"The River"
This Sunday
September 16

Speaker: Simme Bobroski
Celebrant: SusanThayer

Chanting for Healthy Living and Spiritual Harmony

Chant is used to quiet the mind, open the heart, uplift the spirit, strengthen community and mourn the dead. Chant is the breath made audible in tone. We chant to join our voices to the voices of the countless seekers, worshipers, mystics and lovers of life in every time and place who have shared sacred song. Learn about how and why it works. Come experience it for yourself.
Center for Spiritual Living Interfaith Potluck Please join us for an Interfaith potluck hosed by the Center for Spiritual Living, Mount Vernon, Sunday, September 16, 1-4 pm a t Skagit Valley Playfields, covered picnic area, 200 Martin Rd., Mount Vernon. Please RSVP as a congegation to mtvernoncsl@outlock.com
2018-19 We need your help!

Several dates have been set aside for congregation-led services.

Similar to our summer schedule, they will be planned and presented by members & friends of SUUF. No hired speaker, but music will be provided.

The differences from summer are:
–     groups are encouraged to form and work together
–     an emphasis is on engaging everyone present that day
–     a general theme has been pre-selected for most dates
–     scripts, outlines & other service materials for many of these themes are already written and available (just ask)
We encourage ALL of you to consider signing up! Sure, it takes some work...but the comraderie and creativity involved are half the fun! These are often some of the most popular services of the year. Help, advice, suggestions and more are happily available from Sally and others.

Open dates and themes:
December 30   OPEN (your choice)

February 10   Be My Valentine

March 17   OPEN (your choice)

May 12   Flower Communion (prior service plans available)

May 26   American Patriotic Songs and Poems (plan with Sally)

June 16   “Juneteenth” (A historical perspective on the Abolitionist
         Movement, which can be roughly based on this American holiday that        
         commemorates the June 19,1865 announcement of the abolition
         of slavery in the state of Texas. Complete service & sermon available)
June 30   Hello Summer (end-of-year sharing; an easy & fun one, can    also include a potluck)
September services
September 23

Speaker: Victoria Poling
Celebrant: Jorge Manzanara

UU 101 – part 1

The spring survey results were very clear: our congregation wants to know more about our own Unitarian Universalist religion. Victoria will lead us on a journey exploring our roots, our values and how we came to be the religion we are today. This is the first of five sermons scheduled this year on this topic.  

September 30

Speaker: Josseph Bednarik
Celebrant: Jim Heard

The Theory and Practice of Zax
In his brilliant story “The Zax,” Dr. Seuss takes fundamentalism to
its logical extreme when a North-Going Zax and a South-Going Zax meet
on a path and neither will step aside to allow the other to pass. As
these Zax stand puffed-chest and glowering, let’s gather up a picnic
lunch and go out for a visit, to discover whether UU values might help
loosen this wet-knot situation.
October 2018 services

Oct 7
Speaker: Terray Sylvester
Title: Our World...Through the Lens
Description: Terray is a photo journalist who specializes in stories at the intersection of environment and social justice issues. He's also Elmyra's grandson! Come prepared to see the world through his eyes.

Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens

Oct 14
Speaker: Dustin Johnson, Director of the Anacortes Family Center
Title: Homelessness: It's not just somebody else's problem.
Description: The Anacortes facility has developed a unique approach to homelessness in our area. Dustin will explain how their model may hold the answer.

Celebrant: Anneliese Sherman
Oct 21
Speaker: Laura Lavigne
Title: Following Our Inner Wisdom - Even When Our Head is Not So Sure
Description: Author and Happiness Coach Laura Lavigne will join us to share the magic of following her heart and inner guidance when embarking with her backpack on a 6-month journey across the world with no plans, ending in a Greek refugee center - all the while staying connected (sometimes desperately) to her own source.

Celebrant: Allen Lowe
Oct 28
Guests: Assunta Napoleone and Local Pagan Witches
Title: Samhain Mass
Description: Wicca is a peaceful religion. The Coven will explain their beliefs; it is NOT the commercialized media version. Please bring a picture of someone you love who has died, to share in this beautiful and moving service.

Celebrant: Matt Bianconi
Friday, September 14 service and potluck Simme will be blowing the shofar and Miriam will be chanting the traditional prayers and playing the violin for Kol Nidre. In addition to the prayers, Simme will be leading Tashlich, a letting go ritual that helps us to get in touch with what we want to part with in order to start the New Year with new eyes. Since our service is on Friday evening we are doubly blessed to welcome Shabbat. We look forward to sharing the 'birthday of the world' and the 'day of remembrance' with you. 

Following the service we will share a vegetarian potluck meal. A basket will be available for donations. Simme and I look forward to sharing our High Holiday celebration with you, take care and blessings, Miriam and Simme.
The Covenant Circle discusses periodical and book and news. Lately the topics have centered on major socioeconomic issues of the times. The discussion is lively and the spirit is convivial.

They meet every Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at Haggen on Division Street, except the second Thursday of the month, when they convene over lunch somewhere at 1:00. Call Joy Lindberg (360-424-8090) for further information.
Spirit of Hope Annual Fundraiser Event
Please join Community Action as we welcom Jonathan Martin, editor of the Seattle Times' Project Homeless as our keynote speaker October 11, 2018 , 5 pm, Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Register www.communityactionskagit.org Tickets $25. See more information on signup sheet and flyer in dining room.
Side Show October 5~20, 2018, Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon Theater Arts Guild has been rehearsing at SUUF. Support our renters and see a great musical .
Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.
New email address:

( Skagituu@frontier still works.)
This space awaits a photo or poem or news or reminiscence from you, when you're ready. Email your contributions to the office.
Office Administrator : Claire Phillips / skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tu. & Th. 12-4 pm Worship Team Leader : Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com Board contact: Rosemary Stevens rr_stevens@comcast.net