The regular column by Debra Quam, OCUUC's current President. Debra can be reached by email at president@ocuuc.org.

Importance of Heroes

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” -George Washington Carver, 1864–1943 As a girl, I had access to a small library…

A Busy Summer

Jennifer Abt has been the editor of this publication for many years. Effective this edition, Jennifer turned over the editor position to Linda Clough. Jennifer did an outstanding job as the REACH editor on top of her many duties as bookkeeper for OCUUC. We at OCUUC are all grateful to Jennifer for her generous gifts…

Beginning of a New Term

Here we are already in July and beginning our new fiscal church year.  We are off to a great start thanks to all of you who pledged generously to our 2020/2021 operating budget demonstrating your love of our community and commitment to continuing the mission of OCUUC. July 1 marks the beginning of a new…

From our Interim President

I somehow thought retirement would look something different than this. Oh well. As my friend Sheri has told me, “We make plans; God laughs”. May has been quite busy as we deal with all the end of year activity compounded by the open questions of when and how and if we can re-open for whatever…

Navigating Our Way

What a difference a month makes. I just reread what I wrote for last month’s Reach article and there was, of course, no mention of a Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. Until three weeks ago, I, and I imagine many of you, were blissfully unaware this virus would erupt to the extent it has here at home.…

The Quakers are Moving In

We have the very good news to share that OCUUC has signed a ten-year lease with the Orange County Friends Meeting (Quakers) for Suites 8 and 9 commencing June 1, 2020.  This wonderful news was first announced to the congregation at the February 16, 2020 Townhall meeting held after the Sunday service. Let me give…

Outcome of Special Congregational Meeting

A special congregational meeting was held January 19, 2020 for OCUUC members to vote on the following motion: “Authorize the OCUUC Pledge Drive Committee and the New Sanctuary Task Force to move forward with a combined operating fund and capital fund campaign to determine the financial feasibility of replacing the building housing suites 3-5 with…

Two Important Meetings

We have two important meetings coming up in January to which all OCUUC members and friends are invited and are encouraged to attend. Sunday, January 12 at noon in Daniels Hall a Power Point presentation will be shown about the new sanctuary project followed by Q&A. Please attend and bring your questions and comments. Sunday,…

Keep the Light Shining

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, some of us are celebrating the different traditions of the season and some of us keep our heads down and wait for all the hoopla to end. Whichever approach you take, it is almost impossible not to notice the signs, sounds and sights of the holidays.…

Ways to Participate at OCUUC

“Together may we walk the path of justice, speak words of love, live the selfless deed, trod gently upon the earth, and fill the world with compassion.” –Kathy A. Huff For me, one of the greatest things about being a member of OCUUC is the warmth and strength of our church community. I have come…