"The River"
May 15, 10:30 am

Speaker: Rev. Bruce Bode
Celebrant: Susie Wilson

“Fairy Tales for the Early Years”

One of the functions of mythology and religion is what mythologist Joseph Campbell calls the “pedagogical function” – teaching and guiding the individual through the normal stages of life in a harmonious and fulfilling way. And fairy tales, the distilled wisdom of the ages – “minor scriptures,” if you will – are traditional sources of teaching what the values of the different stages of life are. The sermon this Sunday will feature a most entertaining fairy tale with takeaways for both children and adults.

We are happy to welcome members of the Evergreen UU Fellowship this morning. You are family here!
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May 22
"An Interfaith Dialogue"
Host & Celebrant: Kathy Roche-Zujko

Using a TEDx Talk as the foundation of our service today, we will enjoy a speaker-free Sunday to share our thoughts about what "WE" (as individuals and as a church) believe and how we handle the issue of respect and acceptance of other religions and beliefs.

May 29
Speaker: Rev. Vincent Lachina
"The Need for Humor in Today's World"
Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens

The reality of our world today tends to focus on events while experiences are absent of humor. Wars, pandemics, environmental crises, social conflicts, gun violence, and so much more seem to monopolize our media. Now more than ever we all need to find an outlet that allows up to smile or better yet, laugh. There seems to be a sense of relief from our stress when we find even a small bit of humor. In our message for the day, we will attempt to take the advice we might remember from our past when we were told to "lighten up."

June 5
Speaker: Jonathan Prescott
Celebrant: Jorge Manzanera

“Happiness! Doesn't that word sound good? We can water seeds that grow into happiness. We can trust happiness as an indicator that we’re on a good path. We can also distinguish happiness from joy. Join us today as we take a look at what happiness really means and how to get there.
Services are in person at the Fellowship, 500 W Section St, Mount Vernon and on Zoom
If attending services in our building
You need to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 per the current CDC guidelines. 
You are expected to wear a mask over your nose and mouth the entire time they are
inside the building.  
Do NOT attend if you have had a runny nose or cough or fever in the previous 5 days.  
It’s Pledge Drive Season: Here’s the second pitch!
Are you all in on the ‘A-s’ SUUF Pledge Drive?

The church Pledge Drive continues.

Please do not rush into your pledge. That was the message in church last Sunday. Please reflect on the support and joy and – yes – challenges the church gives you and asks of you.

Are you excited about our church today and our hopes and possibilities for next year and the years to come?

Your church board is. Together we can be

Our ambitions for in-person church add up to the largest budget ever proposed: over $62,000. The board will approve the budget this month and members will adopt it at the annual meeting in June.

Let us bravely plan our future. Let us agree to support our wonderful church to meet the challenges of meeting in person in 2022 and to prepare for our ambitious future.

Please have your YES to OUR FUTURE include much more in your pledge.

Call Ken Stern to discuss: 360-202-4660.
Happy May birthdays!!! Best wishes to Bobbi, Malee, Laura, Ashley, Marsha, Annelise, Pat, Patti, 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.
"At the Spring Dawn" by Angelina Welm Grimke (1880-1958) from the Harlem Renaissance

