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December 2016 Prospect Newsletter
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December 2016 Worship Schedule
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Advent Workshop
Sunday, December 4 12-1:30 p.m.
All ages are welcome to this event to prepare for Christmas. Sing carols, enjoy a snack, and make beautiful decorations to take home. Instructions and materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own greens to share.
For more information or to volunteer, please talk to Alice VanPelt, abvanpelt@juno.com or 206-324-9476.
 
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Pro-Future Evangelist Rev. Michael Dowd
Sunday, December 18, 10:30 a.m.
Please join us and invite family and friends to hear a message from Rev. Michael Dowd, a “pro-future evangelist” who writes and speaks about science and faith. He will give a further presentation after worship from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
 
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Potluck & Caroling
Tuesday, December 20
6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
All are invited! Bring your voice and a potluck dish to share. After the meal, we will carol in the neighborhood. (In the event of foul weather, we will carol for ourselves indoors.)
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Special Services
 
Advent Music Sunday
Sunday, December 11 10:30 a.m.
Kia and the choir are planning another all-music service, with emphasis on Medieval and Renaissance music. There will be a skit in place of the sermon. Invite your music-loving friends and family!
 
Longest Night
Wednesday, December 21
7:00 p.m., Parlor
For those who have lost a loved one, lost a job, struggle with mental and physical health, feel anxious following the election, or for whom Christmas brings up memories of a dysfunctional family, the Longest Night service creates a space in which to hold those feelings. Come as you are.
 
Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24
5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
All are invited to this candlelight service of music and readings. Christmas Eve Offering will benefit Mental Health Chaplaincy and the UCC Holiday Fund for retired ministers.
You may bring a poinsettia to decorate the chancel, then take it with you to enjoy at home. (Please note, we are having only one Christmas Eve service this year.)

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
10:30 a.m.
With Christmas on Sunday this year, we will have an informal service of music and readings.
All are welcome.
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Holiday “Baskets”
We collect a special offering in November and December to provide Safeway gift cards for 20 of our preschool families to enjoy a holiday meal. In November, we collected over $600 for cards to be distributed during family conferences. We will continue to collect for a second round of cards before Winter Break. Please make checks payable to Prospect Congregational UCC and put “Holiday Baskets” in the memo line.  If giving cash, please use an offering envelope and write “Holiday Baskets” on the outside. Thank you for sharing your bounty with those in need!

 
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Minister’s Greeting
Do We Dare Commit to Advent?
 
Peace, hope, joy, and love: these are the four Advent candles that we light before we come to the Christ candle on Christmas Eve. Each year, we are invited to reflect on the presence of these four elements in our lives.
 
But this year it feels as if we have lurched into a new dimension.
 
How do we talk about peace when so many governments around the world are undergoing drastic change? Think of the Brexit vote, Turkey’s president firing thousands of people after an apparent coup attempt, Egypt jailing journalists, conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere, and upcoming elections in France.
 
How do we talk about hope when the incoming administration may be dominated by people who deny climate change and want to open new land to fossil fuel extraction? Instead of transitioning away from fossil fuels, we may well drive ourselves right off a climate-change cliff. And people of color, immigrants, Muslims, women, and others are experiencing hate crimes at new levels, spurred on—or at least not discouraged—by leaders coming into the highest offices.
 
How do we dare be joyful when people in Aleppo are being wiped out by their own government? And nonviolent, prayerful, unarmed water protectors at Standing Rock are being attacked by police in riot gear in order to further the desires of a private corporation that does not yet have the right to be building the section of pipeline that it continues to build?
 
It may be a challenge to consider love in such times. And yet these are exactly the kinds of challenges into which Jesus was born. People oppressed and marginalized, taxed right off their land into brutal poverty, victims of discrimination just for being born who they were—these were the Jews of Jesus’ day. And what we celebrate in Jesus’ birth is that God did not give up on the people or stop loving them. Even in the face of such conditions, Jesus’ call for peace, hope, love, and joy ultimately prevailed. We do not celebrate the arrival of a baby. (Well, we do. Always.) We celebrate Emmanuel, God with us, no matter what. And we take up anew our own commitment to be bringers of God’s peace, hope, joy, and love to a world that sorely needs all of them.
 
Advent is an opportunity for reflection as we await the Christ child. As we reflect on the world today—the wars, suffering, and great needs—may we find ourselves called anew to be bringers of peace, hope, joy, and great love. The time is now.

