Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
September 13, 2018
Issue #465
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
September 16, 2018: The Thread You Follow  
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
9/16/18 Mindful or Mind-Full                Carol Kerr   
9/23/18 People Who Talk to the Dead Meg Jordan 
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
Thank you all for the wonderful welcome on Sunday! I am still feeling buoyed by the energy of being with you for worship.

I look forward to the opportunity to share with you a bit more about my journey next Sunday. However, one of the most important parts of my job right now is to hear about your journeys. Look for opportunities soon to gather for listening circles where I can hear from you about your hopes and histories. 

My priority right now is connection with everyone in the UUCM community whether in formal or informal ways. For some of you that is already happening through committees and leadership, others have found a moment when I'm in the office or after a service. Please feel free to reach out to get together one on one. It might take a little while to find a good time, but know that I am eager to get to know you.

With you on the Journey,
Rev. Marcus
jef melcher
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.

Adult Ed Committee Meeting
You are invited to the next meeting of the Adult Ed Committee.  We will meet on Sunday Sept 16th from 12:15-1:30 in the Fireside Room.  Come help plan Adult Ed offerings for the 2018-2019 Congregational Year!  We have a hot list of great projects.  If you have an Adult Ed offering you would like to sponsor please email Ilana Trumbull-Stearns with a brief description in advance of the meeting.  Ilanala@comcast.net 
Family Potluck with Rev. Marcus Hartlief
Family Potluck with Reverend Marcus Hartlief
Sunday, September 16, noon-1 PM 
UUCM courtyard

Dear UUCM families,

We invite you and your families to join us in welcoming and getting to know Reverend Marcus Hartlief after the service on Sunday, September 16. The UUCM Religious Exploration program and the Parent Group are partnering to hold a potluck luncheon in our courtyard. Our goal is for both parents and kids to connect with Marcus. We are looking to arrange games and childcare right in the courtyard so parents can focus more on conversing with Marcus and one another.

Potluck: Bring what you like, yet please remember we have vegans and vegetarians in our mix.
Childcare: We hope to have childcare during this event. If we can't line it up then childcare is a group project of the parents. Games will be available.
Set-up and Clean-up: Together we will set up tables and chairs after the service and then clean and put them away. This saves UUCM (which is us) about $100 in custodial.
Please send any questions to  alexandra_jenkins@yahoo.com.

We hope you can join us to Break bread with one another and create a further connection within our community.

In gratitude,
Ali Jenkins, Parent Group Co-Leader
Jeffrey Melcher, Director of Family Ministries
Autumn Auction - October 6
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 (updated article)
book pile
The UUCM book club will meet September 16 at Kim Holscher and Dave Tetta's house to discuss "Yo!" By Julia Alvarez, and on October 14 to talk about "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan.
Please contact    kimholscher51@gmail.com for directions and if you are interested in joining the club. We meet at 3pm, one Sunday a month at each other's houses.
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 Glynda at gjchristi@gmail.com or  707 875 8911. We'd love to have someone from UUCM gain this insight!
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.
Do you want to make a difference in our county? We focus on local issues which are relevant to all of us. Bring your ideas and concerns to the  UUCM Social Justice Committee.  We meet the third Sunday of each month at noon.  
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 gjchristi@gmail.com 
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org 
Don Beck: 415-892-0642 
Newsletter Guidelines
I appreciate any feedback about this weekly newsletter. 
eWeekly Deadline for Thursday issue:
Tuesday by 7 am - activities and announcements, Staff columns, committee reports

Weekly articles can contain:
  • Notices of UUCM sponsored events, meetings, or other activities which involve the entire congregation.
  • Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) or Pacific Central District (PCD) announcements of interest to the entire congregation.
(Staff article length 250 words)

Weekly, UUCM Connect and Special Announcements Editor: Lisa Cohen 
Backup Production Editor: Valerie Taylor
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