Saltwater Church Newsletter August 12, 2022

We offer worship in two ways: in-person multi-platform service held in our sanctuary and online in our Church Zoom Room at 10:30 am. Doors and Zoom open at 10:15. To join the Church Zoom Room go to: You can find more information about how to connect through zoom towards the end of our Saltwater Church Newsletter. Our newsletter also provides ways to connect and live our values through both in-person programming and through Zoom.

August Worship

August 14: Blessing of the Animals

Live multi-platform worship in the sanctuary and online through zoom! Join us to celebrate our annual blessing of the animals. This is an opportunity to honor the connection we have with our beloved pets, and to express our gratitude and well wishes for the friendship and care they bring to our lives. There will also be a time to honor and remember pets no longer with us. We encourage those attending in person to bring their beloved pets, or pictures of them, to the sanctuary during service. If you will be attending via the Church Zoom Room, you are encouraged to share your pet(s) on camera or hold up a picture.

  • The sanctuary will be open to a maximum of 40 people (3ft social distancing) and overflow in the Welcome Room. There is no need to register in advance.
  • Those attending will be required to wear masks. Family groups can sit together and will be asked to distance from others.
  • We encourage people to connect after service outdoors when the weather is good.

Ways for All Ages to Participate in Sunday Morning Worship Time

Children and youth are welcome to worship with their families in the sanctuary.  People of all ages who prefer hands-on activities or space to move or make some noise are welcome to participate in the Welcome Room, where we will have activities related to the morning’s worship theme. For our younger guests, we provide childcare in the Welcome Room and outside. Youth are encouraged to volunteer as ushers, greeters, worship leaders, or tech support if they are interested. Volunteers are needed to assist with childcare as well. Please contact Melinda Einander, Director of Family Ministries at, with questions or to discuss your family’s particular needs for in-person participation.

Notable & Upcoming Events

The Passing of Art Anderson

Eva wishes to share with the community that Art passed away on Friday July 29th. She was able to be with him and provide care during his final days. The support our community offered by way of letters, phone calls, personal visits, and the sharing of musical talents over the recent months has been greatly appreciated. She wishes to thank everyone for their love and care. A service will be held in memory of Art but the date is yet to be determined. Please watch future newsletters for an announcement with additional details.

To view our complete calendar of events, click here.
If you wish to schedule an event, click here to fill out a request form.

Stance for Racial Justice
Sunday August 14, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
In Person – Des Moines

Rain or shine, we stand for racial justice every other Sunday.  Join us as we stand together in solidarity with our signs for justice. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Our next gathering will be on August 14 in Des Moines at the intersection of 272nd St. and Pacific Hwy S (near Jack in the Box and Arco gas)Contact Colette DeMonte at for more information.

Meditation Group
Tuesday August 16, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
In Person – Saltwater Church Sanctuary
& Church Zoom Room

We follow a UU modified Zen practice that includes lighting a candle, chiming a singing bowl, sitting & walking in silence, listening to words of wisdom, sharing tea and conversation. Would you like to join our group? Contact Jean Spohn or (206) 200-7524.

next safety meeting

Saltwater Church Safety Taskforce
Thursday August 18, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room

Our Safety Taskforce encourages members of our community to join in discussions about our facilities and community. Common topics include building safety, necessary upgrades to our facilities, and emergency planning. We have multiple projects starting up and welcome new volunteers to offer their skills and suggestions.

Current In-person Activity COVID-19 Guidelines

Please see our website at for the most up to date information. We continue to review current guidelines for King County and the state of Washington to ensure we adhere to their standards.

Announcements From The Board & HCT

From Our Board

One of the victories that we were able to accomplish through the Sound Alliance was for King County Council to pass an ordinance limiting the honoring of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer requests at the local jail (except for violent or serious offenses).

The ordinance establishes clear guidelines for local law enforcement’s involvement in federal immigration enforcement. The end goal was to make our communities safer by reducing the sudden disruption and consequent harm on immigrant families’ lives, also by reducing the mistrust of immigrants in local law enforcement.

