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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

2024 Giving Campaign: Love In Action

Together we are living out God’s call for love and justice in the world. Together we are a cornerstone of philanthropic efforts in our neighborhood and beyond. Together, we are walking this path of faith. Together we are supporting each other through difficult times. Together we are growing the next generation of engaged church participants. Together we are Love in Action.

Thank you for being part of the transformative love-in-action work of this church. Your kindness and hospitality, your prayers, your presence in the pews and online, your volunteer hours, your voice lifted in song. Each card you write, each time you show up to advocate for justice, each time we study and learn, celebrate and grieve, and each time we have fun together — we embody love in action. Our church exists because you participate. 

As part of this year’s pledge campaign, we are sharing “snapshots” of what love in action at UCUCC means to each of us. We encourage everyone to identify what you love about this church, and how you can make those opportunities available into the future. Your financial gifts, and the action of giving, strengthens our connection to each other and makes the work of the church possible. We believe that giving as a spiritual practice is extremely valuable and will grow your sense of belonging, integrity, and connection to the good work this church is doing. We rely on your participation, no matter what size your financial gift, and together we make it possible to be the church God is calling us to be.

Our 2024 giving goal of $1,275,000 directly funds the cost of vibrant worship both online and in-person, innovative faith formation, powerful music, opportunities for connection in community, a commitment to fair and just wages for staff, and a building in the heart of the University District. We ask you to prayerfully reflect on what type of financial gift you can make to support the church.

Key dates of our 2024 Giving Campaign

Week of September 10, 2023. Giving Campaign packets arrive in the mail!

Sunday, September 17, 2023 – Giving Campaign begins
We’ll start our 2024 Giving Campaign with a kickoff in our virtual and in-person worship service.

Monday, October 16, 2023 – Church Finance Forum
Do you have questions about our endowment? Want to know more about the church’s 100+ restricted funds, various property assets, or the financial health of the church? You are invited to join us on Zoom at 7:00 pm for a church finance forum with Kyna Shilling, Director of Finance and Operations. She will share updates on our 2023 budget and give an overview of our church finances. This meeting will be recorded and shared for viewing afterwards.

Sunday, October 15, 2023 – Giving Campaign Dedication Sunday (“In-gathering Sunday”)
The budget committee makes budgetary decisions for the next year based on pledges collected by this Sunday. Gifts are always welcome, but sharing a 2024 pledge by this date is helpful! You can return your pledge via mail to the church, drop off your pledge card in the office (Sunday mornings, or Tue/Thu from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm) pledge via your MyUCUCC account, or fill out an online pledge form. If you are pledging online, we encourage you to connect your bank account to our secure server, otherwise UCUCC pays a fee on your donation.

Monday, October 30, 2023 – Budget Preview Forum
You told us you wanted an opportunity to preview the budget before the budget vote, and we listened! Join us on Zoom at 7:00 pm to preview a draft of the 2024 budget, to ask questions and give feedback before the congregational budget meeting and vote.

Sunday, November 19, 2023 – Congregational budget vote
Join your fellow congregants in person or online for our all-church meeting to vote on UCUCC’s 2024 budget.

 

2024 Giving Campaign Resources:

Giving “Step-Chart”
UCUCC Pledge map
Instructions: how to set up a recurring online gift
Stock Gifts and Qualified Charitable Deductions (QCDs)
Planned Giving Resources
2023 Budget
2022 End of Year Financial Packet
Assets Enhancement Task Force (AETF) Inventory Report

UCUCC’s EIN is 91-0573111