Wednesday, November 18, 2015

plan to come- Holden Prayer- December evening dates

Mark your calendars to enjoy December contemplative evening worship services- at Keystone United Church of Christ in Wallingford, near University District of Seattle

Holden Prayer @ Keystone sanctuary
Elliot Kraber, Music Coordinator
Kate Froese, Accompanist

Rev. Rich Gamble & Rev. Lauren Cannon

Wednesday December 27-7:30 PM
Wednesday December 97-7:30 PM
Tuesday December 157-7:30 PM

Holden Prayer is a twenty minute candlelit evening service with lots of singing, scripture, and reflective time.  Come as you are, for some peaceful contemplation, after your day. 

This past August we held prayers as the largest wildfires in WA state history came right up to Holden Village, and were successfully fought back.  Holden Village is the Lutheran (welcoming of all) retreat center in the Cascades that started the lovely evening prayer service we use each December at Keystone.  Many of the hymns we sing in Sunday worship (Gather hymnal) were written by Marty Haugen who once took a sabbatical in the Holden Village in 1986.  He composed Holden Evening Prayer  while he was there.  Its a vespers (meaning, evening) service, that is now done in many places.  Years back (maybe nine years ago?) at Keystone, Melissa and Eric, who were serving as year long interns, began this practice, which has now become counted on.  Take this invitation for a centering pause, in what is all too often a season of too much scurrying!

Make a date to come breathe deeply with others at Keystone for any and all of these three evenings.  Bring a friend- all welcome!

And note your calendar for Christmas Eve worship service Thursday December 24 at 7 PM.

For more info, contact Pastor Lauren at Keystone UCC: 206-632-6021

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Whole Life Living

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

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Rev. Lauren Cannon, preaching
Rev. Rich Gamble, off

Theme: Offering Our Whole Lives
Jesus teaches about a widow who gives her coins, all she has, and the religious institution praying upon the poor.  Sunday come as we focus not our shortcomings but the many possibilities for giving our lives fully.
Scripture: Mark 12: 38-44 The Widow's Offering
Greeter: Barb
Reader: Hannah
Usher: Lisa

Communion Liturgist & Steward: Barb
Coffee Hour Host: Christian and Michelle 
Sunday School: Anita
LAST SUNDAY: In worship on November 1, John Preston detailed some news that Sacred Heart Shelter has a large gap in their schedule of churches to serve November meals.  We have been preparing for our next usual upcoming date,  December 5 (first Saturday of every other month.)  John  proposed that despite November being our big push toward Festival of Hope, perhaps this is a ministry opportunity for Keystone.  He asked if we could possibly help step up.  It is really atypical for Sacred Heart Shelter to have a gap such as this.  We received a charge that despite our small size, we might have the capacity to extend our ministry in ways that can have exponential impact.  Keystone responded with agility and generosity.  Here is what is coming up.  To help out, contact: Michelle at, or Barb at

November 7- Michelle - cooking; Amber - serving
November 14 - Michelle - cooking; Grant & Barb - serving
Thanksgiving - Holiday meal may be needed.  Awaiting confirmation.  Barb will update.  Perhaps we will create the  meal in advance and leave for Sacred Heart folks to use on their preferred schedules.

Join me in celebrating the fast foot work and thoughtful outreach from our Keystone UCC congregation!

- Rev. Lauren Cannon, Associate Pastor
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 :

Sundays in Nov. & Dec.   – Love and Grief in the Face of Ecological Decline:
(15, 22 & 12/6)                     Siding with Life and Nurturing the Strength to Act
                                             @ University Congregational, UCC
                                              4515 16th Ave. NE

Tuesday, Nov. 10              – Fall Faith Formation Opportunity:
                                            Greatest Prayer Book Discussions

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

                                            @ Keystone UCC (Learning Center)
                                            SundayNoon - 3pm

Saturday, Dec. 5               – Sacred Heart Shelter
                                            Cooking & serving dinner
                                           * Drop off items at Keystone UCC by 5pm

** See below for details on these, and other events related to life in our community **
Just 2 weeks til ...

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.

NEXT SUNDAY"​November 15, come help flier for Festival of Hope ​around the neighborhood after church with Barb, Paisley, Caleb, Alyssa

f you'd like to help out at the Festival of Hope - Nov. 21 and 22 -  here are some things still needed:
  • 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

Last chance to join the fun ... 

Fall Faith Formation Opportunity:
"Greatest Prayer" Book Discussion

All are invited to join with other Keystone folks as we sharpen and strengthen our study of distributive justice and consider the depth and 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)

This will be our last session of this six-week study, from the United Church of Christ Economic Justice League

Our final week's Chapters:
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 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.

Seeking Donations for 
It's getting cold outside, and our brothers and sisters at Mary's Place and Sacred Heart shelters could use some warm clothes and supplies.  Could you help them out with anything from these lists:

For Mary’s Place:
  • Dove Bar soap
  • Warm socks
  • Wool hats
  • Gloves
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Umbrellas
For Sacred Heart:
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Warm Clothes
All donations greatly appreiated!

Please bring your donations to Keystone UCC or contact Barb Anderson at

The JLP Blog 
We have our first blog post from Julia! It is from her blog for the Coalition on Homelessness.
You can check it out on our website

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.


Love and Grief in the Face of Ecological Decline:
Siding with Life and Nurturing the Strength to Act

Dates: Four Sundays - November 1, 15, 22, and December 6
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Avenue NE

Eminent biologist EO Wilson believes we are all hardwired to love life, what he calls biophilia. If indeed we are in love with life, there must be a great deal of grief each of us carry with us as we consider a global economy that creates vast inequities and drives ecological degradation through climate change, species extinctions, and habitat loss.

Many people become overwhelmed by what they feel and know about these realities—it can be profoundly sad, frightening, and confusing. We believe our faith calls us to look at the world's brokenness with open eyes and hearts, to acknowledge and move through the suffering and grief, and to find the roots of spiritual, moral, and theological power which empower us to side with life and act for the common good.

We hope this class can guide participants in mourning the losses we are all facing—while nurturing hope and finding actions which are meaningful for each individual and contribute to the kinds of systemic changes needed to live out of the truth that we are from the Earth and for the Earth. 

Classes will include rituals/prayer, presentations, discussions, and reflection. Class topics include: a spirituality of compassion; ecological grief; moving toward an economy that honors life; climate change; and sources of empowerment. Each week will also include brief readings to be read before each class.

TO REGISTER: call the church office: 206-524-2322; or email or call Mike Schut: mwschut@gmail.com206-898-4241

Francie Rutherford is a psychotherapist in private practice and has been attending UCUCC for almost two years. She is a long-time supporter of Earth Ministry and other local and national environmental organizations. Francie recently took to the water as a kayaktivist on behalf of sHell No!, an organization trying to keep Shell oil rigs away from Alaskan waters.

Mike Schut, a UCUCC member, is a writer, teacher, and retreat leader seeking to connect faith, spirituality, simplicity, sustainability, and eco-justice. He has served in environmental ministry positions for both Earth Ministry and the national Episcopal Church. Mike has edited/partially authored three books: Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective; Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread; and Money and Faith: The Search for Enough. For more on Mike’s work, visit

Christian Townsdin - 11/13
Kathryn Murdock - 11/18
Abby Diggs - 11/17

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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