Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
April 20, 2017
Issue #401
Sunday Worship Service
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10:30 am
Rev. Joy Atkinson

The seventh principle of our Association calls upon us to affirm the "interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." As a species, we have been responsible for tearing at the strands of the delicate web of life that sustains us on our planet, through such phenomena as global warming, extinction of species, oil spills, ozone depletion. What can we do to repair some of the damage?

(If you have an announcement for the Sunday service, send it to Julie Prentice rebel1955@gmail.com  (Changed from Linda Haumann)

SUMMER SERVICES 
We want to fill our pulpit for the Summer Services when our Minister is off. If any member or friend of the congregation would like to provide a service, please contact Worship Chair Julie Prentice rebel1955@gmail.com to sign up. This is a great way to share a cause or some topic near and dear to you.
Contemplative Service 9 am
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4/23/17: Childhood Heroes
Carol Kerr   
Our lay-led Contemplative Services are held from  9:00 am to 10:00 am each Sunday in the Fireside Room. More info.
Words of Joy
Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles...
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the
same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.
To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim--the rocks--the motion of the waves-the
ships with the men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that if the stars were to appear only once every thousand years, what an incredible wonder it would seem to be when it finally happened. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said a similar thing about spring:  "If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change. "
 
What if springtime came only once a century? Just imagine the anticipation, and then the gladness and rejoicing and deep gratitude for this miracle--a miracle so commonplace in our lives that we may forget to notice it.
 
         Well, we do have spring once a year, and twinkling stars on many nights, and gently swaying trees, glowing comets, rolling seas, the blessings of friendship and love, and a candle of hope now and then to light us on our way. May the arrival of spring remind us not to take life's gifts, and the gift of life itself, for granted, but to be genuinely grateful for each gift, and each day that is given to us. In this season of renewal, may we learn to see the gift of life as the miracle that it is, as the poet Walt Whitman saw it when he sang out ecstatically:
 
The ocean fill'd with joy-the atmosphere all joy!
Joy! joy! in freedom, worship, love! joy in the ecstasy of
 life!
Enough to merely be! enough to breathe!
Joy! joy! all over joy!
 
Have a joyful, renewing and miracle-filled spring!
Joy

Building Your Own Theology

A weekly class on  Tuesdays, May 2 through June 6, 7 PM - 9:00 PM. Rev. Joy will offer a six-session adult religious education class, Building Your Own Theology, based on a UUA curriculum. Participants will explore their own "theologies," beliefs and doubts, using experiences from their life journeys, in a supportive group atmosphere. Limit: 12 participants.

Here is the link to sign up for the class: 
Religious Exploration nUUs
jef melcher
Thanks go to so many helpful bunnies this year for bringing eggs, dyeing eggs, filling and hiding eggs, and helping with the kids. It was a bountiful Easter for the families who came with kids. Many happy kids with baskets of eggs to take home and share with the family enjoyed the indoor hunt this year. Since the rain moved us indoors this year, I would ask that you all keep an eye out for any remaining eggs. It is better to find them sooner rather than later. I put out the call for help and many of you hopped right to it.

Here is the text of the Norse myth read Sunday by Joy, Jef, and Esme Bankhead. It explains why an Easter Bunny (hare) leaves eggs on Easter. The Enchanted Hare as told by Shirley Climo (adapted).

Remember to come have some fun at the family-friendly Karaoke Night. EVERYONE is part of the family. Come on over: Saturday, April 22, 6pm to 9:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The perfect event to bring a friend. Potluck snacks. Donations accepted to pay-it-forward for the next event. ($5-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away.)

I am on break this week and will be back on April 25th.

Because many of us will be at the UUCM retreat on April 30th, there will be no RE classes that Sunday. An activity table will be set up in the back of Fellowship Hall for kids to stay quietly active in the service. Parents will need to keep an eye on them still.

Spring Blessings on you and all whom you love,
Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div.
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Friday - Sunday, Offsite

7 PM - 9 PM

6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM

PCD Assembly - May 5 - May 6
Offsite

7:30 - 9:00 PM

UUA General Assembly - June 21 - June 25
Offsite


Retreat in the News: Documents for Retreat
All Congregational Retreat at Walker Creek - April 28 -30, 2017  
If you have signed up for the retreat here are the documents you will need.
Questions, ask Co-Chairs, Thomas Ervin (thomas.ervin@comcast.net) and Dianne Estrada  (dianneestrada11@gmail.com). 
MARCH FOR SCIENCE!     Saturday, April 22
Science March this Saturday, April 22. Meet at UUCM at 9 am to carpool to the Larkspur Ferry. 
The announcement last Sunday was incorrect.

We UUs see our faith as rooted in the natural world. Come join us at the March for Science to show that religion can stand WITH Science, not against it.
 