In the same spirit that guided us towards this social justice work, our board authorized VP Karin Leisy to sign a petition on behalf of Saltwater Church. This petition asks Congresswoman Jayapal to organize a letter from the Congressional Progressive Caucus and aligned Democratic representatives to request DHS Secretary Mayorkas to end contracts between ICE and law enforcement and to encourage President Biden to take Executive Action.

This petition is organized by the Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW, the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WASIN), Faith Action Network, the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Seattle Indivisible, OneAmerica and Never Again Action.

By signing this petition Saltwater Church has joined Bet Chaverim Synagogue as part of the signatory instructions. Here is the link to read the signed petition:

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From Our Treasurer
Automatic Pledge Payments

Are your pledge contributions on an automatic payment schedule? With the new fiscal year, it’s important to update your schedule with your new commitment. Please double check your arrangement before your next payment processes. If your automatic payment is through your bank and your contribution has changed, usually you can adjust the amount for all future payments. If you have your payments set up with PayPal and have changed your contribution, please delete your current payment plan and begin a new recurring payment schedule.

Our Board meets monthly on Tuesdays

Staff Updates

July Sabbatical

Rev. Kristen Out of the Office
Mid August

Due to some health challenges, Rev. Kristen will have surgery on August 3rd. She will be out of the office for a minimum of one week following surgery and will be on light duty for the second week to support her recovery. If all goes as planned, she looks forward to being with you in-person for a multiplatform Blessing of the Animals Service on August 14 and being back in the office on August 16.

You may contact Katherine “Bubba” Miller (, our Office Administrator, and Melinda Einander (, our Director of Family Ministries, with urgent program needs. For pastoral care, please reach out to Lay Ministers Debra Valpey or Toska Rodriguez. Their contact information can be found in the church directory or in the Grief Support section of our newsletter. All non-urgent needs will be addressed upon Rev. Kristen’s return in August.

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Staff Transition – Director of Family Ministries

We are grateful to Melinda Einander for the fourteen years of service she’s given to Saltwater UU Church as our Director of Family Ministries. Melinda has brought her passion, care, creativity, commitment to UU values, and teaching experience to this role, and supported countless families in our community. In August 2022, Melinda will be leaving the position as Director of Family Ministries to focus on her family and work in Aberdeen. In August, we look forward to celebrating Melinda’s gifts and offering our blessings on this transition. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rev. Kristen:

Director of Multigenerational Faith Formation Hiring Process 

A message from Rev Kristen: I am writing with an update on the work of the hiring team for the current Director of Family Ministries position. In June a hiring team was formed including Lisa Key, Christina Frueh, and myself (Rev. Kristen). We met to discuss the purpose of the position, the main responsibilities, and qualifications for potential candidates. The team drafted a detailed job description which was shared with families, leaders in growth and learning, the Board, and Melinda. After receiving and integrating feedback, the position description is ready and being posted to receive applications. This is a 20 hours a week position.

This position is reimagined. What has been the Director of Family Ministries, will now be the Director of Multigeneration Faith Formation. The Director collaboratively nurtures the spiritual growth of people of all ages, with a focus on children, youth, and their families. They coordinate multigenerational faith formation programs connected to monthly themes, including through worship, small groups, and educational classes. They welcome families into the congregation and inclusively support the unique educational needs of our community. We are excited about this new way of thinking about the work.

You can access the full job description here:
We hope you will share this announcement with your networks.

Ways To Live Our Values

Share the Plate for August:
Blue Legacy of Port Orchard, WA 

Half of all undesignated donations received in the month of August will be shared (and matched) with Blue Legacy of Port Orchard, WA.

Blue Legacy is dedicated to educating and empowering artisans marginalized due to race, gender, age, ability, size, sexuality or economics. Founded in 1989, with a focus on education and breaking stereotypes, Blue Legacy pioneered the way publishers, record labels and studios work with their artisans including how books, films, games, and albums are made and marketed. Blue Legacy maintains its integrity, quality and mission by remaining a traditional studio with a noncommercial twist: Instead of paying their artisans a royalty and then pocketing the profit, they use the remaining funds to create a legacy account for that artisan so their book, album, game or film stays available indefinitely.

