Theme: Balance

Theme -- Balance
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
I have always loved this quote from the writer, E.B. White. And of course, I always want to be able to do both: improve the world and enjoy it just as it …
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Help WUUC Create Its Future

Help WUUC Create Its Future
By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
I was reading the booklet, “Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community: Changing the Nature of the Conversation” the other day as homework for a webinar course I am taking. Its focus is “about the methodology for creating a future for our community that is distinct from and not predicted by its past. Creating a future is different than naming …
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Spring Quarterly 2018

Spring Quarterly 2018
In this newsletter you may find ways to serve and connect. There are other opportunities in ASJ, Worship, and etc. and you can find them by checking out the full WUUC monthly newsletter. Keep reading to sign up for Winter programming. You may also sign up and see these offerings and more on our website. As always, please stay in touch with your faith development needs, constructive feedback, and encouragement. Please email corrections to me via dll@wuuc.org, I am happy to edit this newsletter. You may email me at dll@wuuc.org.
Spring Cometh!
Towards the end of winter, it is difficult to remember that the weariness of the cold and darkness will soon end. I am always pleasantly surprised that seemingly out of nowhere, a wellspring of hope and energy bubbles up in the spring. As with the seasons, so with our community, I know that we will all soon find ourselves excited about the new possibilities arising in the future for this community. It has been a challenging winter for many of us, however, I appreciate that so many of you have leaned into the challenge and are helping to plant the seeds of hope that will soon spring.
The next few years of religious education at Woodinville UU Church will likely see many changes. No professional religious educator administers a program in the same way, even when not trying, change inevitably happens. The program has seen many shifts and changes over the last two years. It is now poised for the next phase of its development. May you find the inspiration, flexibility, and love to welcome new staff and exciting additions to the religious education program at WUUC.
The work of these past two years has been exhilarating, frustrating, fun, and tedious at times. Please thank your REALL team and Transformation and Action ministry lead for their hard work. Many of the leadership in religious education will need a break and some time to be ministered to, which will require others to step up and keep the RE program running. Pam Green and the REALL team welcomes any new volunteers willing to step into leadership as we enter a new phase of the life of religious education at WUUC. Please email them here: re@wuuc.org.
May the Spring bring this church steadiness, creativity, and love.
Warmly and Fondly,
Rev. Jaelynn Scott

Circles of Healing and Hope – WUUC DLL Transition

Circles of Healing and Hope – WUUC DLL Transition
On Sunday March 11, our district’s Healthy Congregations Team will provide an opportunity for our members and friends to express their feelings about Rev. Jaelynn’s resignation as DLL.
There will be two sessions: one beginning at 11:30 a.m. after coffee and a second starting at 1:30 p.m. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes.
This resignation has proven to be very difficult for many in our congregation; for some, it evoked feelings of anger, disagreement, and disillusionment with one another or our community. It is essential that we seek healing within ourselves and between one another so we can, again, enjoy healthy and joyful relationships within our congregation.
In order to help with the planning, we’d appreciate knowing how many people want to attend each session. If you plan to attend, please send a short note to Jim Jasinski (jajasinski@mac.com) indicating which session you plan to attend. We hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to connect with each other and share your thoughts about the church.

Harmony for Hope at WUUC

Harmony for Hope at WUUC
March 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds to benefit The Maltby Food Bank
Tickets by donation – pay what you can.
Suggested donation: General, $20; Students/Seniors, $10
Performers: Sean Osborn, Clarinet; Eric Han, ‘Cello; Jessica Choe, Piano, from Orca Concerts Music by Beethoven, Poulenc, Kernis, and Welcher
The Orca Concert Series’ “Harmony for Hope” concert on March 23rd will …
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Feeding Homeless People

Feeding Homeless People
By Lauren Soliday
The March meal for the homeless will be sponsored by the Monday Morning Sister Circle. The “sisters” who meet on the second Monday of each month (in portable 2) will supply the ingredients, etc. and gather in the church kitchen on the afternoon of Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. to cook a delicious Kielbasa Cabbage Stew for the Camp …
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Women’s Retreat Registration Open