I watched the dawn come,
    Watched the spring dawn come.
And the red sun shouldered his way up
    Through the grey, through the blue,
Through the lilac mists.
The quiet of it! The goodness of it!
    And one bird awoke, sang, whirred
A blur of moving black against the sun,
    Sang again—afar off.
And I stretched my arms to the redness of the sun,
    Stretched to my finger tips,
        And I laughed.
Ah! It is good to be alive, good to love,
    At the dawn,
        At the spring dawn.
Tom Gillespie and Bethany Lynn were married in Red Bluff, CA, on April 22. After 13 years of adventures and travel we decided to settle down and plant a garden. In attendance were our children - Collin, Jill and Michael, and grandson, Baxter. Bethany will take the name Bethany Lynn Gillespie.
I just wanted to give a big shout-out to George Rogers-Clark who sees to all our technical needs. We all appreciate you keeping Zoom going for us out here, George. I think it is going amazingly smoothly! You are doing such a great job and we are all able to see just about everything. It's amazing. I really thought there would be more glitches to overcome. Congratulations and Thank you for all your hard work! Andra
SAVE THE DATE! DANA HUBBARD House Concert at Kathy & Wes' House!
Tuesday evening, May 17, 2022, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
BLUES FANS, You'll LOVE THIS! Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Acoustic Blues Competition and the Indie International Songwriting Contest for Folk/Acoustic, as well as the American River Music Festival Musician Showcase, Dana Hubbard combines the socially conscious singer/songwriter with the master acoustic blues guitarist, with guitar skills that defy the ear and eye. The list of folks he's opened for and shared the bill with spans the spectrum from blues to folk to bluegrass; legends like Albert King, James Cotton and Etta James and opening shows for artists like Greg Allman, Chris Isaak and Robert Cray. Now is your chance to enjoy Dana's talents in a small intimate setting. SEATING IS LIMITED to 20. Suggested donation to artist $25/person. Light snacks will be served.  (Fully vaxxed, please! Masks TBA)
Just let us know if you'd like to be on the reservation list.  😊 rochezujko@gmail.com
What an amazing response from all of you last Saturday - THANK YOU! Rough estimates put our attendance over 300, thanks to the efforts of Indivisible Skagit and Skagit and Island Democrats getting the word out and showing up in a big way. Enjoy the pictures and feel free to download and share.


Mount Baker Planned Parenthood has joined forces with Indivisible Skagit, and both the Skagit and Fidalgo Democrats to put together a program which begins with speakers at 2:00p followed by sign waving on all four corners of the intersection at the Courthouse. Get ready to make some seriously "good trouble!"

Please consider wearing a mask...it's optional, but we want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Questions? Email me. Please - spread the word on your social media and wherever you can.

Here's a link to the march site - you're welcome to share: https://mobilize.us/s/fyL8cW
Monthly rallies to support Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights will resume the first Saturday of each month, from 11a-12p - RAIN OR SHINE.
Meet on the sidewalk in front of the Mount Vernon health center at 1805 E. Division St in Mount Vernon.
Bring your signs, your friends, your family, and your masks.

For questions, please email me at debbiegrant01@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday!

In this fight with you,
Debbie (she/her/hers)
Covenant Circle 4 pm on Wednesdays. All are welcome! The conversation is wide-ranging and easy going. ("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.

SUUF Zoom Links For This Week

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

4th Sunday recipients list

You can send your donation using our online donation link or by mailing a check to
● -May-SFEG (Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group--this is the group that CRE worked with to plant trees to help
restore salmon habitat)
● -June-Community Action
● -July-Friendship house
● -Aug-Children's Museum of Skagit County Scholarship
Happy Wanderers Wednesday Walking GroupEnjoy a walk in the great outdoors with fellow SUUFers, Due to fall 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.
Your OPOP (One Parish One Prisoner) representatives are:
Donna Rieper
Virginia Darvill
James Heard
Peter Smith
Eileen Gribble
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

Here's the address above for mailing pledge checks and donations. Thank you for your continuing support!
2021-22 Board of Trustees
Emily Bianconi - President
Linda Kuller – Vice President
Greg Sherman – Secretary
Ken Stern – Treasurer
Mike Murdock
Pete Smith
Jim Heard
The UUA General Assembly will be in Portand, OR in 2022.
Office Administrator, Newsletter: Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm

Worship Team Leader: Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com

Board contact: Emily Bianconi, President pres@skagituuf.com
Activities hosted at Diversity Hall (See flyers and information posted on the Renters Bulletin Board in the hall.)

The Board is reviewing our rental policy. We hope to be able to safely share our beautiful space and welcome our renters back soon. Two renters are currently interested.
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273