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January 9, 2019

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SUNDAY WORSHIP

 

January 13, 2019
9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

 

"Poetry of the Global Majority"

 
Rev. Axel Gehrmann & Karen Brown
 
“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness,” Alice Walker writes. Poetry has the power to open our minds and hearts to new insights and understanding, linking our lived experience to a multitude of people whose lives are both remarkably similar and different from our own. In this way poetry can help us change ourselves as we change the world.



                                        
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IN THIS ISSUE

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN
JANUARY SHARED OFFERING
GUEST AT YOUR TABLE
KAZU PUBLIC RADIO
CAMPING SAVE THE DATE
SING ALONG
WOMEN'S DISCUSSION GROUP
FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT
MEN'S BREAKFAST
STARR KING SYMPOSIUM
I-HELP FOR MEN
WOMEN'S MARCH - VOLUNTEER
DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE
MLK DAY HELP NEEDED
OFFICE HOURS
ATTENDANCE
CALENDAR

 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS...

 

READ OUR DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN AND JOIN OUR CONGREGATIONAL CONVERSATION!

 
Our draft Strategic Plan was included in the January Nuusletter, which you can find at church and on our website. It describes our 2019-2022 plans for growth. -- Growth in numbers, growth in connections, growth in diversity of all kinds, growth in impact.
 
On Sundays, January 13 and 20, after each service, there will be a discussion of the bold new plan and how you can be a part of this vision for growth. Please join us!

On Sunday, January 27, there will be a special congregational meeting at 11:15 a.m., in place of the second service. At that time we will vote on the draft Strategic Plan. Don’t miss this important meeting!

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JANUARY SHARED OFFERING

 
Our Shared Offering for January is the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County (HRC). This agency’s mission is to provide a continuum of housing resources for homeless prevention and affordable housing opportunities. HRC fosters community stability, stronger communities, and personal economic empowerment through education, advocacy, counseling and services. Please give generously!


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GUEST AT YOUR TABLE 


Guest at Your Table, UUSC’s (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) longest-standing fundraising and intergenerational education program for congregations, has been an important part of UUSC and UU culture since 1975.  On December 2, the Social Justice Committee will have a table in the Welcome Hall for handing out collection boxes for us to keep at the dinner table (or another gathering space in our homes) for collecting loose change and bills during December.  Besides being a collection point, the boxes serve as a reminder of the work UUSC and its partners do to defend human rights around the world. This year, the donations will be used by UUSC for three aspects of the migrant challenges for Central Americans:
 
The right to safety in Central America
The right to safety on the migrant trail
Human rights and the U.S. immigration system. 

We will be collecting your coin boxes during January - there will be a place on the Shared Plate Organization table for you to place them. 

Some of you may prefer to write a check payable to UUSC - the SJC will have  UUSC remit envelopes, or you can drop a check in our weekly collection baskets.  All Guest at Your Table gifts of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock.
This includes monthly donations that total $125 or more.  


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KAZU PUBLIC RADIO UPDATE


We will once again be advertising on KAZU Public Radio, FM 90.3.
A number of us who already regularly contribute to this local public radio station, instead pool our money, by giving it to the church, which then gives it to KAZU, and then UUCMP gets under-writing spots, one for each $25 contributed. KAZU gets our money, and UUCMP gets our message out to the community.
Please consider contributing to this effort. Please either place your check, made payable to UUCMP into the offertory baskets on Sunday, or send a check directly to the church office. Make sure your check is clearly labeled “KAZU Gift” in the memo line. Please note, donations made this way will not be credited against your annual church pledge. And of course, these donations will not earn any of the thank you gifts that KAZU sometimes gives. However they will give UUCMP greater visibility in the community and help us implement our mission of “Changing ourselves as we change the world.”
Thank you!

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SAVE THE DATE!


Join your UUCMP friends for a weekend in the great outdoors! Everyone in the church is invited to participate the weekend of Memorial Day (May 24 - 27) at a private campground along the lovely Piney Creek in Arroyo Seco.
 
More details will appear as the time grows closer, but mark your calendar now. The camp out may include opportunities to hike into the Los Padres National Forest, as well as opportunities to stay firmly planted in your camp chair. There will be something for everyone.
 
