Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Defend Bristol Bay

June 17
Greetings, Keystone Community:
Below is background information from Defend Bristol Bay for the new action step (as discussed after church yesterday June 16.  And here is your promised email to make this simple!)

Our action step is to urge our Congressperson Pramila Jayapal to vote for Congressperson Huffman's amendment to the appropriations omnibus bill to put a pause on the Army Corps of Engineers regarding a final environmental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  To contact Jayapal by email, you can click on "Tell your elected officials to help defend Bristol Bay."  You can personalize the form letter or send as is.  You can also phone Jayapal's office (206/674-0040) and leave a voice mail or talk directly to a staffer during business hours.   I emailed AND left a voicemail.  Thanks for whatever you can do.
Connie Voget, Keystone Green Team member 
p.s. My voicemail message follows:
"Hello.  My name is ...I am a constituent.  My zip code is 98103.  I urge Congresswoman Jayapal to vote yes on the Huffman Amendment to protect Bristol Bay from a runaway permitting process.  Pebble Partnership must be held accountable for its incomplete and deceptive mining application.  The Army Corps of Engineers must be required to get the science right.  Thank you."  

Subject:A Last Stand for Bristol Bay - All Voices Needed
  
 Defend Bristol Bay <info@defendbristolbay.com>
 info@defendbristolbay.com
  
 
Dear Constance
By now you’ve heard that Pebble is on the fast track toward permitting. As of now, we’re more than two-thirds of the way through a review period on primary permit applications for the Pebble Mine. Their application is woefully inadequate, but yet the United States Army Corps seems to be fine with mediocrity and is pushing the permit at record pace. All indications are that they plan to finalize Pebble’s permits by 2020.
HELP US SLOW DOWN PEBBLE’S RUNAWAY TRAIN!
Bristol Bay, as you know, is the crown jewel of fisheries and a mediocre permit review is unacceptable. That is why we were delighted last week when California’s Congressman Huffman introduced an amendment in the House budget process that would prevent the Army Corps from finalizing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement with this budget. 
This amendment forces the Corps to stop, regroup and include critical missing pieces to its analysis of the Pebble mega mine, like salmon stream surveys and what happens if a toxic waste dam collapses.  Unfortunately, this step is necessary to reign in an agency that seems more interested in meeting an artificial and unrealistic deadline than getting the science right and listening to the public.  For years now, a majority of Alaskans  have opposed Pebble and have been joined by millions of Americans urging strong protections for Bristol Bay. The Huffman amendment provides a critical opportunity the get things right.
TELL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HELP DEFEND BRISTOL BAY
This is a critical opportunity for your voice to be heard. We need you to tell your elected official to support the Huffman amendment. The House will be reviewing the budget and amendments this week, so please the clock is ticking. Send an email to your elected officials and tell them now is the time to defend Bristol Bay!
Thank you
Defend Bristol Bay 
Defend Bristol Bay
707 A Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
United States
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Hello Keystone- Yesterday after church we gathered at the coffee pot for TAKE 5 for ADVOCACY because we have a moment- TODAY- June 16 & 17... MAY...be the 18th!... to contact Rep. Pramilla Jayapal or your Rep. to make a potentially lasting impact...

Some more background/a tip to help you here:

Connie V. has been in this effort to protect Bristol Bay since 2017.  We are grateful to bounce off her research.  WE need about 10 folks to make a brief call or email today, if you can.

It is great for us to identify ourselves as members of an organization.  (And Pramila is a friend and fan of Keystone!)  You might say :  "As a member of the Green Team at Keystone, UCC, I care deeply about... or I advocate for... or I am committed to the principle of environmental justice or safeguarding the fishing sites of native Alaskans or native Americans or safeguarding important food sources, etc. For this reason I urge you to...

Or the writer might say: I am a member of Keystone UCC, a Justice centered church.  For this reason...

