Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
September 6, 2018
Issue #464
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am

September 9, 2018: The Two Hundred Year Present
Rev. Marcus Hartlief
Over the past century, we have experienced more rapid change than at any other time in the history of our species. As the next century promises even greater rates of change, who are we called to be and to become as a community and a faith tradition?
Past worship services  (You may listen to the services marked with an Audio symbol)  

The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

9/9/18   Memories Are Made of This Jim Harrison
9/16/18 Mindful or Mind-Full             Carol Kerr  
More Info and additional service topics.

The Sunday Circle is held from 
9:00 am to 10:00 am each Sunday in the Fireside Room.
Notes Along the Way
Rev marcus
What does it mean to be a people of  Welcome ?

That's the theme we'll be exploring in worship this month. As a newcomer to your community, I have already felt so welcomed here. From practical details like keys and access to google docs, to the stories you have begun to share with me of the life and history of your congregation, I feel your hands guiding me along as I enter into this circle of belonging and care. I especially felt the warmth of your welcome in the thorough cleaning and preparation of my office space-I have shelves I don't even know what to do with yet! I'm sure we'll find something to put on them...

At my first retreat with the Board and Committee on Shared Ministry last Saturday, I asked them to recall their first time walking through this congregation's doors. Some knew right away this was home, others felt as though they had to overcome thick barriers to become a part of the community. How did you find Welcome here? Are there any habits or practices you have to extend that Welcome to an unfamiliar face? And perhaps most importantly, are there parts of yourself that might long for an even greater Welcome?

Thanks for welcoming me. I look forward to celebrating the ritual of ingathering with you on Sunday as we welcome one another into this new year of sacred community together.

With you on the Journey,
Rev. Marcus Hartlief
jef melcher
Welcome Back!  
We had a modest start on Aug 26th, but the opening ritual in the Fireside room for all ages and parents was appreciated. I do hope to see as many of you as possible on Sept 9th for the Ingathering Service. The Rev. Marcus Hartlief will be making his inaugural pulpit appearance and we want to give him a rousing welcome. In addition to a Water and Stones ritual of some sort, there will be activity tables in the back to help keep active childrens' hands occupied so they can better listen to the service. (Busy handed parents are welcome to join the table too.) There is also a potluck lunch on Sunday. Please look for any food assignments in the Potluck article elsewhere in this newsletter.

RE Calendar 
This is a work in process.    Here is a link to several of the RE calendars: UUCM Multigen Services/Activities 2018-2019, Multi-age RE activity days, Sundays off for Jef, Middle School UU Gatherings (MUUG's) for 6th-8th grade, YRUU (PCD retreats and YRUUP CONs). More to come.

5th Sundays at UUCM
This year we are going to try a new thing on 5th Sundays. There are three months this year with five Sundays. Instead of regular programming, we will have multigenerational art, music, and movement spiritual/creative space. A regular UUCM teacher will manage the space, but it is a chance for other parent and non-parent artsy-music-movement types to share time and space with the children. We might ask you lead a song, yoga, taiji, or craft project. Other congregations have done this and it often becomes a favorite of the children, youth, and the congregation.

Looking for Teachers to lead a group of delightful 2nd-3rds  
in a UUA curriculum that uses stories to teach ethics. We have a small group of kids (3-4 on a given Sunday) who need two lead teachers to join a team of several assistants to become adult and child learners in a symbiotic learning environment. Teachers need to have been in this community for no less than 6 mos and give consent to a criminal background check. Please contact Jeffrey Melcher. dre@uuMarin.org

The "New" Youth Advisor is  
... Jeffrey Melcher. Until such time as I am no longer the youth advisor, I will be leading the teaching team in the role of Lead Youth Advisor. The plan of 2nd and 4th Sundays being prioritized for youth programming will continue. Other options will be scheduled for 1st and 3rd Sundays. We are looking for one more teaching assistant to round out this team to help once per month.

Oct 7th: Marin Interfaith Council event for ages 12 and up. Gleaning at Green Gulch
This will be the youth service opportunity for October. All UUCM members and friends age 12 and up are welcome. Carpool from UUCM parking lot or meet at Green Gulch. Probable walk to Muir Beach after gleaning.

YRUU Weekend Retreat:  PCD Fall YRUU Con 2018  
October 26 9pm to October 28 3pm
Email: jolaoya@pwruua.org  with questions
Address: UU Church in Livermore, 1893 N Vasco Rd., Livermore, CA  94551
~ Welcome Back ~

Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div. 
Director of Family Ministries 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
My general work hours: Mondays and Tuesdays are my days off. I have office hours at UUCM Wed and Thursday 10:30-2pm as well as Sunday 9AM-1pm. Friday and Saturday I work from home. Email, phone, and text are all fine forms of communication to use. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.

Intergenerational Ingathering Service - September 9
Rev. Marcus will give his first sermon and there will be an  intergenerational water ceremony with water and or stones from your summer journeys or staycations. Be sure to bring your mementos. Our wonderful choir will be back.

