Worship at East Shore

August 2, 2015 10:00 am
Complete Black Before the Meteor Shower
Rev. Nan Geer

In dim light, graffiti can either spell "Hope" or "Nope."  But even Nope means that we can always see that light again is blinking to light.

Rev. Nan Geer is a Unitarian minister residing in Blaine, WA.

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Vision Mission Update

Mark Ewert, a UUA consultant, recently conducted an assessment of congregational functioning for East Shore.  Using annual reports, budgets, personal interviews and lay leadership sessions over the course of the May 15-17 weekend, he evaluated our readiness to engage in a vision/mission process in early autumn of this year.  With the announcement of Peter’s resignation, the timing and structure of our vision/mission process will no doubt need to be reimagined.  Although this important process is not moving forward as planned, there are valuable insights in Mark’s report.  Mark’s identification of “congregational circles of engagement” and his ideas about how ESUC can improve in this regard are actionable.  He offers a framework from which we may be able to better ensure that visitors feel welcome, new members feel more strongly connected, and that those interested in deeper involvement in community life have pathways to engagement with varied levels of commitment.

We hope that you can take a moment to read through the report (click here ).  You are invited to share your thoughts or reactions with Jack Slowriver, the chair of the Vision/Mission Team and ESUC’s Vice President of the Board of Trustees.  Jack can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



ESUC eBlast

Feeling out of the loop?  Missing the eBlast?  Well, get ready, it is coming back!  Due to vacation schedules, staff changes and work loads, the eBlast has been on a short vacation, too!  We are working on a new schedule.  Please look for the eBlast to be sent out mid-week.  All requests for the eBlast should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be received no later than noon on Wednesday.  Thanks for your patience!

Stay tuned . . .


2nd Annual Eastside UU Picnic

Sunday, August 23rd
12:00 - 4:00 pm

East Shore is hosting the 2nd Annual Eastside UU Picnic.  Have fun with UUs from Northlake and Woodinville.
Event will be held at Idylwood Park, 35 West Lake Sammamish Parknway NE, Redmond, WA  98052.  Parking is limited, but there is an overflow lot nearby.  Our own Walter Andrews will lead kid's activities.


  • Potluck picnic food to share
  • Blankets, lawn chairs, games
  • Your Church t-shirt or "Side of Love" shirt

Beverages will be provided.  Hope to see you there!

Office Hour Changes

With all the staffing updates and vacation schedules, we are shrinking the Administration Office hours to the public. Staff will be available 11:00 am to 7:00 pm however, the Administration Building will be open from 11:00 to 9:00 pm.

All buildings will continue to be opened and closed at their regular times.  Should you have any questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Thanks for your patience!

Board of Trustees Update
July 27, 2015

We have updated the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs) document.   This version is dated July 22, 2015.  To read it, please click here.

Our beloved minister, Peter, has resigned.  You should have received copies of letters from Rev. Peter J. Luton and Beth Wilson in the mail.   The letter are attached here (Peter's Letter  and BOT's Letter ).  Peter's last scheduled day in the pulpit was July 12th. He will continue with pastoral care and other elements of ministry through July 17th.  Between July 17th and August 31st, he will be on vacation.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Board members with questions you may have, or email Beth Wilson (Board President) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We're working as quickly as we can to respond to questions and concerns.

Beth Wilson
Board President

Operating Fund Drive

A BIG thank you to all those that have already pledged.  You have taken us to 97% of goal.  We do want to hear from everyone. To that end, the Operating Fund Drive team is in the process of contacting everyone that has not pledged yet.  Please submit your pledge card now.


Stewardship is a recommitment to the transformative power of our liberal faith.


30 People/10 Seconds Each


2014 Auction -
A Great Success!

Should you need to refer to the catalogue for items bought and to be obtained in the near future, please click here.  Should you have any questions, please look up the item number in the catalogue then contact the front office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

Thanks to all who made this auction a success.  It takes a village!


Located just north of Factoria at 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue, Washington State, USA,  East Shore has provided a liberal religious home to people in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Seattle, Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish, Fall City, Preston, Snoqualmie, Carnation, Renton,  North Bend and beyond since 1947.




 In the event of inclement weather, East Shore closes when  Bellevue College closes.


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