Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / July 1, 2009 / 1 de Julio 2009

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Inside This Issue:


Sunday Services


Save the Dates


Lifespan Faith Development


Program and Operations Council (POC) Report for June 2009


Pastoral Care This Summer


Our New Bookkeeper, Sue Evanicky


Volunteer Opportunities: Tamara Payne-Alex


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


May 13 & 27 Board Meetings; May 31 Congregational Meeting


Circling Around


Draw the Circle Wide! Calling All Singers: Join the Homecoming Choir


Spotlight on Social Justice


Upcoming Events -- Spirit class, speaker at Women's Alliance meeting, Partner Church visit, Campout, General Assembly, Senior High Camping Trip, UU Hikers


The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information

En Español

Servicios de Domingo


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


Aquí estan los Ministros!

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

5 de Julio – 9:30 a.m.

UUs, Utah, y Nuestro Mensaje de Esperanza: Trayendo la Asamblea general a Nuestro Hogar en San José
La primera iglesia de Unitaria de San José llevo nuestro tema de “JUUNTOS/Together” a los millares de Unitarios Universalistas en Salt Lake City durante la última semana de junio. ¿Cómo fue? Ven a descubrir en este domingo festivo, mientras les traemos lo que nosotros vimos, dijimos, y oímos en la Asamblea General a nuestro hogar. ¡Unámonos para elevar este espíritu, provocando pensamientos, creando lazos afectivos en la comunidad en el servicio religioso!

Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociado de Culto: Roberto Padilla

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

July 5 – 11:00 a.m.

UUs, Utah, and Our Message of Hope: Bringing General Assembly Home to San José
The First Unitarian Church of San José brought our theme of “JUUNTOS/Together” to thousands of Unitarian Universalists in Salt Lake City during the last week in June. How did it go? Come find out on this holiday Sunday, as we bring what we saw, said, and heard at General Assembly home to you. Join us for this spirit-lifting, thought-provoking, community-bonding worship service!

Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Roberto Padilla and Other General Assembly Participants

12 de July —9:15 am

A Ser Anunciado/To Be Announced

July 12—11:00 am

Now Let Us Sing!
Singing in church serves many functions—it can speak to what is deepest in our souls, lift our spirits, connect us to the transcendent, and bring us together. And it’s a lot of fun, too! Come prepared to lift your voices in song today, as we join in an old-fashioned hymn sing.

Worship Leader: Mary Martin; Worship Associates: Carolyn Bowman, Bruce Halen, and Patricia Ohanian-Coffey.

Ahora déjenos cantar 
El cantar en iglesia sirve para muchas cosas—puede hablarnos acerca de lo más profundo de nuestras almas, eleva nuestros espíritus, nos conecta con lo trascendente y nos trae juntos. ¡Y es muy divertido también! Vengan preparados para elevar sus voces en la canción de hoy, como nos unimos cantando en un himno pasado de moda.  

Dirige: Mary Martin; Asociados/as de Servicio: Carolyn Bowman, Bruce Halen, y Patricia Ohanian-Coffey.

19 de Julio —9:30 am

Será anunciado
Será anunciado
To Be Announced
To Be Announced

July 19—11:00 am

On Justice and Conscience: What Our Unitarian Universalist History Has to Teach Us
Knowing some of the historical background of our religious tradition is important for the young people growing up in our congregations as well as for the adults. I hope you will enjoy hearing about some of our history and how it is relevant to our world today.

Worship Leader: Nina Kalmoutis; Worship Associate: Bob Owen.

Sobre Justicia y Consciencia: Lo Que Nuestra Historia de Unitaria-Universalismo Nos Enseñe
Saber un poco del fondo histórico de nuestra tradición religiosa es importante para la gente joven que crece en nuestras congregaciones así como para los adultos. Espero que usted disfrute oyendo sobre un poco de nuestra historia y como es relevante a nuestro mundo hoy.

Dirige: Nina Kalmoutis; Asociado de Culto: Bob Owen.

26 de Julio —9:30 am

Será anunciado/To Be Announced

26 de Julio —11:00 am

Prosperity Consciousness During Troubled Times
For many of us, the past year has brought challenges around finance, employment, health care, equality issues and more. What if we began to look at our life through a different lens? What if we were able to shift our thoughts and actions away from prosperity being tied to the current economic situation? Let’s discover a new way of thinking around a consciousness that attracts well-being, abundant flow, and hope—which are the true meanings of prosperity.

