This Week at UUFRC, 11/30/17

This week’s activities and Upcoming Events at UUFRC…

 Sunday, December 3, 2017

“Surviving the Winter Holidays”

Worship Leader: the Rev. Dr. Gretchen Woods

Worship Associate: Joanne McMahon

Music Director: Dawn Reyen

Music Coordinator: John Anning

Pianist: Larry Chinn

The “Toys for Tots” boxes are awaiting your donation of new, unwrapped toys for children aged 0 to 12 years old. The donated toys are often the only presents that some kids get, so let’s fill those babies up!

Please join us for these upcoming inter-faith events!

*Note that the MLK Day of Service is on Monday, January 15th, not January 16th as incorrectly stated in our December Redwood Reachout.

 Sunday, December 10:

Please attend our quarterly Interfaith Committee Meeting after service at

11:45 am in the Block Room to help us prepare for the MLK Day of Service and plan a possible interfaith forum and service for the spring. We are also open to your ideas for activities and interfaith exchanges. We need more participation in the committee in order to turn our ideas into actual events.

Saturday, December 16:

Come volunteer for the next food sort for Second Harvest at the Belmont Mosque. This event occurs monthly and serves 100 families. Our help is encouraged for set-up and food distribution, which runs from about 7:00am-9:30 am. The mosque is located at 621 Masonic Way in Belmont. Please contact John Anning at if you would like to help out. 

Monday, January 15, 2018:

Save the date for the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition’s annual Martin Luther King Day of Service! Last year over 30 UUFRC volunteers, including several families, participated in events ranging from choral singing to tutoring to crafts and gardening.

We also need youth or other volunteers to help with the beading project Tovis will be leading.

Later in December online registration to participate in a volunteer project will be available. For more information about the event, check out the PMC website at:

http://www. upcoming-events-links/ 

Please contact Beth Harrison, UUFRC Interfaith Committee Chair at with any questions or ideas.



There are some exciting offerings coming up, and we hope you can join us. There is no charge for classes, open to ages 16+ unless noted. Childcare is available for all classes, please contact the organizer at least one week before the first class to arrange.



5 Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:00 noon

Jan 6, 13, & 20, Feb 3 & 17

(Registration is not required but appreciated

for planning, walk-ins also welcome.

Childcare requests by Dec 28.)


Join Rev. Gretchen for this series about the Unitarians and the Universalists, their merger in 1961, and on to today. Impress your friends at your next trivia night, and find out more about your roots and community.



A weekly Adult RE email for reflection

If you wish, sign up to receive an UUFRC Adult RE email each Wednesday. Offering a short reading, this email provides a chance to pause, re-center and reflect for a few minutes midweek.




4 Monday nights, 7:00-9:00 pm

Jan 29, Feb 5, 12 & 19

(Register by January 21)


Designed to be welcoming to Unitarian Universalists of many spiritual and theological persuasions, Spirit of Life offers participants space, time, and community to explore their unique Unitarian Universalist spirituality. (from the program guide).


Come to the HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIRE, Saturday, December 2nd from 9 am to 3 pm. We have many vendors and lots of  hand-crafted items for sale. This is a great way to support local artisans and your fellowship while you finish your holiday shopping. I also need some UUFRC folks to make cookies, breads, candies, whatever, to be sold at the faire, all proceeds going to UUFRC. If you can do this, please bring your goodies to the fellowship on Friday 12/1 between 5 and 8 pm or Saturday 12/2 BEFORE 9 am. Thanks!

Sunday, December 10

7-9pm in the Sanctuary

Listening Tour Presentation

Moderated discussion with John Anning, audience questions

Followed by Wine and (Wisconsin) Cheese refreshments 

Background: Peter and David spent three weeks in Wisconsin on a “Getting out of our Bubble” Listening Tour project.  They interviewed over 25 people representing a range of political, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.  They wrote about their experiences and interviews in a blog:  This evening you will hear about some of their conversations, impressions and how this experience has broadened their perspectives and helped them step outside of their SF Bay Area bubble.

Administrator’s Office Hours and Drop In Only Open to the Public Hours 

Monday: 10am-4pm Drop in only Open 12pm-3pm

Tuesday: 10am-4pm Drop in Open 11pm-2pm

Wednesday: 10am-4pm by appointment only

Thursday: 10am-5pm Unavailable for Drop ins

Friday: Off

Any messages or emails sent to the office on Thursday will be responded to on Monday the following week.


A visit to UUFRC’s website ( can answer many of your questions, including those relating to programs, policies, scheduling of upcoming events, the process for reserving a room, and when is the best time to drop something off. 

Have you been one of the friendly, smiling faces that hands out Orders of Service at a Sunday service?  Yes?  Then, wouldn’t you like to do it again? No? Then, would you like to be? Participating as a Greeter is a great opportunity to contribute and to become better known to others in the community.  And it’s fun! The Connections Committee would like to make it easy for you. Check your calendar now and go to our online sign-up form. From our website at, navigate to “Information”, and then “Getting Involved”. Sign up for as many dates as you like! Patricia Dwyer, <>