News, Upcoming Events, and Announcements

The Short List: Our Calendar

Saturday, June 17

  •  2:30 p.m. Summer Solstice Ritual - Cascadia Grove ADF (A Druid Fellowship) (Welcoming Room and Grounds)

 Sunday, June 18

  •   9:00 a.m. Caring Team (Meeting Room)
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service:  Flower Communion (Sanctuary)
  •   1:00 p.m. Chalice Circle (Lighthouse Room 1)

 Monday, June 19

  • 6:30 p.m. Al Anon (Sanctuary)

 Tuesday, June 20

  • 1:00 p.m. Chalice Circle (Welcoming Room)
  • 7:00 p.m  Meditation (Sanctuary)
  • 7:00 p. m. Executive Team Meeting (Zoom Room)


Wednesday, June 21

  •   9:30 a.m. Writer's Group (Welcoming Room)
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch (Welcoming Room)
  •   1:00 p.m. Chalice Circle (Church Office)

·           Today Noon Deadline to submit weekly publicity & articles for the current week's posting.

Thursday, June 22

  • open

Friday, June  23

  • open

Saturday, June 24

  • open

 Sunday, June 25

  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service
  • 11:45 a.m. Tea with the B!

Weekly Happenings

This Week's Announcements
Publicity for the week of Sunday June 18, 2017

Our Annual  Flower Commion

June 18, 2017 

This Church provides Childcare for all Church Events
To request childcare, please use the online childcare request form  or contact CJ Lewis, Office Administrator or 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.
Reimbursement Requests Due!
From Gaye Greeves, Treasurer
If you've paid for a church related expense but not yet submitted a request for reimbursement, you need to do it soon. You can get an Expense Voucher from the office. There is a very old version on the church website but you could use it. Near the bottom of the website you will see "Online Resources." In that list is Online Forms, select Expense Voucher which you can download and complete.
                   -attach your receipt(s)
-get your team lead's signature on the form  

(or have them send an email authorizing the reimbursement)

-submit it to CJ Lewis, Office Administrator
Please submit requests by June 26, 2017 in order to be reimbursed by June 30, 2017.  That's when we close the books for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.  Thank you for getting them in soon!!!
From the Board
Our Saltwater Church Board for 2017-2018                    Our Petal Leads for 2017-2018
Saphronia Young                                                                Denise Yanega, Community Petal
Tawney Collins-Feay                                                           Melinda Einander, Growth and Learning Petal
Judy Featherstone                                                              Lucia Faithfull, Social Responsibility Petal
Quinn Rose                                                                        Gaye Greeves, Stewardship Petal
Debra Valpey                                                                      Karen LaFe, Worship Petal
Janeane Weprin
Our Ministerial Search Team Slate!
We are thrilled to announce our Ministerial Search Team slate! They are Susan Aigner, Daniel Key, Suzanne Laurel, Meri Murphy, Daniel Nzabanita, Amanda Radak, and Tom Spohn. Please offer your congratulations to these outstanding individuals who will be representing us in our search for a settled minister!
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 Lisa know at 


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.  
Announcement for UUGG in July
UUGG and PUUGG will be hosting a BBQ at the Sperry compound in Belfair on Saturday the 15th of July. We are lighting the fire at noon, come and go as you please.
All are welcome, though carpooling is advised for parking purposes. We will be providing hamburgers and hotdogs. Please bring something to share and your favorite beverage. Bring your Discovery Pass; Belfair State Park is just down the street with awesome beach access and swimming. There are 84 wooded acres around our home to explore, and plenty of room to pitch a tent if you so desire.
Please RSVP no later than July 9th so we have a proper head count for food. RSVP to or (757)339-3632
Helping our Neighbors
We are collecting household items, personal items, and shelf stable food stuffs for the clients at Hospitality House and the Federal Way Day Center. Items will be collected during the worship service. Bath towels, new or good, and large trash bags are especially welcome.
          The Day Center kitchen has microwave ovens and boiling water, but no stove now. We request food donations that require minimal cooking.
Community Petal Volunteer Signups
Try something new and deepen your connection and involvement in our beloved community. Four teams are seeking additional members to complete their team of five.  The Membership Development Team, the Outreach Team, the Sunday Potluck Team, and the Kitchen and Housekeeping Team.
Writers Group
meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcoming Room. Questions? contact Debra Valpey at 206-243-5566 or 
The Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch meets every Wednesday at noon in the Welcoming Room.  Bring a sack lunch and join us.

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   
Summer Classes for Children and Youth
This summer, the children will explore 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.
New Art Wall Exhibit!
Please take some time to explore and appreciate Doug Early's amazing photographs of our precious Pacific Northwest. Doug moved to South King County a few years ago; he is an avid hiker, shoreline stroller, and architectural observer. His juried work has won first place at Burien and Normandy Park Art Shows. He is an active member of the Artists United Club. So take a close look and be transported to magical places practically in our own back yards. See Debra Valpey ( or 206-953-5704) if you would like to make a purchase (with 20% staying right here with Saltwater Church.)
Parents, Please Remember:
As spring weather returns, 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!) Do you know how many proposed fossil fuel infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest have succeeded in the face of organized opposition?  Zero. That's right, zero projects have been able to surmount organized, determined opposition. Come organize with Saltwater Climate Action Now!  We are focused on solutions to environmental threats including climate change.  We would love to include you in our activities.  Contact Mary at for more information.
Have you been wanting to help but are not sure what needs to be done? Are the work parties always on days you have other plans? The Facilities and Grounds team has the perfect opportunity for you! We have a list of several maintenance/repair tasks that need doing. None should take more than a few hours and may be completed at whatever time works for you. If you would like to take on any of the tasks below, please contact Karin Leisy (425.922.1161 for more information.
*       Window cleaning in the Sanctuary
*       Second coat of paint on the eaves
*       Paint the Lighthouse deck
*       Build shelves in janitors' closet
*       Repair porch light sensor
*       Fill crack in nursery window
*       Paint trim on east door to Welcome Room
Saltwater Church has an Endowment Fund
Saltwater Church has an Endowment Fund. At the end of 2016, the balance was $208,000. Twenty years ago Saltwater didn't have an Endowment Fund. Here's why we have $208,000 in this special fund with a charter to govern its use.
I'm urging you to remember to include Saltwater's Endowment Fund in your personal planned giving documents. Over the years about 50 people have already contributed to the Endowment Fund. Some of the larger donations have been because members specified a certain amount of money for Saltwater in their Will or named Saltwater as a beneficiary for a life insurance policy. 
The Endowment fund money is invested, so it's earning interest. The Charter reads: "This fund is intended to build a permanent capital account that produces an earnings stream separate from all annual or other fund raising activities..."  Saltwater's 2017-2018 budget includes income of $4700 from the Annual Net Gain of the Endowment Fund to our fund operating budget.
Let's talk more about this important part of Saltwater's financial planning. I have copies of the Endowment Fund charter and of the 2016 Endowment Fund financial statement. See me at church. Call me: 206-499-2795. Email me: Jean Sundborg 


Service Sunday 10:30 a.m.
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 .

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