|Stewardship Sunday is May 8!
Making a financial pledge is a crucial part of our COVENANT with our church. Please turn in your pledge forms by May 8 so the Church Board can create a 2016/2017 budget to present to the congregation for approval at our Annual Meeting in June. You can mail your pledge form to the church or drop it in the offering plate or in Karen's box. If you need a pledge form contact the church office.
Saturday, May 14
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sleeping Dog Farm
6669 Holst Rd, Clinton, WA
Rev. Catherine Foote of University Congregational UCC invites you to her farm for a special Prospect-only Lamb Day! Pack a lunch and bring kids (and rubber boots) to spend a spring day on a real farm. There will be sheep and lambs, chickens, horses, dogs and cats, as well as a mature orchard.
- Take the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton
- From the ferry dock, continue on Hwy 525 past Clinton Food Mart to Deer Lake Road
- Turn left on Deer Lake Road
- Continue on Deer Lake Road until it becomes Holst Road
- Continue straight on Holst Road to the first driveway on the left
|Mary’s Place Overnight Shelter
Volunteer Training: May 15, 7:00 p.m.
Shelter Week: June 21-28
Coming out of our exploration of homelessness in our community, Prospect has decided to host overnight shelter for Mary's Place women and children from the evening of Tuesday, June 21 through the morning of Tuesday, June 28. This is a new endeavor for us, and we will be delighted to have all the help we can get!
Mary's Place staff will provide a training session for all potential Mary's Place volunteers on Sunday, May 15 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Prospect. If that date doesn't work for you but you are interested in being a volunteer, please call 206-322-6030 or email email@example.com and we will schedule a make-up session to bring you up to speed. All volunteers are required to have a background check; this is a form that is run by the Washington State Patrol.
Mary's Place provides mattresses and a van to transport the families to and fro each day. Here are a few ways volunteers can help:
We’ll learn more details at the training session.
- provide hot dinners, grab-and-go breakfasts, and snacks;
- do activities with the children (various ages);
- sleep overnight at the church to be on hand in case any needs arise in the night (may be limited to women volunteers);
- help set up the space at the beginning of the week and help take it down at the end;
- do an initial supply run for breakfast foods and snacks;
- wash sheets and towels at the end of the week;
- possibly provide a fancier breakfast on Saturday and/or Sunday, e.g., pancakes, eggs, etc.
This is a new way in which we will serve people in need in our community, and we are excited about making it a success. Please contact Pastor Meighan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns about this endeavor. We will be putting together sign-up sheets for volunteer shifts closer to the hosting dates.
|Street Requiem – Benefit for Homelessness Projects
May 1, 7:00 p.m. Benaroya Hall
Come experience for one night only a stage full of volunteer singers & musicians from the Pacific Northwest as they share their passion for music to help the homeless with the Seattle premier of Street Requiem, a choral benefit concert for those living and dying on the streets! Street Requiem gives these souls a voice.
Street Requiem is a new major Australian work composed & conceived in 2014 by Dr. Jonathon Welch AM and written in collaboration with Dr. Kathleen McGuire and Andy Payne. It is a multi-movement cantata, scored for choirs, soloists and chamber orchestras. The work is neither secular nor religious, is intended to be spiritual and includes English, Latin and African lyrics. It aims to bring a sense of peace, remembrance, action and hope to communities struggling with homelessness, poverty, hate-crime and street violence.
This event is sponsored by The Starbucks Chorus Global Month of Service Project and includes over 25 local choral groups from the Puget Sound area. The Homeless Remembrance Project from the Women’s Housing Equity and Enhancement League (WHEEL) will begin the concert leading an acknowledgement & dedication to the homeless and the souls lost on the streets.
Ninety percent of the purchase price of the ticket will be distributed evenly among local nonprofits directly helping the homeless:
Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC)
Pike Market Senior Center
Seattle Housing and Resource Effort
Homelessness is a crisis and in every zip code in King County. We hope you feel as compelled as we do to demonstrate your compassion for our community by attending this concert.
