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December 13, 2017


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday Services @ 9 and 11 a.m.


Holiday Music Celebration

Music: Adult and Youth Choirs, Staff Quintet

Programs for Children and Youth:

Classes for Preschool-Grade 8: 9:00 a.m. Children begin in service with families, then depart for Chalice Chapel and Solstice Art Sunday.

High School Youth Group: 11:00 a.m.

Toddler Room: Open from 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. for children ages 6 months to 3 years.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

One Morning Service Only at 11 a.m. -  "Sacred Night, Blessed Light" by Student Minister, Joe Rettenmaier

Music: Fa-La Sisterhood

Family Service and Pageant at 4 p.m. - "With Joy!" by Rev. Cecilia Kingman

Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m. - "A Good Word About the Day: Carols and Candles" by Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and Student Minister, Joe Rettenmaier

Programs for Children and Youth:

Morning Service at 11 a.m. All Ages - children attend service with families

Family Service and Pageant at 4 p.m.

Toddler Room: Open from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. for children ages 6 months to 3 years.


Gatherings and events

Open Women's Circle

Thursday, December 14 at 7 p.m. in Room 6

You are invited to join the open women's circle which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This circle is an opportunity to join with other women in mutual sharing of ourselves around topics that nourish our spirits. It is ongoing and open to both newcomers and longtime members. You are welcome to come and see if this group is right for you. If it is a good fit, please join us as a regular member of the group. For more information please contact Carol Peters or Gail Smith.

December Reading Circle: "The First White President"

Friday, December 15, potluck at 6:30 p.m., discussion at 7 p.m., at Rachel Maxwell's home 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, wrote this article for The Atlantic. It explores the role of racism in the last presidential election, Trump's determination to reverse Obama's legacy, and how white supremacy has colored our analysis of the election. Click here for information on reading the article online. The discussion, which will be at Rachel Maxwell's home in Edmonds, will start at 7. It will be preceded by a potluck dinner starting at 6:30. To register, email racialjustice.rsvp@euuc.org.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. in Room 5

The Sun is at its lowest point in the Sky. Days are short and nights are long. Join the EUUC Wheel of the Year Pagan Circle in celebrating the Winter Solstice. The celebration combines Wiccan, Shamanic, traditional folklore and Unitarian Universalist traditions. All are welcome. Children are especially welcome. Please bring drums, bells, rattles and sacred items to put on the altar. For more information, contact JoDee Creighton.

UU 102: Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation 

Sunday, December 17 after the 11 a.m. service in The Friarplace

UU 102, the second of two classes for adults interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, will begin after the second service. Lunch will be served and childcare will be provided with advanced notice. UU 102 focuses on EUUC: our history, governance, mission and vision, as well as the many activities that help us connect with one another, have fun, and contribute to making the world a better place. You can sign up online or by contacting the church office or Nancy Gladow or Lynn Carpenter. Prior completion of UU 101 is required for this class.

Holiday Service information 

On Sundays, December 24 and 31, we will hold one morning service at 11 a.m. Joe Rettenmaier speaks on the 24th on “A Season of Light” and Mike Lisagor speaks on the 31st  on “What Defines Happiness”.  The 9 a.m. services on these two dates have been cancelled. 

On Christmas Eve, join us at 4 p.m. for the family service and pageant celebration “With Joy!”  or at  9 p.m. for “A Good Word About the Day: Carols and Candles”.  

Save the Date

January/February Reading Circle: "Daring Democracy" - Copies of Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want are available at the Social Justice Desk. Discussion dates - January 14 and 28 and February 11.


Emergency Preparedness Workshop at EUUC in February  - reserve your spot now 

EUUC is hosting an adult education class on Emergency Preparedness in Chapman Hall on February 25, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The Quiet Heart Wilderness School brings their team to us ready for any sort of natural (or otherwise) disaster.  You will learn what you need to do to be prepared to be on your own for 3 weeks after an event that knocks out utilities and other resources.  Topics include finding and making shelter, insulation and staying warm, buildig fire, collecting and purifying water, primitive cooking, creating survival kits, family security, and more.  Cost to EUUC members is $25 individuals / $35 families.  Our neighbors and friends pay a slightly higher fee.  Reserve your space by emailing emergencypreparedness.rsvp@euuc.org.   

Nominate your favorite charity for the Sunday Offering

The Sunday Offering Committee welcomes nominations from EUUC members who have a favorite tax exempt charity they support or have personal knowledge of. They can be local, national or international. Nomination forms can be found online at the EUUC website or on a clipboard at the Social Justice bulletin board. Please leave completed forms in the Sunday Offering mailbox prior to the committee's next meeting on February 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Room 6. Members are welcome to come to the meeting.

Transylvanian Pilgrimage postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, EUUC’s Transylvanian Pilgrimage for 2018 has been cancelled. We hope to schedule one sometime in 2019. Stay tuned! If you have questions, contact the Rev. Cecilia Kingman.

2016-2017 Annual Report of the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The EUUC Annual Report for 2016-2017 has been completed and is posted for your perusal.  Please take a look at what your Board Officers, Staff and Committee and Interest Group Leaders have reported.  

Sunday Offering Recipient for December

The Sunday Offering cause for December is Karam Foundation, an organization looking to the future for Syrian refugee youth, mainly through education. They presently operate Karam House in Renhanli, Turkey, a place where teens can build their ideas, achieve their goals and reach their full potential with the help of mentors from around the world in science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics and continue on to a university. The Foundation also helps Syrian immigrant youth in the United States attend school and, in addition, they are helping rebuild schools in Syria. 

Create your legacy

Charitable bequests are a simple and popular way to make a legacy gift. By including a bequest to EUUC through your will, trust, UUA charitable gift annuity, IRA or life insurance, you are assuring that your Congregation continues to nurture the spirit in our community and work for a just and sustainable world. When you remember EUUC in your will or other estate plans, you make a personal financial commitment so that the Congregation will have a meaningful impact for future generations. A bequest of any size is a significant gift and represents a legacy that will endure for many years. Matching funds: Ten percent of the present value of your legacy gift will be matched by an immediate gift to our Congregation from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, NY. For further information, consult your financial adviser and/or email Endowment.

Weekly Family Email

Our Minister for Faith and Justice, the Rev. Cecilia Kingman, sends out a weekly email update about the week's programs and other special announcements. If you have children under 18 and would like to receive this weekly message, send a note to Cecilia and include your children's names and ages, and your name and contact info.

Registration Open for Children and Youth

Registration is now open for Programs for Children and Youth. Please visit our website to register your child or youth, or stop by the office for paper registration. All children ages one to 18 should be registered.