Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
September 7, 2017
Issue #417
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am
September 10, 2017: Intergenerational Homecoming/Water Communion: Rite and  Return
Rev. Joy Atkinson

Join us once again as we kick off a new "church year" with the Water Communion Service.  Please bring a small amount of water from your summer travels or activities (or water symbolizing those activities) to add to the communal bowl.  Joy will offer a brief homily on the need for rites and rituals in our lives.

(If you have an announcement for the Sunday service, send it to Julie Prentice rebel1955@gmail.com  
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders:
9/10/17: Culture Shifts in Your Lifetime
  Joan Nelson  
9/17/17: White Supremacy in Unitarian Universalism?
  Geri Randall  

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
Here we are at the beginning of a new church year! I am looking forward to this last year among you as your interim minister. There is much we can do together as we work on interim tasks and other projects.

To refresh your memory, the five developmental tasks of interim ministry, from the book Temporary Shepherds, ed. Roger Nicholson, and adopted by the UUA for training interim ministers are as follows:

 Claiming and honoring its (the congregation's) past and healing its griefs and conflicts.

 Illuminating the congregation's unique identity, its strengths, its needs, and its challenges.

 Clarifying the multiple dimensions of leadership, both ordained and lay, and navigating the shifts in leadership that accompany times of transition.

 Renewing connections with available resources within and beyond the UUA.

 Enabling the congregation to renew its vision, strengthen its stewardship, prepare for new professional leadership, and engage its future with anticipation and zest.

The Board of Trustees, the Transition Team, and I will again be looking at ways to address these tasks in this interim year, as the Board also works on its application for a developmental minister to lead UUCM into its future (more about this effort to come).

On a personal note, I had a fulfilling and refreshing summer, which included a two-week trip to the British Isles and a chance to see the total eclipse of the sun with my son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren up near Salem, Oregon. This is an event that I have wanted to experience for most of my life, and it did not disappoint! The day was clear and the eclipse was brilliant. My just barely five-year-old grandson Nathan, right after totality, shouted out "Again!" (Though we explained it, he doesn't quite get how rare this phenomenon is in any given location on the planet.) When the moon slowly began to uncover the sun, bringing sunlight back to the deep indigo "night" that the world around us had become, he exclaimed "Good morning!" I feel blessed to have been able to witness this rare event with my family.

It is good to be back among you.
Religious Exploration classes will be in full swing on September 17th.
Nursery through K1 have a curriculum exploring nature and community.
Grades 2-6: Harry and UU, a curriculum inspired by J.K. Rowling's books.
Grades 7-12 (YRUU): Jedi Academy, Star Wars based, teen curriculum.

Classes go until noon each Sunday.
Parents are invited to enjoy a post-service moment with others at coffee.

 New Office Hours for DRE
Sunday 12:30 - 1:30
Tuesday 10:30 - 1:30
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30

Gleaning Outing to Green Gulch for Youth Group

The Marin Interfaith Council will be convening the 7th annual
Youth Gleaning at the Green Gulch Zen Farm in Muir Beach.
This will be a great opportunity for UUs 6th through 12th grade
and their parents to not only learn about a very cool Zen community,
but also have fun working in the beautiful fields at the Farm.
We will arrive at the Farm at 1:30 and be done by 4:30.

Jedi Academy: A Peace and Justice program; ages 13-17
A full-year Jedi Academy curriculum with 20 lessons based on the five training categories of Skill, Senses, Courage, Insight, and Spirit. The focus is on a development of mindfulness, peace, and justice. We will focus on a justice project challenging racism and white supremacy.

Classes begin September 17th at UUCM, Sundays 10:30-12:00.  Open enrollment begins August 25th. Open enrollment. C ontact Jeffrey Melcher for more info:  dre@uumarin.org, or   YouthAdvisor@UUMarin.org

Families in support of UUCM Auction
If you haven't turned in a donation form, the deadline to turn in your auction donations is  Sunday, September 10 so the catalogs for the auction can be compiled in time. You may fill in your form online and then print it or you can pick up a form in the UUCM foyer or you can print a form from the web and  fill it out with pen. Place your completed forms in the container in the rear of the UUCM foyer.
If you still need ideas on what to donate look at  this lengthy list.

Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
10:30 AM

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Remarkable People - September 15
7:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Ingathering Potluck - September 10
Our first potluck is September 10 after the service.

Please bring a dish.

A-G   Salad, vegetable
G-J    Main Dish
J-V    Salad, fruit
V-Z    Dessert

Also please sign up to volunteer to help set up or take down.
Contact Judy Finn or Marge Hollinger with questions.
Thank you.
Disaster Relief

The UUA and UUSC have formed a joint recovery and relief fund for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.


Remarkable People Returns!  
 Friday, September 15   Fireside Room  7:00 to 9 pm (note new time)

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.

Ted Gaebler  and  Geri Randall  are our September people of the month.

While you may already know that Ted Gaebler is our new Board President, you may be less familiar with his cross-country adventures as a life-long Unitarian and broad experience as a city manager, working with cities as different as Visalia, Rancho Cordova, and East Palo Alto. He is widely recognized as a "reinventor" who now helps mentor city managers to change government peacefully from the inside out.  He allegedly  also plays a wicked game of racquetball and organizes air shows. 

