We offer worship in two ways: our Worship Watch Party in the sanctuary and online through Zoom at 10:30 am. Be sure to look at the worship details for the next Sunday service. During the month of July, not all of our services will be in the Saltwater Church Zoom Room. 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 both in-person programming and through Zoom.
Services and Connection Details
July 24: “The Deal on Those Days,” Rev. Gretchen Haley General Assembly Worship, pre-recorded and hosted by Olympia UU
Worship watch party in the Saltwater Sanctuary or connect through OUUC’s zoom room:
Dial +1 253 215 8782 Meeting ID: 873 210 124 Password: 995142
Or find us on YouTube:
The last few years have not been easy, including in our local congregations. Whole swaths of members have simply stopped coming; COVID is confusing, and polarizing; many ministers have joined the great resignation; and Pew studies and friends alike have pronounced the end of the local church.
In this moment, when so many of us might be wondering if we should just give up, and relent, now’s the time instead to double down on our commitment to the local church -this unique community that saves us and also breaks our hearts – often much more of the latter than we’d like to admit. In the midst of our culture of death, the church is a place of life. Or it is, as long as we are willing to bring our own lives to it. Join us for a morning of celebration, witness, and future-visioning for the already and not yet power of the local Unitarian Universalist church.
Leading us in worship will be Rev. Gretchen Haley, Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, Rev. Sean Neil-Barron, Lea Morris, Adam Podd, Joseph and Aimee Santos-Lyons, and Allison King with the GA Choir.
July 31: “TBA,” Janelle Durham, Lay Leader, Northlake UU Church
Worship watch party in the Saltwater Sanctuary or connect through Northlake’s Zoom Room:
https://zoom.us/s/97369447889 may need password: NUUC-W
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions or to discuss your family’s particular needs for in-person participation.
Save The Date – Blessing of the Animals
Save the date for our annual Blessing of the Animals Service on Sunday, August 14. This year the service will be multi-platform and we hope you will bring your beloved companions with you in-person and online!
Worship Watch Party
Sundays in July, 10:30am – 11:30am
In Person – Saltwater Church Sanctuary & Church Zoom Room
Join us in the sanctuary as we watch zoom service together on our big screen. Our doors open at 10:15. Connect with others, sing along together to the hymns, and experience the view of nature out the sanctuary windows. Our next service will be in the Saltwater Church Zoom Room.
Those attending will be required to wear masks. Family groups can sit together and will be asked to distance from others. Everyone is encouraged to gather outside after service, weather permitting. People of all ages are welcome.
Stance for Racial Justice
Sunday July 24, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
In Person – 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 July 24 in Puyallup from 2pm until 3pm at the intersection of 136th and S. Meridian (near post office and Sonic restaurant).
Tuesday July 26, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
In Person – Saltwater Church Sanctuary
This week, our meditation group will meet in the sanctuary only. There will not be a zoom option.
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 email@example.com or (206) 200-7524.
Weeding and Groundskeep Party
Saturday August 6, 10:00am
In Person – Saltwater Church Grounds
It’s been awhile since we’ve all gotten a chance to play in the dirt together. Join us on Saturday Aug 6 as we beat back some weeds and clean up our grounds. We’ll begin at 10am and will head home a few hours later. Bring your favorite gardening gear and help us make everything look pretty. Masks will be available for those who wish to wear one, however they are not required.
Current In-person Activity COVID-19 Guidelines
Please see our website at https://saltwaterchurch.org/calendar/covid19-info/ 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 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
Rev. Kristen Out of the Office
Month of July
From July 1-August 1 Rev. Kristen will be out of the office on vacation. Feel free to be in touch with Katherine “Bubba” Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org), our Office Administrator, and Melinda Einander (email@example.com), 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Multigenerational Faith Formation Hiring Process
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 position. Applications will be reviewed starting August 1 at which time we will begin the next steps in the interview process.
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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BtSdlv1thJyIlhAQ6HTGr_0gLSa4WyQq/view?usp=sharing
We hope you will share this announcement with your networks.
If you have any questions about the process, you can contact Lisa Key or Christina Frueh.
Growth & Learning
Find a Partner, Make a Team, Take the Challenge
The 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
(running all summer long.)
Designed to lead us into lasting habits of furthering Equity and Racial Justice, the 21-day Challenge (click here), introduces us to many approaches to racial justice work and issues. There are a selection of themed challenges each full of resources, exercises, and ideas to contemplate and each includes readings, videos, music, blogs, actions, reflection questions and more.
