4-2-2023 Order of Service

Embodied Consciousnes

Sunday, April 2, 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                        Select Chants from “The Sirens” and “Sensata Liturgy”

by Madeline McNeill; sung by Madeline McNeill

Words of Welcome                    Steffany Raynes

Prelude                                       “Musculi” by Madeline McNeill

Opening Words & Meditation   Madeline McNeill

Singing Together                       #203, All Creatures of the Earth and Sky

Land Acknowledgement, Chalice Lighting, & Covenant

Children’s Focus                       “You Are My Sunshine”

Children’s Blessing                   

Anti Racism Reflection             Beth Brownfield


Sermon                                       Madeline McNeill – Embodied Consciousness

Sharing our Gifts            

Singing Together                       #1007, There’s a River Flowin’ in my Soul

Closing Words

Extinguishing the Chalice                 

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. 

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


Taizé Service – TOMORROW NIGHT – April 3rd at 7:00 – 8:00 pm
At this month’s service we will sing songs and share poetry about our Love for Mother Earth. BUF member and poet, Betty Scott, who helped create this service, will share two beautiful poems she has written. One of the songs we will sing is All Will Be Well, and BUF member, Lisa Heezen, will sing verses she has written about healing Mother Earth.

We’d love to have you join us either in person or via zoom for our monthly service. If you join us in person, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated and to wear a mask so this singing service can be accessible to as many as possible, especially the most vulnerable among us.
Here’s the Taizé link: https://zoom.us/j/753181200
Meeting ID: 753 181 200
Passcode: BUF
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Rev. Tessie at Tessie@BUF.org


Easter Family Potluck – April 9 – 12:00 to 2:00
Please join other BUF families for a potluck next Sunday at the Lake Padden Playground Shelter (east end of the park/second entrance if coming from downtown). BUF will provide some ham, rolls and drinks, as well as tableware. Please bring a dish to share. We’ll have some fun activities for kids of all ages as well as an egg hunt!! I’d appreciate you letting me know if you’ll be attending so I can judge how much food to purchase. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions genia@buf.org


Explore Membership in the BUF Board
After service on Sunday April 16th – upstairs classroom
How does the Board at BUF work? Please consider joining members of the board and nominating committee to learn how the board at BUF works. We will be giving a brief overview of how our meetings operate, what committees are part of board work and our annual schedule. We hope to demystify the process for any new members and people who may be considering serving on the board in the future. If you have questions, please contact Drew Betz at drewlenore@me.com.


Photography Exhibit in Entryway and Narthex
These photos are from local conservationist Rich Bowers. They are for sale, with a commission going to BUF. The exhibit runs through March.


All-BUF Spring Retreat – May 6th 10:00 am – 2 pm
Save this date for the All-BUF Spring Retreat Saturday, at Hovander Pavilion in Ferndale. More information to come. Contact: genia@buf.org if interested in volunteering for this activity-filled day retreat.


To finish up our exploration of Vulnerability this month, we will take a look at the importance of asking for help from others. We’ll read a story about a little bear who learns how to deal with his worries with some help from his friends, and make our own colorful worry stone we can use when we are anxious. Every Sunday, after a few minutes in the sanctuary, we head upstairs and have 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


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”!