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This Week at OUUC - August 20, 2014     


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This is a weekly email publication about events coming up at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation.



Did you miss last week's sermon? You can listen to it here.

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Our Community is Enriched Through the Contributions of Many. Thank you to everyone who helped organize and set-up classroom space last Sunday: Tiffany and Erik Felch, Sean Harrington, Bonnie Guyer Graham, plus kids (Carbon, Hypatia, Sean, Sylvia, and Jasmine)!

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A volunteer is needed to help with an inventory of church furniture and equipment. Count tables and chairs, note serial numbers, take photographs/video, create records of what we own, etc. Please contact the Church Administrator if you are interested.

Second service is in need of more members and friends to volunteer to be part of the Hospitality Ministry. If you can meet this need, please contact Carol Williams, Coordinator of Ushers and Greeters. Training is available. Thank you. 

Monthly Opportunities Editor - Would you like to help newcomers and oldtimers know what OUUC events, classes, and meetings are coming up each month? Do you love to create fliers or short newsletters? Would you love to be in the know about what's coming up at OUUC? Take this chance to work with Sara, Darlene, and Bonnie on a project once a month. Questions? Contact Bonnie Guyer Graham. Thank YOU!



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*OUUC will occasionally publish announcements about activities in the larger community that may be of interest to members of the congregation. Priority is given to those announcements submitted by church members, and to those activities closely associated with OUUC's mission. The publishing of such announcements does not indicate OUUC's endorsement.

Worship Services     

August 24 - services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

The Reverend Emily Melcher, preaching


Notes from The Reverend Emily Melcher

Contacting me:  I’ll typically be in the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. For the time being, those days are fairly heavily booked, so please send me an e-mail if you’d like to make an appointment to meet with me. Mondays are my day of rest, and Fridays my study and writing day. On those days, I will not tend to e-mail or other church business, except for pastoral emergencies. For non-urgent matters, please leave a voicemail in my church office. For urgent matters, please call my cell phone. The number is listed in the OUUC directory.

Have you written a “This I Believe” statement? I’d love to read it as a way of getting to know the breadth of what grounds OUUC’s members. Please e-mail a copy if you’re willing to share it.

Pastoral prayer will be a regular part of our worship services. If you are experiencing illness, surgery, or loss, and would like to have that named in the prayer, please send an email with your request as early in the week as possible, and by Saturday evening at 9:00 pm at the latest.


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The exit from the new church parking lot onto Division Street is an EXIT RIGHT TURN ONLY. Please do not, ever, turn into the parking lot from Division there and please do not turn left when exiting there. We have already had one near-collision there. The gated entrance/exit on Division is open on Sundays and we are working with the city to allow that gate to be left open during the week. Until that happens, any day other than Sunday, please ONLY ENTER the church parking lot from East End Street. We plan to soon have signs on the Division Street exit reminding everyone that it is an "EXIT ONLY".


eSaleGiving Update: If you have items you'd like to donate for our new OUUC eSaleGiving! fundraiser that can be easily transported, please bring them with you this coming Sunday morning. If possible, submit an eSale Giving Donation form first, with a note in the description that you’ll be bringing your item to OUUC. Susan Dodson will be on hand Sunday to accept your donations, and will have a supply of blank paper donation forms if you haven't had a chance to submit one online. If you have any questions please contact Susan Dodson


On Sunday, September 7 we will resume serving coffee following both the early and the late services at OUUC. We value this time of fellowship, however, sometimes find it difficult to staff servers for the second coffee service. If you attend late service and value the coffee hour, perhaps you would be willing to volunteer to join the OUUC coffee team. Contact Amy Huntley


Ladies Unitarian Social Hour - LUSH will meet at the Boston Harbor Marina on Tuesday, August 26, 4:30-6:00 pm. You can buy snacks and drinks at the store there, and bring them onto the deck!


Another weeding party!  Join us anytime from 8:30 am to noon on Saturday, August 30. Bring gloves, hat, water, and your FAVORITE tools. OUUC also has tools you can use. Help keep our grounds beautiful!  And thank you!


A Call for Stewards! The Stewardship Drive this fall will feature brief face-to-face meetings with OUUC members and friends - and an opportunity for you to share your passion for OUUC with your fellow congregants. As a volunteer Steward, you will receive training to help you talk comfortably about how each person’s generous support is vital to sustain what we most value about our beloved religious community. Sign-ups for Stewards will start the latter part of August. If you could help with recruitment of stewards, please contact Debby Pattin.


