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Weekly Activities August

Our Saltwater Church Board for 2017-2018                         Petal Leads. ..who has the information you need:
Saphronia Young, President                                                         Denise Yanega, Community Petal
Quinn Rose, Vice President                                                          Melinda Einander, Growth and Learning
Tawney Collins-Feay, Secretary                                                    Lucia Faithfull, Social Responsibility
Judy Featherstone                                                                       Gaye Greeves, Stewardship Petal            
Debra Valpey                                                                                Karen LaFe, Worship Petal
Janeane Weprin


This Week's Calendar
Sunday, August 20
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service:  Living By The Book (Sanctuary)
  •   1:00 p.m. Chalice Circle (LH1)

Monday, August 21

  • 9:30 a.m. Himawari Preschool (Lighthouse)
  • 6:30 p.m. Al Anon (Sanctuary)
Tuesday, August  22
  •  9:30 a.m. Himawari Preschool (Lighthouse)
  • 7:00 p.m  Meditation (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, August 23 

  • 9:30 a.m. Himawari Preschool (Lighthouse)
  • 9:30 a.m. Writer's Group (Welcoming Room)
  Today Noon Deadline to submit weekly publicity & articles for the current week's posting.
Thursday, August 24
  •  9:30 a.m. Himawari Preschool (Lighthouse)
Friday, August 25
  • 11:00 a.m. Finance Team (Meeting Room) 

Saturday, August 26

  • open

Sunday, August 27

  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service:Our Creative Selves (Sanctuary)
  • 10:30 a.m. Lighthouse Volunteer Appreciation (Lighthouse)
  • 11:45 a.m. Tea with the B! (Sanctuary)
  •   5:00 p.m. Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean (Sanctuary, Welcoming Room)
This Week's Announcements
Publicity for Sunday August 20, 2017
From the Board
Board Meetings
are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. in the Meeting Room and Zoom Room. All members are welcome to attend either in person or virtually. If you plan to join us, please let Saphronia know at
Tea with the B!  
Join your Board of Directors on the last Sunday of every month for an informal tea/coffee in the Sanctuary at 11:45am. Bring your questions and concerns so we can have a discussion! All are welcome. Join us after the service August 27.

This Church provides Childcare for all Church Events
To request childcare, please use the online childcare request form  or contact Director of Family Ministries Melinda Einander at Please remember to request childcare in advance of your event (1 week in advance if possible). Childcare requests made the day of the event generally cannot be honored. 
Guess What's Coming...

Beginning September 14, 2017, we've arranged Saltwater Night at Panera's.  So...let's have dinner together! Bring a flyer and Panera will donate a portion of the proceeds from the purchase to Saltwater. We'll have dozens of flyers at the church in the Welcoming Room, on the bulletin board, and in the office. Take one for each purchase. The more sales we bring in the larger the portion of the proceeds. Mark your calendar,
WHEN??? September 14 and the second Thursday of each month from 4:00 - 8:00.
WHERE?? Panera Bread Bakery-Café at 2107 South 320th St. Federal Way, WA 98003

WHAT?? As they say, “It’s a handcrafted, delicious meal, all for a great cause!

Shawl Supply Is Low
Saltwater Church extends its hands toward those experiencing distress by offering a supportive shawl or lap blanket.  Right now we can use a few more.  If you're able to knit, or crochet, please see Denise Yanega or Debra Valpey for instructions in making one.  


Helping our Neighbors 
Thank you to all of those in the congregation who have made donations for Hospitality House and the Federal Way Day Center. We have provided many much needed items for both the shelter and the day center.  Our donations have made a difference--please continue to bring them with you on Sunday. 

Hospitality House is a shelter for homeless women.  It provides respite, nurturing, and training opportunities.  The Federal Way Day Center is a place for homeless adults to shower, do their laundry, and have connections to services to help them with medical care and other needs.  Catholic Community Services is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving alongside individuals who visit the   The hours of the Federal Way Day Center are Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Volunteer shifts are 9:30-12:30 or 12:30-3:30. If you have any questions or are interested in serving, please contact...  

