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Sunday, April 20

“Intergenerational Flower Communion”
Presenters: Jolinda Stephens and Lori Fernholt-Hartman

Lots of fun for all ages and plenty of meaning for adults, as we celebrate what we each bring to community and what it gives us. Bring a flower that represents your contributions to community, and take one home that someone else brought to represent what you receive. The featured story is "Ms. Bloom's Hats," so feel free to wear your fanciest spring bonnet.

Coffee time following worship service

Monday, April 14

Monday Night Meditation, TUUC sanctuary, 7-8:45pm.

If you care to, join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition. We typically sit or walk in meditation for 30 minutes, listen to a recorded dharma talk, and then have a short discussion in the spirit of awareness. No previous experience or preparation is necessary. All are welcome. You can enter the sanctuary using the stairs next to the parking lot. If the weather is cold, you may want to dress warmly for the sit.

Tonight, James facilitating with a talk by Alan Watts: Man, Nature, and the Nature of Man – Session 1.

For more information, contact Rob Gramenz (rgramenz@harbornet.com) or Mark Backus (backusm@harbornet.com).

Tuesday, April 15

6:30 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

ARE 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Trust and Participation on Church Folly Lane

Facilitators: Committee on Ministry:
Diane Harney and Chris Martin

Using readings from the book, "Moving On From Church Folly Lane: The Pastoral to Program Shift," Diane will guide a lively discussion about

  • Where are we now? Where do we want to go?
  • Considering governing principles
  • A process for developing a Mission-Covenant statement. How do we begin?

* Childcare available upon request by contacting Church Administrator, Libby Ball

You are welcome to attend even if you missed the first session


Thursday, April 17

Third Thursday- Hospitality Kitchen
1323 S.Yakima Ave.,Tacoma

Hospitality Kitchen is a program of Catholic Community Services that serves a free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday for those in need. Members and friends of our congregation have been volunteering at Hospitality Kitchen once a month for the past six years. We serve. breakfast and lunch at Hospitality Kitchen,on the third Thursday morning each month. We arrive at 8:00 a.m., or shortly thereafter, and serve through lunch from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We are also looking to expand to a second day per month volunteering at Hospitality Kitchen. So, if you are interested in joining us on the third Thursday, or if Thursday is not a good day. for you, give Joan Benderson a call at 253-566-4334 or email at joan.benderson@nventure.com, to let her know when you are available

Poetry Club
11:30-1:30 p.m. Off site

The next meeting of Poetry Club will be on Thursday April17, from 11:30-1:30 pm at Margot Marsh's house. This gathering will feature  the poetry of Ted Kooser, 13th Poet Laureate of the United States. Bring your favorite  Kooser poems or enjoy what others bring. Many people bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea are provided. Call Margot at 253-565-5035  for directions.

Yoga, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Sanctuary
Note: If you regularly join the Thursday night yoga group, or if you’re just interested in exploring something new as part of your yoga practice, you might be interested to scroll back up in this issue of E-News and read about the Yoga in Meditation that will be offered as part of the Monday Night Meditation this week.

Choir Rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Planning Meeting: Holiday Art Show & Sale
7:00 p.m. Library

TUUC is trying something new this year. We have so many artists  in our midst,  and Jess Hogan has offered to help lead an effort to hold a Holiday Art Show & Sale in time for the holidays.' If you are interested in thinking  about this, or in helping  to make it happen, please  come to our first planning meeting on Thursday, April 17 at the church  at 7:00 PM. At this meeting  we hope to pick a date., name the event, establish  the planning committee and a rough timeline.  Please join us if you can. If you cannot  attend this meeting,  but want to help later in the process, there will be plenty of opportunity.

Friday, April 18

Third Friday Potluck

Noon in the Social Hall

Rosa Franklin will  be our guest  speaker  this month and present,"Growing Up Political(ly)." Rosa is a retired Washington state  senator  from  the  29th District and also a retired RN. She was a strong advocate for universal health care, schools, and tax reform while  in the Legislature, and still active  in these causes.

Saturday, April 19

Saturday Night Drum Circle, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sanctuary

The Beat is Back! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the Drum Circle on Saturday evenings. Bring your own hand-drum or just grab a piece of percussion from our bucket o’ boom. Guaranteed to lose all inhibitions within the first five minutes. Facilitated by John Hargis, private drum teacher and restless musician. Come be a part of our 2014 Circle of Celebration. Dancers are most welcome!

