Thursday, August 4, 2016

August events- In Community with Keystone UCC

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Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Rev. Lauren Cannon, preaching
Rev. Rich off

Theme:  Kin-dom Building
Scripture:  Luke 12: 32-40
Reader:  Lisa.
Music Leader:  Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat 
Greeter: OPEN
Usher: Betty
Communion Ministers: Lauren & Rita
Communion Servers: Paisley & Caleb S.
Coffee Hour Host: Jim, Paisley, Caleb
Children's Ministry: Anita F.

Thank you everyone for the amazing Work Party July 30- to help prep JLP Intern House!  Next phases of help needed- see below
Sacred Heart Shelter- cooking & serving- Saturday August 6- see below.
New 2016 Photo Directory- final adjustments - verify your Contact info as the clipboard comes around this August 7: Alyssa (JLP intern) & Barbara Anderson have undertaken a true labor of love for us all.  What is often a significant project, expense and professional task, has been offered in house.  Barb has worked with Interns over last three years to help our Community be able to contact each other with ease.  Help show them our thanks!

Alyssa took new head shots of members & friends. Add your contact info.  We need your contact info checked if you have Updates since the 2014 Directory.  Please email your
address, phone, email & birthday to:

Or write it on the clipboard on Sunday.
New website under construction!  We seek your best photos! Lots of photos are being added to help update and make visible the vital life going on every week at Keystone UCC, and the kinds of ministries that new folks may be drawn to check out!  Please thank Alyssa, and share more of your very best action, community, worship, fellowship photos with Alyssa (through August 6) and Lauren (thereafter):    AND


August 6- approx. 5 PM - Sacred Heart Shelter dinner: help make food or come serve on Alyssa's last rotation.  Barb & Michelle will tell you what we still need (see below) 

August 21- we are all warmly invited!  mark the date!  Lets hang out a little, already! 12 -2 PM - summer Picnic Potluck with University Baptist Church
Ravenna Park.  Food, games, family friendly.  Also welcome to join their 10:30 AM Worship in the Park beforehand (Keystone worship remains 10:30 AM as always.)

September 9, 10, 11- Fall Retreat with UBC.  A beautiful place and time- is available.  Your Keystone leaders have worked with UBC leaders to find these dates to connect more - Retreat on Vashon Island at the Baptist's beautiful Camp Burton.  Generously subsidized by UBC.
Weekend of shared meals, reflection, relaxation.  UBC invites Keystone folks to co-plan- and design the presenter & program et all.  Don't want to have us come to their 'already set' retreat- but seek a few Keystone folks with the heart to organize it together!  Call the Keystone office.

Mark your calendar:  options include:

Full time participant's cost is $75.00 per person, Friday evening through Sunday lunch. The cost for those attending part time, like all day Saturday, will be prorated.

Camp Burton is accessible.  Worship Sunday included.  Or travel back for Keystone Sunday usual 10:30 AM.

 Childcare with Anita, open every Sunday 10:00am- 12pm
• Sunday School (multi-age) downstairs classroom every week,
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.)

Children of any age also always welcome in worship!  Pick up Children's Activity pages & crayons on the welcome table every week as you come in to sanctuary (based on the scripture of the day; two types: younger children & older children.) 
 Rain Garden with Keystone and Construction folks
July 31- We celebrated the JLP year with Closing ritual in worship with Justice Leadership Program interns & our Keystone congregation.  We blessed Alyssa & Amber on their way, and celebrate Keystone as a teaching church!

Church companions helped us close our year with JLP interns Alyssa & Amber.   Our Closing Ritual was during  Worship at the Offering because Keystone's JLP participation is truly the work of the people.  We celebrated how the interns have been central to Keystone, and also lift up that Keystone can be central to the lives unfolding for our interns.  All glory to God!

