| Help Create Next Sunday's "People's Liturgy"|
|Dear Alki UCC, |
We are gearing up for a People’s Liturgy next Sunday, August 9. What is a “People’s Liturgy,” you ask? It is a worship service crafted by the people in the congregation around a specific topic, in our case Romans 8:38-39.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
How do these verses sit with you? How does your spirit mull them over? How does your mind spar with them?
For a People’s Liturgy service to be a success, we need members of the congregation to submit the items listed below.
Which one calls to you?
Your submissions are due by Wednesday, August 5 to give us time to plan. Send an email to the church office with your submission title in the subject line (i.e. “poem,” “set of questions about the verses,” etc.). We’ll send further instructions from there once we have all items matched with a person.
• One poem
• One set of questions about the verses
• One reflection on the meaning of the versus
• One photo(s)
• One music video
• One song
• One prayer
• One memorization
• One meme/cartoon
We only need one of each to create the service so the first poem, etc. received will be selected.
Please consider making a submission for this festive summertime service! — Pastor Kelly
|Hello Alki United Church of Christ,|
This is Shannon Peterson, your recently elected church treasurer. Following is a quick update on how our fiscal year 2020 budget actualized and our future budget plans for fiscal year 2021.
We have great news for fiscal year 2020, which ended on June 30. Last year, we planned a budget with an expected $50,000 deficit, but we actualized the year with close to a $2,000 surplus instead!
The operative factors:
♦ We received over $34,000 more income than we budgeted. Most of this is thanks to all of you who stepped up and contributed $23,000 more than we anticipated. Another $11,000 came from the Payroll Protection loan that Kristin Michael applied for and secured as part of the federal COVID relief program.
♦ Our expenses were reduced by $17,000. This is all great news as we enter our next fiscal year.
The fiscal year 2021 budget, loosely based on last year’s budget, was approved at our annual congregational meeting on June 28. We are planning to end this year with a deficit of about $47,000. As you can imagine, we need to stay on top of our income and expenses by ensuring contributions are up and expenses are down.
As the church treasurer, I am digging into all the details to find places where we might be able to streamline some of our processes, save on some of our expenses and support all of you. Doing your part is critical. Our contributions must stay on track. I am excited for the third act of this amazing church!
Next week, I will give you some ideas on how we can save on our banking fees using online donations.
Please reach out to me with any questions you may have using the NEW treasurer email address: Treasurer@AlkiUCC.org.
God Bless, Shannon
|Telling the Truth about Race: |
Selected Documentaries for Thoughtful Engagement
|Alki UCC ReOpening Phase 1.5|
|Attention All Building Users|
Please disinfect/wipe down all common-use areas when you arrive AND as you're leaving the building: computer keypads, keyboards, copier keypad, door handles, light switches, chair handles, table tops, faucets, toilet handles, stair railings, etc.
When we re-open the sanctuary for services, we will need volunteers to help with tasks before and after the service. If you are interested in being part of this, please contact me.
|Special prayers for the family and friends of Rayshard Brooks, Manuel Elllis, George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the heart-breaking list of African-Americans and other people of color murdered by police or self-declared vigilantes in our nation over many decades. We mourn with you and we stand for justice and healing.|
Special prayers for all those on the front lines of working to protect us, keep us healthy, sane, grounded, informed, fed and comfortable during the current COVID 19 outbreak: our faith leaders, front-line health care workers, EMTs, police, firefighters, educators, transit bus and rail drivers, farmers, therapists, social workers, shelter operators, engineers, grocery/drug store personnel, caregivers, childcare specialists, pharmacists, custodians, organizations caring for the most vulnerable, sanitation workers, dispatchers and others keeping our supply chains operational, truth-telling journalists and all the many public servants who are so vital to our community.
For those grieving the recent death of a loved one:
Patty Magnuson, family and friends of Bob Jackson, family and friends of Jim Connor, family and friends of Barbara T. Shadel Madden Andersen, Kirstin Duckett and family, the family of Nancy Van Wyk, Julia Peeler's sister; Larry Gill; the family and friends of Ruth Okada; family and friends of Shelley Webster; Amy Young and family
Recent hospitalization, illness and other concerns:
Claire Foster, Dayle Banks, Bonita Corliss, Gina Erickson and Ashleigh Johnson, Imy Peterson, Sandy Johnson, Kirstin Duckett's father, Don Peterson, Jeff Jolly, Bev Connor, John Kinsman, Jan Cochran
For homebound members/friends of Alki UCC: Doris Colbert
Wider World: Prayers for all those affected by the corona virus outbreak; all those suffering from PTSD in the military and around the world; for all those affected by the increasingly cruel and inhumane US immigration policies imposed by the current administration; prayers for fewer guns, for all victims and those affected by gun violence; victims and survivors of extremist violence around the world; migrants seeking refuge around the world, and for those who are trying to help them. The rest of the missing schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, who remain in our hearts as long as they remain missing. The hungry and homeless, the ill and the addicted, the lost and the lonely; the unemployed.
|Sunday Zoom Services Posted on YouTube|
Here's the link to our official page: Alki UCC - Alki United Church of Christ. Or just do a search for "Alki UCC' on the YouTube site.
While you're in Social Media mode, visit the Alki UCC FaceBook page
Thanks to all the fine folks working on our social media presence.
August 2, 10:00 am
Prepare your own Bread and Cup for home communion.
Summertime Stories: Grounded in our Origins
Throughout Summer 2020, we are visiting our Christian stories of origin to unearth the ways these inspirational events might guide the church into a vibrant Third Act.
Click here for the Order of Worship, including Sunday's scripture reading, Romans 8:26-39.
Music Coordinator Betsy Stelzer has provided YouTube links to performances of some of Sunday's music selections, so you can sing along ahead of time.
Let It Rise
Sermon Sung Response
More Than Conquerors
Zoom Login Same as Previous Sundays:
Meeting ID: 536 604 506 #
From your smartphone, tablet or computer use this link: https://zoom.us/j/536604506.
To manually call in from a land line, dial +1 253 215 8782 followed by 536 604 506# when prompted.
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Worship & Music Team Meeting this Sunday at 11:30 am
We will be planning next Sunday's Liturgist Workshop and discussing special worship ideas for upcoming Sundays.
If anyone would like to join us, just connect with Joe Mitter to get the zoom login information. We always love fresh ideas and input.
|Sunday, August 9|
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Join in whether you've already served as a Zoom liturgist, or are new to the experience.
Sponsored by the Worship & Music team in conjunction with Pastor Kelly.
RSVP with Joe Mitter and we'll send you Zoom login info.
Sunday, September 13
Details to come.
|Rest in Peace, Rest in Power|
|We mourn the passing of Civil Rights icon John Lewis. You can still watch the UCC justice ministries-sponsored viewing of |
John Lewis: Good Trouble, the powerful and inspiring story of Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action. The acclaimed documentary features interviews and rare archival footage,
Tickets through UCC are $12 to view the movie; $5.00 of the ticket price goes to UCC justice work.
Once you register here and purchase your ticket you’ll receive a confirmation email with the link to the movie.
Click on the blue donate button to learn how to donate by check or a secure online credit card donation.|