Second Wind is a ministry for those seeking a fresh breath of the Spirit in the second half of life. We're nearly half of the congregation of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, and we take seriously the University Presbyterian Church mission statement, to Share Hope in Jesus Christ. We know from life experience and from reading the Word that God continues to call us to glorify Him and serve, even in our later years.
We're an active group which enjoys hiking, biking, skiing as well as cultural outings and service projects. See below for current events and opportunities.
Upcoming Second Wind Events
April 21 (Friday) - Explore Smith Tower/Pioneer Square/Klondike Museum
Self-Guided tour of the Smith Tower, built in 1914 and for decades known as the tallest building west of the Mississippi. There are still elevators run by operators, the Chinese Room on the 34th floor is lovely and the view from the observation deck is superb. Additionally we will visit the National Park Klondike Museum learning the history of the Gold Rush of 1898. With the assistance of a brochure provided by the Park Service we will explore the historic landmarks of the Pioneer Square area. This is about a mile in length and takes approximately an hour. We will top all this off with a lunch at one of the local restaurants.
+ Meet: 9:00 at the KIOSK. Park in the north UPC parking lot. Carpools will be arranged.
+ Cost: Tour of the Smith Tower $10 for seniors. Carpools can share the price of parking. Lunch at a local restaurant.
+ Questions or to register: Contact Suzanne Lee-Odell, email@example.com or 425-392-6742
May 9th (Tuesday) - Friends for the Journey Dinner
Join us for an exceptional evening of great food and joyful Christian fellowship. This year we are so pleased that Laurie Brenner will be our featured speaker! We will also enjoy worship with singing and Thelma Strand will bless us by playing the piano! This event is an activity that was first begun by the Skymasters who started meeting for monthly dinners after WWII.
+ Time: Gather at 6:00. Dinner served at 6:30. Geneva Hall
+ Registration/Cost: To register for the event, visit our sign-up page. Cost is $15.
+ Questions: Contact Suzanne Lee-Odell, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-392-6742
May 19th to 21st (Friday to Sunday) - Spring Retreat to San Juan Islands
This is our 9th annual retreat to Lopez Island where we stay at a home on the beach with pot luck dinner Friday evening. Saturday we go to San Juan Island for bike riding on easy rides or challenging (40+ miles), or hiking. The hikes vary, one favorite is 4 miles and goes from sea level at a lagoon up to Mt Finleyson (an elevation gain of about 400 feet),with sweeping views from Mt Baker to Mt Rainier to the Olympics! Alternate activities include kayaking or just relaxing with a book. We will have a time of worship with Bible study and singing on Friday and Saturday evening, and on Sunday we will also have communion. This is a time of wonderful Christian fellowship!
+ Cost of Ferry: The price of the ferry ride varies depending on the size of car pool (# of passengers) sharing ferry expense. Passengers will donate gas $, suggested amount- $ 15.
+ Cost of Meals: Several meals are at restaurants and on the trip to and from Anacortes the car pool can have picnics or eat out.
+Cost of Housing: We donate $20 per person to homeowners 9not members of UPC).
+ Questions or to register: Contact Suzanne Lee-Odell email@example.com or 425-392-6742.
June 6 (Tuesday) Ice Caves and may include walk to water falls on Lake 22 trail
Description: Hike to ice caves is on an easy 2.2. mile R/T trail. Elevation gain - 220 ft.
The walk is on a wide gravel and boardwalk path with views of Big Four Mountain and the ice caves beneath the snow. Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail. Following this quick hike we will drive to the Lake 22 trailhead and walk to the falls. The trail (1+ miles)to the falls is filled with ferns, vine-maple, moss and old growth hemlock. Dogs allowed on leash.
Meet: 65th & Ravenna P&R north lot at 7:45. Leave 8:00AM. Return 5:30PM. National Park Pass or NW Forest Pass required.
Bring: Flash light for good look in the ice caves and water proof boots/shoes, trekking poles, water proof jacket, gloves.
RSVP: Leader - Suzanne Lee-Odell, rsvp by Monday morning June 5th – (Home- 425 392 6742) OR (Mobile- 425 241 1393). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10th (Saturday) - Kitsap Forest Theatre presents the “Wizard of Oz”
Escape to the magical Mountaineers’ outdoor setting near Bremerton for this delightful musical. Giant fir trees surround terraced seating carved from the side of a natural amphitheater. The trail to event is opened at 1:00 so arrive early for the best seats and the show starts at 2. Our UPC tradition is to arrive at 12 and eat a picnic prior to the event. Bring friends or family (grandkids love this event) or join a carpool arranged by Roxanna.
+ Cost: Tickets $16 for seniors purchased prior to event. $18 on 6-10-17.
On line: www.foresttheater.com/
+ Questions or to coordinate carpools and picnicking: Roxanna email@example.com 425-823-7851
+ What to bring: Picnic lunch (optional), sturdy shoes, jacket, water, snack, cushion to sit on, umbrella if it is rainy and $$ to share the cost of ferry and dinner.
