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Contemplative Service
Message from Rev. Chip
New YRUU Advisor
After the Retreat
Wanted: YOUR Fundraiser Ideas
Sly Park camping trip
Dear Iran Project
UUA General Assembly
Starr King Commencement Ceremony
Social Justice Items
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May 18
Dear Iran Fundraiser

May 19
Annual Congregational Meeting

May 23
Kirtan Meditation 

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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! 

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Rev. Chip Wright
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Jeffrey Melcher

Irene Stefanko



Janette Morrow

Choir director

Amanda Morando




Milton Wong 
Pastoral Care:  


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Minister's Schedule
 Rev. Chip Wright

Office Hours:

Tues., Wed., Thurs.
10am to 3pm
phone: 415-479-4131
 ext. 102

or email Rev. Chip: minister@uumarin.org 
DRE's Schedule
Director of Religious Education:
Jeffrey Melcher

Office Hours:
Sunday 12:30-1:30pm
Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm
Friday Noon - 4:00pm
Intern's Schedule
 Ministerial Intern:
Irene Stefanko

Office Hours:
Tues., Wed., Thurs

 May 16, 2013

Issue #215

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May 19, 2013: 'Roots and the Vision' New Member Sunday

Rev Chip Wright with Worship Associate Thomas Lundbaek


The Unitarian Universalist Service committee is our denomination's outreach to world issues of justice. Today we take a look at its beginnings and some of its efforts over these last 60 years.


Past services online


View future service information online        

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.

All are welcome to join us.   


Leader's schedule:

Sunday 5/19/13 Katie John Blikensderfer  

Message from Rev. Chip
Visitor and New Member Coordinator
As many of you know Rev. Chip coordinated and convened a task force on membership last year to develop a clear and inviting process toward membership here at UUCM. This task force met for a year and ended in the fall of 2012. Out of this effort several things came to fruition. The welcome table in the foyer on Sunday mornings is one, a wonderful addition. Another piece was putting in place a Pathway to Membership process. The Task force also moved forward with the important development of a new position titled Visitor and New Member Coordinator. The title is still up for possible change as we develop the position.
The Task force put in a request to the Wesley Grant to minimally fund approximately a 4 hours per week position for this coming year. The board voted to grant the funds for this effort. We have asked Chip's intern Irene who will be staying on for another year if she would be willing to take the position and develop the job so that at the end of the 2013-14 church year we would have a clear understanding of its operations. She will also develop a solid job description to offer the next coordinator.
There were so many different tasks identified that we could ask of this position. This first year will be clarifying and developing what we can reasonably expect with the minimal stipend that will be offered. The priorities identified at this point are to greet and keep records of all Sunday visitors, maintain contact and help integrate those who show an interest. The coordinator will track new members in the first year to help them develop social connections in congregational life; will facilitate the Pathway to Membership meetings, and help to develop a new member packet and program.
This is what the work of the Task force on Membership has brought us all at UUCM. I give my deepest thanks to all of you who took the time and gave your thoughts and support to this effort. We did good work and have moved forward a very important aspect of this congregation's life. Thank you so much.
Rev. Chip
New YRUU Advisor
yruu advisor Introducing - Our new Lead YRUU Advisor: Sue Gauthier-Pin.

Sue is a student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  She completed her first year of her Master's in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy.  Sue has been attending Unitarian Universalists churches for the past three years and continues to explore her spirituality.

Professionally, Sue has experience with children with dif-abilities, families, and young adults in educational and clinical settings. She hails originally from the suburbs of Los Angeles and enjoys art in all forms, traveling, intentional communities and spending time with her Argentinean husband and their furry-four legged feline son, Oliver. Sue has interests in dance, dream work, art journaling, and playing the auto-harp.

She is looking forward to serving the YRUU, sharing her talents and interests to deepen their engagement with their spiritual journeys.
After the Retreat
2 Items Lost and Found at Retreat 
1 man's tan leather hat 
1 3x5 inch magnifying glass in pop-out case 
To recover contact Dianne at destrada@ffic.com. 


