Saturday, September 30, 2017

Communities Rising -- Resistance-- The Third Reconstruction -- upcoming staff vote--- more

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

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Scripture: Exodus 16: 2-15
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Brianna, JLP Intern
Usher: Margaret
Communion: Rich & Lauren
Coffee Hour Host: John & Barb
Children's Ministry: Anita

STICK AROUND: During Coffee Hour, join us for our Festival of Hope Kick-off Meeting! See announcement below for more on this year's event.

And ...

It's never too late for cake! We'll also be doing a little belated celebrating of our September Keystone Birthday's, with a delicious cake complements of John and Barbara.

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon
Greeters: OPEN
Reader: Marilyn
Usher: Anabell
Communion: Rich & Lauren
Coffee Hour Host: TBA
Children's Ministry: Anita

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: After the presidential elections, we had a series of meetings at Keystone. The result of those meetings was a commitment to increase our commitment to the work of justice. We voted to endorse the creation of a new staff position, specifically focused on justice. We said at the time that once a staff person was found we would meet once again as a congregation and confirm that person.

We are calling a congregational meeting on Sunday, October 8 after worship to discuss the confirmation of a candidate. Please join us!

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

Children's Ministry with Anita – program every Sunday 10:00am- 12pm. More info at
Upcoming Events

Sunday, Oct. 1 – Festival of Hope Kick-off Meeting
& September Birthdays Celebration

@ Keystone
During Coffee Hour

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Keystone Faith Formation Book Study
First of 5 Wednesday Evenings; Oct. 4 – Nov. 1
@ Battson Hall - Fireside Room

Thursday, Oct. 5 – Communities Rising! "Empathy as Resistance"
a citywide meeting

@ Keystone

Saturday, Oct. 7 – Sacred Heart Shelter
Cooking and Serving Dinner
food and servers at Keystone by 5pm; leave by 5:15pm
Sunday, Oct. 8 – Congregational Meeting
@ Keystone
After Service
Sunday, Oct. 29 – Festival of Hope Mailing Party
@ Keystone
After Service
Rich vacation notes:
October 22 and 29 – Lauren preaching; Rich & Kate away

Save the Dates:
November 18 and 19 – 39th Annual Festival of Hope​
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **

For Kaaren – home from the emergency department, recovering from an infection. Kaaren welcomes our prayers, calls and visits.  Kaaren and caregiver Nadja are interviewing and training a possible additional caregiver, to add to the support of Pico and Kaaren's community of friends.

For Barb, Grace, and Amber – as they attend September 30  Concerned Lifers day-long conference at Monroe Correctional Center.  
Books are in!
Book Study:  The Third Reconstruction, by Rev. Dr. William Barber.
Pick up a copy from Pastor Lauren at the church office on Sunday, October
$10 (or whatever you can pay).
Or grab a copy on your own.

Keystone Faith Formation Book Study
Next 5 Wednesday evenings:
October 4 – November 1
Faithful readers, doubters, questioners, come for discussion!
Wednesdays in Battson Hall - Fireside Room; 7-8:30 PM

Grab yourself a copy of Rev. Barber's "The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear," by Rev Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove. C​ome together with Keystone friends, new and old, for our fall study.  All welcome (come to any you can)​.

The ​study ​will aid ​our ​discernment for ​our​ next ​actions​ at Keystone, in these rocky times.  How we are called to live out our faith, in these divisive days?  Read it not for a set formula but to inspire. In the face of ​​relentless injustices and ​the ​ecological evidence these days, how ​is ​God calling us to act in our particular Keystone setting? And with the added blessing of two new interns​, and a possible staff person,​ joining us for this year ahead?

Our church is active with the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition (IEJC). One of our partners, Christ Episcopal in the University District, is hosting​ Rev. Barber for a two-day training November 6 & 7,  and there is a public talk Monday evening, November 6.  Save that date!  The book study will wrap up November 1, so any who like, ​can then fieldtrip to hear Rev. Barber on November 6.

