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Sundays 10:30 a.m.  
Come see how we love!

Sunday November 10

10:30 a.m. Worship

Reader: Barb
Usher:  John
Nursery substitute: Mike
3-5 year old teacher:  Jim and Ruth

Thank you to our Greeter and to our Coffee Hour host.

Our scripture is from the Gospel of Luke: 19: 1-10.  Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree to get a better view.  Jesus spotted him and said, "Come down; for I must stay at your house today."  There was murmuring at this.  Zacchaeus was one of these tax collectors we have been studying.  In the eyes of many, he had become rich by  extorting money from those in his community.  Jesus spends a special house visit, and many respectable people are easily offended.  But in the process Zacchaeus was moved to make restitution.  He has a dramatic change of heart...
See you Sunday!
— Lauren

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Eliza and Keystone go national!

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Alternative Gift Fairs become a calling and a career for Washington UCC volunteer. 


November 13: Wednesday night potluck & class

6:30 pm- bring a dish to pass.
7-8:30 pm class-  all welcome.
at Keystone- downstairs in Battson Hall

Come join this second week of study, conversation, resourcing, and inspiration alongside our UCC young adult justice interns.  We will be exploring texts to see how they offer biblical and theological grounding for motivating each of us in whatever justice work we are called to do.  (This class accommodates those who can only come this second night- so feel free!)  We are using curriculum from our UCC denomination:  “Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing”:


And start learning more about our UCC justice interns and "like" our Facebook page:  
Justice Leadership Program - Pacific Northwest


Justice Leadership Program: Pacific Northwest

Check out the link below to blog posts by Karin at Earth Ministry, and by Margie on our new JLP website!

On November 9, Rich, Lauren, Kathryn, (and OK Leo went too) traveled out to Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center of our Pacific Northwest Conference UCC to present an ask.  Up from $12,000 to $15,000 to conduct outreach to grow the program and recruit candidates for next year.  It was another encouraging and heartening meeting as we presented our five year plan and budget.  

On November 18-21, Elizabeth, Rich, Lauren, Kathryn (and Leo) are back out to Pilgrim Firs camp to host a bunch of national UCC partners and other host churches from around the country, who are running their Young Adult Service Communities, or seek to begin one.  This great group of UCC folks is coming from other cities that have hosted in these last 5 years, or want to begin.  The gathering is with our national UCC staff from Volunteer Ministries, and joined by folks from Justice and Witness Ministries.  JLP is helping host this planning and evaluation time.

Have you checked out our new website, blog and Facebook page and invited friends to "like" our page!?  Encourage young adults you know to look at the application for next year: early decision is December 15, 2013; otherwise February 15, 2014.
The Justice Leadership Program - Pacific Northwest new website:

Read news of our justice interns off to a running start at the two month mark.

Check out recent blog post by Karin about her trip to Eastern Washington with her placement at Earth Ministry:

And keep the notes coming to Kathryn who appreciates your leads and connections.  Our outreach is getting to all of our area colleges and universities! 

Seeking Nursery Provider

Just as we had a month of becoming absolutely smitten with our new professional Nursery Provider... we have to accept her resignation for an unexpected health reason, and extend our prayers.  
We now open a search for our new provider to care for infants through age 2.  Spread the word we are seeking staff for our Nursery each Sunday: 10 AM- Noon.  $15-$20/hour DOE.  Contact to receive a copy of job description.

Upcoming Events

Making the American Dream Real for Everyone:  Mark McDermott and the Seattle Labor Chorus 
7 pm, at Keystone

10:30 am, Keystone

potluck (6:30) & class (7-8:30):  Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED).  Come check out this discussion class as our second week of exploring biblical and theological grounding for faithful justice work. 
6:30 pm, Battson Hall

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies
7pm, Battson Hall
10:30 am, Keystone


November 23 + 24: Festival of Hope at Keystone- we host our large alternative gift fair + cafe.  35 years of community building to end poverty and hunger.

December 7: is our next date to cook dinner and hang out with folks at Sacred Heart family shelter.  See Barb or Michelle

December:  evenings of Holden Prayer.  More soon from Elliot and Kate


Things to Do to fight Climate Change 

Our Keystone UCC member Rich Voget has been traveling in the U.S. making presentations.  Here, we are blessed to find real answers to the so often asked question.  May this list be a spark for all manner of our conversations and shared efforts.

What you can do 

Refute statements that deniers make.  Don't let them get away with spreading doubt.  Go to or to get the scientific answer to any specific myth.

