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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Minister's Musing
Religious Education nUUs
Administrator's vacation
New to UU Class - Oct. 6
UUCM BBQ at Stafford Lake Park
Slide Show
Work Party
UUCM Fall Pasta Feed
Social Justice Luncheon
Giving Back Or Passing It On
Book Group
Pastoral Care
PCD Leadership Day
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
2013 PCD Men's Retreat
UU Justice Trip to the Border
Service-learning journeys UUCSJ
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GUESTS are always welcome.
Sunday worship is a time for
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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.


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Rev. Chip Wright
 ext. 102 
Jeffrey Melcher

Irene Stefanko



Janette Morrow

Choir director

Amanda Morando




Milton Wong 
Pastoral Care:  


  Carol Littrell 883-9676
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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 - 1:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday Noon - 4:00 pm
(415) 479-4131 ext. 104
Intern's Schedule
 Ministerial Intern:
Irene Stefanko

Office Hours:
Variable, please call cell 650-814-5375 or email to arrange appointments

October 3, 2013

Issue #231

Sunday Worship Service chalice

October 3, 2013: 'Faith and the religious experience.'
Rev Chip Wright with Worship Associate Bev Munyon

Most people understand faith is a primary piece of a religious perspective. Classical Religion does demand a certain amount of faith. How faith is understood however makes a significant difference in one's religious experience.

Past services  


Upcoming services    


Congregational Conversation Sundays:  Oct. 13, Nov. 24, Feb. 16, and March 20.   

Oct. 2013 theme: 'Finding the common ground'    

Contemplative Service

UUCM's early Sunday morning 9 am Contemplative Service in the Fireside Room is a lay led service. It has become a quiet reflective mainstay for the circle of 2 to 8 regulars who attend and we always welcome those who would like to try this alternative. Readings introduce a silent period to reflect on a topic or idea, followed by an opportunity to share individual thoughts.  


Come and widen our circle. All are welcome!  

Questions, email Carol Kerr at drckerr@pacbell.net.


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Minister's Musing
October has arrived and once more we move into fall and another year together in the life of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. As we look at the year ahead it is full of exciting programmed times to get to know each other and share more of our lives and hopes about who we are, where we wish to go, and how.

There are many and varied gatherings, adult education offerings, family outings and all church events already on the calendar. On Oct 13th will be the first of our four Congregational Conversations scheduled for the year. These gatherings will be led by the Board, the Committee on Ministry and myself. So please plan on attending and bring your best spirit and thoughts as we engage with the questions of who we are, what we mean to the larger community and how we will move ahead in the next five years and further as the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin.  

If you attended the Issues of Aging classes that the Pastoral Care committee and I offered three years ago, you know how important they were as a resource, as well as a safe and rare time to engage with this topic with peers and family.  We are offering another set of classes to bring forward some of the issues we were not able to address last time as well as a recap of several resources (so that those who didn't attend last time can also take advantage of this - offering.) So mark your calendars for Nov 3 & 17th, and RSVP to the office so we will have enough food, materials and seating.

Stay tuned for other exciting and enriching programming coming this year. Take advantage of it--it is here for you to engage and enjoy.  2013-14 here we come!

Rev. Chip
Religious Education nUUs
jef melcher
Religious Education Notes:
Invitation to Neighboring Faiths for 6th - 8th graders

The MUUGs (Middle school UU Group) grades 6th - 8th are about to begin the Neighboring Faiths curriculum. This is often cited years later by the youth and parents as one of the more memorable years in religious education. We will be visiting other faith's places of worship and interviewing persons and leaders from other faith traditions. This is a great class to invite friends and neighbors' kids to join the experience and also learn about what we as UUs value. 

Warm Wishes,
Jeffrey Melcher,
Dir. of Religious Education
(415) 479-4131 ext. 104, DRE@UUMarin.org
Administrator's vacation Oct 3-15
janette Administrator Janette Morrow will be on vacation (out of the country) from Oct. 3-Oct. 15. There will be a volunteer in the office during her absence. If you have an announcement for the Oct. 6 or Oct. 13 order of service please e-mail it to office@uumarin.org before Oct. 2. If necessary, announcements may be sent in after the 2nd and an office volunteer will make sure it makes it in (space allowing). Please be sure to specify which Sunday the announcement is for.
New to UU Class - October 6
LogoNew to Unitarian Universalism, 12:15 Fireside Room: If you have questions or are curious about Unitarian Universalism or liberal religion in general, this class is for you! Please RSVP office@uumarin.org or (415) 479-4131.
This Saturday
UUCM BBQ at Stafford Lake Park
UUCM Intergenerational BBQ at Stafford Lake Park in Novato to be held on Saturday, October 5 from 1 pm to 6:30 pm. The event is sponsored by the Religious Education Committee with funding by the RE Enhancement Fund. Hot dogs and hamburgers (both meat and veggie) plus fixings provided. Please contribute a side dish, drinks or dessert. Additional details can be obtained by clicking on the flyerWe need a volleyball net and ball. Please address questions or concerns to Thomas Ervin (thomas.ervin@comcast.net) or Dianne Estrada (dianne.estrada@ffic.com). See you there!
Slide Show
October 6, 7 pm. Fellowship Hall.
Dione and Wayne will present a slide show of their trip to Northern Europe with SERVAS. SERVAS is an international, non-governmental, multicultural peace association run by volunteers in over 100 countries.
Work Party
There will be a work party on Saturday, Oct 12 from 9 am to 1 pm with snacks available. There are tasks for people of all skill levels. Work needs to be done inside and outside of the building and some work on the play equipment. This is an opportunity to be productive and socialize (and maybe even have fun).
UUCM Fall Pasta Feed
UUCM Fall Pasta Feed - Saturday, October 19th  5pm

