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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Pledge Canvassers Needed!
New to Unitarian Universalism Session
Readers' Theatre
Partner Church Committee News: Partner Church Festival
Pizza/Game Night for Families at UUCM
The Next Cafe....Labyrinth Walk
Save the Dates: Walker Creek Ranch Retreat
Wesley Grant Proposals Due Feb. 25
Social Concerns News
Bay Area Bag Lady Linda Haumann
Thank You from Joan Nelson
Weekly Shelter Report
Cooks Needed for Mill Street Shelter
Seeking eWeekly Editorial Intern
It's Easy to Help Out at UUCM!
Winter Carnival at UUSM
Women & Religion - UUA Retreat
UU United Nations Intergenerational Spring Seminar
Non Juried Art Show Jan. 16
It's the Year of the BAFS!
Upcoming Dates
Feb. 17  Kirtan

Feb. 19
Winter Carnival at UUSM

Feb. 20

New to Unitarian Universalism  

Jan. 16 - Feb 24
Non-Juried Art Show  

Feb. 24
Readers' Theatre

Feb. 27
Rev. Lazar Sermon and Potluck

March 4
Pizza/Game night

March 4-6
Women & Religion UUA Retreat

March 12
Labyrinth Walk

March 27 & April 10
Class on Islam
Adult ed. after service
12:30 - 3:00

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We cherish
diversity and
welcome among us
people of all races,
cultures, ages,
abilities, sexual
orientations, and
faith perspectives.

GUESTS are always welcome.
Sunday worship is a time for
inspiration, renewal, and connection.

Join adults during the first part of the
service, and then attend Religious
Education classes. Nursery and
toddler care is provided during the
11:00 service.

in the Courtyard or
Fireside Room follows the services.
Come, join us!

Staff Links
Rev. Chip Wright

Director of Religious Education:
Linda Haumann

Janette Morrow

President, Board of Directors:
Jennifer Gennari

Director of Music:
Philip Hildreth


Milton Wong

Pastoral Care:
Chair: Carol Littrell 883-9676
Partial Resource List
Minister's Schedule
Rev. Chip Wright

Office Hours
Tues., Wed., Thurs.
10:00am to 3:00 pm.
Or available by appt.: 
phone (415)479-4131
Email Rev. Chip at: minister@uumarin.org
    Feb. 17th, 2011
Issue #105    
chaliceSunday Worship Service       

 Feb. 20, 11 am: "WWDD (or What Would Darwin Do)?"
Rev. Chip Wright with Worship Associate Beverly Munyon


As Feb 12th was Darwin's birthday we'll take look at his well established, yet still controversial theory of speciation and its effect on spiritual and religious development.


View and Print February Services  


Read Past Sermons Online

Thanks to Steve Webster we now are recording the Sunday sermons for the web site. I f you click a sermon labeled Audio you will be able to listen to the sermon. The links will be listed in the weekly newsletter as usual in the Sunday Worship section.

Feb. 13, 2011:AUDIO 

 "Can Love Conquer All?"

 by Noah Griffin. 

Feb. 6, 2011: AUDIO 

"Why the Trinity?" 

 by the Rev. Chip Wright. 

Jan. 30, 2011: AUDIO    by the Rev. Paul Gaffney, Chaplain with the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy.

Contemplative Service

Our Lay led Contemplative Service is from
9:00-9:50 am on Sundays
(not availa
ble in summer).

Readings introduce a silent period to reflect on a topic or idea, followed by an opportunity to share individual thoughts.


Feb 17 - 7:00 To 8:30 PM (Approx.)

On February 17th at 7:00 PM in the Fireside room, Kirtan, chanting & meditation services continue.   
saraswatiThese services offer a refreshing reentry into the heart-centered world of meditation and deep joy.  If you haven't come to one of these services before and wish to deepen your spiritual life or find a space to just relax into, please come.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 Rev. Chip

Pledge Canvassers Needed! 
Want to help UUCM and get to know a few of your fellow congregants better? Become a pledge canvasser! 
We need canvassers for our March pledge drive, and hope that new and long-standing members alike will jump onboard.  We're continuing to simplify this year--canvassers will help encourage pledge-making during the Sunday coffee hour and make a few follow-up phone calls or visits. Contact Susan Ingersoll, the Pledge Drive chair, for more information and to sign-up.  Remember, Susan can't canvass all 200 members by herself :).

New to Unitarian Universalism  

Sunday February 20th, 12:30-1:30 in the Clara Barton room.

"New to Unitarian Universalism"

This session is geared for those visitors who are interested
 in learning more about Unitarian Universalism
and about our congregation specifically.
Light finger food and childcare is provided. Please contact Linda Haumann, DRE at dre@uumarin.org for further information.



Readers' Theatre   
UU Readers Theatre always meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month, 7:30 to 9 pm, Fellowship Hall.
The next meeting is at February 24.

