Saturday, October 17, 2015

Come worship Sunday - "For the son of God came not to be served, but to serve..."

Join us for services
Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Rev. Lauren Cannon, preaching
Rev. Rich Gamble, in Chicago for Justice Leadership Program

Theme: Discipleship
Mark 10:35-45
Greeter: Barb
Reader: Nell
Usher: Lisa

Communion Liturgist & Steward: Barb
Coffee Hour Host: Jim

THIS SUNDAY: Join us during Coffee Hour as we recap Keystone's participation in last Wednesday's National Day of Action Climate March!  See photos from the march HERE, and on Alyssa's Photography Blog.

Also, hear about the upcoming University District Cluster Gathering, organized by Faith Action Network.  And a book discussion on The New Jim Crow.

Families:  Pick up Children's Activity pages & crayons on the welcome table every week as you come in to worship (based on the scripture of the day.)  There are two types: younger children & older children.  Children of any age are always part of worship & welcome!

 Professional Nursery Care (0-3 yr. olds) with Anita, open 10:00am- 12pm
• Sunday School (multi-age) downstairs, during sermon & prayers time: approximately 10:45-11:15am.  (Help younger children to class after the scripture is read; and then pick them up to return for start of communion)

NOTE: Children with parent/caregiver are always welcome to move between the Sanctuary & Narthex (welcome area) during any part of worship, or to rove to classrooms downstairs/upstairs, or enjoy the playground out back!  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer- Tuesday nights. Today- Keystone UCC joins Climate March- meet up City Hall by 5:30 pm

Join us for services
Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon, off
Theme: Wealth
Mark 10:17-31
Greeter: Barb
Reader: Alyssa
Usher: Lisa

Communion: Rich and Barb
Coffee Hour Host: Betty

THIS SUNDAY: Join us during Coffee Hour as we continue to discuss plans for participation in the upcoming Day of Climate Action, on Oct. 14.  We'll lay out a plan for getting to the event, designate a spot to meet downtown and generate ideas for signs (Jim will bring signs we used last year). 

Families:  Pick up Children's Activity pages & crayons on the welcome table every week as you come in to worship (based on the scripture of the day.)  There are two types: younger children & older children.  Children of any age are always part of worship & welcome!

 Professional Nursery Care (0-2 yr. olds) with Anita, open 10:00am- 12pm
• Sunday School (multi-age) downstairs, during sermon & prayers time: approximately 10:45-11:15am.  (Help younger children to class after the scripture is read; and then pick them up to return for start of communion)

NOTE: Children with parent/caregiver are always welcome to move between the Sanctuary & Narthex (welcome area) during any part of worship, or to rove to classrooms downstairs/upstairs, or enjoy the playground out back!  

Upcoming Keystone Events :

Tuesdays in Oct             – Fall Faith Formation Opportunity:
(6, 13, 20, 27)                      Greatest Prayer Book Discussions

                                            @ Zoka Coffee in Tangletown

Sunday, Oct. 11              – Green Team Day of Climate Action Meeting
                                           @ Keystone UCC
                                           after Service, during Coffee Hour

Wednesday, Oct. 14        – The People's Climate Movement:
                                            National Day of Action w/One America

                                            Meet at Keystone UCC to catch #16 bus
                                             4:00pm.  Or meet downtown 5 pm City Hall

Thursday, Oct. 15             – Phone Banking for King County Prop 1
                                             w/Children's Alliance

                                            @ Children's Alliance, 718 6th Ave. S.

Wednesday, Oct. 21         – Faith Action Network Presents:
                                            What Kind of State Do You Want to Live In?

                                           @ East Shore Unitarian Church,
                                            12700 SE 32nd St. Bellevue
                                            Gather 6:30pm; Program begins at 7pm

Saturday, Oct.25               – Book Group: The New Jim Crow
                                            @ University Congregational, UCC
                                              4515 16th Ave. NE

Sunday, Nov. 1                  – Festival of Hope Mailing Party
                                           @ Keystone UCC
                                            After Service

Tuesdays in Nov.              – Fall Faith Formation Opportunity:
(3 & 10)                                Greatest Prayer Book Discussions

                                            @ Zoka Coffee in Tangletown
Saturday, Nov. 21
Sunday, Nov. 22                – Festival of Hope

                                            @ Keystone UCC (Learning Center)
                                            SundayNoon - 3pm

** See below for details on these, and other events related to life in our community **

Fall Faith Formation Opportunity:
"Greatest Prayer" Book Discussion

John Dominic Crossan begins his book naming The Lord's Prayer as both the GREATEST prayer and the STRANGEST prayer (used by Christians everywhere, across a broad spectrum of theological beliefs.)  On October 6, we began to explore Crossan's claim that it is "a radical manifesto and a hymn of hope for all humanity in language addressed to all the earth."  We began with sharing stories about our experiences and memories of  praying The Lord's Prayer.  We started to examine Crossan's call to 'rediscover the revolutionary message' of this prayer, used by Christians of every type, but often in rote ways.