Thanks all!
BACKGROUND shared earlier

Native and Non-Native Fishers Battle Big Money to Protect Bristol Bay

From Keystone Member, Connie Voget:
On April 25, I attended a Town Hall at the University of Washington to learn more about an issue I have been following for many years - a proposal to build a mine that scientists say presents an unacceptable risk to Bristol Bay, Alaska (please see overview, below). Native and non-Native fisher folk are up against big money and have to rely on people-power to defend their livelihoods, their values and the Bristol Bay ecosystem that they cherish and whose bounty serves not only their community, but the world.

In the last couple Keystone newsletters, we've shared the opportunity to signed a prepared letter for submission to the Army Corps of Engineers. The deadline has been extended, so if you still haven't signed or submitted a letter, there's still time!

Sign the online letter here
 
More information on the threat to Bristol Bay:

The peril of mining the pristine headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay
https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/the-peril-of-mining-the-pristine-headwaters-of-alaskas-bristol-bay/

Businesses for Bristol Bay issue a plea from Seattle: suspend permitting on Pebble Mine
https://www.knkx.org/post/businesses-bristol-bay-issue-plea-seattle-suspend-permitting-pebble-mine

Seattle City Council asks feds to stop permitting on copper mine in Alaska
https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/seattle-city-council-asks-feds-to-stop-permitting-on-copper-mine-in-alaska/862756654

Please see Connie on Sunday, May 19, to sign a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, and thank you, Connie, for helping Keystone speak up on this important matter!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Community support aids ICS new contract!

Teamsters at ICS win strong contract after long struggle:

 https://www.teamsters117.org/teamsters_at_ics_win_strong_contract_after_long_struggle

Thank you Keystone & all the community supporters, who helped put public pressure on!

Danielle preaches Pentecost Sunday today!

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


Sunday, June 9, 2019
Pentecost Sunday


Danielle Walker, Keystone's Justice Leadership Program intern, Preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon
Pastor Yuki Schwartz
Rev. Rich Gamble, on vacation


Theme: Pentecost
Scripture: 
Acts 2: 1-21

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Reader: John
Usher: Margaret
Communion: Lauren & Yuki
Communion Steward: Margaret
Coffee Hour: Margaret
Children's Ministry: Anita

KEYSTONE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING RECAP:  Thanks to everyone who joined us last Sunday for our annual congregational meeting! If you missed it, here's what we took care of:
  • We unanimously approved our 2019-2020 Budget.
  • We unanimously approved that the replacement roof for our sanctuary would be a metal one (as opposed to a composite one).
  • We unanimously approved the procurement of bids for solar panels, and that the formation of a building fund would be explored.
  • We unanimously approved our slate of 2019-2020 Keystone officers:
    • John Preston, Moderator
    • Rich Voget, Treasurer
    • Lisa Smith, Secretary

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 http://www.keystoneseattle.org/children-youth/

Sermons Available Online: If you missed a Sunday, were ​downstairs at Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, JLP Intern, ​Danielle Walker, maintains and updates our ​online audio archive​ where you can listen to or download past sermons. Click HERE to listen, and please share. ​Thank you, Danielle!

NEXT WEEK

Sunday, June 16, 2019
First Sunday after Pentecost


Pastor Yuki Schwartz, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon

Elliot Kraber & Yigit Kolat, away
Accompaniment Substitute: Michael

Scripture: Proverbs 8: 1-2

Reader: Amber
Usher: Dan O.
Coffee: OPEN
Children's Ministry: Anita 

ARLENE SURPASSES HER FUNDRAISING GOAL:  Thanks to everyone who supported Arlene Hobson's participation in the Optimism Walk with the American Parkinson's Disease Association. Your prayers and dollars helped Arlene surpass her goal, and will help in the APDA's ability to continue to serve the local Parkinson’s community.

Still want to give? Visit Arlene's fundraising page at https://apdaparkinson.donordrive.com/participant/33655
Upcoming Events 

Friday, June 7 – Wallingford Meaningful Movies:
DIGITAL DISCONNECT

@ Keystone UCC
Doors Open at 6:30pm; Movie Starts at 7pm

Sunday, June 9 – JLP Intern Danielle Walker preaching
@ Keystone UCC
10:30am

Sunday, June 30 – Seattle Pride Parade
Contact Rev. Lauren if you'd like to attend and represent Keystone
@ 4th& Union (starting location)
11:00am
 
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **

For the new members Keystone welcomed on May 26:
Rich Voget, Pastor Yuki Schwartz, Pat Becker & Dick Becker!

