This Week at Wallingford: September 18, 2017

 WUMC Update, September 18, 2017

Coming Sunday

September 24: Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost

9:00 AM – Adult Ed

10:00 AM – Worship: Liz Kennedy Preaching

7:00 PM – Men’s Group

For Your Calendar

  • September 21-October 1 – Guarjila Delegation in Seattle
  • September 22-24 – Retreat at Indianola
  • October 1 – Signups to Join Worship Teams
  • October 8 – Advent/Christmas Worship Planning Meeting
  • October 20-22 (date revised) – WUMC Mission to Okanogan

The Purple Group

The Purple Group is back after a summer hiatus.

You are invited to come to a meeting of The Purple Group next Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00PM.

The Purple Group is a place for folks to discuss things like aging, mortality, and end-of-life issues. Whether you are thinking through these topics for yourself or perhaps are caring for an aging family member, you are most welcome.

The group will meet at Nancy Speer’s house for a light supper at 6:00 followed by engaging conversation. All are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Sue Sherbrooke.

You’re Invited to Help with Worship

Everybody in the WUMC family can be a part of leading and planning worship.

Sue Sherbrooke invites you to participate in worship at WUMC in two different ways.

On October 1, you’ll be able to sign up to help lead worship. Lay leadership in worship is a Wallingford tradition, and so is providing a warm welcome, coffee, and hospitality. So on October 1, you’re invited to add your name to the lists of people who are willing to serve as liturgists, read Scripture, welcome folks on Sunday mornings, receive the offering, and prepare the coffee. Yvonne Onouye and Sue Sherbrooke will be on hand to tell you more about these opportunities and answer your questions.

Then on October 8, you can join in a worship planning meeting after Sunday services. It’s hard to believe, but Advent and Christmas are coming up soon. If you’d like to help envision and plan for these holy seasons, come to this planning meeting in Adult Ed. The group will discuss potential themes, special services, and activities to help us all deepen our experience of Christ’s ever-renewing presence in our lives.

If you have questions about either of these opportunities, please contact Sue Sherbrooke.

WUMC Mission to Okanogan

You can still sign up to join the mission!

Social Concerns invites you to be a part of a WUMC mission crew that will help with recovery efforts in Okanogan County this October 22-24.

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. WUMC is sending a team of folks ages 14 and up to lend a hand to those still impacted by these events. Though no specific tasks have been assigned yet, it is likely that WUMCers will help with things like painting, minor repairs, cleaning, yard work, and other moderate activities.

The 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. Time’s getting short to sign up for the trip, so if you’re at all interested, please contact Jane Appling with responses. Thank you!

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock at The Well

This promises to be a compelling and necessary conversation.

You are invited to a discussion with theologian Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock next Thursday, September 21, at 7:00PM at QAUMC’s The Well.

Dr. Nakashima Brock will speak on “The Moral Injuries of a Country: The Cost of Dualism, War and Violence, and the Agonies of Now.” Moral injury occurs when the moral conscience is traumatized, usually as a result of an authority figure leading a person to violate a moral code. Dr. Nakashima Brock is a leading thinker on the subject of moral injury, especially as it pertains to war and the American social contract (and breakdown of said contract) with veterans and soldiers. In this lecture, Dr. Nakashima Brock will examine how moral injury has occurred in American society on a personal and collective level and how we might return to our core values.

Tickets are $10-$20 and are available online here. Rev. Katie Ladd of Queen Anne UMC writes that this is shaping up to be a small, intimate gathering, which means it’s a great opportunity to talk with Dr. Nakashima Brock and process that conversation in community.

Weaving Our Strengths Conference

Save September 30 for a gathering with brothers and sisters from all around the region.

You are invited to the Weaving Our Strengths Conference, a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good.

This year’s theme is “For Such a Time as This.” In today’s social, political, and religious climate, who are Seattle’s churches called to be? Workshop and speaker topics include: “Faith Communities in a Time of Tribalism,” a creative workshop from Beth Amsbary called “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” “Immigrant Accompaniment,” “Allyship in the Public Square,” “Formation and Transformation for Racial Reconciliation and Justice-Making,” “Spiritual Discomfort for Such a Time as This,” “Religious Imperative for Climate Justice,” and “Making Affordable Housing Affordable.”

Weaving Our Strengths takes place September 30 and runs from 8:00AM-4:00PM. Cost for attendance ranges from $25-$55 and an Early Bird discount is in effect until September 8. Register and find out full details on the conference at

Global Young People’s Convocation 2018

Is there a young person in your life who wants to go on an adventure?

Young people ages 12-30 are invited to apply for the UMC’s Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC), taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July 2018.

This incredible gathering invites participants to mix with people of different regions, races, languages, politics, and faith expressions in a truly global setting. These young people will share their stories with one another and work together to understand what it is to be part of the global Church as United Methodists.

Each Conference/Jurisdiction can send 5 youth (ages 12-18), 5 young adults (ages 19-30), and 2 adult workers. Applications to be part of the Western Jurisdiction Delegation are due September 29. Find out more and download the application here.

Writing Class with Mary Edwards

Let’s get writing!

WUMC’s own Mary Edwards will teach a writing class for GLBTQ folks over 50 this fall as part of Seattle Parks & Recreation’s “Aging with Pride: Programs for LGBTQ Adults 50+.”

Mary’s class, “Legacy Writing,” takes place Mondays (October 2—November 20) from 10:00-11:00AM at Miller Community Center (part of Cal Anderson Park). This course is a time to write for yourself or for others, and Mary will provide prompts and examples to help you get writing in a small, supportive group. People with Early Stage Memory Loss are welcome.

“Legacy Writing” is a free class. Register online at, or call your local community center to sign up. You can also contact Mary with any questions.

CROP Hunger Walk Coming Up

Walk, roll, and stroll for a good cause.

The Seattle CROP Hunger Walk is coming up on October 1, and you’re invited to join!

The CROP Hunger Walk raises money to fight hunger in our community (through organizations like Mary’s Place) and on a global level. Last year the Seattle walk raised over $20,000 (!) to fight hunger on a local and global level, so joining in makes a big difference.

Our local walk takes place at Green Lake. Everyone is invited to take a lap around the lake, whether you walk, wheel, or run.

October’s coming up sooner than we might think, so don’t wait – register today. Find out full details on donations and registration online here.