Jeffrey Melcher, Director of Religious Education
An Opening by Jef Melcher
(Read as chalice lighting on Jan 5th by the Meluch Family: Ray, Wendy, Bea, and Forrest)
And so it has happened again,
a cultural marker of a new year,
another trip around El Sol.
With it comes an opening to change,
resolutions, commitments; but how?
Jim Stuart says, “To achieve a goal
you have never achieved before,
you must start doing things
you have never done before."
And Author Unknown,
second only to Anonymous
in literary popularity,
says it this way:
“If you keep doin' what you're doin',
you'll keep gettin' what you got."
So, may the opening of this New Year
find us supporting each other
trying new things,
seeing new ways,
and risking love.
Sharing and Caring
I am pleased to report good participation from UUCM this year in our sharing and caring projects.
Our time bound projects:
Toiletries for the Homeless – The kids have started packaging them up. I think we are going to beat last year in quantity and variety. Last call for items or $ donations.
Our Sockx Appeal is also doing well this year. We are accepting white tube socks until the end of January. Another 4 dozen pair would be great to round out the total.
Guest at Your Table – This annual UUSC appeal is winding up. Please bring your boxes in with a check for the amount saved up. UUCM has always been a generous participant in the UU Service Committee fundraiser. Please round up.
Our ongoing Sharing and Caring
Giving Basket – weekly giving in the RE classes from September through May. The kids vote on a local or international program to donate their proceeds. Please talk to them about the importance of giving as a spiritual practice.
Meals at Shelters – UUCM is participating in supporting two meal programs in the community. Several of our families are helping out onsite. The two women organizing help with the meals: Joan and Carol. For the group Joan works with, UUCM provides food for Sunday dinner. The group Carol is connected with, you and the family go, with a salad, and sit and eat with everyone. This group happens on 2nd Tuesdays in San Rafael. Carol and Joan would be delighted to talk with you about getting involved on a one-time or long-term basis.
Carol Littrell: (415) 883-9676, cjwlittrell (at) aol.com
Joan Nelson: (415) 453-6221, figleafjoan (at) Comcast.net
Children and Youth Program for the UUCM Crab Feed
Last year the program for children and youth made it possible for families to attend and have a good time. This means we need youth and adults to sign up for a task or time slot. Interactive games, art, music, food and a movie seem like good plan to start out with. Please let me know if you would like to help.
UUCM OWL Program Team (OPT) 2013-2014
We have a new to UUCM group that is supporting the Our Whole Lives program for year-to-year oversight, training, planning and advocacy of the UUCM OWL program. It is a sub-committee of the RE Committee.
Jeffrey Melcher, UUCM DRE, OWL Facilitator
Sierra Lander, OWL Facilitator
Chip Wright, UUCM Minister
Mikey Songster, UUCM Pres., parent, OPT Liaison to RE Cttee, OWL Facilitator
Alison Clayton, parent and OWL teacher
Thomas Lundbaek, parent and UUCM RE Cttee member
Lynne Scarpa, parent and potential teacher
Spring RE Classes
Nursery and Pre-K and Kindergarten: Cooperative play, Cooperative construction.
OWL for K-2 graders
OWL for 4-5 graders
Neighboring Faiths 6-8 grade
Values, Faith and Actions 3-5 grade
YRUU: Social justice, dream analysis, play and community building
Wright Room Revival
Thanks to a full day of work in the Wright Room Closet, we now have access supplies and games. Yippee!! Kudos to Chris Davenport, Alyssa Hall, Susan Ingersoll and Jef Melcher. “It was a bit like spelunking there for a while.” “There was a moment of touch and go near the end.” We cleaned the cobwebs and “spirits of untidy”, then put up a demon mask to watch over the space to look out for anyone who might dump stuff in there. I have started giving tours of the closet. I expect we will have tea in there this Spring.
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