Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / December 16, 2009 / 16 de Deciembre 2009

Inside This Issue:

1216-0 Send us Your Photos
1216-1 Sunday Services
1216-2 Save the Dates
1216-3 Lifespan Faith Development, Holiday Play, Children's Music Program, Sexual Spectrum

Geoff's Bonus Articles: Articulating our UU Faith, Common Security Club
As We Build the Beloved Community... FUCSJ’s Listening Campaign 2010
Classifieds: Inexpensive UU Vacations, Clavinova Repair Needed, Photographer & Bulletin Board Designer Wanted
1216-6 Join the Fun in Producing the First Annual FUCSJ Year Book!
1216-7 Partner Church Sponsorship and Trip Update 2011
1216-8 Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
“The Gift That Keeps On Giving” - The Story of Philo Hersey, Benefactor
1216-10 Circling Around - Who is stirring things up in Sacramento? ... Who knows an awful lot about Jesus? ... A silent cat and a barking dog ... What’s so special about Dublin? Oh, the Ireland one! ... As if the dogs aren’t loud enough, who is taking up drums? ... Who is in love with her new home?
1216-11 THE ILLUMINATED BIRTH - poetry by Ellie White
1216-12 Spotlight on Social Justice
1216-13 Upcoming Events -- Class: Reading the Five Gospels along with Bob, You are invited to the ordination of Sonya Greiner Sukalski, Christmastime Donation Station, Guest at Your Table Boxes and Stories of Hope, Yoga Sutras, Fundraiser Tea Planned, Junior High Backpack Trip 2009, UU Hikers


1216-14 Volunteer Opportunities - Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
1216-15 TSCC Matching Gift Challenge Ends December 31
1216-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
1216-1 Servicios de Domingo
Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad… Campaña de Oyentes de la FUCSJ 2010
1216-8 ¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
“El regalo que se mantiene dando” - La historia de Philo Hersey, Benefactor
1216-15 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.

From the Buena Vista neighborhood Association's
San Jose Then and Now Online Photo Essay
The Unitarian Church on Third Street was dedicated in 1892. In 1995, during expansion and reconstruction, there was a six-alarm fire that virtually gutted it. As you can see, it was beautifully restored.
Just north of the Unitarian Church is the Scottish Rites Temple (left, circa 1930), now the home of the San Jose Athletic Club. Third Street was once a two-way street there, but is now a one-way street running north as far a Julian, where it is a two-way street again.
Another view of the same section of Third Street, showing the Scottish Rites Temple on the left, then the Unitarian Church and the building next to it -- a modern office building with the facade of the original building decorating the front.

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 de celebración

20 de Diciembre – 9:30 a.m.

¿Estamos cerca del final?
Cada día escuchamos más voces que nos dicen que nuestro planeta esta en el final de su vida. ¿Esto es real o solamente es producto de nuestros propios miedos? Vengan a compartir un mensaje de amor y esperanza.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla

Are we close to the end?
Every day we hear more voices which tell us that our planet is on the final of its life. Is it real, or just fear? Come and share a message of love and hope.

Worship leader: Roberto Padilla

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

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


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

Fellowship Sunday

December 27 – 11:00 a.m.

The Jesus Story: What Next?
This December we have been taking a fresh look at what Jesus has to teach us Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century. Now that Christmas Day, Hanukkah, and the Solstice have passed, and Kwanzaa has begun, it’s time to reflect and respond. What has touched us, challenged us, moved us this particular season? What will we now carry forward into our post-holiday lives? We’ll explore the next steps we might take to keep our connection with what has been meaningful alive, to grapple with what may have been unsettling, and to express our Unitarian Universalist values more fully in our daily lives and in the world.

Note: There will be no 9:30 AM Service this Sunday. Spanish Speakers are encouraged to attend the 11:00 AM Service, which will include simultaneous Spanish translation.

Worship Leader: Bob Miess; Worship Associates: Dena Dickinson and Bob Owen

Domingo de compañerismo

¿La historia de Jesús: ¿Que sigue?
Este diciembre hemos estado teniendo una mirada fresca de lo que Jesús tiene que enseñarnos a los Unitarios Universalistas en el siglo XXI. Ahora que Navidad, Hanuka y el solsticio han pasado, y que Kwanzaa ha comenzado, es tiempo para reflexionar y responder. ¿Que nos ha tocado, desafiado, movido en esta particular temporada? ¿Ahora qué nos llevara adelante en nuestras vidas después de los días festivos? Exploraremos los próximos pasos que nosotros podríamos tomar para mantener nuestra conexión con lo que ha sido significativamente vivo, lidiar con lo que podría haber sido inquietante y que expresa nuestros valores Unitarios Universalistas más plenamente en nuestra vida diaria y en el mundo.

Nota: no habrá servicio de las 9: 30 AM este domingo. A los miembros en español se les alienta a asistir al servicio de las 11: 00 AM, que incluirá la traducción simultánea al español.

Dirige: Bob Miess; Asociados de Culto: Dena Dickinson y Bob Owen

January Theme: The Hopeful Heresies of Our Heritage:
Unitarian Universalist History and Theology
9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

Domingo de Celebracion

3 de Enero – 9:30 a.m.

Iniciando un nuevo ciclo; Tiempo de esperanza y acción.
¿Cómo Unitarios Universalistas cuales son nuestros propósitos para este año que inicia?, cuales son nuestros deseos? y cuales son los deseos del resto de la humanidad? Que esperamos de la vida? Y cuales son las acciones que necesitamos tomar para que estos deseos se lleven a cavo? Iniciemos el año 2010 con esperanza en nosotros mismos y en el resto de los seres humanos.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla

Starting a new cycle; Time for hope and action
As Unitarian Universalists, what are our purposes for this new year? What are our wishes? and what are the wishes of the rest of humanity? What do we expect from life? And what actions do we need to take to see that those wishes are realized? Let’s start the year 2010 with hope in ourselves and in the rest of the human beings.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

Celebration Sunday

January 3 – 11:00am

Prophetic Unitarian & Universalist Women And Men
At this Celebration Sunday, during which all ages will join together to begin a new year in religious community, we will hear stories and lessons of famous Unitarians and Universalists that have inspired us with their courage, creativity and passion for justice. This service launches a month long theme examining our Unitarian Universalist history, heritage, and practice.

Worship Leaders: Frank Bosche, Carolyn Bowman, and Marla Scharf

Proféticas Mujeres y Hombres Unitarios y Universalistas
En la celebración de este domingo, durante el cual todas las edades se unirán juntas para comenzar un nuevo año en comunidad religiosa, escucharemos historias y lecciones de famosos unitarios y universalistas que nos han inspirado con su coraje, creatividad y pasión por la justicia. Con este servicio se inicia el mes examinando el largo tema de nuestra historia unitaria universalista, patrimonio y práctica.

Dirigen: Frank Bosche, Carolyn Bowman, y Marla Scharf

Domingo de las fuentes

10 de Enero — 9:30 a.m.

La Duda y el escepticismo han caracterizado la fe Unitaria durante cientos de años. Veamos las raíces de nuestro escepticismo moderno y exploremos las muchas caras de la duda — desde el dolor a la pasión, desde la cabeza hasta el corazón, desde el miedo a la libertad.

Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Asociados de Culto a las 9:30: Mienbrps de SSM

Sources Sunday

January 10 — 11:00 a.m.

Doubt and skepticism have characterized the Unitarian faith for hundreds of years. Let’s look at the roots of our modern-day skepticism and explore the many faces of doubt—from pain to passion, from head to heart, from fear to freedom.

Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Worship Associates at 11:00: Donna Lenahan and Henry Ruddle


Save the Dates

  • December 17, Thursday, Third Street Annual Posada, 6:00 pm at the church
  • December 20, Sunday, Children’s Holiday Play, 11:00 am
  • December 20, 1:00 p.m., JUUst Peace Action Group, Ramsden Fireside Room.
    December 31, Thursday, final day for Frieda C. Fox Foundation challenge grant donations to Third Street Community Center
  • January 3, Sunday12:30, Band of Writers, Youth Room
  • 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 10, Sunday, 4:00 p.m., ordination of Sonya Greiner Sukalski at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. RSVP to sonyaordination@gmail.com or 925.426.9789 by January 3.
  • January 14, Thursday, Listening Campaign training session. Mary Idso, mridso@sbcglobal.net
  • January 30, Saturday, 1-4 pm, Hattie Porter Hall, Annual Fundraiser Tea to benefit PACT

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.

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

December 20, 11:00 a.m.

Children’s Holiday Play
The Origins of Christmas

Dress Rehearsal This Saturday!

At this Holiday Play will be performed on Sunday, December 20, at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The dress rehearsal will be held Saturday, December 19, from 9:00 am-noon in the Sanctuary.

Sunday afternoons, January 24 to February 14

Workshop on the Spectrum of Sexual Orientation in January

Are there really more nuances to sexual orientation than being straight or gay? What is life like for people who realize they don’t fit comfortably in either of these two categories? You can discover more about where you fall with the Klein Grid, a more detailed system than the familiar Kinsey Scale (don’t worry, you won’t need to reveal your results).

Our church’s Lifespan Faith Development and Welcoming Congregation programs are offering a four-session class using Interweave Continental’s Bisexuality Curriculum. Workshops are two and one-half hours each and meet on four consecutive Sunday afternoons, January 24 to February 14, in the Ramsden Fireside Room. Adults and senior high youth are invited to participate in these interactive, facilitated workshops, in a safe and welcoming environment. Please register in advance as space is limited.

Contacts: Rev. Geoff Rimositis 292-3858x25 grimositis@sanjoseuu.org, or Frey Leigh 283-9383 fleigh@att.net.

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.

Children & Youth Ministries

Adult Spiritual Growth & Enrichment Activities

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

BONUS ARTICLES FROM GEOFF (These do not appear in the hard copy print edition, but they do appear in the PDF of the print edition.)

Articulating Our
Unitarian Universalist Faith

By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

The Inner Work That Enriches Life

As we approach the darkest day of the year let it be know that you, the members and friends of The First Unitarian Church of San José are keepers of the light.  In the many ways you give of yourselves to the mission of this religious community you bring abundant light into the world. Sparkles of your light included the wonderful ordination service and celebration for Suzanne Marsh on Sunday, December 6.  

Much thanks goes to Michael Payne-Alex, who coordinated the event and the many helpers who blinded us with their brilliance in creating a peak experience for Suzanne and our community.  It means so much that our church honors the living tradition of ministry through the ages embodied in Sunday’s rite— and the way we have kept the liberal religious light shinning in our valley and beyond for the past 144 years. 

On behalf of the church staff and our Third Street Community colleagues who share with us our office, building and vision of the beloved community, may this season of light, wonder and peace, fill your hearts to overflowing.  And please do not keep that luminous spirit of yours under the bushel basket.  Let it shine for all the world to see. 

With deep gratitude, appreciation and heartfelt wishes for a happy holiday season and an abundant new year.  


Common Security Club-Facilitated Sessions

January 14, 18, February 11, 25 & March 11— 7-8:30 p.m. (Come to one!  Come to all!)

Coming Together to Prepare for Economic and Ecological Change
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 rapidly 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.

As We Build the Beloved Community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

FUCSJ’s Listening Campaign 2010:

Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Campaña de Oyentes de la FUCSJ 2010:

Deepening Relationships, Sharing Our Lives, Building Our Justice Work from Our Common Flame

“The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich

“When we are listened to it creates us; it makes us unfold, expand.” – Anonymous

Here at the First Unitarian Church of San José, we know the power of listening to help each of us to heal and to encourage each of us to grow. We listen on Sundays as congregants light candles to share a joy or concern. We listen in our Small Group Ministry sessions as participants share the stories of their lives and their thoughts and feelings on topics of ultimate importance. We listen when we let each other know that we are “here if you need me.”

In the first months of the New Year, we will expand these sacred practices of listening-in-community with a one-to-one Listening Campaign, coordinated by FUCSJ’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the region’s faith-based community-organizing group, People Acting in Community Together (PACT). We hope to include as many FUCSJ members and friends as possible as we launch this mutual listening process.

The Listening Campaign 2010 has two overarching goals:

  1. To connect with each other intentionally so that we deepen our relationships in sustainable ways. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, for example, to be able to enter into Social Hour following worship on Sundays and see there not a crowd of near-strangers or even clusters of “friendly acquaintances” but a room full of folks with whom you are in deep relationship, whose pain and joy you know and empathize with, as they do with yours? Just one conversation cannot, of course, work such transformation – but if these intentional connections become a way of being in this congregation … ah, what love, depth, and hope we will all experience then!

  2. To transform how we do social justice work in this congregation by connecting with what is most alive – what is most painful, most real – in our lives. From such deep knowledge of the issues that affect us most, we will discover the common flame in these experiences and let that flame direct us in choosing the social justice issues through which we help to heal the world. Our work for Marriage Equality is a shining example of how we have worked for justice because we share that common flame: this issue touches the vast majority of us in our very skin, our hearts, our lives. It is so real to us, individually and collectively, that we are committed to transforming the whole system of injustice, not just to affecting a single vote or event. When we focus our social justice work on issues that are real and pressing for many of us in the congregation, then we not only build a stronger community for ourselves but we also become more cohesive, passionate, and effective agents for change.

There is a story in the Hebrew Scriptures that serves as a wonderful metaphor for this process: In the book of Exodus, the Hebrew slaves had suffered in slavery for years and years—but it was only when they began to groan together that they were able to create their liberation!

In this month of December, our PACT LOC will begin recruiting volunteers who are willing to be listened to and volunteers willing to do the deep listening. We will host a training session for listeners on January 14, 2010. The one-to-one listening sessions will be conducted through February. In March and April we will report back what we have learned.

If you would like more information about the Listening Campaign 2010 or if you want to get involved, please contact Mary Idso, mridso@sbcglobal.net; Rick Merritt, rmerritt@techinsights.com; Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.net; or our local PAC T organizer Karen Belote, karenbelote@pactsj.org.

“The first duty of love is to listen,” the twentieth-century theologian Paul Tillich said. Come, let us listen to one another!

Mary Idso, Rick Merritt, Diana Wirt, and the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Profundizando Relaciones, Compartiendo Nuestras Vidas, Construyendo Nuestro Trabajo de Justicia desde Nuestra Flama Común

“El primer deber del amor es escuchar.” – Paul Tillich

“Cuando nosotros estamos escuchando, esto nos crea, nos hace desplegarnos, expandirnos.” – Anonymous

Aquí en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José, sabemos del poder de escuchar para ayudarnos entre nosotros a sanar y alentarnos a crecer. Escuchamos los domingos como los congregantes encienden las velas para compartir una alegría o una inquietud. Escuchamos en las sesiones de nuestro Ministerio de pequeños grupos, como los participantes comparten las historias de sus vidas, sus pensamientos y sentimientos sobre temas de máxima importancia. Escuchamos cuando mutuamente dejamos saber que estamos “aquí si me necesitan.”

