Friday, July 13, 2018

Paisley reports back from UCC Western Regional Youth Event & July happenings!

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

** Apologies for the delay! Newsletter production and send out was hindered due to a MailChimp error **

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon, off
Pastor Yuki Schwartz, off 

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Faith
Scripture: Mark 6:1-13
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Dan O.
Usher: Hunter
Communion: Barb & Rich
Coffee Hour Host: Marilyn & Gus
Children's Ministry: Anita 

BRI ARTICLE IN REAL CHANGE: Keystone JLP Intern, Bri Little, has a wonderfully provocative article in this week's Real Change News, titled "Independence Day History Lesson."  The article's first line says it all: "Never is America’s hypocrisy and exclusionary nature more visible than on the Fourth of July."


KEYSTONE CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES: Each week, teacher Anita leads a craft, Bible story, and loads of play.  Open 10am-12pm.  Here are Blake and Leo (June 24) at church playground, and Leo and Ali in the play house in classroom (July 1).

Older children & youth always welcome to class! You can exit worship during sermon time, and return by communion.

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

Sermons 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!

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Pastor Yuki Schwartz, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon
Rev. Rich Gamble, off

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat
Special Worship Music w/Elise Bryant

Reader: Bri
Usher: Pat
Coffee Hour Host: Sandie
Children's Ministry: Anita 

PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES:  See glimpses of recent events on our Keystone Shutterfly page:
Upcoming Events

DAILY – Families Belong Together Vigil - Seattle
@ ICE Office, 1000 2nd Ave., Seattle

Saturday, July 14 – Speak Your Truth: Open Mic & Clothing Swap
@ Keystone UCC (Battson Hall)

Thursday, July 19 – Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition w/Puget Sound Sage
Contact Pastor Lauren

Saturday, July 21 – Charlie King & Rebel Voices in Concert
Benefit for Keystone Church & the Justice Leadership Program

@ Keystone UCC

Sunday, July 22 – JLP Intern, Hunter Paulson-Smith preaching
Keystone Worship Ritual to close our year with Bri and Hunter, our 2017-18 JLP Interns
@ Keystone UCC

Thursday, July 26 – Vigil for Safe Jobs and Safe Communities
w/Seattle Workers for Justice Coalition
@ Ravenna Neighborhood - Corner of NE 65th and 15th Ave NE, SE of Roosevelt HS

Sunday, July 29 – July Birthdays Celebration
@ Keystone UCC

Saturday, Aug. 4 – Sacred Heart Shelter
Cooking and Serving Dinner
food and servers at Keystone by 5pm; leave by 5:15pm

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

Open Mic & Clothing Swap
Saturday, July 14
6:00 - 8:30 PM
@ Keystone UCC
Join us for an open mic featuring poetry, spoken word, music, and more! Prior to the open mic we will have a clothing swap. Feel free to join for one or both of these. The theme of the open mic is "Speak Your Truth." We hope that folks bring their stories.

All are welcome! This space will be open to people of every race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, social location, etc. It will be a young-adult centered event. Our hope is to honor diversity and share stories from the many walks of life we come from.

The order of events is as follows:

Clothing Swap: 6-7pm
Open Mic: 7-8:30pm

Snacks and beverages will be provided. Bring clothes to swap! The event will be held in the church downstairs in Batson Hall.

(An accessible ramp is at playground door  for those with any mobility issues.)

Contact Hunter through Facebook if you're interested in sharing a piece at the open mic. We're asking that readings don't exceed 4 minutes. All are welcome to share, we are trying to put together a set list before the date itself so please contact Hunter if you're at all interested!!

Please invite your friends! It's going to be an awesome night.

Keystone's allies have come together to offer a fundraiser of thanks!

Charlie King:

Rebel Voices:


Come Volunteer & Enjoy the July 21 Concert!
We need some Keystone folks to help host and roll out the Keystone hospitality on the night of July 21. Can you arrive around 6pm to help set up, open doors and be greeters? Sign up on clipboard at church!

For Rev. Rich: as his doctors keep ruling out all the big reasons why he may be experiencing some double vision, headaches and fatigue; so far, so good, thank you for prayers as they figure out the puzzle.

For Elvina: recovering from hospitalization and treatment for infection in her hand from cat bite.  On the mend - thank you!


