Friday, June 24, 2016

Baby boy arrived! Keystone UCC Annual Meeting July 24 - more news

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

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Rev. Lauren Cannon, preaching
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching at University Baptist Church


Theme: Pivot Point
Scripture: Luke 9: 51-62
Accompaniment: James Galbraith (substituting for Yigit)
Music Leader:  Elliot
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Christian
Usher: Barb
Communion Minister: Rita
Communion Steward: Barb
Coffee Hour Hosts: Charles, Arlene, John
Sunday School: Anita

Baby boy arrived Sunday June 19!  Smiths are all healthy and acclimating back at home!  

THIS SUNDAY:   Annual PRIDE celebration: head downtown for Seattle's street joy after worship and march with other Open and Affirming UCC churches and all Welcoming churches!  Shine with God's love for all people!

SAY CHEESE: Alyssa (JLP intern) will be taking new headshots of members, for updating of our Keystone Directory.  Also send her your favorite picture or two of Keystone life together, and Keystone in action. Alyssa is at work building our new Keystone UCC website.

SOLIDARITY: you will see- the Blessed Ramadan banner we all colored went up 1.5 weeks ago!  This week's lectionary agrees-- it happens to give us Galatians 5:1, 13-25: "Love Your Neighbor"

5:14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."


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UPCOMING KEYSTONE UCC CALENDAR- Save the dates!
June 26- PRIDE march downtown Seattle after worship.
June 2911 AM summer Wednesday Bible Study continues.
Gospel of Luke- pick up Gonzalez book chapter copies in Lauren's box.
All welcome! Drop in anytime!  Wednesdays through August 3.
July 10- Alyssa Nedrow (JLP intern) reflection in worship -faith & action to end gun violence.
July 17- Amber Dickson (JLP intern) presentation after worship- fatih & witness- mass incarceration in the US.  
July 24- Keystone UCC congregational Annual Meeting- after worship.  Faith Action Network (FAN) certificate presented to Keystone - in worship.
July 31- closing ritual in worship with Justice Leadership Program interns & our Keystone congregation. 


Families:  Sunday Worship:  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!

 Childcare with Anita, open every Sunday 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, to head to classrooms, or enjoy the playground out back!  
Sunday June 26

Luke 9: 51-62
Theme: Pivot Point

This week's Gospel of Luke brings us the account of how Jesus and the disciples were rejected when they reached the village of Samaria.  James and John then want to unleash fire and punishment as a result.  Yet Jesus has "set his face on Jerusalem."  Much more significant political strife soon awaits.  Jesus signals that violence is the wrong response, and that there are times to focus the gaze on what will be life-giving in the biggest way.   

How do we turn to move forward when all our inclinations are to keep score, dig in our defenses, demand our position get a hearing?  This week we get a radical invitation to live in to a kingdom of God, with grander aims.  We will consider these junctures in our lives, where we might follow Jesus' call to step right toward a greater way.  How are you being invited to make a pivot point?  How do we set our face upon building God's kin-dom with just lives?  How are we each led to bolder, fuller lives, right now?
Upcoming Events Info:

Sunday, July 24 – Keystone UCC Annual Meeting
@ coffee hour
11:45 am
Business to include:
election of officers,
budget,
slate of organizations to receive dispersements of Festival of Hope money.

Sundays in June & July –
continuing informal congregational conversation on possible merger with University Baptist Church.  

June 26 Rich preaches and holds Q & A at UBC.  And they will also have their discusussions over July.  Leaders from both congregations to meet again later in July.

Wednesday, June 29 – Mid-Week Summer Bible Study
@ Keystone UCC
5019 Keystone Pl. N
11am - Noon
Chapter 3

SaturdayJune 25 – Seattle Pride 2016 Interfaith Celebration Service
@ All Pilgrims Christian Church
500 Broadway E., Seattle 98102
2pm

Sunday, June 26 – Seattle Pride Parade
Downtown Seattle
Keystone heads down after Service

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

Celebrations for two of our Keystone Kids

Friday, June 17 was a special day for one of our younger members! Caleb graduated from elementary school on Friday, and is on his way to middle school in the fall at Hamilton International Middle School. Today Friday June 24 we celebrate with Paisley as she graduates from Hamilton and looks forward to starting high school at Roosevelt in the fall.