Start the year off confident in your ability to talk about Unitarian Universalism, whether as a teacher in religious education or a greeter to newcomers or to your family and friends. Articulating Your Faith provides Unitarian Universalists the opportunity to explore ways they can better articulate the news of this empowering but challenging faith. Sara will teach this course in three sessions- August, 26, 27, and 28, 6-8:30 pm. Email Sara Lewis to register today.


Do you know a 7th-9th grader who could benefit from comprehensive and holistic sexuality education? Our Whole Lives (OWL) will be offered in 2014-2015 for 7th-9th grade youth. OWL equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information and not only provides facts but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. For more information, contact Sara Lewis, Director of Lifespan Religious Education.


2015 Share the Plate Applications sought -  The criteria for selecting groups includes having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, being locally based, serving as a unique service to the community, having a history of stability, and not being a past beneficiary for the last two years. The applications are online at the OUUC website. Nominate your favorite group. Tell an active community leader. Our deadline is October 15. Contact Tom Best for more information.


In the Larger Community*

Discovery Day – Workshops and Peer Learning - Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am - 4:15 pm, Bellevue, WA, Registration: $15. Leaders in UU congregations throughout the Pacific Northwest share their passion and experience with those eager to discover how to live our faith more deeply, meaningfully and effectively. “Discovery Day” will be a chance for UUs to learn from one another through 75-minute workshops led by peers and professionals. Check out the variety of innovative offerings below and plan to attend the workshops that will have the most impact in your congregation. Full Schedule and Workshop Descriptions. Registration closes September 10. Register here.

In order to serve those who cannot make it to Bellevue, WA, we have selected one workshop from each session to also be available for live, online participation: Session 1 - 9:30 - 10:45 am: Be a Better Greeter, Session 2 - 11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Preaching and the Worship Arts, Session 3 - 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Keys to Successful Administration of Religious Education Programs, Session 4 - 3:00 - 4:15 pm: Stewardship for the Nervous. Go to the Discovery Day page for workshop descriptions and full details. At the Discovery Day page, you will see a link to register to attend the event and a separate link to register for online participation. The registration fee for either onsite-attendance or for online-participation is only $15 per person. Advance registration is required and closes September 10. If you register for online-participation, after September 11 we will email you the link and instructions to connect on Saturday, September 27.


The Music Committee invites all to attend our Music Director's newest musical production, "Songs for a New World". This wonderful production will be performed at the SPSCC Minneart Black Box Center, August 21 - 24. It is a musical score of today's popular music that you won't want to miss. Tickets are available through the Washington Center.


AIDNW (Advocates of individuals in Detention Northwest) will be sponsoring a training session on Saturday, August 23 for those who would like to join the visitor program at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Many of the detained immigrants there are far away from their family and friends and truly appreciate the visits. The training will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 621 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. The entrance is at the back of the church, up steps from the parking lot. You may RSVP here.


Save the date! Saturday, October 11, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm at OUUC for the Justice Summit co-sponsored by UU Voices for Justice and the NW UU Justice Network. Meet with UUs from the Pacific Northwest to collaborate on the social justice issues that move you. The keynote speaker is The Reverend Paul Benz, co-director of the Faith Action Network. 


The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will host a seven day walk around our state capital in Olympia. Rev. Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP chapter, is organizing a seven day march around each state capital, nationally, August 21 - 28. The concept for the march was birthed from the Moral Monday’s campaign. People who are from every race, gender, creed, religion and class are coming together to fight against a dangerous agenda of extremism. We’re called to a deeply moral and constitutional vision of a society. This vision of society demands that the focus of public policy be justice for all and care for the common good. We will walk around our capital each evening at 6:30 pm, in silent prayer. On the seventh day, we will walk around our capital seven times. We look forward to seeing you in Olympia, Washington on the North Steps, August 21 - 28 at 6:30 pm each evening. - Maria Britton-Sipe


Save the date! Saturday, October 11, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm at OUUC for the Justice Summit co-sponsored by UU Voices for Justice and the NW UU Justice Network. Meet with UUs from the Pacific Northwest to collaborate on the social justice issues that move you. The keynote speaker is The Reverend Paul Benz, co-director of the Faith Action Network.


Job opening at Interfaith Works: The Interfaith Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and managing various programs and special events of Interfaith Works related to interfaith and intercultural understanding, respect, dialogue and celebration, strengthening faith community relations, and the development of interfaith leadership in the community. The Interfaith Program Coordinator will report to the Executive Director. The position is part time, approximately 20 hours per week, with flexible hours required. See the job description posted on the OUUC bulletin board. 


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Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
2300 East End St NW
Olympia, Washington 98502

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