February 2016 Prospect Newsletter
Web Calendar
March 2016 Worship Schedule
April Newsletter Deadline: Friday, March 18, 1:00pm

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One Great Hour of Sharing
We will receive the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering during worship on Sunday, March 6. One of five annual offerings of the UCC, OGHS supports development in areas of health, education and agriculture, disaster relief, and refugee services.  Offering envelopes will be provided; please make checks payable to Prospect Congregational UCC and indicate OGHS in the memo.
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Your Vote Counts! Congregational Meeting & Potluck
Sunday, March 6
At our Annual Meeting in June 2015 a Task Force was formed to review and make proposals for revisions to our current Constitution (last updated June of 2005).  Adam Dahl, Roland Holloway, Judy Hooper, Meighan Pritchard, Rick Russell, Cora Trujillo and Bill VanPelt met over the next several months to see what needed revising. With input from the congregation the Purpose Statement was revised.  With input from the Church Board and Trustees their duties were revised.  Newsletter articles and an informational meeting in January 2016 kept the members of Prospect UCC apprised of the progress made by the Task Force. Subsequently a completed proposed revision of the Constitution was made available in hard copy and online for members to view. (Review proposed revisions here. For comparison, 2005 constitution.)

On March 6th following worship, all are welcome to enjoy a potluck lunch and members of Prospect UCC get to exercise their constitutional right by voting on the proposed revisions to our Constitution.
Why is your vote important?  The constitution states: This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present at a Congregational meeting...  You need to be present to have your vote count. Please plan to attend this important Congregational Meeting.

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Spring Clean-Up – Inside and Out!
Saturday, March 19 (rain or shine)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to help make our church building and grounds shine for Holy Week and Easter. Trustees have all sorts of indoor and outdoor projects for any skill level and ability. Bring your garden gloves and tools (rakes, pruning shears, dustpans etc.) 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!
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Holy Week
Palm/Passion Sunday, March 20
We will celebrate with local greens: ferns, salal, cedar, etc. If you are able, please bring greens from your own yard to wave in our opening parade.

Maundy Thursday Service, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
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Easter Sunday Worship
March 27 10:30 a.m.
Please join us for this celebration of God’s love and new life. Prospect’s choir will present Poulenc's Laudamus Te, Hallelujah from Handel's Messiah, and several solo pieces.