This event is presented by The Starbucks Chorus and 25 choral organizations from the Pacific Northwest.
All seating is reserved.
|Sunday School for children will not be offered in May
due to vacation schedules. It will resume June 12 and continue the 2nd Sunday of each month.
|Warm Tunes on a Hot Planet
Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and get ready to enjoy another evening of great music for a good cause. Performers include John Daugherty, Tom and Rosemary Bell, Frank Trujillo and his singing group, and Micfield and the New Transducers, with David Kidder. Intermission will feature the ever-popular dessert buffet, coordinated by Kathy Mahan – let her know if you want to provide a dessert. Suggested donation: $15 (We won’t reject larger amounts, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.) Proceeds will benefit the ministries of Prospect UCC.
in a Cool Church
Benefit Concert for Prospect UCC
Saturday, May 21 7:00 p.m.
Tending the Garden, Changing the World
As I write this, I am sitting in the Good Shepherd P-Patch, admiring all the plants springing out of the ground in a profusion of colors, shapes, and sizes. Over here: mint, borage, sage, broccoli, leeks. Over there: red clover, parsley, peas, rainbow chard, raspberries. In the park behind me, children run, scream, and clamber up the jungle gym. This place is pulsing with life; it is thriving, bursting with energy and possibility. It is a place of community, learning, tending, and growing.
Does our church have those qualities, too? On weekdays our building rings with many young voices of preschoolers, a key ministry of this congregation for over fifty years. We rent space to other programs that serve children as well: a homeschool program called Frog Hollow, and a Girl Scout troop. On Tuesday evenings, the Washington Alpine Club strings up climbing ropes all over the fellowship hall and shows slides on climber safety. And on Sundays our voices rise in song and prayer to fill the sanctuary.
This month we have many opportunities to thrive, learn, grow, tend, and serve. In addition to the usual Adult Education class, Bible Study Group, and team meetings, we have Lamb Day at Catherine Foote’s farm on Whidbey Island, an opportunity to participate in the Break Free from Fossil Fuels event in Anacortes, and a training for volunteers as we prepare to host Mary’s Place in late June. Our Justice Leadership Program intern, Abi, will report on her recent participation in multiple events: Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., the UCC Pacific Northwest Conference Annual Meeting in Wenatchee, and the Conference to End Homelessness in Spokane. (If you were wondering why you haven’t seen her at church in a couple of weeks, it’s because she’s been working all over the map!)
A number of our musicians are putting on a concert on May 21. We are blessed with great musical talent that expresses itself in a variety of ways and styles. Please support this event, which will help us to meet our current budget commitments. There will be a fabulous dessert spread for intermission.
In addition, I will be preaching three sermons—on May 8, 15, and 29—examining who we think Jesus is for us in the twenty-first century and why that might matter. These sermons will invite opportunities for input and response from you; I hope you can be there. Stewardship Pledge Sunday is May 8, an opportunity for us to commit to helping this community thrive over the coming year.
Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We are a small church, but we are finding opportunities to learn, serve, thrive—and change the world. I hope you are enriched and invigorated by these events and opportunities. Like the Good Shepherd P-Patch gardens, we can flourish when well tended. Come and tend the “garden” that we call Prospect United Church of Christ.
Let’s change the world. We’re small, and we can do it.
The trustees have approved a new church use policy and new rental rates, effective July 1, 2016. The previous policy document had been in effect for over 10 years, and did not reflect new regulations from the state regarding use of exempt property. The trustees sought input from the Church Board, Moderators, Office Manager and the Pastor. To assist in implementing the new policy, Bill VanPelt compiled a decision tree for use by the Office Manager, so that a determination can be made quickly when a request for rental is made. Bill also worked hard to come up with a usable draft policy for review, and in the process educated us in the dos and don’ts for rental of exempt property. Jerry Sams converted the decision tree document into an Excel “truth tables” spreadsheet, as well. Many thanks to all those who gave of their time and effort to make the new policy as clear as possible. Special thanks go to Bill and Jerry. If you would like to peruse the new policy, please contact Karen and she will be happy to provide a copy.
