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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
February 13-20, 2016

Sun. Feb. 14Social HourProduce MarketHattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 14 2:30 p.m. San Jose Community Dances (CANCELLED) Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 14 9:30 a.m. UU Parenting Discussion Group Classrooms 4-6
Sun. Feb. 14 12:45 p.m. Vision 2020 Town Hall Meeting Sanctuary
Sun. Feb. 14 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Meet at Newcomer's Table
M,W Feb. 15, 17, 1911:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon.Feb. 15 6:00 p.m.Silent Meditation GatheringSanctuary
Mon. Feb. 157:30-9:00 p.m.HUUmanati MeetingLibrary
Tues.Feb. 167:00 p.m.PACT MeetingConference Room
Tues.Feb. 167:00 p.m.Discussion Group for Young AdultsYouth Room
Wed. Feb. 177:00 p.m.Choir PracticeSanctuary
Wed. Feb. 178:00 p.m.Guitars Aloud!Fireside Room

Upcoming Events

Sat. & Sun.Feb. 20 and 21VariedCircle SuppersSee announcement
Sun.Feb. 212:30 p.m.San Jose Community DancesHattie Porter Hall
Sun.Feb. 21, March 6, 20, April 3, 171:30-3:30 p.m.Rights of Nature/Social Justice – Our Place in the Web of LifeClassrooms 4-6
Mon. Feb. 22 7:00-9:00 p.m. Homelessness Concerns Group Conference Room
Mon. Feb. 22 7:00-9:00 p.m. UU Knitters Youth Room
Tue. Feb. 23 7:00-9:00 p.m. Program and Operations Council (POC) Meeting Conference Room
Fri.Feb. 267:00-9:00 p.m.Whadda UU Know Game ShowHattie Porter Hall
Sat.Feb. 277:00 p.m.Franzen Opera Studio ConcertSanctuary
Sun.Feb. 281:00 p.m.Caring Hands Gratitude GatheringHattie Porter Hall
Sat.March 59:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Services is Our Prayer DayAll areas of church
Sun. Feb. 28 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Meet at Newcomer's Table
Thurs. Mar. 3 1:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Meeting Fireside Room
Fri. Mar. 4 6:30 p.m. UUthful Spirits Happy Hour TBD (email for info)
Fri. Mar. 4 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sun.Mar. 610-11 a.m.HUUmanati Sunday ForumHattie Porter Hall
Sun. Mar. 6 12:45 p.m. Band of Writers Meeting Youth Room
Sun.Mar. 62:30 p.m.San Jose Community DancesHattie Porter Hall
Mon. Mar. 7 7:00 p.m.Social Justice Council Conference Room
Mon. Mar. 7 7:00 p.m.UU KnittersYouth Room
Tue. Mar. 8 7:00-9:00 p.m. Program and Operations Council (POC) Meeting Conference Room
Sat. Mar. 12 6-8 p.m. Inspire Young Minds (TSCC Fundraiser) Hattie Poter Hall
Fri-SunApril 22-24, 2016 Pacific Central District Assembly 2016 Newark Fremont Doubletree by Hilton
Wed-SunJune 22-26 UUA General Assembly 2016Columbus, OH
Sun-SatJuly 31-August 6Senior High Camping TripChannel Islands

Sundat, February 14, After Social Hour
Soup & Bread & Conversation, Vision 2020, Hattie Porter Hall

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.

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 faithlovegratitude@gmail.com with questions. All are welcome!

RSVP BY: Monday, February 8th.
SUPPERS: Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21

Circle Suppers, Host Homes

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. 

Sunday, February 14, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Roots and Wings, UU Parenting Curriculum and Discussion Group, Classrooms 4-6

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 faithlovegratitude@gmail.com.

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.
Discussion Group for Young Adults Ages 18-35, Finding Your Spark, Youth Room

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 faithlovegratitude@gmail.com or join Facebook: First Unitarian Church of San Jose Young Adult Group

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: fucsjoffice@gmail.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 Leighfleigh@att.net.

Monday, February 22, 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.

Friday, February 26, 7:00 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' 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 rcreative1@gmail.com.

SSunday February 28, 2016 – 1-2:30pm
Caring Hands Gratitude Gathering, Hattie Porter Hall, Light Lunch Provided

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 atdickiden@comcast.com.

Friday, March 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.

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Service is Our Prayer Day, All areas of the Church

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 (bhowd@aol.com or 408-257-6844) if you have questions or suggestions. 

Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24
District Assembly 2016, Congregational Excellence: Doing Together What We Cannot Do Alone! Newark Fremont Doubletree by Hilton, Fremont, CA

Hotel reservations can be made now until March 28, 2016 here. For updated information about the District Assembly, go here.

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 ednatsj@sbcglobal.net.

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 rosemary@3street.org for information or to help with the event.

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