Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
April 5, 2018
Issue #447
Sunday Worship Service
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10:30 am

April 8, 2018: Canvass Sunday: Someone with Skin
Rev. Joy Atkinson

What do we want to receive from being in a religious community like the UU Congregation of Marin? What are we prepared to offer one another to make sure that this congregation survives and thrives, and lives into its promising future? The service will flow into a brunch to launch the annual pledge drive.
 
Past services  (you can listen to the audio of many past sermons)
The Sunday Circle 9 am
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9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

4/8/18:  Building a Relationship with Death
Steve Prince

4/15/18: What Do We Owe "Good Fortune" To?
Earle Owen

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.
 
Interim Minister's Column         Words of Joy
The late UU minister John Wolf expressed some of the reasons why we would want to support a Unitarian Universalist congregation:
 
You want to support it because it has a free pulpit. Because you can hear ideas expressed there which could cost any other minister his or her job. You want to support it because it is a place where children can come without being saddled with guilt or terrified of some 'celestial peeping-tom,' where they can learn that religion is for joy, for comfort, for gratitude and love...You want to support a Unitarian Universalist church because it is more concerned with human beings than with dogmas. Because it searches for the holy, rather than dwelling on the depraved...You want to support a Unitarian Universalist church because it can laugh...You want to support it because it insults neither your intelligence nor your conscience, and because it calls you to worship what is truly worthy of your sacrifice.   
 
For these and so many other reasons, we who enjoy the great heritage of religious liberalism need to support our religious communities as generously as we can, so that we can continue to care for and serve our members, educate our children, sustain vital and healthy congregations that embody our Unitarian Universalist values, and serve the larger community.
 
This Sunday, April 8th, you are invited to be our guest as we host a brunch in Fellowship Hall immediately after the service. Each table will have a canvasser present who will conduct a conversation at the table about the congregation, and the canvassers will accept pledge forms from members and pledging friends if you are ready to make your annual pledge. Those who miss the brunch or who do not make their pledges at the table on Sunday will be contacted soon after the brunch.
 
Please consider making your annual contribution a generous one, to support the programs, activities and values of this congregation as it enters a new phase in its ongoing congregational life. Thank you in advance for your support.
 
Joy
Selected Upcoming Dates
Pledge Sunday
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April 8 is Pledge Sunday

This is the time of year when all members and pledging friends express their commitment to our beloved community. We need your support for our community to thrive and to be able to provide programs, ministry and social action.  Please bring the Pledge form and EFT form that were mailed to you to UUCM this Sunday. If you need to be reminded what your pledge is for this year, envelopes with the pledge total will be available.  We will gather at the round tables during service. A steward will be at each table.

 At the end of the service there will be a brunch. The steward will engage people at his/her table in their opinions on what they like about UUCM and what they would like to change. After the discussion everyone will be asked to make a pledge for the coming year starting on July 1, 2018. If you want to have funds transferred from your checking account, bring a cancelled check or fill in the routing number on the EFT form prior to arriving at UUCM. Activities should be complete around 12:30. Questions, contact Thomas Ervin ( thomas.ervin@comcast.net). If you want child care please contact Kristin Jensen ( krisjen7@gmail.com).  A new member ceremony will also be conducted during the service.
Game Night - Friday, April 6
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Game Night, Friday April 6, 6:30 - 9 PM
Free - m embers and nonmembers of all ages are welcome. Bring your favorite games and snacks to share!

Last call for Retreat Registration
If you were thinking of coming to the Retreat this year but forgot to bring your form last Sunday or maybe you did not come last Sunday, There is one last chance this coming Sunday to register. We gave Walker Creek Ranch a head count on April 4. If you are on the fence, now is the time! What could be finer than a weekend in the country among friends? Scholarships available. If you would like to give a workshop, we also need to hear from you.
    
Here is the semi-final Retreat Schedule.

UUCM Retreat Schedule
May 4 to 6, 2018
Walker Creek Ranch

Registration form

Retreat Waiver 
Classical Concert Postponed
Our April 7 classical concert,  Celebrating Women Composers, 
is being postponed due to Amanda's vocal health issues. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 2nd at 4pm.
  


Survey for Support of Immigrant Families
The Social Justice Committee is working with the Marin Interfaith Council in developing a support system for our immigrant community.  As part of that endeavor, we need to determine what level of support each congregation could provide and who could be contacted when the need arises.  If you are interested in helping, please fill out the survey at this link.  https://goo.gl/forms/s9Q0baJtSiOptZN72  
Your contact information will only be used within our congregation.  

Thank you 
UUCM Social Justice Committee
REMARKABLE People Again... April 20   7 pm
The ongoing Remarkable People series gives us time to learn about each other from the interesting stories of individual lives. Whether you already know them by name or not, you will learn what you don't know in the evening of sharing and community. Each person talks and there is time for questions and general sociability and usually some sustaining snacks.

You may know Lynne Scarpa from her work on the Board and leadership in the search for an incoming Developmental Minister.  But you might be less familiar with her legacy as a third generation Californian. She also knows more than any of us about what communities can and should do about stormwater. 

Michael Jenkins has also served on the Board in the past.  You could know he is an exercise expert with three gyms across Marin County.  But you can come learn more about what and where is Lackawanna, New York, and then be able to ask this question: Why was Michael on TV at the age of 4?

Come hear from these good UUCM folk who have lived experiences of how to stay fit and keep our communities safe in the face of climate change.

Be remarkable yourself and come enjoy!  