Keystone tells City, "Wage Theft is a Crime"

On Tuesday, June 14, Pastor Lauren was one voice testifying at City Hall, at the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee.  Supporting the City to find sustainable funding for community outreach on Seattle’s new labor standards. Workers & organizations filled the chamber with signs including “wage theft is a crime.”

Keystone is in support of workers who are experiencing labor law violations, who deserve to live free of fear, and have God's fullness of life, with all dignity.  Puget Sound Sage is our partner in this advocacy.


Seattle Pride Service and Parade

Saturday, June 25 at 2 pm, all are welcome at the Seattle Pride 2016 Interfaith Celebration Service at All Pilgrims Christian Church, 500 Broadway E., Seattle 98102  Briana Frenchmore (JLP alum) writes:
"the pastor who founded the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is speaking at this service! 1pm on Saturday at the church I lived in on Capitol Hill. Spread the word. Happy Pride!


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After worship Sunday, June 26, we will scoot downtown to join up with a bunch of other open and affirming, gay-friendly UCC churches, as well as many ecumenical friends who are also welcoming congregations, to march in the parade and share the good news that God’s love is for ALL people.
Updates on Merger Talks
The Keystone leadership team met with University Baptist Church leaders for the fourth time on Tuesday, June 14, regarding a possible merger of the two churches. The first meeting focused on the questions, what are the most important aspect of our respective churches, and what impact had our churches made in our lives. The second meeting focused on concerns connected with the merger and considered that concern in relation to a particular vision each leader has of what a merged congregation would look like. The third meeting focused on the questions, "What would be a vision big enough to risk what you like about your church, and face what you fear?  And if so, what does that vision specifically look like?" This fourth meeting addressed foundational concerns raised at end of last two meetings (such as financials and fundamentals)

Rich will preach at UBC on Sunday, June 26 to have Q & A time there.  The Keystone Leadership's next meeting with UBC will be in July (date TBD).

If you have any questions or comments to share with our leadership team, feel free to contact them at the following email addresses:

Rev. Rich Gamble, keystone5019@yahoo.com
Rev. Lauren Cannon, lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org
John Preston, gepreston@msn.com
Marilyn Wall, mariwa@comcast.net
Lisa Smith, lisarsmith@live.com
Eliza Pennick, eliza.penick@heifer.org
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Mid-Week Summer Bible Study
Wednesdays 11 AM - 12 Noon @ Keystone

Join us for an 8-week Summer study “The Story Luke Tells; Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel” by Justo Gonzalez.  This is year C in the lectionary, which means each Sunday until November we have a portion of the Gospel of Luke.  On Wednesdays, come as you can to study the Luke story for the coming Sunday, with a chapter in our book (15 pages/week.)  Purchase your own copy or pick up weekly photocopied packet from Lauren’s box at church.

June 15: Introduction & Ch. 1- Luke and the History of Humankind
June  22: Ch. 2 - Luke and the History of Israel
June 29: Ch. 3 - Luke and the Great Reversal
July 6: Ch. 4 - Luke and Gender
July 13: Ch. 5 - Luke and Salvation
July 20: Ch. 6 - Food and Drink in Luke’s Theology
July 27: Ch. 7 - Luke and Worship
August 3: Ch. 8 - Luke and Holy Spirit & Conclusion: Luke’s Open Invitation

Feel free to bring your brown bag for an early lunch!

Questions? Contact Pastor Lauren at lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Justice Leadership Jubilee is a program for adults who want to integrate faith and justice work into their lives in a meaningful way.

Are you looking for the path to re-ignite your faith?

Do you long to deepen your spiritual self through social justice work?

Do you wonder…how do we create sustainable systemic change?

We are looking for adults who are in a transition point in their lives who are seeking an experience of transformation -- maybe you're retiring, maybe children have recently moved out of the house, maybe you're experiencing a lot of change in your work/life balance. That is the time to make intentional choices for your future, and the future of generations to come!

