"The River"

September 25, 2022

Speaker: Rev.Sarah Movius Schurr

Celebrant: Matthew Bianconi

The Justice Work of the UUA

Reverend Sarah Schurr will be talking to us about the justice work the UUA does every day. There is a lot that many people don’t know about, from our UU the Vote, to our work with disability justice, to our intentional personnel practices. As a member congregation of the UUA, we are a part of this good work.

This is 4th Sunday collection for social justice   Your donations will go to  UU the vote which supports congregations and UU organizations in activating thousands to mobilize voters, counter voter suppression, and engage in spiritually grounded, values-based issue conversations with voters in their communities. This is a grassroots campaign that relies on grassroots support.

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Meeting ID: 83222201810
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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.  

Services coming in October

October 2   Rev. Lynnea Jardine

October 9   Rev Joanna Gabriel

Close to the Bone

If something is said to be ‘close to the bone’, it is defined as something that makes one feel uncomfortable because it is very close to the truth or to the real nature of something. Rev Joanna Gabriel will explore the importance of this stance as our unsettled world swirls around us.

A New Thought minister for over 25 years, Joanna Gabriel has been serving Unity congregations throughout the Northwest region.


October 16  Rev. Vincent Lachina

Listen to previous SUUF services here
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.

"No other denomination allows a period for disagreement after the sermon. Only the UU's have what they call a Talkback."

                                Jessie Munro

Thank you Rosemary Stevens!!

Hello friends!

September is the birthday season for the Brevoort family....

On Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5 to 6:30 pm we will have a zoom get-together to celebrate Marcia ( Sept. 30th) and Doris (Sept. 28th) starting their next trip around the sun.

We will send the zoom link next week! (Thanks to Skagit Unitarians for helping this connection to happen.) You are invited to drop in for a minute, an hour, a song or a cameo..... not exactly filling tables in the U District or La Casita restaurant, but one way to celebrate!

We will be having an in-person open house on Sunday, Oct. 2nd from 12:30 to 3 pm, at 1910 So. 16th St. (Just north of Blackburn Rd, near Hillcrest Park).

Marcia wants everyone to know we have a Big Back Yard.... she also suggested we have pies this year instead of cake! Get ready for a little live music, and please bring something to sing, play, recite, act out if you wish!

Take care and happy September.  If you have a birthday around now, let us know so we can toast you too! Questions, phone Doris at 360-336-3453.  Thank you!

Happy September birthdays!!! Best wishes to Brooke, Diane, Doris, Marcia, Ginny, Mike, Izak, Alex, and any others celebrating your special day this month.

News from our renter. Ist Saturday Belly Dancing Hafla Reunion returns to Diversity Hall, October 1, 7 pm. This group was a long-time renter for several years on the 1st Saturday of each month. In recent years, however, there have been once-a-year reunions in October. Claire Phillips aka Sultana will be performing with a crowd favorite, Mel the camel.

This concert is a fundraiser to SUUF!

Hello friends and members of SUUF:

Because many of you have indicated a desire to attend the concert virtually, or to avoid purchasing your tickets online for various reasons, we have decided to UPDATE the arrangements for the RUPERT WATES concert/fundraiser on Sept. 25.

1) We WILL be accepting cash at the door if you find the online purchasing experience too confusing. PLEASE still make a reservation, tho! We have limited seating, so we need to know who to expect! Contact Kathy Roche-Zujko (rochezujko@gmail.com) and let her know how many seats you would like to reserve, and you will be placed on the list at the door.

2) We WILL be sharing this concert via ZOOM for those who are unable to attend in person. You will still have to purchase a ticket at Brown Paper Tickets, and then send Kathy a copy of your receipt. She will in turn send you the special ZOOM link to allow you to tune in.  

The tickets can be purchased at:


Thank you everyone! This will be a terrific concert!

