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 – and acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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 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.

Things are busy within the Stewardship-Administration ministry!

Personnel Committee has been working on some needed revisions and clarifications to the Personnel Guidelines, and a proposal is going to the Church Council in June. They are also engaged with leadership staff team evaluation and direction, and are putting together a task list for themselves for the coming year.

Stewardship and Finance Committee continues to pay attention to the overall financial health of the church’s ministry. Look for a note in this issue of Church and Home with their invitation for us all to catch up on pledge contributions; our current contributions receipts are below budget and have been for the last couple of months.

The Audit Committee has met following the operational review by Battershell and Nichols performed last December. The committee plans to present a report with some recommendations in the next couple of months.

2019 Pledge Campaign

And Sven Peterson is getting the Fall Pledge Campaign underway! There are some spots available for those who would like to help with some short-term tasks, as we find ways to share the ministry of the congregation, and the value of support to undergird all we do. And watch for a return of the Good Works Bazaar on Sunday October 21! This was a big success last year and plans to collaborate to produce it again are taking shape.

[The Good Works Bazaar started in 2017. It is a chance to fellowship over a light lunch, check out displays created by our various ministries, and find out how you can get involved in a committee or action team.]

Facilities and Equipment Committee

Facilities and Equipment Committee continues to do great work with UCUCC Facilities Manager Robert Moore, who is also doing great work. Some construction projects are scheduled for Summer 2018 in the 3rd Floor North Wing, as the Childcare Programs prepare to move Trettin Drop-In Preschool to the north wing later this year. Other work is being planned for the 1st Floor South Wing, where Trettin is currently located, after Trettin moves.

The committee acted on recommendations from Wendy Blight, who was tasked with a couple of special projects when David Anderson returned from Sabbatical. Wendy has researched and recommended a process for securing a Reserve Analysis for the building. This will help us with long-term planning and budgeting, and has been a hope since the New Cornerstones campaign. In addition, Wendy researched and recommended a company to help us with an evaluation of our insurance coverage to be sure our coverage is adequate. With Wendy’s help, these two evaluations will proceed in the coming months.

In addition, the committee approved a recommendation to add a storage closet in the SW corner of the Ostrander Hall Dining area. This will allow for more efficient chair storage, free up some other closet space for needed Teen Feed storage, and will allow us to move some things out of the O Hall kitchen pantry that should be stored away from food. This closet will use some of the floor space between the south kitchen door and the wall, and will go part way to the stairs that come down into O Hall. There will still be space for milling around and gathering in that area.

SEAT 

And wider than Stewardship-Administration but a significant aspect of our infrastructure support, the South End Action Team (SEAT) continues their work to discern the best use for the 1st floor south space that will be available when Trettin Drop-In Preschool moves to the north wing. They thought they were in the home stretch with a joint proposal from two nonprofit agencies, but both agencies had to withdraw late in the process due to significant changes in each of their agencies.

SEAT has clarified some parameters for the space use and availability, and has posted the notice of availability in a variety of settings. Work will continue to identify a candidate(s). SEAT plans to present a recommendation to the Church Council in the coming months. Feel free to ask Church Administrator David Anderson or SEAT Chair Wayne Wilson for the posting to share, or download link >> here

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All of this work is crucial to undergird and support our ministry. I’m grateful for all who are involved to help keep us on track and in good stead. We do amazing ministry here at UCUCC, and these committees are significant in making that possible.