OUUC Weekly Update 7-22-20

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service July 26, one online service at 10:00 am

"Pondering Our Mortality" - Ann Yeo

The poet Dorothy Monroe said, “Death is not too high a price to pay for having lived. If choice there were, I would not hesitate to choose mortality.” Of course, we don’t have the option to choose mortality. Sooner or later, death comes to all of us. But we do have choices: How do we live so that our lives are worth dying for? And, knowing that we will die, how do we prepare for that inevitability?

Ann Yeo is a member of OUUC, a former, long-time member of our Worship Team, and our volunteer Parish Nurse since 2017.

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Quick Notes

We gather to begin another church year with the ritual of water communion on September 13. Since we will not be co-mingling our water in person, let’s share images of our water adventures this Summer, even if it is from our kitchen tap. Please send your photos to communitylife@ouuc.org. We’ll share our images during our water communion service on September 13.

We are hiring a Media Specialist - see the job posting here.

Read This Week in Religious Education here.

You can access an archive of Thursday evening services and Mid-week meditations here. The Thursday evening services will resume on August 27.

Online Office - Do you have questions about how to make online donations, check your pledge status, or use the directory? Maybe you just want to check in about a current project you are working on. The Administrator’s Zoom door will be open for office visitors on Wednesdays from 2:00 – 2:40 pm. (If you are asked to wait in the Zoom waiting room it is because another church member is visiting the office.) Please stop by!

The Virtual Bulletin Board is a place for members to share information about events in the larger community, ask for recommendations, and share resources. Email the church office to sign up.

See a list of online meetings that you might attend here.

Ways to Give - Did you know you can donate to OUUC by text message? Just text "OUUC" and "amount" to 73256. You can also donate online by visiting our secure online giving page.

In the Larger Community

Faith Communities Census Action Weekend: July 24-28 - The global pandemic, economic instability, and growing social unrest have greatly impacted this year’s census; a complete and accurate count has never been more important. Census results will inform how hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated to our communities in areas such as housing, food assistance, and healthcare. For ways you can help ensure a complete count, go here.

City of Olympia Series on Racial Justice - The Olympia City Council is offering a series of four, weekly virtual town hall meetings for the public focused on racial justice and the justice system, economic opportunity, the healthcare system and the education system. The goal of the virtual town halls is to provide a safe gathering space for the community to learn and understand the issues at the center of institutional racism and the opportunities for positive change driven by the Black Lives Matter movement. Attendees will be able to submit questions live through a moderator during the event. The first Virtual Town Hall, “Racial Justice and the Justice System,” will be hosted by the full City Council on Thursday July 23 at 4:00 pm. For more about the series and to register for the July 23 Justice System Town Hall, click here.

Young Readers Need Books - Community Youth Services, a past recipient of Books, Brownies, and Beans sale proceeds, operates two crisis residential centers for youth, ages 12-17. During their stay they have a lot of time on their hands – many field trip destinations are closed due to the pandemic – and most kids borrow books from the center library. Unfortunately, the book selection has grown quite dated and worn, with few of the hottest new titles, few graphic novels, and many missing books from beloved series. Perhaps you have books that could meet the needs of young readers. To learn what titles or subjects are needed, contact Lynsi Polanco.