En los primeros meses del nuevo año, expandiremos estas practicas sagradas de escuchar en comunidad con una Campaña de Conversación mutua de uno a uno, coordinada por el Comité Local de Organización (CLO) de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José FUCJS (por sus siglas en inglés) para el grupo regional de organización comunitaria con inspiración religiosa, People Acting in Community Together (PACT). Esperamos incluir a tantos miembros y amigos de la FUCSJ como sea posible cuando iniciemos este proceso de conversación mutua.

La campaña de oyentes 2010 tiene dos objetivos generales:

  1. Para conectarse con otro intencionalmente para que profundicemos nuestras relaciones en forma sostenible. ¿No sería maravilloso, por ejemplo, poder llegar a la hora social los domingos después del servicio religioso y ver ahí no una multitud de extraños cercanos o incluso grupos de “amistosos conocidos” sino una sala llena de amigos con quienes se está en profunda relación, cuyo dolor y alegría usted conozca y simpatice, como lo hacen ellos con los suyos? Sólo una conversación no puede, por supuesto, realizar tal transformación: pero si estas conexiones intencionales se convierten en una forma de ser en esta congregación... ah, cuanto amor, profundidad y esperanza experimentaremos todos entonces!

  2. Para transformar cómo hacemos a la justicia social trabajar en esta congregación para conectar con lo que esta más vivo— lo que es más doloroso, más real — en nuestras vidas. Desde tal conocimiento profundo de los problemas que nos afectan más, descubriremos la llama común en estas experiencias; entonces permitiremos que esa llama nos dirija en la elección de los temas de justicia social a través de los cuales ayudamos a curar al mundo. Nuestro trabajo por la igualdad de matrimonio es un brillante ejemplo de cómo hemos trabajado por la justicia porque compartimos esa llama común: este problema afecta a la mayoría de nosotros en nuestra alma, nuestros corazones y nuestras vidas. Es tan real para nosotros, individual y colectivamente, que estamos comprometidos a transformar todo el sistema de injusticia, no sólo afectando a un solo voto o evento. Cuando nos centramos en nuestro trabajo de justicia social sobre cuestiones que son reales y urgentes para muchos de nosotros en la congregación, entonces no sólo construimos una comunidad más fuerte para nosotros mismos, sino que también nos convertimos en más cohesionados, apasionados y efectivos agentes para el cambio.

Hay una historia en las escrituras hebreas que sirve como una metáfora maravillosa para este proceso: en el Libro del Éxodo, los esclavos hebreos habían sufrido de esclavitud durante años y años, pero fue sólo cuando empezaron a quejarse juntos, que ellos fueron capaces de crear su liberación!

En este mes de diciembre, nuestro PACT local comenzará a reclutar voluntarios que están dispuestos a ser escuchados y voluntarios dispuestos a escuchar profundamente. Nosotros seremos anfitriones de un entrenamiento para oyentes el 14 de enero del 2010. Las sesiones para escuchar de uno a uno, se llevará a cabo a través de febrero. En marzo y abril informaremos lo que hemos aprendido.

Si usted desea más información acerca de la Campaña de oyentes 2010, o si desea involucrarse, por favor contacte a Mary Idso, mridso@sbcglobal.net; Rick Merritt, rmerritt@techinsights.com; Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.net; o a Karen Belote, nuestra organizadora local de PAC T, karenbelote@pactsj.org.

“El primer deber del amor s escuchar,” el teólogo del siglo XX, Paul Tillich dijo. Vengan, permitámonos escuchar los unos a los otros!

Mary Idso, Rick Merritt, Diana Wirt, y la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones



Inexpensive/Interest Vacations
Do you dream of inexpensive vacation travel to interesting destinations where you can stay in the homes of friendly people who share your ideals and are happy to provide directions and advice for their area? 

The UU bed and breakfast directory UU’re Home (formerly Homecomings) can fulfill your dream. For 31 years, we’ve provided a network of hosts in the United States (and a few abroad) who enjoy meeting new friends and who are happy to open their home to like-minded people. 

You can also become a host and be listed in the directory: see www.UUreHome.com for an application. If you have questions, contact us at info@uurehome.com or call 828-281-3253.

Host listings on the UU’re Home website at www.UUreHome.com are updated whenever changes are made or new hosts are added. The paper edition is published once a year in April. For a copy of the 2010 directory and a year’s access to the website listings, please click on “become a member” to pay by credit card, or send a check for $25 and your e-mail address to UU’re Home, 43 Vermont Court, Asheville, NC 2880

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


A New/Old Tradition

Join the Fun in Producing the First Annual FUCSJ Year Book!

by Henry Ruddle, POC member for Stewardship

Great memories and great fun are an active part of congregational life, and starting in 2010 we are going to record them in beautiful color! The first annual FUCSJ Year Book will be available for purchase by the end of the 2009-2010 church year in June. (Did I mention that it is also a fundraiser?)

As you would expect, the Year Book will highlight events major and minor during the church year, along with the accomplishments of leaders, volunteers, and other dedicated folks who add so much life and energy to our congregation and community spirit.

The exact format of the Year Book will take shape over the next few months, and I’d like your help.

First, writers, designers, photographers, and, well, really anyone excited by the prospect of an official Year Book, are sincerely implored to let me know of their interest in helping out. I promise small assignments and very few meetings. Personally, I’d love it if the whole thing could be done over the the phone and by e-mail, and much of it will be, but, alas, all or parts of the Year Book team will have to meet in person now and then.

Second, whether you think you can help out or not, send me your ideas and, if you have them, pictures. What events should be highlighted? Should it attempt to include year-book-style mug shots or just photos from events? Do you want to read reflective essays on the past year’s accomplishment, or just photo captions? Let me know. What should it be, in your opinion?

Send your suggestions, comments, and offers of assistance to Henry Ruddle at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org or call Henry at 408-234-3670.


Partner Church Sponsorship
and Trip Update 2011

by Connie Bloch

Many thanks go out to the families or groups from our church who are sponsoring 10 scholarships for our Partner Church high school students in Romania. There is no high school in our Partner church village in Homorodzentmarton, and so many of the students attend a boarding school in another city, or have added expenses with high school that make attendance difficult.

This is the third year that our church has been sponsoring high school students with scholarships and many of our sponsors continue with the same student. With the economic conditions, we know it is challenging for folks to continue their sponsorships. However, most did continue, and we have even picked up a couple new sponsors. The sponsorships are $300 per student.

We are taking signups for the 2011 trip to Romania. The trip is planned for high school age and up. Many people have responded and we are considering running two trips that are offset by one week with the first week more youth oriented. Please contact Monty Low, low.monty@gmail.com, 408 348-2778, if you are interested. The trip will be two weeks long and be scheduled between July 23 and Aug 13. The cost is estimated at $2,600. Fundraising activities and scholarship help will be available for people who sign up early.

As tough as things are for us locally, things are even more difficult for our friends in Romania. That is why we want to thank everyone from this church for their continued dedication to our Partner church. If you want to know more about this program, or sponsor a student on the waiting list, please contact Connie at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com


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.



“The Gift That Keeps On Giving”

The Story of Philo Hersey, Benefactor

By Gordon Smith and Claire Wagner

Philo Hersey’s Civil War uniform is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Civil War History Museum.

la Comisión de Planificación de Regalos

“El regalo que se mantiene dando”

La historia de Philo Hersey, Benefactor

Por Gordon Smith y Claire Wagner

Colonel Philo Hersey was a veteran of the Civil War who became a prominent citizen of San Jose in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, winning district election in California as a Republican (the party of Lincoln, remember?), serving as President of the Santa Clara County Fruit Exchange and co-founding the San Jose Country Club.

