"The River"
This Sunday
Oct 7
Speaker: Terray Sylvester
Title: Our World...Through the Lens
Description: Terray is a photo journalist who specializes in stories at the intersection of environment and social justice issues. He's also Elmyra's grandson! Come prepared to see the world through his eyes.

Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens
October services
Oct 14
Speaker: Dustin Johnson, Director of the Anacortes Family Center
Title: Homelessness: It's not just somebody else's problem.
Description: The Anacortes facility has developed a unique approach to homelessness in our area. Dustin will explain how their model may hold the answer.

Celebrant: Anneliese Sherman
Oct 21
Speaker: Laura Lavigne
Title: Following Our Inner Wisdom - Even When Our Head is Not So Sure
Description: Author and Happiness Coach Laura Lavigne will join us to share the magic of following her heart and inner guidance when embarking with her backpack on a 6-month journey across the world with no plans, ending in a Greek refugee center - all the while staying connected (sometimes desperately) to her own source.

Celebrant: Allen Lowe

Oct 28
Dia de los Muertos is a  multi-day Mexican holiday focusing on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and to help support their spiritual journey.   Please join us today to celebrate our loved ones who are gone.

Bring a memento - a picture, belonging, food - that reminds you of, or was special to, your loved one, and share with your SUUF "family" today.

Celebrant: Matt Bianconi
2018-19 church year

The dates below have been reserved for lay-led services during this year.
Similar to our summer schedule, our members are doing the planning.
However, music & celebrant will be provided.

Several people or teams have already signed up to participate in this community effort. Others are “thinking about it”... why don't you grab one?

We've changed the format and removed the designated themes.
Feel free to choose your topic for the remaining open dates. 

Help, advice, suggestions and even plans from previous services are available just for the asking... see Sally for more information.

Here are the dates.... both open and filled. And thanks to all for your involvement and support.
December 30  Jim Heard & Peggy Bissell  New Year's Service
February 10  ________________________________

March 17  Ken Stern  The Pain of Universalism

May 12  Susan Thayer & kids  Flower Communion

May 26  Sally, Donna & Doris   American Patriotic Songs and Poems
June 16 ____________________________________

June 30 ____________________________________
Fall Membership Drive If you have been attending SUUF services and would like to be a member, now is a good time to join our SUUF family. The process is simple, sign the membership book in the office and make a pledge of monetary support for SUUF. As a member you can participate in the church business by voting at congregational meetings and even running for a board position. It takes a family to run a church and our members are the ones who make that happen. Join us this month by contacting Rosemary ( rr_stevens@comcast.net ) or Tom ( tomsplace1234@gmail.com ) or see us at church.

Tom Gillespie, Stewardship Chairman
SUUF goes to the show! The Theater Arts Guild is presenting Sideshow at the Historic Lincoln Theatre this October. Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Sideshow is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie “Freaks”.

This is a show our congregation should enjoy and support; a show about inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance, and so we are planning to see it as a group Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Weather permitting, we will meet at the Fellowship and walk down to the theatre. Buy your tickets now if you would like to be part of this SUUF live-theater event.
Spirit of Hope Annual Fundraiser Event
Please join Community Action as we welcom Jonathan Martin, editor of the Seattle Times' Project Homeless as our keynote speaker October 11, 2018 , 5 pm, Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Register www.communityactionskagit.org Tickets $25. See more information on signup sheet and flyer in dining room.
New class begining Oct 14 following the service
How is it that we can create communities where a diversity of philosophies and theologies are valued?

What are these values Unitarian Universalists strive to live by and how do they interact with your evolving search ?

The UU's Seven Principles and Purposes came out of conversations in 1961 and were edited in 1984 (they continue to be revised at intervals to ensure their vitality.)

Nancy B. Miller is offering an interactive class on the 7 principles based on Rev. Bruce Davis , "A String of Pearls", An introduction to the UU Principles and Purposes This class will be on each second Sunday for one hour after coffee hour, for 7 Sundays omitting December, 2018. The first class will be Sunday October 14 th.
Please come and share your current thoughts on how you feel connected or not to each of the 7 Principles as they are each individually discussed.
Looking forward to your sharing and connecting.
May you be blessed with wisdom,
Nancy B. Miller
VOTE!   Registration forms are available on the entry table. If you have moved since you last voted, you must re-register.

Upcoming 2018 Election milepost dates

  • State Voters' Pamphlets are mailed: Oct. 6 - 13
  • Last Day to register to vote or update voter registration online or by mail: Oct. 8
  • Last Day for online and mail-in voter registration: Oct. 8
  • Ballots Mailed and Available: Oct. 17
  • Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day): Oct. 19
  • Last Day for In-person New Voter Registration at Auditor's Office (not previously registered): Oct. 29
  • General Election: Nov. 6 - Drop boxes close promptly at 8:00 pm
  • Deadline for Secretary of State to certify General Election results: Dec. 6
Join us for a rousing house concert featuring Max Hatt and Edda Glass. 
Max Hatt / Edda Glass's award-winning Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova has "an incomparable spook" (Nashville Scene) and "a unique sound" (NPR). Telling stories of little people on great plains, the duo evokes a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the prairies of the American west, leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep. As heard on NPR Mountain Stage, NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.
A $15 - $20 donation is requested, and all donations go to the artists. Light snacks will be served.
Note: You must RSVP to receive the venue address. Thanks!
Kathleen & Wes
Concert at SUUF, December 7, 7 pm . This is second year for this concert presented by our renters. It was wonderful last year! Bryan Bowers  is a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter with a dynamic outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation.
“Master of the Autoharp, Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller”
Winter’s Return  is a seasonal show celebrating Winter and its diverse festivities. Two world touring duos join forces to form a powerhouse quartet, Pint and Dale, Mike and Tania Opland, Mike Freeman, with hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, whistle, violin, recorder, guitar, drums, mandolin, and songs that'll bring a bright spot to the darkest winter's day. $20 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
The Covenant Circle discusses periodical and book and news. Lately the topics have centered on major socioeconomic issues of the times. The discussion is lively and the spirit is convivial.

They meet every Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at Haggen on Division Street, except the second Thursday of the month, when they convene over lunch somewhere at 1:00. Call Joy Lindberg (360-424-8090) for further information.
For the Children: Children's Religious Education will follow the service on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Also the smaller babies room now was a speaker system installed. If you should need to leave the service, you can still hear everything in there..
New email address:

( Skagituu@frontier still works, but is acting a little crazy again.)
This space awaits a photo or poem or news or reminiscence from you, when you're ready. Email your contributions to the office.
Office Administrator : Claire Phillips / skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tu. & Th. 12-4 pm Worship Team Leader : Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com Board contact: Rosemary Stevens rr_stevens@comcast.net