Pacific Northwest District - UUA
April, 2014

Dear Chalice Lighter,
Thank you! Your generous giving for the winter call resulted in a grant of over $12,700 for the Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland, Washington. Thanks to Chalice Lighters, Northlake UU Church is on track with a high efficiency furnace, new signage, and safety improvements to the walkway and deck.

Now, I am pleased and excited to announce the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon (UUFCO) as the recipient of the spring call, our third and final for this church year. UUFCO is scheduled to move into their brand new facility, near downtown Bend, in January, 2015. This is the perfect time for Chalice Lighters to help UUs in Central Oregon realize the dream of an amazing campus with a fine children’s play area to inspire creativity and foster interdependence.

The play area is an essential part of the Fellowship's strategic growth plan. It will be visible to the main entrance of their new facility and provide welcome and encouragement to families with children. Planned features include a central area of large boulders and logs surrounded by sand and engineered wood chips for digging and playing, a log and tire swing set, a willow branch fort and picnic tables. The play area will connect with a path leading to a nature trail. Elements will be selected and designed so that children of all abilities and ages can enjoy them. The estimated cost is $22,000. 

Yes, this is a special time for our friends in Bend as they reach out in growth and move to their new building. Chalice Lighters can enhance the growth, welcome and visibility of Unitarian Universalism in Central Oregon by helping UUFCO create this special children’s play area. And I know you will be touched, as I am, to learn that the Fellowship will celebrate the play area in memory of Melissa Hochschild, a longtime member and former board president, recently and unexpectedly deceased. Current board president Amy Falkenrath stated, “Melissa advocated for the play area as a priority, and a way to connect children with the interdependent web. Her sudden loss has made us all realize how important it is to make every action count.”
Chalice Lighters, I know you will help all you can.  Make your gift of $15 or more online, or mail your check, payable to: PNWD Chalice Lighters, 12700 SE 32nd St., #E-101, Bellevue, WA 98005-4317. This call will be open for contributions through June 16, 2014. Donations received after that date will go into the Chalice Lighters Undesignated Fund.

In gratitude and solidarity,

TK Kleiner, Coordinator
for the PNWD Chalice Lighter Team
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