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Early Spring 2021 | Covers March 21st through May 2nd
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from the minister - on page 4
" Of all the things that I’m excited to be able to do again, high on the list is getting to see you all in person again! It’s one thing to be holed up at home in my personal life, but it also makes my job as your minister much more challenging."... continue reading on page 4
Have you appreciated participating in Evergreen but would like to become more a part of the Fellowship?
Then please get in touch with Pastor Tom to talk about how to make that happen!
We'll be scheduling a workshop soon and we want to make sure that your name is on the list of folks to notify!
Joining in our fellowship
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We have many of the sermon portions of worship services recorded and posted to our SoundCloud account - you do not need to have an account to listen! Find recorded past sermons at www.evergreenuu.org, and from the Worship tab choose 'Past Sermons'. You will be directed to a page that looks like the image below.
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a tiny tasks invite to participate
Join us on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30 pm for a special Zoom meeting that will share bite-sized ways you can be a part of the tech part of Sunday services. Hosted by Mari & Alli.
Currently, hosting the Sunday services can seem a bit overwhelming with the amount of things that need to be juggled. To solve this problem, we're working on dividing up some of the responsibility into tiny tasks that are simple to manage. In order to make this work, we need your help!
On Thursday, April 8th, we'll go over all the little roles that could use some volunteer support to make our Sunday services function. We would also like some collective brainstorming for things like how to schedule/sign up volunteers, other roles that may be needed, and how we want to welcome new visitors.
We will have an opportunity at the end with breakout rooms for a little more in depth training on some of the tasks.
Some of these tasks include:
Running the slideshow (screen-sharing)
Managing breakout rooms for Coffee Hour
Usher (admitting people from the waiting room)
Greeters - posting in the Chat Box
Recording the Sermon
We need your help! Please join us!
Submit Something For the Weekly Update, Newsletter or Sunday Announcements by clicking here!
You can choose what the title will be, in which publications you'd like the announcement to run, how long it will be publicized, and what images will be included (if any.)
Join on Sunday, April 11th @ 3pm as our RE Children & Youth share about their heritage. They'll be invited to record stories, share recipes, music, art and more, and about what it is they are sharing, , why it's a meaningful part of their heritage historically, and what it means to their families to keep those traditions alive. Register here -- registering helps keep our RE Zoom spaces safe.
Join us on Slack, a secure, private communication platform with a variety of channels to tune into for different topics/groups/teams at Evergreen!
Email us for a link to join!
March 21st - May 2nd
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Marysville, WA 98270
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MINISTER the Rev. Tom Bozeman
BOARD PRESIDENT Fred Haist email@example.com
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OFFICE ADMIN Alli Curtis
RELIGIOUS EDUCATOR Mari Budlong
The Board wants to thank all of you who stayed after the service on March 7, 2021 to let the Board know your thoughts. The Board is in the process of synthesizing all of the valuable input that the Congregation provided in those conversations in order to guide our formation of goals for the coming year.
Now that you have told the Board of Trustees what activities you want to focus on, it is time to address our second Open Question: "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?" We look forward to hearing from you and giving the Board guidance as to our building and facilities how we as a congregation want to move forward in the future.
Online Giving - New Look
open questions cafe 2020 - 2021
My dear folks,
It has been a long pandemic year for us all. And, now that many of us are vaccinated, there is the scent of hope in the air. A sense that there might be a Life After Quarantine: LAQ.
What are your hopes for the first year of your LAQ?
Do you want to spend more time with friends or family? Do you want to spend more time in nature? Do you want to take better care of yourself? Do you want to give yourself more treats?
Of all the things that I’m excited to be able to do again, high on the list is getting to see you all in person again! It’s one thing to be holed up at home in my personal life, but it also makes my job as your minister much more challenging. (For all the ways that I have not risen to that challenge: I apologize. And please let me know if you have felt let down in some way, so that I can address that with you.)
Getting to physically gather in the same space as you all will be a wonderful thing.
And we’re not quite there yet - and may not be for any number of months.
Among the Bedrock Beliefs that this community holds are:
We believe in the power of community, love, and compassion.
We believe healthy relationships give us life.
We believe in the interconnectedness of all existence.
We believe change and challenges are inevitable. We are resilient and capable of handling life’s challenges. Positive change takes effort, commitment, adaptability, and time.
So, as we look to the months ahead of continuing to mitigate the risks of covid-19 transmission:
How can we continue to bring to bear the power of community, love, and compassion?
How can we continue to nourish healthy relationships that give life?