Jane Doggett, Chair of Trustees
Together with our community of supporters, Mary’s Place offers homeless women, children and their families rescue, respite, nutrition, safety and shelter in a setting where relationships are made, love and hope are discovered and a new future begins.
Mary’s Place Spring Benefit Luncheon
Tuesday, May 3 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
|Church Board Minutes
Sunday, April 17
Submitted by Barbara Force
Attending: Pam Puglisi, John Daugherty, Meighan Pritchard, Barbara Force, Louise Morehead, Suzanne Fry
Pam called the meeting to order and Meighan offered a prayer.
Concerns for specific people were discussed.
Chancel Renovation Project Refund:
A letter authored by Jim Miller and Frank Trujillo has been sent asking those who had made a contribution to this project if they would like a partial refund as there was more money raised than spent. The letter included a yellow “response postcard” for respondents to use to indicate if a refund was desired. Karen says that most who have responded thus far have not asked for a refund. Any funds remaining in this fund will be used as seed money for projects approved by the congregation.
Conference Annual Meeting:
Attending from Prospect will be Meighan Pritchard, Rick Russell, Jan Kinney, John Daugherty and Abi Velasco. The theme is “out on a limb”. The organizing committee has asked for pictures of church members engaged in outreach activities such as Community Lunch. Meighan will be a co-presenter of a workshop on environmental issues. Abi is involved in 2 workshops.
Letters asking for the return of pledge cards were handed out to those attending today’s service. Letters were mailed to those not in attendance. The due date for returning pledge cards is May 8 which is stewardship Sunday. There will be additional “stewardship moments” included in worship services between now and May 8.
: This event will be held on May 21st
. John is coordinating the concert; Kathy Mahan is coordinating a dessert buffet. Publicity is featured on Prospect’s web page, Facebook page, reader board and a neighborhood email. Rehearsals are in progress.
Building Use Policy
: The Trustees have finalized a policy for determining who may use/rent the building. This policy is to go in effect on July 1, 2016. Generally, preference will be given to non-profit organizations. One current user, Frog Hollow School, is not a non-profit. John will check with Trustees to determine what has been communicated to Frog Hollow and discuss alternatives to accommodate them. Meighan will check with University Congregational Church to see how they accommodate schools using their building. Karen has been asked to keep a log of all requests for building use.
Hosting Mary’s Place
: Prospect will be hosting Mary’s Place families from June 21 through June 28. Training for volunteers will be held on the evening of May 15. Meighan will check with her contact to see if an assessment of our building will be made by someone from the Mary’s Place staff. The neighborhood will be notified this week of the date for training and hosting via the neighborhood email. All who volunteer will need to attend training and have a background check. Abi will be asked to coordinate this project as Suzanne will be out of town those dates. Pam will make contact with Abi when she returns on April 25.
Louise met with Peter Hasegawa who is the lead organizer for Sound Alliance whose mission is to “organize for the common good.” She thought their efforts might dovetail with some of our outreach/social justice mission. Pam will look at the organization’s web site to learn more and may also call Peter to learn more.
Prospect’s Annual Congregational Meeting:
The date for this meeting is June 12. A budget for the church’s next fiscal year will need to be presented at this meeting. John explained the methodology he plans to use to determine a budget for income and expenses. Income is primarily determined by pledges which will hopefully be in on or around May 8. The budget to be presented to the congregation will need to be determined in the May Church Board Meeting.
Real Good Church:
The agenda today included discussion of this book. However, due to time constraints this did not occur. The Church Board members in attendance at the meeting agreed to meet after worship next Sunday, April 24 to discuss this book. An email will be sent to Church Board members to let them know what chapters will be discussed.
