PRIDE Details

Pride 2015 is next Sunday, June 28th. There are still lots of ways to participate in the parade and PrideFest, and some notes for your information:

  • There will be no Sunday worship service at WUMC on the 28th. Please join the crew at First UMC for worship before the parade or make other arrangements.
  • Pride T-shirts will be available in the church office this Sunday the 21st. Please make sure you pick up the right sizes and quantities.
  • Time’s short, and everyone’s help is needed! Can you loan us a wagon for the balloon arch? Bake cookies for the booth at PrideFest? Staff the booth or march in the parade? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then please sign up at Your support is greatly appreciated!
  • Details on parking, parade routes, and more are available in this week’s bulletin and by reading this document: WUMC Pride Bulletin Insert 2015

Lay Transitions Workshop

Sand Point Community UMC is hosting a Transitions Workshop for congregations like ours that are experiencing leadership changes.

All are invited to attend this workshop on May 17th from 2:00PM-5:00PM. The event will be led by Melinda Holloway, a hospital chaplain from Olympia. The goal of the day is to help laypeople prepare for pastoral leadership changes in healthy, helpful ways.

The Transitions Workshop is free and open to all. Please RSVP to Kyle Franklin ( to reserve your spot.

APRIL Wellwisher & other BREAKING news!

The April Wellwisher is available and full of all the news a WUMCer could ever want. This month, check out some parting words from Pastor Karla, review the Holy Week & Easter schedule, stay up to date with news from the Board and A-Team, and much more!

Click here to view the PDF version of the Wellwisher: April 2015 Wellwisher

Scroll down to the end of this page for older issues of the Wellwisher.

Here are our Conference Publications:

Our “Conference” consists of 6 Districts in Washington and North Idaho panhandle.  The Seattle District is one of those 6.   For more information about the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference go to

          For up-to-date news   –  PNW News Blog         

at the above site you may also subscribe to ministry area blogs to keep up with the most recent news items in the Conference!

News from the General UMC:

The General Conference is not only the United States, but includes conferences from around the world.

For up-to-date news – United Methodist News Service



 Here is the Well Wisher- Our monthly newsletter:     April 2015 Wellwisher

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Only One Week Until the Matters of the Heart Auction!

From Pam Xander:

Hello WUMC Members and Friends:

Our annual fundraising auction is less than two months away and we are excited to announce that the auction website is activated and ready for you to use now. You can RSVP for ticket purchases (2 levels: $55 per person regular and $75 per person benefactor level), type in your donations, and preview auction items prior to the event. The meal this year will be a buffet with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The website link is

The auction is a silent and live auction with buffet dinner that will be held at the Don James Center at Husky Stadium on Saturday, May 9th starting at 5:30PM. We are thrilled to be able to offer this venue for the auction this year. If you have never been there, you are in for a real treat. The venue looks directly down onto the football field and glorious views of Lake Washington. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and relatives so they can experience this exciting space! The auction is an annual social event co-sponsored by the Wallingford United Methodist Church congregation and the Wallingford Childcare Center to raise funds for capital improvements and special needs for both communities. Donations are received from parents of children in the childcare center, from church members and from local businesses.

We will also be selling tickets in person between services on Sunday mornings leading up to the auction if you do not want to purchase online. If you are using the website, you will be directed to sign in first so the system can receive your donor information. After that is complete, you simply fill out the online form and the donation automatically goes into our auction database system (Note: if you want to donate the same thing that you donated last year with no changes, you can just email Pam Xander at and she will reactivate that item that is already in our database system).

Some of the donated items are already available for viewing on the auction website. You can look at the auction items and create a “wish list” of things you want to make sure to bid on at the auction. More items and photos will be added each day leading up to the auction.

We encourage everyone to find a way to participate in the auction. We are currently looking for volunteers that can give a few hours of their time to organize ticket sales, pick up procured items from businesses and encouraging parents to donate items. Please save the date of Saturday, May 9th and let Pam Xander ( know if you can volunteer prior to the auction or the night of the auction.


