"When I was hired by Evergreen, one of the things that was made clear to me was that this congregation wanted to thrive again, wanted to grow in the number of members and the ability to have a full-time minister on staff." Continue reading on page 4
The RE class, along wtih Alonaa Chatburn, have been planning a service project to put together care bags of gallon-sized zip lock bags that have things in them like water, bars, socks, first aid items, and and vitamins. We'll be stuffing bags with items on Sunday, October 11th from noon to 1:30pm.
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Early Autumn 2020 | Covers September 20th through November 1st
by gregory orr
from the minister - on page 4
Table of contents
Photo by jill
EUUF Info ......................................2
Connection Page ...........................3
From the Minister .........................4
Mission Planning Team ................5
Full Week Faith .............................6
Children & Youth ..........................7
Evergreen's Offerings ....................8
UUA, Holidays and Days of Observance .....................................9
Committee Fair ...................10 & 11
Board Highlights .............Back Cover
on the ground -
Each one a page,
In the Book,
a poem that says
A small part
of the whole
Story - this my song,
This is my glory.
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Blessed is the fire that burns deep in the soul. It is the flame of the human spirit touched into being by the mystery of life. It is the fire of reason; the fire of compassion; the fire of community; the fire of justice; the fire of faith. It is the fire of love burning deep in the human heart; the divine glow in every life.
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New Communications Submission Form!
Check out the new form for submissions for the Weekly Update, Newsletter, Sunday Announcements and more!
If everyone uses this form for submissions, those working on Evergreen publications retain a little bit more of their sanity by having everything organized in one place.
To schedule a phone/virtual meeting, go to calendly.com/therevtombozeman. Or, if something urgent comes up, you can always call/text him at 774-353-0523.
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Dear Members & Supporters of Evergreen,
Join us on Slack to dig deeper into the Evergreen community and plug in to all the discussions, communications, planning, updates and more! Contact Alli, the office admin for a link to join.
Are you on Facebook? We have a private Facebook group called Evergreen UU Community--join us!
Sat, October 10, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Register for the film here.
The film will be available all day on October 10, 2020 to watch at your convenience followed by a zoom presentation and discussion at 6:00 PM.
On February 14, 2018, a school shooting took the lives of 17 people and suddenly changed the conversation about guns in America. Parkland Uprising is a new documentary about students and their allies who are demanding action to reduce gun violence.
Directed by Emmy-winner Cheryl McDonough,Parkland Risingis an inspiring look at the students and parents who started an international movement to reduce gun violence. The film features David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Matt & Ryan Deitsch, Emma Gonzalez, Fred Guttenberg, Cameron Kasky, Patricia and Manuel Oliver.VIE
Everett Meaningful movies
THe young people will win
online screening & Panel discussion
The Time Is Now
Let Your Voice Be Heard
As Pastor Tom has shared in his article elsewhere in this Newsletter, the Visioning segment of the Mission/Vision process is soon drawing to a close. He has challenged everyone to submit at least one vision in the next few weeks so that we have 100% participation in the visioning for Evergreen’s future in the next 5-10 years. Would you help us include your voice in that process?
We’re living through a remarkable time. There has been an unscheduled and dramatic pause in the calendar of our lives –– in which we have had the opportunity to re-examine our priorities, our personal values, our vulnerabilities, our inner resources – and perhaps re-reaffirm what is really important to us, what we can live without, what we can tolerate, and what we can adjust to in order to sustain what is most essential. We will be forever changed by this period of isolation that we have experienced and that continues into an unknown period of time and to various degrees of restriction. It has led many of us to dream – to re-imagine what life will be like and how we want to restructure our lives going forward.
Where does Evergreen fit into that re-imagined horizon? What are we walking toward together as a Fellowship in the next 5-10 years of Evergreen’s life? What do you see when you imagine yourself in that future Evergreen? The visions that folks have for Evergreen’s future will be their dreams for what we can become, will inspire energy and action to achieve those dreams, and form the basis for the new Mission Statement to be developed as the roadmap to fulfilling our shared Vision.
