"The River"

December 4, 2022

10:30 am

Rev. Lynnea Jardine

Opportunities Everywhere

Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens

Seeing with the eyes of Appreciation and Resilience "When it seems your back is against the wall, turn around and open the window. Opportunities abound all around us. We must be willing to see them. Open your heart to recognize opportunities everywhere." and when in doubt, cultivate appreciation and choose resilience.

$309 was donated to Welcome Home Skagit for last week's 4th Sunday Social Concerns collection.

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Services are in person 10:30 am at the Fellowship, 500 W Section St, Mount Vernon and on Zoom

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You need to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 per the current CDC guidelines. 


On 10/13/22 the board voted to amend the mask policy at SUUF:  Masks are still to be worn during the service and masks are now optional during coffee hour. Do NOT attend if you have had a runny nose or cough or fever in the previous 5 days.  

Services coming in December

December 11

Hysterical Women

Celebrant: Simme Bobrosdy

From the people who created the Mirth and Dignity YouTube Channel and the UU Hysterical Society... A story of friendship (and a tiny manifesto in defense of Hysteria). You can find more about them and do some holiday shopping in their online "shop" at UUHystericalSociety.com

December 18

Rev. Barbara Gilday

Celebrant: Anneliese Vance-Sherman

The Greatest Gift

It’s the busy season of gifting: shopping in person, online; waiting for packages to arrive; wrapping, shipping, and cooking. Oh my! No wonder people feel stressed in the season which supposedly represents faith, hope, joy and love. Perhaps the most significant metaphor of the birth of Jesus, was that he was the greatest gift - the gift from a “father” - the gift that he passed on by living his life in the way that he did. And we? Are we not the greatest gift to those we love? How can you be a gift to others, this Christmas? This year?

December 25

Merry Christmas

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SUUF Events and news

Covenant Circle The Covenant Circle discussion group will now be meeting on Tuesdays at 5:30. The first of these sessions will happen on December 6th. All are welcome! The conversation is wide-ranging and easygoing. ("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.

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Passcode: 407993

SUUF Zoom Links For This Week

(Click on an item during the meeting time to attend.)

Sunday, December 4, 10:30 AM | Sunday Service 

Wednesday, Dec3mber 7, 4:00 PM | Covenant Circle

Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM | Board Meeting

SUUF Movie Night!!

2nd Saturday of the Month

Doors open at 7 pm, Movie starts at 7:30 pm

This month come join us on December 10 for Star Wars Episode 4 "A New Hope"

Happy Wanderers Wednesday Walking GroupEnjoy a walk in the great outdoors with fellow SUUFers, Due to weather variability, the weekly walk day and time may vary or get changed as the weather is assessed. If folks want the weekly walk info, please contact Linda Kuller 360-420-1506. and she will add you to the texts with walk info and notices of any changes.

I4th Sunday recipients list

You can send your donation using our online donation link or by mailing a check to SUUF.


Jan - BLUU Donations to Black Lives of UU go to helping us live out our Mission & Vision in the world.

Feb - Wise Caregivomg  offers workshops, retreats, and presentations to help professional and private caregivers thrive in today’s challenging environment.

Mar -: SFEG

 Apr - Familia Unidas por la Justica

May - OPOP One parish One prisoner

Jun Helping hands foodbank


If you are attending services in person, drinks or snacks that you bring to share are much appreciated

Happy December birthdays!!! Best wishes to Tatum, Garth, Jan, Judy, Jon, Susan T, and any others celebrating your special day this month.

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.

Hi SUUF-ers!

I love theatre. I love GOING to the theatre. I Love DISCUSSING theatre. However, I HATE driving into Seattle to go to the 5th Ave. Musical Theatre.

QUESTION: Are there any folks out there who would be interested in going to the two Sondheim musicals that the 5th Ave Theatre will be presenting in 2023? They're doing "Sweeney Todd" and "Into The Woods." If someone is interested in driving, can we put together a little group and go together? I'm more than happy to pay for parking and gas if I don't have to drive.  I'd even be happy to pay for the driver's ticket to the show. My eyes are rubbish at night and I'm dangerous on the road! 😁. 

Kathy Roche-Zujko

Hello opera fans,

I want to invite Suufers to a new opera The Hours, about Virginia Wolff,

Saturday, Dec. 10th, 9:55 am-- The MET in HD at the Lincoln Theater.

Please call me for information. Doris 360-336-3453

Communnity events and news

La Conner Kiwanis

Join us for our second annual Holiday Craft Fair. Saturday, December 3rd at Maple Hall in La Conner 9 am to 3 pm. Eat breakfast at the Rotary Santa Breakfast then move into the side room and upstairs to shop unique handmade items. Everything from gluten-free cookies to scarfs will be for sale. La Conner will be in the holiday mood with activities and music all throughout the town on this special weekend.

Simme Bobrosky will be there selling warm knitted hats, Christmasaurus ornaments & jewelry.

Mark your calendars for next Saturday, December 3rd - we’ll meet in front of MV Planned Parenthood for our next sign-waving event at 11a.m., rain or shine. Bring your signs, your friends and your families (and your dogs, we love your dogs…and Jake, we love your music!). There will be extra signs available in English and Spanish.

Please note: I will be forwarding our group email list to Mount Baker Planned Parenthood so they can keep all of us in the loop about events in the wider area and provide resources for those who are interested in becoming more involved with Planned Parenthood as volunteers. If you have questions, please email me.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Saturday!

In this together,

Debbie Grant (she/her/hers)

Planned Parenthood volunteer

Hello SUUF folks! It's time to enjoy a Winter Concert! I will be singing with Cantabile Chamber Choir on Dec. 2, 3, & 4th. Dec. 2, 7:30 White Branches in Mt. Vernon (they serve cocktails!!)

Dec. 3, 7:30, The Depot in Anacortes

Dec. 4, 3pm St. Aidan's Church, Camano Island


 Cantabile Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Dustin Willetts have prepared a heartfelt and warm show that you will want to enjoy. From holiday favorites to songs about stars and the Northern Lights, "Lighting Our Path" is an 80 minute concert that draws our focus toward the light. With special guest Kera-Lynne Newman on violin this concert has the potential to be your favorite part of the season. We hope you will join us, allow us to sing over you, and reaffirm the beauty and comfort of good music during the holidays!

Kathy Roche-Zujko

Occasionally, we get notification of an event and it is too late to get it in the weekly announcements. If you are interested in getting additional emails about racial/ social/climate/ justice issues please email me at brendundas@outlook.com or call (360) 424-5003.
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SUUF)
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

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2022-23 Board of Trustees
Emily Bianconi - President
Rosemary Stevens - Vice President
Ken Stern – Treasurer
Linda Kuller – Secretary
Mike Murdock
Pete Smith
Jim Heard
Donna Rieper

Your OPOP (One Parish One Prisoner) is Eileen Grimble

Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273