"The River"
November 21, 2021 10:30 AM
Speaker: Rev. Bruce Bode
Celebrant: Susie Wilson

Everything We Have We Borrow
The sermon on this Sunday prior to our nation's Thanksgiving Day celebration will address the origin and occasions of gratitude, the nature and necessity of gratitude, and the key to a grateful spirit.
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Changing seasons, changing times, shorter days, darker days. Grab your cup of coffee and join us on Sunday mornings for an uplifting hour to brighten your day.
November 28
"Gratitude (x3)"
We'll join our UU neighbors in Blaine today. Along with members of Free Church Unitarian, we'll share THREE things that we're each grateful for.... all brought about by the pandemic. Yup. This is a new twist on how we view and remember the last 20 months. What positive lifestyle change took place? What new skill did you learn? What book did you finally read? What did you accomplish with that extra free time? Put on your thinking caps, and come up with a small list of big changes. And, as the song goes... "just put on a happy face!"

December 5
Speaker: Jonathan Prescott
"Laziness": It's easy to see how sitting on the couch all day can be called laziness. But can laziness also be our chronic tendency to do too much?

December 12
Speaker: Joseph Bednarik
"The Grinch: Patron Saint of Unitarian Universalism"
This Sunday morning, somewhere in the thicket of a global pandemic and within spitting distance of Christmas Eve, we
nominate Dr. Seuss's green and scowling Grinch as the patron saint of Unitarian Universalism. (And yes, you will be invited to

December 19
Speaker: Rev. Bruce Bode
"Everything is Holy Now!"
Scholar of mythology Joseph Campbell writes, “The first function of a mythology is to waken and maintain in the individual a
sense of wonder and participation in the mystery of this finally inscrutable universe.” As Christmas approaches, the sermon
will explore this “first function of mythology” through songwriter/singer Peter Mayer’s striking song “Holy Now.”

December 26
This last Sunday of 2021 will bring us a reflection on where we have been and where we are going. Plan to gather together to voice your joys and your sorrows, as friends and as family, something we Unitarian Universalists know how to do with love.
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.
It's here at last. Simme's latest music videos, thanks to friends who helped collaborate on this, Doris Brevoort, Miriam Fein & moi. These were made for the Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest, a fundraising event to help support the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank in Seattle. There are 2 videos, once you start playing Jingle Bells, 3 little circles will appear at the bottom bar. Click on one of them and the other video will appear. A surprise awaits you towards the end of Jingle Bells. A special thank you to Doris for her musical accompaniment.
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) 424-500
Anti-Racism Theory and Practice training program will be on January 15th and 22nd from 9AM to 12PM. It will be a hybrid training, that is zoom and in person. Since Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship received a grant there is no cost to attend. If you are interested, please complete the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Cook (360) 424-5003.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuguQCDSpN-f1cnryMgNWQGW3Uso-xfwIiU2mQcGObCQZOpw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Transgender Day of Remembrance Event
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 7 pm

Sponsored by Whatcom PFLAG and co-sponsored by PFLAG Skagit chapter.
The Zoom webinar link is:
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.
To make it easier to remember to donate to 4th (social justice) and 5th (building and grounds) Sundays, you can send one check to the office or online donation to cover October through August 2022 or any monthly recipient you choose. Please indicate to whom and what amount you wish to donate.
4th Sunday recipients list

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

● -Aug-FLora Lucatero/Children of the Valley
● -Sep-MV Food Bank
● -Oct-Terry Kyllo/Paths to Understanding
-Nov-Oasis teen shelter
● -Dec-Jonathan Prescott/Wise Caregivers
● -Jan-PFLAG
● -Feb-OPOP
● -March-DVSAS
● -April-Anacortes Food Bank
● -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
SUUF Zoom Links For This Week

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OPOP (One Prisoner One Parish) I t has been a while since we have had much change to report to our congregation. however, in the last 30 days there have been some changes. One being that our friend Matt had a court date; his attorney represented him in the courts to see if he may be allowed a new sentencing because the laws have changed regarding a person under the age of 18 being tried as an adult. we do not yet know the outcome of this hearing but there is a chance he will be released earlier than his current sentence allows because he was 17 at the time of his original hearing.

One of the challenges we have found for all of us, the team and Matthew, is that we don’t know what we don’t know… and as much as Matthew wants us to believe he is very resourceful and that he has his housing and job and car all lined up for when his release date happens, our team has discussed, thanks to the study modules OPOP provides us with is documentation of how challenging it can be once a person is released for things to not always go as planned… so this month Ginny will be copying the paperwork that OPOP has provided us with the steps to take while a person is still “in” to apply for the process to begin in requesting permission to be granted a drivers license, and she will be mailing it to Matt. We don’t want to offend him, as he was so sure that getting the license would be easy… however easy it was when he turned 16… it is apparently much more difficult for a person who has been incarcerated. We continue to Learn about hope and forgiveness and second chances, and over coming obstacles in our journey through OPOP.

One of the challenges your team has… other than Jim, we’re all tech challenged and it shows up in interesting ways… we had planned back when we were meeting in person (before the Delta variant showed up) to do a zoom meeting between all of us and Matt. but then we went back to meeting on zoom and we have been challenged to make our individual computers compatible with the prison access software… I am sure we will get this taken care of soon.

Wish us luck, your liaison
Eileen Gribble
Your OPOP representatives are:
Donna Rieper
Virginia Darvill
James Heard
Peter Smith
Eileen Gribble
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.

Happy Wanderers Wednesday Walking Group. Enjoy 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 text Linda K at 360 420 1506 and she will add you to the texts with walk info and notices of any changes.
Happy November birthdays!!! Best wishes to Rev. Bill, Linda, Rev. Barbara D, Nancy, and any others celebrating your special day this month.
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
Activities hosted at Diversity Hall (See flyers and information posted on the Renters Bulletin Board in the hall.)

Dances for Universal Peace hopes to return in 2021.
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 emilyakerr@gmail.com
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273