" The River"
Sunday, July 8, 10:30 am

Bethany Lynn – Your Amazing Personal Freedom: “If you want to fly, let go of everything that weighs you down.” Thoughts on how to feel ‘lighter’ and enjoy your life more fully, accompanied by original music.

Celebrant: Anneliese Sherman
New email address. Not completely set up yet. Skagituu@frontier still works.
SUUF needed to switch internet providers, and we are now with Comcast. WiFi sign on is the same. Network Skagituu . Password skagit123
Our Sunday to participate in the Family Promiss assistance for guests currently without homes is coming up on July 29 We will have a brief meeting at SUUF following the program on Sunday, July 15 , to provide specific information and talk about how it will work this first time. We will need 4 people to help prepare and serve dinner. We also need a couple of people to stay with the guests overnight and close off the building when they leave about 7 a.m. That will be all we are expected to do but the help we give is important. 

Please come to the meeting after the July 15 meeting and we will go over the process. Thanks for your participation.

Pat Young and Patti Yount
SUUF's Leadership Council meeting this evening 6:30. Members and friends are welcome to attend.

Members returning are Emily Biancon, July Hamilton and Garth McMurtrey, and welcome to new members Doris Brevoort, Jim Heard, Jorge Manzanera, Ken Stern and Rosemary Stevens.

Meetings are held monthly usually first Thursday 6:30 pm (subject to change).
Message from Vincent Lachina
Urgent help needed!!
Friends: We need your help, and we need it quickly. Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sent the following email of concern regarding the proposed gag rule for Title X Family Funding. We have an opportunity to submit our comments to the Department of Health and Human Services stating our opposition to this proposal. Please take a moment to click on the link below and offer your comments. Together, we can make a huge difference. And, if you are able, please forward this to your own network of friends who are supportive of women’s reproductive health care.
Grateful for you and your ministries! Vincent

As you know, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced a gag rule that would undermine the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, radically restrict health care providers, and impact millions of people across the country. Here is what the proposed gag rule would do: 
  1. Make it illegal for providers across the country that participate in the Title X program to refer their patients for safe, legal abortion.
  2. Impose new restrictions designed to make it impossible for patients to get birth control or preventive care from reproductive health care from Planned Parenthood.
  3. Remove the guarantee that people are getting full and accurate information about their health care from their doctors. For nearly two decades, Title X law has been clear: Health care providers cannot withhold information from you about your pregnancy options. This rule means they can.
This is bad. And this is why we need your help.

Fight back against Trump’s attack on Title X funding! We know that 4 out of 10 of our patients at GNHI receive care through the Title X program. This new rule will block them from accessing essential health care at Planned Parenthood – or from any health provider who performs, gives referrals for, or even mentions the word abortion.

Don’t let Trump take away peoples’ health care! Click the link below, share it with your network and speak out about what Planned Parenthood means to you, and why the care we provide is so important. We have until July 31 to submit comments.

Last year, you raised your voice and stopped unprecedented attacks on reproductive health and rights. Now it’s time to do it again.

Comment here
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Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Summer 2018

7/15 Ken Stern – “Beacon press and the Pentagon Papers” . Come hear our history of standing for the First Amendment. In a case tied to Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, a Unitarian Universalist, the Court denied Beacon Press the right to publish the Pentagon Papers, even though the New York Times and Washington Post had previously won their cases in favor of freedom of the press.
Celebrant: Susan Thayer

