Food for Our Souls:
Opportunity for Good
This month’s sermons were on the topic of ACTIVISM.  Here are two different ways you can actively support social justice:

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday the Half Moon Bay City Council meets at 7 pm.  Join members of the ALAS Affordable Housing Committee and make a statement in support of building affordable housing and passing measures to protect current renters.  Public statements related to topics not otherwise covered in the agenda are made during the Public Forum section of the meeting.  You can join in person at Ted Adcock or by ZOOM.  The next meeting is Tuesday September 5; the agenda and Zoom sign-in will be posted later this week.  Click here for the City Council Agendas.

If your preference is for more hands-on activism, ALAS needs volunteers for their food distribution and other activities.  Here is a link for ALAS' volunteer program.
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, September 3
The Touchstones Theme for September is Beauty. We warmly welcome back Tom Devine to the UUCC pulpit on September 3rd with a sermon entitled You Could Make This Place Beautiful:" Owing Beauty to the World. Tom considers some moral and psychological dimensions of beauty. Do we have a moral obligation to make beauty? To be beautiful? What feelings do these questions raise in you? Beautiful music will be provided by Diedrik and Kaj Edholm and Vera Vanderschalk.

Tom was UUCC's music director from November 2019 to January 2022. Like everyone, he has always loved beauty in its many forms, but music and poetry were the forms that most moved him. He earned a BA in English from Yale University and an MA in English Literature from Stanford, while studying music in his spare time. While he worked at various technical writing positions at Apple Computer, he continued to explore music, poetry, and spirituality.

He continues to sing with various local choirs including the M'EarthTones and the Coastside Pride chorus, to conduct occasionally, and to inflict his piano playing on his indulgent friends. He enjoys cooking, gardening, walking in the Coastside's beautiful outdoors, and sharing good food, drink, music, conversation, poetry, and friendship. He is grateful for the chances he has been given to appreciate and share the beauty of living in this world.

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.

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 Gallery View Zoom Sunday, September 17th, 11am
On Sunday, September 17th, we welcome recent Shared Pulpit graduate John Farrow from UU 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. This continues our Touchstones discussion on the topic of Beauty for September.

Following the Gallery View Third Sunday format, this is a Zoom-only service.
UUCC Deeper Conversations on the Coast
Three of us met at the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company on Saturday, August 19th, to get to know each other better. We used the conversation starter deck "Let's Get Closer" and had fun answering questions such as "What is the most exciting things than has ever happened to you?", "What is the best advice you ever received?", and "If you were a color, what color would that be and why?" The answers were engaging, instructive, and fun.

We're hoping to meet more regularly with our new meetup, "Deeper Conversations on the Coast," and are looking for input on the dates and times that work best for more of us. So please let us know if you're interested in attending the next meetup by emailing us here.
UUCC Politics and Pizza Movie Night
We're looking forward to introducing another Beloved Community monthly event called "Politics and Pizza Movie Night," where we'll watch a video at someone's home with discussion afterwards. We are thinking about scheduling these documentary viewings in the early evening with pizza served. Please let us know if this is something that you'd be interested in attending and what days of the week and times work best for you.

One YouTube video for consideration is "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.
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 September 3rd 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