OUUC Weekly Update 10-11-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - October 15 services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Live Our Principles" - Rev. Eric Posa

Living Our Covenant - Stewardship 2018

THANK YOU to all of you who have already made your pledge for 2018! As of today, 41% of our members and friends have pledged – 114 pledges that total $285,517. Add YOUR name to support OUUC in its many ministries that help to change the world. If you missed them, you can listen to Rev. Posa’s “Value Our Congregation” sermon or watch video testimonials from members and friends who are ‘Living Our Covenant’. All OUUC members and many friends received pledge packets in the mail. But if we missed you, or you are new, Stewardship information is available online, at the Stewardship Table in the Commons, or in the OUUC office. If you need more information or you would like to talk to a Visiting Steward before you make your pledge, please contact Jeff Goltz or Christine Parke. Or both! During the week of November 12-18, the Stewardship Committee will celebrate with new pledgers, those who increase their pledge by at least 20%, and those who generously pledge at least 5% of their adjusted gross income according to the UUA’s Fair Share Contribution Guide. But you need to pledge this month! More details are available online or at the Stewardship Table.

Living Our Covenant - Stewardship 2018

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Why Sell the Annex?

What the board is recommending: After considerable reflection and analysis, the OUUC board has concluded that keeping the B and G (Bart and Gladys Burns) Annex would result in using considerable congregational resources for very limited results while selling the B and Annex is consistent with and furthers the ends articulated by the congregation in 2016. More specifically, it furthers the following ends:

The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation responds to the needs of a changing congregation and world, and

Our lives and those of the larger community are meaningfully changed through our collaborative work for justice.

Although not an end, it must be remembered that an overarching duty of the board is to responsibly steward the financial and physical assets of the congregation. Read more....

In the Interim

Influence from Past Ministries – Returning to issues that emerged from my initial round of interviews with lay leaders, one issue that pretty much everyone consistently agreed on, was that Rev. Arthur Vaeni’s ministry at OUUC (2001-2014) had a positive impact, on both the congregation and the community. More specifically, the story widely told to me about Rev. Vaeni is that of a spiritually deep person, strong in the pulpit, active in the community work for social justice (especially homelessness), with a steady and calming pastoral presence, and little engagement with the administrative aspects of church life – more than one of you have said that he described himself as not strong on administration. (NOTE: I have no idea how accurate or inaccurate this description of Rev. Vaeni is; I just note that it’s the commonly-told story here about him.) Read more....

Social Groups

YUUNG (Age 21-31ish) - Church and Lunch (Every last Sunday). Come to church, sit with the young adults. Contact Ryan Baye.

PUGs (Powerful Unitarian Universalist Gals) - All women are welcome to join us for fellowship and conversation. Wednesdays 10:30 - Noon, PUGs at OUUC meets in the Youth Room. You may bring a beverage in your own container. - Contact Pat Sonnenstuhl.

Ladies Unitarian Social – All women affiliated with OUUC, and their guests, are welcome at Lady Unitarian Social Hour. We meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 pm to share conversation and refreshments. Please feel free to drop in at any of our weekly gatherings. October 17 - RAM Restaurant and Brewery, 8100 Freedom Ln NE. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. October 12, Cascadia Grill, 200 - 4th Ave W. - Contact Bernie Brady.

MUGs (Mighty Unitarian Guys) meets for eclectic discussions every Thursday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Traditions Cafe in downtown Olympia. Men of all ages are welcome. - Contact Jim Lengenfelder.

In the Larger Community

Needs at the Interfaith Shelter: As colder weather comes closer warm clothing items are needed for the guests who come to the Shelter. Especially needed are coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, shoes, boots and warm blankets. On the third Wednesday of November two hosts from 5:30 to 7:30 pm are needed. Both the third and fourth Wednesdays main dishes for 12 to 14 and/or side dishes (fruits, vegetables, desserts, etc). For food donations contact Billie Williams. To host or donate clothing items contact Jo Ann Young.

All-Day Mindfulness Retreats at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend - Saturday, October 14 and December 9, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm; (Orientation for beginners 9:00 am). Kurt Hoelting, Facilitator. To Register for one or both dates: send full name & email address to mindfulness@quuf.org at least 5 days in advance of retreat; additional information about what to bring will be forwarded. Suggested Donation: $15 - $25. These retreats, held in silence with the guidance of an experienced teacher, offer an opportunity to unplug from the stresses of everyday life and work, and to restore our inner depth, vitality, and resilience, in community with other practitioners.

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County annual luncheon and silent auction is on October 28 at 11:30 am at the Red Lion Inn. Noah Purcell, WA State's Solicitor General, will make a presentation, Washington Takes A Stand. Lifetime Citizenship Awards will be given to Brad Shannon, Editorial Page Editor, and Meg Martin, Director of Interfaith Works Overnight Emergency Shelter. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or online at lwvthurston.org/luncheon.