View selected photos from retreat on our facebook page.

 Wanted: YOUR Fundraiser Ideas
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Fundraisers are always better when the ideas come from you, our members and friends! If you've got a great idea for a fundraiser for next year, now is the time to tell us about it - the Board will be calendaring next year's fundraisers at our June meeting.
Tell us your idea by filling out this short application and returning it to the UUCM office by Friday, June 14. For more information, visit our Fundraisers page.
You may be thinking "My idea is great, but I can't possibly do it all by myself!" Don't worry, people will step up to assist you. They always do. There are many ways to help you recruit volunteers, but we need to know your idea first.
Questions? Please email Susan Ingersoll at fundraiser@uumarin.org or Janette Morrow at office@uumarin.org.
An application is now required per our new Fundraising Policy, so that the Board has the necessary information to effectively evaluate all fundraisers.
Annual Semi-Official, Semi-Organized Summer Family Camping Trip to Sly Park: July 11 - 14
Dear Friends,

For the past 13 years or so an often varied group of your fellow UUCM'ers and related friends have made an annual trek into the Sierras for a fun weekend of car/RV/tent camping.  Well, believe it or not another year has passed and once again that time is upon us.

This year the dates are Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 14th. The place is Sly Park on Jenkinson Lake just outside Pollock Pines on Highway 50, and our sites are once again in the Hazel Creek camp and can accommodate tents or RVs.  (more information about Sly Park)

This has always been a wonderfully rewarding weekend and a great opportunity to get to know folks on a different level than Sunday mornings. Space is limited, so please let me know as soon as possible if you want to be part of this trip.  The cost is reasonable, generally about $25-30 per vehicle per night (pets are $5/night extra).

Please send me an email (mikey@biosearchtech.com) or give me a call (415.320.5054) to let me know you want to be a part of this trip, or if you have any questions.

Thanks and I hope to see you there.

Mikey Songster
Dear Iran Project

Dedicated to the People of Iran
Saturday, May 18th, 7:00-9:30PM
UUCM, Fellowship Hall 

Suggested Donation: $20-$50 (tax deductible)
Middle Eastern meal catered by the West End Café;
Persian music; video clips of Iran;
Have your photo taken with the Gandhi Puppet.
Norman Solomon media activist; co-founder: Roots Action; founding director: Institute for Public Accuracy; author: "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".
Anita Amirrezvani Iranian-American novelist: "The Blood of Flowers" and "Equal of the Sun".
Persis Karim Iranian-American poet, editor: "Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora"; co-editor: "A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans".
Jes Richardson creator of the Gandhi Puppet; founder:"Bridge of Hearts"; co-creator: Dear Iran Project.
If you can't come, but want to make a contribution: http://www.bridgeofhearts.org/donate-3/
UUA General Assembly June 19 - 23, 2013
Louisville, Kentucky
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Info about General Assembly

Late Registration

if you can't attend GA in person consider being an off-site delegate. Register by Friday, June 7. Details
Starr King Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm.
Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, California
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Social Justice Education/Action Activities
Because the Winter shelter is closed until mid-November, there will be an even more pressing need (if that's possible) at the Mill St. Shelter and for the Street Chaplain's Tuesday night dinners.
Please keep an eye out here for details as needs arise.
Homeward Bound of Marin is the primary provider of shelter and services for homeless families and individuals. They seek volunteers to represent the program at Marin Farmers Markets. 459-5843 
Members and guests are invited to take advantage of the Sunday Social Justice "Table" to promote a favorite cause or project. Perhaps you want to circulate a handout or a written petition (or refer people to electronic online petitions.) Arrangements must be submitted for committee approval in advance. figleafjoan@comcast.net 453-6221
I appreciate any feedback on this weekly newsletter.   groupemail@uumarin.org

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