December 2017 WUUC Newsletter




Theme for December: Hope

Theme for December: Hope
“Hope has to be seen to be believed. It has to be made visible. It has to be something we can feel and touch. We are called to be persons who embody hope for one another. We have to be each other’s partners in hope.” -Paul Wadell, theologian
By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
In these times I can think of no larger gift we can give one another than to be partners in hope. For a year now, many of us have lived crushed under the weight of the unimaginable. Each day another assault. Each day something we hold dear, threatened, whether it be a national park or an ill child. So we must take turns with our despair and our hope. We must hold the hope for one another. And we must partner with one another to create hope. It is this partnership that allows us to live another day.

Holiday Gatherings: Embodied Hope

Holiday Gatherings: Embodied Hope
By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
December. Wrapped in darkness. Cold. Wet. Inwardly turned. And yet full of expectation and celebration. The fire of Yule. The pinprick of light returning on Solstice. The miracle of Hanukkah: the oil lamp lit for 8 days re-sanctifying a defiled temple. The birth of hope against hope in a child born. Christmas. Each a holiday that leans toward a light …
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Winter 2017/2018— WUUC Adult+Child Faith Development Quarterly

Winter 2017/2018--- WUUC Adult+Child Faith Development Quarterly

The Winter will soon decidedly be with us, along with the early dark and their friend melancholy. Our instincts are to rest and hide during this season, to hibernate until the Sun returns. However, our church life seems to get busier in the Winter. It seems counter-intuitive that a community-based church, that requires us to continually show up in social spaces, would be busier in times of hibernation and slower in the most pleasant months of the year.
I wonder if it is this way because our purpose is to provide comfort and a place of rest for those who are being battered by the cold, ever-present rain. We show up to help those in need and we come for rest when we need it. As volunteers, we also must stay home and rest occasionally, to renew ourselves so that we can be present for others when we return. May we find a balance of being in community, serving others in need, and taking time to hibernate in the comfort of our own warm private dens this Winter. May we find ways to both remind each other of the need to be in community and to take time for renewal.
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 about your faith development needs, constructive feedback, and encouragement. Please email corrections to me via,
Warmly and Fondly,
Rev. Jaelynn Scott
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BAG Committee takes on rebuild.

BAG Committee takes on rebuild.
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It started with a discolored fascia board. Water intrusion; carpenter ants. Caused by some original poor roofing. So we demolished damaged wood and when we got back to undamaged wood, this is what the back of the church above the nursery looked like. Tom Richards, Bob Condrat, Robert Galloway and Gregg Schiller put in 71 hours over 4 days. We were led by professional remodeler David Ames, protégé and son-in-law of Bob Ditzler. After the demo, we rebuilt the back wall up to the roof. Elite Roofing then repaired the roof. And all done before the rain.

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 or 425-891-5949.

Nonfiction Book Club – Winter 2018

Nonfiction Book Club - Winter 2018
Join us on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Sharingwood Cohousing Community for a meeting of the WUUC Nonfiction Book Club. Stephana Ditzler and Rosemary Lowden are co-hosting the meeting to discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal …
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Advocates for Social Justice: Special Collections

WUUC’s Advocates for Social Justice has scheduled near-future recipients of our third Sunday ASJ special collections. They are:
Dec – Black Child Dev Institute
Jan – UUSC Guest At Your Table (kicked off in Nov)
Feb – BLUU The Promise of Our Practice
Mar – NwuuJN & WA Voices for Justice
Apr – People for Puget Sound (Earth Day)
May – Mothers for Police Accountability (Mother’s Day)
June – Camp Ten Trees
July – Pioneer Human Services
Aug – Local Navigators

A Pete Seeger Songfest – Jim Scott Remembers Pete in Song

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1607 Fourth St., Marysville WA 98270
Price: Suggested Donation $15
By Mike Mallory
Composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Pete well and collaborated on many projects with the folk legend, will lead the audience singing many of Pete’s well-loved songs such as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, …
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Pacific Northwest Anti-Racist Activist Network, Sat. 12/2

Pacific Northwest Anti-Racist Activist Network [os]
We are convening an Anti-Racist gathering on Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue, to initiate and build our capacity to work together and learn together so we can be more effective at fighting white privilege and white supremacy in ourselves, our churches and our society. Please join us to share ideas and resources and to build a collaborative coalition that will create greater impact in racial justice work
Register via link here
Questions? Email Leslie Schmidt,

