Friday, March 3, 2017

Coming Up at Keystone UCC!

Join us for services
Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!
** Keystone UCC Weekly News & Events has moved to biweekly publication. See lower down for leaders lineup for next two Sundays and more **
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Temptation
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Grant
Usher: Christian
Communion: Rich, Lauren, Paisley, Caleb
Coffee Hour Host: Margaret
Children's Ministry: Anita


Sunday, March 12, 2017
Guest Preacher TBA
Rev. Lauren Cannon
Rev. Rich- leading memorial 1 PM for Rick Turner of Meaningful Movies
Scripture: John 3: 1-17 or Matthew 17: 1-9

Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Julia
Usher: Lisa
Communion: Rita/Barb & Lauren
Coffee Hour Host: OPEN
Children's Ministry: Anita

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: On February 26, Keystone UCC held a congregational meeting to discuss the possibility of hiring an additional staff person to expand our social justice efforts. The vote was unanimous, and we will now begin the process of searching for the ideal candidate, to be followed by another congregational vote on whether or not to hire the candidate.

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:

Friday, March 3 – Wallingford Meaningful Movies - We The People 2.0
@ Keystone UCC (Battson Hall)
Doors Open at 6:30pm; Movie Starts at 7pm
Saturday, March 4 –  Community Education:
No New Youth Jail Campaign
@ Kadima Reconstructionist Community, 832 32nd Ave, Seattle

Thursday, March 16 –  Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition
See Rev. Lauren or Iris for location

Sunday, March 19 –  Healing Arts Missions - Moment of Ministry
w/Dr. Tracee Laing and Paul Hammond
@ Keystone UCC
Saturday, April 1 –  Sacred Heart Shelter
Cooking and Serving Dinner
food and servers at Keystone by 5pm;
leave by 5:15pm
March 1, Ash Wednesday – Lent season began
April 13 – Maundy Thursday evening Supper @ Keystone, Battson Hall
April 14 – Good Friday evening worship @ Keystone, Learning Center
April 16 – Easter Sunday!
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **

Our season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday, March 1. We are now amidst the 40 days leading up to Easter. Lent is traditionally a season of entering more deeply into the spiritual practices of contemplation, generosity, prayer, and self-discipline. Plan to be in community at Keystone for our sacred exploration as we journey in Holy Week. Mark your calendars for our:

April 13 – Maundy Thursday Supper in Battson Hall


April 14 – Good Friday Service 7pm in the Learning Center 


Our continued prayers are with Sandie Schumacher who continues her rehab at home from successful knee surgery on Jan. 30
Empowering Haitians Through Access to Healthcare | Education | Clean Water

On Sunday, March 19, Dr. Tracee Laing and Paul Hammond from Healing Art Missions(HAM), will join us for worship at 10:30am and will also share a special “Moment of Ministry" about their organization's work on behalf of the Haitian people.

Through our Festival of Hope, Keystone has supported the efforts of HAM for many years and we have become a beloved partner in their efforts. Tracee and Paul look forward updating our community about their work and extending their gratitude to us in person for our annual support.

They will also be with us at the coffee hour after the service to answer questions and share in fellowship.

As Keystone reaches out in new ways to provide hopeful actions for justice, the unfolding story and example of HAM can provide us with encouragement for tapping into the treasure of our gifts as individuals and as a small faith community.

Additional Note: Tracee and Paul will also be sharing a more in-depth presentation about their organization later in the afternoon on March 19.  This will be held in the Belltown neighborhood and Keystone members who are interested are most welcome to attend this presentation and reception. Please contact Rita Peterson at for more details.

Here is the link to HAM's beautifully updated website:

Report on Feb. 5 Congregational Conversation

When Keystone members convened after service on Feb. 5, for another Congregational Conversation, we explored how our members could faithfully respond to the implications of the last election. We assessed our resources, and came up with a few ideas of what we could contribute, and who could be the contact person for said efforts. Here is a list of what we came up with:

• Sponsor an immigrant - Charles
• Have mediators come teach us skills to discuss issues - Connie
• Social Justice Job/Volunteering Fair - Dan
• Internet activism  - Jim
• Hire a staff person – ChristianBarbDan , Jim
• Joining other groups to combine efforts - Barb
• Addressing anger, channel to something positive - John

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with any of the above efforts, please contact the person listed.

