Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / December 3, 2008 / 3 de Diciembre 2008

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A Little Sunday Music


Debra Fenzel-Alexander's quartet.

Photo courtesy of Dani

Inside This Issue:

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Sunday Services

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Save the Dates

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Religious Education

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As we build the beloved community...

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Multicultural Competencies

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January Is Open Enrollment Month for Small Group Ministry!

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Spotlight on Social Justice

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Welcome New Members

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Circling Around

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Holiday Play 2008

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Have you taken advantage of PG&E’s energy efficiency programs?

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UU Hikers & Friends

1203-14 Making a World of Difference
1203-15 Upcoming Events
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The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information

En Español
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Servicios de Domingo

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Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad …

1203-5 Las Competencias Multiculturales
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¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

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¿Ha tomado ventaja de los programas de energía eficiente de PG&E?

1203-15 Haciendo un mundo de diferencia

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Aquí estan los Ministros!

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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

7 de Diciembre — 9:30 am

Segundo domingo de adviento
Conectando los puntos: ¿Paz en nuestros corazones y paz en el mundo?

Este domingo tomamos otra pregunta eterna: ¿cómo podemos encontrar, o crear la paz? ¿Hay una conexión entre crear paz en nuestras propias mentes, corazones y vidas y la paz que deseamos en el resto del mundo? Como alguno de usted ha dicho, “si no puedo estar junto con mi madre, ¿cómo podemos tener paz del mundo?” Reflexiones, meditación budista y una oportunidad de decir adiós y gracias a nuestra querida Coordinadora de Justicia Social Carol Stephenson redondeara este hermoso servicio.

Dirige: La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados/as de Culto: Miembros de nuestros Ministerios en Español.

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

December 7 — 11:00 am

Second Sunday in Advent
Connecting the Dots: Peace in Our Hearts and Peace in the World?

This Sunday we take up another eternal question: how can we find, or create, peace? Is there a connection between creating peace in our own minds, hearts, and lives, and the peace we long for in the wider world? As one of you has said, “If I can’t get along with my own mother, how can we have world peace?” Reflections, Buddhist meditation, a child dedication, and a chance to say farewell and thanks to our beloved Social Justice Coordinator Carol Stephenson will round out this beautiful service. And to help bring a little peace to the world, we’ll be handing out the UUSC’s Guest at Your Table boxes this Sunday.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Bruce Halen.

Combined Service at 10:00 am / Servicio Combinado a las 10:00 am

14 de Diciembre — 10:00 a.m.

Seguido Por La Feria De Reglos Navideños
Las clases de educación religiosa: 10:30-11:30 mañana

Adviento III – Amor: ¿Hay límites para el amor?

¿Hay límites en el amar? ¿Puede el amor ramificarse, ampliándose en una red cada vez más extensa, o necesita un “envase”? ¿En algunos de nosotros nace el amor en más de una persona a la vez, mientras que en otros de nosotros nos cuesta más trabajo en nuestra vida el amar solamente una, aunque ese “uno” sea a nosotros mismos u a otro? ¿Qué clases de relaciones amorosas hacen que cada uno de nosotros nos sintamos cómodos, seguros, apreciados, respetados y “vistos”? Con un toque suave, daremos una mirada fresca al amor en esta época de fiestas y que deje una cálida comprensión más profunda en nuestras mentes y corazones.”

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Alice Lynch, Erika Jackson, y Bill Baldwin.

December 14 — 10:00 a.m.

Followed By The Holiday Gift Faire
Religious Education Classes: 10:30-11:30 am

Advent III - Love: Are There Limits to Love?

Are there any limits on loving? Can love branch outward in an ever-widening web, or does it need a “container”? Are some of us born to love more than one person at a time, while others of us find our life’s work in learning to love just one, whether that “one” be oneself or another? What kinds of loving relationships make each of us feel comfortable, secure, appreciated, respected, and “seen”? With a light and gentle touch, we’ll take a fresh look at love this holiday season and let a deeper understanding warm our minds and hearts. We’ll also bless the Mudupalli family as they leave for England for 18 months!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Alice Lynch, Erika Jackson, and Bill Baldwin.

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

21 de Diciembre — 9:30 am

A ser anunciado

Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de nuestros Ministerios en Español.

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

December 21 — 11:00 am

Children’s Play: “Chanuka Oy Chanuka”

Come and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with the annual children’s play. This year we have a special treat. Church member Cordelia Willis has written an original play for the beginning of Chanuka— which happens to start on December 21. There will be singing and miracles, for the light will not go out in our lamps or in our hearts. And don’t forget to bring those lists for world peace, economic recovery, and My Little Ponies— for that jolly old elf, Santa Claus will be making an appearance after the service. Joy to the world. Love has come!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis.

El Juego de los Niños: “Chanuka Oy Chanuka”

Venga y celebre el inicio de la época celebraciones con el juego anual de los niños. Este año tenemos un regalo especial. Cordelia Willis, miembro de la iglesia, ha escrito un original juego para el inicio de Chanukah— que comienza el 21 de diciembre. Habrá cantos y milagros, para que la luz no se apague en nuestras lámparas o en nuestros corazones. Y no se olvide de traer sus listas para la paz del mundo, para la recuperación económica y a mis pequeños ponis— para ese viejo duende alegre, Papá Noel hará presencia después del servicio. Alegría al mundo. ¡El amor ha llegado!

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis.

