Highlights for the Coming Week
November 20-28, 2015
|| Nov. 22||
Hattie Porter Hall|
|Sun. ||Nov. 22||After Worship
||VITTLES & VOCALS - Lunchtime Potluck & Holiday Sing Along
||Hattie Porter Hall (with a table for Newcomers)|
150th Anniversary Committee||
Silent Meditation Gathering||
Nov. 23, 25
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||
Homeless Concerns Group||
Carl Franzen Studio Concert||
Save the Dates
Women’s Alliance Meeting||
Dances of Universal Peace||
Christian Origins Book Study||
Held in the Arms of the Earth -- A Midweek Holiday Service For Everyone!
Holiday Youth Play: The Magic of the Poinsettia
Circle Supper Gala
Hattie Porter Hall|
Jean von Kaenel Tea to Benefit Partner Church||
Hattie Porter Hall|
Sunday, November 22, After Worship Service
TRIPLE TREAT Next Sunday: food for your soul at the service, food for your body at the potluck and food for your spirit as you listen to John Ector, Music Director sing and sing-a-long as well! Don’t miss this special celebratory Sunday as we ring in the beautiful holiday season! Free will donations for the Music Program will be accepted to help send John to the UU Musicians’ Network Conference next summer. Unfortunately, the Golden State Ramblers will not be able to join us on November 22nd, due to an injury to one of its members.
Vittles & Vocals Lunch Time Potluck and Holiday Sing-Along, Hattie Porter Hall
Monday, November 23, 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
Monday, November 23, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary
We will be meditating under the sanctuary dome at First Unitarian. We meditate for 30 minutes. We begin with the ringing of the meditation bell and setting the timer for 30 minutes. Come in the door at end of the ramp and quietly enter the sanctuary. You can sit in a chair or bring a cushion to meditate on. All are welcome to stay afterwards for a check in about our meditation experience and practice. Contact: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@Gmail.com
Join us for gala concert with the students of the Franzen Opera Studio featuring music from the silver screen. Reservations are not necessary. Free will donations will be accepted at the door – proceeds go to the First Unitarian Church Music Program.
Saturday, November 28, 7:00 p.m. NOTE DATE CHANGE
Carl Franzen Studio Concert, You Must Remember This, Sanctuary
Friday, December 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
Sunday, December 6, 1-3 p.m.
Christian Origins Book Study, Conference Room
Led by Bob Miess, joining us in San Jose!
The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan
and The Complete Gospels by Robert J. Miller
On December 6 we will look at four early stories about the birth of Jesus. Two from the Bible: the Gospel of Matthew (which has the wise men) and the Gospel of Luke (which has the shepherds and the angels). Two are from Gospels that never made it into the Bible, known as the Infancy Gospels of James and Thomas. We will see how different each story is, what they appear to be saying to people in their own times, and what elements have been picked up in present day popular stories; and we will consider what speaks to us as UUs today. Questions? Contact Bob Miess, Bob@BobMiess.com, 925-392-5901.
Sunday, December 20, 5:30-8 pm
We are planning a special holiday event again this year. All are welcome, but it is important that you sign up in advance so we’ll know how many places to set. Deadline to sign up is Monday, December 14. There will be time to mingle while nibbling appetizers and enjoying festive beverages before we sit down to enjoy the special dishes you all will bring. Save this date: watch for more details coming soon. Questions? Contact Barbara
Derbyshire at CircleSuppers@AOL.com.
Circle Supper Gala, Hattie Porter Hall
Thursday, December 3, 1-3 pm
We'll discuss Barbara G. Walker's Belief & Unbelief (Essay #9 Cannibalism, #10 Gnosticism) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's highly acclaimed novel Americanah: Ch.10-15, pp. 136-195. Come even if you haven't done the reading; the discussion is always rich! Please contact Nancy Coleman at 408 985 5778 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. All are welcome.
Women's Alliance, Fireside Room
For more information on these and other events, see the Current Newsletter!