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2019 Annual UUFRC Silent Auction Catalog is Available
The 2019 Annual UUFRC Silent Auction is this Saturday, October 19 from 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Click this link to download the catalog: 2019 Catalog V3_Front PagesV7
Tickets are available at the door: $40/adult and $6/child under 18
Tour Shoreway Recycling Center June 12
China Refuses to Recycle Our Plastic, Now What?
For more than 25 years, many developed countries, including the U.S., have been sending plastic waste to China instead of recycling it themselves. But in 2017, China banned plastic waste from being imported beginning in January 2018.
Now that China won’t take it, what’s happening to our used
We can start by asking our local waste-management company, Rethink Waste. Join us for a tour of the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos from 12:30 – 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 12.
We’ll visit the transfer station, materials recovery
facility, and environmental education center. We’ll follow the path of
recyclables, yard trimmings, food scraps, and garbage from curbside-collection,
to processing, to remanufacturing or being sent to the landfill.
Directions: 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070. Enter
through Gate #2, park in the visitor’s parking lot following the Tour Parking
sign. Gather at the “Tour Starts Here” sign.
Children in third-grade and up are welcome, too. Let me know if you plan to come so that I can send you the Tour Participant Permission form.
Be sure to bring your questions!
Would You Like to Become a Member of UUFRC?
During the service on March 10th, we’ll be holding an Ingathering Ceremony to welcome new members to the Fellowship. This is a heart-filled experience as we are introduced to our new members, watch them participate in the candle-lighting ceremony and share a spoken Covenant of support and caring. Pictures and cake, and hugs for our new members make this a special day. If you are ready to join UUFRC, please contact our Connections Coordinator, Cindy Johnson at: email@example.com
Please donate care items for the homeless from December to mid-January
From now until our annual *Peninsula Multifaith Coalition Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 21, 2019, we will be collecting items for donations of care kits to the homeless.
Please bring your items to our Sunday services to add to the collection basket. Here are the items being collected:
toothpaste, toothbrushes, washcloths, deodorant, combs, hand sanitizer, sanitary napkins, little bottles of shampoo/conditioner, small soaps. Please make sure items are unused.
Thank you in advance for your contribution!
*Sign ups for the MLK Day of Service will begin in early December! This is an opportunity to join volunteers from other faith groups to work on projects that benefit our local community.
Posted on behalf of the UUFRC Interfaith Committee,
Cheri Hahne, Chair
Annual UUFRC Christmas Walk & Treats in December
Come one, come all of any age and join us for the Annual Christmas Walk & Treats on Sunday, December 9 from 5:30pm-7:30pm hosted at Greg & Sharon Gee’s house in San Carlos.
Beginning at 5:30pm, we will all gather in the driveway of the Gee’s house with hot cocoa and cider and sweet treats provided by the Youth & Family Committee.
Around 6pm we will start walking down the street where each house is light up for the holidays. After the walk we will meet back at the Gee’s for more sweets and socializing.
This is a lovely event for the whole congregation. We hope you will join us.
Please contact Lori Longo or Jessica Roybal with any questions.
Winter Learning Journey Class in Spiritual Autobiography—a few spots are still open!
Spiritual Autobiography Course taught by Beth Harrison
Through writing, meditations and exercises, explore your life’s events and relationships to find patterns and meaning. The four sessions will focus on themes of childhood, rites of passage, relationships, loss, and transcendence. Everyone is welcome regardless of your level of experience in writing. Please come willing to use writing as a means of reflection.
The course meets: Wednesdays January 9th – 30th from 7:00–9:00 pm. We will meet at Beth’s house in San Carlos. As this is a covenanted class, please make sure you can attend all four meetings before you register.
Please email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information before registering. Class size is limited to ten participants.
Note: if you already have a spiritual writing practice and would like to join an existing writing group, please contact Beth as well.
Join in a Peninsula Multifaith Coalition sponsored panel: “Welcome the Stranger” on December 1
Welcome the Stranger: How Do We Honor the Stranger in our Midst?
A Panel Presentation by Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims and Bahai’s
Followed by Q & A, dessert and discussion.
Bring vegetarian sweets to share.
When: December 1, 2018, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Peninsula Temple Sholom
1655 Sebastian Dr., Burlingame, CA.
Sponsored by the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition.
We bring together our diverse faith communities to build bridges of understanding and respect. We stand together with humility to acknowledge our common values, learn from one another and serve our wider world.
Rethinking Religious Education
At the end of September, I attended Pot of Gold, a one-day conference organized by the Pacific Central District of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (PCD-LREDA). The keynote address was titled “Reimagining Sunday School”.
The presenters recounted trends happening in our society that I also see here at UUFRC:
Families are pulled in a variety of directions with many potential activities competing for their time. Sundays are often the only time of the week families can recharge and/or do things together.
Competing priorities, demographic shifts, and changing cultural attitudes and norms about church have led to a sharp decline in Sunday school attendance for many years now.
The presenters also stated that, within our own denomination, it is estimated that less than 20% of children who grew up in a UU church return to a UU church as adults. A common comment to this statistic is “I don’t care if my child identifies as UU. I just want them to grow into ethical adults.” That’s fair enough. But, where will the next generation learn ethical living if the UU denomination fails to sustain itself?
When it comes to the religious education of our children, resources in UU churches are put into the following three areas, in descending order.
Sunday morning religious education
Whole congregation worship
Ironically, this is the reverse of the order of their influence on whether or not a child returns to their faith tradition as an adult, based on data from multiple denominations. To instill a UU identity, we would get more bang for our buck by redirecting resources into supporting families in their faith practices at home and in the world.
