This Week at Wallingford: December 26, 2017

 WUMC Update, December 26, 2017

Coming Sunday

December 31: First Sunday after Christmas / New Year’s Eve

9:00 AM – Adult Ed

10:00 AM – Worship

For Your Calendar

  • January 7 – Celebration of Epiphany
  • January 7 – United Methodist Women Organizational Meeting
  • January 27 – District Gathering (Kent UMC)

United Methodist Women Organizational Meeting

Come be a part of WUMC’s United Methodist Women contingent.

You are invited to an organizational meeting for WUMC’s United Methodist Women (UMW) group on January 7 at 11:30AM in Adult Ed.

Over the course of the last few months, several Wallingford United Methodist Church women have met to discuss the possibility of becoming members of the United Methodist Women, a national organization. Current WUMC members are Linda Condit, Marie Coon, Lisa Cooper, Mary Fry, Laura Haack, Julia Kruger, Mary Latham, Judy Mahoney, Nikki Nichols, Yvonne Onouye, Heather Orsen, Robbie Sherman, and Nancy Speer.

The group has moved forward in at least two different ways:

  • Participants met with church members who have had experience with this organization in the past and who shared the benefits of belonging. They even recently uncovered notebooks that reflect WUMC’s history with UMW. The fledgling group also met with WUMC Women’s Group leader, Karen Hansen, and had a different meeting with a current officer of UMW (a member of Pastor Head-Corliss’ congregation) who provided us with a wealth of literature to assist us in becoming members.
  • The WUMC group also began a Days for Girls project, which is connected with a Seattle District community program. A dozen WUMCers learned how to sew bags from a generous community contact who donated her time to teach the group. These bags contain sanitary products and are ultimately delivered to other countries that request this resource for their communities that may not have access to these resources. Many hours and monetary donations have been contributed by our church’s United Methodist Women, and the group is considering   operating this project under the umbrella of UMW, Wallingford style.

With the encouragement of Pastor Ann, the WUMC group is pursuing its ultimate goal of becoming official members of United Methodist Women. To that end, the organizational meeting on January 7 is a time to choose officers, discuss other activities to take on, and orient participants about UMW. All interested parties are invited to attend. Coffee and tea will be provided, and lunch contributions are requested.

If you have questions, please contact Marie Coon at See you next weekend!


Seattle Tacoma District Gathering

You’ll want to come for this day of learning and connection.

The Seattle District’s will host a District Gathering, Towards a New Urban Strategy, on January 27 at Kent UMC, and you’re invited!

This all-day event is full of fellowship, training, and educational opportunities. The keynote speaker is Jason Byassee, Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology, and author of books like An Introduction to the Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Trinity: The God We Don’t Know. Dr. Byassee will speak on how to develop a new urban strategy for our time and place. He will also meet with SPRCs to talk about clergy mental health.

Other workshops include a meeting of lay leaders, an SPRC training, a redistricting meeting, and sessions on urban discipleship, urban strategies for families, community organizing, contemplative prayer, and interfaith partnerships. Pastor John Helmiere will also give a teaching on table-turning theology.

All are welcome to attend. Registration is $20. Find out more and register online here, and contact with questions.

Safety Advocate Webinar

Learn more about keeping the church safe.
  • Safety Advocates in the United Methodist Church are responsible for promoting and maintaining Safe Church policies and for providing an avenue for vulnerable persons to voice a concern or problem. To learn more about the Conference’s goals for churches with regards to safety in our sanctuaries, click here.The PNW Conference is offering a Safety Advocate Webinar on January 16 from 12:00-1:00PM for those individuals interested in becoming a Safety Advocate for their church, or in getting re-certified for this important role. RSVP to this event via email to Teri Tobey by January 12 at 9:00AM.Please note that there are four prerequisites to complete before the webinar and login instructions for the course will only be sent to those who have completed the prereqs. Find out full details on the webinar and view the prerequisites here.

    Navigating Trauma Workshop

    There is much to be gained by understanding what exactly trauma is.

    The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites you to a day of learning at their workshop, How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times, on January 10.

    This workshop will help participants better understand the nature of trauma, vicarious trauma, and systematic oppression. Overwhelm is pervasive in our world, and all of us can benefit from learning concrete ways to keep going, both individually and collectively. Presenter Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will engage these topics through personal insight, cutting-edge research, and countless New Yorker cartoons, so there will be something for everyone.

    How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times is open to all, and will be especially helpful to professional care providers (CEUs are available) and interested laypeople. The workshop runs from 8:30AM-3:00PM on January 10 at Tacoma’s Hotel Murano. Tickets are $70 with code SPECIAL-UMC—grab yours here. Find out more about the work of the Trauma Stewardship Institute at their website.

    Weaving God’s Wisdom into Daily Life

    Explore your true self.

    You are invited to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for a day-long conference, Weaving God’s Wisdom into Daily Life, on January 20.

    This conference focuses on releasing the “false self,” the identy/ies that we can form when we are young as a means to cope. However, the false self can keep us trapped in ways spiritual and psychological. Weaving God’s Wisdom into Daily Life will help participants loosen the grip of the false-self system to deepen our devotion to God and our compassion for self and others.

    There are two conference sessions. The first is “Perspectives on the Self from Mystics and Psychologists,” presented by Chris Hyde, Ph.D. The second is “Consenting in Everyday Life with the Welcoming Prayer,” from Cherry Haisten, formerly of Contemplative Outreach Northwest.

    Weaving God’s Wisdom into Daily Life meets on January 20 from 9:00AM-4:00PM at St. Andrew’s. There is a suggested donation of $15-$45. Registration by January 16 is appreciated. Find out more online here.

    Racial Equity Toolkit

    Navigate racial equity in your community, home, and organization.

    Seattle’s Housing Development Consortium is offering a Racial Equity Toolkit Workshop on January 12.

    The Racial Equity Toolkit is a guide to help organizations identify and address issues related to individual, structural, and institutional racism within themselves and their communities. The toolkit helps organizations do this work by providing a process and set of questions to guide the implementation and evaluation of policies and programs to address the impacts of racial equity. Participants will receive long-term follow-up help from the Housing Development Consortium.

    Attend this free workshop via webinar or in person at a morning (11:30AM-1:00PM) or afternoon (3:00-4:30PM) session. Find out more and register online here.

    Storytelling as Social Conscience

    Ready to tell your story?

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral presents a free course, Storytelling as Social Conscience, to the public this January and February.

    Participants in this course will investigate the many facets of their own identities. If our bodies and identities are gendered, racialized, sexualized, politicized, represented, and more, how are we to understand how we are shaped? How are we to resist being shaped by unwanted influences? Come explore these questions by developing your own autobiography with the help of a supportive group.

    Storytelling as Social Conscience meets on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:15PM from January 10 through February 7. There is no cost to register. Find out more at St. Mark’s website.