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Sunday Worship Service
Basket Share
Contemplative Service
Education Connection
Congregational Development Meeting 1/7/12
Sock Collection
AcoUUstic Cafe Chamber Music Concert
2012 Auction Fundraiser
UUCM Emergency Women's Shelter Dinner
Social Concerns Educational Luncheon
New Member Bio
Toiletry Items Needed!
Book Group
Pastoral Care News
Feb. District Workshop Registration Opens
Upcoming Dates

January 7, 2012

Congregational Development Meeting (Leadership)  


January 14, 2012

Classical Chamber Music Concert  


January 18, 2012 

Book Group


 January 22, 2012

Congregational Meeting




February 11, 2012

UUCM Auction  

Feb. 19th and 26th
Deep Green conversations   


March 4, 2012 

Elders and Families Class  


April 2, 16, 23, 30 and May 7
Build Your Own Theology  


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

January 5, 2012

Issue #148

Sunday Worship Servicechalice
Jan. 8, 10:30 am: ʻWell of Soulsʼ
Rev. Chip Wright with Worship Associate Rodney Gothelf

This Sunday we welcome in the new and bid adieu to the old. We share our hopes and join together in clearing the road ahead for another cycle round the sun!
Basket share Sunday (see article below)



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.


January 1, 2012:  

TEXT The 11th Hour?   

by Joan Nelson 


View future service information online.        

Past Sermons Online  

Basket Share Jan. 8, 2012

basket shareBAADS is just too cool a name and their signature Pirate logo hat is a must have in San Francisco. BAADS stands for the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. When I first discovered this amazing organization and their mission, I couldn't wait to go out sailing. The Saturday Dinghy program in McCovey Cove brings joy to so many. On Sunday, the larger keelboats come out for an afternoon of fun and adventure against a scenic Bay Area backdrop. Water is "the great equalizer"; allowing those with disabilities the opportunity to even 'fly solo' if they wish.


With the sun on your face, the wind at your back, and a boat specially configured to accommodate those with special needs, sailors can maneuver controls any number of ways. One remarkable woman makes her way across the waves with just her chin by using a joystick.


Money is needed to keep this program alive and thriving though - and the current task at hand is raising funds in a tough economy. This 501(c)3 program is completely supported by donations.

Go to www.baads.org to see the dinghies in action.  

Sher Sheldon 

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.
Education Connection
Linda Haumann
Director of Religious Education linda h
January, 2012 

Happy New Year to all! I hope your holiday time has been relaxing and joy-filled.


Please remember to bring back full "Guest at Your Table" boxes by January 8th. If you didn't get a box, there's still time to pick one up from the UUCM foyer and collect pocket change (or more) for the UUSC's fundraiser. Please be sure to fill out the information on the side of the box so that your family gets credit. A gift of $10 from your child allows him/her to become a UUSC member. UUSC will also gladly accept checks. Please visit their website http://www.uusc.org to learn more about their good works!


On January 8th children in RE will be making toiletry kits for our homeless San Rafael community. You've already been quite generous with your donations, but we could still use more items, since our students love to outdo the number of kits they make from year to year. Please ask your dentist for sample toothpaste or toothbrushes and please remember to collect small soaps, lotions and shampoos from hotels when you travel.


RE classes will be back in full swing starting January 15th!


Now we switch to the Adult Education program. "Deep Green" conversations will be offered after worship service on Feb. 19th and 26th from noon- 3pm. Please watch for fliers and information on this program. A light lunch will be included. Please RSVP to Linda Haumann, dre@uumarin.org so that we know how many people to expect.


"Build Your Own Theology"; a course to help you define what is true for you regarding your faith, will be offered in the spring. Please mark your calendars for the following dates: April 2, 16, 23, 30 and May 7: 6:45-8 pm at UUCM.


There are two small group circles that meet regularly and we're always open to start another group. Small group is a way to get to know other members while deepening our own spiritual search in a more intimate setting. Please contact me if you're interested in starting another group!


With love and light,

Linda Haumann, DRE


Congregational Development Meeting 1/7/12
The  quarterly Congregational Development/Leadership Council meeting will be this Saturday, January 7, in the UUCM Fireside Room beginning at 9 a.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to have good communication and coordination among all the groups and activities in the Congregation.  All members are welcome to attend.  Liaisons and committee heads, please email drckerr@pacbell.net to let us know about agenda priorities and time needed for discussion.  We will have coffee and some sustenance on hand and if we are wildly efficient we will be done well before noon..... Come jump in as we jump start 2012.