Merry Christmas,
Meighan
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Snow Policy
During the week, if Seattle Public Schools are closed due to weather, the church office will also be closed.
In the event of weekend snow or other emergency situations, Pastor, Chair of Trustees and Moderator or Co-Moderators will confer and decide no later than 8 am Sunday whether to cancel the service. One of them will then call the Office Manager at home to put out an all-church email, update the website and record a phone message. If none of these people is able to go to the church, they will call a member who lives close to post signs on the doors about cancellation, and be in the building for a little while in case anyone comes for church and needs to warm up before going back home.
Even if the church has not issued a notice about cancellation, please consider your own safety as you decide whether to venture out in winter weather.
 
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Moderate Word
In my October Moderate word, I referred to our decision, a few years back, to establish a sustainable budget without relying on more than the 5% we currently draw each year from our endowment.  I also mentioned that the board had been talking recently about strengthening our sustainability by offering reasonable rents to help support local community organizations and activities, while also helping to support the costs of operating the church.
 
We have come a long way since then, having surveyed many members of the church through individual interviews and church-wide listening sessions.  The first session was summarized in my November letter to you.  Your input from the second session is summarized below:
1.         Why do we need a complete plan?  Why can’t we pick something to do now?
2.         Book by John Dorhauer–tie our energies and resources to our mission and values--make sure it fits.
3.         Does current draft plan include hanging tapestries in the sanctuary? (no)
4.         Can we pick our first priority and do it now?  Whole project seems overwhelming.
5.         Can sound system upgrade be our first priority?  (Straw vote indicated strong support for this)
6.  Is there room to consider other projects like water capture and solar projects that might be community funded, at little or no cost to the church?
7.         Isn’t a big reason for overhauling the third floor to add to church revenue?
8.         What is the worst thing about the church building that begs improvement (what is the biggest issue to be resolved)? 
9.         We ought to put the whole package together and establish a budget and request funding support and see what happens.    
10. There are some issues related to furniture and storage in odd places that stand out and should be resolved before the first of the year. 
11. Maybe we can start doing some work, raise money as we go, and keep moving along.
 
With this latest input, and the results of estimates from proposals for a new sound system, lighting improvements, third floor meeting room facelift, and new carpeting and painting for office/parlor/and stairs, your church board agreed to develop a proposal for congregation approval, which lists and prioritizes these tasks.
 
The board proposes to begin with sanctuary sound system improvements, at an approximate cost of $5000.
 
This would be followed by moving the choir music file cabinets from the third floor to the space besides the stairs in our anteroom between the sanctuary and the church office, at an approximate cost of $500.
 
Next would come the third floor meeting room facelift, which would include new carpeting or flooring, painting, and installation of a bank of storage cabinets, at an approximate cost of $6-7000.
 
Fourth on the list would be improved Sanctuary chancel lighting.  We have reviewed a comprehensive proposal from Richard Moore to this end, and further review and ideas are expected.  Current estimates range between $2 to 4 thousand.
 
The last item on our list includes painting and recarpeting the office, parlor, and stairways, at an approximate cost of $10,000.    
We currently have $5300 left over from our sanctuary remodel, so the first two items on our list could begin very soon.  Other projects would depend on the generosity of our members. 
 
We will be scheduling a congregational meeting soon, to bring our proposal to you.
 
By the way, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to this planning
effort, which began early this summer.  Although we have been talking about lots of changes, and although change sometimes comes hard, I am proud to be part of a group of people who have rolled up their sleeves and done the work to get us to where we are.  I am looking forward to the work ahead. 

John Daugherty, Moderator
 
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Mary's Place Giving Tree
This holiday season, we're being asked to donate much needed items for Mary's Place to continue to provide care and support to homeless women, children, and families in the Seattle area. Please take a paper ornament from the Giving Tree in the Narthex next to the front door and purchase the listed item, then leave your donation under the large tree in the sanctuary Sunday, December 4 through Sunday, December 11. You may also deliver your donations through December 17 to Ballard Church, 1460 NW 73rd St, M-F 9 am - 5 pm. Items for donation include: Diapers (sizes 4, 5, or 6), Baby Wipes, Children's Socks and Underwear (any size, any gender), Hand Warmers, Children's Cold Medicine (over the counter), and Gift Wrapping Supplies (gift paper, tape, bows, ribbon, name tags, etc.).  Please contact Adam Dahl (dahladam@hotmail.com) or Troy Woodworth (antroiny@yahoo.com) with any questions about donations.
 
