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Elder Planning Seminar: November 17
Salad for Homeless
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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.   

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 Rev. Chip Wright

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

or email Rev. Chip: minister@uumarin.org  
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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

November 7, 2013

Issue #236

Sunday Worship Service chalice

November 10, 2013: 'Service'
Rev. Paul Gaffney, Pulpit Guest with Rodney Gothelf, Worship Associate

This week we will consider the following from Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood):

"At the center of the universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service."

Rev. Paul Gaffney began working with the Marin Interfaith Homeless Chaplaincy (now the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy) in 2003. In 2005, Paul became the sole chaplain of the Street Chaplaincy, providing emotional and spiritual support to people in transition. Paul was ordained into Christian Ministry by the Northern California/Nevada Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Lafayette Christian Church on June 4, 2006. Rev. Gaffney also is a lay-ordained student of Taigen Leighton in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition.

Past services


Upcoming services    


Congregational Conversation Sundays:  Nov. 24,

Feb. 16, and March 20.
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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Minister's Musing
November 2013

November is here in full swing and Indian summer is almost a memory. The Japanese Maple in the front yard is turned to calico and in the backyard leaves are falling off our grape vines.
Fall is a time of reflection that brings with it a kind of graceful message of change. It speaks to both the warm days of summer, and the restful coddling days of winter. And in that message it offers a kind of faith, a grace, of knowing the cycles of our world and a trust in them.    

Here at UUCM these first few months of fall have been rich with energy, alive and joyful. Our first Congregational conversation offered many of us the opportunity to share with one and another in ways we seldom get a chance to. The topics were inviting and relationships grew and sparkled. Any of you who were there know how wonderful an afternoon it was and how nourishing the conversation was.  These conversations offer us a way to know our congregation, its friends and  members in ways we seldom get a chance to. In these gatherings we learn from each other about one and another and what calls us here to this unique Liberal religious congregation.

On Nov 24th we will have our second of these conversations, so put it on your calendar and come grow even deeper bonds in this community. Help fashion its hopes and vision for the coming years.

Rev Chip
 Pathway to Membership A: November 10
yellow logo Pathway to Membership A: This first of two Pathway to Membership classes focuses on sharing personal religious histories and hopes and reasons for coming to UUCM.

The November 3 Pathways to Membership class has been rescheduled for November 10.  This class will be held in the Fireside Room and a light lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to intern@uumarin.org by November 6 if you are planning to attend (so that I can have adequate supplies of food.)  If you need childcare while attending this discussion please let me know that as well.
Hope to see you there! Irene
Join the Auction Committee
You are Invited to Join the Auction Committee! Just sayin' it's going to be tons of fun!  We need all sorts of talent!  Set up chairs, collecting donations, help with dinner, run a rockin' raffle...We will be holding the auction on Saturday, April 19th and if you want to be a part of an awesome committee email Irene at intern@uumarin.org.
Budget Discussion on Nov 10th
piggy_bank_money.jpg UUCM's Finance Committee will hold a budget discussion after the service on November 10th, 12:00PM.  All UUCM members are invited to attend.   Our agenda will be "Towards a balanced UUCM budget:  options and possibilities."  Please attend and we'll speak together!

If you need childcare while attending, please email margaret.johnston@comcast.net
Elder Planning Seminar: November 17
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.

Sunday, November 17th: 12:15-2:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Reservations are required. Please Call Carol Littrell by noon on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Email cjwlittrell@aol.com or call 883-9676.
Salad for Homeless
For all of us very busy UUers and friends, here's a way to do a service by reaching out to those who need us so much.  Bring a salad, any kind, to the 1st Presbyterian Church on Tuesday November 12 at 5:15pm.  We are invited to dine with people who are in need.  It will do your heart good and find folks are not so different than ourselves. Remember families are welcome!  It is over by 6:30pm so you still have your evening!  Please
call or email Carol CJWLittrell@aol.com or 883-9676.  We are much needed and appreciated!
Book Group
book pileOur UUCM Book Group meets on third Wednesdays at 7:30 in the Clara Barton Room.  Members and visitors are welcome to join our discussions.

For November 20 we will be reading Open Secrets , eight short stories by Alice Munro, this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.  Mary Bicknell will lead the discussion.  

"Open Secrets is a book that dazzles with its faith in language and in life."-New York Times Book Review.
"With a few strokes of her pen, Munro has the unerring ability to familiarize us with a foreign country or the entire life of another person.  . . Munro's women must take repeated flight from the harshness of their realities -- bad spinsterhood, worse marriages -- into their imaginations, where wrongs are alternately redressed or allowed to fester into self-doubt and guilt."  (Kirkus Review)

Note: The Book Group will not meet in December.
Questions contact Nani.
Studio Art Sale Fundraiser November 29, 30
UU "Creationist" Joan Nelson has announced a studio art sale:
Proceeds to go to the Social Justice Committee's Homeless fund and will then go toward establishing a permanent shelter.

Here's  a link to Joan's website.
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
Pachamama's annual fundraiser luncheon will take place on Thurs. Nov. 14, at Fort Mason in San Francisco.
Joan Nelson is taking reservations and planning a carpool. Contact her for details.
As winter approaches, we are starkly reminded that our least fortunate neighbors are homeless all year long:

*Please put your name on the Sunday night Women's Shelter Dinner sign-up board in the foyer.
*Bring Socks, Toiletries & Food Bank contributions to the containers.  (New white socks. Tube socks are best because they are a fit-all size.)
*Mark your calendar for the Thanksgiving Eve street chaplain's moving worship and ingathering service at 1st Presbyterian Church, San Rafael. (5th & E streets) 7 PM.
*If you haven't yet responded to the Social Justice Committee's homeless appeal letter please do so as soon as you are able.
*Tell your friends and neighbors to do their holiday shopping at Joan Nelson's art fundraiser. Nov. 29-30. Funds will go toward establishing a permanent shelter. Tax deductible.  Credit cards OK.
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.   

Thanks to your response to the Oct. 13 Basket Share appeal, UUCM was able to send $269 to the San Quentin Insight Garden Project.To actually see it, check out: ABC World News tonight with Diane Sawyer.
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