Opportunity for Good:
There are only 44 days until the mid-term election. Warnings about the threats to our elections and the future of our democracy have been sounded again and again, with
increasing alarm. What have you done to help preserve democracy? If the answer is nothing, please think about why not? Do you feel hopeless? If so, it’s time to choose hope, as advocated by Rev. Esther Wallace. Do you think there’s nothing you can do? If so, it’s time for action, as challenged by Rev. Russ Menk. NOW IS THE TIME to do something to preserve our democracy! Go to UU the Vote for options.
Food for Our Souls:
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, Oct. 2nd
The Touchstones Themes for September and October are Awakening and Awe. And on October 2nd, we return to Odd Fellows Hall to hear Bill Heavlin explore “Plato's Cave and Other Waking Moments.” In this wry and meandering meditation on awakening, Bill recaps Plato's famous allegory of the cave, and some of its history in Western thought. He also reflects on some of his personal waking moments, with his mother, from a teacher, and at a donut shop. 

Bill Heavlin is recently retired from a working career of 54-years, one which began as a door-to-door Fuller Brush salesman at age 13. Subsequent jobs included butcher's assistant during high school, clinical trial statistician for young schizophrenics, industrial statistician at AMD, and data scientist at Google. The next chapter for Bill is, in his own words, becoming more of a Mensch. Please join Bill and our beloved UUCC Community for our next in-person service at Odd Fellows Hall on October 2nd in support of Bill's journey towards Menschlichkeit.

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, with our mask protocols in place, no one attending our in-person services at Odd Fellows Hall has caught COVID. If you are a first-time visitor, we ask for proof of vaccinations. The link to join us over Zoom is below.

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

UUCC "Special Guest" Third Sunday, Oct. 16th, 11am
We welcome back Rev. Clovice Lewis to the UUCC pulpit on October 16th, with a sermon entitled "Finding Joy." Lewis discusses how joy operates to support a life filled with happiness. Lewis writes, “The words peace and joy are often commingled. They both suffer from the burden of being thought of as unattainable over a long period. But the question is, why does that have to be true? We all understand, at least in an intuitive way, that inner peace is the road upon which joy takes joy rides. Find peace and you will find joy ... guaranteed, all the time.”

Clovice is a professional cellist and composer who composed his first symphony at the age of 17, and was a professor of computer music at UC Santa Barbara from 1978-1986. He has also been a serial entrepreneur and software designer for the past 30 years. In addition to music and technology, he has had had a life-long passion for aviation, and has been a private pilot since 1987. Clovice received a Master of Divinity degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry in May 2021 and was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister in March 2022. His ministry emphasizes breaking down racial, class, and ethnic barriers, and preaching the gospel of the madness of human self-extinction. Clovice is the author of “Yearning for Justice” and “Theological Sightlines” (collections of sermons about race, conscience, justice, theology, current events, and human dignity), available on Amazon as Kindle, paperback, and hardback. His one-act play, “On The Fence” is also available on Amazon as a Kindle only publication.

This service will be presented over Zoom.
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 October 2nd Service
  • 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
  • Bring flowers!
  • 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
UUCC Planning Committee Meeting Highlights
Below are some key decisions from UUCC's Planning Committee Meetings for September 2022:
  • Appreciation of two wonderful services in September: Gregg Berman's service on "The Healing Power of Nature's Awe" in Odd Fellows Hall and David Marsland's service on "Loving Kindness" over Zoom.
  • Decision to resume passing the basket for in-person collections.
  • Confirmed speaker schedule through the end of 2022 with preliminary discussions on the Water Ceremony scheduled for November 20th and the Holiday All-Music Fundraiser for December 18th. All UUCC services in November and December will be in-person services at Odd Fellows Hall.
  • Report on El Granada History Tour on September 10th at the Heavlin household via the All Together Now auction, with many from UUSM in attendance.
  • Bill Heavlin continues his support of UUSM as a worship associate advisor, as he has done throughout the Pandemic. He is a worship associate there October 30, and offers a sermon at UUSM on November 13th.
  • Appreciation for shared services with UUSM and UUFRC during the summer of 2022.
  • Plans to support CoastPride at the October 6th "Make it Main Street" event with tables staffed by religious leaders from Coastside Lutheran, Coastside Jewish Community, Community United Methodist, Pescadero Community Church, and UUCC.
  • Reviewed survey results from UUCC In-Person service with 16 responses. Decision to ask for a few more respondents before making any policy changes on current COVID safety protocols.
  • Notes shared on community meetings attended by UUCC Planning Committee members in September with the UUA Western Region President's Meeting, CoastPride's Multi-faith Partner's Meeting, and Coastside Collaborative.
  • Bill Heavlin reported on two spirituality classes he is taking, from Esther Wallace and from Rabbi Moshe, with some intent on bringing such content to UUCC.
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