Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / December 2, 2009 / 2 de Deciembre 2009

Inside This Issue:

1202-0 Send us Your Photos
1202-1 Sunday Services
1202-2 Save the Dates
1202-3 Lifespan Faith Development, Adult Education, Holiday Play, Children's Music Program, Music for SSM
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As We Build the Beloved Community... Living the Questions: Exploring Jesus’ Teachings
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Classifieds: Clavinova Repair Needed, Photographer & Bulletin Board Designer Wanted
1202-6 Church Board Meeting Minutes for September, October, November
1202-7 Help for Those in Need: Survival Sacks
1202-8 Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
1202-9 Yoga For Beginners To Take Holiday Break
1202-10 Circling Around - Somebody has a really bad job. No, really bad. Handy good woman tips below. Betcha don’t know the name of the Western version of Tai Chi. I do. Who ELSE (besides me) had a zero birthday in November? How would you explain the use of the objective pronoun “whom”? You, even you, are expected at the cultural event of the season!!!
1202-11 Guest at Your Table Boxes and Stories of Hope
1202-12 Spotlight on Social Justice
1202-13 Upcoming Events -- Women's Alliance, Ordination of Suzanne Marsh, Common Security Club, Fireside Gift Faire, Need a Dose of Passion, Torment, Death and Redemption?, What to do with those “Treasures”!, Yoga Sutras, Fundraiser Tea Planned, Junior High Backpack Trip 2009, Peninsula Interweave Meetings Resume, UU Hikers, UUthful Spirits
1202-14 Volunteer Opportunities - Our Labyrinth--Much More Than a Walk
1202-15 Band of Writers Book
1202-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
1202-1 Servicios de Domingo
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Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad… Viviendo las Preguntas: Explorando las Enseñanzas de Jesús
1202-8 ¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
1202-13 ¡Ven Celebrar la Ordenación de Suzanne Marsh!
1202-15 Aquí estan los Ministros!

Send us your photos!
The Circular is always on the lookout for your photos of church-related events. If you have taken photos during any recent services or church-related events, please e-mail them to uusanjose@gmail.com. We maintain an archive of church member and event photos, so please send us what you’ve got, especially if you have a favorite photo of yourself that you would like us to use next time you appear in Circling Around or another newsletter feature.

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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

December Theme: What Can Jesus Teach Us UUs?
Tema de Diciembre: ¿Que Puede Enseñarnos Jesús a los UUs?

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

Domingo celebración

6 Deciembre – 9:30 a.m.

¿Que puede enseñarnos Jesús?
Este diciembre echamos una mirada fresca a lo que Jesús tiene para enseñarnos a los Unitarios Universalistas en el siglo XXI. ¿Si seguimos en nuestra propia búsqueda del “Jesús histórico”, cual será el momento y el lugar en que el Jesús de las historias apareció primero para decirnos cómo entender estas historias? ¿Qué es lo duradero y relevante sobre estas antiguas historias? Vamos a enfocarnos en la persona de Jesús, no sobre la religión (realmente, en las religiones, en plural) que crecieron después de que él había desaparecido. La bella música ofrecerá su propia lengua de interpretación y significado!

Las clases de desarrollo de la fe para nuestros niños y jóvenes se llevarán a cabo en su tiempo regular este domingo.

Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

Celebration Sunday

December 6 – 11:00 a.m.

What Can Jesus Teach Us?
This December we take a fresh look at what Jesus has to teach us Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century. If we go on our own quest for the “historical Jesus,” what will the time and place in which the Jesus stories first appeared tell us about how to understand these stories? What is lasting and relevant about these ancient stories? We will focus on the person of Jesus, not on the religion (really, religions plural) that grew up after he was gone. Beautiful music will offer its own language of interpretation and meaning!

Lifespan Faith Development classes for our children and youth take place at their regular time on this Sunday. Our monthly “Celebration Sunday” will feature the Holiday Play on December 20!

Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associates: Bob Miess and Bob Owen

Sources Sunday / Domingo de las fuentes

December 13 – Combined Service at a Special Time: 10:00 a.m.

What Can Jesus Teach Us? Going Deeper …
We continue to explore what Jesus has to teach Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century. Are these teachings dogma, or a way of life? Can atheists and agnostics learn something from Jesus? What about Buddhists and Sufis? We weave the treasure hunt for our Unitarian Universalist Sources through this morning’s worship, enlivened by the return of a favorite band. After worship, our Annual Fireside Gift Faire brings us beauties to enjoy in Hattie Porter Hall and the Fireside Room!

Lifespan Faith Development classes for children and youth take place from 10:30 to 11:30 on this special day.

Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Jeff Norment

13 de diciembre - combinada de servicios en un momento especial: 10:00 am

¿Qué puede hacer Jesús nos enseña? Profundizando ...
Continuamos explorando lo que Jesús tiene que enseñar a los unitarios universalistas en el siglo 21. ¿Son estas enseñanzas dogma, o una forma de vida? Los ateos y los agnósticos pueden aprender algo de Jesús? ¿Qué pasa con los budistas y sufíes? Tejemos la búsqueda del tesoro de nuestras fuentes de la iglesia unitaria universalista a través del culto de esta mañana, animada por el regreso de una banda favorita. Después de la adoración, nuestra Anual Fireside Regalo Faire nos lleva a disfrutar de las bellezas en Hattie Porter Hall y el Salón Fireside!

Duración Fe clases de desarrollo de los niños y los jóvenes tienen lugar 10:30-11:30 en este día especial.

Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Jeff Norment

Domingo de la Celebración

20 de Deciembre – 9:30 am

Será anunciado

To Be Announced

Celebration Sunday

December 20 – 11:00 am

Holiday Play! Little Albert’s Tall Tale
Come 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 a play that tells the story of the origins of our Christmas traditions. We will hear from our children’s choir under the direction of Sally Cooperrider and Nayo Ulloa. And don’t forget to bring those wish-lists for world peace, economic recovery, and “Tickle Me Elmo,” because 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

Obra Navideña! Historia Grande de Alberto el Pequeño
Ven a celebrar el comienzo de la temporada navideña con la obra anual de los niños. Este año tenemos un regalo especial: Cordelia Willis, miembro de la Iglesia, ha escrito una obra que narra la historia de los orígenes de nuestras tradiciones de Navidad. Escucharemos al coro de nuestros niños bajo la dirección de Sally Cooperrider y Nayo Ulloa. Y no olvide traer esas listas de deseos para la paz mundial, la recuperación económica y la de “Elmo hazme cosquillas” porque ese alegre y viejo duende de Santa Claus aparecerá después del servicio. Alegría al mundo. El amor ha llegado!

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis

SPECIAL SERVICE

Thursday, December 24 — 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Join us as we sing the old familiar carols and bring forth the light—from the heart of our sanctuary into our lives! Ad Hoc singers and soloists will lift our spirits with the singing of angels. And we will hear the timeless story of the birth of new hope in the baby Jesus and in new lives everywhere. With Unitarian Universalist religious educator Sophia Fahs, we rejoice that “every night a child is born is a holy night.” Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Worship Associates: the Rev. Donna Lenahan, Jeff Norment

Servicios de vísperas de Navidad a la luz de las velas
Unámonos mientras cantamos los viejos villancicos familiares y hacemos nacer la luz: desde el corazón de nuestro Santuario al interior de nuestras vidas! Cantantes y solistas apropiados para la ocasión elevarán nuestros espíritus con el canto de los ángeles. Y escucharemos la historia intemporal del nacimiento de nuevas esperanzas en el niño Jesús y en las nuevas vidas en todas partes. Con la educadora religiosa Unitaria Universalista Sophia Fahs, nos regocijamos de que “cada noche un niño nace es una noche santa.” Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Dirigen: La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Asociados de Culto: La Rev. Donna Lenahan, Jeff Norment

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Save the Dates

  • December 3, Thursday, Women’s Alliance meeting at the home of Jean vonKaenel at 7:15 pm
  • December 5, Saturday, 5 pm, Hattie Porter Hall: Handprints Spaghetti Dinner--For more information and to RSVP, please contact Meg Trask, meg.trask@yahoo.com.
  • December 6, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Fireside Room: Brainstorming about Music for the SSM Service
  • December 6, Sunday, 12:30 pm, Band of Writers, Conference Room
  • December 6, Sunday, 1:00-2:30 pm, Spirit in Practice Workshop, Looking Back and Looking Forward, Youth Room
  • December 6, Sunday, 4-7 pm, Ordination of Suzanne Marsh, at the church
  • December 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Common Security Club Introductory Meeting, lower classrooms
  • December 13, Sunday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Fireside Gift Faire, Hattie Porter Hall
  • December 17, Thursday, Third Street Annual Posada, 6:00 pm at the church
  • December 20, Sunday, Children’s Holiday Play, 11:00 am
  • December 31, Thursday, final day for Frieda C. Fox Foundation challenge grant donations to Third Street Community Center
  • January 5, Tuesday, Yoga Sutras Study Group begins; every Tuesday in January and February, 7:30-9:00 pm, the Rev. Donna Lenahan, djlenahan.com
  • January 9, Saturday, Church Benefit Silent Auction, 4:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm, Live Auction 7:00 pm. RSVP for the dinner to Jan Theiss-Guffey, Jantg@yahoo.com
  • January 30, Saturday, 1-4 pm, Hattie Porter Hall, Annual Fundraiser Tea to benefit PACT
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Lifespan Faith Development

Nursery -- Birth through 5 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: Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotten

The Arts & Spiritual Practice – Kindergarten - Grade 5
(Lower Level, Classrooms 2-6) 

Each Sunday after the children are sung out of the service our children come together to make music with Nayo Ulloa http://www.nayoulloa.com, Sally Cooperrider and other volunteers for the first half hour. We sing, play with rhythm instruments and have fun doing musical games. The children will be presenting a musical offering for the Day of the Dead service on November 1. After we all do music, children choose to participate in community building games or an art activity that will become part of the Day of the Dead altar in the sanctuary.

Make A World of Difference: Asset Building Activities to Help Teens Explore Diversity — Grades 6-8 
(Lower Level, Conference & Meditation Rooms)  

In this class youth develop their skills as competent global citizens, able to understand many of the issues surrounding diversity and culture. The goal is to raise the level of awareness about several diversity issues, while also giving youth an opportunity to pause and reflect on their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The purpose of these activities is not to promote any particular idea, value, or point of view, but to give youth the opportunity to develop greater understanding about the variety of issues surrounding diversity. The will learn about the broad definition of diversity that includes gender, age, religion, race, physical abilities, appearance, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Senior High Youth Group — Grades 9-12
(Youth Group Room)

The senior high youth group meets weekly from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year. And they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.

