Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
October 1, 2017
Issue #421
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am
October 8, 2017: Looking For America  
Rev. Joy Atkinson

525 years ago on October 12, land was sighted from the port side of the Santa Maria, the ship on which Columbus sailed in search of new lands and wealth. The sermon will explore the "discovery" of America and the legacy of this and other European conquests of lands already occupied by indigenous peoples.
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders:

10/8/17: Finding the Voice Within
  Kat Braeman

10/15/17: Community And Society: Dialog on a Dialectic
  Paul Kaufman

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
      On Religious Hospitality
         There is evidence that even as we multiply our contacts on Facebook and other Internet 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:
First, we can begin by being open and loving with those we already know, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and extending ourselves to others. But we can not and must not stop there. If we stop there we draw a circle that keeps others out, a circle that disconnects us. We must go much further. 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.

jef melcher
Jedi Academy invites everyone to join us for a movie outing when this next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, comes out on December 15th. We have not picked a date yet, but it will be a "Families Plus" event. Families Plus events are designed to be family oriented events that everyone is invited to. Keep your eyes peeled for the date we plan to go. Is anyone interested in helping organize this event? May the Force be with you.

Children and Youth Communion.  Do you like working with food and are looking for a way to help RE families? You can sign up to make snack one Sunday. You don't even need a background check for this task.   Follow this link  or email    DRE@UUMarin.org.

You may be wondering.   Why are we keeping the children and youth in classes until 11:45?  It gives the  parents time to mix and mingle  after service.  It keeps the kids out of the cookies  until the adults get a first chance at them.  It allows teachers to a firm and regular class ending time . So, for the Harry and UU class and the YRUU, please plan on your child being in class until 11:45. If you need to pick them up early for some reason, I respectfully request that you notify the teachers before class starts that day. This  honors the sacred space  which we are teaching the children to respect and the efforts of the teachers to  build community with the children.  Thank you for respecting this request.

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

Game Night - October 6
6:30 PM  - 9:00 PM

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

1:00 PM  - 3:00 PM

7:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Auction - Saturday, Oct. 7, 5:30 - 9 PM
Autumn Auction  Saturday, October 7: silent auction 5:30-7:00  with music by Milton Wong and Christine Kraemer; 
live auction and potluck dinner 7:00-8:30 ; and check out 8:30-9:00.  Doors open at 5:00.   Among the many exciting auction items are: a weekend getaway at Sea Ranch;  tickets to Charles Schulz Museum;  stargazing and dessert with Joy;  a sermon topic chosen with Joy;  several dinner options;  hike with gourmet lunch;  computer help;  and many gift certificates.  There will also be a RAFFLE with cash prizes up to $500.
For MUCH MORE INFORMATION, including potluck information, instructions for Advanced Registration and online bidding (available until  2:00pm on Friday ), parking and check-in on Saturday; see the Special Announcement - Auction Check List that was circulated to all newsletter recipients Tuesday, October 3.
FOOD! - The Best Part of any Event
Here are the pot luck assignments. If you have a strong preference for a different food category, please email Sally ( sallyrschroeder@comcast.net  ). We are a forgiving committee!

A - G, bring an appetizer

H - Q, bring a main dish (meat or veggie - your choice)

R - Z, bring a salad

A couple of additional instructions:

1. Appetizers


  • Will be passed, so please bring finger foods
  • If possible, bring appetizers on a ready-to-go platter or tray 
  • It's important to be on time (5:30) - earlier, even - so shoppers can munch while they bid.
2. Main Dish -  Dinner knives will not be available, so please bring "fork-ready" dishes
3. Salads - Be sure to bring your own dressing, or dress the salad ahead of time

All food should be delivered to the kitchen when you arrive at the auction.
Game Night - October 6
Game Night Returns Friday October 6: 6:30-9:00 PM. Open to all ages. Games include Bananagrams, chess, pictionary, Trivial Pursuits and many more. Please bring snacks.

Crafting Meeting
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, and emergency shelter women. We have also made pussy hats to benefit UUCM & Planned Parenthood.  See our colorful poster in the foyer.
Patterns, guidance, encouragement, camaraderie and some materials provided. Beginners welcome.
The next monthly meeting will be  Wednesday, October 11. For location or more information, email  crafting@uumarin.org.
Social Justice Announcement
This congregation can't NOT continue to do it!
We have served Marin's homeless for over a decade.
Our two volunteer coordinators are no longer physically able to supervise the hands-on meal service.  

Please speak with June Fesler and/or Joan Nelson to sign up for this humanitarian service which will enrich your life as well as the lives of our other volunteers...to say nothing of the lives of those living on our streets.
Joan Nelson -  415-506-4166  -  c: 415-595-6221
UU Workshop - Class Distinctions
Saturday, October 14, 2017, Class Conversations
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
UU Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson St., Kensington CA

(Refreshments and registration at 9:30, workshop includes lunch; vegan options will be available)
Tickets: Sliding scale $20-50 (no one turned way for lack of funds) 
Register at http://www.pcduuma.com/upcoming-events.html (scroll down to Class Conversations)

This day-long workshop (10:00-4:30), intended for UUs and friends in the greater CA Bay Area, includes lunch and morning refreshments. The instructors will include Rev. Dorothy Emerson, one of the founders of Class Conversations. The workshop will help UUs become more aware of economic and social class distinctions and how they impact society as a whole, play out in our congregations, and affect the quality of our social justice work. 
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.
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. Call the UUCM office 415 479-4131 or contact Rev. Joy to sign up.
Book Drive 
The UUCM RE 2nd-6th grade class has formed
HUUffledore House of Witchcraft & Wizardry.

We are holding a BOOK DRIVE to benefit the literacy projects of  Friends of the Marin County Free Library  & Global Book Exchange.  Please bring new and gently used books for all ages to UUCM Delivery Deadline is October 15th.
Children's and young adult books are especially encouraged.

More about Marin Friends Donation Guidelines:

More about Global Book Exchange Donation Guidelines:  

The friends are currently having a sale!   Please visit their Novato store at 1608 Grant Ave   &  
Support Literacy Projects in Marin County!
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 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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