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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
November 20-28, 2015

Sun. Nov. 22 Social Hour Produce Market Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Nov. 22After Worship VITTLES & VOCALS - Lunchtime Potluck & Holiday Sing Along Hattie Porter Hall (with a table for Newcomers)
Sun. Nov. 22 12:45 p.m. 150th Anniversary Committee Conference Room
Mon. Nov. 23 6:00 p.m. Silent Meditation Gathering Sanctuary
M, W Nov. 23, 25 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon. Nov. 23 7:00 p.m. Homeless Concerns Group Conference Room
Wed. Nov. 25 8:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Fireside Room
Sat. Nov. 28 7:00 p.m. Carl Franzen Studio Concert Sanctuary

Save the Dates

Thurs. Dec. 3 1-3:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Meeting Fireside Room
Fri. Dec. 4 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sun. Dec. 6 1-3:00 p.m. Christian Origins Book Study Boardroom
Thurs. Dec. 10 7:00 p.m. Held in the Arms of the Earth -- A Midweek Holiday Service For Everyone! Sanctuary
Sun. Dec. 20 11:00 a.m. Holiday Youth Play: The Magic of the Poinsettia Sanctuary
Sun. Dec. 20 1:00 p.m. Circle Supper Gala Hattie Porter Hall
Sat. Feb. 6 1-3:30 p.m. Jean von Kaenel Tea to Benefit Partner Church Hattie Porter Hall

Sunday, November 22, After Worship Service
Vittles & Vocals Lunch Time Potluck and Holiday Sing-Along, Hattie Porter Hall

TRIPLE TREAT Next Sunday: food for your soul at the service, food for your body at the potluck and food for your spirit as you listen to John Ector, Music Director sing and sing-a-long as well! Don’t miss this special celebratory Sunday as we ring in the beautiful holiday season! Free will donations for the Music Program will be accepted to help send John to the UU Musicians’ Network Conference next summer. Unfortunately, the Golden State Ramblers will not be able to join us on November 22nd, due to an injury to one of its members.

Monday, November 23, 7:00 p.m.
Homeless Concerns Group, Conference Room

The Homelessness Concerns Group is exploring what our church can do to address homelessness in downtown San Jose.

Monday, November 23, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary

We will be meditating under the sanctuary dome at First Unitarian. We meditate for 30 minutes.  We begin with the ringing of the meditation bell and setting the timer for 30 minutes. Come in the door at end of the ramp and quietly enter the sanctuary.  You can sit in a chair or bring a cushion to meditate on. All are welcome to stay afterwards for a check in about our meditation experience and practice. Contact: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@Gmail.com

Saturday, November 28, 7:00 p.m. NOTE DATE CHANGE

Carl Franzen Studio Concert, You Must Remember This, Sanctuary

Join us for gala concert with the students of the Franzen Opera Studio featuring music from the silver screen. Reservations are not necessary. Free will donations will be accepted at the door – proceeds go to the First Unitarian Church Music Program.

Friday, December 4 , 8:00 p.m.
Dances of Universal Peace, Sanctuary

Come join us on the labyrinth under the dome of our church. The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, celebrating the interconnected web of all existence. The words of the sacred phrases, as well as the melodies and the movements, are taught each time. If you have questions you can email Patrick Smiley at patrick.smiley@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 408-421-6492.

Sunday, December 6, 1-3 p.m.
Christian Origins Book Study, Conference Room

Led by Bob Miess, joining us in San Jose!

The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan and The Complete Gospels by Robert J. Miller

On December 6 we will look at four early stories about the birth of Jesus. Two from the Bible: the Gospel of Matthew (which has the wise men) and the Gospel of Luke (which has the shepherds and the angels). Two are from Gospels that never made it into the Bible, known as the Infancy Gospels of James and Thomas. We will see how different each story is, what they appear to be saying to people in their own times, and what elements have been picked up in present day popular stories; and we will consider what speaks to us as UUs today.   Questions? Contact Bob Miess, Bob@BobMiess.com, 925-392-5901.

Sunday, December 20, 5:30-8 pm
Circle Supper Gala, Hattie Porter Hall

We are planning a special holiday event again this year. All are welcome, but it is important that you sign up in advance so we’ll know how many places to set. Deadline to sign up is Monday, December 14. There will be time to mingle while nibbling appetizers and enjoying festive beverages before we sit down to enjoy the special dishes you all will bring. Save this date: watch for more details coming soon. Questions? Contact Barbara Derbyshire at CircleSuppers@AOL.com.

Thursday, December 3, 1-3 pm
Women's Alliance, Fireside Room

We'll discuss Barbara G. Walker's Belief & Unbelief (Essay #9 Cannibalism, #10 Gnosticism) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's highly acclaimed novel Americanah: Ch.10-15, pp. 136-195. Come even if you haven't done the reading; the discussion is always rich! Please contact Nancy Coleman at 408 985 5778 or nbcoleman@gmail.com for further information. All are welcome.

For more information on these and other events, see the Current Newsletter!