Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / March 19, 2008 /19 de Marco 2008
|0319-2||Save the Dates|
|0319-3||Religious Education, Coming of Age 2008-2009 Program Kicks Off|
Youth for Understanding Is Looking for Host Families!
Sensing the Spirit with Sonya
Upcoming Election of POC Officers and Board of Directors ... Meet the Candidates!
Standing on the Side of Love: Help Stop an Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment
Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
|0319-9||Volunteer Opportunities: Work Isn't Work With Friends!|
Join the Worship Host Crew!
Board Meetings of January 30 and February 27
Spotlight on Social Justice: You Tell Us
|0319-14||Hearts and Hands: Meet Ellen Robinson|
|0319-17||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0319-1||Servicios de Domingo|
Sintiendo el espíritu con Sonya
Parados en el lado del amor: ¡Ayude a parar una Enmienda Constitucional Anti-Gay yendo a Sacramento compartiendo
|0319-8||¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?|
Aquí estan los Ministros!
10:30 A.M. COMBINED SERVICE / SERVICIO COMBINADO 10:30 A.M.
23 de Marzo -- 10:30 a.m.
Una Pascua Temprana
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Frank Bosche y Roberto Padilla; Traducción en español: Ervin Barrios.
March 23 -- 10:30 a.m.
An Early Easter
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Frank Bosche and Roberto Padilla; Translation into Spanish: Ervin Barrios.
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Servicios en español/Translation into English
30 de Marzo 9:30 a.m.
La Jornada de la Compasión
Dirige: Ervin Barrios; Asociada de Culto: María Pereira
The Journey of Compassion
Leader: Ervin Barrios; Worship Associate: María Pereira
March 30 11:00 a.m.
Unitarian Universalism in the Makingor, Why We Are Here!
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Kelly Burnett
¡Unitario Universalismo en el Hacero, Por qué estamos aquí!
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Culto: Kelly Burnett
6 de Abril 9:30 y 11:00 a.m.
¡Música, Música, Música!
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociado de Culto a las 11 a.m.: Bruce Halen
April 6 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Music, Music, Music!
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate at 11 a.m.: Bruce Halen
Save the Dates
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. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience.
Child Care Workers: Stacey Vinyard & Mary Qúeñones
K-2nd Grades: Treasure Hunting [Lower Level, Rooms 2-3]
March 23 Easter, Flower Communion, Intergenerational Service and Easter Egg Hunt
3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]March 23 Easter, Flower Communion, Intergenerational Service and Easter Egg Hunt
March 30 Henry David Thoreau
April 6 P.T. Barnum
5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]March 23 Easter, Flower Communion, Intergenerational Service and Easter Egg Hunt
March 30 Introduction to Quakerism
April 6 Visit to a Quaker Meeting House
6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]March 23 Easter, Flower Communion, Intergenerational Service
March 30 Hymn: Dona Nobis Pacem
April 6 The Golden Rule
7th - 9th Grades (Parents Group meets concurrently)
April 6 4:30-7:30
9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room
This year we will be looking at short films, many made by youth, on social and ethical issues. We will engage in conversations about how those films reflect and inform our beliefs as Unitarian Universalists.
Youth Group Activities
Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12 Grades)
If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Sonya Sukalski, 292-3858, ext.25 or Sonya.email@example.com
Religious Education Registration On Line
Coming of Age Program 2008-2009 Kicks Off
Do you have a youth in grades 7-9 who could benefit from experiences like ropes courses, a Faithful Fools mini-street retreat, or a nature vigil? The Pacific Central District’s Coming of Age Program could be just the kind of adventure and bonding with other Unitarian Universalist youth that can make a big difference at this age. Come find out more about the program April 13 from 3:30-5:30 pm in the downstairs classrooms, with district leader Riley McLaughlin. This orientation is for families with youth who will be 8-10th graders in the 2008-2009 school year and for people in the congregation interested in a deeper connection with a youth of this age as a mentor.