You may purchase an Easter lily in memory or honor of a special person or event. They are $10 each; orders are due by Sunday, March 20. Lilies will adorn the chancel during Easter services and may be taken home afterward.
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Minister’s Greeting
An Invitation to Wrestle with Jesus
There is no account in the Bible of Jesus being a wrestler. Unlike his ancestor Jacob, who spent a night wrestling with God (Genesis 32:22-32), Jesus does not seem to have participated in such physical sport. And yet every follower of Jesus through the centuries has had to wrestle with him.
One year when I was home on a break from seminary, one of my pastors asked how I was being stretched in my studies. I said, “I’m wrestling with Jesus.” He understood. Each of us has to engage in this wrestling and come up with our own answers to difficult questions. Did Jesus actually exist as a human being who walked this earth? Does he continue to exist in some cosmic, divine way? How is he connected to God—as a human? as the one and only son of God? Was his mother really a virgin? Did he really heal people the way the gospels claim he did, and if so, how did that work? Did he die for my sins? Is Jesus my Lord and Savior, and what might that mean? Was he resurrected, and what might that mean?
These are not, needless to say, small questions! We don’t get to flip to the last page of the Bible and find out the answers, as one could do with a murder mystery. We can’t run scientific experiments or measure empirical evidence to arrive at one conclusive answer for all time. To find our own answers we each have to read, study, pray, and discuss. And our answers may continue to change over time.
In our congregation, how people answer these questions about Jesus varies, and that’s fine. We are not all expected to sign onto a creed that says we all believe exactly the same thing. But we are all expected to engage in the wrestling.
Spring seems like a good time to take up this wrestling in a focused way. As we move through Lent and Eastertide, our gospel readings give ample opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ ministry, death, resurrection, and continued presence among us.
This year we will engage in this wrestling in a fairly active way by revising our working covenant together. This covenant is printed on the back of the bulletin each week and describes how this congregation understands what it means to live in relationship with God and with each other. There is language in the covenant about Jesus. Does this language still represent where this congregation is, by and large, in its understanding of Jesus?
Leading up to that endeavor, I plan to focus some of my sermons particularly on the question of who Jesus is. There will also be other opportunities to engage in discussion on this topic. The Monday evening Bible study group is always a good place for this wrestling. (New members welcome!) And, of course, you can choose to spend time reading, praying, and studying on your own.
How you answer questions about Jesus is up to you. There is room in our congregation for many answers. But I hope you do take this opportunity to engage the questions, both on your own and as part of the larger group. Because the answers matter—for you, for us as a congregation, and for all around us who may be impacted by our presence or who may be seeking a new spiritual home.
Let the wrestling begin!
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Legislative Updates on Housing Priorities
The legislative session is halfway over and many bill cutoff dates have passed, which means many bills introduced this session have died in committee or on the floor of their chamber of origin.  Thankfully, housing and homelessness issues continue to be priorities for many members in both chambers.  Below are updates for bills on the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance's lead agenda:
Source of Income Discrimination: HB 1565/SB 5378
This bill will prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants who use government assistance programs, such as Section 8 and Housing and Essential Needs, to pay for their rent.  While the Senate version of the bill did not move past committee, the House version passed on February 16th with a vote of 50 yeas and 47 nays.  The House version now moves to the Senate for consideration.  The timeline of this bill highlight an important strategy to keeping bills alive: drop bills in both chambers to increase the chance of the issue passing.
Tenant Screening and Evictions Reporting Compromise Bill: HB 2811/SB 6413
This bill is a compromise bill created in collaboration with the Landlord Lobby to address two bills the Housing Alliance has worked tirelessly on for years: The Truth in Evictions Reporting Act and the Fair Tenant Screening Act.  This bill makes significant progress toward ending the practice of reporting all evictions as equal, even when the tenant prevailed.  This bill also makes progress on creating a portable tenant screening report, and requires landlords to state in their rental criteria whether or not they accept affordable screening reports.  This compromise did not get a floor vote in the House, but it passed in the Senate on February 15th! The Senate version now moves on to the House for consideration.
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, February 21
Present: Pastor Meighan Pritchard, Co-moderator John Daugherty, Louise Morehead, JLP Intern Abi Velasco.
Available by phone: Co-moderator Pam Puglisi.
Absent: Barbara Force, Suzanne Fry, Susan Reeb, Jim Miller
Pastor Meighan called us to order with a prayer.
Discussion: Anne Neal’s Memorial Service on March 5th. Reception in Fellowship Hall. Reception coordinator needed.   Karen is calling to see who might be available.  Board members were asked to make suggestions. 
Discussion: Tables of 8 on April 2nd, Saturday night - a good date.
Pacific Northwest Conference UCC 2016 Annual Meeting - April 29th to May 1st, at the Wenatchee Convention Center with the theme, “Out on a Limb.”
Discussion: Abi played a video: Let It Live. Keynote speaker, Rob Leveridge, pastor and former musician-composer. See link to his website: Salt (group) does videos with music. Videos like this may be part of the Wenatchee workshop. Abi, Meighan, and Rich Voget are presenting. Rich and his wife Connie came here for a workshop that Meighan led a while back.Abi will present 2 workshops: Advocacy and other. Meighan will focus on: Ways that congregations can reduce their carbon footprint. Rich Voget will focus on Climate Advocacy. If either/any of us want to think about going . . . Involves: hotel, registration fee, meals, etc. Registration material not available yet. Consult:
Homelessness Forum: Abi - Ways we can get involved in our neighborhood. Tuesday Feb 23rd 7:30. Open to the whole neighborhood. Emails have been going out, and it’s on Reader Board, also. Meighan will check with Karen about who has e-mails out and lists.
Abi - Seattle King Co Coalition on Homelessness: Homeless advocacy 1/1 advocacy workshops. Wednesday Feb 24th, 6:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s, Ballard.
Finances: John - Examined all together the budget print out. In most categories, we are currently spending within or under budget. Financial report received tacit approval.  
2015-2016 Church Goals listed in 3 lines on the bottom of the handout for today:
  • Develop criteria to determine who can use the building.
  • Tell the community why we are here and what we can do.
  • Develop a plan to deal with homeless who appear on our doorstep.
Regarding the first goal, John and Meighan recently reviewed a draft policy from Trustees governing building use.  Trustees cancelled February meeting and this draft will be discussed at their March meeting.  John will discuss this draft, prior to next Trustee meeting.  
Recruiting people for Stewardship Campaign: First meeting, March 1st. We invite people to consider what their pledge for the coming fiscal year will be.
Another JLP Intern: Regarding the question of whether Prospect should host a new JLP intern in the coming year, all present agreed that this has been a good experience for us and that we should try to repeat this in the coming year.  The major stumbling block will be money -- the $3000 contribution that we will make towards intern costs.  John will poll absent board members to get their opinion.
Discussion about how to fund: Louise - potentially organizing one or several music ‘sings’/readings for the church membership and especially the greater Seattle public. Meighan: revealed as talented logistician of musical events. Would serve several purposes: spotlight Prospect’s musical culture and ‘draw’; outreach to potential participants/members in future church activities; provide (otherwise rare) opportunities for people to make high-quality music; raise funds; make our sanctuary/venue known and get people used to coming here; make use of Abi’s Communication skills/degree to put Prospect on the socio-cultural ‘map’ of Seattle.
The meeting was adjourned with a positive and up-lifting send-off by Pastor Meighan at 2:09 p.m.

