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Worship at East Shore

August 30, 2015 10:00 am
Duuwey, Duuing, Duu
A Call For Acts of Social Witness
Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof

Unitarian Universalism is a pragmatic faith based upon deed not creed, upon behavior not belief. Thus, activism is the lifeblood of our congregations. As Meister Eckhart said, 'There can be no love where people do not find equality or are not busy making equality.' Or, as James more succinctly says, 'Faith without works is dead.' This sermon explores the pragmatic nature of our faith, and the need for us to become even more active if Unitarian Universalism is going to make a real difference in our world.

Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof has been the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane since July 2011. He was minister of the Clifton Unitarian Church in Louisville, Kentucky for twelve years. He also had a fifteen-year career in TV News and Corporate video production, and has been active in the areas of marriage equality, economic justice, the peace movement, restorative justice, criminal justice reform, and environmental issues.

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Religious Education at East Shore

This year’s RE program will be engaging, thought-provoking and FUN! We have registration forms ready to go for families who want to register their children and youth; and for the first time, we have forms for those of you without children or youth currently in the RE program who will be volunteering as a teacher, substitute or assistant. If you would like to be a part of any of our programs this year, please fill out this form and let us know your availability and in what way you would like to be involved.

The fall program is Tapestry of Faith “Gather the Spirit,” a curriculum focused on the stewardship of water. The activities include understanding different kinds of ecosystems and how to advocate for the protection of water. The program affirms our seventh principle of the interdependent web of life. We convey the message to our children that they have moral agency and the ability to do their part as Unitarian Universalists to help protect our recourses.

The spring program is also from Tapestry of Faith and it is called “Circle of Trees,” and is on the stewardship of trees.

Please contact Aisha Hauser, Director of Religious Education at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or Dianne Upton, RE Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  with any questions you may have. Thank you and I look forward to a dynamic and exciting year!

To Register please go to "open registrations" on the "Calendar" page.


Vision Mission Update

Mark Ewert, a UUA consultant, recently conducted an assessment of congregational functioning for East Shore.  Using annual reports, budgets, personal interviews and lay leadership sessions over the course of the May 15-17 weekend, he evaluated our readiness to engage in a vision/mission process in early autumn of this year.  With the announcement of Peter’s resignation, the timing and structure of our vision/mission process will no doubt need to be reimagined.  Although this important process is not moving forward as planned, there are valuable insights in Mark’s report.  Mark’s identification of “congregational circles of engagement” and his ideas about how ESUC can improve in this regard are actionable.  He offers a framework from which we may be able to better ensure that visitors feel welcome, new members feel more strongly connected, and that those interested in deeper involvement in community life have pathways to engagement with varied levels of commitment.

We hope that you can take a moment to read through the report (click here ).  You are invited to share your thoughts or reactions with Jack Slowriver, the chair of the Vision/Mission Team and ESUC’s Vice President of the Board of Trustees.  Jack can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Administrative Updates

eBlast: The eBlast will be sent either late Wednesday or by noon on Thursday. To meet this deadline, all requests must be received no later than noon on Wednesday.  Please send the information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hours of Operation: The Administration Office hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm however, the Administration Building will be open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.  All buildings will continue to be opened and closed based on scheduled events. Should you have any questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

More Handicapped Parking on Sunday:  In response to requests, all the parking spots in the upper lot are now designated for handicapped parking on Sundays.  You may enter the upper parking lot to drop off folks and packages and then park.

We've changed the key codes! Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 

Open Positions

We have the following open positions.  If you know anyone interested, please have them send their resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Communication & Membership Manager

  • Lead programs and activities to welcome and integrate visitors and new members, and supporting visitors to move into membership
  • Develop and maintain a digital presence for East Shore
  • Coordinate with Adult Programs and Religious Education to promote classes and opportunities to the general public
  • Develop and administer internal and external communications—i.e. The Beacon, website, broadcast e-mail, public relation, order of service announcements, etc.
  • Oversee Membership database and track membership statistics.
  • Provide professional leadership to the Membership Ministry Team and its programs and activities to welcome and integrate visitors and new members
  • Be available to members and seekers to answer their questions and address their needs or to connect them with appropriate people and programs

Please click here for the complete job description.

Sunday Morning Religious Education Support Person

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Sunday RE Support Person will be the consistent person on Sunday mornings working with the Director of Religious Education and the RE Coordinator in providing programing for the community. This will include being the lead childcare provider in the nursery/pre-school room and helping as needed.

TIME COMMITMENT REQUIRED:
Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Please click here for the complete job description.

Caretaker

The Caretaker is an integral part of the church’s support-staff team. S/he is responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, and security of the church grounds and buildings, as well as the set-up and cleanup of worship services, meetings, and other church events. The Caretaker works in coordination with the Office Manager and with the other Caretakers on the East Shore staff. The Caretaker reports to the Director of Finance & Operations.

Please click here for the complete job description.

 


Board of Trustees Updates 

We're staying with a single service through the fall!

We'll continue meeting for a single Sunday worship service at 10 AM through the fall and winter. Reflection and Action Hour as well as a second RE session will start at 11:30, following a half hour social time. We're excited about the possibilities and hope that you'll let us know your feedback throughout the year. For all the details, click here to read the full announcement from the Worship Team, Director of Religious Education, and Board of Trustees. 

Beth Wilson, Board President

August 15, 2015

We have updated the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs) document.   This version is dated August 15, 2015.  To read it, please click here.

Our beloved minister, Peter, has resigned.  You should have received copies of letters from Rev. Peter J. Luton and Beth Wilson in the mail.   The letter are attached here (Peter's Letter  and BOT's Letter ).  Peter's last scheduled day in the pulpit was July 12th. He will continue with pastoral care and other elements of ministry through July 17th.  Between July 17th and August 31st, he will be on vacation.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Board members with questions you may have, or email Beth Wilson (Board President) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We're working as quickly as we can to respond to questions and concerns.

Warmly,
Beth Wilson
Board President
425-802-5232


Operating Fund Drive

A BIG thank you to all that have pledged. You have taken us to 97% of goal. We do want to hear from everyone. To that end, the Operating Fund Drive team is in the process of contacting everyone that has not pledged yet. Please submit your pledge card now.

Stewardship

Stewardship is a recommitment to the transformative power of our liberal faith.

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2015 Auction

It's just around the corner!  Can you believe it!  The 2015 Auction will be held on November 7th.  Start thinking and planning.  More details to follow shortly.

2014 Auction -
A Great Success!

Should you need to refer to the catalogue for items bought and to be obtained in the near future, please click here.··Should you have any questions, please look up the item number in the catalogue·then contact the front office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .·

Thanks to all who made this auction a success.· It takes a village!


 

Located just north of Factoria at 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue, Washington State, USA,  East Shore has provided a liberal religious home to people in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Seattle, Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish, Fall City, Preston, Snoqualmie, Carnation, Renton,  North Bend and beyond since 1947.

 

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 In the event of inclement weather, East Shore closes when  Bellevue College closes.


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