Please add your voice to the vision of promise and possibility for Evergreen’s future. Submit your Visions (feelings, thoughts, ideas, images, pictures as well as words, phrases, sentences) to the #visioning channel in our Slack workspace, or to the Planning Team.
from the minister
Please submit Visions by email to the Planning Team:
THE MISSION PLANNING TEAM
Please contact any of us with questions or concerns. We welcome your input and your participation.
Ann Kelleher • Karen Winchell • Nancy Miller
Marijo Duprey • Sally Malan • Laurel Nisler
NEWS FROM THE MISSION PLANNING TEAM
What is your compelling vision of Evergreen in 5-10 years?
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When I was hired by Evergreen, one of the things that was made clear to me was that this congregation wanted to thrive again, wanted to grow in the number of members and the ability to have a full-time minister on staff.
The number one, most important building block for that to happen is a compelling vision of where the Fellowship is headed. WITH such a compelling vision, it becomes possible to evoke excitement and interest and energy - all vital ingredients to making a congregation thrive. WITHOUT such a compelling vision, it becomes really hard to evoke the excitement and interest and energy that are necessary to such thriving. Without such a compelling vision, we default expectation and obligation - which some people find persuasive, but most people just find uncomfortable.
We started talking about visioning back in March and had originally planned to spend seven weeks on it - but many folks asked us to slow down so that we could spend more time on it, so we did. Well, now we are reaching the end of that time. We will soon be wrapping up - so we need your visions!
In late October, we will hold focus groups to synthesize congregational visions.
BUT WAIT - synthesize them from what?!?
That’s where you come in!
By the time we get to the focus groups in late October, we’ll need lots and lots of visions submitted!
I’m hoping for AT LEAST ONE from every person in the Fellowship - but if there were ten for fifteen from each person, that would be even better! What would get you ten times as excited about Evergreen as you are now? If we could tell you one positive thing about Evergreen in ten years time that would have you heart skip a beat, what would that be?
And, remember: the key thing with these visions is NOT getting all the words right or having it be well-composed or anything. The KEY THING is for it to tap into whatever you’re POSITIVELY EXCITED about Evergreen being in 5-10 years. Whatever thrills you, whatever gets your heart pumping. Post it in the #visioning channel in Slack or send it into the Planning Team.
As we address the future direction of this congregation, we promise to:
- listen with our hearts,
- think with creativity and imagination,
- stay open to and respectful of new ideas and concepts,
- consider limitless possibilities, and
- honor the values and beliefs of the Fellowship;
and we are:
- ready to accept others without judgment, go to the extremes of diplomacy, and offer the maximum generosity,
- prepared to laugh at ourselves and laugh with each other, and
- eager to try, fail, learn, and try again.
Books / Poetry
Imagine! by Raul Colon
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan
Here and Now by Julia Denos
Story Boat by Kyo Maclear
The Almost Impossible Thing by Basak Agaoglu
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
I'm Not Just A Scribble by Diane Alber
Spoon by Amy Rosenthal
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
The Fort by Laura Perdew
Movies / Videos
The Good Dinosaur (PG)
Rock Dog (PG)
Queen of Katwe (PG)
Craft / Activity
Have you ever made a kaleidoscope? There are many DIY crafts out there that use materials many of us have in our homes, this one is from She Knows. Looking through a kaleidoscope gives a new perspective on a normal scene - adding a little colored light can shift us out of a rut for a bit. There are other ways to affect the color in your life - try putting scarves over lamps (make sure this is not a fire hazard before attempting); use blankets to cover your couch or chair.
Songs / Music
I'm On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons
We Are Enough by Emily Arrow
The Power of Mistakes by C.J. Luckey
feat. A to Z
Living In The Moment by Jason Marz
Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
Big Life by Lindsay Muller
Feeling cooped up? Does your heart feel like it's being crushed by the weight of our current reality? Open your world by opening your heart. Place your hand over your heart and take three slow, deep breaths. Imagine your heart relaxing, loosening. With each inhalation, feel the tension and tightness fall away, and with each exhalation feel your heart grow and open, soften.
This yoga pose is called the bridge - we can use it as a bridge to connect where we are to where we want to be - and to give our Zoom-watching bodies a break from the screen! Laying down on the floor on your back, place your arms straight by your sides. Bring your heels to your hands, and making sure you keep your knees close together, pressing down into your shoulders and through the soles of your feet, lift your belly button to the sky. Remember to breathe! To release the pose, roll your back slowly to the floor from neck to bottom. To balance the pose, bring your knees to your chest and give yourself a hug for trying.