7:00 PM, Friday, August 5, 2016 Location: Wallingford, Seattle, WA 
by Dwight Rousu / July 20, 2016 / 0  5019 Keystone Place N (at Keystone Congregational Church) Seattle,WA
A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it’s a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal.  ANTHROPOCENE proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. The film has the blessing of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, who coined the term, and is the first feature film about the Anthropocene. It is now our turn to decide–in this decade–how the Anthropocene will end.
Interviewees include Will Steffen, Erle Ellis, Jan Zalasiewicz, Andrew Revkin, John McNeil, Monica Berger Gonzalez, Eric Odada, Davor Vidas

Feeding families at Sacred Heart Shelter -- August 6
Keystone folks are ready to prepare and serve a meal for Sacred Heart Shelter, as part of our congregation's bi-monthly rotation-- the first Saturday every other month- late afternoon.

THANK YOU!  to all those folding in this time:
Lasagna – Anne Marie
Vegetarian Lasagna – Elvina
Salad – Aaron
Bread – Sandie
Dessert – Rich and Jim
Beverages – Betty

Servers:  Rita and Alyssa (the eve of her departure for Thailand!)

Drop off your dish to Keystone church about 4:30 PM Saturday August 6

And thank you as always to our wonderful Coordinators, Barbara and Michelle!
Please email Barb ( and Michelle ( to get in the cue for our next rotation and put October 1 on your calendar.

The post to serve at the shelter and hang out with the families is approximately 5 pm.  Arrive to lower Queen Anne, on Warren and John, by 1st Ave, near the Seattle Center.
About Sacred Heart ShelterSacred Heart Shelter
The Sacred Heart Shelter is located on lower Queen Anne and is a temporary shelter that offers a safe, home-like refuge to homeless families in Seattle. Sacred Heart functions under the premise that every person is entitled to a safe place to sleep. They believe that the transition from homeless to housed is one that takes time, effort and perseverance. Sacred Heart Shelter operates as a support network for people as they go through that process. The staff works with residents to develop goals, obtain health and dental care, job and parent training, childcare and ongoing support and assistance towards the ultimate goal of locating stable, permanent housing.
One call connects someone to housing resources in King County. Family Housing Connection provides a single access point for shelter and housing resources.
If someone you know is pregnant or an adult with at least one child in your care and do not have a place to stay:
  • Schedule an appointment. CALL 211 or 1-800-621-4636
  • Meet with a Family Housing Connection specialist
  • Receive a follow up phone call when a housing resource becomes available
  • Meet with housing staff to ensure the best fit for your family
 click here to visit the Family Housing Connection website.
The Sacred Heart mission that Keystone supports: 
Sacred Heart Shelter empowers residents in their efforts to stabilize their lives, connect to resources in the community, and achieve secure housing.
The Vision 
To see every homeless family make the transition to stable housing, equipped with the skills and resources to sustain it.
Upcoming Events Info:

August 21- picnic with University Baptist Church! mark your calendar!
After worship, we head to Ravenna Park - we are invited to join UBC for their annual BBQ, games, fellowship.

September 9, 10, 11:  Fall Retreat:  Camp Burton- Vashon Island- with University Baptist Church

More background:  the congregational conversation continues summer & fall:  possible creative union with University Baptist Church:

June 26 Rich preached and held Q & A at UBC.  Keystone leaders met July 5.  What could it look like to move forward with a 'merger' for our unique situation?  UBC met July 10 as a congregation. Leaders from both congregations then met July 19.

Mid-Week Summer Bible Study has closed.  Scope and mark your calendars for Fall:  6 Wednesday evenings: 
@ Keystone UCC
5019 Keystone Pl. N
October 5- November 9

** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **
Thank you - our July 24 Keystone UCC Annual Congregational Meeting sets us in motion for a great year ahead!

Officers re-Elected:

John Preston, Moderator
Marilyn Wall, Treasurer
Lisa Smith, Secretary

Budget approved.  In Keystone tradition including a small 'Faith' portion.

Slate of organizations to receive dispersements of Festival of Hope proceeds:
Northwest Harvest

University Churches Emergency Fund

Church World Service

Heifer Project

Sacred Heart Shelter

St Martin de Porres Shelter

Puget Sound Sage

Bread for the World

Church Council

Faith Action Network

In Our Life Together:  

Rich & Kate's loss-- Many of you learned in Rich's 7/24 sermon that their beloved dog was nearing death due to cancer.  Rich and Kate were with Tiaglath on Monday July 25 when he died.  We hold their family in this time, reflecting on 12 years together.

