"The River"

May 21, 2023

10:30 am

Speaker: Rev. Bruce Bode

Celebrant: Anneliese Vance-Sherman

Music: Sally Riggers, Kathy Roche-Zujko, Shannon Scott

Media: George Rogers-Clark

“Flower Communion Sunday”

This Sunday's service - “in the springing of the year” (Robert Frost) – will center around a “flower communion ritual.” This is a ritual introduced 100 years ago – June 4, 2023 – by the Rev. Norbert Capek to the Unitarian congregation he served in Prague of the then-Czechoslovak Republic. Some years later, the simple service that Capek created found its way to Unitarian congregations in the United States, where many Unitarian Universalist congregations currently observe some version of it. The title of Rev. Bode’s message for this service is “Nature’s Gift to Us & Our Gift to Nature.”

NOTE: Please bring a flower to the service to share (though, if you forget, there will be some on hand).

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Order of service

Services are in person 10:30 am 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. 


 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 May and June

May 28

OPOP One Parish One Prisoner

June 4

Building Your Own Theology

Doris Brevoort

June 11

Joseph Bednarik

June 18

Rev. Barbara Gilday

June 25

Congregational Meeting

Listen to previous SUUF services here

SUUF Events and news



Dear fellow members and friends:

Less than two weeks to go for us, the members and friends of SUUF, to decide and commit to how wonderful we want our next church year to be. Great Sunday worship is planned, with the thoughtful speakers you appreciate filling the pulpit. $4,000 is budgeted for weekly live music. Donna and Linda plan new coffee pots and more for after service socializing. We continue to make repairs and invest in building maintenance.

A $60,000 budget means $45,000 in pledge income. I try not to focus on money but do ask you to hold on to this: our fellowship existence is a $1,550 per week enterprise. Your happiness, thoughtfulness and growth requires your meeting the challenges of supporting the church you know is important in your life.

There are 45 of us. Divided equally, that is $1,333 each. Some can give more. Please do. Some give less. Any support you provide is welcome and needed.

A hymn of ours goes "Enter, rejoice and come in." Let's enter joyfully into our new church year knowing we provide the support we all need within our fellowships walls.

Thank you for your caring commitment.

Want to discuss your pledge with me? Please call me.

Thank you,

— Ken

Ken Stern


UP date from your OPOP Team:

Your OPOP team continues to meet monthly. Some times we even manage to include Matthew in our meetings. One thing we are learning from Matt is perseverance. So often his calls will disconnect, Ginny was able to get in touch with his parents and learned that this commonly happens when they have scheduled a call with Matthew as well. Matthew seems to take it all in stride. We continue to send letters and emails, we also are sending letters to the attorneys office that will next be meeting in court to represent him regarding his release date. This month the 4th Sunday, you will be hearing more from the team as we will be your Sunday Service speakers and Celebrant. I hope you can all make it. Also if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any one of us, we’d love to hear from you. Thank you, ~Eileen Gribble

A celebration of Pat's life will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bay View Civic Hall, 12615 C. Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.

Hoated by

Kathy Henderson

An afternoon at Cindy's Childs Creek Farm Arts and Ecology Gardens

I would like to offer the last Sundays of May 28, and June 25 .Gathering 1 to 1:30 pm....projects until 3 or 3:30.. then lite supper, yoqi or music and/or singing. Please bring your water bottle or unbreakable mug, possible food to share, favorite tool, marked with name and gloves. Loppers are handy..small hand saws, shovels, weeding tools are all handy here...hori hori or hand trowel also a hit.  Times and projects flexible.

All visitors/volunteers should sign liability waiver and take safety as their highest priority. Everyones health and enjoyment is our goal along with stewardship of our land and lives. We have a huge amount of bamboo and volunteers are encouraged to harvest dig or use it in whatever way they wish Garden projects...here or elsewhere...A mural project and giant mosaics...are a few creative possibilities...


Indeed I/we can really use the help and it can be really fun for all of us building our community through creative activity. We will have choices..those who can't do garden projects might help in the sun room potting or planting starts.. and or bring a dish for our informal potluck. Indoor participants should be prepared to mask up...and maintain social distance , etc.


Call me with ?s CINDY 360 708 1798

Childs Creek Farm Arts and Ecology Gardens is located just off Hwy 20 at MP 72 on the right side at 29920 Lyman Hamilton Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Save the Dates for SUUF Picnics

Sunday, July 30th: Hillcrest Park Gazebo

Sunday, August 27th, Bowman's Bay

SUUF West will be meeting at the Anacortes Library Community Room from 12:30 until 2:30 in April, and May. It is okay to bring bag lunches as long as we clean up. If you live in Anacortes or other places west of Mt. Vernon, you are invited to join this informal discussion group. Please call Rosemary with any questions. (360-293-4146)

The Covenant Circle is a mid-week gathering, a chance to chat and share with others outside of the Sunday service.

Covenant Circle 

Tuesdays at 5:30. All are welcome! The conversation is wide-ranging and easygoing. ("Who could ask for anything more?")

Zoom link here

Passcode: 407993

SUUF Zoom Links For This Week

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

Sunday, May 21, 10:30 AM | Sunday Service 

Tuesday, May 23, 5:30 PM | Covenant Circle

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

Happy May birthdays!!! Best wishes to Ashley, Marsha, Anneliese, Patti, Sherri, Marlee, Bobbi and any others celebrating your special day this month.

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.

4th Sunday recipients list

You can send your donation using our online donation link, adding it to the collection basket on Sundays, or by mailing a check to SUUF.

May - OPOP One parish One prisoner

Jun - Helping hands foodbank

Jul - Welcome Home Skagit

Aug - Skagit Diaper Bank


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

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.

Who is joining us on Zoom? Oh, it's Rocky the cat enjoying a little SUUF time with Andra.

Sultana aka Claire with Mel the camel collecting the rent at SUUF from 1st Saturday belly dance hoffa May rental.

From Simme Bobrosky

9 more days to register. I am teaching this art class. Looks like the weather will be nice.

We will be painting outside.

Register here:


Community events and news

Cantabile Chamber Choir's concert is TOMORROW NIGHT!   ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!

Experience the great state of Washington in a new and beautiful way. Cantabile Chamber Choir will present live choral music by Washington State composers while you are taken on a stunning visual tour of the natural beauty our state has to offer. Original video footage by Conner Helms combined with custom musical programming, this one time performance is sure to transport you to your foundational connection with nature. 

Tickets $25-$40 available at McIntyre Hall.  

This will be more than just a choir concert. We'll be performing works from local composers, live with incredible footage of the beautiful natural places from Skagit, Whatcom, Olympic, and Clallam counties, as well as nature sounds from those counties.

The fantastic auditioned choir has been working hard and is sounding great under the wonderful leadership of our musical director, Dustin Willetts. The venue, Mcintyre Hall, is a wonderful concert hall, designed by the acoustic designer who designed Benaroya Hall in Seattle. So many people have worked so hard to make this event a reality, and we hope as many people as possible get to enjoy it.

Hope to see you at McIntyre Hall on May 19.

Kathyy 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30

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.

The contact person for OPOP (One Parish, One Prisoner) is Eileen Gribble.

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!
Donate or Pay a Pledge to SUUF
Link to online pledge card 2022-23
Visit SUUF website http://skagituuf.com
Email SUUF skagituu@gmail.com
Office Administrator, Newsletter: Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm

Board contact: Emily Bianconi, President pres@skagituuf.com
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
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273