Children & Youth
Connection - Kathleen G. & Desmond S.
Roots - Barbara J.& Marilyn Bosckis
Growth - Judy S.& Marijo D.
Place - Marijo D.
Stillness - Barbara J.& Judy S.
Presence - Judy S.& Pastor Tom
Silence - Sue G. & Desmond S.
Listening - Paul M. & Barbara J.
Shine - Sue G.
Passion - Alonna C. & Michelle V.
Action - Dean S. & Jennie L. & Paul M.
Reaching Out - Ann V. & Michelle V.
Flexibility - Barbara J.
Persistence - Michelle V. & Barbara J.
Gathering - Marilyn & Mike M.
Make Change - all of the above!
On October 1st we'll be completing the Sing to the Power Curriculum - this effort was made possible by so many people, and we'd like to say "THANK YOU!!" This curriculum uses the hymn "Now Let Us Sing" and changes the phrase to fit each lesson. The following people contributed hymn verses for us to listen to in class:
Marilyn and Mike Mallory
These resources and ideas are tied to the theme and offer ways for you to engage with the worship series throughout the week.
playing with the season
a time to laugh
Q: What do you call a pumpkin who works at a pool?
A: A life gourd
Q: What's the best thing to put in apple pie?
A: Your teeth!
view from Little Mountain Park, Mt. Vernon, WA
The curriculum focuses on four different powers, those of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Each power spans four lessons, each lesson with a specific focus.
These are the people who made this summer's offering of this curriculum possible:
The UUA has made the 2020 GA On-Demand Library available to the public on Vimeo. In addition to the major GA worship services, business sessions, and reports, the library includes the Ware Lecture by Naomi Klein, featured speaker presentations, learning stage presentations, and workshops all previously available to GA registrants only. Enjoy and share widely!
2020 General assembly videos now available
Registration is OPEN - Reserve your place now!
UU Justice Summit
Committing Ourselves to the Great Turning
Saturday, October 10, 2020 Online
With pre-program evening on Oct. 9
Register for the Summit
Download the Flyer
Check out the program
Sponsors of the 2020 Summit
Register today to connect for issues that matter to you.
In light of the dramatic and tragic events of the past several months, the 2020 summit will be online and split between two weekends, October 10 and December 5-6. Pre-summit events will be offered on the evenings of October 9thand December 4th.
Racial justice, Environmental and Climate Justice, RIMS (Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant Solidarity), and Legislative Advocacy will be the focus of a sequence of plenary sessions on October 10th.
The online format allows us to feature national and regional, as well as local panelists. You can attend all of the sessions or just those of greatest interest to you. The December 5th sessions, responding to the election, will concentrate on strategizing and organizing actions for congregations, justice partners and for JUUstice Washington in 2021 and beyond.
Photo by Jeff Kish
UUA news, holidays & days of observance
Save the Date for PNW Regional Assembly 2021: Love Right Through
Keep an eye on future Newsletters for more information.
Love Right Through
Feb 13-14, 2021
A Virtual Regional Gathering
Book Discussion Group -
Last Wednesday of the month 7:15 - 8:45 pm
September 30th - "Americanah” by Chiananada Ngozi Adichie
October 28th - "Educated" by Tara Westover
Contact Michelle Valentine for more information.
EUUF Writer's Night -
October 14th (Second Wednesday) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Join in an evening of sharing your written works. Non-writers are welcome; the last part of the meeting will be dedicated to workshop / sharing writing techniques, methods and inspiration. Join Zoom Meeting. Contact Orient Coleman or Jen Broadway for more information.
Big Questions -
2nd and 4th Fridays, from 7-9 pm
Join here to discuss fundamental questions in philosophy. The questions take the Socratic form, “What is …?” What is justice? What is truth? What is it to be spiritual? All are welcome. Contact Desmond Smith for more information.
