April 2019 News & Views
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A Message from the Director
I generally don’t get too sentimental or wax-poetic about many things. The exceptions being sports and Seabeck. I love opening day of baseball season. I think of the poem by Former MLB Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti when he says, “The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” I love Opening Day. Everyone is even and it might just be our year. Who knows? While I am pretty sure this won’t be the Mariners year, you just never know for sure. That’s the magic of baseball. In the words of my hero, Dave Niehaus, “Welcome back baseball, welcome back.” Play Ball!

We are about a month away from the Annual Meeting. (see article below) I hope you will join us. I am very excited about the program and venue, but a little worried about attendance. This might be a great time to bring a friend and introduce them to the magic of Seabeck.

The permit process is grinding along for Pines and other projects. The new patio in front of the Inn is open and the new lights are going up. So far, the horses have gotten good reviews. I have named them: Secretariat, Man of War, Affirmed, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, American Pharaoh and of course Seattle Slew. Come to Seabeck and pick your favorite. I hear Seattle Slew is the favorite at 3-1 odds.

The Pines Campaign total is approaching 1.3 million. We have applications into a few Foundations and are starting the process on many more. We still need your help. Please consider a gift to the campaign this spring. We need some help making our pigs fly this fall!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter and start to your spring. Go Mariners!
Seabeck helped deliver bags of food for a local organization started to fight childhood hunger. Central Kitsap Backpack for Kids supplies food to students who would not normally have reliable sources of food on weekends and school breaks. They send the food home in backpacks so no one knows, and no stigma exists. Silverdale Rotary prepared 200 bags for CK students to have over spring break. The new (to us) Seabeck van helped deliver them to local schools. You will see the van on campus, it’s our new housekeeping vehicle.
Please join us at the Stables in South Seattle as we celebrate The Year of the Pig. Food will be provided by Asian 8 Café Food truck. We will debut the final plans for Pines and highlight the changes. Debbie Sommer will speak about her experiences at Deaf/Blind Camp and how Seabeck Conference Center helps make that possible. We will also honor Board members who are leaving us due to term limits. It will be a fun afternoon in a cool venue with great food. We will open the doors and food at 1:00pm. The program will start at 2:30. Please RSVP at seabeck@seabeck.org or 360-830-5010.

Seabeck's Annual Meeting
Sunday, April 28th, 2019
Starts at 1:00 PM

Please join us for this unique event. We will belatedly celebrate the Lunar New Year. As many loyal readers of News and Views knows, 2019 is The Year of the Pig in the Lunar calendar. Although the year started in February, there’s no reason to let that stand in the way of a good celebration.

We will gather at the Georgetown Stables just South of Seattle. The Stables is a funky place with lots of cool things to see and discover. They have a great patio with a built-in spot for a food truck. The Yummy 8 Asian Food truck will cater the event. See their menu at www.yummy8seattle.com. Guests will get the full food truck experience by being able to order from their menu. We will eat from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and then the program will start. We will update guests on the past year, share new information about the Pines project and say goodbye to three long time board members: Phil Lloyd, Cary Clark and Barbara ten Hove. The event and food are free so I hope you will join us.

Please RSVP by emailing seabeck@seabeck.org or calling 360-830-5010.
History of The Stables

Georgetown is an especially unique neighborhood in our city of neighborhoods and its main drag on Airport Way is lined with one-of-a-kind restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, saloons, and cafes. The locals are diverse and friendly, consisting largely of bohemians, artists, fringe society folk, blue-collar workers and families.

Settled in 1851 by Luther Collins and developed by Julius Horton (brother of Dexter Horton), Georgetown is Seattle’s oldest continually settled neighborhood and has a rich and fascinating history.

In 1910 Georgetown was annexed to the city of Seattle. During this time Seattle was cracking down on “undesirable” activity. Georgetown, however, remained a haven of 24 hour vice, gambling and red light district.

The residue of this areas resistant history still saturates Georgetown and many impressive structures from that by-gone era still stand strong.

The Stables itself is rumored to have the oldest standing wall in the neighborhood dating back to 1888. In the first decade of the 1900’s, the Meadows Racetrack, now the home of Boeing Field, was a huge draw for this city. During this time the Stables was used to house race horses from the track. The building still maintains its best original features; the high ceilings, brick walls and beautiful thick ceiling beams represent the best of historical structures from this era. The space is furnished with antique and vintage items and oddities.
The Month of April
Holidays, Fun Facts & Folklore from the Farmer's Almanac
April 2019  is the first full month of spring! We hope that your sky is bright and clear and your grass is growing green. In celebration, check out the month’s fun facts and folklore.

Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright an clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?
–Dora R. Goodale (1866–1953)

The term “All Fools,” was probably meant as a deliberate stab at All Saints (November 1) and All Souls (November 2) Day. Although the origin of playing practical jokes and pranks on this day is hazy, many folklorists believe it may go back to 16th-century France. At that time, New Year’s Day was March 25, with a full week of partying and exchanging gifts until April 1. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar moved New Year’s Day to January 1. Those who forgot or refused to honor the new calendar were teasingly called, “April Fool!” Weather folklore states, “If it thunders on All Fools Day, it brings good crops of corn and hay.”


EASTER 2019 
April 21st is Easter Sunday this year (April 28th is Orthodox Easter.)
Easter is a “movable feast” and does not have a fixed date; however, it is always held on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

Do you know how the Easter date is determined?

Would you believe that the date of Easter is related to the full Moon? Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or just after the spring equinox. This full Moon is referred to as the “paschal full Moon.”

In 2019, the equinox is March 20 and the full Moon is also on March 20 (in North America). So, why isn’t Easter on Sunday, March 24? As it turns out, to make things a little simpler for the Christian Church, the spring equinox was determined to always be March 21. (In reality, the equinox can happen on March 19, 20, or 21.) Since the first full Moon after March 21 doesn’t occur until April 19 this year, Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 21.  

Easter is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar - and has been regularly observed from the earliest days of the Church.

Easter Sunday celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead, following crucifixion. It marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, and the last day of the Easter Triduum (starting from the evening of Maundy Thursday, through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday), as well as the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year. The resurrection represents the triumph of good over evil, sin, death, and the physical body.

People often ask about the Golden Number, which was traditionally used in calculations for determining the date of Easter. The Moon repeats the dates of its phases approximately every 19 years (the Metonic cycle), and the Golden Number represents a year in that cycle. The year of the cycle can then be used to determine the date of Easter.

To Calculate the Golden Number:
Add 1 to any given year and divide the result by 19, ensuring that you calculate to the nearest whole number; the remainder is the Golden Number. If there is no remainder, the Golden Number is 19. 
For example, to calculate the Golden Number for 2019, we take 2019 and add 1, resulting in 2020, then divide it evenly by 19, giving us 106 with a remainder of 6. Therefore, the Golden Number for 2019 is 6, meaning 2019 is the 6th year of the Metonic cycle.

An Easter tradition seen around the world is the coloring of eggs. Bright, artificial dyes are popular now, but some folks still use natural dyes, such as those made from onion skins or beets, to give their eggs a more natural, earthy look. In parts of Eastern Europe, it’s tradition to create intricate designs on the egg with wax or twine before coloring.  Learn how to dye your Easter eggs naturally !
Easter folk symbols include:
  • Eggs, traditionally forbidden during Lent, symbolize new life. Read more intriguing facts and folklore about eggs.
  • The Easter Bunny recalls the hare, the Egyptian symbol of fertility.
  • The lamb is said to symbolize Jesus, as it embodies purity and goodness, but also represents sacrifice. 
  • The Easter lily, with its sheer white petals, symbolizes purity and innocence, as well as the resurrection of Jesus.

The exact origin of the word “Easter” is unclear. However, it may have derived its name from the Anglo-Saxon dawn goddess Eostre, whose feast was celebrated each spring at about this time.
Alternatively, it may have derived from words meaning “rising,” “dawn,” or “east.”


Begun in 1976 by humorist Larry Wilde, this observance serves to heighten public awareness of humor’s health benefits. Laughter has been shown to reduce stress and pain, relax muscles, boost morale, strengthen the immune system, increase blood flow, and enrich the quality of life overall. To get the month off to a healthy start, can you answer these riddles?

Q: Which is heavier, a half Moon or a full Moon?
A: The half Moon because the full Moon is twice as light

Q: April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring?
A: Pilgrims

Q: What day does an Easter egg hate the most?
A: Fry-days

Q: Can February March?
A: No, but April May!


This month brings us some capricious weather! April rains bring verdant pastures, but also umbrellas and rain boots!


