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Weekly Happenings

This Week's Announcements
Publicity for the week of Sunday July 23, 2017
This Week's Calendar
Sunday, July 23
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  •   5:30 p.m. Bet Chaverim Potluck and Slideshow (Sanctuary, Welcoming Room, Kitchen)

Monday, July 24

  • 6:30 p.m. Al Anon (Sanctuary)
  • 7:00 p.m. Grief Support Group (Meeting Rom)
  • 7:00 p.m. Creative Hands (Welcoming Room)
Tuesday, July 25
  •  9:00 a.m. Himawari Preschool Summer Program 9Lighthouse)
  • 7:00 p.m  Meditation (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, July 26 

  •   9:00 a.m. Himawari Preschool Summer Program 9Lighthouse)
  •   9:30 a.m. Writer's Group (Welcoming Room)
  Today Noon Deadline to submit weekly publicity & articles for the current week's posting.
Thursday, July 27
  •  9:00 a.m. Himawari Preschool Summer Program 9Lighthouse) 
Friday, July 28
  • 11:00 a.m. Finance Team (Meeting Room)

Saturday, July 29

  • open

Sunday, July 30

  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  •  11:45 a.m. Tea with the B! (Sanctuary)
Eat well and help the Day Center!
Breakfast at Jimmy Mac’s on Saturday July 29th 8 - 10 am supports the Federal Way Day Center.  Enjoy Flapjacks, eggs, sausage or bacon, juice and Coffee for only $10!  Your purchase will help raise funds for the Day Center, supporting homeless adults and connecting them with vital services.
Enjoy and bring family and friends. Contact Lucia Faithful at for tickets and information and look for Lucia Sunday in the Welcoming Room for your tickets. Jimmy Mac's location: Federal Way Crossings at 348th and Pacific Hwy.

Eclipse of the Sun this August!

From UU's in Salem Oregon:
Interested in viewing the total solar eclipse on August 21? Lodging in Salem, Oregon, in the path of total eclipse, is available in guest rooms of the members of the UU Congregation of Salem. See the post in the UUCS website,  Salem is in the path of the eclipse with expected totality of 1minute, 54 seconds!  
This Church provides Childcare for all Church Events
To request childcare, please use the online childcare request form  or contact Director of Family Ministries Melinda Einander at. 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 Saltwater Church Board                  Our Petal Leads 
for 2017-2018                                            for 2017-2018
Saphronia Young                                       Denise Yanega, Community Petal
Tawney Collins-Feay                                 Melinda Einander, Growth and Learning Petal
Judy Featherstone                                     Lucia Faithfull, Social Responsibility Petal
Quinn Rose                                                Gaye Greeves, Stewardship Petal
Debra Valpey                                              Karen LaFe, Worship Petal
Janeane Weprin
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 Saphronia know at

NEW!  Story Telling Group coming late summer. 
We all have stories of our lives, experiences, family histories.  Join us  to hear and share your stories.  Thanks to Arlene S. for organizing this.

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 
Catholic Community Services is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving alongside individuals who visit the Federal Way Day Center.  Volunteers would be involved in monitoring the laundry machines and use of the showers.  Volunteers would also be present in the kitchen area to assist as needed and a general warm and welcoming presence to all who enter.  All volunteers would be under the direct supervision of CCS staff and receive orientation and ongoing training.  An application and background check are required.  The hours of the Federal Way Day Center are Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Volunteer shifts are 9:30-12:30 or 12:30-3:30. If you have any questions or are interested in serving, please contact...  

Sue Drake: email:, Cell: 253.740.9630 

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.
          The Day Center kitchen has microwave ovens and boiling water, but no stove now. We request food donations that require minimal cooking.
Writers Group
meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcoming Room. Questions? contact Debra Valpey at 206-243-5566 or 

Creative Hands

Come join us at Creative Hands each 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7pm. We have finished our hand knitted baby hats project for the Pediatric Intensive Care Center, PICC, in conjunction with Bet Chaverim. We are now working on comfort shawls as requested by Denise from the Caring Committee, and receiving blankets (sewing) for newborns in Intensive Care. Bring your own project, join a group project or just come to catch up! Betsy Sproger @ 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.


Growth and Learning   
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.
Art Wall Exhibit!
Please take some time to explore and appreciate Doug Early's amazing photographs of our precious Pacific Northwest. Doug moved to South King County a few years ago; he is an avid hiker, shoreline stroller, and architectural observer. His juried work has won first place at Burien and Normandy Park Art Shows. He is an active member of the Artists United Club. So take a close look and be transported to magical places practically in our own back yards. See Debra Valpey ( or 206-953-5704) if you would like to make a purchase (with 20% staying right here with Saltwater Church.)
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
From Saltwater Climate Action Now!   (SCAN!) Do you know how many proposed fossil fuel infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest have succeeded in the face of organized opposition?  Zero. That's right, zero projects have been able to surmount organized, determined opposition. Come organize with Saltwater Climate Action Now!  We are focused on solutions to environmental threats including climate change.  We would love to include you in our activities.  Contact Mary at for more information. 


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 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
Saltwater Church has an Endowment Fund
Saltwater Church has an Endowment Fund. At the end of 2016, the balance was $208,000. Twenty years ago Saltwater didn't have an Endowment Fund. Here's why we have $208,000 in this special fund with a charter to govern its use.
I'm urging you to remember to include Saltwater's Endowment Fund in your personal planned giving documents. Over the years about 50 people have already contributed to the Endowment Fund. Some of the larger donations have been because members specified a certain amount of money for Saltwater in their Will or named Saltwater as a beneficiary for a life insurance policy. 
The Endowment fund money is invested, so it's earning interest. The Charter reads: "This fund is intended to build a permanent capital account that produces an earnings stream separate from all annual or other fund raising activities..."  Saltwater's 2017-2018 budget includes income of $4700 from the Annual Net Gain of the Endowment Fund to our fund operating budget.
Let's talk more about this important part of Saltwater's financial planning. I have copies of the Endowment Fund charter and of the 2016 Endowment Fund financial statement. See me at church. Call me: 206-499-2795. Email me: Jean Sundborg 


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