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Social Justice and Outreach Meeting minutes
October 30, 2016
Present: Meighan, Rick Russell, Kathy Mahan, Abi Velasco, Denise Parry, Roland Holloway, Suzanne Fry
Absent:  Jan Kinney, Caitlin Jones
 
Outreach Budget Distribution:
Recipients 2015/16 2016/17 Difference
OCWM $4700 $5000 +$300
Preschool $2000 $2000 No change
Church Council
Of Greater Seattle
$100 $100 No change
FAN $100 $100 No change
Community Lunch $400 $400 No change
Mary’s Place $200 $200 No change
Pastor’s Discretionary $700 $0 -$700
Speakers and Movies $100 $100 No change
JLP Intern $3000 $2475 -$525
350. Seattle $0 $200 +$200
Standing Rock Pipeline Protest $0 $200 +$200
Totals $11,300 $10,775  
 
Holiday “Baskets” – The special offering to help preschool families with grocery cards for holiday meals will be collected again this year.  Rosemary Bell will coordinate with the preschool and purchase the cards for the Preschool to distribute based on money raised and family need.
 
Sock it to Homelessness – the sock drive is underway and doing well.  Nancy Daugherty is heading this up in memory of Rose Alfred and Suzanne Fry is assisting.
 
Movies:  We plan to screen movies that relate to Social and Environmental Justice again this year.  Abi Velasco will research what it would mean for Prospect to become the Capitol Hill Location for Meaningful Movies on a regular basis.  New SOJO member Kathy Mahan will look into what free movies are available through 350.org and another source.
Alternative Christmas giving: Meighan suggested that we advertise and support Alternative Christmas giving through Heifer Project or Church World Service, Solar d.light lamps and Equal Exchange food items.  We plan to promote this with bulletin and newsletter articles and with displays on Sunday Nov. 13 and Sunday Nov. 20 at coffee hour.
Fund Raising: Meighan suggested selling Chinook Coupon books.  50% of the sales return to the organization making the sales.  Suzanne will research what would be involved, and we have earmarked any proceeds to help host Mary’s Place families next summer.
Homelessness issues:  Feb. 2, 2017 will be Homelessness Advocacy Day in Olympia at the Capitol.  Abi is now employed by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, following her internship there last year.  Denise is interning this year at the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.
Doctrine of Discovery: Roland would like to see us have a meaningful discussion on the DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY.  This was signed in 1483 to justify western expansion and is coming into play again around encroachment on tribal lands, among other things.  The UCC signed a resolution in 2013 at General Synod regarding this doctrine.  All SOJO team members should read up on this to ensure an informed discussion. We will put this on the agenda for the ….
Next Meeting:  January 29, 2017
 
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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: trujcs1@gmail.com or 206-330-4201.

Women’s Book Group usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Parlor. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. Reading Schedule through March 2017:
Dec 13: Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
Jan 10: Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove
Feb 14 (date subject to change): Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
Mar 14: Karen Eisenbrey, The Gospel according to St Rage
For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or susan.s0925@gmail.com.


 

 
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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 Dee Eisenhauer’s sabbatical project with pastors in long-term ministry, missionaries Kim and Eric Free, Justice Leadership Jubilee, UCC presence at Standing Rock, and more. Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.



 
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Save the Date:
26th Annual Conference Men’s Retreat
February 2-5, 2017
Pilgrim Firs
Gather for the 26th Annual PNC-UCC Men's Retreat at Pilgrim Firs. Conference Minister Rev. Mike Denton will be sharing his thoughts and experiences around eldering, sharing wisdom, speaking into a culture that yearns for wise thoughts and actions. The Silent Retreat starts on Thursday after dinner. Weekend Retreat starts on Friday after dinner and concludes at 11am Sunday morning. Register at pilgrim-firs.org
Age 18+
$135 Men's Retreat weekend, Feb 3rd-5th
$195 Men's Retreat weekend + Day of Silence, Feb 2nd-5th
 
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UCC Scholarship Application
The UCC has a wealth of scholarships for individuals in the denomination who are engaged in education, leadership, and ministry.
 
Scholarships are currently available in the following areas:
 
Ministry Education Scholarships
Scholarships for those preparing for ministry in the UCC and for support for ministers in financial or personal crisis.
 
Leadership Development Scholarships
Scholarships that help to support UCC undergraduate students, future seminary professors, African-American laywomen, and gifted persons with disabilities, among others.
 
