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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
February 22-28, 2015

Sun. Feb. 22 Social Hour Produce Market Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 22 After Service Canvass Kick-off Event Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 22 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Newcomer Table – Hattie Porter Hall
Mon. Feb. 23 6:00 p.m. Silent Meditation Gathering Sanctuary
Mon. Feb. 23 7:00 p.m. Homeless Concerns Group Conference Room
Mon. Feb. 23 7:00 p.m. UU Knitters Youth Room
M, W, F Feb. 23, 25,27 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Tues. Feb. 24 7:00 p.m. Program & Ops. Committee Conference Room
Wed. Feb. 25 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Thurs. Feb. 26 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting Conference Room
Thurs. Feb. 26 7:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Classrooms 4-6
Sat. Feb. 28 2:00 p.m. Celebration of Life –Beth Hilton Sanctuary

Save the Dates

Sun. March 1 9:45 a.m. First Sunday Forum Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. March 1 12:15 p.m. Newcomer’s Light Lunch Library
Sun. March 1 12:45 p.m. Band of Writers Youth Room
Sun. March 1 1:00 p.m. Christian Origins Book Study Conference Room
Sun. March 1 2:30 p.m. San Jose Community Dances Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. March 8 12:30 p.m. Refugee Foster Program Presentation Fireside Room
Sun. March 15 12:45 p.m. Ocean Acidification and Its Remediation Fireside Room

Saturday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
“Romanza!” Beautiful Love Music,
Franzen Opera Studio Concert, Sanctuary

Please join us for an evening of beautiful music featuring romantic music from opera, operetta, and musical theater. Reservations are not needed. Free will donations are accepted at the door. Proceeds go to the First Unitarian Church of San Jose music program.

Sunday, February 22, 12:45 p.m.
UUthful Spirits Lunch, Meet at Newcomer Table, Hattie Porter Hall

Join our young adult and young-at-heart fellowship group for lunch after Worship Service. The group also has a Happy Hour event on the first Fridays of each month. For information, contact uuthful_spirits-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Sunday, February 22, 12:45 p.m,
“Cowspiracy” Film Showing,
Fireside Room

The Rights of Nature group presents Cowspiracy:  The Sustainability Secret.  “Cowspiracy is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary (91 minutes) following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.”

Monday, February 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

Monday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Homeless Concerns Group, Board Conference Room

The Homelessness Concerns Group meets every fourth Monday at 7 p.m. in the conference room downstairs. We are currently exploring what our church can do to address homelessness in downtown San Jose. We also have a Yahoo Group (UUSJHomelessness Concerns Group) where we post notes from meetings and general information.

Monday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
UU Knitters, Youth Room

Join the drop-in group of lively crafters: including knitting, crochet, beading (so far)...on 2nd and 4th Mondays. All levels of experience are welcome!

Saturday, February 28, 2:00 p.m.
Celebration of Life for Beth Hilton,
Sanctuary

Please join us for this music-filled celebration of Beth Hilton's life. Even if you didn't know Beth, you know aspects of her legacy to FUCSJ, including the formation of our guitar choir, Guitars Aloud. This will be a time to remember Beth and carry forward her bright spirit.

Sunday, March 1, 12:15 p.m.
Newcomers Get Acquainted 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

Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.,
Fostering Refugee and Immigrant Children, Fireside Room

"Are you interested in learning more about the undocumented and refugee children in our country? Would you like to make a real impact in a child's life? Refugee Foster care places unaccompanied refugee and immigrant minors into foster families throughout the Bay Area. Our minors have been either orphaned or separated from their parents due to war and conflict in their home countries. Most are between the ages of 14 and 17, and are resettled in the U.S. without a parent or guardian. Young people come from all across the world and are of various ethnic and religious groups. Our most recent arrivals have arrived from Burma, Ghana, Congo, Honduras, Guatemala, and Korea. We are always seeking foster parents who would be willing to open their homes to one of our youth. Our foster parents are provided with training, lots of support, and a monthly stipend. Join us for an informational meeting on March 8th at 12:30 in the Fireside room.

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12:45-2:00 p.m.
Ocean Acidification and Its Remediation, Fireside Room

Do you know about the “other” carbon-dioxide problem? Dr. Alexander Cannara, a consultant and educator on climate and energy issues, will describe how atmospheric CO2 dissolves into the oceans, forming carbonic acid, and how our excess CO2 emissions are expected to make the oceans too acidic by 2050 for continued survival of the marine food chain. This would not only threaten the entire seafood industry (20% of human food protein), it would also eliminate the natural carbon sequestration services provided by organisms with carbonate shells and skeletons. Their disappearance would make it even harder to keep a lid on atmospheric CO2 levels, which must be done to stop the upward drift of global mean temperature. How might humans halt ocean acidification before it’s too late? This discussion is sponsored by the Rights of Nature Group at First Unitarian Church of San Jose, after the service on March 15. For questions about the meeting, contact Mike Pelizzari at nextgalaxy@aol.com.

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