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Join us for our worship service, "Fountains," with Rev. Dr. Linda Hart this Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. -- and remember to set your clocks BACK an hour on Saturday night, OR join us early to help make coffee on Sunday morning!  :)

  • Bring your tangible auction items this Sunday, November 5th in preparation for our auction on Saturday, November 11th. Items will be temporarily staged in one of our classrooms this Sunday.

  • Our Annual Fundraising Auction on Saturday evening, November 11th -- this year with Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship! What are you donating? An event at your home or vacation home stay? Artwork? Tickets to a show? ? Donation forms available at church or print from our website. Donation forms due this Sunday, November 5th.

  • Indivisible Tacoma presents Washington Community Action Network and "Persisting on Healthcare" on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 p.m.

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Turn Your Clocks Back
Remember to turn your clocks back one hour before turning in on Saturday night, so you'll join us on time on Sunday morning!
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Worship Service on Sunday, November 5, 2017
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart
Worship Service
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Our monthly theme for November is Abundance. We’ll begin with words by Denise Levertov to consider how abundance flows even when it seems to be a time of scarcity.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Monday Evenings
7:00—8:45 p.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of sitting or walking meditation in the sanctuary. Each week we have a topic for discussion related to meditating as a way to expand our knowledge and connect with one another. This group is for everyone, whether you meditate frequently, occasionally, or are coming for your first meditation sit. The group is also open to any ideas or topics anyone may wish to share. Alexa and Steve Arnold facilitate the group.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Safe Haven AA Group
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 p.m.
Social Hall, Entry through Kitchen Door from Parking Lot
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Indivisible Tacoma Presents
Washington Community Action Network:
Persisting on Healthcare
Speaker: Chris Genese
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

Indivisible Tacoma presents an opportunity to learn about and discuss existing grassroots efforts right here on the home front in Washington state: Come learn new ways to take action against the Trump agenda with Washington Community Action Network!, the state’s largest grassroots community organization with over 40,000 members. 

Chris Genese, Associate Director of Washington CAN! will speak on the organization’s work on healthcare in Washington state, how it impacts resistance to the Trump agenda, and how to take action yourself. 

Washington CAN! is focused on creating and maintaining a large, strong and diverse statewide community presence of grassroots leaders, community members, friends and allies to fight for justice and improvement. Learn about and discuss the work being done in the community, ask questions and find out if you're interested in it, and learn the many ways to support the projects that matter to you.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Yoga in the Sanctuary
Thursday Evenings, 6:00 p.m.

Join our regular drop-in Thursday night yoga group. Our participants are from ages 8—80! If you are curious, come see if we are what you are looking for. We have some spare mats, and flexible space for more to join! Our group meets weekly from September through June, with breaks for holidays. 
Friday, November 10, 2017
Knitting Circle
Second and Fourth Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

A knitting and crocheting group meets on the Second and Fourth Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Bring your current yarn project and have some company while you work. For more information and to RSVP, contact Chris Martin. Church members can access contact information for Chris via our the online directory, and friends can email the church office for her contact information.  
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Our Annual Fundraising Auction !
This Year with Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship
Saturday Evening, November 11, 2017
Our Annual Tahoma UU Congregation Fundraising Auction!
Saturday Evening, November 11, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

New Beginnings!
This year we are partnering with the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship for our auction -- we'll be doing some new things, and we are seeking some great donations to be auctioned off. VIUF has already committed to some great auction items, including a 5-night accommodation in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics show in January 2018 (value $2,000). Money raised from VIUF donations will go to their congregation, so we need to get some great donations from TUUC members as well!

Our auction dinner will be catered by a professional caterer from Vashon who is also a member of the VIUF. There will be vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
A couple of our high-ticket items will also be prizes in our raffle, so regardless of your financial means, you might go home with a very special win!
We're seeking donations of items and/or services with a value of $25+.  Please consider the following:
  • Host a dinner at your home
  • Offer up a service - for example, financial planning, housecleaning, yard-work, painting, pet sitting
  • Vacations at your vacation home
  • Trips using frequent flyer miles
  • Artwork - handmade by you or others
  • Solicit donations from local businesses - restaurants, auto repair shops, drycleaners, etc.
  • Check with your employers (as reasonable) to see if there is a service or product that they will donate
  • Movie tickets
  • Gift certificates
Because our auction has always been an important source of funding for our Congregation's programs, I challenge every member of TUUC, as you are able, to try to identify something with a value of at least $25 that you can donate or solicit from another source as a donation.  

Let's make our auction event a great success!

