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November 10, 2022

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Sunday Services Update - Rev. Mary Gear

We have been blessed with full sanctuary for many of these past Sundays. What a wonderful thing to be and sing together! While our onsite attendance has been growing, our online attendance has stayed strong as some of us are online all the time and others are online on occasion.

There’s a few things that I’ve notice. It’s clear that it is important to offer both onsite and online options for worship and other community-wide events. We can expand our reach and be inclusive. I am committed to do so for as many events as we can; not all, but as many as we can.

The sanctuary is set up with chairs spaced further apart and with space under the TV for anyone who wants and needs more space, comfy chairs and fidget toys. We’ve done these things to make the sanctuary as welcoming as possible for all ages and for different Covid-comfort levels. We seat fewer people in the sanctuary than before Covid as we’ve prioritized welcome and safety.

That means we are planning to go to two services in the new year. This will allow us to welcome more people onsite and expand our reach.

This is the schedule of what we do on Sunday mornings now:

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This is what we think two services schedule will be:
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Let’s make room for everyone. You can help now by sitting in the choir seats when they are available, sitting in the classroom that we’ve set up for extra seating, and using the beanbag chairs under the TV.

When we offer two services, we’ll also need to expand our many hands that make worship happen. You can help by lending your talents to help make Sunday morning happen. Here’s who you can contact to volunteer:

Ushers and greeters:

Jen Sabel


Julie Rosmond

Child care staff:

Rev. Sara Lewis

Hospitality in general (welcome, engagement):

Rev. Sara Lewis

Tech Team:

Celebrant/Worship Arts:

Rev. Mary


Troy Fisher

Let’s help to make sure everyone is welcome. Won’t you join us?

Blessings on your week,

Rev. Mary

What Do We Teach and Learn As UU’s? - Rev. Sara Lewis

If you heard my story this last Sunday, you heard me ask what it is we do here at OUUC. Some of the answers shouted out were: committees, singing, and learning together. I also talked about what it is I do here. As Director of Community and Faith Development, I am honored to do some very important work, helping to build community and relationships, help people learn and grow, and take action based on their values and their faith.

Like many religious educators, I appreciate a saying brought to us by Connie Goodbread that “Faith Development is All We Do and ALL we do is Faith Development”. Truly, we learn from everything we do, and everything we do is shaped by what we learn. Learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom, it happens all the time, and everywhere.

Right now there is a project to gather responses and feedback on what our congregations are teaching and learning, and you can participate in that. Visit the form here to answer the question of what we teach and learn here:

What Are Our UU Values?

In our Living Tradition we are also in a time of once again asking ourselves what values we share and what lies at the heart of our UU movement, in the form of Article II of the UUA bylaws. This is another opportunity for you to provide your feedback!

Feedback is open on the new Draft of Article II.

Read the draft here: Microsoft Word - Retreat Full Article2 Draft Language rev .docx (

We held a forum on Article II last Sunday, which you can watch here:

Forum on Article II - 11/6/2022 After-Service Event
Feedback is wanted! You can submit comments on this online form: Article II November Draft Feedback (

Or find a zoom session to attend to give your feedback: Article II Study Commission |

Thursday Evening Spiritual Practice

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Thursday Evening Spiritual Practice is an opportunity to pause and catch up with ourselves mid week. Spiritual practice is the act of connecting to ourselves, to each other, and to something greater.

What to Expect:

The Spiritual Practice session begins at 7 p.m. in the OUUC Commons and on Zoom. Tonight's event is a musical meditation led by Troy Fisher.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 3878 6949
Passcode: 297714

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Community Dinners at 5:30pm on Thursdays

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This week’s dinner is tacos, tamales, and enchiladas. Donations accepted. Volunteers welcome for Community Dinner!

Following this dinner, there will be:

  • 6:30pm Children's Anti-Racism Class (Spirit Play)
  • 6:30pm Our Whole Lives Class (Classroom 5)
  • 6:30pm Building the World We Dream About (Classroom 3)
  • 7pm Spiritual Practices (Sanctuary)


Looking for upcoming events? Go to the OUUC Calendar.