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.

The Church Council met on Oct. 20 via Zoom.

Covid-19 and emergence update – Mid-September recommendations are being followed at this time. The team is starting to think about Advent and singing while keeping an eye on local Covid trends.

The technology to do hybrid meetings is being installed as ordered supplies are received. There are supply chain issues affecting the installation of hardware. An upgrade to our equipment to allow live-streaming is in the works, also pending arrival, installation, and upgrades of equipment.

Bridge Search Committee is moving forward with interviews. Once the search committee makes a
recommendation, Council will make the final decision regarding hiring.

Financial update –

Pledges are coming in on budget. Expenses are over-budget but not in any new ways. Nothing is “looming on the horizon” and revenues are higher than expected. It is likely that we will end the year in the red.

Council unanimously took four actions, as follows:

Search Committee formed: A search committee for a new Minister of Worship and Care was approved
unanimously. Note: See the Search Committee article on this page for details of membership and their workplan.

Letter of Understanding between UCUCC and Rev. Dr. Catherine Foote, in anticipation of her
retirement as Minister of Care and Outreach on December 1, 2021. In particular, this letter is intended to help maintain healthy boundaries within the University UCC community, to avoid pressure on the retiring minister and to provide support for her successor.

The receipt of the final disbursement of an undesignated bequest from the estate of JoAnne Conard of $540.99, and to allocate the gift according to our undesignated bequest policy. The Stewardship Committee recommendation is: 30% percent to the New Initiatives Fund, and 70% percent to the General Endowment. Several folks shared remembrances of
JoAnne, who was an ardent supporter of Christian Education and the lecture series and a vibrant person and scholar participating in Jesus study group among other groups. She was invested and very active in the conference. The initial gift from her bequest was received by council in June, 2021.

The Council recommend Rachel Haxtema to the Committee on Ministry of the Pacific Northwest
Conference of the United Church of Christ as a Member in Discernment (MID) and form a Discernment Committee to support her in this process. Rachel Haxtema has completed her M. Div. and was a Member in Discernment and approved for ordination in the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC. Because of her move to the Pacific Northwest and other life changes she is seeking to transfer her work to the PNC.

Submitted by Mary Sue Galvin, Secretary