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March 29 at 10:30 a.m.

“To Succeed or Not: A Palm Sunday Reflection”
Rev. Dr. Linda Hart

The story of the ministry of Jesus peaks on Palm Sunday as he is celebrated upon his entry into Jerusalem. Yet we know that the week ends with his death. The story offers an opportunity to reflect on success and failure in our own lives

Social time following the service

11:30-12:30 Congregational Conversation
6-9 p.m. Spring Equinox Celebration

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25th
for the Tahoma UU Congregation Annual Auction!

Spring cleaning and have unwanted items? Christmas presents you don't need? Save
them to donate to the auction.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25th!

~ Submitted by Sheila Whybrow,

This Week at TUUC

Monday, March 23

Any and all are welcome to join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition.  This Monday, March 23rd, Rob facilitating with an interview of Mary Oliver by Krista Tippett from On Being.  Here is a link to some Mary Oliver poems and a video of her reading The Summer Day.  We typically sit or walk in meditation for 30 minutes, listen to a recorded dharma talk, and then have a short discussion in the spirit of awareness. No previous experience or preparation is necessary. On cold days you may want to wear warm clothes for the sit.  You can enter the sanctuary using the stairs next to the parking lot.  For more information, contact Rob Gramenz ( or Mark Backus (

Tuesday, March 24

Supper Club: Everyone Loves Breakfast for Dinner

Join your friends for our monthly Supper Club on Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. We will be enjoying dining at the Original Pancake Houselocated at  601 S Pine St (former home of the Primo Grill). Delight in pancakes, waffles, crepes or omelets while enjoying the great company of other UUs. We meet on the forth Tuesday of the month at a different restaurant. Join in the fun -- not reservations required. Parking is located behind the restaurant. 

Wednesday, March 25

What Do We Mean By “We”?
Everybody’s Talking About TED

Facilitator: Jolinda Stephens
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

This Adult Religious Exploration class offered in conjunction with Rev. Linda Hart’s Developmental Ministry theme, “Habits of the Heart”, follows on Board of Trustees President Bob Hays’s look at Welcoming Congregations in February. The last Wednesday of each month we watch a TED video and talk about the questions, feelings, and ideas it provokes.

Join us March 25th at 6:30 pm as we explore a video about inclusion. There are some definite steps we, who are mostly introverts, can take to act more welcoming. Yet in the words of Marge Piercy, "it starts when you say We and know who you mean, and each day you mean one more." Who do we mean when we say "we," personally and as a Beloved Community? Do we have an in-group? Can we add to it?

Thursday, March 26

Yoga in the Sanctuary
6:00-6:45 p.m.

Join our regular Thursday night yoga group.

Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Come sing a song with us

Friday, March 27

Last Friday Sandwich Making
5:30 - 7:30 in Kitchen

Sandwich making at the church begins at 5:30 p.m. Participants often donate sandwich makings and fruit. After sandwich assembly,
some of the group distribute the sandwiches and fruit at the Rescue Mission from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Our partners with this project are
the West End Kiwanis, Temple Beth El, and Wilson High School Key Club. For more information about this monthly food ministry, contact Betsy Maier or Felice Davis.


Saturday, March 28

2015, 8:30 a.m.—12:00 noon

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Tahoma UU Congregation, or learning more about Unitarian Universalism, please join us at our Spring Pathways to Membership class on Saturday, March 28th. These classes are typically offered once in the spring and once in the fall.

Attending the class is not a commitment to membership, but we hope all potential members will join us for this session. Pathways to Membership is a great way to learn more about our congregation as well as to meet and become well-acquainted with some of the people in our church community.

We're Still Marching

Marching in the Arc of Justice Conference 
Friday Keynote: the Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed

Congregational News

Sunday Service Flowers

Members and friends may contact Joan Bregger if they wish to provide flowers in the sanctuary on a particular Sunday. Persons who volunteer to donate flowers or plants may contact Joan at or by telephone at 253-761-9038. Joan will need to know which Sunday the volunteer will cover and whether the flowers are in honor or memory of anyone or commemorate an event. The name of the donor and the person, people, or event honored or remembered will appear in the appropriate Order of Service unless arranged otherwise.

All the “flower person” needs to do is to notify Joan by Wednesday before the desired Sunday, bring the flowers to the church between 30 and 15 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, and arrange to remove the flowers after the service. Tall ceramic vases, if needed, are in the cabinet next to the book sale cabinet in the sanctuary.

If desired, receipts for the purchase of flowers or plants may be submitted to the Tahoma UU Administrator, Libby Ball, for a tax deductible donation document.

Currently, all Sundays are available for your floral donation. Please contact Joan if you wish to provide Sunday flowers. If unable to reach Joan, please contact Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at

Social Justice & Food Ministry

FISH Food Bank Drive

Historically, food banks enjoy a surge of kindness during the winter holidays, but see a drop in donations immediately after the Christmas season. After Christmas, the need does not go away. Families, children, and the elderly are still hungry. You can help. Please bring non-perishable food items and drop them off in the box in the hallway outside the sanctuary. Thank you.
~ submitted by Christine Stalnaker


Hospitality Kitchen
First Fridays and Third Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.

