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Sunday Worship Service
Basket Share Sunday Oct. 13
Contemplative Service
Religious Education nUUs
Administrator's vacation
Work Party
UUCM Fall Pasta Feed
Kirtan - October 24
Social Justice Luncheon
Book Group
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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We cherish
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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.



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
 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 10, 2013

Issue #232

Sunday Worship Service chalice

October 13, 2013:  'Pachamama'
Rev. Chip Wright with Worship Associate Rodney Gothelf

This Andean goddess has become the symbol of much of the western world's new earth centered religious and spiritual focus. Unitarian Universalists covenant to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. There is common ground here. We are stronger together.

Basket Share Sunday

Past services


Upcoming services    


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

Oct. 2013 theme: 'Finding the common ground'    

Basket Share Sunday
basket share
Oct. 13 is a Basket Share Sunday.
50 percent of the offering will go to the Insight (organic) Garden Program (IGP) at San Quentin.
By working in nature, participants learn vocational and life skills so they can practice constructive relationships
between themselves, their communities and the natural environment and become productive members of society.
Bring your checkbooks. 
Contemplative Service

UUCM's early Sunday morning 9 am Contemplative Service in the Fireside Room is a lay led service.  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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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.
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

Time is running out, reserve your spot now! Here's what's in store at this family friendly fun event for all ages.  Bring your friends!  Can't make it?  Consider making a donation, buying raffle tickets, or donating a dessert.  


Schedule of events 

Print reservation card and return or mail to UUCM with payment or sign up this coming Sunday. 

$10 adults; $5 children (12 & under)
(All prices $5 extra at the door)

Be sure to bring extra cash for desserts, beverages, raffle tickets 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).
Kirtan - October 24
Kirtan is the fourth Thursday of the month in the Fireside room 7:00 - 9:00.
There is no Kirtan in Dec. and they end in May.

On this Oct 24th it will be both a basic class in yoga forms and meditation and instructions in Raja Yoga techniques along with Kirtan.
Social Justice Luncheon
Sunday Oct. 20. 12:15 Fellowship Hall
Making a Difference
Freema Davis: The Right Person.  Freema Davis Executive Director, Global Family Village, works on behalf of Nepal's disenfranchised Nepalese women and children.
[To contribute a dish for the potluck luncheon, contact figleafjoan@comcast.net 415-453-6221.]
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  
If you or your friends have elderly parents for whom you/they will be responsible when a medical crisis arises (even if your folks don't live near or even in this state) consider attending the Senior Classes Nov. 3 & 17.

What kind of information should you have?  What are the decisions you will be asked to make?  What will be your responsibilities at that time?  The more info we have in advance, the more likely the crisis is going to be manageable, i.e. you will not be caught unaware of your tough choices and the data needed to make them.  Anything you learn can be shared with your siblings etc.

We are sponsoring, Lisa Brinkman, a gerontologist to lead us through the process.  BE BETTER PREPARED FOR THE INEVITABLE. Lisa will be at the November 3rd class and Rev. Chip will lead the November 17th class which will include Elder Planning Part II, Transportation, Giving, and other issues as well as a Q&A.
Call or email Carol Littrell to attend; lunch is provided & therefore, requires registration.
email cjwlittrell@aol.com or call 883-9676
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
Fri. Oct. 18 - All are invited to the Social Justice committee's stuffing/mailing party for this year's homeless appeal letter. 10 am, Clara Barton Room.

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.

Ever feel frustrated that you're not doing enough to make a difference in the world?
Bring your concerns to the UUCM Social Justice Committee. Next Committee meeting:
Sun. Nov. 10 - Noon. (Clara Barton Room)
JUSTICE ACTION TABLE - Take advantage of the UUCM Social Justice "Soapbox!" Help us activate our shared humanitarian values by showing us where we could make a difference by signing petitions, attending meetings, films, group actions, etc. Schedule your "Soapbox Table". figleafjoan@comcast.net. 415-453-6221 Application for Social Justice Information Table.
BASKET SHARE: Do you have some kind of relationship with a local social or humanitarian agency that you would like UUCM to support financially? Would you like to sponsor your agency as a candidate for our Basket Share program? Please send a short paragraph describing what the service means to you and why UUCM should support it to figleafjoan@comcast.net 415-453-6221.
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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