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: saltwaterchurch.org/calendar/zoom-room/. 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 in-person programming and via our Church Zoom Room.
Live multi-platform worship in the sanctuary and online through zoom!
December 4: “Path of Wonder,” Rev. Kristen Kuriga
December 11: “A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual,” led by Tom Burt, Music Director, the Saltwater Choir, and CUUPS Leaders
December 18: “A Rose in the Wintertime,” Victoria Poling, Guest Minister
At the confluence of Hannukah, Winter Solstice, and Advent we’ll reflect on miracles, wondrous and ordinary, that welcome us to come home to ourselves.
Victoria Poling (she/her) is a Unitarian Universalist Ministerial candidate in Preliminary Fellowship and a Spiritual Director. She serves on the Board of Directors at Earth Ministry/WA Interfaith Power & Light. Victoria lives in Kent, WA on traditional Muckleshoot territories in the Green River watershed with her partner David and four cats.
December 25: No Service on Christmas Day
Join us for Christmas Eve Service on December 24th at 7 pm
Special Worship Services for December
December 14: Blue Christmas Vespers Service, ONLINE ONLY
December 17: Yule Ritual Sponsored by Saltwater CUUPS, IN PERSON ONLY
December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, MULTI-PLATFORM
Theme for December : Wonder
Throughout the month of December we are engaging with the theme of wonder. Wonder: a marvel or a miracle. A feeling closely associated with awe. A move away from words into an experience of vastness, connection, or beauty. Wonder is often the result of paying attention and being curious: of approaching life with an open heart and an open mind. When was the last time you experienced wonder? What did it feel like? Join us to explore what it means to be on the path of wonder.
Notable & Upcoming Events
To view our complete calendar of events, click here.
If you wish to schedule an event, click here to fill out a request form.
December 4th Social After Church
Sunday following service, 11:30am -12:30pm
INDOORS In Person : Welcome Room
Gather with us for our first in person social hour since the pandemic began. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided. Families and visitors welcome!
Reconnect with one another casually in the Welcome Room. There will also be small breakout circles available for those who have enjoyed after-service Zoom breakout rooms. Masks will not be required while eating & drinking.
Cookie Decorating Party – RSVP December 1
Sunday December 4, 1:30pm
In Person : Welcome Room
Come join us for some holiday cheer and decorate cookies! Kids age 1-99 years old a welcome.
Bring some sprinkles and frosting to share, we’ll provide the cookies. Please RSVP to Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1 to ensure there are enough cookies for everyone.
Handmade Card Fundraiser
Sunday December 4, 11:30pm -12:00pm
In Person : Welcome Room
Purchase holiday cards and support Saltwater Church. Cards come in sets for $10 or $15. Please bring cash or check, as we do not currently have a card reader. 100% of sales go to the church. Contact Joanne Stonebraker with questions.
Participate in This Year’s Giving Tree
Donations must arrive by December 8
Every year, Saltwater Church provides holiday gifts for Mark Twain Elementary students and siblings who are most in need. Here’s how you can participate:
Visit our virtual tree at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C48ACA82B0-giving2
Through the SignUpGenius website, you will see the children’s wishes and be able to choose which gift(s) you’d like to give. Or you can make a monetary donation and someone will do the shopping for you! Please send donations to Saltwater Church with Giving Tree in the memo.
Donations may be mailed to the church or you can use our donation link: Donate – Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church (saltwaterchurch.org) Gifts and donations must arrive by December 8th! Thank you for your generosity.
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Congregational Town Hall
Sunday December 11, 11:45am
Multi-Platform : Sanctuary & Church Zoom Room
Saltwater’s Board of Directors is excited to announce the upcoming December Congregational Meeting. We will include an update from the Board of the past few months, and a preview of 2023 activities and we will look at the UUA’s Article II timeline, our involvement at Saltwater Church, and provide a chance for participants to talk with, and listen to, each other.
For the Article II portion of our meeting, here are some key questions to reflect upon in advance. We encourage everyone to come prepared to discuss the following:
- What values shape your thinking about Article II?
- What would you be looking for in Article II? How would those values be supported?
