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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
June 19-25, 2016

Sat. and Sun. June 18-19 Evening Circle Suppers Member's homes
SunJune 192:30 – 5:00 p.m.San José English Country Dance Hattie Porter Hall
SunJune 1912:45 – 2:45 p.m.“All Hands on Deck” Volunteer Engagement Campaign – Training with PACTClassroom 2
Mon.June 206:00 p.m.Silent Meditation GatheringSanctuary
Mon. June 20 7:30-9 p.m. HUUmanati Monday Meeting Library
M, W, F June 20, 22 & 2411:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime LabyrinthSanctuary
Wed-Sun June 22-26 UUA General Assembly 2016 Columbus, OH
Wed. June 228:00 p.m.Guitars Aloud!Fireside Room
Thur. June 237:00 p.m.Choir PracticeSanctuary
SatJune 252:00 p.m.Billie Wachter’s MemorialSanctuary

Upcoming Events

Sun POSTPONED 12:45 p.m. Bread and Soup and Conversation - Levitt Pavilion Proposal for St. James Park Hattie Porter Hall
Sun.June 26 9:30 a.m. Support Group for Parents of Teens and Tweens Classrooms 4-6
Tue June 287:00 p.m.Young Adults Group Meeting Youth Room
Fri. July 1 6:30 p.m. UUthful Spirits Happy Hour TBD (email for info)
Fri. July 1 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sun July 3 10:00 a.m. HUUmanati Sunday Forum Hattie Porter Hall
SunJuly 32:30 – 5:00 p.m.South Bay Contra DanceHattie Porter Hall
Thurs. July 7 1:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Potluck Nancy Coleman's house
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, June 20, 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, June 19, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
"All Hands on Deck" for the Voter Engagement Campaign – Training with PACT, Classroom 2

We have a crucial opportunity to make a difference during this election season by calling “all hands on deck” for the Voter Engagement Campaign. People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is organizing this campaign across Santa Clara County, and its parent organization PICO is organizing across the whole country. The campaign aims to (1) strengthen PACT's power and each participating congregation's power and effectiveness by showing how many folks we reach county-wide, and by experiencing the impact we have as a team! and (2) transform the electorate by focusing on people who have been excluded from the democratic process but who can and need to have a voice. PACT will offer a training after worship on Sunday, June 19, for all who can take part! Please do come!  RSVP to Office Manager Sharmeen Enayat: fucsjoffice@gmail.com

Sunday, June 19, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
San José English Country Dance, Hattie Porter Hall

Enjoy truly social group dancing to classical and folk music from the last five centuries!  In our pattern dances, you dance with the whole room.  Come alone or with friends - we change partners after every dance.  All group dances taught and prompted, no experience necessary, no complicated footwork. For the best experience, come at the beginning of the dance - later patterns are more complex. Suggested donation - $5-$10; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Note: The San José English Country Dance will not meet in July and August.

Monday, June 20, 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!

Saturday, June 25, 2:00 pm
Celebration of Billie Wachter’s Life, Sanctuary

The Celebration of Billie Wachter's Life at First Unitarian will take place in our sanctuary at 160 N. 3rd St. There will be a potluck reception afterward, so please do bring some finger foods to share, if you are able. Most of all, do come celebrate that Billie has been among us. Come prepared to share the brief, vivid stories about Billie that show us how we are to carry her legacy forward.

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.

Saturday, August 13, 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.

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