St Paul's United Church of Christ, Seattle - Ballard, WA

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We are hosting an open house at St. Paul's on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. And yes, I know about the Seahawks game - we planned this before last week's playoff win. All are welcome to drop by and enjoy the newness - plus there will be music (Carol Banach) in the Sanctuary! Mary Lou Weitzel is coordinating refreshments.

On Sunday there will be a choir rehearsal before worship at 10:30 am. Jennifer and Ed Philyaw are greeting, Dotty Armstrong and Trina Banks are worship leaders, Tricia Lovely is teaching church school, and Karen Delaney is hosting fellowship time. We will also bless the women planning to march near and far on January 21.

Our church annual meeting is coming up on January 22. Could the following folk send me a brief report EARLY next week if possible, so that I can compile a booklet?

Mimi Altice - Moderator
David Anderson - Auction, Fire Recovery, and Stewardship (whew!)
Carol Banach - Music
Trina Banks - Student Intern
Christina Bogar - Grounds
Karen Delaney - Book Club
Judi Edwards - Membership
Janet Hall - Personnel
Chris Knutsen - Social Action
Tricia Lovely - Church School
Mary Mueller - Parish Nurse
Ed Philyaw - House
Jane Roys - Community Life
Marci Scott-Weis - Discernment
Ruth Velasco-Schmitz - Auction Fund-A-Need
Mary Lou Weitzel - Pastoral Relations and Worship

It could be just a simple statement that there is a committee, this is what we (I) do, etc. I am happy to talk this through with any of you, or to paste, copy, and e-mail you last year's report (if there was one!).

The chair of the conference Justice and Witness Committee has put together a very helpful spreadsheet on upcoming social justice events here and across Washington:!At4A1ODoFJGKjRMFMidcCmK2BCiY

Thanks to a quick turn-a-round by Francine Walls, the Church Council minutes are available-just let me know if you'd like a copy.


Tim Microsoft Excel Workbook

[01/06/17]   Friends,

Thanks to all who worked at the Sunday Dinner last week and / or donated blankets. We more than met our 60 blanket goal!

On Sunday we return to worship in the Sanctuary! Rather than the Home and Garden Channel "big reveal" this will be a work in progress. Enough restoration work has been done that we are able to meet there. It will be like what it was in Foster Hall this fall. with new surprises being finished each week.

In preparation, there is a work party in the building on Saturday morning from 9 am to noon. Tasks need to include the first two items, and may include as many of the others as there are volunteers:
attaching the hymn racks to and arranging the Sanctuary chairs and distributing hymn books and Bibles
wiping down dusty furniture throughout the Sanctuary, Lobby, and Library / Galley
organizing the items (fellowship time, etc) in the Foster Hall kitchen - all unpacked!
arranging / cleaning items in the Nursery
hanging the new shalom / salaam banner in the Sanctuary
attaching curtain rods and hanging curtains in Foster Hall
opening the last boxes in the Loft and verifying that its contents are music
hanging the new "We Are the Church" banner over the lobby stairway
unpacking the black chairs for upstairs non-Sanctuary use (like the ones in Foster Hall),
assembling two new office chairs
taking unfolded (flat) moving boxes and packing paper away
To make this happen we need cleaning rags and supplies, tools for hardware installation, and upholstery cleaner for nursery furniture.

If you can help and have a task in mind, it would be helpful to let me know!

On Sunday Jane and Charlie Roys are greeting, David Anderson, Carol Banach, Trina Banks, Courtney Stange-Tregear and I are worship leaders, and Sharon James and Mary Lou Weitzel are hosting fellowship time. There is no church school because it is a child-friendly worship service including Carol leading music, communion, a blessing of the Sanctuary, and a baptism theme. Jenny Stein (Carol's daughter) will staff the Nursery as Judi duNann is away.

And we will dedicate the teddy bears - to deliver to Fire Station 18 as a thank-you, and they will then give them to children affected by fires in the future. The fire station can only accept new teddy bears - the store tag must still be attached! We already have a nice supply.

If someone would like to bring fresh flowers for the Sanctuary on Sunday, please let me know. (Although I suppose we could never have enough fresh flowers!) I will deliver them (and a birthday card that I plan to have us all sign in worship) to Tillie Schoonmaker who has her 99th birthday on January 15th.



[01/04/17]   Hello,

Thank-you all for the prayers, concern, and support over the time since the fire at St. Paul's UCC in Seattle in late March of 2016. We returned to worship in our downstairs social hall in September and restoration is far enough along that we are able to return to the sanctuary this coming Sunday, January 8th! In addition, there will be an open house throughout the building on Saturday afternoon, January 14th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. All are welcome to worship (11:00 am) with us or to drop by the open house if you are able.

