Highlights for the Coming Week
February 13-20, 2016
|Sun. ||Feb. 14||Social Hour||Produce Market||Hattie Porter Hall|
||San Jose Community Dances (CANCELLED)
||Hattie Porter Hall
||UU Parenting Discussion Group
||Vision 2020 Town Hall Meeting
||UUthful Spirits Lunch
||Meet at Newcomer's Table
||Feb. 15, 17, 19||11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Lunchtime Labyrinth
||6:00 p.m.||Silent Meditation Gathering||Sanctuary|
||Feb. 15||7:30-9:00 p.m.||HUUmanati Meeting||Library|
|Tues.||Feb. 16||7:00 p.m.||PACT Meeting||Conference Room|
|Tues.||Feb. 16||7:00 p.m.||Discussion Group for Young Adults||Youth Room|
||Feb. 17||7:00 p.m.||Choir Practice||Sanctuary|
||Feb. 17||8:00 p.m.||Guitars Aloud!||Fireside Room|
|Sat. & Sun.||Feb. 20 and 21||Varied||Circle Suppers||See announcement|
|Sun.||Feb. 21||2:30 p.m.||San Jose Community Dances||Hattie Porter Hall|
|Sun.||Feb. 21, March 6, 20, April 3, 17||1:30-3:30 p.m.||Rights of Nature/Social Justice – Our Place in the Web of Life||Classrooms 4-6|
||Homelessness Concerns Group
||Program and Operations Council (POC) Meeting
|Fri.||Feb. 26||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Whadda UU Know Game Show||Hattie Porter Hall
|Sat.||Feb. 27||7:00 p.m.||Franzen Opera Studio Concert||Sanctuary
|Sun.||Feb. 28||1:00 p.m.||Caring Hands Gratitude Gathering||Hattie Porter Hall
|Sat.||March 5||9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Services is Our Prayer Day||All areas of church
||UUthful Spirits Lunch
||Meet at Newcomer's Table
||Women’s Alliance Meeting
||UUthful Spirits Happy Hour
||TBD (email for info)
||Dances of Universal Peace
|Sun.||Mar. 6||10-11 a.m.||HUUmanati Sunday Forum||Hattie Porter Hall|
||Band of Writers Meeting
|Sun.||Mar. 6||2:30 p.m.||San Jose Community Dances||Hattie Porter Hall|
||7:00 p.m.||Social Justice Council ||Conference Room|
||7:00 p.m.||UU Knitters||Youth Room|
||Program and Operations Council (POC) Meeting
||Inspire Young Minds (TSCC Fundraiser)
||Hattie Poter Hall
|Fri-Sun||April 22-24, 2016||
||Pacific Central District Assembly 2016 ||Newark Fremont Doubletree by Hilton|
||UUA General Assembly 2016||Columbus, OH|
|Sun-Sat||July 31-August 6||Senior High Camping Trip||Channel Islands|
Sundat, February 14, After Social Hour
On Feb 14th, right after the service we'll again offer a FREE soup & bread & conversation concerning the Draft of Vision 2020. What do you long for our Church to be like in 2020? What should we focus upon in order to "Make Love visible in all that we do and say." Join the conversation about the Draft of the Vision 2020 12:45 to 2pm.
Soup & Bread & Conversation, Vision 2020, Hattie Porter Hall
Monday, February 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. All are welcome!
RSVP BY: Monday, February 8th.
Circle Suppers offer an opportunity for members of the church community to get to know one another at casual pot luck suppers. Small groups come together in members' homes to share food and conversation. Singles and couples, long-time church members or new to this church community, all are welcome. The suppers in February will be Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st. The deadline to sign up is Monday, February 8. Contact Barbara Derbyshire at CircleSuppers@AOL.com.
SUPPERS: Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21
Circle Suppers, Host Homes
Sunday, February 14, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
In a highly materialistic, consumer-oriented world in which we raise our children, what can we do to rebel? In the face of strong pressure from a culture whose values are often directly opposed to our own, how do we take possession of our life plan? We will discuss all this and decide what matters most to our family and how to communicate those values to our children. Together, we can better work toward parenting as an act of rebellion against American culture! Childcare provided. Contact: Emily Carroll, Sabbatical Religious Educator, at email@example.com.
