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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Challenge Grant
Bible Stories for Skeptics Continues
Buy Concert Tickets Online Now
Work Party May 30
Bioluminescence Kayak Trip
Upcoming Congregational Meeting
Art Exhibit of Elinor Severinghaus
Save the date - Mountain Play
Rotating Emergency Shelter
General Assembly June 24-28
Social Justice Education/Action
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May 14, 2015
Issue #310

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

May 24, 2015: "Out with the Old, In with the New God"

Rev. Chip Wright, with Sue Fleckles, Worship Associate

Last in the series on liberal theology


The ancient relationship between science and theology resurfaces as we head into the future--facing a time like none that has ever existed before in human history. 


Past services 
Listen to past sermons 
There are now audio versions of 8 past sermons on our web site, mostly from when Chip was on sabbatical. Watch for more sermons.
Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice


 5/24/15 Geri Randall  

 5/31/15 June Fesler  

 6/7/15 Carol Kerr  

 6/14/15 Wisdom/Humor Potluck


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.


RE nUUs 
jef melcher

From the DRE:


A pondering: In thinking about the vision for our Ministry of Religious Education, I have been thinking of joining many other UU congregations to make RE = Religious Exploration. It has a nice sound to it and may describe more clearly what we actually encourage and do with our families and children. What do you think?


Summer Day Camp at UUCM, Aug 3-7 & 10-14 

info about day camp


We are starting to plan the next ALL UUCM work day,(date change) May 30. Lots of little repairs and Spring cleaning to do. Everyone is welcome to pitch in. We will be there from (time change) 10:00-4:00. You can come for all or part.


Blessed Be,

Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.

(415) 479-4131 ext. 104,   DRE@uuMarin.org 

Challenge Grant


"Challenge Grant" to Refurbish the UUCM Building


Our wonderful hilltop facility has unfortunately suffered from a lack of maintenance in recent years, a consequence of budget shortfalls. To provide funds to refurbish the building and restore its aesthetic appeal, Geri Randall has offered a challenge grant: If the rest of the congregation collectively donates at least $5000 for this purpose, she will personally contribute $5000. The goal is to raise at least $10,000.


Many members donated generously at the budget hearing, where the challenge grant was announced.   If you did not attend the meeting, please make a contribution now. Note on your checks that the money is to be credited to the challenge grant refurbishment fund. Send or give to the UUCM office.


We will all share in the delight of a beautiful spiritual home.

Bible Stories for Skeptics Continues

Come enjoy discussion of ancient stories in a new light. Our ongoing series of conversations continues with Reverend Robert (Bob) Drake. 


May 24 Babel:What Tower?


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


Bring your own bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. Sessions will be in the Clara Barton Room from "after the service" (approx. 12 noon) until 1:30 pm.


Childcare can be arranged if you contact Ilana Trumbull in advance. 

Buy Concert Tickets Online Now

You don't want to miss this. On Saturday May 30 from 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) there will be another one of our fabulous chamber concerts put together by Milton Wong, featuring him and Amanda Morando. We will be celebrating the works of Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), a much overlooked but more recently celebrated female composer and also Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn.



Carol Mukhopadhyay, violin

Karen Heather, piano

Angus Davol, cello

Katy Juneau, viola

Dan Reiter, cello

Amanda Morando, soprano

Milton Wong, piano & violin


Advance purchase tickets: 

$20 adults

$15 students & seniors 

$10 children 13 & under 


At the door $5 more for all.


We still need a few people to bake cookies and brownies prior to the event. Contact Janette or sign up in the UUCM foyer.


Contact the Administrator for more information or questions. Print a flyer to give to your friends and neighbors.

Work Party May 30

Work Party Saturday, May 30 10 am to 4 pm


Please help your community thrive by volunteering a few hours to clean, paint, and repair items around UUCM. You do not have to commit to the entire time. Please take a look at the list and pick a task or two that you would enjoy doing. There will be a potluck lunch - so bring something to share and UUCM will provide fruit and ice cream sundae makings. We want to enjoy our building and we want to provide an attractive place for rentals to generate income. Most of the jobs on the list are not hard. In addition some tools and expert advice will be available. Please email Thomas with questions and to let me know that you can help.


In faith much is possible.



Bioluminescence Kayak Trip with Overnight Camping

jef melcher

We are scheduling through Blue Waters Kayak Rental a 24-hr double kayak rental and overnight camping, sunset paddle with Bioluminescent algae experience: $190/person. (date to be set)


For only kayak and tour w/o camping, it is $78 per person. For this option the return to shore is 9pm or 10pm.


for more info and to sign up
Upcoming Congregational Meeting

Annual meeting May 31 12 pm


 . Presentation of and Action on Slate for 2014-2015 Trustees and Delegates


. Presentation of and Action on Proposed 2015-2016 Operating Budget

Art Exhibit of Elinor Severinghaus
There is a showing of some of Elinor's paintings in the Fireside Room. The exhibit is mainly her amazing early watercolor paintings, with the exception of two mixed media abstract pieces.  She used abstract expressionism through collage, ink, monoprinting, and painting with other media. Elinor died March 16, 2015.
See more of her work at her web site.

Save the date: Saturday June 13 for a fun-filled day on Mt Tam! 

June 13 We are taking a trip to Wonderland! Where you can bask in the sun and commune with your UUCM community at the Mountain Play enjoying their presentation of Peter Pan.

Order your tickets at  www.mountainplay.org and plan to meet at the Park and Ride at Smith Ranch Road just off US 101 at 10 am that day. We will carpool to the Manzanita Parking lot and catch a school bus to the mountain. Pack a picnic, wear a hat, bring a blanket or cushions to sit on, your best pirate swagger and don't forget your sunscreen. Please email thomas.ervin@comcast.net if you have questions and to let me know that you are coming.




Rotating Emergency Shelter

Joan Nelson reports that the Rotating Emergency Shelter program (operating for six months every winter for the past seven years) will probably be operating year round before long.


It's closed now, but will have a test run for 56 nights from June 8 to August 3She will be signing up Sunday night dinner volunteers again. This time there will be no sign-up board in the UUCM foyer. Signups will be done electronically! Stay tuned.

General Assembly June 24-28
uuachaliceGeneral Assembly 

June 24-28, Portland, OR


Housing and Travel

GA on a budget

Accessibility services 


General Assembly Grid 

Preliminary Schedule with workshop descriptions 

Ware Lecturer Dr. Cornel West, article in March UUWorld.


General Assembly is a wonderful event that I hope many will be able to attend. If you can't attend you can view many live and past parts of it on your computer.

If you are going think about being a delegate.

Social Justice Education/Action 

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  

(New phone: 415-506-4166

Cell: 415-595-6221)

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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