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In This Issue
Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Next MUUGs Retreat
Rev. Chip Slide Show
Pastoral Care News: Thanksgiving at Whistlestop
New to UU?
Urgently Needed...Co-Chair
Readers' Theatre
Our Basket Share Ideas Needed!
New Member Bio
From the Administrator... Office Volunteer Needed!
Book Club
UUCM to Host Emergency...
Dr. William F. Schultz - buy tickets now
Toiletry Items Needed!
Deck the Halls - Dec. 11
Social Concerns News
Upcoming Dates

November 4-6

MUUGs Retreat  


November 6

New to UU  


 November 10

Slide Show and presentation of Rev. Chip's Transylvania Trip


November 10

Readers' Theater  


November 16 

UUCM Book Club 


December 3  

Judson Tyler Duo  


December 5

 Dr. William F. Schulz, Commonwealth Club    


December 11

Deck the Halls 


February 11, 2012

UUCM Auction/Crab Feed


More Dates  

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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.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH  Join adults during the first part of the service, and then attend Religious Education classes. Nursery and toddler care is provided during the 10:30 service.  

REFRESHMENT HOUR  in the Courtyard or
Fireside Room follows the services.


 There are 4 "Sunday First Time Visitor" parking spots at the top of the parking lot.  

Come, join us! 

Staff Links
Rev. Chip Wright

Director of Religious Education:
Linda Haumann  dre@uumarin.org 


Administrator: Janette Morrow

President, Board of Trustees:
Mikey Songster

Director of Music: Philip Hildreth music@uumarin.org

Milton Wong  milton.wong@goaaa.com  
Pastoral Care:  

Chair:  Carol Littrell 883-9676
 Partial Resource List 

Minister's Schedule
Rev. Chip Wright
Office Hours:
Tues., Wed., Thurs.
10am to 3pm
phone: 415-479-4131
or email
Rev. Chip: minister@uumarin.org

November 3, 2011 

Issue #138

Sunday Worship Service

Services start at 10:30 am

Daylight Saving Time ends, turn clocks back one hour.

November 6, 10:30 am: "We are Too Powerful to be Irresponsible"

Tom Zolot, guest speaker -- with Rev. Chip Wright host  

Though at times I feel small, there are constant reminders that we are powerful. Our effects are far reaching and deep. We cannot afford the cost of being irresponsible, we must and will gain so much from being cautious.  
Tom is currently a third year linguistics student at UC Davis and he helped assist in the foundation of the Middle School UU Gatherings.



Most new sermons on the "web sermons index" are audio. Older sermons are text.  If you want a text version of an audio sermon please contact the minister.


October 30, 2011:

AUDIO: Homily - Halloween and a Host of Dia de Los Muertos Spirits! with the Rev. Chip Wright.


October 23, 2011:  

AUDIO: Our European Roots with the Rev. Chip Wright.   


September 25, 2011:

AUDIO: To Be Religiously Liberal with the Rev. Chip Wright.  (it took some time to make this sermon available but if you missed it the first time enjoy it now.)  


View future service information online.        

Past Sermons Online  

Contemplative Service
Our Lay led Contemplative Service is from 9:00-10:00 am on Sundays in the Fireside Room.


Readings introduce a silent period to reflect on a topic or idea, followed by an opportunity to share individual thoughts
Next MUUGS Retreat
We welcome the next MUUGs retreat, which will be held at the UU Congregation of Marin on Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 6, 2011. This district conference is designed specifically for Middleschoolers, grades 6-9.
Nov. 10 - Join Rev. Chip for Transylvania Slide Show

Rev. Chip will present a slide show of his recent journey to Szovata for our partner church's special dedication ceremony for their new church building on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 PM. Food and beverage will be served.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 8 to office@uumarin.org if you can make it, and let us know how many folks will be in your party so we know how much food to provide. Childcare will be arranged for those who need it - please let us know if you will be bringing your young ones by this Friday, Nov. 4.
Pastoral Care News:
Thanksgiving at Whistlestop

Consider Turkey Day, Nov. 24th, at Whistlestop from 12 noon to 1:30pm!  You can feast with family or friends as well.  Seniors can enjoy this celebratory feast for $10.  The charge for others is $15.  Don't spend the day alone; host your feast at Whistlestop and let them do the cooking!  To make reservations call 456-9062.  You will need to reserve and prepay by check or credit card by November 21.  For a ride please call 454-0964 at least 24 hours in advance.  Attendance is limited to 100 so be sure to call as soon as possible. 
Questions? Call Carol Littrell at 883-9676 or
email her at  cjwlittrell@aol.com 
New to UU?
discover uu reli iconsPlease join Rev. Chip Wright, Linda Haumann, DRE (Director of Religious Education) and Valerie Taylor, lay leader, to learn more about our faith (Unitarian Universalism)and about UUCM (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin).