This will be the inaugural year of the program and we are seeking people who are interested in being a part of the formative year of Justice Leadership Jubilee. Please prayerfully consider the program and contact us with any questions or comments!

For more information, please read these flyers:
Initial Proposal: Justice Leadership Jubilee
Justice Leadership Jubilee Flyer

Contact Jenn Hagedorn at justiceleadershipjubilee@gmail.com or 206.265.2834 for more information.




Rich Voget - 6/5
John Preston - 6/14

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 rich.gamble@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Lauren is @ Keystone on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, as well as Sundays.  Wednesday office times.  And as she is often out and about for meetings and visits, just email Lauren to make an appointment on any of those days at lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org
Click here for: Justice Leadership Program- UCC
LIKE Keystone UCC on Facebook

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Updates from Leaders Panel Tomorrow & The Story Luke Tells... Wednesday Bible Study & More Summer Events

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon, off to Pilgrim Firs UCC Camp


Theme: Unity
Scripture: Galatians 3:23-29
Accompaniment: Kate (substituting for Yigit)

Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Sandie
Usher: Rita
Communion Ministers: Barbara
Coffee Hour Host: Arlene
Sunday School: Anita

 
THIS SUNDAY:  Join us for a coffee hour conversation! The Keystone leader team will offer an informal panel to give updates on the four discussions to date with University Baptist Church. Plenty of time for all our Q & A.

UBC is also taking next weeks in June to share updates with their congregation.

SAY CHEESE: Alyssa will be taking new headshots of members, for updating of our Keystone Directory. 

ALSO: our Blessed Ramadan banner went up!
 
 
Families:  Sunday Worship:  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!

 Childcare with Anita, open every Sunday 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, to head to classrooms, or enjoy the playground out back!  
Upcoming Events:

Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19 – "The Love Talker" starring Elliot Kraber
@ Ravenna Park
5520 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle
7:30pm

Sunday, June 19 – Congregational Conversation and Q&A on possible merger
@ Keystone UCC
5019 Keystone Pl. N
During Coffee Hour

Wednesday, June 22 – Mid-Week Summer Bible Study
@ Keystone UCC
5019 Keystone Pl. N
11am - Noon

Saturday, June 25 – Seattle Pride 2016 Interfaith Celebration Service
@ All Pilgrims Christian Church
500 Broadway E., Seattle 98102
2pm

Sunday, June 26 – Seattle Pride Parade
Downtown Seattle
Keystone heads down after Service

** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **
 
Catch Elliot this weekend 

Keystone'Music Director, Elliot Kraber, is currently staring in a Vive Theatrical presentation of "The Love Talker, " by Deborah Pryor. Based on the ancient Irish folk-myth, the GancanĂ gh or Love-Talker (a cousin of the Leprechaun) is an incubus-demon who seduces young women and binds their spirits to him. In an isolated valley in the Clinch mountains of Appalachia, we meet two sisters who hear the Love Talker's call and battle against their own inevitable desire. An underscore of a cappella choral music weaves an evocative tone-poem that echoes a deep voice within us all.

Two Shows  Remaining:
Dates: Saturday June 18 & Sunday, June 19
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Ravenna Park

Featuring the voices of The Esoterics
For tickets and more information, visit
thelovetalker.tumblr.com
 

SAVE THESE DATES

July 10- Alyssa reflection in worship

July 17- Amber presentation after worship

July 24- JLP recognition celebration in worship

July 31- end of JLP year- last Sunday Amber and Alyssa
 

Celebrations for two of our Keystone Kids

Friday, June 17 was a special day for one of our younger members! Caleb graduated from elementary school on Friday, and is on his way to middle school in the fall at Hamilton International Middle School. This coming Friday will be another day of celebration, as Paisley graduates from Hamilton and looks forward to starting high school at Roosevelt in the fall.

Keystone tells City, "Wage Theft is a Crime"

On Tuesday, June 14, Pastor Lauren testified at City Hall, at the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee, supporting the City to find sustainable funding for community outreach on Seattle’s new labor standards. Signs held included “wage theft is a crime.”
 