Roots and Wings, UU Parenting Curriculum and Discussion Group, Classrooms 4-6
Monday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
HUUmanati Monthly Monday Meeting, Library
What’s On Your Mind? Our meetings are no-pressure get-togethers and conversations about anything on your mind. There might be board games. Join us!
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.
The next young adult group meeting is Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm in the Youth Room led by Meg Trask! What sparks a flame in you and makes you come alive? New faces welcome! Questions? Contact Emily firstname.lastname@example.org or join Facebook: First Unitarian Church of San Jose Young Adult Group
Discussion Group for Young Adults Ages 18-35, Finding Your Spark, Youth Room
Sundays, February 21, March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Rights of Nature/Social Justice Group, Our Place in the Web of Life, Conference Room
The Rights of Nature and Social Justice groups offer "Our Place in the Web of Life," an introduction to environmental justice and how issues of the environment interact with race and ethnicity. Curriculum co-developer Dr. Mark Hicks states, "We want to help congregations not simply talk about injustice, but to learn new practices that bring about the kind of world that UUs dream about all the time.” This highly engaging five-session class invites participants to look deeply at how the consequences of their actions on people and the environment ripple out from their neighborhood in ever-widening circles across the U.S. and world. Through film, music, research, mapping, ethical reflection, meditation, and ritual, participants wrestle with what it means to be faithfully and justly part of an interconnected community of life.
Please join us in this transformative learning experience! Space is limited, so please email Dana Spinney to sign up: email@example.com. There is a $10 suggested materials fee, but no one will
be turned away for lack of funds. If you need childcare, we will strive to provide it for a small additional fee. Questions? Please visit the Social Justice table in Hattie Porter Hall after the Sunday service or email Frey Leigh: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.
The Homelessness Concerns Group is exploring what our church can do to address homelessness in downtown San Jose.
Homeless Concerns Group, Conference Room
Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Love word play, puzzles, trivia, music, laughing and having fun? Then whadda ya doin' Friday night!? Come to laugh. Come to win! We're looking for 10 contestants to pair up and go head-to-head in short (but clever) trivia/word play quizzes to select the night's Ultimate Grand Prize Winner! Learn a few things you didn't know about our celebrity "guest" -- Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones -- who will take a turn on the hot seat. Music Director (rhymes with) John Ector and Dianne Saichek will provide music and musical games. Table games will entertain you during the boring bits (if any). Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Free will donation at the door. (Suggested: $10). All proceeds benefit the music program. (For a sense of what to expect, check out the NPR game show we're using as a model: Ask Me Another). For questions, to offer help, or to volunteer as a contestant, e-mail (emcee) Henry Ruddle at email@example.com.
WHADDA UU KNOW? -- A Comedy Game Show, Hattie Porter Hall
SSunday February 28, 2016 – 1-2:30pm
Please join the Pastoral Associates in appreciation for the caring services you all provide – and to discuss how we can work together to support the needs of our church community. Open to all current, new, and potential Caring Hands volunteers. Please RSVP to Dena Dickinson firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring Hands Gratitude Gathering, Hattie Porter Hall, Light Lunch Provided
Friday, March 4, 8:00 p.m.
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 email@example.com or leave a message at 408-421-6492.
Dances of Universal Peace, Sanctuary
Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Come one, come all! Our quarterly church work party will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 9 am until 2 pm. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-257-6844) if you have questions or suggestions.
Service is Our Prayer Day, All areas of the Church
Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24
Hotel reservations can be made now until March 28, 2016 here. For updated information about the District Assembly, go here.
District Assembly 2016, Congregational Excellence: Doing Together What We Cannot Do Alone! Newark Fremont Doubletree by Hilton, Fremont, CA
Sunday, March 6, 12:15 p.m.
Newcomers Get Acquainted Light Lunch, Library
Visitors and new (and old) members gather in the Library to meet and eat, to get acquainted with each other and to learn a bit about our church. Please let Ed Gardner know if you would like to attend email@example.com.
Save the Date: March 12, 2016
Inspire Young Minds, Hattie Porter Hall
This signature event supports the Third Street Community Center’s work to bridge the achievement gap, promote STEM education,
and create a college-going culture
for disadvantaged children in San
José. Please contact Rosemary at
firstname.lastname@example.org for information
or to help with the event.
For more information on these and other events, see the Current Newsletter!