And come learn about Geri Randall, who is the new Board Treasurer.   She first joined the congregation in 1977 and has been active with Unitarian congregations around the Bay Area during her years of legal practice as a labor lawyer, in the health care industry, and then as an arbitrator.  She can tell fascinating tales about a wide range of professions she has investigated in these roles.   She has also lived in Hawaii, traveled widely, and talks with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for time she has spent in Bali.  And if you need a coach for taking a Mensa quiz, she has the skills.

Jump in and learn about these good people.  

Be remarkable yourself and come enjoy.  

And these are the planned dates and presenters if you want to mark your calendar.

October 20: Henry Bankhead and Ilana Trumbull.

November 17:  Janice Prochaska and Doug Kerr.
New Nametag Storage System
Finally! A new name tag storage system! If all goes well, this will be unveiled at our Ingathering Service September 10. Everyone will have a new, smaller name tag that will be organized alphabetically by last name for members, with a separate section for visiting friends. Children and youth tags will be included along with parents rather than in a separate section.

Our new triangle kiosk racks will hold the name tags. We'll generally use magnetic fasteners for adult members and clips for others. However, if you'd prefer to have a clip, please ask a greeter and they will swap it out for you. We're phasing out lanyards, though talk to Christine Kraemer if you'd really like to have a lanyard. If we somehow missed getting your new tag up and running, or you are a visitor who would like a printed tag, please sign up for one at the Welcome Table. 

Thank you to the Board of Trustees for approving this Wesley Grant-funded project. Project team: Christine Kraemer, Jim Harrison, Brian Hunwick and Norman Davidson.
Knitters and Crocheters Meet September 13
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 include Syrian refugees, Afghan babies, and emergency shelter women. We have also made pussy hats to benefit UUCM & Planned Parenthood.
Patterns, guidance, encouragement, camaraderie and some materials provided. Beginners welcome.
The next monthly meeting will be  Wednesday, September 13. For location or more information, email  crafting@uumarin.org.
Autumn  Auction Items Needed
SUMMER IS ENDING  and the 2017  AUTUMN  Auction Potluck Dinner is only about five weeks away.  It will be at the church  on October 7, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  This is a golden opportunity to raise much needed funds for our church community!  Offer  your talents and gifts as auction items, and mark your calendars!     
If you haven't turned in a donation form:
The deadline to turn in your auction donations is   Sunday September 10  so the catalogs for the auction can be compiled in time. You may  fill in your form online  and then print it or you can pick up a form in the UUCM foyer or you can  print a form from the web and fill it out with a pen. Place your completed forms in the container in the rear of the UUCM foyer.

If you still need ideas on what to donate look at   this lengthy list.
Social Justice Chair and Supervisory Opportunities
As our shared culture continues to change, each of us is called to respond to the new and exciting opportunities that arise.
Given that UUCM must continue to embody our commitment in the life and work of our congregation and our community, your Social Justice Committee - (charged with honoring and serving Unitarian Universalism's central commitment to justice and service) needs young people (under 80!) to step into: 

  1. Chairmanship: Chairing the SJ Committee is actually easier than you might think! 
  2. Community hands-on homeless services. After a decade of personally satisfying and fulfilling service, Joan Nelson, and June Fesler, regret that they are no longer physically able to organize and provide meals for our two direct, hands-on homeless outreach programs.  
Please think about enriching your own life with the privilege (yes it IS a privilege!) of supervising the (once a week) Sunday Women's Winter Shelter (November through April. Contact Joan). Or the (once a month first Sundays) Mill Street Emergency Shelter (contact June). Teams (couples, families, friends, relatives, etc.) find these projects very rewarding. 
Joan Nelson -  415-506-4166  -  c: 415-595-6221 figleafjoan@comcast.net
June Fesler   415- 479-7317 junemfesler@gmail.com
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 Julie Prentice rebel1955@gmail.com instead of sending it to the office. The worship associates are now putting together the Order of Service and Janette will print it.
Basket Share
basket share
Six times a year, the UUCM Basket Share  program distributes half of the  offering proceeds to a service or advocacy program in the wider community. 
This year's first Basket Share will be distributed to our Partner Church in Transylvania.  The offering will be split 50/50 with our Partner Church. The Partner Church Committee, will make the September 24 Basket Share Appeal.  Please come ready to donate.
Joan Nelson -  415-506-4166  -  c: 415-595-6221
Web Site Help Needed  
Web Site Help Needed 

The Communications Team is updating the UUCM website. We are migrating the site to a WordPress template provided by the UUA and in use by over 100 UU Congregations in the US. And we looking for help! 

We need a few people to help migrate material to the new site, edit text, and add some functions to the new site. If you have experience with WordPress, website maintenance, or editing, and would like to help with this project, please email  communications@uumarin.org , or call Valerie Taylor.
Sustainable Fairfax Film Event


Time to Choose
Friday, September 15
6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Women's Club, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax
Admission: $10

Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced - and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time.

Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson captures the urgency and innovation of this critical moment in his new film, TIME TO CHOOSE which takes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better.  

Representatives from several local environmental organizations will speak briefly and give you tangible actions you can take to support a healthier climate.

Sponsored by Sustainable Fairfax, Fairfax Parks and Recreation, and the  Environmental Forum of Marin.

Katherine Da Silva Jain is happy to arrange carpooling.   415 492 949, jandkdj@yahoo.com

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 Joan at figleafjoan@comcast.net  (415-506-4166, Cell: 415-595-6221)
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! 
Quick Links
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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 Revised:
Sunday 12:30 - 1:30
Tuesday 10:30 - 1:30
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30
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 Care Provider: Glynda Christian
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org
Don Beck: 415-892-0642
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