Monday, November 28, 2016

Wednesday Evenings Contemplative Prayer & upcoming events

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Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!
** Keystone UCC Weekly News & Events has moved to biweekly publication. Expect your next issue on Friday, December 9, and every other week thereafter.  See below for leaders lineup for Sunday, December 4 **

Sunday, November 27, 2016
First Sunday of Advent
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon, off

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Hope
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Nick
Usher: Marilyn
Candle Lighters: Hannah, Nick, Ollie
Communion: Rich
Coffee Hour Host: OPEN
Children's Ministry: Anita
FESTIVAL OF HOPE RECAP: Another year of FOH is complete and BIG THANKS to all who took part in this special annual event, and especially to Organizer in Chief, Eliza Penick!
A few pictures from the event:

The Learning Center was filled with joy all weekend long

Elvina and John kept the kitchen humming

Keystone Babies' first Festival appearance

Can't have the bakesale without Nell! (thanks to some fancy photoshop work by Grant)

See more pictures at 

NEW KEYSTONE DIRECTORY: Pick yours up this Sunday – thanks to Barbara Anderson!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Second Sunday of Advent
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Peace
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Hannah
Usher: Margaret
Candle Lighters: Margaret, Iris, Grant, Sandie
Communion: Lauren & Rich
Coffee Hour Host: TBD
Children's Ministry: Anita
ANNOUNCEMENT:  [From Pastor Lauren] Praise God- all our little ones! Our new website is growing to celebrate all the life at Keystone.  And we seek for the site to entice others to join us in what we are discerning for next steps, to embody God’s love, through our courage to serve the world & planet.

Here is a glimpse:

We celebrate the children and youth that make Keystone Church a welcoming home for all! Please be in touch with me if you have passion to help develop our site.  And keep sending your best promo pictures!
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. More info at
Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, Nov. 30 –  Evening Prayer
Spacious meditative prayer time to begin season of Advent, with Rita Peterson & Pastor Lauren
@ Keystone UCC (Fireside Room, Battson Hall)
Friday, Dec. 2 – Wallingford Meaningful Movies -
Following in the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

@ Keystone UCC (Battson Hall)
Doors Open at 6:30pm; Movie Starts at 7pm

Saturday, Dec. 3 – Sacred Heart Shelter
Cooking and Serving Dinner
food and servers at Keystone by 5pm;
leave by 5:15pm

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – First of 3 Holden Prayer Services
Evening service of singing, scripture, and reflective time. Also being held on 12/14 & 12/21
@ Keystone UCC (in Sanctuary)

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

Our Prayers are with:

•  Sandie Schumacher, who lost her beloved dog Coco suddenly on Nov. 14.  We surround Sandie and Bill with our prayers. Coco was a  source of joy over 8.5 years of their life together.

• Nell, as she strengthens at home after being treated at Swedish Hospital for pneumonia.

• Kaaren, prayers for peace, as she manages life at home, with the devoted care of Nadia and Pico’s family.
Sacred Heart Saturday is December 3

Keystone folks will have the pleasure of preparing and serving a meal for Sacred Hear Shelter on Saturday, December 3.

Here's the line up thus far, and what we still need:

Chicken Dish - NEED
Vegetarian Dish - NEED
Rice or Potato - NEED
Salad - NEED
Dessert - NEED
Milk/Juice – Sandie
Servers (2) – NEED

Please sign up by emailing Michelle at

Remember to bring your items to Keystone UCC, that Saturday by 5pm.

Thank you!!
4 Wednesdays of Contemplative Prayer
at Keystone UCC

Evening Prayer with Rita Peterson & Pastor Lauren

Spacious meditative Prayer Time to begin Season of Advent.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30
Time: 7-8 PM
Location: Fireside Room (Battson Hall)

Holden Prayer
Elliot Kraber, Music Coordinator
Kate Froese, Accompanist
w/Rev. Rich Gamble and Rev. Lauren Cannon

Holden Prayer is 30-minute candlelit evening service with lots of singing, scripture and reflective time! Come as you are, for some peaceful contemplation after your day.

Dates: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 14, and 21
Time: All held 7-7:30pm
Location: Sanctuary
Holden Village is a Lutheran (and quite welcoming of all) retreat center in the Cascades that started this lovely prayer service. Many of the hymns we sing in Sunday worship (green 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.  It's a vespers (evening) service, that is now done in many many places. Years back (maybe eight years ago?) at Keystone, Melissa and Eric, who were serving as year-long, young-adult interns, began this practice, which we continue to cherish, as a shelter 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 Wednesday evenings.  Bring a friend!  All ages welcome!

For more info, contact Pastor Lauren Cannon at Keystone UCC: (206) 632-6021 or at

A Word From Pastor Rich

Hello Folks,

I received a hand written letter from Carol Sutton from University Baptist Church. Here is what it said:

"Dear Rich,

Please convey to Keystone members and especially the team that met with us how very grateful we are to you for your warmth and openness. I’m sure it wasn’t always easy to deal with the upset and uncertainty that go with such conversations.

However, we at UBC feel blessed to have gotten to you a little bit and seen your call to mission. It was inspirational to walk alongside you for a few weeks.

We will keep you in our prayers as I feel sure you will do for us.

Blessings on the journey!

Carol Sutton"

Enclosed with the letter was a generous donation to Keystone UCC.

Pastor Rich

FOLLOWING IN THE NINTH: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony
(78 minutes; Kerry Candaele, 2013)
Friday, Dec. 2; Doors open at 6:30pm; Movie starts at 7:00pm

@ Keystone UCC (downstairs in Battson Hall)

This documentary follows the impact of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on people’s lives around the world.  Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, Following the Ninth is about four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the 9th’s message.  ‘Alle Menschen  werden Bruder’ (All People Are Connected).  In East Berlin just before the wall came down.   At Tienanmen Square in 1989, students played the 9th over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their protests for freedom.  In Chile, women under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the 9th at torture prisons, and those inside took hope when they heard the music.  In Japan each December, the 9th is performed hundreds of times, often with 10.000 people in the chorus.  The 9th took on added significance after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  This film has spirit-lifting moments and powerful resonances.

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Anabell Chang - 12/3
Carolyn Sabo - 12/7
Amber Dickson - 12/11
Leo Denton- 12/22
Elvina Spoon - 12/23

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.

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
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