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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
April 30-May 7, 2016

Sat.April 307:00 p.m.Franzen Opera Studio ConcertSanctuary
Sun. May 1 Social HourProduce MarketHattie Porter Hall
Sun.May 112:15 p.m.Newcomer’s Light LunchLibrary
Sun. May 112:45 p.m.Budget Town Hall MeetingFireside Room
Sun. May 1 4:00 p.m. May Day March King & Story (see below)
M, W, F May 2, 4, 6 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon.May 26:00 p.m.Silent Meditation GatheringSanctuary
Tue May 3 7:00 p.m. PACT Meeting Conference Room
Wed. May 47:00 p.m.Choir PracticeSanctuary
Wed. May 48:00 p.m.Guitars Aloud!Fireside Room
Thurs.May 51:00 p.m.Women’s AllianceJean Embree's house
Fri. May 6 6:30 p.m. UUthful Spirits Happy Hour TBD (email for info)
Fri. May 6 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary

Upcoming Events

Sun. May 8 12:45 p.m.UUthful Spirits LunchMeet at Newcomer Table
Sun May 8 2:00 p.m. Young Adult Group Meeing Youth Room
Mon.May 97:00 p.m.UU KnittersYouth Room
Mon.May 97:00 p.m.Social Justice Council MeetingConference Room
Tues.May 107:00 p.m.Serenity CircleFireside Room
Sat.May 149:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Service is Our Prayer Day All areas of church
Sat.May 147 p.m.Whadda UU Know game show fundraiser Hattie Porter Hall (see below)
Sun.May 1512:45 p.m.Congregational Meeting – BudgetSanctuary
Sun. May 22 12:45 p.m.UUthful Spirits LunchMeet at Newcomer Table
May 22 and June 12 1:00-2:30 p.m.Book Study – Ta-Nehisis Coates, Between the World and MeConference Room
Mon.May 237:00 p.m.Homeless Concerns GroupConference Room
Mon.May 237:00 p.m.UU KnittersYouth Room
Tues.May 247:00 p.m.Program and Operations CommitteeConference Room
SunMay 2911:00 a.m.Walk and Bike to Worship DaySantuary
Sat.June 49:30 a.m.Stop Hunger Now! Meal Packaging EventHattie Porter Hall
Mon.-Fri. June 13-17 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Peace Camp at First Unitarian Church of San Jose! Downstairs classrooms (see below)
Wed-SunJune 22-26 UUA General Assembly 2016Columbus, OH
Sun-SatJuly 31-August 6Senior High Camping TripChannel Islands

Monday, May 2, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary

After a short reading and ringing of the bell, we sit in silent meditation for 30 minutes, followed by a loving kindness meditation. Next, we share about our practice and are currently reading and discussing The Sun, My Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh together (copies available if you don’t have the book). Please enter the church through the side door at the end of the ramp. Sit in a chair or bring a cushion. Contact Emily at faithlovegratitude@gmail.com with questions. All are welcome!


Sunday, May 1, After Worship Service
Budget Townhall Meetings, Fireside Room

The Program and Operations Council has created a budget that will be presented for discussion in two town hall meetings after Sunday services on May 1 in the Fireside Room. Please attend one of these budget information meetings if you want to ask detailed questions about the budget in preparation for the congregational meeting and vote after Worship Service on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Saturday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Carl Franzen Studio Concert, Sanctuary

Join us for gala concert with the students of the Franzen Opera Studio featuring Grand Opera arias and musical theater. Reservations are not necessary. Free will donations will be accepted at the door – proceeds go to the First Unitarian Church Music Program.

Sunday, May 1, 12:15 p.m.,
Get Acquainted Light Lunch, Library

Newcomers gather with a small group of members and friends for a potluck light lunch (bread, soup, salad, etc.) after the worship service. The host asks everyone in the circle to share their names and a little bit about the journey that has led them to First Unitarian. Longer-term members then share the church activities that enliven them.


Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.,
MAY DAY MARCH With Coalicion Primero de Mayo San Jose/May 1st Coalition
Start: 4pm Story and King Rd
Finish: 6pm City Hall, City of San Jose

This is the 10th anniversary of the Great American Boycott and march on May 1, 2006 to protest harsh and discriminatory immigration laws. Our church had a presence then and has been represented in the annual protest march every year since.

