Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
January 3, 2019
Issue #481
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
1/6/19      Libraries of our Lives                                   Janice Prochaska
1/13/19    Why Does the World Exist?                         Earle Owen

        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.
jef melcher
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.
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 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
UU Writing Class - January 12 
Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9:45 to 11:45 AM: 
UU Writing Class: Terry Lucas will lead this session.
  • T he topic will be looking at narrative arc in all genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry . He is an acclaimed poet and a gifted freelance poetry coach. More about Terry and his work can be found at   www.terrylucas.com . He loves all genres of writing and will provide writing prompts. His poems, reviews, essays, and stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. He is a regular guest speaker for the Dominican University of California's low-residency MFA program in creative writing as well as a freelance poetry coach.  
The UU Writing Group is sponsored by Adult Ed and spearheaded by Kat Braeman. The group is open to new people and meets monthly on the Second Saturday at 9:45 AM. If you have any questions, call her at 202-549-3696 or email: katbraeman@gmail.com .
Poems Read at December 30 Service
Calling all Poets and Poetry Readers
We would like to post the poems read at the December 30th Participatory Poetry service on the web. Kat Braeman will collect them.  Please email the poem you read at the service to  kajudge@gmail.com or if your poem was handwritten or from a book and you don't want to type it you can hand it to Kat and she can type it for the web site.  
Roy Zimmerman: RiZe Up - January 13, 4 - 6 pm
Save the date Sunday Jan. 13, 4 pm for this fabulous event. Admission $20 or pay what you can. CASH ONLY PLEASE. 
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:
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.
WhaleCoast Alaska Tour Information
2019 WhaleCoast Alaska tour information is now posted on their beautiful new website   https://whalecoastak.org.

The best part of these tours is that the small group stays with Alaskan UUs and gets a true perspective of this magnificent area through the eyes of people who live there. 
They are offering two tours next summer. The National Park Tour runs from June 8-18, and the All-Alaska Tour will take place July 5-17. Both tours include spectacular scenery, opportunities to see Alaska wildlife on land and sea, engaging Native Culture experiences, and warm UU hospitality. Groups of eight or more get a discount! So if you sign up, mention you are with UU Marin.
For complete information, go to https://whalecoastak.org.
 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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