Keystone is in support of workers who are experiencing labor law violations, who deserve to live free of fear, and have a fullness of life from God, with all dignity. Puget Sound Sage is our partner in this advocacy.


Seattle Pride Service and Parade

Saturday, June 25 at 2 pm, all are welcome at the Seattle Pride 2016 Interfaith Celebration Service at All Pilgrims Christian Church, 500 Broadway E., Seattle 98102

After worship Sunday, June 26, we will scoot downtown to join up with a bunch of other open and affirming, gay-friendly UCC churches, as well as many ecumenical friends who are also welcoming congregations, to march in the parade and share the good news that God’s love is for ALL people.
 
Updates on Merger Talks
 
The Keystone leadership team met with University Baptist Church leaders for the fourth time on Tuesday, June 14, regarding a possible merger of the two churches. The first meeting focused on the questions, what are the most important aspect of our respective churches, and what impact had our churches made in our lives. The second meeting focused on concerns connected with the merger and considered that concern in relation to a particular vision each leader has of what a merged congregation would look like. The third meeting focused on the questions, "What would be a vision big enough to risk what you like about your church, and face what you fear?  And if so, what does that vision specifically look like?" This fourth meeting addressed foundational concerns raised at end of last two meetings (such as financials and fundamentals)

Rich will preach at UBC on Sunday, June 26 to have Q & A time there.  The Keystone Leadership's next meeting with UBC will be in July (date TBD).

If you have any questions or comments to share with our leadership team, feel free to contact them at the following email addresses:

Rev. Rich Gamble, keystone5019@yahoo.com
Rev. Lauren Cannon, lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org
John Preston, gepreston@msn.com
Marilyn Wall, mariwa@comcast.net
Lisa Smith, lisarsmith@live.com
Eliza Pennick, eliza.penick@heifer.org

Mid-Week Summer Bible Study

Wednesdays 11 AM - 12 Noon @ Keystone

Join us for an 8-week Summer study “The Story Luke Tells; Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel” by Justo Gonzalez.  This is year C in the lectionary, which means each Sunday until November we have a portion of the Gospel of Luke.  On Wednesdays, come as you can to study the Luke story for the coming Sunday, with a chapter in our book (15 pages/week.)  Purchase your own copy or pick up weekly photocopied packet from Lauren’s box at church.

June 15: Introduction & Ch. 1- Luke and the History of Humankind
June  22: Ch. 2 - Luke and the History of Israel
June 29: Ch. 3 - Luke and the Great Reversal
July 6: Ch. 4 - Luke and Gender
July 13: Ch. 5 - Luke and Salvation
July 20: Ch. 6 - Food and Drink in Luke’s Theology
July 27: Ch. 7 - Luke and Worship
August 3: Ch. 8 - Luke and Holy Spirit & Conclusion: Luke’s Open Invitation

Feel free to bring your brown bag for an early lunch!

Questions? Contact Pastor Lauren at lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Justice Leadership Jubilee is a program for adults who want to integrate faith and justice work into their lives in a meaningful way.

Are you looking for the path to re-ignite your faith?

Do you long to deepen your spiritual self through social justice work?

Do you wonder…how do we create sustainable systemic change?

We are looking for adults who are in a transition point in their lives who are seeking an experience of transformation -- maybe you're retiring, maybe children have recently moved out of the house, maybe you're experiencing a lot of change in your work/life balance. That is the time to make intentional choices for your future, and the future of generations to come!

This will be the inaugural year of the program and we are seeking people who are interested in being a part of the formative year of Justice Leadership Jubilee. Please prayerfully consider the program and contact us with any questions or comments!

For more information, please read these flyers:
Initial Proposal: Justice Leadership Jubilee
Justice Leadership Jubilee Flyer

Contact Jenn Hagedorn at justiceleadershipjubilee@gmail.com or 206.265.2834 for more information.



Rich Voget - 6/5
John Preston - 6/14

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 rich.gamble@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Lauren is @ Keystone on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, as well as Sundays.  Wednesday office times.  And as she is often out and about for meetings and visits, just email Lauren to make an appointment on any of those days at lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org
Click here for: Justice Leadership Program- UCC
LIKE Keystone UCC on Facebook

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