During the meeting, we will discuss how Article II of the UUA Bylaws comes up for review every 15 years, the work of the Article II Commission, and how Saltwater’s congregation can play a role in the consideration of any proposed revisions through representation at GA and mini-assemblies.
Please bring snacks/finger foods/hearty appetizers to share with the congregation.
Blue Christmas Vespers Service
Led by Rev. Kristen Kuriga and Lay Ministers Debra Valpey & Toska Rodriguez
Wednesday December 14, 7:00pm
Online Only : Church Zoom Room
Join us for a reflective service that allows space for all of our experiences this holiday season. The holidays may bring sadness, grief, or feelings of isolation. Come together to hear readings and poems, sit in the darkness, and connect with community.
Yule Ritual Sponsored by Saltwater CUUPS
Saturday December 17, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
In Person : Sanctuary & Church Grounds
Join us for an evening celebration of Winter Solstice a.k.a. Yule.
Our indoor ritual will be led by CUUPS members Jessica and Neysa Peterson, and Galen Guffy. Come join us in Dancing the Spiral Dance, Manifesting our Dreams and Desires for the New Year, and Celebrating the Green Man and all Sovereign Kin of the Forest. Bring popcorn and cranberry garland or another bird-friendly outdoor Solstice Tree ornament such as a peanut butter pinecone.
Following the ritual we’ll toast the Yule Log and feast on cakes and ale (cocoa & cider). We ask that you provide your own mug or cup for your festive drink. Bring your drums and noisemakers to help us ring in the Return of the Light!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – “Star of Wonder”
Led by Rev. Kristen Kuriga
Saturday December 24, 7:00pm
Multi Platform : Sanctuary & Church Zoom Room
“Star of Wonder,” Rev. Kristen Kuriga
December 24th, 7 pm, Multiplatform, Live in the Sanctuary and through the church zoom room
Join us to sing carols, engage with the story of Christmas, and sit in candlelight, connecting with the hope, love, and the joy of being together at this sacred time of the year.
The COVID-19 Diaries – BOOK SALE
It was one year ago when the Saltwater Scribes published The COVID-19 Diaries.
At this One Year Anniversary, it’s interesting to dip into how we were feeling at that time. The essays and poems are not about hardship but about fellowship. Our church community pulled together as we walked through the darkest days of the pandemic.
If you haven’t yet seen this book, we hope you’ll order it. And it makes a nice holiday gift — celebrating kindness during adversity. All profits go to the church. https://www.amazon.com/COVID-19-Diaries-Saltwater-Writers/dp/B09KN4H149/ref=sr_1_1?
From Our Leadership
Staff Update – Office Administrator
Katherine “Bubba” Miller has returned to work on limited duty as of November 15, 2022. They will be working 10 hours per week for the next few weeks, and plan to be back to their full 20 hours per week on November 29. Please continue to offer care as Bubba recovers from COVID and grieves the death of their father. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Rachel and Bubba wish to thank everyone who has contributed to their meal train during the last month. Your extra support has been extremely helpful and they ask that we continue their meal train through December 15. If you wish to participate please follow this link: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/9mnzyo There will be a Celebration of Life held for Bubba’s father in January at Saltwater Church. Additional details will be available in future newsletters.
Hiring for an Audiovisual & Sound Tech
Saltwater UU Church is seeking an Audiovisual and Sound Tech to support our multiplatform worship services. 3 hours per week, Sundays 9 am -12 pm, $25 per hour. For the full job description and how to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14p-NgEP2AA9CPZJcMHBg3BvSuGG6rqgg/view?usp=sharing
Please share this job description with your networks and anyone who you think might be interested in applying.
Growing Sunday Morning Worship
On Sundays, we continue to grow our multi-platform service skills. We’ve had (40-60) people, average, in the sanctuary, and another (20-30) on Zoom. We’re preparing to hire a part-time AV person so we have the resources and skills to support our services. We hope this will also free up volunteers to help in other essential areas, including welcoming visitors.
We invite you to take part in creating the kind of community that you want to be part of! Consider this list of roles, and please get in touch with Leanne LaFramboise, our volunteer coordinator, at email@example.com if one of these roles calls to you.
If you attend church on Zoom, you can be a “Digital Usher” once/month.
