Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What's Happening this Week!

Keystone UCC             
Open and Affirming,  
Justice Centered

         August 19, 2018

What’s Happening Today
Grant Davis is in town and is worshiping with us today! Welcome back, Grant!

What Happened Last Week
Welcoming Yigit and Sarah’s new baby girl! Those who were in worship on August 12 learned the wonderful news that our accompanist, Yigit Kolat, and his wife, Sarah, were expecting their baby girl to arrive soon.  Keystone is preparing a gift to help them celebrate their new arrival with them. All are invited to make contributions of any size. You can drop them in the church office or offering plate (if you’re donating by check, make the check out to Keystone and put ‘baby gift’ in the memo, and if you’re donating by cash, put the cash in an envelope marked ‘baby gift.’ 

What’s Coming Up
Tuesday, August 21 – Community Briefing on the Future of Hotel Work in Seattle, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 911 Stewart St., Seattle. Join the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition to hear from community members sharing visions for the future for hotel workers and threats they are facing, including automation and efficiency measures in the hospitality industry, Seattle’s affordability crisis, and local and national attacks on immigrant and women workers.  

Saturday, August 25 — The Esoterics celebrate the life and musical gifts of Leonard Bernstein, 8 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle. 
Come celebrate one of the most accomplished US musicians of the 20th century, in honor of his 100th birthday. The Esoterics will present Bernstein’s entire sacred choral oeuvre (in English, Latin, French, and Hebrew), including: Chichester Psalms, his choruses from The Lark, Missa Brevis, selections from Mass and Kaddish, Hashkiveinu, Simchu na, and Yigdal. Keystone’s music director Elliot Kraber, who has performed with The Esoterics, will perform with them. 

Sunday, August 26 — Brainstorming session for the Festival of Hope, after worship during coffee hour in the Narthex.

Tuesday, August 28 — We Still Have a Dream: 55th Anniversary of the 1963 MLK March on Washington, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Avenue (19th and Madison). Join the Faith Action Network, and local and regional social justice and interfaith organizations, for this commemoration of this historic march for jobs and freedom. More information at the event’s Facebook Event page: 

Friday, September 7 — Meaningful Movies Wallingford, A Plastic Ocean, 7 p.m., Keystone Congregational Church, Batson Hall. This scientific documentary tells the story of how plastics end up in our food chain. It also offers hopeful ideas for reducing single-use plastics and keeping plastic out of the environment. Heather Trim, executive director of Zero Waste Washington, will be a guest speaker.  

Welcome JLP Interns! — The Justice Leadership Program begins at the end of the month as our new cohort of interns move into their new home and get oriented to Seattle. Orientation begins on August 28th, and work at their various church and placement sites on September 4. New interns will be joining two interns from last year’s program, Daniel de la Rosa and Erica N. West (known as “E”), who are returning for a second year. New interns are: Ainsley Meyer, Allison Trezona, Danielle Walker, Neepam Shah, Rachel Shinabarger, and Tanquarae McCadney. Danielle will be serving as the intern at Keystone. Some short bios of the interns will be posted on the JLP web site soon. 


Hello Keystone Folk,

Starting at 10 AM there will be a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Nickelsville at Keystone Saturday, July 28. If you are in the area and hungry or just want to make a donation drop on by.


Rich Gamble

NEWS & EVENTS at Keystone UCC!

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

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Rev. Rich Gamble
Rev. Lauren Cannon
Pastor Yuki Schwartz, off 

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Theme: Violence vs. Justice
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10
Greeter: OPEN
Reader: Amber
Usher: Dan O.
Communion: Lauren & Rich
Coffee Hour Host: OPEN
Children's Ministry: Anita 

CHARLIE KING & REBEL VOICES CONCERT: Thanks to all for a successful benefit concert, on July 21 here at Keystone! Together, our community raised hundreds of dollars for our Justice Leadership Program.  Special thanks to Charlie King, Janet Stecher and Susan Lewis for their immeasurable generosity, and to the Keystone members who helped roll out the red carpet for our guests (like Jim and John, pictured here)

JLP PICNIC AT GAS WORKS PARK : The weather was perfect for our JLP Send-off picnic at Gas Works Park on Sunday, July 22. We thank all our JLP Interns for their service to our churches and communities and wish them all well in their future pursuits!

