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Nov 2017

Newsletter Deadline

January, 2018 issue of the UUSM Newsletter will be published on January 2. Deadline for that issue is Friday,  December 15 at noon. Please submit announcements to Submit articles to


Hosted by the Music Committee with Christmas Carols!
December 10 • 6 pm in Forbes Hall
Get in the holiday spirit at Second Sunday Supper in December! All are encouraged to attend this  informal potluck feast – this month you are also encouraged to bring a potluck holiday dish that you’d  like to share! Catch up with  old friends and meet new ones, and come prepared to sing your favorite Christmas carols with the  UUSM choir! You can help - join our Kitchen Cabinet and help with cooking (the day before), setup, or cleanup.  You know that the most fun at any party is in the kitchen! Sign up at Children are absolutely welcome! To save  on waste and promote green living, we kindly ask that you bring your own plates, cups, utensils,  and cloth napkins. We will have extra dishes if you cannot bring your own. Contact: Jacki Weber.

Heart & Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service
Second Sundays, 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Heart and Soul services are led by Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, poetry, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we’ll explore monthly worship themes.
Sunday, December 10 – What Does It Mean to be A COMMUNITY OF HOPE?

Rev. Greg’s sermons are now available for purchase in the front office and on Sundays, in Forbes Hall

Suggested contribution to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund: $5
The minister’s discretionary fund is used to assist members and friends of the congregation and members of the larger community in meeting their basic living needs (such as shelter, food, utilities, medical) and other exigencies (such as transportation, fees). It may be given as a loan or a gift, depending upon the person’s ability and the circumstances. The minister has discretionary and confidential use of these funds. Please leave contributions in the donation box next to the publications.










Join the Choir for the Joy of Music During the Holidays

Caroling, Caroling… All Are Welcome! Spread the spirit of the season by singing holiday carols at Sunrise Assisted Living and Seaport Care Center on Saturday, December 9. We’ll meet upstairs in Forbes Classroom 2 (the choir room) at 1:30 pm to warm up our voices, then walk to the two locations, which are only a few blocks from the church. We will finish by 3:30 pm. Hope to see you there. It is an opportunity to bring joy to seniors. Contact Cindy Kelly if you have any questions.

Heart to Heart Circles: Deadline for 2018

Over the past several years, Heart to Heart Circles have become an integral part of our UUSM community. Within these circles, church members have the opportunity to get to know each other beyond the role layers we present to the world each day. It is an opportunity to share oneself, and to develop the skill of deep listening in an atmosphere of confidentiality, openness, trust, and acceptance.
Until December 15, you may sign up for Heart to Heart Circles that will be held from January through June 2018. (Next summer, we will align new groups to the church calendar year, with groups meeting from October 2018 through June 2019, and signups over the summer.)
We invite you to join a Heart to Heart Circle if you have not done so, or to return for another season of deep listening and sharing. Please visit our table during coffee hour to sign up and to find out more about these wonderful groups, or contact if you have questions.
Leslie Beauvais

Need a Photograph for the Directory?

All church members are listed in the church directory, along with their photographs. If you are a new member, or a long-time member whose photo needs refreshing, Charles Haskell welcomes you to his home studio for your headshot. Contact Charles to set up an appointment.

The Future of Second Sunday Supper

For nearly a decade, Second Sunday Suppers have been an integral component of UUSM congregational life, particularly valued by new and potential members, those who often eat alone, and all who simply enjoy one another in fellowship over food.
I took on coordination of Second Sunday Suppers a year ago to help bridge a gap when prior leaders stepped down. We tried some new systems and some different outreach and have kept it going. I had hoped to identify new leadership, but that hasn’t yet emerged, so we now have a choice to end the monthly community-building potluck or someone new can step up.
My dear board colleague Kim Miller has offered to help sustain Second Sunday Suppers through the spring, coordinating some groups willing to host. We will retire the program in May in the absence of new leadership and execution.
If you are interested in helping strengthen community through Second Sunday Supper, now is the time to step up. Contact me or Kim Miller.
Jacki Weber

Join the Hiking Group!

On November 11 seven of us from UUSM hiked in Red Rock Canyon near Topanga. This was a wonderful hike, with beautiful scenery and mild, balmy weather. We hike as a UUSM group on the second Saturday of the month when the weather permits and a group is interested. Our next hike will be December 9. If interested in joining us please contact Steve Young
Left to right, above:  Dean Wahls, Greg Wood, Dani Rengstorff, John Rengstorff, Sylvia Young, Linda van Ligten.  Photo: Steve Young.


Wednesday, December 20, 7pm: Solstice Vespers
Through readings, chant, candlelighting, and sacred silence, we will mark the coming of the longest night of the year. This evening service will be hosted by Rima Snyder.
Sunday, December 24 at 9am and 11am: Sunday Morning Services
“The Straight Skinny on the Fat Man in Red”
Rev. Greg Ward, Jacki Weber
Sunday, December 24 at 4pm: Beasts and Baubles Christmas Eve
“Would You Like to Hold the Baby?”
Join Kathleen Hogue and Dr. Zanaida Robles for a festive family-friendly Christmas Eve service, including our pageant and Friendly Beasts. PLEASE BRING an ornament you’re willing to part with on the Sunday morning before the services on the 17th or the 24th. Perhaps it can be from your personal collection, a new one picked out at a store, or a simple handmade one.
Sunday, December 24 at 6 & 8pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Rev. Greg Ward, Dr. Zanaida Robles
Adult Choir led by Dr. Zanaida Robles
Sunday, December 31, ONE SERVICE ONLY at 11am:
“All These Words Mean Happy Kwanzaa”
Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd