Inside Saltwater

Weekly What's Happening May 17, 2017

Saltwater UU Church provides Childcare for all Church Events

To request childcare, contact Director of Family Ministries Melinda Einander at or use the online childcare request form. 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.


From the Board

Our Ministerial Search Team Slate!

We are thrilled to announce our Ministerial Search Team slate, nominated by the membership of Saltwater Church!  They are Susan Aigner, Daniel Key, Suzanne Laurel, Meri Murphy, Daniel Nzabanita, Amanda Radak, and Tom Spohn.  The slate will be up for a vote at the June 11 Congregational Meeting.  Please offer your congratulations to these outstanding individuals who potentially will be representing us in our search for a settled minister!

Nominating Team Update


The Nominating Team is pleased to announce the following Saltwater Church Board candidates to replace Lisa Key and Echo Allen, who will end their 3 year term of service on July 1st.   Judy Featherstone and Janeane Weprin have volunteered to serve on the board.   The congregational vote to approve the candidates will occur at the June 11th congregational meeting.  Brief biographical statements from Judy and Janeane follow.  


Judy Featherstone has been a member of Saltwater UU Church for about 25 years.  She is married to Pat Montgomery.  They raised their two children here in the church. Judy is interested in being on the board of directors at this time to be supportive and involved in the change that the church is going through.  These will be years of continued change with the ministerial search and settling a new minister, Judy has years of experience as an executive at work in leading groups through change in a manner where individuals feel engaged and the strategic vision is the guide for how things are decided. She looks forward to this opportunity and being part of moving Saltwater UU Church to its next phase in south King County.  


Janeane Weprin has really been a UU her whole life, but she did not realize it until she began attending Countryside UU Church in Palatine, IL in 1999.  She was a member there for 10 years, sang in the choir, and was actively involved as a leader in various committees and covenant groups.   When she moved to Washington, she found Saltwater Church and immediately joined the choir, and also served on the Worship Team during James' last year.   Janeane works full-time as Program Chair for Liberal Arts at The Art Institute of Seattle.  She has over 30 years experience in education, and has a bachelor degree in applied math and a masters in education.  She lives in a large extended family household with her daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren, sister, two dogs and one cat.  She is excited and honored to be nominated for the board.  She feels that it is the best way she can serve the church, and thus, serve the greater community, and the world.  She feels that the work of the board is a good fit for her professional, church, and life experience.  As Janeane told Lisa when she called to ask her about the possibility of serving on the board, “it feels like something that she is being called to do”.


Tea with the Board!  

Join your Board of Directors on Sunday, May 28th for tea/coffee in the Sanctuary at 11:45 a.m. Bring your questions and concerns so we can have a discussion! All are welcome. These informal gatherings are held on the last Sunday of every month.


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 



From a former member...

My name is Scott Hutcheson. With my brother, Zane Hutcheson, and my niece, Nina, we were regular attendees of Saltwater  church, seven years ago. I am now dealing with terminal cancer. Though I am really sick, my death is not imminent. I'm working with my oncologist on a treatment plan, hoping the existing cancer will shrink again and not spread, and we are able to extend my life further.

I would love to hear from people who remember me, at or 253-839-4366. I will plan a memorial party at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Federal Way, and they will notify Saltwater Church at a future date, and you are invited to attend.   Thank you.


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

We are collecting household 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. Washcloths are especially welcome.


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.


Friday Playgroup

For young children and their families or caregivers. Each Friday 9:30-11:30. Come share songs, stories, crafts, and free play time. We'll meet in the activity room in the Lighthouse to make friends and play. Questions? contact Katie Einander at


The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch meets every Wednesday at noon in the Welcoming Room.  Bring a sack lunch and join us.


Writers Group

meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcoming Room. Questions? contact Debra Valpey at 206-243-5566 or


 Creative Hands

Join Creative Hands, every 2nd and 4th Monday, at 7:00 pm in the Welcoming Room. Questions? call Betsy @ 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.


Queer Group

Friday, May 25 from 7-9 p.m. Bring a snack to share. We'll discuss plans for pride events and other summer activities. Meet in Lighthouse Room 2; childcare is available upon request. Contact Katie Einander for information at



Growth and Learning

Our Art Wall Update:  New Art Wall Display! 

Please be sure to visit our Art Wall in the Welcoming Room to view the delightful creations by Saltwater's own Jessica Alexander.  Jessica is both a skilled painter and photographer. The current Art Wall also features work by Debra Valpey and a lovely Cardinal painting by Doug Stultz. If you would like your, or your friend's art work featured on the Art Wall, just contact Debra Valpey, Art Wall Coordinator, at or 206-243-5566 or 206-953-5704. Let's celebrate beauty and creativity!


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

UU Members:   Vote for the Next President...

At this year's General Assembly in New Orleans, delegates from congregations across the country will elect the next President of the UUA. In these troubled times in the nation and in the denomination, choosing a president to lead the UUA through the next six years is more important than ever.


Social Responsibility Volunteer Signup Kickoff

Do your interests lie with school outreach, the Federal Way Day Center, our environmental policies, fully funding K-12 education, or immigration issues?. Signup sheets are available on the Social Responsibility bulletin board until the last weekend in May.



Stewardship Petal

Comprises  the Facilities and Grounds Team, Stewardship (pledge drive) Team, and the Fundraising Team.

Each team needs your help and we as a congregation thrive because of that help.  Please consider joining one or more teams.  No previous experience necessary.  New comers will be particularly well rewarded--with appreciation and love.  Signup sheets are available until the last weekend in May.


Grounds Party Saturday May 28

Help Maintain the beautiful trees on our church property.  Help cut English ivy and generally clean up the vegetation. Join us Saturday to maintain our trees.  Plan to join the grounds brigade Saturday May 28 to help clear and beautify our grounds.  For more information, contact Nancy Corr.




Worship Petal Volunteer Signups

If you are thinking about joining the choir, helping to make creative and fun lay-led services, being an usher, a greeter, or welcome desk helper, then you are welcome to volunteer. Signup sheets are available on the windows in the Welcoming Room until the last week of May.


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.  Contact CJ at the church office at (206) 651-7358 or by email at if you have any questions.


Panera Bakery-Cafe Fundraiser

Support Saltwater Church and enjoy a delicious meal Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at 2107 South 320th Street Federal Way, WA 98003 

Bring the flyer when you dine at Panera Bakery on Thursday, May 11, 2017, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to Saltwater Church. It’s a handcrafted, delicious meal, all for a great cause!

The flyers are in the Welcoming Room, on the website for downloading and printing,  in the Lighthouse, and in the Church Office.  You can even take a picture of a flyer using your mobile device and show that!  Hand them to your friends, aquaintances, people on the street...



From your Board of Directors

Thank you to all who attended our forum on April 9 about the steps we will take to call our new settled minister.  I want to recap the first step, choosing a Search Team.

1.      Because it is critical to have input from all Saltwater members, the Board and the Petal Leads will call all members.  This will happen April 17-30.  If we call you when you are not available, we will leave a message. Please return the call.

2.      We will ask you to nominate 3 members to this important role.  The Board will offer the positions to those who stand out for their many nominations.  The Team will be made up of seven people.

3.      Take time now to plan ahead for your phone call, maybe run through the church directory (available on our website ), and consider the following when making your nominations:

a.       Who can represent the whole congregation well, including the children?

b.      Who in the congregation works well with others?

c.       Who knows the history and culture of the church, whether old or newer to the congregation, and is grounded in our faith tradition?

d.      Who can speak to a potential minister about Saltwater Church on its best and worst days, about its strengths and weaknesses?

4.      The slate of 7 Team members will be presented for your approval at our June 11 Congregational Meeting.

 Let me know if you have any questions:  Susan Aigner,, 253-569-8156.

Our Whole Lives for 4th to 6th graders Begins in May

Our Whole Lives (OWL) offers a realistic sexuality curriculum that deals with the physical and emotional changes of puberty, presenting these subjects in a safe, confidential environment where children can get real information from trained facilitators.  An orientation for parents and children will be held April 30 at 11:30. If you are interested in having your child participate or if you have questions about the program, please contact Sandra Petschek  at 253-630-1350 or Aaron Sperry at 757-339-3632

Spring Retreat at Seabeck

Spring Retreat:

Our Annual UU Gathering at Seabeck


Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 2017.  Together, we return to the beautiful Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal to continue our years’ long Seabeck tradition.  Online Registration is open for a few more participants.  Participating congregations (Shoreline, Saltwater, Westside, Evergreen, Tahoma, Olympia, and Woodinville) have a registration table before and after the Sunday service.