Gregor Fjellrev, who some may remember as Greg Laurel, celebrated the publication of his science fiction novel series, as well as his three music albums with this very publisher, in addition to his work as a professional film actor.

You can make a donation to share the plate through the donate button on our website  or mail a check to the church office with “basket” in the memo line: Saltwater UU Church, 25701 14 Pl S., Des Moines, WA 98198.   

next SCAN! Action meeting

Saltwater Climate Action Now! (SCAN!)
Monthly on the 1st Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Church Zoom Room

SCAN! will not be meeting during the month of August. In September we will continue our discussions about ways our church can be less fossil fuel energy dependent. Bring a friend too! Contact Bill Adams at for additional information. We encourage you to in our monthly Zoom meetings and Act for Climate Justice.
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next alliance meeting

Sound Alliance
Monthly on the 2nd Saturday, 10:00am – 11:30am 
Church Zoom Room

The Sound Alliance team works on multiple issues in alignment with our commitment to Social Justice. Our next meeting will be on Saturday August 13. The issues we focus on change from year to year, depending upon the concerns voiced by members of the congregation. All members and friends of Saltwater UU Church and Bet Chaverim are most welcome to join us in our conversations and Act for Social Justice.

Stance for Racial Justice
2nd & 4th Sundays, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
In Person – Des Moines & Puyallup

Rain or shine, we stand for racial justice every other Sunday.  Join us as we stand together in solidarity with our signs for justice. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Our next gathering will be on August 14 in Des Moines at the intersection of 272nd St. and Pacific Hwy S (near Jack in the Box and Arco gas)On August 21 in Puyallup from 2pm until 3pm at the intersection of 136th and S. Meridian (near post office and Sonic restaurant).  Contact Colette DeMonte at for more information.

Racial Justice Organizing Team (RJOT)
Monthly on the 4th Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room

The next meeting will be on Monday August 22Our Racial Justice Organizing Team meets monthly to discuss more ways to support our community in our anti-racism efforts. We share ideas, provide support, learn about additional opportunities, plan events for our members, and work together to advance our commitment to Act for Racial Justice.

Climate Message of the Week

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Good news! The biggest Climate Bill in U.S. history is expected to pass on August 12.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will contain $369 billion for climate and energy provisions. It’s estimated to cut emissions to about 40% of 2005 levels by 2030. Among its provisions are incentives for purchasing electric vehicles and for energy improvements to homes and buildings. (Be aware that the bill also has some negatives. To get it passed, concessions like requiring new leases for drilling on public lands were made to benefit the fossil fuel industry.) Contact your representatives to tell them that the IRA should be just the first step in creating a strong, just U.S. climate policy.

“Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” – Carl Sagand

Are there topics or questions you’d like to see covered in future Climate Messages? Email suggestions to Sheri Jacobson at

Ways to Volunteer

Fall Saltwater Chalice Circles
Seeking meeting facilitators for the Fall quarter

Build personal connections with others in the community. Our circle program offers the opportunity to deepen and broaden spiritual growth while forming closer relationships with others. Our Spring/Summer Chalice Circles have concluded and we are preparing for the Fall. If you are interested in volunteering to help facilitate (in person and over zoom) the Fall Chalice Circles please contact Jessica Alexander at She is also available if you have questions about our chalice circles or wish to participate in the Fall gatherings.

Worship Services and Worship Watch Parties
Various opportunities to help support our multi-platform services

As we move forward with reopening to more in person events our multi-platform services need your suppport. We have many opportunities for people of all ages and skillsets. Volunteer positions are available for both in person support and virtual support from the comforts of your home. If you are interested in joining a volunteer team, please contact our office administrator via email at

next facilities meeting

Facilities Team
Monthly on the 1st Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room

We wish to thank all the volunteers that joined us for our Groundskeep Work Party last weekend and hope to see you again soon. Our Facilities Team helps organize the maintenance of our buildings and the upkeep of our grounds. We need volunteers to help contact contractors, manage cordinating repairs, and assist with volunteer events. Our meetings are monthly and your time commitment varies with each month. Discover how you can help support our community and attend our next meeting Wednesday September 7. ***Image credit:  Karolina Grabowska 

next safety meeting

Saltwater Church Safety Taskforce
Monthly on the 3rd Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room

Our Safety Taskforce encourages members of our community to join in discussions about our facilities and community. Common topics include building safety, necessary upgrades to our facilities, and emergency planning. We are beginning multiple new projects and welcome your knowledge and skills. Join our monthly meeting to learn how you can lend a hand. Our next meeting is Thursday August 18.

