Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
May 18, 2017
Issue #405
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am
May 21, 2017: Secrets and Prophecy
Rev. Tet Gallardo, 2016-2017 Balázs Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry

At a time that vision is not clear, prophets used to "storm the heavens" asking for a sign. What do transcendentalists do? They emerge from conversations. The Quakers on the other hand, could come up with many answers to one question, during "waiting on the Sprit" as a group. How are we finding answers to the uncertainty of our future as Unitarian Universalists and as global citizens? 

Ordained in 2013 by the UU Church of the Philippines, Rev. Tet Gallardo serves a lively and loving congregation in the Bicutan area of Manila, Luzon Island.  (All 29 other UU churches are on Negros Island, where Philippine Universalism was founded in 1955.) 
For over 20 years, Tet has organized women, youth, farmers, and workers for better legislation, serving with over 30 NGOs.  She's been a strategy and communications consultant for government leaders and political campaigns. Taking a break from UU church work, she spent March 2016 in Nepal as a volunteer in disaster relief. She is spending this year as Balázs Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. 

(If you have an announcement for the Sunday service, send it to Julie Prentice rebel1955@gmail.com  
Contemplative Service 9 am
5/21/17: Humor and Inspiration Potluck: Summer Topic Brainstorming
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
         There is evidence that even as we multiply our contacts on Facebook and other social media venues, people in our modern society are generally becoming more socially isolated. One study found that while in 1985 nearly three quarters of people reported having a friend in whom they could confide anything, two decades later only half said they had this kind of support and intimacy from one person. Also, the number of people Americans reported having in their closest circle of friends dropped in those two decades from three to two.
         In this time of increasing isolation, people need opportunities to connect with others face to face. This need increases the importance of voluntary communities like congregations - where people can network with others, find and strengthen friendships and share their lives in more depth than is possible through our many technological connections.
         To be effective in creating deep human connection in our congregations, we need to be as hospitable as we can, both to those we know and those we have yet to become acquainted with. We need to practice hospitality as a kind of religious discipline. Former UUA President Peter Morales has written about how we can do this:
A true religious hospitality reaches out to those we do not yet know. This can be as simple as greeting those seated near you on Sunday morning and working up the courage to talk to a stranger during coffee hour. It means warmly welcoming those who come looking for a religious home.
      Let us work on practicing this religious hospitality among ourselves and toward the stranger who visits us for the first time. In this way we can serve the community by helping to answer the modern human cry for a sense of connectedness, and we can both deepen and grow our liberal faith, extending a warm welcome to all who enter our doors. 
Religious Exploration nUUs
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Success Breeds Success
I am glad to say that since families made the commitment to make a special effort to bring their children on 2nd and 4th Sundays, the attendance on the other Sundays has improved as well. Critical mass has been reached in both the Creative Compassionates group (grade 2-6) and the YRUU (grades 7-12) The kids are having a good time learning with each other. The teaching teams for those groups are now populated and preparing for next Fall's program.

IMPORTANT meeting for UUCM Families
June 20th, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Fireside room.
Your DRE and RE Chair (Jef and Jason) cordially invite you to a potluck and conversations. Youth and children will have activities.
Topics: budget, summer programs, parent group, play structure repair, family activities, and more

May 21st, noon to 1:30 - During the budget hearing, where many of the parents will be, the youth are invited to participate in the design of the Black Live Matter banner. Graphic designer Suzi Musgrove will work with youth 7th-12th grade to arrange multiple components into a pleasing and effective design. We want to get this banner on the building for RE Sunday, June 4th.

Together we can!

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

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

6:00 PM - 9 PM

12:30 - 2:30 PM

2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

UUA General Assembly - June 21 - June 25

Basket Share - May 28
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Karen Glickman, A Marin Villages volunteer, will do the pulpit appeal for Marin Villages on May 28.
The offering basket will be shared 50/50 with Marin Villages: an alliance of local villages established by geographic area to build community through social and educational events, delivery of volunteer assistance and individual aid in accessing vetted help and service here in Marin.
Call for Wesley Grants
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Each year we put out a call for "Wesley Grants".  The funds for these grants come from the Wesley fund, whose purpose is to provide up to approximately $6,000 each year to be used on enhancement projects.  Individual grants can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.  A written proposal is required, stating the amount, the purpose, and how it enhances our congregation and makes us better able to fulfill our mission.  The proposal should also state who will have ownership of getting the project completed.
If you have an idea and would like to submit a request, please submit it in writing to Janette Morrow by June 16.  All proposals will be considered by the Board in the June 29th meeting.  All persons submitting a request will be notified of the decision subsequent to that meeting.
In faith,
Annual Budget Hearing
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Sunday May 21, 2017 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

The Board President and Treasurer will present an overview of the proposed budget options for the program year beginning July 1. The congregation will vote on the budget at the annual meeting on June 4.
Lunch provided.
Seniors For Peace Memorial For Rolly Mulvey
A memorial plaque for Rolly Mulvey as the Founder of Seniors for Peace will be dedicated on Friday, May 19th at 3 PM at the Redwoods in Mill Valley.  He was a member of UUCM and would lead the Peace songs on the corner across from Tam High School every Friday rain or shine.  All are welcome. Contact Walt Littrell for more information.

End of Year Potluck - June 11
It's time to pull out those recipes for our end of year potluck on June 11 (after Sunday service in the courtyard). 

Food assignments: 
A-G  fruit or dessert
H-M main dish
N-W salad
About 8 volunteers are needed for set up and clean up.  If you can help, please contact mehollinger@gmail.com
Shelter Supper Coordinator Needed
Due to Joan's "out-of-whack back," UUCM will need a new co-ordinator/
supervisor for this rich and rewarding program project which she has administered
for the last nine years. Contact her for more information. 

Joan Nelson -  415-506-4166  -  c: 415-595-6221
General Assembly - June 21- 25
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".
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: 
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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