OUUC Weekly Update 12-6-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service December 11 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

"A Rose in the Wintertime" - Victoria Poling

In the season of long nights and short days, we'll reflect on the wondrous and ordinary miracles of peace and refuge that welcome us to come home to ourselves.

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

Password: 995142

Dial +1 253 215 8782

See recordings of online services here.

Happening This Week

Funding our Future

The Funding Our Future Capital Campaign is OVER halfway to our goal!

Thanks to George Lanning's head start we only need $293,000 to complete the Campaign, and we’ve already raised $168,485! That leaves us with only $124.565 remaining. Way to go OUUC! With this progress, we’ll be done before Christmas.

If you haven’t already, this is the perfect time to make your commitment. Go to the Capital Campaign Giving Page on Realm. If you have any questions about the campaign, you can visit the Funding Our Future page or contact Barry Zickuhr, the Capital Campaign Committee chair.

The Capital Campaign Committee and the Board would like to thank the people who have already committed to Funding Our Future. Names published only by permission:

Gail and Fritz Wrede, Ann Rockway, Leslie Romer, Jerald and Susan Dodson, Holly Porter, Lois Grover, In loving memory of George and Arlene Hopper, Pat and Walt Sonnenstuhl, Zoë Myers, Rosalie and Don Melnick, Arlene G. Colerick, Lee Doyle, Karol Erickson, Martha Nicoloff, Martha Guilfoyle and Des McGahern, Bobbie Adams, Tiffany and Eric Felch, Curtis and Wendy Tanner, Mary Wildenhaus, Naki Stevens, Jen and John Sabel, and three donors who choose to remain anonymous

Holiday Happenings

Ministry Programs

Celebration of Life for Ginny Smith

Ginny’s family and friends will celebrate her life on Sunday, December 11, from 2:00-4:00 pm. The event will be at The Lord Mansion at 211 21st Ave SW, Olympia, WA. All are welcome to attend.

Ginny's obituary is available here.

Quick Notes

Church Office Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm. For information, contact Board Secretary, Rich Kalman. Board of Trustees minutes are available here.

Important Year-End Donation Information - We are grateful for your generous donations and want to make sure you know some important information for your year-end gifts. Our church office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you would like your contributions to be included on your 2022 end-of-year statement, please drop off your cash or check donations to the church office by December 25 or be sure they are postmarked before December 31. A good way to be sure your contributions are processed before the end of the year is to consider making an online gift.

Safety Reminder: Please lock and remove valuables from your vehicles.

COVID Phase: Low. Please see our Phased Reopening Plan for information.

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

Legacy Forest Summit - Saturday, December 10 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Olympia Center 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join local leaders, and environmental advocates to discuss the importance of healthy watersheds and ecoregions. Legislative and policy changes are needed to increase the protection of forests as our climate changes. Sponsored by the Center for Responsible Forestry.

Indigenous Resistance to Oil in Ecuador's Amazon - Tuesday, December 6 from 6:00-7:30 pm at New Traditions. Learn how you can support the A'i Cofan and other indigenous groups resisting oil expansion in the Amazon from an activist and an indigenous leader. The benefit presentation will begin the night with music from South America. More information here.

Healing Both Sides of Harm, December 11, 7:00-8:30 pm. Join Collective Justice and Multifaith Coalition for Restorative Justice for a virtual panel discussion on restorative justice principles and practices. In this program, we'll hear from people doing the work of restorative justice, from victims of violence, and from perpetrators of harm. Want to attend or learn more about restorative justice and accountability? Visit bit.ly/HealingBothSidesOfHarm

Another chance to spread holiday joy, and also support a local black activist. The Joy and Justice Book and Toy drive is a project of Justice for Yvonne McDonald. Donate here: Joy and Justice Book and Toy Drive 2022 (givebutter.com)

Join The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd for a renewing day of building community through congregational singing, learning, and fellowship on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. We’ll be led by Paul Vasile and Elizabeth Schroeder of Music that Makes Community, a non-profit organization working to empower and liberate communities through singing. For over 15 years, they have developed and shared transformative leadership practices with musicians, clergy, educators, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada.

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