Ways to Connect

Weekly Meetings

Al-anon Support Group
Private zoom, contact for link
Mondays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Meditation Group 
Multi-platform, Saltwater Sanctuary and Church Zoom Room
Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
We follow a UU modified Zen practice that includes lighting a candle, chiming a singing bowl, sitting & walking in silence, listening to words of wisdom, sharing tea and conversation. Would you like to join our group? Contact Jean Spohn or (206) 200-7524.
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Writers Group 
Church Zoom Room
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 12:00pm
Do you like to write? Would you like to share and receive feedback on your writing? We welcome all writers at all levels! For more information, contact Janeane Weprin 630-824-8343 or
Support Circle 
Church Zoom Room
On Hiatus – Thursdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Please watch this weekly newsletter for information about when Support Circles will resume. Upon her return, Rev. Kristen will invite participants to reflect on next steps for support circle and meeting the needs of our community.
Choir Singing Circle
In Person – Welcome Room
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Saltwater Choir is Back! This group will rehearse each Thursday evening and will sing in worship twice a month. Anyone who wants to share their vocal gifts and help create music for worship is welcome to join. We have found that singing together is a spiritual practice that helps us feel whole and well, as we minister to our congregation through our music. Come join us! We will follow our current COVID-19 Guidelines and have special “singing” masks available. For questions or more information, please contact Tom Burt, Music Director. email: phone: 206-304-3830.

Twice a Month Meetings

Game Night — Sponsored by Saltwater UU Social Club (SUUSC)
In Person – Welcome Room
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join our Saltwater community for an evening of fun. Friends and visitors are welcome. We play all types of board games (ranging from lighter games like Clue to more complex games like Pandemic.) Our group also plays thematic games, card games, and party & social games. Almost anything is possible, bring your favorite game and let us know about it. This event will follow our current COVID-19 Guidelines. Our next meet up will be on August 20.
Creative Hands
On Hiatus 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Are There Creative Hands Out There? Creative Hands, our Wednesday afternoon (twice monthly) long running gathering of folks who like to make things with their hands (knit, crochet, weave, paint, draw, make jewelry or ?) has been on hiatus this July and that will need to extend through August. BUT, on Wednesday, September 14, interested folks are invited to meet at Debra Valpey’s house (18225 Terrace Court SW in Normandy Park, 206-953-5704, to decide if there is sufficient interest to continue this group. We can have a “show and tell” regarding what we have been up to, discuss goals for the church year (Hospitality House gifts, church projects, maybe a bazaar, share some yummy treats, etc.) We will meet outside on Debra’s deck. When folks enter the house to collect food, or use facilities, we will mask. Debra asks that you be vaccinated against Covid if you decide to come since we are meeting in one’s home occupied by seniors. We will limit the size to 10 participants total, and five minimum. Please let Debra know if you plan to come. P.S. If the weather is too scary (monsoons or tornadoes), we will meet at church.
Pair Sharing
Rev. Kristen’s Zoom Room (
2nd and 4th Sundays, 11:45am – 1:00pm
Discover the healing power in telling truth and bearing witness. Pair Sharing is the spiritual practice of deep sharing and listening. During August we will meet on the 14th and the 28th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janeane Weprin at
Weekend Writers Group
Church Zoom Room
Alternating Sundays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
There’s no time like the present to start writing that novel you have been dreaming about for years!  Or maybe it’s time to share the poetry you have stashed away in your file drawer or to start immortalizing by writing down those unique memories that have been your precious life!  And it’s a lot more fun if you have an audience of other writers to share them with. We welcome new members, WE WELCOME YOU! Any questions?  Please phone me at 206-898-5452 or email me at