For Jake O'Neill: who is graduating from Roosevelt High School!  He plans on attending Western Washington University in the fall and is looking forward to a relaxing summer!



For Dorothy, Sarah and Suzi Richey: in the loss of daughter/sister Linda.
THERE'S STILL TIME TO ADD YOUR VOICE!!

Native and Non-Native Fishers Battle Big Money to Protect Bristol Bay

From Keystone Member, Connie Voget:
On April 25, I attended a Town Hall at the University of Washington to learn more about an issue I have been following for many years - a proposal to build a mine that scientists say presents an unacceptable risk to Bristol Bay, Alaska (please see overview, below). Native and non-Native fisher folk are up against big money and have to rely on people-power to defend their livelihoods, their values and the Bristol Bay ecosystem that they cherish and whose bounty serves not only their community, but the world.

In the last couple Keystone newsletters, we've shared the opportunity to signed a prepared letter for submission to the Army Corps of Engineers. The deadline has been extended, so if you still haven't signed or submitted a letter, there's still time!

Sign the online letter here
 
More information on the threat to Bristol Bay:

The peril of mining the pristine headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay
https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/the-peril-of-mining-the-pristine-headwaters-of-alaskas-bristol-bay/

Businesses for Bristol Bay issue a plea from Seattle: suspend permitting on Pebble Mine
https://www.knkx.org/post/businesses-bristol-bay-issue-plea-seattle-suspend-permitting-pebble-mine

Seattle City Council asks feds to stop permitting on copper mine in Alaska
https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/seattle-city-council-asks-feds-to-stop-permitting-on-copper-mine-in-alaska/862756654

Please see Connie on Sunday, May 19, to sign a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, and thank you, Connie, for helping Keystone speak up on this important matter!
 
Faith Action Network:
Puget Sound Spring Summit
                                                         
Date: Sunday, June 23
Time: 2-4:00pm
Location: Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Join people in your area to share opportunities for advocacy and strategize for the upcoming year. Areas of focus include economic justice, housing and homelessness, healthcare, immigration, criminal justice, the environment, and more.

The event is free, but please register here: https://fanwa.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/info?id=158&reset=1

You are FAN’s best ambassadors! Please download and share this flyer in your faith community, weekly bulletins, at your workplace, with neighbors, and anywhere you meet people who care about social justice in your area. This is the time of year we look forward to hearing your concerns and ideas!

Thanks!
The FAN Staff

 
Welcome New Keystone Members

On May 26, the Keystone community shared time in worship to welcome new members into the full life and ministry of our church!  We promised to support & work alongside them, to grieve & celebrate with them, and to share our lives & God's work.  Here is an excerpt of a part of our commitment in worship together, as Rich V., Yuki, Dick & Pat Becker joined:

Keystone Church is a community founded on the love of Gd and dedicated to the work of sharing that love through acts of compassion and justice.  We are called to seek out those who are ignored, abused, exploited, vulnerable and suffering, to listen to their stories, to share their suffering, to learn from their wisdom, to provide comfort, and to work to change the conditions that threaten them or that have brought them harm.  We are called to the work of supporting this community as a reflection of God’s love and a center for God’s work on earth.  This community is dedicated to serve all of creation, to protect this planet’s vulnerable air, water, soil and life, to strive to preserve and enhance the health of this planet for the enjoyment of generations yet unborn."

And our new members chose that day to proclaim their support of the life and mission of this community by officially joining Keystone United Church of Christ!

