"The River"
September 12. 10:30 AM

Speaker: Rev. Vincent Lachina
Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens
"Service of Remembrance"  
Since March of 2020, life has changed for everyone. One of the most difficult aspects of the past eighteen months has been our inability to share remembrances of those who died during this time. We'll honor three of SUUF’s remarkable women – Elmyra Zehner, Peggy Bissell and Nikki Hamilton. Their loss is significant for this congregation. We will also remember and grieve for other losses we have experienced: family members or friends who have died, the loneliness and loss of community and traditions. And especially 9/11, a date forever in our hearts.
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Welcome to September and another month of thoughtful and inspiring speakers. Due to revised state guidelines for which we are grateful & will follow, services will remain online (only) for the foreseeable future.
So find a comfortable space, arrange your device so we can see your smiling face easily, and join us as early as 10:15 for a little chat. Services will still start promptly at 10:30.

September 19
Joseph Bednarik
"Second Best Time"
The proverb goes like this: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today."
This sermon explores our ever-present second best time, and the lives we choose to live there.

September 26
Underground Ministries: What's New. What's Local. What Works.
Chris Hoke introduced us to this amazing organization a year ago; we joined their outreach network (One Parish One Prisoner) earlier this year. Today, we are honored to hear from men who have participated in a newer program, "Resurrection Fellowship". Alvin Shim, OPOP coordinator, will briefly introduce the concept, then turn the screen over to our main speakers, who will tell us how they have found a footing after prison life to become mentors to others. 
It is with sadness that we must report that Warren Keuffel has died. You will remember Warren as a big man who was profoundly deaf and always sat in the front row at church, so he could read the lips of the speaker. He attended our zoom meetings regularly. Warren was visiting his daughters in Salt Lake City when he passed away. We will miss him. We send our condolences to his family and to his wife, Lori Ann Keuffel.
You are invited to borrow the book "Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North" by Mark Serrez. It is described as a "gripping scientific adventure story...spanning three decades", is an easy read and filled with amazing information to understand what is happening in the Arctic & aroundthe world. The author is a science collaborator and friend of Mike Steele, who spoke last week. We are happy to mail it to you, or you may check it out during SUUF office hours.
A BG thank you to George Rodger-Clark for getting rid of the old 10 years plus slooooow computer and installing Jorge Manznera's donated computer. Now I'm not spending 25% of my time waiting (sigh) for the computer to respond to commands and no more weird last gasps from a dying computer. Thank you George! Claire
Hours in the SUUF office. I will be in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 4 pm. Summer vacation is over. Claire
SUUF Zoom Links For This Week

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Covenant Circle 4 pm on Wednesdays. All are welcome! The conversation is wide-ranging and easy going. ("Who could ask for anything more?")

The Covenant Circle is a mid-week gathering, a chance to chat and share with others outside of the Sunday service.

2021-22 Board of Trustees
 Emily Bianconi - President
 Linda Kuller – Vice President
 Greg Sherman – Secretary
 Ken Stern – Treasurer
Mike Murdock
Pete Smith
Jim Heard

Jim continues as the lead person for the reopening. Volunteers are welcome. Contact Jim for the work schedule. All kinds of skills are needed.
Happy September birthdays!!! Best wishes to Doris, Marcia,Ginny, Alyssa, Mike, Izak. Alex, and any others celebrating your special day this month.
Wednesday walking group Here’s a picture of some SUUFolks and furry friends who met at Ginny’s place to hike the south side of Little Mountain this Wednesday. Lots of fun!
Many thanks to Ginny who took this pic and was our fab trail guide.
The painting in Diversity Hall continues. More help in the kitchen. Thank you Doreen Sadler, Ginny Darvill, and Donna Rieper.
Intro to Anti-Racism Facilitated Workshop in Sept/Oct

WHAT: BUF & UU Blaine and Mt Vernon joined forces to create this exciting opportunity to move us all towards a more inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural transformed society. Pacific Northwest Unitarian Universalist Growth Foundation supplied a grant to cover most of the cost.

