3-26-2023 Order of Service

Being in Service to Wholeness

Heather Vickery, Coordinator for Congregational Activism,

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Sunday, March 26, 2023, 10:25 am

Online on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

Zoom by phone, for audio only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 738 363 620
Passcode: 306220

Gathering Music                        Folk tunes from Brazil, Russia, Cuba

Melanie Rieck, piano

Welcome                                     Heather Vickery

Prelude                                       When We Are Living (Somos del Senor)

traditional Spanish arr by John Carter

Chalice Lighting                        Our Shared Hope for the World, by Pat Uribe-Lichty


Singing Together                       #1004, Busca el Amor

Children’s Focus                       The Parrot and the Eagles, told by Rev Paul Beckel

Children’s Blessing                   


Reflections, part 1                     Heather Vickery

Special Music                            “Whatcom County Immigration

Through History: A Medley”

arranged and performed by Kevin Allen-Schmid

Reflections, part 2         

Sharing our Gifts                       Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love, 

folk song from the Chereponi district of Ghana
adapted by Tom Colvin

Singing Together                       #1017, Building a New Way

Benediction                                Each of Us Ministers to a Weary World, by Darcey Roake

Singing Together                        #155, Circle ‘Round


If you’re with us on Zoom today, please stay after the service for our online coffee hour. If you’re here in person, please join us downstairs for coffee and conversation.  

If you’re new, we’d be grateful to have you provide us with contact information so we can let you know what’s happening here. There are buff-colored visitor contact cards in the pew racks, and in the entryway, that you can drop in the collection basket. Or provide your contact information HERE. 

We love having children with us in the sanctuary — their noises and wiggles are welcome too. There’s a table up front with materials for drawing and a little more space for moving. And if at any point you’d feel more comfortable, we have a nursery space at the back with toys, where you can see and hear what’s going on in the sanctuary.

Contributions payable to “BUF” may be sent to:
1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham 98225

For info about donating online (credit card or PayPal), by automatic bank transfer, or via phone apps, see the “give” button in the upper right-hand corner at buf.org or contact the office: (360) 733-3837 / admin@buf.org


BUF Spring Retreat
Saturday, May 6th 10am to 2pm at Hovander Pavilion in Ferndale. More information to come. Contact: genia@buf.org if interested in volunteering for this activity-filled day retreat.


Our theme for March is Vulnerability. Each week we’ll explore another aspect of being vulnerable, such as asking for help when we need it; trusting that “all will be well” when things are rough; being our own unique selves; and sharing our feelings with others. We will use stories, games, art, and sharing to learn about this month’s theme while building connections with one another. Children will start in the sanctuary where we have a child-friendly space with pillows, low tables and chairs, drawing supplies, fidget boxes, and a front row seat for the Story of All Ages. After the Story, we will head upstairs where there’s a one-room classroom for 1st graders on up. We’ll share our joys and concerns followed by activities surrounding a weekly theme. Preschoolers will be in a separate room for fun, supervised playtime. If you have any questions or concerns about our children’s programming or want to volunteer, please contact me at genia@BUF.org


Easter Potluck for All
Sunday April 9th at Lake Padden Playground Shelter.  Fun activities, capped off by the traditional egg hunt! More info in MWU and via genia@buf.org


2023-24 Budget Update
We’ll present the current draft of BUF’s 2023-24 at a Zoom meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, March 28th. Please come and offer feedback. Use the regular Sunday service Zoom link. In April, the Board of Trustees will create its final draft for presentation and vote at the Annual Congregational Meeting following the service on Sunday, May 21.


NEXT Year’s SEJC Collection Recipients
Applications Due May 3, 2023
The application process for next year’s Social and Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC) collections has begun. The SEJC team is asking BUFsters to seek out and encourage non-traditional groups in the community, sometimes under the radar, to apply for the BUF special collections. Questions: please contact Kara Black, Team Coordinator at kara@cedartreellc.com


BUF Night In and Game Night
Every Wednesday at 6 pm
Join our weekly supper in the Social Hall, with games and childcare until 8:00. It’s a simple dinner of soup and salads, with vegan and gluten free options as well. Just $5 a person, and kids under 12 are free. After dinner stick around to play Code Names or a rousing card game of “Dutch”!