Opportunities for Good:
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is working to support the Ukrainian refugees created by the horrific war initiated by Putin. The displacement of Ukrainian citizens further exacerbates the global refugee crisis in which over 80 million people have already been displaced from their homes. You can help provide relief to all these refugees by contributing to the UUSC Emergency Response Fund. Visit www.uusc.org to donate relief funds.
The City of Half Moon Bay, in partnership with El Centro de Libertad and the County of San Mateo, has launched the Crisis Assistance Response and Evaluation Services (CARES) pilot program.

The CARES team responds to 911 calls involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The team consists of a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and an experienced behavioral health care clinician. At the present time, this pilot program operates within the city limits of Half Moon Bay and also for the Moonridge Farmworker Housing Community. More information is available at the CARES website.
Food for Our Souls:
UUCC First Sunday Service, April 3rd, 11am
The Touchstones theme for April is Theological Reflection. We are so happy to welcome Esther Wallace back to the UUCC pulpit on April 3rd, with a sermon entitled “Peshat, Remez, Derash, Sod: Making Meaning Through the Texts of Our Lives.” Our dominant culture idealizes productivity as a measure of our worth, frequently devaluing practices of rest and spiritual reflection. If we seek to cultivate practices of theological reflection, we often encounter both cultural resistance and a sense of being overwhelmed by our options (or lack thereof). Drawing from Jewish exegetical practices, Buddhist teachings, and embodied awareness, this sermon considers the questions: what does it mean to practice theological reflection? What does theological reflection mean in a Unitarian Universalist context? How do we navigate the intersection of our particular, individual spiritual identities with our collective theological meaning-making? 

Esther Wallace works and plays in the realms of meaning-making, sacred space, and social justice. Esther is very interested in emergent spiritual communities and the intersections of ministry and disability. She is in the final stages of pursuing her Master of Divinity degree at Starr King School for the Ministry.

For the Order of Service, click here.
Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern.
Gathering for service and music begin at 10:50 am.

Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: UUseesea
UUCC "Sharing the Pulpit" Sunday, April 17th, 11am
The Touchstones Theme for April is Theological Reflection. We are happy to welcome back Diana Luykx to the UUCC pulpit on April 17th, with a sermon entitled “Spiritual Envy: An Atheist's Reflection.” Diana shares what it's like to be an atheist who also belongs to a Unitarian Universalist congregation. She describes the inspiration she finds in the faith of fellow travelers who hold different beliefs, and the kinship she feels with the late Christopher Reeves, who became a UU later in life.  

Diana Luykx is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Miami, Florida and has lived on the Coast since 2013. She is in her element as a medical social worker at a non-profit in San Francisco. Diana is a proud graduate of the UUA's "Share the Pulpit" class. She enjoys reading, tennis, and playing the oboe. Diana's mother, Nancy Palmer, is a founding member of UUCC. 
We Can't Wait to See You in Person on May 1st!
We are so pleased to announce UUCC will host its very first in-person, hybrid service at the Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, in Half Moon Bay, on May 1st. It will have been 775 days since our last in-person service at the New Leaf Classroom. Yeah, but who's counting?

Our new location is amazing in so many ways. It is about 3 times larger than the New Leaf Classroom, thus allowing for more social distancing. The chairs are cushioned and we can set them up in any way we'd like. There's an elevator and handicapped bathroom for those of us needing a little extra help. A new circulation system has been installed to provide better ventilation for COVID protection. Plus, we have a kitchen we can use for socializing after the service. What's not to love? And our amazing technical director, Bruce Rafnel, is designing an OBS broadcast protocol so everyone can still tune in to a hybrid service, whether you live far away or are still hesitant to meet in person. By switching from Zoom to YouTube live streaming, the production sound quality and picture sharpness will both be remarkably improved.

Next newsletter, we will poll our community on some safety protocols we have planned when it comes to meeting in person again. We'll also be polling people on other interests such book clubs and chalice circles.

We want to acknowledge the extraordinary effort our production team has made to keep us together during these past two years. And an extra thank you to all of you who have attended UUCC Zoom services regularly or semi-regularly. Your loyalty and enthusiasm for a Unitarian Universalist presence on the Coast has made the difference in our collective success. And now we are ready to turn the page on an exciting new chapter for UUCC as we come back to meeting in-person again.
Volunteer Jobs in Under 30 Minutes a Month
A great recommendation from our recent Congregational Meeting was to offer volunteer opportunities that would require less than 30 minutes a month. Here are a few volunteer jobs we could really use your help with:

(1) Learn how to spotlight speakers during our 1st and 3rd Sunday Services. Simply hover your cursor over the person you want to spotlight, click on the ‘…’ (ellipsis) menu, and choose Spotlight.

(2) Volunteer as the breakout room host for First or Third Sunday services.

(3) Invite two friends to Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Or volunteer to coach a regular attendee on how to subscribe to UUCC's YouTube channel.

(4) Invite a friend to attend one of our services online.

(5) Be a Chalice Lighter for a Third Sunday service. After a half hour training, no rehearsals are required.

(6) Find quote memes for our twice-monthly newsletter on monthly Touchstones themes.

(7) Suggest poems, inspirational quotes, YouTube music links, social action notices, and articles of interest for UUCC's Facebook page.

(8) Coordinate the Compassionate Caring Committee requests with posts to our Compassionate Caring Committee Mailing List.

Please contact us at uucoastside@gmail.com to let us know how you can help our Beloved Community grow on the Coast. And thanks to all of you who have or continue to volunteer!
Compassionate Caring Committee:
The UUCC Compassionate Caring Committee volunteers are often able to support our members during life events such as post-operative, illness, or can’t go out. Do you need food delivery or an errand run? Are you feeling loneliness, loss, or grief that a call might help?
Please contacuucoastside@gmail.com if you’d like support or if you want to volunteer.  
We Appreciate Your Support:

For supporting UUCC financially, we have two options:
(1) Donate Online
Online donation is easy. At Weekly Offerings, look for the words
UU Coastside Community. Enter your dollar amount, and at Frequency choose either Monthly or One Time. At the bottom of the page, click Continue. Fill in your name, address, phone number, and payment method. Click the box I am not a robot, then click Process. To try it now, click this link, to 
(2) Donate by Check
If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to UU San Mateo, and write UUCC on the memo line. Please mail your check to:

Nancy Palmer
506 Willow Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1648
Food for Our Souls:
Unitarian Universalist Coastside Community
Half Moon Bay, California
Bill Heavlin, UUCC Planning Committee
Dave Rokosky, UUCC Planning Committee
Noreen Cooper Heavlin, UUCC Planning Committee
Tom Devine, UUCC Music Director
Bruce Rafnel, UUCC Technical Director