Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
June 7, 2018
Issue #456
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am

The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
6/10/18: Waiting as a Spiritual Practice 
Carol Kerr  
6/17/18: Gerotranscendence: Erikson's Ninth Stage of Life 
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.
  Words of Joy    
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.               
As my time among you comes to a close, I want to thank all of you who have so unselfishly volunteered your time to this congregation over the past two years, in so many different ways. Volunteers are the foundation of congregational life, and in this congregation, a very high proportion of the membership volunteers in one way or another (and often in many ways at once!). I have enjoyed working with so many dedicated people. You are truly amazing!
Thank you all, many times over.
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.    --Erma Brombeck
P.S. We may have one final new member ceremony this church year, on one of the Sundays in June. If you are interested in joining UUCM, please speak with me (minister@uumarin.org  510 821-2394) or with membership Chair Thomas Ervin.
This Sunday is our Flower service. Please remember to bring a flower for every attending member of your family to add to the communal bouquet. These flowers in their beauty and diversity represent the gift of yourselves that you all bring to the congregation. At the end of the service you will chose a new one to take home, representing the gifts you receive from others in the congregation.  
jef melcher
Are we ready for summer yet? My heart goes out to the parents who are busy trying to fit in even more extra end-of-school celebrations and graduations. Then we have to be ready for the kids to be out of school. Sometimes things are a mixed blessing. One thing we do know for sure .. our children are a blessing to us and the world. May we always remember to be grateful for our mixed blessings.

Summer RE is very informal with nursery care provided and some volunteers making some time to be with a small group of elementary through middle school kids. You can sign up here:   Summer RE Sign-up. First come first serve to pick a date.

This past Sunday we saw a small sample of the work the kids and teachers have been doing during the year on RE Sunday. Bright and shiny faces, a jazz version of This Little Light of Mine, and youth really being part of the whole morning as greeters, ushers, readers, and presenters. As fun as this all was, I got feedback from a few parents that this would be better done earlier in the year so that it didn't overlap with the rest of the end-of-school events. Good feedback.  
Since we are looking to another new year in the Fall, now would be the right time to send feedback about anything related to RE. I will take it to the next RE Committee meeting. All feedback is welcome.

RE Program starts up again on Aug 26th with morning classes and an OWL information meeting for anyone interested in getting the basic layout of the Our Whole Lives program. Since we are going to start the year off with an OWL class for our K-2, we especially want the whole community to spread the word about this opportunity and super especially want all the parents of our K-2 children to attend this Aug 26th OWL info meeting.

Next Thursday is my last scheduled full day at UUCM until Aug 1st. I do hope you all have a beautiful and restful summer taking the time you need for family renewal and self-care. Have a great Summer!!!

Jeffrey Melcher,  M.Div. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
View Ware Lecture GA - June 23
5:30 PM

View GA Sunday Service - June 24
12:00 PM
 Year End Potluck - June 10
Letter from Joan Nelson (esteemed member)
Message from (sidelined-but-still-a-UUCM-member) Joan Nelson:  
I don't go out very much these days. My energy conservation  program: conserve  / spurt / conserve / spurt. Two hours is the minimum conserve and the maximum spurt. You are welcome to a pre-planned spurt-visit at my home any time.(call or email me)
Meanwhile it looks like I'm not yet out of social causes to support.
I went to Sacramento in 2015 and wagged my finger at the legislature to get The  End of Life Options Act  passed. Governor Brown signed it in June, 2016. This Spring, as soon as it was clear that I had 6 months or less to live, I started jumping through the administrative and diagnostic hoops. I met all the qualifications and have in my possession the lethal medication for self-administration when suffering becomes "intolerable."
Then....Wham! May 24. The law was overturned! No matter how "intolerable" the pain becomes, it won't as be as intolerable to me as is this legal nightmare.
Please remember the name "Compassion & Choices:Our nation's oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding options for the end of life.
On Tuesday, May 29, Compassion & Choices filed a motion on behalf of a physician, one other terminally ill Californian and Yours Truly.
Then came the Marin IJ (May 31) front page headline: " Judge rejects motion filed by dying Marin resident." (Yes. Me.)
Now the "right-to-die," "death-with-dignity" law is in a legal battle that looks like it will probably last longer than I will be part of it. And it will be costly.  
Compassion & Choices needs all the donations we can get.  So tell your friends and neighbors to join you as you go to the Compassion & Choices website.