December 24 — 24 de Diciembre — 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Join us as we sing those old familiar carols and bring forth the light within our sanctuary and into our lives. The choir and soloists will lift our spirits with the singing of angels. And we will hear that timeless story of the birth of new hope in the baby Jesus and in new lives everywhere. We recount the timeless words of Unitarian Universalist religious educator Sophia Fahs who said that: “Every night a child is born in a holy night.” Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and the Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Worship Associates: Kelly Burnett and Bruce Halen.

Servicios a la Luz de las Velas de Vísperas de Navidad

Únase a nosotros a cantar esos viejos villancicos familiares y traer la luz dentro de nuestro santuario y en nuestras vidas. El coro y los solistas elevaran nuestros espíritus con cantar el de los ángeles. Y escucharemos esa historia intemporal del nacimiento de la nueva esperanza en el bebé Jesús y en las nuevas vidas por todas partes. Contamos de nuevo las palabras intemporales de la educadora religiosa Unitaria Universalista Sophia Fahs quien dijo: “Cada noche un niño nace en una noche santa.” Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Dirigen: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y el Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociados/as de Culto: Kelly Burnett y Bruce Halen.

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Save the Dates

  • December 6, Saturday – Children’s Party (5:00-7:00 p.m.) and Táncház Hungarian Dance (7:00-11:00 p.m.), Hattie Porter Hall. Adults: $10, Youth 12 to18: $5; Under 11: Free
  • December 7-31 – Guest at Your Table fundraising event
  • December 7, Sunday, farewell to Carol Stephenson at the 11:00 am Sunday Service and Band of Writers, Youth Room, 12: 20 pm
  • December 9, Tuesday, UU Humanists meeting, 7:00 pm, Fireside Room
  • December 11, Thursday – Green City PACT-LOC, 7:00 p.m., Fireside Room
  • December 13, Saturday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm; Making a World of Difference: A Pre-Parliament of World Religions Conference at Santa Clara University. (See article on page 5)
  • December 14, Sunday, Fireside Gift Faire, Hattie Porter Hall
  • December 18, Thursday – La Posada, a celebration with the Third Street Community families
  • December 24, Wednesday, Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, in the Sanctuary, 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
  • January 31, Saturday – Tea for Partner Church Visit, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Hattie Porter Hall. Suggested Donation: Adult: $20, Youth: $10
  • March 6-8, 2009 – Women & Religion Retreat at Enchanted Hills (near Napa). Early Bird registration, $230; after February 2, $250.
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Religious Education

Sunday Morning Class Calendar

Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years
Nursery, Lower Level]

We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Child Care Workers: Jessica Nunez and Maria Elena Olvera.

K-Second Grades
Church’s lower level, Rooms 2-3

Special Times

December 7
A Time for Getting Ready-Advent

December 14
A Time for Freedom of Worship: Hannukah

December 21
Children’s Holiday Play: NO CLASS

Third-Fifth Grades
Church’s lower level, Rooms 4-6

A stepping stone year

December 7
Stories in Rocks & Bones

December 14
Jesus’ Birth Story and Yours

December 21
Children’s Holiday Play: NO CLASS

Sixth-Eighth Grades;
Church’s lower level, Conference Room

Building Assets Together

December 7
Building Assets Together- continues

December 14
Safe or Not?/Unclear Boundaries

Youth take a stand on safety in various aspects of their lives and experience what happens when rules aren’t articulated well.

December 21
Children’s Holiday Play: NO CLASS

9th-12th Grades; Youth Room
(Balcony level above Hattie Porter Hall)

December 21
Children’s Holiday Play: NO CLASS

Senior High Youth Group
The youth group meets every Sunday after the first part of the service. The youth group provides a safe place for personal sharing and discussion of diverse issues effecting society and youth today. The group will be using the curriculum Real Stories by teens making choices and keeping it real.


8th-10th Grades
Church’s lower level, Room 4-6

Coming of age

December 21
Mentor-Youth Gift Exchange, 12:45-2:00 pm


Youth Group Activities

JUNIOR HIGH (6th-7th-8th Grades)
Advisor: Pam Pell

SENIOR HIGH (9TH-12 GRADES)
Advisors: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, V Kingsley

To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.


Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
The youth groups are designed to empower youth in leadership positions within the group to plan and lead activities that include: conducting service projects in the church and community, participating in Young Religious Unitarian Universalists’ Youth Conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, and organizing social events such as wilderness experiences, overnights, ski weekends, and movie outings.

If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.


Religious Education Registration On Line
To register for children and youth programs at http://sanjoseuu.org/RE/br.html, just click the button that says registration. All information is sent only to the Rev. Geoff Rimositis.


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As we build the beloved community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad …

Para la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.

The Greatest Gift: A Season of Listening

Did you hear the series on National Public Radio the week of Thanksgiving, in which newscasters participated in very personal interviews with family members and loved ones? It was part of StoryCorps’ project to create an annual National Day of Listening on the Friday following Thanksgiving. StoryCorps, which collects recorded interviews from everyday people around the country and then stores them at the Library of Congress, was inviting every one of us to find someone whose stories we would like to hear and record—stories of that person’s earliest memory, for example, or stories about what she is proudest of in her life; stories about when he felt the most alone or what it felt like to hold his own child for the first time; stories about serving in the military or going to school; funny stories, sad stories, stories that have been told over and over again or have never been heard before. Here’s how, StoryCorps suggested: Just create a short list of questions, then sit down with a friend or family member or with anyone you’d like to get to know better, and (if possible) record your conversation—not for the national archives this time but for your personal archives.

