Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
June 14, 2018
Issue #457
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am

June 17, 2018: Father's Day - Joy's Moving Sale

This is the last service presented by Interim Minister Rev. Joy Atkinson. In the sermon, Rev. Joy will wrap up her two-year interim ministry among us and bid us a fond farewell. The service will also celebrate Father's Day.

The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
6/17/18: Gerotranscendence: Erikson's Ninth Stage of Life 
Janice Prochaska  
6/24/18: Street Poetry  - From Geewhiz to Meg 
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.
Interim Minister's Column                     Words of Joy
           My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
            going far ahead of the road I have begun.
            So are we grasped by what we cannot grasp;
            it has its inner light, even from a distance-
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else,
which hardly sensing it, we already are.
A gesture waves us on, answering our own wave-
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.                                         --Rainer Maria Rilke
The time has come for me to say "goodbye" to all of you. The last Sunday service I will conduct as your interim minister will be on June 17th. The next day, I am off to attend the annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association and UU Ministers Association Ministry Days in Kansas City. I will travel a bit afterwards, and return to UUCM briefly to officiate for the memorial service for Sigrid Altgelt on July 7th.
Before I became an interim minister sixteen years ago, I was a settled minister for 25 years. Although settled ministers must also at some point bid farewell to the congregations they serve, they don't usually start out knowing when the eventual "good-byes" will be uttered. We interims know from the outset that "hello" will be all-too-quickly followed by "goodbye." But despite the fact that we are "temps," we come to feel connected to the congregations we serve, as a minister, interim or otherwise, naturally does with a congregation. I have felt a deep connection to you during these two years. Now, I must sever that connection to make way for your new minister, the Rev. Marcus Hartlief, who will form that special bond with you.
I will, finally, embark on the new life journey that is retirement. It seems fitting that I end my long ministerial career with you, since way back in 1971, while I was in seminary, I worked in this congregation doing a part-time, six-month internship. Although it was not my only internship, it was the first time that I ever served in a ministerial capacity in any congregation. I came back 31 years later for a year-long interim ministry-my second interim position. And now, this last time, I have completed two very busy years of interim ministry among you.
It has been a pleasure to serve you during these past two years as we worked on interim tasks and issues together. As I leave, I have great faith that you will grow, and thrive, and be the beacon of light you have told me you aspire to be in the larger Marin community.
May your summer be restful, and your future bright!
Warmly, and with grateful fondness, Joy 
jef melcher
I will be trying something new this summer. I will have a break from UUCM from June 17th - Aug 1st. I have worked every summer here the past five summers running a summer RE program of one sort or another. Two years ago we ran a one-week day camp which was very fun. We could do it again next year, but the volunteer team would need to start organizing in October/November. 
So this summer we need volunteers to do some activities with the kids who do show up and often there will be a visiting family. We want to show the visitors that we do have respect for children's spiritual development and that we do have a children's program. I have had people say they were interested in providing an activity, but have not yet chosen a date. Please sign up on the Sign-up Genius or on the big board in the foyer. What new thing might you try this summer?

Last chance at chocolate and coffee until September. Stock up for Summer. The Fair Trade chocolate, cocoa, baking chocolate, and coffee which the youth group is selling will be for sale this Sunday, but not again until RE starts up again in the Fall. Cash and checks welcome. Help us reduce our stock and keep your chocolate larder full.

YRUU overnight this weekend June 16th-17th. We are having one last get together as part of the UUCM calendar. We have several youths coming from other UU Congregations in the area. We will be testing out a new-to-us Wii, baking cookies, a small service project, worship in the dark, and hopefully a good night's sleep (right). We hope that parents will host a few YRUU events during the summer. Have a great summer and stay connected with friends, family, and community. Stay fresh. Stay woke. Stay connected.

May the Summer bless and keep you whole,

Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
Celebrate With Joy!      Sunday, June 17
IT IS NOT TOO LATE...  This coming SUNDAY, following the service, we will honor Rev. Joy Atkinson, who is concluding a successful 2 year interim ministry with us and beginning her own transition into retirement after 41 years of ministry.  

We invite everyone reading this to write a letter, note, card - or pen a cartoon, poem, or drawing - in celebration of Rev. Joy. These will be included in a scrapbook we are creating.  
Please be part of the process! Sharing a memory, reflection or funny anecdote can be done in just a few moments.  (Really you will be amazed at what you can write in 5 minutes or less; and you will feel good about doing it and she will feel good seeing it).  So there will be good all around.....

You may send written gratitude via email to drckerr@pacbell.net.