Decrease transportation emissions:

   Transportation choices with no emissions

  • Drive an all electric car 
  • Request that Car2Go bring electric cars to Seattle
  • Walk or bike
  • Telecommute
  • Skype instead of flying for business

    Transportation choices in descending order from low emissions to most emissions / passenger

  • Ride transit
  • Carpool
  • Drive a hybrid car
  • Drive the most fuel efficient car you can afford

      Improve your mpg

  • Tires at proper inflation
  • Replace the air filter
  • Drive more efficiently  See tips at



Decrease home energy use:

      Low Cost, No Cost

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL of LED bulbs
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Take shorter showers
  • Install lo-flow faucet aerators and showerheads
  • Adjust thermostats to 68F over time
  • Control phantom loads
  • Turn things off when not in use
  • Weatherstrip doors and windows to reduce air infiltration
  • Dry clothes on a clothes line in appropriate weather
  • Insulate exposed hot water lines
  • Adjust the water heater to 120F

      Moderate Cost Upgrades

  • Buy energy efficient appliances and electronics
  • Add attic insulation

      High Cost Upgrades

  • Energy efficient heating system
  • Solar hot water heater for a family of 4 or more
  • Replace windows one side of the house at a time


Decrease food related emissions:

  • Switch from beef and lamb to poultry
  • Reduce red meat consumption    Start with Meatless Monday
  • Only buy grass fed livestock
  • Buy organic produce 
  • Buy seasonal produce (no long transportation involved)



Join organizations committed to solving the climate crisis

  • Plant for the Planet             Write a check to Cool Moms and put Plant for the Planet in the memo
  • Climate Reality Project
  • Sierra Club
  • Climate Solutions


Part Time Position: Children’s Christian Education Coordinator


Keystone is a small progressive community of faith located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, next to the University District.  We are an open & affirming justice centered church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC). Our building is a bit of a community center, hosting justice and faith programs, chorus, dance, and meditation groups, meaningful movies, peace and community forums, providing support to the homeless through the activism of our congregation, and site of the Co-op PreSchool.  “Come, see how we love!”  All ages, races, gender identities &  sexual orientations, cultures, and classes are especially welcome.


Our families with school age children are growing!  We seek a part-time Children’s Christian Education Coordinator to engage our school-age children (ages 6-10) along their faith journeys.  This position is to teach on Sundays during our 10:30am worship service.  The Children’s Christian Education Coordinator will design and provide faith-based activities and lessons for this small group of children.


Job Description: 

Sunday mornings: 10am - Noon; plus one weekly hour paid planning time; 

$15- $20/ hour DOE.

  • Set up classroom at 10:00am.
  • Greet families as they drop off before the worship which runs 10:30am - 11:30am.
  • Provide engaging learning for school age children
  • across the seasons of the church year
  • using engaging progressive teaching activities & materials  
  • plan curriculum in consultation with associate minister
  • help children rejoin congregation near end of service for communion
  • Reconnect with families at coffee hour until 12pm.  Converse with parents about the day’s lesson/activity.  Encourage faith practices for home.
  • Foster faith education for our children and families, as they grow in community.

Below are the personal leadership qualities and expectations we are seeking. 

Part Time Children’s Christian Education Coordinator:

  • Keen interest in developing a vibrant Sunday School program for a neighborhood church, with supportive pastors and lay leaders.
  • Experience teaching Christian Education with children, particularly those ages 6-10.
  • Demonstrated skills in leading children’s activities, particularly teaching biblical stories of progressive Christianity and Christian ethics.
  • Independent, self-starter who is also able to be a collaborative leader to nurture unpaid volunteer members of the church to assist as needed. 
  • Heart for outreach to new visiting families who seek a church with a loving and accessible children’s ministry.
  • Familiarity and comfort with children of various cultures.
  • Experience teaching children to engage the liturgical seasons of the Christian church year.
  • Familiarity with commitments of the United Church of Christ.
  • CPR, and First Aid certification not required, but given special consideration.
  • Experience working with volunteers to maintain “Safe Church” standards and updates.
  • Nurture connection between the church and families with children in the wider community.


If interested, please send your resume and cover letter by November 25 to Associate Pastor Lauren Cannon  All people of various race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity are encouraged to apply.  


Keystone Church proclaims the good news 

that God's realm is in our midst.

Come see how we love.  Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle, WA 98103

Whether you’re a seeker, doubter, believer, wherever you are on life’s journey, you’ll find hospitality here.

Keystone is an open and affirming community.  All are welcome.


Alternative Christmas Fair:  A Festival of Hope

Contact Eliza Penick to sign up your help:

Saturday 11/23
10am- 4 pm

Sunday 11/24
12 Noon- 3pm

Keystone United Church of Christ members and friends join together for our 35th Annual Festival of Hope- a Christmas Fair.  Browse and Christmas shop, have a tasty lunch and enjoy a mingling of cultures.  This is a non-profit event: the money you spend goes to support hunger relief and self-help projects, both locally and in developing countries.

Join us and give a gift of hope through your purchases in 2013.

Deli lunch, fresh baked pumpkin pies.  

Gifts and decorations.

Homemade baked goods.

Vintage treasures and books.

Third World handcrafts.

Quilt raffle.

Children's corner.

Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ
5019 Keystone Place North
(one block east of Meridian)
in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood

Learn more about Northwest Harvest, Bread for the World, Heifer International, Church World Service, and Faith Action Network.  See how and where the money you spend will be used to help others in need.  

*no handicapped access.

The most fun 30 minutes!  Every five weeks, spend Sunday time with our 3-5 year olds...

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for volunteers to guide our PreSchoolers to play in their classroom during the sermon time on Sundays.  Contact Barb, Lisa or Lauren to learn about becoming a trained volunteer to assist, about once every five weeks.  The children rejoin the congregation at communion.  Email to learn more:


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