Submitted by Louise Morehead
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Save the Date: Tables of 8
Saturday, April 2
Whether you are new to Prospect or have been around for decades, these potluck dinner parties in the homes of members and friends offer an opportunity to get to know each other away from church. Watch for the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall or contact Jack Force at or 206-409-9909 for details.
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Ongoing Groups
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 contact Cora Trujillo with questions: or 206-330-4201.
Women’s Book Group meets Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Floor. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. March's book is The Ladies' Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis. For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or
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Preschool News
The word “reward”!!!
“An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it.” -- Maurice Maeterlinck

A day in the life of a Prospect preschooler!!! 
We have a rich history of service and dedication to a diverse population of children and families who are economically disadvantaged.  We are committed to creating opportunity for all children and families through education and resources as we work to break down the cycle of poverty and hopelessness.
We reach out a helping hand and form bonds of trust and support with families, giving their children security and a great preschool education, sending them to kindergarten with confidence, skills and readiness.  Our children experience an exciting, enriching program, playing and learning as they build their confidence and pride.  We provide education, field trips, transportation to and from school, nutritional lunches/snacks, screenings/referrals, Family Nights which address a multitude of needs and enormous amounts of love, networking, and affirmation.
By now you know all about our 50+ years of great service to children, families and the community in this amazing church.  We are looking ahead now – ahead to when, together, we can celebrate our 60th Anniversary! 
That’s what we put into it!!!  Our reward – healthy families!!
Thanks for your continued love & support to show the most vulnerable that there really is hope for their children to grow and learn at a rate equal to their more affluent peers, as well as hope for families to break the cycle of poverty.
Wish list: Administrative Assistance in the office, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wish list thank yous: hats & mittens, office supplies, etc!!
Volunteers Needed: Contact me for more info! PLEASE!!!
Volunteer thank yous: Too many names to mention!!  One, Bill Hooper for being our dedicated bus driver sub!!!
Reflection of a child’s day:  This one is a reflection of my day!  I went to the bus to say goodbye to the children.  I gave them the typical “Peace” and “I Love You” signs as they pushed down the road.  H asked me later, how do you give us the Love sign.  I told him that I love each of you and that is one way that I send that message.  Every day I come around the corner, and H sticks out his hand & says I love you too Marianne.  That is my reward!!!
How We Take Care of our Students (just February): 
  • Dance Night at Family Night
  • In Depth Family Conferences
  • USDA Food Program Audit
  • Aquarium Visits Last Month
PS – Auction Registration has gone on-line and via Table Captains, ask around to ensure you get a seat or call me if you have any questions or need assistance.  March 12th at 6pm at the Mt. Baker Community Club.  See you there!!!!
 Marianne Habersetzer, Director for the Children
(206) 324-5230,
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“Reach for the Stars” Preschool Benefit Auction
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Drive South

Did you receive your invitation? Pastor Meighan is captaining a table again — register to sit with her and other Prospectors! Since 1964, Prospect Enrichment Preschool, a nonprofit preschool, has been serving low-income families in Seattle who otherwise wouldn't be able to send their children to preschool. Tickets are $60 and include admission to the auction, dinner, and beverages. Purchase tickets online.
Questions? Please contact Marianne Habersetzer at
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PNW Conference News

The latest Pacific Northwest Conference News is online at 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.
Liberation United Church of Christ 9th Church Anniversary
Sunday, March 6, 1:30 p.m. at 832 32nd Ave.
All are invited to come and celebrate the 9th anniversary of the founding of   Liberation UCC. Guest Speaker: Rev. Waltrina Middleton, National Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation in the UCC.

