Opportunity for Good:
If you haven’t been paying attention to Senior Coastsiders lately, it’s time! As Baby Boomers continue to retire, this local gem is adapting to meet the diverse and changing needs of an increasing older adult population.

In addition to their popular hot meals program served in their dining room and delivered to those home-bound, they provide care management and mental health services, among many others. Further, the classes now offered are wide ranging and modernized, from fitness, yoga, and pilates to the arts and the written word. 

Senior Coastsiders is this year's recipient of UUCC's annual All-Music Interfaith Service on December 19th. 100% of the offerings will go directly to Senior Coastsiders, during and after the broadcast over Zoom on December 19th. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to Senior Coastsiders today and noting in the Tribute Field the donation was inspired by UUCC.
Food for Our Souls:
UUCC All-Music Holiday Fundraiser
for Senior Coastsiders on December 19th
On Sunday, December 19th, the UU Coastside Community presents the all-music interfaith service "Turning Towards the Light: An All Music Interfaith Program." Combining original songs and familiar classics, the program interweaves Jewish, Christian, and solstice yuletide traditions around the themes of light, love, joy, and celebration. Tom Devine, UUCC's Music Director, has curated a wonderful program, one featuring Coastside talent such as Lisa Spector, along with some outside star power with songs by David Tamulevich and Fendrick & Peck. Below are some other superb musicians participating in our annual music festival:
Clovice Lewis & Keeley Southwick
Gigi Cohen
JoAnn Schriner
LindaGrace Frost
Live Oak UU Choir
Mo Robinson & Diane Burns
Rabbi Moshe Tom, Coastside Jewish Community
Shauna Pickett-Gordon & The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers
Vera Vanderschalk
Voices of the Coming Tribe
UUCC Choir
Page down to see more information on the individual artists.

Gathering Music begins at 10:45am and the service starts at 11am. 100% of the profits go to Senior Coastsiders. 
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.

Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: UUseesea

For more information, email UUCC at uucoastside@gmail.com.  

Don't forget to save the date for Sunday, December 19th, to enjoy the fun. Remember, 100% of the proceeds will go to Senior Coastsiders, which provides opportunities, support, and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities living on the Coastside, from Montara to Pescadero, Skyline to the Sea.
All Music Interfaith Program Artist Participation
Brocelïande consists of members Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover, and Kris Yenney. Brocelïande plays Celtic music from the British isles and the Medieval and Renaissance music of the European courts and countrysides, with an emphasis on music inspired by or traditionally performed during each of the four seasons. They have an upcoming concert on Saturday, December 18th, 7:30pm at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. Please visit their website for more information.

Clovice Lewis is world-class composer and cellist whose music has been widely performed. Clovice composed his first symphony when he was 17 years old, and has been the recipient of numerous awards since then. Clovice is a recent Starr King School for the Ministry graduate and he will be performing with his adopted daughter, Keeley Southwick.

David Tamulevich began his musical career in 1975 with the formation of the award-winning duo Mustard’s Retreat, with which he still performs. After touring full time for many years, he now focuses on being the agent and manager of other artists. He was instrumental in developing the careers of John Gorka, Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Dar Williams, and Ellis Paul, as well as the late Stan Rogers and Kate Wolf, among many others. His composition of "The Coming of the Dawn" is a highlight for this year's music festival.

Fendrick & Peck (Madeline Fendrick and Brian Peck) are adventurous and curious people who have put together their own variety show of songs, poems, and stories. Their music, though familiar and comforting in sound, is noted for its exquisite harmony, lyrics, and composition with a certain raw imperfection that helps you feel at ease in the world for a little while. They recently welcomed a new addition to their family and will be performing a song inspired by that event, "A Crowded House."

Gigi Cohen is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County and frequently attends UUCC services. Her toe-tapping "I Believe in Love" features her as singer, songwriter, and performer.

JoAnn Schriner, a retired music therapist, plays piano for Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont. She is married to Chris Schriner, Minister Emeritus at Mission Peak. She plays a lovely rendition of the "Christmas Song" during our Gathering Music period.

LindaGrace Frost is a gifted yoga teacher here on the Coast and lends her extraordinary voice to many UUCC recorded hymns. LindaGrace is currently in rehearsals for "Amahl and the Night Visitors" which will premiere at the Coastside Lutheran Church on January 9th, at 10am.

Lisa Spector has been playing passionate piano for more than 35 years. Since graduating Juilliard, she's taught piano at the university level, owned a music school in her community, toured internationally, won 1st prizes in national piano competitions, advanced to finals in international competitions, performed to arenas of 18,000 in China and recorded music for pet anxiety that gained national and international press. Lisa is also the host of My Zen Pet podcast and the creator of The Piano Ninja Tricksters Club, where she helps classical pianists learn how to practice smart and play piano with joy and ease, leading with their heart. She will be performing a very moving rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for us this coming Sunday.

Live Oak UU Choir is seriously deep in musical talent and vocal abilities. Based in the East Bay, Live Oak and UUCC met over Zoom during the Pandemic to see how we could each help the other out with our recorded music programming. President of the Board, Jay Roller, has sent us the amazing song with "Jazzy Silver Bells" for this year's festival.