Ellen Watson
Auction Chair

Auction donation forms available this Sunday along with tickets to purchase by cash or check for auction admission. Auction donation forms can also be printed from our website.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Worship Service on Sunday, November 12, 2017
"Get Proximate"
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart
Worship Service
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, spoke at the UUA’s General Assembly this year and outlined four ways that we can be part of building a different future. Over the year, we’ll spend time on each of his suggestions. The first is the invitation to get proximate — close to — people on the margins. After the service, there will be an opportunity to explore some ways to do that.
Photos Celebrating Last Sunday's Installation Service


More News, Programs, and Events in Our Church and Community
Religious Educator Professional Development
You won’t see Susie Maharry or Nancy Slocum at church this Sunday, because they'll both be in Denver for the Liberal Religious Educators Association Professional Development Conference. Susie and Nancy will be back next week with fresh ideas and renewed spirits from spending time with Religious Educator colleagues from all over the United States. Be sure to ask them about their experiences!
Briars in the Cotton Patch
Tacoma/Pierce Habitat for Humanity Movie Screening
at The Grand Cinema on Monday, November 13th
Briars in the Cotton Patch
Monday, November 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

The Grand Cinema, 606 South Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Tacoma/Pierce Habitat for Humanity is partnering with The Grand Cinema to present another thought-provoking documentary, followed by a panel discussion. On Monday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. they'll screen Briars in the Cotton Patch, a retrospective about the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity, Koinonia Farm. To reserve your seats, visit Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are free; $10 donation suggested.
Film summary: 
Possibly the most daring social experiment in the South during the last century, Koinonia Farm faced years of terror, boycotts, and intimidation in the years leading up to the tumultuous Civil Rights era. Narrated by former Atlanta Mayor and Civil Rights veteran Andrew Young, this award winning documentary examines the remarkable events that tested the moral boundaries of a community and planted the seeds for the global work of Habitat for Humanity, The Fuller Center for Housing, and Jubilee Partners.
Soul Matters Sometimes Circle
at The Rustic Aristocrat Coffee Company
Saturday, November 18th
Soul Matters Chalice Circle
Sometimes Circle at The Rustic Aristocrat Coffee Company
Who: Moderator is Acclaimed Newswoman and Tahoma UU Member, Debbie Cafazzo
What: Soul Matters topic of the month is Abundance
Where: The Rustic Aristocrat Coffee Co., 2716 N. 21st St, Tacoma, WA 
When: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 18th
Why: Connection, Community, Meaning, Deep Listening, Engagement, and Fun!
How: Email Susie Maharry at Or register with Susie on Sunday, November 12th following worship service at the Adult Religious Exploration Table in the hallway outside the Sanctuary doors where you can pick up a copy of the Soul Matters packet on Abundance. Help yourself to a copy of the packet, even if you can’t join a group this month - we have an abundance of them! Packets can also be accessed on our website at This group is limited to 7 participants. Participants purchase their own food and beverages.

Chalice Circles are an important part of our church life. They provide an opportunity to be in a smaller group and explore ideas and possibilities and make meaning out of the world. We engage in the spiritual practice of deep listening. This "Sometimes Circle" is one of the monthly opportunities to be part of one of our circles with other congregation members. The group is open to both Tahoma UU members and friends. Each of our Sometimes Circles sessions is a unique experience such as meeting in a coffee shop on a Saturday morning, like this one, or in combination with a potluck dinner. You decide how many sessions you want to attend. Register two or three weeks in advance for each individual session with Susie Maharry.
Coat Drive for Mann Elementary
Coat Drive for Students at Mann Elementary School
Sunday, October 29 - Sunday, November 26, 2017

The children at Horace Mann Elementary are in great need of warm coats for winter. We’ll be having a coat drive Sunday, October 29th through Sunday, November 26th. A collection box will be available for your coat donations. Please bring new or very gently used clean coats for elementary school aged boys and girls. The students and parents of the students will greatly appreciate the warmth of your generosity!
Register beginning November 17, 2017 for Dosewallips in August 2018
Tahoma UU Congregation Annual Camping Trip at Dosewallips State Park
Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19, 2018

Our next camping trip at Dosewalips will be Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19, 2018. You can reserve camp sites or cabins beginning November 17th. We will gather in the circle numbers C1 - C10. The sites with C in the name are cabins and there are 5 interspersed with 5 tent/RV hookup sites in this circle. If the 1-10 circle fills up, note that two groups can share one site for an extra $10 per night car fee. Or find sites near Circle 1 - 10. Dosewallips is a Washington State Campground located about a two-hour drive from Tacoma. There is access to Hood Canel and the Dosewallips River where we have had many hours of fun splashing around. Join TUUC friends and families for this great summer outing. If you have questions, contact Susie Maharry or Lori Fernholz-Hartman. Susie can be emailed at, and members can find Lori's email address in our online directory or contact the Church Administrator for her address.
Associated Ministries
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Associated Ministries
Annual Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude at Thanksgiving
"Standing United with Compassion"
Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Immanuel Presbyterian Church
901 North “J” Street, Tacoma, WA 98403

Join us as we come together in peace and community at Thanksgiving to reflect on gratitude and compassion. For more than a quarter of a century, this annual service has brought together people of many faith traditions. A reception and fellowship time will follow the service.

For more information please call 253-426-1506 or email
An interfaith choir is open to all participants who would like to gather the day of the event, quickly practice and learn the song, and then sing at the Thanksgiving Gathering with friends, new and old! Plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. for a run-through of the song as an interfaith choir. No need to sign up or RSVP. Just show up the night of the event at 6:00 for a quick practice ahead of the service! For more information about the choir music, please visit:
Save the Dates! Women's Retreat 2018
Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25, 3018
UU Women's Retreat 2018 - Balance
Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25, 2018
Dumas Bay Retreat Center, Federal Way

Registration forms available soon. Watch for details! See Susie Maharry if you have questions. 

See you at worship service this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!
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