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May 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Crack Wide Open
Guest Speaker: Karin Van Vlack

Spiritual calling can hit like a train or plague your days -- or both! In Karin's case, a call to respond to the suffering of the world lead to the study of chaplaincy from a Zen Buddhist perspective. Karin will share some of the thresholds she has crossed over the pat two year; in particular, she will describe receiving precepts as a lay Buddhist practitioner within the Zen Peacemaker Order.

Karin Van Vlack is a March 2015 graduate of Upaya Zen Center's Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program and has been a member of Tahoma UU Congregation for more than a decade.

Social time following the service

This Week at TUUC

Monday, April 28

Monday Night Meditation,
TUUC sanctuary

Any and all are welcome to join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition.  This Monday, April 13th, Rob facilitating.  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, April 28

Únete a la diversión Supper Club en Taqueria El Grande! 
Join in the Supper Club fun at Taqueria El Grande!

6:30 p.m.

Come one, come all! The TUUC Supper Club will gather at Taqueria El Grande for good Mexican food and great conversation. 

Supper Club is a social group of diners who enjoy trying new restaurants and the good company. Open to all, join in at 6 p.m. at 7201 South Park Ave. (corner of Park and 72nd St.) The restaurant is easy to spot -- the bright yellow building on the southwest corner

Board Meeting 6:30

 Wednesday, April 29

Adult Religious Exploration
Want To Be Happy? Be Grateful
Facilitator: Jolinda Stephens
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

We gather in a circle to listen to Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast speak about the relationship of gratitude to happiness. Seven hundred years ago, Christian mystic Meister Eckhart realized how important gratitude was and today scientists affirm its importance. Gratitude, however is not something we can simply decide to adopt. Brother David says the secret to constant gratitude is found in the traffic light.

Thursday, April 30

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.

Friday, May 1

Congregational News

South Sound Classical Choir Spring Concerts 2015

The South Sound Classical Choir is offering its Spring Concerts, featuring music of Mozart, Copland, Paulus, Brahms, Whitacre, and others.

Jack and Joan Bregger and Nathan Finch are members of the choir and have FREE tickets! Please contact one of them for tickets, or look at the table in the rear of the sanctuary. We hope to see you at one of the performances!

Dates and venues:

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
2306 Milton Way, Milton

Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Puyallup United Methodist Church
1919 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup

Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.
University Place Presbyterian Church
8101 27th St. West, University Place

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1001 N. J St., Tacoma

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 Congregates 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 Kitchen once 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

Coming Soon Dates & Events

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 Tahoma 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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