I love everything about this idea. I love the invitation to spend a part of the post-Thanksgiving Sales Day—when we are expected to shop until we drop—having a deep and loving conversation instead. I love the recognition that there is always more to learn about someone, even when we think we know him or her through and through. I love the idea of reaching out to near-strangers and demonstrating our interest in them and our respect for their unique worth by asking them to share their stories, all the while creating new and meaningful relationships in the process. I love the idea of creating a day when we intentionally offer each other the gift of listening.

But the National Day of Listening may be over by the time you read this, so what are we to do? Wait a whole year until it comes around again?

Of course not! Let’s create a Season of Listening right now. It starts the moment you read this column and continues through New Year’s Day. Participation is simple: Once a week, ask someone to spend about half an hour to 45 minutes with you. Tell them you want to hear their stories—that this is the best holiday gift you can give each other.

Here are some tools that will help make this spiritual practice of listening easier and more inclusive:

1. Go to www.nationaldayoflistening.org, and scroll down to the “Do-It-Yourself” guide for creating an interview. Follow the simple steps that StoryCorps suggests. If you want to generate a really interesting set of questions, click on “Question Generator.” (I have had such fun using this tool to create questions for my spouse Kevin and my dear friend Terry; some of the questions took me by surprise!)

2. Take a look at the list of Multicultural Competencies that accompanies this column. These suggestions help us to move out of our comfort zones and get to know others across seeming cultural or social divides. They can deepen even the most comfortable and familiar conversations by encouraging us to set aside our assumptions and approach our interviews with respectful and passionate curiosity.

3. Finally, have fun—and please share what you discover about yourself and about this gift of listening with our spiritual cooperative!

May your holidays become warmer and richer through this gift of listening!

With my love,

Nancy

El regalo más grande: Una época de escuchar

¿Ha escuchado usted la serie en la Radio Pública Nacional la semana del Día de acción de Gracias, en la cual los locutores participaron en entrevistas muy personales con los miembros de su familia y sus seres queridos? Era parte del proyecto de StoryCorps para crear un Día Nacional Anual de Escuchar el viernes siguiente al Día de Acción de Gracias. StoryCorps, recoge entrevistas gravadas de la gente común de alrededor del país y después las almacenan en la Biblioteca del Congreso, estaba invitando a cada de nosotros que encontrara a alguien cuyas historias quisiéramos oír y gravarlas—historias de la memoria más temprana de esa persona, por ejemplo, o las historias sobre lo cuál ella se siente mas orgullosa en su vida; las historias sobre cuando se sintió más sola o el gusto qué sintió al cargar a su propio hijo por primera vez; historias sobre servir en el ejercito o el ir a la escuela; historias divertidas, historias tristes, historias que se han contado repetidamente una y otra vez o que nunca se han escuchado antes. Aquí es cómo, StoryCorps sugirió: Solo crear una pequeña lista de preguntas, entonces sentarse con un amigo o un miembro de la familia o con cualquier persona que usted quisiera conocerla mejor y, (sí le es posible) gravar su conversación—no para el archivo nacional esta vez, pero si para sus archivos personales.

Me gusta todo sobre esta idea. Me gusta la invitación de gastar una parte del tiempo del día de las ventas después del Día de Acción de Gracias—cuando se espera que hagamos compras hasta que nos desplomemos—para tener una profunda y cariñosa conversación en lugar de lo otro. Me gusta reconocer que siempre hay algo más por aprender sobre alguien, aun cuando nosotros pensemos que lo(a) conocemos al revés y al derecho. Me gusta la idea de ponernos en contacto con esos cercanos-extraños y demostrarles nuestro interés en ellos y nuestro respeto por su valor único, pidiéndoles que compartan sus historias, mientras que creamos nuevas y significativas relaciones en el proceso. Me gusta la idea de crear un día en que intencionalmente nos ofrecemos los unos a los otros el regalo de escuchar.

¿Pero el Día Nacional de Escuchar puede ser sobre el momento en que usted lea esto, entonces que estamos haciendo? ¿Esperar un año entero hasta que llegue otra vez?

¡Por supuesto que no! Creamos una temporada de escuchar ahora. Comenzando en el momento en que usted esta leyendo esta columna y continúe hasta el día de Año Nuevo. La participación es simple: Una vez por semana, pida que alguien pase de media hora a 45 minutos con usted. Dígales que usted desea oír que sus historias— que éste ses el mejor regalo que usted pueden darse el uno al otro.

Aquí están algunas herramientas que le ayudarán a hacer esta práctica espiritual de escuchar más fácil y más inclusiva:

1. Vayan a www.nationaldayoflistening.org, y revise la guía de “Hágalo usted mismo” para crear una entrevista. Siga los simples pasos que StoryCorps sugiere. Si usted desea generar un sistema realmente interesante de preguntas, haga click en el “generador de preguntas.” (Ha sido divertido usar esta herramienta para crear preguntas para mi esposo Kevin y para mi estimado amigo Terry; algunas de las preguntas me tomaron por sorpresa!)

2. Échele una ojeada a la lista de Competencias Multiculturales que acompaña a esta columna. Estas sugerencias nos ayudaran a movernos de nuestras zonas de comodidad y familiarizarnos con otras a través de las semejanzas de la división cultural o social. Ellos pueden profundizar mejor en las conversaciones más cómodas y familiares animándonos a que pongamos nuestras suposiciones a un lado y nos acerquemos a nuestras entrevistas con una respetuosa y apasionada curiosidad.

3. ¡Finalmente, sea divertido—y comparta por favor lo que usted descubre sobre usted mismo y sobre este regalo de escuchar con nuestra cooperativa espiritual!

