Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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March 9:  
First Sunday in Lent     
Preaching: Lauren Cannon
We begin our six week Lenten journey toward Easter. Loving self and neighbor.  We take time to look inward and clear the way so that God can more fully direct our lives.  As we do, we tune to much brokenness in our outward world.  We start these weeks on the path together as we listen for the ways God is calling us in to further life.

We begin with our scripture assigned from our common lectionary, where Jesus is tempted and tested in the wilderness, but remains strong in aligning with God:
Matthew 4: 1-11

Celebrant:  Rita P.

Eucharistic Minister:  Elvina S.
Reader:  Dan S.
Usher:  Dorothy R.  
Greeters: per sign up
Coffee hospitality: per sign up
3-5 year old teacher:  may be Chloe!
Professional Nursery Care (0-2) downstairs with Anita

Don't forget: Daylight Savings Time: March 9: Spring Ahead
Announcements & news below!
Newsletter submissions:  email:
Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the Nickelsville community of homeless folks. At Keystone this Saturday, March 8 from 8am to 11am.
Photo: Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the Nickelsville community of homeless folks. At Keystone this Saturday, March 8 from 8am to 11am.
By Tonight!  Comments needed on Keystone XL Pipeline!

On Sunday Hannah and Rich V. reminded us at announcements that today is it.

See details from our friends at Eco-Justice Ministries in Colorado
Rev. Peter Sawtell
I'm going to assume that you know something about the Keystone XL pipeline -- which is proposed to carry highly-polluting tar-sands oil from Canada toward refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. It has been in the news a lot. I have written often about Keystone over the last several years, especially about the huge and dangerous climate change impacts of increased production from that high-carbon pool of fossil fuels.
The decision about whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the US-Canadian border will soon be made by President Obama, based on advice from the US State Department. That decision will also be shaped by comments from other government agencies, businesses, and citizens.
The period for the public to comment on whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the "national interest" of the US ends this Friday evening, March 7, at 11:59 p.m. (EST). The State Department invites members of the public to comment on any factor they deem relevant to this national interest determination.

I strongly encourage you to join with me in submitting an official comment before the Friday night deadline. It can be as short or detailed as you wish, entirely in your own words, or drawing on some suggested language from advocacy groups -- see the links below.
The Keystone decision is immensely important in its own right, because it will determine how quickly or extensively the Canadian tar sands will be mined, and the complicity of the United States in opening up that "carbon bomb." But Keystone has also become a powerful symbol -- a rallying point for action on broader questions of energy policy and climate change. Your voice of conscience can help to shape the decision about whether the Keystone XL pipeline is built.
Please -- take a few minutes to tell the State Department why you think that the pipeline is not in the national interest. (Or -- if you must -- why you do believe it is in the US national interest!) Use one of the links below.
Rev. Peter Sawtell, Executive Director
Eco-Justice Ministries
and links to some background information
You may submit your comment, in your own words, directly through the "regulations.gov" website of the US government. The State Department has a website with an overwhelmingly extensive set of information and documents about the Keystone proposal and process.
"Bold Nebraska" has a form where you can compose your own comment. Their website also has some very detailed yet concise, andreasonably well-balanced background informationabout the pipeline's impacts, especially with regard to soil and water issues in Nebraska.
If you want help phrasing a comment, several advocacy groups have forms to submit official comments that provide some proposed text that you can use or modify:
All of these will file your comments to the same source, so you may use any one of them.
Additionally, The Regeneration Project (Interfaith Power and Light) is collecting signatures on a petition that will be delivered to President Obama, calling on him to decide No on Keystone. You can sign the petition independently from any comments that you file with the State Department.
Thank you!
Happy 11th Anniversary to our "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies" at Keystone UCC!
Wednesday evenings
Lenten Study:  The Why and the Way of Nonviolence 
What is the theory of nonviolence that has informed many movements for social change?  What are our inspired roots in the Judeo-Christian tradition?  How can I use nonviolence in the challenges in my life?  Come explore some examples of the history and practice of nonviolence in action.  Four evenings of study & discussion including some video.  Led by Lauren Cannon, Associate Pastor, Keystone United Church of Christ.  March 12, 19, 26, & April 2 
Wednesday nights:  6:30 optional potluck; 7:00-8:30 class
Keystone United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Pl N, Seattle
Join us for everything, or drop in when you can!
Helpful to RSVP: Elizabeth Dickinson
Come explore nonviolence with church members and friends and our UCC Social Justice Interns and other young adult volunteers spending year in Seattle.
Tonight:  Friday March 7

"Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up"
with author Stephen Kimber and other great guests

And new film & speakers every Friday 

7:00 - 9:30 PM  
Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies

Film + Discussion with guest speakers + neighbors
7pm, Battson Hall (downstairs), Keystone UCC
Marking our hearts in word and deed- Ash Wednesday.

On the evening of March 5, Keystone UCC friends joined Puget Sound Sage and others to speak out at a LONG hearing at City Council chambers about how a living wage could improve life in Seattle for a majority of people.  Here is Briana Frenchmore testifying.  Briana serves as UCC justice intern with theJustice Leadership Program.  Briana's agency placement is with The Church Council of Greater Seattle and her church placement atPlymouth UCC.

Rev. Mike Denton, Conference Minister of the Pacific Northwest Conference UCC asked Council members, "what is the value of being able to be well rested, healthy, and well fed?"

The next day, UCC clergy joined other faith leaders and the Interfaith Worker Justice-Seattleto mark international women's day, at a press conference, calling for the minimum wage to be $15 in Seattle.  Women are often especially impacted when wages do not provide enough for rent, care of children, healthcare, and the basics we all need.  Faith leaders showed how our traditions require us to be just with workers, and support God's people seeking fair wages.

Pastor Lauren represented Keystone UCC and among the many clergy were:  Rev. Angela Ying of Bethany UCC, Rev. Brigitta Remole of Plymouth UCC, Rev. Greg Turk of All Pilgrims UCC/DoC, & Rev. Mike Denton of PNC UCC!

(Photo credit: Diakonda Gurning)
April class:
Resisting Structural Evil:
Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation
Discussion of this new book by Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, ethics professor at the Seattle University School of Theology & Ministry. Connecting economic equity, earth care, and social values, Moe-Lobeda develops an "earth-honoring, justice-seeking Christian ethical stance."  Cornel West says, "This is a grand prophetic book motivated by love and focused on... social justice, ecological justice, and dignity for 'the least of these.' Don't miss it!"
We are so pleased to be joined by the author for the third class, and be led in discussion by Freddie Helmiere, who teaches at Seattle U and U of Washington, and was research assistant to Moe-Lobeda on the book (see bio below)!
April 8: read the first 1/3 of chapters: led by Freddie. Bring a robust question from engaging the text.
April 22: read the 2/3 of chapters: led by Freddie.  Bring a question from the reading.
April 29: read the last third of chapters: led by Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda.  Bring a question from your engagement with the reading.
Dinner & Study:  6:30 optional potluck; 7:00-8:30 class
Keystone United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Pl N, Seattle 98103
Join us for everything, or drop in when you can!
Helpful to RSVP: lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Frederica (Freddie) Helmiere has taught courses on religion, ecology and social justice at the University of Washington's Program on the Environment, Seattle University and Northwest University. She holds an MAR in Ethics from Yale Divinity and an MESc in Eco-justice and international development from Yale's Forestry School. She and her husband John live in South Seattle and serve with Valley & Mountain Fellowship (UMC)-- a "community movement, rooted in grace, that is focused on developing spiritual maturity, deep community, social justice, and creative expression."

