Sunday, December 17 • 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Rev. Barbara Davenport

Finding Joy in this Season of Greed and Giving

This is the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I cynically call “the season of greed and giving”—too much to do, too much stress, shopping for folk you might not like. How do we find joy in this frenzied season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a season of stress and excess when “Joy to the world” seems like a forsaken fantasy? How do we bring joy into our lives and the lives of others?

Celebrant: Jim Heard
Music: Sally Riggers

Winter Solstice Service and Potluck at SUUF • Informal potluck at 6 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. solstice service. Join us as we honor the new solar year. Garth McMurtrey, Jim Heard and Laura Herman will collaborate to do the service.

Post-holiday potluck December 28 • Join us for a relaxing post-holiday evening of poetry reading and singing at SUUF. Hosted by Doris Brevoort. Potluck 5:30 pm, poetry readings 6:30, singing 7:30.

WINTER’S RETURN: A Celebration in Music • Autoharp legend Bryan Bowers Sunday December 17, 2 p.m. at SUUF. Suggested donation $20 (No one turned away for lack of funds). See flyer in the dining room. Bryan Bowers is a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter with a dynamic outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation. Master of the Autoharp, Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller. Winter’s Return is a seasonal show celebrating winter and its diverse festivities. Two world touring duos join forces to form a powerhouse quartet with hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, whistle, violin, recorder, guitar, drums, mandolin, and songs that'll bring a bright spot to the darkest winter's day. Felicia Dale, William Pint, Mike Freeman and Tania Opland bring a celebration of the Season to the stage.

Solstice Kirtan For World Peace • Dear friends, Please join me for an evening of chanting from spiritual and indigenous traditions from around the world as we welcome the returning light. The call for peace on our planet is needed now more than ever before. When we come together in vibrations of peace, love, and a yearning to live in truth, our whole physiology shifts, our minds relax, and our hearts open up to connection, empathy, and action. Between each chant a deep silence arises bringing inner peace and harmony. The peace that we embody through intention, chanting and meditation sends ripples of peace throughout the world. We will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, December 22nd in La Conner at the Crescent Moon Yoga & Wellness Center. A free will offering will be accepted. Please share this with friends and family, all are welcome! (Simme Bobrosky)

The Spiritual Brain – Science and Religious Experience Class at SUUF Class Title — Why do we have a spiritual brain? Lecturer: Andrew Newberg, MD director of research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Our class has decided to skip ahead to Lecture 14 for the 3rd Sunday in December (the 17th).

Stimulated States and Religious Experiences-Lecture 14
In this lecture, you will consider stimulated states from a neuroscientific perspective, and you will discover what these stimulated states teach us about spirituality and the human brain. You will learn that induced states help us gain a deeper understanding of the underlying biology of religious or spiritual states, but they raise even more interesting questions about the meaning and realness of these states--which lead to some fascinating issues that pertain to beliefs, reality and the brain. Meditation and prayer are methods for naturally stimulating religious experiences. We can study what happens in the brain when people meditate or pray and how that effects their experiences.

Classes (third Sunday) after coffee hour. There will be 24 classes of 30 minute lectures followed by 15 minutes of discussion. The lectures are on DVD's For more information, contact Nancy Miller (425) 754-6138 or nmiller115@aol.com.

Books at SUUF • The Fellowship has two libraries. One in the dining room with paperback and hardcover novel, etc. for sale at bargain prices. Also sometimes CD’s and DVD’s and videos. The second is in the office and is overflowing with great books, CD’s DVD’s videos on many subjects. Many are donations from members and friends. Just sign your name on the sign out sheet, take it home, read and return.

CRE INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES! Look for opportunities to get involved with our children and their religious education. Team teach with one of the teachers this fall! We'll do all the work; you get to know the kids, or donate quality musical instruments to our program. Kelly will make more announcements at church.

Opportunities for Stewardship at SUUF • On the entry table is a green book full of opportunities! Take a look, take a form and join in the fun. Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship runs on volunteers. Your help is appreciated and invited! There is also a hospitality sign-up by the kitchen window. Other opportunities exist. Please speak with anyone on the Leadership Council.

Member information handouts are available with UU Principles, SUUF history, bylaws, and more! Please see Laura Herman.

Covenant Circle Group • Bring whatever book you are reading to Haggen’s on Division Street in Mt. Vernon and join an invigorating and far-ranging discussion. The first and third Thursday of each month at 1:30. On the second Thursday of each month, lunch at a different place, meeting at 1 p.m. (Call Joy for location). Questions? Call Joy Lindberg at 424-8090 or email her at joylindber@aol.com.

Our renters:

Healing and Intention Drum Group - Every second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. - Rev. Elke Siller.

Dances of Universal Peace on the second Sunday of each month here at SUUF from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Aarti Cathy Wooten (360) 629-9190 or jstplnfolk@gmail.com Donation $5 to $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info on entry table. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others.

Meditation for Everyone Monday nights 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. presented by Tom Under (new) Buddhist teacher. Just drop in. Everyone is welcome. See flyer on bulletin board in the dining room.

Our Revolution Skagit • December 10. Sunday meetings 2 to 4 p.m. at SUUF. Come and join others concerned about political issues. This group is an offshoot from Skagit County for Bernie Sanders.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting at SUUF – 1st Thursday of each month, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for caregivers of those with memory loss. See flyer posted in the dining room. Cheryl McRill, contact group facilitator (360) 899-4643.