We will have a few stars and cards on hand for notes to add at the celebration.  But if you want to meet the "the book" please send something along this week...!!! (by Friday night).  
Thanks for helping make this happen...Go shining.....
The Celebrate Joy Committee:  
Kat Braeman, Carol Kerr, Janice Prochaska, Julie Prentice, Karen Auroy
Sign up to Bring Touch of Beauty
It's summer, and Touch of Beauty calls! Please choose a Sunday in July, August or September to contribute your TOB, and email it back to me.  sallyrschroeder@comcast.net . As always, it's best to send 2 dates, in case someone grabs the one you want before you do. 
Happy summer and happy travels to all! (And don't forget to smell the flowers!)
Two Opportunities to View General Assembly at UUCM
1) The Ware Lecturer program with Brittany Packnett will be shown live in the Clara Barton Room Saturday June 23, 5:00 pm - 7 pm. Brittany Packnett is Teach For America's Vice President of National Community Alliances and co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. Her popular TEDx talk, "It's about time to value Women of Color in Leadership" exemplifies the passionate calls to action and personal storytelling she shares with audiences. 
2) Sunday Morning Worship will be shown on video after our Sunday Service June 24, 12 -1:30 pm. It will be led by The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, ninth president of the UUA, who is a leader in congregation-based community organizing efforts. After leading the UU response to Arizona's anti-immigrant laws in 2010, she became lead organizer for the Arizona Immigration Ministry and a key organizer of the 2012 Justice General Assembly.
Each year a talented group of choral singers perform at the Sunday Morning Worship for the General Assembly audience.
Highlights of UUCM Congregational Meeting - June 3
Kathryn M. Braeman, Board Secretary submitted a Google Docs article from our annual meeting. Read whole article here. 
Highlights of the meeting were:
The slate for the next year's board and nominating committee were approved. Congregational Delegates to General Assembly in Kansas City on June 20-24 were approved unanimously. The 
proposed Operating Budget of $411,055 for Expenditures with Total Revenue of $398,803 for 2018-19 with a possible deficit of $13,000 was approved unanimously by the congregation and then several members pledged over $5,000 to reduce the deficit.  
Certificates and praise were given to outstanding volunteers and various staff members were recognized.
Upcoming calendar dates were announced:

Farewell to Rev. Joy June 17th
Joint Board meeting June 28th
Special Board meeting July 26th
Rev. Marcus Hartlief Start at UUCM August 15th
Leadership Council to meet Rev. Marcus August 18th
RE Classes Start August 26th
Board meeting August 30th
Rev. Marcus First Sermon September 9th (and ingathering) 
Collect Water/Stones During Summer
river stones
Don't forget to gather water and or stones from your summer journeys or staycations. We will use them in our ingathering ceremony on September 9 with our new minister.

Share Something Fun
Between mid-June and August regular Religious Exploration classes do not meet, but we like to have youth-friendly activities available for UUCM kids and visiting families at a table in the foyer.  Do you have a craft, game, or outdoor activity for ages 6 to teens that you would be willing to share on one Sunday? 

Please sign up on  Sign-up Genius or on the big board in the foyer.  Everyone's inner child needs some exercising now and then....Lend a hand, bring a friend, share the fun....
Save the Date for the Autumn Auction - October 6
SAVE THE DATE for the Autumn Auction on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  We hope this will be as successful as the auction last October.  The rough scheduling is: 5:30-7:00 for silent auction and social hour (hors d'oeuvres, drinks); 7:00-8:30 for live auction and potluck dinner; 8:30-9:00 check out.   
  Meanwhile,  ENJOY YOUR SUMMER and start thinking about what goods and services you or your friends might donate for the auction; also what businesses might be asked to donate.  More information, including ideas about donations, will be forthcoming.  
UUA General Assembly June 20-24

General Assembly Kansas City,  Missouri

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. The 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. GA will offer more than 175 programming selections over the course of five days. Major worships this year will be lead by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and Rev. Sofia Betancourt.
Program HIghlights. Ware Lecturer is Brittany Packnett. 
Most programs can be viewed online from your computer or mobile device. 
View at UUCM:
The Ware Lecturer program with Brittany Packnett will be shown live in the Clara Barton Room Saturday June 23, 5:00 pm. and Sunday Morning Worship will be shown on video after our Sunday Service June 24. 
Web Site of our Developmental Minister
Our developmental minister Rev. Marcus Hartlief will be joining us this fall.  Until then, he has created a website for you to get to know more about him.  The home page is a letter to the congregation. Other pages cover his story, his ministry, and examples of his writings. We encourage you to take a moment to view the website. Here is the link:
Please contact any Board member if you have any questions.   
UUCM Book Club - July
book pile

July 1 at Dave Tetta's house, we will discuss "Clementine" by Sonia Purnell; this is a biography of Winston Churchill's wife.
All interested adults are welcome to join the book club.
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 are now putting together the Order of Service and Janette will print it.
Social Justice Education/Action
We have a newsletter list to inform you about UU Social Justice actions and local issues. Sign up by replying to this email and typing "Yes to Social Advocates".
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
 Interim Minister:   Rev. Joy Atkinson  minister@uumarin.org

Office Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 11AM  - 6PM
Other times also available. Call/email for an appointment.
phone 415-479-4131 ext 102

Director of Religious Exploration: 
Jeffrey Melcher  dre@uumarin.org
Office Hours:
Sunday 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 - 1:30 PM
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30 PM
phone 415-479-4131 ext 104

Youth Advisor: 
George Pegelow  youthadvisor@uumarin.org
Administrator: Janette Morrow  office@uumarin.org  
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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