OUUC Weekly Update 12-13-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - December 17, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Bread and Circuses" – Rev Eric Posa

Listen to recent sermons here.

Holiday Happenings

Please join us for all activities this holiday season. Our holiday schedule is available here. All are welcome!
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The Giving Tree Continues to Spread Its Branches!

Gifts for holiday sharing are welcome at the Giving Tree and Menorah on the Faith in Action table in the Commons. This year’s recipients are:

• Dry Tykes and Wet Wipes: Diapers size 3 and above are especially welcomed, as well as baby wipes.
• Family Support Center: New children’s toys and books are needed for holiday distribution. Put unwrapped items in the box at the Giving Tree in the Commons.
• Minister’s Benevolence Fund: Our minister gets calls and visits from people who request funds to meet emergency The minister administers this fund established to serve our members and the larger community. Please take your check, payable to OUUC, with Benevolence Fund in the subject line, to the church office or donate online. See the donate link below.

Donate to OUUC Online

If you would like your contributions to OUUC to count as 2017 contributions for tax purposes, please make sure your cash or checks are delivered to OUUC or postmarked by December 31. Or donate online by December 31.

Race in Film Series

Thursday, December 21, 6:30 – 9:00 pm at OUUC. Join us for “HIDDEN FIGURES,” the Race in Film series season finale. The year-long film series is sponsored by the Black Alliance of Thurston County, The United Churches of Olympia, and OUUC. A discussion will follow the film, and refreshments are served. Bring a friend!

New Year - New Initiatiave

How are homelessness, hunger, racial injustice, refugees, and sunlight connected? We’ll be exploring this and more in 2018. Plan to attend worship service on January 7th and stay a few minutes after for the kick-off of OUUC’s new initiative. Stay tuned for more to come . . .

Ongoing Annex Vandalism

Tagging was discovered on the B&G Annex last week. Members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee have painted over the tagging. This follows two recent break-ins of the Annex, one discovered September 17 and one discovered November 13. A toolbox was stolen and the dishwasher was vandalized during the first break-in.

Please thank the members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for their quick response and for their ongoing care of our buildings and grounds.

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. December 19 - Budd Bay Cafe, 525 Columbia St NW. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. December 14, Cascadia Grill, 201 - 4th Ave W. - 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

St. John's Episcopal Church, Olympia, presents its 3rd Annual "Advent Lessons and Carols", Thursday, December 21, 6:30 pm. Music will be presented by the church's choirs, and will feature instrumentalists and guest vocal soloists. Organist & Choirmaster Curt Sather directs the music program at the church. The program is free and open to all. St. John's is located at 114 20th Avenue SE.

Work for Justice! Northwest UU Justice Network and Washington UU Voices for Justice seek an energetic, committed manager to lead the evolution of these two organizations into one new, more effective, and more inclusive state action network for UUs engaged in justice work in Washington and beyond. This quarter-time program manager position, grant-funded as of January 2018, will remain open until filled. For more information please email DD Hilke.