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Alki UCC Weekly Messenger March 16, 2023
From the Pastor
Dear Alki UCC,
We hear God say to us: "You are enough." We remind ourselves and each other of this truth all of the time, because it’s not always easy to believe.
We are works in progress. Even still, we are enough, each one of us, because we belong to God.

It is especially disturbing and disheartening to hear about legislation promoting the view that the enoughness of precious trans lives are somehow up for debate. They are not. God says, you are enough. More than enough — you belong to me.
I commend this article from UCC leaders with resources on “speaking faith-based truth and offering care for trans siblings within our country and globally.” The article affirms: “For our trans and non-binary youth, know the United Church of Christ acts in solidarity with you. You are a beloved child of God, created with vibrant love and intention. Within your body rests a sacred offering of God’s multitude. You belong here. We see you. And, we love you!”

Our poetry-prayer this week from the devotional Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith reminds us of our enoughness, our wholeness in Christ:

anything and everything
I’d give you a drink,
a warm cup of tea with lemon and mint, 
a confetti cannon, roses from the garden, 
my favorite sweatshirt,
a bed to lay in, homemade bread, a hand to hold.
I’d give you my full attention. 
I’d give you my phone,
and say, put your number in. 
I’d give you the melody line, 
a standing ovation,
a sense of security.
I’d give you anything and everything 
if it made you believe
that you were enough. 
Let all the people say, Amen!
In hope, 
— Pastor Emily
Poetry Prayer by Rev. Sarah Speed |
A Sanctified Art LLC | 
Outreach Donations Drive This Sunday
Bring your donations
to Sunday worship!
Sunday, March 19 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Front Courtyard
It's still cold and we're out of essential supplies critically needed by our unsheltered neighbors: gloves, hoodies, hand warmers and blankets. The days may be warming, but overnight temps can be challenging year round.
Basic nonperishable staples are also a priority, as well as peanut butter, canned proteins, canned fruits and vegetables (pop-tops preferred).
The Westside Interfaith Network (WIN), our donations drive partner, requests clean, wearable clothes in all sizes, appropriate for unsheltered men and women in cold weather. Outdoor gear is always needed: tents, tarps, backpacks, etc.
Your donations are distributed through WIN's "Welcome Table," a weekly Saturday meal for unsheltered and low-income folks hosted in White Center. This distribution serves as a stop-gap for many people relying on weekly visits to the food bank.

Many thanks to our generous community for supporting our neighbors in need!
Peruvian Families Seeking Asylum Status
Critical call for advocacy ...
     Please write President Biden!
The Biden administration has proposed
a harmful and inhumane asylum ban
and they need to hear from us by March 27.
If implemented, this outrageous policy would deny the majority of asylum seekers the right to request protection in the United States.
It is every person's legal right to seek safety for themselves and their families. US laws and treaties governing immigration have traditionally protected asylum seekers and prevented their return to countries where they might face persecution and torture.
The new policy will be based on how people arrived at the border and entered the United states, creating an inequitable system favoring those with money. The horrific policy of separating families will be reinstituted, putting already-terrified people in further jeopardy.
Anyone, regardless of immigration status, may submit a comment, but it has to be in English
Either email your note to:
Call the White House Comment Line at: 202-456-1111

A sample letter is linked here.
# # #
 How you can help our Peruvian Families.
In addition to supporting the legal defense 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.
Call for Easter Candy Donations
Join in the fun of putting on an Easter egg hunt for the kids in our neighborhood!
How you can help:
  • Purchase a bag of individually wrapped SMALL candy and bring to church on Sundays March 19, 26 or April 2. Look for the festive Candy Easter Basket in the lobby.
  • Stuff plastic eggs during Hospitality Hour on Sunday, April 2.
  • Channel your inner Easter Bunny and be an Easter Egg Hider on Sunday, April 9 at 9:15 am. Please contact the church office to let us know that you are able to hide eggs!
Note ... candy pieces must be small enough to fit inside a standard-sized egg.
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?
Potting Party Recap
Thanks to all who helped plant the 100 Douglas Fir tree seedlings after worship on Sunday. Some folks planted 10 and some planted two, but either way it was fun to gather at the round table on the patio and get the 100 trees planted
The seedlings are  now nestled in the NE corner of the front garden where they can be admired by all passers-by.
We will nurture and care for them for two growing seasons. Then in the fall of 2024 they will be planted along rivers and streams in the NW to help restore the salmon habitat of the creeks and provide oxygen to our air!
We are adding 100 big ole evergreens to our earth.
Thank you everyone!
Julia C and the Planting Team
(Check how they'll look all grown up!)
Sunday Celebrations
Thanks to Aly H for taking these great pics at Sunday worship: A newly-turned-95-year-old John C (Happy Birthday!) at left with Sandy J; and the vibrant Crafting for Community group, meeting the second Sunday of the month after choir practice ... check it out!




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.  
In Our Circle of Prayer
Prayers of Healing and Recovery for Reverend Joan Carter, who has faced recent health issues, and Prayers of Condolence and Comfort for Rev. Joan and her entire family on the loss of her son James.
Prayers of Listening and Compassion for our high school community who are grieving the sudden death of a classmate.
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.
Worship this Sunday,
March 19
at 10:00 am
Fourth Sunday
in Lent
Who sinned?
Rev. Emily Tanis-Likkel
Becky Cain
Bethany Bevier
Brett T-L
"Who sinned?"
John 9:1-41
The Message
Cover art: "Son, rise"
by T. Denise Anderson
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.
Note: Worship and Music team meeting after choir rehearsal this Sunday at about noon. Contact: Joe
One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering
This Sunday
This Sunday 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.
Palm Sunday
April 2 at 10:00 am
Easter Egg Stuffing
after Worship
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

Church Council of Greater Seattle
Annual Assembly
Tuesday, March 28
at 6:00 pm via zoom
Register here
Alki UCC is a strong supporter of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, a small ecumenical non-profit that is a powerful and respected voice of faith in the public square.
Come learn more about their community organizing work, and the accompaniment program that we have been a part of with the Peruvian families.
You are invited to attend their Annual Assembly!
— Cinda S (she\her)
Development Lead
PNCUCC Annual Meeting
Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30
First Congregational Church
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. Watch for more information here.
West Seattle Recycling & Reuse Collection this Saturday
Saturday, March 18
9:00 am to Noon
South Seattle Community College Entrance #1
6000 16th Ave SW
Details here
For list of accepted items:
Download flier 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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