Worship Leader: Joy-Ellen Lipsky, M.Div.; Worship Associate: Mary Martin.

Conciencia de la prosperidad en tiempos problemáticos 
Para muchos de nosotros, el año pasado nos ha traído desafíos alrededor de las finanzas, el empleo, el cuidado de la salud, la igualdad y más. ¿Si comenzáramos a mirar nuestra vida a través de un lente diferente? ¿Si nosotros fuéramos capaces de cambiar nuestros pensamientos y acciones alejados de la prosperidad estando atados a la situación económica actual? Permitámonos descubrir una nueva manera del pensar alrededor de la conciencia que atraiga bienestar, flujo abundante y esperanza—cuáles son los significados verdaderos de la prosperidad. 

Dirige: Joy-Ellen Lipsky, M.Div.; Asociada de Culto: Mary Martin.

2 de Agusto —9:30 am

Será anunciado/To Be Announced

2 de Agusto —11:00 am

Topic to be Announced

Worship Leader: Marla Scharf; Worship Associate: Jeff Norment and Henry Ruddle.

Tópico será anunciado

Dirige: Marla Scharf; Asociados de Culto: Jeff Norment y Henry Ruddle.


Save the Dates

  • July 5, Sunday, 12:30, UU Band of Writers, Youth Room
  • July 11–18, Saturday – Saturday, UUSC’s Sixth Annual Freedom Summer–Civil Rights Journey, Atlanta, Georgia., to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama.
  • July 12, Sunday, pot luck and visit with author Shirley Ranck at the home of Jean vonKaenel. For more information, contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com.
  • July 15 -19, Wednesday – Sunday, All-Church Campout, McConnell State Park,
  • August 5-18: Visitors from our Partner Church in Transylvania are here
  • August 9: Worship (11 a.m. service) with our Transylvanian kin
  • August 10-15, Monday – Saturday, UU Senior High Camping Trip, Channel Islands. For more info contact Matt Trask at mattrask@earthlink.net
  • September 13: HOMECOMING SUNDAY 2009: “Draw the Circle Wide!”

Lifespan Faith Development

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

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

No Summer Program

There will be no summer program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade from June 21 through September 13. The junior high youth group will continue to have social gatherings this summer including the backpacking trip. For more information, contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com.

Ninth-Twelfth Grades
Youth Room (Balcony level above Hattie Porter Hall)

The youth group meets most Sundays after the first part of the service. The youth group provides a safe place for personal sharing and discussion of diverse issues affecting society and youth today.

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


Program and Operations Council (POC) Report for June 2009

By Sherry Howd, Outreach Ministry

The Program and Operations Council (POC) met June 9 and 23. This is the second monthly report on decisions and program issues. The POC meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. The first meeting focuses on policies and procedures. The second meeting includes going through the budget and other business. The meetings are open to visitors except for executive sessions, which can occur at the end of the meeting.

POC members are: Tamara Payne-Alex, Program Officer (and Chair of the POC); Joyce Miller, Personal Officer; Dena Dickinson, Finance Officer; Rev. Nancy; Rev. Geoff; John Burk, Social Justice; Patrick Meyers, Building; Debra Fenzel-Alexander, Inreach; Ben Cadena, Worship; and Sherry Howd, Outreach (reporting).

Program Progress

Stewardship Ministry -- Steve Madden, Nominating Committee Chair, made a guest appearance to discuss the job description (drafted by Bob Meiss) for the Stewardship Ministry representative to join the POC. This ministry’s role is mainly fund-raising. With the job description done, the Nominating Committee can recruit a representative. If you have ideas for candidates, contact Steve Madden.

Tea fund-raiser for PACT dues -- Connie Block volunteered to designate our PACT dues fund to receive the profits from the annual Partner Church Tea fund-raiser in January. The Tea is always a marvelous event. Please plan on attending and/or helping. This event should raise about half the funds needed for dues.

Call for Volunteers -- A Coordinator is needed for Mental Health Ministry, particularly for before and during Sunday services to help affected visitors. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Donna Lenahan, email djlenahan@aol.com.

A Leader is needed to organize an Emergency Management Team. Tasks include making evacuation plans. If you are interested, contact Dena Dickinson at dickiden@comcast.net.

Q & A

Q: What is the Reimbursement Request procedure?

