OUUC Weekly Update 2-21-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services February 25, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

“Spirit of Life and Love” – The Reverend Eric Posa

Part 3 in a 3-part series on Spirituality.

Listen to recent sermons here.

Books, Brownies, and Beans Book Sale is this Saturday!

Please help spread the word about our big sale by sharing this link in your social media posts: ouuc.org/books/. We’ve got thousands of books and tons of brownies, so now we need customers!
Volunteers, we’re relying on your assistance to cover your assigned shifts. If you’re unable to be there, contact our volunteer coordinator, Yvonne Ashenhurst.
Brownie baker reminders: Brownies should be 3 x 3 squares, individually wrapped in plastic wrap or waxed paper, labeled if they have nuts for those with allergies, and labeled as gluten-free if they are indeed gluten-free.
We still need help setting up the sale on Thursday, February 22 starting at 2:30 pm (there will be pizza!). We especially need strong young people to come at 5:00 pm to haul boxes of books from storage into the church.

Books, Brownies, and Beans Soiree – Please bring your wine and hors-d'oeuvres donations to the kitchen by 5:30 pm this Friday evening. We’ve got lots of white wine and could use extra bottles of red to round out our selection.

‘Tis the Season – The season for bad road conditions, that is.

I hope all of you have been safe out there…or stayed indoors, during this week of current and anticipated snow and ice. We’ve had a couple events (Adult Education Classes, committee meetings.) be canceled this week, due to combos of illness and unsafe driving conditions keeping most attendees at home. We’re not shutting down the church, but I encourage all committee and team chairs and group leaders with gatherings at the church over the next week, especially nighttime gatherings, to be in touch with those you expect to see, to determine if they can attend. If it looks like the majority of folk need to stay in, feel free to cancel or re-schedule groups or meetings. If you do re-schedule, please remember to fill out a new online room reservation request.

I know some folk experienced with climates with more snow, find it funny that events are canceled for what seems to them so little snow. But the inexperience of many other drivers, combined with the relative dearth of snow tires and city plows, do make for real concerns. We will trust your judgment – and will inform you immediately if we do need to close the church at any time. Take care, all.

In faith,

Eric Posa

Linkage meeting this coming Sunday

Please plan to join members of your Board of Trustees and your fellow congregants after second service (about 12:20 pm) this Sunday, February 25, for the latest in our monthly series of congregational linkage meetings. Our topic will be revisiting the conclusions reached by the 80 attendees at the January-February 2017 linkage meetings. The top issues on the hearts and minds of members at the 2017 meetings were: 1) spirituality as the heart of congregational life; 2) providing a welcoming community to members and those who long for a spiritual home; 3) connecting through deep listening and outreach; 4) leading in social action; and 5) focus on our infrastructure. You can download the 2017 linkage report in both narrative and chart form below.

We will discuss the question, “How do these conclusions speak to your hearts and minds now?” These meetings are important ways for us to share as a community, and they provide valuable input for your board. Please join us for this important conversation!

Social Groups

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. February 27 - Rockfish Grill, 700 4th Ave E. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. February 22 - Skep and Skein, 2107 Harrison NW. - 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

Spring Seabeck Retreat - Friday, May 4 – 6, Seabeck Conference Center on beautiful Hood Canal. Charles Morris, long-time Buddhist practitioner, will cover key mindfulness concepts and lead meditations during our adult morning program at Seabeck. He will also offer an additional focused meditation session in the afternoon. Registration begins in March. More information available here.

Puget Sound Estuarium fundraiser - Laura Lowe and Mud Bay Blues. March 10, 2018, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Elks Lodge, 1818 4th Ave. E. This is a family-friendly event. Adults – $20, 17 and under $10. Tickets – click here

The four districts of the UUA’s Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. Registration is open. Watch the PWR website for full details. More information is available here.