Nell's back-- we seek a small or medium electric recliner for Nell's room.  Keystone is at work with Nell's family to search for one that would help her back healing & recovery, and does not require manual operation with a lever (to protect her shoulder.) If you happen to have access to one, contact:  This week Nell has been interviewed by students making a video.  Nell asked us to convey she is grateful for your continued healing prayers!  206- 850-2416. 

Kaaren welcomes your prayers, now home after a stay at University of Washington Hospital.  Please continue to send your good thoughts.  She and Nadia welcome visits- often 11 AM, Noon, or afternoon are best (call ahead).   206-693-3998.  206-458-5993

Congratulations 2015-2016 Justice Leadership Program interns Alyssa & Amber at Keystone!
And Julia, Hannah, AnnMarie, and Abi!

Thank you to the Keystone congregation for accompanying our 2015-2016 JLP interns in the innumerable ways you do, as a teaching church!  We give thanks here for their church companions, Barb, John, Lisa, Dan, Paisley, Caleb, Daniel.  And to many many more in the congregation in less public roles, embodying our hospitality and support.  We look to close the year with Amber and Alyssa on Sunday July 31 in a ritual of thanks and blessing in worship.
Alyssa and Amber are completing their last month (July) of eleven months of service with Keystone and Justice Leadership Program.

Here are a few pictures from the July 6 celebration when agency supervisors, church supervisors, JLP alums, and friends helped us celebrate the end of our 2015-2016 year, as our 6 interns approach their transition.  
Thank you for the generous immediate response to our first shout out to begin donations of furnishings (see list at bottom.)  Can you come to the house on July 30 to help prep?

The Justice Leadership Program needs your help! Here is an Invitation.
As we wind up year four of the Justice Leadership Program and look forward to year five and beyond, we are keenly aware of the transformational impact that the JLP interns have had on us as congregations and individuals, and the corresponding transformation the interns' experiences have had on them. We dare to dream of a greatly expanded program that can extend this work to a broader social justice audience in the Seattle area. 
We also know that housing is one of the major roadblocks to this expansion. Recognizing this, JLP Program Director, Rev. Rich Gamble has stepped out in faith and commitment and bought a large seven-bedroom house on Roosevelt Ave N.E. in North Seattle. There are plans to house 4-5 interns in this house beginning September 1. That's where you come in
What we need to do in the next four weeks is some painting, cleaning and minor maintenance to the Roosevelt house. And the house needs to be completely furnished and ready for 5 interns to live there. It is a big set of tasks - but not so big if the work is shared by many hands. We will be soliciting donations of a variety of furniture and miscellaneous items soon (donations list attached). But the first step is to have a work day so that we can have the house ready to receive the donations. 
So, we are announcing a WORK DAY for Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. until the job is done. We would love to see the people of the participating congregations band together to do this major ministry work for our interns. Will you join us? Grab a brush? clean a sink? You don't have to be a super handy person, only have a passion for helping. Here's a chance for you to be part of a great day of work, fun, and fellowship!  
If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please call or email Elizabeth Dickinson ( - 206-320-0432), and thank you!
In faith, service, and justice,
Don Bell, Plymouth United Church of Christ
Elizabeth Dickinson, Justice Leadership Program

Elizabeth Dickinson
Program Manager, Justice Leadership Program
Affiliate of UCC Young Adult Service Communities Network
Office hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs: 10:00-3:30


Here is list of ***UPDATED*** Furnishings Needed
Please contact Elizabeth once you look at this list, because donations are kindly filling in!

Furnishings Sought for new Intern house!
Justice Leadership Program
 has acquired a house to add to the rental apartment on Cap Hill at All Pilgrims United Church of Christ.  We need your help to prep for 2016-2017!  This is a big year to outfit the house (easier next year!) Click the UPDATED list of furnishings needed for both places.
We are hoping for as many contributions as possible, and then we must soon head to Goodwill and Target!
We plan to purchase and install triple-cell shades in the church apartment to help with climate control. Any financial donations toward that would be helpful, if you prefer to contribute that way.
Thanks for your help and partnership!  Questions:
July 30- was Work Party - new JLP intern house!  To help further, Contact: Elizabeth: cell 206-498-4654

12044 Roosevelt Way NE #E

Take I-5 to 130th.  Exit to East (Right if coming north) toward Roosevelt.

