|Greetings from the Faith Formation|
|The Faith Formation ministry team is represented on our church council and dedicated to offering Bible and/or book study to everyone in our community. Suggestions for study come from the pastor and the people.|
Our study groups have read and discussed books on racism, The Book of Romans, an Advent and Lenten series, and a series on the evolution of faith. This work makes connections between how we live and believe through scripture, commentaries from theologians, poetry and art.
Here are just some of the wisdom statements expressed by our participants:
“I have much to learn.”
"The Bible can still teach us how to live in this broken world.”
“I am not sure I believe all that.”
“How come I didn’t know that before?”
The attendee-led sessions deepen our understanding of history and faith. All are welcome to gather, read, study and share your doubts, insights and revelations in a safe and loving place.
Registration is still open for our current series on "Original Blessing." Join us!
Julia P, Russ T and Penny M
(Pastor Emily will join us for the next series)
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"Original Blessing" Book Study
Noon to 1:30 pm on Zoom/ Tuesdays through June 13Zoom Registration here“Every object in the universe has a center of gravity.
Ours is original blessing."
Discussions are guided by Danielle Shroyer’s provocative book Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place.
Of the world's major religions, only Christianity holds to a doctrine of original sin. In Original Blessing, the author shows not only how we got this doctrine wrong, but how we can put sin back in its rightful place: in a broader context of redemption and the blessing of humanity's creation in the image of God.
Attached is the Original Blessing study guide for you to download or print out. Additional copies will also be at worship this Sunday.
Please contact the church office if you need assistance securing a book.
|Food/Clothing/Gear Donations Drive this Sunday, May 21 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm|
Men's Work Clothing a Priority!
Sunday, May 21
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bring your donations to Sunday worship.
Men's Work Clothing a Priority!
Most of the men we assist are in day labor through the Millionaire's Club, Casa Latina, Labor Ready or pick up jobs. Help us help them support their families through your donations of clean, wearable and seasonally appropriate work clothing: pants, hoodies, t-shirts, socks, boots, shorts, tanks, new underwear, belts, hats, all kinds of shoes (except dress shoes!).
The following are also welcome for distribution through the Westside Interfaith Network (WIN) Saturday lunch, hosted in White Center.
• non-perishable food
• outdoor gear: tents, sleeping bags, etc. Our neighbors need tarps to stay dry under and sleep on top of to protect them from the wet ground.
|Rev. Bruce Wilson Visiting Pastor during Pastor Emily Medical Leave|
Our hearts are with Pastor Emily and family as she continues her medical leave through mid-June. While she is away, we welcome Rev. Bruce Wilson as our Visiting Pastor. Pastor Bruce returns to the pulpit next Sunday.
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Reverend Bruce Wilson is a psychotherapist and board-certified chaplain. In 2020, Bruce decided to leave full time hospital chaplaincy and pursue a career as a licensed mental health counselor.
Bruce recently has been invited to teach as adjunct faculty at Tacoma's Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound. He has taught Human Behavior, Psychology 101, Group Psychotherapy and Career Development. He will be teaching again this fall. Bruce serves on the Committee on Ministry for the PNCUCC and fills in pulpits from time to time.
Bruce is looking forward to coming back to Alki UCC where he interned and spent the summer of 2018 filling in as pulpit supply.
|Peruvian Families Seeking Asylum Status|
Update Week of May 17
|The focus right now is on education;|
• connecting with schools via text, email and an in-person meeting to make sure the children are enrolled in the schools where the parents want them to be next year, and that their needs will be met
• seeing if we can still get the older boys - ages 10 and 11 - into summer school
• helping to enroll adults who want to take ESL classes through South Seattle College this summer
• checking on childcare options so that the parents can attend classes if their work schedules permit
The parents are realizing that to utilize their skills, a good command of English is mandatory. Finding the time for entry level in-person English classes is a challenge. Advanced classes can be virtual, but beginning classes need to be on campus.
The children have met with mixed success, depending on the Spanish language support at their schools. We're hoping to help them all be more successful next year.
With their parents working diligently on their English, (and with the children sometimes helping their parents with English!), all should hopefully be advancing in their receptive and expressive language over the summer, whether or not they are able to attend classes. The support team is working to remember to offer communication in both English and Spanish to further familiarize them with English.