Women's Retreat Registration Open
By Mary Beck
Registration is now OPEN for the Annual Women’s Retreat May 4-6 at the Mountain Springs Lodge near Leavenworth. All woman and those who identify as female, 18 years or older, are welcome to this wonderfully connecting, nurturing weekend away from our busy lives. Most information on the retreat will come to us via the women@wuuc.org email list, so if you’re not already …
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ASJ Supports Universal Health Care Initiative

By Sara So
Advocates for Social Justice is pleased to announce our support for the Whole Washington universal healthcare initiative currently collecting signatures. If they obtain 300,000 signatures by July 6, the measure will appear on our ballots in November. Sara So is co-chair of the Initiative Writing Committee and very familiar with the measure. It is modeled after existing …
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WUUC Annual Rummage Sale!

WUUC Annual Rummage Sale!
Our annual fundraising Rummage Sale will be Friday-Saturday, April 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Our Sanctuary Set Up (the Sanctuary is emptied out and sales tables set up then start organizing the sale items) and Donation Collection day is Sunday, April 15 right after service (lunch provided; let Leslie Morton know if you need childcare). What …
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Join East Shore at MAPS Interfaith Dinner

By Marilyn Mayers, East Shore Unitarian Church
For the past two years, East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue has hosted an Interfaith Friendship Dinner in the spring. This year we are co-hosting it with the Muslim Association of Puget Sound and Muslim Community Resource Center at MAPS, 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond on March 31, 5-7:30 p.m. We are inviting …
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Save the Date:

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, 5-9 p.m. at WUUC

Save the Date:
We’re having a Birthday Party to Remember and everyone, including children, are invited!!
In 2018, Bill McKenzie turns 80, Linda McCrystal 70 and our daughter, Angie, 50. Come and join in the celebration. There will be live music performed by Dreams Come True, Terry Levitt and other wonderful musicians; a catered dinner prepared by Danny Cohen, WUUC’s Road Chef Global Bistro; beer & wine for those 21 and over; and lots of birthday cake.
Wear informal attire and no gifts, please. An RSVP is requested for catering purposes so we have enough food for all at linda@bilindallc.com.

Save the Date:

WUUC Earth Day Work Party! Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Save the date:
Earth Day is coming early to WUUC this year! Help beautify our building and grounds at our Spring Clean-up event. There will be projects and fun for all ages and abilities, indoors and out. Everyone is encouraged to attend. No experience necessary!! Sign-up sheets will be coming soon
to the foyer so you can choose the activities that you would like to be involved in. Details to follow.

Regional Assembly is for the Whole Family!

Regional Assembly is for the Whole Family!
The PWR Regional Assembly in Portland, Oregon (April 27-29) has something for people of every age. In addition to the main programs for adults, we’ll have a UU Kids Camp for ages 5-14, a Youth Assembly for ages 14-18, and high-quality childcare for infants to age 4. Families can spend time together, too, sharing the experiences of the opening ceremony, …
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Spring Seabeck Retreat: Gathering in Mindfulness

Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at Seabeck Conference Center on beautiful Hood Canal Relax and enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city while making new connections with UUs from Olympia, Evergreen, Shoreline, Saltwater, Westside and Tacoma. There is absolutely something for everyone during this family-friendly, intergenerational, community-building event. This year we are …
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Nonfiction Book Club – Spring 2018

Nonfiction Book Club - Spring 2018
Join us on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at at the home of Lane Owsley and Alaine Davis for a meeting of the WUUC Nonfiction Book Club. We will be discussing “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton! Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the …
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Needing TLC (tender loving care)?

Needing TLC (tender loving care)?
WUUC Cares and Concerns Committee can provide:
  • Home cooked meals to members recuperating from operations or illness
  • Transportation to and from doctor appointments
  • Companionship for those housebound by visiting, reading or good old-fashioned talking
  • An extra set of helping hands for new parents
Our mission is to make your life a little easier. Drop a line or call Linda McCrystal at linda@bilindallc.com or 425-891-5949.

