Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
May 31, 2018
Issue #455
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am

June 3, 2018: RE Sunday
Jef Melcher

Come celebrate the RE year with the children and youth involved service. We will experience a fun multi-generational service. Prepare to smile a lot.
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
6/3/18: Appreciating JOY - Joy & Rev. Joy
Kat Braeman  
6/10/18: Waiting as a Spiritual Practice 
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.
  Words of Joy    
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.               
As my time among you comes to a close, I want to thank all of you who have so unselfishly volunteered your time to this congregation over the past two years, in so many different ways. Volunteers are the foundation of congregational life, and in this congregation, a very high proportion of the membership volunteers in one way or another (and often in many ways at once!). I have enjoyed working with so many dedicated people. You are truly amazing!
Thank you all, many times over.
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.    --Erma Brombeck
P.S. We may have one final new member ceremony this church year, on one of the Sundays in June. If you are interested in joining UUCM, please speak with me (minister@uumarin.org  510 821-2394) or with membership Chair Thomas Ervin.
jef melcher
Memorial Day is an uneasy holiday for me. I tend not to have a BBQ or go shopping. It is a day of complicated feelings for the veterans, the peace movement, my relatives who have served in the service, and how to talk to my daughter about it all. We had a brief car conversation this year where I reviewed the intent of the day to remember the fallen, yet also mentioned my conundrum about the unneeded US wars around the world. "War is a failure of diplomacy." - John Dingell. May we strive to teach our children diplomacy guided by a strong compassionate heart and a mind filled with gentle morality.

Our RE year is coming to a close. This Sunday is RE Sunday where the kids come and make a small presentation in our celebratory multi-generational service. Parents of children and youth grades 4-12 please have your children arrive by 10AM if possible. We need to do a run through of the program. And bring your cameras. Cuteness will abound.

The YRUU are having a 24-hour hangout at UUCM June 16th, noon - June 17th noon. Other congregations will be joining us too. Please RSVP to  Jef  if you haven't already.

We are looking for a few good activities led by regular RE teachers and other volunteers. Please sign up   HERE. I will not have summer hours with UUCM this Summer so I can only arrange until June 13th. Please sign up in the next few weeks. There is also a sign-up board in the foyer. Come share some fun with the kids ages 7-12.

Last week we received a letter of resignation from our Lead Youth Advisor, George Pegelow. He will stay until the end of this June. George has shared his passions for life and youth empowerment. We are grateful for the zest he has shown, and the deep caring he has for the youth's future on this planet. We will have a thank you celebration cake for him at the RE Sunday as a small token of appreciation for his work with us. Please plan to attend.

Brief Calendar:
  • June 1 - Game Night
  • June 3rd - RE Sunday and UUCM Annual meeting
  • June 8th - YRUU Parent and Youth meeting
  • June 10th - Flower communion and end of year potluck
  • June 16th - YRUU 24-hour
  • June 17th - Rev Joy's last sermon at UUCM w/ lunch to follow. No RE, but Nursery-K1 classroom will be staffed.
  • Aug 26th - Fall RE starts
  • Aug 26th, noon-1pm - Information meeting for Our Whole Lives program. All parents, visitors, and congregants welcome.
And one more thing ... consider ways to involve your children in your voting process. I started my daughter out filling in the arrows on my mail-in ballot when she was six years old.

Have a great weekend! See you Sunday.
Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
A Celebration of Women Composers - June 2 
Saturday June 2, 4PM, doors open 3:30 PM

Amanda Morando, soprano
Milton Wong, piano
Join us as we explore the intimate world of the classical art song through the works of three women composers. These songs will take you from despair to hope, from internal longing to heart-on-your-sleeve romance. Hear the quiet passion of Fanny Mendelssohn, a melancholy lullaby by C├ęcile Chaminade and the playfulness of Amy Beach.

$20 Adults
$15 Seniors
$15 Youth (17 and under)
Refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase before the concert and at intermission.
All proceeds benefit programs of UUCM.
Game Night  - Friday June 1
Friday June 1. Last game night for this year. 6:30-9 pm. All ages are welcome. Light refreshments provided. Bring your favorite games.

Annual UUCM Congregational Meeting
UUCM Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday June 3, 2018 12-2PM

Light lunch provided. Child Care provided if RSVP to  karenauroy3@gmail.com 
All are welcome but only members can vote on budget and  nominees.  
 Year End Potluck - June 10
Flower Communion - June 10
Reminder we will have our annual Flower Communion Ceremony June 10 so start thinking about what flowers you might bring or buy for the service.  You are asked to bring a flower for every member of your family who is attending.
Celebrate With Joy!
On June 17th, 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 reading it).  So good all around.....

You can put items in Kat Braeman's box in the Community Room or send things via email to  drckerr@pacbell.net .

We would appreciate having items by June 10th if possible. 

Thanks for helping make this happen...
The Celebrate Joy Committee:  
Kat Braeman, Carol Kerr, Janice Prochaska, Julie Prentice, Karen Auroy
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 ? 

There is a sign-up board in the foyer or you can email dreuumarin@gmail.com between now and 6/13.  Everyone's inner child needs some exercising now and then....Lend a hand, bring a friend, share the fun....

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 in September with our new minister.

Save the Date for the Autumn Auction - October 6
Last year's auction was such a success we are doing it again on Saturday October 6 (5:30 - 9 PM). Jean Bee Chan and Ken Ross will again co-chair the event. A  dynamic committee has already been convened and has started planning. So start thinking about what you can donate or ask local businesses to donate.

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 Dates - June, July
book pile
The UUCM book club will read Kay Ryan's poetry, easily available for free on the internet, in books, and on Audible. Bring a poem to share on June 3rd at Villa Marin, 3-4:30pm.

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.
Dinners for Eight
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." James Beard. Get to know other members of the congregation eating dinners in their homes through Dinners for Eight (or Six).  We would love to have more participants for the last dinner of the year on June 2nd.

Dinners for 8 (or Six) is a coordinated potluck. We meet on the 1st Saturday of the month, October through June. Each month a volunteer host will offer a main course and guests bring appetizers, salad/soup, dessert, and wine and good conversation. Contact Sher Sheldon at 415-892-1727 or   shershel@comcast.net  for details.
Join our Social Justice Green Team
We invite you to join our new Social Justice Green Team to help fulfill our commitments to "the interconnected web" and our Green Sanctuary designation.  For information:  Katherine DaSilva Jain kdsjain@yahoo.com 

Readers' Theater
UUCM Readers' Theater invites members and friends to join our fun-loving group. We meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at UUCM. Most of the time, we read short plays aloud when we meet, but every 6-8 weeks we rehearse and then present short prose or poems during a service. No memorizing required, but you should be willing to ham it up and be silly. Information: Jan Seagrave ( janseagrave@gmail.com ).
UUA General Assembly Update

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:
Tentative schedule: The Ware Lecturer program with Brittany Packnett will be shown live in the Clara Barton Room Saturday June 23, 5:30 pm. and Sunday Morning Worship will be shown on video after our Sunday Service June 24. 
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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eWeekly Deadline for Thursday issue:
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