is a program of the Mission Board which provides monetary support for the
Beacon Avenue Food Bank, located at Bethany UCC, and the Emergency Feeding
Program (EFP), located in the Central District. Our church also provides
groceries monthly to EFP, which supplies food for people who are
experiencing a crisis in their lives.
Volunteers are needed to help pack these groceries each month. This commitment is as simple as being on a list of participants and getting a call to help every few months. The actual packing takes about one hour and is a wonderful activity to do with friends, family, or a special group.
Contact: Diane Adam (206) 522-0925
Parent Group for Adults Raising Children on a Different Track
We share the struggles and joys of parenting, provide each other with emotional support, and share resources. We also occasionally plan social outings for our families.
This support group meets the second and last Sunday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Burke Cafe. For more information, contact Tina Michalak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-789-3614.
Multicultural Circle holds a vision of a congregation for University
Congregational UCC that is increasingly multicultural and multiracial. Its
bimonthly meetings often include programs or activities of cultural or
global interest. These gatherings are part of an effort to bring together
supportive church members and friends, and visitors of ethnicities that are
under-represented in our congregation. This group was first organized in
2000 as Pacific Islanders, Asians and Friends, and became the “Multicultural
Circle” in the spring of 2005.
Contact: Aileen Pruiksma (206) 363-3872
Rabuor Village Sister Church Relationship
The UCUCC Church
Council has endorsed a sister church relationship with St. Mathews Anglican
Church in Rabuor, Kenya. This church works closely with the Rabuor Village
Project, sharing its space with a nursery school for orphans and providing a
meeting place for the Women’s Group. We are looking for someone to work with
Loyce Mbewa to bring life and substance to that relationship. This would be a
wonderful opportunity for a small group.
Contact: David Anderson (206) 524-2322 or email@example.com
members and friends for social and community outreach events throughout the
year. 2006 activities included an evening of gay bingo to support Lifelong
AIDS Alliance, a workday at a local Habitat for Humanity building site, and
a summer barbecue.
Contact: Christine Suter (206) 725-3312
St. Katherine Sister Church Relationship
sister church is named St. Katherine, Great Martyr in Murino, just a few
kilometers from St. Petersburg. We have had this partnership since September
1994. We have agreed to pray for each other and to support children’s
Christian education, which was new for them. If you go there be sure to
climb up the bell tower to the giant bell that says, "In Christ there is no
east or west." Our church members contributed to the funds to build this
bell finished in 2002. So far 23 people from this church have visited our
sister church, and another trip is being planned.
Contact: Rosh Doan (206) 525-0175 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacred Earth Matters
Our mission is
to celebrate the sacredness of all creation and to inspire and mobilize our
congregation to play a leadership role in building a just and sustainable
world. We believe that care of our earth is a moral and spiritual
The Sacred Earth Group is a fellowship of individuals who have a love of God’s creation and wish to actively interconnect creation and their spiritual journey. Over the past several years we have participated in outdoor restoration activities, Earth Sunday worship services and the UCUCC Elementary education program. We are a Greening Congregation and participate in CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
We began a new
initiative in 2007 to engage and inform our congregation about global
climate change, and to help individuals understand ways to make a
Sacred Earth Matters aims to provide useful tools to deal with these pressing issues.
We are very open to new ideas for how carry out our mission and are looking for new members who might be interested in working with us. We meet the second Sunday of each month after the morning service, and often share a light lunch.
Contact: Mary Ellen Smith (206)525-0494
Sacred Earth Matters web page
Each year members and
friends of UCUCC join together to host a huge Garden and Rummage Sale that we call
Superfluity. Members of the congregation donate “superfluous” but useful items
from their homes to the sale, where the items are sold to someone who will give them
a new home. This is the ultimate in “recycling.” The net proceeds raised from the
three-day sale are used to support various charities in the community, most of which
provide direct services to individuals and families at risk due to their socioeconomic
status in society. In 2011 we disbursed around $30,000 to these organizations. The 2012 sale
will be held on April 19-21. Click here
for more information.
Contact: Mary Ellen Smith (206) 525-0494.
Teen Feed is a
dinner program for homeless and street-involved youth. Operated by
University Street Ministry and hosted by District churches, we serve dinner
Sunday through Thursday. University Congregational hosts Teen Feed every
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
The heart of our
program is having Advocates available to interact with the youth. An
Advocate commits for a minimum of six months to show up once a week and sit
and talk to the guests. Volunteers are also needed for food teams that plan,
cook, and serve meals monthly, as well as to substitute for food team
members. In addition, we would appreciate a church representative to be
present each week on evenings when UCUCC is hosting. Evelyn Rucker helps on
Wednesdays and would be happy to work with another person.