Our Whole Lives – Grades 7-9

  • Youth: Sunday, December 6, 3:30-5:30 pm, Fireside Room; Parent Group: Sunday, December 6, 3:30-5:30 pm, Classrooms 4-6; Theme: Sexual Decisions
  • Youth: Sunday, December 13, 3:30-5:30 pm, Fireside Room; Parents: Sunday, December 13, 3:30-5:30 pm, Classrooms 4-6; Theme: Celebration and Closure

Youth Group Activities
Staff: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Junior High (6th-8th Grades)
Advisor: Pam Pell
The Junior High Youth Group meets the first Friday of the month for social and fun activities. 

Senior High (9th-12th grades)
Advisors: V Kingsley, Dani Hope, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis

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


Spirit in Practice: Monthly Adult Program

The Spirit in Practice workshops help individuals develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit – practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and / or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregation, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich your faith journeys. Workshops are suitable for a first-time visitor or a longtime member. You can attend one or more workshops. For more information contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, ext. 25.

Workshop 10: Looking Back & Looking Forward
Leader: Joy Ellen-Lipsky – Sunday, December 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Youth Room


December 20, 11:00 a.m.

Children’s Holiday Play
The Origins of Christmas

Children and youth in Kindergarten through high school are invited to participate. We will sing! We will Act! We will read!

All skills and abilities are invited to participate. Rehearsals will take place outside of regular class time from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the downstairs classrooms on the following Sundays: November 22 and 29, December 6 and 13. Dress rehearsal will take place in the sanctuary on Saturday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon. RSVP to Director, Cordelia Willis, phoebenpiper@juno.com


Help bring the spirit alive with our children
Join the Music, Arts, Games or Drama teams that are working with our children in Kindergarten through grade 5 this year in our Sunday morning art and spirituality program. If you are a musician and / or singer join us for 30 minutes each Sunday to help make the spirit of music come alive with our children – and still make it upstairs for the sermon! Or join our children for a month and bring your special art activity that will be part of the Sunday worship experience. Or come down once a month and have fun playing games with the children as we bring the spirit alive with our holy laughter and, in the midst of the fun, talk about what’s going on in our lives and how one lives a joyful and meaningful life. Email me at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org and let’s talk about how you would like to help bring the Spirit alive in your life and in our children’s lives.


Music for SSM Service

Sunday, December 6, at 10:30 am in Fireside Room we will be brainstorming about Music for the SSM Service as part of a larger congregational conversation we will have in the New Year about enhancing and expanding the Music Program at our church. This conversation begins by looking at ways to bring more music back to our first service--with money left over from our JUUNTOS/Together Fund! For more information, or to send suggestions, please contact Moria Merriweather at moriam@earthlink.net, and do join us on December 6.


Children & Youth Ministries
http://tinyurl.com/ChildrenYouth

Adult Spiritual Growth & Enrichment Activities
http://tinyurl.com/AdultGrowthEnrich

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

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As We Build the Beloved Community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Living the Questions: Exploring Jesus’ Teachings

Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Viviendo las Preguntas: Explorando las Enseñanzas de Jesús

At some point in a worship service during this month of December, hundreds of Unitarian and Universalist congregations, all around the world and in many languages, will share a common reading as part of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists’ Global Chalice Lighting Project.1 Just imagine: from Norway to South Africa, from New Zealand to Japan, in India and Indonesia, Pakistan and Poland, the Philippines and Finland, Burundi and Brazil, Canada and the Congo, the United Kingdom and the United States, people who share our multifaceted faith will be pondering the same words at just about the same time.

Here at FUCSJ, we are just now catching the crest of this wave. Looking back, I see that November’s words came from Canada, joyfully welcoming “visitor, friend, or long-time member, believer or doubter, joiner or loner, full of energy or plain tired, seeking a vision or a rest. You are welcome to join us as you are.”2 The spirit of radical inclusion is universal in our faith, as this shared reading captures. Welcome home, everyone!

This month’s Global Chalice Lighting reading is a bit more somber, perhaps honoring the “dying of the sun” with the solstice or the “dying” of the year. But they are good words for describing why we come together in community at any time of year. Submitted by our own Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, the words are by the Rev. Dr. Forrest Church. Imagine them echoing around the world, from congregation to congregation: “Knowing we must die, we question what life means. Final answers may elude us, but by living the questions, we create and discover meaning where we can.”

I think these words offer a good introduction to this month’s worship theme at FUCSJ: “What Can Jesus Teach Us UUs?” “Final answers may elude us” as we ask the question in this theme, but this month we will “live the questions” and discover meaning in new places. What will we discover from wrestling with and relishing Jesus’ central teachings? When we strip away centuries of interpretation of these teachings, when we quiet the external voices that claim to tell us about Jesus and listen instead to our own internal wisdom, what surprises might we find? What can Jesus teach us about love? About radical inclusion? About the problems and the possibilities of being “in a body”? About the relationship between power and wholeness, between healing and community? About ways of relating to others that can create “heaven on earth”? How will this holiday season grow richer when we live these questions?

Join us for this month’s explorations and meditations, for its stories, songs, simple pleasures, and sudden intuitions. “Visitor, friend, or long-time member, believer or doubter, joiner or loner, full of energy or plain tired, seeking a vision or a rest”—you are welcome here, just as you are. Welcome home!

With warmth and hope for a holiday season rich in meaning making,

Nancy

NOTES:
1. You can read more about the ICUU and see a map of all the member groups, emerging groups, and associates at www.icuu.net. To find the Global Chalice Lighting readings, just click on “Resources.”

