OUUC Weekly Update 11-15-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - November 19, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"The Path to Choose" - Lidia-Emese Bodor

A short journey from Jesus's world and words through daily Transylvanian life and reality. How do we make our decisions and commitments?

"I grew up in Kolozsvár and studied at the Protestant Theological Institute where I became a Unitarian minister. I am the Religious Education teacher at the János Zsigmond High School, a 450-year-old Unitarian school. For the last eight years, most of my work was related to children, youth and a variety of educational issues. I believe in the importance of education and I love my work with the students. I have an active life including bicycling and hiking on long trips. I like to call myself an optimistic person. And I feel that I like to deal with people, work with and for them and help them. I believe that each decision and all the options in my life came by the hand of providence and I am grateful for my life." - Rev. Emese Bodor

Update from Rev. Posa

I’m back in Olympia, and it’s good to be back. I returned last night. I will be in the office this afternoon, plus my usual office hours tomorrow (Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm).

For those not aware, I left Seattle suddenly, Tuesday evening of last week, when my mother, Retha Posa, took a turn for the worst after 3 months on hospice care, and I was advised to come ASAP to Fort Worth, Texas, where she’d lived since 1959. I was by her bedside at a hospice unit much of Wednesday. She died Wednesday night, November 8, about 8:00 pm (Central Time). I stayed to help plan and hold the memorial service and burial on Saturday, then to begin putting her affairs in order, as her only child.

I thank all of you who have sent messages of condolence, and all those lay leaders who re-scheduled meetings and/or made do in my absence. Thanks especially to my colleague Rev. Carol McKinley, to OUUC staff members, and to the Worship Arts Team, who made Sunday morning worship happen while I was away. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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. November 21 - Home of Jane Brody for Gingerbread work. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. November 16, 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.

Save the Dates

At last week’s meeting, the OUUC board set several important dates. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending.

The first of monthly informal (linkage) meetings with the congregation will be this coming Sunday, November 19 from 12:30 – 1:45 pm in classrooms 3 and 4. We’ll be taking a look at the implications of the projected pledge drive shortfall on the 2018 budget and getting feedback from those present. Bring your lunch.

An additional board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm to approve the budget for presentation to the congregation, review the proposed search timeline and authorize the application for refinancing of our mortgage. (We’ll have another linkage meeting in early December to share the search timeline and get feedback from the congregation).

The congregational meeting to vote on the 2018 budget and renewal of our Welcoming Congregation Certification will be Friday, December 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm preceded by our traditional sweet and savory potluck starting at 6:30 pm. Read more....

Celebration of Life

Mark Kinzie's Celebration of Life will be held at OUUC on Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

In the Larger Community

Interfaith Works Thanksgiving Service – Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 pm. Please join us for an afternoon of sharing and friendship around the theme of living in thanksgiving every day for the blessings and joys of life we have been given. Interfaith readings by faith and community leaders featuring words of gratitude. Solo vocal and choral music including the Olympia Peace Choir. A community tradition! After the hour-long event, join together for informal fellowship and refreshments.The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North Street SE. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit the programs of Interfaith Works.

Olympia World Affairs Council invites you to our November lecture program on November 16. Our speaker is Rep. Beth Doglio, who represents the 22nd district. She will address climate change and recent administrative policy changes including the USA withdrawal from the Paris agreement. 4220 6th Ave SE, Thurston Economic Development Council/SPSCC campus at 7:00 pm. - Marie Johantgen

East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA is sponsoring a screening of Promised Land on Saturday, November 18. This film is an award-winning social justice documentary that examines the history of the Duwamish and the Chinook and their struggle for tribal recognition. Promised Land also connects their story to the larger issue of how the federal government and society at large look at indigenous people and their desire for sovereignty. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producers of the film along with Duwamish and Chinook members. Go to esuc.org for more details. 6:30 pm - doors open; 7:00 pm - film starts.