This Week at Wallingford: January 15, 2017

Welcome to Wallingford United Methodist Church! Read on for all the news that’s fit to post about our upcoming services, events, groups, and more. 

Coming Sunday: January 21, 2017

9:00AM: Adult Ed

10:00AM: Worship

11:15AM: Worship Convening

7:00PM: Men’s Group

Quick Look: Upcoming Events

  • January 7-February 11: “Racism & Being a (Largely) White Church” Series in Adult Ed
  • January 17: The Purple Group (Sherbrooke Home)
  • January 21: Worship Convening
  • January 24: Ecumenical Prayer Service (St. Benedict Parish, Wallingford)
  • January 27: District Gathering (Kent UMC)
  • January 28: Rev. Nancy Petty at WUMC
  • April 28: Matters of the Heart Auction (Lake Union)

News from Adult Ed

Learning and fellowship abound on Sunday mornings.

January 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, so as part of an all-church effort to address America’s “original sin” of racism, Adult Education will continue its new 6-week series this weekend entitled “Racism and Being a (Largely) White Church.”

This series will explore many different resources, including videos from local scholar Professor Robin DiAngelo. Dr. DiAngelo’s work as a white woman often focuses on talking to other white people about racism, fragility, privilege, and addressing shame. And in an exciting development, Adult Ed will also welcome Rev. Nancy Petty, one of the leaders of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement, on January 28.

The remaining sessions are as follows:

  • January 21: Viewing and discussion of Rev. William Barber’s MLK Day Sermon at Riverside Church. Rev. Barber is the leader of the Moral Mondays movement and author of The Third Reconstruction.
  • January 28: Visit from Rev. Nancy Petty of the Moral Mondays movement.
  • February 4: “What Does It Mean to Be White?,” cont.
  • February 11: Discussion about individual and church-wide responses to this series.

Adult Ed meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00AM and all are welcome. Contact George Wright with any questions.

Rev. Nancy Petty at WUMC

Enjoy teaching and fellowship with an important leader.

Be sure to come to WUMC on January 28 to hear from Rev. Nancy Petty, one of the leaders of the Moral Mondays movement alongside Dr. William Barber.

Rev. Petty is an openly gay minister in the United Methodist Church and has championed marriage equality and LGBTQ rights for years. In addition to helping lead Moral Mondays (a grassroots social justice movement in North Carolina), she has also focused on promoting interfaith dialogue and anti-racist action in the church. Check out this video of her preaching at one of the Moral Monday events for a taste of Rev. Petty’s work.

Rev. Petty will be with us in Adult Ed at 9:00AM and then will preach in worship at 10:00. Stick around after the service for a potluck lunch and more time with her. This is an exciting opportunity and not to be missed, so see you there, and invite friends and family!

The Purple Group

Discuss important and sometimes tough topics with friends.

The Purple Group invites you to meet with them on Wednesday, January 17 at Sue Sherbrooke’s home for a meal and discussion. The Purple Group gathers regularly to share members’ own journeys of aging and mortality and to support those caring for aging loved ones.

This gathering begins at 6:00PM and a light supper will be provided. All are welcome. For more information, contact Sue at

Worship Convening on January 21

Help craft our Lenten journey.

We’re just putting away the Christmas decorations and it’s already time to start thinking about Lent and Easter. Believe it or not, Ash Wednesday is only a month away (!).

The Program Team invites you to a Worship Convening after service on January 21 for a conversation about themes and special services for our Lenten journey. Bring your ideas – and your coffee – and join in! This gathering will conclude by 12:15PM.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sue Sherbrooke ( See you there!

Matters of the Heart Auction

Save the date!

Get ready for a party! The annual Matters of the Heart Auction will take place on Saturday, April 28 at the Swedish Club on Lake Union starting at 5:00PM.

This event, co-sponsored by WUMC and the Wallingford Childcare Center, includes dinner, a live and silent auction, and festivities through the night. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

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.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Head to Bremerton to learn more about helping in times of emergency.

Bremerton United Methodist Church is offering a workshop, Connecting Neighbors: Emergency Preparedness, on January 20.

Connecting Neighbors aspires to educate congregations and communities to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to empower them to respond to their neighbors in helpful, cooperative, and caring ways. The training is led by Wendy Riddle and Becky Platt and offered through UMCOR.

All are welcome to come to this training which runs from 8:30AM-4:30PM at Bremerton UMC. Learn more and register online here.

Ecumenical Prayer Service

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

Our neighbors at St. Benedict parish have invited WUMC to an ecumenical prayer service on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30PM. This gathering is hosted by St. Benedict’s in observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

This year’s theme, “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power,” is about how the glorious power of God draws people together in their desire to foster unity. At the service, those gathered will pray for social justice, peace, and hope in our neighborhood and the world.

All are invited to attend!

Retreat with Ched Myers

Head to California for a retreat in February.

Ched Myers, a theologian whose work was recently featured in Adult Ed, will be leading a retreat – “Digging In: Heels, Histories, Hearts” – in Oak View, California from February 19-23. Nikki Nichols is considering attending this retreat and would love other WUMCers to come along.

“Digging In” refers to the challenge we face in the second year of the Trump regime, the call to deepen and broaden our resistance and resilience. To do this wisely we must “delve into our histories,” exploring the roots of our individual and collective stories in order to animate repentance and restorative justice. And to sustain this work we need to “excavate our hearts,”recovering from our addictions and renewing our spirits for long term healing and movement building. Leaders like Ched Myers, Rev. Art Cribbs, Rev. Sue Park, Rev. Bob Two Bulls, Rose Berger, and many others will guide participants in this journey.

Registration packages start at $385 (not including travel) and is due by January 26. To find out more and sign up, click here.

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.