"The River"
This Sunday

Sept 1     Life And Teachings of the Masters of the Far East

In the late 1800's a group of 11 western scientists toured the "far east" researching a variety of subjects. On their expedition they had three years allotted to seek out the true Masters of eastern spiritual tradition to see what they could learn about those traditions as well. They found them...

Service Leader: KEN DUNNING

September 1st: Major Social Justice Meeting

There will be an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Trustees on Sunday, September 1, after services, to define the focus of our social justice efforts.

Every member of the congregation is invited to contribute to the conversation. We are hoping for as many as possible to attend.

Every week the mission of maintaining good spirits and friendships and a calm mind draws us together. It's a necessity, especially in times of turmoil.

Conscience and compassion also animate us. The worse the world around us becomes, the more we are pulled into confronting the privations and injustices around us.

But it is easy to lose balance in a whirwind of outrages and become trapped in a vortex of indignation.

So to keep our wits gathered and to aim our social justice efforts well, we need to assess how much we can take on and ensure that what we do has a discernible effect.

Upcoming Services

September 2019
September 8
Speakers: GA Delegates & Attendees
Lessons From General Assembly

Five members from SUUF attended the denomination's annual gathering, held this year in Spokane, June 19-23. It was an extremely busy, enlightening, challenging week; hard to describe unless you hear about it in detail. So that's what we'll attempt to do in 40 minutes! There will be copies of the complete schedule for you to peruse. You'll be amazed at what's packed into an event like this, where planning starts a year in advance. Note: Next year, GA will be in Rhode Island!

September 15
 Speaker: Rev. Barbara Davenport
How Animals Enrich Our Lives

Have you ever had a pet? If the answer is 'yes', you know the power of the friendship that develops between humans and their animals! Rev. Davenport will share insights on this special bond, with specific thoughts on how to survive a loss. If possible, bring a photo of an animal that is or was special to you. Post it on a 'viewing board' and you can introduce us to your pal. Both smiles and tears expected, and welcome, today.

September 22
 Speaker: Pema Antoniotti
How To Be the Best You Can Be
Pema is a trained counselor who helps people find the best in themselves, regardless of age, disability or a multitude of other impediments, real or imagined. Picture yourself doing, acting, moving toward a goal. If you can see it, you can do it. That's what today's message is all about. Come. You'll be glad you did!   

September 29
Speaker: Jonathan Prescott
The Many Colors of Meditation

Come and learn about the different styles of meditation and how any of them will enrich your life. Jonathan will describe what's involved and will lead us in a meditation before the hour ends. He will also share, specifically, the "nuts and bolts" of a silent meditation retreat which may sound daunting indeed! Not to worry... you will leave refreshed AND ready to incorporate meditation in your everyday routine.


On September 8, following church, there will be a potluck lunch with chicken prepared by Tom Gillespie. Kathleen Roche-Zujko will be cooking garden burgers for those who are vegetarian and vegan.

Please bring side dishes and desserts. This is the start of a great new year for the fellowship. 
Thanks to Claire for last week's picnic pictures.
This week's picnic pictures come from Yolanda Manzanera.
Homeless for a night

6th Annual Homeless for a Night fundraiser will take place on September 21, 2019 at Allen United Methodist Church. There will be a pizza dinner at 6pm for all participants followed by a concert at 7pm and then...start the sleeping in your cars, or under the stars! Experience a tiny taste of what homelessness feels like while raising money for Family Promise at the same time! Visit the site below, get sponsors, and join the fun!

Allen United Methodist Church, 16775 Allen West Road, Bow, WA
Thanks to Doris for this group photo of SUUF's strong showing at the Pride Walk.
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..
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. Call Joy Lindberg (360-424-8090) for further information.
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