Upcoming Events: May 2019

P-Patch Plant Sale: Sunday, May 5

Please join us in our annual plant sale! Throughout the morning, you’ll be able to buy live plants to put in your garden including tomatoes and flower bulbs. All donations go to support a local, plant-based organization outside of East Shore.

Cooking with Amanda: How to Save the Earth with a Plant-Based Diet!: Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 pm

One of the best things each of us can do to help take better care of the Earth is to change the food we eat away from animal products.  How does a plant-based diet help? Come learn about the damage animal agriculture causes to the soil, the water, the air and our climate.  Plus taste some delicious dishes to help you make the switch. Amanda Strombom, President of Vegetarians of Washington, gives regular cooking classes to support those interested in moving toward a plant-based diet and learning new ways of preparing food avoiding animal products. Each class focuses on a different aspect of going veggie, whether it’s on specific food groups, on a particular health topic, shopping or even holiday cooking.  Plenty of samples to taste are always provided. Classes will be held at East Shore Unitarian Church, 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted. A nominal charge of $5 per class helps us cover the cost of the ingredients and materials. Register here.

Iftar at East Shore: Friday, May 10, 7:30-9:30 pm

What is the point of fasting during Ramadan? How hard is it to fast for a whole month? A day? Want to find out? Try fasting–no drink, no food–from before dawn on Friday, May 10th, and then come that evening to East Shore for an iftar meal at sunset offered by our Turkish immigrant neighbors from Pacifica Institute. We will also meet and get to know some of our newest neighbors–several Turkish refugee families. They will share their stories and hopes through conversation and sharing of food. Come welcome them and challenge yourself by fasting! The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends by 9:30 p.m.

Usher & Greeter Training: Saturday, May 11, 9:30-11:30 am

We need YOU to be the welcoming faces on Sunday morning! And it’s easier than you might think. Membership Development Director, Nicole Duff, and Rev. Furrer will be hosting a training session for ushers and greeters. We will talk about techniques and tips to make you feel like you “got this!” All ages are welcome… to say “WELCOME!” The training will be on Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Coffee and treats provided! Please RSVP by contacting Nicole Duff.

RE Teachers Brunch: Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

We’d like to invite all our RE Teachers from this year join us in the North Room for a special RE Brunch. This will be a fun and informal gathering to share food and rejoice in each other’s company and presence. You’ve all grown as religious educators this year and we want to honor that! We’ll have vegan, gf, and nut-free options to eat, but let Amanda or Aisha know about any other dietary restrictions or allergies.

East Shore LIVE! Lisa Koch: Saturday, May 18, 7:30 pm

Seattle singer/comedian Lisa Koch is on the bill at East Shore LIVE for a night of quirky songs, nutty nuns, and lots of laughs on May 18th at 7:30 p.m. Picture Tina Fey meets Bette Midler with Joan Jett guitar chops… and you’ve got Seattle’s Lisa Koch. An irreverent singer-comedian-out-sober chick, Koch (“Coke”) is a deliciously twisted mix of comedy, theater, and tunes. With 5 solo recordings, she is an alumnus of loony sketch comedy duo, Dos Fallopia (My Breasts are Out of Control, Ham for the Holidays), and cult quartet Venus Envy (I’ll Be A Homo for Xmas). She has shared the stage with Steve Martin, Janis Ian, Lily Tomlin, The Indigo Girls, Kate Clinton, and more. Now in our fifth year, East Shore LIVE offers patrons a diverse season line-up in a unique venue that is family friendly. Purchase tickets now at eastshorelive.com. Members use code “churchmember” to save $5.

Meaningful Movies on the Eastside “The Power of Forgiveness”: Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm

On Tuesday, May 21, St. Margaret’s will host the final show in this year’s season. “The Power of Forgiveness” will examine anger and grief and the role forgiveness holds in the process of letting go. These screenings are held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bellevue. This event is open to the public, admission by donation (no one refused entry). This coming September, Meaningful Movies will be shown at East Shore. Yes! You will be able to watch films that examine social justice issues right here at East Shore. If you’re interested in helping with the project, contact Lynn at lynn.roesch@gmail.com.

Fourth Wednesday Book Club Born a Crime: Wednesday, May 22, 7:30-9:00 pm

Please join us to discuss Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 pm in the Library. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

Seabeck: May 24-27

For more than 30 years, the East Shore and University Unitarian Churches have come together for a weekend of fellowship at Seabeck, on the Hood Canal. Ideally suited for famlies, Seabeck provides three days of fun, friendship, relaxation, and revitalization for Unitarians of all ages. Strolling on the beach, watching the kids exuberantly play, disappearing into the forest with a book, lingering over a glass of wine with new friends, making s’mores around the campfire, laughing through the talent show—this is Seabeck. Learn more at esuc.org/news/seabeck. Registration is full, but you can still sign up for the waitlist.