The online scholarship application process is safe, secure, and user-friendly!
Important dates to remember:
 
December 1, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. - Scholarship application forms open
 
March 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. - Scholarship application forms close
 
For information or to apply, go to www.ucc.org/scholarships
 
 
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Alternative Giving
If you are looking for ideas for alternative Christmas gifts, check out these resources:
 
d.light solar lights recharge through tiny solar panels and provide bright light for about four hours per charge. These lights are handy here but essential to people living in remote villages around the world that have no power grid. Your purchase helps subsidize the price for these lights in poorer communities. Available in the U.S. through Amazon. More info at www.dlight.com
 
Heifer International provides livestock to families in poor communities so that the people can better feed their families. Recipients then pay the gift forward by giving to another family the first offspring of their animals. Order through www.heifer.org/catalog or 855-848-6437 (855-8HUNGER). For each gift of $10 or more, you may request an Honor Card for family and/or friends. Honor Card orders received by Dec 11 should be delivered by Dec 24.  
 
Equal Exchange works with small farmers to provide fair prices for their crops. They offer coffee, chocolate, cocoa, tea, olive oil, nuts, dried fruits, granola bars, bananas, avocados, and more. 
These three options are just a few ways to give gifts that help people around the world. http://equalexchange.coop/products
 
You can give a themed gift through Global Ministries. These Alternative giving themes are: People in Mission, Peace with Justice, Water, Education, Child Sponsorship, Health, Microcredit, Church Capacity Building, and Where Needed Most. These gifts go directly to global partners with ministries and projects within these themes. To learn more about specific ministries or projects of global partners within these themes, go to http://www.globalministries.org/special_projects
Learn more about alternative gifts and the alternative giving themes through the Global Ministries Alternative Giving Catalog. The catalog contains rich stories and photographs of the life-giving ministries of global partners, as well as information on how to participate in this global sharing of God’s abundant resources. View the catalog online or request a print copy at http://www.globalministries.org/alternative_christmas

Mwanzo is accepting donations to finish the Mwanzo Education Center in Rabuor, home village of Loyce Ong'udi, who has been a guest preacher at Prospect. Go to http://www.mwanzo.org/donate/ to give online or for the local mailing address.
 
 
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Preschool News
THANK YOUs

(‘Tis the season)
This time of the year is a period of giving and sharing thanks to those who make us grateful throughout the year; thus, the Preschool must take this time to say “Thank You!”
Thank you for continuing to support the mission of the school to serve those who are less fortunate. As a result of your recent donations to provide gift cards to our families most in need, we are able to provide assistance to twenty families.
Thank you to the Trustees who were eager and willing to help us meet our licensing requirements and a big thanks to our volunteers in and out of the classroom, your continued efforts are vital to the school’s overall operation.
Finally, a BIG thank you to Amy Miller, our Board President, who will be serving her final month as President this December. Her dedication and leadership skills will be missed.
If you are interested in joining the Preschool Board, please contact us!
Circle of Friends – Keep reading – we have BIG news
This time of the year is also when the Preschool gears up for our Circle of Friends report as well as our Auction! Circle of Friends will provide details from the previous school year, including stories from our teachers, Family Support Specialist, Treasurer, Board President and Director, plus, plenty of pictures of our students. Please be on the lookout for our report between now and the end of the year via…EMAIL! This year’s Circle of Friends will be stepping into the 21st century! We will send the report via email to individuals who have already provided us with their email, but everyone else will receive the report via mail and will be provided an opportunity to share their email with us.
If you’d like to provide your email sooner versus later, please feel free to email me at: pepseattle@gmail.com to be added to our email list.
We are excited to start the process of making Circle of Friends paperless and hope you are too!
Auction News
We are currently in the process of naming our upcoming Auction, so please feel free to share your ideas! Also, feel free to contact me if you are interested in volunteering or helping in any capacity with the auction.
Our auction is scheduled for March 11, 2017, more details to be shared soon!
Thanks again for your continued support and of course, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Alexis Bacon, Director for the Children
206-324-5230
pepseattle@gmail.com
 
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Messiah Sing-along
Friday, December 9 7:30 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Come sing selected choruses and solos from Handel’s Messiah with the Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kim Roy. Proceeds benefit Garfield’s award-winning orchestra. Tickets: $15, $10 students/seniors www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006. Scores available to rent at the door for $5. Desserts and beverages available at intermission. For more information: www.garfieldorchestra.org.