However, in 1920, just prior to his death, Col. Hersey did something to guarantee that local Unitarians would remember him even when his other accomplishments were forgotten: he established an endowment fund to support liberal religion in San Jose.

Nearly 90 years later, the Philo Hersey San Jose, Calif. Service Fund is still maintained in accordance with his wishes: that the principal be preserved in perpetuity and that the income be paid quarter-annually to our church for the purposes of maintaining Unitarian services in the City of San Jose.

Today the fund has nearly tripled in value while still continuing to pay several hundred dollars to the church each quarter. And through the continued stewardship of the UUA managers of the UU Common Endowment Fund, it will benefit our congregation long after all of us are gone, too.

Recently our church created a new endowment fund for the twenty-first century, in response to interest from current members who, like Col. Hersey, want to help ensure that the church remains a beacon of liberal religion in Santa Clara County. There are two options for contributing to this fund: a bequest in your will, or a gift (which may be for a specific purpose of your choosing, such as music or religious education). If you have any questions about how the fund works, even if you have already included the church in your estate plan, please email gordonsmith100@gmail.com or contact any of the members of the Planned Giving Committee: Bob Owens, Jean vonKaenel, Gordon Smith or Claire Wagner.

Also, due to the success of our first free estate planning seminar at the church in November, attended by over 20 members of the congregation, we’ll be offering the same program early next year. Stay tuned for announcements.

Interesting side note: The familiar slogan in the title of this article has been informally linked to the Victor Talking Machines company, the leading American producer of phonographs and records during Col. Hersey’s lifetime.

Hoy, poco se sabe acerca de Coronel Philo Hersey, salvo que él era un veterano de la guerra civil que se convirtió en ciudadano prominente de San José a finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX, ganando las elecciones de distrito en California como un republicano (el partido de Lincoln, lo recuerdan?), sirviendo como Presidente de la Fruit Exchange del condado de Santa Clara y cofundador del Country Club de San José.

Sin embargo, en 1920, justo antes de su muerte, el Coronel Hersey hizo algo para garantizar que los Unitarios locales lo recordaran incluso cuando sus otros logros fueran olvidados: El estableció un fondo de dotación para apoyar la “Religión liberal” en San José.

Casi 90 años más tarde, la “Filón Hersey San Jose, California Service Fund” todavía es mantenida de acuerdo con sus deseos –el principal se conservara a perpetuidad y el ingreso debe ser pagado “trimestral-anualmente” a nuestra iglesia a efectos de mantener los servicios Unitarios en la ciudad de San José.

Hoy el fondo casi se triplicó en valor mientras continúa pagando varios cientos de dólares a la iglesia cada trimestre. Y a través de la administración continua de los administradores de UUA del fondo común de donaciones UU, beneficiará a nuestra congregación mucho después de que todos nosotros hayamos desaparecido, también.

Recientemente, nuestra iglesia creó un nuevo fondo de donación para el siglo XXI en respuesta al interés de los miembros actuales de que, como el Coronel Hersey, desea ayudar a garantizar que la iglesia sigue siendo un faro de religión liberal en el condado de Santa Clara. Hay dos opciones principales para su contribución a este fondo: un legado en su testamento o un regalo (que puede ser para un propósito específico de su elección, como la música o la educación religiosa). Si tiene algunas preguntas acerca de las obras del fondo o incluso si tiene ya incluida a la iglesia en su plan de herencia, por favor mande un e-mail a gordonsmith100@gmail.com o póngase en contacto con cualquiera de los miembros de la Comisión de Planificación de Regalos: Bob Owens, Jean vonKaenel, Gordon Smith o Claire Wagner.

También, debido al éxito de nuestro primer seminario de planificación gratis del patrimonio en la Iglesia en noviembre, asistieron más de 20 miembros de la Congregación, estamos ofreciendo el mismo programa a principios del próximo año. Manténgase en contacto para los anuncios.

Nota del lado interesante: El lema familiar en el título de este artículo se ha vinculado informalmente a la empresa de Victor Talking Machines Company, el principal productor estadounidense de fonógrafos y discos durante toda la vida del Coronel Hersey.

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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:

    Who is stirring things up in Sacramento? ... Who knows an awful lot about Jesus? ... A silent cat and a barking dog ... What’s so special about Dublin? Oh, the Ireland one! ... As if the dogs aren’t loud enough, who is taking up drums? ... Who is in love with her new home?

    Did not the whole gang turn out for Suzanne Marsh? Excuse me, The Rev. Suzanne. Why doesn’t Lindi Ramsden look any older? You don’t suppose she’s doing something to her hair, do you? It’s not something I know anything about, but just askin’. Did it take you back to have her at the pulpit shuffling papers? I talked to her about whether California needs a new constitutional convention. Turns out there’s one a-brewing. Probably not much to come of it, and the usual denizens of the capital wouldn’t know to be scared.

    Bob Meiss gave me info on a topic I’d been thinking about: bible history. I do, too, have thoughts about this. I was asking if all the early part of Jesus’ life was made up by the gospel writers to fit some old prophecy, like getting them to Bethlehem so he could be seen as the House of David, according to the prophecy. Bob said, “He was from Nazareth.” “Oh,” I said, catching on very quickly, “that’s why he’s called the Nazarene!” And then we said together “because people are called by the town they were born in!” I was also not aware that the nativity stories are different. One of them has angels and the other has shepherds. Same with the 3 Kings. I would hate to have to make a list of all the the topics I don’t know about, but I’ll let you know as they come up

    When Mary Martin writes to me, I pay attention. Because she’s such a great writer:”Every Sunday, while they’re at church, Carol and Bob Roszkowski pick up the hymnals and assorted papers people leave in the hymnal holders. Neither of them is a Worship Associate; they just saw a need and quietly began to help out of the goodness of their hearts.” Wow. What if stuff like this were to catch on? Then what?

    Also from Mary: “In September we had to put down our beautiful cat, Licorice, who had renal failure. Having been born under our deck, he had spent his whole life with us, as has his half-brother, Thomas Gray (also born under the deck). To ease Thomas’s despondency (and ours) we brought home a rescue kitty, Electra, who has livened things up around here. Her notable characteristics, in addition to a sweet personality, are a very long tail and an inability to meow, though she forms the word with her mouth at appropriate times.” I certainly understand the grief-driven need to get another (rescue) kitty. Our grief-driven rescue dog, Alison, never stops barking. Never stops barking. We’ve decided she has PTSD.

    Good News Department.
    Mary McGuinnes says “I have fully recovered from my two Melanoma surgeries, and am back at work full time. I now have a break from anything medical until January. I am going to take two weeks vacation and head home to Dublin, Ireland for the Christmas Holidays. I now have to go through drug therapy starting 1/4/10. I will receive high dose Interferon five days a week for four weeks. . Interferon is not a chemo, but an immune booster, it will help my own body fight any residual Melanoma cells. My Mum and best friend -Anne Tobin- are coming out from Dublin to help me out, and many a friend have offered and lined up lifts back and forth to Stanford. I then will continue on the drug for 11 months, three times a week. I plan to go back to work at this stage. This treatment gives me the best long term options for a life long cure.” Mary has further told me that she hopes it’s appropriate to use the Newsletter as notification to her friends of how she’s doing. I believe she has many more friends than just that frenzied mob reading this.

    Dan Zulevic has recently spoken to some new people from Maine. One of them was in a drum circle and he’d like to do it again. If any of you want to sit around pounding things, please contact Dan at chs@netmagic.net.