¡Puedan sus días de fiesta llegar a ser más cálidos y más ricos a través de este regalo de escuchar! Con amor,

Nancy

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Multicultural Competencies

Adapted from Building the World We Dream About: A “Welcoming Congregation” Curriculum on Race and Ethnicity

by Mark Hicks

When we are competent in “multicultural communication”:

  • We can listen and behave without imposing our own values and assumptions on others.
  • We carry with us an attitude of respect when approaching people of different cultures; this requires that we engage continually in a process of self-reflection and self-critique. We thus have the ability to move beyond our own biases.
  • We can maintain a communication style that is not based on arguing or competing, on trying to overwhelm someone with our “compelling evidence” or on establishing who is “right.”
  • We are curious about the other person, and we seek solutions to problems and approaches to projects that work across the shared interests that we discover.
  • We are comfortable asking questions when we are uncertain or unclear about the assumptions of an individual or a group.
  • We intentionally seek to see, hear, and understand the cultural “other.” We actually seek out opportunities for multicultural communication.

Notice that we don’t have to be “excellent” at any of these skills! Our goal is competence in multicultural communication; we are striving simply to build skills, attitudes, and abilities that will grow with each new experience.

How often might we use these skills in our everyday lives in Silicon Valley? How might these skills enrich our spiritual cooperative at the First Unitarian Church of San José?

Las Competencias Multiculturales

Adaptado de Construyendo el Mundo que Hemos Soñado: Currículum en Raza y Etnicidad “Una Comunidad Aceptante”

por Mark Hicks

Cuando somos competentes en “comunicación multicultural”:

  • Podemos escuchar y comportarnos sin imponer nuestros propios valores y suposiciones en los otros.
  • Tenemos que llevar con nosotros una actitud de respeto al acercarnos a la gente de diversas culturas; esto requiere que nos encontremos continuamente en un proceso de autorreflexión y de autocrítica. Así tendremos la capacidad de moverse más allá de nuestros propios prejuicios.
  • Debemos mantener un estilo de comunicación que no se base en la discusión o en la competencia, al intentar abrumar a alguien con nuestro “convincente testimonio” o en establecer quién esta en lo “correcto.”
  • Ser curiosos sobre la otra persona y buscar soluciones a los problemas y aproximarse a los proyectos que trabajen a través de los intereses compartidos que descubramos.
  • Sintámonos cómodos haciendo preguntas cundo no estemos seguros o nos sintamos confundidos sobre las suposiciones de un individuo o de un grupo.
  • Intencionalmente busquemos ver, oír y entender la “otra” cultura. Nosotros realmente buscamos las oportunidades para la comunicación multicultural.

¡Note que no tenemos que ser “excelentes” en ninguna de estas habilidades! Nuestra meta es la capacidad en la comunicación multicultural; nos estamos esforzando simplemente en construir destrezas, actitudes y habilidades que crecerán con cada nueva experiencia.

¿Qué tan a menudo podemos usar estas habilidades en nuestras vidas diarias en el Valle del Silicón? ¿Cómo pueden estas habilidades enriquecer a nuestra cooperativa espiritual en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

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January Is Open Enrollment Month for Small Group Ministry!

Our Small Group Ministries (SGM) program is an exciting opportunity to meet other people who are interested in Unitarian Universalism, to get to know people in this congregation in a deep and meaningful way, and to discuss and learn more about our own and one another’s personal spiritual paths. “Intimacy and ultimacy,” some folks say when they try to sum up what participation in Small Group Ministry offers.

During the month of January, we welcome everyone who would like to enroll in our small groups. If you are not currently active in a small group, you can sign up at the SGM table during Social Hour following the 11:00 am service any Sunday in January. Watch your e-mail and look at the mid-December newsletter for more information about the openings and the location for our current small groups.

Generally, Small Groups meet twice a month for a two-hour time slot, usually during the first and third weeks of the month, although some of our small groups follow a slightly different schedule. We ask for a commitment to good attendance to your group for a year. “Small” means a membership of six to ten people, generally of diverse backgrounds. Each session is devoted to a theme that holds some significance in our lives.

Participation in Small Group Ministry encourages skills of “deep listening” to each other and is a significant way we build the interdependent web of our community. Through Small Group Ministry, we create a deeper connection to our own best self as well as to others in our congregation. Check out the SGM portion of our website for more information: www.sanjoseuu.org/FUCSJ_SGM/index.html

We are also looking for more Small Group Ministry leaders. SGM leaders and co-leaders are fully participating members of their group, and they also share responsibilities for letting their group know about upcoming session topics and ensuring that members receive the Preparation sheet. They make sure that the Order of Service for each session gets printed out; and they help facilitate the listening and sharing during the group sessions. They receive training with Rev. Nancy and other leaders; and they (or a representative of their group) come to the monthly Small Group Ministry Leader Gathering, an evening with Rev. Nancy that is designed to nourish and support the leaders and keep our groups interconnected. If you are interested in becoming a Small Group Ministry leader, please write Rev. Nancy at revnpj@yahoo.com

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Spotlight on Social Justice

By Carol Stephenson

Social Justice Calendar

La Posada
On December 18 at 6 p.m. the families of Third Street Community Center together with First Unitarian congregants will gather at the church to walk the streets of downtown San Jose for our annual Posada. The Posada is a Latino tradition that recreates the story of Mary and Joseph looking for lodging. The group, led by children dressed as Mary and Joseph, go to prearranged homes, ask to stay the night in song and are refused. Finally, they come to the house that represents the Inn where they are given refuge.

For us, this will be Hattie Porter Hall, where we then enjoy food, crafts, fun and a piñata! Join this wonderful tradition!

