OUUC Weekly Update 12-6-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - December 10, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Hope in Dark Times" - Matt Aspin, Ministerial Intern at the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Are the shorter days, or the seemingly endless string of dire news reports starting to bring you down? Fear not...the fire of genuine hope has been available throughout history to illuminate even the darkest of nights. Are you ready to catch the spark?

Listen to recent sermons here.

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Ministerial Search Process

Your first opportunity for information and input into OUUC's Search Process for a New Settled Minister: Plan to meet with Board representatives on Sunday, December 10, at 12:20 pm after the second service to hear about and give your input into the planning of our Search process. We will be talking about three main topics:

Role of congregational members in the Search process;

Role of the OUUC Board in the Search process;

Role of the Search Committee including an approximate timeline for the process.

Come one, come all! Your part in this critical process begins NOW.

The agenda for the December meeting of the Board of Trustees is available here.

Tis the Season of Giving!

Let’s spread OUUC’s abundant generosity, compassion, and love with gifts for holiday sharing at the Giving Tree and Menorah on the Faith in Action table in the Commons, where you will find boxes to receive your gifts. We welcome your contributions to one or more of the programs supported by OUUC members.
• 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 Benevolent 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 Benevolent 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.

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 12 - Susan Bakke's for Christmas Cheers and white elephants. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. December 7, The Spar, 115- 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

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.

League of Women Voters of Thurston County & The Great Old Broads for Wilderness present: Why Wilderness? with George Wuerthner on January 23, 7:00- 9:00 pm, Olympia Community Center 222 Columbia St.