    Kelly Burnett is so happy in her new home, she wants to show everyone around. “I have just moved into a lovely senior community and there are one bedroom apartments available. If you are interested, please let me know at kelly@kellybur.com or call me at 408-971-9930 and I will take you on a tour and show you around.”

    White Light Corner:
    For Mary McGuinness, of course. And a very happy New Year to us all. We need it.


    by Ellie White

    The night of The Nativity
    Shines with angel-driven text.
    And beams through signs—as seen in dreams—
    Our search for Truth, the God-Mind Quest.
    As told plain shepherds faced in awe
    Angels voice God’s PEACE decree.
    They found, where sent, a Savior Birth
    In manger-shown Simplicity.
    Today We shepherd forth Our world.
    Darkness yet holds heaven’s herald.
    Would we each heed Our angel call,
    We’ll find in Us our Savior Child.

    Illustration by Ellie White’s daughter.
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    Spotlight on Social Justice

    The Social Justice Council blog appears on the Church Webpage at: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/. You can subscribe to the YahooGroup For Social Justice News & Events at: sjsjuu-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

    The JUUst Peace Action Group will consider an overview of the Congregational Study Action Items of Ethical Eating and Peacemaking and the Statement of Conscience, Congo as well as other items based on the interests of participants. December 20 at 1:00 p.m., Ramsden Fireplace Room. Contact John Burk with questions, mus6@aceweb.com


    Upcoming Events

    Class: Reading the Five Gospels along with Bob

    Bob Miess will guide this monthly discussion of The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say? The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus by Robert W. Funk.

    This book includes five Gospels -- Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, and Thomas, with color coding to show the conclusion of the Jesus Seminar on each of Jesus’ sayings: Red = Jesus very likely said something like this; Pink = Jesus may have said something like this; Gray = Jesus probably did not say this; Black = Jesus is very unlikely to have said this. It also includes an introduction to the principles used to draw these conclusions, and explanations of the scholars’ reasoning about key sayings.

    The time of the monthly meetings will be set after we know who would like to attend, so that we can accommodate the most participants. Contact Bob Miess at Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com or 408-781-7073.

    Sunday, January 10

    You are invited to the ordination of Sonya Greiner Sukalski

    The members of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore and the Unitarian Universalist church of Berkeley request the honor of your presence as we gather to celebrate the ordination of Sonya Greiner Sukalski the the Unitarian Universalist Ministry, Sunday, January 10 at 4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lauson Rd., Kensington, CA 94707 and to the reception following. Childcare provided. RSVP to sonyaordination@gmail.com or 925.426.9789 by January 3.

    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    –Dr. Howard Thurman

    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.

    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.

    Christmastime Donation Station

    by Claire Wagner

    Consider giving toys and clothing to The “Donation Station” for clients of Catholic Charities this year. They accept anything that does not require professional repair or cleaning, even e-waste. Only clients with an open case file receive goods, so your stuff is guaranteed to go to someone who really needs it. You will not receive an IRS donation receipt, due to rules about donating directly to clients vs. contributing funds to the agency. So this is just about giving.

    Volunteers will sort the goods at a community event on December 19, where they hope to receive a lot of donations.

    The location is the CC offices at the corner of Zanker and Trimble in North San Jose. They will remain open until January 6, Dia de los Tres Reyes or Three Kings Day. Call Ruben Solorio at 325-5129 to check hours, or see http://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org

    Thanks for considering this and passing the message on to your friends and family.

    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.

    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 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.

    Saturday, January 9, starting at 4:30 p.m.

    Come, join us for friendship, fun, and stewardship at the

    To catch a glimpse of the offerings on which you’ll be bidding, please take a look at the abridged Service Auction Catalog at right. The full catalog of auction offerings (available with the online newsletter) also includes a how-to guide for bidding and some thoughts about how to bid if you have to miss the auction itself. Take a look! Members who receive a printed copy of the newsletter will also receive a printed copy of the catalog.

    Then please join us on Saturday, January 9, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary and Hattie Porter Hall.

    • When: Saturday, January 9th, 2010
      Silent Auction begins at 4:30 p.m.
      Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.
      Live Auction begins at 7:00 p.m. with our own Dan Zulevic as auctioneer! 

    • Where: FUCSJ Sanctuary and Hattie Porter Hall, 160 N. 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95112
    • What to Bring: Yourself, Your Friends, Your Children, A Donation for Dinner (if you can – otherwise, please come and be treated!)

    • Dinner Menu: Chicken Marsala or Spinach Filo; Rice Pilaf, Salad, Rolls, and Dessert

    • Suggested Donation: $12 – Please note: If you can contribute to the costs of dinner, for yourself and another, that is fantastic. If you can’t, please know that everyone can sit at our Welcome Table!

    RSVP, please, to Jan Theiss-Guffey, jantg@yahoo.com

    Child Care Available: Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please let Jan Theiss-Guffey know if your children will need child care:

    Additional Offerings for the Auction:

    Whoops! Did you forget to get your own offering in for the silent auction? No worries! You can still email it to Jan Theiss-Guffey, jantg@yahoo.com and we’ll put out another catalog right before January 9th.

    Service Auction Elves Needed!

    Hello friends, We’ve got a great service auction catalog ready for your perusal, thanks to everyone who offered something for the catalog, and we’re going to have a great time on January 9! And now...can you help set up, decorate tables, cook, or clean up on the day of the auction, Saturday, January 9?

    If you can just offer an hour of help on that day, from about 10:00 am onward, through finishing cleanup at about 10:00 pm, I’d really appreciate it. I especially need people to help cook, from about 1:00 pm on, or make the desserts on Friday January 8th. Just email Jan Theiss-Guffy at jantg@yahoo.com. Thank you!

    First Unitarian Church of San Jose
    Service Auction 2010


    You will need to register for the auction in order to bid on an item. You can fill out a registration form beginning this Sunday at the Service Auction table, or you can register at the service auction, starting at 4:30 PM. You will receive a number to use for all of your bids, silent or live.

    If you will not be present for the auction, you may make absentee bids by filling out a registration form, listing no more than five offerings you would like to bid on, including the item number, the maximum you will bid for the item, and the bid increment you would like to use.


    When each table closes, we will try to close it out quickly so that you can receive confirmation of your winning bid before you leave. If you have already left when the table is closed, then we will mail you the confirmation, with the exception of physical items. For physical items, you must be present when the group closes in order to win.

    Guidelines for physical items donated for the auction: For donors: In case the object is not bid upon and claimed, the donor must be present at the end of the auction to take it back. If not, the service auction committee will bring it to Goodwill..

    For bidders: To win the item, you must make the highest bid and you must be present when the table closes to receive your item. If you are not present, the item will go to the next-highest bidder. The service auction committee will not hold your item for you to retrieve later.

