News, Upcoming Events, and Announcements

Remembering Virginia Pringle

On March 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., we'll gather to share memories and stories about Virginia Pringle.  Come and join in this opportunity to remember the life of Virginia, her connections within the congregation and your memories of her time among us.

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 pm  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 2017-2018 program year.  On February 8, the expenses necessary to provide next year's programs were reviewed. On February 22, the conversation will focus on income streams - pledge income, fundraising expectations, donations, rentals and any other revenue sources. 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. This is the time to be heard. Please participate in planning for next year.

Crossing Boundaries

Rev. Katherine Jesch will present the service February 26, 2017  Rev. Jesch is a community minister affiliated with First Unitarian Church of Portland, primarily focusing on environmental and social justice in the community.  She serves as a program leader for experiential journeys with the UU College of Social Justice, including to Haiti and to the Lummi Nation in Bellingham, Washington.  Her work with the Lummi Nation has ignited a passion for working toward right relations with Indigenous Peoples, and she is gathering activists to engage with tribes along the Columbia River and throughout Oregon on treaty issues, fossil fuel transport, and natural resources.  Her reflections this morning come from that experience.

We're Getting There

On February 8 and 22 the petal leads led the presentation and discussion about the expenses and income anticipated for FY18.  As anticipated, the expenses exceed the income.  [Sigh...that is so often the case].  So on Sunday, March 12, we'll have another chance to adjust, rethink, imagine, and otherwise work to reconcile the program needs with the available resources.  Your input is important.  Please participate in planning.

Celebrating youthful artists!

Our upcoming Art Wall will feature artistic creations by our younger Saltwaterites (tots up to 18 years). Two dimensional work (drawings, paintings, photos, etc) must be appropriately framed with wire hangings. Three dimensional work that can be hung by wire will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Debra Valpey (206-953-5704 or 243-5566 or or see her at church) for additional information or assistance with framing. All works must be delivered to church on Sunday, February 26 and include name of artist, title of piece, and price (20% goes to Saltwater),if item is for sale. Let's celebrate the talent and creativity of our younger members!

 Let's celebrate our younger artists!

Your Saltwater Sound Alliance Team has been busy!

 During January, we:

·         Met with SEIU 775 organizers to discuss how to use Sound Alliance methods to organize their members and to promote the All in for Washington (state funding reform) campaign. 

·         Worked with Kent Sound Alliance Team to address a Kent Meridian High School schedule change to benefit refugee, immigrant, and trade focused students.  The Kent Education Association is a Sound Alliance partner institution.

·         Met with Federal Way Education Association leaders to identify common interests and to encourage them to become Sound Alliance members. Worked with the FWEA to advocate for protecting Mark Twain Elementary School from impacts of the Light Rail extension.

·         Began building a relationship with Living Well Kent, a program focusing on health and nutrition in Kent, especially among the many South King County ethnic communities. 

o   (Personal note:  I see the leader of this group, a Somali woman, as my window to what is going on in the immigrant and refugee communities, after the election in November.  Aida and I, and Peter Hasegawa, Sound Alliance organizer, have met with her.  Susan)

·         Celebrated the grand opening of the Federal Way Day Center.

·         Co-sponsored, with SCAN, a very successful advocacy workshop with Nancy Amidei.


Forum on Elder Issues, Session Two

The second Adult RE Class on Elder Issues  will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at noon in the sanctuary, and the presentation will cover resources in the community. All are welcome to attend.  To request childcare, please contact Melinda Einander

Starting February 5, and the 1st Sunday thereafter at noon, we will present a brown bag lunch class on elder issues. The specific topics will be as follows:

 March 5: Resources in the Community

 April 2:   Estate Planning

 May 7:   Housing Options

 June 4:  Guardianships.

It is anticipated that each session will last about an hour, and will include time for questions and answers.

Chalice Circles begin in April

Chalice Circles, our small group program for adults, are a wonderful way to get to know other church members and to reflect with them on life’s big questions. They usually meet the first and third weeks of the month, either at a church member’s home or at the church.


Chalice Circles will meet six times from April through June. We invite you to register by Sunday, March 12th. This makes it much easier to ensure that everyone gets in their best choice circle possible.


It’s necessary to sign up again even if you want to continue in your last Chalice Circle. Sign up online at


To find out more about Chalice Circles go to or email


Postcard Writing Party

Saltwater Climate Action Now will sponsor a party March 24, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Meeting Room. We plan to write post-cards to our Washington State legislators for a variety of issues, including both environmental and social issues. Written messages are a good way to contact our legislators, and post cards lack the security concerns associated with sealed envelopes. Friends of Sound Alliance, Washington Health Care for All and other advocacy groups with members at Saltwater/Beth Chaverim are invited to come and bring a "postcardable" issue. Topher announced and invited all 18 people who attended the last Saltwater Sound Alliance meeting, stating that the date would be Friday, March 24. RSVP to by March 4, especially if you need child care.  You may also request child care by contacting

Healthy Congregations Workshop

March 26th at 12:05 PM at the Large Activity Room in the Lighthouse.  Please save the date to attend a workshop about practical tools to untangle conflict.  People can request childcare at, and please bring a brown bag lunch.  Stay alert for more details to come.  Presented and sponsored by the Healthy Congregation Team.

Creative Hands

Join us for fun and fellowship at Creative Hands, every 2nd and 4th Monday, at 7:00 pm in the Welcoming Room.

We enjoy lots of different hands-on creative projects so if you knit, crochet, or sew, bead or quilt, bring your projects and let us see what you are working on!  Don't do those things?  We always have a simple group project going on, and would love to have you join us.  Beginners welcome!!  Or just stop by to catch up!  We would love to have you join us, and treats are provided.  For questions, call Betsy at 253-946-6877.


Donation Statements for 2016 Available

To reduce the amount of unwanted mail, and to reduce expenses, we did not mail every member a donation statement.  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. You may also email for a mailed or emailed statement.


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. 

Meditation Retreat at Seabeck, March 2017

You are invited to join the Saltwater Meditation Group at a retreat led by our founder, Reverend David Sheuneman.   March 24th through March 26th from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon we will share silence - sitting, walking and eating together at Seabeck, a beautiful and quiet setting.  Giving yourself a time of meditation can be very therapeutic in this noisy world.  Beginners are welcome.  See the following website for details and to register.


Inside Saltwater

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