"The River"
This Sunday
This Sunday

November 10
 Speaker: Ken Stern
Celebrant: Ken Dunning
The Pain of Universalism – Part II
God is love, but the challenge of our faith has always been to live it. In our church history our leaders and our movement have failed many times to invite our African American brothers into the ministry or supported their ministries. Sadly, we have not been as loving or religious as our faith calls us to be. A lesson for today.
Attend "Pray the Gay Away" with SUUF at Lincoln Theater

Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM PST

Thirty of us will be going to this matinee co-produced by our own Matt Bianconi.

We've purchased a block of tickets and they are all spoken for.

If you registered for a ticket, you can pay by sending a check to the Fellowship or hand one (or cash) to Jim Heard when you catch him there on Sunday. They cost a flat $20 each.

If you missed out and still want to expand our numbers, e-mail Jim and we'll probably be able to add adjacent seats.
OVERVIEW
The central mission of the Association of Washington Generals (AWG) is to recognize and cultivate leadership in Washington state. To that end, the AWG has partnered with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to establish a program aimed at promoting compassionate leadership in the next decade called Compassion 2020.
Compassion 2020 is a statewide program that will send a delegation from Washington state to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to discuss the following topics:
mitigating climate change
overcoming inequality
improving civil discourse in politics, and more.
The delegation, chaired by Lt. Governor Habib, includes members of the Association of Washington Generals and other community leaders, as well as 6 high school students.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
The delegation members, including the 6 students participating in the trip, have already been selected for the program. However, anyone in Washington state may take part in the dialogue by watching the conversation live and submitting questions to be answered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Bob Helton's cake . We lost and miss Bob, but all enjoyed his last thoughtful contribution to SUUF. The cake that he had ordered was picked up and served at first Sunday's birthday celebration.

The family has requested that no formal memorial be held, but his life was beautifully celebrated at last Sunday's Joys and Sorrows and will continue to be celebrated by the members of his Covenant Circle group in a way he would have loved - a feast at Haggens.
Happy November birthdays!!!  Best wishes to Rev. Barbara Davenport, Yolanda, Nancy and any others celebrating your special day this month.
25th ANNUAL
SKAGIT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
WOMEN'S HOLIDAY
PARTY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 5:00 PM
AT THE USUAL LOCATION

PLAYFUL EXCHANGE OF GIFTS UNDER TWENTY DOLLARS!
SHOCKING NARRATION OF LORE!
EXIMIOUS CONVIVIALITY AND IRREFUTABLE SARCASM!
NO PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED!
MODEST IMBIBING OF
SPIRITS
AND
CONSUMING OF
COMMUNALLY SOURCED CONFECTIONS, CONDIMENTS, CONGERIES OF CULINARY CONCOCTIONS
AND SUNDRY COMESTIBLES
Upcoming Service

November 17
 Speaker: Rev. Bruce Bode
Celebrant: Jim Heard
Deeper Than our Separateness
In his incomparable essay “The Over-Soul,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. Yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.” In this sermon I will share a personal experience of such a moment in my life, which speaks to the foundation of my sustaining faith. This will be the first in a two-part sermon series on the heart of religion.

November 24
Speaker: Jonathan Prescott
Celebrant: Jorge Manzanera
How To Offer Love and Gratitude at Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude. But sometimes it devolves into a day of gluttony, football, and family tension. Let’s restore thankfulness to Thanksgiving by learning concrete techniques to help us connect deeply with our loved ones and celebrate life’s abundance. 

I would like to invite all who are able/interested to be a part of our Transgender Day of Remembrance service that is sponsored by Central UMC and BLC. This year it will be on Wednesday, November 20th at 7 p.m. at Burlington Lutheran Church. We would like this to be a very ecumenical service with clergy and lay people from many places of faith throughout the valley. Please let me know if you would like to be involved!

Peace,
Rev. Bethany Hull SomersPastor, Burlington Lutheran Church
She/her

Rosemary
Hearing at SUUF Applified earphones are available at the back of the hall for those wanting to better hear the service. Also we are equiped with a hearing loop system similar to what was recently installed in the Lincoln Theatre. SUUF's loop was installed by Jim brown. Jim passed away a few years ago, but our thankfulness for his donation remains.
S UUF will be having a series of discussions based on the UU curriculum,
 "Build Your Own Theology".  
Our first meeting was after church on the first Sunday in November, Nov 3rd at noon. (Circle of chairs = meeting!) All are welcome to hear about the curriculum, which is available from the the UUA website Bookstore). I suggest that the study group meet once a month for 9 months, until next June to work through book One of the curriculum. We will break down the curriculum into monthly units, suggest some readings and journaling, if people wish to do so (writing, art, song, whatever!),
and discuss our own thoughts and feedback on the topics.

People are welcome to check this out-- no "obligation"!  Monthly meetings with be open to all, as is the basis of our UU theology-- with caring, curiosity, faith-seeking, and respect!
Call Doris, 360-336-3453 for more information.
We're starting to get dissenters and arguments on Facebook so I'm trying to reach out to people I know will be friendly to the cause.

Help us make sure Pray the Gay Away ® is a success by volunteering! Here is a link to sign up for a variety of jobs for the PTGA show. We need ushers, ticket takers, snack makers, etc. Two ushers for each show will be asked to stay the duration by the ramp to not let people in during the show, remove disturbances, etc. Duties will be lined out when you arrive but please be aware that specifically is a 'full show commitment'. All volunteers get to see the show for free. Opens next Friday, November 8th so sign up now!

Thanks friends,
Matt Bianconi
Producer -  Pray the Gay Away ®
(617) 276-6255
Covenant Circle now meets Wednesdays.
We are living in a time both fascinating and terrifying. Please come and add your reflections as we discuss magazines, books, the news, and life.

Every Wednesay afternoon at 1:30 at Haggen on Division Street in Mount Vernon. Call Joy Lindberg (360-424-8090) for further information.
This space awaits a photo or poem or news or reminiscence from you, when you're ready. Email your contributions to the office.
For the children   CRE with Maddie Schleif Sunday 10:30 am.

The smaller babies room has a speaker system installed. If you should need to leave the service, you can still hear everything in there..
Yoga at SUUF fundraiser. There will be three more classes 4 pm to 5 pm on 12/21/19, 3/9/20 and 5/24/20.
Soup-er Sunday 4th Sunday each month. Stay after the service for a delicious bowl of soup and bread $6. If you would like to help make soup contact Greg Sherman at 360 421-0633 or gregorysherman@gmail.com
Soup-er Sunday fundraiser has a new goal - pay off the mortgage on our building! Beginning in October, 2019 , soup money will go to separate mortage payoff account.
Office Administrator, Newsletter : Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm

Worship Team Leader : Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com

Board contact: Jim Heard james.heard@skagituuf.com