The Holy Spirit Coming to a Room Near You

Dear Church, We know that there has been a lot of talk in the news about churches pushing to gather again for in person worship. I would anticipate that we will hear more news as time goes ahead. We feel the deep yearning to gather together, but throughout this time, deeper than...
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Words and Conversation Partners

For many years, I have never been known as a person of few words. As you know, I grew up in the South where even short words have many syllables. I witnessed this art of communication in stories told by members of my family, especially by one of my late aunts. In my minds’ eye, I...
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The Work of the Church

Hello Church Family, Even as we step into Phase 1 of re-entering the new normal, this new way of living–of doing literally EVERYTHING in and from our homes, feels brand new and at the same time, like we have been doing this forever. At this time, we have held virtual...
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Palm Sunday Then and Now

Thousands of years ago, individuals and families were planning their pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the annual celebration of Passover.  Jesus was making arrangements to secure a donkey for his ride into Jerusalem as the “Prince of Peace.”  The authorities were on the look out for...
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The Everything Room

Dear Church, As I write you here from my living room, I am thinking of for how many of us our homes have become a place where all of our living happens. Our apartment, house, or room is now our “living space,” “sleeping area,” “workout gym,” “office setup,” “homescho...
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Cancelling In-Person Gatherings

Following the health guidelines from King County and the recommendations of the UCC Conference Minister, we have made the decision to cancel in-person worship on Sunday March 8 and Sunday March 15. This decision was made by Church Council, to respond to the best recommendations...
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Mustard Seeds

Today we are sharing the prayer written by our 2/3rd grade class for Children’s Sabbath, along with some photos of their wonderful worship service on February 2nd. And we are grateful for the congregation’s donation of $510 worth of coins, a total of $710 in donations...
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Actions, Conversations, and Prayers

On Thursday, Jan. 29th, ten early bird members of our UCC congregation and myself participated in Environmental Lobby Day in Olympia where we teamed up with other activists to speak up for the environment. We gained skills on how to be persuasive constituents and put them into...
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We Are an Immigrant Welcoming Church

Sometimes when I am trying to explain what kind of a congregation I serve, I am tempted to begin by explaining what we are not. You look at the way that Christians are portrayed in the media, and from the get-go we start on the defensive that we are not-closed-minded and that we...
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