Food for Our Souls:
Opportunity for Good

Help a child learn to read!

Many of the students who live in the Moonridge housing development south of Half Moon Bay are isolated from extracurricular opportunities and often need extra support in learning to read. The SMC Sheriff's Activity League's “Moonridge Reading Stars” program provides an after-school snack, story, and one-on-one relationship with a caring tutor. Volunteers are offered training and ongoing coaching, books, materials and games, and a wonderful team of new friends.

One-on-one reading tutoring is for students in Grades 1-3 on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm in the Moonridge Community Room. Please email Marta Gardner if you're interested in helping out our local kids in this way.

UUCC Gallery View Zoom Sunday, September 17th, 11am

On Sunday, September 17th, we welcome recent Shared Pulpit graduate John Farrow from the UUs of San Mateo with a sermon entitled The Point of the Crayon is The Story.”  Inspired by the children's story Harold and the Purple Crayon, John believes the best world we can live in, maybe the only one we can live in, is the one we co-create through our stories and art. So our important job, the job we do to create that best world, to live fully, and to face down our fear of death — the important job — is to notice beauty. And so continues UUCC's exploration of the topic of Beauty for September.

In real life, John is a member of UUSM, where he is slowly enmeshing himself in that community, despite previous convictions that he is an introvert. In his other life, he is an environmental attorney representing citizens groups in planning, land use, and water issues. He has thrown a 10 dart 301.

Following the Gallery View Third Sunday format,

this is a Zoom-only service.

For the Order of Service, click here

UUCC Zoom link:

or Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: 416762

Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, October 1st

The Touchstones Theme for October is Love. On October 1, we warmly welcome back Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale to the UUCC pulpit with a sermon entitled "Love Exposed." The power of Love can be hard to trust, to give or to receive, when we feel vulnerable, exposed, or unsafe. What might we learn about this dynamic from the Jewish holiday of Sukkhot? Beautiful music will be provided by Diedrik and Kaj Edholm and Vera Vanderschalk.

Rev Stefanie Etzbach-Dale is affiliated with the UU Church of Palo Alto. Most recently, she has been serving as Pastoral Care Minister for UU San Mateo, while offering creative Torah study sessions at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. In her Spiritual Direction practice she focuses on “building spiritual courage, resilience, and joy through private spiritual direction sessions, group retreats and workshops, public speaking, and art. (To find out more, please visit her website at

This live in-person service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019. Mask wearing is no longer mandatory but we encourage the added protection as a courtesy to some of our elders. Odd Fellows Hall is quite spacious for social distancing and includes a new high-circulation air ventilation system. A Zoom option is also likely.

Bill Heavlin's Sermon at UUCLC

On August 27, Bill Heavlin spoke at the UU Community of Lake County. Noreen and he enjoyed meeting the entire congregation on-site and spending time with friends. UU Lake County was critical in supporting UUCC during the Pandemic; we supported each other by attending each other's services, offering advice, and sharing music. Bill's sermon is entitled "Virtue's Road (Has Potholes)" and you can watch the recording here. (This original sermon likely won't be repeated at UUCC.)

UUCC Deeper Conversations on the Coast

One benefit of engaging with Beloved Community is learning from another's life experience. Our first "Deeper Conversations on the Coast" was a wonderful experience for the few that showed up. Let's try meeting again. This time, we'll use the UnCURATED deck to learn more about each other. Sample questions include: What helps you stay grounded when life feels crazy? What is something that brings out the best in you? and What is one time you wish you didn't ignore your gut instinct?

Our next "Deeper Conversations on the Coast" is scheduled on Saturday, September 23rd, 11:30am, at the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company in the Stone Pine Center.

UUCC Politics and Pizza Movie Night

Please join us for our first "Politics and Pizza Movie Night" at the Heavlin home in El Granada on Friday, September 29th, 5:30pm, as we watch "Cartel Land" by filmmaker Matthew Heineman. This film gives us front-seat access to a real, and shocking story about an inescapable web of violence, corruption and exploitation within drug cartels. You can watch the trailer for Cartel Land here. Many Mexican, Central Americans, and Latin American immigrants are escaping the violence around drug cartels and here's an opportunity to understand their struggles better. Please RSVP to Noreen so we know how many pizzas to bake.

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 October 1st 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