A: This new procedure, approved by the Finance Committee, is: submit the request (with required approval signatures) to the bookkeeper within 45 days after the event. If this deadline cannot be met, submit a Request for Waiver with the approximate costs within 45 days.

Q: Who can apply for grants for FUCSJ?

A: Tamara reported that anyone can gather information regarding funding and grants. The POC or agents designated by the POC can submit grants.

Financial Committee Summary, June 9, 2009

Finance Committee members are Bob Howd, Treasurer; Dena Dickinson, Finance Officer; Pam Stellmacher; Jean Rivers; Sue Evanicky, Bookkeeper; and Marla Scharf.

Dena summarized decisions made in the Finance Committee meeting.

I. Reserve/Restricted Accounts – Financial Committee recommendation

a. No activity in the following funds: Kaleidoscope, SSM Publicity, Bookstore, Organ, Reserve. These fund lines were deleted from the books for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

b. $33,603 is available at the end of the 2008-2009 fiscal year to fund Reserves in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. These funds were distributed to Partner Church, Building Maintenance, Office Equipment, and Labyrinth accounts.

II. To save money, the church will return the postage machine and just use stamps, which will be locked up in the office. The postage accumulated on the machine will be returned to the church.

III. Other issues being discussed: Special Collections Procedure, Circle Books, Audit, Property Tax, and Counters Procedure.


Pastoral Care This Summer

While Rev. Nancy and Rev. Geoff are on vacation and study-leave, Rev. Donna Lenahan, our Pastoral Associates Coordinator, and Starr King School for the Ministry student and church member Marla Scharf will provide pastoral care coverage. If there is a pastoral care emergency or a need for someone to talk to please don’t hesitate to contact Donna and Marla.

  • June 30-July 5, Rev. Nancy is back from General Assembly
  • July 6-August 1, Donna Lenahan & Marla Scharf are on call
  • August 2, Rev. Geoff is back
  • August 6, Rev. Nancy is back

Rev. Donna Lenahan

Marla Scharf

Our New Bookkeeper, Sue Evanicky

By Joyce Miller

Sue Evanicky started working for us in January and in this short time has begun to help us understand our financial systems and how important it is that all of us in leadership roles be knowledgeable and comfortable with financial reports. She has been working diligently with the Finance Committee and other church leaders on an individual basis to learn what our needs are for financial data and to tutor us on what information is available and how to make use of it to manage our church finances. We are all finding Sue to be an excellent communicator, teacher, and coach.

So, where did we find such a gem? After a lengthy search and selection process which included several excellent candidates, Sue was the clear choice. She has over 30 years of experience working in accounting departments of large corporations and several non-profits with large budgets and smaller entrepreneurial startups. She has had her own bookkeeping business in San Jose for the past 9 years. We found Sue through the network of the Santa Clara County Council of Churches where the vacant position was posted. The minister of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment emailed Rev. Nancy that their bookkeeper was interested in learning more about the position. As chairperson of the Search and Selection team, I immediately made contact with Sue and, as they say, the rest is history.

Sue lives with her husband and adorable dog Lucy in San Jose. She is a master gardener.


Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini

Tamara Payne-Alex—National Treasure Comes Home!

As a third-generation life-long UU, Tamara has lived her UU values by serving her church in amazing ways. She was a district youth leader in YRUU and as an adult on the national Ministerial Fellowship Committee for 6 years and the UUA Board of Trustees for 10. In addition to these time-consuming responsibilities, she served our congregation as a Worship Associate, RE teacher, RE Council member and RE representative on the POC (Programs and Operations Council).

If you have seen her leadership skills in action, you understand why we are so fortunate to have her assume the role of Program Officer of the POC. With a deep understanding of Policy Based Governance, she is uniquely qualified to guide the POC through the transitional period between the old ways and the new. She says her primary responsibilities are “to work with the ministers and other officers to coordinate fiscal, staff, and volunteer resources of the church so that we are achieving our Ends and living out our mission.” She adds, “This is an exciting time in our congregational life, and I am looking forward to serving the next few years in this capacity.” And we are looking forward to your leadership, Tamara. All our best wishes for success with this exciting new adventure!

Volunteer Opportunities:
Membership Council Member
New or non-members coveted! Why? Because of the fresh perspective they could provide. The purpose of the Council is to envision and coordinate the various aspects of membership, from the time someone first enters the church until s/he is fully integrated into our Beloved Community. Meetings are help once a month and the 4 current members are eager to be joined by 2 others with youth, energy and new ideas.