June 24 (Saturday) - Wallace Falls
Description: Hike is 5.6 miles R/T. Elevation gain 1300 feet.
Located off Highway 2 in Gold Bar, the hike features several waterfalls including a 265 ft waterfall, old-growth coniferous forest and fast moving rivers and streams. We will hike past the lower falls, have lunch at the middle falls and the upper falls hike is optional. Dogs allowed on leash.
Meet: 65th & Ravenna P&R north lot at 7:45. Leave 8:00AM. Return 5PM. Discover Pass required for parking.
RSVP: Leader - Suzanne Lee-Odell by Friday morning June 23 – (Home- 425 392 6742) OR (Mobile- 425 241 1393). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 27 (Tuesday) - Night Watch Meal Participation (Volunteer Activity)
Where: 302 14th Ave S. Seattle Jackson & Yessler
Description: We will arrive at Operation Nightwatch’s dispatch center at 8pm & serve dinner from 8:30pm to about 10:30pm including clean up.
Mission: Operation Nightwatch reduces the impact of poverty and homelessness, in keeping with Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors. : ONW is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless. In order to help people to attain their highest level of self-reliance ON provides:
• Spiritual care and hope for the community at night
• Compassionate relief and shelter placement for homeless women, men, and children
• Low-cost housing and support services for seniors and the disabled
• Education and encouragement for others to respond to those in need
Meet: Carpooling pre-arranged. Jeanie Bustard.
RSVP: Leader- Jeanie Bustard by Friday Morning – (Mobile- 206-900-3743). Email: email@example.com
July 19 (Wednesday) - Naches Loop Trail (Mt. Rainier)
Description: Hike is 4.5 mi with a 700 ft elevation gain. An easy loop trail filled with rich wildflowers, small lakes with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. Naches Loop-Tipso Lake Trail is an annual hike.
Meet: 65th & Ravenna P&R north lot at 6:15. Leave 6:30AM sharp. Return 6:30 PM. National Park Pass required. Stop at Green River for fresh ice cream on way home.
RSVP: Leader - Suzanne Lee-Odell by Tuesday morning July 18 – (Home- 425 392 6742) OR (Mobile- 425 241 1393). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 16 (Wednesday) - Panorama Point on Mt. Rainier
Description: 5.5 miles RT; 1700 ft elevation gain. One of Mt. Rainier’s spectacular hikes amid wild flowers and majestic views. Come and unplug your cares…and refresh your body and soul amid this profound display of magnificence!
Meet: 65th & Ravenna P&R north lot at 5:45. Leave 6:00 sharp. Return 6:30PM. National Park Pass required. Stop for fresh ice cream at Green River.
RSVP: Leader- Dawn Siler by Tuesday morning, August 15. Please note that the leader will be out of town and return to Seattle late August 10. You may email her at email@example.com -- OR call 206 281 9009 after Aug 10.
Sept 8th – Sept 10th (Friday to Sunday) Summer Retreat at Mt Baker
Make new friends while staying at The Firs located in one of the most spectacular places in the Northwest! We are treated to a stunning view of Mt. Shuksan out the front window of the meeting hall of this rustic facility (think bunk beds in dormitories). There are lovely hikes, and fishing in a lake and a stream. Also, you could just relax with a book or enjoy the company of fellow campers playing board games and other activities (including ping pong and foos ball).
We will worship God and enjoy Christian fellowship midst the breathtaking beauty of God’s creation! There will be singing, Bible study and communion.
+ Cost: $115. Checks payable to “UPC” designating “Mt. Baker. “ These can be mailed to UPC or dropped off at the KIOSK. Or pay online at UPC. Communications please add the on line link. Thank you!
+ More Information and to register: Suzanne Lee-Odell firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-392-6742.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR HIKES
We are blessed with great summer weather and an array to spectacular opportunities hiking among snow-capped peaks, water falls, quiet streams and gentle woodlands. But good preparation is essential for a rewarding hike. Weather conditions can cause hikes to be cancelled (possibly rescheduled at a later date) or sometimes there is a substitution.
What To Wear
Layered non-cotton clothing, fleece, hat, polypropylene or new-wool socks, sturdy comfortable hiking shoes/boots.
What To Bring
Day pack, filled water bottles (2), lunch, snacks, sun-screen, trekking poles (if you have them), mole skin (blisters), insect repellent, whistle (if you have one), extra water proof jacket for a later afternoon shower, camera/cell phone.
Suggested Gas Donation
$5-$15 depending on distance and number of riders. If you can drive that would be great!
Sundays / 10:30am / Inn Chapel
We encourage spiritual growth through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and unconditional love. We meet for discussion and speakers, followed by lunch at a restaurant. Offsite the second Sunday of each month.