— Vicky S
|KHN invites Alki UCC to Installation Service and Concert for Rabbi Sabine Meyer|
|Friday, May 19 at 7:00 pm|
Rabbi Sabine Service of Installation
in the Sanctuary
followed by a festive oneg (gathering)
Saturday, May 20
Chava Mirel in Concert
Doors open at 7pm with wine & schmoozing | Concert at 8pm
You are invited to join us for an evening of celebration and soulful music with Chava Mirel, one of the leading voices in contemporary Jewish music. Chava is acclaimed for her unique blend of Jewish folk, jazz, and world music for this special concert at KHN celebrating the Rabbinic Installation. Check out her website here!
Concert Tickets are $36 and available here.
|Continued prayers of Healing, Comfort and Support for our own Pastor Emily and her family as she recovers from a medical challenge.|
For those grieving the recent death of a loved one:
The Alki UCC community, family and friends of Verona R, Diane J and family on the death of her father Thomas G, family and friends of longtime Alki UCC member Jan C, family and friends of UCC minister Rev. Bobbi Virta, family and friends of longtime Alki UCC member 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-Wolff, Charlie H and family, Todd S and family, Patty M
Recent hospitalization, illness and other concerns:
Rev. Joan Carter, 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 B, Don & Imy P and family, Patty M, Jane C and her family, Sue B's brother Tom and his wife Carla, Julia 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, 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.
|Sunday Worship Videos Posted on YouTube|
Sunday Worship recordings now online! Check out Alki UCC's very own YouTube channel.
For secure, online giving through Give Lively, click the button, OR, send your check, made out to "Alki UCC," to:6115 SW Hinds, Seattle, WA 98116
Worship this Sunday,
at 10:00 am
Cinda S and
Rev. Penny M
"The Women at the Tomb and the Gospel of Hope"
In 2017, I read a Sojourners Magazine article by Jim Wallis — While the Men Were in Hiding, Women Delivered the Greatest News the World Has Ever Known — and tucked it away for a moment like this.
His essay speaks to me on many levels. It speaks directly to me as a woman, it speaks to the values that drive my social justice work, and it speaks to me of the hope that resides deeply in me for our world. I hope it speaks to you as well. — Cinda
Luke 24: 1-11, NRSV
Interim Music Director:
#402, De Colores
#206, A Woman Came Who Did Not Count the Cost
#44, Beautiful Jesus
#488, Be Still, My Soul
#82, Go My Children
The Online Order of Worship, including scripture and music, is linked here.
Please join is for this special service. Visiting Pastor Rev. Rev Bruce Wilson returns to the pulpit next Sunday and continues with us while Alki UCC Pastor Emily Tanis-Likkel is on medical leave through mid-June.
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Photo included in The New York Times: The Superhero Photographs of the Black Lives Matter Movement. "Against the grim footage of unjust deaths, iconic images of protesters project power and will." Credit: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters: protester Ieshia Evans being detained in Baton Rouge, LA on July 9, 2016.
Join us either in-person (masks recommended) or virtually via Zoom.
If you're already registered for Sunday worship on Zoom, use your personal link. If not, welcome! Register here.
|"Green Latrine" in Front Courtyard|
|Since the elevator will be inoperable for the foreseeable future, and In order to accommodate folks who can’t use the stairs to access our restrooms, Alki UCC has teamed with our partner synagogue Kol HaNeshamah (KHN) to rent this accessible “Green Latrine.”|
The ADA-compliant unit is a spacious, wheelchair-accessible restroom that can also be used as a family-sized facility. Our lease includes regular servicing to guarantee that it's kept clean, sanitized, and well-stocked with toilet paper, soap and paper towels.
The Green Latrine is locked between events.
for Verona Ryan
Saturday, June 10
at 1:00 pm
Church of Christ
Reception to follow
We welcome donations of flowers to create an abundant remembrance of Verona and her love of nature and beauty.
Save the date! More details to come.
|Sunday May 28, 7:00 pm |
2306 California Ave SW
Admiral Church invites our siblings in Christ to join us for an evening of song and solidarity in celebration of the animating Spirit which permeates Pentecost!
We encourage solos, duets, trios, and small groups from church choirs as well as congregants to come ready to sing supposedly "secular songs" which reveal and illuminate the fruits of the Spirit.
Let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them ever sing for joy- Psalm 5:11
|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. We’ll keep you posted.|
|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.