OUUC Weekly Update 5-27-20

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service May 31, one online service at 10:00 am

"Threshold Braking" - Rev. Vincent Lachina

We seldom think that living our lives could be compared to auto racing, but there is one similarity that might be surprising. It’s the concept of “Threshold Braking,” the art of slowing down in the most practical way. Slamming on the brakes in an automobile or in life is not the best way to slow down or stop. Too many of us rely on our human ABS (automatic braking system) to help us monitor our threshold braking when sudden life changes tell us to stop of slow down. Threshold braking is a reality and one we can learn to master.

The 5th Sunday collection is for the UUA Pandemic Aid Fund with half going to the UUA Disaster Fund and half to the UUA Living Tradition Fund (helping congregational staff with emergency needs).

Join us for Online Worship.

Listen to recent sermons here.

Rev. Mary is away this week for rejuvenation and renewal. Here’s a mid-week meditation from Rev. Mary in late March using the Buddhist Loving Kindness practice. Blessings on your week.

Mid-Week Meditation

Rev. Mary Gear: Metta Meditation 3-29-20

Quick Notes

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!

Read This Week in Religious Education here.

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

Families Need Our Help - A destructive fire at Olympia’s Quality Inn last weekend displaced 14 families hosted by the Family Support Center of South Sound. Fortunately, the 38 children and parents made it to safety but had to leave everything behind. Immediate needs are for electronic/digital gift cards and essential supplies, including diapers, wipes, formula, and easily microwaveable food. Please do not bring clothing; the agency does not have the capacity to sort and store items. Donations of essential items (or cash) can be dropped off at the Family Support Center main office, 3545 7th Ave. SW, Olympia, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For information on electronic gift card purchase and delivery, go to the agency’s Facebook page. OUUC has long supported the Family Support Center through Share the Plate and Books, Brownies, and Beans; let us step up again to help families who have endured a devastating loss.

UUA General Assembly - June 24-28. General Assembly (GA) is online this year—a 100% virtual event! This year’s GA theme is Rooted, Inspired, & Ready! We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith, and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. Registration is $150 for all events. Some events, like the Service of the Living Tradition, you can attend without registration or a fee. It will never be easier to attend the international gathering of Unitarians and Universalists. You can find more information here. OUUC is eligible for 7 delegates to GA. Read more....