2. Phrases extracted from the full welcome by Rev. Ray Drennan, Canadian Unitarian Council

En algún momento de un servicio religioso durante este mes de diciembre, cientos de congregaciones Unitarias y Universalistas, alrededor de todo el mundo y en muchos idiomas, compartirán una lectura común como parte del proyecto Global del Cáliz Encendido del Concilio Internacional de Unitarios y Universalistas1. Imagínense: desde Noruega a Sudáfrica, desde Nueva Zelanda a Japón, en la India e Indonesia, Pakistán y Polonia, Las Filipinas y Finlandia, Burundi y Brasil, Canadá y el Congo, el Reino Unido y los Estados Unidos, gente quienes comparten nuestra multifacética fe estarán reflexionando acerca de las mismas palabras casi al mismo tiempo.

Aquí en la FUCSJ, estamos capturando la cresta de esta ola. Mirando hacia atrás, veo que las palabras de noviembre provienen del Canadá, dándole la bienvenida alegremente al “visitante, amigo o miembro desde hace mucho tiempo, creyente o con dudas, reunidos o solitarios, llenos de energía o totalmente cansados, buscando una visión o un descanso. Eres Bienvenido a unirse a nosotros como eres tú2. El espíritu de inclusión radical es universal en nuestra fe, como lo captura esta lectura compartida. ¡Bienvenidos a casa, todo el mundo!

La lectura global de la encendida del cáliz de este mes es un poco más sombría, tal vez para honrar al “moribundo sol” con el solsticio o la “agonía” del año. Pero son buenas palabras para describir el por qué pasamos juntos en comunidad en cualquier época del año. Presentado por nuestra propia Asociación de Congregaciones Unitaria Universalista, las palabras son del Rev. Dr. Forrest Church. Imagínenselas resonando al rededor del mundo, de congregación a congregación: “Al saber que tenemos que morir, nos preguntamos que significa la vida. Las respuestas finales nos pueden eludir, pero por vivir las preguntas, nosotros creamos y descubrimos el significado donde podamos”.

Creo que estas palabras ofrecen una buena introducción al tema de culto de este mes en la FUCSJ: “¿Qué puede Jesús enseñarnos a los UUs?” “Las respuestas finales pueden eludirnos” mientras hacemos la pregunta en este tema, pero este mes nosotros “viviremos las preguntas” y descubriremos el significado en nuevos lugares. ¿Qué descubriremos de la lucha y el entusiasmo con las enseñanzas centrales de Jesús? Cuando nos quitamos de encima los siglos de interpretación de estas enseñanzas, cuando tranquilizamos las voces externas que pretenden decirnos sobre Jesús y escuchar en su lugar a nuestra propia sabiduría interna, ¿qué sorpresas podríamos encontrar? ¿Qué puede enseñarnos Jesús acerca del amor? ¿Acerca de la inclusión radical? ¿Acerca de los problemas y las posibilidades de estar “en un cuerpo”? ¿Acerca de la relación entre poder y plenitud, entre la curación y la Comunidad? ¿Acerca de las maneras de relacionarse con otros que pueden crear el “paraíso terrenal”? ¿Cómo esta temporada de vacaciones crecerá más rica cuando vivimos estas preguntas?

Únansenos para las exploraciones y las meditaciones de este mes, para sus historias, canciones, placeres simples y repentinas intuiciones. “Visitante, amigo o miembro desde hace mucho tiempo, creyente o con dudas, reunidos o solitarios, lleno de energía o totalmente cansados, que buscan una visión o un descanso”: eres Bienvenido aquí, tal y como eres tú. Bienvenido a casa!

Con el calor y la esperanza de una temporada de festividades rica en significado,

Nancy

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Classifieds

Clavinova Repair Needed
The electric piano in the downstairs conference room is broken. Nothing happens when the power switch is turned on. The church is looking for either 1) a member with the skills to diagnose and possibly fix the problem; and/or 2) a member willing to take on the project of getting the piano fixed elsewhere. Please contact Liz Owen lowen@data-time.com

Church Photographer & Bulletin Board Designer Wanted
If you are an amateur photographer or just enjoy being a shutter bug, showcase your talent and camera skills by helping to chronicle FUCSJ classes, social events, political rallies, etc. A Bulletin Board Designer could put scrapbooking skills to use posting photos on the bulletin boards near the stairs to the lower level. This would be a wonderful contribution to the life of our church. Please contact Rev. Geoff at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org or 408-292-3858, ex. 25

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Church Board Meeting Minutes for September, October, November

By Bob Redfern, Secretary to the Board. November 26, 2009

I apologize for permitting 2 ½ months to elapse since contributing to our church community’s knowledge about what transpires in our monthly board meeting. My only excuse is why I am preparing this missive from Albuquerque NM. Granddaughter Rosi is treating me (and Jenny) to her company and lust for life over this holiday.

On September 20th we had a Congregational meeting. 85 people were present. The purpose of the meeting was to obtain the congregation’s authorization to permit Suzanne Marsh’s ordination in our sanctuary on December 6th (afternoon). Tracy Avent shared a curriculum vitae of Suzanne’s life experiences with emphasis on her years in FUCSJ. Michael Payne-Alex is coordinating ordination activities, and said that contributions to defray the expenses were welcomed. Please make out your check with “Suzanne Marsh Ordination” in the Memo line. Volunteers to provide food, labor and set-up/take-down are wholeheartedly welcome. The vote of those present was in favor of authorization of Suzanne’s ordination.

The September 26th Board meeting discussed the matter of safety of participants in activities sponsored and endorsed by the church. The specific result of this discussion was a message from Rev. Nancy that was published here in October. The YWCA Teen Empowerment Group met with our Youth Group about these safety concerns. The Board endorsed the policy that an adult chaperone would always be alert and awake at outings. Michael Payne-Alex said that the six chaperones for the OWL retreat on September 20-21 pulled all-nighters in response to these concerns.

