"The River"
December 5, 2021, 10:30 AM

Speaker: Jonathan Prescott
Celebrant: Sally Riggers

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?
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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.
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.
Happy November birthdays!!! Best wishes to Tatum, Jan, Garth, Judy, Kathy, Jon, Susan T, and any others celebrating your special day this month.
The Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund is a non-profit, charitable organization that has provided toys, books and a holiday meal to needy children and their families in Skagit County for over 71 years. Typically SUUF sponsors a family, however, this year SUUF will be gathering funds to donate to this joyous project. Please use the Givelify link on the SUUF website and select 'Skagit Herald Christmas Fund' , or you can mail a check to SUUF and include a note on memo line that states Christmas Fund. We will collect donations until December 19th
UUA PWR Regional Assembly is that inspirational, radically inclusive, beyond-the-congregation UU community we’ve missed. February 4-6, we can engage fully, wherever we are. Whether onsite at the Hyatt along the bay in San Diego, or online in the comfort of our own homes, we will have opportunities for connection in small groups, inspirational worship, transformative learning, and just plain community fun.  Join in the community
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 Friends:
I sing with Cantabile Chamber Choir and we're Back and ready to sing for an audience again! Join us for one of our Winter Concert performances, Dec. 3, 4, and 5. Tickets available online through Eventbrite.com. We'll have performances in Mt. Vernon, Anacortes (2!) and Camano Island. Hope to see you there. OR go to Cantabilechamberchoir.org for more information. Kathy R-J
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
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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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.
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!
Your OPOP representatives are:
Donna Rieper
Virginia Darvill
James Heard
Peter Smith
Eileen Gribble
2021-22 Board of Trustees
Emily Bianconi - President
Linda Kuller – Vice President
Greg Sherman – Secretary
Ken Stern – Treasurer
Mike Murdock
Pete Smith
Jim Heard
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
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.
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273