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.

September Events

Wednesday, August 31: Teen Feed
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Teen Feed is an amazing ministry offering a warm meal to youth and young adults in the community. Youth, their families, and friends are invited to help cook and serve the meal at Teen Feed! Mike Zevenbergen is our amazing team leader and will purchase ingredients. Families can plan to come at around 5pm and be done around 8/8:30pm. It’s truly an important way to serve and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Students can count this towards their service hours. Sign up to help by emailing Margaret at mswanson@universityucc.org

Sunday, September 11: 9am Youth Group Starts!
Youth Group begins again for youth in grades 6 – 12. Youth are invited to join in-person (masked) at church or online via zoom. It will be so wonderful to connect and see everyone! We had a wonderful summer and I know you all had adventures! We are excited to hear all about what you’ve been up to! We are still finalizing our leadership and will be in touch via the weekly Youth Ministry emails with more details.

Other Fall Save the dates:
• October 1: Family Pizza Night
• October 23: Bible Sunday
• October 30: Trunk or Treat

2022 – 2023 Planning:
Retreats – We are looking at planning retreats for fall and spring. More details to come.
Confirmation – This is a Confirmation Class year. Students in 8th & 9th grade should mark their calendars for a retreat January 6 – 8, 2023 and for class to run from January – April/May.
H.S. OWL Class – This is a HS OWL Class year. Students in 10th – 12th grade should mark their calendars for a retreat January 6 – 8, 2023 and for class to run from January – April/May.

NEW ministry for 4th & 5th grade youth starting this fall – “B.L.A.S.T. “

This fall our 4th and 5th graders will have a B.L.A.S.T. with some new opportunities in Christian Formation. B.L.A.S.T. stands for Build, Learn, And Serve Together – and meets the needs of these upper elementary tweens. Our Sunday morning time will have some new lessons giving them a good faith foundation. Then on 4th Sundays from 4-5pm we will meet for special activities and programming.

• September 25
• October 23
• November 27 (attend advent workshop)
• December – off
• January 22
• February 26
• March 26
• April 23
• May 5-6th – Overnight at the church

Friends are always welcome! If you have questions about B.L.A.S.T. and 4th and 5th grade programming, reach out to Pastor Steve at sjerbi@universityucc.org.

Middle School Summer Trip

We’ve continued to learn how to be flexible and make the best of each situation and the MS Service Trip was a perfect example of that. After completely changing plans when our leaders had to cancel, we came up with a mini trip that consisted of two days of service without the overnights. Wednesday afternoon we met at the church and spent time together deepening relationships, learning about food insecurity, and having a bit of fun. That evening we worked together to cook a meal with Teen Feed for 60 young people. We served half of the meals and packed up the rest for Roots. Chili, Baked Potatoes, Cornbread, Salad, Brownies – it was delicious, and the youth did a great job working as a team. Thursday morning, we met bright and early in the church parking lot and drove up to Edmonds to catch the ferry. Our day was spent in Kingston at The Giving Garden where our team built a raised bed for herbs! These plants will be harvested and donated to the Food Bank to add extra flavor to the client’s food. It was physical work in the hot sun and these kids had great attitudes the entire time. We look a quick trip to Point No Point to cool off and play at the beach. We got stuck at the ferry terminal on our way home for 3.5 hours because of mechanical issues, but smiles continued, and the relationships grew. It was amazing to see the youth inviting other kids who were waiting to join in on games. These middle schoolers are wonderful!
Youth: Roy, Issac, Abe, Cordelia, Clara, Elliot
Leaders: Jennifer Butner, Adrien Andre, Sarah Marshall

High School Summer Trip: Keep Holden On! – The Village Voice from one of our Youthies

Last month me and 4 other youth (and our leaders) took a pilgrimage to Holden Village. Here’s a brief overview of Holden’s past: it was built as a copper mine last century. When it closed it was turned into a retreat center. The original buildings (hotel, worker dorms, meeting hall with bowling alley and ice cream parlor and others) are all still there. We went to a daily bible study led by Austen Harktke about the Bible and the lives of Transgender Christians. We also went to evening prayer every night, learned about the remediation of pollution from the mine, helped with dishes and “Garbo” (recycling, trash, and compost in the village), ate ice cream and hung out together. I got to know the youth better and got to learn more about Holden and caring for creation. Thank you for all the youth leaders that came on the trip and all the ways the congregation helped us get to Holden!

Peace, Eleanor Jerbi