Right on Roosevelt.

Cross 123rd , then look to left for sign.  Its just a long driveway- house isn't fully visible there.

Limited parking down driveway- so thank you for parking on Roosevelt.

incase you missed previously
Updates on Merger Talks
The Keystone leadership team met with University Baptist Church leaders for the fifth time on Tuesday, July 19, regarding a possible merger of the two churches.

Rich preached at UBC on Sunday, June 26 & did Q & A time there.  The Keystone leader team met July 5.

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?" The fourth meeting addressed foundational concerns raised at end of last two meetings (such as financials and fundamentals).

July 19 looked deeply at whether we can hope realistically for a merger (or an alternative model?  a more creative?) to fit our unique situations.

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

Rev. Rich Gamble,
Rev. Lauren Cannon,
John Preston,
Marilyn Wall,
Lisa Smith,
Eliza Pennick,
Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey
Returns to Seattle
Thursday, August 25, 2016
St. Mark's Cathedral, 10th Ave E
3:00 Gather and smudge
4:00-6:00 Ceremony
6:00-7:30 Celebration
Native activists continue to raise the moral voice for climate justice. Join Lummi Nation House of Tears carvers with Earth Ministry/WAIPL at St. Mark's Cathedral to bless Q'al, a healing Totem Pole that honors our shared values. We'll celebrate Lummi Nation's victory at Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point) and continue strengthening alliances in defense of tribal sacred lands and waters.

With blessings all along the way, the Lummi are traveling nearly 5,000 miles with this 22 foot totem pole at the request of the Grand Chief in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This journey will bring together, honor, and strengthen relations between tribes, people of faith, civic leaders, and activists all along the way. Together, we stand up to proposed fossil fuel megaprojects and lay the foundation for equitable climate action.

It's not every day a totem pole roles up to the Cathedral lawn, so save the date for this inspiring celebration on August 25
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Keystone is active with a group of congregations to plan an October 8 Interfaith Conference on Climate Change, to be held at University Christian (Disciples of Christ).

Standing out from the many groups or conferences on climate change-- this focus is FAITH and climate.

"How do  faith communities be a moral voice in the age of climate change?  What is holy obedience?  What are spiritual tools for these times?"  Working with multiple interfaith partners and leaders, we are helping plan for keynote, workshops, interfaith service, complete with a lunch that will model commitments: local, organic, no meat, low waste.  Poster session to learn how other faith communities are acting on climate change.  Open space networking.

On July 21, Jim, Sandie, Amber, and Lauren participated in working groups at planning meeting at Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue (at Seattle First Baptist.)  Talk to any of them to join in the prep.  Working groups seek many a worker bee and your labor of love!  Logistics, Interfaith Service, Outreach, Food, or Advertising.
Pride SUNDAY June 26
Join our neighbors as they offer a fun disclaimer these are NOT meaningful movies, but....  Mosaic Coffee House and Church of the Nazarene welcome any and all to bring a lawn chair for any of these summer flicks!  S'mores provided.
Friday August 5th- the Sandlot
Friday August 12th- The Lion King - singalong
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Lending Library:
Keystone has (click here) "COSMOS" DVD's to be checked out.  Neil Degrasse Tyson.  Episodes 1-13 are available, with thanks to the work of Charles Rudash, Green Team.  Please stop up to church office any Sunday to sign one out with Pastor Lauren.

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 or 206.265.2834 for more information.
Welcome Daniel!
On Sunday June 26 baby boy Daniel Smith started his regular attendance at Keystone - one week old!  Blessed welcome to your community Daniel!  The Smiths celebrate the birth of Daniel on Sunday June 19, and thank everyone for their continued wishes and prayers in this time.

Wishing all our August folks the happiest of birthdays, from all of us at Keystone UCC!

Pastor Lauren takes her family vacation time August 8-29.  Pastor Rich is looking to an October trip to be with his mother in the midwest.

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 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
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