Circle Dinners

“Circle Dinners are a way for TUUC members and friends to connect on a more personal level, enjoying conversation and building community while sharing a meal together. Each host determines the menu and provides a main dish at their home from approximately 5pm-7pm; and asks their guests to bring appetizers, side dishes, drinks, or dessert. The dinners are scheduled for Saturday, April 19th and May 17th. Mark your calendars and get out the cookbooks! I will be taking signups and answering any questions during coffee hours the two Sundays prior to each date. You can also contact me by email: tatooshie@gmail.com (preferred) or by phone before 8:00 p.m. at 253 359 4314. I will be a host for both dates, which is really fun to do! “
~ submitted by Fran McLaughlin

Coming Events

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Sunday Service, Speaker, Rev. Carol McKinley

Tahoma UU Congregation Pathways to Membership

Curious About Unitarian Universalism and Membership with Our Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation?

Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation's "Pathways to Membership" class begins April 23rd for two sessions. This class provides a brief overview of Unitarian Universalism as well as introducing you to our programs, to other new attendees, and our church leaders.

The first session will be held in conjunction with our Adult Religious Exploration on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A potluck for all participants is scheduled prior to the class at 6:00 p.m. Pathways attendees are our guests and do not need to bring a dish. The final session is Saturday morning, April 26th from 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A light breakfast will be served prior to the class starting at 9:00 a.m.

If this spring schedule does not work for you, our next Pathways will be held in the fall.

There is no obligation to become a member after taking the class, however we hope you’ll want to join us. For more information, visit with our Membership Committee after the Sunday service at the back of the sanctuary, or contact Susan Kunkel, if you want to learn more.

Contact Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at Admin@TUUC-WA.org or at 253-474-4646 to let us know you plan to attend, and let us know if you need childcare during either or both sessions.

Congregational News

More Opportunities for Involvement!!

Task Forces Being Formed

Safety and Security Task Force

John Rieber presented a framework for a Security and Capital Improvements Plan at the BOT meeting on Tuesday, March 18. We are preparing to move forward to enhance the overall security of our building in the months ahead.  Before we do that, we need people representing our different focus areas to help review the overall plan and make sure our decisions don’t cause more problems than they solve. If you can be part of a 3-4 month project to develop the Security and Capital Improvements Plan, please contact Chris George or John Rieber. We need someone who is close to the RE program, someone involved in Worship, someone involved in the evening ARE programs, and someone close to the Greeters role.

Once we have a plan mapped out, we will need to educate congregants, we will need Sextons who are willing one Sunday a month to keep an eye on our entrances rather than sit in the Sunday service, and we will need to train our renters to use the new security improvements. But that is a bit further down the road.

For now, if you can make a 3-4 month commitment to help us get this plan finalized and ready to implement, we need you!

If you have a passion for safety and security, you can help us. We are asking for a 3-4 month commitment to move this important work forward. Thank you in advance, if you can help us.

Party Planners

We are looking for a small group who will take the lead in planning an event for late July or early August to plan a warm send off for Lori as she departs her DRE role at TUUC and a warm welcome back to Susie as she returns from her sabbatical. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Chris George. We have two committee members already (Fran McLaughlin and Scott Redman) so we need just a couple more to help them.

Caffeine Providers Needed

AS THE WORLD GRINDS. Yes, the next episode will hopefully have a brand new character in the role of a coffee maker. On stage only once a month. Requirements: arrive early to make the coffee and carry it up the stairs into the sanctuary. Little dialog expected unless the coffee maker overflows, then some colorful language will be allowed. No cup carrying or table setting needed, just filling 4 pots with the appropriate liquid. Other characters are Richard Horn, Gayle Rieber and Felice Davis, but, as there are usually 4 Sundays in the month, we need one more willing person who will work for free. Training provided with an appreciative smile. Contact Felice Davis for more info.

Flowers for Sunday Services

Share the beauty of flowers or plants in joyous celebration or beloved commemoration, and adorn our sanctuary for Sunday services. Contact Joan Bregger at breggerjcb@gmail.com or 253-761-9038 to schedule your floral gift. Once you’ve arranged your designated Sunday with Joan, please bring the flowers to the church at 9:00 a.m. prior to the 9:30 a.m. service, and we’ll share your celebration or commemoration in the Sunday Order of Service. If desired, receipts for the purchase of flowers may be submitted to the TUUC Church Administrator for a tax deductible donation document. Thank you for providing the beauty of flowers for everyone’s enjoyment during our Sunday services.

Church Office Hours

To best serve the needs of the congregation, the church office hours through May 2014 will be Sunday through Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays. Church Administrator, Libby Ball, will be onsite during these office hours.

NOTE: On Thursday, April 10th, we will be changing our phone provider for the church to both improve our service, and slightly decrease this communications operational expense. Phone and internet service may not be available during the day on April 10th, so, if you need to contact the office that day, and can’t reach the church administrator, please call back. Better yet, you can email the Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at Admin@TUUC-WA.org.

We at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation are a liberal religious congregation of about 200 members, plus friends, who share our lives, our values and principles, our questions, and our faith and spirituality with one another. We have Sunday services, and we have other activities and programs all week. We are one of over a thousand independent congregations that voluntarily belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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