 
Calendar-at-a-Glance

Keystone Worship, Vacation & Sabbatical Schedule

June 9-25: Rich vacation Alaska
June 9: JLP intern Danielle Walker preaching
June 16: Yuki preaching
June 23: Lauren preaching
June 30: Rich preaching
June 28 1-August 19: Lauren takes her 5 weeks sabbatical time away, plus vacation.  And as she will have a regularly-scheduled day off on Sunday June 30, we will do a sabbatical send off wish on Sunday June 23!

Other Important Dates
July 14: Closing our JLP year with Danielle
July 21: JLP year-end celebration.
July 28: Last Sunday for JLP interns at their UCC churches.


Film: DIGITAL DISCONNECT

(63 minutes; Jeremy Earp, 2018)
Friday, June 7; Doors open at 6:30pm; Movie starts at 7:00pm

@ Keystone UCC (downstairs in Battson Hall)


How capitalism is turning the internet against democracy.

“Digital Disconnect” trains its sights on the relationship between the internet and democracy in the age of fake news, filter bubbles, and Facebook security breaches.
Renowned media scholar Robert McChesney traces how the democratizing potential of the internet has been radically compromised by the logic of capitalism and the unaccountable power of a handful of telecom and tech monopolies. Along the way, McChesney examines the ongoing attack on net neutrality by telecom monopolies like Comcast and Verizon; explores how internet giants like Facebook and Google have amassed huge profits by surreptitiously collecting personal data and selling it to advertisers; and shows how these companies have routinely colluded with the national security state to advance covert mass surveillance programs.
Even more urgently, the film details how the rise of social media as a leading information source is working to isolate people into ideological filter bubbles and elevate fake news at the expense of real journalism. While most debates about the internet continue to focus on issues like the personal impact of internet addiction or the questionable data-mining practices of individual companies like Facebook, “Digital Disconnect” digs deeper to show how capitalism itself is turning the internet against democracy.
 
** All events are Open to the Public. Admission is by Donation **

We help communities organize, educate, advocate & build community around social justice documentary film and conversation.
 

 

Rich Voget - 6/5
John Preston - 6/14

Rev. Jerry Chang - 6/25

 

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 rich.gamble@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Lauren is available Monday-Friday mornings (and during evening classes) and Sundays (Sabbath = Saturdays). Email to make a meeting time: lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Yuki is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment. Email her at yuki.schwartz@gmail.com.
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Come hear Stepping Stones of those publicly Joining Keystone Sunday May 26!

Please find Prayers of the People below-  the Friday edition had a hiccup in the mail out- the text was so light- it couldn't be easily read

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


Sunday, May 26, 2019
Sixth Sunday of Easter

May Birthdays- all please come have cake at coffee hour- thank you Barb & John & Arlene!
Pastor Yuki Schwartz, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon & Rev. Rich Gamble


In worship, Keystone's Rich Voget will take his turn to share his 'Stepping Stones' that lead him to join Keystone UCC - and then we will share a ceremony of Affirmation with this group Joining!   
Come help Welcome (home!) Pat, Dick, Yuki, and Rich V.!

Sermon Title: You Can Learn A Lot from Lydia
Scripture: Acts 16: 9-15 


Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Reader: Jim
Usher: OPEN (for Sandie now to be away.)
Coffee Hour: John & Arlene
Children's Ministry: Anita

NEWSLETTER NOTE:  Our editor Lisa was called away to campaign.  So we regret the bare bones edition here!  Tune back in two weeks, for the quality we enjoy!

MAY OPPORTUNITIES FOR INQUIRERS:  Maybe you have sensed your heart opening to want your discipleship to be more officially part of the Keystone community witness?  Join Pastor Lauren Wednesday evenings in May to discuss joining Keystone UCC. Membership is one of the ways that we formally celebrate and recognize the connections we share!  But the gift, is that we all get inspired as we hear each others stories.  In May worship services, you can offer your "Stepping Stones to Keystone" to share what led you to this community.  Email Lauren at lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org to make a time to meet up on a Wednesday eve (May 8, 15, or 22) to chat before the book study.