2017 Theme - UU’s Face to Face: A Journal for Your Journey


Spring Retreat: Our Annual UU Gathering at Seabeck

Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Theme - UU’s Face to Face: A Journal for Your Journey

 Our Annual Retreat at Seabeck includes 6 meals – no cooking! – and programs and activities for all ages. Make this a traditional get away with UU’s from this congregation and others in the Puget Sound region.

In times of extreme transition -- whether personal, congregational, or national -- we may feel shaken, disoriented, less than whole. It is more important than ever to cultivate a meaningful community and to know we are part of a wider UU web.  Rev. Amanda Aikman, UU minister and spiritual director, will accompany us as we regroup, restore, and refresh ourselves.  You will be invited on a journey with fellow UU's, a journey of sharing, exploring deep spiritual issues, laughter, heartfelt connection.  Your Seabeck Team is planning a schedule of volunteer-led interactive workshops, which will complement Rev. Amanda’s program; worship; and classes for our children, all based on our theme, "A Journal for Your Journey."  All ages are welcome and scholarship assistance is available.  Please join us for this attractive possibility!

Board Presents Forum on Bylaw Amendments

Saltwater Church’s move to Policy Governance has made obvious changes in how we do business.  The Board been working to make our Bylaws consistent with these changes.  The Board will host 2 Bylaw Forums to solicit your feedback on the proposed changes: Wednesday, April 26, 7pm, in the Sanctuary, and Sunday, April 30, 11:45am, in the Sanctuary.  The draft Bylaws will be available at, and posted in the Welcoming Room.  At our June 11 Congregational Meeting, we will present the Bylaw amendments for your approval.  Questions?  Contact Susan Aigner at, 253-569-8156.

Stewardship Message

Saltwater is nearing the end of our annual pledging time.  Thank you to everyone who turned in their 2017-2018 pledge by our preferred date of April 2!  There is still time to pledge if you have not notified us of yours!  But we are in budget season and would like to know your planned contribution soon.  So far, we have $182,000 pledged for the 2017-2018 church year which starts in JULY 2017.  If you attended the budget discussions in February, you will know we hope and expect to receive more pledges to meet all the wonderful goals we have for this exciting year!  You can still place your pledge card in the Welcome Table in the Welcoming Room, mail or turn it in to the church office, drop it in the offertory basket on Sunday or email it to  To facilitate the closing of the 2017 Pledge Drive and help move the budgeting season forward, the members of the Stewardship Team (Jean Spohn, Patrick Finney, Suzanne Laurel, Dorothy Burt, Vickie Carey and other helpers) will soon be contacting those church members who have not yet turned in their pledge. Look forward to our call, or turn in your pledge today!

The Spring Young Adult Conference

 for UU young adults, ages 18-35, will be held at Saltwater March 31-April 2. Cost is $35-70 (sliding scale). Friends are welcome.

For more info: Ask Melinda or check  

You know that classic song "Spirit of Life" that's always sung at cons; the one that goes 'roots hold me close, wings set me free'? This year we have decided to embody this song in our themes. Last Fall Con, the theme was 'Roots: Where Did We Come From'. We discussed our personal & spiritual pasts as well as touching upon the past of UUism. This Spring Con is a continuation on Roots. We decided to call it "Wings: Where Are We Going From Here", personally, communally, & spiritually. In other words, what kind of things can we do for ourselves & our community to grow as UUs? Join us for a weekend of faith exploration & community building! This conference is open to young adults aged 18-35 (inclusive), Unitarian Universalist or not.

The Postcard Party last Friday at Saltwater Church was a success!

Note:  Friday March 24, 2017 We wrote postcards to our Washington State and federal legislators. Writing to your legislators is a good way to let them know your views on the issues. Sealed envelopes require extensive security measures, which can be avoided by using postcards.
Twenty-five people attended!
157 postcards were written!
Five state legislative districts were represented!

Issues included Health Care, Climate, Education, Homeless assistance, State budget, Tax fairness, Freedom of Speech/Assembly and many, many other issues!

 Thank you to everyone who came and participated, and special thanks to everyone who provided transportation for others!

Special thanks to the organizing team, with Margo R., Nancy C., Sheri J. and Ruth K, who are standing in the attached photo!

Special thanks to Mary Paynter and the Climate Action team, where this idea was born, and who provided invaluable advice on how to coordinate this event. (The Climate Action team is called "SCAN", which stands for Saltwater Climate Action Now).

Special thanks to Susan Aigner, who took these photos, and researched issues and made presentations of interest to Saltwater's chapter of Sound Alliance.

Topher Benum


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