Food for Our Souls:
Opportunity for Good
Many of our Coastside neighbors have been devastated by the recent storms. A number of Moonridge families were flooded out of their homes and have been housed temporarily in hotels over the hill.

But now they can’t get back for work and are losing their already meager incomes. At least ten families living on Oak Street in Half Moon Bay have also been flooded out of their homes and their cars ruined by flood water. This has a long-term impact for all these families, most of whom are Latino. We can help by donating money or gift cards to ALAS, which is helping the families manage this crisis. You can mail or drop off your contribution at the ALAS office, 646 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.
Zoom Gallery View Sunday, January 15th, 11am
The Touchstones Theme for January is Wintering. On January 15th, Bill Heavlin guides us in honoring Martin Luther King's civil rights legacy. We pay particular attention to King's longer incarceration in Alabama where he wrote "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in the Spring of 1963. For 8 days, King was jailed for his participation in a nonviolent direct action against segregation. In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday, we'll play a portion of the audio recording of King's "Letter for Birmingham Jail," followed by a discussion among attendees. What can we learn from Martin Luther King's legacy of nonviolent direct action? Would UU congregations today be free from King's disappointment with predominately white churches on their inaction towards injustices against the oppressed?

Gallery View Sundays offer a shorter homily, a short video, and more active discussions from attendees. Looking forward to your participation.

Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern.
Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: UUseesea
Wellness Checks During the Coastal Storms
UUCC's Compassionate Caring Committee checked in on many of our UUCC members during and after the Bomb Cyclone which hit El Granada the hardest. The one person we weren't able to contact via email, text, or phone was Chip Chandler who lives on Isabella Street. On Sunday, Bill and Noreen walked up to Chip's house on January 8th to make sure he was safe. So many power lines were down near his home but he was doing well in spite of being nearly 5 days without phone, internet, or electricity. During this time of need, do not forget that the UUCC Compassionate Caring Committee is here to help. Email if you are in need any help from our Compassionate Caring Committee.
Rental Opportunity in Pacifica (Linda Mar)
Sandy Calman, a co-founder of UUCC, has a family member who has a three bedroom, one bath home, available for rent with one or two rooms available, shared with a single 69-year-old, a long time Coastsider and middle school teacher. The home is located in Pacifica (Linda Mar). The move in costs are first and last month's rent plus a security deposit. The base rent is negotiable and will depend if one or two rooms are rented. For more information, please contact Sandy at (650) 440-2539.
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, February 5th
The Touchstones Theme for February is Resilience. On February 5th, Noreen Cooper Heavlin delivers a sermon entitled "A Thing or Two About Resilience." This service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall at 11am, with a Zoom option also likely.

Noreen has been the Chair of the UUCC Planning Committee for nearly 8 years—which qualifies her for this talk as a mic drop if nothing else. She also overcame a difficult childhood and recovered from some serious health challenges. Come and hear how hope, staying present, relinquishing resentments, and reducing anxiety has helped Noreen stay resilient throughout her lifetime.

This live in-person service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019. Out of an abundance of caution, we require mask wearing for churchgoers throughout the service—with the exception of those actively speaking at the front of the room. Odd Fellows Hall has quite new high-circulation air ventilation system. And since May 2022, with our mask protocols in place, no one attending our in-person services at Odd Fellows Hall has caught COVID. The link to join us over Zoom will 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 February 5th 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 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
Tom Devine, UUCC Music Director
Bruce Rafnel, UUCC Technical Director