The IJ published another article concerning Joan on June 5 - Marin residents lament legal challenge to right to die law.

 Joan Nelson -  415-506-4166  -  c: 415-595-6221
Highlights of UUCM Congregational Meeting - June 3
Kathryn M. Braeman, Board Secretary submitted a Google Docs article from our annual meeting. Read whole article here. 
Highlights of the meeting were:
The slate for the next year's board and nominating committee were approved. Congregational Delegates to General Assembly in Kansas City on June 20-24 were approved unanimously. The 
proposed Operating Budget of $411,055 for Expenditures with Total Revenue of $398,803 for 2018-19 with a possible deficit of $13,000 was approved unanimously by the congregation and then several members pledged over $5,000 to reduce the deficit.  
Certificates and praise were given to outstanding volunteers and various staff members were recognized.
Upcoming calendar dates were announced:

Farewell to Rev. Joy June 17th
Joint Board meeting June 28th
Special Board meeting July 26th
Rev. Marcus Hartlief Start at UUCM August 15th
Leadership Council to meet Rev. Marcus August 18th
RE Classes Start August 26th
Board meeting August 30th
Rev. Marcus First Sermon September 9th (and ingathering) 
Celebrate With Joy!
On June 17th, following the service, we will honor Rev. Joy Atkinson, who is concluding a successful 2 year interim ministry with us and beginning her own transition into retirement after 41 years of ministry.  

We invite everyone reading this to write a letter, note, card-or pen a cartoon, poem, or drawing-in celebration of Rev. Joy . These will be included in a scrapbook we are creating.  
Please be part of the process! Sharing a memory, reflection or funny anecdote can be done in just a few moments.  (Really you will be amazed at what you can write in 5 minutes or less; and you will feel good about doing it and she will feel good reading it).  So good all around.....

You can put items in Kat Braeman's box in the Community Room or send things via email to  drckerr@pacbell.net .

We would appreciate having items by June 10th if possible. 

Thanks for helping make this happen...
The Celebrate Joy Committee:  
Kat Braeman, Carol Kerr, Janice Prochaska, Julie Prentice, Karen Auroy
Share Something Fun
Between mid-June and August regular Religious Exploration classes do not meet, but we like to have youth-friendly activities available for UUCM kids and visiting families at a table in the foyer.  Do you have a craft, game, or outdoor activity  for ages 6 to teens that you would be willing to share on one Sunday ? 

There is a sign-up board in the foyer or you can email dreuumarin@gmail.com between now and 6/13.  Everyone's inner child needs some exercising now and then....Lend a hand, bring a friend, share the fun....

Collect Water/Stones During Summer
river stones
Don't forget to gather water and or stones from your summer journeys or staycations. We will use them in our ingathering ceremony on September 9 with our new minister.

Save the Date for the Autumn Auction - October 6
SAVE THE DATE for the Autumn Auction on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  We hope this will be as successful as the auction last October.  The rough scheduling is: 5:30-7:00 for silent auction and social hour (hors d'oeuvres, drinks); 7:00-8:30 for live auction and potluck dinner; 8:30-9:00 check out.   
  Meanwhile,  ENJOY YOUR SUMMER and start thinking about what goods and services you or your friends might donate for the auction; also what businesses might be asked to donate.  More information, including ideas about donations, will be forthcoming.  
UUA General Assembly Update

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. The 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. 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. 
Most programs can be viewed online from your computer or mobile device. 
View at UUCM:
Tentative schedule: The Ware Lecturer program with Brittany Packnett will be shown live in the Clara Barton Room Saturday June 23, 5:30 pm. and Sunday Morning Worship will be shown on video after our Sunday Service June 24. 
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.   
UUCM Book Club - July
book pile

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.
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 

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 ).
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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