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.

One of the things I like best about big meals like Thanksgiving is the leftovers that will fill my refrigerator and grace my table for many meals to come. From the food I cooked on Thursday I will eat a whole thanksgiving meal again, just reheated. I will also enjoy turkey enchiladas, turkey and cranberry sandwiches, and turkey soup. Not to mention pie for dessert for the next week. Yes!

So on this Thanksgiving weekend, I am offering blog leftovers as well. In the years I have been writing this blog I have learned a few things. One is that an idea for a blog will come to me at random times, and no matter what promises I make to myself, if I don’t write the idea down, I will forget it. So I have started the practice of jotting down ideas as they occur to me- even scraps of ideas. Like apple seeds that do not produce the same apples as the tree from which they come, those “blog seeds” often turn out very differently than I imagine, but most of them do grow into something.

I use my phone’s “Notes” app to record these idea fragments, since I almost always have the phone with me. But shortly after I began writing down blog ideas as soon as I thought of them, I discovered how hard it was to find my notes again. So I added the word “blog” at the beginning of every idea. Then when it is time to write and I don’t have any ideas, I just type “blog” into my search function, and the old ideas appear.

All of this is to say that for today’s blog, I decided to share some of the “leftovers”- ideas that have never become blogs, ideas I wrote down and then couldn’t remember why, ideas that may yet grow into something. These random notes are listed here, accompanied by random pictures I also take imagining I might someday need them for this blog. Here you go.

Blog Lost Sheep Statue (I made this note in September when the Lost Sheep statue made by Charles McCullough for our church was damaged by vandalism.)

Blog Sacred Simplicity (this one is also from September- I was thinking about the simplicity of life- for better or for worse- under COVID restrictions.)

Blog You Must Be Born Again (from August, with accompanying notes “Start over” Not sure what I was thinking.)

Blog Jesus Has Left the Building (from July, when I was thinking of all the ways we are “doing church” without being in our building.)

Blog Before You Go Back (from early May. I don’t remember what I was thinking for this one either, but I think it had to do with some kind of “return” to pre-COVID ways of being.)

Blog Raise Your Hand if You’re Not Here (from March, just after we stopped gathering. I’m sure I was thinking about how to keep track of everyone when we don’t sign our “attendance sheets” in the sanctuary any more.)

Blog Blog (What?)

Blog Dog in the Manger (from December 2019. I have no idea what I was thinking but am putting it here to remind everyone that Advent begins this Sunday)

And yes, by the way, “Blog Leftovers” was also on my phone. I made the note yesterday. I knew I would write something, but I didn’t realize it would be this.

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the leftovers.