Friday, August 2, 2019

Advocate for Refugees and SNAP Recipients, Tuesday Vigils at Seattle ICE Offices, and More!

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Worship Every Sunday – 10:30am
All Are Welcome!

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Pastor Yuki Schwartz
Rev. Lauren Cannon, on sabbatical

Theme: Sharing
Scripture: Luke 12:13-21
Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Reader: Julia 
Usher: Rita

Coffee Hour: Barb
Children's Ministry (10 a.m.-12 p.m.): Anita

During Lauren's Sabbatical:  We sent Lauren off on 6/28 with our wishes for renewing sabbatical time, when Mike will also be on sabbatical, and Leo out of school.  They are heading to precious visits with grandparents & cousins in DC and New England.  Lauren will be reading deeply, & doing some Ashtanga yoga & Spanish classes.  Back August 19.

Reaching our pastors & lay leaders:
Rev. Rich:
Pastor Yuki:
Barb Anderson:

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 a.m.- 12 p.m. More info at

Sermons Available Online: If you missed a Sunday, were ​downstairs at Sunday School, or just want to hear a sermon again, you can listen to or download past sermons from our audio archive. Click HERE to listen, and please share. ​


Sunday, August 11, 2019
Rev. Rich Gamble, preaching
Pastor Yuki Schwartz
Rev. Lauren Cannon, on sabbatical 

Music Leader: Elliot Kraber
Accompaniment: Yigit Kolat

Reader: Arlene
Usher: Elvina
Coffee: Marilyn
Children's Ministry (10 a.m.-12 p.m.): Anita

Upcoming Events
TONIGHT: Friday, August 2 – Wallingford Meaningful Movies:
Reversing Roe

@ Keystone UCC
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m.

Every Tuesday through September 3 – Close the Camps Vigil
@ Seattle ICE headquarters
(1000 2nd Avenue, on the corner of 2nd and Spring in downtown Seattle)
Vigil lasts from noon to 2 p.m.; planning meeting begins at 2:15 p.m.

Monday, August 12 – Deadline to comment on US proposal to cut refugee admissions
Click here to sign this petition by the National Council of Churches and Church World Service to call on the government to reject this proposal.

Monday, September 23 – Deadline to comment on federal proposal to end SNAP benefits for 3 million people
Click here to submit a comment on the US government's proposal to reformulate the federal poverty level that would end SNAP benefits to working families, children, and senior citizens.

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

Advocate for Your Neighbors!

Cutting refugee admittance in 2020 - The Trump Administration is considering slashing refugee admissions to zero in 2020. The National Council of Churches and Church World Service have issued a letter that faith leaders and organizations can sign onto calling for the government to reject this proposal and accept 95,000 refugees instead. Click here to sign as a member of Keystone UCC, and share with others in your email and social media networks. Signatures are due by Monday, August 12.

Federal: SNAP Rule Changes - The Trump administration is working to end SNAP benefits for three million people by restricting eligibility for people earning over 130% of the federal poverty level and preventing states from automatically enrolling residents who receive other benefits. As with other proposed rule changes, we have 60 days to provide comments against this proposal, and each comment must be unique. You can submit a comment at, indicating how this policy would cause more hunger in our communities, especially for working families, children, and senior citizens. Deadline for comments is September 23. is organizing regular vigils at the Seattle ICE office and sending delegations to senators' offices to demand that the US close the migrant and refugee camps on the México-US border, and reunite the families torn apart by US policies. The vigils will take place every Tuesday through September 3, from noon to 2 p.m. at the downtown ICE office, 1000 2nd Avenue, on the corner of 2nd and Spring. Participants are invited to take part in planning meetings at 2:15 p.m. to help support and grow the vigil, as well as plan future direct actions. Go to for updates, and add your presence and your voice to demand that our elected officials close these camps. 

Save the Date: Pastor Yuki's Ordination is Sept. 8

Come join Yuki in celebrating her ordination for ministry in the United Church of Christ! The service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, here at Keystone. Stay tuned for more details. 


(1 hour, 39 minutes; Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, 2016)
Friday, August 2; Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; movie starts at  7 p.m.

@ Keystone UCC (downstairs in Battson Hall)

Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new documentary “Reversing Roe,” filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg present a deeply illuminating look of the state of abortion and women’s rights in America. The film offers candid and riveting interviews with key figures from both sides of the divide, among them doctors Colleen McNicholas and Curtis Boyd; feminist icon Gloria Steinem; Operation Rescue president Troy Newman; and National Right to Life president Carol Tobias.
Intense and unflinching in its commitment to telling the whole story, “Reversing Roe” provides a gripping look at what’s happening on the ground in 2018. Drawing from a wealth of historical footage, it charts the period leading up to the Roe decision—and documents the opposition that has followed ever since.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue of abortion, “Reversing Roe” is essential viewing to understand how the country got here—and where it may be going.
Official trailer:
** 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.

Important Dates
August 20: Rev. Lauren returns from sabbatical
September 8: Ordination for Pastor Yuki Schwartz


Quinn O'Neill - 8/1

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:

Reach us at your Keystone church office: (206) 632-6021.  This phone is also checked remotely since all staff 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 is on sabbatical until August 19.

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