Environmental Justice Workshop
Wednesday, March 9- Friday, March 11, 2016
Camp N-Sid-Sen
36395 S. Highway 97, Harrison, Idaho, 83833
If you have been looking for a way to introduce your congregation to environmental justice work--or to deepen the work you are already doing--register for an Environmental Justice Workshop at Camp N-Sid-Sen on Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho. Participants will receive a five-part curriculum complete with DVD and will explore why environmental justice is a faith matter. A field trip will examine water quality issues, including how all can be good water stewards in their home communities. More information here or by phone from Mark Boyd at 208-689-3489.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ and the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.

One of the joys of going off to summer camp or to a weekend retreat is the assurance of a restful night’s sleep – that takes a good mattress! Both Pilgrim Firs  and N-Sid-Sen need to replace most of their mattresses. That’s approximately 300 of them! We need your support to make this a reality. The total cost of the project is $75,000. We have already received a number of commitments from campers to ‘adopt a mattress’ with a commitment of $250.00. Of course, any amount of financial support for this project is gratefully appreciated. To make a tax-deductible financial contribution, please feel free to use one of the following options:
  1. Checks payable to Pacific Northwest Conference (PNC) with memo line notation, ‘camp mattress’;  checks can be mailed to the conference office, 325 N 125th St, Seattle, WA 98133
  2. Online contribution with credit card: Once you are on the  ebsite, use the ‘donate now’ button and enter your donation in the ‘other’ field with ‘mattress’ in the description.
  3. Drop off a check at either of the camps when you are there.
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Save the Date: Sunday, April 17, 3:00 p.m.
John Dorhauer Installation Service
At Plymouth Church UCC, 1217 Sixth Ave
Rev. John Dorhauer, the new General Minister and President of the UCC, will be installed in three worship services in three different parts of the country over the weekend of April 15th. The last of these services will be in our conference at Plymouth Church! This is a big deal; please plan to attend.
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Richmond Beach Congregational Church
125th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, March 6, 2016
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Celebration Brunch 12:30 p.m.
Richmond Beach Congregational Church, UCC
1512 N.W. 195th St.
at the corner of 15th Ave. NW
& NW Richmond Beach Rd.
The members and friends of Richmond Beach Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, invite you to join them for a celebration of their 125th anniversary.
Between worship and brunch there will be a short presentation written by a member of RBCC for their100th Anniversary. It tells the story of the connections between the church and the founding community. The celebration includes opening the cornerstone laid October 30, 1960 on completion of the current church building and the contents along with other historical records will be on display.

There is time set aside at the brunch for guests, former staff and members to speak. If you would like to offer brief words or memories, please note
that in your RSVP. RSVP: / 206-542-7477

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"Traditional Knowledge, Science, and Projected Effects of Climate Change on Tribal Cultures and Natural Resources"

Climate Change in the Context of the World Environmental Crisis
Tuesday, March 1, Doors open at 6:45 Program begins at 7:00pm

Nathan Johnson Social Hall, University Unitarian Church
6556 35th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115

The Climate Action Team of University Unitarian Church is presenting a series of distinguished lecturers talking about how climate change will affect us locally, globally, and spiritually. On the first Tuesday of every month from October, 2015, through April, 2016, we will have the opportunity to hear an expert discussing a different aspect of climate change in our present and our future. March 1 will feature Terry Williams, Tulalip elder who will speak on "Traditional Knowledge, Science, and Projected Effects of Climate Change on Tribal Cultures and Natural Resources"

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Peace-Music of Three Faiths
Saturday, March 12
Sunday, March 13
8:00 p.m.
St. James Cathedral, 9th and Marion

Seattle Pro Musica offers an uplifting concert of choral music that explores the deep connections between three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Anchoring the program are Gloria everywhere by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince with words by the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, and I sing of love by Bernard Hughes who weaves together texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. The concert also features uplifting works by Renaissance Jewish composer Salomone Rossi and contemporary Latvian composer Ēriks Esenvalds, along with Islamic songs and interfaith chants.