The free challenges are supported by optional (RJOT encouraged) donations and self-guided; You choose what you want to do for the day, how much time you want to spend, how many days or which days you want to participate (there is enough for months), and who you want to do the challenge with. It could be solo, or…
Find someone or a group to do this with. Your accountabili-buddies will help keep you going, chat with you about what you are discovering, or just give you email reminders. It’s up to your team to decide the structure for your challenge.
We look forward to hearing about your discoveries and your feedback at our fall participant reflection gathering. This challenge is brought to you by the Saltwater Racial Justice Organizing Team.
For more information, if you need help finding a partner, and/or to let us know you are taking the challenge please contact: Miriam Woito email@example.com
Ways To Live Our Values
Share the Plate for July:
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Half of all undesignated donations received in the month of July will be shared (and matched) with the Unitarian Universalists Service Committee. https://www.uusc.org/.
For our shared Sunday services in July, we joined with Olympia, Northlake, and Tri-Cities congregations. We’ve all agreed to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) this month. UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and oppressive policies. Their work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity. Grassroots partnerships, justice education and advocacy plus mobilizing to advance human rights are the foundation of the UUSC.
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.
Saltwater Climate Action Now! (SCAN!)
Monthly on the 1st Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Church Zoom Room
Please join us for our next SCAN! meeting on Sunday August 7 and learn how you can help make an impact on combating the global climate crisis we’re all in. We’ll be talking and planning action on a number of things including making our church less fossil fuel energy dependent. Bring a friend too! Contact Bill Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. We encourage you to in our monthly Zoom meetings and Act for Climate Justice. *** 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 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 July 24 in Puyallup from 2pm until 3pm at the intersection of 136th and S. Meridian (near post office and Sonic restaurant). 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 email@example.com 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 July 25. 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
What do you need to become more informed and active in achieving a healthier climate?
Maybe it’s the names of climate organizations you could join. Or a list of action items targeting a problem like plastic pollution. What climate questions can the Saltwater SCAN! group answer for you? Would you be interested in activities like a climate-related book study or talk? Do you have suggestions for Saltwater climate actions? SCAN! members want to support you in your climate journey. Email responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to a recent Seattle Times poll, climate change scored lowest—even lower than border security—in most categories among top issues with Washington state voters.
Are there topics or questions you’d like to see covered in future Climate Messages? Email suggestions to Sheri Jacobson at email@example.com.
Ways to Volunteer
SPECIAL AUGUST MEETING DATE
Monthly on the 1st Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room
Our Facilities Team helps organize the maintenance of our buildings and the upkeep of our grounds. We encourage you to join our team. Discover how you can help support our community by attending one of our meetings. Our next meeting is Wednesday Aug 9.
***Image credit: Karolina Grabowska
Saltwater Church Safety Taskforce
Monthly on the 3rd Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Church Zoom Room
There will not be a meeting in July. 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 will not be meeting in May. Our next meeting is Thursday August 18.
Ways to Connect
Al-anon Support Group
Private zoom, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for link
Mondays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
In Person in the Saltwater Sanctuary
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 email@example.com or (206) 200-7524. Our next meeting will be on July 26.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next meeting will be on July 27.
Church Zoom Room
Thursdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
There will be no support circle in the month of July. In August, Rev. Kristen will invite participants to reflect on next steps for support circle and meeting the needs of our community.
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 6.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
During July, Creative Hands is on hiatus. We anticipate our next meeting will be on August 10. Upon our return, we will decide if we can meet on site, virtually, or as a hybrid. Please watch the newsletter for new details and contact Debra Valpey, email@example.com if you have any questions.
Rev. Kristen’s Zoom Room (https://zoom.us/j/7434659479)
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. Our next meeting will be on July 24. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janeane Weprin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Our next meeting is Sunday July 31.
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 August 10. If you would like to join us or have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saltwater Chalice Circles
Build personal connections with others in the community. Our circle program has offered the opportunity to deepen and broaden spiritual growth while forming closer relationships with others. Currently, our circles are scheduled through June and hope to begin again in the Fall. Please see the Saltwater Church Calendar for zoom links. If you have an interest in participating in our program contact Susan Aigner at email@example.com.
Grief Support Group
Church Zoom Room
2nd Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Our next meeting will be in August. If you are grieving or supporting someone who is grieving any kind of loss (loved one, job, hope, faith) please join us for sharing, readings, and general support. All are welcome. Contact our lay leaders, Debra Valpey (206-953-5704 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Toska Rodriquez (email@example.com, 253 839-1921 if you would like more information or support in the interim.
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 is July 25.
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SUUCFamilyMatters/
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 small group 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 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. 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 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).