Stewardship And Fundraising Position
As a member of the Program and Operations Council, ( which meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays), you would have an opportunity to make an extremely valuable contribution to the successful operation of our spiritual cooperative.The responsibilites include seeing that all fund-raising activities are appropriate, well-planned and well-executed, especially the Annual Giving Campaign. Expert guidance will be available for anyone willing to take on this very rewarding position.

Other volunteer opportunities

  • Wayside Pulpit Preparer
  • Worship Host
  • Sound System Operator
  • Money Counter
  • Coffee Hour Host

What rings your bell? Contact your Volunteer Coordinating Team members Liz Owen at lowen@data-time.com or Bob Miess at bob@floweringenterprizes.com


New Members

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.


May 13 & 27 Board Meetings;
May 31 Congregational Meeting

by Bob Redfern, Board Secretary

Your Church Board was busy over the past month. The most important issue was the budget, and our May 13th meeting focused on that issue. After working many hours on the details, the Program and Operations Council presented the results to the Board, and Tamara Payne-Alex, POC Chair, led the presentation. The Board endorsed the POC’s work and started planning for the May 31st Congregational Meeting to present the budget to all of you.

The Board’s regular meeting occurred May 27th, and we completed the details for our Congregational Meeting on Sunday the 31st

We gave our hearty thanks to Marla Scharf. A careful review of the Bylaws adopted in 2007 determined that another meeting to adopt specific language for the bylaws to fulfill the March vote making Policy-Based governance permanent was unnecessary because Marla had included “sunset” language that made the Policy Based Governance permanent if the congregation so voted after 2 years’ experience. This may sound a bit arcane, but it is why Marla went to law school, right? Thanks, Marla.

Nancy Palmer Jones, Robert Padilla and others from the UUA community are presenting a worship workshop at General Assembly on worship. June 16th will be a rehearsal for that event. We are entitled to 6 official delegates at GA. Barbara Derbyshire, Bev Harrison, Tracy Avent and Ed Massey are lined up for delegate slots, and Tracy will fill the other slots for the Assembly, to begin June 21st.

The Board will consider over the next few months converting our “Draft Ends” policy to a permanent policy. Madeline Morrow brought this up as a priority, and we reviewed the ends and agreed that its dealing with Religious Education, if not other issues, needs to be better expressed.

The Congregational Meeting on May 31 was a success in presenting the budget, voting Dena Dickenson as Financial Officer, and presenting the “Draft Ends” to be our “Affirmed Ends.” Dena was voted in, Tamara and Dena presented the budget and its significant cuts reflecting our reduced means as a community, and the meeting finished by presenting the Draft Ends to the Congregation and inviting input from one and all, and endorsement of the Lifespan Faith Development initiative to revamp religious education.

The Board’s next meeting was moved up to July 1 because a quorum would be unavailable on our usual meeting date, which would be June 24th, in the middle of GA week.

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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 dzu@aol.com. I want to be up to date with you, so here’s what we need: birthdays (especially those with zeros), parties of any kind, promotions, college destinations, anything that you diverse groups are doing is interesting to everyone else. For example, in this issue:

    Wonder Woman is out taking laps. Are you?... Who is taking matters into her own hands?... Who did not get arrested?... Who is doing funny math with a job?

    Everybody’s hero, Lucy Proulx writes: “Pat Prickett, Dave, and I got to participate in the Gilroy Relay for Life last Friday evening. It was a very “moving” event. We were entertained by an Elvis impersonator in a giant pink Hummer Limo, fed a delicious Italian dinner by “Mama Mia’s,” saluted with a white dove release, and more. Pat and I completed the “Survivor Lap”, and Dave did the “Caregiver Lap.” We all did the Luminary Lap, and that was the most meaningful to me--to see the names of thousands of people lit up by candles along the track’s edge while we walked (mostly) in silence. I did a luminary bag for my mom, my grandmother, my aunt, Marilynn Carstens, and Dave and me. Dave did luminary bags for a co-worker and a friend. So many of our family and friends have been touched by cancer--it really adds up fast. We took pictures and I hope to have some to share with you soon. Maybe next year we could have a UU Team! If you want to check out any of the ones coming up in the San Jose area, go to: http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/findevent.