Justice Leadership Program offers classes that connect interns, church members, friends, families, and other service volunteers in study, discussion, and breaking bread together.  All welcome- bring a friend!  Class units run from 2-5 weeks, most Tuesday or Wednesday nights, October to June, at:

Keystone United Church of Christ in Wallingford, 98103 
Come for a full unit, or drop-in for nights you can attend - always welcome! 
7:00-8:30 pm Class- downstairs
6:30-7:00: Optional potluck  
And come on by just to break bread for supper & connect in community, if that is your night's timing!  
SING, EAT, DRINK, and MAKE MERRY–at the Seattle Labor Chorus’ annual Singalong on Saturday evening, March 8th, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.   And what a way to celebrate International Women’s Day!  The event will take place at a new location with plentiful parking, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Avenue, Seattle 98103.  The #5 bus serves Greenwood Avenue.
The Singalong features community singing of great songs of labor, peace, and justice, as well as some golden oldies 
(words projected on a screen for your reading comfort).  You’ll also be able to nibble on homemade snacks and desserts, buy specialty soft drinks (no alcohol this time), get  tickets for the Chorus’ famous quilt raffle, and bid in a silent auction (bring your checkbook or cash).  Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 to $15 per adult or $5 for children, but no one will be turned away.  Tickets are available from Chorus members or at the door.
            The musical voice of labor in Seattle, the SLC, would love to have you join us for this evening of music and socializing. It’s our biggest fundraiser of each year, and we need your support and fellowship!  For further information, contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753, or at rebelvoz@aol.com.

Journey toward a Living Wage?

This is to be a big year in Seattle and for Washington.

See the attached flyer for opportunities for engagement through The Church Council of Greater Seattle.  For example:

“People of Faith for Raising the Minimum Wage Seattle” Working Group

“Living Wage?” Banner Campaign

“God and Money” Curriculum

Learn about ways our faith points us to act, so all people might have dignity with work and life in Seattle.  How can each afford the basics needed for quality of life?

Pick up a leaflet on the table in the lobby at Keystone.  Come chat more with Briana at our evening classes.  And contact her at: bfrenchmore@thechurchcouncil.org
We have been joining efforts with WorkingWA.  Check out this article at link below...a heartening reminder that an inspired big idea changes people and leads to action in ways that we don't always foresee.
Keystone UCC folks highlighted- front page of The Seattle Times! Read about the great work Elizabeth Kiker is doing with the Cascade Bicycle Club.
Save the Date - next Sacred Heart Shelter
Come help serve dinner for folks at Sacred Heart Shelter for families.  Contact Barb and Michelle if you would like to cook or serve: next time:  Saturday April 5!

Bring a dish to Keystone, and help pack up the meal.  Or deliver and dine with folks.  Our rotation is the first Saturday, every other month.  Email Michelle to sign up and learn about the theme: mmhebner at gmail dot com
BY TONIGHT!!!  Time for Public Comment on Keystone XL Pipeline

By end of March 7!

Info Rich Voget has helped make us aware of:

Because the Keystone XL Pipeline crosses our border with Canada, the State Department gets to decide if Presidential permission should be given to approve the pipeline. According to the State Department's webpage,  "This decision will take into account a wide range of factors, including energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; foreign policy; and compliance with relevant federal regulations and issues. The State Department invites members of the public to comment on any factor they deem relevant to the national interest determination that will be made for this permit application."
The public comment period ends March 7th.  Please don't put this off!!
So please leave your comment here  http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOS-2014-0003-0001

Here is what I wrote:

Simply put, the Keystone XL Pipeline is NOT in the national interest for the following reasons:
It will raise the price of gas for citizens in the Midwest who currently are using tar sands oil in the gas they are currently pumping.
Tar sands are the dirtiest petroleum fuel in terms of climate warming emissions.Approving the pipeline will result in vast quantities of tar sands oil being burned and reinforcing the "business as usual" trajectory of carbon emissions. Climate experts including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warn that the climate will warm beyond 4 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. The resulting climate will threaten the national security in the form of floods, food scarcity from crop failure, wild fires, destruction of infrastructure, public health problems due to increased infectious diseases, fights over water rights, resettlement of climate refugees that are both natural citizens and immigrants and threats to our national security are an ever growing number of countries become failed states and breeding grounds for more terrorists. The ultimate threat to national security is if one of the failed states has nuclear weapons!