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, 2pm
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Diversity Hall
500 W. Section St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273
TICKETS $25.00
AVAILABLE at Brown Paper Tickets:
Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University and has been a full-time songwriter and performer since the late 1990s. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/ folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released eleven solo CDs which have received outstanding reviews in the international online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic and haunting songs that ring true. Sample his tasty music here: https://youtu.be/Y0U1_uOBqe0
COVID POLICY: Covid vaxxed only, please. The audience is expected to wear masks during the concert. We will have windows/doors open for sufficient air flow. Thank you!

Matt, our incarcerated friend we have met through One Parish, One Prisoner mentioned the Black Prisoner Caucus when I asked him about what influenced the positive changes in his life and his progress in education. When I asked him to tell me more he replied as follows:

Ginny I'm glad your doing well. Its good to talk with the youth and see them see the possibilities in their path. As for the BPC what it has brought to me and the people around me is growth, acceptance and accountablity among many other things. It has helped us see our potential. It gives us education and the ability to help others, to see that we have a duty to then world to give back to communities that we are absent from but still belong to. My Responsibilities to the BPC is to help others in whatever capacity I can to accept help when others extend it.

My Contributions to the BPC go beyond it and into the community from working with Public and private organizations as a means to make a difference. To make the prison system a better place by building bridges not only between different races and backgrounds bit also between Inmates and corrections staff. I have been a member of the BPC and worked in leadership roles and advisory roles for almost my whole 20 years in prison. 

Ginny Darvill

Your OPOP (One Parish One Prisoner) representatives are:
Donna Rieper
Virginia Darvill
James Heard
Peter Smith
Eileen Gribble

We are planning to have a zoom meeting of the Social Justice team in the near future-- anyone in SUUF who would like to "tune in", please watch next week's River for the date and the link. Time to plan this season's activities! 

Doris Brevoort


4th Sunday recipients list

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

Oct - 2022 Baby Raven Reads Collection donation to Mount Vernon Library

Nov - Welcome Home Skagit

Dec - PFAG

Jan - BLUU Donations to Black Lives of UU go to helping us live out our Mission & Vision in the world.

Feb - Wise Caregovomg  offers workshops, retreats, and presentations to help professional and private caregivers thrive in today’s challenging environment. We consult with patients and families seeking to clarify goals, cope with losses, set boundaries, and find meaning in illness and end of life. Private consultations are offered by video conference.

Mar -: SFEG


Apr - Familia Unidas por la Justica


(scroll down and click on the button that says "dona ahora")

May - OPOP One parish One prisoner

Jun Helping hands foodbank


We are confirmed for our rally on Sat. Oct. 8th at noon at the Skagit County Courthouse. We have registered with the Women’s March and will raise our voices to join those in Bellingham, Seattle, and all across the country in support of reproductive rights and justice for all. There are no speakers scheduled, but we will have two tables: a voter’s registration table and a table to find out more about volunteering for Planned Parenthood in our area.

Here’s the link to our event - please feel free to share: https://action.womensmarch.com/events/rally-for-reproductive-rights-1

On First Saturdays, we will continue our monthly rallies in support of reproductive rights for all.

How great to see such a strong group of folks out rallying in support of reproductive rights this past weekend. Please mark your calendars for our next rally, which would normally be the first Saturday in October - but we are moving it to SATURDAY, OCT. 8TH to join in solidarity with the Women’s March which has rallies scheduled across the country that day. Please plan to meet AT NOON at the Skagit County Courthouse and bring as many friends and family members as you can. Bring your homemade signs and I will have extra available. Please watch your in box for additional information as we get closer to the 10/8. Masks are optional, but encouraged. 

Proud to stand with all of you amazing people,

Deb Grant, (she/her/hers)



If you are attending services in person, drinks or snacks that you bring to share are much appreciated.  Conversations after service take place outside in the garden. Remember, masks are required inside.

SUUF Zoom Links For This Week

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

Sunday, September 25 10:30 AM | Sunday Service 

Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 PM | Covenant Circle

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 PM | Board Meeting

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.

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
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.
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!
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Office Administrator, Newsletter: Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm

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.)
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273