You are invited to join with other Keystone folks for six weeks to sharpen and strengthen our study of distributive justice and consider the depth of meanings of the prayer we share each week in our Keystone worship.

Pick up a book in the church office

The Greatest Prayer
Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer
by John Dominic Crossan  (Harper Collins Publishers, 2010)

We are using a six week study, from the United Church of Christ Economic Justice League

Dates & Chapters: Tuesday evenings
Oct. 6 – Prologue
Oct. 13 – Chapters 1, 2,
Oct. 20 – Chapters 3, 4
Oct. 27 – Chapter 5, 6
Nov. 3 – Chapter 7
Nov. 10 – Chapter 8 & Epilogue

Time: 7-8:30 pm
Location: Zoka Coffee, Tangletown/Greenlake location, 2200 N. 56th St., 4 blocks north of Keystone

Come to as many of the 6 evenings of discussion as your schedule permits. Bring a friend! All are welcome anytime!

For more information, contact Associate Pastor Lauren Cannon at

More on the book HERE.
Prayer Request for Our Community

Our prayers are with Sandie Schumacher as she walks with her sister Sally in Portland who has a rather sudden diagnosis of esophageal cancer and whose liver is now failing.  Sandie celebrates the ways that Sally is beloved & surrounded by family, including those traveling in from South Dakota, Nebraska, and Germany.

Prayers welcome as Kaaren Mills continues to practice great patience in the placement process for a new care giver.  We rejoice for the presence of Kaaren's long time friend Melba, formerly of Seattle, who worshipped with us October 4, and is currently staying in town with Kaaren.

On October 9, we remember the birthday of our departed and celebrated sister in Christ, Gloria Bollens, member of Keystone UCC who died last year, and is close in our hearts, on the day of her birth.

Wednesday, Oct. 14: 
The People's Climate Movement -
National Day of Action


While Congress is in recess and just 6 weeks before the Paris Climate Talks in December, people throughout the country will participate in a day of creative active as we demand urgent action here in the U.S.


Last year, on September 21, over 400,000 people took the streets of New York City to march and demand the world's leaders for climate action. The march was the largest climate march in history and the movement spread across the world. Our current JLP Intern, Alyssa Nedrow was there too! See pictures she took that day HERE.

Here in Seattle, Keystone joined thousands of others, as we marched downtown, in solidarity with the march in New York.


This year, The People's Climate Movement announced that on Wednesday, Oct.14, climate advocates across the country will participate in a National Day of Action. Here in Seattle, the People's Climate Movement National Day of Action will be led by One America. The day is still being organized, but SAVE THE DATE to join the movement with fellow Keystone advocates, to demand action for a brighter and more sustainable future.

[Planning meetings, Sunday Oct. 11, during Coffee Hour
We'll meet at Seattle City Hall in the NW corner, come when you can 5-5:30 pm]

Naomi Klein, award winning journalist and author, has been confirmed to speak at Seattle's National Day of Action!

For more information on the People's Climate Movement visit 

"To change Everything, We need Everyone, Everywhere."

Amber Invites All ...

Event #1: 
Phone Banking w/Children's Alliance –
King County Prop 1: Best Start for Kids

Date: Thursday, Oct. 15
Location: Children's Alliance,
718 6th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104

The Children’s Alliance will be holding a phone bank to inform voters in the King County area about the Best Start for Kids proposition. This event will introduce folks to my  Children’s Alliance and a bit of the work that we do . The phone bank will begin at 5:30 PM and end at 8. Dinner will be provided along with activities for children.  For more information, download the flyer HERE, or visit their website at

Event #2: 
Book Group –
The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 

Date: Saturday, Oct. 25
Location: University Congregational, UCC
4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

As many of you know, criminal justice and prison reform have become new passions of mine in recent months. I’ve had several opportunities to learn and hear from those impacted by this broken system. There is a great opportunity to learn and discuss the powerful book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, at University Congregational UCC. We will be focusing on Chapter 2 and would love for you to join us.