The Endowment Committee made two suggestions for bylaws changes to revise the clause that says a “Church Officer” may not sit on the Endowment Committee. Two revisions had consensus board support:

  1. No check-signers can be on the Endowment Committee
  2. No Program and Operations Committee member can be on the Endowment Committee.

Revision of Article XV is needed to accommodate these changes. The proposal will be included in the agenda for the next Congregational Meeting.

Diana Wirt discussed activities of PACT and a listening campaign for their program, tentatively scheduled this month (November). The main question is: What do church members feel strongly about in the realm of Social Justice? We thank Diana and her fellow Social Justice Committee members for the input and activism they show on behalf of all of us.

The Board discussed Program & Operations Committee (POC) feedback to the Board on their specific areas of responsibility, and the Board’s feedback to the POC on the activities reported on. This communication is to address a Culture of Accountability for leadership personnel in the church, a part of the Policy-Based Governance (PBG) regime that the POC and the Board agreed needed some further effort.

Cheri Goodman and Rev. Geoff discussed the “Draft Ends” PBG for Lifetime Faith Development, the area we concluded needed to most attention to make the “Draft Ends” Permanent Ends for Religious Education-Lifetime Faith Development.

At the time of this meeting, Susan Burke-DiQuisto had just started working as “Acting Office Administrator.” After the meeting, her selection for the position on a permanent basis was agreed to by the POC, and we all applaud her arrival and efforts to get the business of our church office on an even keel.

The October 28th Board Meeting touched on several items of general interest. Rev. Nancy plumped for one and all to attend the November 2nd gathering “Keeping the Faith for Marriage Equality.” Joyce Miller was the organizer.

The Pacific Central District is holding “New Century Summit Training” on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Rev. Nancy is attending the “Minister’s Preview” on December 9th. Expect a call for volunteers to attend and participate. See more about this workshop at http://www.pcd-uua.org/currents/summit.htm.

Further news on the “Listening Campaign” brought up last month at the Board meeting, led by Diana Wirt, was the Board’s interest in broadening the campaign to include renewal and revisioning possibilities as a part of a church community-building exercise.

The safety concerns brought up at the September meeting were a part of the “Harvest of Power” long-term planning initiative presented by Rev. Geoff. Madeline Morrow suggested there was more merit to going over the initiative as a group, rather than parceling it out individually. This will be further discussed in December or January during those board meetings.

The board had a long discussion about the “Ends” report from the POC on the issue of Fellowship. Rev. Nancy discussed Executive Limitations and bi-monthly reports we are initiating to lay down an “accountability matrix”, or framework to allow future reports to be a simple process for those involved. Cheri Goodman discussed several Bylaws and Ends Policies in effect at other congregations, and the board went over them from the perspective of acceptability for our congregation adopting them.

Finally, we met November 18th (a week early due to Thanksgiving). We will also meet a week early in December, on the 16th, due to a conflict between the 4th Wednesday (our usual meeting) and the holidays.

Madeline synthesized a response to the POC about their report, received last month. The “suggested format” we had thought about using did not thrill anybody present, so we will continue to work it into a shape we can all live with. The issue of creating a foundation for POC-Board reports to lead into the future was discussed by Rev. Geoff. He repeated what we talked about two months ago, this time with some concrete results to consider.

Rev. Geoff also discussed the “Harvest the Power” plan to energize our membership and grow our membership and finances. This process came out of the “New Century Workshop” and Geoff will be looking for a dedicated team to help accomplish these goals and engage new community leaders.

This discussion led to more discussion by all present about our church’s mission, focus, direction, and growth opportunities. As an example, Rev. Geoff had discussed lower RE attendance in the lower grades. Reviewing the past and speculating about the reasons for this trend are less important than developing outreach methods, revitalizing music and following up on Listening Campaign input. That campaign will occur during the next three months. In December we will recruit listeners, in January they will attend training, and in February they will spread out to gather in what all members have to say to them.

Madeline led a discussion on Executive Limitations policy Section 2.1, Page 2. Pastoral Care is listed as the “Main Focus of Ministry,” while treatment of members, friends and newcomers is an “Important Component.” Since nobody agreed that this hierarchy of limitations was what we want, and the POC had also brought up this topic for consideration and guidance. POC asked “Are we in compliance?” Madeline proposed the policy wording be changed to “Shall not fail to insure that Pastoral Care responsibilities are fulfilled.”

Cheri discussed Board Governance Policy, Section 4. She offered the opinion that this section does not seem to be the right place for listing responsibilities and duties for budgeting, finance and endowments. For our January meeting, various portions of Section 4 were split up for review and presentation. That Board meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2010.

So there’s a summary of three months of Board meetings. Thank you for your patience as I did not forward them with the zip I expect of myself. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and best wishes in 2010. May our vision match the promise of the numerical year! ●

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Help for Those in Need: Survival Sacks

New member Joy Butler and our Social Justice Council are collecting items for backpacks full of life’s necessities which will be distributed to our neighbors most in need through a nonprofit organization. Joy will be collecting items for these Survival Sacks during Social Hour following the 11:00 am worship service, every Sunday in December! Items include men’s and women’s socks, small roll blanket, first aid kit, 3 oz. bar of soap, toothbrush--and much more. Stop by the Social Justice table to find out more about it! Let’s make our care and compassion tangible this holiday season by contributing to these Survival Sacks!

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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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Yoga For Beginners To Take Holiday Break

The Yoga for Beginners class will be held in the Sanctuary at the church Wednesday evenings December 2 and 9, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, but will then take a break for the holidays. Classes will resume in January.