    Jean vonKaenel was telling me about the Mary Martin press coverage. Turns out there are evil doings in Los Gatos, with the forces of darkness trying to kill local efforts for a library, which was not going to get by our Mary. The Los Gatos paper printed a picture of her protesting against the paid petition-signers efforts. Do not rile up the Unitarians!

    While I was talking to Jean, the impeccable Liz Owen came up and said, “Oh, excuse me, please. Torchy, there is something I need to tell you…. I can’t remember what it is!” Time and tide wait for no (wo)man. It comes for us all.

    Babette Campbell, sort of a newcomer, was telling me about how she was looking for a new church, when I sort of eyed the big cross she was wearing. She said she thinks of it as courage and enlightenment. She enjoyed the Men’s Group service so much she asked why we didn’t have such a thing for the women. Well, she happened to be talking to Jean vonKanel and me. Jean’s eyes opened wide as she said, “Well, we do!” I had to walk away after Jean had finished with the 19th century history, and was just beginning the 20th. I am a member of the Women’s Alliance, and a very nice alliance it is, too, but my question is why can’t we also have a women’s thing that isn’t about anything? Just maybe coffee, or tea. Just maybe saying hello for an hour… or maybe bring lunch. But I’m thinking more than our limited time in HPH. If you’d like to do this, email me at dzu@aol.com.


    No member of the Hiking group has been arrested this week! That is according to Meredy Halen, who was having to explain why Bruce Halen was over singing with the Catholics last Sunday. It was never quite clear. But she has half a job, she tells me. Carol Low, who always insists nothing is ever going on in her life, was also explaining that San Jose Unified School District sent out pink slips to all its newest teachers last spring. Then told them, erase, erase because they had figured it out. Then they said never mind, you’re all fired anyway. Somehow in this, Meredy has half a job. That is not the same as working half time. It’s all looking real unfamiliar out there.

    Oh, and by the way, you didn’t know Gene Martin was a poet, did you? Well here’s what he has to say about turning those cell phones off in church!

    My Cell Phone Rings On In Endless Song (To tune 108)

    My cell phone rings in endless song
    Above earth’s lamentation.
    I hear the real though far off song
    That hails a new conversation.
    Through all the silence and the calm,
    I hear the music ringing.
    It sounds an echo in my soul,
    How can I stop the ringing?

    While cell phones all around me ring,
    I know my own is quiet.
    With buzz and vibrate set on mine,
    It’s on a silence diet.
    No one can blame my phone today,
    While in church I’m singing.
    Since calls prevail o’er songs in church,
    Wow, can I stop the ringing?

    When people fumble as they hear,
    Bells of cell phones ringing,
    When friends call from far and near,
    How can I stop the ringing?
    To prison cell and dungeon vile
    Our thoughts to them we’re flinging,
    When friends by shame are undeterred,
    How can I stop the ringing?

    White Light Corner: The Proulxs, of course, and all the rest of us. Take special care.


    September 13, 2009
    Draw the Circle Wide! Calling All Singers:
    Join the Homecoming Choir

    All singers are warmly invited to join the First Unitarian Choir and Ad Hoc for our Homecoming Sunday services, on September 13, 2009, at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Together we will be singing our rousing theme song for the new church year: “Draw the Circle Wide!” To sing, please make the following commitments:

    • Contact choir coordinator Liz Owen at lowen@data-time.com.
    • Rehearse with the choir on Wednesday, September 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
    • Show up at the church early on Sunday, September 13, for final run-through before the 9:30 service (exact rehearsal time to be announced by choir director Dan Zulevic).

    You can receive a copy of the music ahead of time to begin learning the song. And you are always welcome to join any and all choir rehearsals, which take place most Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Just ask Liz for details of the summer schedule.

    Let us make a joyful noise together and draw the circle wider still!

    Spotlight on Social Justice
    By Lucy Proulx,
    Social Justice Council Communications Coodinator

    Social Justice BLOG: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/

    • July 5, Sunday, GA Inspiration at both services
  • July 11-12, Saturday and Sunday, San Jose Obon Festival, San Jose’s Japantown, Noon to 8 pm
  • July 11–18, Saturday thru Saturday, UUSC’s Sixth Annual Freedom Summer–Civil Rights Journey, Atlanta, Georgia., to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama
  • July 14, "The Power of Our Stories" Workshop/Dinner, Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose, 6-9 pm


    Home Hospitality Needed for Partner Church President and High School Students

    The arrival of our partner church visitors is just around the corner! The Partner Church minister and president and other villagers from Romania including 3 high school students will arrive in San Jose on August 5th!