And coming up next month:  

May 18: Christine Davenport and Amanda Morando
Crafting for a Cause
Crafting for a Cause
Second Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, offsite
 
Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are invited to join in ongoing efforts to create handmade items for children and adults facing challenging life circumstances. Recipients have included Syrian refugees, Afghan babies, emergency shelter women and premature babies in Marin. See our colorful poster in the foyer.
 
Patterns, guidance, encouragement, camaraderie and some materials provided. Beginners welcome.
 
The next monthly meeting will be Wednesday, April 11. For location or more information, email:  crafting@uumarin.org 
 Spring Transylvanian Tea - April 21
Starr King School for the Ministry cordially invites you and your friends to our Spring Transylvanian Tea, a fundraiser for the Balázs Scholars Program. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:30pm,
at the Starr King School for the Ministry,  2441 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley. $25 suggested donation.

Featuring
Rev. Lidia-Emese Bodor
2017-2018 Balázs Scholar
Religion Teacher and School Chaplain

Janos Zsigmond Unitarian High School, Kolozsvar
 and
Rev. Sofia  Betancourt
Assistant Professor of Unitarian Universalist Theologies and Ethics
Starr King School for the Ministry
 
RSVP to Arliss Ungar
 Balazs@ungar.us  925-451-7953 
UUA 2017-2018 Common Read
Please Join in the  
UUCM Adult Ed discussion of the UUA 2017-2018 Common Read
 
We will meet on April 22nd 12:15-1:30PM in the Fireside Room 
and also at the UUCM retreat May 4-6.
 
This anthology of vital voices from our own UUA ministry speaks to the challenges of being a minister of color in our denomination.
 
Adult Ed has purchased 10 copies from the UUA to circulate for reading  that can   be checked out from the Adult Ed Lending Library which is a well labeled box with a checkout form near the computer in the Community Room. If you have a copy you are willing to circulate please leave it in the Adult Ed Lending Library in the Community Room.
Also available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle store and on Google Play. 
It's going for $9.99 and $7.99.
Shared Housing Community Forum - Save the Date
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Shared Housing Community Forum
Sponsored by UUCM: Fellowship Hall
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
10AM-noon
Open to public/No fee

Hear ways you can be part of the affordable housing solution in Marin County. Panelists from Marin Villages, Home Share,
Marin Environmental Collaborative on Housing, Lilypad Homes and others will be there to educate and answer questions.
Learn about ways to age in place while helping with the housing shortage.

See flyer for more info or contact   Linda Haumann.
UUCM Book Club Dates - May, June
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The UUCM book club will meet at Villa Marin on  May 6 at 3pm  to discuss "The Unamericans," stories by Molly Antopol, chosen by Sandy Steinman.

On  June 3rd , we will again meet at Villa Marin to discuss poetry by Kay Ryan, chosen by Kat Braeman.
Anyone interested in the books is welcome to join us!  Kim Holscher
We are Getting a New Website!
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New Website Going Live Soon!

UUCM has a new website! Using a well-designed and tested template provided by the UUA, we have created a new website to support our communications to both the outside world and among our members and friends. We expect the new site to replace the old one before the end of April. So if you go to   uumarin.org  in a few weeks and see something completely different, you're in the right place!
Dinners for Eight
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"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." James Beard. Get to know other members of the congregation eating dinners in their homes through Dinners for Eight (or Six).  We would love to have more participants for the last two dinners of the year on April 7th and June 2nd.

Dinners for 8 (or Six) is a coordinated potluck. We meet on the 1st Saturday of the month, October through June. Each month a volunteer host will offer a main course and guests bring appetizers, salad/soup, dessert, and wine and good conversation. Contact Sher Sheldon at 415-892-1727 or
shershel@comcast.net for details.
Summer Worship Opportunities
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The Worship Committee is currently seeking members to give services from July 23rd until the end of August. You will be assisted by a Worship Associate to plan your service. Typically the 'sermon' portion lasts 15-20 minutes.

If you have an idea for a service, please contact worshipassociates@uumarin.org. Share your words with our Congregation!
UU Spring Weekend
UU Spring Adventure at beautiful Camp Sylvester in Pinecrest, CA! May 11-13th!  

The weather should be great and the lake will be beautiful. Enjoy activities like volleyball, hiking, archery. and ping-pong as well as the usual camp games, evening activities, cooking in the amazing kitchen, and making art and music together.  It is Mother's Day so a special invitation to all mothers. Why not celebrate with a fun getaway weekend?!!   Please click the link below to register! For more information feel free to email:dleschyn@gmail.com.
 
UUA General Assembly - Updated information
General Assembly Kansas City,  Missouri

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center. GA will offer more than 175 programming selections over the course of five days. Major worships this year will be lead by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and Rev. Sofia Betancourt.

Be a delegate from UUCM or go on your own. GA is a fabulous experience.

Housing Reservations are open. Room rates start at $136 + tax.
Registration is open. Rates Increase May 1.
Pacific Western Regional Assembly - April 27-29 
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More than 500 individuals from the four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region have already registered for the PWR 2018 Regional Assembly. They will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR. Speakers include, the Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister at the First Unitarian Society of San Francisco; 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.  
 
Register for our Regional Assembly by April 15.   www.uua.org/pwr . 
Basket Share Participants Needed
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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.
Sending Announcements for the Order of Service
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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 Committee members are now putting together the Order of Service and Janette will print it.
Social Justice Education/Action
    Next Social Justice meeting: Sunday April 15
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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".
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Contribute to the 3rd Tuesday night dinner at the First Presbyterian Church. Contact Carol Littrell. 
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UUSC Take Action Items - Sign petitions, learn about issues, donate money.
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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. 
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Continue your commitment to environmental and economic justice by shopping at   http://shop.uusc.org 
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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! 
Quick Links
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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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
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San Rafael, CA 94903