OUUC Weekly Update 12-13-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service December 18 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“Refuge in the Dark” – Rev. Mary Gear

As we approach the Winter Solstice, we reflect on the gifts of darkness. This service includes a meditation to embrace the dark.

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

Password: 995142

Dial +1 253 215 8782

See recordings of online services here.

Plan to attend the Board Listening Session on Sunday at 11:30 am for updates on Board activities and the Capital Campaign.

There will be a delay in moving to a two-worship service schedule. More info to come.

Happening This Week

Choir Concert

Choir Concert "A Feast of Carols" - Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 pm at OUUC.

Choir Concert "A Feast of Carols" - Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 pm at OUUC.

Holiday Schedule

Winter Solstice Worship Service - Sunday, December 18 at 10:00 am (online and in-person).

Join us on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 pm for a winter solstice spiral walk and blessing. We will mark the darkest days of the year with music, walking meditation, candles, and blessings. Weather permitting, we will be outdoors, moving inside for rain, so dress warmly.

Christmas Eve Services - Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 pm (online and in-person) and 9:00 pm (in-person).

Christmas Day Service - Sunday, December 25 at 10:00 am (online and in-person).

New Year’s Fire Communion Ritual, outdoors, at OUUC on January 1, 10:00 am. We’ll say goodbye to 2022 and set intentions and receive blessings for entering 2023. All ages are welcome.

The church office will be closed from December 26-30.

Funding our Future

The Capital Campaign is so close to our goal we can see the finish line, but we're not done yet. The generosity of our members has gotten us just shy of $100,000 remaining to our goal of $544,000. If you haven't had a chance to make your commitment, help us get there by donating to the campaign today.

Remember, this campaign is about our values and our future. Our campaign is seeking the funds we need so that our beloved church can continue to be a place of ‘Justice, Equity, and Compassion in Human Relations.’ It is our responsibility to support our spiritual home and base of operations for our social justice advocacy.

If you have any questions about the campaign, or just want to see how we’re doing, please visit the Funding Our Future page.

The Capital Campaign Committee and the Board would like to thank the following members for their recent contributions. For the full list of contributors, please see the Funding Our Future page – those listed here are the people who have recently granted permission for their names to be posted:

Jason and Alicia Seegers Martinelli, Colleen Morsett, Connie Ruhl, Deb Ross, James and Margaret Knudson, Linda Whitcher, Melissa Denton, Doris Faltys and Barrett Burr, Diana Finch, Suzanne Wilson, and Dan Donahue.

Ministry Programs

The End of the Year Can Be a Good Time to Give!

Making charitable contributions (like to OUUC!) before the end of the calendar can have tax advantages, at least for some.

For example, if you are over 72, and you have a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you may be able to make a “qualified charitable distribution” as part of your “required minimum distribution” from your IRA. This effectively lets you make a donation without paying taxes on that distribution – a win-win. You benefit, as does the church. Contact your tax adviser.

The standard deduction on your tax returns has increased in recent years, making itemizing of deductions less common. However, if you are close to qualifying for itemizing, it may be possible to “double up” your charitable donations in 2022 (combining them with anticipated donations for 2023) enabling you to itemize for 2022. Just make sure that OUUC knows if you are paying future pledge commitments (such as for the capital campaign) early.

Quick Notes

Important Year-End Donation Information - We are grateful for your generous donations and want to make sure you know some important information for your year-end gifts. Our church office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you would like your contributions to be included on your 2022 end-of-year statement, please drop off your cash or check donations to the church office by December 25 or be sure they are postmarked before December 31. A good way to be sure your contributions are processed before the end of the year is to consider making an online gift.

Safety Reminder: Please lock and remove valuables from your vehicles.

COVID Phase: Low. Please see our Phased Reopening Plan for information.

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

Join The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd for a renewing day of building community through congregational singing, learning, and fellowship on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. We’ll be led by Paul Vasile and Elizabeth Schroeder of Music that Makes Community, a non-profit organization working to empower and liberate communities through singing. For over 15 years, they have developed and shared transformative leadership practices with musicians, clergy, educators, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada.

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