Keystone folks can gather at a corner of the Wallingford Farmers Market that returns Wednesday, May 15 (3pm to 7pm) and runs every Wednesday, through late September. Located in Meridian Park at the corner of Meridian Avenue N. and N. 50th Street; across from Keystone UCC, through the Good Shepherd Center and Tilth gardens.

There are a few folks who will share words in worship on May 12, 19 & 26, and we will celebrate new members joining Keystone on May 26 in worship!

BOOKS AVAILABLE: All welcome to drop in for our last night of study, May 29, from 7-8 pm in Battson Hall downstairs.  We look at the last chapters of "The Story Luke Tells; Luke's Unique Witness to the Gospel," by Justo Gonzalez. Copies of his books are available for pick up; see Lauren to get your copy! & more details below.

Families: Pick up Children's Activity pages & crayons on the welcome table every week as you come in to worship.  There are two types: younger children & older children.  Children of any age are always part of worship & welcome! And each week, our kids have crafts, games, bible story, in our:

Children's Ministry with Anita – program every Sunday 10:00am- 12pm. More info at http://www.keystoneseattle.org/children-youth/

Sermons Available Online: If you missed a Sunday, were ​downstairs at Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, JLP Intern, ​Danielle Walker, maintains and updates our ​online audio archive​ where you can listen to or download past sermons. Click HERE to listen, and please share. ​Thank you, Danielle!

May 29- last eve of Gospel of Luke book study 7-8 pm
June 2- Congregational Meeting- 12 N
June 5- Shaping a Green New Deal-
An Intergenerational Discussion- 7 pm

NEXT WEEK

Sunday, June 2, 2019:  Congregational Meeting @ 12 Noon coffee hour
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Rev. Lauren Cannon
Pastor Yuki Schwartz
Reader- Jo
Usher- Lisa
Coffee- Charles
Children's Ministry- Anita

Nonviolence class w JLP: Lauren

Announcements:
@ Keystone:

May 29- last eve of Gospel of Luke book study 7-8 pm
June 2- Congregational Meeting- 12 N
June 5- Shaping a Green New Deal-
An Intergenerational Discussion- 7 pm

GREEN NEW DEAL DISCUSSION:  was during Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 19, thank you Jim Little for leading a discussion of the Green New Deal.  It is not a one moment thing.  The GND is a non-binding resolution introduced in the U.S. House and Senate declaring that we have a global climate emergency.  It proposes that we spend the next two years developing specific legislation to address our climate emergency and then devote the next decade launching a WW2-style climate mobilization to begin to tackle this climate crisis.  Here's a link to a draft slideshow. 

And Connie & Rich Voget offered us immediate ways to engage helping to protect Bristol Bay- see below- we can make an impact when everyone can please take a minute!

KEYSTONE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:  It's that time of year again! Join us Sunday, June 2as we gather at coffee hour for our annual congregational meeting. At this meeting, we'll take care of some annual business items, including voting on the distribution of funds from Festival of Hope, and electing (or re-electing) our church officers.  All present will be granted voice and vote as 'members', in our inclusive celebration of our community, made up by all who show up!
Upcoming Events 

Wednesdays, May 8, 25, 22, 29 – Bible Book Study
“The Story Luke Tells; Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel” by Justo Gonzalez
@ Keystone UCC
7-8pm

Sunday, June 2 – Keystone Annual Congregational Meeting
@ Keystone UCC
After Service

Wednesday June 5- Shaping a Green New Deal- an Intergenerational Discussion
7 pm
@ Keystone
see Communities Rising website

Sunday, June 9 – JLP Intern Danielle Walker preaching
@ Keystone UCC
10:30am

Sunday, June 30 – Seattle Pride Parade
Contact Rev. Lauren if you'd like to attend and represent Keystone
@ 4th& Union (starting location)
11:00am
** See below for details on these and other events related to life in our community **

Celebrating Life's Milestones, we pray with one another, in joy, in loss, in challenge, and in victory.
This week:  Walking and Praying with One Another in Community.



-Dorothy, Sarah and Suzi Richey- in the loss of daughter/sister Linda.

-Eliza and Levi - 15 year wedding anniversary!