April’s birth flower is the daisy or sweet pea. 
April’s birthstone is the diamond.
A few fun facts about diamonds:
  • The diamond, composed solely of carbon, is the hardest gemstone and can be cut only by another diamond. Although often colorless, it also may appear in yellow, brown, red, pink, orange, blue, or green, from pale to intense; the more saturated the hue, the more valuable the stone.
  • Diamonds form about 90 miles deep in Earth, at tremendous pressure.
  • This gem is a symbol of everlasting love and was once thought to protect against poison.
  • The largest known diamond is 2,500 miles wide and weighs approximately 10 billion trillion trillion carats. A crystallized white dwarf star, it is located in the constellation Centaurus, about 50 light-years from Earth. It is nicknamed “Lucy,” after the Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”


April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and we can't think of a comfort food more deserving of it's own month-long celebration. Grilled cheese has nothing to hide — it knows all you really want to eat is cheese and bread in all their golden, melty glory and it's not gonna judge you for it.

A truly satisfying grilled cheese doesn’t require fancy ingredients, but there are so many ways to upgrade and perfect your technique. Try these recipes and celebrate this month to the fullest (or until you're fullest...).

"You are perfect just the way you are, don’t change a thing." I’m pretty sure that’s what Jeff Mauro said to this quintessential version of the sandwich. I mean, look at it.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese go together as perfectly as Ina and Jeffrey Garten. (Who are we kidding? Almost as perfectly.) Ina obviously knows a perfect match when she sees one, and so she created Gruyere grilled cheese croutons that nestle charmingly into the warm bowl of soup.

Start your day the grilled-cheese way! Cream cheese swirled with jam creates a sweet center that oozes out from between crispy, buttery waffles.

Everyone "loaves" an easy dish to serve to a crowd — especially one that is filled with three types of cheese! This giant sandwich gets its golden exterior from an surprising condiment that you "mayo" guessed by now. (We know! We're cheesy — but so is this dish!)

The saltiness of the soppressata and sweetness of the fig jam create a balanced sandwich that is far from your average grilled cheese. While prepping this meal, mix the cured meat and cheese together so every bite is a perfect one.

Even without meat, this Giada de Laurentiis sandwich is hearty and savory. Zucchini and eggplant are cooked ever-so slightly prior to assembly. This ensures that the veggies are nice and tender when you bite into the earthy, veggie-stuffed sandwich.

There’s a reason grilled cheese is a standby for college students. It’s simple, cheap and some mornings (afternoons?) all you want are carbs. This grilled cheese has an egg nestled into the center — life-changing.

This double decker grilled cheese takes it up a level — literally. Truffle oil, fresh figs and Brie cheese meld together in this decadent, double-stacked sandwich. Who says a grilled cheese can’t be fancy and over-the-top?

Check out this link for the recipes: www.foodnetwork.com
Groups at Seabeck
We envision a movement of people who love Jesus and are known more for their gratitude and generosity in Christ than anything else. We want to be part of the gospel’s transforming work in people’s lives, our community, and our world.

We’re committed to being a healthy church body, as defined by the Bible. The following list of health qualities is not exhaustive, and we don’t believe there’s only one way to express these. But the following represents our core convictions about what it means for us to be a healthy church.

The foundation and focus of all church life is the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and the eternal life that comes through him alone.

The Bible is God’s authoritative, powerful, life-transforming word to humanity. Its focal point is the good news of Jesus. In our Sunday gatherings, we typically preach through books of the Bible, always proclaiming Jesus.

Christian worship is not something confined to a religious event but is to be an all-encompassing mindset and lifestyle. This means responding to the Lord with total devotion from one’s life, in gratitude for God’s kindness through Jesus, and rejoicing in the Lord, his salvation, and unending goodness.

Every believer in Jesus is unified in one “body”—the church—and each has a Spirit-given gift to develop other disciples and glorify God by building the body. Because we belong to one body, we call everyone to be builders, not merely bystanders.

As human bodies are powerless without food to fuel them, we are powerless to faithfully follow Jesus apart from the empowerment of his Spirit. So we live in prayerful dependence.

We follow the way of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. Motivated by gratitude for the gospel, we gladly give our time, money, and effort to the things God cares about. The result is a life of generously serving others.

The good news and life-saving power of Jesus spreads and makes new disciples not merely through inviting people to “church.” It happens when followers of Jesus have compassion for those who don’t know him yet and a passion to make him known, and therefore boldly take opportunities to verbally share the gospel.

The Pines Capital Campaign

We have a desire to continue to offer our services for many years to come. Seabeck Conference Center is happy to serve people like you, and we invite you to be a part of our legacy. Your donation will help us build a new Pines (ready by Spring 2020) that will be a place for future generations to gather.
All gifts are welcome. Seabeck Conference Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Chuck Kraining at (360) 830-5010 or email him at  chuck@seabeck.org .

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Seabeck, Washington 98380
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