CHURCH NEWSLETTER: Around the Parish, October 2017
Giving Tree for Homework Club
This Christmas season our church is providing gifts for the children and families of our tutoring program, the Homework Club at a nearby apartment complex. The Giving Tree donors will provide a book for each Homework Club student and an Albertsons’ gift card for each family.
Gift ideas and requests for grocery food cards will be on the Giving Tree in the Friendship Room by November 28. Just take a tag with a gift suggestion from the tree in the Friendship Room, put your name on the list next to that tag number (this is important!), buy a gift and bring it to church by Sunday, December 10. Please the gift unwrapped.
If you can’t go shopping, you may donate toward the purchase of additional gifts. Make check out to HLUMC and note ‘Giving Tree’.
Fill My Cup Coffee House is taking a break in December
Fill My Cup Coffee House is taking a break in December and will return January 13.
Blue Christmas service Thursday, 12/21 at 7:00pm
We invite everyone to a Blue Christmas service Thursday, December 21, at 7:00pm.
Come for a quiet worship service featuring holy words and music, a time for rest and healing. If Christmas is not a time of joy for you, or you grieve the loss of loved ones, painful separations, depression or illness, or want respite from the busy-ness of the season, please join us. All are invited for a brief interlude of peace during this hectic time of the year.
Adult Sunday School resumes November 26
Adult Sunday School will resume on November 26 with a special Advent Study led by Dick Guise: Faithful, Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph, by Adam Hamilton. Monday morning Bible study will use the same book starting Monday, November 27.
As you read this book, you will understand how Joseph’s story is much like our own. In life, we encounter circumstances that we would never have chosen for ourselves. At times it can be tempting just to walk away. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides.
Berlioz, Bruch, and Beethoven concert Saturday, 11/18 at 7:30pm
Our next music series concert is this Saturday, 11/18, at 7:30pm.
Enjoy gems of the 19th century, featuring the music of Berlioz, Bruch, and Beethoven. Trio Cascade will perform, featuring Nola Allen on piano, Robert Wingert on clarinet, and Dave Beck on cello. Nola will also accompany soprano Malya Muth. Your freewill donations support our music series and make these concerts possible. Thank you for your generosity.
UMW Women’s luncheon and fashion show rundraiser
Hooray for Hollywood! Save the date for the United Methodist Women’s Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, December 9 at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. The fashion show will be presented by Children’s Hospital Vintage Fashions, and our proceeds will benefit UMW mission projects.
Hooray for Hollywood will have fashions representative of what famous movie stars of different eras wore in well-known movies, with a fascinating narrative about the stars and the movies.
Invite family and friends to this great time of fun, fellowship, and food. Tickets will be on sale Sundays during Coffee Chat (11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3).
Annual Community Choir Concert Sunday, 11/5, 3:00pm
The annual Community Choir Concert to benefit North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank is at 3:00pm next Sunday, 11/5, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Church (NE 145th and 20th NE). Our own choir participates, so come and support them and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music!
All Saints worship service Sunday, 11/5
Whether you are experiencing a receng loss of a loved one or remembering those long passed, Haller Lake United Methodist Church will give you the opportunity to remember your loved one during our annual All Saints worship service next Sunday, 11/5, when we will light candles for those of our congregation who passed into life eternal during the past year.
Following the service of communion, you may light a candle in memory of other faithful departed whom you are remembering. If you wish your loved one’s name to be lifted up during the prayer time in the communion liturgy, please let the office know by this Wednesday morning, 11/1. Call 206-362-5383.
Church grounds cleanup Saturday, 10/19
The annual fall grounds cleanup is this Saturday, 10/21, from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please bring your rakes, wheelbarrows, pruning tools, and other gardening supplies to prepare the grounds for winter.
Church potlock after workshop on Sunday, 10/29
October has a fifth Sunday, so we will have a potlock after worship (~11:00am) on Sunday, October 29. Our theme is ‘tailgate potlock’. Bring a dish to share.
Community Choir Concert to benefit North Helpline
The annual Community Choir Concert to benefit North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank is at 3:00pm Sunday, November 5, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (14514 20th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155). Our own choir participates, so come support them and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music!
Meridian Street cleanup Saturday, 10/15
Our next Meridian Street cleanup is this Saturday, 10/14. We start at 9:00am in the church parking lot and finishes by 11:00am. Please bring a traffic vest and garden gloves if you have them. Please sign up in the Friendship Room or talk with any Service Team member if you’re interested in pitching in.
Give to hurricane relief efforts
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
To support efforts in U.S. states and territories, give to U.S. Disaster Response Advance 901670.
To give to non-U.S. territories in the Caribbean, and to empower other efforts around the globe, please donate to International Disaster Response Advance #982450.
