Friday, September 16, 2016

Faith & Climate Action- register for October 8. Welcome Alexandra! More Fall happenings - Keystone UCC Community Life...

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

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Rev. Lauren Cannon, preaching
Rev. Rich Gamble, away
Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: James Gilbraith (Yigit Kolat has some work travels abroad through October)

Theme: Discipleship
Scripture:  Luke 16: 1-13
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Sandie
Usher: Rita
Communion Ministers: Barb
Coffee Hour Host: Barb
Children's Ministry: Anita F.
IT'S A GIRL!: On Monday, Sept. 12, Christian and Michelle welcomed their baby girl Alexandra into the world! She is 8 lbs. 3 ounces and very, very cute!

More pictures to come, and we can't wait to meet our newest Keystone member! Prayers and blessings to Christian, Michelle and Baby Alexandra!!

COMING SOON: The new Keystone UCC Directory will be out by the end of September; big thanks to Barbara Anderson!  She still needs a few updated addresses, so check with her on Sundays so you can write in your updates.  Or email them to her

LAST SUNDAY: We welcomed our new JLP intern, Iris Chavez, and commissioned ourselves into our next year together.  We celebrated that God has called us to be a teaching and learning church! 

Iris Chavez will be interning at the Church Council of Greater Seattle, while serving at Keystone UCC. Born and raised in Spokane, WA, Iris graduated from Whitworth University with a double major in Sociology and Political Science (International Studies) and a minor in French. Iris is passionate about bringing people of different cultures together and was an Act Six scholar at Whitworth, a leadership and scholarship program that addresses the issue of under-representation on college campuses. She was also a Cultural Diversity Advocate on her campus leadership team. Iris’ interest in activism and advocacy flourished with her involvement in USAS (United Students Against Sweatshops) and she is eager to begin working toward social change and social justice with the Justice Leadership Program.
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!

 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, Oct. 1 – Sacred Heart Shelter
Cooking and Serving Dinner
food and servers at Keystone by 5pm;
leave by 5:15pm
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Faith & Climate Action Conference
Action Steps for People of Faith on Climate

REGISTER TODAY @ Brown Paper Tickets
@ University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. NE

Sunday, Oct. 22 – Weaving Our Strengths
@ Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave.
8:00am – 4:00pm

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

REGISTER TODAY @ Brown Paper Tickets

Keystone is actively creating this day of learning and info-sharing, with a great group of congregations across Seattle. Download the flyer Here. It lists the workshops and Interfaith panel participants. Standing out from the many events 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 the keynote, workshops, interfaith service, complete with a lunch that Jim and Sandie are helping to model commitments: local, organic, no meat, low-waste.

On July 21, Jim, Sandie, Amber and Lauren participated in working groups at a planning meeting. Talk to any of them to join in the prep - food people needed! Working groups to join are: Logistics, Interfaith Service, Outreach, Food, or Advertising.
Connecting time was shared September 9-11 @ Fall Retreat on Vashon Island

From Pastor Lauren:
About 25 of us deepened connections on the recent weekend Retreat on Vashon Island with University Baptist Church and Pastor Rich, Barb, John, Sheri, Charles, Pastor Lauren, Leo, and Mike at beautiful Camp Burton. We shared meals, worship, beach hang outs, trail walks, lots of good time & activities to get more acquainted, and a rich day of teaching with Rev. Gamble.  

University Baptist is meeting as a congregation September 18, and then leaders from both churches will meet early October.
Teen Mindfulness Meditation Classs Beginning October 3rd

Every spring and fall, the Seattle Insight Meditation Society offers a 4-week Teen Mindfulness Meditation Class.  The next series begins October 3rd.  If you know of any teens who might benefit from knowing about this class, please pass on the information.  Attached are the flier and a parent permission form for the upcoming class.

