Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
January 11, 2018
Issue #435
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am
January 14, 2018: MLK II - Drum Major Instinct - Leading from Behind 
Julie Prentice

Dr. King speaks on the instinct to want to lead by being out in front and how it can lead to good things or the opposite. How can we learn to lead from behind?

A Unitarian Universalist for seventeen years, Julie has been writing poetry for most of her life. From the East Coast originally, she now lives in CA with her soulmate and furry companion. With past careers as an ASL interpreter and preschool teacher, she is currently working as a passionate Peer Supporter of persons with mental health challenges. In her spare time she's a writer, knitter, crafter and singer. She is the current Worship Chair at UUCM. She's also published in several poetry anthologies and online journals and blogs.

Past services  (you can listen to the audio of many past sermons)
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

1/14/18: What I Don't Want Other People to Know about Me
Kim Holscher

1/21/18: Women Forward: Power & Responsibility & #MeToo
Carol Kerr and Diana Vine

More Info and additional service topics.

The Sunday Circle is held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am each Sunday in the Fireside Room.
Words of Joy   
Happy New Year!
We begin another year, mindful of the time passing with surprising swiftness, aware of the tasks and goals we have yet to accomplish, aware as well of the nagging opportunity, as each page of the calendar turns, to create resolutions we may all too soon feel guilty about breaking. Instead of piling up regrets as we move through our lives, we would do well to keep in mind these words of Ralph Waldo Emerson-said to be words of advice he sent to his daughter Ellen, in response to a letter she wrote to him of a mistake she regretted making: 
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.
May you have a fulfilling and productive 2018. 

New Member Sunday: On January 21st, we will be introducing some new members to the congregation during our New Member Ceremony. If you are interested in formally joining UUCM, please contact me (minister@uumarin.org) 510 821-2394 and we will include you in our ceremony either or January 21st or at a later time. You may also join without participating in a new member ceremony if you prefer.
jef melcher
2018   is out of the barn by leaps and bounds. The energy and enthusiasm for community participation are much higher than a year ago. We know the future is up to us and our children working together. We cannot rely upon the political establishment to lead the way and UUs do not have a Rome to look to. It falls to us and our neighbors, colleagues, and community connections. There is not a lot we can control, yet there is much we can influence through heartfelt commitment and values-based actions. These we can support with multi-generational programming at UUCM. Thank you for being part of this liberal religious movement. Your participation is valuable.

Jumping into 2018:
  • We started packaging toiletries kits Jan 7th. We need more travel size toothpaste. Bring those toiletries in ASAP.
  • The ten-session OWL class for 4th-6th graders begins Sunday, Jan 14th, noon-2pm w/ supporting parent group coinciding.
  • Parent Curriculum "How to Talk to Your Child About Racism" helps kick off several months of congregation-wide multi-generational conversation about white supremacy, racism, and white privilege. Ask Jef for a copy.
  • Another topic/curriculum we will cover soon for grades 4-12 is "Consent, Harassment, and Body Image". Timely, right?
Brief Calendar

Jan 12-14: Middle School UU Gathering, Sacramento
Jan 14: OWL class noon-2pm [Parent-Child Orientation] lunch provided.
Jan 24-26: DRE on retreat with district professional association - LREDA

Feb 2: Game Night - Bring the whole family

SAVE the date: May 4-6 - UUCM congregational retreat. This is really great for families. Good programming and lots of beautiful space to run around in.

May your 2018 be filled with a joyful, productive, healthy, centered state of being.

Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.

5 PM - 7 PM

6:30 PM - 9 PM

Legacy Event January 20
Legacy Sustaining Event on January 20 5 pm to 7 pm
If you are like me, you want to see UUCM sustainable into the future. That is why I am inviting you to attend our Legacy Sustaining Event. Come and help our congregation be sustainable!
Have you have benefited from participating in services and activities associated with UUCM?
Would you like to increase your support for UUCM and qualify for a 10% match from the UUA (up to $10,000)?
Would you like to help rebuild our endowment that has been greatly reduced from supporting operating expenses?
Do you like good food and drink in the company of friends?
Would you like legal help with estate planning?
Do you like good music played by Milton and Christine?
Then, you want to come to our Legacy Sustaining Event on Saturday, January 20
from 5 PM to 7 PM in Fellowship Hall.
Live Music by Milton and Christine
Inspiration by Rev Joy and President Ted Gaebler
A skit by Doug Kerr and friends
Estate legal help from Ben Gale
Questions? Contact Thomas Ervin thomas.ervin@comcast.net 
Touch of Beauty
Touch of Beauty: 
Celebrate 2018 with a bouquet to warm our winter services. These dates are still open:  Feb 4, 11, 18 and March 25. Can you fill one of these spots? Please email   sallyrschroeder@comcast.net. Remember - no expertise required!  Thank you and Happy New Year!

Basket Share for January 2018: MOC
basket share
From Linda Haumann:
Basket Share for January 2018: Marin Organizing Committee (MOC)
As your new Social Justice Chair, I urge you to support UUCM to become members of the MOC. Why? 

MOC is the non-partisan social justice action vehicle through which we, along with many other Marin non-profits and faith-based organizations,  is starting to make a real difference here in Marin. Issues such as   homelessness, affordable housing and immigration rights   are being addressed as  MOC helps us join together with our Marin brothers and sisters to truly live out our UU values and influence our county supervisors. 