The meeting closed with a prayer.
Join JLP Intern Abi Velasco at the Conference on Ending Homelessness!
Registration for the 26th Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness is now open. This year's conference will take place on May 11 and 12, 2016at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington. The conference will bring together over 600 people from across Washington who are working to end homelessness, including community advocates, direct service providers, non-profit board members, and government employees. With 35 workshops, 3 keynote speakers, and numerous networking opportunities, there is something for everyone at this event.
Visit the conference website at www.wliha.org/conference to learn more about the program, registration, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and travel logistics. We hope you are able to join us in Spokane in May!
Adult Education meets on Sundays at noon in the Parlor for a DVD study "The Greatest Controversies in Early Christian History," a lecture series by Professor Bart Ehrman. 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!
Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday. (Please note: There will be no children's Sunday School offered in May due to vacation schedules. We will resume June 12 and continue the second Sunday of each month.) Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: email@example.com or 206-330-4201.
Women’s Book Group meets Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Floor. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. May's book is The Children Act by Ian McEwan . For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The words “Reaching Out”!
“Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand – Make this a Better World if You Can”
– from the song by Ashford & Simpson
Spring has Sprung!!! The birds are chirping, the kids are playing at the park & visiting the zoo, we have so many things to do!!! The most important thing is that we “reach out” to others, take time out of our busy day just because WE CAN. Reaching out has many faces! A simple smile as you walk by someone, words of encouragement to someone who has lost his way, support to the sick, offering to step into a project or a task, sharing a problem that’s not our problem, and comforting a child. Remember, as you pass that old friend on the street his shoes could fit your feet!!!
April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week and boy did our Prospect community reach out and come to the table in a BIG way! Volunteer Award given to all the people who helped plan, and execute a beautiful auction! What a tremendous act of “REACHING OUT”!!! I am blessed to work with each and every one of you!! The camaraderie, the leadership & creativity, the diligence & dedication, all paid off! We created an awesome experience for our guests plus we raised lotsa money! WE CAN – and WE DID!!! Thank you all for helping to create a better world here at Prospect!!!
Classroom & office supplies.
help to plan our Moving Up – Moving On Ceremony, and we always need a good classroom volunteer!!
Volunteers Thank You:
A huge “Give Back” to the HOOPER family. Bill stepped up and became our bus driver in Tony’s absence. He has ensured our doors stayed open. We are so blessed to have volunteers step up like this. THANK YOU!!
How You Can Help? May 3, May 3, May 3, May 3!
Click and Pledge
on our website
to participate in the Seattle Foundation GiveBIG Day
on May 3nd
or visit their website
to make a direct donation to us! Thanks in advance!
We Take Care of our Students (April/May):
- Kindergarten Fieldtrip to Lowell Elementary to meet a teacher, tour the classroom, library & meal room, and maybe even get a chance to play on the playground.
- Community Kitchen Family Night
- Sushila K.C., a Seattle Academy Senior is here through June to conduct her internship.
- Lastly, parent/teacher conferences, Beach Day, Moving On – Moving Up, and then summer break!!!
Job Openings/Job Sought
Prospect Enrichment Preschool is currently seeking a mini-bus driver or driver/janitor/classroom aide. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume, including 3 references, to email@example.com.
Brenda Neth is looking for work. She is happy to help you with phone advocacy, telemarketing, organizing, filing, writing and editing. Rates negotiable. Please contact her for details: 206-985-0034 (leave a message), 206-739-6783, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PNW Conference News
The latest Pacific Northwest Conference News is online at http://www.pncuccnews.org. This issue includes stories on the Plymouth Housing Groups newest apartments, Angela Ying visiting the White House, a faith and science workshop, Ruth Brandon's availability to speak on global ministries, Prospect UCC divesting, Global Ministries reconnecting and recruiting, stars in sanctuaries for Epiphany, a minimum wage/income inequality protest, and more. Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.