The program is designed to help our young people:
For any questions, call Sonya Sukalski at 408-292-3858, ext. 25.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir
Lace up those boots, strap on your backpack, and hit the trail to explore the High Sierras! Youth from our church entering grades 6, 7, and 8 in the fall 2008 are invited to join us on this summer adventure. We’ll be camping at the trailhead on our first night and will venture out into the Sierra wilderness for the next two nights before returning home.
For more information contact Pam Pell: 408-287-4453 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Isn't Work With Friends!
What rings your bell?
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.
Do you like:
When: 1 Sunday a month, after the service
Length of Commitment: 1 year
Training: provided with pleasure
Reward: the satisfaction that comes with knowing you are doing your part to contribute to our Spiritual Cooperative
Contact: Genie Bernardini at 997-6292 or email@example.com
Volunteer: Henry Ruddle
Service: Newsletter Layout Editor
Special Contribution: Though a professional consultant for marketing & communications, Henry volunteers many, many hours of his time to create a newsletter that could match any in the country. With an artist’s eye and a myriad of colors, fonts and graphics, he gives us a newsletter that is truly a work of art and a delight to read.
MANY, MANY, MANY THANKS, HENRY!
Join the Worship Host Crew!
Join us in creating a comfortable and welcoming community. Be one of the first to greet visitors that the UUA Marketing effort has encouraged to seek us out. We have current openings for any Sunday at the 11:00 am service. A detailed Host checklist is provided to ensure that the team each Sunday can be successful in creating a meaningful experience for our visitors and members alike. A full job description and one-on-one training available for all interested. Please contact Ellen Robinson, Worship Host Coordinator, at 408-859-4419 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this enjoyable and important job.
A Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Conference called “Now is the Time” was scheduled for February 22-24. Their attending our SSM service on the 24th was our congregation’s main contribution to this meeting.
PACT met in our sanctuary on Monday, February 25 about Greening San Jose. Mayor Chuck Reed participated and many issues were discussed, including those of particular interest to various members and groups in our community. Additional PACT meetings are planned at other churches on the topics of Marriage Equality and Immigration.
Rev. Nancy stated a basic building usage principle: “Never Assume a Room is Available.” Schedule your meeting in advance, regardless of the size of your group.
Sundar Mudupalli was endorsed as the Facilities person on the Program and Operations Council. Thank you for your commitment, Sundar.
The YIKES fund has raised $8500.00 to bridge the budget gap resulting from various factors, but largest being a reduced number of pledging units that committed last year during our Annual Giving Campaign.
Our Kick-off for this year’s Annual Giving Campaign is scheduled for the church on Sunday, March 30.
At the February 27 Board meeting, another member was confirmed for membership on the Program operations Committee Patrick O’Connell will participate representing Social Justice. Speaking of the “POC,” members are calling people in charge of a host of church groups and activities for information to prepare an All-Congregation Annual Report. Please reply promptly to the call or email about this topic. They are also reviewing budgetary needs these groups may have.
Finally, over the course of several months, your board has been drafting an Ends policy specific to our church community’s goals, needs and purpose. We have tapped ideas in statements that other congregations have prepared, as well as our own ideas and input from you. On February 27, we adopted the following Draft Ends Policy document. This will not be “Up for a Vote” at the Congregational meeting on March 30 -- that meeting is solely for the purpose of nominating and voting on new board members. Policies and procedures are the sole responsibility of the board to consider and adopt, but this particular document is so important that we want to share it with everybody. It is meant to express our purpose as a church community, our principles and how we reach our goals, now and for the future. Feedback Welcome.
Draft Ends Policy
Adopted as a draft by the Board of Directors on February 27, 2008
1.0 Global Ends
Through our worship, education, service, fellowship, work for social justice, and stewardship, we build a loving compassionate multigenerational community that embodies our Unitarian Universalist values and that is multilingual, multicultural, multiracial, and anti-oppressive. We are willing to extend ourselves by giving our time, talent, and treasure to meet these expansive ends.
