Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
September 20, 2018
Issue #466
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
September  23, 2018: Nothing Left at the Door 
The social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji tells us that the mind is a "difference seeking machine." What are the obstacles we face in following the age-old wisdom of welcoming the stranger?
Past worship services  (You may listen to the services marked with an Audio symbol)  

The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
9/23/18 People Who Talk to the Dead Meg Jordan  
9/30/18 Importance of Joy                   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.
jef melcher
Welcoming you and UU
Our year is getting started and we are picking up momentum. The Ingathering ritual was a sweet return and Sunday's Parent Group "Meet n' Greet" with Rev Marcus Hartleif brought deeper conversations about the needs of parents and families continuing to create meaningful experiences for them and their children. Connection and relationship to each other and this community kept coming up. Each of us wants that sense of belonging and meaning in our lives. Come, make the choice to step into the circle, join hands, and create the meaning that we crave.

Religious Exploration Curriculum this Year:

Wee Ones (Nursery - K1):  A homegrown  curriculum using the concept of seedlings to engage the wonder and curiosity of this age group and the  learning processes for later germination. This is the time to learn just who a UU is, what the seven principles mean in real life, and how they apply to each of us. For more follow this Link.

New Sprouts class (grades 2-3):  Check out this great UUA curriculum we are using with the 2-3 graders:  "Moral Tales",by Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann and Elisa Davy Pearmain, p rovides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions that reflect their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.    

Creative Compassionates (grades 5-7): "Amazing Grace", by  Richard S. Kimball, is another UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum to assist youth in exercising their moral decision-making skills,  Amazing Grace.

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU-grades 8-12): 
Themes of ethics and moral action are running through all our RE classes this year. Jef Melcher will lead the youth into and through creative discussions in a Socratic style while engaging the teens with current music, exploration of service to others, and examining various spiritual/religious practices. (Fair Trade chocolate sales will continue soon.)

OWL for K-1 +2: 
We are looking at conducting an Our Whole Lives class for our younger elementary children either this Fall or just over the year in January. An information meeting will be held Oct. 7th.

RE Calendar 
A work in process:  Link to several RE calendars. Some people prefer to print a hard copy and put it on the fridge. Pick the info you want and go for it. I am also now committed to taking this same information and putting it on several Google calendars. You can choose which ones you need to import for your family. I hope this makes it easier to plan and connect.

Help the children feel welcome. Sign up to make snack one Sunday. Follow this link,   LINK,  
or just email me. I will tell you all you need to know to help in this small way that makes a big difference to the children and youth.

Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div. 
Director of Family Ministries 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
My general work hours: Mondays and Tuesdays are my days off. I have office hours at UUCM Wed and Thursday 10:30-2pm as well as Sunday 9AM-1pm. Friday and Saturday I work from home. Email, phone, and text are all fine forms of communication to use. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.

Autumn Auction - October 6 !!!
SAVE THE DATE for the Autumn Auction on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:00.
The success of this fundraiser is vital to UUCM meeting our financial obligations this year, and we need everyone to help! 
There are four ways you can contribute.
  • Donate an item or services to sell 
  • Volunteer your time before, during, or after the auction
  • Invite your friends, family, and neighbours to attend
  • Bid on items at the auction!
 What goods and services can you or your friends donate? Here are some ideas.
  • GOODS (children's toys and puzzles, custom notecards, theater or art gallery admission tickets)
  • MEAL IN YOUR HOME (afternoon tea, dinner and book discussion)
  • PARTY (charades and dessert, murder mystery dinner party)
  • RECREATION OR TOUR (hike, weekend use of a vacation cabin, sailing on the Bay)
  • SHARING TALENTS (sewing instructions, art instruction, various lessons, help with taxes, dog or cat sitting or walking)
  • PERSONAL SERVICES (massage, manicure, computer tutoring)
  • HELP AT HOME (landscape design or maintenance, lawn mowing, help cleaning out garage or closet)
  • FOOD (cake or a catered barbecue dinner)
Please ask local businesses to donate an item or gift certificate!
Here is a much more extensive list of ideas.
Have an item to donate? Please click here to fill out a donation form.
We need volunteers! Please contact the following people to help:
Food  - Kristin Jensen
Auction tables set up  -  Kim Holscher
Auction check-in, check-out, catalog - Mary Gilstrap
Have questions? Need more info? Contact
    Ken Ross at kenross.church@gmail.com or 541-686-1549, or email auction@uumarin.org
Postcard Writing Party
Get out the Vote! Postcard Writing Party: Sunday Sept. 23 at Noon in Fireside room.
Please join Social Justice Committee folks to fill in postcards that urge citizens to vote this November.
This is non-partisan and these cards will be sent to the ACLU.
Linda Haumann will have the postcards and all supplies...Join in!
New Address for Order of Service Announcements
We will use announcements@uumarin.org as the email address
for people to send announcements in for the back page of the order of service. Whomever is doing work on any particular week's o/s will have full access to it. The deadline is Wed 5pm.
Defibrillator Training
We will have a free CPR training for the congregation on Sunday Oct. 7th following the service.  This will be a short class introducing the new defibrillator that was donated to UUCM.  This is basic information that can save a person's life.   
The class will be led by Walter Littrell, who had his life saved by a defibrillator during a heart attack twenty three years ago.  All guests are welcome along with members of the congregation to learn this simple life-saving technique.  BE WELL!
UUCM Common Read
UUCM Adult Ed is excited to announce that our Common Read this year will be: 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Read More Here:

Adult Ed has ordered 10 copies for circulation.  Email Ilana Trumbull-Stearns Adult Ed Committee Chair:
adultRE@uumarin.org to sponsor a copy for circulation at UUCM: $14 ($16 plus tax and shipping if you purchase yourself from Beacon Press).
Also email to hold a copy for a two week honor system "checkout."  

Also available on Kindle and Audible:

Marin County Libraries have copies but there is a wait so reserve your copy soon:

Our discussion is scheduled for Sunday, November 4th 12:15-1:30 in the Fireside Room and will be led by Jan Seagrave. 
Remarkable People
Please save the dates of October 19 and November 16 for the "Remarkable People"   biography program. Facilitated by Nani Ranken, these Friday evenings consist of two UUCM members telling their life story and answering questions. It is spellbinding to hear people talk about the circumstances and choices in their life, and there is no better way to get to know other UUCM folks.
October 19 from 7-8:30pm in the Fireside Room. Amanda Morando and Earl Owen will be the speakers. Mark your calendars for the  third Fridays of February through May as well. Questions? Talk to Nani, or email   kimholscher51@gmail.com.
Young Adult Travel
FOR YOUNG UUs INTERESTED IN JUSTICE: Are you interested in knowing the reality of being a Palestinian in Gaza under Israeli occupation? UUJME is offering travel scholarships to young adult UUs aged 18-35 to help finance trips to  Israel-Palestine that will take place during the rest of 2018 through all of 2019. Please see the scholarship announcement below if you are interested. If you have questions, or to submit proposals, email  YAtravel@uujme.org

Scholarship applicants should propose a trip to the area and provide UUJME with details of expected expenses, dates of travel, specific destinations, planned activities, any planned collaborations with individuals or groups, and importantly, post-trip follow-up plans. UUPP, a new UUCM group, will help with letters of support, etc. Contact Glynda at gjchristi@gmail.com or  707 875 8911. We'd love to have someone from UUCM gain this insight!
Social Justice Education/Action
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.
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 
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
 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   milton.wong@csaa.com 

Nursery Teacher: Glynda Christian gjchristi@gmail.com 
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org 
Don Beck: 415-892-0642 
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