We will meet at 9 a.m. at the UUCM lot to carpool. Please call Cat ("with a C") Woods to confirm, discuss sign-making, etc. 415-218-8138. We will be back in plenty of time for karaoke at 6 pm, if you want to sing about it afterward!

Karaoke night - April 22
Back by popular demand! Karaoke night, the sequel! The Religious Exploration Committee invites everyone to an intergenerational FUN raiser. Bring your friends!

Date: 4/22/17
Time: 6-9:30
Location: Fellowship Hall

What to bring:
Last name A-M - bring a snack
Last name N-Z - bring a dessert
BYOB - bring your own beverage of choice (adult beverages for adults only, please!)
Who is invited: Everyone. FUN for all ages!"

Donations accepted to pay-it-forward for the next event. ($5-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away.)
UUCM Adult Education - April 23
UUCM Adult Education UU Roots Book Group Series Hosts a Discussion  with Reverend Joy Atkinson  on  The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels.

Sunday April 23rd from 12:15-1:30 pm

Reverend Joy will lead our discussion of this provocative study of the gnostic gospels and the world of early Christianity as revealed through the Nag Hammadi texts discovered in 1945.


This book is widely available in the Marin County library system in print and in a wonderful 7 hour "book on tape" version as well as through many bookstores and online sources. 

We encourage you to read the book in the next weeks to enrich our discussion, all are welcome.  Please invite friends from outside of the UUCM community to join in our discussion of this engaging book.  Questions or suggestions to Ilana Trumbull-Stearns:
New Class -  Building Your Own Theology
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Building Your Own Theology

A weekly class on Tuesdays, May 2 through June 6, 7 PM - 9:00 PM. Rev. Joy will offer a six-session adult religious education class, Building Your Own Theology, based on a UUA curriculum. Participants will explore their own "theologies," beliefs and doubts, using experiences from their life journeys, in a supportive group atmosphere. Limit: 12 participants.

Here is the link to sign up for the class: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d49aeaf2faa8-building
Nominating Committee requests suggestions
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The nominating committee invites input from the members of UUCM of persons you believe will able to perform as a trustee on the Board.  Four positions are to be filled: president, treasurer, secretary and a general trustee.  The board meets once a month and has an occasional retreat.  Each board member is a liaison to a committee of UUCM.  In addition a position on the nominating committee will need filling.  Please feel free to contact Carol Kerr, Christine Kraemer or Joyce Rhodes with your ideas.
Board Survey Results 
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This is a link to the results which were given and discussed in last weeks's congregational meeting.

Women's Shelter Dinners
Kim Holscher and Dave did last Sunday the 16th with  Lee Fitzgerald and a lady from Joan's meditation sangha. 

This week the volunteers will be from the youth group. 
 
Please contact:  
Joan Nelson -  415-506-4166  -  c: 415-595-6221
One more Basket Share program needed
Annual Basket Share Program - May nominee needed
There is one more 50/50 offering Basket Share Sunday open this church year,  May 28.
 
Contact Joan Nelson to nominate a favorite local non-profit with which you are directly involved.
District Assembly - May 5 - 6
The 2017 Pacific Central District Assembly will be held May 5-6 at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Advance registration is open through April 22. Highlights of Saturday's activities include a forum featuring all three UUA Presidential Candidates, workshops, worship, and fellowship. Registrants will also attend to the important business of the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Central District. Religious professionals will want to also bring their full staff team to Friday's Staff Development Day. For details about the full weekend, go to: http://www.pcduua.org/events/district-assembly/  Contact Thomas Ervin if interested.
General Assembly - June 21- 25
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General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process. Anyone may attend.

New Orleans, LA  June 21-25.

Think about attending. It is a wonderful opportunity to see our Unitarian Universalists in action and meet UUs from all across the country. It is an experience you will never forget. 
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".
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Contribute to the 3rd Tuesday night dinner at the First Presbyterian Church.
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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 Joan at figleafjoan@comcast.net  (415-506-4166, Cell: 415-595-6221)
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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! 
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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 12:30 - 3 :30 PM
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30 PM
415-479-4131  ext. 104

Youth Advisor: 
George Pegelow  youthadvisor@uumarin.org
 
Administrator:   Janette Morrow  office@uumarin.org  

Administrative Assistant:  Karen Donohue  karen@uumarin.org
 
Choir director:  Amanda Morando  muusic@uumarin.org    
 
Pianist:  Milton Wong   milton.wong@csaa.com

Nursery Care Provider: Glynda Christian 
   
Membership Coordinator:  Carolyn Bopp  membershipcoordinator@uumarin.org    
  
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org
Don Beck: 415-892-0642
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