How can we be considerate of the interconnectedness of all existence?
How can we strengthen our resilience, our ability to handle life’s challenges?
As more and more people are vaccinated, it looks more and more like we might be in the home stretch. Drawing on what we’ve learned this past year, how can we infuse this next period of time with our own integrity and values?
Pr. Tom (he/him/his)
from the minister
Meet with Pastor Tom
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.
The Online eGiving site has a new look! If you had a login for the previous eGiving site, it works just the same for the new site. You can still access any recurring contributions that were set up previous to the redesign.
The new site is even easier to navigate with large tiles for each fund type. You can try it out here. The new link will also be available in the weekly update, on the home page, and on the Order of Service page.
As a reminder, there are a lot of scams out there. If you receive a request for money or gift cards outside of the weekly update or our website at evergreenuu.org, please do not respond.
New eGiving Site ^
Old eGiving Site >
The annual pledge campaign has commenced and continues until April 11. Get your pledge in at bit.ly/euufpledge (A quick hint: there can be no dollars signs or commas in the yearly pledge amount on the online form.) This is the time when we align our values and resources for the next church year which starts on July 1, 2021. The goal for this year is $190,000 most of which is to increase our minister from 3/4 to full-time. To reach this goal everyone who pledged last year would have to increase their pledge by 18% . Not everyone will be able to do so, but do the best you can (and if possible a bit more). The fellowship is transforming our members and friends and society for the better. Evergreen UU needs your support Now More Than Ever.
now more than ever
Unitarian Universalist Ministry For the Earth -- Spring for Change: A Season of Sacred Activism
March 24th - Defund Line 3 - registration here
March 25th at 4pm - International Climate Circle, Session #3, register here
April 1st - DAPL & Frontlines to DC, find more information here
April 9-11 - All In For Climate Justice
Strengthen Local Climate Commitments -- find out how to support local climate justice campaigns, including a digital toolkit of action items and ideas
April 16-18 - Power Shift Network - This registration is for "UU/adjacent youth or young adult interested in attending the Power Shift Network's 2021 Convergence"
2nd Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific - Create Climate Justice meetings using CCJnet, led by Evergreen's Diane Brooks
Book Discussion Group -
Last Wednesday of the month 7:15 - 8:45 pm
-March 31st "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama, first volume of his presidential memoirs
- April 28th "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama, discussion covers last 350 pages of 700 page book
Contact Michelle Valentine for more information.
EUUF Writer's Night -
April 14th (2nd Wednesdays), 6:30-8 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.
Women Investigating, Supporting, and Experiencing
Wednesday, March 24th & April 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 Sarah Taylor for more information.
Common Ground Choir
April 15th (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".
Sunday Afternoon Covenant Circle
March 28th & April 25th (4th Sundays), Noon-1:30
Curious about Covenant Circles.... Want to build community and lasting friendships with UU’s, while exploring spirituality and life’s meaning in a small group ministry setting? Every 4th Sunday come join us for The Sunday Afternoon Covenant Circle and see what they are all about! Sally Malan and Kelli Sparks, Co-Leaders Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 275 674 184 Passcode: 067957
Update on Sunday services
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
UUA news, holidays & days of observance
The Worship Committee in Collaboration with the Safety Committee has decided to continue virtual Sunday Morning Worship Services on zoom through the end of June, 2021. A decision will be made sometime in the next few months about the format for this summer and fall. Contact Mike Mallory for more information.
CHOIR REGISTRATION OPENED MARCH 15
For many, singing in the choir is a key part of coming together as UUs at General Assembly. This year, instead of joining our voices in person, let’s join our voices in a virtual choir! Each singer will record a video of themselves singing, and those individual videos will be edited into one glorious combined video to be premiered during GA. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Register here.
2021 UUA Virtual General Assembly
the bonds of care and love
Join the UU virtual choir for GA
GA is the largest annual gathering of UU's, and provides opportunities to build deep connections and engage in faith development. This year, General Assembly will be completely virtual. Registration for GA 2021 is $200 per person Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan are available. June 23-27, 2021 https://www.uua.org/ga/registration
March 31st – International Transgender Day of Visibility -- Find out how the Human Rights Campaign honors this day
April 4th – Easter -- Discover readings, affirmations and prayers that some UUs use to celebrate this holiday
April 22nd – Earth Day
April 23rd – Day of Silence - GLSEN has great info on how to observe this student-led day that supports LGBTQ communities
April 26th - Lesbian Visibility Day
April 30th - Arbor Day
In this message from the UUA President, Susan Frederick-Gray shares: "Anniversaries invite us to remember, and in a year like this, that is a heavy reality...We are all mourning the collective trauma of this year. And we are still experiencing it. We still have loved ones getting sick and too many people dying. We still live with distance from loved ones, isolation, and the myriad stresses of our circumstances." Find her video message to all Unitarian Universalists here.
