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Olympia Brown Unitarian
625 College Avenue
(Annex & Mailing address is 419 Sixth Street)
Racine, WI 53403
(church phone extension 101)
Web Site: www.obuuc.org
Sunday Morning Worship Times: 9 & 11 am
Sunday School 9 & 11 am, Nursery Care 9 am only
Summer Worship Time: 10 a.m. only
(May 21, 2017 through Labor Day weekend)
Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming, inclusive, uplifting community, an active voice for progressive thought, and a beacon for social justice.
We are a “Welcoming” Congregation
Believing as we do in the inherent worth and dignity of every person (our 1st UU principle), our doors are open to those who seek a place to worship that is welcoming to people of all sexual orientations (LGBT), races, cultures, creeds, and special needs.
We are a “Green Sanctuary” Congregation
Believing as we do in “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” (our 7th UU principle), we are
committed to advocacy and action for the earth through
Our facilities are Handicapped-Accessible
Staff Office located in the Church Annex
419 Sixth Street (north and west of Church)
Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen, Minister
262-634-0659 ext. 102
Office Hours: 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday
(By appointment in summer months)
Brenda Trumbauer, Congregational Administrator
262-634-0659 ext. 101
Open Office Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 1-5 p.m.
(Also by appointment)
Leann Pomaville, Director of Religious Education
262-634-0659 ext. 104
office hours by appointment
Tony Pavao, Choir Director
262-634-0659 ext. 108 (voicemail only)
Anna Kojovic, Accompanist
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
President: Addison Tower (2018)
Vice President: Becky Marston (2017)
Board Secretary: Wendy McCalvy (2018)
Treasurer: Joe Cushing (2019)
Trustees-At-Large: Suzanne Landis (2017)
Ben Taft (2017)
Evelyn Paige (2018)
Erik Gunn (2019)
Joy Knox (2019)
Ex-officio Tony Larsen
OBUUC BOARD OF TRUSTEES is the governing body of our church, which reviews and sets policies and procedures. Trustees are nominated and voted in for a 3-year term. Meetings are held every third Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the church Annex (419 Sixth Street).
PROGRAM COUNCIL oversees, supports, and coordinates the various areas of ministry within the congregation including: finance, religious education, religious services, membership, fellowship, communication, social action, denominational connections, and green sanctuary. Meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of each month 7 p.m. at the Annex.
COMMITTEE ON THE MINISTRY supports and monitors the ministry of the church which includes the work of the professional staff and the laity. “Listening Ears Sunday” provides opportunity to receive feedback from congregants. Meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Annex.
PROPERTY CONCERNS COMMITTEE oversees the general maintenance of the church property (church, annex, and apartments) and to plan/execute capital projects.
WORSHIP: SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES are usually held at 9 and 11 a.m. Between Christmas and New Year’s holiday there is one service at 10 a.m. Summer services (weekend before Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) are also at 10 a.m. Watch the church newsletter for any other changes in time.
Groups which assist the minister in conducting religious services.
CHANCEL COMMITTEE: Assists with preparations of regular and special services, weddings, funerals, and child dedications as needed.
SOUND SYSTEM: Technicians are scheduled to maintain and set up the equipment for weekly services and monitor/adjust sound through the speakers and hearing devices.
HOSPITALITY TEAMS: Greeters, Ushers, Hearing-device Assistants and Coffee Hour Hosts at both services on Sunday morning.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: Perform the chalice lighting and light the Joys and Concerns candles during the service.
WORSHIP ASSOCIATES COMMITTEE: This group facilitates services when the minister is out of the pulpit or on vacation. Generally, the planning of July services are managed by this committee.
MUSIC COMMITTEE: Facilitates and coordinates the musical events of the church.
ADULT CHOIR: Meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings at the
Annex September through mid-June.
MULTI-GENERATIONAL CHOIR: This choir for all ages meets on the 2nd Friday evening of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in George Bray Hall (lower level of church). Rehearsal is followed by a light meal. We invite all ages and ability levels to join us.
2ND SATURDAY “LIVE IN CONCERT” & COFFEEHOUSE:
Second Saturday – “Live in Concert” and “Coffeehouse” starts in the Fall season of each year with two kinds of entertainment:
Live in Concert features one artist or group with a charge at the door of $10 for adults and $5 for students.
“Coffeehouse” usually has multiple individual acts and there is no charge at the door, just passing the hat between acts.
Refreshments are for sale before all shows and at intermission. All Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and all profits will go to the OBUUC
Chalice Lighters Fund which supports congregation members/friends in need.
FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE: Organizes all-church activites.
GOOD SHEPHERD COMMITTEE: Offers support to friends and members during a time of need. Committee volunteers help with things such as: visiting, calling or sending cards, delivering a meal, providing transportation to medical appointments, or assisting with funeral needs.