Sue Drake: email:, Cell: 253.740.9630 


Creative Hands

Come join us at Creative Hands each 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7pm. We have finished our hand knitted baby hats project for the Pediatric Intensive Care Center, PICC, in conjunction with Bet Chaverim. We are now working on comfort shawls as requested by Denise from the Caring Committee, and receiving blankets (sewing) for newborns in Intensive Care. Bring your own project, join a group project or just come to catch up! Betsy Sproger @ 253-946-6877
Grief Support Group
The Grief support group meets the second and fourth Mondays from 7-8:30 in the meeting room in the church office. We provide comfort and support to anyone recovering from loss and grief.


Growth and Learning   
Writers Group
meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcoming Room. Questions? contact Debra Valpey at 206-243-5566 or
Art Wall Update!
Please visit the Art Wall in our Welcoming Room to view our newest display, "Illustrated Prose n Poetry." This display features work by our own Saltwater Writers Group. Each piece of original writing is illustrated by a photo, magazine picture, greeting card cover, or specially generated visual that range from tire eating monsters to underwater critters with ruby red lips, and plenty more. Many pieces are for sale and partial proceeds benefit Saltwater.
Questions? Contact Debra Valpey at or 206-243-5566 or catch her at church. And mark your calendars for the Writers Group Lay-led service, "Our Creative Selves," August 27.


Summer Classes for Children and Youth

This summer, the children are exploring a variety of spiritual practices: music, body prayer, meditation, poetry, and more. Youth will learn more about the leadership teams and groups at Saltwater Church. Please consider signing up for one Sunday this summer to talk with the youth group about your church leadership involvement, or to share a spiritual practice that is meaningful to you with the children. Summer classes meet at 10:30 Contact Melinda Einander or watch for sign up sheets in the Welcome Room.
Parents, Please Remember:
With our summer weather, our young people often want to play in our wooded area. We ask that children or youth get permission from their parents, travel in groups of three or more, and sign out with Melinda in the Lighthouse. This helps to ensure our children and youth are safe, and that parents know where to find them.


Social Responsibility 
From Saltwater Climate Action Now!   (SCAN!)
 If you're interested in keeping fracked natural gas out of our state, please plan on attending an informational forum on Wednesday, September 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Valley View Library, 17850 Military Road S, Sea-Tac. Speakers include Eric DePlace of Sightline Institute and Margaret Kitchell of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. The primary target is the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama which would consume 320 million cubic feet of gas per day most of it fracked gas. Saltwater Climate Action Now! (SCAN) is co-hosting the event along with the Sierra Club and Sightline Institute.
Party on the Grounds!
Well, a work party, that is.  After our lovely warm and dry summer our Saltwater Church campus is in need of our love and care. Please join us on Saturday October 14 between 10 and 3 to spruce up and clear out our beautiful grounds. Bring gloves, clippers, and your joy to help. For more information please contact Nancy Corr or Karin Leisy.

Would you like to donate flowers?  We need people to bring flowers and greenery from your gardens (or store) for the Chalice Table on Sunday mornings.  If you have questions, please contact Rosie Olds at
Merriam-Webster Dictionary's second definition for worship is "a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual." We may not have a creed, but we do have seven principles and we do have ritual.
The following is an excerpt and a quote from the UUA website:
"Our worship services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. We are inspired not just by religious sources but by the people with whom we journey: the diverse and spirited Unitarian Universalists."
"Our faith is not interested in saving your soul. We're here to help you unfold the awesome soul you already have". -- Andrea Lerner.
Now, you probably know all that, but what does worship mean to you? Are these statements true for you or do you feel differently about worship?
For me the above statements explain worship nicely and awesomely. I am so blessed and pleased to have found the worshiping folk at Saltwater UU Church. I offer up my thanks to all of you.
-Karen LaFe
Reminder: The Publicity Deadline is Noon Wednesday.
Use to submit items for Sunday morning News You Need to Know, this email, the website, or the "Inside Saltwater" blog. If you have any questions, contact CJ at the church office at (206) 651-7358 or by email at .

To read more news, including the latest posts from our leadership, staff members, ministry teams, and administrative teams about what's happening at Saltwater Church, visit "Inside Saltwater."

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