OUUC Weekly Update 10-18-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service October 23 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“Reflections on Covenant” – Rev. Mary Gear

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

Password: 995142

Dial +1 253 215 8782

See recordings of online services here.

Happening This Week

All Young Adults, ages 18-35, are invited to join a Young Adult gathering on Thursday, October 20, at 6:30 pm, following the Community Night Dinner.

We need more folks for Trunk and Treat!

Trunk and Treat

Sign up now for OUUC Trunk and Treat

Sign up now for OUUC Trunk and Treat, Sunday, October 30, 3:00 pm.

We’ll park our decorated cars, don fun costumes, and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters!

This is a great outreach to the wider community, but to make it successful we need You! Sign up to be here with a decorated car and hand out treats: OUUC: Trunk and Treat (signupgenius.com)

Questions, contact Rev Sara.

Faith Development

Defund Fear Workshop and Study/Action Circle

Defund Fear Study/Action Circle facilitated by Anne Hundley. First Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 pm (November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3 on Zoom. Please come on into the expansive UUA curriculum for last year’s Common Read! It offers ways to integrate ideas into authentic, impactful steps or practices. More info on the book is here. Register here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Us for BBB

You can help Sally Brennand sort books on Sunday mornings 9:00-10:00 am and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm, or Thursdays 9:00-11:00 am. To volunteer, contact Ryan Baye or use the Signup Genius.

Volunteers will be invited to a Volunteer Pre-Sale on Friday, November 4 from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Books, Brownies & Beans needs more gently used books, CDs, and DVDs to sell! Please bring your donations to the church until November 1 or contact Susan Dodson if you'd like help boxing up and transporting your books.

More information about the book sale is available here.

Quick Notes

Church Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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 to sign up.

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

OUUC Tech Update

When I arrived at OUUC more than 3 years ago, it was a dream of this congregation to live stream the Sunday services. Covid was the push to get us there and now we have a strong virtual ministry thanks to our tech staff and volunteers. We now live stream all Sunday services, every Thursday Evening Spiritual Practice, and celebrations of life. We have been so fortunate to share our worship, sorrow and joy with people around the world.

His fall we’ve welcomed back some tech volunteers and they are expanding their skills. Thanks to Sharon Love and Fritz Wrede for their willingness. Thanks also to new volunteer, Ryan Baye.

I am delighted to announce that we have hired Carbon Marshall as our next Tech Specialist. Carbon grew up at OUUC--he’s the son of Rev. Sara Lewis. Carbon is a musician experienced with making and editing music files. He is a first-year student at Evergreen College and plans to study video and sound production. We are excited to have Carbon join us and look forward to learning with him. Please welcome Carbon when you see him at the tech table!

We’ve been so grateful to OUUC Tech Team member Teresa Madsen who has been filling the Tech Specialist position in the interim as we looked for someone to fill the position longer-term. Teresa will remain on staff to help transition and train Carbon and volunteers. Gratitude also to Communication Specialist, Andrea Capere, for cross-training and filing in.

We are all learning how to best keep our connections strong. Thanks for the grace and adaptability as we remember it’s about connection, not perfection!

If you have any questions about staff or our virtual ministry, please feel free to contact me.

Rev. Mary


In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

This Sunday's Learning Right Relations Gathering (October 23, 1:00-4:00 pm) will host a presentation by Charlene Krise. Charlene will present the history of the Squaxin Island Tribe, including the many 1,000s of years of history here in the Budd Bay / Steh-Chass (Deschutes) River watershed. She'll speak about their culture, traditional ecological knowledge, and the recent renaming of the City of Olympia "Squaxin Park." This event is at OUUC. Read more and register.

Urgent Rental is Needed! Maria and Alex are a young married couple from Sumy, Ukraine, near the Russian border. Recently Alex was notified he was chosen in the U.S. “diversity lottery” that authorizes them to work and live permanently in the U.S. They chose to take advantage of the opportunities and safety offered here. They need short-term housing.

Meeting the Moment Series - We are in a critical moment in our country and in our democracy. At this moment, it is important that we are trusted messengers to voters all across the country about all things voting. Sometimes, we assume everyone knows what we are all talking about but the reality is, we can’t know it all. Introducing Meeting the Moment, a political education series! Join UU the Vote for in-depth conversations on civics, faith-based organizing, and getting out the vote in a fun and engaging way! Sign up here!

"UU the Vote Calls" Weekly Phone Bank Series! UU the Vote will be hosting weekly phone banks every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm PT. Our “UU the Vote Calls” events will feature different states weekly so we can spread our message across the nation. Join UUs from across the country in calling voters ahead of the midterm elections. We need you! Never tried phone banking before? Come try it out! https://www.uuthevote.org/events/

TOGETHER! Thurston County is reaching out to our community to inform people about our new Host Homes Program, which will support homeless and unaccompanied youths. You are invited to the next community informational Zoom meeting. TOGETHER! Host Homes Informational Meeting hosted by Program Director, Tami Lathrop. October 19 at 6:00 pm.

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