We gather for meaningful worship to connect with our deepest selves, with each other, with what we hold of highest worth, with transcending mystery and wonder, and with both timeless questions and the questions of our time.
Our lifespan religious education programs provide opportunities for us and our neighbors to expand and enhance our knowledge, skills, and values.
Our congregation embodies an ethic of service through our shared ministries. We nourish and use our unique gifts to serve our wider community, and to serve one another through pastoral care, congregational leadership, building maintenance, and a host of other volunteer tasks.
Our members, friends, and guests experience warmth, hospitality, and welcome. We support a variety of gatherings and groups that nurture relationships among people of all ages, fostering fun and spiritual growth, and overcoming the barriers that sometimes divide the human family.
1.5. Social Justice
We join with others in the wider community to work for justice, equity, and compassion for all, thereby transforming ourselves, our neighborhood, city, and world.
Our growing generosity in contributing our time, talent, and treasure provides the essential foundation that supports our staff, building, and programs. All of these elements make it possible for us to meet our ends.
I hope you found the statement to be thoughtful and inspiring. See you in Church.
Remember a couple of months ago when you came to worship and you got a social justice survey in your Order of Service? The Social Justice Council actually did read those, and we’ve been mulling over the results. Here’s some of what we learned: you (by which I mean we, given that “you” gave “us” your opinion, as a part of we that includes us) said that you are most interested in the congregation focusing its social justice energies on Peace. A very close second was Environment, and we wasted no time calling all who marked that box to invite you (just those of you that marked that box, of course) to the Green All Ways PACT meeting with the Mayor that rocked the Sanctuary just a few weeks ago.
We also asked about what types of social justice activities do you (just you) participate in at FUCSJ. Not surprisingly, nearly all of you attend worship services that address social justice issues, I mean, it is a church, right? And quite honestly, everyone there that day was attending the Peace Service so, duh. The majority also give donations to the many organizations we support like Third Street Community Center, Heifer International, UU Legislative Ministry and Julian Street Inn. We have dedicated volunteers that make and serve meals at Julian Street Inn, many who teach ESL or mentor students at Third Street, teachers in RE that lead Social Justice Sundays and a thriving PACT Local Organizing Committee. Did I mention the whopping success with the Mayor’s Green Vision last month?
The Social Justice Council wants to bring you (by which I mean each and every one of you) meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, grow and have fun with social justice. Help us know how to do that. We’ll be following up on these responses and find out what those meaningful opportunities are for you. Don’t be shy, feel free to contact me or other members of the Social Justice Council -- John Burk, Diana Wirt, Melanie Lanstrom, Saul Wachter, Jeff Norment and Suzanne Marsh -- to let us know what you (yes, you!) would like to do, see changed, make better, gotten rid of!
Oh yeah, and even though we learned that you would like us to focus on Peace, we really don’t know in what way: Interfaith work? Public demonstrations? Anti-oppression? Legislative action? Peace within ourselves? Are you starting to see how the survey is just the beginning? Feel great about what you already do and know that we can’t do it alone. We want to carve out something here that works for us, by which I mean all of us, this Beloved Community.
Social Justice Calendar
Upcoming EventsCoping With Loss: A Grief Support Group for Adults
When: Fridays, 7-9 pm; 8 meetings, March 21 through May 9, 2008
Where: First Unitarian Church of San Jose 160 North Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112, Ramsden Fireside Room
Fee: No fee, but donations are welcome
The group will explore our feelings together by getting acquainted, telling our stories, remembering, sharing pictures, mementos, and other special treasures; sharing food; dealing with anger, guilt, fear, loneliness, unfinished business, our personal goals, and closure.
