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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Crab Feed Reservations due February 1
New Lead YRUU Advisor
Congregational Conversation Debrief, 1/25/15
Thank you Shelter Volunteers
Shelter February 1
Coming SOON: Bible Stories for Skeptics
UUCM Book Club for February 18
Be a Story Reader!
Side of Love Award
Basket Share ideas needed
Lighthouse Singers Gospel Workshop
Women and Religion Annual Retreat
UU Summer Youth Programs
General Assembly June 24-28
Social Justice Education/Action
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January 29, 2015
Issue #295

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

February 1, 2015: "Deadly Satire" (first sermon in a series, "Symbols and their Power")

Rev. Chip Wright, with Linda Haumann, Worship Associate


After the shootings of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in France, the question of free expression and deadly consequences is up yet another time. Satire, particularly of religious symbols, has become a high-risk undertaking.


Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice
 2/1/15 Jim Gronvold  
 2/8/15 June Fesler  
 2/15/15 Wisdom/Humor Potluck  
 2/22/15 Chip Wright

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.


Crab Feed Reservations due February 1

Buy your dinner and/or raffle tickets on the event page online or in the foyer (volunteers must buy tickets by mail or in the foyer).


Raffle tickets $3 each or 6 for $15.

NEW Raffle items so far:

  1. Gift certificate for one-night stay at Novato Oaks Inn
  2. RE Basket -- Wine, chocolate, games
  3. Committee on Ministry - Wine basket
  4. Pastoral Care - Chocolate basket
  5. Margaret Johnston - Handmade silk scarf


Crab Feed/Music/Raffle

Saturday, February 7, 2015   7:00 P.M.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA  


San Francisco Dungeness Crab, Sher's Boston Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad, and Sourdough Bread

               $45.00  Adult

Adult price if you sign up to do a volunteer job: $35


No-Host Bar

Corkage fee $15

Reservations please by Feb. 1


Vegan pasta alternative $20 Adult, $10 Child 


Children 12 and under: Crab Dinner $20

 Children's program, age 12 and under: $15 includes games, art, music, and movie.



(All prices $5 more at the door.)


Music by Lucky Drive Bluegrass Trio 



 Mike Wilhoyte, Karen Wilhoyte, and Nicole Solis Snider




New Lead YRUU Advisor

Please make welcome Sarah Scott, a student of drama therapy. She has a background in voice, and women's studies and taught school in Africa. She is a friend of Sue Gauthier-Pin and Ashley Adamkowski. Sarah is delighted to be working with and learning alongside our teens.

Congregational Conversation Debrief, 1/25/15

Thank you to everyone who attended.  At the meeting, we voted "Yes" that

the UUA statement on Reproductive Justice should be submitted as an agenda

item to the 2015 General Assembly.


We also performed an exercise to start getting our arms around building

project priorities.  My suggested priorities after evaluating the data from the exercise is as follows:


#1:  Update Downstairs Bathroom (preceded by resolving water leakage problem), plumbing work is already under way

#2:  Wright Room Water Problem

#3:  Fellowship Hall: Replace the two doors that are obviously broken and can't close

Group #4 (further prioritization needed within group): Women's Bathroom, Lobby, Interior Hallway, Clara Barton Room, Exterior Courtyard Lighting, Kitchen

Group #5 (further prioritization needed within group): Fellowship Hall, Wagon Wheel Lighting, Community Room, Men's Bathroom, Dream Room, Jef's Office


Let's all keep in mind that this is a high level tool that can be used by the Board to help us focus money and resources on the things that we all agree are important. Let's also keep in mind that this list should not stop anyone from taking action on minor, low-cost problems wherever they occur, regardless of where they are on this list.


Data from exercise: (See attached file: UUCM Bldg Project Priority Groups.pdf)


Thank you to everyone who participated.  If you have any concerns about the above stated priorities, please let me know.


Thank you Shelter Volunteers

Thanks go to this week's Shelter volunteers: Sandra and Joel Gluck

Shelter February 1

Note to shelter volunteers from Joan:

To donate a dish to the homeless shelter on February 1, please let me know, as usual, what you want to contribute.