Community Education:
No New Youth Jail Campaign

Please join us on Saturday, March 4 during our Kadima Shabbat gathering for a meaningful and strategic learning session on the No New Youth Jail (NNYJ) Campaign with attorney and activist Knoll Lowney. Knoll is a member of Kadima and represents the community groups fighting the proposal. He will provide a brief history of the proposed $225 million youth jail in Seattle, the many problems with the proposal, and the antiracist aspects of the campaign. Please join us and learn how Kadima and you can become involved in this important movement.

Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: 9:30 - 11:00am
Location: Kadima Reconstructionist Community
832 32nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

This is a great opportunity to learn more among our faithful friends at Kadima about the campaign Keystone has been at work on over last 3.5 years. See the Facebook Event page HERE.
Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition

Join Pastor Lauren & JLP Intern Iris at the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition, to support workers at Seatac fighting for dignity on the job and the wages they are due.

Date: Thursday, March 16
Time10- 11:30am

Ready to engage more on Climate Change?

On January 22, Lauren and Jim Little helped host this first public meeting of “1SustainablePlanet,” a new group Lynn Fitz-Hugh is helping organize. It is one follow-up of the Interfaith group that Keystone was part of to help host the Faith & Climate Action Conference last October.

Contact Pastor Lauren or Jim to learn more about these 6 work groups:
1. 150 trees and me - led by Jan
2. Little Green Groups - led by Diedre
3. Sustainable Urban Design - led by Anne
4. The Food Challenge - led by Lynn
5. Green sustainable economy alternative - led by Randy
6. Taming Bigfoot campaign - led by Andy and FACT (Faith Action Climate Team)

Pastor Lauren can be reached at
Jim can be reached at

Christening Conversation

Families with children, adults interested in baptism, friends ~ new or old to Keystone UCC ~ come for a supper time discussion about this ritual in our faith. At Keystone we share in two sacraments: Communion and Baptism. It is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the sign and seal of our common discipleship. Through baptism a person is joined with the body of Christ, as one who is already beloved by God. In this act, our community pledges to support and share the call to be God's people always. Christening offers our children a chance to choose baptism as they are later confirmed. And some adults have circumstances that bring them to seek re-baptism as a renewal of the spirit.

Start to learn more here:

Then come break bread, with childcare for your 
little ones, as we converse!

(90 minutes; Leila Connors, 2016)
Friday, March 3; Doors open at 6:30pm; Movie starts at 7:00pm

@ Keystone UCC (downstairs in Battson Hall)

We the People 2.0 confronts its viewers with the ravages of mine tailings and leaky containment ponds, of sludge and ooze and grue, all of which are killing people, particularly in the cancer-blighted small towns of North America. Alongside documenting grassroots activism, including the kayak flotillas that protested Shell Oil in Seattle, the film focuses on legal challenges presented to corporations by granting rights to ecosystems. Featured are spokespersons from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit that helps small towns draft laws against fracking, factory farming, and water privatization.

Special Guests: Mary Ann Kae from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund


In Memory of Rick Turner

Rick Turner, founder of The Meaningful Movies Project, passed away on December 16, 2016 from an acute flare-up of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease he was diagnosed with 6 years ago.  Rick had also been diagnosed earlier this year with acute myeloid leukemia, and had undergone chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

Rick was passionate about and tirelessly committed to the vision for Meaningful Movies: educating people about social justice issues, while at the same time building bonds between people.  And to have fun while doing it!  Rick ignited an amazing spark and grew it into a fire that is now nurturing communities far and wide.

We will miss him greatly – his amazing smile, his humor, loving kindness, and the hope and generosity he always shared with everyone.


Gus Wall - 3/9
Eliza Penick -3/10
Rev. Mike Denton - 3/18
Ruth Little - 3/21
Connie Voget - 3/25
Margaret Graham - 3/28

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 available Mondays: 9:30am-3:30pm, and mornings: Tuesday-Friday, & Sundays:  9:30am- 12:30pmWednesday evening mid-week classes.  (Saturday is Sabbath). Email Lauren to make an appointment on any of those days at
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