7/22 Tom Gillespie – God’s Top Ten List: Three special guests (one eternal one ancient and one modern) will help us explain The 10 Commandments in a UU Style.
Celebrant: Jorge Manzanera
7/29 Garth McMurtrey – Procurement Fairies: Procurement Fairies are one explanation for the creation process. These fairies love to play, and they mess with us in playful ways. There are ways to play with them and help them create events and circumstances that are fun for us. I’ll talk about what they like and how we can play with them and have more fun!
Celebrant: Garth McMurtrey
8/5 – Eileen Gribble – Living with Conflicting Science vs God : I will share bits of essays on being science aligned AND "religious" at the same time, followed by a round robin/talking stick style of sharing on the topic and how we deal with these dichotomies.
Celebrant: Eileen Gribble
8/12 Jorge Manzanera – Technology at SUUF . There will be a demo of the audio-video and internet technology that we have available at SUUF, including tools for creation and collaboration like Google Suite. Selected pictures will be shown, and maybe a short video, regarding the effect of technology on our lives and our spiritual lives, tied to two of our UU Principles. If there is time, it will be open to questions and comments.
Celebrant: Garth McMurtrey
8/19 – SUUF Picnic at Washington Park in Anacortes
8/26 Susan Thayer – Quantum Multiversalism: An overview of my personal constantly evolving beliefs.
Celebrant: Susan Thayer

9/2 Doris Brevoort – Beyond the Mirror: A Look At Henri Nouwen's Reflections on the Struggles in Facing Death
Celebrant: Doris Brevoort
S ummer SUUF Picnic Please reserve August 19 . We'll skip the service this one time and meet at Washington Park in Anacortes starting at 11:00 am.  Details will be coming about the menu... but it will be a potluck and bar-b-que.
SUUF lending librar y located in the office. New CD's, books and interesting stuff. Check it out. To borrow, just sign your name and date on the sign-out sheet.
Cares and concerns If yo u know someone is ill, having a baby, graduating, etc. please contact Iola Ratcliff:
She has graciously volunteered to get an appropriate card circulating around the fellowship. Bethany Lynn
If you have an announcement you would like to have made from the pulpit on Sunday morning, please WRITE it out (clearly) and give it to the Celebrant. Bethany Lynn   
Contributions to the weekly announcement, The River, are welcome. Email your contributions to the office.
Contact list New contact book will be issued soon. If you want to be included, email or leave your info in the office.
Activities hosted at Diversity Hall ( See flyers and information posted on the Renters Bulletin Board in the hall.)

Mount Vernon Self-Empowerment Meetup  can be found online at: . The group meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6-8 pm through August at SUUF.
Our next meeting is on July 11. This week's topic is: Core Values.  Bring your dinner, if you like.

Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution Seminar  Free to the public   every month of 2018.   Every third Wednesday at SUUF from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. We will explore the nature of conflict and strengthen our conflict resolution skills. It is not about politics, and it is non-religious.
Jorge Manzanera, M.A.
Certified Professional Mediator
Office: (360) 399-6429
Cell:  (360) 333-2261

Healing and Intention Drum Group  2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30- 8:00 PM. Rev. Elke Siller.  Not meeting, June, July, August. Will resume in September.

Dances of Universal Peace on 2nd Sunday of each month here at SUUF 6-8pm. For more information contact Aarti Cathy Wooten 360-629-9190 or   Donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info on entry table. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others.

Meditation for everyone Monday nights 7:00 to 8:30 pm presented by Tom Unger Buddhist teacher.  Just drop in. Everyone is welcome. 

Shabbat Morning Service First Saturday, monthly 10:30 am -12 pm. Shalom Circle is a liberal Jewish Community founded and co-led by Cantor Miriam Fein and Simme Bobrosky. We share spirited and meditative services, classes and festival celebrations. Our gatherings are filled with song, prayer, discussion and fellowship. Together we explore the wisdom, peace and joy of Jewish spirituality. Refreshments will follow the service. Please join us. Donations are welcome.
Miriam and Simme

Our Revolution Skagit August 5, Sunday meeting, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at SUUF. Come and join others concerned about political issues. This group is an offshoot from Skagit County for Bernie Sanders.

Alzheimer’s support group meeting at SUUF – 3rd Wednesday each month from 2:30 to 4:00 PM .   Ch eryl McRill, contact group facilitator 360-899-4643
Office Administrator : Claire Phillips / Hours: Tu. & Th. 12-4 pm Worship Team Leader : Sally Riggers Board contact: Judy Hamilton