The group will be facilitated by Dolores Gonzalez and Joanna Keates, who are FUCSJ Pastoral Associates and experienced volunteers in grief support, trained at the Center for Living with Dying. The sign-up sheet will be on the Pastoral Care table for the next few Sundays. For more information please contact either Dolores at (408) 272-5465; email: email@example.com or Joanna at (408) 399-9235; email: Joanna@Keates.com
Fund-raiser Tea, Lunch and Entertainment on March 29th
We're making it a tradition! We're hosting at our Church the 2nd Annual Partner Church fund-raiser later this month, Saturday, March 29th from 1-4 pm. In case you folks missed the Tea last year, it's a wonderful afternoon with a string quartet and other musical entertainment. We pour from 6 pots of tea and have enough food, sandwiches, strudel and other goodies to call it more of a brunch than a Tea.
The fund-raiser supports the activities with our Partner Church in Romania. Our goal is to bring the minister and half a dozen adults and youth here to visit in the Summer of 2009.
More than that, the Tea is a relaxing afternoon where we have more time to visit with others while being served by our youth, many of whom journeyed to Transylvania this summer. If you have wanted to bring a friend or neighbor to our church, this would be an ideal time for them to see our historic building and enjoy conversations.
Suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Please contact Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com for ticket information, or to purchase tickets after church.
Winter Series on Non-Violence
In honor of the Season for Nonviolence, Patrick O'Connell is offering a fascinating series of free weekly classes at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary that explore how the world has used nonviolent conflict to achieve democracy and human rights. Covering a wide range of topics, Pat will offer film, documentaries, and special guests and lead discussions about how we apply these lessons learned.
The next class, Tuesday, March 25, covers the Seattle/WTO protests, and the final class, on April first, is on Martin Luther King. For more information Patrick at (408) 460-2935 or Carol at (408) 292-3858 x27 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss PCD-UUA District Assembly 2008!
Come join 400 vibrant and vital UU's from across the Pacific Central District for a weekend of laughing, learning, worship, meeting old friends, and making new ones!
This year's DA features:
With over 20 different workshops, 5 levels of child/youth programming, Friday night Opening Worship, the PCD Annual Meeting, and Sunday Closing Worship, there is something for everybody at DA2008!
We will meet at the Fremont Marriott. We have received a Special Rate of only $89/night for this event! Hotel room reservations may be made online starting Monday, March 3. For more information, please see: www.pcd-uua.org and click on the DA2008 link. We hope to see you there!
Hearts and Hands
by Kathy Cordova
Hello all. I am pleased to be given the opportunity to write the Hearts and Hands column!
As a member of this congregation for some fourteen years, I still am in awe of the mighty power of the volunteers who keep this spiritual cooperative running, from those who maintain our beautiful historic building, to Board members, to R.E. Teachers, coffee makers, and the dozens of other roles that you all embrace with commitment and spirit. This column will be an opportunity to recognize some of you and the wonderful work that you do, as well as highlight volunteer opportunities.
I have the pleasure this time to introduce you to Ellen Robinson, the coordinator of the Worship Hosts.
First, a personal glimpse into the life of this dynamic woman:
After 7 years of retirement, this former high tech gal began a whole new career as a classroom aide. When asked how she brings her UU values to the twenty 4 to 5-year olds she is with daily, she talked of how she teaches about the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and justice, equity, compassion in human relations, every day, on the playground. While she is adjusting to being back at work, the academic schedule will allow her to still have summers for long family car trips and camping -- 7-year old Molly and 5-year old Grant have been in 16 of 50 states. She and her partner, Cindy Robinson, have been partnered for 17 years. A music enthusiast, Ellen now has over 6,000 songs on her I-pod. She also is a sports fan, closely following the San Francisco Giants (though she occasionally is seen in an Oakland A’s cap) and fervently supports Stanford Women’s Basketball…Go Cardinal! Currently, she is reading One Hundred Malicious Mysteries and always reads Sports Illustrated cover to cover!
Ellen and Cindy started coming to FUCSJ in the summer of 1998, almost ten years ago; they came because of their need to find a spiritual community. While they came a while after the first wave of attendees who had found the Church through the now famous Mercury News article, they were nonetheless drawn by the article and the fact that then Senior Minister Lindi Ramsden was a lesbian, and the congregation was open and accepting. When they first began attending, the church had been relocated to the St. James Center, due to the 1995 fire. They signed the book in fall of 1998. By the following spring (1999), when Ellen and Cindy celebrated a commitment ceremony, we were back in the restored sanctuary.
