Thursday, December 4, 2014

Add some extra contemplation, worship, or a little book discussion

 nourish your spirit

Advent at Keystone UCC 

Welcome all- come for some sustenance!

Thursdays Dec 4th, 11th, 18th - 10:30 -11:30 am
Book discussion:  All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas
Witty writing from our UCC colleague Rev. Quinn Caldwell to guide us to preserve and revel in time with God and what is meaningful, in a busy season.  The tea is on- drop in for this facilitated time- photocopies available at office or get the book here.  Contact:

Wednesdays Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th- 7 pm
Holden Prayer Services
30 minute candlelit contemplative worship: singing, scriptures, silence.  Join us in the sanctuary.  Elliot Kraber- cantor.  Kate Froese- accompanist.  At Keystone we began offering these services each Advent after two of our year-long volunteers started it, following their time serving at Holden Village in the Cascade mountains, where Marty Haugen wrote this lovely evening vespers service.   contact:

All Sundays in Advent
Worship at 10:30 AM- all welcome!
Advent candles:
Hope- November 30- Rev. Rich Gamble preaching
Peace- December 7- Rev. Steve Bauck preaching
Joy- December 14- Rev. Lauren Cannon preaching
Love- December 21- Rev. Rich Gamble preaching

Dec 24th 7pm Christmas Eve
Service of Lessons and Carols: A wonderful candelight service for family, out of town guests, and friends.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Are you serving those on the front lines? Workshop: Responding Compassionately to Trauma; and self care

Please share this workshop with any in your church you think might find this helpful, especially those engaged in direct service through shelter or meal programs. It is led by Barb Bennett, who was education director at First Place School for many years.  You might also be interested to know that Barb's other claim to fame is that she is the mom of our JLP sojourner, Sam Rennebohm, and married to Craig Rennebohm!
Warmly, Elizabeth, Lauren, Rich

Skills for Social Change: Understanding & Responding Compassionately to Trauma
Develop skills in understanding and responding compassionately to those who are struggling with some of life's most difficult challenges. How do we take care of ourselves and others while on the front lines of direct service and justice advocacy? Led by Barbara Bennett, Ph.D.
Tuesday, December 2, 7:00-8:30 pm. 6:30 optional potluck (free food for interns/service corps), Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N. Basement Social Hall
Join our Justice Leadership Program interns and other interested folks for this workshop!  Please RSVP to Elizabeth @

Barbara Bennett is a consultant in private practice and an adjunct faculty member of t3, a national training center affiliated with the Boston-based Center for Social Innovation.  A school psychologist and special educator, Barb worked with Seattle Public Schools from 2007-2013 to provide professional development and coaching for teachers and administrators.  In 1989 she co-founded First Place, a non-profit agency and school for children and families who have experienced homelessness and other family crises.  She worked there for 18 years in several positions including director of education and director of social services.  Barb has been an instructor in psychology with the University Behind Bars at Monroe Correctional Complex and has taught workshops throughout the country on the impact of trauma and creating trauma-informed organizations and services .  She received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.