UUCC Questionnaire for In-Person
Hybrid Gatherings, First Sundays Only
We are asking everyone to fill out a survey and let us know how many people to expect for our first in-person service on May 1st and whether you're interested in keeping our 11am time or returning to the 10:30am time or earlier. We are also asking for help with volunteer roles that usually accompany in-person services. And we're curious if there are other Beloved-Community-Building opportunities you might be interested in mid-week or on Saturdays, either in-person or over Zoom. So please fill out the survey here and let us know how to make better our Beloved UUCC Community.
Please Send In Your COVID Vaccination Records!
In accordance with San Mateo County's vaccination requirements for those working with seniors, UUCC also requests proof of vaccination for those who attend our in-person services to protect our cherished seniors who attend. We will also be using an abundance of caution by requiring mask wearing throughout the service, with the exception of the guest speaker.

Dianne Baker has volunteered to gather everyone's proof of vaccination records in advance: both vaccines plus a booster. Please contact her by Friday, April 29th, so that check-in will run smoother on Sunday the 1st of May. Dianne prefers receiving a scan of your vaccination cards by email— or you can simply photocopy your vaccination cards and send snail mail to 630 Grove St. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2114. Dianne's email address is at dianne.j.baker@gmail.com. A third option is that you can present your proof of vaccination cards at the check-in table before entering Odd Fellows Hall on the day of the service, Sunday, May 1st. If you choose to present your card in person, please come at least 15 minutes before the service begins at 11am.
Opportunities for Good:
The largest fundraiser for Coastside nonprofit organizations is in progress through May 5, 2022. This online fundraiser began seven years ago and, to date, has raised over $5.2 million to benefit over 40,000 Coastside residents. The full description and donation instructions can be found at coastsidegives.org. Many organizations have specific “power hours” or matching opportunities. Please donate generously to our local nonprofits. 
Senior Coastsiders partnered with the Stanford University Our Voice Initiative in March 2022 to support community members in making the Coastside more Age-Friendly. Senior Coastsider's Mission is to support successful aging for Coastside seniors by providing opportunities, services, and resources that meet their needs, enrich their lives, foster their independence, and respect their creativity, dignity, and value. One of their current outstanding volunteer needs is to find drivers to deliver meals on wheels to homebound seniors. If you can help, please contact Senior Coastsiders at (650) 726-9056 or fill out an online volunteer application here.
Food for Our Souls:
Our First In-Person Sunday Service, May 1st, 11am
The Touchstones theme for May is Courage. We are happy to welcome Rabbi Moshe Heyn to the UUCC pulpit on May 1st, with a sermon entitled “Holy Chutzpah."

The Joys of Yiddish defines chutzpah as “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible ‘guts.’” The word can be used negatively to describe the arrogance of overstepping an appropriate boundary, or it can be used positively to express admiration for someone's courage.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a charismatic religious leader of the 20th century, coined the term “holy chutzpah” to describe the gutsiness it often takes to pursue the path of holiness, righteousness or love. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a courageous civil rights leader of the 20th century, called it “spiritual audacity.”

In the midst of the many crises our world is facing now, one could rightfully ask: has religion been a positive or negative influence? Has it helped us to become kinder and more compassionate people? Has it inspired us to be more courageous in advocating for justice, equality and inclusion? It is up to us to answer those questions, not by our words but by our actions. It's time for some holy chutzpah.

Moshe Tom Heyn is a rabbi, musician, chaplain, spiritual activist, and surfer who practices and teaches a synthesis of humanism and mysticism. In addition to his work as a Hospice Chaplain for VITAS Healthcare, he proudly serves as the Spiritual Leader of Coastside Jewish Community.

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 Live Streaming Info for May 1st Service
For those of you who have been joining UUCC services over Zoom for the past two years, we are hoping you will continue to do so but by viewing the services over our YouTube channel. Bruce Rafnel, our Technical Director, has spent hours and hours of his time configuring this new viewing platform. The advantages to watching live services over YouTube rather than Zoom is the picture and music sound quality will be much improved. The easiest way to join is to subscribe to UUCC's YouTube Channel and then join us 10 minutes earlier to hear Vera Vanderschalk play Gathering Music live. Click on this link to join us for our first live streamed service this Sunday, May 1st. Any questions? Please email uucoastside@gmail.com.
UUCC "Sharing the Pulpit" Sunday, May 15th, 11am
The Touchstones Theme for May is Courage. We welcome Laurel Frishman's return to the UUCC pulpit on May 15th, with a sermon entitled “What the Cowardly Lion Saw.” Laurel explores the source in our lives of this sometimes elusive characteristic—courage. Once we find courage, we can see how it impacts the quality of our lives on many fronts.

Laurel is a recent graduate of the Shared Pulpit class and also contributes to the UUCC Sunday services as a worship associate. Laurel is also a charter member of UUCC, attending the very first gathering of folks interested in starting up a UU fellowship on the Coast. Laurel lives in El Granada with her wacky little cockatiel, Ty, and enjoys the outdoors immensely, hiking in the hills, walking on the beach and gardening.

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.
UUCC Grand Opening Flower Ceremony, June 5th
Do you recall UUCC hosted a virtual Flower Communion ceremony on July 5th in 2020? We all sent in photos of our favorite flowers which were shared during a slide show presentation. On June 5th, we'll be sharing our favorite flowers in person at Odd Fellows Hall. Esther Wallace will preside over our Flower Ceremony. Save the date and more exciting details will follow in the next newsletter about our Grand Opening.
Volunteer Jobs Needed for In-Person Services
Now that we will be meeting in person on First Sundays soon, starting May 1st, we'll be needing some help in different ways. Can you commit to helping out in the following ways?

  • Join the Grand Opening Planning Subcommittee for June 5th Service
  • Staff the Check-in Table to verify vaccination status
  • Greet People as They Come In
  • Set-Up Chairs Before the Service
  • Help unload and load filming equipment for hybrid service
  • Assist with setting up film equipment for hybrid service
  • Bring Flowers
  • Bring Snacks and Drinks
  • Pass Out the Order of Service
  • Assist with hand-held cameras for hybrid service
  • Put Away Chairs After the Service
  • Clean up of the Hall and Kitchen Before Closing

Please fill out the survey or else contact us at uucoastside@gmail.com to let us know how you can help our Beloved Community coming together in person again. 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
UUCC Planning Committee Meeting Highlights
Below are some key decisions from UUCC's Planning Committee Meetings for April 2022:
  • Insurance rider, signed lease, $250 dollar security deposit, and May's rental fee of $150 has been turned in to Odd Fellows in advance of our May 1st service.
  • COVID safety protocols for meeting in person discussed.
  • Initiated plans for a Flower Ceremony during our Grand Opening service on June 5th with Esther Wallace presiding.
  • Discussion on various opportunities to publicize UUCC services at Odd Fellows Hall.
  • Notes shared on meetings in April with CoastPride's Multi-Faith Partners, UUA Western Region President's Meeting, and the Coastside Collaborative
  • Discussion on how UUCC can help UU San Mateo during a transition period this summer, including Bill Heavlin helping out as a UUSM Worship Associate and UUSM joining UUCC services on July 3rd and August 7th.
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