    We need homes to host the president, Gyula Timar, between Aug 5-9 and 13-18, and also for part of that time for the 17-year-old high school students. We have activities planned for most of the days they are here, so you would be responsible for breakfast and maybe dinner. Families with children are preferred for the students, but not mandatory.

    Please also join us in our activities during the visit including our welcoming potluck on August 6, trips to Monterey, San Francisico, and Yosemite. Please contact Connie as soon as possible regarding hosting a Partner church member for even a couple of days. Please contact Connie at 206-2163 or Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com.

    GA Inspiration at July 5th Services

    Bob Miess reminds us to please mark your calendar for Sunday, July 5th, when those members of our congregation who attended GA will be sharing some of the inspiration of this GA at both worship services.

    FT Position Open at UUA

    From the PCD: Our UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is seeking a full-time Campus Ministry and Bridging Associate to advocate for and support UU campus ministry, and to develop and support bridging programs and resources. Working onsite in Boston is preferred, but not required. The position is not yet posted, so contact cilla@pcd-uua.org for more information.

    Oprah Features Our Whole Lives

    The July 2009 issue of Oprah magazine has an article about the UUA/UCC Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for adults. It is called “Adventures in Adult Sex Education”, by Amanda Robb, and features a class being taught at the First Unitarian Church of Austin, Texas. Here is a link: http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/200907-omag-adult-sex-education.

    Regularly-scheduled Vigils for Peace and Justice

    From the San Jose Peace & Justice Center Calendar is a listing of ways you can participate in vigils for peace. These events happen on Thursdays through Sundays. For complete listings see: www.sanjosepeace.org/ .

    The Power of Our Stories Workshop and Dinner

    Please join PACT for this first-ever workshop focused on telling our stories to be held on July 14th, from 6-9 pm at Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. Entitled “The Power of Our Stories,” it’s a Workshop for PACT Leaders. Telling our personal stories takes courage, and discovering our own stories and the stories of others takes both courage and curiosity. Learn how to use the power of YOUR stories to create the changes you want to see in our community and country. Dinner included! Translation, child care provided. RSVP to 408.998.8001 or pactsj@pactsj.org by July 10th. For more information call your organizer or the PACT office at 408.998.8001.

    Pack-a-Back Program

    Sacred Heart Community Service in downtown San Jose will be holding its annual Pack-a-Back Program in August to make certain that children in need receive a strong send-off to the 2009-10 academic year. Want to make a difference in the life of a child in need? Here are three ways you can help: Make a financial gift and let them do the shopping; Donate new backpacks and school supplies using their supply list; or Inspire your group to help us meet our goal of distributing 1500 new backpacks. To get started, go to: http://www.sacredheartcs.org/donations/pack-a-back.html.

    SJ Gets $863,930 from Stimulus Bill to Protect Children

    One of the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R.1), or Stimulus Bill, was funding for the Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program. This program offers funding to local regions to help protect children. Under this program, funding has been announced for local regions that seek to address technology and internet crimes against children. Senator Barbara Boxer announced that the City of San Jose will be receiving $863,930 from this program to develop and maintain effective programs to protect children and to intercept and prosecute people who victimize children.

    More social justice articles can be found on the Social Justice Blog on the Church Web Page at http://www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/

  • 0701-13

    Upcoming Events

    Next Class: Sunday, July 12
    Spirit in Practice – Monthly Adult Program
    Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis

    “The idea of spiritual practices encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own spiritual development by spending time working on it, deliberating on its meaning and how best to pursue it, seeking to understand the sacred through reading and the counsel of others, and seeking to have contact with the sacred through personal reflection and prayer.”

    Robert Wuthnow, scholar of American religious history

    The Spirit in Practice workshops helps Unitarian Universalists 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 of the workshops. Please RSVP with Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25

    • Workshop 5: Mind Practices
      Sunday, July 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room

    • Workshop 6: Body Practices
      Sunday, August 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room

    Fall workshops yet to be scheduled will include: Soul Practices, Life Practices, Justice Practices and Looking Back and Moving Forward

    Sunday, July 12
    Women’s Alliance Potluck: Author Visit!

    Please join us for a potluck at the home of Jean von Kaenel on Sunday, July 12 beginning at 4:00 pm. We’ll visit with Shirley Ranck, the author of Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, and plan our sessions for 2009-2010. Contact Nancy Coleman for information or directions at 408 985 5778 or nbcoleman@gmail.com.

