Announcements, Announcements, Announcements
Dear Members and Friends of PUUF;
Last Saturday our Board of Trustees, along with Becky Brown and Amy Wilkerson, met for a board retreat. Thank you to Gary and Anne Culbertson for sharing their home with us for the day and to David Allen for moderating our discussions and keeping us on track. Our purpose was to discuss where we are and where we are heading as a fellowship along with some more specific goals for this year. Please contact me or any member of the board with reactions, comments, and/or ideas. I welcome your feedback.
Who are we? We are an emerging congregation with intent of becoming a full member of UUA; welcoming to all; believing in “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; accepting of all journeys of spirituality; non-dogmatic; nonjudgmental; community members; built on a long UU tradition/history.
Where are we now? We are stable, [mostly aging] small congregation/fellowship; we are currently addressing the needs of our congregation; we are getting information out to the community but want to increase the ways we do that; we have a community outreach with our collections for Backpack for Kids and wonder if we could be doing more.
We are currently meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 4:00 pm. Do we want to continue these times?
Where are we going? If we wish to grow how can we align what we are doing with different age groups/demographics/interests/community?
Last year the board invested time and energy in making sure the bylaws reflect current and best practices. Those were accepted at the June general membership meeting. This year the Board Members will spend time investigating and studying all aspects of a possible part-time minister. This will include research on requirements to move forward; financial needs; and resources available for us. We welcome input from all members.
Other things we will work on are developing protocols for the way we do things (enabling new participants to help), the ways we communicate, and the ways we can better serve our members. We are blessed with a growing community of members and friends, a board that is able to work together, and an interest in growing our fellowship.
It takes many hands and hearts working together to build a fellowship. I hope you will join the conversations and the work of building PUUF to meet the spiritual and social justice needs of our local community.
PUUF board president
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Come enjoy good company and good food while we pay a special tribute to the life of Al Johnsen, artist and philosopher, who was a charter member of PUUF and a dear friend of Gig Harbor potters. If you have one of Al's works of art, please bring it or a picture of it, or bring your good memories and stories about Al.
We will meet at Hobie Denny's home and will provide you with the choice of hamburger, salmon burger, or veggie burger.
Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert and a beverage of your choice. Please let Hobie know how many will be in your party and what type of burger each person wants. PLEASE NOTE: This is in place of our July fellowship meetings.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 4:00 PM
PUUF ANNUAL MEETING & CELEBRATION
Thankfully we have a few dedicated volunteers who are working to keep our little fellowship running. We will discuss this in detail at the annual meeting on June 26th and will finish the meeting with a celebration POTLUCK. You will receive the Presidents' report and the Financial report PRIOR to the meeting. We are still looking for volunteers for board positions and we need EVERYONE to send in your pledge for the fiscal year before the board can finalize a budget. Search your heart for what PUUF means to you and please pledge what you are able to support us. Speakers and dues to the Pacific NW Regional UUA group, on which we depend for much are not yet covered in the pledges received so far. We have been hit hard with health issues among our members and we have had members leave due to moves. We need YOUR help to keep our little fellowship going. Please contribute whatever you are able.
President of the Board
The Board of Trustees and the Program Committee are delighted to announce that the Reverend Florence Caplow will return to PUUF as a regular monthly speaker, starting in September. Those who heard Florence during the 2014-2015 year, when she was an intern minister at Quimper UUF, remember her as an eloquent speaker and a gentle and inspiring presence.
Florence is a newly ordained UU Minister, an ordained Soto Zen priest, biologist and environmental nature writer. She has served as Minister at Two Rivers UU in Colorado, and as intern minister at Quimper UU in Port Townsend. She returns to Quimper as an assistant minister, sharing the pulpit with Rev. Bruce Bode.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 4:00 PM
FLOWER SERVICE SUNDAY
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF FLOWER POWER
This Sunday, in honor of the Flower Service, flowers will help us stretch our imaginations; travel the world; float in space; speed up time; transform stone; go to the movies; and get some sound advice on how to live the good life.
Every spring, most of our churches and fellowships devote a Sunday to this festive participatory service which celebrates both the earth's beauty and humanity's oneness.
Please bring a flower from your garden, from the field or roadside. At the end of the service we will take home a different flower. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community; it would not be the same without each and every one of us.
Joseph Bednarik serves as the Assistant in the Pulpit at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend.
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 4:00 PM
HANK AND CLAIRE
PETE SEEGER: THE MAN AND THE MUSIC
Pete Seeger (1919-2014), a fellow UU, is an iconic presence in the 20th Century American music landscape, revered by some and reviled by others for his activism on issues of labor, war, civil rights, and the environment. Pacific Northwest musical duo Hank and Claire sketch the line from Pete Seeger’s personal story to the social justice issues that inspired him. In addition to stories about his life, each phase of Seeger’s activism will be illustrated with songs he wrote and/or popularized. You will learn the context for such iconic songs as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Of course you are invited to sing along!
Hank Payne and Claire Favro return to PUUF with their joyous music and storytelling.
Creative Arts Eliot 2016 – August 13-18, 2016 CAE 2016 promises to be a relaxing time for exploring your creativity! This smaller Eliot camp includes many of the Eliot activities we know and love—In-gathering, small groups, daily worship, evening activities, and waterfront swimming, with the added bonus of a morning workshop with an artist!
More information on their website.
BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY:
WORKING TOGETHER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tickets $20 - $40 sliding scale
Students $5 Scholarships available
Join us for an interactive workshop with long time UU anti-racist organizer and author, Chris Crass to explore how we can work together for racial justice and Building Beloved Community! Everyone is welcome! Learn about Chris atwww.ChrisCrass.org Event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/472434022961322 or call Jo at 360-551-9644.
Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Garden Tour
Saturday June 25, 2016
1pm to 6pm
A labor of love! That is what awaits you when five gardeners on the KUUF garden tour open their gardens especially for UUs. These are no cookie-cutter, landscaper-designed gardens. They are reflections of individual creativity and dirty fingernails! Each is unique, beautiful and full of ideas to try in your very own gardens. You will get a special garden tip at each site, light refreshments, and a personal tour so you can take your time and ask all the questions you want.
Please join us for a relaxing, aesthetic afternoon in the garden.
For tickets email Carolee at firstname.lastname@example.org