This would be a big change at UUFRC. It would require rethinking many things and changing priorities. But, the issue is too important to ignore. I look forward to conversations about this with all of you.
The 2018 Auction Catalog is Here!
“1969” UUFRC 2018 Silent Auction is this Saturday, October 20th, 6-9pm. Please find the catalog attached. In the catalog you will find:
Detailed bidding instructions
Description of the auction items
Events Calendar (last 2 pages)
You can download the catalog by clicking the link below. It is in a PDF format.
If you cannot make it to the auction but would like to bid on some items, please contact Amy Shaw (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday. She can set you up with proxy bidders!
Tickets can be purchased at the door $40/adults, $5/kids.
Please come, dress up in 60’s garb (if you like) and prepare to have a great time!
The Annual Silent Auction, “1969” is Just Days Away!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018, 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
HAVE you submitted your donations, either online, on paper or email yet? The last day to submit donations is Sunday, October 14 (this Sunday.) To submit a donation online, click HERE. Donation forms will be available on Sunday at the Auction Table after services. As of today, 64 donations have been submitted. Our goal is 80 donations, so we still have a bit to go. Won’t you help us out?
HAVE you bought your tickets to attend the Silent Auction yet? The Silent Auction Event is the highlight of the UUFRC social calendar. It’s fun, exciting, yummy and you can wear an outfit from the 1960’s or any decade you choose. Have fun with it. The last day to buy advance tickets is Sunday, October 14 (this Sunday.) After Sunday, adult ticket prices will be $40pp. We will be selling tickets at the door. But save yourself $15 and purchase your tickets on Sunday after services at the Auction Table. Then you have an extra $15 to use for bidding.
If you aren’t able to come, please contact Amy Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask her to set you up with a proxy bidder, someone from the fellowship who will bid on your behalf at the Silent Auction on any items you wish to bid. That way you won’t miss out on all the exciting UUFRC activities that go on throughout the rest of the year.
HAVE you signed up to volunteer yet? We REALLY need your help, especially with: decoration set-up, dessert plating, auction check-in/drink ticket sales and data processing. These are all the day and evening of the event- Saturday, October 20. Sign-up online HERE or sign-up on Sunday at the Auction table after services.
This is going to be a great event! You won’t want to miss it!
“1969” The Annual Silent Auction is 19 Days from Today
“1969” The Annual Silent Auction is Saturday, October 20 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
As of today, there have been 23 Auction Items Donated. Our goal for this year is 80 donations, so we have a ways to go. We know there are some fantastic ideas out there for auction items.
Please submit them today Online Here or fill out a Donation Form on Sunday after services at the Auction Table.
Please keep in mind when pondering what to submit, that the most popular and best income generating auction items are ones that bring UU’s together- a dinner, a fun get-together, or an outing.
And don’t forget, we are happy to accept any gift cards you and your family might have lying around that no one wants to redeem.
As of today, we have 54 spots filled, out of a possible 112 spots. So we are halfway there. If you have not yet volunteered for a spot, please do so today OnlineHere.
Or sign-up on the volunteer sheets on the Auction table on Sunday after services.
Areas where we really need volunteers: Bringing desserts, decoration set-up, Data processing (helping to determine winners and entering them into the computer), and Auction Check-In.
Advance Tickets the the Auction Event
As of today, 37 UUFRCers have purchased advance tickets to attend the Silent Auction. Last year, approximately 100 UUFRCers purchased advance tickets, so we are almost 1/2 way there.
Advance tickets may only be purchased on Sundays after services and only through October 14 (there are only two Sundays left).
After October 14 and on the evening of October 20, adult tickets will be $40 and child tickets will be $6.
So don’t delay- Purchase your tickets, donate your items and volunteer to help make the Annual Silent Auction a peaceful, harmonious and Flower Power event!
“1969” The Annual Silent Auction is just 3 WEEKS AWAY! Sat, Oct 20 from 6-9pm
The biggest “fun/fund-raiser” of the year is 3 weeks away and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Purchase Advance Tickets: Advance tickets on sale every Sunday after services through October 14 in the Social Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for under 18 (check or cash only).
Donate: The online donation site is live and just waiting for you to submit your donations by clicking Here. OR on paper donation forms are available after Sunday services through October 14 at the Advance Ticket table.
Volunteer: There are many positions we need filled. Sign-up by clicking Here.
***We also have a special request—We need someone to step forward and take on the Team Lead for decorations. There are people to help and a budget!****
Incarnation of the Divine: I forgot, is Christmas a Religious Holiday?
Watch Live! The commercialization of Christmas and the Christian focus on Easter can often overshadow the important religious meaning of Christmas. The Easter idea of resurrection is well-known and powerful. Less well-known but also powerful is the Christmas idea of the Incarnation, the birth of the divine in human form which can be inspiring as well as problematic. This worship service will explore what the idea of the incarnation of the divine can mean to us today from our Unitarian Universalist perspective. Worship Associate: Kathy Warne.
Watch Live! Music will start at 9:45 am, and the service starts at 10 am. This service is produced by the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, and so when you click the Watch Live link, it will take you to the UUSM home page. From there, please click “Join the Live Service Now” button, starting at 9:45 am, to join the service.
We come together to celebrate the ways UUism illuminates our journeys and brightens our world. We consider the values we hold dear, and refocus our hope to advance these values in the coming year.
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