Here are a few pictures from the day:

LOTT-HAVEY FAMILY VISIT: This past week, we were visited by gone-but-not-forgotten Keystone members Nick, Hannah and Ollie Lott-Havey! (they moved to Minnesota in 2017). It was great to see them again and catch up. Here are a few pictures from their visit:


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, former 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!

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

Saturday, Aug. 4 – Duwamish film: Promised Land
@ Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St.

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

Monday, Aug. 6 – From Hiroshima to Hope
Annual commemoration for victims of US atomic bombings
@ Seattle Public Theatre @ The Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Drive

Sunday, Aug. 12 – Idriss Mosque Annual BBQ
@ Idriss Mosque, 1420 Northgate Way
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **

The work continues to reunite thousands of immigrant families torn apart by our government, and we raise up those in our midst who are doing the good work.

On Thursday, July 26, there was a direct action at the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, here in Seattle and across the country, with folks risking arrest to protest this administration’s policies on banning refugees and detailing children.

Also on July 26, Keystone helped lead a direct action and delegation in Revenna with Seattle Workers for Justice to fight for workers’ rights and safety.

Need more information about these events or to learn more about upcoming actions, protests, and events, visit Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network for updates at

Other avenues for helping asylum-seekers:

• Northwest Immigrant Rights Project:
Accepting donations to support direct legal services and pay bonds, volunteer interpreters

• AIDNW (Tacoma):
Accepting supplies on wish list, volunteers, funds to purchase phone cards for people in detention

• Immigrant Resources & Immediate Support (Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish counties):
Accepting money to support Yolany Padilla and her son with food, clothing, housing and counseling

• Church Council of Greater Seattle:
Coordinating volunteers to translate, accompany, house or transport asylum-seekers

• Washington Immigrant Defense Network:
Accepting volunteers, funds to provide legal services for difficult cases in Washington


Duwamish Film: Promised Land
at Seattle Mennonite Church

Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the pacific Northwest – the Duwamish and the Chinook – as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, both in our region’s shared heritage and in their modern struggles for federal recognition, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 4
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St., Seattle

For more information on the event, visit

For more information on the film, visit

From Hiroshima to Hope
@ Green Lake

This is an annual commemoration for the victims of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and for all victims of war and violence. The evening begins with a gathering, lantern preparation, picnicking and music, and continues with a program featuring music, dance and speakers. It concludes at dusk with a lantern-floating ceremony.

Date: Monday, Aug. 6
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Green Lake, northwest shore, south of Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse7312 W Green Lake Drive

More information online at

Idriss Mosque Annual BBQ
Idriss Mosque and The Islamic Center of Washington (ICW) request your presence at our 15th annual BBQ. This year the event will be held on Sunday, August 14. This invitation is extended to you, your family, friends, neighbors, community and all religious, civic members and leaders in your community.

This annual BBQ is hosted by the Islamic Center of Washington in outreach efforts to the North Seattle and surrounding communities as they open our doors and extend hands in friendship for opportunity to get to know others, and together develop compassion and tolerance for our differences, strengthen our interfaith relationships and promote harmony to work together for peace, reconciliation and justice on this one day as we eat, share, and learn from each other.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 14
Time: 2:00pm
Location: 1420 NE Northgate Way, Seattle

More information online at

RECAP: Vigil for Safe Jobs and Safe Communities

On Thursday, July 26, Keystone members accompanied workers in the Ravenna neighborhood for a direct action and delegation. Amber, Rich V. and Pastor Lauren were on hand to help MC and lead groups to Excell Construction offices for dialogue.

The majority of the workers in the industry are vulnerable to employer bullying and threats, including outright racist and anti-immigrant discrimination. Workers on the job have significant safety concerns, and neighbors are seeking development done right.

Here are a few pictures from a very warm morning on the street at 65th and 15th:



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


Andrew Chang - 8/9
Kaaren Mills - 8/10
Levi Penick - 8/23
Jim Little - 8/26
Grant Davis - 8/27
Steve Bauck - 8/28
Elliot Kraber - 8/29

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
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