This Week at Wallingford: August 7, 2017

 WUMC Update, August 7, 2017


Coming Sunday

August 13: Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

10:00 AM – Worship

7:00 PM – Men’s Group

For Your Calendar

  • August 20 – Sister Parish Meeting
  • August 27 – All Church Picnic
  • September 10 – Welcome Sunday
  • September 21-October 1 – Guarjila Delegation in Seattle
  • September 22-24 – Retreat at Indianola

Office Hours 

Please note some changes to the office hours in the next few weeks.

The church office is going to be on limited hours over the next few weeks and Pastor Ann will not be available except in emergencies. If you need pastoral care or help during this time, please contact Ann J. (m_ann_joyce@msn.com; 206.276.8090) or Barb B. (barbarabash.1@gmail.com; 206.954.7092) for assistance.

Please note that the WUMC church office will have limited hours during the next few weeks as well. You can still call or email, but be advised there will probably be a delay in response.


Sister Parish News

Lots to do before our friends from Guarjila arrive!

Join Sister Parish in preparing for the South-to-North delegation from Guarjila, coming in September.

You are invited to a Sister Parish meeting after worship on Sunday, August 20, to help plan the delegation visit. There are no specific activities and events set up yet, so you can contact Bruce or Tom to make suggestions, or just show up.

Volunteers are also needed to help with events, fundraising, communications, transportation, clothing, and other delegate needs. Can you helm one of these efforts? Here are some further details.

Housing

  • Our 4 delegates need housing on September 21 and then September 24-October 1
  • Hosts will provide some meals, do not need to be fluent in Spanish, and do not need to host guests all 8 nights
  • People who are not involved in Sister Parish regularly are encouraged to host

Events

  • A rough itinerary was created to aid the visa application process, but now the church community is invited to provide input
  • Events are opportunities to show delegates how we live our faith life in work, play, rest, and worship
  • Some events will need additional coordinators

Fundraising

  • There are some funds available, but additional resources are needed

Communications

  • Communications about the needs and activities of the delegation must be communicated to WUMCers
  • Our guests need to have a point person for communications in the time leading up to the trip
  • Volunteers are needed to notify El Salvador solidarity groups in Seattle of public events
  • We may want to communicate with Channels (PNW UMC publication) for coverage

Transportation

  • Volunteers are needed to coordinate transportation to/from the airport, to/from the retreat, to/from activities, etc.

Clothing

  • Our guests are used to warmer weather than we have here, so volunteers are needed to amass extra warm clothing for 4 people
  • We also need to provide them with sleeping bags, pillows, etc. for the All Church Retreat

If you are able to volunteer for any of these efforts or have questions, please contact Bruce or Tom for more information. Thank you for your help!


Host a Friend from Guarjila

Can you open your home?

Four of our friends from Guarjila, El Salvador, will visit Seattle from September 21 to October 1 – great news! – and they are in need of housing for this trip. Hosting a guest is a great way to get to know someone, so can you help provide hospitality?

All four will stay at the Pouliots’ home on the night of the 21st and then will be on our All Church Retreat on September 22 and 23 (the retreat is another great time to get to know these folks!). Hosts are then needed from September 24-27 or September 27-30.

Hosts will provide some meals and Spanish fluency is not required. Please contact Mary Edwards if you are interested in hosting with the following information:

  • Which dates work for you
  • Whether you prefer male or female boarders (if it matters)
  • How many people you can host
  • Your Spanish level (from 0-4, 4 = no Spanish, 4 = fluent)

Thank you so much for your hospitality!


Invitation to Aid Okanogan Recovery Effort

Check out this opportunity to serve folks impacted by fires in Okanogan County.

Social Concerns invites you to be a part of a WUMC mission crew that will help with recovery efforts in Okanogan County this October. In order to plan this trip, the Social Concerns crew needs to know some information from you to confirm dates, personnel, etc. Read on for more information and questions, and contact Jane Appling with responses.

What is this all about? Okanogan County was devastated by fires and floods in 2014 and 2015. About a million acres of land were destroyed, along with some 400 homes (only 40% of which were covered by insurance). The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) send volunteer teams to see that everyone who was displaced is returned to safe and secure housing, usually by building homes, and WUMC wants to send a team.

