Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
November 8, 2018
Issue #473
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
11/11/18  Sex and Education                                Kim Holscher
11/18/18  Still Two More Mary Oliver Poems       Doug 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.
Notes Along the Way
Rev marcus
I'm writing to you on election day, full of the anxiety and hope and longing and desperation that I've also heard many of you describe. By the time this gets to you, many of the results will be known. Regardless of the outcome of this one election, it will be good to be together on Sunday, to celebrate or to mourn, to hold one another's hands as we commit yet again to the vital and messy work of democracy.

I've felt myself buoyed this week by how engaged our conversation about race and white fragility felt on Sunday. Thank you to everyone who was able to stay, and for your rich stories and insights. Ilana Trumbull-Stearns is collecting names of people who would like to do follow up work on overcoming white fragility-please get in touch with her if you'd like to be involved. Regardless of the outcome of this election, we have generations of work yet to do to dismantle racism and white supremacy culture. Based on what I heard after the service, I think many of you may be interested in this video, a sort of follow up to the sermon: https://youtu.be/DW7sIVqHZDY . It is an excerpt from a training at First Unitarian Universalist of Minneapolis with Dr. Heather Hackman. In it, she gives a succinct and powerful telling of the story of race in America.

With you on the Journey,
Rev. Marcus
jef melcher
It has been a big year for democracy and a roller coaster of a ride. Whatever the outcome of the elections, our goals remain basically the same as parents and caregivers. Raise our charges to embrace the world courageously with compassion, empathy, and ethical values which look to bring equality to all peoples with a vision of justice through the democratic process, spiritual growth, and a healthy respect for the interdependent web. No matter what the outcome is we need to take a long deep look at the kind of world we want to build with our children for our great-grandchildren. It is really tough sometimes to parent as an isolated nuclear family. This is why we come together as a village. The group reinforces the values we hope to instill. We need each other to help raise our charges into the adults they will become.

Socks Appeal - Joan Nelson would always get this rolling by making an announcement and calling attention to the wicker basket in the lobby. Those living on the street really appreciate a new pair of clean dry socks. Socks are collected and then taken to St Vinnie's in San Rafael for distribution by their staff. New white tube socks are requested.

Here is the link to  pick a Sunday or two for your family to bring snack  Children's snack/communion. Directions are at this link as well. Some of you prefer to pick a date and some are fine with me assigning a date. I will let you all have another chance to self-select for about a week. If providing a snack is not an option for you for any reason just let me know. We always offer the option of turning in your receipts for reimbursement. Food for these kids is a community building experience just like it is for adults. We also use it as a teaching tool sometimes when they get to have a snack while listening to a lesson.

Parent Group meeting with Family Bowling, Nov 11th, 1-3pm, Country Club Bowl, San Rafael. All ages welcome. Parents bowl and/or talk. Teens and children bowl. Pizza, fun, and community building. RSVP to Ali Jenkins or Grace Dearborn.

Stone Soup, Nov 18: Families with children in grade 5 and up please arrive at 9:30. 5th through 7th graders help Mikey Songster make the soup, set the tables, etc. YRUU has a final rehearsal. To save on using paper bowls we invite families to bring their own tableware and then take it home to wash. This teen-led service will feature an original script. This decades-long tradition is always a Sunday to remember.

Deck the Halls,  Dec 2, please plan on staying after service again this year to make a joyful noise and decorate the sanctuary. Crafts and light lunch make this a favorite multigenerational event.

UUCM Retreat, May 3-5. Save the date for this family-oriented fabulous weekend at Walker Creek Ranch. Plan on attending and deepening your UUCM relationship to self and others.

Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div. 
Director of Family Ministries 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.

 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Help Needed for Joan Nelson's "Celebration of Life"
On Saturday Nov. 10, at 2PM we will be celebrating Joan Nelson's remarkable life. One way to honor Joan's memory would be to bring finger food desserts (cookies, lemon bars, brownies - something you can eat w/o a fork) to the memorial OR a floral arrangement. Either would be appreciated.  If you'd like to bring a dessert, please email   karen.h.auroy@gmail.com .  If you'd like to bring a floral arrangement, please contact sallyschroeder@comcast.net.
Introduction to UU - November 11
Intro to UU 12:15 - 1:00 PM, November 11: A brief conversation after the Sunday service in the minister's office. This is an opportunity for visitors and newcomers to connect with Rev. Marcus and ask any questions they have about Unitarian Universalism or our congregation. Light refreshments provided.

Buy a Side with Love T-shirt
The UUCM Social Justice committee will be holding a Side with Love T-shirt sale/fundraiser November 11 & 18 right before and after the 10:30 service.

We will have samples of all sizes to try on and take your orders. $28/each.When we show up to a rally, it's important to Side with Love and show who we are!

Remarkable People - November 16
Our next Remarkable People are Kristina Gale and David Tetta on November 16.

Kristina is a native of Finland, married to Ben, and a mother of three. Her colorful family includes an uncle who was the second-tallest person in Finland in his day. She enjoys the activities of the Alpine Club and is looking forward to new experiences yet to come.

Dave is a native of the Bronx, married to Kim, and a father of two. He is a retired mechanical engineer and loves to swing dance. He also speaks German and Spanish.
Stone Soup Service - November 18
The Annual Stone Soup Service (Nov. 18) will be designed and conducted by the youth again this year. What will the cast of characters overlaying the story be this year? Wizard of OZ? Harry Potter? Marvel Superheroes? Come find out and enjoy this family-oriented service. And of course, there will be a sample of some soup (vegan and gluten free) and bread. Please bring your own tableware. It will help us not to use paper bowls.
Holiday Fair - Sunday, November 18
Holiday Fair -- Sunday, November 18
Crafters, do you have creations to sell at the Holiday Fair on Stone Soup Sunday? Handcrafted scarves, tote bags, jewelry, and other gift items are popular this time of year. Please let Margaret Johnston or Marge Hollinger know what specialties you would like to share.
New Art Exhibit
There is a new art exhibit in our Fireside Room contributed by a friend of one our members. The artist is George V. Traber, a local artist. As you can see he employs a variety of media.
Missing Hymnals?

If you have a grey or teal hymnal sitting at home, would you please return it to UUMarin? We are running low on hymnals for Sunday services. Also, Worship Committee urges you to purchase and dedicate a hymnal (we have bookplates to put in the front.) Please complete and submit this form to the office :
https://uumarin.org/protected/Forms/Hymnal-Dedication.pdf .  We have now purchased 25 teal hymnals. Thank you, Julie Prentice, Worship Committee Chair.
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.
Social Justice Education/Action
    Social Justice Committee Meeting - Sunday November 18, 2018,  12:15 PM  - 1:30 PM
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 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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