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Alki UCC Weekly Messenger November 16, 2023
From the Pastor

Dear Alki UCC,
My sermon this Sunday is called "The Fear of Not Getting it Right." Can you identify with that particular feeling? We want to act, but we’re not sure if we know enough, or we worry we’ll offend, or wonder what the consequences might be.
There is no map. We don’t always know. But in faith and love, action is required.
What do we do when we are horrified or numb by the news, when we ache for the children of the world, when we feel completely helpless?
We do something.
Maybe it’s prayer, maybe it’s calling a friend or donating money or creating something beautiful. One meaningful action that we can take is to write to our representatives.
The following link takes you to a United Church of Christ page where you can easily send an email to our legislators.
The suggested letter reads in part, “I write to you as your constituent, and as a person of faith, who joins with so many collectively mourning the tragic loss of life and the continued violence taking place in Israel and Gaza . . . My faith teaches me that peace IS possible. Please be a voice in Congress for an immediate de-escalation in Israel and Gaza, and support steps towards a lasting peace.”
Let’s join with our wider United Church of Christ community in calling for an end to this violence.
Together, we must be a voice for those precious souls who are suffering beyond our imagining. Our faith, our love, it is action. May God multiply our efforts.
In hope,
Pastor Emily
Food/Clothing/Outdoor Gear
Donations Drive
This Sunday, November 19
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
♦ ♦ ♦ 
Bring your donations
to Sunday worship!
 ♦ ♦ ♦ 
This month's priorities:
blankets, men's work clothes for cold/rainy weather, warm outerwear
and NEW Socks, Socks, Socks!!
Our unsheltered neighbors face tough times living outdoors! Please go through your camping gear and consider donating what you don't need or use anymore: sleeping bags, pads, tarps, backpacks, etc.
The Westside Interfaith Network (WIN), our donations drive partner, also requests basic food staples as well as peanut butter, canned proteins, canned fruits and vegetables (pop-tops preferred).
Needed hygiene items include toilet paper, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, shampoo and conditioner, razors and shaving cream, baby wipes, adult pull ups and baby diapers.
Your donations are distributed through WIN's "Welcome Table," a weekly Saturday meal for low income and unsheltered folks hosted in White Center. This distribution serves as a stop-gap for many people relying on weekly visits to the food bank.
Calling all Ornament Elves!
The Alki Tree committee invites you to join in after coffee hour this Sunday, November 19.

We'll be making ornaments to adorn our church's “Alki by the Sea” submission to Fauntleroy UCC’s Festival of Trees fundraiser for local food banks in December.
We’ll have the materials, all you need to bring is your creativity!
Advent Highlights
Tuesday November 28
Noon to 1:30 pm via Zoom
First Advent Bible Study Session
December 3
First Sunday in Advent
Saturday, December 9
10:00 am to 2:00 pm/Parlor
Advent Workshop
Enjoy a day of contemplation to orient your mind and heart in the season of longing. This quiet time together includes multiple forms of prayer including a labyrinth walk, visio divina (holy viewing of art), and candle lighting. Lunch is included.
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!
Drop off pre-warmed casseroles by 11:30 am
Body of Christ Church
1320 SW 102
White Center (two blocks east of McClendon's)
If you can cook, but are unable to make delivery, contact Cinda to arrange a pick up.
Please create your dish in a large-sized aluminum casserole pan, most likely a double batch. We have these pans for your use, available for pick up at church this Sunday. We need to feed 120+ people so we need the large sizes!
We will also need volunteers to stay and help out at the donation tables, just till 12:45. It's a lot of fun and worth your time!. — Cinda
Free Community Movie Screening
The Oscar-Nominated Documentary on Child Migrants: "Which Way Home"
Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm
Alki UCC
Film followed by conversation

Which Way Home, a 2010 Oscar-nominee, tells the compelling personal story of immigration through the children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness, hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.
Directed by Rebecca Cammisa, the acclaimed documentary follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the United States on a freight train they call “The Beast." These are the people you never hear about -- the invisible ones.
Alki UCC and Fauntleroy UCC offer this free community event as part our discernment in "living into becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations."
Join us for an evening of film viewing, facilitated conversation, complementary popcorn, El Salvadoran treats and beverages.
Tuesday Bible Study Ongoing
Registration Open
Noon to 1:30 pm on Zoom
Tuesdays through June
Zoom Registration here
The Study Guide for November 21 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
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.
Alki UCC Contact Info
6115 SW Hinds
Seattle, WA 98116
Church news/calendar updates at
Worship this Sunday,
November 19
at 10:00 am
Thanksgiving Sunday
Rev. Emily Tanis-Likkel
“The Fear of Not Getting it Right”
Bonita C
Scripture Reading:
Matthew 25:14-30
Music Director:
Stephen Anthony Rawson
Music Highlights:
#347, Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
Fred Kaan and Doreen Potter
In the Fields of the Lord
Audrey Assad and Isaac Wardell
Better is One Day
Matt Redman
#3, Wakantanka Taku Nitawa (Many and great, O God) Dakota Hymn
Take This Moment
John Bell
God Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Robert Edwards
Photo by Pro Church Media on Unsplash
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.  
Thanksgiving Messenger Published on Wednesday Next Week ...
 ... so the deadline to submit stories or news items is Monday, November 20.

The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Photo:Eric Tompkins on Unsplashed
Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Find out more and about this important observance and how you can show support for the transgender community.
Joe A's" Art for Hunger" Holiday Sale
Sunday, November 26
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The home of Joe A and Julia C
8145 29th Ave, SW
Artist/Photographer/Writer Joe A is reprising his popular Art for Hunger Holiday Sale to benefit non-profits that provide nutrition for those in need.
No money is exchanged when a piece is sold – the buyer simply agrees to donate the negotiated amount to a non-profit organization of choice dedicated to feeding the hungry.
Joe writes: "My art includes oil, watercolor, charcoal, pencil and ink, wood block, mixed-media and photography. I also have published fiction including short stories and novels, poetry, and non-fiction. I enjoy sharing my work." "Father and Son" pictured above.
A more complete view of Joe's work is linked here. 
Native Art Market at Duwamish Longhouse
4705 West Marginal Way SW
West Seattle
Friday through Sunday
November 24, 25 & 26
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Info here
image: Redtail by Peter Boome
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.
Are you prepared for an Earthquake ... 
Know the location of your West Seattle Emergency Communications Hub, 
the initial gathering locations for information and resources.
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.
On-Line Giving

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6115 SW Hinds, 
Seattle, WA 98116
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