Saltwater Church Newsletter February 26, 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.

February: What does it mean to be a People of Beloved Community?

In the month of February, we are exploring what it means to be people of Beloved Community. People who open the door ever wider in welcome. A people who imagine and work for communities where poverty, racism, and oppression are eradicated. A people who recognize our interconnectedness: who show up for each other, learn from one another, and are guided by a powerful commitment to love. Soul Matters describe the practice of being a people of beloved community as the practice of bending the arc of the universe toward justice, recognizing inherent worth, and dismantling the structures that divide us. Come, join us as we deepen our faith together.

February 28: “Tending Our Beloved Community,” Racial Justice Organizing Team lay leaders

From the Board & HCT 

Join us in welcoming our new Office Administrator
Katherine Miller joined the Saltwater Church staff as our new Office Administrator on February 24th, 2021.  Their unique employment background offers extensive experience in administrative positions as well as an understanding of private business operations and firsthand knowledge of the construction industry. Many members of our congregation may know them as “Bubba” and all are welcome to use either name.  Katherine’s commitments outside of the office include: spending time with their family, teaching Magic: The Gathering, writing, tabletop gaming, and exploring our region’s parks and museums. You can reach Katherine at Thank you to the Administrator Search Team for their work: Suzanne Laurel, Tom Spohn, and Galen Guffy. 

Communications at Saltwater UU Church

Did you know there are many ways that we communicate with one another at Saltwater Church? There is the weekly newsletter, a SUUC community listserve, and a Saltwater Facebook group.
All of our communications at church are governed by the church covenant and the electronic communications policy. You can find those policies here:
Saltwater Covenant: Electronic Communications:

It is so important in this time to stay connected in healthy ways. If you are having difficulty or are in conflict with someone in the community, our covenant encourages us to speak to that person directly. Calling on the phone or setting up a zoom call is best since emotional emails can be misunderstood and cause greater difficulty. If you need support, you can also reach out to the Healthy Congregation Team: Bev Ross, Quinn Rose, and Debra Valpey.

Upcoming Events

We Foster Connection Workshop
Saturday, March 6, 10-11:30 am, church zoom room
The Board invites you to our next living into mission workshop. At the We Foster Connection Workshop we will explore the meaning of connection and think about how we foster connection within Saltwater Church and with the wider community. We hope you’ll join us!

Save the Date for Upcoming Living into Mission Workshops
We Nurture Spiritual Growth: Wednesday, March 31, 7-8:30 pm
We Act for Justice: Wednesday, May 12, 7-8:30 pm.

Growth and Learning

Beloved Conversations—Virtual, Meditations on Race and Ethnicity
Registration Now Open!
The UUA has made their Beloved Conversations curriculum virtual!  Join in this course from the comfort of your own home. The curriculum includes specific lessons for individual work, including strategies to connect and reflect with both your personal past as well as with small groups of other learners in your area and/or across the nation.
Register before February 26, 2020. Course work, individual and group, runs March through May.   Cost: $250-$350 per individual (sliding scale).  Partial and full scholarships are available. has all the details, including course schedules.
Please contact Susan Aigner if you are interested.

Weekend Writer’s Group
Mona Lee would like to start a Weekend Writers’ Group.  Saltwater Church already has a great writers’ group where people can share their writing with others and receive helpful feedback.  The current group meets every Wednesday morning for 3 ½ hours.  Mona proposes that the Weekend Writers’ Group would meet only two times per month for two hours each. She hopes that this proposal will interest busy people and/or people who work weekdays.  In order to start the group, Mona needs four  additional members besides herself.  If you are interested in joining the Weekend Writers’ Group, send an email to

New Day Rising National Conference:  Identifying Your Congregation’s Next Faithful Steps in Changing White Supremacy Culture.
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9 am – 6:00 pm PST

Saltwater Church’s Racial Justice Organizing Team encourages you to attend a day-long workshop exploring our congregation’s next steps in racial justice work, gaining inspiration and insight from other Unitarian Universalist congregations. 
Watch compelling video TED-talk style testimonials from selected congregations around the continent sharing their learnings, hopes and next steps in their quest for racial equity in their congregations.  Then, together on February 27, 2021 Worship ~ Workshops ~ Caucusing

With plenty of breaks.  More information and registration at:

Ways to Live Our Values

Share the Plate for February: WestSide Baby
Half of all undesignated donations received in the month of February will be shared with WestSide Baby: 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.

Stance for Racial Justice
Rain or shine, show up for racial justice in February! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  2/14 in Des Moines from 2pm-3pm. Intersection of 272nd St. and Pacific Hwy S (near Jack- in- the Box and Arco gas).  2/28 in Puyallup from 2pm-3pm. 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!) meets the 1st Sunday of the month from 12:00 to 1:30pm, in the church Zoom Room.

Climate Message of the Week:  There are many ways to be a climate activist. A most unusual example is Dr. John Francis, a fascinating, funny environmentalist known as the Planetwalker. His TED talk, Walk the Earth, at will make you laugh and inspire you to imagine ways that you can become a climate activist in your everyday life.

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 unsheltered adults is providing important support to our local community while practicing social distancing. Their remarkable record of providing safe care has resulted in ZERO Covid cases. Those who were most vulnerable were admitted to safe housing sites in Kent and SeaTac. Ten long-term Day Center guests will be approved for Permanent Supported Housing at the soon to open Thea Bowman Apartments in Kent.
Your help with the most needed items can go a long way to maintaining that safety record:  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. 

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

Alternating Sundays, 11:45-1:00 pm.  The next session will be March 14, 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)
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 am

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

Winter 2021 National Middle School Conference

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm PST

Middle school UU youth (11-14 years old, in grade 6-8 or equivalent) will come together to play, worship, and explore their UU faith. This day-long event will give our middle school youth opportunities to play games and connect in small groups, and to learn more about themselves and this amazing religion in large ones. Come join us!

Deadline: Registration open through February 19

Cost: $40 per person. Sliding scale based on your assessment of your ability to pay.

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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