OUUC Weekly Update 11-1-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - November 5 services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"The Only Way Out is Through" - Rev. Eric Posa

In the Interim

1) Daylight Saving Time

2) Remembering Those Who Passed

3) Conversations in Transition

Daylight Saving Time - Remember this Saturday night, to set your clocks back an hour and get that extra hour of sleep! Or, instead, you could come to church sleep-deprived, and wait an hour for worship to start - your choice. :)

Remembering Those Who Passed - We will have a moment in worship this Sunday, November 5, to remember those who have died in the last year. Though we will recognize, in particular, those church members who passed, there will be a time to acknowledge others by name. You also may bring a photo of a loved one who has died in the last year. A table will be available to serve as an altar.

Conversations in Transition - Read more....

OUUC's Ezine - The Commons

Read OUUC's E-zine, The Commons for a more in-depth look at our ministries.

The focus of the October 2017 issue is Change. What does it mean? Are we prepared? Where are we headed?

Read the current issue here.

See past issues of The Commons here.

Living Our Covenant

We’re Getting There!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the 191 OUUC members and friends who have made pledges for 2018 that total $376,602. Your Stewardship Committee is so gratified at the positive response.

We will have some work to do to meet our last year’s stewardship amount of $439,000. The good news is that at least 69 people who pledged last year have not yet made their pledge, and these pledges may help us reach or exceed our target. And we know that there are still some potential first-time pledger “friends” who are out there as well. The bad news is that there at least 69 people who pledged last year, as well as some prospective pledgers, who have not yet made their pledge, and so we will need to call each of these people individually.

If you are one of these people, and you don’t want a friendly call from us during the dinner hour, PLEDGE NOW! You can pledge online here or at the Stewardship Table in the Commons this Sunday.

We thank you, profusely, in advance, for your consideration of your and our time.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Members of the Board of Trustees are Linda Selsor (president), James Anest, Michele Hendrickson, Helen Henry, Don Melnick, Martha Nicoloff, John Tafejian, Wendy Tanner, and Fritz Wrede.

The agenda for the November meeting is available here.

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. November 7 - TBA. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. November 2, Fish Brewing Company, 515 Jefferson St SE. - 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.

Partner Church News

Annually the UUA awards a minister from the Transylvanian area of Romania the Balázs scholarship and a year of study at the Starr King school of theology in Berkeley, California. For the past several years our Partner Church committee has invited that individual to come to OUUC. The weekend of November 17, 18 and 19, his year’s scholar, Lidia-Emese Bodor, will be with us. On Saturday morning November 17, from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm all are invited to be a part of an interactive conversation about her work as a Unitarian minister in Romania and at Kolasvar Unitarian High School, and our OUUC programs and activities. On Sunday, November 18, she will be our guest minister.

In the Larger Community

Dr. Marie Johantgen will be one of a handful of women to receive the 24th Annual Women of Achievement Award at a celebration on November 10 at the Washington Center for Performing Arts. She will be honored for her contributions to the health and safety of women around the world. Ticket purchasing information is available online at www.ywcaofolympia.org under the "2017 Women of Achievement" tab. All proceeds benefit YWCA of Olympia.

The Faith Community Committee of the Strengthening Sanctuary Group will be meeting Tuesday, November 7 at the Beth Hatfiloh Temple at 6:00 pm to discuss sanctuary options for our undocumented immigrant neighbors. The temple is located at 8th and Washington in Olympia. If you have questions, contact Frances Tanaka.

ARE YOU IN? Virtual WA UU Voices for Justice Legislative Conference, Sunday, November 12 by Video. Would you consider making a two-hour investment of your time on Sunday, November 12 to assist Washington State UU Voices for Justice in determining its legislative agenda for the 2018 legislative session? Are you interested in discussing UU priorities on the state’s most important issues? Would you like to know how you can easily participate and make your voice heard even if you aren’t making a trek or Olympia to testify? Let me know if you can join us at our church and other UUs from across the state for WA UU Voices for Justice Fall Virtual Conference, 1:30 to 3:30 pm Sunday, November 12 at OUUC. Contact Susan Kirkpatrick, Coordinator of UU Voices.

AID NW (Advocates for Immigrants in Detention NW) hosts a welcoming center for those coming out of the detention center in Tacoma. With the change in the weather and an uptick in release activity, there is an urgent need for men's jackets and men's sweaters/sweatshirts. These are for the many detainees who entered the facility in the summer and are now released in the same summer clothes. When considering items for donation remember that they are mostly young men and women ages 20-35 and having nice clothes when looking for work or housing is important to them. If you have anything to donate, contact Frances Tanaka.

East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA is sponsoring a screening of Promised Land on Saturday, November 18. This film is an award-winning social justice documentary that examines the history of the Duwamish and the Chinook and their struggle for tribal recognition. Promised Land also connects their story to the larger issue of how the federal government and society at large look at indigenous people and their desire for sovereignty. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producers of the film along with Duwamish and Chinook members. Go to esuc.org for more details. 6:30 pm - doors open; 7:00 pm - film starts.

St. John's Concert Series 2017 continues on Sunday, November 5 with a 3:00 p.m. concert by the Sonoro Women's Choir, directed by Jeremy Shilley. The program is called "Mysterium", and will include a few piece by Felix Mendelssohn which will be accompanied on the pipe organ by Curt Sather. As always, the concerts are free and open to all. Donations are gratefully accepted, with suggested amounts of $20, and $10 for students and 55+. St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 114 20th Avenue SE, Olympia 98501. Curt Sather, Organist & Choirmaster, 360-352-8527

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