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    Circling Around by Torchy Hunter

    As the editor for Circling Around, I accost 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 torchy.hunter@gmail.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:


    Somebody has a really bad job. No, really bad. Handy good woman tips below. Betcha don’t know the name of the Western version of Tai Chi. I do. Who ELSE (besides me) had a zero birthday in November? How would you explain the use of the objective pronoun “whom”? You, even you, are expected at the cultural event of the season!!!

    If you were in church last Sunday, you would have heard Joanna Woodrow’s flute playing. Sounded like birds and angels. She began musical studies with the piano, and singing melodies. But her heart belongs to T’ai chi clique. This is the Western version of T’ai chi, that deceptively simple little exercise routine you often see people in SF do in public parks. I tried it once and discovered it probably takes years to develop, never mind refine. But ask Johanna if you are interested.

    Liz and Bob Owen just came back from their farm in Missouri where they found a couple of changes. 18 inches of rain. Think about that in one storm. We get what, that amount in a good year? It washed out their dry creek, and marked up the rocks.

    I was fishing around in my huge feedbag of a purse when I asked Claire Wagner what she did about overstuffed purses. She instantly opened her purse and whipped out her joey jr. A length of pockets with Velcro at the ends that makes into a circle and fits into your purse, with slots for phone, PDA, pens, bookie markers, credit cards, and can be simply lifted out when you switch purses. I was dumbfounded. She had promised herself not to spend any more of her life reaching around in the dark purse for anything. Do you get the name? A joey is a baby kangaroo which lives in mom’s pocket, so this joey jr is.... get it, get it?

    Liz Shivell solves her purse problems with different colored mesh bags, each containing keys, phone, bar bills, etc. I think I want to be organized, but I had no idea this problem has so many answers. Oh, by the way, remember the person who got herself backstage to meet Ingrid Bergman? It was Liz Shivell. You will all say you knew that.

    Speaking of answers, Frances Schwab is handing them out about at the National Hispanic University, where she’s teaching a class in the level below English 101. When I taught it, it was called remedial, or developmental, or bonehead.

    What’s going on with Service is our Prayer day? Recently 10 men showed up to work, and no women. Maybe it’s a novelty to guys. Is that a sexist remark? Well, at least I recognized it might be.

    Try this for a horrible job. Brian Singer just stepped in to teach at Terra Bella. This is a county-run, not school-district-run, alternative school. The students (13-18) are on their very last chance at education. They’ve all been expelled elsewhere. Lotsa gang members. Brian says the only time there is trouble is when the balance of each gang in a class starts to become equal. That leads to fights. The previous teacher just up and quit. Now I’m a do-gooder, like all of us, but, wow, I don’t look for the most uphill job around. Brian also says he loves it. A miracle for broken students in a broken system.

    Circle Suppers! Ever been to one? They are really fun, and Barbara Derbyshire has been trying to keep them alive, but they need you. Somebody offers their house, and others bring pot luck. A fun way to get to know people. No Circle Suppers in December, but they are starting again in January. So should you. Contact Barbara at CircleSuppers@aol.com.

    Gertrude Cory is the one with the zero birthday. Now she, too, is in the Big Time (Carol Greene’s term).

    Have a look at groupon.com. They give huge discounts on local services and food. Like $7 tickets to San Jose Stage. Way cool.

    Torchy Hunter is having her first ever one-man show at Crema Coffee Roasting Company, 950 The Alameda for the whole month of December. Here’s the fun part: a reception on Friday night, December ll, from 6 to 9. Come, stare at the abstract paintings, guzzle cheap wine, and act like you go to openings all the time.

    Jerry Cluney’s mother, Phyllis Cluney died at 8:15 PM November 8, 2009. She attended First Unitarian until she had to move to Santa Cruz over 30 years ago for health reasons. Jerry has been associated with the church since 1967 when his mother took him to see the minister. She considered herself to be a Unitarian Universalist until she died.

    The memorial service will be held Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the sanctuary.

    For more information or to donate to the memorial service fund call Jerry Cluney at (408) 292-1781 or e-mail at cluneycluney@yahoo.com.

    She asked that this poem be included in her obituary and memorial service.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glint in the snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
     of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    White Light Corner: hold the President in the White Light these days. Also Brian Singer. And it’s OK to be nice to everybody, the holiday season and all.

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    Guest at Your Table Boxes and Stories of Hope

    We handed out the UUSC’s holiday Guest at Your Table boxes and the accompanying Stories of Hope last weekend--but we have lots left, so all can participate! You can find these boxes and the pamphlet that goes with them near either entrance to the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. Put your box at your table at home for every meal throughout the holidays, and feel the connection to people around the world whose lives you can help change through your donations. We will collect these boxes on January 3 and/or 10, 2010.

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    Spotlight on Social Justice

    The Social Justice Council generally meets the second Friday of each month. See Online Calendar for all FUCSJ listings at: http://my.serviceu.com/public/frame.asp?OrgID=3442&bShowCalendar=True

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, December 3

    Women’s Alliance
    We will meet at the home of Jean vonKaenel on Thursday, December 3, from 7:15 to 9:15 pm to continue the session on Beginning the Journey in the revised Rise Up and Call Her Name curriculum. Please contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com or 408 985 5778 for more information or directions to Jean’s.


    December 6, 2009

    Come Celebrate the Ordination of Suzanne Marsh!

    by Michael Payne-Alex

    On September 20, we voted to ordain Suzanne Marsh as a Unitarian Universalist minister. That means that we invited ourselves to the ceremony and to the reception after!