Topics: Unitarian/Universalism, programs for children and adults at UUCM, how to become a member, social justice and socializing events.
Date: Sunday, November 6th from 12:00-1:30
Place: UUCM Clara Barton Room
RSVP: Linda Haumann at  dre@uumarin.org.  Childcare provided with advance sign ups.
Urgently Needed:  Co-Chair For UUCM Auction/Crab Feed February 11, 2012 
Our Crab Feed/ Auction is scheduled for February 11.  In order for the Auction part of the event to take place, we need an Auction Co-Chair/Chair.  Not only is the auction a fun and exciting event, but it's one which raised $8,000 two years ago!  We already have lead volunteers for key auction positions, such as our computer support expert, and a great auctioneer, as well as other volunteers willing to assist.  The rewards are great, and you'll have the support needed to get started.  Please contact Lori Smith at: lasmith7@att.net for additional information.  We would like to get started on the planning of this event as soon as possible.
Readers' Theatre Wants Hams!
No, not pork. We want anyone at UUCM who likes to read dramatically out loud with a group. Readers' Theatre is now an established UUCM institution (this being our second year). We invite you to join us every second and fourth Thursday of the month in Fellowship Hall, from 7:30 to 9 pm. Our main goal is to have fun! Secondarily, we present short plays, poems, and other tasty bits at occasional Sunday services. Upcoming session is Thursday November 10.  Please email leader  Jan Seagrave to learn more about us.
Our Basket Share - Ideas Needed!

Put on your thinking caps: It's time to nominate great local nonprofits for this year's Basket Share program! 


Ideally, a nominee should be a Bay Area organization that a congregant is truly involved with (e.g. as a volunteer) or receives services from.


By sharing our offering basket with a different local nonprofit for eight Sundays per year, we live our UU principles while gaining valuable nonprofit partners that have similar goals.


We need your nominations.
Please send your suggestions
to Joyce Rhodes rhdjy@aol.com cc to  
JuneMFesler@Gmail.com and tell us what this organization does and/or how it has helped you.
New Member Bio

Jim Gronvold recently moved to Novato from Weymouth, MA with his wife, Ann. After 21 years of service, he retired from The Pine Street Inn in Boston, which is New England's largest provider of homeless services. He was a substance abuse counselor and a human resources administrator at the Inn.


Jim was a member of the Arlington Street Church in Boston, when Victor Carpenter was the minister there. He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois He also lived in Denmark for 15 years.


Jim and Ann have chosen to live in Northern California for its natural beauty.

From the Administrator...
Thank you to Phil Hildreth, Norm Davidson and Henry Kingdon for their work in cleaning out the necessary closets to welcome our new tables and chairs.

Office Volunteer Needed for 1 or 2 days per week, 2-4 hours per day. Basic computer skills, good attention to detail and a willingness to learn are requested for this important volunteer position. General tasks are some data entry, filing and other basic office tasks. If interested please e-mail office@uumarin.org to schedule a short phone chat!
Book Club - Adult Education

 Our UUCM Book Group meets the third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 to 9 pm.  All are invited.

On Nov. 15 Mary Bicknell will lead the discussion of Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.  The book is a historical novel centering on a young Englishman before and during WWI.  "Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present."  There are plenty of copies available in the library system!

We will not meet in December since the date would be too close to Christmas.  In January we will resume our usual Clara Barton Room venue.

This month we will again meet at Judith Pomeroy's house: 108 Holstrom Circle, Novato.  For those coming from the south (everybody!) take the DeLong exit from 101, over the freeway and keep straight through several intersections to right turn onto Novato Blvd.  Continue about half a mile to the left; turn onto Wilson (light), then one block to stop sign at Center.  Turn right and go to stop sign.  Right on Holstrom.


New members are welcome to come and participate in our lively discussions!

UUCM To Host Emergency Women's Shelter
UUCM will be hosting the ladies at the emergency women's shelter again this year. It will be our third year, so we should be veterans by now. But we will be learning a new drill, because the ladies will not be coming up the hill to sleep on our floors this time.

They will be housed at the same place every night. The new venue is the spectacular Marin Health and Wellness Center, 32 Kerner Blvd. at Bellam, in San Rafael.  This is the fantastic new campus paid for by money from a huge tobacco company lawsuit and planned by George Lucas whose Industrial Light and Magic facility was there before.  More information will be forthcoming soon. 

Dr. William F. Schultz - Buy Tickets Now 

Do you remember hearing UUSC president Dr. Schultz at UUCM last May, and what a dynamite speaker he was? You can hear him again at the Commonwealth Club, but be sure to buy your tickets soon. UUCM members get a discount.


Dr. William F. Schultz: Do Human Rights Have a Future?

Commonwealth Club, SF

Dec. 5th, 2011

More Information  

Toiletry Items Needed!

A collection box for small or travel size toiletry items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps, lotions, shampoo, tissues, etc. is in the UUCM foyer.


Please contribute your "goodies" to the box no later than January 8 for our annual RE toiletry kit-making for homeless people. Thanks! 


Linda Haumann

Director of Religious Education

Deck the Halls  - December 11

Save the date.  Watch for details in the coming issues of the Newsletter. 


Social Concerns News

Social Concerns Information/Action Table

The Social Concerns Committee hosts a Social Concerns Information/Action Table during coffee hour after Sunday Services.  To reserve a Sunday for your table, you may fill out a reservation form online or pick one up in the foyer and turn it into the Social Concerns box in the Robinson (Community) Room.  


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Suggested topics: human values, rights and responsibilities, economic, spiritual, race and gender, health and safety issues (housing, water, health care). 


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Social Concerns  

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