UUSC Guest at Your Table
Pick up a box for your family on Sunday, December 7 at Coffee Hour in order to participate in Guest at Your Table. Place the box at your dinner table and put some change or small bills in it daily for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, which promotes human rights worldwide. So invite a Guest to Your Table this holiday season and pick up a box December 7! More info at www.uusc.org.

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Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?

Membership means you have found your spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism and here at FUCSJ; it means you feel called to offer your time, talent, and treasure to help build this Beloved Community. We welcome you!

Please set up a meeting with Rev. Nancy, revnpj@yahoo.com, and then plan to participate in the next New-Member In-gathering!

¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

Membresía significa que tú has encontrado tu hogar espiritual en el Unitario Universalismo y aquí en la FUCSJ; significa que tú has sentido el llamado de ofrecer tu tiempo, talento y tesoro para ayudar a construir a esta amada comunidad. ¡Le damos la bienvenida!

Por favor, tenga una reunión con la Rev. Nancy revnpj@yahoo.com y entonces planee participar en el siguiente Reunión de Nuevos Miembros.

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Ways to share your time and talent

These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.

  • COFFEE HOUR HOST: set out snacks, drinks before service; clean up after; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LABYRINTH HOST: set up table & music and be present, 11:30-1:00; serve according to availability; 1 yr. term
  • WORSHIP HOST: greet & welcome people coming to Sun. service, collect offering; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • SOUND SYSTEM OPERATOR: operate sound system during 9:30 & 11:00 services;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • TAPE DUPLICATOR: make & provide tapes of services in HPH after church for 1 ½ hrs.; 1 yr. term
  • NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LIVE YOUR VALUES—SHARE YOUR TALENTS—FORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS

    Call Ed at (408) 712-4157.


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    Circling Around
    The all-new all-different Circling Around by Torchy Hunter

    As the new editor for Circling Around, I will be accosting people in Hattie Porter Hall wearing my “Tell Me Everything” sign, or, if you’d rather actually think about what you want in here, e-mail me at dzu@aol.com. I want to be up to date with you, so here’s what we need: birthdays (especially those with zeros), parties of any kind, promotions, college destinations, anything that you diverse groups are doing is interesting to everyone else. For example, in this issue:

    Who’s New? Who is really, really old?

    What group is shameless about seeking publicity?

    Who is in for big trouble?

    We have new members: Laura Straub, Theresa Quigley, Sean and Riley. Man, TWO little red-headed boys. Let’s not tell them what we think the immediate future holds, or they’ll head for Nebraska (gotta understand the folks who dropped off their teenagers).

    Photo courtesy of Dani

    Some recent Saturday just a whole bunch of us showed up at City Hall for a really fun “No on 8” rally. I even have pictures! (which might be in here someplace, mirable dictu). I especially loved all the hand-made signs I saw, although Dan did get a little tired of holding ours over his head. He and I were standing in, yes, in the fountains watching two things occur: dogs peeing and kids taking a drink, oblivious. I am told Rev Nancy was one of the speakers, but it wouldn’t be true to say I “heard” her, or anyone else, due to inadequate bullhorn management. But what a trip to watch the columns converge on City Hall. As many of the signs said, “It’s not over.”

    Photos courtesy of Torchy

    On Saturday last, our Circle of 8 dinner group convened, and demanded coverage here, because we have been together eight years, is what they said, only they all admitted they just wanted to see their names in print: Barbara and Dana Grover, Madeline and Tim Blackwood, Pam and Vic (salad maker supreme) Wyman, plus Dan Zulevic and moi. You see, there is a burden carrying all this power.

    Birthdays with Zeroes (a new feature!)
    Bob Redfern,
    The Bobster, just had one. And no, I’m not going to say which one, but if you ask him, I think he’ll say 40th, right after he tells you that birthday parties are for people who make light of their age. With his trademark deadpan.

    Now you’re cooking department.
    Being the furnisher of yours truly with information, Moria Merriweather sends this information about her Small Group (all cleared with them) (that is, all of them warned this might happen).

    --Happy news: Frey Leigh is recovering from surgery…. Brenna Silberstein is on her way home after several months working full time on the campaign of some Democrat... Karen Caoilfhionn (which is pronounced like “KeeLan”) (what is it with the Irish? And the Welsh? Do they just have extra letters on hand?) has recently uncovered the great healing potential of acupuncture.... Vera Sloan is engaged, with a wedding date in June.... Bob Miess works as a Ministerial Settlement Representative. Is this like Fiddler on the Roof? He works with churches who are seeking a new minister. And this same Small Group is taking over the coffee host duties on 2nd Sundays next year. A big attaboy.

    Now, all the rest of you can send me stuff to put in here. I’ll get some of it right.

    1203-11

    Holiday Play 2008

    Since the Holiday Play falls on December 21, the first night of Chanuka, this year we will be performing “Chanuka Oy Chanuka”, an original play, with eight songs, that explains the story and traditions surrounding the Jewish holiday of Chanuka.

