OUUC Weekly Update 11-15-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service November 20 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“A Different Thanksgiving Story” with Rev. Mary Gear

As we enter a time of holidays and holy days, how do we reconcile a story of Thanksgiving that is false and harmful? What might we do to restore meaning to this time? What accountability does our faith call us to?

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

Capital Campaign News

The Capital Campaign is well underway. Thanks to all who have already made their commitments, and if you haven’t please take the time to do so on our Realm Giving page. Thanks to the wonderful kickoff boost we received from George Lanning and his estate, we are already OVER halfway to our goal of $544,500. With 13 generous commitments of a total of an additional $27,540 we are currently at $279,039.

Our goal averages to a commitment of around $1,000 per member over the course of 3 years. To clarify, this is not an expectation that all members can or will be able to commit $1,000 – that’s just the average. We hope that everyone gives to their capability to help us Fund our Future at OUUC.

Upcoming Events


On Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 pm, please join our Capital Campaign Committee members in a Zoom Question and Answer session about the Capital Campaign. If you have any questions you can email them in advance to Barry Zickuhr, or simply ask them at the session. We will repeat this Q/A session after the church service this week at 11:30 am in the Sanctuary as well as on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 852 3432 9315

Passcode: 173618

Capital Campaign Cabaret!

Join our talented OUUC members and staff for a rollicking fun celebration this Saturday, November 19 at 4:00 pm in the Commons and on Zoom.


Meeting ID: 847 0703 3731

Passcode: 018612

Coming Up

Grounds Cleanup November 19

OUUC Grounds Cleanup this Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Come and pitch-in with raking and sweeping the parking lots. So, we can see the parking space lines!!! And help the Adopt-a-Plot volunteers move mulch to their sites. Many hands make light work! Thanks!

What is GA anyway?

We asked you to save the dates (June 21-25, 2023) for General Assembly, but what is that anyway? Check out this video to find out!


Join the OUUC FB Group to connect with other OUUC folks in that way!

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.

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’re forming a Faith in Action Alert List in Realm, as an opt-in group for FIA announcements. Join this group if you want to get these alerts. Look for a group called Faith in Action Alerts. If you need help joining a group or with using Realm, contact the OUUC Office.

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.

You are invited to this year’s interfaith celebration of community, “Resetting Our Sacred Table.” Sunday, November 20, 2:00 pm. In-person at Temple Beth Hatfiloh and on Zoom. Learn more: Current Events - Interfaith Works (interfaith-works.org)

Unitarian Universalist Association - Transgender Day of Remembrance

Service, Friday, November 18, 1:00 pm PT via Zoom. Let us honor the inherent worth and dignity of trans people by remembering those we’ve lost and honoring those living among us. Please join us as we honor the lives lost in 2022 and celebrate the resilience of the transgender community as we grieve together, worship together, and recommit to moving together in solidarity. REGISTER: https://bit.ly/UUA-TransDayofRemembrance2022

What is Restorative Justice? December 11, 7:00-8:30 pm. Produced by Collective Justice NW In this program we will hear from people who are doing the work of restorative justice. We will also hear compelling stories of people who have been victims of violence and from people who have been perpetrators of harm who have been greatly impacted by the restorative justice process. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2280574426 More information to follow. Contact - Steve Tilley, Justice not Jails

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