    Service Auction Catalog

    Item ID
    Item Name
    Item Description
    Min Bid
    Est Value
    Carved Name Sign
    I will carve a name in wood for you!
    Alec MacLean $25 $50
    Knife Sharpening
    I will sharpen your knives. The wood-carver knows how!
    Alec MacLean $15 $20
    3 Live
    Bed & Breakfast in Rhode Island
    Come east and enjoy two nights with us at our home in Rhode Island. Suitable for a couple or a large family. Surrounding 60 acre woodland has trails, large pond, and lots of wildlife. You can hang out and relax in the woods or go explore the state. Includes two breakfasts and dinners. Dates to be arranged, May to September.
    Barbara Derbyshire & Bev Harrison $250 $350
    4 Live
    Condo in Lake Tahoe!
    Comfy, cozy cabin in Lake Tahoe; one week during the Spring or Summer months.
    Bill and Sally Souders $300 $1,500
    “Secret Berrine” spread
    Spread on creackers or bread, absolutely delicious! Can feed up to 10 people as an appetiers. Contains some nut products; available in non-fat version as well. Must have at least 48 hours notice. Special family recipe!
    Bill Bowman $15 $20
    6 Live
    Guest Room
    Home stay guest room in Morgan Hill. Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights, by arrangement. Dates to be determined. Room has queen sized bed, private bath. From Morgan Hill - you can go to all the South County Wineries; it is an easy drive to Monterey and Carmel. Redferns will provide breakfast and give guidance to activities in the area.
    Bob and Jenny Redfern $25/ night $125/ night
    A Greater Legacy Workshop
    In a will we often bequeath money and tangible assets to those we love or organizations we want to endure; if we have enough assets, we might actually create a legacy for generations to come through such a gift. There is another form of will (some traditions have called it an “ethical will”) that addresses our greater legacy -- not what we own, but who we are and what we most deeply value. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to rediscover the non-tangible assets that are precious to you, select people who might carry the legacy of these gifts, and prepare a will in which you will bequeath this greater legacy to each of them. Afterward you may choose to share your will with those you love while you are still with them, or you may wish to arrange for it to be read after your death, perhaps in a memorial service or other ritual. Either way, a deeper connection with those you love will be created, and your legacy is sure to Live on in the hearts and Lives of those who love you.
    Bob Meiss $20 $25
    English or Speech and Debate coach
    I am a credentialed teacher in my 21st year of public school teaching. I am also a forensics (speech) and debate coach. I am donating 3 hours of tutoring English or private coaching in speech and/or debate.
    Brian Singer $75 $150
    Tips for Urban Bicycling
    Do you want to get that bike out of your garage, but you can’t seem to pull yourself to face those big, fast moving, four wheeled beasts? Maybe I can help. I’ve been riding South Bay streets on a daily basis for nearly eight years now and have picked up some tips that might help you focus on the positive elements of getting on the bike: physical fitness, mental fitness, fewer motor vehicle miles travelled ( a definite plus for our atmosphere) and a chance to get a closer look at our marvelous community, both human and natural. Tips include equipment, mental preparation, choice of routes, fixing flats and much more! Offer includes five hours of one-on-one or small group exposure to the world of urban bicycling with Bruce Halen. Maybe you just want a riding partner?
    Bruce Halen $30 $50
    Spanish Language Tutoring
    Beginning to intermediate level Spanish tutoring session, 1 hour. Brush up unused skills, polish your pronunciation, get help with simple comprehension, vocabulary, writing. One or two sessions, tailored to your specific needs.
    Carol Greene $40 $60
    Resume help
    An hour’s work to create an effective resume for you or improve or update a current resume.
    Catherine Pelizzari $25 $100
    Scrapbook Kit
    Scrapbook kit to make a wedding album, packed in a heart-shaped box.
    Cecilia Deck $25 $40
    Framed photos from Dena’s travels!
    Dena Dickinson has travelled to Bhutan and various countries in Africa, to name a few! She has some marvelous photos of beautiful places on our precious Earth that can grace your home!
    Dena Dickinson $40 Priceless
    Hand-made baby afghan
    A wonderful, cozy baby afghan for crib or stroller, hand-made with love a sweet baby you might know!
    Donna Lenahan $25 $40
    Handyman Service
    Amateur carpenter/plumber/electrician to replace a plumbing fixture (faucet or toilet), add/remove dimmer switches, plane door, install deadbolt, or change lock on door. I have done these things to my house, I can do them to yours.
    Edward Gardner $25 $40
    Mess Mitigator
    If you have a messy drawer, closet, or room you haven’t been able to face, let’s face it together! I have no special talent, but do enjoy clobbering clutter. 3 sessions are offered!
    Genie Bernardini $20 Priceless
    Spanish lessons
    3 hours of Spanish lessons, beginning to intermediate. I am fluent in Spanish. 2 sessions are offered.
    Jan Theiss-Guffey $30 $60
    Tarot readings
    Bid on 10 minute tarot reading by Jean. Ten people can win this item.
    Jean Embree $5/ reading $10/ reading
    Tarot Lessons
    Ever wondered how symbolism works in our Lives? For example, what emotions does the full moon bring out-good and bad-all over the world when it appears? Using common Tarot decks, Jean Embree will show us how images relate to many phases of our Lives, from psychology to hard sciences, from fantasy literature to the Bible, from fine arts to modern advertising. You too can learn to read not only Tarot cards but your own subconscious mind and those of others! Five people can win this item.
    Jean Embree $10/ lesson $10/ lesson
    Cake decorating for kids!
    Jenn will help up to 8 kids have fun decorating car cakes! Zoom, zoom!
    Jenn Castro $5 per child $10 per child
    Home-made wine!
    2 bottles of Semillon/Chardonnay “Bluejay’s Tail,” handmade and bottled by Jenny and Bob
    Jenny and Bob Redfern $5/per $10 each
    Career Counseling
    Three sessions in your home or other place of your choice. I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling.
    Jerry Cluney $100 $400
    Yard maintenance
    Home maintenance or cleanup (usually in the yard)
    John Harris $35 $50
    Lap or Baby Quilt or Table Runner
    I will make a lap quilt, table runner or baby quilt. You pick the pattern and theme.
    Joyce Miller $40 $80
    Computer help for your PC
    Can’t figure out your software program? Having trouble with email? Don’t know how to cut & paste? Want help setting up a yahoo group? I will sit with you and help. No networking help. Up to 4 hours.
    Julia Rodriguez $25 $75
    Let’s Make Bread Together!
    Learn to bake homemade whole grain bread. Bread-baking includes some waiting time, so we’ll talk about how bread works, but we’ll also have some social activities including jigsaw puzzling and lunch. Learn a basic whole grain bread recipe with variations. Each person will take home a recipe and one loaf of bread. Ages 12 and up. Three highest bidders win this item. Class, February 13, 2010, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    K’Ailsa Rowan $10 $40
    Learn to Make Pesto!
    Pesto, a paste of herbs, nuts, and oil, is great on pasta and lots of other things. Come learn to make pesto! We will make three kinds: Classic Basil Pesto, Spinach Walnut Pesto, and Seasonal (What’s in the Garden?) Pesto. Learn why pesto is so delicious, and also why it costs so much in the store! Learn to design your own pesto. Everyone will take home recipes and some of each type that we make. Ingredients provided, but participants may bring edible herbs from their garden for the Seasonal Pesto. Ages 12 and up. Three highest bidders win this item. June 19, 2010, 3-4:30 PM
    K’Ailsa Rowan $10 $40
    Worm composting
    Try vermicomposting with me! I will supply you with a complete wormery = an aerated bin, composting worms, bedding and coaching. Make your own fertilizer and divert kitchen waster from the landfill at the same time!
    Kathryn Axtell $20 $48
    Collection of fine wines!
    I like collecting fine wines, and you will enjoy the fruits of my labors! There are a variety of 5 bottles of wine.
    Kim Aldridge and Doug Gallinat $50 $200
    Original oil painting
    Madeleine is an accomplished artist who has an oil painting to offer. You can choose from several, depending on what fits your wall, after consultation with Madeleine. You can see samples of her painting on her Facebook page.
    Madeleine Bodisco Alexander $100 $1,000
    Drawing lessons
    Three hours of drawing lessons for teen or adult. Age 10 and up.
    Madeleine Bodisco Alexander $60 $120
    Jam/Preserves class
    Learn how to make fruit jam or preserves with me! We will make a batch of delicious jam or preserves at my house. You provide the fruit; I will provide the supplies, the recipe, and the know-how. It’s easy!
    Madeline Morrow $20 $50
    Potted daffodils!
    How about some color for your garden?
    Marcella Rossi $10 $15
    Winter vegetable starts!
    Start your winter vegetable garden! I have little plants of peas, cauliflower, broccoli, beets and lettuce. There’s nothing like your own sweet vegetables from your own garden!
    Marcella Rossi $10 $15
    Patterned baby blanket
    Sweet little baby blanket for your baby, or for a gift!
    Marcella Rossi $15 $30
    Brand new, very colorful, nice cotton material
    Maria Pereira $40 $100
    Salvadorean beach towels
    2 large beach towels with Salvadoran decorations on them, women making tortillas, etc. Can be used as wall hangings.
    Maria Pereira $40 $100
    Tutoring math or physics
    2 hours of tutoring high school or college level math or physics
    Melinda Hoppe $20 $50
    Home Handyman Labor
    Michael offers 3 hours of home handyman labor. Previous jobs done for service auction winning bids include installation of an exterior door, installation of a Serius radio antenna, sanding and rehanging doors, and demolishing an arbor.
    Michael Payne-Alex $90 $200-$300
    Excel Lesson
    Tutoring in Excel (spreadsheet software) to solve your most vexing mathematical problems. The more you bid, the more hours of tutoring you get! Minimum bid gets you 1 hour.
    Mike Pelizzari $30 $60
    Snowboarding instruction!
    I am a snowboard instructor at Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort) will give 2 hours of private snowboarding instruction from beginning through intermediate level. Instruction may be for one person or a group. Buyers will be responsible for their own equipment, lift ticket and transportation. Carpooling and discount lodging may be possible. Available many weekends and midweek days. Prefered resorts: Kirkwood, Sierra at Tahoe, Badger Pass.
    Monty Low $30 $60
    Ice skating lesson!
