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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Crab Feed - February 8
Basket Share
Chaplaincy Dinner For Homeless Jan.14
Membership memo
April 19th-Auction wishes revealed
PCD Workshop, January 24-25, 2014
Book Group
DA2014 - Request for Workshop Proposals!
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
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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.



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



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 - 1:30 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 9, 2014
Issue #245

Sunday Worship Service chalice

January 12, 2014: "Managing the 'Creative Impulse': A Spiritual Practice"

Joan Nelson with Rodney Gothelf


Many of us learned as children to adjust to cultural norms by avoiding confrontation with the edgy wellspring of creativity. At the other extreme, we find people who─ overwhelmed by the creative impulse─go crazy, sometimes literally.


UU "Creationist," Joan Nelson, will examine, and with any luck, clarify the relationship between creator and created. Also the relationship between created and (non-buyer) beholder. 


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.


Read More  


jef melcher

Calling for last minute Toiletries for the Homeless Project. To fill out quart size baggie gifts we need a few toothbrushes, dental floss, hand sanitizers, and feminine products. Bring what you have or make a donation for purchasing supplies.


We are collecting the UUSC Guest at Your Table boxes on Sunday Jan 12th. Please bring your box with a check made out to UUSC, memo: Guest at Your Table.


Our Sock Appeal will go until the end of January. Please bring new white tube socks as gifts for those who live without homes. A collection basket is in the foyer by the clothing collection.


To read the newest RE nUUs newsletter  click here.


Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.

Director of Religious Education

Crab Feed - February 8

Our annual "All You Can Eat: San Francisco Dungeness Crab, Sher's Boston Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad, Sourdough Bread and Dessert dinner." 



$20 crab for children 

No-host beer and wine

Vegetarian Pasta Alternative $15 adult, $10 child. 

Corkage Fee $15

(All prices $5 extra at the door)


Make your reservations please by Tues. Feb. 4. Tickets on sale in the foyer.


Please sign up to help on board in foyer. 


Raffle tickets $3 each or 6 for $15.

You can assign your tickets to the items you want. Tickets on sale in the foyer. 


More crab feed details next week.


Aaron Feldstein, crab feed chair

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.)

Chaplaincy Dinner For Homeless Jan.14

Here is a perfect opportunity to do a good deed and help those in need! We only get this chance once a month.  All ages are welcome. It is a great way to get you and your family into sharing  and an up close opportunity to find out how little difference there is between these folks and us.

UUCM is invited to bring large salads to their Tuesday evening dinners.  Tuesday, January 14th is our next opportunity to participate. It is held at the 1st Presbyterian Church in San Rafael.  We need to arrive no later than 5:15pm.  We serve and then dine with the dinner guests.  The Chaplain is always there and all is very safe.  These guests are appreciative of our efforts.  We expect about forty attendees. 

Please RSVP Carol Littrell:  cjwlittrell@aol.com or call 883-9676Carol will send an email with further info on address etc. to those who respond. What a great way to give back!
Membership memo
jennifer smith

In September, Rev. Chip and I set four Membership goals: 1) hiring the Membership Coordinator; 2) rejuvenating the Membership Committee; 3) reviewing the hospitality systems currently in place and discussing areas for improvement; and 4) setting up a framework for documenting the congregation's hospitality processes. 

These goals were extensions of the tremendous work done over the years by Rev. Chip and the congregation on hospitality and most recently the work of the Membership Task Force.  


About two months ago, Jenn Smith joined us as our Membership Coordinator. She has been very helpful in reviewing and suggesting improvements to existing systems. We now also have a terrific Membership Committee chaired by Thomas Ervin and including Dee Spake, Nancy Jacobson, Carol Littrell, Nani Ranken, Lori Smith, Jenn Smith, Christine Kraemer, and Dianne Estrada

(the new Small Group Ministries coordinator).


After reviewing the existing hospitality and membership systems, modifications were agreed upon in order to enhance our ability to weave visitors and new members into the fabric of this beloved community. Some familiar elements of the hospitality program continue, including the Greeter Program (now led by Christine Kraemer), the Pathways program (which will now be offered in a single evening format), and New Member Celebration Sunday. Some new elements are being added, including a New to UUCM Small Group Ministry (conceived and led by Jenn Smith), a mentor program to pair visitors with existing congregants (conceived and led by Lori Smith), and a monthly effort to welcome family and friends of congregants to UUCM (suggested by Michael Jenkins). 

Read more


Irene Stefanko and Jenn Smith

April 19th-

Auction wishes revealed

Guess what?  It's less than 100 days to our UUCM auction and we hope that you'll be there.  Over the past many weeks we have been asking you about your wish list, what you hope to find at the auction.  Some desire a lovely piece of chalice art and others a handcrafted wrap.  Those with aching limbs hope for a certificate for a soothing massage, while others imagine a special evening at a good restaurant, the symphony or a good play.  Still others want help wrestling with their finicky computers, corralling masses of digital photos or researching the farthest branches of their family tree. 


And some, some can't even imagine the excitement that awaits.  In previous years our generous donors have offered game nights, murder mystery dinners, weekend stays at mountain cabins, afternoons sailing on the bay, picnics in the wine country, beautiful pieces of jewelry, exquisite antiques, and lovely pieces of art. Soon you too will get an opportunity to donate to the auction.  Within the next couple of weeks, we'll make available to you Auction Donation Forms online, via email and on paper.  We hope that you will consider donating to this important congregational fundraiser.  We also hope you'll join us for an evening of wonderful entertainment, fine food and drink, and an exciting auction.  Even better yet......invite your friends and family to join in on this great evening!

PCD Workshop, January 24-25, 2014

"Who Are Our Neighbors?" 

Building skills for Intercultural Communication and Community  


Registration is now open for our upcoming January 2014 workshop.

Mt. Diablo UU Church in Walnut Creek
Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25, 2014


$85.00 Registration Fee includes all meals and materials. Late Fee of $95.00 applies after January 13, 2014. Registration closes after January 20, 2014.


Building skills for intercultural communication and community is the key to living into the power and potential of our faith. We cannot benefit from the fullness of each person's humanity unless we can see and appreciate the differences among us. Those differences allow us to deepen our knowledge of the holy as we bow to the mystery in each other.  

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

Jan 5 Shelter volunteers included: 

Karen Auroy, Nicole Gothelf and Rachel, Hannah and Noah; Susan Mathews and Lindsay and Aidan; Judith Pomeroy, Lee FitzGerald,

In winter 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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