Family Night/Tree Decoration, Sat. 12/9

Family Night/Tree Decoration [wb]
Family Night! Saturday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. at WUUC. Please join us. Bring your family’s favorite games and a dish to share. There will be activities for children of all ages (including a simple craft for the littlest ones) and it’s a great opportunity for the adults to catch up while the kids play. We will also be decorating the …
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Golden Girls, Thu. 12/28

Golden Girls [os]
Golden Girls cordially invites you to join them for lunch on the last Thursday of each month. We will gather at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 for food and fellowship at our favorite place, Russell’s, 3301 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell. We hope you will join us. Watch for the e-mail reminder closer to the date and RSVP then so we will know how many will be at our table.
Questions? E-mail Stephana at

Feeding the Homeless, Sat. 12/30

Feeding the Homeless [os]
Mark your calendars! The menu has not yet been selected.

Regifting Fair [L]

Regifting Fair, Sun. 12/3

We will hold our re-gifting fair right after the service. This is an opportunity for our children to shop for family and friends for 25 cents, 50 cents, and a dollar. What we need: gently used quality items for the children to purchase and gift wrappers to help the children wrap their gifts. If you can help, please contact Rev. Lo. You may bring your items for donation any time up to and including Dec. 3.
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Circle Supper, Sat. 12/9 & 12/16

Join us in one of two festive and fun Holiday Circle Supper potlucks at Chuck Bean’s house between Duvall and Monroe at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, or Dec. 16. Bring a food dish to share (some folks also bring a beverage of their choice) and a cheap or used, funny, intriguing, ridiculous or otherwise entertaining and wrapped white-elephant gift to unload onto someone else
(if you’re lucky).
Please go directly to the WUUC secure-site Circle Supper Sign Up Sheet to sign up, coordinate dishes to share and to arrange any carpools:
Driving directions and a map will be sent to you as soon as you sign up.
All WUUC members, friends, and newcomers, single or partnered, 18 or older, are welcome.
Chuck’s home can handle up to 16 guests.

ASJ Movies with Meaning: ‘Step,’ Sun. 12/10

ASJ Movies with Meaning: 'Step' [p2]
The December ASJ Movies with Meaning will be “Step,” a highly acclaimed documentary that is upbeat and relevant to our times. Review: This inspiring documentary profiles three senior members of a Baltimore high-school step-dance team as they overcome hardships to attend college. In the face of racial tensions in Baltimore, the “Lethal Ladies” use step dancing to express their emotions and relieve the mounting stress of completing high school.
Popcorn and soda will be provided by your hosts, Linda McCrystal and Bill McKenzie.

Youth Group Reunion, Sun. 12/24

YRUU senior youth and graduates gather to relive old times at WUUC, 8 p.m. following the Meditative Service.


Hope, Assurance, and Faith

Hope, Assurance, and Faith, 12/3

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
In these times which weigh so heavy upon us, we long for hope, assurance and faith. Are they accessible or even useful?

A Ritual of Hope, 12/17

A Ritual of Hope
– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Sometimes we just plain run out of hope. In these times we need someone else to hold hope for us. In this ritual we will hold the hope for one another.

Christmas Eve Service, 12/24

Christmas Eve Service
– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer & Reverend Jae Scott
In this service, we will celebrate Christmas with a dramatic worship service that tells the Norwegian folk tale, “The Night the Animals Talked.” We all know the story about Joseph and Mary, expecting parents looking for a safe place to rest on their journey. However, have you heard the story …
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Just What Are We Hoping For? 12/10

Just What Are We Hoping For?
– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Christmas rolls around year after year and with it great expectations and an unknown hope. What expectations and hopes does this time of year bring?

Solstice Labyrinth Walk, 12/21

Solstice Labyrinth Walk [s]
Offered by the Earth Based group, this is a way to celebrate the Solstice in a contemplative way. It is open to all ages.

Christmas Eve Meditative Service

Christmas Eve Meditative Service, 12/24

— Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
A Contemplative service of story and music. Johnna Ebanks will provide special music.
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Burning Bowl Service, 12/31

Burning Bowl Service
– Rachel Eddy & Jerry Bowers
Each year we have the chance to put the past behind us and welcome the new through ritual and song. Join us to set your intentions for the new year.