Saltwater Church Newsletter June 18, 2021

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Each Sunday we offer online worship through zoom at 10:30 am. For any of our worship services or meetings, you can join by computer or by calling in on your telephone. You can find more information about how to connect through zoom towards the end of the newsletter.


June: What Does it mean to be a People of Play?
Throughout the month of June we are exploring what it means to be a people of play. A people who explore their bodies, minds, spirits and the wider world with a sense of curiosity. A people who sing, move, laugh, and learn together. Soul Matters describes the practice of play as remembering we can write our own rules, using escape to restore our freedom, and returning to joy. Join us as we play and deepen our faith together!

June 20:Improvising Our Way,” Rev. Kristen Kuriga. Explore how play and improvisation can help us to be flexible, creative, and find new ways together.

June 27:UUA General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship,” led by the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. This Sunday we will join with thousands of Unitarian Universalist from all over the country in Sunday morning worship! We will watch the service together in the Saltwater Church zoom room.

Summer Worship Collaborative
This summer, in July and August, we will be worshipping together with Northlake UU and Tahoma UU over zoom. We will be using the Saltwater Church zoom room, and you will have the opportunity to connect with local UUs from other congregations. More details coming soon!

Upcoming Events

Sound Alliance – All-Alliance Annual Meeting & Action Assembly
June 23, 6pm – 8pm
RSVP for Zoom Link
Recently the Saltwater’s Sound Alliance Group sponsored a series of listening sessions. On June 23rd they will be sharing what they learned and meeting with all of Sound Alliance to identify the action steps for the upcoming year. You are invited to attend and participate in the disucssion. Follow this link: to register for the event. Please click here for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact Lucia at

UUA General Assembly
It’s not too late to register!
June 23-27, 2021

The Unitarian Universalist General Assembly will be all virtual this year. This is a wonderful opportunity to worship and learn alongside UU’s from throughout the country. The cost of registration is $200. You can find more information here:

UU Common Read
Please join the RJOT Racial Justice Organizing Team as we participate in the UU Common Read Breathe by Imani Perry. Saltwater RJOT has purchased some copies of the book to make available to participants. The first discussion session is quickly approaching, if you haven’t requested a copy yet, now’s the time to do it. Contact our Office Administrator and borrow a copy today. Click the image for all the details about the event.

From the Board and HCT

Follow-up from our Congregational Meeting
Thank you to the over 75 members and friends of the church who attended our Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 13. At the meeting we voted in new Board members Aida Sanchez-Vela and Katie Baker, and new nominating team membersKathy Linell and Laurie Bardill. Their terms start on July 1, 2021. Welcome and thank you for serving in leadership!

We also said thank you to our outgoing Board members, Ray Valpey and Anjali Lopez, outgoing nominating team members Nelson Schmitz and Sandra Petschek, and outgoing Operation Leads Diane Dobrowolski and Mary Paynter. Thank you for your leadership!

At the meeting we adopted a new Covenant of Right Relations. Thank you to the Healthy Congregation Team and Board members who led the process in creating the new covenant. In the coming year we will be living into this covenant together. See below to download our new covenant.

We also heard a number of reports. Click to read the operation leads reports, board report, and staff reports. If you would like a copy of the detailed line-item budget and our Treasurer’s Budget Presentation, please email our Office Administrator. Copies of the reports may be downloaded by clicking any of the bold titles or by following this link:

Thank you for your commitment to Saltwater UU Church and your engagement in fulfilling our mission to practice love, foster connection, nurture spiritual growth, and act for justice!

From our Treasurer
The end of the fiscal year is quickly approaching. Any outstanding expense reports or requests for reimbursement from the church need to be submitted by June 25th. You can email your requests and copies of receipts directly to Gaye at: You may also mail them directly to the church or contact our Office Administrator and they will forward along your request.

Growth and Learning

Saltwater Pen Pal Project
Do you suffer from Zoom fatigue? Consider joining the Saltwater Pen Pal Project to exchange snail mail (or email) correspondence! Each month you would be paired up with someone from the group to exchange your thoughts about the monthly Soul Matters theme. Contact Joanne at if you are interested in participating.

Ways to Live Our Values

Share the Plate for June: Des Moines Food BankHalf of all undesignated donations received in the month of June will be shared with the Des Moines Food Bank: 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.

Sound Alliance Team Meeting
Monthly on the 4th Saturday, 10am – 11:30am
Church Zoom Room
The Sound Alliance team works on multiple issues. The issues we focus on change from year to year, depending upon the concerns voiced by members of the congregation. Currently we are working to address and prevent homelessness, protect immigrant rights, and ease social isolation during the pandemic through the Social Connection Project. All members and friends of Saltwater UU Church and Bet Chaverim are most welcome to join us and act for Justice! The next meeting will be Saturday, June 26. 

