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Good News

After many phone calls with the tech support folks at Inmotion Hosting (our web site hosting company), the problem with church email addresses has been resolved. We have upgraded the spam assassin software and increased the spam filters to control the spam problem. To continue to run spam-free, (or as spam-free as possible) we also reduced the number of email addresses. And now that we’re back in business, you can reach:

Rev. Helen Carroll at
Melinda Einander at
Paula Mayfield at
Tom Burt at
CJ Lewis at

 Please continue sending:

Calendar requests to
Childcare requests to

 And – as always – continue to use the online forms for

Announcements and blog – the Publicity Form
Facility maintenance – the Maintenance Request form
Membership request – the Membership Form
Guest Speaker info – the Guest Speaker forms

 For now all other email addresses for are disabled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this frustrating time.
      – Rev Helen

 FYI - the addresses for me, Melinda, Paula, Tom and CJ all forward to a personal email account. Other forwards:  - CJ - Melinda

And CJ gets the Publicity, Maintenance Request, Membership and Guest Speaker forms.

 That's the update for now. 

Mark Your Calendar!

 If you have a program to offer, activity to plan or general interest and support for the financial life of the congregation, mark your calendar for 7:00 p.m. on February 8 and February 22 and noon on March 12. In the three open sessions, the Petal Leads will lead the presentation and discussion to build the budget for the 2016-2017 program year. On February 8, the expenses necessary to provide next year’s programs will be reviewed. On February 22, the conversation will focus on income streams – pledge income, fundraising expectations, donations, rentals and any other revenue sources. And…as is always the case, we anticipate that there will be greater expenses than revenues (Sigh!). So…On March 12, we’ll gather to adjust, rethink, imagine, and otherwise work to reconcile the program needs with the available resources.

Your input is important. Please participate in planning for next year.

Report from the Building and Grounds Petal

The building and grounds team has been busy this Fall. Our office has a new deck, the Exit signs have been replaced, door handles and faucets were disinfected, a new sidewalk installed, Welcoming Room door was repaired and coat hooks have been replaced. If you see something that needs doing, fill out our Maintenance Request form on the Saltwater website.

Are you looking for a way to help? A task you can complete in 30 minutes or less? On our Petal Board you will find a ‘Honey Do’ list. Find something that looks interesting, and when completed add your name and the date so we know whom to thank!

Making a Difference


Each first and third Sunday a selection of books from the Family Ministries and Adult Religious Education libraries will be available in the Welcoming Room for check out. In January, in honor of MLK Day, we will showcase a selection of books for all ages on the topic of social justice, as well as more general titles of interest to children, youth, and adults. Check it out!


Series on Elder Issues, Six Sessions

 The Adult Religious Education Team is presenting a series of classes on elder issues. The first class will be a brown bag lunch, and is scheduled for Sunday, February 5, 2017, at 12:00, in the Welcoming Room. The topic will be Elder Abuse, and the specifics will include how to prevention and identification, and the various agencies involved in responding to elder abuse. Saphronia Young will present the material.  All are welcome to attend, and feel free to invite friends and family members.

UU and You

Curious about Unitarian Universalism or membership at Saltwater?? Then mark your calendar for Sunday, February 12 at noon. Everything you ever wanted to know about Unitarian Universalism will be answered in just one class. (OK, maybe not everything!) The gathering is open to those who are new to Saltwater and/or Unitarian Universalism as well as to those who've been around a while and are curious. See Jean Sundborg, Joy Werlink or Rev. Helen to sign-up.

Saltwater Queer Group Kickoff Event

Our new Queer group for LGBTQI identified adults is hosting a potluck get together on January 27th from 6-9pm in the Welcoming Room. We want this to be your group! Please bring ideas for activities, adventures and activism for the coming year as well as food and beverage to share with the group.  Contact Katie Einander form more information or 206-778-2347 .

Creative Hands

 Creative Hands will meet January 9 and 23rd (2nd and 4th Mondays) at 7 PM in the Welcoming Room. Come and share your latest project, learn to knit or crochet or even weave, see how we make comfort shawls for our members, or  just come see what we are about. Refreshments will be served.  Newcomers especially welcome.

Donation Statements for 2016 Available

If you would like a statement showing your donations to Saltwater Church during calendar year 2016, please notify Gaye Greeves, Treasurer.  You can reach her at, by phone at 253-508-3961, or by putting a note in the Sunday collection basket.


Saltwater Writers' Group

The Saltwater Writers Group welcomes newcomers to our weekly gatherings. We meet Wednesdays at 9:30 AM in the Welcoming Room. We begin with a free write (lots of fun) and we then share our recent works and offer suggestions and applause. If you are interested in organizing an evening or weekend (if daytime does not work for you) Writers Group, Debra Valpey would like to mentor you in that effort. Contact her at or call her at 206-243-5566 or 206-953-5704 or find her at church on Sunday. 

Friday Playgroup

For young children and their families or caregivers. Each Friday 9:30-11:30, beginning January 6. Come share songs, stories, crafts, and free play time.  We'll meet in the community room in the Lighthouse to make friends and play.  Contact Katie Einander for more information

Volunteers Needed!

Do you love Saltwater's worship services? Are you intrigued by how the service happens? Do you want to know more about our worship services and be a part of making them happen? If you do, then consider being part of one or both of the following teams: the Worship Team and the newly formed Altar Team. 

What do they do? The Worship Team plans and produces a lay led service when our minister is not here. There are great opportunities for creativity and fun in choosing themes and visiting ministers.  The new Altar Team duties are the setting up and taking down the altar, a quick tidying up the sanctuary after the service, and the greening of the church at holiday time.  Interested? See Barbara Nelson or Karen LaFe for more information. There is a sign-up list on the Worship Petal board, sign up for one, or both, we would love to have you!

Midwinter Spiritual RejUUvination for Children and Parents

Children and their families are invited to engage together in spiritual practices for mind and body on Saturday, January 28, from 2-4 p.m.  We'll explore together using music, movement, and art.  Fun for all ages!  Please  RSVP to Melinda Einander, Director of Family Ministries, if your family will attend.

Inside Saltwater

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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