    Rehearsals will be held:

    • Dec. 7 Parts assigned: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
    • Dec. 14 Rehearsal: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
    • Dec. 20 Dress rehearsal: 9:00-noon
    • Dec. 21 Performance @ 11am service

    All children will need to learn the songs. There is no separate choir this year. CDs of the songs will be available Sunday, Nov. 16, or mp3’s of the songs can be obtained by emailing Cordelia Willis at phoebenpiper@juno.com

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    Have you taken advantage of PG&E’s energy efficiency programs?

    by Diana Wirt

    ¿Ha tomado ventaja de los programas de energía eficiente de PG&E?

    para Diana Wirt

    Our People Acting In Community Together Local Organizing Committee (PACT LOC) has been following-up on the Action we held last February at which Mayor Reed committed to involve low and middle income people in his Green Vision for San Jose. Many of his goals involve partners such as PG&E. We recently met with PG&E’s person in charge of its energy efficiency program outreach. She says that there is a lot of funding to help residential customers use less energy--free for those who qualify for the CARES program and inexpensive for those who don’t--and that there will be more starting in January. To access these, call (800) 933-9555.

    We would like to know whether you had heard of these programs, how you heard about them and whether you have made use of them. Please e-mail Diana Wirt at diwirt@sbcglobal.net or David Lambert at DavidLambert1@Gmail.com if you have any experience--good or bad--with obtaining help with energy efficiency from PG&E.

    Our PACT LOC meets on the second Thursday of each month, at 7:00 P.M. Call Diana Wirt at 993-1003 for more info or just show up.

    Nuestro PACT LOC ha seguido en la acción que llevamos a cabo el pasado mes de febrero en la cual el Alcalde Reed comprometido en involucrar a personas de baja y medianos ingresos en su visión verde para San José. Muchas de estas metas involucran a socios tales como PG&E. Recientemente nos juntamos con la persona de PG&E que esta a cargo del programa de alcance a la energía eficiente. Ella dice que hay muchos fondos para ayudar a clientes residenciales a utilizar menos energía--gratis para aquellos que califiquen para el programa de CUIDADO y barato para los que no lo tengan-- y que serán mas iniciando enero. Para acceder al programa, llame al (800) 933-9555

    Quisiéramos saber si usted ha oído hablar de estos programas, como oyó hablar ellos y si usted ha hecho uso de ellos. Por favor envíele un correo electrónico a Diana Wirt en diwirt@sbcglobal.net o con David Lambert en DavidLambert1@Gmail.com Si usted tiene alguna experiencia –buena o mala—con obtener ayuda con la eficiencia de energía de PG&E.

    Nuestro Pact Loc se reúne cada segundo jueves de cada mes a las 7:00pm. Comuníquese con Diana Wirt al 993-1003 para más información o solamente asista.

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    UU Hikers & Friends

    Here is the December hiking schedule. As usual, please call if you want to hike, so I will know to look for you at the car pool spot. If you are a regular (and you know who you are) you don’t need to call unless you are not coming, so we won’t wait for you if you are late. You can call me on my home phone from 6:30 until 7:30 am when I leave. After 7:30, call my cell phone. If you want to email me that you are coming, that is fine. I try to remember to check my email the morning of the hike.

    My phone numbers are: 408 730-1052 (home) and 408 507-7052 (cell). In case of rain I frequently change the venue to the Stanford Dish, which is paved and solves the mud problem. I will cancel if we have a big wind and rain storm. If you wonder what decision has been made, give me a call the morning of the hike.

    See you on the trails!

    Wednesday, December 3
    Stevens Creek/Fremont/Older Park, 5 miles, moderate. Please note this hike will start at 9:00 am. Meet at parking lot at Stevens Creek County Park at 9:00 am.

    Saturday, December 6
    Mission Peak, 6 miles, moderate-to-strenuous. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capital at Alum Rock at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, December 10
    Windy Hill, 7-8 miles, moderate. We will do the longer hike. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, December 13
    Sierra Azule, 6-8 miles (we can decide that morning how much we want to do)
    Meet at Bed, Bath & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, December 17
    Skyline Ridge loop trail, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, December 20
    Joseph Grant County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capital at Alum Rock at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, December 24
    Saratoga Gap, 5 miles, moderate. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, December 27
    Calero County Park, 7 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath &Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am

    Wednesday, December 31
    Foothill Park, 7 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 at 8:30 am.

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    Making a World of Difference:

    Community Nonviolence Conference & Pre-Parliament of World Religions Event

    Saturday, December 13 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm / At Santa Clara University - $10 per person

    Join Rev. Nancy, FUCSJ, and the Third Street Community Center as we discover the possibilities for deeper interfaith partnerships in our own community and as we sample a local “taste” of the Parliament of World Religions (which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, a year from now). Experience the difference that one com­munity can make when those who are part of religious and spiritual communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, business, and grassroots community groups come together to reflect on issues of mutual concern, explore the good work that is currently being done in our community, imagine possibilities, and discover the inspiration to take simple but profound steps toward hearing each other and healing our earth.

    Featured Keynote Speaker, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

    An inspiring internationally recognized speaker and leader currently serving as the Population Director of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Dr. Kanyoro is a member of the Ethical Globalization initiative with Mary Robinson and Bishop Desmond Tutu

    Dr. Kanyoro writes, “In the face of (today’s) challenges, a vision for an ethical approach to globalization is critically needed. Ethical globalization acknowledges shared responsibilities for addressing global challenges and affirms that our common humanity doesn’t stop at national borders.”

    Dr. Kanyoro will speak, along with the Rev. Dr. Bill Lesher, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, at the morning plenary

    Breakout Sessions

    Conference participants can select from several options of panel discussions, workshops, and assemblies on the topics of:

    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Overcoming Poverty and the Millennium Goals
    • Social Cohesion in Diverse Communities
    • Women’s Leadership in Local and Global Healing

    Youth Leadership Assembly Interfaith Dialog and Action

    Youth leaders, ages 17- 24, convene to explore their inspiration and power to bring about positive change through skillful dialog and committed action. This gathering will take place during the morning breakout sessions of the conference.