Tim Devine

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming...this very morning at St. Paul's.
"This Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere...."

[12/18/16]   "The heat is off." When I was setting up Foster Hall this afternoon in preparation for the service / pageant tomorrow the heat was not working. No instructions and no company to call yet, so just wanted folk to be aware. I rented two space heaters, and we still have one for the Nursery (where you can get your costumes.) The irony is that the heat IS on in the Sanctuary - the floors are finished (and beautiful!) but still drying so we can't use that room yet. Some time in the future this will be amusing, but not quite yet... -Tim

[12/17/16]   Friends,

This is a little later because I have been at St. Paul's quite a lot the last few days - with delivery of furniture, desks, and 175 boxes from storage! Only the first installment... Also, working with the project manager and locksmith on a master plan and going forward with all of the security upgrades and new door keys.

If you are out and about on Saturday Carol Banach will be playing Christmas carols at Factoria Mall from 2 - 2:30 pm and then again at Crossroads Mall on Sunday from 2 - 2:30 pm!

On Sunday come a little early through the upstairs front lobby door and don a Christmas pageant costume! Sharon James and Judi duNann will be there to help you and to make sure that we have all the characters represented! Then come downstairs and sit anywhere in the rows of chairs. Rather than wait at the back we will just come up for the tableaux from wherever we are seated during the pageant part of the worship service. Jennifer and Ed Philyaw are greeting, Trina Banks, Dianna Scott-Weis, Frances Scott-Weis, and I are worship leaders, and the Scott-Weis family is hosting fellowship time. There is no church school due to the pageant.

During fellowship time it would be wonderful if a group of folk could decide about opening the (30+) storage boxes in the Foster Hall kitchen that are have utensils, dishes, supplies, and so forth. Either then or at a time later in the week. I can arrange for you to have access at the time that works for you as a group. The first of several projects to come!

Another post-fellowship time project will be to help David Anderson repack all of the Christmas pageant costumes that we are borrowing from University UCC, and load his car for return delivery.

On Wednesday evening we will hold the Longest Night worship service at 7:30 pm in Foster Hall. Trina Banks, Marci Scott-Weis, and I will be worship leaders and Carol Banach will be sending out a choir notice to sing "Night of Silence," which will involve a rehearsal just before the service. Judi duNann will staff the nursery.

On Saturday evening (Christmas Eve) we will hold our traditional service at 7:30 pm - this year in Foster Hall. Choir - watch for an e-mail from Carol. My next "this week" e-mail will cover Christmas Eve and on.

There will be a simple Christmas (Sunday) worship service at the regular time in Foster Hall.

We will be offering blankets (new or gently used) when we host our next Ballard Sunday Dinner on January 1. Blankets can be brought to St. Paul's at any worship service between now and then. Questions can be directed to Chris Knutsen.

There will be a regular worship service (in Foster Hall) on Sunday, January 1 because we plan to return to the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 8 and this will be our family-friendly worship with communion instead of the 1st Sunday.

Thanks to Francine Walls, the Church Council minutes from last Monday's meeting are available.

Continued prayers for Bettie Lucas who is just home from the hospital and dealing with all the details in response to the death of her brother.



[12/11/16]   Part two - on Friday the St. Paul's HVAC system was finished, inspected, and approved - as in the 80's Glen Frey song, "The Heat Is On!"

[12/09/16]   Friends,

What a great Sunday (last) with the acting out the Good Samaritan story, the heartfelt send-off for Jason Boyd, the potluck, and the gift wrapping party - 70 hygiene kits and 90 packages of socks/gloves/hats - and if that wasn't enough we hosted the Ballard Sunday Dinner with Northwest Christian Church! Thank-you all!

This Sunday Jane Roys has found a substitute greeter. I can't remember who it is, but you know who you are! Trina Banks is preaching, Sheryl McElheny and I are worship leaders, Tricia Lovely is teaching church school, and Dave Heater and Bill Soderberg are hosting fellowship time.

Tricia Lovely is planning to have the children make Christmas cards for Tillie Schoonmaker during Church School. She is wondering if there are any pictures of Tillie to help make a connection. My pictures were in my office at the church and may or may not be coming back. If anyone has a picture of Tillie could you let Tricia know, or bring it on Sunday?

This is also a Emergency Feeding Program Sunday and Ruth Velasco-Schmitz is planning to get boxes ready to go to the facility in Renton.

Carol Banach has a vacation Sunday and our guest musician is JoAn Andenes who has played at St. Paul's before.

The building is coming along - more work has been done with HVAC, upstairs restrooms, painting, and there is electricity in more of the building. Don't plan on heat for one more Sunday - but sweaters and space heaters are there!







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