Monthly Meetings

Saltwater Genealogy Club
Church Zoom Room
2nd Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Do you love to talk about your family history and research? Saltwater Church has a Genealogy Club! We are not experts; we just share stories and research ideas. Our next meeting will be September 14. If you would like to join us or have any questions, please contact
Saltwater Chalice Circles
Looking for volunteers
Build personal connections with others in the community. Our circle program offers the opportunity to deepen and broaden spiritual growth while forming closer relationships with others. If you are interested in participating in our program, contact Jessica Alexander at
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Grief Support Group
Church Zoom Room
On HiatusTo Be Determined, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Is it Time to Begin Anew? Saltwater’s Grief Support Group met several times during the spring. We were on hiatus later this summer due to travel and other “complications of life.” As attendance was small in the spring, the facilitators (Debra Valpey and Toska Rodriquez) are now wondering if there is sufficient interest to start meeting again. This would be on 2nd or 3rd Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 PM, beginning in September, over Zoom. If you are interested, please contact either Debra or Toska by August 24. One of us will then get back to you right after that to let you know if and when the group will start meeting again. If you have a preference of 2nd over 3rd Thursday, OR if neither of those days works and you would like to suggest another time, please do so. In the meantime, please know that Debra and Toska, your lay ministers, are only a phone call or click away if you desire pastoral support or just want someone to listen. After all, grief IS a fact of life. Debra, 206-953-5704 (text OK too), Toska, 253-839-1921,
Paint Night
In Person – Welcome Room
4th Mondays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Bring any size canvas. No experience required. All paints and supplies provided. RSVP to Jessica Alexander at Our next evening of artistic expression is August 22.

Support Is Available

Do you need support? Please let us know, we want to help. Are you feeling lonely or isolated? We can connect you with a lay minister or another member of the congregation. If you have been affected by the pandemic financially, the Minister’s Discretionary Fund is available for one-time emergency support for members and friends of the church. Contact Rev. Kristen:

If you are in need of emotional or spiritual support, you can reach out directly to a Lay Minister:
Debra Valpey:
Toska Rodriguez:

Support for Children, Youth, & Families

Family Ministries Zoom Room

Family Support Circles

First & Third Mondays, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Family ministries zoom room

Parents Facebook Group 

Connect with other Saltwater Church families with children and youth for support through the Parents Facebook group:

General Information

How to Access the Church Zoom Room 

To access Zoom, go to click on “To join a meeting-click here.” Or from the main church webpage, select Zoom Room from the drop down menu under “news and events” on the top menu bar. If this is your first time using Zoom, follow the prompts to download the application to your computer.

If you would prefer to join by phone, dial 1-669-900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 736 142 4210 when prompted. You may need a password. If you do not have the password, please contact Melinda:

If you have a smartphone, you can download the Zoom app and join with Meeting ID: 736 142 4210 for video and audio connection. You will need a password. If you do not have the password, please contact Melinda:

A quick guide for our Zoom room can be found here. Feel free to download the file to keep a copy readily available at your fingertips.

Saltwater Church Building

The church building has opened for in person small group gatherings. If you wish to plan an event please use our online request form:  All gatherings are asked to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines. If you have questions about the guidelines or need assistance our Office Assistant is on-site Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am to 1pm. If you need on-site assistance outside of regularly scheduled hours, email to schedule an appointment.

Planting Flowers has resumed providing essential childcare support to families. Haitian Christians has resumed in-person gatherings with a limited capacity on Sunday evenings. Bet Chaverim has resumed events in the Welcome Room & Sanctuary. Currently our facilities are closed for all rentals involving indoor activities.

Donations to Saltwater Church

When making a donation on the church website (click here), please indicate where you want your donation to go. After entering the amount of your donation, if you select “Donate with a Debit or Credit Card” you will see a line which starts with a pencil and has “add special instructions to the seller.” Please click on those words to specify “pledge” or your desired purpose. It will help our treasurer get money into the right places if that line is filled in. If you would like a statement of your donations for calendar year 2021 for tax purposes email or call our Treasurer, Gaye Greeves at or 253-508-3961.   

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