    Youth leaders will experience the invitation from the young people in Melbourne, Australia to attend the global parliament in 2009 and have a “taste of the parliament” as they focus on issues that connect our local community with people everywhere.

    Those attending the Leadership Assembly will be able to explore the potentials for ongoing youth involvement in the San Jose / Silicon Valley World Parliament Partner City Program. If you will be attending this event, RSVP to Iris at fucsj@sanjoseuu.org so that we know how many people from FUCSJ will be there.

    1203-15

    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, December 9
    UU Humanist Meeting

    In December we will continue a discussion on the Meaning of Life that we informally began in November. Although there is no required preparation, you will find it profitable to listen to the Philosophy Talk program on this subject, which lasts less than one hour (http://www.philosophytalk.org/pastShows/MeaningofLife.htm). Hope you can join us in the Fireside Room in some lively discussion on Tuesday December 9th, 7:00-8:30 pm!

    The Los Gatos, Sunnyvale and Mission Peak (Fremont) congregations, will put a notice in their newsletters.


    Táncház Hungarian Dance

    On December 6, the Eszterlanc Folk Ensemble will hold a Hungarian at the church. A Táncház is an event where people gather to dance traditional Hungarian dances. The Forras Hungarian Folk Band will be coming from the Pacific Northwest to provide live music. Everyone at the church is invited to try the dances or just enjoy the music. There will be teaching for beginners. For further information, contact Monty Low, low.monty@gmail.com.

    December 6, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Children’s Party; 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., Táncház in the Hattie Porter Hall Adults: $10, Youth 12 to18: $5; Under 11: Free


    UUSC Guest at Your Table

    Be sure to pick up your Guest at Your Table box at Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 7. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee www.uusc.org works for economic justice, environmental justice and civil liberties. Make your family a part of this important fundraising campaign while you learn about these issues around the world. Fill the box with change and small bills over the month of December and return it after the holidays.


    Green City PACT-LOC Monthly Meetings

    Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” That’s exactly how most of us respond to the truth of global warming. Our habits of living change more slowly than the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We know in the fullness of time that our habits of living will change, either because we choose change to preserve the Earth as we know it, or because the Earth’s catastrophically rising temperature changes everything.

    We in the Green City PACT-LOC, the First Unitarian Church’s local organizing committee (LOC) of People Acting in Community Together (PACT), work to make choosing change cheaper and easier for as many San Jose residents as we can. To learn how, and to contribute your own ideas to the effort, please join us at our regularly scheduled meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Next meeting date is Thursday, December 11. Call or email Mike Pelizzari for more information (945-9848, nextgalaxy@aol.com).


    La Posada

    The annual Posada that we celebrate with the families of Third Street Community Center is just around the corner. Be sure to save the evening of December 18 to see the TSCC youth perform, to sample delicious food, to watch the kids bash in a pinata and to sing your heart out on the streets of San Jose! A holiday tradition that your family will cherish.


    Women’s Alliance

    We will be meeting at the home of Jean von Kaenel to continue the newly revised Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum. Our December meeting will be Thursday the 4th, and our January meeting has been moved back to January 8. Please join us from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. For further information contact Nancy Coleman at 408 985 5778.


    The pleasure of your company is cordially requested...

    by Connie Bloch and Monty Low, Partner Church Committee Co-chairs

    Everyone is invited to a Tea presented by the Partner Church Committee! This event will raise funds for our villager visitors coming this summer. We will have musical and dance performances for your entertainment. A variety of tasty treats will be served and of course. Tea. We suggest a ticket to the Tea as stocking a stuffer for family and friends.

    • January 31 (Saturday), 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Hattie Porter Hall.
    • Suggested Donation: Adult: $20, Youth: $10

    Planning for the villager visit this summer is now in full swing. We are currently working to secure visas for our visitors and a preliminary itinerary for our guests is being planned. For further information, contact Monty Low low.monty@gmail.com or Connie Bloch connie_bloch@yahoo.com.


    Attention U.U. Crafters and Artists!

    The Fireside Gift Faire, our church’s annual arts and crafts fair fund-raiser, is a great place to display and sell your wares. This year’s fair will take place Sunday Dec. 14. If you would like to participate, please e-mail Cecilia Deck, ceciliadeck@sbcglobal.net.

    The booth fee is $30-$35 and vendors agree to donate 10 percent of sales over $100 to the church. Vendors are required to have a California Resale Permit. We will also collect donated hand-crafted or arty items for the Treasures Table.


    Are You Looking for UUthful Spirits?

    UUthful Spirits is an inclusive group for fun and fellowship for young adults and the young at heart. Our activities include:

    • Game night, every 3rd Friday, monthly.
    • Sunday brunches, bimonthly on 2nd and 4th Sunday. Meet in Hattie Porter Hall about 12:45 p.m.
    • Happy hour, every 1st Friday of the month at Tied House at 5:30 p.m.

    Come join the fun. For more information, contact John Burk at mus6@aceweb.com or group at uuthful_spirits-owner@yahoogroups.com.


    BONUS ARTICLE
    Women & Religion PCD Weekend Retreat

    This year’s Women & Religion Retreat will be held March 6-8, 2009 at Enchanted Hills (near Napa) and will feature workshops such as “Visualizing a World Religion Meaningful to Women (with the Rev. Shirley Ranck), “Introduction to Energy Medicine,” “The Divine Feminine: Embracing Creative Energy to Heal our Planet,” and “You, Too, Can Haiku,” with our own Jean Embree.

