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. We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. We invite visitors to wear a name-tag from the pew register folder so we may more easily greet you by name.

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. You will be met at the door with a warm handshake and welcome, and our friendly greeters can help direct you and answer your questions.

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and sit on the main floor or in the balcony - wherever you feel most at ease. We look forward to welcoming you.

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.

We offer a complimentary "inquirers Lunch" on the second Sunday of the month for people interested in learning more about us. It is an informal session over soup, salad and dessert where you can meet others who may be on a similar spiritual journey and learn how to plug into this church community from long-term members and clergy.

We'll explore topics from history, to theology, to membership. To RSVP, or let us know about special needs (Including childcare or food sensitivities) email us here or call 206-979-7539.

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.

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.

 

Leadership Staff Reports
Question: parking is tight on Sunday mornings. Any suggestions:  David Anderson: it would be better if people arrived early & parked in the UW Central Garage off 42nd (under Red Square).   There is always parking available there and that would save the close-in spots for visitors and those who have mobility challenges.

2016 End of Year Preliminary Financial Report
We pretty much made budget everywhere.  Pledges were about $20K above budget & all revenue lines were above budget.  Expenses: Personnel was significantly above budget, Stewardship & Finance was below contract because of a new Tech contract, which reduced time & materials bills.  Net: about $10K surplus.  Greg shared an old Methodist phrase “Our hearts were strangely warmed”.

2017 Budget Follow-up
Treasurer Don Guthrie and Church Administrator David Anderson proposed a process to implement the additional pledges inviting boards and others to respond to a series of questions.   David and Don will present an AIR Form to implement for discussion at the February meeting.

Supplemental Christian Education staffing
Designated $2400 from Council Discretionary Funds for supplemental Sunday morning Christian Education staffing.  There’s a ‘baby boom’ & we need a temporary person for infant care.

Bequests
Thanks to Walt & Marie Williams for bequest of $20K & to Rachel & Robert Waggoner for gift annuities of $14,891.97.
Walter was a 72-year member of UCUCC: from 1934 until he died in November 2006.  He was a church council moderator, a member of the trustees, and active in a variety of ways.  Marie was a 57-year member of UCUCC: from 1949 until she died in September 2006.  She was a member of Circle IV and engaged in service in the church in many ways.

Bob and Rae were long-time members of UCUCC.  They became members here in 1942. When they moved to West Seattle in 1959 they joined Fauntleroy United Church of Christ. In 1970 they moved back to north Seattle and rejoined UCUCC until Bob died in 2000, and Rae died in 2016.  Bob was a member of the trustees, and active in the regional United Church of Christ conference.  Rae was active in the congregation and faithful in her worship attendance for many years.

Turner Commons Dedication
David: Turner Commons, incorporating Turner Narthex, Turner Lounge, Turner Kitchen is important & a good celebration.  There will be an article will be in next newsletter.  David and Catherine will work with the Turner Legacy Committee on a dedication.

Developing Task Force for Identifying Missional Priorities
Consensus for the Moderator to invite some people to serve on a Task Force, and to bring back an AIR Form to authorize.

Developing Task Force for Facility Use Rms 104/105/106
Developing a task force for use of Rooms 104/105/106.  Examples were given of programs & organizations that could use this space.  We won’t be hurting for ideas.  Consensus for the Moderator to draft an AIR Form and invite participation, reflecting diversity in Ministry focus.