News, Upcoming Events, and Announcements

Our Children are Precious to All of Us

Parents, Please Remember:   As spring weather returns, our young people often want to play in our wooded area. We ask that children or youth get permission from their parents, travel in groups of three or more, and sign out with Melinda in the Lighthouse. This helps to ensure our children and youth are safe, and that parents know where to find them.

 

 

Weekly updates and what's happening!

Saltwater UU Church provides Childcare for all Church Events

To request childcare, contact Director of Family Ministries Melinda Einander at childcare@saltwaterchurch.org or use the online childcare request form. Please remember to request childcare in advance of your event (1 week in advance if possible). Childcare requests made the day of the event generally cannot be honored.

 

From the Board

Our Ministerial Search Team Slate!

We are thrilled to announce our Ministerial Search Team slate, nominated by the membership of Saltwater Church!  They are Susan Aigner, Daniel Key, Suzanne Laurel, Meri Murphy, Daniel Nzabanita, Amanda Radak, and Tom Spohn.  The slate will be up for a vote at the June 11 Congregational Meeting.  Please offer your congratulations to these outstanding individuals who potentially will be representing us in our search for a settled minister!

 

Nominating Team Update

 The Nominating Team is pleased to announce the following Saltwater Church Board candidates to replace Lisa Key and Echo Allen, who will end their 3 year term of service on July 1st.   Judy Featherstone and Janeane Weprin have volunteered to serve on the board.   The congregational vote to approve the candidates will occur at the June 11th congregational meeting.  Brief biographical statements from Judy and Janeane follow.  

 

Judy Featherstone has been a member of Saltwater UU Church for about 25 years.  She is married to Pat Montgomery.  They raised their two children here in the church. Judy is interested in being on the board of directors at this time to be supportive and involved in the change that the church is going through.  These will be years of continued change with the ministerial search and settling a new minister, Judy has years of experience as an executive at work in leading groups through change in a manner where individuals feel engaged and the strategic vision is the guide for how things are decided. She looks forward to this opportunity and being part of moving Saltwater UU Church to its next phase in south King County.  

 

Janeane Weprin has really been a UU her whole life, but she did not realize it until she began attending Countryside UU Church in Palatine, IL in 1999.  She was a member there for 10 years, sang in the choir, and was actively involved as a leader in various committees and covenant groups.   When she moved to Washington, she found Saltwater Church and immediately joined the choir, and also served on the Worship Team during James' last year.   Janeane works full-time as Program Chair for Liberal Arts at The Art Institute of Seattle.  She has over 30 years experience in education, and has a bachelor degree in applied math and a masters in education.  She lives in a large extended family household with her daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren, sister, two dogs and one cat.  She is excited and honored to be nominated for the board.  She feels that it is the best way she can serve the church, and thus, serve the greater community, and the world.  She feels that the work of the board is a good fit for her professional, church, and life experience.  As Janeane told Lisa when she called to ask her about the possibility of serving on the board, “it feels like something that she is being called to do”.

 

Also from the Nominating Team.

The Nominating Team is pleased to announce that Debra Valpey has volunteered to serve on the board for one year, while Susan Aigner serves on the Ministerial Search Team.  It is not possible to simultaneously be on the board and the ministerial search team.  After the ministerial search is concluded in June 2018, Susan will return to the board to finish her 3-year term of service.  Debra joins the Saltwater Church board candidate slate composed of Judy Featherstone and Janeane Weprin.  The vote to approve the candidates will occur at the June 11th congregational meeting.

 

Tea with the Board!  

Join your Board of Directors on Sunday, May 28th for tea/coffee in the Sanctuary at 11:45 a.m. Bring your questions and concerns so we can have a discussion! All are welcome. These informal gatherings are held on the last Sunday of every month.

 

Board Meetings

are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. in the Meeting Room and Zoom Room. All members are welcome to attend either in person or virtually. If you plan to join us, please let Lisa know at Lunderhi@gmail.com 

 

Community

From a former member...

My name is Scott Hutcheson. With my brother, Zane Hutcheson, and my niece, Nina, we were regular attendees of Saltwater  church, seven years ago. I am now dealing with terminal cancer. Though I am really sick, my death is not imminent. I'm working with my oncologist on a treatment plan, hoping the existing cancer will shrink again and not spread, and we are able to extend my life further.

I would love to hear from people who remember me, at hutchscott@hotmail.com or 253-839-4366. I will plan a memorial party at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Federal Way, and they will notify Saltwater Church at a future date, and you are invited to attend.   Thank you.

 

Shawl Supply Is Low

Saltwater Church extends its hands toward those experiencing distress by offering a supportive shawl or lap blanket.  Right now we can use a few more.  If you're able to knit, or crochet, please see Denise Yanega or Debra Valpey for instructions in making one.  