New members are welcome.  Contact Jan Seagrave for more information.
Partner Church Committee News  
Plan to stay for a potluck lunch on Feb 27 after the service at UUCM. Rev Levente Lazar will be in the pulpit and it will be interesting to see and hear him again during his American study and travel.

After lunch Rev. Levente will show slides from Transylvania.

Please sign up in the foyer to bring food items.

Terry Merrick, co-chair
Pizza/Game Night for Families at UUCM!  
Friday, March 4, 2011 from 5:30-7:30pm 
Fellowship Hall
Come share a meal and have some fun.
We'll try to "stump the Chip" again this year
as we get to know Rev. Chip even better!
Food and fun is provided by the RE committee
(donations accepted but are optional).

The Next Cafe....Labyrinth Walk March 12th  

Spring Labyrinth Walk with Live Music and Images

Martin Gregory, Piano

Cindy Pavlinac, Sacred Places Photo Projection & Viola

Come Walk a Labyrinth at UUCM on

Saturday March 12th from 7-9pm!  

Martin Gregory and Cindy Pavlinac will bring their multimedia labyrinth extravaganza to Fellowship Hall. They will install a 32' canvas labyrinth and surround it with candles, contemplative music and photos. Martin sets the mood with his keyboard compositions while Cindy adds viola and projects her photos of sacred places to illuminate 15' hanging veils. Cindy will present a brief introduction to labyrinths, then music and images will flow continuously during the evening. Come to walk the labyrinth, listen to music, watch images, and linger by the labyrinth.

Join us for an inspiring evening experience of joyous reawakening and connection. Plenty of seating and refreshments available. Families welcome. Celebrate spring with this special fundraiser for UUCM.

See flyer for details.





Admission: $15, $5 youth (under 18)

Refreshments available for purchase


Save the Dates! 
Walker Creek Ranch Retreat

April 29 - May 1,
retreat fire circle

Save the dates for the wonderful  UUCM Congregational Retreat at Walker Creek Ranch.



Request for Proposals.    

The Retreat Committee is asking members to begin thinking about workshops they could offer on Saturday, April 30, at Walker Creek Ranch.   


We are planning three workshop sessions, two in the morning and one after lunch, 1 and 1/4 hour each.  All topics are welcome, as long as the format allows for plenty of participation!   Proposal forms  will be available on the Web and in the Retreat box on the wall of the Community Room.  

We would also welcome suggestions on workshops you would be interested in as a participant.  We will then try to find a presenter.

Contact persons:  Nani Ranken, 898-8558, nani@ranken.com
For Arts & Crafts offerings and ideas:   contact Tom Ervin at ervinjohnston@comcast.net or 479-8203


Online Workshop Proposal Form  


More details will be coming.  Visit our web page for general

information and photos from previous years.

Wesley Grant Proposals due Feb. 25 

Wesley Grant Proposals due Feb. 25

Thanks to a generous donor many years ago, the congregation has money that can be used for a one-time benefit for UUCM. The Wesley Fund amount for this year is about $6,000 and the board will consider all proposals at its Feb. 28 meeting. Ideas can be resubmitted in the fall if not selected.  


Your proposal must be for an innovative project; the Wesley Fund cannot be used for operating expenses. Requests may be for any amount up to $2000.

Please include

1.      a paragraph describing your idea

2.      a budget of general costs

3.      a line about who would benefit

Please send your completed proposal by Feb. 25 to Sally Schroeder, Board secretary. Either leave it in her box in the community room, or send by email: sallyrschroeder@comcast.net.

Thank you.

Jennifer Gennari

Social Concerns News  

UUCM hosts a Social Concerns Information/Action Table during coffee hour after Sunday services. 

Although the UUCM Green Sanctuary Committee has dissolved, Social Concerns continues to promote sustainability awareness and action. If anyone (anyone at all) wants to meet with a representative from California Interfaith Power and Light next Wed, 2/23, please contact Joan Nelson.

The Social Concerns Committee also hosts information/action speaker luncheons several times a year.  Congregants are invited to bring suggestions for Social or Environmental Justice issues and speakers to: socialconcerns@uumarin.org.   

Bay Area Bag Lady Linda Haumann Collecting Blue Jeans!  

Our own Linda Haumann with partner Martha Runco are collecting old blue jeans to sew into grocery bags.  The bags are sold at the Marinwood Farmer's market on Saturdays and a portion of the proceeds are donated to Marin Food Bank.  Donate your jeans for this full cycle eco-friendly recycle!  There is a collection box in the foyer outside Fellowship Hall. 
Read the Marin IJ article
View the bags: BayAreaBagLadies

Thank you from Joan Nelson:

I want to apologize to those at Sunday's service for not being more gracious about accepting the "Side-of-Love" award. I was frankly overwhelmed by the idea that I should receive such a thing. I have not done anything any of you wouldn't have done had the needs come to sit in your lap the way they have come to sit in mine.  (In fact, I can name many of you who have gone more extra miles than I.)