These resources and ideas are tied to the theme and offer ways for you to engage with the worship series throughout the week.
In February, the Children and Youth collaborated in deciding on raising money during the Split Plate Offering for a local organization that supports LGBTQ+ people. This service project represents a symbol of our values and the continuing work we will do as a congregation. PFLAG supports, educates and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more about PFLAG here.
The Split Plate Offering will go to UU Ministry for Earth in April to celebrate Earth Day! This organization envisions a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for each other and for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people. Learn more about what they do and how you can help here.
Split Plate Offering Highlight
Books / Poetry
Ancestor Approved by Cynthia L Smith
The Story Tree by Hugh Lupton
The Book Tree by Paul Czajak
The EARTH Book by Todd Parr
Watercress by Andrea Wang
I Remember by Lee Bennett Hopkins
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
Made Out of Stars by Meera Lee Patel
Vrikshasana - Tree Pose
This graphic from Plant a Tree Pose
gives some great variations on this balancing pose. This is a balancing pose, which corresponds to the time of year with balance of light and darkness. The image on the left shows a beginner's pose, with increasingly difficult poses to the right. It's important to remember to keep the soulders relaxed, the eyes focused on a single point, hips squared and oriented forward, weight distributed evenly from the front to the back of the grounded foot. Imagine roots keeping you grounded - how does that feel?
Wajdja -- PG
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind -- NR
Canvas - G (9 minutes on Netflix)
If You Build It -- NR
Craft / Activity
Have you ever made dyes from plants to color eggs? The Herbal Academy has some great suggestions for getting rich colors. Plants such as beets, paprika, onion skins, violet flowers, red cabbage, and hibiscus can create a rainbow of colors.
Sitting still, bring to mind and heart your deepest desires. They may be different than those around you. Can you imagine theirs? Now imagine braiding them together, creating something wildly different, collaborative, stronger together than yours is alone. How does it feel to be so intertwined? Is it difficult? Does it bring a sense of well-being and meaning? Consider sharing your insights with a trusted friend.
March being Women's History month, we focused on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. Using Sustainable Development Goals developed by world leaders in 2015, we briefly introduced the ways girls, women, and gender minorities are marginalized and treated unfairly. As is appropriate for the ages in our classroom, there was a focus on the right to equal education and the acknowledgment that marginalized genders are technically the majority, so we should be coming together to make sure our society moves towards treating all genders equally. We will finish the month out with "Play"ing with what we have learned by exploring some of our own gender biases that we might not realize we hold, with a reminder that we all benefit from creating a world where we aren't held to certain expectations because of our gender.
February's theme in class was LGBTQ+ issues. JW updated the virtual classroom to include an art gallery where congregants (children and adults alike!) can share creations, both those scanned in an created digitally - please e-mail contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We "met" youth activists that have challenged people's views to support families of all designs and who have taught their teachers about how to be a positive impact on LGBTQ students. We took time to explore the historical contributions LGBTQ+ activism has had through the National Parks and Monuments. The RE families shared parts of their Personal Identities during this month's Family Fellowship by showing items they felt spoke to who they are. After following the story of the UU Church of Ogden OUTReach program and learning about the UUA's Welcoming Congregation program, the RE class put together a request for a split plate to go to the Everett PFLAG group and there was some discussion about how we can bring our Fellowship back into action on the Welcoming Congregation requirements.
Children & Youth
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Q: Does February like March?
A: No, but April May!
Q: What kinds of cows eat grass?
A: Lawn mooers!
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by Lynn Unger
What a gathering—the purple
tongues of iris licking out
at spikes of lupine, the orange
crepe skirts of poppies lifting
over buttercup and daisy.
Who can be grim
in the face of such abundance?
There is nothing to compare,
no need for beauty to compete.
The voluptuous rhododendron
and the plain grass
are equally filled with themselves,
equally declare the miracles
of color and form.
This is what community looks like—
this vibrant jostle, stem by stem
declaring the marvelous joining.
This is the face of communion,
the incarnation once more
gracefully resurrected from winter.
Hold these things together
in your sight—purple, crimson,
magenta, blue. You will
be feasting on this long after
the flowers are gone.
what is the flower communion? Find more here
playing with the season
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