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Contemplative Service
Deck the Halls 12 pm Dec. 9
UUA and Used Book Fair
Pathway to Membership
New Choir Director chosen
UUCM Congregational Retreat
Service and potluck with Rev. Adel
PCD January Leadership Workshop
Social Justice Items
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Deck the Halls

December 9, 16
UUA and Used Book Fair!

December 9
Pathway to Membership #2

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December 6, 2012

Issue #192

Sunday Worship Service chalice

Dec. 9, 10:30 am: "The Story of Hanukkah"
Rev. Chip Wright with Worship Associate Dianne Estrada

Today is the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of the lights.  I'll share some of the origin of this festival and how we Unitarian Universalists find our connections to Judaism as one of our sources.

Join Us for the Holidays!
Holiday Services


Past services  (this page contains audio of 8 past sermons) 


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Contemplative Service

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

The  Contemplative Service is a small circle gathering that includes short readings and time for discussion and sharing of joys and concerns.  We meet in the Fireside Room. Leadership for the remainder of the year is as follows:
 Sunday 12/9/12 Katie John Blikensderfer   
 Sunday 12/16/12 Chip Wright    
 Sunday 12/23/12 Susan Pryor    
 Sunday 12/30/12 Carol Kerr  

All are welcome to join us.  

Deck the Halls 12 pm Dec. 9
Come help us Deck the Halls on December 9th after the 10:30 am worship service. Together we'll create and share holiday joy.  We'll put up a tree, create ornaments for here, home and to share, make endless paper chains, and cut out and display delicate snowflakes and beautiful Stars of David.  We'll  decorate cards and cookies. We'll nosh on snacks to bolster our holiday strength. We'll sing, dance and laugh.  
We also hope to share into the larger community by sharing our decorated cookies with those without homes, and by giving gift cards to families served by the Canal Alliance. We hope you'll join us!  We're looking for people to help us set-up, bring cookies to decorate, bring snacks to keep our holiday strength robust, or help clean-up.  We also hoping that people will bring gift cards to share with families served by the Canal Alliance. If you'd like to help you can sign up here on Sign-upGenius at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044FA5AA2DA31-deck, drop an email to intern@uumarin.org or just bring the goodies with you to the event!  See you there with bells on!
Irene Stefanko
UUA and Used Book Fair: Dec. 9 and 16
Purchase great gifts and benefit UUCM!  NEW books from the UUA and gently USED books donated by UUCM members.
Two Sundays! 12 noon-1:30 p.m.

December 9: Fellowship Hall
December 16: Fireside Room
Buy books at the table or order any title from the UUA catalog on Dec. 9, then pick it up on Dec 16. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted. For more information, email jengennari@gmail.com
Pathway to Membership Dec. 9
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Pathway to Membership #2: This second of two Pathway to Membership classes will share information about UUCM membership, how to get involved, what's going on, Time, Talent and Treasure requests and signing the membership book for those who are ready. Please RSVP to Janette at office@uumarin.org or 415-479-4131.
New Choir Director chosen
director of musicThe Choir Director Search Committee and the Choir have unanimously chosen Amanda Morando to direct the UUCM choir, starting in January.

"Hear ye, hear ye! We have a new Choir Director!"

Amanda Morando is a soprano who completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara
. She has been singing since she was 5, and participated in choirs since she was 11, including 3 years in the Singers Marin choir "les étoiles."  At UC Santa Barbara, she performed with the UCSB Chamber Choir under celebrated conductor Michel Marc Gervais.

Amanda has sung with our previous choir director, Phil Hildreth, and bass Charles Seagrave, in the ensemble "Just Voices."  Welcome, Amanda!
UUCM Congregational Retreat,
May 3-5, 2013, Committee members needed
The pricing/application sheet for the 2013 UUCM Congregational Retreat is now available!  Please follow the link below. We are releasing the pricing sheet early so that individuals and families can calculate the expected cost now and plan ahead.  Full payment is not due until March 24, 2013.  Our Administrator has suggested that a monthly payment option is available.  You may set up an automatic monthly debit that starts soon and ends in a designated number of months (prior to the payment deadline).

The retreat is one of the big highlights of our program year. We want everyone to attend -- to learn together, to sing and dance and play together, and to strengthen our beloved community! If cost is an issue, please ask for a scholarship and attend.  If you can contribute extra so that other families can attend, please do so.

If you have questions or would like to help plan the Retreat, please contact the Retreat Chairman, Thomas Ervin (thomas.ervin@comcast.net)

Pricing/application sheet

Release form for attendees under 18
Service and potluck with Rev. Adel
snake dove On Sun. Dec. 2, we welcomed Rev. Adel Nagy, this years Balazs Scholar from Transylvania, Romania, to our pulpit.   After the service, we enjoyed a delicious potluck luncheon in her honor.

Thanks to all who brought  food, those who set up and took down tables, who cleared tables and washed dishes.  Among those who helped were Mikey Songster, Carrie Hudson, Don Beck, Valerie Taylor,  Kristin Jensen, Bev Munyon, Michael Jenkins family, Mary Bicknell, Marge Hollinger, and Joanne Derby. Thanks also to others who helped as they saw need but we didn't get their names down!  Although the day had begun very stormily,  the rain ceased and the sun came out for our party.

     from Terry Merrick and  Marilyn Nelson, co-chairs
              UUCM Partner Church Committee
PCD January Leadership Workshop
Registration is now open for the January 2013 Leadership Workshop, "The Power of Language to Create Reality."  
We will be gathering at the UU Church of Berkeley on Saturday, January 26, 2013 with workshop leaders Rev. Robert Latham and Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams.
For religions confronting a cultural revolution and the decline of the influence of organized religion, their future lies in the hands of those willing to use language as a tool of personal and social transformation.

Get More Information & Register Now! 
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
Homeless Outreach 
All year long, UUCM's Social Justice Committee enlists volunteers to provide meals for the Marin Street Chaplaincy dinners, also for the permanent Mill Street Shelter.
Each year, with the approach of the holiday season, we dig a little deeper into our congregational heart to find extra volunteers to provide Sunday dinners for the Women's Winter Shelter. This year's sign-up board, with a full set of instructions, is in the foyer. Confirm with Joan Nelson 453-6221. 

Thanks from the homeless women go to UUCM dinner volunteers: Dianne, Judy, Joyce, Jackie, Katherine and Kristen.
UU Disaster Relief 
The Central East Regional UU Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations to help UU congregations and members recover from storm damage. Contributions go to: CERG-UUA - 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 1008,Wilmington, DE, 19801 
The UUCM Social Justice Committee has reinstalled a Food Donation Barrel where you can just drop in a food item on your way into the building. Please bring non-perishable packaged items.
Mill Street shelter, a branch of New Beginnings, provides housing for about 60 people per night.
UUCM provides dinner on the first Sunday of each month. If you would like to be a once a month cook, please contact Junemfesler@gmail.com. Food should be brought to church - it will be taken to Mill Street.
If you care about an issue or cause that you want UUCM members to know about, please bring it to our attention at the Social Justice information table at refreshment time.  To reserve a date: figleafjoan@comcast.net

UUCM encourages anyone and everyone to reach out and advocate for social justice (economic, environmental, civil) in the wider community. Please invite others to join you, and send photos of your action to the Social Justice Committee.

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