Opportunity for Good:
On Saturday, August 27th, from 9am to 11am, come join UUCC's Laurel Frishman, with her site captain hat on, for Pacific Beach Coalition's clean-up of Surfer's Beach. If possible, please pre-register online so there's a more accurate account of how many people will be helping. Please check in at the registration station at the Pillar Point RV Park (4000 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay) before starting to work.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and reusable gloves. Extra gloves, buckets and specific tools for this site cleanup will be provided while supplies last. The weather is changeable: make sure to bring extra layers, a hat, sunblock, water and snacks. You are encouraged to read the volunteer beach clean-up guidelines before attending.

Expect to pick up plastic wrappers, cigarette butts, fishing gear and line, other debris and recycling. There are porta-potties at Surfer's Beach near the clean-up site. Parking is permitted on the side of the road near the RV park.
Food for Our Souls:
"Sharing the Pulpit" Sunday, August 21st, 11am
We welcome Sylvia Forsyth, a prominent lay leader from the UU Fellowship of Santa Cruz county and a graduate from last Fall's multi-congregational Shared Pulpit class. Her sermon on August 21st, entitled "Beginning Again," draws inspiration from Native American wisdom and spirituality. After all the trauma in our lives these days, how can we begin again in a positive and hopeful way? Join us in thinking about our lives and how a few changes can be positive and help us “carry on”. This is a Zoom-only service.

"Who is Sylvia, what is she, that all the swains adore her?" Sylvia's dad was a tenor and he sang this song! That’s how she got her name.
Sylvia grew up in Soquel, just outside of Santa Cruz. 34 years ago, she returned to Soquel when the LA life was getting more hectic and her three sons were on their way. And ever since, she has been with UU Santa Cruz County, serving on the Board, on many committees, and, for 5 years, as Director of Religious Education.
Sylvia first became a UU in Pasadena at the Neighborhood Unitarian Church, just about the time the Unitarians and Universalists joined together. John Barker was a dynamic minister and they were the only church in Pasadena (and there are many of them) that took a stand on the Fair Housing Act! That got her!  
Sylvia greatly enjoyed the “Pulpit “ class so much and is happy to share her thoughts and experiences with you on Sunday the 21st. 

As a reminder, only 1st Sundays are in-person services for now at Odd Fellows Hall. Until further notice, we will be gathering over Zoom as usual for 3rd Sunday services, including this August 21st. 

Guest Speaker: Sylvia Forsyth
Worship Associates: Laurel Frishman, Bill Heavlin
Music Director: Tom Devine
Artistic Director: Noreen Cooper Heavlin
Session Management: Rob Carey
Technical Director: Bruce Rafnel

Gathering for service and music begin at 10:45 am
Service begins at 11am
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, September 4th
The Touchstones Themes for September and October are Awakening and Awe. And on September 4th, we return to Odd Fellows Hall to hear Gregg Berman talk about “Permission To Be Our Full Selves — The Healing Power of Nature’s Awe.” Gregg will explore how nature, Forest Bathing, and the power of awe can support you on your journey to becoming your full self

From the time we are young children we learn that in order to feel safe and be loved we need to edit ourselves. We need to be something different. How might our lives be enriched if we gave ourselves permission to step out of the boxes we’ve constrained ourselves in. Permission to be our full selves. In this talk Gregg will share some of his personal journey and how nature supported his evolution. Nature is always available, wherever you are. We are blessed with an embarrassment of riches of awe and wonder here on the San Mateo Coastside. We’ll explore how nature, the practice of Forest Bathing and the power of awe can support you on your journey to being your full self.

Gregg Berman is a guide and life coach, informed by his decades of experience as both an RN and a wilderness guide in his mission to help people break free from their self judgements and limiting beliefs. He is owner and founder of In Connection With Nature. His company supports connections with our internal nature and genius while deepening our connections to each other and to the world around us.
Volunteer Jobs Needed for In-Person Services
Now that we are meeting in person on First Sundays, we need some help in different ways. Can you commit to helping out in the following ways?

  • Photograph our September 4th service
  • Staff the check-in table to verify vaccination status
  • Greet people as they come in
  • Set up tables and chairs before 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 order of service and distribute hymnals
  • Run closeup camera 2 for hybrid service
  • Put away tables and chairs after the service
  • Clean up 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