When I asked Ellen what keeps her committed to the church, she cited “the push to become a welcoming congregation, and to create a spiritual environment as we raise our children … and the music!” Some of the other jobs around the church Ellen has held include maintaining the membership database, helping with the directory, folding newsletters for years, and working on the canvass. She has been with her small group ministry group since September 2001. She and her family have also participated in the Westenders neighborhood network group.
Ellen is in her second year of coordinating the worship hosts program, shortly after the previous usher and greeter roles were merged. She took on this responsibility when Genie Bernardini asked her. Ellen wanted to find a role where she could be successful and to help the congregation. She had never been an usher or worship host -- she frankly stated that the desire to meet people was not her motivation. Her organizational skills have been very helpful in setting up a system that really works.
The Worship Host program is currently in need of eight new hosts. The commitment is one Sunday a month for the 11:00 am service. The role of worship hosts has been streamlined, each service has defined 5 roles, and a documented check list card, patterned after a coop preschool. Ellen is looking for people who are comfortable in engaging new visitors in a way that is welcoming, but not off-putting. Because of the UUA marketing campaign, many people are trying us out. Worship hosts serve as the first point of contact. The role is much more than just standing at the door, handing out programs. It means going out, engaging and outreach, providing hospitality and welcome.
Thank you, Ellen, for all you have done in organizing the Worship Hosts!!
Kudos also to her incredible team of Hosts: Connie Bloch, Christie Welter Frank Bosche, Catherine Leeson-Pelizzari, Pat Prickett, Gary McCumber, Michael Payne-Alex, Jean Rivers, Steve Stein, Jeff Norment, Bob Owen, Liz Owen, Colleen Cabot, Bill Bowman, Carol Greene and Steve Saunders -- you do a wonderful job of welcoming newcomers and old-timers alike!
If being a Worship Host is the job for you, or if you’d like more information, contact Ellen.
by Kelly Burnett
Did you know that Joyce Miller, Alice Lynch, Gary McCumber, Sandra Iwamoto, and Dena Dickenson of our congregation are training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this Summer? Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the highest ‘walkable’ mountain in the world, a magnificent and spectacular undertaking. Ask them about it!
Mary McGuinness is hosting a book club in which participants are reading “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. “
Luther Jackson’s picture was in Metro (February 27-March 4 issue). The article, “Panic Room,” was about the latest round of layoffs in the MediaNews Group of which the Mercury News is a part, along with 25 other Northern California newspapers. Luther was quoted in the story in his role as the executive officer of the San Jose Newspaper Guild.
Did you know that if you are elderly or on a fixed income of less than $20,000.00, PG&E has a CARE/Fera Program that will reduce your gas and electric bill? Go to the PG&E payment center for a form, or get it online at http://www,pge.com/care.
Kelly Burnett is heading up the end of Canvass party and needs help with shopping, cooking, set up, take down, and clean up. If you are willing to participate, please contact her by email at email@example.com.
The annual All-Church Retreat will be the weekend of October 3-5, 2008 at Monte Toyon in Aptos. Please put it in your calendar and make it a priority for you and your family to attend. ●
Please send Kelly Burnett your honors, joys, plans, and any other news that needs to be shared with our community so that she can keep us all informed. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.
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.
Contacting the Ministers
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Sonya Sukalski (for Rev. Geoff Rimositis, on sabbatical) feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:
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: email@example.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: (cell) 408-841-1011; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contactando a los Ministros
La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y Sonya Sulkalski (para El Rev. Geoff Rimositis, sabático) se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:
Thank you to our volunteers!
Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, email@example.com
Translator: Roberto Padilla and Ervin Barrios
Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)
Assembly Coordinators: Gretchen Leavitt, Genie Bernardini, Marge Schneider, Deanna la Torre and Lloyd Eater.
Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.
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