"The River"
This Sunday
April 14
 Speaker: Rev. Amy Beltaine
Celebrant: Anneliese Sherman
From our Sixth Source: Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
For millennia, Paganism and Earth-based Spirituality has been practiced and refined by hunters, farmers, indigenous people, and those who live close to the land and the sea. This Sunday we will look at some of the rich theo/alogies, traditions, and histories that fall within the ‘Earth-Centered’ label. Then we will explore some of the gifts of these paths for Unitarian Universalists.
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.

Our Fifth Unitarian Universlaist Principle...........
"We covenant to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the Democratic process within our congregations and society at large" It is this search that we will explore together. Please join us.

May you be blessed with wisdom,
Nancy B. Miller
Our children helpers. The children have been a part of the services for several months while the Fellowship has been waiting for a CRE teacher to appear. It seems that a new teacher has been found and will join the staff soon! Thank you parents for your after the service CRE classes and thank you children for your help to the Fellowship. Pictured here are Peggy and Ashley who passed the basket last Sunday for the offering.

Also thank you Jasmine for your pile of weeds! More weeding needed in the play yard.
The church's leadership council has good news: one half the mortgage will be paid off with April's payment. This will save us hundreds of dollars in interest payments in 2019 and 2020. The mortgage is part of the church's balance sheet and assets and liability. The church is cash rich in its long term assets. This decision does not affect the operating budget.
The board maintains more than a three month reserve, almost $15,000, of expenses.
Please ask any board member questions. Ken Stern is treasurer: 360-202-4660; editor@laconnernews.com
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..
Reminder:   The Tulip Festival is underway. You may need to allow more time to get to church. You don't want to miss any of the fascinating, upcoming services.

This watch was found under the playyard pyramid when it was moved. It was found by Esther , Tonya's daughter. Thank you Esther for your sharp eyes, and thank you pyamid movers for you your muscles!

This very nice sport watch is in the office waiting for you.
Happy April birthdays!!! Best wishes to Suzan, Jorge, Becky and any others celebrating your special day this month.
April 2019 services

April 21
Speaker: Rabbi Kalish Leviel
Celebrant: Jorge Manzanera
A Midrash About Jesus
Since the gospels were written decades after Jesus died we really don't know much about Jesus's life as a Jew in the first century of the Common Era. Using "story created using imagination" as the meaning of Midrash , Rabbi Kalish returns to share some possible stories about his life. While today's talk is not at all about the religious aspects of Easter Sunday or our beliefs , it is important to remember that many religions honor him today in ways that have always included widely varying interpretations. Today, Rabbi is just focusing on Jesus, A Simple Man.

April 28
Speaker: Rev. Barbara Gilday
Celebrant: Jim Heard
Clean Underwear.
Remember what they used to say about wearing clean underwear?
It got me to thinking about control: Who has it? Who controls you/me? Are you in control? Is there such a thing? Come on the 28th and we’ll talk.
This space awaits a photo or poem or news or reminiscence from you, when you're ready. Email your contributions to the office.
Miriam and Simme will share an  Interfaith Passover Seder on  Saturday, April 20 from 2-6 pm at the Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SUUF) in Mount Vernon. 
During the seder many faith traditions will be discussed and questions will be encouraged. Simme and Miriam have prepared a special Haggadah (Seder booklet) which we will share together along with the traditional foods of the seder. There will be a potluck following the seder. 
Please contact Simme,  yogaheartspace0@gmail.com  or text/call 206-790-4862 no later than April 13th to reserve a seat/s -- or register right here. She will then send suggestions for the potluck.
Feel free to share this invitation with family and friends. Shalom and Blessings.
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:
The Board of Trustees meets the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p. m. Any member may attend and observe the meetings, and all members are welcome.
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