(Festival of Hope is November 18 & 19)

Newer folks encouraged to come check this out!  Bring your faithful tough questions, October 4- November 1!

– Pastor Lauren

A couple links ​-​ Barber's book:


Communities Rising! "Empathy as Resistance"
Connecting with Flippable Voters - Oct. 5

Join us at this citywide meeting, Thursday, Oct. 57-9pm at Keystone! To work toward creating a world that works for everyone, we can try to understand those with whom we do not agree. This can lead to more effective resistance.  Explore ways to build bridges to people with whom we think we may not have a lot in common. This is challenging work, best done with the support of others.  For more information, contact Jim Little at
Sacred Heart Saturday is October 7

Keystone folks will have the pleasure of preparing and serving a meal for Sacred Heart Shelter on Saturday, October 7.

Servers are taken care of, but we still have a couple spots left for food preparation.

Please email Michelle ( to sign up!

Thank you!!
Announcing the

Festival of Hope!

Saturday, November 18, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, November 1912-3pm

Last year, our Keystone community raised over $15,000 to support programs that alleviate hunger and poverty, both locally and around the world.

Total throughout the Festival’s history, we have raised over $340,000 to help others!!

Our “official” kickoff meeting will be after service this Sunday, October 1. The sign-up sheet will be available every Sunday.

The mailing party will be after service on Sunday, October 29 – please join us!

In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for Festival items or think about things you might like to make or donate.
  • Soups for deli
  • Baked goods
  • Books
  • Holiday decorations
  • Nice household items/d├ęcor, things you could give as a gift
  • Vintage/Antiques
  • Jewelry
Cashiers, booth-attendants and set-up/breakdown helpers are also always needed.

Bring your family and friends and work together raising money to help those less fortunate!

Contact Eliza with questions or suggestions: or 206-245-5446

Sermon Recordings now available online

If you missed a Sunday, were ​downstairs at Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, our JLP Intern, ​Hunter Paulson-Smith,​ has created an ​online audio archive​ where you can listen to them ​ or download them​. Click HERE to listen, and please share. ​Thank you, Hunter! 
Kids and Race: Power and Privilege

A Keystone team (Hunter, Bri, Connie, Eliza, Pastor Lauren) has started work on the possibility of hosting a "Kids and Race" workshop at Keystone.  Let us know if you would enjoy helping.  One idea is a two-hour workshop on a Saturday morning - shared with folks in the neighborhood, the Wallingford Co-op PreSchool, and the Seattle Taiwanese Christian UCC Church.
Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition
monthly meetings - 'love of neighbor'

Opportunity to witness for justice:  Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 10am, with Keystone represented by Pastor Lauren, our Justice Leadership Program Interns, and Keystone folks.  You are welcome any month to come check out a meeting and see if this witness calls to you, as we embody our 'love  of neighbor'. Iris Chavez (JLP '16-'17) helped us support concession workers at Seatac Airport and security workers at Amazon, as they fought for dignity on the job and the wages they were due; most are workers of color, women, immigrants and refugees.

The location rotates between south Seattle churches, libraries, and non-profits- contact Pastor Lauren for more information:


We are very excited about our new cohort of interns for 2017-2018!

• Brianna (Bri) Little, working with Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
• Hunter Paulson-Smith, working with Keystone Church as an outreach intern.
• Amanda Agrellas, working with Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
• Daniel De La Rosa, working with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 6
• Erica West, working with Church Council of Greater Seattle
• Leda Zakarison, working with Earth Ministry
• Renee Lumia, working with 350-Seattle

Click here to read intern bios



Jo Winston - 10/1
Rev. Rich Gamble - 10/7
Dorothy Richey - 10/17

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-Friday, with Wednesday evening mid-week classes, & Sundays (Saturday is Sabbath). Email Lauren to make an appointment at
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