Join us as we march together to support:

  • --Womens Rights (?#?ImmigrantWomenRising? ?#?YaBasta?),
  • --Workers Rights (?#?SiliconValleyRising? ?#?TechCanDoBetter?)
  • --Renters Rights (?#?DerechoAUnTecho?),
  • --Indigenous Peoples Land Rights,
  • --Queer Rights are Migrant Rights, and
  • --Comprehensive Immigration Reform (?#?CIR?).

Sunday, May 8, 2:00 p.m.
Young Adult Group Meeting, Youth Room

Meditation, reflection, singing, and laughter! All young adults 18-35 are invited to join this spiritual discussion group. Questions? Contact Emily faithlovegratitude@gmail.com. Facebook group is First Unitarian Church of San Jose Young Adult Group

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.,
Serenity Circle, Fireside Room

Bring your concerns, and feel them lightened by spoken or unspoken sharing with fellow members of our church community.  I will also offer a variety of experiential exercises to invite greater ease, based on the requests of those present.  Suggested donation $10, or freewill donations accepted as you are comfortable.  RSVP to Amy Lorenzen by email at MsAmyLorenzen@yahoo.com, or by phone at 650-847-0366.

Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Service is Our Prayer Day, All areas of the Church

Come one, come all!  We will have lots of maintenance tasks, appropriate for all skill levels.  Have you noticed anything else that needs attention?  Let us know, or better yet, join the crew and let's get it taken care of!  Lunch will be provided at noon.  Contact Bob Howd (bhowd@aol.com or 408-257-6844) if you have questions or suggestions. 

Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m.
WHADDA UU KNOW? -- A Comedy Game Show, Hattie Porter Hall

Love word play, puzzles, trivia, music, laughing and having fun? Then whadda ya doin' a certain Saturday night in May!? Your emcee Nerdy Hurdle (Henry Ruddle) will lead contestants in a series of fun games. Music Director Trench Mojo (John M. Ector) will co-host and, along with Hankie Candies (Dianne Saichek), provide music and musical games. Table games will entertain you during the boring bits (if any). Very Important Puzzler celebrity guest TBA. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Free will donation at the door. (Suggested: $10). All proceeds benefit the music program. For questions, to offer help, e-mail (emcee) Henry Ruddle at rcreative1@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 15, After Worship Service
Annual Congregational Meeting to Vote on 2016-2017 Budget, Sanctuary

As a vibrant faith community, members contribute their energy and money to keep us moving forward. Then, in accordance with our Unitarian Universalist fifth principle that calls for “the use of democratic process within our congregations”, we agree together how to spend our money.   The Program and Operations Council has created a budget that will be presented for discussion in two town hall meetings after Sunday services today and May 1 in the Fireside Room. Please attend one of these budget information meetings if you want to ask detailed questions about the budget. We need every member to attend the congregational meeting on Sunday, May 15 at 12:30 in the Sanctuary.  At this meeting we will vote on our budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. We will also be presenting the annual Watkins Award to an outstanding volunteer.

Sunday May 29th
Walk and Bike to Worship Day

Have you been waiting for a little extra encouragement to get on your bike, or to go for a walk in the glorious spring weather?  Sunday May 29th is Walk and Bike to Worship Day at First Unitarian.  If you are willing and able, walk or bike to worship that day. Whether you walk, bike, take transit, or drive to worship, help us to celebrate walking and biking on this special day. Want to help with bike parking, tabling or treats? Contact: Moria Merriweather moriam@earthlink.net.

Saturday, June 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event! Hattie Porter Hall

Please join in this great event -- community building for us and fighting hunger in the world.  Visit the event webpage for volunteering and donating. Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime! Help us reach our goal to package 10,152+ meals on June 4th. Working together we can create a world without hunger.

Sunday, June 13-June 17, 8:30am-3pm (with aftercare available)
Peace Camp at First Unitarian Church of San Jose!

Inspired by the Mosaic Project, your child will be encouraged to appreciate each individual and the value of community. Students will learn, play, imagine, sing, dance, create, explore, and become empowered to create a brighter, more peaceful future for themselves and the world!

What happens at peace camp? Peacemaking, games, discussion plus three field trips, including two museums and a pool party!

1st-5th grades with junior and senior high Counselor-in-training possibilities! Snacks are provided but students need to bring their own lunch. Held at First Unitarian Church except field trips. $200 registration, scholarships available. Click here to register online! Or download the form to print and mail in. (Make checks out to FUCSJ - put Peace Camp on memo line.) Or pay online here.

Questions? Religious educator Emily Carroll faithlovegratitude@gmail.com.


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