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Alki UCC Weekly Messenger November 2, 2023
From the Music Director
Dear Alki UCC,
There is a verse from the hymn "For All the Saints" that has been on my mind this week: "Ringed by this cloud of witnesses divine, we feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet in your love our faithful lives entwine. Alleluia!"
In an ode to the saints, this verse reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles. Among all the saints ringed around us are the faces of our loved ones who've gone to join the glory; those we hold in our hearts, but also whose wisdom and character we try daily to emulate.
We rejoice in knowing that, by God's love, our lives are eternally entwined. — Stephen
Joe Mitter writes:
Stephen, Rev. Penny, the Worship and Music ministry team, the Alki UCC choir and I have collaborated to create this Sunday's service featuring additional special music and extra congregational hymns while Pastor Emily is out of town in celebration of her birthday.
So bring your voices and your energy, as we remind each other that no one is alone!.
Invitation to Send Names of Departed Loved Ones to Commemorate during Worship
For worship this Sunday we join faith communities around the world in observance of All Saints Day, a service of remembrance for recognized saints as well as those who have passed and are still in our hearts.

If you would like to add anyone to our commemoration, please email their names to the church office by noon tomorrow (Friday, November 3) so their names can be read aloud during worship.
There will also be an opportunity to submit names during worship.
Alki UCC Entry in Fauntleroy UCC
Festival of Trees
 Share your ideas this Sunday after worship!

Are you interested in helping decorate, create and design a unique Christmas tree that reflects Alki UCC? Please gather in the parlor at Sunday's post-worship coffee hour as we take the first step in organizing an Alki UCC Tree Design Team to create a holiday tree for display at Fauntleroy UCC’s Festival of Trees!
Did I mention this is a competition and votes are counted by the amount of food donated to each tree?
Bring your holiday thinking caps to the parlor after church Sunday and let's make a plan. Questions: Alyson H
Calling All Cooks! Show your Stuff-(ing)!
Thanksgiving-Themed Welcome Table Lunch
Saturday, November 25
Aki UCC is providing The Welcome Table hot lunch on November 25, the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend!
Show off your Thanksgiving chops by preparing your signature dish or a tried-and-true favorite: roast turkey or chicken, potatoes, roast veggies, rolls, stuffing, cookies, pies and more!
More details to come, so mark your calendars now and think about what you might want to contribute. — Cinda
Tuesday Bible Study Ongoing
Registration Open
Noon to 1:30 pm on Zoom
Tuesdays through June
Zoom Registration here
The Study Guide for November 7 is linked here.
You have the option to attend every Tuesday or whenever your schedule permits!
Our first series, co-led by Pastor Emily and Rev. Penny M, offers a deeper exploration of each Sunday’s scripture/lectionary readings.
God speaks to us and through us when we gather together to read scripture and explore how scripture is speaking to us. Join us for this rich time of sharing!
Questions: please contact Penny M.
Zoom Registration Link here
Recommended Reading
Can We Talk About Israel:
A Guide for the Curious, Confused & Conflicted
by Daniel Sokatch

The folks at KHN recommend this book as an excellent resource to help give context to events currently unfolding in Israel, Palestine and throughout the Middle East.
From the KHN newsletter:
Do you ever feel unable to enter conversations about Israel and Palestine? Do you feel left behind or overwhelmed by the intensity of opinions and rhetoric when the topic of Israel is raised? Does this intensity make it feel hard to organize your own thoughts and feelings, or to reach out to others?
This book is for anyone who wants to talk and think about Israel and Palestine but suspect they are missing key elements of context, history, vocabulary or subtext.
Are you prepared for an Earthquake ... 
 ... or other natural disaster???
Two quakes have hit the region in the past several weeks.  
A simple start to get prepared is to know the location of your West Seattle Emergency Communications Hub" 
The Emergency Communication Hubs are the initial gathering locations for information and resources.
In Our Circle of Prayer
For those grieving the recent death of a loved one:
The Alki UCC community, family and friends of Wanda D, 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, the Alki UCC community and friends/family of Nick Tobler-Wolff, Todd S and family, Patty M

Recent hospitalization, illness and other concerns:
Julia C’s friend Ethan, Cinda's mother Jackie S, 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 BDon & Imy P and family, 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, 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.
It's That
Time Again!
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to sleep Saturday night. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Worship this Sunday,
November 5
at 10:00 am
All Saints
with Communion
“Do not be afraid,
for I am with you,"
Service is
In-Person Only
There will be no Zoom streaming to give our hard-working tech hosts a much deserved break.
Zoom resumes next week.
Co-Worship Leaders:
Rev. Penny M and Joe M, Liturgist
Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 41:10 
Music Highlights:
Adagio, Piano Sonata No1 
Ludwig van Beethoven
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (Godspell) Stephen Schwartz
Come to the Waters
Sue Strachan
#299, For All the Saints
Let Us Break Bread Together
African-American Spiritual
#595, Some Glad Morning (I’ll Fly Away) Albert E. Brumley
#249, Peace I Leave with You, My Friends Ray Repp
When the Saints Go Marching In African-American Spiritual
Photo by Joanna Kosiniska, Unsplash
Pastor Emily is on a brief trip out of town with her family.
Save the Date!
Documentary Film on Immigration
Wednesday, December 6
at 6:30 pm at Alki UCC
The Immigrant Welcoming Congregation Core Groups of Alki UCC and Fauntleroy UCC are co-presenting a documentary film night in Anderson Hall at Alki UCC on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm. The evening includes popcorn and facilitated discussion. More info soon!
Balance Due: The Price the Duwamish Paid for Seattle's Development
Sunday, Nov 5 & 12 
at 12:30
In-Person Only at Admiral Church
4320 SW Hill Street

The folks at Admiral Church invite you to join in an indepth study of the honest history of Seattle's colonization.
King County Reports Increased COVID Hospitalizations 
Free COVID-19 Tests
Every U.S. household can now place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests from
New COVID-19 Vaccine
For vaccination appointments now check for pharmacies and clinics,
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.
Sunday Worship Videos Posted on YouTube
Sunday Worship recordings now online! Check out Alki UCC's very own YouTube channel.
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Seattle, WA 98116
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