Opportunity for Good:
The free community breakfast at Coastside Lutheran in partnership with Abundant Grace will be resuming on Nov. 30th. Every Wednesday and Thursday mornings, hot, nutritious and delicious breakfasts will be served from 7-9am to anyone in need of food or fellowship. 
Volunteers are needed. Volunteers work between 6-10am for full or partial shifts, usually once a week as part of either the Wednesday or the Thursday team. Coastside Lutheran is offering a second volunteer orientation meeting on November 29th at 11am at the church. For more information, email Pastor Sue.
Food for Our Souls:
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, December 4th
On December 4th, UUCC joyfully welcomes the return of Esther Wallace, M.Div., to the UUCC pulpit. Her sermon is entitled "A Season For Wonderment." Inspired by the Touchstones Theme of Awe, she'll reflect on wonderment in its many forms, such as the coming of darkness that reveals radiant starlight. A device that fits in the palm of our hands, offering us infinite connections and boundless knowledge. A riotous bloom of color in a drab landscape. The makings of wonderment are all around us, yet it can be so easy to lose touch with the ways we encounter awe in the ordinary and everyday facets of life. This service invites us to consider the presence and importance of awe in our day-to-day lives and our Unitarian Universalist spiritual practices.

Esther Wallace works and plays in the realms of meaning-making, sacred space, and social justice. Raised Christian, Esther became a Unitarian Universalist in 2014, and she has cherished being invited to profound experiences in Buddhist, Taoist, Humanist, Muslim, and Pagan communities. Concurrent with her UU identity, Esther is also converting to Judaism. A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, Esther pursues interests in emergent spiritual communities and the intersections of ministry and disability.The Touchstones Theme for November is Remembrance.

This live in-person service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019. Out of an abundance of caution, we require mask wearing for churchgoers throughout the service—with the exception of those actively speaking at the front of the room. Odd Fellows Hall has quite new high-circulation air ventilation system. And since May, with our mask protocols in place, no one attending our in-person services at Odd Fellows Hall has caught COVID. If you are a first-time visitor, we ask for proof of vaccinations. The link to join us over Zoom is below.

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

UUCC Annual Holiday Fundraiser, Odd Fellows Hall
"Light Shining in Darkness"
Sunday, December 18th, 11am
On Dec. 18th, UUCC will hold its annual holiday fundraising service this year, "Light Shining in Darkness," benefiting Abundant Grace Coastside Worker, a Half Moon Bay organization dedicated to helping Coastsiders experiencing or at risk for homelessness.

We'll celebrate the December holidays with poetry, carols, music, and plays; paying special tribute to Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice. Participants include Eric DeBode of Abundant Grace Coastside Worker, Rabbi Moshe Tom Heyn of the Coastside Jewish Community, Shauna Pickett-Gordon and members of the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers, Julie and Brian Novak-McSweeney, Tom Devine and the UUCC Choir, featuring LindaGrace Frost, and other wonderful musicians.

We'll gather for coffee hour after the service with many treats available, including dozens of authentic Norwegian Christmas cookies, krumkake and sandbakkelse. Come, celebrate, eat cookies, and give generously!

This service will be presented in-person at Odd Fellows Hall on December 18th at 11am. We also plan to broadcast our holiday music festival over Zoom but you're guaranteed more fun in person.
UUCC's First Water Ceremony Was a Huge Success!
UUCC's first water ceremony on November 20th, orchestrated by LindaGrace Frost, was a sheer delight. Many people joined us for the first time. The service drew from the Buddhist and Dagara spiritual traditions and included many interactive moments as we stood, sang, and signed "I've Got Peace Like a River." The music was absolutely outstanding from members of the M'EarthTones choir, the UUCC Choir, Vera Vanderschalk, and Tom Devine. The centerpiece of the service was the Story for All Ages, "A Common Thirst" by Gary Boelhower. During the water ritual, we shared what gifts we bring to our communities, which ranged from social action work to just being a good friend.

For the New Year, on January 1, 2023, Bill Heavlin adapts the UU Fire Communion that burns out the old and warms us to the new, while reflecting on the Touchstones Theme of Wintering.
Volunteer Jobs Needed for In-Person Services
Now that we are meeting in person on First Sundays, we need help in different ways. Can you commit to helping out in any of the following ways?

  • Photograph our December 4th Service
  • Greet people as they come in
  • Set up chairs before, and/or put them away after, the Service
  • Help unload and load video equipment for hybrid service
  • Assist with setting up video equipment for hybrid service
  • Bring flowers!
  • Pass out the orders of service and distribute hymnals
  • Assist with hand-held cameras for hybrid service
  • Clean up of the hall before closing

To tell us how you can help our Beloved Community come together again, please contact us at uucoastside@gmail.com. And thanks to all 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 being homebound. 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 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
(2) Online with Stripe
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