Your Participation Sought in a UUA Study on Class

Dear Congregations of the Pacific Northwest District, We, the Commission on Appraisal, invite your participation in a brief survey to help us as we prepare to select our next study topic. The Commission serves similarly to a “think tank” on larger issues facing Unitarian Universalism. Our recent study was on class in the UUA. We have two things to ask …
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Color of Fear Workshop, Sun. 3/4

Color of Fear Workshop [s]
The Color of Fear Workshop Sunday, March 4 2-6 p.m. Free, Donations Accepted Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church 19020 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd in Woodinville 98077 Questions? Contact Leslie Schmidt: Les.Schmidt65@gmail.com In this workshop we will engage in honest and authentic dialogue, exploration, and analysis around issues of racism, equity and privilege. The film, The Color of Fear, will serve as a …
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Men’s Breakfast, Sat. 3/24

Men's Breakfast [os]
Men of all ages gather to converse and eat breakfast on the fourth Saturday, at 8:30 a.m. at George’s Restaurant, 108 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Information/RSVP: Brad Hull, bkhull@gmail.com

Interfaith Blood Drive, Tues. 3/27

Interfaith Blood Drive [os]
Please consider being a blood donor during the Interfaith Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 27, 1-7 p.m. (dinner break: 3-3:45 p.m.) at Northshore United Church of Christ, 18900 168th Ave NE, Woodinville. Contact Dewey Millar for an appointment – not required but recommended for priority if there’s a crowd – at dewmillar@gmail.com (425) 867-1781.


All About Balance, 3/4

All About Balance
– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
These days we hear all about “work-life” balance. But what other kinds of balances do we seek in our lives? This is a Full Community Worship Service. Come ready to practice balance!

The Third Way, 3/18

The Third Way
– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer All too often we are told that there are only two choices to pick from. What if there was a “third way” that, rather than trapping us, opened us up to more possibilities? What if we opened up our lives beyond the binary?

Circle Supper, Sat. 3/10

Circle Supper [os]
Hilarie Cash will host the March Circle Supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at her home in Duvall. Sign up here.

Ostara, 3/24

Ostara [s]

Mostly Monthly Potluck, Sun. 3/25

Mostly Monthly Potluck [s,k]
Mostly Monthly Potlucks are held most months on the fourth Sunday.
Last names:
Main dishes, F-Q
Sides, R-X
Desserts, Y-E
Please, everyone chip in on set up and clean up. If someone would like to volunteer to be the lead, that would be most appreciated. If you are unable to bring a dish to share, then trust that sharing yourselves with us is more than enough (a little tuna noodle casserole goes a long way!!)
For more information contact Leslie Morton.

Golden Girls, Thu. 3/29

Golden Girls [os]
The Golden Girls are feeling adventurous. This month on Thursday, March 29, we are going to a new restaurant some of the ladies have been to and liked. It is Chan’s Place, 14203 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd., Woodinville. We will gather at 11:30 a.m. to try out this place and share conversation. Please mark your calendars whether you are new to WUUC or a long-timer and plan to join us. We want to know each of you better. Watch for the reminder notice closer to the date.
Questions? E-mail Stephana at ditzlers@gmail.com.

Instructions to the Cook

Instructions to the Cook, 3/11

– Reverend Kristen Kuriga
Inspired by the book “Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life that Matters” by Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields, this sermon explores what it takes to cultivate a full life and to live into the potential of our shared faith tradition, Unitarian Universalism. What are the ingredients of our lives? What are the ingredients of our faith tradition? What will nourish us and our communities? And how can we make the very best meal?

Trans Day of Visibility, 3/25

Trans Day of Visibility
We will celebrate the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Day of Visibility by highlighting the creativity of trans* artist, poets, and musicians. This service, hosted by Rev. Jaelynn, J. Mase III and Deja, will be full of song, prayer, and celebration. Come enjoy the gifts of trans* persons that brings so much light and hope into our world.