Reserve concert passes through Brown Paper Tickets online or by phone at 1.800.838.3006. $35 Prime / $25 General / $18 Seniors / $12 Students. Suggested donation at the door: $38 Prime / $28 General / $21 Seniors / $15 Students.
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Ignatian Spirituality Center Events
Nine Days of Grace: Novena 2016
A Nine-Day Lenten Retreat in Everyday Life
Have We Forgotten the Good News?
 Wednesday, March 2-Thursday, March 10
12:30 p.m. at Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle U.
7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church
(1:00 p.m. only on Saturday and Sunday)
Terrorism. Mass shootings. War. Illness. Death. With all the darkness we hear about in the news and experience in the world today, we might wonder—Have We Forgotten the Good News? Presenters Fr. Bob Stephan, SJ, Tricia Trainer, and Deacon Denny Duffell hope to convey that in the face of so many dark places in our hearts, in our communities, and in our world, the scriptures this Lent point to another way. We, the people “sitting in darkness,” are invited to “see a great light,” a way of consolation and healing that might involve remembering what our eyes have already seen—the good news of our faith!
Join people of all ages and various faith traditions for this nine-day Lenten retreat in everyday life. Let’s remember the Good News this Lent!
You are welcome to attend one, some or all of the Masses.  Free will offering. Seating is first-come, first-served.  For more information, contact Andrea Fontana at or (206) 329-4824.

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Save the Date: Community Lunch Annual Fundraiser
Join Community Lunch on Sunday, April 10th from 5pm - 8pm
at their Annual Fundraiser! 

Emceed by Garth Stein
Author of the New York Times bestseller
The Art of Racing in the Rain

Spend an evening with great food, great drinks and
great company while supporting Capitol Hill's 
homeless and low-income community.

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Grieving Church: The Conversation Continues
Retreat at N-Sid-Sen
April 4-6th, 2015
4:00 Monday through breakfast Wednesday
Last Year at the PNWC Annual Meeting a conversation was begun by Zion Philadelphia UCC about how grieving affects our churches. All types of change affect individuals and the church, because people make up the church. The reactions to change or the grieving process can upset the balance of a community when it is not understood. The retreat will be an opportunity for churches to continue the conversation and deepen our understanding of how churches grieve.
The retreat will start on Monday at 4:00 with Marcia Butchart, who has been Chaplain and Bereavement Specialist at Frontier Home Health and Hospice in the Okanogan Valley for five years. Marcia will talk to the group as a whole about the individual grieving process and be available to those who would like individual grief counseling throughout the retreat.
After dinner Mark Boyd, Director of N-Sid-Sen and Rev Judith Rinehart-Nelson Pastor at Zion Philadelphia UCC in Ritzville will facilitate the discussions about how grief affects our churches. The discussion sessions will include breakaway times for churches to discuss their grieving experiences.
The cost of the retreat is: $75.00
Please register online at
Please come and help us better understand the way the church grieves.

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March Volunteers

6 Roland Holloway
13 Roland Holloway
20Roland Holloway
27 Roland Holloway
Coffee Hour
  6 Potluck Lunch; no coffee hour
13 Abi Velasco
20 Pam and Tony Puglisi
27 Easter: Kathy Mahan, Judy Hooper,  Amy Miller, Jackie Mampel,  Bob Bakke, Daulton Branch
  6 TBD
13 Suzanne Fry
20 Phillip Maxwell
27 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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March Birthdays
Jan Kinney......................................... 3/02
Lori Hardow...................................... 3/12
Mary Hegdahl.................................... 3/12
Weston Loesel................................... 3/15
Keirdwyn Cataldo............................. 3/16
Troy Woodworth............................... 3/16
Suzanne Fry....................................... 3/17
Kristin Braziunas.............................. 3/19
Henry Cataldo................................... 3/19
Nigel Hooper..................................... 3/20
Michael Marchesini.......................... 3/23
Meredith Moore................................ 3/24
Daulton Branch................................. 3/25
Richard Russell................................. 3/25
Mary Liz Chaffee.............................. 3/28
Dana Durasoff................................... 3/29


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