Digital Usher: virtual support for multiplatform worship services, which includes being part of tech rehearsals on Sunday morning for sound check, admitting people, posting lyrics and links in the chat box, and opening break out rooms after service. Comfort with zoom is important.
Time commitment: 9:30 am-12 pm, once per month, from home
If you attend church in person, there are several roles including:
Greeter & Usher: work together as a team to open up the space, set up sign in tables, welcome people, talk with visitors, make people aware of Covid protocols, count offering, and close up the space.
Time commitment: 9:45 am-12 pm, once a month, or sign up for Sundays that work for your schedule
Coffee Hour: In the coming months, we hope to restart coffee hour. There is a group of leaders working on this as a follow-up from the leadership convening in late October. Please let us know if you would like to be part of the team! Time commitment to be determined by organizing team.
Worship Associate: Help co-create worship on Sunday mornings, including leading chalice lighting, welcome, announcements, reading, and chalice extinguishing. Also assists with rituals like Joys and Sorrows, sets up the chalice table, and puts away the chalice table. Worship associate training provided.
Time commitment: 9:30 am-11:45 pm, in-person
Updates to the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
On September 28, the Board met and reviewed our Covid Safety guidelines and approved changes. Below are highlights. You can access the full revised guidelines here:
— For events in which the purpose is food related, such as social hour and potlucks, unmasking indoors is permitted. At all other times, masking is required indoors.
— Small groups of adults, twelve people or less, can remove their masks during an indoor program if all members of the group consent. Food and drinks are allowed as long as there is group consent.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 Guidelines, feel free to reach out to members of the Board or a staff member. Thank you for continuing to care for our community.
Growth & Learning
Transforming Conflict: A Congregational Opportunity for Learning and Skill Building
What’s your relationship with conflict? Is it difficult for you? As a congregation, we want to learn how to engage with conflict in loving and covenantal ways. Join the Healthy Congregation Team and the Board for a congregational study of the book Transforming Conflict: The Blessings of Congregational Turmoil by Terasa Cooley.
Over five months we will read, reflect, and learn new skills. Sessions will be offered on zoom and in-person, and we encourage learning to continue between sessions through learning pairs. You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.uuabookstore.org/Transforming-Conflict-P19335.aspx. There will also be copies available to borrow from the church office starting on Wednesday, September 14. See below for the schedule and join us!
The same session will be offered each month in two different modalities:
1st Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Church Zoom Room &
3rd Sundays, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm, In Person – Church Welcome Room
December 7 & 18: Congregational Systems
& The Repercussions of Misconduct
January 4 & 15: Conflicts about Race
& Creating a New Culture of Learning
February 1 & 19: Tools for Change
& The Courage of Creative Imagination
Questions? Contact a member of the Healthy Congregation Team: Bev Ross, Quinn Rose, Debra Valpey, or the Board Liaison to the Healthy Congregation Team, Aida Sanchez-Vela.
Ways To Live Our Values
Share the Plate for December
Half of all undesignated donations received in the month of December will be shared with Hospitality House https://hospitalityhousesouthking.org/#
In September 2000, Hospitality House was founded by twelve sponsoring churches as an ecumenical outreach to the homeless community in South King County. Saltwater UU was one of the founding churches. Several of our members continue to volunteer, make a meal, and provide supplies. Hospitality House is a transitional shelter and 90-day program in Burien for homeless women. It can accommodate a maximum of nine women at one time. Each client’s objective is to find permanent housing and financial stability but how this is achieved is based upon the needs of the individual client. Case managers support clients throughout the program. You can also provide support by volunteering, making a meal, shopping via Amazon, Fred Meyer and Bartell’s and donating.
You can make a donation to share the plate through the donate button on our website
https://saltwaterchurch.org/stewardship/donate/ 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.
Share the Plate: 2023 Nominations Due December 6!
Share the Plate, our justice ministry of sharing half of our undesignated donations on Sunday morning with a local non-profit that reflects our Unitarian Universalist values, is approaching a new year ahead. Since May of 2022, those donations have been matched, and this match will continue until May 2023. We would love to receive your nominations!