Please see MOC's Facebook page for the latest achievements and please come hear Lizzy Gore, organizer with MOC, on Jan. 21, 2018.
Photo of Donated Couch
Beautiful sectional recently donated by
Glynda Christian and installed by our Facilities Committee. Now in our Wright Room.
Pacific Western Regional Assembly 
The four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president.

Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. A day-long Professional Day designed for religious professionals is planned for Friday, April 27, before the start of Regional Assembly. Discount lodging is available at the Portland DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration will open by January 4. Watch the PWR website ( www.uua.org/pwr ) for full details to be posted soon.
Rescheduled Class Conversations workshop is now February 10
The Class Conversations workshop that we had to postpone in October because of the Northern California wildfires has now been rescheduled. The new date is February 10.
UU Class Conversations Workshop
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
UU Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson St., Kensington CA
Refreshments and registration open at 9:30 a.m.
Workshop includes lunch (vegan and gluten-free options provided)
Childcare available if requested in advance
Sliding scale $20-50, no one turned away if cannot afford to pay
If members of our congregation registered for the workshop in October and did not request a refund when asked after the cancellation, they are still on the registration list for February 10 and do not need to register or pay again.
Attached is a new flyer.
6th annual Symposium
Starr King School for the Ministry invites you to our 6th annual Symposium at the  First Unitarian Church of Oakland on January 13, 2018.

This year's event, entitled "Spiritual Communities without Walls," will have the Rev. Meg Riley of the Church of the Larger Fellowship as our honored teacher. Together we will explore the uses of technology for building extended faith-based community so that we may become better equipped to confront tough times, like the ones we are in. This all-day "urban retreat" is always a highlight of our year and we can't wait to see you there! 
For details and registration, please visit www.sksm.edu. Early registration is recommended.
Basket Share Participants Needed
basket share
Are you involved as a volunteer or recipient of the services of a local 501(c)(3) agency or program?

You can help that organization raise money by initiating a 50/50 UUCM Offering Basket Share.  

Complete the application form on the UUCM website Social Justice page. Or find one at the Social Justice Table on a Sunday morning. Send it to  socialjustice@uumarin.org or leave it in the SJ box in the Community Room.
WhaleCoast Alaska 2018
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2018 is for you!  Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer.  See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities.  See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture.  Forget the cruise ships - our program is the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. For complete information go to:  www.WhaleCoastAK.org,    dfrey@whalecoastak.org  or call 907-322-4966.  Discount for groups of 8 or more. We would love to share our Alaska with you!
Sending Announcements for the Order of Service
If you have an announcement for the back of the Sunday Order of Service please send it to  worshipassociates@uumarin.org  instead  of sending it to the office. Please send by 5 PM on Wednesday, any later submissions will be considered for timeliness and room. The Worship Committees members are now putting together the Order of Service and Janette will print it.
Save the date for 2018 Retreat
Retreat 2018
Please save the date. Your annual All Congregational Retreat at Walker Creek Ranch will be held the first weekend in May 2018 - May 4, 5 and 6. Details and registration starting in February.  
Thomas Ervin
Social Justice Education/Action
We have a newsletter list to inform you about  UU Social Justice actions and local issues. Sign up by  replying to this email and typing  "Yes to Social Advocates".
Contribute to the 3rd Tuesday night dinner at the First Presbyterian Church.
Do you know of an inspirational activist who would be a good speaker for one of the Social Justice Committee's education-action luncheons? If so, please contact Linda at socialjustice@uumarin.org.
UUSC Take Action Items - Sign petitions, learn about issues, donate money.
Ever feel frustrated that you're not doing enough to make a difference in the world? Bring your concerns to the  UUCM Social Justice Committee.
Continue your commitment to environmental and economic justice by shopping at   http://shop.uusc.org
Visitor's Box
We cherish diversity and welcome among us
people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual
identities/orientations, and faith perspectives.

GUESTS are always welcome. Sunday worship is a time for inspiration, renewal, and connection.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH join adults during the first part of the service, and then attend Religious Exploration classes.  Nursery and toddler care is provided during the 10:30 service. There is a speaker system to bring sound from Fellowship Hall to the nursing room and the pre-K area. 

  REFRESHMENT HOUR  in the Courtyard or  Fireside Room follows the services.
 There are four "Sunday First Time Visitor" parking spots at the top of the parking lot.  
Come, join us! 
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Staff Links
 Interim Minister:   Rev. Joy Atkinson  minister@uumarin.org

Office Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 11AM  - 6PM
Other times also available. Call/email for an appointment.
phone 415-479-4131 ext 102

Director of Religious Exploration: 
Jeffrey Melcher  dre@uumarin.org
Office Hours:
Sunday 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 - 1:30 PM
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30 PM
phone 415-479-4131 ext 104

Youth Advisor: 
George Pegelow  youthadvisor@uumarin.org
Administrator: Janette Morrow  office@uumarin.org  
Choir director:  Amanda Morando  muusic@uumarin.org    
Pianist:  Milton Wong   milton.wong@csaa.com

Nursery Teacher: Glynda Christian
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org
Don Beck: 415-892-0642
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