Contact: Eric Wirkman, Teen Feed Coordinator (206-522-4366) email@example.com
Turning Point Preschool
Preschool seeks to prepare South-Central Seattle children to begin
elementary school with the same foundation as those attending private
preschools. Developed by the UCUCC Agape Circle for Diversity and the Prince
of Peace Baptist Church, it offers children Montessori materials and
curriculum. Monthly parent meetings focus on supporting pre-reading and
Volunteers are needed to help with preschool parties up to four times each year, to provide child care at monthly parent meetings, and to help organize educational materials once a month, preferably during school hours or early afternoon.
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Maltman (206) 524-3281
University Churches' Emergency Fund
financial assistance and referrals to people in need living in northeast
Seattle. Clients include people who need help with rent in order to avoid
eviction, elderly people who can’t pay their utility bills, and street youth
and other homeless people who need bus tickets and personal care items. UCEF
is housed at University Congregational UCC and is supported by twenty-two
University District churches and the wider community.Volunteers are needed one morning a month to interview people seeking help,
to write grants (a constant need), and to help with fundraising events two
or three times a year. During the winter, UCEF also needs donations of warm
socks, gloves, and hats.
Contact: Jo Gustafson, Director (206) 524-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UCHA works in
creative ways to prevent homelessness and to provide housing for people in
need. That takes shape in a lot of practical ways: making welcome baskets
for Sandpoint Housing, helping plan and sponsor an Inter-Faith Habitat for
Humanity Build in 2006 (fundraise, volunteer, serve food, work with other
faiths), and maintaining two facilities and all the details that come with
property management. There are many practical, creative ways to help UCHA.
The group is fun and the work very rewarding.
Contact: Jan Von Lehe (206) 546-4123
UCUCC Child Care Programs
Congregational UCC cares about children. It has supported two Child Care
Missions for over 35 years: the Trettin Drop-in Preschool and the Child
Learning and Care Center at UCC.
Trettin Drop-in Preschool is a unique pre-school for over 35 youngsters, the first to offer part-time childcare in this area. Children ages 2-5 come on a drop-in basis for a maximum of 4 hours a day. In all, over 600 families are registered. Ten percent of Trettin children are on scholarship, paid for by the Mission Board.
The Child Learning and Care Center at UCUCCC provides a warm weekday family for children 15 months to six years old. Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Center has a diverse population of 42 children. This NAEYC-accredited preschool provides an environment that nurtures and promotes the development of the whole child.
We welcome your support for these programs!
Contact: (206) 729-0973 or email@example.com
Faith Advocacy Network
Advocacy Network of the Washington Association of Churches (WAC) enables
people of faith to support state and federal legislation that supports
justice, peace and environmental sustainability. The Washington Association
of Churches provides online action alerts describing upcoming legislation,
as well as Biblical and theological understanding that inform these
Contact: Elizabeth Dickinson (206) 320-0432
Interfaith Book Group
This group seeks
to get acquainted with each other and to explore religion and religious
issues through monthly book discussions. Currently comprised of Jews,
Protestants, and Roman Catholics, the group is reaching out to Muslim faith
communities as well. In the past year, they have read The Chosen and
The Promise by Chaim Potok, Death Comes for the Archbishop by
Willa Cather, Islam by Karen Armstrong, Inherit the Wind by
Jerome Lawrence, Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill,
and Dreamer: A Novel by Charles Johnson.
Contact: Thurbon Tukey, (206) 283-6264 -before 9:00 p.m., please.
Jubilee Northwest Coalition
Based on Jesus’
ministry to “bring good news to the poor and let the captives go free,” the
Jubilee campaign is an international effort to achieve debt cancellation for
the world's poorest countries. A local chapter, sponsored by the Church
Council of Greater Seattle, seeks to understand global economic injustice
and to advance a prophetic vision of fairness, equality and hope for the
world’s poor. Explore the issues in depth at Jubilee USA:
Contact Sharon D’Amico, (425) 827-8910, for information on upcoming meetings and events.
ROOTS/Young Adult Shelter
Formerly known as Teen Shelter, ROOTS/Young Adult Shelter provides nightly shelter for youth ages 18-25 at the University Methodist Temple. The shelter serves 25 young people each evening and provides them with showers, laundry facilities, food and videos.
There is a desperate need for volunteers for the evening, 8:00 -10:30 p.m., or for overnight, 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. There are also opportunities for groups to provide a hot breakfast, 6:30-8:30 a.m., or for individuals to serve on the ROOTS Board.
Contact: Laura Pritchard or Carla Buonon (206) 632-1635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carla can also be reached at (206) 729-0820 (voice mail) or (206) 920-2006 (cell).
University District Ecumenical Parish
The UCUCC participates in the Ecumenical Parish
fellowship of six active
University District congregations sharing worship, education, spiritual growth, and
fellowship activities. The Parish churches also cooperate in ministry to
the vulnerable in our community and encourage joint programs in outreach
and social justice. Through regular potlucks, worship, service and study
opportunities, congregations are finding common ground and demonstrating a
unity of faith in the University District. Greg Turner is our representative on the Ecumenical Parish Council.