Food for Our Souls:
Opportunities for Good
For this newsletter, we spotlight the services provided by two Coastside non-profits working with two Coastside churches. We are invited to participate in both these gifts to the Coastside community at large. 

First, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 7 to 9 am, Coastside Lutheran Church (CLC) and Abundant Grace Coastside Worker work together to serve free community breakfasts at CLC, 900 Cabrillo Hwy N. All are welcome! The hearty meal (eggs with vegetables, sausage, French toast or pancakes and more) provides needed sustenance and reduces food costs for many low-income workers in our community. For those who cook and clean up, these breakfasts are a labor of love. And more love is needed: both Wednesday and Thursday crews could use more help! If you are interested in contributing to the local community in this way, please email Eric DeBode (
Second, Holy Family Episcopal Church and Coastside Hope have partnered in the Coastside Community Backpack Drive. At a cost of around $60 per child, every year well over 450 students receive a quality school backpack and grade-appropriate school supplies. Monetary contributions are needed to help purchase the supplies and backpacks. And volunteers are needed to (a) help fundraise at the farmers market, (b) shop for the supplies, (c) stuff the backpacks and totes with school supplies, and (d) distribute the backpacks and school supply totes. The dates of distribution are August 10th and 11th at the Coastside Hope parking lot. If you'd like to help, please contact
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, July 2nd
The Touchstones Theme for July is Play. Cultural historian Johan Huizinga asserted that play is fundamental to being human and has permeated all cultures since the emergence of our species. So why is it so difficult for many of us to play? 

The July 2nd service, "An Invitation to Play," promises to be exceptionally fun. Revolving around reflections by Esther Wallace, M.Div., Bill Heavlin, and Noreen Cooper Heavlin, we examine the historical religious roots of downplaying fun, the importance of full body worship, and the expansion of imagination and creativity that play offers. Attendees are invited to move, sing, interact, and — most of all — to laugh. Diedrik and Kaj Edholm and Vera Vanderschalk all contribute lively music. Those living with less fun are especially invited.

This live in-person service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019, on July 2nd, 11am. As a courtesy to some of our elders, UUCC recommends mask wearing for churchgoers throughout the service—with the exception of those actively speaking at the front of the room. Odd Fellows Hall is quite spacious for social distancing and includes a new high-circulation air ventilation system.

For the Order of Service, click here
This service really is designed be maximally enjoyed in person
but you can access this service from home by clicking
UUCC Zoom link:
or Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: 416762
Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Video Recording of UUCC Pride Sunday, June 18th
Verna Barrientos delivered a powerful, inspiring and informative sermon last Sunday, June 18th, on how we can move from being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community to a true advocate. We are still awaiting approval from Universal Studios to use Heather Small's song "Proud" behind footage of the historic CoastPride Parade in Half Moon Bay, beautifully captured by our Technical Director, Bruce Rafnel. You can view the unlisted YouTube video here. We hoping to make it a public YouTube video soon on our official UUCC channel. Thanks to Gary, Carlean, Bill and Noreen for marching in the Parade under the UUCC banner, and to our beloved CoastPride Multi-Faith Partners and the phenomenal team at CoastPride that made this celebration possible.
UUCC Gallery View Zoom Sunday, July 16th, 11am
Continuing with the Touchstones Theme of Play for July, we welcome back David Marsland. On Sunday, July 16, 11am, David speaks on "Death Looms Over My Shoulder and the Joy of Cycling."

Most of us are uncomfortable talking about or even thinking about death. Yet death awaits all of us in the end. As an avid bicyclist, death often looms over David's shoulder. And still he rides, filled with joy. 

Knowing that we only have a finite time to live can help us to live more fully. Let us ponder our own mortality and consider what it would take to be ready to die peacefully when the time comes.

Despite the risks, bicycling can bring great joy. Imagine the wind in your face, flying down hills and riding through incredible scenery like our beautiful Coastside. Picture yourself traveling under your own power and growing stronger with every mile while laughing with friends. Or just bike commuting to work, to the store, or just around town and having fun on the way. 

Following the Gallery View Third Sunday format, this is a Zoom-only service.
Peninsula Bay Area Shared UU Services
UUCC has enjoyed hosting the congregations of UUFRC and UUSM during the summers since 2020. Although Zoom-only services are a thing of the past, we are continuing the tradition. Our Shared Summer Service Program for 2023 will be:
  • July 9th: UUFRC hosts shared service and UUCC is invited to attend.
  • July 16th: UUCC hosts its usual 3rd Sunday Zoom-only service. (David Marsland speaks on "Death Looms Over My Shoulder and the Joy of Cycling.")
  • July 23rd: UUSM hosts and UUCC and UUFRC are invited to attend.
  • July 30th: UUSM hosts and UUCC and UUFRC are invited to attend.
  • August 6th: UUCC hosts and UUSM and UUFRC are invited to attend. (Ron Ahnen speaks on Activism.)
  • August 13th: UUFRC hosts and UUSM and UUCC are invited to attend. (Michael Eselun, a hospice chaplain, speaks.)

For more information on summer shared services, visit the websites of the hosting congregation on the week before the service: UU San Mateo, UU Fellowship of Redwood City, and UU Coastside Community.
Volunteer Jobs Needed for In-Person Services
Now that we are meeting in person on First Sundays, we need help in different ways. Can you commit to helping out in any of the following ways?

  • Photograph our July 2nd Service
  • Bring flowers!
  • Greet people as they come in
  • Set up chairs before, and/or put them away after, the Service
  • Help unload and load video equipment for hybrid service
  • Assist with setting up video equipment for hybrid service
  • Pass out the orders of service and distribute hymnals
  • Clean up of the hall before closing

To tell us how you can help our Beloved Community come together again, please contact us at 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 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
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
Bruce Rafnel, UUCC Technical Director
Nancy Palmer, UUCC Treasurer