OUUC Weekly Update 1-24-23

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service January 29 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“Power of Money” - Rev. Mary Gear.

In this month where we grapple with the spiritual theme of power, we explore the role of money and its power in our lives and world.

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

Would you like some of your church news by video? Try our Tiny Little News Show!
Tiny Little News Show Jan 23, 2023

The Capital Campaign’s Final Week!

Our Capital Campaign wraps up next Tuesday. We are very close to our goal of $544,500 but are still $58,000 short. If you haven't had a chance to make your commitment, this is the time! Please help us Fund Our Future by donating to the campaign today.

As part of our thanks to the congregation for a (mostly) successful Capital Campaign, we’ll have treats after the service on February 5. We hope to see you there to share in the goodies!

If you have any questions about the campaign, please see the Funding Our Future page, or contact Barry Zickuhr, Capital Campaign Committee chair.

The Capital Campaign Committee and the Board would like to thank these recent donors. For the full list of donors, please visit the Funding Our Future page. Names shared only with permission: Atley and Sheila Ralston, and Pat McLachlan.

Ministry Programs

Equity Library Is Now Open!

“If we are to change the inequity in our country we must not forget to teach our youngest citizens about what understanding and knowledge to bring the changes.” (Source unknown)

Equity Library is the new OUUC mini-library book cart that is full of beautiful books about OUUC’s Social Justice areas of study—- Antiracism, Environment Justice, and Economic Justice; and books of Native American stories and religions of the world. Located in the RE wing, and next to the drinking fountains, you find two racks of books to read and discuss with kids of all ages—-books for teens, parents, and other adults. On the bulletin board above the book cart, simple check-out and return information is posted. The current Library’s hours are Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, and Sundays from 9:30 - 11:30 am. This week’s featured books are THE YOUNGEST MARCHER and THE BRAVE LITTLE PARROT.

Guest at Your Table

This month we are inviting everyone at OUUC to participate in Guest at Your Table, a fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Learn more about the work of the UUSC here: What is Guest at Your Table? on Vimeo

Pick up Guest at Your Table boxes and donation envelopes in the Commons this month, or donate online: Donate to Classy - Guest at Your Table (uusc.org)

If you don’t mind, let Rev Sara know how much you donated, it is always nice to track our overall giving.

Volunteer Opportunties

Join the Member Engagement Team! The Member Engagement Team focuses on creating engagement and helping people become more connected to OUUC. They meet on the 3rd Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm, via zoom. They are welcoming to people with all levels of experience with OUUC and of all ages. If you are interested in helping people become and stay engaged at OUUC, this team is for you. Email Rev Sara for more information.

The community life ministry area is looking for one or two volunteers who enjoy responding to visitors. We get a few new visitors a week, and the job is to reach out by phone or email with a friendly message and to help point folks in the right direction for more information as desired. A volunteer role you can do on your own time, at home! If you are interested, contact Rev Sara.

Quick Notes

The Virtual Bulletin Board in OUUC Connect (Realm) is a place for members to share information about events in the larger community, ask for recommendations, and share resources. Email to sign up.

How can you know when there is an action coming up for faith in action? How do we organize in response to emerging justice issues and needs? We have a Faith in Action Alert List in OUUC Connect (Realm), as an opt-in group for FIA announcements. Join this group if you want to get these alerts. Email to sign up.

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

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

JUUstWA's 2023 Environmental Justice Legislative Summit, January 28, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Zoom. On January 28, JUUstWA will be hosting time and space for our network and WA legislators. This year is going to be a significant and busy year as we will grapple with: climate change, especially as pertains to the Growth Management Act impacting WA counties' salmon recovery, the breaching of the Lower Snake River dams more activity around green buildings and transportation and other environmental justice issues.

Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 28, at First Unitarian Portland, online or in-person. This year’s spiritual theme is Transcendentalism. The keynote speaker is Rev. John Buehrens. Rev. Buehrens served as UUA President, 1993-2001. A prolific author, his most recent one about our heritage is CONFLAGRATION: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice (Beacon, 2020). Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am - 2:35 pm Pacific Standard Time. Register.

OUUC folks are invited to join a discussion group hosted by Quimper UU Fellowship

Common Read: Mistakes and Miracles, Congregations on the Road to Multi-Culturalism

Widening the Circle Committee. Four Thursdays, February 2, 16, March 3, 16, 10-11:30 am.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer free tax preparation in Thurston County this year for the 2023 tax season. Our IRS-certified volunteers will be preparing and e-filing tax returns at six locations in Thurston County. We welcome clients of all ages and income levels unless your return is outside the scope of our training. In most cases, your return will be prepared in one visit from start to finish unless you are missing important tax documents or identification.

Starting January 17, veterans in acute suicidal crisis will be able to go to any VA or non-VA health care facility for emergency health care at no cost — including inpatient or crisis residential care for up to 30 days and outpatient care for up to 90 days. Veterans do not need to be enrolled in VA health care to use this benefit. This expansion will increase access to acute suicide care for up to 9 million veterans who are not currently enrolled in the VA system.

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