Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
October 19, 2017
Issue #423
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am
October 22, 2017: The Discovery of Oxygen
John Severinghaus

Eight sages over five centuries shared oxygen's discovery: The story of the discovery of oxygen as revealed in the lives and ideas of eight sages, from a 13th century Syrian scientist to Carl Scheele and Antoine Lavoisier. 

John W. Severinghaus is Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology at UCSF. After training in physics during World War II, he spent 2 years designing radar at MIT and then switched to biophysics. After medical school and a residency, he was doctor-drafted to the National Institutes of Health, where he developed the first electrode that measured CO2 
in the bloodstream, as well as a blood gas analyzer.  He moved to Marin with his family in 1958 to join the new anesthesia department at UCSF. He is the author of over 500 papers, including histories of blood gases and oxygen. He has been a member of UUCM since 1960.

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

10/22/17: Community as an antidote to the stress of modern life
Jack Travis & Yvonne Devine

10/29/17: Anthroposophy: Evolution of Consciousness
Tom Altgelt 

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
The fires to the north of us rage on, although the outlook is better and better as fuller levels of containment are reached. The needs of those who have had losses, however, will continue for some time. Some UU families in our neighbor congregations in Santa Rosa and Napa lost their homes.

To help with relief efforts:
The Red Cross is accepting cash donations.
Also, the Unitarian Universalist Association has expanded its Disaster Relief Fund, set up to help in the aftermath of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, to include the fires in California. This fund helps both UUs left in need by these disasters and their communities: https://giving.uua.org/irma-aid.

Finally Cat Woods has brought this need to my attention:
Are You Bilingual? You Are needed now! In Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino counties:
May you be safe and well.
jef melcher
People helping people -  Is this not what our humanity calls us to do especially in times of greater need? I know many of you and your families are helping in various ways this past week. Some of you are in need even as you are helping others. No matter your situation, it is  often   therapeutic to ask " How can I help?" and seek to answer that question. So I ask you, our families, "How can we help you? What do you need right now?"

Dia de Los Muertos at UUCM - Oct 29th -- We invite children, youth, and adults to   come in costume. All children and youth will start in the service and can participate in putting family photos on the   ofrenda 
(altar). Pinata after service.

Our Pacific Central District  middle school retreat  is coming up Nov 3-5 for youth in grades 6-9. It is a fabulous program. For more information go to this website:  pcdmuugs.org

The YRUU has been having some   serious conversations  about Climate Disaster, and this was before the firestorm. How will this disaster change all of our perspectives and our response to what is now real in our neighborhood?

Thanks go to our Creative Compassionates class for doing this book drive. My office is   FULL  of books people brought in. Keep an eye out for their next project.

Sincerely Yours in Faith,

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

7:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

1:00 PM  - 3:00 PM

7:00 PM  - 9:00 PM

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

6:30 PM  - 9:00 PM

12 noon - 1:30 PM
Remarkable People!  Friday, October 20, 7:00 pm
Remarkable Again:  Friday, October 20th, Fireside Room, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Our ongoing Remarkable People series creates the opportunity 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 this evening of sharing and community.  Each person talks and there is time for questions and general sociability and usually some sustaining snacks.

Ilana Trumbull Stearns and Henry Bankhead are our October people of the month.

You might already know Henry Bankhead for his pastry expertise; he has shared this often since arriving on the UUCM hilltop.  What you may not yet know is that with a degree in anthropology, a masters in fine arts, painting, and then another in library science - he now uses improv to improve libraries, including our own in San Rafael.  Come find out how this path has led him to this essential sense of what he does:  "the constant process of curious exploration and iterative engagement in the world ". 

Ilana Trumbull-Stearns is a quiet but effective activist who juggles parenting and licensed acupuncture (Find her at Healing Trees Acupuncture, San Rafael) while also teaching with both our grade school youth and being a leader for the adult education curriculum. Enroute to all this she has done graduate studies in the history of religion, herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine which have something to do with her ability to do so much while looking calm. Come find out more about living now in the house her grandfather built......and how she came to meet the  Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.

Come learn from and about these good people.  

Be remarkable yourself and come enjoy.  

And coming next month:
November 17:  Janice Prochaska and Doug Kerr.
Adult Ed Class on  American Transcendentalists
Rev. Joy will be offering an Adult Education class this fall on the American Transcendentalists, a small group of Nineteenth Century characters who were very influential in the shaping of the American character, as well as American literature and philosophy. They are also a important part of our Unitarian and Universalist history. 

We will read original works by R.W. Emerson, H.D. Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Peabody and others. The class will meet for five Sundays,  1-3:00 PM : October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 and 19 (no class November 12). Call the UUCM office 415 479-4131 or contact Rev. Joy to sign up.
Dinners for Eight starts November 4
Dinners for Eight is an organized potluck.  It is a wonderful way to socialize with UUCM members in their homes 'breaking bread'.  We get to know others in a casual setting and have more in depth conversations than large UUCM dinners.

We meet the first Saturday of the month except January and usually have dinners until April or May.  A host volunteers their house and provides the main course.  Other attendees bring appetizers, salads or vegetables, wine, and dessert.  Food assignments are usually done on a first to be contacted.  Dinners usually start at 6:30 or 7:00. Individuals are welcome and if your house isn't large enough to host you can co-host with another member. Sher Sheldon arranges the dinner attendees. If you have not already signed up and want to be involved, contact her at 415-892-1727.
Leadership Council Meets  Saturday October 28th
The Leadership Council will convene:
Saturday October 28th
12:00 noon to no later than 3:00 pm
Fireside Room, UUCM

This  is an opportunity for all committee chairs or  a  committee  representative  to share what they need other committees to know, learn ways to strengthen their committee, and  provide input on congregational issues .   Ted Gaebler, our Board President, will facilitate the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Scarpa at  lynne.scarpa@gmail.com. We on the Board look forward to every committee's presence and  chance to participate.
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. 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.
UU Thanksgiving Camp -  Nov. 23rd - Nov. 26th
U.U. Thanks Camp
Thursday, November 23rd - Sunday, November 26th, 2017 
Camp Sylvester
28770 Dodge Ridge Rd
Pinecrest, CA 95364

We are excited to welcome families and people of all ages to Thanks Camp!  Your vitality will be restored with activities such as round singing, hiking, fireside chats, archery, dancing, beading, fun in the snow and other spontaneous fun with fellow campers.  For more info or to register, visit the NCUUCC website:
Emma's Revolution Concert - October 28
Emma's Revolution  will be doing a concert as part of the American Friends Service Committee's Centennial Celebration at the  First Unitarian Church of Oakland on Saturday, October 28th, 10am to 5pm and will feature workshops and lunch.

Emma's Revolution is the award-winning activist power duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near.
Members: If you missed Lifetouch Portraits
Members who missed the photo session for the directory can submit a photo if it is horizontal and between 250-300 dpi resolution. If you didn't have your photo taken or don't submit your own photo, just your name and info will appear in the directory.

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
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 are 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.
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! 
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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 Care Provider: Glynda Christian
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org
Don Beck: 415-892-0642
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