Saltwater Church Newsletter November 6, 2020


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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.

November: What does it mean to be a People of Healing
In the month of November we are exploring the theme of healing. Healing: to make whole, to reconcile, to repair. Not as a destination, but as a process that happens on an individual and collective level. In a time of great uncertainty, we will look to our ancestors for wisdom and strength. In a time of great suffering, we will embrace practices that help heal our bodies, minds, souls, and relationship with the earth. In a time with so much division, we will go deeper into what it means to “practice love” as Unitarian Universalists. Join us to explore and experience healing!

November 8: “Collective Healing,” Rev. Kristen Kuriga
November 15: “Harvesting Justice,” Sheri Jacobson, Lay Leader
November 22: “We Practice Love,” Rev. Kristen Kuriga
November 29: “How Deep is the Wound,” Quinn Rose, Lay Leader

From the Board & HCT

Office Administrator Search
The job description for the Office Administrator position at Saltwater UU Church has been posted. Please share this announcement with your networks. You can find the full job description here:

Upcoming Events

We Practice Love Workshop
Tuesday, November 10, 7-8:30 pm, Rev. Kristen’s zoom room:
Join the Board for an evening of connection, reflection, imagining, spiritual practice, and song! Last year we adopted a new mission statement: At Saltwater Church we Practice Love. Foster Connection. Nurture Spiritual Growth. Act for Justice. Join us for a collective exploration of the first part of our mission: what it means to practice love. Facilitated by Anjali Lopez, Karin Leisy, Lauren Crowder, and Rev. Kristen Kuriga.

Getting to Know Each Other Gathering
The Membership Development Team invites visitors, friends and members to the next “Getting To Know You” session scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020. The purpose of our time together is to meet others in our church community and for all of us to get to know each other better. We will share information about the many opportunities available for you to get involved in our fellowship and there will be time for you to ask questions about our church. This will take place in a breakout room immediately following the worship service on Zoom. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

From the Membership Team

Membership Book Signing
Are you interested in becoming a member of our church? If yes, arrangements can be made for a mutually agreed upon date, following the worship service, in a breakout room on Zoom. This is an opportunity to officially join our church community. Members should be in alignment with the mission, vision, values and covenant of our church and Unitarian Universalism. Members are asked to make a pledge to support the church financially within their means (waivers are available) and to seek ways to share their gifts by volunteering and/or serving our community. If you would like more information about the membership process or are ready to move forward, request an application for membership from Bev Ross; email: or from Rev. Kristen; email:
Completed applications need to be returned before the Book Signing date. Once received, a book signing page will be forwarded to you to be used on the date scheduled. PLEASE NOTE: Anyone wishing to vote in Congregational Meetings, MUST be a member.

Supporting Our Saltwater Community

Winter Bazaar
This year our Winter Bazaar Fundraiser is online at:  For the month of November, we are having a special event where 100% of the sale price on all items goes to Saltwater! This special event features beautiful mask gift sets, handmade by Tawney CF. Handmade cards and original music recordings by Joanne Stonebraker are also available as part of the fundraiser. Thank you for your support of our beloved community!

Seeking Graphic Design Volunteers for Creative Project
Do you have an eye for design? Do you know the secret to making a big impact at a glance? Does finding the perfect font fill you with glee? Saltwater Church is excited about our new mission statement, and we want to create a graphic version of the mission that could be used for banners, posters, letterhead, and on the website. We are seeking input from any members or friends of the church who have experience or interest in graphic design, printing, or working with vector graphics. We hope to create a design that will highlight everything that makes Saltwater Church special. If you are interested in participating in this project, contact Lauren Crowder at for more information.

The Pledge Team is looking for support! 
We need people of all kinds to help us focus our energy for the 2021 Pledge campaign.  This church is generous and has been overwhelmingly financially supportive of our work here and in the wider world.  Still…each year we use the pledge campaign to renew our commitment to this faith community, our core values, morals, ethics, and beliefs.  To get us there in strength and hope, the pledge team creates a unifying theme, together with the artwork, music, and celebrations in support of that theme.  Will you join us?  It is fun, creative, energizing and at the very heart of our collective vision.  Please contact Saphronia @ or (253) 632-9553 to offer your energy and ideas.  THANK YOU!!!

Growth and Learning

Racial Justice Organizing Team Education Discussion Group “Protesting, Rioting and Looting in 2020” Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10AM to Noon,  Please join us. We will watch a short video and then move to breakout rooms of 4-6 people for facilitated discussion. Our goal is to make folks more comfortable talking about race. Please RSVP to so we know how many breakout rooms to expect.

Ongoing Opportunities for Racial Justice Education

Ways to Live Our Values

Share the Plate
The Share the Plate program is looking for more organizations that we might potentially support! What is Share the Plate? Share the Plate is the practice of sharing a portion of the undesignated funds in the Sunday collection with a worthy organization that shares UU values and principles. Any church member may nominate a nonprofit organization to receive offerings from this program by submitting a nomination form to Rob Maurus at The criteria for selection are: 1) The organization must be approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, 2) Preference will be given to South King County organizations, 3) The organization’s mission must be in alignment with UU values and principles. You can find the nomination form on the church’s website under the “Justice” tab and then scroll down to “Share the Plate”.

Share the Plate for November: Hospitality House
Half of all undesignated basket donations received in the month of November will go to Hospitality House. You can learn more here: You can make a donation to the basket 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.

Stance for Racial Justice
Rain or shine, show up for racial justice in November! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  11/1 in Des Moines from 2pm-4pm. Intersection of 272nd St. and Pacific Hwy S (near Jack- in- the Box and Arco gas).  11/22 in Puyallup from 2pm-4pm. Intersection of 136th and S. Meridian (near post office and Sonic restaurant).
Contact Colette DeMonte at for more info.

Racial Justice Core Team meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

SCAN! (Saltwater Climate Action Now!) (Church zoom room) meets monthly on the 1st Sunday noon – 1:30 pm. 

Climate Message of the Week
On November 4th the United States became the only nation in the world to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, making it more important than ever for each of us to take climate action. Use your power to do something that makes a difference. Do you like to write? Write letters to the editor, articles, and social media posts explaining why fighting climate change matters to you. Are you a lifetime learner? Pick an area of climate change and learn about it. Then use what you learn to advocate for climate solutions. Be political about the climate every day, not just on election day. Stay informed on policies and bills. Contact your legislators on climate-related issues. Submit public comments on projects that affect the environment. Multiply your power by joining with others to work for a healthier climate.

Sound Alliance (Church zoom room) meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday 10:00 – 11:30 am

Federal Way Day Center Donations Needed
The Federal Way Day Center for homeless adults is providing important support to our local community while practicing social distancing. Currently the most items most needed are: cup noodles, hand warmers, rain ponchos, and trash bags. You can park in front of the Day Center and call (253-893-7895) and someone will come out to pick up the donations.  33505 13 Pl S behind the Multi-Service Center.  Or you may contact Lucia or Diane to arrange for your donations to be picked up. 

Ways to Connect

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

Creative Hands (church zoom room)
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm
We will support one another in our creative ventures, as well as discuss ways that we can help our communities during this time.

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

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

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 a

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

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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