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.

Submitted by Lily Lahiri – Mwanzo Board Member

Today I bring you excerpts from the July Report of Janet Andar, Chair of MEPF

One of the major projects run by the MEPF is their Table Banking (microfinancing) program. Your donations have helped to fund the principal for these loans. In this space, I can only begin to convey the heartwarming stories of lives changed due to this group.

Education: Risper Ongayo, an elderly widow, who supports 10 children, borrowed money to help feed them in the evening after school, and during the school holiday when they weren’t getting two warm meals at school. Gilbert and Judith, who have seven children, used their loan to pay high school fees for two of the children. Janet, a widow with seven children in her care, paid past-due school fees, so that her daughter, Christine, could receive her high school certificate, which had been held back due to the outstanding balance. Fifty-seven children have been able to proceed with their education at all levels due to these loans.

Agriculture: Millicent Opundo, a widow with three children, expanded her chicken business and, with her earnings, was able to renovate  her home and pay school fees for her high-school daughter. All of the MEPF members used a bit of the money for food security. This is especially critical for those members with HIV/AIDS who must take their medicine with food.

Business: MEPF stands for Mwanzo Energetic Proud Farmers, and energetic they are. These hard-working women created the catering business, and their savings and loan association (Table Banking) to build community sustainability through their group and individual energetic enterprises. Jane Okeyo and Pamela Omondi each scaled up their businesses, making themselves and the broader community more prosperous. Jane added extra stock in her small kiosk in Kadongo village, increasing her profit, so she could pay her family’s hospital bills. Pamela opened a shop as well as a M-EPSA (a mobile banking facility) in Rabuor. This allows her to earn more and provides local access to financial services, improving the local economy! Most financial transactions in Kenya are made through M-EPSAs. Pamela supports the community by teaching elders how to avoid scams, which makes them feel safe and know her true reliability.

Unlike most microfinance services, where borrowers pay around 25% interest, the Table Banking loans are granted with an interest rate of 10%. This builds the fund, while serving the community in transformative ways.

On the day when Janet wrote her report, the MEPF members were doing a thorough cleaning of tents and other catering utensils. She mentioned that they recently celebrated their patron, Mama Rosemell, and purchased new tables and a tent from their microfinance and catering savings. They asked her to convey their  “total appreciation from MEPF members for the impact in their lives.”