Opportunity for Good:
Currently we face so many crises that it can be easy to feel despair and decide to just “live our lives.” But at the June 6th UUCC service Esther Wallace spoke of hope as a decision, and at the July 3rd service Rev. Russ Menk emphasized the importance of action. Unless we choose hope and then decide to act, no crisis will be resolved. There are so many options: climate change, reproductive freedom, voting rights, racial justice, to name a few. Choose one. Get going. For a jump start, visit the UUSJ Democracy Action Team website and commit to securing fair elections, make it easier to vote, and ensure public officials work for the public interest.
Food for Our Souls:
"Sharing the Pulpit" Sunday at UUSM, July 17th, 10:30am
In continuation of our popular third Sunday "Sharing the Pulpit" series, UUCC will join UUSM on Sunday, July 17th, to hear Shared Pulpit graduate, UUSM's Shaun Collins, deliver a sermon entitled "Keep the Faith." Shaun will ponder some of the bigger questions of Life while exploring his own personal spiritual journey and why he thinks it is important to believe in something beyond yourself. What is faith, after all?

Shaun Collins is a Bay Area native. He is married for over 25 years with two college age boys. He has worked in IT for over 30 years including extensive oversees travel managing many multi-national projects over the years. He is known for running triathlons, singing songs, writing poetry, and the occasional Disney trip.

And Shaun has spoken at UUSM many times before. He is a graduate of the Fall 2021 Shared Pulpit class, taught by Tovis Page and Kathryn Jay, and sponsored jointly by UUCC and the UU Fellowship of Santa Cruz County.

Worship Lead: Karyn Collins
Guest Speaker: Shaun Collins
Music Director: Joel Chapman
Dir. Faith Engagement: Tanya Webster
Connections Coordinator: Jac Brennan
Tech Lead: David Kramer

Gathering for service and music begin at 10:15 am
Service begins at 10:30am
Joining UUSM on July 17th, 10:30am
You can join UU San Mateo's service this coming Sunday either by attending in person at Beck Hall or Zooming in. UUSM is located at 300 E Santa Inez Ave in San Mateo.

Proof of full vaccination, including boosters, is required to attend all in-person UUSM activities, events, meetings and services. Please bring your mask and proof of vaccination and boosters with you! Don't forget, UUSM services start a half hour earlier at 10:30am, half an hour earlier than UUCC. You can join on Zoom—or in person at UUSM's Beck Hall. After the in-person service congregants meet in the courtyard for face-to-face conversations and tasty treats. A parking lot for a dentist's office, a half block from UUSM on Santa Inez Ave., can be used. However, please don't park in the spaces next to/closest to their building. 

If you've ever been curious to visit UUSM in person, this Sunday may be a great opportunity to check them out. We here at UUCC were so appreciative of the 10 people who came over from UUSM on July 3rd to attend a UUCC service in Odd Fellows Hall. In these times when church attendance is down for everyone, it is heartening to know we can come together and help each other out in this way. And if you choose to stay Coastside, please consider joining UUSM over Zoom by clicking here.

To call into Zoom directly, dial
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 929 3993 5661
Passcode: 679969
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, August 7th
The Touchstones Theme for August is Ambiguity/Paradox. On Sunday, August 7th, Bill Heavlin delivers a sermon entitled "As Beautiful as the Last Summer Flowers: Ambiguous Loss and New Hope." Coined by therapist Pauline Boss, ambiguous loss refers to a decline in relationship whose onset is either gradual or seems temporary. In this talk, Bill deploys this concept to consider our collective emotional journey during the Pandemic. In so doing, he draws also from the poetry of Kwame Dawes and concepts of Jewish spirituality. And the healing Bill uncovers blossoms from its own paradox.

UUCC and UUSM share a similar masking protocol and vaccination mandate. UUCC has no reported COVID cases since in-person attendance began the first Sunday in May at Odd Fellows Hall in Half Moon Bay. As a reminder, UUCC requests proof of vaccination and booster for those who attend our in-person services to protect our cherished seniors who attend. We will also be using an abundance of caution by requiring mask wearing for churchgoers throughout the service, with the exception of those actively speaking at the front of the room.
Volunteer Jobs Needed for In-Person Services
Now that we are meeting in person on First Sundays, we need some help in different ways. Can you commit to helping out in the following ways?

  • Photograph our August 7th service
  • Staff the check-in table to verify vaccination status
  • Greet people as they come in
  • Set up tables and chairs before the service
  • Help unload and load filming equipment for hybrid service
  • Assist with setting up film equipment for hybrid service
  • Bring flowers!
  • Pass out the order of service and distribute hymnals
  • Run closeup camera 2 for hybrid service
  • Put away tables and chairs after the service
  • Clean up the hall before closing

To tell us how you can help our Beloved Community come together again, please contact us at uucoastside@gmail.com. And thanks to all who have or continue to volunteer!
Compassionate Caring Committee:
The UUCC Compassionate Caring Committee volunteers are often able to support our members during life events such as post-operative, illness, or being homebound. Do you need food delivery or an errand run? Are you feeling loneliness, loss, or grief that a call might help?
Please contacuucoastside@gmail.com if you’d like support or if you want to volunteer.  
We Appreciate Your Support:
For supporting UUCC financially, we have two options:
(1) Donate by Check
If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to UU San Mateo, and write UUCC on the memo line. Please mail your check to:

Nancy Palmer
506 Willow Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1648
(2) Online with Stripe
UUCC Planning Committee Meeting Highlights
Below are some key decisions from UUCC's Planning Committee Meetings for June 2022:
  • Appreciation of two wonderful services in June: Esther Wallace's Flower Ceremony in Odd Fellows Hall and Tom Devine's excellent Shared Pulpit sermon. Special note of a successful, historic, YouTube Live Stream by Bruce Rafnel of the Flower Ceremony.
  • Discussion and approval to renew the Touchstones theme based ministry materials for 2022-23 for $336 dollars.
  • Discussion on potential and upcoming speakers in the Fall, including David Marsland and Tovis Page.
  • Decision to keep the third Sunday service in October on the 16th over Zoom since Pumpkin festival traffic won't be a factor.
  • Discussion on exploring the option of a quarter-time minister.
  • Bill Heavlin's service on the UUSM Worship Transition Team.
  • Discussion on recruiting more volunteers or paid camera operators/sound board technicians to help Bruce Rafnel with in-person services at Odd Fellows Hall.
  • Notes shared on community meetings attended in June with UUA Western Region President's Meeting.
  • Notes shared on community activities UUCC attended such as the Pride flag raised over City Hall and ALAS' Candlelight March to support the families and victims of the shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.
Food for Our Souls:
Unitarian Universalist Coastside Community
Half Moon Bay, California
Bill Heavlin, UUCC Planning Committee
Dave Rokosky, UUCC Planning Committee
Noreen Cooper Heavlin, UUCC Planning Committee
Tom Devine, UUCC Music Director
Bruce Rafnel, UUCC Technical Director