We as a nation, should be working together to drastically reduce burning fossil fuels in order to insure a livable climate for our children and grandchildren, not enabling dirty tar sands to come online.

It is not a foregone conclusion, as stated in your SEIS, that if we reject the pipeline, that TransCanada will simply find another port to ship the tar sands overseas. The reason for the Keystone pipeline is that there was too much opposition in British Columbia for a pipeline to the Pacific. If we make transporting the tar sands oil too expensive, the project may be halted.

For the sake of our national security, the only safe place for tar sands oil is to leave it in the ground.
More info from Rich Voget:   rvoget@w-link.net 
Eliza and Keystone recognized by national UCC!

Stay tuned: an excerpt:
Dear Rev. Gamble,
I hope you will be pleased to learn that a 2013 UCNews story featuring Keystone UCC, and member Eliza Penick, has been adapted to help promote the Strengthen the Church special mission offering, typically received at Pentecost (this year on June 8). ...It will be a downloadable Bulletin Insert available at www.ucc.org/stc. UCC congregations may also share this story as a Mission Moment during worship.
The way Keystone UCC’s ministry has inspired Eliza, and Eliza has embraced her calling, are shining examples of the vision we hold for new and renewing congregations, youth and young adults, and the Stillspeaking Ministry being funded by gifts to Strengthen the Church. I trust you will share this news with Eliza, along with our thanks.
Doris R Powell
Minister for Stewardship, Faith and Finance
Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship, United Church of Christ
The February-March 2013 edition of the Pacific Northwest Conference UCC News is online athttp://www.pncuccnews.org This issue includes stories on: 
-our UCC camp N-Sid-Sen's use of Facebook
-upcoming Annual Meeting of our Pacific Northwest Conference UCC this April in Seattle, right at University UCC
-Plymouth UCC and living wage education
-Conference Minister Rev. Mike Denton's column
-news briefs from around the UCC churches of our Conference.
This Sunday!  We commission Carolyn's witness to Uganda.  And call for contributions is this week, by March 14!
Betty Sabo's daughter, Carolyn, whom many of you have known as she grew up at Keystone UCC, is now studying in CA and preparing for an international mission.  See is preparing to be in Uganda in April 2014.
She invites our help.  Every bit is appreciated, no matter what you can do, by March 14th, and we will encircle her with our prayers this Sunday March 9!  Contact:
Part Time Position: Children’s Christian Education Coordinator
Keystone is a small progressive community of faith located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, next to the University District.  We are an open & affirming justice centered church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC). Our building is a bit of a community center, hosting justice and faith programs, chorus, dance, and meditation groups, meaningful movies, peace and community forums, providing support to the homeless through the activism of our congregation, and site of the Wallingford Co-op PreSchool.  “Come, see how we love!”  All ages, races, gender identities &  sexual orientations, cultures, and classes are especially welcome.
Our families with children are growing!  We seek a part-time Children’s Christian Education Coordinator to engage our school-age children (ages 6-10) along their faith journeys.  This position is to teach on Sundays during our 10:30am worship service.  The Children’s Christian Education Coordinator will design and provide faith-based activities and lessons for this small group of children.
Job Description: 
Sunday mornings: 10am - Noon; plus one weekly hour paid planning time; 
$15- $20/ hour DOE.
  • Set up classroom at 10:00am.
  • Greet families as they drop off before the worship which runs 10:30am - 11:30am.
  • Provide 1/2 hour of engaging learning for school age children during the sermon time
  • across the seasons of the church year
  • using engaging progressive teaching activities & materials  
  • plan curriculum in consultation with associate minister
  • help children rejoin congregation near end of service for communion
  • Reconnect with families at coffee hour until 12pm.  Converse with parents about the day’s lesson/activity.  Encourage faith practices for home.
  • Foster faith education for our children and families, as they grow in community.
Below are the personal leadership qualities and expectations we are seeking. 
Part Time Children’s Christian Education Coordinator:
  • Keen interest in developing a vibrant Sunday School program for a neighborhood church, with supportive pastors and lay leaders.
  • Experience teaching Christian Education with children, particularly those ages 6-10.
  • Demonstrated skills in leading children’s activities, particularly teaching biblical stories of progressive Christianity and Christian ethics.
  • Independent, self-starter who is also able to be a collaborative leader to nurture unpaid volunteer members of the church to assist as needed. 
  • Heart for outreach to new visiting families who seek a church with a loving and accessible children’s ministry.
  • Familiarity and comfort with children of various cultures.
  • Experience teaching children to engage the liturgical seasons of the Christian church year.
  • Familiarity with commitments of the United Church of Christ.
  • CPR, and First Aid certification not required, but given special consideration.
  • Experience working with volunteers to maintain “Safe Church” standards and updates.
  • Nurture connection between the church and families with children in the wider community.
*possible for this position to be designed toward internship credits, as applicable. 
If interested, please send your resume and cover letter.  Accepting rolling application, as we search for our right person.  Contact: Associate licensed Pastor Lauren Cannon lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org.  All people of various racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities are encouraged to apply.  
Keystone Church proclaims the good news 
that God's realm is in our midst.
Come see how we love.  Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle, WA 98103
Whether you’re a seeker, doubter, believer, wherever you are on life’s journey, you’ll find hospitality here.
Keystone is an open and affirming community.  All are welcome.
Keystone UCC helps to run the Justice Leadership Program. Karin Frank is one of our 2013-2014 interns.  Karin does her congregational service placement with us at Keystone UCC, and her agency placement at Earth Ministry. Karin and Earth Ministry folks invite us who love children and earth to make a call- for health and safety- see this post:

