Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
January 31, 2019
Issue #485
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
2/3/19      What Do Your Ancestors Want From You?               Katherine DaSilva Jain  
2/10/19    Glimpse of a Poet                                                        Sally Schroeder  
        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 (visitor's version) 
Rev marcus
It's time to sign up for our Hopes and Histories conversations!

Hopes and Histories is my way of starting to get to know you better, as individuals and a community. I want to hear your stories about what being a part of this congregation has meant in your life. I want to hear about low points and high points in the history here, the warp and weave of this tapestry of love we call community. And I want to hear about your hopes and dreams. I want to hear your creative ideas and your heart's longings so that together we can paint an inspiring vision of the future.

Below is a list of the sessions we are currently planning for. Take a look at the locations and times and get in touch with the host of your choice.   Please RSVP to the host to ensure a spot! You may contact the office 415-578-9577 if you need addresses, emails or phone numbers.

Wednesday, March 13, 7-9pm
Janice and Jim Prochaska
Mill Valley, CA

Saturday, March 16, 10am-12pm
Glynda Christian and Rich Panter
Bodega Bay, CA
Saturday, March 30, 10am-12pm
Novato, CA

Tuesday, April 9, 7-9pm
Doug and Carol Kerr
Larkspur, CA

Thursday, April 25, 10am-12pm
Jan Seagrave
San Rafael, CA

Tuesday, April 30, 7-9pm
Kat Braeman
San Rafael, CA

Tuesday, May 21, 10am-12pm
Nani Ranken
Novato, CA

Wednesday, May 22, 7-9pm
June Fesler
San Rafael, CA   
Look forward to sharing these conversation with you!
jef melcher
Families and Parents: You are the core of the future. 
We are glad to see a little surge in new families. Welcome to you all. Thank you to those who have filled out a registration form. That is helpful for integrating you and your children. Please know you can reach out to join our UUCM Parent FB page. It is a private group, but if you email me I can get you connected. We know that families need support more than ever these days in just holding together amidst the tugs and pulls of the mainstream culture. Let me know what kind of support you need. I look forward to getting to know you better. All of you, new and veteran UUCMers. 
Our Parent Group  meeting last Sunday was small but mighty. Really!!! Three families were represented and what grew out of that conversation is a plan for at least one house party and a summer swimming get together. Dates to be announced probably next week. For more info about the Parents Group or how to get involved email Parents@UUCM.org.  
UUCM Retreat - Registration forms are out. You can download them from the UUCM website.   Read more and register HERE
Out of the Office/Offline:  I am on professional retreat with my LREDA colleagues this week Tuesday -Thursday.
Have a great rest of the week. I hope to see you Sunday.

Jeffrey Melcher, 
Director of Family Ministries
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
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!
Celebration of the Lunar New Year - February 2
On Saturday, February 2nd, come celebrate the Lunar New Year with Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Join us for a wonderful fun filled evening with Lion Dancers, festive buffet, and other activities including a raffle with Chinese Dinners, a Vietnamese Dinner, Haircuts, Car washes, a Hand-dyed scarf, and other wonderful items.
In addition, we will auction off a 3 night stay in San Francisco for the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and festive street fair. The accommodations include a 3 bedroom suite for family, friends, or up to 3 couples to share starting February 22, 2019. The Parade is the evening of February 23rd, and the hotel is located less than a ½ mile from the parade route.

Admission -
$25 for adults, $5 for kids under 18. Tickets will be sold at the door
You Can Now Register for the Retreat
If you missed last year, no worries, this year's retreat which will be held May 3-5, 2019 will be here before you know it! 
Consider what workshop you may like to offer the congregation at this year's retreat. Here is an example schedule from last year.

The Retreat is an all-congregational event running from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning at Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin. We offer a flexible attendance/pricing plan to make sure that everyone can attend as their time and budget allows. You can stay in a semi-private lodge or family style dormitory with separate bedrooms for each family and bathrooms down the hall. Meals include Friday night dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast. We have a campfire on Friday night, a Barn Dance on Saturday night, worship services, discussion groups, hiking opportunities, a ropes course, arts and crafts, and many more fun activities for young and old. This is a chance to connect with those in your community at a deeper level and enjoy the fresh air and lovely grounds of Walker Creek Ranch. We will be taking reservations starting next month. Additional details will be available as we get closer to the event. Questions? Contact Thomas (  thomas.ervin@comcast.net)

  Read more and register HERE.
Connect through Volunteering

Are you looking for a way to connect more deeply with UUCM? While Sunday services instill a sense of community and shared values, getting involved in the behind-the-scenes activities at the church is a great way to meet new people, make a contribution, learn new skills, and grow as a person.

No matter what your interests, experience, and talents, there is a place for you to contribute your energies to make the church a more vibrant community. Want to learn more? Everything you need to know is here:  UUCM Volunteers page 
Try it, you'll like it!
Remarkable People - February 15
Friday, February 15,   7- 9 pm  Fireside Room
Joyce Rhodes and Rich Panter are our Remarkable People for February. 

This ongoing  series gives us time to learn about each other from the interesting stories of individual lives. Whether you already know them by name or not, you will learn what you don't know in the evening of sharing and community. Each person talks and there is time for questions and general sociability and usually some sustaining snacks.

You may know  Joyce Rhodes as one of our stalwart Membership Greeters' Team-but you may not know yet that she first performed in church at age 4, has ridden an elephant to Angkor Wat, poached a rattlesnake in Mendocino,  and was kissed by a horse in San Francisco.  She'll tell you about what she has learned from challenges, adventures, and joys in 83 years of living. 
Rich Panter, a first-year Board member, is in no way new to Unitarianism, having been active across 3 decades in congregations in Massachusetts, South Caroline, and Napa.  He grew up in Michigan, grew to love jazz from his detective dad who also played in a dance band and has tales to tell about his career as a documentary filmmaker.   
Come to the Fireside room for a Friday evening of sharing, some snacks, and learning more about our common interests and intriguing differences in life experience. 
All are welcome and there will be sustaining snacks too.
And for next month if you want to mark your calendar.  March 15: Kristina Gale and Ray Meluch.
New Art Show - Fireside Room

From left to right - photos by Marge Hollinger, Pete Hansen, and another by Pete Hansen.
Social Justice Education/Action
If you are not already receiving emails from the social justice committee and wish to receive them along with information about social justice actions/rallies in and around Marin, please send your email address to:    socialjustice@uumarin.org
UUSC Take Action Items - Sign petitions, learn about issues, donate money. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Do you want to make a difference in our county and the world? 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 
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 pianist@uumarin.org   

Nursery Teacher: Glynda Christian nursery.k1@uumarin.org 
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org 
Don Beck: 415-892-0642 
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
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San Rafael, CA 94903