 

Helping our Neighbors

We are collecting household items, personal items, and shelf stable food stuffs for the clients at Hospitality House and the Federal Way Day Center. Items will be collected during the worship service. Bath towels, new or good, and large trash bags are especially welcome.

 

Community Petal Volunteer Signups

Try something new and deepen your connection and involvement in our beloved community.  Four teams are seeking additional members to complete their team of five.  The Membership Development Team, the Outreach Team, the Sunday Potluck Team, and the Kitchen and Housekeeping Team.

 

Friday Playgroup

For young children and their families or caregivers. Each Friday 9:30-11:30. Come share songs, stories, crafts, and free play time. We'll meet in the activity room in the Lighthouse to make friends and play. Questions? contact Katie Einander at katguts@gmail.com

 

The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch meets every Wednesday at noon in the Welcoming Room.  Bring a sack lunch and join us.

 

Writers Group

meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcoming Room. Questions? contact Debra Valpey at 206-243-5566 or debravalpey@comcast.net

 

 Creative Hands

Join Creative Hands, every 2nd and 4th Monday, at 7:00 pm in the Welcoming Room. Questions? call Betsy @ 253-946-6877.

 

Grief Support Group

The Grief support group meets the second and fourth Mondays from 7-8:30 in the meeting room in the church office. We provide comfort and support to anyone recovering from loss and grief.

 

Queer Group

Friday, May 26 from 7-9 p.m. Bring a snack to share. We'll discuss plans for pride events and other summer activities. Meet in Lighthouse Room 2; childcare is available upon request. Contact Katie Einander for information at katguts@gmail.com

 

 

Growth and Learning

 

Please join the Adult RE team for the final class of the Elder Issues Series will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at noon in the sanctuary. The topics will be housing options and guardianships. This class will have useful information for all, particularly those who may need to explore housing options for themselves or others, and those who have elderly relatives who will need a higher level of care in the near future.

 

Notes for Bridging Youth

At the bridging service on June 4 we will welcome each of our new young adults with a collection of notes and cards.  I encourage you to write notes to our bridging youth sharing what you appreciate about them and wishing them well in the future::  Matt Radak, Kathrynn Gutleben, Gally Nash, Jim Currier, Evergon Thrushlund, Bradley Blaylock, Shaylin Blaylock, and Nathan Murphy. Notes may be brought to the service, or given to Melinda Einander in advance.

 

Summer Classes for Children and Youth

This summer, the children will explore a variety of spiritual practices:  music, body prayer, meditation, poetry, and more. Youth will learn more about the leadership teams and groups at Saltwater Church. Please consider signing up for one Sunday this summer to talk with the youth group about your church leadership involvement, or to share a spiritual practice that is meaningful to you with the children. Summer classes meet at 10:30 Contact Melinda Einander or watch for sign up sheets in the Welcome Room.

 

Our Art Wall Update:  New Art Wall Display! 

Visit our Art Wall in the Welcoming Room to view the delightful creations by Saltwater's own Jessica Alexander, skilled painter and photographer. The current Art Wall also features work by Debra Valpey and a lovely Cardinal painting by Doug Stultz. If you would like your, or your friend's art work featured on the Art Wall, just contact Debra Valpey, Art Wall Coordinator, at debravalpey@comcast.net or 206-243-5566 or 206-953-5704. Let's celebrate beauty and creativity!

 

Parents, Please Remember:

As spring weather returns, our young people often want to play in our wooded area. We ask that children or youth get permission from their parents, travel in groups of three or more, and sign out with Melinda in the Lighthouse. This helps to ensure our children and youth are safe, and that parents know where to find them.

  

Social Responsibility

UU Members:   Vote for the Next President...

At this year's General Assembly in New Orleans, delegates from congregations across the country will elect the next President of the UUA. In these troubled times in the nation and in the denomination, choosing a president to lead the UUA through the next six years is more important than ever.

 

Social Responsibility Volunteer Signup

Do your interests lie with school outreach, the Federal Way Day Center, our environmental policies, fully funding K-12 education, or immigration issues?. Signup sheets are available on the Social Responsibility bulletin board until the last weekend in May.

 

Stewardship

 Have you been wanting to help but are not sure what needs to be done?  Are the work parties always on days you have other plans?  The Facilities and Grounds team has the perfect opportunity for you!  We have a list of several maintenance/repair tasks that need doing.  None should take more than a few hours and may be completed at whatever time works for you.  If you would like to take on any of the tasks below, please contact Karin Leisy (425.922.1161 karinleisy@comcast.net) for more information.