Who can participate? Folks aged 14 and up can participate in rebuilding efforts. 14- and 15-year-olds must be accompanied by and work with a caregiver. 16-18-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult (at least one adult for every 6 youth participating).

When is the trip? There are two 3-day weekends on the table, either October 13-15 or October 20-22.

What would we be doing? Possible work projects include painting, minor repairs, cleaning, yard work, and other moderate activities. If you have carpentry or electrical skills, let Jane know.

What are the costs and other logistics? Cost is $50 per team member for materials and $10 per person per night for lodging, but WUMC will help cover costs for anyone who wants to participate. Transportation will be shared in private vehicles. Accommodations are likely to be at local churches with access to a full kitchen and showers.

How do I sign up? You can sign up at the church or by emailing Jane Appling the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Adult or Youth?
  • Home Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Preferred Weekend (10/13-10/15 or 10/20-10/22)
  • Commitment level:
    • I’m definitely coming!
    • I’m really interested and expect to come, unless disaster strikes.
    • I’m interested, but need more information or otherwise can’t yet commit.

Seeking Creatives, Theologians, Worship Planners, & WUMC Enthusiasts

Here’s a message from Pastor Ann looking for help with special worship services.

I’m looking for creative people to help plan some special events for the fall. To join a team, contact me at pastor@wallingfordumc.org or put your name on the signup sheets in the narthex.
  • 100th Anniversary Team: This team is for folks who would like to help us celebrate our 100th anniversary of incorporation in this state (November 15, 1917). It would be fun to celebrate our anniversary as part of our Thanksgiving worship service and potluck on Sunday, November 19. I know WUMC already commemorated its 100th birthday (the church was charted on Easter in 1912), but why not celebrate when the chance arises? (And the state sent us a nice certificate!) Some in the congregation were not here for the centenary, and there are many who don’t really remember much of the details. When churches are closing around us, I say let’s do whatever we can to rejoice in our active community, strengthen as a people, and be joyful!
  • Reformation Celebration Team: This is the team for folks who are history or theology buffs. We will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and its instigator, Martin Luther, at a special worship service on October 29 (Reformation Day is traditionally celebrated October 31). It happens to be a 5th Sunday, so just about anything goes for worship planning creativity!

Jim Wallis Event

Join in this September for an interfaith event.

Jim Wallis, the Founder and Director of Sojourners and New York Times best-selling author, will present “Race, Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America” in Seattle on September 16.

Wallis will lecture on the topics in his latest book, America’s Original Sin, which he describes as the book he always wanted to write. In it, he offers an analysis of America’s historical racism and the devastating legacy of this original sin, then paves a way forward, saying, “Tell the truth, love our neighbors, welcome the stranger, expose and oppose racial profiling, defend Muslims… It’s time to listen.”

After the lecture, Wallis will host a panel discussion on these ideas with local leaders and open the floor for a Q&A session. Panel guests are: Rev. Kelle Brown (Lead Pastor, Plymouth Church), Sr. Aneelah Afzali (Executive Director, Muslim Association of Puget Sound’s MAPS-AMEN initiative), Estela Ortega (Executive Director, El Centro de la Raza), Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner (Temple de Hirsch Sinai), and Pastor Terry Kyllo (President, Treacy Levine Center)

“Race, Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America” takes place at McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center on September 16 at 7:00PM. Tickets are $10-$20 and available online here.


North End Pub Theology

Spend your summer nights talking superheroes over drinks.

The North End Pub Theology group invites you to join them on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays this summer for discussion and drinks. This summer’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.” Pub theologians will explore human nature, choice, our relationship to divinity, good and evil, and exploring what these topics mean to each individual.
  • August 16: Are We the Baddies?
  • August 30: Picnic & Fall Planning

All Pub Theology gatherings take place at Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. in Frelard from 8:00-9:30PM. All are welcome. Stay up to date with Pub Theology on Facebook and contact Melanie Wienecke with any questions.


All Church Retreat – Save the Date!

You won’t want to miss this time to get away with your church family.

Save the date! The All Church Retreat will be on September 22-24. We will once again journey to Camp Indianola for fellowship, worship, and lots of fun. And, good news – some of our friends from Guarjila will be coming with us! So go ahead and mark your calendars and look for more details soon.

Questions? Contact Ann Joyce (m_ann_joyce@msn.com) or Pastor Ann (pastor@wallingfordumc.org).