After the service there will be a potluck. Please bring your favorite dish to share. We will welcome Rev Hartleif and his family. No desserts please. We will have a cake.
Autumn Auction - October 6 (Updated Information)
SAVE THE DATE for the Autumn Auction on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:00.
The success of this fundraiser is vital to UUCM meeting our financial obligations this year, and we need everyone to help! 
There are four ways you can contribute.
  • Donate an item or services to sell 
  • Volunteer your time before, during, or after the auction
  • Invite your friends, family, and neighbours to attend
  • Bid on items at the auction!
 What goods and services can you or your friends donate? Here are some ideas.
  • GOODS (children's toys and puzzles, custom notecards, theater or art gallery admission tickets)
  • MEAL IN YOUR HOME (afternoon tea, dinner and book discussion)
  • PARTY (charades and dessert, murder mystery dinner party)
  • RECREATION OR TOUR (hike, weekend use of a vacation cabin, sailing on the Bay)
  • SHARING TALENTS (sewing instructions, art instruction, various lessons, help with taxes, dog or cat sitting or walking)
  • PERSONAL SERVICES (massage, manicure, computer tutoring)
  • HELP AT HOME (landscape design or maintenance, lawn mowing, help cleaning out garage or closet)
  • FOOD (cake or a catered barbecue dinner)
Please ask local businesses to donate an item or gift certificate!
Here is a much more extensive list of ideas.
Have an item to donate? Please click here to fill out a donation form.
We need volunteers! Please contact the following people to help:
Food  - Kristin Jensen
Auction tables set up  -  Kim Holscher
Auction check-in, check-out, catalog - Mary Gilstrap
Have questions? Need more info? Contact
    Ken Ross at kenross.church@gmail.com or 541-686-1549, or email auction@uumarin.org
UUCM Book Club
book pile
The UUCM book club will meet on September 16 at 3pm at Sandy Levitan's house to discuss "Yo!" by Julia Alvarez. We welcome new members. Contact kimholscher51@gmail.com  if you are interested in joining us. October's book is "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan.
Peace and strength,
Kim Holscher

Remarkable People
Please save the dates of October 19 and November 16 for the "Remarkable People"   biography program. Facilitated by Nani Ranken, these Friday evenings consist of two UUCM members telling their life story and answering questions. It is spellbinding to hear people talk about the circumstances and choices in their life, and there is no better way to get to know other UUCM folks.
October 19 from 7-8:30pm in the Fireside Room. Stay tuned for announcements of who is speaking, and mark your calendars for the  third Fridays of February through May as well. Questions? Talk to Nani, or email   kimholscher51@gmail.com.
Classics Book Group for UUCMers
Doug Kerr would like to start a Classics Book Group for books we haven't seen since high school or college.  

He says, "For example, I'd especially like to read and discuss (one to four chapters per book group meeting) Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, or Red Badge of Courage.

Interested?  It's an acquired taste, I know, but I have been grateful that no one forced me to read these books in high school, and that I now find them to be page turners as an adult.

Let me know if you have an interest: 

Doug Kerr
Young Adult Travel
FOR YOUNG UUs INTERESTED IN JUSTICE: Are you interested in knowing the reality of being a Palestinian in Gaza under Israeli occupation? UUJME is offering travel scholarships to young adult UUs aged 18-35 to help finance trips to  Israel-Palestine that will take place during the rest of 2018 through all of 2019. Please see the scholarship announcement below if you are interested. If you have questions, or to submit proposals, email  YAtravel@uujme.org

Scholarship applicants should propose a trip to the area and provide UUJME with details of expected expenses, dates of travel, specific destinations, planned activities, any planned collaborations with individuals or groups, and importantly, post-trip follow-up plans. UUPP, a new UUCM group, will help with letters of support, etc. Contact  gjchristi@gmail.com or  707 875 8911. We'd love to have someone from UUCM gain this insight!
Sending Announcements for the Order of Service
If you have an announcement for the back of the Sunday Order of Service please send it to  worshipassociates@uumarin.org  instead  of sending it to the office. Please send by 5 PM on Wednesday, any later submissions will be considered for timeliness and room. The Worship Committee members put together the Order of Service and Janette prints it.
Social Justice Education/Action
Contribute to the 3rd Tuesday night dinner at the First Presbyterian Church. Contact Carol Littrell. 
UUSC Take Action Items - Sign petitions, learn about issues, donate money.
Ever feel frustrated that you're not doing enough to make a difference in the world? Bring your concerns to the  UUCM Social Justice Committee. 
Continue your commitment to environmental and economic justice by shopping at   http://shop.uusc.org 
Visitor's Box
We cherish diversity and welcome among us
people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual
identities/orientations, and faith perspectives.

GUESTS are always welcome. Sunday worship is a time for inspiration, renewal, and connection.

  CHILDREN AND YOUTH  join adults during the first part of the service, and then attend Religious Exploration classes. Nursery and toddler care is provided during the 10:30 service. There is a speaker system to bring sound from Fellowship Hall to the nursing room and the pre-K area. 

  REFRESHMENT HOUR  in the Courtyard or  Fireside Room follows the services.
 There are four "Sunday First Time Visitor" parking spots at the top of the parking lot.  
Come, join us! 
Quick Links
Staff Links
 Developmental Minister:  Rev. Marcus Hartlief revmarcus@uumarin.org  
Office hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: mid-morning to late afternoon or into the evening.
 Call, text or email to make an appointment.  
415-578-9632 (direct), 510-213-0404 (cell) 
Director of Family Ministries:  Jeffrey Melcher  dre@uumarin.org
Office hours:
Wed 10:30-2:00
Thursday 10:30-2:00
Sunday 9:00-1:00
Administrator: Janette Morrow  office@uumarin.org
  415-578-9577 direct 
Choir director:  Amanda Morando  muusic@uumarin.org    
Pianist:  Milton Wong   milton.wong@csaa.com 

Nursery Teacher: Glynda Christian
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org 
Don Beck: 415-892-0642 
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