Announcements-The Beacon Blog

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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:



RE Classes

December 8: Classes will continue the study of Hinduism

Grades 1-4 will read and discuss the story Lighting the Lamp with leader, Linda Andrews.

Grades 5-8 will participate in the Lake Lesson with leader, Carol Ann Davidson.

Youth Group will continue their discussions from previous weeks. Leaders are Jeff Philip and Arlene Wade.

Reminder: The Grades 5-8 field trip to tour the Hindu Temple in Bothell will be on December...Read More »

What a Wonderful Gift!

Sunday, December 15
Book Drive for Helpline and Fishline

Helpline and Fishline provide families in need an opportunity to choose from donated NEW children’s books to give as holiday presents to the children in their lives.

You can help make this happen!

On Sunday, December 15, please bring NEW children’s books to our Cedars service. All Cedars...Read More »

A Month of Holidays and Holy Days

Photo by Manuel Sardo

Among the Hustle and Bustle by Rev. Zackrie Vinczen
December is much more than Christmas. The month is filled with meaningful Holidays and Holy Days, and in last Sunday’s sermon, Rev. Zackrie helped us all become more aware of them. He also described many of...Read More »

The Peril of Hope

Sunday, December 8, 10:00 a.m.
The Island School

Rev. Zackrie Vinczen, Minister
Mike Cox, Worship Associate

Hope can be a perilous thing, for in hoping we risk being let down. Still, it seems life is bleak without at least a spark of hope. Join us as we consider how to make peace with the...Read More »

Thank You, Cedars!

Thank you to the Cedars community for all your contributions to the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which we conducted at the November 24th Worship Service. Your donations totaling 245 pounds of food have gone to Helpline and Fishline and will be distributed to families in need.

...Read More »

RE News

RE Classes
Sunday, December 1: No RE Classes
Join us for RE classes on December 8!

Remember: the Grades 5-8 field trip to tour the Hindu Temple in Bothell will be on December 15If you are interested in joining this field trip, please e-mail Rick Blythe at

-The Religious Education Committee

On November 24Grades 1-4 practiced...Read More »

Prepared Cedars Task Force

Emergency Contact Cards

If you have not already filled out your yellow Emergency Contact Card at The Island School, please help us by doing so now. The purpose of the Emergency Card is to enable Cedars Safety Leaders to contact people you have designated in case you are involved in an emergency while...Read More »

Did You Know?

Find it in Cedars Documents

Many of Cedars’ organizational and historical documents are available online for your reference. The Cedars Document Library, located within the Breeze software, is open for access by all Members and Friends of the church.
The Library contains an extensive collection of documents covering organizational structure and governance,...Read More »

Among the Hustle and Bustle

Sunday, December 1, 10:00 a.m.
The Island School

Rev. Zackrie Vinczen, Minister
Jenny Weaver, Worship Associate

December is a month jammed with holidays and holy days. All these celebrations and traditions can leave us feeling excited, confused, anxious, joyous, and even sad. Join us as we explore the complexity of this season and consider...Read More »

Save These Dates!

Installation Ceremony for Rev. Zackrie Vinczen
Saturday, March 14, 2020The Island School

Join the Cedars UU Community as we celebrate the installation of Rev. Zackrie Vinczen as our Called Minister. The Installation Ceremony and Celebration is a significant and joyous step for the Cedars Church Community and for Rev. Zackrie. Mark your calendar for the...Read More »

Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 p.m.
St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church

1310 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island WA

On Tuesday, November 26, the Interfaith Council’s annual Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. The theme this year is Now Our Minds Are One. Speakers will include Rabbi Dario Feiguin, Congregation Kol Shalom;...Read More »

Green Sanctuary

Climate Change and Faith: What Can We Do?
November 24, 7:00 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
8595 NE Day RdBainbridge Island

Climate crisis news is all around us. What does it mean? How should people of faith respond? You may find answers in this presentation. 

Speakers: Dr. Gary Lagerloef, physical oceanographer and founder of Earth and Space Research,...Read More »

RE News

RE Classes
Sunday, November 24
Maggie Chang 
and Keri Schmit, Leaders

This Sunday the RE classes will continue their study of Hinduism through discussion and stories.

Grades 1-4 class will be learning about Hinduism: Savitri.

Grades 5-8 class will be led through Hinduism: Tack Lesson.

The Youth Group will continue their exploration of UU principles.

On November 17, Grades 1-4 and 5-8 launched their studies of...Read More »

Cross-Cultural Book Club

December 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Cedars Center
284 Madrona Way NE, #128Bainbridge Island  

December 2014-December 2019
The Cross-Cultural Book Group is five years old. Let’s celebrate!

Come learn about books we’ve read, books we will read, and how you can join us. Come to have fun with interesting book discussions!

If you have questions, contact Barbara Golden.

...Read More »

Let Us Gather and Give Thanks

Sunday, November 24, 10:00 a.m.
The Island School

Rev. Zackrie Vinczen, Minister
Jan Forrest and Elliott Weaver, Worship Associates

The narrative of Thanksgiving in the United States is one fraught with controversy and historical inaccuracy. And yet, still this holiday holds the potential to gather people together to share a meal and express gratitude....Read More »

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