    July 15-19
    Church Campout
    by Alec “I will survive until the Campout” MacLean

    Every year for 20 years at the Church campout, I have gotten together with a mixture of old friends and old friends I’ve just met. Some of these people are very young—heck, a few of them have still been in the womb!

    We sit around and get to know each other, go swimming in the river together, share lots and lots of good food and drink together, play Boggle and other games, learn why Rick and Alec make the world’s best barbecue chicken, watch children make friends they’ll keep for years. We nap in the shade.

    We bring our own toys to play with, beads, carving, crosswords, knitting, whatever. We do an amazing amount of laughing. We share childcare in a wonderfully tribal fashion. We look at bugs, birds, shooting stars and each other. Maybe we take another nap.

    We spend very little money. We share kitchen duties and enjoy it because we’re doing it together. We play music and sing. We finally get a chance to read that book we bought. We hope MaryMary will tell one of her great stories. We watch the teenagers being wonderful to the little kids. We grow closer, happier, more relaxed.

    We are the Church campout.

    Come join us. Wednesday July 15 - Sunday July 19--or any portion thereof! It’s at McConnell State Park on the Merced River. People who would like more information should contact MaryMary Feldman at mm@feldmo.com

    August 5-19

    Partner church visit from Romania; please join us in our travels! 

    by Connie Bloch

    Our Partner Church villagers will arrive soon, from Homoródzentmárton, Transylvania, Romania, to visit us for two weeks, from August 5th-19th. We would like as many of our church members as possible to get to know them during their brief visit. We want to extend to them at least as much hospitality as they did during our visit to them two years ago. 

    Wednesday, August 5th (11:00 pm) at the San Jose airport, the villagers arrive. The group includes Rev. Joszef and his wife, Erika, the church president, Guyla, and 3 high school youth. Istvan, a college student from the village who is here for two months, is joining us as well.   

    The next evening, on August 6th, we are hoping as many folks as possible can join us in a welcoming potluck at the church at 6:30 pm. (Bring food!) 

    During the next two days, Friday and Saturday, August 7th and 8th, we’ll be going up to San Francisco to “see the sights” with them, and possibly the SF Unitarian church. 

    Sunday, August 9th, they will be in church with us and the church service will be led by Revs. Joszef and Nancy. We are hoping for a good attendance, so our church community will have the opportunity to hear and welcome them. 

    The next few days, August 9-11, we take off to go to Yosemite and will be camping near a river. For those of you who want to come with us, but don’t want to camp, there is the option to stay in a motel close by. RV spots may be available. 

    On Thursday, August 12, we are going to Monterey with the adult visitors. The youth will be going to the Channel Islands with our High School group. 

    On Sunday, August 16, the adults will also be in church. During the afternoon, we are traveling down to Sunset Beach near Santa Cruz for the afternoon and an evening bonfire.  

    On Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18, we will be touring local valley and high tech sights. 

    On August 18, we will have a good-bye dinner for our visitors, probably at the church. To make their trip successful, we would like as many folks as possible from our church to participate, especially during the welcoming dinner, and the two Sundays they are in church. We still need places for some of them to stay during their visit, and transportation on some of the days they are here. 

    Please contact Connie at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com or Low.monty@gmail.com for more information about the visit, especially regarding places for our visitors to stay and for joining us on the Yosemite, SF, or Monterey trips. 

    August 10 - 15

    FUCSJ Senior High Camping Trip
    by Colleen Cabot

    Payment deadline: May 30

    Contact: Matt Trask, (408) 655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    For UU youth who have or will attend high school in 2009, plus FUCSJ Youth who traveled to Romania in 2007.

    The Senior Youth Group will be repeating its favorite trip to the Channel Islands August 10-15. Be sure to sign up for this fabulous trip. Traveling down to Ventura Harbor, we will board a ferry to cross the Santa Barbara Channel to dock in a small bay on Santa Cruz Island, with porpoises surfing our bow waves and maybe seeing whales. Once we carry all our gear into the campground, we’ll spend most of the six days snorkeling in the wonderful clear waters and kelp forest in the bay; kayaking around the island and into sea caves; hiking across the island; hanging out in camp (literally, in our nest of hammocks) beading, and getting to know each other. Little wild foxes are our campground hosts! This is an especially good chance for teens who will join the Senior Youth Group in the Fall to meet their peers.

