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Alki UCC Weekly Messenger March 9, 2023
From the Pastor

Dear Alki UCC,
In this second week of Lent, we ask the question, “How do we begin again?”
We plant seedlings. We risk vulnerability and voice the untold part of our story — the part that wasn’t ready to be heard until this moment.”
Sometimes all we see is a foot in front of us, if that. Sometimes we have to take out all the stitches and begin again. Empty the cabinets and box up the memories. Get out of bed and get dressed and say thank you. Start over.
We look to those who lead the way. We look within. Seeker, keep asking your questions. You are not alone. Come back to the start, to the center.
You won’t want to miss Bonita C’s testimony, truth-telling, on Sunday morning in worship. We join as a sacred community to hear one another into faith. Let’s begin.
In hope,
Pastor Emily
“In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge . . .
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.”
From "To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings"
by John O’Donahue
“I’m not sure exactly how we begin again,
but I know that moths wrap themselves in silk,
and after quite some time,
after many long nights,
after days spent alone,
they break out of their shell.
They pull themselves out under open sky,
and they spend the rest of their days chasing the light.”
From "How do we begin again?"
by Rev. Sarah (Are) Speed
WIN Saturday Lunch this Week:
More Cooks Needed!
The Alki UCC chef brigade is on board for this Saturday March 11 to provide the Welcome Table meal hosted by the Westside Interfaith Network (WIN).
Large casseroles needed: roasted veggies, salad, chicken, etc. for our neighbors in the White Center area.
Deliver food warmed up by 11:30 am to
Body of Christ Church
1320 SW 102nd in White Center
(2 blocks east of McClendon's)
We also need volunteers to stay and help hand out donations — it's easy, fun and very rewarding
Please let me know if you can provide a dish! — Cinda S
Lent at Alki UCC
seeking: honest questions for deeper faith

Community Lenten
Bible Study
Mix and match as convenient:
Sundays through April 2, 5:00 to 6:00 pm
Tuesdays through April 4, noon to 1:30 pm
Zoom Registration Here

What does it mean to be a seeker?
There is an inner restlessness inherent in being human ... a response to something or someone outside ourselves inviting us into relationship. Join us for engaging discussions to explore how to listen for and pay attention to this restlessness, a deep desire for something more.

As we journey together, we’ll come back to the questions: What am I seeking? What is God seeking? We pray that our questions will create a safe space to explore and to be drawn more deeply into the heart of God.

Questions? Julia P, Rev. Penny M, Russ T and Pastor Emily
This Sunday:
Join the "Grow it Forward" Potting Team 
Alki UCC is hosting another "Grow it Forward" micro-nursery this year! We need your help! Please join us this Sunday after worship to help pot 100 Douglas Fir bareroot seedlings.
All supplies provided, but please bring trowel and gloves if you have them. Depending on how many folks we have, it should take about 90 minutes or so to pot-up the trees. All ages welcome!
Bonus Opportunity! A few more home gardeners are needed to reach the annual goal of 100 regional hosts. The trees only take up 4' x 4' once they're potted. Sign up on the Grow it Forward website.
Grow it Forward has a fascinating history! Check out their website or read more in this linked background sheet.
Questions on any of the above: contact Julia C 
— The Outreach/Social Justice Team
Peruvian Families Seeking Asylum Status
March 9 Update
Dear Alki members and friends,
Pictured at left, Luna is the centerpiece of our campaign to raise money to keep her and her relatives safe.
Thank you so much for your continued support in the form of prayers, clothing and household items, volunteering, and yes, money for our Peruvian asylum seekers. With most, but not all, of their basic needs now taken care of, here is a new appeal through GoFundMe to try to garner critically-needed financial support to secure legal aid for our three families.
The stark reality is that our families have virtually no chance of being granted asylum without legal representation. After exhausting every avenue to secure free attorney services, we are faced with paying $30,000 in legal fees.
Please take a moment to read the attached. Your financial support would be most appreciated, and even if you can't make a contribution, please consider passing this GoFundMe link along to your family and friends. Every little bit will help!
Thanks so much for your consideration. — Vicky S
# # #
 How you can help.
In addition to supporting the GoFundMe campaign, you can donate:
By check: Make out to Alki UCC with "Peruvian families" in the memo line; leave in Sunday's offering plate or mail to 6115 SW Hinds, Seattle 98116.
Make a secure online donation here. 
After entering your $$ amount, click on "Add a Dedication" and enter "Peruvian Families" in the Dedicatee's Name box, then click save. To donate with a credit card, click on "choose another payment method" and complete the transaction.
Finally, volunteers are still needed for those of us working with the families. Please reach out to Vicky S.
Book Talk and Signing "Deconstructing Racism: A Path Toward Lasting Change"
Friday, March 10 at 6:00 pm
Historic Washington Hall
153 14th Ave, Seattle 98122
Free and Family-Friendly
Community Dinner by Chef Wally
The People's Institute Northwest Network
Invites You to Celebrate with Us...
Meet the co-authors of Deconstructing Racism::
Ms. Barbara Crain Major
Anti-Racist Organizer, Educator,
Visionary Leader, Author &
A Foundational Trainer with the
People's Institute for Survival and
Rev. Joseph Barndt
Anti-Racist Organizer, Educator,
Faith Leader, Author & Longtime
Trainer with the People's Institute
for Survival and Beyond
Together they bring ninety combined years of experience as community organizers, teachers, and anti-racism trainers in community and church settings.
Register here.
Spring Break Music Camp at Alki UCC
Becky Cain writes: "Join us for this amazing Spring Break Music Camp as we learn and stage the musical Dr. Dolittle!" Produced by BLC Creatives, the camp runs:
Monday through Friday, April 10 through14
Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
On Friday, April 14, campers arrive at 10:00 am and finish the day with a camp pizza party and a 6:00 pm performance for family and friends.
The camp is for students ages 6-12; tuition is $300.
The camp will take place at Alki United Church of Christ, 6115 SW Hinds Street, Seattle WA 98116.
See for more information or scan the QR code to register:
PNCUCC March News Packet
and April Annual Meeting
Read all about Conference news March highlights here.
PNCUCC Annual Meeting
Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30
First Congregational Church in Bellingham, WA
We are very pleased to be welcoming the Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister and Vice President, Justice and Local Church Ministries, as our special guest. The business portions will be in person. Watch for more information here.
Sunday Celebrations
Thanks to Aly H for taking these great pics at Sunday worship:

That's Nette and Joe M, who recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary at left; and at right, proud parents Matt and Chloe T with baby Annabell (rocking that fabulous onesie) with Sandy J. It was Annabell's first service!
In Our Circle of Prayer
For those grieving the recent death of a loved one:
Family and friends of Alki UCC member Jan C, family and friends of beloved UCC minister Rev. Bobbi Virta, family and friends of Anne S, Liese F and family, Jeff D and family, friends/family of Dayle B, the Alki UCC community and friends/family of Nick Tobler-WolffCharlie H and family, Todd S and family, Patty M

Recent hospitalization, illness and other concerns:
Dan K, Alki UCC's Peruvian Families Seeking Asylum, Shannon P, former Alki UCC member Dawn N, former members Davney and Bob S and Davney's mom Suzanne H, Shannon P's Florida family: Bill, Gail, Mary Ann & Bob; Julia C's friend Chelsea W, Denis BDon & Imy P and family, Verona R, Patty M, Jane C and her family, Sue B's brother Tom and his wife CarlaJulia C's friend Jessie T & family, Amy Y's mother Corlene, Jeff D's brother Andy, former Alki UCC member Mark H, Sue B's friends Mary and Louise, Cindy, Jeff and Kirstin's sister-in-law Sue, Kirstin D, Shannon P's father Rev. Dr. Bill, Verona's younger brother Eric, Claire F, Kirstin D's father

For homebound members/friends of Alki UCC: Doris C

Wider World: Prayers for all those affected by the coronavirus outbreak; all those suffering from PTSD in the military and around the world; for all those affected by misguided immigration policies; 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.
Spring Forward
Turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night! 
This Sunday,
March 12
at 10:00 am
Third Sunday
in Lent
seeking: Will you give me a drink?
Rev. Emily Tanis-Likkel
Becky Cain
Bethany Bevier
Rev. Dr. Keith T
Bonita C
Exodus 17:1-7
John 4:7-15
The Message
Music Highlights:
#18, Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer
With Joy You Shall Draw Water
Bob Hurd
#539, Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant
Cover art: Living Water
by Lauren Wright Pittman
A Sanctified Art LLC |
Join us either in-person (masks required) or virtually via Zoom
If you're already registered for Sunday worship on Zoom, use your personal link. If not, welcome!  Register here
Choir rehearsal every Sunday after worship. Join Becky in the choir room.
One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering
Next Sunday
Next Sunday, March 19, we will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) special mission offering of the United Church of Christ. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you can be part of the immediate response and long-term recovery. 

Through OGHS you engage in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and women’s empowerment. Because the UCC relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide networks, your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing put you in the right place at the right time for the relief, accompaniment and recovery of the most vulnerable. You meet immediate needs and you address the underlying causes that create those needs in the first place.
Information and link to donate any time here.
WIN Saturday Lunch
in White Center
This Saturday, March 11
Cooks still needed!
See story above left.
"Grow it Forward"
Plant Potting
This Sunday, March 12
after worship
See story above left
Crafting for Community
This Sunday, March 12
12:15 to 1:45 pm
Alki UCC Parlor
All ages and skill levels welcome!

Outreach Food/Clothing/
Outdoor Gear Donations Drive
Sunday, March 19

11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Front Courtyard
Bring your donations
to Sunday worship!
Palm Sunday
April 2 at 10:00 am
Maundy Thursday Service
April 6 at 6:30 pm
Alki UCC
A combined service with Admiral UCC. Taizé music, readings, communion and Admiral UCC choir.
Good Friday Service
at Admiral UCC
April 7 at 6:30 pm
Admiral UCC
4320 SW Hill
We’ll gather for a combined worship service with Admiral UCC and our choir will sing for this quiet service of shadow and mystery.
Easter Sunday
April 9:
Sunrise service on Alki beach at 6:30 am
Sanctuary service at 10:00 am
Community Easter Egg Hunt at 11:15 am

March is Women's History Month!
Join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Read more here.
Building Elevator Out of Service
We regret that Alki UCC‘s elevator is out of service until further notice. Our building team is working on a solution. If you need the elevator to use the facilities or to access other floors in the building please be aware that the elevator is not working at this time. We’ll keep you posted.
Sunday Worship Videos Posted on YouTube
Sunday Worship recordings now online!
Check out Alki UCC's very own YouTube channel.
Sunday Worship Registration
If you've already registered on Zoom, just use your personal link. If not, welcome! You can register here.
When you register, please use your first/last name plus your email.
On-Line Giving
For secure, online giving through Give Lively, click the button at left, OR, send your check, made out to "Alki UCC," to:6115 SW Hinds, Seattle, WA 98116
Alki UCC 
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6115 SW Hinds
Seattle, WA 98116
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