OUUC Weekly Update 1-24-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services January 28, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Praying to Myself" – Sara Lewis, Director of Religious Education

An exploration of why and how we might pray, even if we aren't sure who or what this conversation is with!

Listen to recent sermons here.

What does Realm do?

“You mean I can choose how many emails I get from the groups I participate in at OUUC? This makes Realm totally worth it.” - OUUC Member (who admits to getting overwhelmed by too much email)

Yes, email settings let you choose the types of emails from your OUUC groups in your email inbox. You can always read messages from your groups anytime that is convenient to you - login to Realm on your computer or check the Realm Connect app on your phone to see what people are talking about in your groups.

Some of our church members talk about how they are using Realm in the video below. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone to church - and we'll help you sign up! Find out more here.
What does Realm do-

Realm Tutorials

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

January 28 - Linkage Meeting: How should we use Annex Sale Proceeds?

Since our Annex property is now listed for sale, we hope to decide soon how to best use the proceeds of the sale. Obviously we don’t know when it will sell nor will we know how much money we’ll receive until it sells. Timing could become critical since we are considering using part of the sale proceeds to pay down our mortgage. Our mortgage ends in June with a balloon payment (remainder of the loan, approximately $360k), and we must refinance before that time. At the same time there are many competing opportunities for the use of the sale proceeds, such as financing the upcoming ministerial search process, or funding reserves, programs and operations, or the endowment. Thus the board intends to solicit congregation input before exercising its fiduciary duty to allocate the funds. So we ask for your input at the January linkage meeting next Sunday, January 28, at 12:30 pm following second service. Please join us if you can.

Interested in becoming a member of OUUC?

OUUC Membership classes begin Sunday, February 4, and continue on the next two Sundays at that same time. Lunch is provided at 12:30 pm. The class starts at 1:00 pm. There is no fee for the membership class and childcare can be requested when registering. Sign up here. All are welcome!

In the Interim

Searching for your Search Committee – The Board, Leadership Development Team, and Transition Team have started contacting church members about prospective members for your next Ministerial Search Committee (MSC). Every member is welcome to offer feedback on this important process. I just want to say three things about these calls:

1. Of course, no one is required to offer feedback; if you have no thoughts on this, you can decline the conversations. But I do encourage even those newer or less connected to the congregation to take this call. Even if you feel like you don’t know enough people at the church to know who to recommend, you may have good insights others have not considered into what qualities would be helpful to look for in search committee members.

Read more....

Your Books, Brownies & Beans team needs you!

First, we need your books. Bring them to the Religious Education wing sooner rather than later. If you need help lugging your books to OUUC, call Sally Brennand and she will make them disappear. This is the time to contact family and friends to ask for their books. Consider contacting your Nextdoor neighborhood online groups for donations. You can pick up a box in the Commons to take to work, the gym, or other likely book collection sites.
Second, bring in your lightweight scarves and fun costume jewelry to donate to the Craft Corner. Talk to Elizabeth Mooney if you have questions.

Third, sign up in the Commons to sort books, entertain, set up, cashier, bake brownies--there's a volunteer spot for everyone!
All the information is available here: ouuc.org/books/ Let's put our faith in action by raising funds for agencies that serve the homeless in our community.

Books Brownies and Beans Soiree - Shelter from the Storm - Come relax, enjoy good food and drink, and get the first chance to snag great books at the BBB Soiree. Sweet and savory hors-d'oeuvres and beverages provided. Friday, February 23, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets will be available in February for a voluntary donation of $20 to $50. Proceeds will support the overhead cost of the book sale. Volunteers to help with the event are needed. 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. January 30 - Chelsea Farm Oyster Bar, 222 Capital Way N. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. January 25 - Skep and Skein, 2107 Harrison NW. - 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

Vote for the home fund: safe and affordable housing for all in Olympia. Everyone deserves access to a safe and secure home. Despite our progress in revitalizing downtown Olympia, we still have a housing crisis. Many of the most vulnerable people in our community find themselves without a safe place to call home. Olympia voters are asked to approve the Home Fund in a special February election in February; ballots will be mailed next week.

Home Fund Facts: When vulnerable households experience homelessness, they get sick more often and face more extreme crises. The Home Fund will save taxpayer dollars by reducing the impact on overburdened emergency services. It is literally cheaper to end homelessness than to leave people on the streets. The Home Fund will build and maintain at least 350 affordable homes for Olympia’s most vulnerable households in the first ten years. This proposal will be funded by a one-tenth of 1% sales tax increase - pennies can build homes! Learn more here.

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.