Take 5 Minutes for Kids and Families!
Dear Friends of Faith in Washington,
We are so close to passing a law that will protect children’s health and God’s creation in Washington. YOU can help us get across the finish line!
Please call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at  1-800-562-6000 and ask your Senator to strengthen the Senate version of The Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294) back to its original form. 
Here are some important things for you to know about this bill:
•    A strong Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294) passed the House with a bi-partisan vote of 72-25.
•    The House bill bans 6 harmful flame retardants in children’s products and furniture. It also gives the Departments of Ecology and Health very limited authority to ban equally bad or worse flame retardants in the future. Any flame retardant banned would go through a rigorous scientific, open, transparent rulemaking process.
•    The House version of the bill was severely weakened in the Senate; the Senate version will not stop the Toxic Treadmill of replacing one bad chemical with another.
•    We oppose amendments that don't ban all 6 toxic flame retardants and give the agencies only limited authority to protect children, firefighters and the environment from equally bad or worse flame retardants. 
This is a lot of information. But really, all you need to do is call 1-800-562-6000 and ask the operator to tell your senator to strengthen the Senate version of ESHB 1294 to be the same as the bi-partisan House bill. Your call will take less than five minutes and it will make a BIG difference!
Thank you for your good work for God’s Creation,
Jessie Dye
Earth Ministry
6512 23rd Ave NW, Suite 317
Seattle, WA 98117
Washington Interfaith Power & Light
A Class for People from Ages 45 to 65. Led by Carol Scott-Kassner at University UCC. The middle period of our lives often brings significant changes. Children frequently need us less than before. Parents or other loved ones age and sometimes die. We may consider taking a new job or retiring. We will explore the nature of transition, share stories, and learn how to invite the Spirit to hold us in our threshold times. The class will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9:00 pm. We will meet in the lounge at University UCC beginning on March 19 to April 16. The cost is $50.00 for five sessions and handouts. Sign-up by contacting: Carol Scott-Kassner at carolkassner@comcast.net.
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