    So, save the date December 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for this wonderful event. Please RSVP for the reception (suzannesordination@gmail.com, 408-363-1875) and contact Kelly Burnett (kelly@kellybur.com or (408) 723-7237) to find out what food to bring and/or to volunteer to help set up and clean up afterwards. See you there!

    6 de Deciembre 2009

    ¡Ven Celebrar la Ordenación de Suzanne Marsh!

    Por Michael Payne-Alex

    El 20 Septiembre, la congregación voto por la ordenación de Suzanne Marsh como una ministra Unitaria Universalista. Esto significa que estamos invitándonos a nosotros mismos a la ceremonia y a la posterior recepción.

    Entonces, aparte la fecha del 6 de diciembre de las 4 a las 7 pm. para este maravilloso evento. Por favor reserve a la mayor brevedad posible para la recepción (suzannesordination@gmail.com, 408-363-1875) y contacte a Kelly Burnett (kelly@kellybur.com, (408) 723-7237) para averiguar que alimentos traer y/o ser voluntarios para ayudar a poner y posteriormente recoger. ¡Los veré ahí!


    Thursday, December 10

    Coming Together to Prepare for Economic and Ecological Change
    Common Security Club Introduction

    December 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. lower classrooms; Conveners: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Jeff Norment

    These are uncertain times. The economic crisis has reminded us of our vulnerabilities. Debt. Foreclosure. Evaporating Savings. Rising Costs. Job Insecurity. We can face these changes alone – or come together.

    What is a Common Security Club?

    • A place to come together to enhance our personal security in a changing world.
    • A chance to learn about the root causes of our economic and ecological challenges.
    • A way to be part of a national movement of common security clubs that are connected to religious, civic, labor and small business organizations – all working to transform the economy so that it works for everyone.
    • In the process, a forum to get to know neighbors (co-workers, etc), find inspiration, have fun, and strengthen community.

    Three Components of a Club

    Learning Together: Through popular education tools, videos and shared readings, participants increase their understanding of the larger economic forces on our lives. Why is the economy in distress? How did these changes happen? What are the historical factors? How does this connect to the global economy? What are the ecological factors contributing to the changes?

    Mutual Aid: What can we do together to increase our economic security at the local level?

    Social Action: Many of our challenges won’t be solved through personal or local mutual aid efforts. How can we work together to press for larger state, national and even global changes?

    Structure of a Common Security Club

    One of the primary goals of Common Security Clubs is to convene a public process for participants to challenge their feelings of isolation and helplessness. Clubs are self-managing; the participants themselves take on responsibilities to help coordinate, schedule and host meetings.

    Participants will also help the facilitator to prepare for and lead the initial series of five meetings. After that series has been completed, a Club can decide whether it wants to continue meeting – with volunteers taking over facilitation responsibilities. Some Clubs may form self-organizing sub-groups to pursue specific activities and interests.

    The Common Security Club Network

    The Common Security Club Network is a pilot project of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, On the Commons, and the Forum Organizing Project. Learn more at www.commonsecurityclub.org


    Sunday, Dec. 13,

    Fireside Gift Faire
    by Cecelia Deck

    Hattie Porter Hall will erupt in merriment again this year for the annual Fireside Gift Faire, a celebration of the holidays and a fundraiser for the church. On Sunday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can shop for handmade gifts and enjoy tamales, music and the festive atmosphere. Local vendors offer unique jewelry, toys, dolls, textiles, dyed fabrics, soaps and more. See you there!


    Sunday, December 13

    Need a Dose of Passion, Torment, Death and Redemption?
    No need to go to the opera. Just buy a copy of the UU Band of Writers collection, What Lies Beyond. There you will find them all in an amazing ballad by a writer you may be surprised to discover. You will also find stories, essays and poems to make you laugh, touch your heart and make you think. Copies will be available at the Fireside Gift Faire on Dec. 13. All proceeds go to our church.


    Sunday, December 13

    What to do with those “Treasures”!
    Each year at our annual holiday gift fair, to be held this year on Sunday, December 13, after the combined worship service at 10:00 am, we have a “Treasures Table” featuring donated arty and crafty items in very good condition such as wall art, collectables, knick-knacks, Christmas-themed crafts, cards, candles, jewelry and other treasures. Cecilia Deck will accept donations at a table in Hattie Porter Hall after the 11:00 a.m. service this week, Sunday, December 6.


    Beginning January 5, 2010

    Yoga Sutras:
    There are two openings remaining for this Lectio Divina class: “The Cultivation of Awareness and Mindfulness” through The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Beginning in January, Pastoral Coordinator Rev. Donna Lenahan will facilitate an eight-week study of the first section of the Yoga Sutras to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western modes of thought.

    There will be meditation, journaling, silence, contemplation, and small group discussions. The focus will be on achieving inner peace and mental harmony. A belief in God is not a requirement to participate. The classes will be held in her home in Monte Sereno on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 (all of the Tuesdays in January and February).

    The cost ($50.00) does not include the two recommended books; either or both of which will be helpful for those attending. Please send an e-mail to Rev. Lenahan at djlenahan@aol.com for further information and registration before Thanksgiving.

    Recommended reading: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda (down to earth) and How to Know God (the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali) by Prabhavananda & Isherwood (more spiritual).


    Saturday, January 30

    Fundraiser Tea Planned
    The Annual Tea will be Saturday, January 30th from 1-4 pm. This year’s Tea will have great food, desserts, and entertainment, as in the past. We also will have the opportunity to meet folks involved with the leadership of PACT, and from other churches. Most of the time will be spent relaxing and enjoying the afternoon with our church friends and other church neighbors.