Image credit – Leandro Valentino

Stance for Racial Justice
Monthly on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2pm-3pm
In person
Rain or shine, show up for racial justice every other Sunday. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. We will gather on 6/27 in Puyallup from 2pm until 3pm at the intersection of 136th and S. Meridian (near post office and Sonic restaurant). On 7/11 in Des Moines from 2pm until 3pm 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.

Saltwater Climate Action Now! (SCAN!)
July 18, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Church Zoom Room
SCAN!  We’re taking the rest of June off. We will not meet on July 4. We will meet on July 18. We’ll take all of August off and resume our 1st Sunday of the month meetings Sep. 5. Yes, I know that’s right in the middle of Labor Day weekend but we’ve done this before and it’s worked out quite well. Have a happy summer everyone. See you on the 18th of July. Stay safe. Please join us in the church zoom room starting at 12. Bring a friend too. You’ll be most welcome.

Racial Justice Organizing Team (RJOT)
Monthly on the 3rd Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Rev. Kristen’s Zoom Room
Join in our monthly discussions to discover more ways to support our community in our anti-racism efforts. Share ideas, provide support, learn about additional opportunities, and work together to advance our commitment to racial justice.

Climate Message of the Week:
Go wild! Help build climate resiliency by planting native plants. Not only will they require little or no fertilizer or chemicals, use less water, and be more resistant to insect and disease problems, native plants will also provide badly-needed habitat for birds and pollinators. (Did you know that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of our food?) Even a container-sized native planting makes a big difference. (Click image for information about the flowering currant.)
Learn more about Puget Sound native plants at and
Do you already have native plants in your yard? Did this message inspire you to introduce another plant to your outdoor landscape? Share photos of your new or established native plantings on the Saltwater Facebook page.

Ways to Connect

Pair Sharing
(Rev. Kristen’s Zoom Room
Sundays, twice a month 11:45am – 1:00pm
The next meeting will be on June 27. There is 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

Saltwater Genealogy Club
(Church Zoom Room)
2nd Wednesdays, 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 July 14. If you would like to join us or have any questions, please contact

Creative Hands
(Church Zoom Room)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Please join us to learn or practice hand work (knitting and crocheting, sewing, drawing, jewelry making or?) along with fun conversation and a supportive atmosphere. Pour yourself a favorite beverage, grab a snack, and join in the fun. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 21. Questions? Contact Lynn Crow at (206) 429-2005.

Al-Anon Support Group
(private zoom, contact for link)
Mondays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Meditation Group 
(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, now all virtual via Zoom. Questions? Contact Jean Spohn or (206) 200-7524.

Writers Group 
(Church Zoom Room)
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 12:00pm

Support Circle 
(Church Zoom Room)
Thursdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Over Eaters Anonymous
(Church Zoom Room)
Fridays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Weekend Writers Group
(Church Zoom Room)
Sundays twice a month, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The next meeting will be on July 27.

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:
Mike Yanega:
Toska Rodriguez:

Support for Children, Youth, and Families

Family Ministries Zoom Room

Cards for Bridging Youth 
Congratulate this year’s bridgers, Gustavo Finney-Sanchez and Jared Bjornson. You are encouraged to write a card or note of encouragement and congratulations for each of our bridgers. Cards may be dropped off at or mailed to the church or mailed directly to the bridgers’ families. Please contact Melinda Einander with questions: ***image credit Quang Anh Ha Nguyen

Religious Education Class for Kids and their Grown-Ups 
(Note the class address.)
Sunday mornings at 9:30am

Junior and Senior High Youth Group 
(Note the class address.)
Sundays at 12:00pm,

Jr./Sr. High Youth Group Game Night (Joint with Northlake UU)
3rd Friday of each month, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 
We will be using an online game platform as one of the options for games ( – free account is plenty), so if possible, please let Margaret know if you plan to attend so we can get set up ahead of time. We hope to see you there!
Meeting ID: 309 145 529
 Password: NUUC

If you are interested in having your youth (and/or yourself) receive reminder texts directly for game night and Sunday youth group, you can sign up for them by clicking this link and entering the information: Contact Margaret Rogers for more information:

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:

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The Saltwater Church Family Ministries Library Wants to Visit Your Home!
Have your children run out of books to read, with school and public libraries closed? The Saltwater Family Ministries library has books to share! Contact to borrow books.  

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 is closed to most in-person programming, groups, and meetings. Staff are primarily working from home. Staff members will be going by the property to collect the mail and to check on the campus regularly. Planting Flowers has resumed providing essential childcare support to families. Haitian Christians have resumed in-person gatherings with a limited capacity on Sunday evenings.

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 2020 for tax purposes to email or call our treasurer Gaye Greeves at or (253) 508-3961. 

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