 

•       Window cleaning in the Sanctuary

•       Second coat of paint on the eaves

•       Paint the Lighthouse deck

•       Build shelves in janitors closet

•       Repair porch light sensor

•       Fill crack in nursery window

•       Paint trim on east door to Welcome Room

 

Stewardship Petal

Comprises  the Facilities and Grounds Team, Stewardship (pledge drive) Team, and the Fundraising Team.

Each team needs your help and we as a congregation thrive because of that help.  Please consider joining one or more teams.  No previous experience necessary.  New comers will be particularly well rewarded--with appreciation and love.  Signup sheets are available until the last weekend in May.

 

Grounds Party Saturday May 28

Help maintain our beautiful property.  Help generally clean up the vegetation..  Plan to join the grounds brigade Saturday May 27 to help clear and beautify our grounds.  For more information, contact Nancy Corr.

 

 

Worship

Worship Petal Volunteer Signups

If you are thinking about joining the choir, helping to make creative and fun lay-led services, being an usher, a greeter, or welcome desk helper, then you are welcome to volunteer. Signup sheets are available on the windows in the Welcoming Room until the last week of May.

 

An exciting community outreach opportunity is occurring in Kent on Saturday June 3rd.  Saltwater Church will have an information table at the Kent International Festival.  The festival celebrates cultural diversity as represented by the many ethnic groups living in the Kent Area. The Festival is at the ShoWare Center in Kent (625 West James St.)  from 10 am - 5 pm, on Saturday June 3rd. The Outreach and Welcoming Team is looking for volunteers to help staff our information table and also represent Saltwater Church in the ½ mile “World Wide Walk” that opens the festival at 9:30 a.m.  Contact: Joy Werlink if you are interested in participating.  More information about the festival and route of the World Wide Walk is available at: http://www.kentinternationalfestival.com

Key Comments

We have our slate for the Ministerial Search Team!  Without further ado, they are Susan Aigner, Daniel Key, Suzanne Laurel, Meri Murphy, Daniel Nzabanita, Amanda Radak, and Tom Spohn.  These outstanding individuals were nominated by the membership of Saltwater Church to represent us in our search for a settled Minister.  Thank you!  Your participation was crucial in the forming of this slate.  Please offer your congratulations to them.

What’s next, you ask?  Mark your calendars for our upcoming Congregational Meeting on June 11 at 12:15 p.m., following the potluck.  This is when the Ministerial Search Team slate will be up for a vote. We will also accept the updated Bylaws.  Other agenda items are listed in the Board of Directors section of News You Need to Know. 

I mentioned my gratitude for your nominations to the Ministerial Search Team…and I owe you so much more of a thank you than that.  This Spring has been full of several opportunities for participation in the life and work of our church, and you have shown up!  Not only have you served our congregation through your volunteer roles, but many of you participated in the budget forming process.  You’ve shared your perspective at Bylaws Forums.  You’ve come to “Tea with the Board” to ask questions and share concerns.  You’ve experienced a new way of leadership and seen strength in the shared ministry of this church.  I’m so proud of this congregation.  You have poured your hearts into this church that we all believe in and love.  Thank you!

From a former member...

My name is Scott Hutcheson. With my brother, Zane Hutcheson, and my niece, Nina, we were regular attendees of Saltwater Church seven years ago. I am now dealing with terminal cancer. Though I am really sick, my death is not imminent. I'm working with my oncologist on a treatment plan, hoping the existing cancer will shrink again and not spread, and we are able to extend my life further. I would love to hear from people who remember me, at hutchscott@hotmail.com or 253-839-4366. I will plan a memorial party at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Federal Way, and they will notify Saltwater Church at a future date, and you are invited to attend. Thank you.

 

Update for Forum on Elder Issues, Last Session

The Final Adult RE Class on Elder Issues  will be held noon Sunday, June 4, 2017.  This class will have useful information for all, particularly those who have elderly relatives who may need to explore housing options for themselves or others, and those who have elderly relatives who will need a higher level of care in the near future.  Please join the Adult RE team in the sanctuary for a brown bag lunch to discuss Housing Options and Guardianships. 

We are presenting a brown bag lunch class on elder issues. The specific topics are/were

 March 5: Resources in the Community

 April 2:   Estate Planning

 June 4:  Housing Options and Guardianships.

Each session will last about an hour, and will include time for questions and answers.  The second session April 2 covered estate planning.The session originally scheduled for May 7 will be combined with the last topic on June 4.  The printed information from the previous sessions will be available at the last session.

For answers to many questions, please join us for an informative discussion, and feel free to invite friends.  For childcare, contact Melinda Einander, Director of Family Ministries.

Inside Saltwater

To read more news, including the latest posts from our leadership, staff members, ministry teams, and administrative teams about what's happening at Saltwater Church, visit "Inside Saltwater."

 

 

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