    Please mark your calendars for this event, and if possible bring that friend you always wanted to show this church. Please buy your tickets early to support First Unitarian paying its dues to PACT. If enough people buy their tickets in December, we can pay part of our PACT dues before the end of PACT’s fiscal year December 31.

    Watch for ticket sale table at coffee hour. Also please consider making a donation to support our PACT dues. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Connie Bloch at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com or 206-2163.


    June 27-30, 2010

    Junior High Backpack Trip 2009
    Last June, 15 Junior High youth and 5 adult chaperones from our church ventured on a 4-day, 3-night backpack trip into the Grouse Ridge area of the Tahoe National Forest. We camped near the shores of two different lakes and slept out under the stars on two of the three nights. Only a few were brave enough to swim in the cold mountain lakes. We lost the trail to Glacier Lake and our youth put the democratic process to work as they decided what our next steps would be. Some trip highlights: taking off our backpacks when we reached each destination, experiencing the beauty of the High Sierra, finding great campsites, climbing on the boulders out in Island Lake, learning to be together, not seeing any bears, supporting each other, playing in the snow, feeling the warmth of the campfire and the sting of smoke in our eyes, stopping for lunch on the way home, and experiencing a sense of accomplishment.

    Our church’s next Junior High Backpack Trip will be June 27-30, 2010. Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who attend our church are invited to come along. More information will be available in late winter. If you have questions, please contact Pam Pell: johnpell@aol.com.


    Peninsula Interweave Meetings Resume

    By the Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, Parish Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, www.uucpa.org, parishmin@uucpa.org, 650-494-0541 x26

    Peninsula Interweave, the UU BGLTIQ and allies social group, is resuming regular monthly meetings on second Tuesdays on the month, 7-9 pm, and rotating around to different congregations. Snacks and good company provided! Bring yourself and a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or hetero ally/friend.

    Tuesday, December 8, UU Fellowship of Redwood City, 7-9 p.m.
    Directions are here: http://www.uufrc.org/contact.html. We’ll watch the segment of the ACLU Freedom Files called “Gay and Lesbian Rights” and discuss. This series of six half-hour films was made by Robert Greenwald, the activist documentary filmmaker who directed and produced Outfoxed (about Fox News); Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price; Uncovered: The War on Iraq; and several viral videos connected to the 2008 election. Several of the Freedom Files are on LGBT issues and other closely related issues, and we can watch them all! You can read more about his work at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Greenwald

    Tuesday, January 12, UU Church of Palo Alto, 7-9 p.m.
    Directions are here: http://www.uucpa.org/main/location.html. We’ll watch the segment of the ACLU Freedom Files called “Lesbian and Gay Families” and discuss.

    Tuesday, February 9, First Unitarian Church of San Jose
    Topics to be announced.


    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller
    Here is the December hiking schedule. Be sure to call if you want to hike unless you are a regular, then let me know if you are not coming.

    Only big rain storms cancel hikes. In case of rain, call the morning of the hike to find out if we are changing the venue to the Stanford dish or if the hike is cancelled. My home phone is 408 730-1052 and cell is 570-7052. Use my cell phone after 7:30 am. All other times use my home phone. See you on the trails!

    Wednesday, December 2
    Stevens Creek/Fremont/Older, 5 miles, moderate. Meet at parking lot at Stevens Creek County Park at 8:30 am. Take Foothill Expressway as though you were going to Ranch San Antonio. Don’t turn off Foothill. Go about 1.5 miles to entrance to Stevens Creek Park on the left. You can see the parking lot below you as you go around a curve. Turn left and go straight ahead to the parking lot. There is $6 parking fee.

    Saturday, December 5
    Sunol Regional Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capitol Avenue at Alum Rock at 8:00 am. We will do the McGuire Peaks hike.

    Wednesday, December 9
    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 12
    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 16
    Skyline Ridge loop trail, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, December 19
    Joseph Grant County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capitol Avenue at Alum Rock at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, December 23
    Wunderlich County Park, 5 miles, easy. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, December 26
    I will be in Long Beach. Contact Alice Lynch at 408 298-7050 or lynch.alice@gmail.com if you plan to hike. Calero County Park, 7 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, December 30
    I will still be in Long Beach, so this Wednesday hikers you are on your own. Foothill Park, 7 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, January 2
    I will still be in Long Beach. Check with Alice Lynch above. Almaden Quicksilver Park, 6 miles, moderate, Hacienda entrance. Meet at Bed, Bath & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am.


    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.

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    Volunteer Opportunities:

    You make FUSJ what it is! Whatever your talent and availability, there is an opportunity for you to serve. Contact Volunteer Coordinating Team members Liz Owen at lowen@data-time.com or Bob Miess at bob@floweringenterprises.com

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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: 408-991-3212; 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: 408-991-3212; 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
    Tamara Payne-Alex

    POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net

    Directors
    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Michael Payne-Alex, michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com
    Madeline Morrow

    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 Manager, Ext. 21
    Susan Burke-Diquisto, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, 991-3212
    Roberto Padilla, paor69@yahoo.com

    Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky
    bookkeeper@sanjoseuu.org

    Custodian / Edgar Cruz

    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

    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
    Catherine will be editor for the January 6 and February 3 issues. Shirley will be editor for the December 16 and January 20 issue.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

    Assembly Coordinator: Gretchen Leavitt

    Assembly Crew: Marge Schneider

    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 9, 2009

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    Next issue mailing: Wednesday, December 16, 2009