In the past year we have supported: International Rescue Committee (Ukrainian refugees), Federal Way Day Center, Duwamish Tribal Services, Hospitality House, Federal Way Community Caregiving Network, Sound Generations, New Horizon School, Food Innovation Network, Puget Sound Keeper, Blue Legacy and the UU Service Committee. The share the plate criteria is simple:
- Organization must be a 501 (c) 3 non-profit
- The organization’s mission must align with UU values and principles
- Organizations that serve South King County will receive priority
What organization do you feel we should be supporting?
We are asking that all past recipients resubmit a request for funding if you want your group considered for 2023. A few organizations will receive a share the plate each year as a reflection of our ongoing relationship and commitment to these organizations: Hospitality House, Federal Way Day Center, and Duwamish Tribal Services.
Please complete the form https://saltwaterchurch.org/share-the-plate/ or submit it to Kathy Linnell, firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendations or phone her at (206) 651-7787. The deadline is December 6, 2022. Let’s make 2023 another stellar year of our giving. You can make it happen!
If you are planning to host an event in the Church Zoom Room please contact our Office Administrator (email@example.com) at least one day before your scheduled event. They will need to verify your device has been registered to use the Church Zoom Room. If your device isn’t registered, Zoom will not allow you to host an event.
Engage In Racial Justice
“Black Music: A Mirror of America” A lecture by: Dr. Dwight Andrews, Emory University
Hosted by Boise UU Fellowship Racial Justice Ministry
Monday December 5, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
attend online: https://bit.ly/3aOgxCE
Dr. Andrews’ lecture will explore the fascinating intersection between the evolution of black music in America and its social and cultural history. He will discuss how does race, technology, economics, and even the law help to shape the music. Through words, photographs, and the many forms of black music, we will come to understand why LeRoi Jones provocatively suggested that, “the music and the people is the same.”
Saltwater Climate Action Now! (SCAN!)
DECEMBER MEETING CANCELED
Monthly on the 1st Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Church Zoom Room
Please join us on Sunday, January 1 to see how you can help make an impact on our current climate crisis. If you’re in the main breakout zoom room following church services just hang in there and the meeting will start at noon. Contact Bill Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. *** image credit: Margo Rolf
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 December 10 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 December 11 in Des Moines at the intersection of 272nd St. and Pacific Hwy S (near Jack in the Box and Arco gas). We will not be meeting on December 25. Contact Colette DeMonte at email@example.com for more information.
Racial Justice Organizing Team (RJOT)
DECEMBER DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room
The next meeting will be on Wednesday December 28. Our 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
Most, 97%, Americans believe climate change is real. Yet only 43% believe that changing climate well affect them personally. In King county that number is 47%.
Climate scientist, Katherine Hayboe believes a big reason for this is because we don`t talk to each other about climate change and hear about it in the media about once a week. Most Americans rarely talk about climate change. In Dr Katherine Hayboe’s book Saving Us, she writes about ways to have those conversations. Talk about local interests, like the dwindling snow pack, or use of LED lights, or forest fires.
For tips on how to talk about climate change; http://www.hennepin.us/climate -action/what-we-can-do/talking-climate-tips
Are there topics or questions you’d like to see covered in future Climate Messages? Email suggestions to Nancy Corr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to Volunteer
Multi-Platform Worship Services
Various opportunities to help support our multi-platform services
As we move forward with reopening for more in person events our multi-platform services need your support. 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 email@example.com.
Monthly on the 1st Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room
We wish to thank all the volunteers that joined us for our Groundskeep Work Party in the beginning of August and hope to see you again soon. Our Facilities Team helps organize the maintenance of our buildings and the upkeep of our grounds. We are looking for volunteers to help contact contractors, manage coordinating repairs, and assist with volunteer events. Our meetings are monthly and your time commitment is quite flexible. Discover how you can help support our community by attending our next meeting on Thursday January 5. ***Image credit: Karolina Grabowska
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 December 15.
Ways to Connect
If you are planning to host an event in the Church Zoom Room please contact our Office Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) the day before your scheduled event. They will need to verify your device has been registered to use the Church Zoom Room.