DINER’S CIRCLE: Meet other church members and friends six (6) times per year, at a potluck meal for 6-12 people, in your home or theirs.
UU NEIGHBORHOOD GATHERINGS: Our minister meets with members and friends in their neighborhoods (we’ve divided up our community into 7 sections for this) for socializing, snacks, and group discussion. Each neighborhood group meets approximately once every three months. Call the church office for upcoming dates in your neighborhood or check dates in the Sunday Order of Service (or watch for postings by email). Some neighborhoods offer activities for children.
ANNUAL PICNIC: On Revival Sunday (the second Sunday in June), we have a picnic with food, games and activities for children and adults.
VEGETARIAN POTLUCKS GROUP: Meets regularily for an evening potluck in George Bray Hall.
SCRIP: Help the church raise funds without spending extra money! Order gift cards for everyday purchases or special occasions and a percentage is given to the OBUUC. Order forms are available with the due date for orders published in the weekly email and Sunday announcements. Delivery is generally one week after order deadline. Extra orders will be placed at holiday times.
ANNUAL CHURCH AUCTION: One of our anual fundraisers. Watch the Sunday Order of Service (or postings by email) for the date.
CANS FOR CASH: Every 1st Sunday is designated as collection day. Dennis Walker takes cans to recycle and proceeds come back to the church. Items accepted are: unflattened aluminum cans and other cans a magnet doesn’t stick to.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Usually meets at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Annex. The committee seeks ways to connect visitors to members and friends and to extend a welcome to everyone who comes to OBUUC.
NEW UU: See listing under Adult Religious Education.
OBUUC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS are generally held every other month.
NURSERY: 3-yr-old and under Nursery is available during all Sunday services.
CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Pre-K through Fifth Grade meet in George Bray Hall after “Message For All Ages” during all services (except multigenerational) Multigenerational services are attended by all ages, Pre-K through Fifth Grade remain in the church sanctuary for the entire service. If you would like to teach Sunday School or help in some way, or if you wish information for your family, contact our Director of Religious Education.
MIDDLE SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: September through May, 6th and 7th graders meet during second service in George Bray Hall after “Message For All Ages.”
YOUTH GROUP (8-12 grade): This group gives those involved the opportunity to explore their hopes, celebrate their social identity and address their community concerns by participating in social action projects. This club, which is youth-led and youth-driven, meets weekly at church in George Bray Hall after the 11 a.m. “Message For All Ages.”
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL): A series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12. Our Whole Lives equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. For more information contact our Director of Religious Education.
LIFE-CYCLE CEREMONIES: Our minister offers to all grade levels on a rotating basis, classes to acquaint children and youth with the diversity of faiths practiced around the World. On the Sunday after their training, the children or youth participate in a ceremony from the religion they have studied. Contact our Director of Religious Education for more information and upcoming classes.
ADULT RELIGIOUS ED CLASSES: A wonderful selection of exciting Adult R.E. classes are being offered at OBUUC! Sign-up flyers for most programs will be in the pew packets or on the brochure rack approximately a month before each course begins. If you have ideas for Adult Education opportunities, contact our Director of Religious Education.
New UU: This is a 3-part orientation program for new members and those interested in exploring membership or learning more about the UUA and our own Olympia Brown UU Church. It includes history, the operation of the local church, and the sharing of personal religious journeys. Watch the church bulletin for dates and times.
World Religion and More: Tuesdays in October, 7–9 p.m. in the church annex (with childcare available by request). This series of classes are on a 4-year cycle with topics rotating through the following themes: (2016) Religions of the Far East – Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism and Zen ; (2017) Religions of the Middle East – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zorastrian and Bahai; (2018) Religions of India – Hindu, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism; led by our minister.
Spirituality and Thought Book Club: Meets every other month on a Thursday evening. The books read are chosen by the group. For more information contact our Director of Religious Education.
RE SPONSORED MULTI-GENERATIONAL EVENTS:
FALL CAMP: Weekend camp at nearby Camp Edwards in East Troy, during the 2nd weekend in October.
HALLOWEEN FUN NIGHT: Potluck, Party and Haunted House in
October. Wear a costume (or not) and join the fun! Watch for announcements each year.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY: Potluck, Party and fun in March! Get your green on!
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH: Between services on Mother’s Day, visit George Bray Hall and celebrate parenthood. A continental brunch is served by our Director of Religious Education. All are welcome.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: This group facilitates some of our church’s social-justice activities including food pantry collection, Take Back the Night march, and Gay Rights march. The focus for 2016-2017 is Mental Health.
HISTORY COMMITTEE: Preserves, recognizes and celebrates the
history of our church. Meets bi-monthly to identify historic events to celebrate, to store and preserve historical records and artifacts.
