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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
May 22-28, 2016

Sun. May 22 Social HourProduce MarketHattie Porter Hall
Sun. May 22 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Meet at Newcomer Table
Sun. May 22 1:00-2:30 p.m. Book Study – Ta-Nehisis Coates, Between the World and Me Conference Room
Mon.May 236:00 p.m.Silent Meditation GatheringSanctuary
M, W, FMay 23, 25 & 2711:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime LabyrinthSanctuary
Mon. May 23 7:00 p.m. Homeless Concerns Group Conference Room
Mon. May 23 7:00 p.m. UU Knitters Youth Room
Tues. May 24 7:00 p.m. Program and Operations Committee Conference Room
TueMay 247:00 p.m.Young Adults Group Meeting Youth Room
Wed. May 257:00 p.m.Choir PracticeSanctuary
Wed. May 258:00 p.m.Guitars Aloud!Fireside Room

Upcoming Events

Sun May 29 12:45 p.m. Bread and Soup and Conversation - Levitt Pavilion Proposal for St. James Park Hattie Porter Hall
Sun May 29 11:00 a.m. Walk and Bike to Worship Day Santuary
Thurs. June 2 1:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Jean Embree's house
Fri. June 3 6:30 p.m. UUthful Spirits Happy Hour TBD (email for info)
Fri. June 3 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sat. June 4 9:30 a.m. Stop Hunger Now! Meal Packaging Event Hattie Porter Hall
Tue June 7 7:00 p.m. PACT Meeting Conference Room
Sun. June 12 1:00-2:30 p.m. Book Study – Ta-Nehisis Coates, Between the World and Me Conference Room
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-Sun June 22-26 UUA General Assembly 2016 Columbus, OH
Wed-Sun July 13-17 All Church Campout Atkinson Estate
Sun-Sat July 31-August 6 Senior High Camping Trip Channel Islands
Sat.Aug. 137 p.m.Whadda UU Know game show fundraiser with Randall King, artistic director of San Jose Stage Hattie Porter Hall (see below)
Fri.Nov. 187 p.m.Whadda UU Know game show fundraiser with Councilman Raul Peralez Hattie Porter Hall (see below)

Monday, May 23, 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 24, 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

Saturday, August 18, 7 p.m.
WHADDA UU KNOW? -- A Comedy Game Show, Hattie Porter Hall

Enjoy an all new show with all new games and contestants, as well as a new VIP, Randall King, the artistic director of San Jose Stage, the area's most kickass theater company, as contestants go head-to-head in trivia games heavy on word play, music and fun led by your emcee Nerdy Hurdle (Henry Ruddle). 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).

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Free will donation at the door or buy tickets in advance with PayPal or a credit card. (Suggested: $10). All proceeds benefit the music program. For questions, to offer help, e-mail (emcee) Henry Ruddle at rcreative1@gmail.com.


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.


July 13-17, 2016,
Let's go camping!, Atkinson Estate

Every summer, we have the opportunity to go camping together! Our annual church campout is appropriate for pretty much anyone of any age. It's easy camping. You don’t have to plan any meals or pack much equipment: Just bring your tent and sleeping bag and a few other things, and you’re good to go. We do communal cooking, and all the food, stoves, and cooking equipment is provided. This is a fun campout for families, couples, and singles.

We are fortunate again to be able to camp at the Atkinson Estate, in Uvas Canyon, just south of San Jose. This wonderful property should be familiar to all who camped with us from 1998 through 2007, and then again since 2012. It’s nearby, it’s beautiful, and it’s a private property. It has a pretty creek, shady trees, and ample time and space to just kick back and relax.

The cost of the campout is the same as it has been for the past upteen years, but now has a sliding scale: $50-60 for adults (and kids 12 and up), $25-30 for kids 4-11, and free for little kids up through age 3. Some camperships are available. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted (that’s about the only downside of this great place). The cost covers campsite fees, supplies, and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast (eight generous meals). We have vegetarian and vegan options, real brewed coffee, and s’mores around the campfire. Also a piñata and birthday cake. Really.

--> Note: Many people don’t show up until Thursday night or even Friday. The campout is like a little village that grows starting on Wednesday at mid-day, reaching its full population by Saturday. You won’t “miss out” if you can’t commit to the whole five days.

There are pretty much no planned activities except meals; your time is your own. Feel free to plan some, though! Many folks like to organize hikes, scavenger hunts, bug races, and so on. Other popular activites are reading, sitting around, playing in the creek, arts & crafts, and music.

For specific information about the property, contact Claire Wagner at cwagner21@gmail.com.

For general information, email Mary Mary Feldman at mm@feldmo.com or Alec MacLean at CalecM@aol.com. To register, download the registration form and release.


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