Opportunity for Good:
Are you a renter who has struggled to make rent payments during the pandemic? If not, do you know someone for whom this is the case? Help is available through California law, SB-91, which establishes a rental assistance program by which a landlord can apply for payment of 80% of rent owed between April 1 2020 and March 31, 2021. This is true even for a landlord just renting out a room in their home. When a landlord does not apply, a tenant can apply for payment of 25% of the rent owed. Spreading the word about this program promotes the concept of joining together in Beloved Community and is consistent with our Unitarian Universalist principle of “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” San Mateo County could lose up to $47 million dollars in grant money if people don't apply. Click the links below for more information: San Mateo County Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Housing is Key for qualifying landlord and tenant checklists.  
Food for Our Souls:
UUCC Third Sunday Service, May 16th, 11am
The wonderful Rev. Chris Schriner returns to talk with us on "Relationships: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny." We can often learn more from laughter than from lectures. Our guest speaker this morning draws upon the wisdom of the comics to explore the pleasures and pitfalls of close relationships.

Rev. Chris Schriner is Minister Emeritus of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont. He was a family therapist for 25 years, and he is the author of six books, including Feel Better Now: 30 Ways to Handle Frustration in 3 Minutes or Less, Your Living Mind: The Mystery of Consciousness and Why It Matters to You, and Bridging the God Gap: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists and Agnostics. Although his sermon focuses on love relationships, the lessons he shares from the funny papers apply to all sorts of human interactions.

And don't forget to sign in a little earlier to hear the beautiful Gathering Music by Jo Ann Schriner. Inspiring music will be provided by Tom Devine and Mo Robinson.

For the Order of Service, click here. Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern. Gathering and music begin at 10:55 am.

Password: UUseesea
The Results Are In! All Together Now Auction
We’re delighted to announce that the All Together Now gala and online auction were a smashing success. Our beloved communities raised over $26,000 to support UUSM and UUCC. After we subtract fees, UUCC will receive 10% of the result, and the funds will be used to fund a Shared Pulpit Class with Tovis Page and pay for guest minister speakers. Congratulations to all of us! We have donated our talents, our money and our time and shown how important our beloved UU communities are to all of us.
Thank you to all of those from the Coastside Community who donated and bid on items. A special shout-out to Bill Heavlin, who served as our Zoom guru for the gala, and to Dave Rokosky, who contributed a Thank You video.
A couple of practical details remain for those of you who won auction items or donated items to the auction.
  • Please complete the checkout process by the end of the week. You can click on the link in any of the Won Item Notification email messages you have received, or visit the auction app and follow the prompts on the homepage.
  • To arrange delivery, connect with the donor of your items, which you can find by referencing the auction app.
  • Contact us at UUSM with any questions or concerns.
Our final request is that you fill out the All Together Now survey, which we plan to send out in a week or so. Tell us what you liked about the auction and gala, and suggest any improvements for next year. For example, is midnight really a good time to close the auction?
Again, congratulations on a wonderful outcome for our All Together Now gala and auction.

Your delighted co-chairs, Tricia Dell and Becky Howland
UUCC First Sunday Service, June 6th, 11am
The Touchstones Theme for June is Care of the Soul. Kai Marks, a UUCC favorite, returns with a sermon entitled: “I’m Familiar with the Works of Pablo Neruda: The Care and Keeping of Your Soul."
Fans of “The Simpsons” will likely recognize this line from the episode in which Bart sells his soul for five dollars. What is our soul? And how do we go about caring for it without feeling as if we’ve “lost” or “sold” it? Now, more than ever, we need to nurture a connection with our soul. Sometimes, it’s the smallest actions that can have the biggest impact on our spiritual lives and remind us of all that we are called to become. Whether you’re longing to discover or recover your soul, join us as we explore ways to connect with the sacred in our everyday lives—and, ultimately, to discover the best in ourselves and in each other. Why? Because when destiny calls, our soul knows just how to answer. Wonderful music will be provided by Tom Devine.
UUCC's New Music Director: Tom Devine
We are pleased to announce that Tom Devine has become UUCC's new Music Director. Tom's tenure with UUCC started in November 2019 and continued through the Zoom Times, beginning in April 2020. Tom recently formed our first UUCC virtual choir and has created some stunning hymns with support from Bruce Rafnel, LindaGrace Frost, Laurel Frishman, and Bill Heavlin. We are so lucky to have Tom agree to take over the stewardship of UUCC's music program. In Tom's own words:

"I have always loved music. I fell in love with Beethoven's 6th Symphony when my grandmother took me to see Disney's Fantasia -- I think I was six.

I started playing piano at 8 or 9, and singing during college. During graduate school, I sang Gregorian chant and Renaissance choral works with the St. Ann's Choir (Palo Alto). Later, I sang a wide range of choral music with The OK Chorale, an amateur madrigal group, and many other choral groups. I studied voice with the late Laura Barton, of Mountain View.

In 1999, I decided to enroll in choral conducting classes at San Jose State University, and ended up singing for a year with The Choraliers, SJSU's premier singing group. I continued studying conducting with Dr. Christian Grube, of the Berlin University of the Arts, in Santa Cruz, from 2001 through 2010. Dr. Grube asked me to lead rehearsals of the Santa Cruz Chorale, where he was music director, in 2006 and 2010. Dr. Grube continues to be a friend and inspiration to me.

From 2002 - 2014, I was a member and assistant conductor of the choir of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

I have been honored and excited to work with UUCC on the music for its services."

Please welcome Tom as UUCC's new Music Director or let him know if you’re interested in joining the UUCC Choir either by email or by phone, 650-678-3872.
2021 Starr King Commencement May 13th, 5pm
A huge congratulations to Clovice Lewis, Jr., who will become an ordained UU minister in just a few days. We continue to be inspired by Clovice's spiritual depth, excellent musicianship, and sharp entrepreneurial skills. Clovice extends all of us here at UUCC an invitation to attend his virtual Starr King graduation ceremony this Thursday, May 13th, at 5pm. The ceremony is free but you need to sign up in advance so that Starr King can make appropriate accommodations for their Zoom account. Register by clicking this link.
Joys & Concerns:
One of the ways we weave community is by sharing aspects of our lives with each other, our joys and concerns. For our upcoming service, please email your Joys & Concerns to uucoastside@gmail.com.
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
We Need You!
We’re looking for volunteers:
(1) Social Media Coordinator: to manage our twice-monthly newsletter, and upload content to our website and Facebook page. A four-hour commitment every two weeks.

(2) Zoom Session Management: We'd like to train two more people to switch slides during our Zoom virtual services. If you are comfortable working or playing with your favorite computer apps, you'll love learning Zoom's cool features!

(3) Fill our newsletter with the diversity that makes UU stand apart from other faiths. Send in poems, inspirational quotes, YouTube music video links, social action notices, and articles of interest to uucoastside@gmail.com.

Thank you to all who have or continue to volunteer!
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