Carol Kerr and Mary Bicknell, co-facilitators.
Sock Collection in Full Swing
sock collageUUCM isn't having a "Sock Hop" this year.
Nevertheless, our citizens living on the street still need white socks. Please drop some in the basket in the UUCM foyer before Jan. 29. Thank you.
AcoUUstic Cafe Chamber Music Concert
milton wongSaturday, January 14th
7:30 PM (doors open at 7 pm)
Fellowship Hall
Chamber Music featuring Milton Wong, Frank Lahorgue, Rachel Dusenbury and their chamber groups, performing Maurice Ravel, Gordon Jacob and Clara Schumann.

Volunteers are needed for the evening. Please contact 
Acouustic Cafe coordinator.

If you attended any of the chamber music concerts last year you will know this is not to be missed. Save the date. View and print flyers.

2012 Auction Fundraiser

auctioneerSaturday, February 11, 2012  6:00-10:00 PM

Please continue to turn in your donation forms for the auction. Mail them in or return them to the bin in the Robinson Room (Community Room).

Start telling your friends and neighbors about the auction.  Give them
postcards advertising the auction which will be handed out at the congregational development (leadership council) meeting Saturday Jan. 7 and will also be available on the auction tables (foyer and coffee site) after services on Sunday and on the table in the Robinson (Community) room.

Questions- contact Auction committee co chairs: Susan Pryor sndpiper821@gmail.com  or Sally Schroeder
UUCM Emergency Women's Shelter Dinner
Kudos to Kristen J. who consistently brings her organization and people skills to the Sunday night homeless shelter!

Good News:  The number of our servers is high and the number of women needing shelter is low.

New Years night our volunteers were:
Diane E. (meat chili & rice) Kristen & Sierra J. (Tacos & Spanish rice), Joyce R. & Carolyn B. (salad); Judith P. (assorted fruits); Valerie T. Sparkling cider.
Jan. 8 food assignments: Bev M. (meat main dish) Marge H. (vege main dish) Mary B. (salad)


Contact: Joan Nelson 453-6221 or figleafjoan@comcast.net 
Social Concerns Educational Luncheon
Sun. Jan. 29 Noon: Social Concerns Educational Luncheon: How can we cut through the spin and denial in order to do what is necessary?

Peter G. Joseph, M.D. is an emergency physician trained by Vice President Al Gore to help educate the public about the devastating impacts of global warming.
New Member Bio
diane Hello, I am Dianne Estrada.  I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but moved up to Novato about 15 years ago.  I love living in Novato, and here is where I have raised my two children, Lauren (age 13) and Nathan (age 10).  Lauren is currently attending Sinaloa Middle School (8th grade), and Nathan is currently attending San Ramon Elementary (5th grade).  (By the way, Lauren is at the perfect age and maturity for babysitting, so if you are interested in that, let me know!).  I have been working at Fireman's Fund Insurance in Novato as an actuary for the last 15 years as well.  Thank goodness for UU, to force me to drive outside of Novato once in a while, LOL!  In all of my spare time when I am not working and taking care of my kids, I enjoy hiking, reading, participating in UUCM, and attending live classical music concerts.
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

 Book Group
book pileHappy New Year everyone, and welcome to any interested new members!   Our first meeting of 2012 will be Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 in the Clara Barton Room.   Blair Gray will lead us in the discussion of Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff This Pulitzer Prize winning biography presents its subject as " far more complex and compelling than any fictional creation" (NYT Book Review). LouAnne Needels will bring suggestions for our February reading.

Nani Ranken
Pastoral Care News
Future Programs: Elders and Families Class  
Following the great response to our first series, Rev. Chip & the Pastoral Care Committee will be presenting the Sunday Service,  March 4, 10:30 am, 2012, entitled "Taking Care of Each Other" followed by a class, "Taking Care of Each Other Continued" in the Fellowship Hall.

A light lunch will be  served.

This will be the first of a two-part series related to issues around transportation & the expansion of  services in Marin/ the Bay Area.  There will be a film, discussion and speakers.  If you have a friend or relative who might benefit from this information, you are welcome to include them at this meeting.

An RSVP IS REQUIRED FOR LUNCH PLANNING. Please call or email Carol Littrell at 883-9676 or cjwlittrell@aol.com
February District Workshop

Transforming Ourselves and the World: Transforming the Failures of the 20th Century with an Engaged Faith for the Future.    

Saturday, February 4, 2012
UU Church of Berkeley
9AM Registration, 10AM - 4PM Program
Lunch will be served.
$40 registration
$10 Childcare (to off-set the cost of food and quality care providers) 
Workshop presenters are: Rev. Robert T. Latham (District Executive), and Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams (Director of Congregational Services).


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