However if you leave your dish at the UUCM kitchen in the morning, please inform Grace Dearborn, instead of Joan. Grace will take it to the shelter.


Thanks!  figleafjoan@comcast.net 415-595-6221

Coming SOON:  Bible Stories for Skeptics 

Come be curious....Who IS Job?  What IS patience? 


6 Sundays Feb 8 - May 24

12 noon - 1:30 pm Clara Barton Room

A new 6-week series of conversations with Reverend Robert (Bob) Drake and Reverend Chip Wright will begin Sunday February 8. The sessions will be guided discussions with background material furnished by the facilitator, and audience participation to explore what these stories may mean to us personally and in a contemporary context. 

You may come to just one or all sessions; no prior commitment required.

UUCM Book Club for February 18

book pile

This month's book choice is Elsewhere by Richard Russo. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high strung, spirited mother and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college.


Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life.  All are welcome to join us in the Clara Barton room at 7:30 pm for a discussion of the book facilitated by Pamela Lyons.  This is a new release so there is a short wait from the library (less than a week).

Be a Story Reader!

A great opportunity: If you've ever wanted to read the story during Sunday Service, now is your chance to sign up. We need people to read on those Sundays when Jef Melcher, DRE, has a scheduled day off. The DRE provides the story; you get the glory of being the storyteller.


Anyone can do this enjoyable job, just click here and sign up through our SignUpGenius portal.

Side of Love Award

UUCM is one of many UU congregations that participate in the interfaith Standing on the Side of Love advocacy campaign.  


Each year we recognize a Marin County resident who lives and acts according to the SSL values of inclusion, diversity, and equality. This year's award will be presented at the Sunday service on Feb. 15. The recipient will be the Marin Interfaith Council's hardworking Street Chaplain, Rev. Paul Gaffney.

Basket Share ideas needed

If you are involved in or are the recipient of services from a local nonprofit that you believe in, you can designate that agency as a UUCM Basket Share recipient. Please submit a short paragraph describing what the agency means to you, and why UUCM should support it, to

figleafjoan@comcast.net or 415-453-6221.

Lighthouse Singers Gospel Workshop

January 31, 2015 (Saturday)

Lighthouse Singers 

Gospel Workshop


1:00-4:00 PM

Registration: 12:30-1:00 PM  


First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael (across from San Rafael library)

1510 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 


More info

 Women and Religion Annual Retreat
Feb 27 - March 1, 2015,
In the hills above Napa, California. 

This retreat has been going on since around 1977 with women from the UUA- PCD area. It is a wonderful gathering of women from many congregations; laughing, singing, eating, worshipping, learning from each other and empowering each other. More info and
UU Summer Youth Programs
Do you know a youth who is fired up about social justice? Help spread the word - the UU College of Social Justices summer youth programs

Activate General Assembly: A One-Day Sampler, June 24

Activate New Orleans, July 18-26

Activate Boston, July 18-August 1

NEW! Activate Southwest Border, August 1-9

Group opportunities
General Assembly June 24-28, 2015

Building a New Way

uuachalice General Assembly will be in Portland this year which means many of us will be able to go. Save the date and save your dollars. Scholarships and discounts for volunteering will be available. Ware Lecturer Dr. Cornel West.

Watch the web site for information.
Registration begins March 1, 2015.
General Assembly Schedule.
Social Justice Education/Action 

Part of the mission of the UUCM Social Justice Committee is to provide hands-on service opportunities for congregants to practice the UU principles. Over the past seven years we have provided 182 meals for the REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) program.

Can we count on you to provide a dish for approximately 12 people at least one of the 26 Sunday nights?

Sign up on the board in the lobby or at socialjustice@uumarin.org or contact figleafjoan@comcast.net or 415-453-6221.


Do you know of an inspirational activist who would be a good speaker for one of the Social Justice Committee's education-action luncheons? If so, please contact Joan at figleafjoan@comcast.net 415-453-6221

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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