The class gives teens a foundation in secular mindfulness meditation.  Class topics include:

     1 – Exploring attention and learning to anchor it.
     2 – Grounding the body.
     3 – Being mindful - Being here now.
           Noticing pleasant experiences and being with difficult ones.
     4 – Pausing and choosing whether to respond or react.
     5 – Moving mindfully.
     6 – Beginning to notice thought patterns.  How are we relating to our thoughts?
     7 – Relaxation and self kindness.

The class is for high school teens who choose on their own to take the class.

To register, email with teen's name, age, email contact, school, and grade level.

Date: Four Monday evenings, OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24,  2016
Time: 6:30-8:00PM
Location: Keystone UCC, 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle

Teachers:  Krista Gemmell Harris, Certified .b (UK Mindfulness in Schools) Teen Mindfulness Teacher and InterPlay leader and Chris Charles, Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program.

Fee:  A $25 donation is suggested to help with rental fees, but is not required. 

Come one, come all!

Lay leaders, ministers, pastors, youth leaders, interested individuals, church leadership councils, outreach teams, social justice teams, mission teams, worship teams, . . .

Come to Weaving Our Strengths, a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration and skill-building to strength local churches' efforts for the common good. There will be worship, workshops, a resource fair, the Apel Awards, and conversations to weave our strengths together. We would like you to be a part of it!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle 98122

Early Bird: $40  Extended through Friday 9/23
$55 Regular / $25 Student
Group rates: $175 for up to 5 people; $275 for 6 - 10 people
Scholarships available. No charge parking available.

Register HERE or by calling Ann at 206.525.1213, ext. 105

Last year, over 200 attendees from 16 faith traditions and at least 60 congregations gathered for a transformative day of learning, sharing, and fellowship. We hope you'll join us this year on October 22!

Learn more about the event, including the line-up of workshops from faith leader presenters, the schedule, and more on the event website:

Nominate a community champion! We are accepting nominations for the annual Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Awards, honoring a congregation and an individual who embodies Rev. Apel's spirit of groundbreaking, faith-filled justice-making. We encourage you to nominate. Learn more and nominate. Deadline for nominations is Monday, September 26.

Bring home new ideas and opportunities to your congregation. Build new collaborations across the region. Come join hearts, hands, and minds to weave together a strong faith community serving the common good.

Weaving Our Strengths is offered by the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Our mission is to create a diverse community of churches and individuals who respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by building relationships of unity while working collaboratively for the common good. We partner with interfaith, community, and government organizations in our collective work for a more equitable and just society. Learn more about us and our efforts at

Sponsors include:  Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbytery of Seattle, Faith Action Network, Archdiocese of Seattle, Puget Sound Dignity Memorial Providers including Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Local 6, United Food and Commercial Workers UFCW 21, Center for Courage & Renewal, Horizon House, IAM Machinists' Local 751, Teamsters Local Union 117, Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO
Welcome 2016-2017 JLP interns!!

Our new 2016-2017 Justice Leadership Program interns, staff and alumni kicked off the new year, Sunday, Sept. 4 at Keystone UCC worship. Fresh off a move into the new Eden House and the All Pilgrims Capitol Hill apartment, our new team was all smiles!

ALSO: Just a few more pieces of furniture are needed for the new JLP house and apartment on Capitol Hill.  Email Elizabeth if you have anything to contribute:

JLP Jubilee – On September 30, we celebrate 5 new adult JLP Jubilee interns, beginning as the first year's class!  Praise God!


Betty Sabo - 9/13
Blake Penick - 9/29

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!
Pastor Rich will be with his mother in Missouri for September 12-28, as he accompanies her in knee recovery after a fall.

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.

Pastor Rich is available Tuesday to Thursday mornings and Friday evenings, and holds additional office times on Saturdays and Sundays.  (Monday is Sabbath.)  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 visits, meetings, work:
Mondays: 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
TuesdayFriday, Sundays:  9:30AM- 12:30 PM 
Wednesday mid week evening classes.
(Saturday Sabbath.)
Email Lauren to make an appointment on any of those days at
Click here for: Justice Leadership Program- UCC
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