Sunday Offering News

  • September Cause of the Month – Volunteers of America Western Washington August 29, 2023
      Volunteers of America Western Washington is the Sunday cause of the month for September.  The mission of Volunteers of America® Western Washington (VOAWW) is to serve people and communities in need and create opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others VOAWW and Trinity Lutheran Church came together in 2015 to pursue a shared vision ...
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  • Vocal Concert and Farewell to Susan Fundraising success July 4, 2023
    Songs for a Summer Day: Dave and The Dalmatians join Otto Cantanti held July 22nd in Chapman Hall We’re sending a big Thank You to Otto Cantanti and Dave and the Dalmations for the wonderful concert on July 22. We got to hear beautiful music and give Susan our best wishes for her looming retirement. And ...
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  • July and August Cause of the Month June 27, 2023
    Candle Light Foundation (CLF Uganda)     Candle Light Foundation (CLF) Uganda is the Sunday cause of the month for July and August. Candle Light Foundation Uganda, is a Not-for-Profit Organization, with a mission to empower vulnerable girls and women to live their dreams and reach their full potential through education, skills training, and entrepreneurship. “We believe women ...
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  • June Sunday Offering – Chaplains on the Harbor May 31, 2023
    Chaplains on the Harbor (Ministry Partner) from Diocese of Olympia on Vimeo.    Chaplains on the Harbor is the Sunday cause of the month for June. They are a group of Chaplains who seek to build a Freedom Church of the Poor by building relationships and standing with the poor of Grays Harbor County. “We believe the ...
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  • May Sunday Offering – Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho May 3, 2023
    Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) is the Sunday cause of the month for May. PPGWNI  has been helping people make responsible decisions about their sexual health for over 50 years. Dedicated to delivering the highest quality reproductive health care services since 1967, PPGWNI is also committed to providing age appropriate sexuality ...
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  • April Sunday Offering – Adopt-a-Stream March 26, 2023
      Adopt A Stream Foundation is the Sunday cause of the month for April. It was established to ensure that Pacific Northwest streams continue to provide healthy spawning and rearing habitat for salmon, trout, steelhead, and other wildlife. They also work to maintain clean drinking water as our region’s population continues to grow. The mission of ...
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Frequently Asked Questions

How does one nominate an organization?

We invite you to fill out the online form to nominate an organization. Of course, not all of the nominations we receive will be selected.

What is the role of the EUUC Sunday Offering committee?

Sunday Offering committee facilitates one of the many ways that EUUC extends the reach of our mission. We accept and vet nominations to support organizations from the membership. The committee arranges for a spokesperson from the organization to briefly introduce their organization’s work to the congregation. Due to COVID-19 protocol those introductions are now available via video.

When did EUUC begin the Sunday offering?

In 2006 Pat Garrity read an article in the UU magazine about a church that was donating their offering to another nonprofit once a month. Pat was chair at the time of the Services Committee (no longer in existence). She took that idea to Social Concerns and they thought it was a good idea so she took the idea to Ed Brock, our minister at the time, who thought it was a great idea and thought it would be even better to do it every week and that’s how it started. The rest is history.

Who receives the Sunday offering?

The recipients of our monthly donations are organizations engaged in environmental action, peace and justice education and advocacy, or social justice projects.

All the checks written to the EUUC with “cause” on the memo line and all online donations for “Sunday Offering” are given directly to the recipient organization.

Are you interested in joining the committee or learning more?

Here is a short FAQ:

~ How often and when does the Sunday Offering (SO) committee meet to review the submissions?

Ans: We meet around 4 times a year. Typically we meet in January, April, June and October. The dates are determined via consensus of the group members

~ What happens with the nominations?

Nomination arrives via the form >> located here. Someone from the SO reviews the nomination, does research and addresses questions, if any. We meet during one of our regularly scheduled meetings and do the final vetting. The list of fully vetted nominees are placed in a suggested place on the calendar (sometimes based on the nominator’s request but due to other things is not always). That list is then sent as a recommendation to the Social Justice Committee (SJC) for approval. The SJC meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

~ Do we hear if the organization we submitted is chosen or not, and if it is not chosen?

Yes. After the SJC meeting we inform all EUUC parties of the results. That includes nominators, ministers, TWAE, EUUC, website managers etc. The SO committee lead then reaches out to the approved nominee to let them know that they will be a beneficiary and to request that they prepare a video that will be used to introduce them to the congregation. At the end of the offering we have the check sent to the listed party.

~ Does the submission stay in an active capacity (if not selected the first time) for the next go-round or do we need to resubmit it?

Unless there is an issue with the submission then there should not be a need to roll over. With that said, if there is an issue with the nomination we will kick it back to the nominator ASAP for more information or other assistance.

~ Does it matter or is there a strategy on timing for submission of these or should we submit as soon as we decide as a group we support an organization for consideration?

We do not meet every month. We suggest that one get in as many nominations as soon as possible. Let the nominations come forth as quickly as you can get them. Also if you have a preferred month, please let us know. But there is no guarantee that order will be followed. The SJC is the one that makes the final call.

Contact: Sunday Offering