Men's Circle -
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 7-9 pm
We are a group of men who gather to share with each other our authentic joys, challenges and insights, with the goals of personal growth and mutual support. We pledge to create affirmative, compassionate gatherings through heart-felt sharing, deep listening, honest communication, and confidentiality. We currently meet via Zoom. Contact Dan Hall for more information.
WISE - Women Investigating, Supporting, and Experiencing
Wednesday, October 28th, (4th Wednesdays) from Noon - 1:30 pm
If you will be 60 or older this church year, please join us for lively conversation and lots of laughter! Throughout the year we will explore topics and activities pertaining to this age and stage of our lives, so join in when you can. Be ready for reflection, learning, growing, and FUN! Contact Kathy Proctor for more information.
Common Ground Choir
1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 7-8:30 pm
The choir has been rehearsing via Zoom meetings held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. If you would like to join us, please contact Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome. We have also been rehearsing with practice audio files which can then be added to tracks on Soundtrap. This way we can still provide music for the virtual services and maintain our identity as a choir and as worship leaders. This is a valuable tool which we will continue to use even after things get back to the "new normal".
a brisk autumn wind
turns a sea of green into
a carpet of gold
What are the needs of our community? In this article by Christine Slocum, we are invited to consider how we migth be called to look at needs in a different way and expand our ideas of how we hold power and how we can use it.
Is there a program you'd like to offer? Contact Desmond at email@example.com.
Find more details on our website! www.evergreenuu.org/adult-programs
Contact - Tom Gaskin
Facilitates our annual Pledge Drive each spring to project next year’s resources
Plans and conducts activities throughout the year describing and supporting culture of abundance culminating in tightly organized pledge drive with celebration of completion.
Board of Trustees and Finance Committee
Tom Gaskin (Chair), Pastor Tom Bozeman, Michelle Valentine, Chuck Taylor, Dan Hall, Nancy Guidry, Ryan Weber
Contact - Marilyn Bosckis & Mike Mallory
MISSION: Generate and support excellence in the EUUF worship experience.
Worship Associates - Recruit, train, schedule, and support
Guest Speakers - Recruit, schedule, and orient
PRIMARY NETWORK RELATIONSHIPS:
Sound & technology, Greeters, Music, Aesthetics, Minister
A recruiter for guest speakers
Additional Worship Associates
Volunteer Guest Speakers from within the Fellowship
building & grounds
vacant committees / teams
EUUF Committee fair
Contact - Ken Rines
Recruit volunteers for leadership positions:
Board of Trustees
Facilitate development of leadership skills, training for future leaders
Nominates search committee (when needed)
5 members, two-year term
Contact - Sue Gaskin
The purpose of Evergreen Covenant Circles is threefold:
Covenant Circles help build community and lasting friendships
Covenant Circles provide for deeper spiritual exploration and the search for meaning in life.
Covenant Circles offer small group ministry to the Fellowship and the wider community.
Leaders put together slides and shared their missions, visions, tasks and achievements - these were presented and recorded during the Zoom meeting, which you can find here. The presentation was followed by breakout rooms for people to connect with leaders, ask questions, and find out more information about the work that happens within the congregation.
Euuf committee fair
Leadership development committee
Evergreen Endowment Fund
A fund invested to benefit Evergreen in the long term through its earnings
Professionally managed as part of the UU Common Endowment Fund
Socially responsible and environmentally friendly investments
Current balance: ~$106.000
Money comes from donations and bequests.
Committee members are elected for 3-year terms: Chuck Taylor, Marijo Duprey, & Bob Heavey
For more information:
Web page: https://www.evergreenuu.org/endowment
Sunday, September 20th saw the first virtual version of our annual Committee Fair, in which committee and team, group and circle leaders come together to share about their work and offerings, and invite participation from the wider congregation.
Contact - Paul Miller
Our Mission: To plan and implement routine and emergency maintenance projects and implement improvements approved by the Board of Trustees.
Duties and Goals:
Schedule needed maintenance and improvement work and coordinate volunteers.
Work with an aesthetics team to identify and carry out projects to improve the beauty and function of our church home.
Maintain our garden landscaping in a sustainable, aesthetically pleasing manner. Make sure are grounds are tidy and litter free.
Develop, implement and maintain appropriate building security measures.
Assist with the sound system during Sunday services and other events.
