OUUC Weekly Update 10-4-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - October 8 services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Coming Out to Hope" - Rev. Eric Posa

Living Our Covenant - Stewardship 2018

We are ten days into OUUC's 2018 Stewardship Pledge campaign, and, as of today, 82 OUUC members and friends have pledged $232,730. This is a great start! Thank you to all who have pledged. For those still contemplating their pledge, and seeking inspiration, listen to Rev. Posa’s “Value Our Congregation” sermon or watch the first two in a series of video testimonials from members and friends who are ‘Living Our Covenant’. You can listen to the sermon here and watch the latest video below. See the video series here. All OUUC members and many friends received pledge packets in the mail last week. But if we missed you, or you are new, Stewardship information is available on-line, at the Stewardship Table in the Commons, or in the OUUC office. You can just pledge online here! If you need more information or you would like to talk to a Visiting Steward before you make your pledge, please contact Jeff Goltz. During the week of November 12-18, the Stewardship Committee will hold celebrations for new pledgers, those who increased their pledge by 20% or more, and those who generously pledge 5% or more 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

2018 Stewardship 2

The Board Line - Fall Retreat Notes

On Saturday, September 9 the Board held its fall retreat lasting about 7 hours. All current Board Members plus Interim Minister Reverend Posa participated.

We began at 9:00 am with our initial check-in and startup activities. Then opportunity was afforded for Reverend Posa to share his initial impressions of OUUC following his having conducted in excess of 50 lengthy mostly one on one interviews of congregational Members and Staff all since his arrival August 1. At his request, the interviews had been scheduled by the Transition Team and included Board Members, Committee Chairs, Staff, former Board Presidents and a number of congregants. Read more....


The October Board meeting agenda is available here.

In the Interim

Events This Month: There is a LOT happening this month at church! Here are some highlights of some of the unusual events coming in the life of this church in the next month:

The first has been advertised in our Commons area at church for some weeks now. It’s the special congregational meeting, coming on Friday, October 20. This meeting will be to vote whether to sell our Annex property, located slightly north of our church. If you have more questions about this, members of the board will be available after each service this next two Sundays, in the Commons. 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 4:40 to 6:00 pm to share conversation and refreshments. Please feel free to drop in at any of our weekly gatherings. October 10 - Rock Fish Grill, 700 - 4th Ave E. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.


Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. October 5, Eastside, 410 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

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.


St. John's Episcopal Church Concert Series presents its first concert of the Fall 2017 season, an afternoon of Jazz by Olympia Ensemble "Vendredi's Bag". Sunday, October 8, 3:00 pm. Suggested donation $20/$10 for students & 55+.


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.


Monday, October 9. INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Washington State Capitol, “Honoring Our Indigenous Women.” The local movement to officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Olympia began during the October 14, 2014. City Council meeting. On August 15, 2015, Olympia City Council approved the resolution to officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Olympia. Olympia, Washington joined a growing number of cities in the country to declare the second Monday of October, which is typically observed as Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples Day. Schedule includes Women Speakers, Indigenous Dancers "Grand Entry,"
Indigenous art display/Artwalk, food vendors, merchant stands, and information tables.
Information here.