    Skating is good for balance, centering, flowing movement, strength, timing, and fun! Monty Low will give 1 hour of private ice skating (or ice dance) instruction from beginner level up through all single jumps. Instruction may be for one person or up to a group of 4. Buyer will be responsible for rink admission and skates.Schedule and rink is flexible.
    Monty Low $15 $80
    San Jose Giants Baseball tickets
    Ten tickets to any San Jose Giants minor league baseball game (s). These tickets can be used at any San Jose Giants home game (excluding the July 4th and 5th games) played in San Jose Municipal Stadium located on Alma Ave at Senter Road. Ticket prices for the San Jose Giants have gone up significantly this season with general tickets starting at $9 a ticket, so purchasing ten tickets and supporting our church is a bargain!
    Patricia and Annette Ohanian-Coffey $60 $100
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    Creative Writing workshop with Reverend Nancy!
    Spend 2 hours with Rev. Nancy discovering the stories, poems, and flights of fancy that you carry within. In this small-group workshop (open to up to 15 participants), Nancy will encourage us to find our unique voice “on the page” through a series of writing exercises--some silly, some serious--adapted from similar workshops that Nancy led when she was in New York City. Possble dates tbd
    Reverend Nancy Palmer-Jones $10 $40
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    A pie!
    Would you like a berry pie? How about apple? Or pear-custard? I will bake one just for you! 2 pie recipients will be happy!
    Sally Cooperrider $10 $20
    Colored pencil drawing
    Commissioned pencil and colored pencil drawing done in one sitting. Will complete at the auction with the highest bidder, after discussing ideas. Shawna is a life-long artist.
    Shawna Rose Nixon $15 $100
    Software Coaching or General Organizing.
    4 hours one on one time with Susan Burke-Diquisto. Potential computer topics include basic computer navigation, file organization, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook or Photoshop Elements. OR have her help you organize anything: drawers, a closet, CD directory – nothing is too mundane. She loves to organize. She can even just brainstorm with you on making a plan. She will come with her PTouch labeler and ideas that likely will include plastic bins of one kind or another. Can be used as two 2 hour visits.
    Susan Burke-Diquisto $40 $100
    One-hour ride on an EcoCycle
    One-hour ride around San Jose’s downtown on an EcoCity Cycles pedicab! Door-to-door bike taxi from parking, your downtown dwelling to dinner, a Shark’s game - anywhere downton! Please call me at least 48 hours in advance to schedule, normal hours Wednesday-Saturday 8pm - 2 am.
    Terra Wood-Taylor $20 $25-50
    Child Care for 2+ hours!
    Go to a movie, dinner, play, etc., and leave your kids at home with me! I have over 16 years of childcare related experience. If your event is longer than 2 hours we can arrange for that,too. I am CPR, First Aid certified, too. Please call at least a week in advance to schedule.
    Terra Wood-Taylor $15 $20
    Going away for the night/weekend? I’ll water your plants, bring in your mail, and keep your home secure! One night/day or weekend - can be combined with petsitting as both are normally one.
    Terra Wood-Taylor $15 $30
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    Four-hour home fixup/cleanup/ maintenance service
    Mr. Fix-It to the rescue! 2 sessions offered!
    Bob Howd $35 $50
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    Two magical hours with Dianne Saichek!
    Dianne Saichek is an accomplished pianist, musical theater diretor, and music teacher. You could get: 4 1/2-hour piano or voice lessons (child or adult);2 one-hour piano lessons; professional accompaniment for a sing-along party; accompaniment for your singing group and make you a CD of the music; or other musical ideas you have?
    Dianne Saichek $80 $150
    53 Live
    Professional Flier/Invitations
    Henry will design an attention getting business flier/invitation for your enterprise or non-profit.
    Henry Ruddle $20 $200
    54 Live
    Website Creation
    Henry will set up an eye-popping website or email newsletter for your personal, business, association, or other organization.
    Henry Ruddle $50 $500
    55 Live
    Italian Dinner
    A six course dinner for eight at the Owen/Howds in May 2010 where the attendees can select which wines out of a choice of six or more they like best with a given course of food. Are dry white wines really best with seafood? Decide for yourself by tasting some alternatives. Eight people maximum. Bring six of your own favorite wine glasses! The 6 highest bidders will be selected.
    Liz and Bob Owen, and Bob and Sherry Howd $30 each $35/ person
    56 Live
    Landscape Consultation
    A 1-hour consultation about your garden regarding design, appropriate plant choices, plant problems. A written summary of items discussed will be provided. 2 sessions will be offered.
    Liz Owen $25 $60
    57 Live
    A Day of Beading with Mary Mary (for up to 3 people)
    Come and play, create, and explore with MM in her bead workshop. If you have something you want to restring or rework, bring that. Or if you have a favorite pendant or object you’d like to turn into a piece of beaded jewelry, bring that. Or just come and make something from your own fresh ideas. MM has thousands of beads from all over the world, stringing supplies or all sorts, findings, clasps, etc., and tools. Light lunch included. Beaders aged 12 and over please. (Beaders who are very allergic to cats should probably not bid.) We’ll select a Saturday for the beading party that is convenient for all the winners.
    Mary Mary Feldman $30 $60
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    Vocal technique, Latin American guitar, or Peruvian flutes!
    I am a master of Andean music and Latin American art song. And I have a Master’s degree in music from San Jose State! I can give you a one-hour lesson in any of the three areas.
    Nayo Ulloa $40 $60
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    Basic Living Trust
    I am a lawyer specializing in family law. I can make a basic living trust for you. This would be suitable for a person or couple with real property, but total estate less than $1,000,000.
    Sally Cooperrider $50 $100
    60 Live
    Last Will and Testament
    I am a lawyer specializing in family law. I can make a last will and testament, suitable for a person or couple with no real property.
    Sally Cooperrider $50 $200
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    Two Nights at a Mountain Cabin
    Only 3 hours away in the Sierra foothills, just outside Arnold and 30 minutes east of Bear Valley Ski Resort, the Burke-Diquisto family is offering a 3 day/2 night stay at their cabin nestled in Big Trees at 5500 ft. altitude. The cabin is 1200 sq feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Sleeps 6 (2 Queens & 2 Twins). The great room combines the living, dining and kitchen into a cozy family gathering place. It features a wood burning fireplace, flat screen TV, cable TV and wireless internet. Driveway is level, plowed and provides access to a garage which includes washer and dryer. Dates are negotiable.
    Susan Burke-Diquisto $100 $200
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    Going away for the night/weekend? I’ll take care of your pets so that you can leave without pet stress. (I normally charge for my petsitting services, so as much notice as possible in advance is requested). Cats, dogs, birds, fish - even chickens!
    Terra Wood-Taylor $15 $30
    Private Yoga Lesson
    Private 45-minute yoga lesson, at your home or in my at-home studio. A careful look at your body’s energetic system forms the basis for a yoga “prescription” to address chronic pain, to help you improve performance in your chosen sport, or to refine your existing yoga practice. Shirley teaches Eischens Yoga, a style of yoga rooted in the Iyengar Yoga focus on alignment, enhanced by principles of Western kinesiology and learning psychology.
    Shirley Worth $20 $45
    Semi-private 45-minute Yoga Lesson
    Semi-private 45-minute yoga lesson, at your home or in my at-home studio, for you and your friend or partner. A careful look at your body’s energetic system forms the basis for a yoga “prescription” to address chronic pain, to help you improve performance in your chosen sport, or to refine your existing yoga practice. Shirley teaches Eischens Yoga, a style of yoga rooted in the Iyengar Yoga focus on alignment, enhanced by principles of Western kinesiology and learning psychology.
    Shirley Worth $30 $65
    Not Your Mother’s Cookies!
    This assortment of three types of gourmet cookies (a dozen of each) is guaranteed to Liven up your next tea party. They’re not the kind that Mom used to make because she probably didn’t have the time to put together such labor-intensive goodies. Order at least a week in advance.
    Mary Martin $15 $30
    Digital Camera Seminar
    Have you had that digital camera for years, and even used it for years, but are still puzzled as to all the features? Let a professional photographer gently guide you through the basics of digital photography, and you’ll be on your way to taking dazzling photographs! For a group of up to ten people.
    Dana Grover $15 $35
    Coaching in Chancel Decoration
    Have you ever wanted to decorate the chancel but didn’t know how to get started? Go to the San Francisco Flower Mart with Steve Stein and get ideas! You’ll go with Steve to the Flower Mart, arriving at 6:00 am, browse through the selections, and then go to breakfast!
    Steve Stein $50 $200
    PrivateInterior Design consultation
    One-hour interior design consultation for your home or office, including paint color selection, lighting design, furniture placement, etc. 3 sessions offered. Steve is an award-winning interior designer.
    Steve Stein $100 $225 per hour
    One HourMassage
    De-stress! Rejuvenate those tight muscles! One hour of a relaxing massage.
    Gary McCumber $45 $90
    Circle Dinner
    Join our Circle Dinner Group for delicious food and great company as we celebrate entering our 10th year. Dates: 2/13/10 or 4/17/10
    The Grovers, Zulevic/ Hunter, Blackwoods, and Wymans $40 per couple Priceless!
    Mosaic Chalice
    A beautiful mosaic of the symbol of our faith, the Unitarian Universalist chalice.
    Kelly Burnett $50 $130
    Day-of -event coordination services
    I have 10+ years of event planning experience, including weddings, fundraising galas, theater productions, corporate tradeshows/events. Let me take the pressure off of you in the final weeks before your event so you can enjoy your big day without having to worry about a thing! Services include:1) Vendor confirmations2) Timeline creation and distribution 3) Rehearsal coordination 4) Day of Event CoordinationPlease contact with event date as soon as possible.Contact info: erikamjackson@gmail.com or 408.507.8535 (cell)
    Erika Jackson $200 $750
    South Bay Wine Tour!
    Transportation provided for up to 4 people (compact car) to visit wineries in Gilroy or Santa Cruz Mountains areas, for up to 4 hours. Doesn’t include admission to wineries, but that’s usually free.
    Christopher Frey $55 $100