2016 Outdoor Ministries Program
Fearless Faith – Courage in Community
Women’s Retreat:..................................................... May 20-22
Kid’s Camp (entering grades 2, 3, & 4):............................. July 3-6
Intermediate (entering grades 5 & 6):.............................. July 3-9
Sr. High Aqua Camp (entering grades 10, 11, & 12):....... July 10-16
Family Camp #1:........................................................ July 24-30
Jr. High Aqua Camp (entering grades 7, 8, & 9):.... July 31-August 6
LGBTQ Retreat......................................................... August 5-7
Family Camp # 2:..................................................... August 7-13
LGBTQ Spiritual Retreat:................................................ June 3-5
Young Adult Retreat (age 19-35)................................. June 17-19
Sr. Hi (entering grade 10 to grad.):......................... June 26-July 2
Jr Hi (entering grades 7, 8 & 9):....................................... July 3-9
Kids Camp (entering grades 2, 3 & 4):........................... July 10-13
Intermediate (entering grades 5 & 6):........................... July 10-16
Counselor in Training (CIT) Camp.................................. July 10-1
Family Camp:........................................................ August 16-20
For details, go to www.n-sid-sen.org or www.pilgrim-firs.org, request a pdf brochure from the Prospect church office, or pick up a printed brochure in the office or narthex.
Justice Leadership Program Openings
The Justice Leadership Program has openings for YOUNG ADULTS in an eleven-month INTERNSHIP in Seattle. Please share this information with anyone you know who may have contacts with young adults who care about social justice and faith.
The Justice Leadership Program invites young adults (ages 21-35) to make social change by working at the intersection of social justice and spirituality. This full-time internship features political advocacy and
community organizing, faith-based service, and leadership development. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ Young Adult Service
Four positions remain open for 2016-17. These are with 350Seattle.org, the Meaningful Movies Project, Unite Here Local 8, and the Women's Housing Equality and Enhancement League.
Social Justice Interns:
§ WORK with a nonprofit dedicated to social, economic, and/or environmental justice
§ SERVE within a United Church of Christ congregation
§ LIVE in simple intentional community with other young adult JLP interns
§ GROW through mentoring, vocational exploration, education and reflection on faith and justice
§ RECEIVE a monthly living stipend of $445, health insurance, housing, and bus pass
Those interested can learn more at: justiceleadership.org, or contact Elizabeth Dickinson at: email@example.com.
Save the Date:
Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat
“Let Your Spirit Bloom”
November 4-6 Kah-Nee-Ta Resort
Keynote Speaker: Jane Kirkpatrick
UCC Disaster Relief Appeal
The United Church of Christ One Great Hour of Sharing and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion issue this joint special appeal for $500,000 for Ecuador earthquake relief and recovery. The United Church of Christ and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with our ecumenical partners, are well-positioned to respond to immediate needs and to be strategically active in long-term accompaniment as people recover their lives and livelihoods.
Your generosity to this special appeal will enable a far-reaching response.
On the 16th of April 2016 the people of Ecuador experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The death toll of hundreds and injury count of thousands are rising daily. Physical damage to buildings and infrastructure is catastrophic, including demolished buildings, broken roadways, and lost electricity along the Pacific coastline. A state of emergency has been called for 6 of Ecuador’s coastal provinces.
Because the scope of the damage is so immense, the disaster ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are leveraging our existing partnership to respond jointly. As members of the one body of Christ, we strengthen one another and stand together with those who are suffering.
Through our partnership, you are already there in the heart of the response. You are there as traumatized survivors evaluate their next steps amid the rubble of their former homes and as rescue responders continue to search for survivors. You are accompanying the people of Ecuador through your support of the UCC and Disciples disaster ministries.