If any of these two events interest you or if you know of others who might be interested, feel free to contact me by email at, or phone 253-355-0262. See you Sunday!

Note from Alyssa, our Keystone JLP Intern working with FAN:
During the forum we will gather with our faith communities to partake in conversations and mobilization around our regressive tax structure. State Rep. Reuven Carlyle will be our speaker and have a local religious leaders panel to respond, as well as a time for Q/A and a time to mobilize against Int.1366 (Eyman Initiative).

JLP Recognized with Award from National UCC
The Justice Leadership Program has won the "Torch Bearer for Justice" award from the national United Church of Christ. This is a huge honor, and speaks to the dedication and impact of our JLP interns and organizers!
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Faith & Justice Workshops
Sponsored by the Justice Leadership Program

Sunday, October 11 –
Speaker: Darrell Goodwin-Moultry, Pastor of Liberation UCC, Dean of Students, Seattle University
Time: 5:30 potluck & 6-8 pm class
Location: Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 
Take Climate Action with One America, members of the Keystone Green Team and JLP intern Alyssa Nedrow. Meet downtown around 5 pm at City Hall

Looking Ahead

Yes, our latest crop of JLP interns have just gotten started, but it's never too early to be looking at next year!  Please read and share this heartfelt letter from JLP Alum, Jenn Hagedorn, about the sometimes "messy," but always beautiful blessings of being a JLP Intern.

The Countdown begins for ...

Join the efforts of Keystone’s 37th annual Festival of Hope, our holiday fair in which we promote an economy of love and justice to our wider community. All proceeds from the Festival go to support self-help and poverty reduction programs locally and around the world. A sign-up sheet will be available on Sunday and shared via email. As always, things needed include:
  • Soups for the deli and baked goods for the bake sale
  • Donated books
  • Donated crafts, vintage, household and holiday decor items (including jewelry or anything you would give as a gift)
  • Gently used (or new) kids’ clothing, toys, etc.

Clean, boxed items can be stored in the balcony – please let Rich, Lauren, Jo or Eliza know if you drop something off.

Questions or have a new idea for the Festival? Contact Eliza at or 206-245-5446

University Unitarian Church Climate Change Program 2015-2016‏


Hello Climate Activists and Members of Faith Community –
Deejah Sherman Peterson at University Unitarian Church shared with us an extensive program that they have prepared for the 2015-2016 year on Climate Change.

The program dates are:
October 6 – Rev. P. Joshua Griffin “Liberation Theology and Climate Justice”
November 3 – John M. (Mike) Wallace (Prof. Emeritus UW Atmospheric Sciences) “Climate Change in the Context of the World Environmental Crisis”
December 1 – Eric de Place (Sightline) “The Thin Green Line: What Fossil Fuel Exports Mean for the Northwest”
January 5 – David Battisti (Prof. UW Atmospheric Sciences) “Climate Change and Global Food Security”
February 2 – Steven Gardiner (Prof Philosophy UW) “The Ethics of Geoengineering”
March 1 – Terry Williams (elder Tulalip tribes) “Traditional Knowledge, Science, and Projected Effects of Climate Change on Tribal Cultures and Natural Resources”
April 5 – David Peterson (Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory USFS) “Steady by Jerks: How Northwest Forests Will Respond to Climate Change”

Times: For all dates, doors open at 6:45pm; Program starts a 7pm.
Location: University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Avenue NE

Download the flyer HERE

Contact for Deejah Sherman-Peterson at (206) 363-4604, or

Jo Winston - 10/1
Rev. Rich Gamble - 10/7
Dorothy Richey - 10/17

Here's wishing each of them the happiest of birthdays, from all of us at Keystone UCC!

Keep an eye out here for upcoming Keystone Birthdays!

Pastoral Care & Keystone UCC Hours:

Rich and Lauren can be reached at the Keystone office: (206) 632-6021.  This phone is also checked remotely since both Rich and Lauren serve half-time.

Mondays:  the church office is closed.  Mondays are the day that Rich and Lauren take Sabbath. So while there are several groups that meet throughout the day and evening at Keystone, it may take a day for someone to get back to you, if you call on a Monday.

Pastor Rich is available Tuesday to Thursday mornings and Friday evenings, and holds additional office times on Saturdays and Sundays.  Not all of these times will Rich be in the church office. If you want to see him, it is best to make an appointment. Email him at

Pastor Lauren works on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and holds office hours each Thursday at Keystone.  Email her at
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