NEWS BRIEFS: Wrong utility bills sent to customers in Sequim … and other items

News items for the North Olympic Peninsula

SEQUIM — Sequim utility customers have received the wrong bills for the month of September.

Duplicates of the utility bills dated Aug. 1 were accidentally mailed to customers instead of the Sept. 1 statements, said Sue Hagener, administrative and financial services director.

Correct statements for September are in the process of being mailed, and customers can expect to have them within three to five business days, she said Wednesday.

Customers are instructed to wait until they have received the correct statements before making their utility payments.

The city utility department has extended the due date to Sept. 30 for September bills.

If customers pay online or use auto-pay, the outstanding amount on the electronic statement is correct and the amount that will be deducted from the bank account will be correct, she said.

If payments based on the August statement already have been sent, any over- or underpayments will be reflected on the Oct. 1 statement.

For more information, contact the city finance department at 360-683-4139.

Emergency award

PORT ANGELES — Students enrolling at any Peninsula College campus for the first time this fall quarter might be eligible for up to $1,000 from the Peninsula College Foundation.

The award, provided specifically for students who missed the deadline for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is available for part-time or full-time enrollees at the Port Angeles, Port Townsend or Forks campuses.

The awards are pro-rated based on the number of credits a student registers for and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications for this award must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, which is also the last day to register for fall-quarter classes at Peninsula College.

The application for this emergency funding must be filled out online at

Students will be notified of their eligibility within one week of applying for the award.

For more information about enrolling at Peninsula College, contact Student Services at 360-417-6340.

For more information about Peninsula College Foundation, contact Getta Rogers at 360-417-6400.

Unity talk set Sunday

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle St., will host the Rev. Patricia Mawson at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Her lesson is titled “Loving Ourselves Through Change.”

Mawson is a Course of Miracles minister, ordained by the Community Miracles Center in San Francisco; an ordained Unity prayer chaplain; and a hypnotherapist.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Child care is available during the service.

9/11 talk set

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 73 Howe Road, will host the Rev. Julia McKenna Blessing for a talk, “9-11: The Horror, the Heroes, the Hope, the Healing,” on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The talk is slated for 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Blessings will tell about her own experiences, coupled with how those and the experiences of others have been life-altering to many.

The Sunday service is followed by a fellowship coffee hour. The fellowship choir, directed by Joel Yelland and accompanied by music director LeRoy Davidson, will perform at this service.

For more information, phone 360-417-2665 or visit

‘TransACTION’ class

PORT TOWNSEND — First Presbyterian Church, located at 1111 Franklin St., will offer a free class series on understanding and welcoming transgender children of God in the community of faith.

The three-session class focuses on “How Do We Get to Understanding?,” “How Do We Get to Acceptance?” and “How Do We Get to Welcoming?”

The discussions, led by the Rev. Paul Heins and Elisabeth Heiner, will be held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20, and Oct. 4.

The community is invited to participate.

TransACTION, a curriculum from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is a class designed to help communities of faith grow in understanding and welcoming by providing step-by-step training about the needs, apprehensions and fears of transgender people, according to a news release.

For more information, phone 360-385-2525, email or visit

Lead pastor installed

PORT ANGELES — Independent Bible Church will hold a special installation service of Pastor Aaron Bacon at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center.

The installation service will replace the regular Saturday evening and Sunday morning worship services.

The community is invited to join the event.

Bacon and his wife moved to Port Angeles in July 2011 when he accepted the position of pastor of family life at Independent Bible Church. Prior to that, he served as pastor of family life and outreach at Anchor Community Church in Long Beach, Calif.

Retreat slated

PORT TOWNSEND — A one-day contemplative retreat with Bev Gaines will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

“Living with an Awakened Heart” will explore the contemplative tradition and practices within Christianity and other wisdom traditions through compassionate action.

A goodwill donation covers the cost of the retreat and a light lunch.

To sign up, phone the church office at 360-385-2525 or email

Day of Service completed

SEQUIM — More than 50 volunteers recentlycompleted 13 projects in “God’s Work. Our Hands” Day of Service that members of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church participated in.

These projects included spreading mulch at Sequim’s new YMCA, replacing a lamp post, mowing and painting at members’ homes, donating and purchasing school supplies for a local school district, repairing and painting the police canine training equipment at Carrie Blake dog park and taking care of landscaping and other cleanup items at the Sequim Food Bank.

Other church projects included assembling 30 baby care kits and 33 schoolbags for Lutheran World Relief, deep-cleaning the kitchen; cleaning out a shed, making cards for shut-ins and painting banners for a Sequim Food Bank box.

Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church is located at 925 N. Sequim Ave.

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