Solidarity grants to Global Ministries (Disciples/UCC) partner, FEDICE (the Ecumenical Foundation for Integral Development, Training, and Education) already are enabling the provision of food, water, blankets, clothes and first aid supplies to the affected communities. World-wide church partners with disaster response capacity and expertise, including the ACT Alliance, are mobilizing responses with local members and global connections, with support from our denominations.
Read more about this special appeal here.
The situation is urgent. The need is great. You can help!
One Great Hour of Sharing - securely online
Or mail Check to:
One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC)
700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
(By mail, please remember to specify Ecuador Earthquake Relief)
|The Architecture of Family
and the Art of Self Discovery
May 6, 7, 13 & 14 7:30 p.m.
All Pilgrims Christian Church
509 10th Avenue East
The Architecture of Family & the Art of Self-Discovery is a production telling the story (through interview video clips, original choral compositions performed live, and sets designed to usher the audience into the narrative) of Stephen's journey of coming out to his intensely conservative family, and the way they navigated the path of becoming the loving, supportive family they are today.
Tickets are available now through Brown Paper Tickets. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today!
|Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Mother’s Day Action to
Plans include: early morning Eucharist at the Bangor Naval Base main gate led by Father Steve Kelly of the Disarm Now Plowshares; a presentation by Elizabeth Murray, “Confronting Nuclear Weapons in the Age of Indifference”; and a vigil and nonviolent direct action in front of the Naval Submarine Base Bangor in the afternoon.
Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Saturday, May 7 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
16159 Clear Creek Rd NW Poulsbo
Coffee, tea, bagel, and cream cheese will be provided in the morning. Bring a bag lunch and something to share for a midday break.
For updated information about Ground Zero and the day’s schedule and events, please visit www.gzcenter.org.
Saturday, May 7 2:00-4:00 p.m.
200 8th Ave N
Have you ever wanted to shift the consciousness around race and how it affects our everyday lives? Join co-facilitators Rev. Allen Mosley and Rev. April Bolin for a look at how privilege affects race consciousness. Learn where you stand in privilege. Look within for the spaces where you hold racism. Gain understanding on how to listen from the heart when you are triggered. Learn how fear plays a role in racism. Learn how guilt plays a role in racism. Gain tools to help shift fear and guilt. The day will conclude with a visioning directed toward shifting racial equality within the world in which we live today.
RSVP to RevAllen@outlook.com
|SpiritVision Music and Total Experience Gospel Choir Present:
SING! 2016 Choral Concert
Saturday, May 7 7:00 p.m
Hosted by Seattle Unity
200 8th Ave N
Featured Seattle Area Choirs include:
The Total Experience Gospel Choir,
directed by Rev. Pat Wright
Seattle Unity Choir, directed by Matt Corey
Shades of praise from St. Therese Catholic Church, directed by Kent Stevenson
Celebration Choir from Center for Spiritual Living Seattle, directed by Bev Daugherty
SpiritVision Mass Choir, directed by Matt Corey, Kenya Leger and Bev Daugherty
Admission is free – love offering will be received
For more information, contact Rev. Cheri Neill at 206-851-1035 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Food Challenge:
350 Seattle invites you to learn how food intersects with climate.
How We Eat & the Link to Climate
Tuesday, May 24 7:00 p.m.
University Unitarian Church
6556 35th Ave NE
For more information: 350Seattle.org
- Organic vs traditional agriculture
- Local food vs 3,000 miles from field to table
- Eating less meat is eating less carbon
- Stopping the waste of 40% of all food produced saves carbon
- The policies to change all this
|Break Free PNW
Break Free PNW
is planning 3 days of action in Anacortes, May 13-15, to stop the flow of oil into and out of the March Point refineries. Most events are family-friendly and participants will not be risking arrest, including an indigenous-led ceremony on Saturday, May 14. The action where volunteers will be risking arrest will be clearly designated. If you are interested in carpooling from Lamb Day to Anacortes on May 14, please talk to Pastor Meighan.