February 2023 Notes from the Board

February 2023 Notes from the Board

What do you actually do at Board meetings?  That’s a question I’ve heard more than once, so I thought it might be helpful to write a short note each month to let you know what we are up to.  First, a reminder of who is on the Board this year:  myself (President), Jan Radoslovich (Vice-President and lead on the Ministry Council), Terry Santmann (Secretary), Kermit Sprang (Treasurer), Linda Sherry and Jeff Lu (Members at Large) and of course Rev Dan.  We meet 1-2x/month.

  This year started with an all day Board retreat where the focus was on setting some goals for the year.  We came up with three goals:  Healthier Congregational Communication and Interactions,  Building a Safer Congregational Culture and Matching the needs of the church with volunteer availability (or, Rightsizing the Church).  For the Healthier Congregational Communication/Interaction goal, Rev Dan has organized the Braver Angels workshop and the Monica Guzman discussion and the Board has restarted Community Conversations with more work to come.  For the Building a Safer Congregational Culture goal, we have created a “Safer Congregation” task force comprised of two Board members (myself and Jan Radoslovich), R&R member Lori McConnell and at large member Justin Gertler along with Liz Ligon and Marlene Katz.  Our goal on this task force is to create clear, well publicized policies and procedures along with education to prevent sexual abuse, sexual harassment and professional sexual misconduct at WUUC.  The other goal for this group is to create a comprehensive Safer Congregation policy that addresses sexual abuse, harassment, misconduct and disruptive behaviors.  So far, we have had our hand full with these goals and have not made progress on the third goal, but it is certainly not forgotten.

Please let any of us know if you have questions/concerns; we are here for all of you.

Thank you,

Leslie Morton

February 2023 ASJ Update

February 2023 ASJ Update

The Advocates for Social Justice will be sponsoring a Special Collection during the service on February 19th for the Communities of Color Coalition (C3). Based in Edmonds, C3 educates and advocates for social justice and human rights, especially for people of color and other under-represented groups that have been systemically oppressed. They do this through a transformational process that centers and supports those who are closest to the problem in developing and implementing the solutions necessary for systemic change. Our collection will go toward their comprehensive rental assistance program.

The December 18th Special Collection raised $503 for Arms Around You, a reentry resources and referrals program that serves formerly incarcerated individuals coming out of correctional facilities, the homeless community, and victims of domestic violence and substance abuse.

            The ASJ Committee thanks WUUC members and friends for their generous support of our monthly special collections, which take place during services on the third Sunday of every month. Instructions for giving are posted during the service, and you can also donate anytime the following week at https://onrealm.org/wuuc/-/give/now, or by sending a check to WUUC at P.O. Box 111, Woodinville, WA 98072. Please make checks out to WUUC and write “ASJ Special Collection” in the notes.

Join a Curiosity Cluster

Join a Curiosity Cluster

Join a Curiosity Cluster!

Curiosity Clusters are forming now. These are book study groups of 8-10 curious folks wanting to take a deeper dive into Mónica Guzmán’s book, I Never Thought of It That Way. Clusters will begin in mid-to-late February and run for six sessions. Virtual and in-person Clusters will be available.

A picture containing text

Description automatically generatedInterested?

Please fill out this pre-registration form: https://forms.gle/wRtmJX39gSyYgSf3A

AND:

WUUC has plenty of copies of I Never Thought of It That Way! If you would like one (or more!), they are available for the discounted price of $19.00 each. Please contact May Killorin, our Office Administrator, at office@wuuc.org to obtain a copy.

February 2023 ASJ Update

January 2023 – ASJ Update

January ASJ Updates

The ASJ committee is excited to announce that together we raised over $2500 for this year’s Giving Tree! All gift card requests were fulfilled, allowing families to purchase presents for 19 children and food for special meals. Additional thanks to Lane Owsley for fixing up a donated bike that will fulfill a Green Leaf child’s special wish, Ann Lu for donating a Christmas tree to brighten a family’s living room this holiday, and Pam Green for the delivery of Farmer Frog food boxes the week before Christmas.

On January 15th our Special Collection will go toward Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest, which serves immigrants in detention and when released, through welcoming services focused on transitional support and connection to vital resources for resettlement.

In October our collection of $770 benefited Honor the Earth, a native initiative to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. November’s special collection of $449 goes to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, which serves Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska with trained, compassionate volunteer advocates running a toll-free hotline, help with paying for their abortion care, and help with transportation and housing for the procedure.

The ASJ Committee thanks WUUC members and friends for their generous support of our monthly special collections, which take place during services on the third Sunday of every month. Instructions for giving are posted during the service, and you can also donate anytime the following week at https://onrealm.org/wuuc/-/give/now, or by sending a check to WUUC at P.O. Box 111, Woodinville, WA 98072. Please make checks out to WUUC and write “ASJ Special Collection” in the notes.

“Jeremiah with his new bike!”
Continuing Zoom & Hybrid Events

Continuing Zoom & Hybrid Events

Dear WUUC,

The pandemic has been hard on all of us.  Engaging with our shared community is more important than ever.  To that end, we encourage all folks who plan, develop, or coordinate WUUC events to carefully consider including people who may not be able to participate in person by offering hybrid or online options whenever possible. Training and/or help with setting up virtual/hybrid events is available.  Please contact May Killorin, Office Manager, for assistance.

Your Board of Trustees

Giving Tree – Support Greenleaf Families This Holiday Season

Giving Tree – Support Greenleaf Families This Holiday Season

Dear WUUC members and friends,

The Advocates for Social Justice invites you to participate in the 2022 Giving Tree. This holiday fundraiser supports 11 families with 19 children living in the Greenleaf Apartments, a subsidized housing community in Kenmore. Donations will help purchase gift cards the families can use toward presents for their children and groceries for special meals. Donations of any amount will be appreciated!

For example:

$10 helps a family buy new socks or cleaning supplies

$25 covers a Lego set or new shirt

$50 purchases a warm sweatshirt for a teen

$100 helps a family purchase groceries for their holiday meal

Choose from three ways to contribute by Dec. 18

  1. Use this link and donate through Realm: https://onrealm.org/wuuc/-/form/give/givingtree Be sure it says “Giving Tree 2022” in the “Fund” category. This option allows you to use a credit card.
  2. Choose one or more cards worth $10, $25 or $50 from the Giving Tree at church that will be set up during the Thanksgiving Potluck after church this Sunday, Nov. 27. The cards will have a QR code on them that takes you to the Realm form described above.
  3. Drop off cash or check at the church for our Office Manager to deposit.

If you have any questions, contact cgoss-grubbs@wuuc.org.

Thank you!

Cora Goss-Grubbs & Pam Green, ASJ Co-Chairs