-Our Keystone students as they finish their school years!

-Dick & Pat heading out May 28 for travels to be with many friends and family for next several weeks.  Stan & Mary returning.  Gus & Marilyn returning.

-Ready to support Arlene Hobson:

Arlene shares, "Many of you don't know this yet, but I have been diagnosed with parkinson's disease. I know the symptoms well because my dad also had it. At first I was scared and some days I still am. But with the help of the APDA I have become connected with others and have learned to just breathe and keep on "keepin' on" to use a phrase from my younger days.

So Keystone friends,
On June 2nd I will be on a fundraising walk for the American Parkinson's Disease Association. I would appreciate it if you could support me with your prayers and if you find it in your budget, please go to my "page" and donate.

  1. The funds raised by the Optimism Walk provide vital support groups, trainings, educational symposiums, outreach, materials, community grants, exercise classes, direct services like Ride Repay and Caregivers Day Off, and fully fund the Washington State Parkinson’s Disease Registry and ground-breaking research.
    The funds you raise are critical to their success and their ability to continue to serve the local Parkinson’s community.
    Here's my link: 
https://apdaparkinson.donordrive.com/participant/33655

Mothers Day weekend at Ground Zero:
“When We Resist Trident, We Deploy Love”


We got to spend the day May 11 with international peacemaker Kathy Kelly (whom Rev. Lauren and Rev. Rich have worked, lived and traveled with amidst "Voices for Creative Nonviolence.") and friends,  honoring Mothers Day (For Peace) at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. We took a legal training, heard the inspiring thinking of Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who gave the keynote address.  On the further invention of non-violence.  How to build our courage, wisdom, and love.  We especially looked with Kathy at what can be learned from people in Yemen about what we have done.  And from the Afghan youth that she has been working with these last several years.  "Courage is the ability to thwart our fears."  And we caught courage from one another.  Then we prepared to Deploy Love amidst a Permanent Warfare State.  We held an annual vigil and nonviolent direct action at the Bangor Trident nuclear submarine/weapons base.

Kathy has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering already caused by U.S. wars.

View Full Event Description Here: https://www.gzcenter.org/event/honoring-the-true-meaning-of-mothers-day/

If you couldn't go, you can sign the petition in support of activists we know who are facing potentially huge prison sentences for their witness.  Trident.

Native and Non-Native Fishers Battle Big Money to Protect Bristol Bay

From Keystone Member, Connie Voget:
On April 25, I attended a Town Hall at the University of Washington to learn more about an issue I have been following for many years - a proposal to build a mine that scientists say presents an unacceptable risk to Bristol Bay, Alaska (please see overview, below). At this Town Hall, Native and non-Native fisher folk appealed to attendees to help. They are up against big money and have to rely on people-power to defend their livelihoods, their values and the Bristol Bay ecosystem that they cherish and whose bounty serves not only their community, but the world. I signed a prepared letter that this group will submit to the Army Corps of Engineers. I also took additional copies to circulate. As a member of the Keystone Green Team, I would like to offer these letters to the Keystone community on Sunday, May 19. I will then mail our signed letters to volunteers in Alaska to submit.  
Don't allow a mine in an Alaskan salmon stronghold

The Pebble Mine could become one of the largest gold and copper mines in the world – right in the headwaters of the greatest wild salmon stronghold we have left on Earth. Up to 60 million sockeye salmon migrate home to Bristol Bay each year, driving a $1.5 billion fishery, feeding local communities and sustaining a healthy wild ecosystem complete with grizzly bears and orca whales.

The EPA moved to protect Bristol Bay five years ago, but Pebble – a Canadian mining company – sued to stop protections and now has revived the mine with the help of the Trump Administration. The Administration is fast tracking the mine and has just released a draft environmental impact statement that scientists and former agency officials are calling the worst they’ve ever seen. We need your help to halt this shoddy permitting process and send Pebble back to the drawing board.