U.M.s show PRIDE June 28, 2015

Happy PRIDE DAY, Seattle!You’ve probably heard that WUMC marches every year in the Seattle Pride Parade and hosts a booth at PrideFest each year.  But did you know that several other reconciling congregations JOINED US last year?  Yes, and we’ll be joined again this year!

Last year, we saw people from not only Wallingford, but Queen Anne, Trinity,All are welcome! Woodland Park, Ravenna, Bellevue First, Seattle First, Tibbitts, Des Moines, Rainier Beach, and our newest congregation Valley & Mountain Fellowship – All United Methodists under ONE Banner.  And right alongside us were our district superintendent, Pat Simpson, and our Conference Lay Leader, Joan Holm (a member from Queen Anne).  Pride 2014 003

Joan HolmsThis newly formed coalition of inclusive churches presented a welcoming message that extends throughout King County.   IF YOU marched with us in the parade, or if you helped staff our booth at PrideFest, or baked cookies… THANK YOU!   And a REALLY BIG thank you to NANCY SPEER, who was the overall coordinator for this event!!  We love you, Nancy!

We hope new bonds and friendships were formed last year and that the 2015 FESTIVAL on June 28 will forge more cooperation and friendship, as we share our visions and goals as churches who embrace the Gospel of inclusion.

THERE’S LOTS OF PICTURES from last year – let’s make some new ones again in June!!

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(FROM Pastor Karla’s post in the WellWisher for July/August 2014)

Friends of WUMC:

I write this the morning after walking in the Pride Parade. I remembered what a hoot it was last year – my first time.  I remember wondering, will all those folks think that I’m gay?  I didn’t want to mislead anyone.  But, I also realized that it didn’t matter whether I personally am a lesbian, straight, bi-, or whatever, what matters is that the love of God, through you and me (whoever we are) is extended to people who may not realize that the Holy One, and that the true Church, loves them!

At one point in the parade, I caught the eye of two men in the crowd. Both were looking right at me with tears in their eyes, and mouthing the words, “Thank you!”  That was a poignant moment, indelibly marked in my memory! What we were doing there at the Pride Festival – me wearing that stole, representing clergy, our sign with the church name, and others that read, “It’s about love!”, “You are welcome!” – it DOES have an impact. It means something to people who had thought before that The Church is only represented by the lack of acceptance, the “preach-iness,” the negativity of the bigoted church calling their lives sin.

This year’s revelation for me is similar. We were walking along as not just one congregation, but eight. We were walking together gay and straight, transgendered and asexual, able-bodied and wheel-chaired. Some gay and straight couples holding hands. And we were all representing the Church! The message is this: You are not alone. We are ALL here in the Church together already, ready for you to join us – Come as you are! Praise God! What a message!

I know that the crowds didn’t realize that we also had our District Superintendent, Pat Simpson (wearing a WUMC T-shirt!) and our Conference Lay Leader, Joan Holms (from Queen Anne UMC) walking with us, plus Patrick Scriven was there to take photos for Annual Conference publications. It may not have mattered to the crowds, but it means a lot to the walkers to know that we are supported by our denomination at that level.

We represent the Church, being not only invitational, but also going out into the mission field, with the message of Holy Divine love and unconditional acceptance. Thanks be to God.

Shalom,   Pastor Karla

March 29: Palm Sunday / Jesu, Meine Freude

During the Palm Sunday 11:00 Service this Sunday!

PALM SUNDAY – MARCH 29 – WorshipPalm Sunday

We celebrate with a Parade of Palms, singing Hosannas, and we close with the choir singing, J.S. Bach’s motet #3 “Jesu, Meine Freude” in the 11:00 service.

The 20-minute Bach masterpiece will be accompanied by violinists Courtney Kuroda, Steve Creswell, and Olga Gussow Hauptman; violist Laurie Wells; violoncellist Nathan Whittaker; and double bassist Todd Larson.  The presentation is made possible by the generosity of Margaret Jones’ family, as well as others who contributed to the choir in Margaret’s memory.