Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
January 24, 2019
Issue #484
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
January 27, 2019:  Missing the Mark
If you've ever served on a committee here, or taken an RE class, or joined a small group, chances are you've made a covenant. We are practiced at naming our intentions, our high hopes for how we will be with one another. But what happens when we miss the mark? How do we deal with our capacity to cause harm? 
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

1/27/19    What Does Love Look Like?                                       Kim Holscher
2/3/19      What Do Your Ancestors Want From You?               Katherine DaSilva Jain 
        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
Covenanting within UUCM and also the UUA district and regional entities provides mutual support for UU congregations. The middle schoolers you saw Sunday were from a UUA Pacific Central District program that grew out of the YRUU district program. (YRUU is the general term for the High School UU youth). Another of the remaining district entities is the PCD LRDEA. The Liberal Religious Educators Association. The professional leadership which runs the RE programs in our UU congregations has this professional organization to support congregations and district RE programs. I have been part of LREDA since 2013 and have been the treasurer for three years. The Exec Team of LREDA has put $1000 of our savings into a mediation process which brings YRUU of the Pacific, PWR staff, DREs and Ministers to the table to work on some sticky issues. These youth-adult relations conversations are crucial. Whenever there are chances for a dialog to dig into problem-solving I support it. Doing work with youth is messy, yet profound. Some of this dialog has been going on for decades, generations, and some for over millennia.  The key is to stay engaged.
Ways to engage for parents and families:
Jan 27 - Parent Group, noon -1pm
Feb 2 - Lunar New Year Celebration, 5-8 pm
Feb 8 - Game Night, 7-9pm
May 3-5 - UUCM Retreat at Walker Creek Ranch
FYI - I will be on a professional development retreat next week with my PCD LREDA colleagues out in Camp Meeker, CA. (Jan 29-31, Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.)

Jeffrey Melcher, 
Director of Family Ministries
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
Congregational Workshop
Congregational Workshop
Friday, January 25, 5:30-9:00pm   (for the entire congregation)
Saturday, January 26, 8:45am-12:00pm   (for congregational leaders)

Rev. Jan Christian, our regional congregational life staff, comes this month to facilitate a "Start-up" workshop. UU congregations across our denomination have found the opportunity for an outside professional to facilitate conversation between a congregation and a new minister early in their ministry to be an incredibly valuable experience. This weekend will energize and inspire us for the road ahead.

On Friday evening, Jan will engage our whole community in exploring the history and culture of the congregation. We'll begin with a potluck supper at 5:30, and plan to end at 9pm. (Bring a dish of your choice).

On Saturday morning (8:45am-12:00pm), Jan will lead a conversation for congregational leaders about expectations of roles and responsibilities, supporting us in clarifying how we will work together to achieve our five developmental goals. The Board, Committee on Shared Ministry, all committee chairs are encouraged to attend.
Connect through Volunteering

Are you looking for a way to connect more deeply with UUCM? While Sunday services instill a sense of community and shared values, getting involved in the behind-the-scenes activities at the church is a great way to meet new people, make a contribution, learn new skills, and grow as a person.

No matter what your interests, experience, and talents, there is a place for you to contribute your energies to make the church a more vibrant community.
Want to learn more? Everything you need to know is here:  UUCM Volunteers page 
Try it, you'll like it!
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 family, friends, or 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
New Art Show - Fireside Room

From left to right - photos by Lorayne Hansen, Pete Hansen, and another by Pete Hansen.
You Can Now Register for the Retreat
Retreat - May 3 to 5
You won't want to miss the best, biggest Retreat ever!
Attached are registration and waiver forms. Please complete these and turn them in to Thomas or scan and email completed forms to Thomas @ Thomas.ervin@comcast.net and pay on line at   UUmarin.org. You can also give Thomas a check for the amount. Waiver forms are needed for youth under 18 and if the youth will need a sponsor. Look for more information in February. The deadline to sign up for the Retreat is March 26. Don't be late! Scholarships may be available to reduce the amount to pay. We also welcome donations to use for scholarships.

Remarkable People - February 15
Remarkable People is back!  We are planning four sessions this spring: Third Fridays of February, March, April, and May, at 7 PM in the Fireside Room.  New members are especially encouraged to attend: this is a chance to hear two members each month sharing with us important aspects of their lives. Refreshment time allows for conversation and a deepening sense of community.
Our speakers for Feb. 15:   Joyce Rhodes and Rich Panter
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  dinner is scheduled for 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 the next dinner, please let Sher know ASAP.
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.
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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