OUUC Weekly Update 1-31-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services February 4, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Practicing Spirituality" – Rev Eric Posa

Part one of a three-part series on spirituality.


Listen to recent sermons here.

Questions and Answers about Realm

Church staff members answer some common questions about Realm Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone to church - and we'll help you sign up! Find out more here.


Looking forward to signing up and haven't received your Realm invitation yet? Email the Administrator to request one.

Questions and Answers

Realm Tutorials

Here's the first tutorial on setting up your password and verifying your Realm account. More tutorials are available here.

Board Meeting Rescheduled

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees typically occurs on the second Thursday of each month. February’s meeting would normally fall on the 8th; however, due to lack of a quorum, the regularly scheduled board meeting will be held Thursday, February 15 instead. The agenda for the meeting will go out in next week’s e-blast.

At its next meeting, the board will be reviewing feedback received at last Sunday’s linkage meeting regarding the distribution of funds from the sale of the Annex and make its decision. Congregants present were asked to consider five possible areas for distribution of funds: Endowment; Programs and Operations; Reserve; Ministerial Search; and Paying Down the Mortgage. After discussion of the options, participants were given a set of dots to use in voting for their preferences. Of the 150 dots distributed, 67% favored paying down the mortgage, followed by 18% going to reserves, and 15% favored using funds for the ministerial search. Votes under the reserve category were divided among several ideas—support for the general reserve fund, an energy audit, solar panels and homeless issues.

At a recent work session, the board prioritized tasks for the coming months which include bylaws revisions for approval by the congregation in April, governance policy review and update, and the focus of upcoming linkage meetings.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact a member of the board or catch us between services on Sunday in the Commons.

Your Books, Brownies & Beans team needs you!

Books, Brownies, and Beans Book Sale needs more books to sell! Help make the sale a success by spreading the word and offering to pick up books from friends and family. Contact Sally Brennand if you need help collecting books. Find a new place to put a collection box, available while they last in the Commons. Donate fun costume jewelry and spring scarves to the Craft Corner via Elizabeth Mooney. Will you help sort books? Serve brownies? Set up tables? Pour coffee? Volunteer signup sheets are waiting for your signature in the Commons. All proceeds will be given to local groups who serve those experiencing homelessness in our community. This is our Faith in Action - join us!

Books, Brownies, and Beans Soiree - Shelter from the Storm - Come relax, enjoy good food, drink, lively tunes with The Burren Band, and get the first chance to snag great books at the BBB Soiree. Friday, February 23, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets will be available from Tom Best in the Commons between services in February for a voluntary donation of $5 to $50. Only 100 tickets are sold for this special evening and 10% of those tickets have already been sold! Volunteers to help with the event are needed; donations of hors-d'oeuvres and wine are also welcome. Contact Steve Tilley.

There's a Great Regional Assembly Coming Up

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.

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 6 - RJ’s Gourmet Grill, 318 - 4th Ave E. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.


Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. February 1 - East Side, 411 4th Ave E. - 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

Do you have a passion for environmental justice? Have you been interested to partner with grassroots organizations to create a lasting partnership in solidarity with local communities? Pacific Western Region Justice Journey: Roots, Reflections, and Relationships - An Environmental Justice Journey. A week-long immersion experience focusing on Environmental Sustainability through service, learning, and through a meditation practice designed to be reflective and to sustain future justice work. July 14 - 22, at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA. Families with youth, YA’s and adults welcome. Scholarships are available! Register here. Contact: Katie Covey, PWR Mission Trip Lead. More information here.