Nevertheless, I want to honor the spirit of the "Side-of-Love" award by acknowledging the congregation for noticing the vitality that I get from going the extra miles. If you haven't tried this kind of vitality yet, do so. It will be well worth your while!

Weekly Shelter Report  

The ladies at this week's shelter thank food providers:
Don Beck, Carolyn Bopp, and Judith Pomeroy. And servers/dining partners: Nani Ranken, Lori Smith, Linda Stoneall, and Grace and Mason Dearaborn. A special thanks goes to Amy Likover, who has easily mastered the building attendant responsibilities for
5:30 on Monday mornings!   Our homeless guests want to thank Mr. or Ms. or Mr. & Mrs. "Anonymous" who delighted them with the lovely red goodies bags that were found at each place setting!


This week  (2/20) Lee FitzGerald will provide a meat main dish.
We still need:
1. Vegetarian main dish
2. Salad
3. Fruit


Still looking for someone (preferably female) to sleep over night on Sundays. Also someone to do hands-on healing massage (maybe hand massage, Reiki or reflexology).  Also someone to shepherd sleeping bags through a laundromat.

Please...when you leave your food contribution in the kitchen ahead of time, use identifying labels. Shelter labels are on the refrigerator door.

All are invited to dine at our Sunday evening tables. Food preparers and servers should arrive by 5:30. There is no food offering required in order to dine with our guests at 6:00.

The Chaplain has put out requests for sleeping bags and ponchos for homeless men.These can be left in the community room at any time.

To participate in UUCM's Sunday Shelter...contact Joan Nelson 415-453-6221

(cell: 415-595-6221)


Cooks Needed for Mill Street Shelter 
Volunteers needed for our first-Sunday-of-the Month dinner for Mill Street.  You cook it and it will be delivered.  Aluminum pans are available.  Contact Junemfesler@gmail.com for details and to schedule.

 Seeking eWeekly Editorial Intern(s)
Your eWeekly editor is ready to train an intern or two (or three).  Learn how to use online marketing software to produce the newsletter that keeps members informed of upcoming events.  This is a skill that will serve your community and is very transferable to any online marketing venture.  UUCM really needs more people who are capable of sharing this important weekly job. Freshen the eWeekly!
Please email Ilana Trumbull for more information. 
It's Easy to Help Out at UUCM!
Have you ever wanted to help out at UUCM but didn't know what needed doing? Now you can go to our web site uumarin.org and click on the white and red volunteer button or directly. It will take you to the UUCM task/leadership list. You can check any task you are interested in and the information will go to the webmaster who will give the appropriate person your name. Then you will be contacted.
New items will be added and deleted from the list as needed.

Winter Carnival at UUSM  

Winter Carnivale at UUSM!
Saturday, February 19, 5:00-10:00 pm
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
300 E. Santa Inez, San Mateo, CA 94401

UUSM is celebrating the season of Carnival this year (from Jan. 6 Epiphany to March 8 Mardi Gras!). As a part of our celebration of collective joy, we are having a mid-season party - Winter Carnivale! This will be an all-ages celebration the likes of which has never been seen before!

-Live band

-Masked karaoke

-Auction to choose a song for lead minister Rev. Vail Weller to sing!

-Bidding to choose the Carnival royalty

-All ages mask and shoe box float crafts

-Second Line Parade

-Dancing, laughing, and storytelling

-Crowning of Carnival King and Queen

-Nursery care provided

-And the food - oh, the food! We'll even have King cake!

Tickets: Youth 17 and under FREE      Adults $15/person, $25/couple Donations in higher denominations happily accepted!

For more information:
visit www.uusanmateo.org or email office@uusanmateo.org.

Women & Religion - Upcoming UUA Retreat

  MARCH 4-6, 2011

More info and registration form

UU United Nations Office

Intergenerational Spring Seminar

The UU United Nations Office

2011  Intergenerational   Spring  Seminar

April 28-30

"Empower Women for a Better Tomorrow"

Details at www.uu-uno.org

Non Juried Art Show
Fireside Room
Artist Members and Associates.  sponsored by Georgia Annwell

cow artwork


 January 16 - Feb 24, 2011



Georgia Annwell

This is a wonderful show. Make sure you take a look. All work should be picked up Thursday, February 24, between 12:30 - 2.

It's the Year of the BAFS!
 friend chineseAnd you are invited!  BAFS?  Well, that is 'Bring a Friend Sundays.'  Bring a friend(s) to service at LEAST once a month--or have them bring you!  And you can anticipate a reward beyond heaven, on earth: Gourmet dinner at the home of Rev's Chip and Lisa!

Here's how it works.

Please note the BAFS Sundays: 
Second half: Feb. 13,  Mar. 13,  Apr. 10 &  May 15

All BAFS will offer an opportunity for any new folks to meet with the Minister, the RE Director, our Board President and other leaders of UUCM informally after the service.


So start calling your friends and telling them what a great place the UUCM is and inviting these special people to our special Sundays on top of the hill.  A fun time will be had by all!
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