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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Ministers Musing
Social Justice Dinner
Basket Share
Editor's Note - UUCM photos
Send your Auction wishes
Book Group
DA2014 - Request for Workshop Proposals!
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
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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 

Membership Coordinator:

Jennifer Smith



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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

January 2, 2014
Issue #244

Sunday Worship Service chalice

January 5, 2014: "Joining the new year"
'Well of Souls Sunday'
Rev Chip Wright with Worship Associate Linda Haumann

As we start another cycle of our planets turning, rolling ahead into the second decade of the new century, this Sunday we bring out our Well of Souls to help tidy up for the coming seasons.

Past services 


Upcoming services    


Congregational Conversation Sundays: Feb. 16, and March 30.

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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Ministers Musing 

January 2014

It's a new year! 2014 has come in and will set sail like all years on the winds of great potential. There is so much to be done, and so much that is worthy of our efforts. A single year seems so small to those of us who have accumulated more then a few. And huge to those who have only seen a few. Yet it is in these cyclical bands that we live out our lives giving and receiving gifts that fold out in the wake of time spent. If we can trust this time ahead, it will not fail us or leave us to be anything but what we should be. As always, how much we trust the world is what enriches life..if we trust it will respond in kind. 


No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.

More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that have belonged to you.

You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.

And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over the grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
un-aging in the mind.

Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.

~ Wendell Berry ~


Welcome all to 2014 - Rev. Chip 

Social Justice Dinner: Food for Life

Saturday, January 11  

5:30 - 8:30 (Doors open at 5)


Ready for a healthy start to 2014? Sign up today to join us for a hearty, delicious whole-food, plant-based dinner; view Forks Over Knives - a powerful documentary that explores decades of scientific and clinical proof that this lifestyle can prevent and even reverse many of the most common chronic illnesses that plague those who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD); and find out how what we eat impacts:

  • Social justice
  • Climate change
  • A clean, potable water supply
  • World hunger
  • The health care crisis
  • And, potentially, the preservation of life itself

$12/person for a tasty, nourishing, healthy "Food for Life" dinner. Reservations required by January 5. Email Food4Life@uumarin.org with questions or to reserve your space. Bring your friends and neighbors!



Basket Share
basket share

The Jan. 12 offering basket will be shared 50/50 with Image for Success: a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides complimentary wardrobes to men, women and children transitioning to a life of self-reliance.


(Any checks made out to Image for Success will go directly there.)

Editor's Note - UUCM photos
if you want to view photos from UUCM events and Sunday services on a regular basis go to our facebook photos page or click UUCM facebook Photo Gallery in the Quick Links column.
Send your Auction wishes

On April 19th at 6 p.m. we will be holding the UUCM Auction! We would love you to come and find the one perfect item, or better yet, perhaps the perfect ten items!  


So, to help you find just what you wish for at the UUCM auction, we are asking that you provide us a list of your Auction wishes. What do you need?  What might help you ease your very busy lives?


You can send your wish lists to Lori Smith at LASMITH7@ATT.NET, or by calling her at 415-456-3822.



Book Group
book pileOur next meeting is January 15 at 7:30 in the Clara Barton Room.  Karen Greener will lead the discussion of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder.


"Enormous publicity surrounded the 1989 recovery of an estimated billion dollars worth of gold, one of the greatest sunken treasures ever found, from the 1857 wreck of the SS Central America."


Members and visitors are welcome to join our discussions.  

DA2014 - Request for Workshop Proposals!
Awaken the Spirit!
District Assembly 2014
Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27, 2014

Call for Workshop Proposals by Jan. 15.
Social Justice Education/Action Activities

Dec. 29 Shelter volunteers included: 

Grace & Owen Dearborn, Dianne & Loren Estrada, Grace Severtson and  Linda Stoneall.


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.

Cleaning out closets and drawers? Instead of

bringing bags of old clothes to church take your unwanted items to GoodWill in San Rafael (Third & Lincoln) and be sure to tell the attendant to earmark your receipt for Ritter House. Ritter House, in turn, will hand out vouchers to the homeless people who can then find the kind of clothing they need.

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.
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