Food for Our Souls:
Opportunity for Good
ALAS and Mercy Housing are collaborating to build housing for approximately 40 farmworkers and farmworker families on city-owned land at 555 Kelly in Half Moon Bay. On Monday, March 27th, representatives of ALAS and Mercy Housing host a community meeting to discuss their proposal. They are inviting the public to ask questions and share concerns. We know that affordable housing is desperately needed on the Coastside. Please come and show your support for this much-needed step toward building housing for low and very-low income workers in our community. The meeting will be held in the HMB Library, Room B, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 27.
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, April 2nd
The Touchstones Theme for April is Grief. On April 2nd, our Beloved Ron Ahnen returns to deliver a sermon entitled "Remembering Rosie: A 50 Year Journey of Grief from Theism to Humanism." How we understand and experience grief in our lives depends a lot on our personal faith. As our faith and spiritual lives evolve over time, so do our forms of grieving. Ron Ahnen explores with us the linkages between faith and grief through a reflection on how he has grieved over the course of five decades the loss of his seven year old sister, Rose Marie, who died by homicide in 1973.

Once again, Diedrik and Kaj Edholm, and Vera Vanderschalk contribute beautiful music. Diedrik plays both a piece by Schubert, and his own arrangement of Masuda's "Sadness and Sorrow." Vera Vanderschalk returns to perform an interlude on classical guitar.

Ron Ahnen is a part-time student at Starr King School for the Ministry pursing a Masters in Divinity degree, with a strong interest in UU history and especially the development of religious natural humanism. He is also a Professor of Politics at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, where he teaches courses on, among others, Human Rights, Just War Theory, and the Politics of Imprisonment. Ron looks forward to retiring from college teaching to take up pastoral work in a UU setting.

This live in-person service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019. We kindly recommend mask wearing for churchgoers throughout the service—with the exception of those actively speaking at the front of the room. Odd Fellows Hall has a new high-circulation air ventilation system and plenty of room to sit far apart to ease virus transmission concerns.
For the Order of Service, click here
Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Gathering for service and music begin at 10:50 am
To view from home, visit uucoastside.org for the active link.
UUCC Congregational Meeting Update
UUCC held a very productive Congregational Meeting with 20 people in attendance, five over Zoom. We met in the Senior Coastsiders' Media Room on a rainy day and discussed our joys, concerns, and visions for the future of a Unitarian Universalist community on the Coast. Some joys included forming friendships not otherwise had, making spiritual connections with kindred souls, hearing high quality sermons, supporting UU's mission and values, fundraising on behalf of Coastside non-profits, participating in our choir and contributing music, singing and dancing, participating in rituals, collaborating with creative people, promoting the UU Principles, supporting community members through compassionate care, thoughtfully discussing Zoom breakout rooms, helping to promote the good vision of our group with technology, sharing our Joys and Concerns live, being regularly reminded on how to become better people, sharing life's spiritual and ethical journeys, participating in Shared Pulpit classes, and listening to the multitude of beliefs that UUs have—to name a few.

The Planning Committee will meet later this week to discuss all the needs and ideas expressed at the March 19 meeting. More information is forthcoming in our next newsletter.
UUCC Gallery View Zoom Sunday, April 16th, 11am
Continuing with the Touchstones Theme for April, Grief, Reb Moshe Heyn from the Coastside Jewish Community speaks to us on "Good Grief: Living with Loss" as part of UUCC's Gallery View Sundays over Zoom, April 16th, at 11am. Grief is a natural response to loss but the pain can often feel overwhelming. Whether we are struggling to cope with the death of a loved one, or with any number of other losses, we are often left feeling that life will never be the same again. Even if that is true, there are healthy ways of coping that can help us come to terms with death and loss, and find new meaning in life.

Rabbi Moshe Heyn has worked as a Hospice Chaplain for well over a decade. He has walked with hundreds of patients through the many stages of living and dying, and has counseled and supported many of their loved ones who were left behind. He will share stories about some of his most remarkable encounters and some of the most life-changing lessons he has gleaned from them. UUCC Gallery View Sunday, April 16th, 11am, Zoom link can always be found on the UUCC website at uucoastside.org on the day of the service. A link will also be included in the next newsletter.
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 April 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
  • Assist with hand-held cameras for hybrid service
  • Clean up of 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
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