Contact - Mari Budlong
The Communication Committee supports and facilitates communication within the congregation and to the larger community to provide information and invite participation.
Social Media and Directory Use Policies and Procedures
seasonal newsletter (released every 6 weeks)
classes and individual instruction on use of technological tools that facilitate communication
Contact - Desmond Smith
Leaders: All programs are led by EUUF volunteers. That means YOU!
Where & When? All programs are held remotely, mostly using Zoom. They can be in the evening, or during the day.
Getting Started: Simply schedule your activity on the EUUF Calendar, and prepare a description of your group’s purpose, and identify your needs.
Announcement: Make sure your group is listed on the calendar, and you have a brief announcement in the weekly Email Update with the Zoom Link included. It comes out on Fridays.
Contact - Barbara Johnson
MISSION: To ensure the safety of Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship congregants and visitors, and the building and its contents; to provide information to the congregation and other building users of safety precautions and issues.
WHAT WE DO:
Write articles for the Newsletter and Weekly Update on safety issues
Provide training for the Worship Teams: Worship Associates, Greeters, and Choir
Schedule Fire, Earthquake and Unwanted Intruder Drills
Survey the building regularly to ensure it is safe for congregants and visitors
Accept and respond to feedback from congregants and visitors
Common Ground is Evergreen’s Choir – mighty and joyful!
All are welcome to join us.
Our mission: to provide meaningful choral music for worship services and serve as worship leaders supporting congregational singing.
CG also serves its participants: pursuit of musical excellence, singing with others, being part of a greater whole
How we rehearse in these Corona times: meeting on Zoom, practicing and preparing music via audio files/Soundtrap, hymnal check out
Review current year and prior year incomes and expenses
Discuss unforeseen circumstances and prepare for contingencies
Forecast upcoming fiscal year incomes and expenses
Deliver proposed fiscal budget to the Fellowship and Board for approval
Chair – EUUF Treasurer, Ryan Weber
There are currently 9 members
Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're interested in joining or starting up one of these vacant committees, please contact the office administrator to put you in touch with some folks to help you get acquainted with the positions.
Update from the board
Please check the calendar on the Evergreen website for the most current offerings, activities, events and worship services. New to Evergreen? Please fill out the Guest Card at evergreenuu.org/sunday.
The congregational year began on July 1st and runs until June 30th - and it will be an important time for Evergreen. We’re working towards a new congregational Mission Statement - which we’re planning to approve in January. Once we have the Mission Statement, we’ll discuss our Open Questions as a congregation: They are:
"On what one or two efforts should we as a congregation focus our energy and resources to fulfill our Mission?"
"In what ways are our current facilities well-suited to fulfilling our Mission? And what challenges do our current facilities pose to fulfilling our Mission?"
In many ways, this is a pivotal year for Evergreen - when, together, we choose our direction for the future. It’s really important that your voice be heard in each step along the way. Just as you participated in the first two parts of the creation of our new mission statement -- (distilling Evergreen’s Core Values and Bedrock Beliefs), we hope you’ll take part in the third part - by continuing to send in your Motivating Visions to help inform our new Mission Statement and the discussions around the two Open Questions:
What do you deeply hope and imagine Evergreen to be in 5-10 years from now?
The Board of Trustees is also gathering a couple of task forces to help us put that Mission Statement into practice:
A Local Trends & Possible Partnerships Task Force (LTPP/TF) to help us shape how we want to pursue our Mission in the coming years. We’ve talked about and invited some suggestions in recent years of different efforts that we might take on or organizations that we might partner with – but never with the sort of concerted attention that would make possible pursuing any of those possibilities.
A Facilities Analysis Task Force (FATF) – will be working to help us make thoughtful, prudent decisions about the future of our building and property. There have been some conversations in recent years about the pros and cons of staying in our current building or not; this Task Force is intended to conduct an impartial, factual study of our different options for the entire property. Paul Miller, Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee will be taking the lead in guiding the work of this important Task Force.
This year is indeed a big one for Evergreen - and we hope everyone in the congregation will continue sending in your Motivating Visions for Evergreen as we bring that important effort to conclusion by the end of October.
submission deadline for Late Autumn newsletter: october 26th
date range: november 1st through december 20th
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