"The River"
This Sunday
March 3
 Speaker: Lina Zeine
Celebrant: James Heard
Understanding the Baha'i'Faith
Practiced without any religious clergy and administered by democratically elected councils, the Baha'i Faith embraces the unity of all religions and the equality of all people. A presentation accenting the Baha'i commitment to gender equality and to social justice in general will include a beautiful video followed by a discussion and an opportunity for the congregation to ask questions.
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..
Upcoming Family Promise Event To all of you out there who might be interested in helping out with our upcoming Family Promise dutes on March 31/April 1: On March 31, a group of up to 14 Family Promise guests will arrive at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon. One group of SUUF volunteers will be responsible for providing and serving their dinner and otherwise helping our guests who are currently without homes. After dinner the guests will get settled in their rooms and SUUF volunteers will clean up the kitchen.  

A second small number of SUUF volunteers will spend the night at the church, setting out food for breakfast or sandwiches early the following morning. At 7 a.m.or earlier, guests will leave via provided van or personal vehicle to either a job or other activity at the Day Center in Sedro Woolley. SUUF volunteers do a little clean-up, lock the church door and go home. That ends our responsibilities. 

This is a short picture of our Family Promise duties but it's an important job that doesn't take much time or effort and you might meet, and help, new friends. We won't know until the Thursday just before our evening starts but the maximum number of guests is always no more than 14 guests. We have a great helper, Sharon Johnson, who keeps us informed of who and what we can expect. Overall, this is a simple but very important short-term help that makes life better for many people. 

We are also looking for two people who would be willing to spend Monday night at the church. Comfortable cots and blankets are provided. If you would be willing to do any of these activities - make dinner, clean up counters and dishes, put out breakfasts, etc. - contact Patti Young or Pat Young. We will have a short meeting at SUUF after a Sunday service to let people know what's expected if they don't know and answer any questions. Thanks so much for participating in this great activity.
You are all invited to sing in a NON-professional UU chorus at a music festival the weekend of March 23-24 in Edmonds. Saturday is a day of rehearsal and workshops at the Edmonds church. Sunday is an afternoon concert in Shoreline. Led by a nationally recognized music clinician, singers from Olympia to Bellingham will gather for this weekend of music, fun, comraderie and sharing our faith. Please see the poster near the kitchen for more information, or see Sally if you are interested as she is attending. 
March 2019 services
  March 10
 Speaker: Nicki Hamilton
Celebrant: Doris Brevoort
The Second Sex
In honor of Womens History month, we'll consider the challenge, the courage, the commitment for change, and living the dream. In solidarity we'll then share a common meal: a communion from Unitarian Universalist sources.
March 17
Speaker: Ken Stern
Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens
The Pain of Universalism
Since Universalists proclaim "God is love" and everyone goes to heaven, why should Universalists be in pain? This is also true: all lives are difficult, each of us often hurt. And, because we love all our neighbors, we ought to feel their pain. A sprinkling of Universalist history included.

March 24
Speaker: Jon Prescott
Celebrant: Matt Bianconi
Finding Freedom
Jonathan Prescott, a Buddhist monk and founder of Wise Caring, will present a sermon with a theme of Finding Freedom. He will talk about the nature of liberation and how to foster it in your everyday life. Jonathon
speaks frequently about finding the happiness that is always nearby and will help us do so this Sunday.   
Happy February birthdays!!! Best wishes to Eileen, Pete, Ken, and Russel V. and any others celebrating your special day this month.
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 the 2nd Sudays following coffee hour.
It began Oct. 2018 and will continue for seven second Sundays omitting the second Sunday in Dec.

February canceled due to snow. This will be the topic for March. Our Fourth Unitarian Universlaist Principle
"We covenant to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning." It is this search that we will explore together. Please join us.

"Free" search for truth and meaning means that I will consider many and diverse possibilites. But "responsible" search means that I will only claim the truth that is a really true for me. I will only claim the meaning that is authetically meaningful for me. In the context of the covenant or loving commitment you have toward yourself, it means leveling with yourself. It means being willing to separate from that which no longer provides meaning even if it is hard to do so.

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.)

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
General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington.
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.
New email address:
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, Newsletter : Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm
Worship Team Leader : Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com Board contact: Rosemary Stevens rr_stevens@comcast.net