Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
November 30, 2017
Issue #429
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am
Jerene De Laney and Karen Glikman, Guest Speakers

The UU community is an eclectic mosaic of people from various religious (or non-religious) backgrounds. While we engage in many discussions with one another over coffee, we often never discover the paths that led each of us to Unitarian Universalism.  We all have an illuminating story to tell and we are hoping others will share their journey via a pulpit share.

Jerene was born in Independence, Missouri and grew up in Santa Barbara and Stockton. She moved to San Francisco in the early 1960's to work at UCSF as a nurse. For most of her career, she worked as a neonatal nurse. Upon retiring, she taught cooking at Home Chef. She also holds B.A.s in Psychology and Women's Studies.

Karen was born in Oakland, grew up in San Francisco and moved to Marin in 1981. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology and has worked in personal finance for the last 34 years as a Certified Financial Planner, or as she likes to say, a "Practicing Financial Anthropologist."

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

12/3/17:  Desiderata
 Jim Harrison

12/10/17:   The advantages of being an introvert
 Janice Prochaska 

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   
Let me take the time
To watch the candle's light;
And know it is the same
Vast silence of the silver stars.
                                                --John Q. Parkhurst
As the holidays approach, many of us speed up the pace of our lives, making lists of tasks, running from here to there as we plan for or rush to parties or entertain guests, decorate our homes, shop for and wrap gifts, send cards, bake, cook and clean, donate to and work for charities whose pace is also ramped up, and so on. The common denominator in all of this holiday activity is that we do it for others in our lives, even for those we may not know, because we care.
What may get lost in the rush is the need for self-care. With all of this activity, or even if your place is a slower one, it is not uncommon to be visited by the holiday blues. Paradoxically, the blues may also descend on you if you have less to do during the holiday season. If, for instance, your loved ones are gone or are far away, the holiday cheer we are all "supposed" to feel may not be there for you as compensation for frenzied activity.  It is especially important during this season to take time for yourself, and to remember to do those things that are restful and renewing for you.
Part of your holiday self-renewal may be your connection to this congregation-your spiritual community. There are many ways to connect: join in decking the halls after the service on December 3, attend our holiday-themed Sunday services beginning on December 10th, celebrate Christmas Eve with us at our beautiful candlelight service, or at our special holiday services after Christmas and just after the New Year. And remember that you may always contact me, or our Pastoral Associates network, for help in time of need, any time of the year.
Another good way to form connections with other UUCM members is to join a small group. We expect to be re-starting the Small Group Ministry program in January or early February. These groups will meet regularly with a trained facilitator to discuss topics and share personal stories. It is a wonderful way to get to know one another more deeply. Watch this newsletter for announcements on how to join a new small group.
My your holiday season be blessed and peaceful.

Gratitude is a healing modality.
Plenty of scientific studies now map the effects of invoking gratitude on the brain and its neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. Giving thanks is a spiritual practice backed by science. Like mindfulness practice, a practice of daily gratitude can change your mind and brain. Let us give thanks and be an example to our children. Help them set a practice of gratitude for a lifetime.

Deck the Halls - Dec 3rd: A fter service we again come together as a community to put up a tree with lights and deck the halls with traditional and our own handmade decorations. noon-3pm. Light lunch served. All generations encouraged.

During this community-wide multigenerational event, we are having a YRUU parent and youth meeting. While we work on paper chains together, we will share and discuss plans for the rest of the year and begin laying out a strategy for YRUU curriculum 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022. Yep, a five-year plan to strengthen and embolden the spiritual intelligence and moral muscles of our youth.

Art Show for Children and Youth - In preparation for a January/ Feb show, we would love to have some art from your children and youth. Alexandra Bopp has a few photos up in the current exhibit and we would like to have a dedicated show of UUCM children and youth art to start off the year.

Submissions accepted starting Dec 10th. Carolyn Planakis can help mount or frame for presentation. All need to be hung on a wire. Jan 7th - final submission deadline for prepared works. You can bring them to my office.

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

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6:30 PM  - 9:00 PM

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Dec. 3: Chowder and Cheer!
Please join us after the service on Sunday, Dec. 3 for our annual family-friendly holiday decorating party! We will make ornaments for the tree, cut out snowflakes for the windows, make wreaths, and create paper chains to string across the sanctuary.

We will also be warming our tummies with Sher's wonderful Clam Chowder! We look forward every year to sharing this special meal together. Artists and eaters of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Volunteers are needed to supervise art tables - please contact Jef Melcher at DRE@uumarin.org to be an artist-in-residence at a table.
We also need some volunteers to help serve the soup - please contact Mary at mhg123009@gmail.com if you have ladling expertise.
 Facilities: Need for Truck
Does anyone know of a large pickup or van we could use for a couple of hours to move in a sofa that someone generously gave us?  And, to take the old one to the dump (where it certainly belongs).  Please call Jim at 415 601-6804 jharris91@comcast.net.

Social Justice
Tenants' rights and protections in Marin County:
Tuesday, Dec. 5th at 1:00 PM at Marin Civic Center:

PLEASE join me and some other concerned community
members to make our voices heard at the Marin County Supervisors' Meeting.

I'm looking for stories from TENANTS as well as LANDLORDS regarding  fair housing practices. Contact Linda Haumann.
From the Partner Church Committee
sovata bannner
There will be a Transylvanian Christmas tea on December 9 at 2:30 pm at Starr King school in Berkeley to honor this year's Balazs scholar from Transylvania, Lidia-Emese Bodor. The tea will include photos from Transylvania.  Contact Marilyn Nelson (415 456 7534) if you're interested in attending the tea.  Several of us hope to go and learn more.  Lidia will be visiting us at UUCM in March.  
Path to Unitarian Universalism
Sunday, December 17 12:15, Minister's Office
Path to Unitarian Universalism

Newcomers, those interested in membership, and anyone interested in learning more about Unitarian and Universalist history are welcome to attend this session with Rev. Joy and members of the Membership Committee. A light lunch will be provided. 
Help Defeat the Hunger Horcrux!
Join the 2nd-6th graders in their fight against hunger in our community. Leave non-perishable items in the SF-Marin Food Bank barrel located in the UUCM foyer.  Most needed foods are peanut butter, cereal, tuna, soup, canned meat, chili, granola bars, and baked beans.  No glass, please!  Monetary donations can be made at
Food Delivery Person needed for Mill Street Shelter
UUCM provides a first-Sunday-of-the-month food delivery to the Mill Street Homeless Shelter. The need n ow is for a "younger-than-80" someone, or a team of someones to make this food delivery. A run to Costco once a month would do the trick! You will be reimbursed from the funds raised by this year's annual homeless appeal letter that just went out to the congregation.
Please contact Joan Nelson or June Fesler.
Joan Nelson -  415-506-4166  -  c: 415-595-6221
Basket Share Participants Needed
basket share
Are you involved as a volunteer or recipient of the services of a local 501(c)(3) agency or program?

You can help that organization raise money by initiating a 50/50 UUCM Offering Basket Share.  

Complete the application form on the UUCM website Social Justice page. Or find one at the Social Justice Table on a Sunday morning. Send it to  socialjustice@uumarin.org or leave it in the SJ box in the Community Room.
Web Site Help Still Needed  
Web Site Help Still 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.
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  worshipassociates@uumarin.org  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.
Save the date for 2018 Retreat
psr workshop
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
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 Teacher: Glynda Christian
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org
Don Beck: 415-892-0642
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