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“A Pageant With A Twist”
~ Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart

All ages will be present for a morning of Christmas songs and stories. We'll create our own pageant as the morning progresses, sing familiar carols, delight in two choirs.

A full on Sunday celebration!

Bring your favorite sweet and savory holiday treats to share during coffee time


We are the 7th and 8th Grade Religious Exploration Coming of Age program, and we have decided to do a community service for the hungry people of our community. We are looking for small nonperishable food items and we need your help. We need foods like granola bars, dried fruit, packets of sunflower seeds, and beef jerky. We will be collecting these food items in the foyer in the clearly marked bins each Sunday before service.

We will continue the event through the holiday season, or until we collect enough donations.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
~ Coming of Age Group

Questions? Email Anne Tumbusch at

This Week at TUUC

Monday, December 15

Monday Night Meditation, TUUC Sanctuary, 7-8:45pm.

Join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition. 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.

This Monday, Dec. 15 Rob facilitating. No previous experience or preparation is necessary. All are welcome. It can be cool in the sanctuary, so please dress warmly 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, December 16

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 p.m.

This last Board meeting of the year looks to be one composed mostly of administrative business. We will nominate a new Treasurer, approve minutes of the last Board meeting, and complete this Board year. Then, we will hand the gavel and meeting to the new President of the Board. The 2015 Board will elect officers and conduct any other business needed to begin the year. If you want to witness that transition, please join us at 6:30 in the Sanctuary.

~ Chris George, President, Board of Trustees

Wednesday, December 17

Adult Religious Exploration
Everybody's Talking About TED
Facilitator: Jolinda Stephens
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Sanctuary

This is our first Adult Religious Exploration class offered in conjunction with Rev. Linda Hart’s Developmental Ministry theme of
“Habits of the Heart”.

We will watch the quintessential TED talk My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, which was specifically selected by Rev. Linda Hart. After we watch the TED talk, Jolinda Stephens will facilitate a guided conversation.

Thursday, December 18

Hospitality Kitchen — 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 Kitchen once a month for the past six years. We have recently expanded to volunteer TWICE a MONTH – the FIRST FRIDAY and the THIRD THURSDAY of each month. Breakfast service is from 8:30 am – 9:30 a.m. and lunch is served 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.

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, December 19

Third Friday Potluck—Holiday Open House 1:00 –4:00 p.m.

Open House at Helen Solberg’s home (Check Directory for address). It’s party time for Third Friday potluck — except it isn’t a potluck

All welcome for good fellowship and refreshments. No reservations needed.

Saturday, December 20

Tahoma Audubon Bird Count:

For over a century, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count has been a timehonored tradition. Citizen Science data collected during the CBC provides critical information for bird conservation — and it’s free to participate! More info including area maps:

RSVP to 253-565-9278
Tahoma UU member, Krystal Kyer, is the executive director of Tahoma Audubon Society.

Wednesday, December 24, 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Service
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

An evening of carols and readings to usher in Christmas. There'll be candlelight and singing,
a few stories, and moments of stillness.

A special offering will be received for a Ministerial Discretionary Fund to be used to provide help to people in need.

Congregational News

Leaf Rakers Needed!

Our Tahoma UU volunteer yard crew can use your help! Tuesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., weather permitting. Rakes and bags provided.

Not available mid-day on Tuesdays? Feel free to drop by at your convenience and bring your own rake and bags.

Thank you!

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

Community News

Great Immigration News! Miguel Armenta is Freed!

At his third and final hearing, Miguel Armenta, an organizer of the hunger strikes and Colectivo de Detenidos member, was granted deferral under the Convention Against Torture. This means that he won't be deported right now, and he will be freed from the Detention
Center! Miguel will be able to rejoin his husband and loved ones and access the medical care he needs as he fights health conditions including HIV, Hepatitis C, and cancer. Miguel will be free to make the beautiful artwork he is known for throughout the NWDC and the NWDC Resistance network. He'll also be able to join the growing network of formerlydetained people, undocumented people, and allies fighting deportations.

~ Submitted by Jolinda Stephens

Coming Soon Dates & Events

What’cha doing New Year’s Eve?

Come drop in for a cup of cheer on New Year's Eve at Christine Stalnaker's downtown condo on December 31st from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Your co-hosts are Chris Martin, Victor Allison, and Christine Stalnaker. Details to follow.

Concert—Save the Date

Cynthia Neal will be presenting a concert at Tahoma UU Congregation on Friday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. Cynthia is Lyn Neal's daughter, and Howard Welsh’s sister, and is an accomplished, professional pianist in the LA area.

That Piano Lady Music Studio presents

THE TPL CLASSIQUES in "A Family Affair"

It will be an evening of beautiful music in celebration of life and love in the Tahoma UU community. More details on the concert soon, but save the date now!

Save the Date for the Annual Women’s Retreat: March 20 - 22, 2015

Registration forms are available for the 2015 Retreat: "Moving Towards Center” On March 20-22, 2015 at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way Registration deadline is December 5, 2014

More info? Contact Debbie Cafazzo: 253-686-8656 or

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
Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., and Sundays, before and after worship services. Hours may vary to accommodate church events. 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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