Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
November 9, 2017
Issue #426
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am
Rev. John Buehrens, Guest Minister

Unitarian Universalists are used to feeling a bit "other" in the religious world. Could it be that our very mission is to learn, and to help others to learn, to be truly "otherwise" - in every sense of that word?

Our guest minister, John Buehrens, has helped to articulate the mission of our faith as President of the UUA (1993-2001), as the co-author of Our Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, and as the author of Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People's History, among other works. He recently retired from full-time ministry after a successful stint as Developmental Minister for First UU Society of San Francisco. 

Rev. John Buehrens will remain after the service for a luncheon discussion of the role of a Developmental Minister. Please plan to stay.

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

11/12/17: iGen: What's happening to youth since the Iphone arrived?
  Jim Prochaska

11/19/17: The Importance of Sleep
  Kim Holscher

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       

The weather has suddenly turned to autumn. You can feel it in the new chill in the air, and see it in that certain slant of light as the days grow shorter. Each season has its mood and its own gifts. I especially love the wistful, beautiful autumn, even here where many of the leaves still cling to the trees, stubbornly green.
Here is a lovely poem by Wei Yung Wu, Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty (6th century):
The moon is full, the autumn nights grow longer,
In the north forests, startled crows cry out.
Still high overhead, the star river stretches,
The Dipper's handle sets to southwest.
The cold cricket grieves deep in the chambers,
Of the notes of sweet birds, none remain,
Then one evening gusts of autumn come,
One who sleeps alone thinks fondly on thick quilts...
[Our lives} are not as the grass and trees,
Still the season's changes can stir the heart.
Translation: Witter Bynner
May you have a blessed autumn season.

New member brunch.Seven new members were introduced to the congregation on November 5th. Look for their bios in next week's newsletter.
jef melcher
Some of us prayed for cooler weather and rain. Something worked.  Brrrr! These cool mornings remind me that it really is Autumn. The harvest is in, winter preparations are being made, and ancient rituals of community and family will soon be enacted. These remind us to make the strong bonds of human to human that are core to our species. The efforts we make now will pay off sevenfold. Come be part of our fold.

Stone Soup - the UUCM annual Stone Soup Service is Nov 19th. All families are encouraged to arrive at 9AM to help set up, decorate, etc. The 4th-7th graders are invited to join Mikey Songster in the kitchen to help prep the soup.

YRUU  - Brunch and Dress rehearsal. Nov 18th 11AM-2pm at the Bankhead/Tiederman residence. All youth are invited to attend for any or all portions. The plan includes waffles and several run-throughs of the skit, and readings.

An Upgrade:  In order to more publicly promote and fully align our values to support the program for Infant through k-1, we have changed the title of Nursery Care Provider to Nursery Teacher. Thanks go to the staff and the volunteer team who are helping UUCM step up its game to serve this age group of children and their families.

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.

Carolyn Planakis can help mount, frame, and prepare for presentation. All pieces need to be hung on wire. She will have a table after the service on Dec 10th. Bring your work. Deadline for submission is Jan 7th.

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

6:30 PM  - 9:00 PM

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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
Remarkable People
Remarkable Returns Yet Again:  Friday, November 17th Fireside Room  7:00 to 9 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.

Janice Prochaska and Doug Kerr are our November people of the month.

Janice Prochaska was born and raised and schooled in Michigan - and though she has since lived on both coasts she still identifies as a Midwesterner.  After she earned her MSW and moved to Rhode Island with Jim, she started a family and worked for 30 years at Child and Family Services in Newport, developing new programs to enhance the well-being, especially of the disadvantaged children, adolescents, families and older adults. Along the way (she does like to keep busy) she earned a Ph.D. at Boston College and became CEO of Prochange, which provides international training and consultation in the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change.  Janice and Jim moved to California in 2015 to repurpose, be near their children and five grandchildren, and learn about the west.  Come learn more about her long-established love of the UU family camp at Star Island and what she is learning now about how to move from "Aging to Saging".

Doug Kerr lived in one place and in one house in Portland until he left for college - but since then he has lived and worked in Chicago, Boston, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, and Chicago again before migrating back to the West Coast.  His high school experience with UU Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) was a start on the UU path and he found that again when starting a family which led to coming up our hill. He admits that while he came "for the children" he is one among us who ends up staying for what he gains as a member. You might already know he is a Ph.D. psychologist and organizational consultant but come learn more about how gospel music, jazz, electric cars, the OWL program, and sailing are part of his life story.

Come learn from and about these good people.  

Be remarkable yourself and come enjoy.  
Update on Fall UUCM Congregational Meeting
At the fall congregational meeting on November 5th, President Ted Gaebler and other Board members provided an update.  A unanimous vote of the 59 members attending approved the slate of new trustees for the Botermans Endowment Fund:  Margaret Johnston, Earle Owen and Monique Webster.  This fund is for disabled church members who need financial support and was established to assist an early church minister who faced disability issues.

Kudos were given to the Auction Committee who raised over $12,000.  Other issues discussed were a review of a "fair share" congregation.  Dick Park explained that our dues to UUA and the region should be $11,036; but our budget provides support of only $2,900.  Should this contribution be upgraded in future budgets?

Thomas Ervin announced a plan to launch a UU legacy campaign in 2018 in connection with the UUA outreach program, "Wake Now Our Vision."

Since volunteers are the lifeblood of the church community, appreciation certificates were presented to a number of key volunteers.  Also, a call was made for new volunteers -- including a Board position.  We are also seeking a leader to chair the Personnel Committee and to serve as a volunteer in the office.

Lynne Scarpa presented an update on our search for a Developmental Minister.  Our application was submitted to the UUA with our five goals.  Next Sunday on November 12th Rev. John Buehrens, who served as a developmental minister for the San Francisco church, will lead our service at 10:30 AM and stay for lunch at Noon for a conversation on the way this approach to ministry can act as a catalyst for change in a congregation.

The next Board meeting will be held on Thursday, November 30th at 7 PM.  Any questions or concerns should be forwarded to President Ted Gaebler or Kat Braeman, who prepares the agenda.  Minutes are posted on the website.

Submitted by Kat Braeman
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.
New Book Group Forming
New Book Group Forming:
Kat Braeman and Kim Holscher are forming a monthly book group. Please join us for an organizing meeting on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon in the Fireside Room. 

Books will be chosen by the group. We will start with poems by Alice Walker for the first meeting.

We expect to meet in members' houses, and envision potluck refreshments.  Can't attend this meeting but are interested in joining? Drop us an email, and we will include you in the announcements of which book to read and where to meet. Kim  Kimholscher51@gmail.com  
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 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.
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
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:
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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