 
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Madrona Makes Music:
Benefit Concert for Julia's Place

Saturday, December 10 3:00 p.m.
Madrona Grace Church
832 32nd Ave
The musicians of Madrona are pooling their talents to support Julia’s Place, the neighborhood’s family homeless shelter. These local performers, including accomplished professionals and aspiring young artists, present a holiday extravaganza that covers everything from Mozart and Schubert to Stevie Wonder and Leonard Cohen. Guests of all ages are welcome at this free community concert, and every donation collected goes directly to Julia’s Place to assist vulnerable families!

Please stay for a reception after the concert, with complimentary snacks and treats donated by Red Cow, Cupcake Royale, and other neighborhood establishments. Prior to the concert at 2:45pm, a tour of Julia’s Place is available for those wishing to see the facility.

Madrona Makes Music is a presentation of Suzuki by the Sound, Madrona’s local violin studio.
 
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Dances of Universal Peace: The Lord's Prayer
Wednesday, December 14 7-9:30 p.m.
Keystone UCC
5019 Keystone Place N
Dances of Universal Peace will teach both the singing and movement to the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic. This is the language believed to be the original language of Jesus Christ. The words and simple movements will be taught throughout the evening. Love offerings of $5-$10 are gratefully accepted. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Dances of Universal Peace is a non-profit international group that strives to create peace through meditation, chants, and dancing. Live music is provided each evening. Dances are simple, inclusive, and repetitive. The group meets every Wed from 7:30-9:30 p.m., but December 14th is a very special event; Brenda Neth invites all Prospect members and friends. For more information, contact Phil at (425)483-6511 or phil.notermann@gmail.com or Brian (425) 485-2019 brian@briandina.com or Hayra (206)546-6092 hayrafatah@gmail.com
 
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Global Peace Dance
Saturday, December 31
8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Shoreline Community Acupuncture
18505 Firlands Way N, Shoreline
Dances of Universal Peace 26th Annual New Year's Eve Event
   Alcohol-Free and Drug-Free Celebration
      Embrace the Earth with Mantra, Movement, Music & Meditation 
Suggested Donation: $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
For more information, please go to www.seattleDUP.org
 
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Ignatian Spirituality Center
December Events
An Advent Evening of Prayer
"Welcoming the Stranger Home"
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:00 - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Church, Seattle
Fr. Trung Pham, S.J. and Catherine Punsalan, presenters
What would it mean to welcome and make a home in our hearts for the immigrant... the stranger... the Other? Might we encounter Beauty in an unexpected place? Jesus on earth? Contemplate the immigrant stories of the Holy Family, our presenters, and your own. Give yourself time this Advent to breathe during a hectic season and rest in an evening of silence, prayer, art, music, & reflection.
Event is free of charge, and all are invited to attend. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit www.ignatiancenter.org. If you have questions or to RSVP, contact andrea@ignatiancenter.org or (206) 329-4824. Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle.  
A Winter Day of Reflection:
An Examen at the Cusp of the Year
"A Pilgrim's Pondering"
Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Center
Mary Hartrich, Facilitator
Unwind from the holidays - give yourself or someone else the gift of a one-day retreat! Join us at the cusp of the year for a quiet guided personal retreat, a Winter Day of Reflection, to ponder the pilgrimage you have undertaken the previous year, and to look toward your journey in the New Year. Facilitator Mary Hartrich will lead you through the four movements of a modified Examen, each movement followed by abundant time for personal prayer, silent reflection, and journaling.
COST: Early registration fee is $45 (through Dec. 27). Regular fee is $55 (Dec. 28-31). Light breakfast, lunch and materials included. Partial work scholarships available.  For more information on the program, visit www.ignatiancenter.org.  For questions or more information about partial work scholarships, contact (206) 329-4824 or andrea@ignatiancenter.org.  Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle.

 
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December Volunteers

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

Coffee Hour
  4 Bob Bakke
11 Rosemary and Tom Bell
18 Jackie & Art Mampel/Pam & Tony Puglisi

25 No Coffee Hour

Liturgist
  4 Susan Reeb
11 Pam Puglisi
18 John Kovach
24 Susan Reeb (5 more needed)
25 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: www.prospectseattle.org
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December Birthdays
Andrew Doggett.............................. 12/09
Bob Bakke....................................... 12/11
Tom Doggett................................... 12/11


 
 
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