Come Join Your Fellow Tahoma UU Congregants at Hospitality Kitchen Hospitality Kitchen is a program of Catholic Community Services, located at 1323 S. Yakima Ave on the Tacoma Hilltop, that serves a free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday for those in need. Members and friends of our congregation have been volunteering at Hospitality Kitchenonce a month for the past six years.

We now volunteer twice a month on the First Friday and the Third Thursday of each month. Breakfast service is 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We are seeking a couple more volunteers for our First Fridays at Hospitality Kitchen. If you would like to join us, please contact Joan Benderson at or 253-566-4334.

Social Justice & Literacy


The Moondancers Covenant Group is sponsoring a children’s book drive through the Africa Library Project to support Michelle Harper Kowalczyk, a Tahoma UU member for the past three years, who is now serving in the Peace Corps at an elementary school in rural South Africa.

The goal is to establish a school library for Enkathweni Primary School by collecting 1,000 new or gently used children’s books during the months of March and April. We are seeking alphabet books, beginning chapter books, and reference books (dictionaries and atlases) for the library. Paperback books are preferred because of lower shipping costs. Some good sources for purchasing gently used books are Value Village where buying four books entitles one to a fifth book free. All Goodwill stores offer a 20% discount on all purchases (including books) to those over 55 every Wednesday.

Here are some cultural tips for selecting books:

  • The local culture is VERY suspicious of witchcraft and magic. Avoiding these topics will be ideal.
  • British English and religious themes are both acceptable in this culture.
  • English is their second language, so aim low when choosing book levels (grade 7 might read at a US grade 4 level). Poetry, alphabet books, and early reading books are highly encouraged!
  • Books highlighting African culture and diversity are highly desirable.
  • Africa Access Review has excellent sugestions

There is a box for book donations in the church foyer and in the central hallway downstairs. Change for Change during the month of April will be dedicated to cover the cost of shipping the books to Africa and the purchase of additional gently used books. Please direct any questions to Joan Benderson at

Coming Soon Dates & Events

Adult Religious Exploration
A Chosen Faith
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Linda Hart
April 1
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

Join Linda for a discussion of the book A Chosen Faith by the Revs. John Buehrens and Forrest

Each session will be an opportunity to have a free-flowing conversation about the issues and ideas raised in this accessible introduction to Unitarian Universalism. Blending history, theology, and the wisdom of their ministries, the authors offer us an opportunity to reflect on our own experiences, as well as the broader context of our religious community.

Copies of the book can be borrowed from the library. or are available for purchase from the UUA Bookstore and most online book sellers. While reading the sections is not required, we will be basing our conversation on the book.


Session 1 on Wednesday, March 11th will cover the Preface, Introduction, and Sections 1 and 2
Session 2 on Wednesday, March 18th will cover Sections 3 and 4
Session 3 on Wednesday, April 1st will cover Sections 5 and 6.

Questions? Contact Rev. Linda Hart at or Susie Maharry at

This series of classes will be useful for both long-time UUs, as well as those considering membership as new UUs. All are welcome.
Childcare provided upon request by emailing

Spring Circle Dinners
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Refresh and renew our UU community at the table, sign-up to attend a potluck dinner---the hosts
provide the main dish, you bring an assigned side dish, salad, or dessert---kudos to those who have
already hosted or volunteered to do so, and to those of you who are willing to host this time!

Hosting is a really fun way to participate in community building at TUUC, so please let me know if you are willing to host, or to sign-up to attend.

Please be sure to mark your calendar with the date! About a week prior to the date, your host will contact you with details and your assigned dish.

I will be taking sign-ups (and recruiting hosts!) the two Sundays prior to the Circle Dinners on March 29th and April 5th after Sunday worship service. Email me at (preferred) or text or call before 9:00 p.m. 253-359-4314. ~ Fran McLaughlin

Save the Date! Charting Our History
Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join Linda to create a comprehensive time line of the history of Tahome UU Congregation! As a first step in revisiting our mission and covenant, we’ll join together in telling the history from all the way back in the 19th century to this year. Who have we been? Who are we now? What treasures are there in the past that we can polish up and display? And are there skeletons? I wonder what they look like?

We hope to make this a family friendly event (special time line for kids!), so do plan to bring everyone!

Questions? Want to help? Get in touch with Linda!

Volunteering for General Assembly?

Interested in offering your volunteer time for General Assembly in Portland, June 24-28? Volunteer forms will be available on March 1st on the UUA website at:

l Contribute 24 (not all contiguous!) hours of volunteer time for GA, and receive a free registration!

Rev. Linda Hart’s Office Hours
Mondays through Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment: Email or call 360-584-0966.
Meetings with Linda are available for members and friends.

Church Office Hours
Typical office hours are Sundays, before and after worship services and most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Hours vary to accommodate church events. To confirm church schedules, please call 253-474-4646 or email to reach our Church Administrator, Libby Ball.

Staff Email Addresses
Rev. Linda Hart, Developmental Minister:
Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration:
Anne-Marie Davidson:
Lisa Pedersen, Religious Exploration Coordinator:
Libby Ball, Church Administrator:

We at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation are a liberal religious congregation of about 200 members, plus friends, who share our lives, our values and principles, our questions, and our faith and spirituality with one another. We have Sunday services, and we have other activities and programs all week. We are one of over a thousand independent congregations that voluntarily belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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