Announcements-The Beacon Blog

Our weekly email newsletter, The Beacon, brings news and announcements of Cedars UU church every Friday.  

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You can reach the Communications Team: Kathleen Stearns and Richard Wilson by emailing communications@cedarsuuchurch.org.

Announcements posted in the Beacon newsletter appear on this page in chronological order as posted.  New announcements are posted every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. Here are our latest items:

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A Way to Connect

Words from One of Our Worship Associates

Nearly a year ago, Mike Cox, acting as Worship Associate for a Sunday Worship Service, shared these thoughts about connecting with others. Because they are so applicable in the time of self-isolation, we thought they would be good to share again. (Edited for length.)I have found...Read More »


Cedars Town Hall-Update

Notes from April 1 Town Hall Meeting

Be sure to join the Zoom sessions each Wednesday morning and evening: Morning Reflection at 10:00 a.m. and Cedars Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. (See links in the calendar listing.) Here is a recap of the April 1st Town Hall Meeting.

Rev. Zackrie opened the meeting with the chalice lighting...Read More »


Sunday Worship Services-YouTube Live

Sunday, April 5, 11:00 a.m.
Online Service


Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, Minister, Kitsap UU Fellowship
Chris Smellow, Cedars Music Director


 For Sunday, April 5, Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, Minister of the Kitsap UU Fellowship in Bremerton, will conduct worship services. Services include the combined congregations. You will be able to stream the services live through YouTube Live. 

To...Read More »


From Cedars Staff and Board of Trustees

Staying Connected Through Shelter-in-Place

How to Communicate Now
During the Shelter-in-Place, your Cedars staff and Board of Trustees continue to conduct church business and to work on your behalf. Our goal is to maintain contact with our Cedars Members and Friends while staying in compliance with government directives and recommendations. We are...Read More »


Wednesdays at Cedars

A Message from Rev. Zackrie

As we all experience the implications for the spread of COVID-19 virus, your Board President, Heidi Parkington-Thal, and I remain in regular contact with each other to determine best practices to support our Cedars community.

Every Wednesday will start with a Morning Reflection at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. (Link will...Read More »


Online Services

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 a.m.
Online Service


Rev. Zackrie Vinczen, Minister, Cedars UU ChurchChris Smellow, Cedars Music Director


 For Sunday, March 29, Rev. Zackrie Vinczen will conduct worship services online and be accompanied by our Music Director, Chris Smellow.

On most Sundays during this critical time, Rev. Zackrie will conduct services with Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, Minister of the Kitsap UU...Read More »


Cedars Center Closed

Temporary Closure of Cedars Center

During this time of response to the coronavirus, our goal is to maintain contact with our Cedars Members and Friends while also being in compliance with government recommendations, and following practices that consider the health and well-being of our Cedars community. Your Cedars Board and staff...Read More »


Online Activities

Links to Materials and Zoom Sessions

Links to readings and texts that will be discussed at some of the online Cedars activities can be found in the event Descriptions on the Breeze calendar, AND they are listed below. You can access these links any time.

Zoom links to broadcasts and discussion sessions become active at the time of the...Read More »


Be Patient, Be Calm, Be Online

During this time of health concerns and relative social isolation, it will help if you remain patient, stay calm, and keep informed.

  • Refer to local health agencies for official communications about COVID-19 and recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus.
  • Pay attention to those groups that are at increased levels of...Read More »

Cedars Center Closed

Temporary Closure of Cedars Center

During this time of response to the coronavirus, our goal is to maintain contact with our Cedars Members and Friends while also being in compliance with government recommendations, and following practices that consider the health and well-being of our Cedars community. Your Cedars Board and staff...Read More »


Climate and Energy Forum

Monday, March 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Investing in a Time of Climate Change
WEBINAR

Because of concerns related to the coronavirus, we are using a webinar format for the March meeting of the Climate and Energy Forum. You will need to register to gain access to the webinar:

Register for Webinar Access

For...Read More »


Sunday Worship Service

In Case You Missed It
Sunday, March 15

If you missed the opportunity to join the Sunday Worship Service on YouTube Live last Sunday, March 15, click on this link to enjoy it now. Sunday Worship 3/15
This Sunday’s (3/22) link will be sent to your e-mail and posted on the...Read More »

Sunday Worship Services-YouTube Live

Sunday, March 22, 11:00 a.m.
Online Service


Rev. Zackrie Vinczen, Minister, Cedars UU ChurchJessica Star Rockers, Minister, Kitsap UU FellowshipRev. Dr. Linda A. Hart, Minister, Tahoma UU Church


For Sunday, March 22, and all future Sundays until further notice, Rev. Zackrie Vinczen will conduct worship services online, usually with Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, and occasionally with...Read More »


RE News

RE Classes Suspended

RE Classes will not meet again until worship services resume at The Island School.

 Families are encouraged to use this time to share stories, discussion, and reflection on topics that have been the focus of this year’s Religious Education classes at Cedars.

Grades 1 – 4: Stories from Scripture
Grades 5-8: Discussion of...Read More »


RE Transitions Team

RE Transitions Team Update:

Just after the new year, the RE Transitions Team finished their first draft of the job description for our next Director of Religious Education. This description still is being fine-tuned with input from the Board. We hope to have it finalized soon, so the position can be posted and a...Read More »


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