Make your checks payable to Haller Lake UMC with the Advance number in the memo line and we will send all contributions to UMCOR. 100% of your designated donation to UMCOR goes directly to relief work.
The Emergency Feeding Program 40th anniversary gala
The Emergency Feeding Program supports the region’s food safety net by assembling tens of thousands of food packs every year and delivering them to 250 human services agencies throughout King County. This ensures that infants, children and families in crisis have food when they need it most. Mayor’s Day of Concern collects donations on their behalf.
You can support their work by at- tending their 40th Anniversary Gala, Fighting Hunger by Design, 5-9pm Saturday, October 21, at 851 Houser Way N in Renton. Buy your tickets online at www.emergencyfeeding.org.
Pastor Austin’s sermons are available online
If you miss Sunday worship, listen to Pastor Austin’s sermons from our website.
Sock drive for the homeless
Our Men’s Group is sponsoring their annual sock drive for the homeless who are served by Operation Nightwatch. Please give a little comfort and help keep feet warm. Place donations of new, white cotton socks in the marked box just outside the Friendship Room.
Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.: SMTA Teacher Performance Showcase
Enjoy the perfect evening! Join Seattle Music Teachers Association on Sunday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. at Haller Lake United Methodist Church to hear SMTA teacher-members share their talents in a Teacher Performance Showcase, sponsored by the generous gift from the late Dorothy Woodcock. Performing teachers will entertain us with classical, jazz, original and vocal music. There is sure to be something for every musical taste.
Homework Helpers Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Homework Helpers is Wednesdays at 6:30pm. If you are interested in participating but can’t come every week, please come at least once a month. The kids and parents are so appreciative, and this is a wonderful opportunity to help them succeed!
Monday morning Bible study 10:00-11:30am
All are invited to join the Monday morning Bible study from 10:00-11:30am. The study materials are provided at no charge.
Give to UMCOR disaster relief
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
To give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts make a check payable to Haller Lake UMC with ‘Advance #901670’ in the memo.
To help keep UMCOR’s relief supplies in stock, make a check payable to Haller Lake UMC with ‘Advance #901440’ in the memo.
To donate online, visit UMCOR’s website.
Rally Sunday September 10
Next Sunday is Rally Sunday. We will have an open house with information from our service teams and groups, followed by grilled hot dogs.
Seahawks viewing parties at the parsonage
Seahawks viewing parties at the parsonage will begin on Sunday, September 10, at 1:00pm right after Rally Sunday and the hot dog BBQ.
Come enjoy the game and Pastor Austin’s Parsonage Porter and other home brews on tap! Right next door to the church on North 1334d.
Adult Sunday School starts Sunday, 9/17
Plan to attend Adult Sunday School starting Sunday, September 17 at 11:30am. Pastor Austin will present Church and the Changing World on Sundays through October at 11:30am in the Upper Room.
Socks and underwear drive through September
The Service Team is collecting new socks and underwear through September to be donated to Clothes for Kids. All sizes are needed from children’s size 4 to adult sizes.
A donation box is located in the hall through September. Label cash donations ‘Clothes for Kids’ and place in the offering plate.
Weaving our Strengths conference, Saturday, 9/30 8:00am-4:00pm
Weaving our Strengths, presented by the Church Council of Greater Seattle, is a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. This year’s theme: For Such a Tie as This.
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:00am-4:00pm
University Congregational Church
4515 16th Ave NE
The church and pastor have new email addresses
Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry food drive Saturday, 9/16
Saturday, September 16 marks the 25th annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry food drive. Put your faith into action by signing up for one (or more) 2 1/4 hour shift to stand at the entrance of the QFC store located at 11100 Roosevelt Way NE and greet shoppers, hand out fliers, and collect the most-needed foods as shoppers leave the store.
A sign-up sheet is located in the Friendship Room or email email@example.com if you want to help.
Help distribute food at North Helpline Food Bank on Saturday, July 29.
Meet there at 9:30am, or at 9:10am at church to carpool. Food bank donations can always be left in the grocery cart outside the Friendship Room. All non-perishable items are welcome, including paper products and food wrap as well as food!
Fill My Cup returns Saturday, August 12, 3:00-8:00pm.
Fill My Cup is our “occasional Coffee House” on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Come for dinner for tasty, hearty soups and more, or terrific coffee or dessert, and enjoy the connection of community through conversation, games and music, plus fun childcare for the little ones. We often have live music, too! All are welcome–bring your friends!
PFLAG meeting monthly at HLUMC
On the fourth Tuesday of every month we welcome PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. This peer support group began in 1972 and is now worldwide, working to advance equality.