No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Young, old, sure of your path, or still searching --- we invite you to join us in imagining love and justice - as Jesus did - in acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. Weekly services are are available on line after they are initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a meeting.

Our in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service.

UCUCC Parking Map

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Parking can be a challenge in the University District! Persistence, patience and an early start are keys to success.

UW has free parking on Sundays. Enter the main campus gate at NE 45th and 17th Ave NE and turn left past the toll booth. It's about a three-block walk to the church. The UW Meany Garage at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. is a five-block walk.

The church also owns three parking lots - Lot A is across the street from the church on 16th Ave. E. Lot B is beneath Sortun Court, just north of the church on the east side of 16th Ave. E. (It closes at 2 p.m.) Lot C (for those with difficulty walking, young children and visitors) is at the corner of 15th NE and NE 45th St., next to the church.

If you need to be assured of a close parking spot, you can call the church office before noon on Friday to reserve one: 206-524-2322.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

We are an inter-generational church and strive to be family-friendly, with an active ministry for children and youth. All ages are welcome in worship. We also offer nursery and child-care, Younger children begin the 10 am service with us and usually leave after about 15 minutes. Older children have the option of leaving for a special sermon time. Junior high and high school youth meet at 9 am and then often sit together in worship. Give us a call at 206-524-2322 for more specifics.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

Hearing Impaired: Our sanctuary has an induction loop system that uses the T-Coil mode of your hearing aids. You can get the necessary equipment just before entering the Sanctuary on the right or ask any usher.

Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday's program in large print for easier readability.

Wheelchair Access: The front entry is wheelchair accessible as are the rest rooms. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

Margaret’s Maternity Leave & Coverage—April to July/August

Let’s welcome back Margaret after her family leave! We want to share a big thank you to Sarah Marshall for her leadership these past few months, and to Anna Van Pelt for her work with Seabeck. Margaret and Sarah will be overlapping during August as Margaret enjoys a gradual transition back to work, and Sarah transitions out of her interim role.

Children, Youth & Family Ministries Contacts

• Margaret Swanson, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries: mswanson@universityucc.org
• Carolyn Davis Johnson, Children’s Ministry Coordinator: cjdavis@universityucc.org
• Rev. Steve Jerbi, Minister of Worship & Christian Formation: sjerbi@universityucc.org
• Youth Ministry Committee: ucuccyouthboard@universityucc.org

YOUTH MINISTRY

Outdoor Movie & Firepit
Thursday August 18, 6:30 pm
Join the group in watching the movie, “Finding ‘Ohana”! Then we’ll roast marshmallows over the fire pit! For more details and information about food, see your weekly email. Can’t wait to see you there.
Thank you, Susan Everett for sharing your backyard with us!

Bike Ride
Date: TBD
Join leaders Mike Zevenbergen and Trent Seigel for an afternoon bike ride! All levels of experience welcome, just grab your bike and helmet and enjoy the time together. More details to come!

Water Day
Sunday August 28
The youth program is working on a beach or pool event to close out the summer. We will even have some mindfulness activities and a lanyard creating craft. More details in upcoming weekly emails!

High School Summer Trip August 7 – 13, 2022 to Holden Village
Youth who are currently in grades 8-12 are invited to participate in our H.S. Summer Trip to Holden Village. Instead of a full-on service trip, we are creating a trip that will offer times of service, worship, workshops/learning, play and faith exploration. We are thinking of this more as a pilgrimage. It will be such a special experience and we look forward to everyone participating! Our leaders are Pastor Steve, Mike Zevenbergen, Margaret Stine and Lynn Schafer! Please check your weekly Youth Ministry Emails for the link to sign-up to attend.

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Popsicles in the Park
Ravenna Park Sunday August 14 12pm-2pm
Join us at Ravenna Park following church on Sunday, August 14th for some summer fun! Bring a picnic lunch for your family and a blanket or chairs to sit on. Kids will have fun climbing on the playground, digging in the sand, or running and playing games in the grass! We will provide popsicles as a fun treat. Bring friends! RSVP to Carolyn cjdavis@universityucc.org.

Cookout at The Marshalls
Saturday August 27th 5pm-7pm
Celebrate the end of the summer with your UCUCC fam! Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Kids can play while parents relax….hopefully;) We have a water table, big sandbox, yard games, and sports equipment. RSVP to Sarah smarshall@universityucc.org.

Volunteers are Vital for Children’s Ministry:
Children’s Ministry Celebrate and Appreciates Volunteer Sarah Wallen (pictured).

Volunteers are a significant part of the children’s church experience. There are no specific qualifications required to volunteer, just love God by loving children. Have you considered sharing the joys of your inner child by volunteering some time with the children’s ministry program? Volunteering is usually a once-a-month commitment that can mean working on behind the scenes prep for events, direct leadership with children, administrative support, leading a craft, reading a story and more. Please be in touch with Children Ministries Coordinator, Carolyn Johnson Davis at cjdavis@universityucc.org or call her Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 AM to 6 PM at (206) 280-3819.

 

Sunday Mornings – Activities for Children
Our children are always welcomed to enjoy, interactive, fun and inspirational, Bible based worship learning activities. We hope to see all of our UCUCC families and friends at church!

Sunday Morning Schedule:

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM Kids/Families welcome to hang in the lounge

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Children & Families in Worship/Kids can be in lounge

10:15 AM – Children’s Music Moment in the Sanctuary

10:20 AM – Kids proceed to lounge for Circle Gathering Time

10:35 AM – Crafts & Activities

10:50 AM – Outside Time (snack time)

11:30 AM – Pick-up

Our learning-worship environment is designed to provide experiences that nurture, teach and reflect God’s Love toward us, as well as inspire the child to love and appreciate God, creation, themselves and one another.