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    TSCC Matching Gift Challenge Ends December 31

    by Rosemary Baez

    There is still time to have your contribution to Third Street matched by the Frieda C. Fox Foundation. Please have your donation doubled by giving before the end of this year. Letters and envelopes are available near the bulletin board outside Hattie Porter Hall. We also have a link at www.3street.org for online donations. Please note that in order for your gift to qualify for the match, it must be received before December 31. And as always, a very heartfelt thank you to all those who already gave towards this challenge!

    Donate without spending a dime!
    Many companies, especially technology corporations, offer grants to nonprofit organizations IF they are initiated by an employee. Right now, we are hoping to find Third Street friendly UU’s at the following companies willing to inquire about grants on our behalf: SanDisk, Flextronics, Synopsis, Boeing, and GlaxoSmithKline. Third Street will write the proposal and get all the documentation you need…we just need a few good Third Street stewards. With the current state of our economy and increased competition for grants, many local companies are looking to their employees for recommendations on which nonprofits to support. If you work for one of these companies or know of other grant opportunities, please contact Rosemary Baez, rosemary@3street.org.

    Annual Holiday Posada
    Please join us on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 pm for the Annual Posada! For those who have not experienced a posada, it is a festive family style gathering rooted in Latin American, especially Mexican, tradition and flavor. A posada brings together the entire family and communities to share food, sing and enjoy each other’s company. However, this posada has a modern day twist. For example, this year in addition to our children’s play, our Chinese elders will be part of the evening. Everyone is welcome. If you can and are willing, feel free to bring a healthy dish to share. There is no cost to attend.

    Volunteers Needed in January
    January is a tough month to find volunteer for Third Street. We could use tutors to help with the After School Academic Program. This is a short term investment of time during our regular program hours Mon. – Thurs. from 3:30pm-6pm.

    In addition, the Robotics Program starts in January. We are looking for individuals willing to commit 14-16 Saturday mornings to serve as Tech Challenge Mentors. Ideal mentors are either engineering students at local universities or professionals employed in Silicon Valley technology companies. Staff support is available and the experience is very rewarding, especially since Third Street youth are typically the underdogs at the highly competitive Tech Challenge! Last year, three out of the six Third Street teams that entered the competition won awards!

    For more information on how you can serve as a tutor or mentor, please contact Kay at volunteercoordinator@3street.org. Information is also available at http://www.3street.org/volunteer.htm.


    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:


    Tracy Avent, darkmuzik@yahoo.com

    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    Tamara Payne-Alex

    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net

    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

    Custodian / Edgar Cruz

    Nursery Staff / Jusica Nunez & Maria Elena Olvera

    Church Office
    : (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 January 20 and February 17 issues.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

    Assembly Coordinator: Gretchen Leavitt

    Assembly Crew: Deanna LaTorre

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

    Want to Receive the Newsletter?

    To receive the newsletter on paper, fill out the form at this link:

    or call (408) 292-3858, ext. 31.

    To receive the newsletter via email, emessage steve.carr@earthlink.net

    Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    Next issue mailing: Wednesday, January 6, 2010