Mo Robinson was a regular favorite at UUCC for three years before he moved to Oregon mid-year. Mo's many fans will get to enjoy him and collaborator Diane Burns singing a classic Christmas tune, "The Friendly Beasts."

Rabbi Moshe Tom, is a rabbi, musician, pastoral care professional and spiritual activist who practices and teaches a synthesis of humanism and mysticism. He is the Spiritual Leader of the Coastside Jewish Community.

Shauna Pickett-Gordon is the talented former music director of UUCC. She teaches piano and voice here on the Coast and considers authentic traditional Scots and Celtic music her specialty. Shauna was educated at USC's School of Music and the Music Academy of the West. She brings several lovely holiday classics to our service on Sunday, performed by her on piano with a string quartet consisting of Margaret Berrio, Kim Coles, Rebecca Peters, and Mary Ann Johnson.

Solstice has enthralled audiences with their technically precise and passionate treatment of music for women’s voices since 1996. Solstice has won many awards, including Bay Area Regional Champions and national third-place winners of the 2007 Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival.
Krista Enos is a founding member of Solstice and has contributed many beautiful performances at UUCC over the past few years. Solstice's holiday concert and sing-along is this Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30pm PST. The link to join is here, Meeting ID: 895 5062 7871, Passcode: 259115

Tom Devine studied music theory at Yale University and piano with a number of teachers including Dr. Eleanor Lawry, Mary Festinger, and Lisa Spector. He has also studied voice with the late Laura Barton of Palo Alto and choral conducting with Dr. Christian Grube. He has sung with the San Jose Choraliers, the St. Gregory of Nyssa choir, and the Santa Cruz Chorale, among other groups. He started providing music for UUCC services in 2019 and became UUCC's Music Director in February 2021.

Vera Vanderschalk is a valued member of UUCC and an accomplished classical guitarist. Vera's powerful interpretations and clear sound were shaped in her early years as a student at the Rotterdam Music school in the Netherlands and four years with guitarist/composer J.A. van Hoek. Her other teachers include renowned maestros E. Pujol and S. de la Maza. She has contributed a beautiful instrumental for this service's Offertory.

Voices of the Coming Tribe are talented Bay Area singers who have come together many times over the last 30 years to sing the music of composer/pianist Joan McMillen as part of the Winter Solstice Ritual devised by psychologist Cynthia McReynolds. Many of them are also members of other Bay Area and Coastside choral groups, including the M'EarthTones and the Gryphon Carolers.

The UUCC Choir currently consists of Tom Devine, Laurel Frishman, Bruce Rafnel, and Bill Heavlin, with frequent guest artist, LindaGrace Frost. The choir first came together under the direction of our Music Director, Tom Devine, during recorded sessions over Zoom. Tom has become an Audacity Ninja, laying out a scratch track and conducting the choir virtually. UUCC continues to punch above our weight class musically and we are looking forward to the day when we all can sing in person one day.
UUCC First Sunday Service, January 2nd, 11am
The Touchstones Theme for January is Renewal. Jane Thanx from UUCLC speaks on "Secret Shames" on Sunday, January 2nd at UUCC. How many of us left the religion we grew up in feeling like guilty sinners? Then we came into the open arms of the Unitarian Universalist Community where we strive to see the inherent worth and dignity of every person, including ourselves. Jane is inspired to read a translation of the “Lord’s Prayer” that resonates deep within her and expands upon the idea of forgiving debts and trespasses.
She will share with us one of her own secret shames and focus on the need to forgive ourselves and others.

Jane Thanx is a lifelong student of spiritual wisdom, having practiced and studied with Christians, Churches of Self-Realization, Zen Buddhists, and Sufis. She is ordained as an Interfaith Minister in The Church of All [Religions], under the auspices of the Sufi Order International. Currently she is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County. She is a compassionate nurturer as a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and a dog lover. She began signing Thanx as her last name on her artwork, in gratitude for the Grace that inspires and guides her.  Jane is a recent Shared Pulpit graduate from the recent inter-congregational classes, co-sponsored by UUCC and UUFSCC, and taught by Tovis Page and Kathryn Jay.
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 can’t go out. 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.  
Donate by Check to Senior Coastsiders
If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to Senior Coastsiders, and write UUCC on the memo line. Please mail your check to:

Senior Coastsiders
925 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
We Need You!
We’re looking for volunteers:
(1) Social Media Coordinator: to manage our twice-monthly newsletter, and upload content to our website and Facebook page. A four-hour commitment every two weeks.

(2) Participating in an online service is easier than you think. We are in need of Chalice Lighters and Worship Associates for our Third Sunday Gallery View services. The schedule is lighter and we'll be with you every step of the way to make it a pleasant and enriching learning experience.

(3) Fill our newsletter with the diversity that makes UU stand apart from other faiths. Send in poems, inspirational quotes, YouTube music video links, social action notices, and articles of interest to uucoastside@gmail.com.

Thanks to all of you who have or continue to volunteer!
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