Have questions or want to help with the planning? Contact the director of religious exploration, Corey Brunson, at dre.corey@uucmp.org.

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THIS WEEK...


SING ALONG


Tonight, Wednesday, January 9
Our monthly sing-along is tonight in the Fireplace Room.  Bring your instrument (guitar, ukelele, banjo, drum, harmonica, etc.) or just your voice!  This informal setting is a great way to practice your favorite songs for the holidays and social gatherings. (Email Shawn Kraut and Camille for more information, or to suggest songs.)

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WOMEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP


January 10, 2019
We welcome all women to our twice monthly meetings—the second and fourth Thursdays. On January 10, Joni Caldwell will lead our discussion of “Aging Positively.” Our discussion on January 24 will be led by Peggy Hansen ; the topic will be “My Favorite Book from 2018 (plus one to trade ).” Please join us from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room.


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FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES


Friday, January 11, 7:00 p.m.
THE HOURS ~ Directed by Stephen Daldry, this British-American drama stars Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman. The story spans across the 20th century and revolves around three very different women, two of whom have been profoundly affected by the works of Virginia Woolf; the other woman is Woolf herself. All three are battling with issues of freedom, responsibility, and identity. Their stories intertwine and come together in a transcendent moment of shared recognition. It won the Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes and earned Nicole Kidman the Oscar for best female actor. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. It’s free. Family and friends are welcome. Refreshments available for a small fee. See you at the movies!

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MEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP


Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 a.m.
All men are invited to the monthly Men’s Breakfast Group. Please let Marsh Pitman know if you will attend so we can plan for enough food. Come as early as 7:30 if you want to help.

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STARR KING 7th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM


January 12, 2019
This “urban retreat” serves as a day of study, dialogue, food, art, music, community-building, service, and celebration of the Spirit of Life, as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities. This year we are thrilled to have the Rev. Dr. Melanie L. Harris, American Council of Education Fellow at the University of Denver and Founding Director of African American and Africana Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Harris is the first African American woman to earn the rank of Full Professor at TCU. She is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles. Dr. Harris teaches in the areas of Christian Social Ethics, Womanist Theology, Inclusive Excellence, and Environmental Justice. Visit www.sksm.edu/symposium2019 for more information. Check back often for more details.

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I-HELP FOR MEN DINNER


Sunday, January 13
We are beginning a New Year with an I-HELP dinner,  on January 13th.  The support
last year was outstanding.  Thanks for supporting the homeless I-HELP men and helping with their success.  Please sign up to contribute food on the Activities and News bulletin board.  Food preparation begins at 3:00, setting up tables and chairs begins at 4:00 and the dinner begins at 5:00.  Food contribution should be dropped off by 3:30.  Please label your food “Men’s I-HELP.”  Thanks to all who contributed last time.  All were generous and it was a great success.  Contact Steve Smaby for more information, or 831-233-1014 (text able).

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COMING SOON...

 


WOMEN’S MARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED


January 19
Volunteer(s) are needed to sit at our UUCMP table to answer questions and hand out literature during the 2019 Women’s March on Saturday, January 19. Men are welcome! The event will start at Colton Hall and end with a celebration at the Custom House Plaza. Contact Karen Brown for details.

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DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE

 
Sunday January 20
Dances of Universal Peace will be held SUNDAY, January 20 from 5-7pm in the Church Sanctuary.  Members from the Santa Cruz Sufi Community will be on hand to teach the simple, easy-to-learn melodies, words, and steps.  A donation of $10 per person is suggested to help support this ongoing event.  For the comfort of all our participants, we ask that you refrain from wearing fragrances.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY HELP NEEDED 


January 21
A few volunteers are needed to help set up and sit at the UUCMP table during the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Oldemeyer Center, Seaside, following the annual MLK march. Tabling will be from approximately 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Monday, January 21. Contact Karen Brown for details:.

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UUCMP INFORMATION

OFFICE HOURS

Our current office hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you need access at other times, please contact the office.
 
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ATTENDANCE

Sunday, January 6:          9:30 - 55
                                         11:15 - 76
                        Sanctuary total - 131
               RE, children & youths - 11
                                   RE, adults - 7
                            Building total - 149

 
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CALENDAR

For additional event listings, check our Calendar online.

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