We have been so deeply blessed for 20 years having Rev. Dr. Catherine Foote as a strong and tender shepherd to help guide our flock. She has led us beside still waters AND helped us walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We are stronger and more focused because she nudged us with her shepherd’s hook. Now it’s time to celebrate all the ways she has comforted us and inspired us to joyfully live into our covenant together.
There will be a number of ways in the next few months for us to thank her, honor her and give her a memorable send-off before her retirement on December 1.
Plans are afoot for an in-person gathering on the day Catherine turns 70, November 20. It will be an informal, inclusive celebration with food, music and games. We will meet for a chili and hot dog lunch outside under a tent on Parking Lot A at 12:30 p.m. (Parking is free in UW lots after noon on Saturdays.) Then we’ll move inside to the sanctuary for a program of reflection, music and merriment. You can register for the event to let us know you are coming by clicking here.
Our Memory Book needs your memories and images
We will be assembling a “memory book” as a gift for Catherine. You can help with this project by contributing digital images and short anecdotes. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. As part of the book, we are collecting memories to be part of a “flock of memories.” You can pick up a blank “sheep” to fill in with your memories or you can open and print your own sheep by clicking here: Flock Of Memories. Once you have filled out your sheep, you can bring it to church or mail it to University UCC, 4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4201.
Can you volunteer to help?
The party planning committee could use your volunteer help. It is being co-chaired by Kay Sneed and Virginia Felton and includes Mary Kollar, Kay Sneed, Rock Moulton, Mary Paananen, Margaret Klockars Tim Croll, Ed Coleman and Vicki Farmer. If you would like to volunteer for a task such as making chili or helping with logistics the day of the party, please email
Would you like to make a financial gift?
Perhaps you would like to make a financial gift to Pastor Catherine. This is one of the few times in a pastor’s career when gifts are both encouraged and welcome. If you would like to make a donation for this purpose online, here are the instructions:
- Click on “GIVE” on the website
- Click on the “Give Now” button on the giving page
- Fill in the dollar amount you’d like to donate
- Select “Miscellaneous Donations” in the Select a fund dropdown box
- Type in “Catherine’s retirement” in the Optional Memo box
- Type in your email address
- Click continue – the system will take you to your MyUCUCC account where you can choose your payment method and confirm your donation.