WHO: With only 30 openings, this is for ANYONE from all three UU fellowships, not just members of Black Lives Matter or Widening the Circle. Also open to the community at large if slots available.

Facilitated by Courtney Wooten, an experienced anti-racism trainer and owner of Suburbia Rising. https://www.suburbiarising.com <https://www.suburbiarising.com/>
WHEN: Via Zoom, on three consecutive Saturday mornings, 9/25, 10/2, & 10/9. Each workshop will last 2-3 hrs. Plan to attend all 3 sessions.

COST: $50 per person. Scholarships available. If you can’t attend but want to support this workshop let us know!

SIGN ME UP! Interested? Have Questions? Email Naomi Gary naomiwwwgary@gmail.com
News from SUUF members and Friends This space awaits a photo or poem or news or reminiscence from you when you're ready. Email your contributions to the office.
Greetings Friends and Allies!

Afghan Support Information Doris Brevoort
In the spirit of our UU heritage, you are invited to support the Afghan refugees who will surely be arriving to our shores soon and desperately need our help. Here are agencies and links accepting donations and help. They will be able to provide you more details.
This list has been furnished by Doris (Source: Seattle Times, Sunday edition, 8/22).
Resettlement Agencies in Seattle
International Rescue Committee
- st.news/IRC-donate
- st.news/IRCvolunteer
info sessions for volunteers, Sept. 7 and 10th
-- accepting cash donations and gift cards to Target, Safeway, Fred Meyer
mail to:
World Relief Seattle
23835 Pacific Hwy. Suite 100
Kent, WA 98032
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service seeking...
volunteers in Seattle and Tacoma to help with airport pickups, mentoring, tutoring,
& meals to new arrivals.
Donations: LIRS.org
Jewish Family Service: JFSSeattle.org
Diocese of Olympia Refugee Resettlement Office: JustGiving.com/DioceseofOlympiaInc
Afghan Health Initiative: AfghanHealth.org/donate
Afghan American Community of Washington: AACWashington.org/donate
OPOP (One Prisoner One Parish)

I have friends who own a small farm here in the Skagit Valley named Brennan andTara, who also have a bit of an addiction: buying more saplings than they can plant on their property in any given season. Brennan is often busy laying the groundwork for what their family calls a "future forest."

They dream in decades. It gives me chills.

While Underground Ministries is putting much of our focus and energy into training small communities across Washington State and beyond to walk with men and women out of the underground, with our One Parish One Prisoner program--we still have our local work here in the Skagit Valley.

We just call it Direct Reentry: our growing team is still directly accompanying men coming home from prison, back into life in this valley's community. Many are relationships we planted decades ago, just now surfacing in prison calls or handwritten letters from distant facilities.

There's now around 30 guys here in the Skagit Valley who've worked with us, who have risen out of the underground of prison and addiction and gangs. They have jobs now. They have driver's licenses and insurance. They're off parole. They're busy trying to raise their kids, figuring out a future they never planned on.

They call and ask me about new problems--like, how to buy a home. They text me about baptizing their kids (or themselves). They say, "Remember when we used to go fishing, bro?"

Many of these guys feel alone in this resurrection journey. "Doing good" can be lonely. They need more--not of me, their aging pastor, but of each other.

Most often I get the call that says, "I want to give back. I want to help Underground Ministries. Call me if you need someone to talk to guys who are fresh out of the pen. Or when you speak at schools. Or whatever."

So for the last year we here at Underground have been slowly building up our new "RESURRECTION FELLOWSHIP": bringing all these men together once a month.

For more information contact: Chris Hoke <chris@undergroundministries.org

Your OPOP representatives are:
Donna Rieper
Virginia Darvill
James Heard
Peter Smith
Eileen Gribble
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SUUF)
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Here's the address above for mailing pledge checks and donations. Thank you for your continuing support!
Activities hosted at Diversity Hall (See flyers and information posted on the Renters Bulletin Board in the hall.)

Dances for Universal Peace hopes to return in 2021.
Office Administrator, Newsletter: Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm

Worship Team Leader: Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com

Board contact: Emily Bianconi, President emilyakerr@gmail.com
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273