At announcements on July 1, Rich V. & Margaret reported they were part of 10,000 people witnessing in Seatac on June 30 for a "Families Belong Together" rally and march.  Rich said it was the first protest he's attended where he's heard crowds chanting "Vote! Vote! Vote!"  Margaret shared some upcoming opportunities to act for Families Belong Together:

Date: Daily
Time: 8:00-10:00am
Location: ICE Office, 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle
Paisley report back from
UCC Western Regional Youth Event

(Paisley in back row with raised hand)

June 25-29, Keystone member Paisley Smith traveled to Honolulu, Hawai’i to participate in the UCC Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE), hosted by the Hawaiian UCC Conference. With about 400 other youth and adults from the western region states of the US, Paisley engaged in worship, service projects and heard from inspirational speakers. Here is a report back from Paisley:

Last Week I attended WRYE (western regional youth event), a social justice advocacy camp for teenagers put on by the UCC. This year it was in Hawai’i, so we learned a lot about Polynesian culture, by doing service projects with Hawai'ian natives and going to the Polynesian cultural center. We also attended workshops to teach us about spreading justice through song, faith, leadership and more. I attended the Song Making and Mural Making workshops (pictured here). 

I left hoping to continue to spread the social justice advocacy knowledge that I learned while on the trip, specifically, on indigenous people's right. There, I learned how the native Hawai'ians were treated poorly by the white people, but their culture is alive and well and must be honored and celebrated.

Overall it was a really fun experience and I would recommend to all youth out there of all faiths.

- Paisley

Vigil for Safe Jobs and Safe Communities

Northeast Seattle neighborhoods are undergoing rapid turnover and development, without sufficient and meaningful input from local communities and advocates. Seattle Workers for Justice is supporting local neighbors and small business concerns about public involvement processes and safety concerns like crosswalks, and of workers on several new developments who have experienced bullying on the job, and have worked on projects without adequate training, safety equipment, or safety training.

The majority of the workers in the industry are Latinx and need you to make sure our message get across!

Join us in a vigil and community outreach.

Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 10:00am
Location: Corner of NE 65th Ave and 15th Ave NE, Southeast of Roosevelt High School

For more information, contact D Pei Wu,
Join the youth-led growing No New Youth Jail effort

Barb brought our Keystone spirit to the June 28th evening vigil of interfaith prayers, song, and sharing that wove together how our traditions call us to prevent a new youth jail from being built, and how we can create alternatives, for the liberation of all.

Organizers thanked everyone for the prayerful and centered space. & will hold another faithful witness again soon.  Mentioned by faith leaders at the gathering:

Families Belong Together/Familias Unidas No Divididas:

No New Youth Jail facebook page:

NW Detention Center Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC facebook page:

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Barbara Anderson at

Justice Leadership Programs Northwest is now accepting applications from change-makers of all ages who are looking to deepen their faith while doing the work of justice.

The Justice Leadership Program, affiliate of the national Young Adult Service Communities Network, seeks motivated young people ages 21-35 for an 11-month internship beginning in September 2018. Interns learn community organizing and political advocacy working full time at a Seattle-based nonprofit, while living in intentional community and serving a local congregation. Direct inquiries to, and apply online today. Priority deadline is February 15 -- please spread the word!

** NOTE: JLP Alums go on to do great things! We lift up aluma Briana Brannan, who is now serving as Immigrant and Refugee Accompaniment Organizer, at the Church Council of Greater Seattle **

ALSO: Justice Leadership Jubilee is filling its next cohort of volunteers, who serve part-time for six to nine months at a local organization working for structural change toward social justice.. Jubilee is a program for individuals seeking a deeper analysis of systemic injustice, and a desire to strengthen the connection between faith and justice in a cohort of their peers. Previous year's organizational partners included Puget Sound Sage, 350 Seattle, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Reply to this message with any questions; find our application online here.

JLPNW is based at Keystone Congregational UCC in Seattle, and grateful for the support of our partner congregations -- Northshore UCC, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Prospect UCC, All Pilgrims Church, University Congregational UCC, as well as the  PNW Conference.
Please forward widely! Help us spread the word about these exciting opportunities to Be the Church and build a robust, faith-based movement for justice in the Northwest.

In joyful resistance,

Claire West
Outreach Coordinator
Justice Leadership Programs Northwest
(206) 909-8758
Pronouns: she/her


Archer Penick - 7/29

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!

Reaching Keystone UCC Pastoral Staff & JLP Interns:

Reach us at your Keystone church office: (206) 632-6021.  This phone is also checked remotely since all staff and interns serve part-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 works Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. & Wednesday eve classes. (Off Friday- Saturday and Mondays). Email Lauren to make an appointment on those days at

Pastor Yuki is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment. Email her at

Hunter Paulson Smith serves approximately 25 hours/week as well as at Earth Ministry.  Find Hunter in the JLP intern/Heifer office at church and connect at:

Brianna Little serves 5 hours/week as our Keystone intern with the Justice Leadership Program, and 32 hours at Real Change in Seattle.  Reach Bri at:
Click here for: Justice Leadership Program- UCC
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