Saltwater Church Newsletter March 26, 2021


To join the church zoom room go to: 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.

March: What does it mean to be a People of Commitment?

In the month of March, we are exploring what it means to be a people of commitment. To commit: to dedicate ourselves to a way of being, a practice, or a relationship. Some commitments are intentional, like when we take a vow or make a promise. Many commitments in our lives go unnoticed, even to ourselves. What commitments shape you the most? What commitments define our community as a people of faith?  Join as we explore and deepen our faith together.

March 28: “Together We Persisted,” Rev. Kristen Kuriga

Upcoming Events

Passover Seder with Bet Chaverim
Sunday, March 28, 6-7:30pm
Password is 384461
Meeting ID is 929-547-321

Bet Chaverim Synagogue has invited the Saltwater community to join together for a celebration of Passover. The seder will be led by Rabbi Jim, and Rev. Kristen will offer a brief reflection on liberation from a UU perspective. All are welcome.
Click here for holiday hints and Seder Plate tips!
Click here for fabulous Passover recipes!
Click here for Venetian Charoset! 

It’s not to late to volunteer: Rabbi Jim Mirel would like some readers from Saltwater to recite specific parts of their Haggadah during the Passover Seder service.  Ideally, we would like to have around six volunteers from our congregation to read from this sacred and inspirational narrative.  If you are interested in participating, please reach out Galen Guffy at or (253)315-2241.  

Living the Mission Workshop “We Nurture Spiritual Growth”
March 31, 7pm – 8:30pm
The Board welcomes you to the third session of our Living the Mission workshop series, We Nurture Spiritual Growth.  Join us in conversation of how we each experience the spiritual, how we nurture that at Saltwater Church, and what more we can do to support the different ways we find spirituality.

Save the Date:
Living into Mission Workshop, We Act for Justice: Wednesday, May 12, 7-8:30 pm

From the Board & HCT 

Covenant of Right Relations Updates
Please review the new documents, “How Did We Get Here” and “Proposed Covenant Right of Relations” that were released by our Healthy Congregation Team (Debra Valpey, Bev Ross, and Quinn Rose).  If you have any questions or comments, you may contact any one of the team members.  Please see your church directory for contact information or contact the church office administrator and they will provide any information you need.

Volunteer Opportunity – Nominations Committee
Our Nominations Committee each year is responsible for finding volunteers for two positions on the Church Board and two positions for the “NomCom” itself. Each year, the Board rotates for two new board members with a 3 year term, as their predecessors’ terms expire. This is also true for the “NomCom,” two new members are chosen as two members’ 2 year terms expire. If any of you reading this and is interested in volunteering for any of these positions, please let Nelson Schmitz know, and if you have questions thereof, they are also welcome. Nelson can be reached at or 425-444-7494.  Thank you.

Ways to Live Our Values

Share the Plate for March: Save the Weyerhauser Campus
Half of all undesignated donations received in the month of March will be shared with the non-profit Save the Weyerhauser Campus: 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
Monthly on the 4th Saturday, 10am – 11:30am 
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!  Meetings are held in the Main Zoom Room:

Stance for Racial Justice
Monthly on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2pm – 3pm
Rain or shine, show up for racial justice every other Sunday in March! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. We will gather in Des Moines on 3/14 from 2pm until 3pm at the intersection of 272nd St. and Pacific Hwy S (near Jack- in- the Box and Arco gas).  On 3/28 we will gather 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 info.

Saltwater Climate Action Now! (SCAN!)
Monthly on the 1st Sunday, 12pm – 1:30pm
Join our SCAN! monthly team meetings and learn how you can make a difference as far as Climate Justice for all is concerned. Meetings are held in our Main Zoom Room:

Racial Justice Organizing Team (RJOT)
Monthly on the 3rd Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Join Saltwater’s RJOT meeting 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. Meetings are being held in Rev. Kristen’s Zoom Room:

Climate Message of the Week:   What environmental problems would you like to solve? There are currently bills in the Washington State Legislature covering everything from tree planting programs to reducing environmental inequities. An easy way to see a complete list of all the environmental bills is to go to Each bill has a number, a title, and a brief description. Just click on the bill number to go to a page that will tell you where that bill is in the legislative process plus provide links to amendments and other bill details. Contact your state legislators to let them know which bills you support and why they are important to you. Your representatives need to hear that you care about having a healthy climate.

Supporting Our Saltwater Community

Donations to Saltwater Church
When making a donation on the church website, 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.   

Handmade Cards Fundraiser
Send beautiful cards to foster connection, while supporting our beloved community! Your purchases from will continue to support Saltwater year round, with $5 from every item sold going to the church. 

Ways to Connect

Pair Sharing (Rev. Kristen’s Zoom Room
2nd and 4th Sundays, 11:45-1:00 pm.  The next session will be March 28, 2021.
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  

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

Creative Hands (church zoom room)
New Time, Maybe a New Name!!!
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, beginning April 7, 5pm – 6:30pm
Creative Hands has a new meeting time! We hope this will make it possible for more folks to join us after work and for more of us to enjoy the sunshine during the longer days. Please plan to 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 us? Questions? Contact Lynn Crow at 206 429 2005.

Meditation Group (church zoom room)
Tuesdays, 7-8:15 pm
We follow a UU modified Zen practice that includes lighting a candle, chiming a singing bowl, sitting and walking in silence, listening to words of wisdom, sharing tea and conversation, now all virtual via Zoom. Contact Jean Spohn if you have questions. or 206-200-7524

Weekly Writers Group (church zoom room)
Wednesdays, 9:30 am- 12pm

Weekend Writers Group (church zoom room)
Alternating Sundays, 6pm – 8pm
The next meeting is March 28.

Support Circle (church zoom room)
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 pm

Over Eaters Anonymous (church zoom room)
Fridays, 5-6 pm

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. Are you in a higher risk group and do not want to venture out to the grocery store? We may be able to connect you with someone in your neighborhood to help you get the supplies you need. If you have lost income from being sick or unable to work, or do not have enough money to buy extra food and supplies, the Minister’s Discretionary Fund is available for one-time emergency support for members and friends of the church. Contact Rev. Kristen: Do you need to go to work but don’t have childcare? Are there other needs that your family has? Please be in touch with Melinda at

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

Support for Children, Youth, and Families

Family Ministries Zoom Room

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

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

Jr./Sr. High Youth Group Game Night (Joint with Northlake UU)
3rd Friday of each month, 7-9 pm. 
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, 7:30-8:30 pm
Family ministries zoom room

Parents Facebook Group 
You can also connect with other Saltwater Church families with children and youth for support through the Parents Facebook group:    

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
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:  

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:
Saltwater Church Building
The church building is closed to all in-person programming, groups, and meetings.  Staff are working from home.  Staff members will be going by the property to collect the mail and to check on the campus.  Planting Flowers has resumed providing essential childcare support to families.

Please Note:  Additions to the newsletter must be received by noon Wednesday to be included in that week’s newsletter.  Send your submissions to or use the website form at

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