"The River"
This Sunday
December 15
 Speaker: Rev. Barbara Gilday
Celebrant: Doris Brevoort
          Music: Susan Wakeman
Reuse, Renew, Recycle and the Christmas Story
The traditional Christmas story is one we UU’s often reject - and for many good reasons. How much is history? How much is magical thinking? How reliable are sources that tell the story up to 80 or so years after the death of Jesus. And yet, how does one account for miracles and mysteries associated with Christianity in the past 2 centuries? (And yes, wars and atrocities.) What signs in this old story comfort us, challenge us, bring us to hold the story with open hearts and minds? Experience in life tells me that such a big story which has lasted for such a long time, is worth considering. Can we find the essence of the story, and so, revalue it for our time?
We are opening the Fellowship early on Sunday mornings -- 9:15 AM -- for simply socializing and for regular meetings of various groups and committees. Enticements will include fresh coffee, snacks, and cheer.

Apple Tasting this Sunday . Come in early and sample some of the highlights of this year's new crop of apples.
25th ANNUAL
SKAGIT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
WOMEN'S HOLIDAY
PARTY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 5:00 PM
AT THE USUAL LOCATION

PLAYFUL EXCHANGE OF GIFTS UNDER TWENTY DOLLARS!
SHOCKING NARRATION OF LORE!
EXIMIOUS CONVIVIALITY AND IRREFUTABLE SARCASM!
NO PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED!
MODEST IMBIBING OF
SPIRITS
AND
CONSUMING OF
COMMUNALLY SOURCED CONFECTIONS, CONDIMENTS, CONGERIES OF CULINARY CONCOCTIONS
AND SUNDRY COMESTIBLES
Urgent message to kind souls willing to spend a few hours over part of one night with our guests from Family Promise: Dave and I are going to the District of Columbia for a few days with our daughter Sara who works for the Port of Skagit County. She will be working, Dave and I will be wandering places we have always wanted to visit. Our problem is that we leave on Saturday, February 29, and our next Family Promise responsibility is Sunday, March 1 and we need 2 people to fill in. You would arrive about 8 the evening of March 1, spend the night on comfortable cots provided by kind people, get up early to make coffee for the guests (if they want any) and leave by 7 a.m. You lock the church door and go home or wherever. You don't even have to cook or clean house because other good people do that. Please contact me at home or at SUUF on Sunday or any other time for details. 
Pat and Dave Young
Upcoming Services
  
December 22
Speaker: Rev. Lena Breen
Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens
Music: Sally Riggers  
Winter Solstice: A Time of Kindling Light and Hope
By holding gratitude for our earth home and paying tribute to it's changing season we are restored and reminded of our essential nature. During part of our
service we will share a ritual together including a call "To The Four Directions", time in darkness, singing, and sharing of light. Our community's joy will connect us to each other and sooth our fears.

*And remember Lena's Yoga For All at SUUF, the day before (12/21), 4-5pm.

December 29
Congregational Sharing
Celebrants: Jim Heard & Kathy Roche-Zujko
Independence From Foreign Influence
Bring yourself.. but leave everything else behind! Today we gather to greet the new year as empty vessels, ready to fill ourselves and our lives with joy, positive influences and certainty. A clean slate is yours for the taking. What baggage are you going to discard today?

SUUF email address is skagituu@gmail.com. Our old Frontier address is no longer working.
Monthy SUUF Board meeting tonight, Thursday, December 12, 6:30 pm. Members and friends are welcome to attent.
Yoga with Lena Breen at SUUF fundraiser. There will be three more classes 4 pm to 5 pm on 12/21/19, 3/9/20 and 5/24/20.
Happy December birthdays!!!  Best wishes to Judy H., Kathy K., Jon, Susan T., Dorothy and any others celebrating your special day this month.
This space awaits a photo or poem or news or reminiscence from you, when you're ready. Email your contributions to the office.
Soup-er Sunday 4th Sunday each month. Stay after the service for a delicious bowl of soup and bread $6. If you would like to help make soup contact Greg Sherman at 360 421-0633 or gregorysherman@gmail.com
Soup-er Sunday fundraiser has a new goal - pay off the mortgage on our building! Beginning in October, 2019 , soup money will go to separate mortage payoff account.
S UUF will be having a series of discussions based on the UU curriculum,
 "Build Your Own Theology". First Sunday of the month.
Our first meeting was after church on the first Sunday in November, Nov 3rd at noon. (Circle of chairs = meeting!) All are welcome to hear about the curriculum, which is available from the the UUA website Bookstore). I suggest that the study group meet once a month for 9 months, until next June to work through book One of the curriculum. We will break down the curriculum into monthly units, suggest some readings and journaling, if people wish to do so (writing, art, song, whatever!),
and discuss our own thoughts and feedback on the topics.

People are welcome to check this out-- no "obligation"!  Monthly meetings with be open to all, as is the basis of our UU theology-- with caring, curiosity, faith-seeking, and respect!
Call Doris, 360-336-3453 for more information.
Hearing at SUUF Applified earphones are available at the back of the hall for those wanting to better hear the service. Also we are equiped with a hearing loop system similar to what was recently installed in the Lincoln Theatre. SUUF's loop was installed by Jim Brown and Dundas Winn. Jim passed away a few years ago, but our thankfulness for his donation remains.
Covenant Circle now meets Wednesdays.
We are living in a time both fascinating and terrifying. Please come and add your reflections as we discuss magazines, books, the news, and life.

Every Wednesay afternoon at 1:30 at Haggen on Division Street in Mount Vernon. Call Joy Lindberg (360-424-8090) for further information.
For the children   CRE with Maddie Schleif Sunday 10:30 am.

The smaller babies room has a speaker system installed. If you should need to leave the service, you can still hear everything in there..
Office Administrator, Newsletter : Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm

Worship Team Leader : Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com

Board contact: Jim Heard james.heard@skagituuf.com