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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Music Notes
Kirtan is Back
Urgently Needed...Co-Chair
Auction Corner
Guest at your Table
Pastoral Care News: Thanksgiving at Whistlestop
UUCM to Host Emergency...
December 3: 'The Portable Nutcracker'
Sale at Deck the Halls
Our Basket Share Ideas Needed!
From the Administrator... Office Volunteer Needed!
Dr. William F. Schultz - buy tickets now
Toiletry Items Needed!
Deck the Halls - Dec. 11
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December 3  

Judson Tyler Duo   


December 5

 Dr. William F. Schulz, Commonwealth Club    


December 11

Deck the Halls /Sale


February 11, 2012

UUCM Auction/Crab Feed


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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! 

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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
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Rev. Chip Wright
Office Hours:
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10am to 3pm
phone: 415-479-4131
or email
Rev. Chip: minister@uumarin.org

November 17, 2011 

Issue #140

Sunday Worship Service

Services start at 10:30 am.   


November 20, 10:30 am: "Stone Soup Sunday"
Rev. Chip Wright, UUCM Youth and the UUCM Readersʼ Theater

We break bread together today as our youth in their unique fashion tell the story of "Stone Soup." Our own Readers Theater offers a seasonal reading to help set the table as we celebrate this Thanksgiving Sunday.
We appreciate you bringing your own soup bowl and spoon.



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.


November 13, 2011:
by Joan Nelson, guest speaker.

November 6, 2011:
 We are Too Powerful to be Irresponsible  
by Tom Zolot, guest speaker

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.
Music Notes
Phil Hildrethphil hildreth
Director of Music
November, 2011

Happy November to all of you and
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It's hard to think how long I have been at this post and how things change yet still feel the same. My Children's Choir is younger this year, so the songs are simpler, and my Adult Choir is blooming and getting better and better.
         I was very happy to conduct the Revival Choir in October. It was a deep spiritual event and wonderful memories were made. Rev. Peter Morales, our UUA President, was present and although he didn't get the chance to speak very long, he was a presence nonetheless.
       Am also anxious about our new Membership Committee. This will take off like a rocket and boost our congregation!
         And I am continually looking to the leadership for a way to fund the purchase of the teal hymnal (Singing the Journey). I think we would benefit greatly from the music contained in that hymnal.


Happy Thanksgiving all,


Phil Hildreth C.M.L.
Kirtan is Back!

November 17 - 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Approx.)
Fireside Room, Contact Minister

Chanting & meditation services continue. These 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. 

After November we will meet every fourth Thursday from Jan 2012 on. We are skipping December.
Urgently Needed:  Co-Chair For UUCM Auction/Crab Feed February 11, 2012 
crabsOur 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.
Auction Corner
auctioneerOur major fundraiser of the year - A Silent and live auction complete with crab feed (or pasta) dinner and music and dancing will be on Saturday, February 11. Please watch this space for auction information. It is VERY important that everyone get involved on some level this year. This will be a fantastic event!

Donations  We need as many people as possible to solicit donations from local businesses (ex. restaurant $50 gift card, movie tickets) and also to donate your own services and items. (ex. 4 hours of handyman services). Consider donating your favorite bottle of wine or putting together a themed basket! Donation packets containing donor forms and letters, invitations and RSVP cards will be available during the Sunday service November 20 and later in the foyer.
Guest at your Table

 uusclogoOUR CONGREGATION AND UUSC, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee


Do you read the UU World? In the most recent issue (pp. 56-57), you'll find "San Rafael" listed as a UUSC Vision of Justice Society. This means that over 50% of us have joined UUSC as individual members. Congratulations on keeping our membership figures so high.


Notice also in this issue, inside the back cover, you can view the 2011 Holiday Cards and order them directly.


Coming right up is our annual Guest at your Table program. It's an excellent way to show our children how we as UUs can participate in efforts for a more just world. But it's not just for the young - we can all take part by inviting a "guest" to our dinner tables during the holidays. Our contributions support UUSC as it works to help people facing humanitarian crises around the world including those suffering in the East Africa famine, survivors of the Haiti earthquake and the Japanese tsunami.


If you are about to renew your membership, the amount will also be counted as part of our congregation's Guest at your Table total IF you indicate the name of our congregation.


The Guest at your Table program kicks off on Sunday, November 20, at the Stone Soup service.

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 
UUCM To Host Emergency Women's Shelter
Looking for a way to express gratitude for the relative bounty that blesses you?
Well, here it is!
Once again, the return of cold, dark, wet weather forces our homeless neighbors to seek shelter. This year UUCM will be serving the dinners at the impressive Marin Health and Wellness Center, 3260 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael.
You will find detailed instructions on the sign-up board in the UUCM foyer and on the Social Concerns link at UUMarin.org./Social Concerns/Hands-on-Ministry. Instructions and Directions.
Or contact figleafjoan@comcast.net ─ 415-453-6221 = (c: 595-6221)
December 3: 'The Portable Nutcracker'
duo Saturday, Dec. 3: 'The Portable Nutcracker', 7:30 p.m. Judson Tyler Duo, Fellowship Hall
Tickets available at door. $10, adults and $5 for children.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

We need volunteers for beverage and food service. Please contact Katie-J for details.

The show features the Judson-Tyler Duo on guitars and is perfect entertainment for the whole family.  Dubbed The Portable Nutcracker, the show will feature some of the favorite tunes from the ballet scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky including: The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Waltz of the Flowers and the March of the Toy Soldiers as well as some of the lesser known pieces that are more well known by their slang names such as the Russian Dance and Chinese Dance. The Judson-Tyler Duo is composed of Zachary Judson Selissen of San Francisco and Michael Tyler Roberts of Berkeley.
Sale at Deck the Halls
gingerbread house UUCM Crafters and Bakers will offer their wares for sale at  Deck the Halls on December 11. Anyone interested please price your items and bring them that day. There will be a table in the Fellowship Hall.
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.
From the Administrator...
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!

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

pinecone wreath

Join us! Young and old! We transform Fellowship Hall for the holidays on Dec. 11th immediately after the 10:30 am
service. We'll have wreath-making (bring fresh sprigs of cedar or pine), paper snowflakes, all sorts of ornament-making and of course it wouldn't be the same without paper chains!! We'll have our Christmas tree up and ready.
Light snacks will be provided. Hosted by the RE committee.

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