This event will delight, entertain, and fill the stomachs of all ages.  Fall themed games of skill and chance, a pasta dinner (gluten free option) with musical entertainment by our very talented RE youth, capped off with a professional swing dance demonstration and dancing for all.  Invite your friends!  

Print reservation card and return or mail to UUCM.  Cards also available in the foyer.

$10 adults; $5 children (12 & under)
(All prices $5 extra at the door)
Bring cash for desserts, beverages, and some of the games

Help is needed with set up, serving, clean-up and games as well as dessert donations to be sold at the event.  Contact event co-chairs Monique Webster (webster-dejong@verizon.net) or Susan Mathews (susan_m_mathews@msn.com). This is a UUCM fundraising event sponsored by the RE Committee.
Social Justice Luncheon
Oct. 20. 12:15 Fellowship Hall
Social Justice Luncheon
Learn how Global Family Village
is creating permanent systemic change within the child welfare system in Nepal.
Lunch served @ 12:15.
$6.00 donation suggested.
Nobody turned away.
Potluck donations appreciated.
 Giving Back Or Passing It On
Think of all your blessings!  Here's a spot that needs to be filled.  The second Tuesday of the month is UUCM's opportunity to get a
feel good.  The Homeless Chaplaincy sponsors a dinner for the less fortunate.  It is so well organized that they only need salads for the LARGE group attending the dinner! The number runs about 60 folks!.  They always eat every morsel of salad we bring.  (Well, we do eat as well.)

This month Linda Stoneall, Mary Bicknell, Dick and Marje Park, Walt and Carol Littrell, and Don Beck brought, stayed and ate!  Maybe next month, October 8th, 5:15pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church in San Rafael you will pass it on and feel good.  Families are welcome!

Call Carol at 883-9676 or cjwlittrell@aol.com
Book Group
book pile
Our UUCM book group meets on third Wednesdays at 7:30 in the Clara Barton Room.  Members and visitors are welcome to join our discussions.
The choice for October 16 is The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. "An elegy for a lost world turns suddenly into a paean to new possibilities. In The Dog Stars, Peter Heller serves up an insightful account of physical, mental, and spiritual survival unfolded in dramatic and often lyrical prose." -The Boston Globe  
Pastoral Care

This elders' class is designed for their family members or whomever is in charge when a medical emergency occurs! 

This class and the November 17 class require registration. We will begin class at 12:15pm in the sanctuary.  A light lunch will be served.  Please call or email Carol Littrell-883-9676 or cjwlittrell@aol.com

Presented by the Pastoral Care Committee and Rev.
Chip Wright.
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PCD Leadership Day
Saturday, October 26, 2013
UU Church of Berkeley

"Money, Stewardship, and Faith"
Featuring Wayne Clark, Ph.D., Director, UUA Congregational Stewardship Services
Registration begins at 8AM
Program begins at 9AM
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
Because the Winter shelter will be 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.
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
2013 PCD Men's Retreat October 25 to 27
Creating Balance In Our Lives

Friday, October 25, 2013, 4:30 PM -to-
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 2:00 PM
Westminister Retreat Center
512 Hemme Avenue, Alamo, CA 94507

UU Justice Trip to the Border
(There are a few spots available for our next weekend trip to Playas de Tijuana.)

The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry is hosting a Tijuana Border experience
Friday afternoon, Oct. 25 through Monday afternoon, Oct. 28, 2013
Beginning and ending at First UU Church San Diego

Service-learning journeys UUCSJ
The UU College of Social Justice invites you to plunge in and let yourself be transformed.

Our service-learning journeys will open your eyes - and your heart - to new dimensions of the human yearning for justice. The calendar of upcoming programs, as well as detailed descriptions, are available on our website.
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