RACINE INTERFAITH COALITION (RIC): As members of RIC, we join with over 20 other congregations in Racine to promote social justice and the betterment of Racine. Our Core Team and the RIC Board meet periodically to discuss how we can be involved to further the mission.
FEEDING THE HUNGRY: At the Head Start Center supper for the hungry, our church provides food and volunteer servers on the 5th Tuesday of those months that have 5 Tuesdays. Watch for sign-up clipboard and foil pans in church on Sundays prior to the 5th Tuesday.
SATURDAY SACK LUNCH PROGRAM: Our church purchases, prepares, and distributes 60 (or more, depending on need) sack lunches (4 times a year) to those less fortunate on scheduled Saturdays at 12 noon.
AIDS FOOD PANTRY: Collection is gathered in a basket just inside the entry of the church. Non-perishable items can be donated at any time. Delivery is made to the donations site in Kenosha.
OFFERTORY OUTREACH: Each month we honor our UU Principles by giving 1/2 of the loose collection to a non-profit organization or group. Members and friends put donations in the collection plate designated for a chosen recipient organization determined by our Offertory Outreach Committee. Non-profit organizations may apply to be considered up until the annual deadline of October 1st. Past recipients have been: HALO, Health Care Network, Peace Learn-ing Circles, HOPES Center of Racine, River Bend Nature Center, and Racine Vocational Ministry.
GREEN SANCTUARY COMMITTEE: The mission is to assist OBUUC in living out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community. The committee is open to membership and participates with other Racine churches in helping promote our mission.
SAFETY COMMITTEE: Oversees church safety. Organizes yearly fire drills and tornado drills. Meets monthly.
OBUUC SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
ART GROUP meets Thursday from 1-3 p.m. in the Annex. Bring art to
work on while socializing with the group.
FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH BUNCH GROUP meets the first Friday every month at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Annex. Bring your own lunch. Coffee is provided. Programs and activities are varied and open to all.
UU MEDITATION GROUP is a group of church members and friends who meet to meditate. They meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. All are welcome.
J.U.L.I.E.T. (Just Us Ladies Interested in Eating Together) This weekly breakfast group for the women of OBUUC meets on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at Stone Corral on Rapids Drive.
OBUUC TRAVELERS This group meets regularly to take trips to
COMMITTEES & GROUPS CONTACT INFO AT A GLANCE
2nd Saturday “Live In Concert” & Coffeeouse – Diana Pavao
Allies for Anti Racism – Nick Demske
Annual Picnic – Membership Committee
Auction – Denise Predny
Cash For Cans – Dennis Walker
Chancel Committee – Diana Pavao
Committee on the Ministry – Carole Pucely
Denominational Connections – Erik Gunn
Diner’s Circle –Mike Goelz
Endowment Committee – Diane Lange
Fellowship Committee – Sue Seitz
Finance Committee – Steve Hawk
First Friday Lunch Bunch – Bunny Bugnacki
Green Sanctuary – Melissa Warner
Good Shepherd Committee – Craig Matheus
Hospitality Teams – Joe Cushing and Linda Bestor
J.U.L.I.E.T – Sue Seitz
Meditation Group -Pam Smiley
Membership Committee – Craig Matheus
Multigenerational Choir Director – Colleen Wilkinson
Nominating Committee – Jody Spencer
OBUUC Travelers – Cheryl Miller
Offertory Outreach Committee – Mary O’Neil
P.R. and Communications Committee –
Suzanne Landis firstname.lastname@example.org
Addison Tower email@example.com
Property Concerns – Doug Stansil
Program Council – Becky Marston
Religious Ed Committe Chairs –
Leann Pomaville, firstname.lastname@example.org
Abby Sommer, Secretary
Safety Committee – Dave Wilkinson
Saturday Sack Lunch Program – Craig Matheus
Scrip – Jan Clum
Social Action/Concerns – TBD
Stewardship/Pledge – Rachel Trobaugh
Worship Assist Coordination –
Mark Sommer email@example.com
Mary Norris firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship Associates –
Christy Domanoski email@example.com
April Woods firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION STATEMENT OF
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
and bonded by
the Olympia Brown
supportive religious community. Our liberal religious tradition nurtures, educates and challenges people as we shepherd each other, family and friends,
through life’s pilgrimage. We come together
to develop, share, and celebrate religious
and personal values that give help, hope
and new life to all. We seek to empower
individuals; we work for a just world.
We are a voice
nations and reverence for our planet.
We, the members and friends
of Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church,
Covenant to affirm and promote:
- the inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth;
- a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation and in society at large;
- the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. * * * * * * * * * * * * *
The living tradition we share draws from many sources: direct
experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life; words and deeds of
prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love; wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life; Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves; humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit; spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which
celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As a free congregation we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
(adapted from the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association, c.2.1)