourse during this election season.
 
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Preschool News
The Preschool Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Alexis Bacon-Yates as our new Director! Alexis brings to Prospect a rich background in working with children as a lead preschool teacher and a behavioral therapist. She was drawn to our history of serving the community's children with a high-quality, anti-biased, early childhood education. Her first day at Prospect was August 22. I know our church community will welcome and support her as she steps into this important role.

The board is also thrilled to announce that we have hired Jon Hansen as the preschool bus driver/janitor. Jon has many years of experience working with children of all ages through music. He is excited to be part of the preschool and to be able to work with younger children in a different setting. [Substitute bus drivers are needed. Please call the Preschool Director at 206-324-5230 if you can help.]

I'd like to send a gigantic thank you to the preschool board members, staff and volunteers who helped with the summer hiring:

PEP Board members: Kevin Power, Debby Goodman, Amy Miller
PEP Staff: Hilary Horder, Anretha Whitner, Marjorie Newman
PEP Volunteers: Judy Hooper, Steve Alfred
The board and staff would also like to thank the Prospect community for supporting children's literacy at the August 14 BBQ. Donations were made that will pay for 80 books! As part of the Book Binders program, each student will get their own copy of 3 books that are used at school as part of the curriculum and taken home to read with their family. Donations from the BBQ will also be used to purchase additional books for the classroom library. Thank you!
 
 
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Save the date: 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.
 
Learn more about the event, including the line-up of workshops from faith leader presenters, the schedule, and more on the event website: http://thechurchcouncil.ejoinme.org/WOS
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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Clothing Drive 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.

 
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September Volunteers

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

Coffee Hour
 4 No host
11 Consi Javier
18 Reconnecting Sunday; no host
25 Roland Holloway

Liturgist
  4 John Kovach
11 TBD
18 TBD
25 Suzanne Fry


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: www.prospectseattle.org
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September Birthdays
Doug Durasoff..................................9/02
Stephen Brown................................ 9/04
Barbara Force..................................9/05
Clayton Puglisi................................ 9/14
Courtney Brown.............................. 9/17
Consi Javier.....................................9/17
Roland Holloway............................. 9/20
Pauline McCurdy............................ 9/21
Susan Reeb................................... 9/25
Sean Power................................... 9/29
 
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