Al-Anon Support Group
Private zoom, contact email@example.com for link
Mondays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Support Circle – Schedule Change
Church Zoom Room : https://saltwaterchurch.org/calendar/zoom-room/
First & Third Thursdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, led by Rev Kristen
There will be no evening support circle in November and December.
Support circle is open to all members and friends and is a space for deep check-in and reflection on a question related to our monthly theme. In support circle we come to be nourished by authentic relationship, to mutually support one another through the joys and sorrows of our lives, and to create space for spiritual insight. All are welcome.
Church Zoom Room
Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Our meditation group has returned to zoom only for the fall & winter seasons. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 200-7524.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 December 3.
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 email@example.com.
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 December 14. If you would like to join us or have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Person : Welcome Room
3rd Tuesday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Join us for an afternoon of visiting and working on our creative projects. Bring your knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, jewelry making, or whatever with you. We gather monthly to foster connection through sharing our creative processes. We also support the Saltwater community with small craft projects throughout the year. Our next meeting will be December 20. If you would like to join us or have any questions, please contact Joanne Loeliger (206) 870-1939.
Rev. Kristen’s Zoom Room (https://zoom.us/j/7434659479)
ON HIATUS until January
one Sunday a month, 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. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janeane Weprin at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next evening of artistic expression will be December 26.
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: email@example.com.
If you are in need of emotional or spiritual support, you can reach out directly to a Lay Minister:
Debra Valpey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toska Rodriguez: email@example.com
Multigenerational Faith Formation
Multigenerational Faith Formation’s Zoom Room
Children and Youth Registration for our Multigenerational Faith Formation Program
Families are encouraged to fill out a registration form for any children and youth participating in classes and activities at Saltwater Church. This helps our staff and volunteers with planning programs, and helps us know your family better. Register online at: https://forms.gle/nNG2M6Pth3AZMgH16
Middle and High School Youth Group (grades 6-12)
Youth will meet for social events several times a month. The Youth Group works with adult advisors to plan programs which include personal sharing, discussion of religious and ethical issues, guest speakers from other religions and from the community, service projects, participation in district youth conferences, and worship. This year youth will explore the monthly church-wide themes. Contact Amanda Radak or see the church newsletter for more information.
November Lunch Meet Up
Sunday November 27, 11:30am – 1:45pm
Church Office Building : Kitchen
Grades 6-12 are invited to lunch following Sunday service. We’ll cook and assemble tacos while masked in the Office Building. Optional unmasked taco eating will occur outside on the “patio.” Please RSVP to Amanda Radak at (206) 683-1330.
Tabletop Gaming Night
Saturday December 3, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
In Person : Welcome Room
Members and friends of all ages will attend the churchwide Game Night sponsored by SUUSC. Participants will play old classics or introduce new board or card games to the community.
December “Lights Walk” and “Holiday Party”
Details to follow in future newsletters
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Comprehensive sexuality education classes will be held jointly with Westside UU Church for youth in grades 7-9. The class schedule will be available soon. Contact Steve Radak for more information.
Support for Children, Youth, & Families
Family Support Circles
First & Third Mondays, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Family ministries zoom room
Are you are looking for like-minded parents to support you through the challenges of family life? Look no further than the Parent Support Group! Join us 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7:30pm in the Family Ministries zoom room For questions, contact Jessica Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Facebook Group
Connect with other Saltwater Church families with children and youth for support through the Parents Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SUUCFamilyMatters/
Childcare for Church Events & Services
Childcare is available upon request for any church activity if requested at least one week in advance. To request childcare, contact Jessica Alexander via email at email@example.com. Childcare is currently being offered for the paint group 4th Mondays from 6-9 p.m. (This event is also open to youth participants.)
How to Access the Church Zoom Room
To access Zoom, go to saltwaterchurch.org/calendar/zoom-room/and 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 gatherings. If you wish to plan an event please use our online request form: https://saltwaterchurch.org/calendar/calendar-request/. 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 their regularly scheduled hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 while also continuing to have virtual options. 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 have questions, email or call our Treasurer, Gaye Greeves at email@example.com or 253-508-3961.
Please Note: Announcements, updates, and additions to the newsletter must be received by noon Wednesday to be included in that week’s newsletter. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the website form (click here).