Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
May 10, 2018
Issue #452
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am

May 13, 2018: Mother's Day Service: The Grace of the World
Rev. Joy Atkinson

When we are aware of the manifold gifts of life, we feel bathed in grace, as though we are resting in the arms of the cosmic mother. The sermon will explore the meaning of grace in different religious traditions and in our own experience.
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

5/13/18: Connecting to Music
Jerry Moore

5/20/18: The Pleasure Seekers
Jim Harrison 

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    
At the UUCM retreat this past weekend (and earlier, after the Sunday service on Easter Sunday) I offered a workshop on Death, Dying and Preparing Your Own Memorial. This workshop mostly focuses on how you can participate in making some choices regarding your own memorial/funeral service, as a way to assist family, friends and ministers in the planning of a service to commemorate your life. At the workshop, I handed out two forms. One is familiar to some of you-it is a confidential form that includes your instructions in case of emergency and your instructions in case of death, listing such things as people to contact and whether or not you have an Advanced Medical Care Directive on file at a hospital. The UUCM office keeps these forms filled out by members in a locked file. They are used to help with contacting people you choose in the case of emergency or death. The other form I distributed is one I have recently introduced at UUCM, which includes space for you to indicate your wishes regarding your memorial or funeral service-such as music and readings you would like included, if and where you would like ashes scattered and other details. We will also keep these forms in the file for you, to help your loved ones and the minister plan a fitting memorial or funeral service for you.
Both of these forms are available in the Community Room, in a wall file just to your right as you enter the room. You are welcome to take and fill them out, and bring or mail them back to our Administrator, Janette Morrow, to be filed safely in the office. I would also recommend that you keep copies with your important papers and give copies to loved ones.
Some of you have asked about the latest Advance Health Care Directive for the State of California. You can find this form and the information you need here:   http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/pdf/ProbateCodeAdvancedHealthCareDirectiveForm-fillable.pdf  
Indicating our wishes regarding our care, disposition of our bodies, our preferences for final services and other end-of-life issues is a way to care for those we love, who will need to make decisions about these details after we are gone. Doing it while we are alive is a blessing to those we leave behind, and is a way for us to think about the meaning of our lives.
Fondly, Joy
jef melcher
At the retreat, youth and children grades 5-10 were joined by several adults to test their metal on the Ropes Course. This photo shows the successful completion of creating a square of rope while blindfolded and silent. Pre-planning was allowed. I would have gotten a picture of us crossing the "River of Acid", but my camera fell in and was dissolved. It was really nice weekend for families and everyone. 
Tye-die Sunday  There has been a tradition of wearing tye-die the Sunday after the retreat. Those who have new ones can proudly display their art. Those who have tie-dye from a previous UUCM retreat, Dead concert, etc are also encouraged to wear their colors. Rumor has it that the teens will be selling off some their hord of tie-dyes.
Fair Trade Chocolate and Coffee: Coffee has been added to the local Fair Trade market on Sundays at UUCM. Proceeds to benefit the Youth Leadership Fund and 20% of the Equal Exchange profits go to the UU Service Committee to benefit social justice projects in the US and abroad.   Sales will only go through June 10th. Last special orders will be on May 27th. Stock up for Summer!
Jeffrey Melcher . M.Div. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
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.   
Remarkable People - May 18
Friday, May 18  7:00 pm  Fireside Room

The ongoing Remarkable People 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.  

Sher Sheldon and Paul Dearborn are our May people of the month.

You may know Sher from her famous clam chowder and indomitable spirit.  But did you know she is a a long-time Unitarian who also spent 3 years in GITMO?  She has seen the world as a Navy daughter and Coast Guard wife so could definitely single hand a boat - and can also do your taxes AND wrangle a classroom of kids.  After 21 years of being active with UUCM, she says she plans to be more active once she retires!!  Come learn more about that.
And Paul Dearborn - who also is a teacher - turned a long-distance cross-country relationship into California family life where he is a dedicated father, a coffee connoisseur, and a chess player.  And he may be the only one among us who sometimes rides his bike up the hill to UUCM!   

Mark your calendars and come learn about these good people.  

Be remarkable yourself and come enjoy!  
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 

Shared Housing Community Forum - Save the Date
Shared Housing Community Forum
Sponsored by UUCM: Fellowship Hall
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Open to public/No fee

Hear ways you can be part of the affordable housing solution in Marin County. Panelists from Marin Villages, Home Share,
Marin Environmental Collaborative on Housing, Lilypad Homes and others will be there to educate and answer questions.
Learn about ways to age in place while helping with the housing shortage.
Hear about ADU's (Accessory Dwelling units including "Granny Units") and JDU's (Junior Dwelling units or converting rooms in your house into junior private units).

See flyer for more info or contact   Linda Haumann.
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 ).
UUCM Book Club Dates - May, June
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.
UUA General Assembly  - Updated Information

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. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center. 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.  
Housing Reservations are open. Room rates start at $136 + tax.
UUA contracted rates will be guaranteed through  May 21.
Registration is open until June 24.

Be a delegate from UUCM or go on your own. GA is a fabulous experience.  
Basket Share Participants Needed
basket share
Are you involved as a volunteer or recipient of the services of a local 501(c)(3) agency or program?

You can help that organization raise money by initiating a 50/50 UUCM Offering Basket Share.  
Complete the application form on the UUCM website Social Justice page. Or find one at the Social Justice Table on a Sunday morning. Send it to  socialjustice@uumarin.org or leave it in the SJ box in the Community Room.
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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