    Early Bird registration cost is $230; registration after February 2 is $250. Registration includes delicious meals, linens, programs, a “No-Talent Talent Show,” mini-boutique, book swap, Yoga, Tai Chi, and a silent auction. You will love it!

    To register, send a $50 deposit to Women & Religion, c/o Jeanne Orjas, 1408 California St. #408, San Francisco, CA 94109. For information, email Jeanne at nejaros@sbcglobal.net.

    To apply for a partial scholarship, contact Clair Trujillo, 3006 Bonnie Lane, Stockton, CA 95204; (209) 943-6428.

    To ride-share, contact Barbara Schonborn at (650) 967-6756 / bschonborn@sbcglobal.net or Meg Bowman at (408) 292-1172.

    Making a World of Difference:
    A Pre-Parliament of World Religions Half-Day Conference
    Saturday, December 13
    9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    At Santa Clara University
    $10 per person

    Join Rev. Nancy, FUCSJ, and the Third Street Community Center as we discover the possibilities for deeper interfaith partnerships in our own community and as we sample a local “taste” of the Parliament of World Religions (which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, a year from now). Experience the difference that one community can make when those who are part of religious and spiritual communities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, business, and grassroots community groups come together to reflect on issues of mutual concern, explore the good work that is currently being done in our community, imagine possibilities, and discover the inspiration to take simple but profound steps toward hearing each other and healing our earth.

    Youth activities will bring together young people from many faiths and organizations.

    See http://tinyurl.com/parliamentofreligions for more information. RSVP to Iris at fucsj@sanjoseuu.org so that we know how many people from FUCSJ will be there.

    Would you like to staff the First Unitarian table at this conference for an hour or more? Please let Iris know! And watch for more information in the week s to come through e-mail, worship announcements, and the next newsletter.

    Haciendo un mundo de diferencia:
    Conferencia de medio día Un Pre-Parlamento de las religiones del mundo
    Sábado, Diciembre 13
    9 a.m. a 1 p.m.
    En la Universidad de Santa Clara
    $10 por persona

    Únete a la Rev. Nancy, a la FUCSJ y al Centro Comunitario de la Calle Tercera para descubrir las posibilidades de una profunda colaboración inter-fe en nuestra propia comunidad y como mostramos una “probada” local del Parlamento de las Religiones del Mundo (que serán llevados a cabo en Melbourne, Australia, dentro de un año). Experimente la diferencia de lo que una comunidad puede hacer cuando aquellos que son parte de comunidades religiosas y espirituales, organizaciones no lucrativas, instituciones educativas, agencias de gobierno, negocios y los grupos de la comunidad a nivel local vienen juntos a reflejar los asuntos de mutua preocupación, explora el buen trabajo que se está haciendo actualmente en nuestra comunidad, imagina las posibilidades y descubre la inspiración para tomar medidas simples pero profundas escuchando a otros y curando a nuestra mundo.

    Las actividades de la juventud reunirán a gente joven de muchas fes y organizaciones.

    Ver http://tinyurl.com/parliamentofreligions para más información Reserve a la mayor brevedad con Iris en fucsj@sanjoseuu.org para que nosotros sepamos cuanta gente de la FUCSJ estará ahí.

    ¿A Usted le gustaría atender la mesa de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria en esta conferencia por una hora o más? ¡Por favor, déjeselo saber a Iris! Y espere para más información en la semana a través de correos electrónicos, anuncios en los servicios religiosos y en el próximo boletín Informativo.

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  • For Pastoral Care

    Our community strives to offer compassion, companionship, healing, and joy to all its members. Our pastoral care coordinators can help you find the listening ear or helping hands that you may need in difficult times.

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contacting the Ministers

    Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:


    Cuidado Pastoral

    Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión,el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos susmiembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o lasmanos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitaren épocas difíciles. Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador Asociado Laico en Cuidado Pastoral, la Rev. Donna Lenahan: (casa) 408-354-9024; (celular) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contactando a los Ministros

    La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y El Rev. Geoff Rimositis se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:

    Officers

    PRESIDENT
    Tracy Avent, darkmuzik@yahoo.com

    SECRETARY
    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    TREASURER
    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    POC PERSONNEL OFFICER
    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    POC PROGRAM OFFICER
    Julia Rodriguez, quixoposto@ix.netcom.com

    POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Christopher Frey, cjfrey@cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu

    Directors
    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Michael Payne-Alex, michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com
    Marla Scharf, marla.scharf@gmail.com

    Church Staff

    Senior Minister, Ext. 23
     The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, revnpj@yahoo.com

    Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
     The Rev. Geoff Rimositis , Grimositis@Sanjoseuu.org

    Office Administrator, Ext. 10
     Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24
     Roberto Padilla

    Social Justice Coordinator, Ext. 27
     Carol Stephenson, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Bookkeeper / TBD

    Sexton / Edgar Cruz

    R.E. Assistant / TBD

    Nursery Staff / Jusica Nunez & Maria Elena Olvera

    Church Office
    Phone
    : (408) 292-3858
    Fax: (408) 292-4744
    E-mail             fucsj@sanjoseuu.org
    URL                http://www.sanjoseuu.org

    Facilities Rental (408) 841-7542

    Thank you to our volunteers!
    Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

    Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com

    Shirley will be editor for the December 17, 2008 and January 21, 2009 issues. Catherine will be editor for the January 7, 2009 and February 4, 2009 issues.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

    Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)

    Assembly Coordinator: Gretchen Leavitt

    Assembly Crew: Lloyd Eater and Genie Bernardini

    Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.

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    Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

    Next issue mailing: Wednesday, December 17, 2008