More information on the threat to Bristol Bay:

The peril of mining the pristine headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay
https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/the-peril-of-mining-the-pristine-headwaters-of-alaskas-bristol-bay/

Businesses for Bristol Bay issue a plea from Seattle: suspend permitting on Pebble Mine
https://www.knkx.org/post/businesses-bristol-bay-issue-plea-seattle-suspend-permitting-pebble-mine

Seattle City Council asks feds to stop permitting on copper mine in Alaska
https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/seattle-city-council-asks-feds-to-stop-permitting-on-copper-mine-in-alaska/862756654

Please see Connie on Sunday, May 19, to sign a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, and thank you, Connie, for helping Keystone speak up on this important matter!

Farmers Market & Book Study
Gospel of Luke
                                                          
This May, join us for a Bible Study of the Gospel of Luke, combined with some pre-meeting outdoor fun at our local Farmers Market, Wednesdays in May, 7-8pm at Keystone.

We'll gather to study “The Story Luke Tells; Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel” by Justo Gonzalez. This year, the world church lectionary (Year C) offers us a portion of the Gospel of Luke almost every Sunday until November.

Purchase your own copy or pick up one at church office.

Wednesday, May 8
On May 8 we had a lively, quick hour for our first-of-four evenings of Book Study, down in Battson Hall. The lectionary assigns stories from the Gospel of Luke all through 2019 into November, so our Keystone worship will be rich with Luke!  Come explore how Luke/Acts attends to the most marginalized, and offers us a kind of hopeful salvation, amidst our current times of urgency & struggle. Come anytime- books are still available in the office!


Wednesday, May 15
Ch. 3- Luke and the Great Reversal
Ch. 4- Luke and Gender

Wednesday, May 22
Ch. 5- Luke and Salvation
Ch. 6- Food and Drink in Luke’s Theology

Wednesday, May 29
Ch. 7- Luke and Worship
Ch. 8- Luke and Holy Spirit & Conclusion: Luke’s Open Invitation

And meet up beforehand at the Wallingford Farmers Market (just across 50th St. at the Meridian Park), as you are able! Contact Pastor Lauren for more information: lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Calendar-at-a-Glance

Keystone Preacher, Vacation & Sabbatical Schedule

May 5: Lauren preaching
May 12: Rich preaching
May 19: Rich preaching; Discussion Green New Deal
May 26: Yuki preaching; New members join
June 2- Rich preaching; Annual Congregational Meeting
June 7-28: Rich vacation Alaska
June 9: JLP intern Danielle Walker preaching
June 16: Yuki preaching
June 23: Lauren preaching
June 30: Rich preaching
July 1-19: Lauren takes her 5 weeks sabbatical time away, plus vacation.  And as she will have a regularly-scheduled day off on Sunday June 30, we will wish her well on Sunday June 23.

Other Important Dates

July 14: Closing our JLP year with Danielle
July 21: JLP year-end celebration.
July 28: Last Sunday for JLP interns at their UCC churches.


Please join FAN for our:

Puget Sound Spring Summit

June 23, 2-4 PM
Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Join people in your area to share opportunities for advocacy and strategize for the upcoming year. Areas of focus include economic justice, housing and homelessness, healthcare, immigration, criminal justice, the environment, and more.

The event is free, but please register here so we know how many to expect.

You are FAN’s best ambassadors! Please download and share this flyer in your faith community, weekly bulletins, at your workplace, with neighbors, and anywhere you meet people who care about social justice in your area. This is the time of year we look forward to hearing your concerns and ideas!

Thanks!
The FAN Staff

 

Rev. Lauren Cannon - 5/7
Michelle Hebner - 5/5
Dan Smith - 5/9
Sandie Schumacher - 5/14
Barbara Anderson - 5/17
Aaron Crosetto - 5/21

 

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 rich.gamble@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Lauren is available Monday-Friday mornings (and during evening classes) and Sundays (Sabbath = Saturdays). Email to make a meeting time: lauren.cannon@keystoneseattle.org

Pastor Yuki is at church two Sundays a month and is available to meet by appointment. Email her at yuki.schwartz@gmail.com.
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