Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
December 27, 2018
Issue #480
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
December 30, 2018: Participatory Poetry Service 
As we come to the end of our month of exploring Mystery, we will gather to share our favorite poems on the Mystery of the Known and the Unknown.

What is amazing and mysterious about the ordinary and everyday? And then there are the Big Questions of mystery: Where did we come from, and what is our purpose? How do we describe the indescribable?

Bring poems, written by you or others, to read aloud, or just come to listen.

Coffee and tea will be served during the service in the Fellowship Hall.

This service will be co-led by Valerie Taylor and Kat Braeman. Valerie is a long-time member of UUCM, loves poetry, and has led this service, between Christmas and New Year's, twice before. Kat is a member of our Board of Trustees, and is a writer and editor, among many other talents.
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
12/30/18  New Years Irreverent Irresolutions         All Comers
1/6/19      Libraries of our Lives                                   Janice Prochaska

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
Dear Ones,

Autumn rains have turned starwheel, as we sang on Sunday, and Winter is upon us. I offer you a blessing for this holiday season:

May we savor the moments of merriment and good cheer-
The feast for our senses, the flavors and lights, and the smells and sounds,
the warm fuzzy pajamas and robes and slippers-
May this feast nourish us body and spirit and linger in the senses for many days to come.
May unexpected moments of depth, and meaning, and beauty
awaken us
and lead us to fall in love with this world again,
fall in love so that we may meet the sorrows, disappointments and frustrations,
from the smallest irritations to the great griefs we must face,
meet them all as friends,
necessary companions on the journey.
Savor, nourish, awaken, love.
May you and your family be so blessed this holiday season.

With you on the journey,
Rev. Marcus
jef melcher

Sunday, Dec 30: All ages Art, Music, and Movement.
Sunday, January 6, 2019:  Annual packaging of toiletries. A fun and active project for children and youth ages K-12.
January 18 - 20: District Middle School UU Gathering
(MUUGs) for 6th - 8th graders, A weekend of UU youth community building full of fun and meaning-making. This event is hosted by UUCM.

Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div.
Director of Family Ministries
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
Roy Zimmerman: RiZe Up - January 13, 4 - 6 pm
Save the date Sunday Jan. 13, 4 pm for this fabulous event. 
In the current national nightmare, we need to laugh. And we need to hope. Roy Zimmerman's signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary. RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice.

Roy's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views.  He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.
video links:
Contribute to Photography Exhibit
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Calling UUCM photographers of all ages! A photography exhibit is planned for January in the Fireside Room. Photos must be matted or framed and ready to hang on wire.

If you are interested  contact Carolyn Planakis Cplanakis@aol.com

415 479 5617
Family Game Night - January 4
Start the new year with some fun.
Join us for an evening of relaxation and camaraderie.
Children and adults get acquainted over board games, cards, Scrabble, Pictionary, Boggle, Trivial Pursuit, chess, and more.
Bring your favorite games!
You are welcome to bring snacks to share.
Members and nonmembers of all ages are welcome.
 Latest Building Projects and Priorities List 
At the following link is the latest building projects and priorities list, resulting from the last Facilities Committee meeting.  Feedback is always welcome. dianneestrada11@gmail.com

Facilities Committee
Join us for Dinners for Eight (or Six)!
Join us for Dinners for Eight (or Six)! This is a long-running tradition of potluck dinners held at members' homes. The next two dinners are scheduled for January 5th and February 9th.
The host provides the main course, and the guests bring the rest! You need not host in order to attend these dinners, held usually on the first or second Saturdays of the month.
New members are encouraged to join, you need not commit to anything but enjoying a meal in an informal setting and getting to know each other.
To join our mailing list, please e-mail Sher Sheldon at shershel@comcast.net.
If you are interested in attending or hosting these next two dinners, please let Sher know ASAP.
 New Soul Matters Groups forming for 2019
As you may have heard, new "Soul Matters" small conversation groups are starting in 2019. Use the yellow sheet to indicate your interest and preferred time. You will find out your assigned group in January, and meetings begin in February.

Completed forms can be placed in Kim Holscher's box in the Community Room, or handed to Dianne Estrada.
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.  ( SJ meetings are on hiatus until Jan 20)
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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