Food for Our Souls:
Opportunity for Good
The devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have killed over 25,000, and frantic rescue efforts continue. The many organizations supporting rescue attempts and providing humanitarian aid to survivors desperately need our financial contributions. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) recommends donations to two organizations: The Global Fund for Human Rights earthquake response where 100% of donations will be distributed to local civil society groups on the ground and the The White Helmets supporting the earthquake response in Syria.
Zoom Gallery View Sunday, February 19th, 11am
Please join us on February 19th as Diana Luykx, MSW, continues exploring the Touchstone Theme for February, Resilience. Diana presents a sermon entitled "Resilience in Social Justice Work: Avoiding Burnout and Refilling Your Cup." Diana shares insights gleaned from her conversations with UUs engaged in social justice: how they keep going and how they are guided by our Sources and Principles.

Diana is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and an original member of UUCC. Her mother, Nancy Palmer, is a founding member of UUCC. Diana is a medical social worker and lives in El Granada.

Gallery View Sundays offer a shorter homily, sometimes a short video, and more active discussions. We're looking forward to your participation.

Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern.
Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: UUseesea
UUCC Congratulates Tom Devine on His New Venture
We have "Good News" and "Bad News" to share about our beloved Music Director, Tom Devine. The Good News first: Tom will be utilizing his creative powers more fully by directing the M'EarthTones Chorus, with more than a dozen voices to conduct. And then the Bad News: we here at UUCC will be so sad to lose such a creative and hardworking talent as UUCC's second Music Director, Tom Devine.

We were first introduced to Tom Devine's beautiful piano pieces on November 3, 2019; when he played three different Interludes by Grieg on a portable keyboard in the New Leaf Classroom. Tom became a regular guest musician at UUCC and took on a huge challenge, along with Shauna Pickett-Gordon, of recording and mixing voices for Zoom services during the Pandemic. Tom became UUCC's Music Director in the Spring of 2021. He has never disappointed us and saw us through two massive December all-music fundraisers: one entirely over Zoom in 2021 and the other live in Odd Fellows Hall in 2022, together with over 786 views on UUCC's YouTube Channel.

We are sad and happy at the same time. Happy that Tom will take on new challenges with a larger choir to direct and sad for obvious reasons. We wish Tom only the best in his new venture and are happy he will continue on as a friend and supporter of UUCC as he takes on a new position. Tom expects to continue attending UUCC services and contributing readings and music from time to time. Please make sure and read Tom's full resignation letter here.
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, March 5th
The Touchstones Theme for March is Trust. On March 5th, our Beloved Esther Wallace, MDiv, delivers a sermon entitled "The Speed Of Trust." Reverend Jen Bailey of the Faith Matters Network has said "Social change happens at the speed of relationships. And relationships move at the speed of trust." We live in a time of eroding trust. Whether because of threats to our democratic institutions, misinformation, or interpersonal difficulties, it can feel increasingly difficult to rely on that which once felt certain and solid. This service asks: what would it take to cultivate a speed of trust in our lives and communities? 

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 is to be included in the next newsletter.
Introducing Diedrik Edholm
Everyone who attended the February 5th service at Odd Fellows Hall was so impressed with the beautiful and soulful classical pieces played by Diedrik Edholm. Diedrik is a student at San Mateo Community College District. He has been playing piano for about six years, but only started playing seriously in 2021. His current piano teacher is Elizabeth Ingber, who was part of our 2022 all-music fundraiser. In his spare time, Diedrik enjoys playing chess, listening to classical music, studying math, horseback riding, traveling, and learning about different cultures. For Esther Wallace's service on March 5th, your can hear Diedrik play again, live or over Zoom. As an additional delight, Diedrik's father, Kaj, accompanies him on violin.
Fundraiser for ALAS
UUFRC's Social Action Committee is hosting a fundraising concert for ALAS (Ayudando Latinos a Soñar) in Half Moon Bay. The concert features the Grammy nominated, jazz vocalist Kenny Washington. The band also includes Larry Dunlop on piano, and Neil Adler on chromatic harmonica and piano, with UUFRC's own John Anning sitting in for a couple of tunes.

The concert benefits the Coastside farm workers organization ALAS/Half Moon Bay, with funds going towards those who were devastated by the floods in January followed by the Half Moon Bay mass shooting in February. Suggested admission is $40, children under 12 are free; but no one will be turned away. Minus a small stipend given to the musicians, the funds raised are dedicat to ALAS.

The concert is sponsored by the UUFRC Social Action Committee. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City is located at 2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City. Sunday March 5 - 6:00-7:30PM.

Since the event is anticipated to be well-attended, please reserve your seat in advance by contacting John Anning here.
UUCC Congregational Meeting, March 19th
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, March 19th, for UUCC's Third Congregational Meeting over Zoom at 11am. Now that we have the Pandemic mostly behind us, we'd like to check in with everyone on how our current service set-up is working out, with one live service on first Sundays at Odd Fellows Hall and a Zoom-only service on third Sundays. We'd also like revisit our in-person masking policy, which requires everyone except active speakers to remain masked. Top of the agenda will be to discuss music direction now that we are in search mode for a new music director. At the core, we invite ideas on how we might attract more people to our services. If you have any agenda items to add, please contact us at We are hoping for 100% participation of all who have been a part of UUCC; those who are new and those who have been with us since the start as we approach our 8th anniversary in August.
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 March 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
Bruce Rafnel, UUCC Technical Director
Nancy Palmer, UUCC Treasurer