    Dates: August 10 to August 15

    Contact: Matt Trask, 408-655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    Cost: $200 (Scholarships are available)

    Embarkation: Ventura Harbor, Santa Barbara

    Destination: Scorpion Valley Campground, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park.

    Maximum group size will be 24 youth. FUCSJ youth have first priority until June 1. Payment deadline: May 30. Non-FUCSJ youth will need leader approval.

    Activities: Crafts, Hiking, Swimming, First Aid workshop, orienteering, kayaking, snorkeling, youth-led classes, music

    10-15 de Agosto
    Viaje de Campamento para jóvenes del último grado de la preparatoria de la FUCSJ
    par Colleen Cabot

    Fecha límite de pago: 30 de Mayo

    Contactar a: Matt Trask, (408) 655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    Para los jóvenes UU que están o acudirán a High School en 2009, más los jóvenes de la FUCSJ que viajaron a Rumania en el 2007.

    El grupo de jóvenes del último grado de la preparatoria repetirán su viaje preferido a las Islas Channel del 10 al 15 de agosto. Asegúrate de firmar para este viaje fabuloso. Viajando al puerto de Ventura, subiremos a un ferry para cruzar el Canal de Santa Bárbara y atracar en una pequeña bahía en la Isla de Santa Cruz, con marsopas surfeando nuestras olas de proa y viendo quizá ballenas. Una vez que llevemos todo nuestro equipo al campamento, pasaremos la mayor parte de los seis días buceando con snorkel en las hermosas y claras aguas y en los bosques de algas marinas de la bahía; remando en kayak alrededor de la isla y en las cuevas hechas por el mar; iremos de excursión a través de la isla; colgando en el campo (literalmente, en nuestros nidos de hamacas) haciendo manualidades y conociéndose unos con otros. ¡Los pequeños zorros salvajes son nuestros anfitriones del campamento! Esta es una ocasión especialmente buena para los adolescentes que se unirán al grupo de jóvenes de último grado de la preparatoria en el otoño para conocer a sus iguales.

    Fecha: Del 10 al 15 de Agosto

    Costo: $200 (becas están disponibles) 

    Embarque: Ventura Harbor, Santa Barbara

    Destino: Scorpion Valley Campground, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park.

    Tamaño máximo del grupo será de 24 jóvenes. Los jóvenes de FUCSJ tienen prioridad hasta el 1 de Junio. Fecha de pago: May 30. los jóvenes que no son parte de FUCSJ necesitarán la aprobación del líder.

    Actividades: Manualidades, caminatas, natación, taller de Primeros Auxilios, orientación, remar en cayak, buceo con snorkel, clases de liderazgo juvenil, música.

    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller

    Here is the July hiking schedule. As always in the summer months, most of the hikes are up north where there is the most shade, although I have included some of the shaded hiking venues in south county. I will be gone much of July, so have listed Sue Size as the contact person. Remember to let me know if you are coming unless you are one of the regulars, who only need to let me know if they are not coming. My home phone number is 408 730 1052. My cell phone is 408 507 7052. (I turn it on at 7:30 am the day of the hikes.) Use my home phone all other times. See you on the trails!

    Wednesday, July 1
    Long Ridge, moderate, 6 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, July 4
    Big Basin, Berry Falls. 12 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am. I will be on vacation in San Diego. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Wednesday, July 8
    Wunderlich County Park, 6 miles, easy. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am. Still on vacation in San Diego. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Saturday, July 11
    Sanborn County Park, 7 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot at 8:00 am. I will still be on vacation in San Diego. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Wednesday, July 15
    Saratoga Gap, 6 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, July 18
    Montebello Open Space Preserve, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am. I will be on vacation with my sister. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Wednesday, July 22
    Russian Ridge, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am. I will be on vacation with my sister. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Saturday, July 25
    Stevens Creek/Fremont Older, 6 miles. Meet at parking lot at Stevens Creek County Park at 8:00 am. I will still be on vacation with my sister. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Wednesday, July 29
    Sanborn County Park, 6 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am. I will still be on vacation with my sister. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Saturday, August 1
    Huddart County Park, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am. I will still be on vacation with my sister. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    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.

  • 0701-14

    For Pastoral Care

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

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

    Contacting the Ministers

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

    Cuidado Pastoral

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

    Contactando a los Ministros

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


    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 Administrator, Ext. 21
     Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24
     Roberto Padilla

    Social Justice Coordinator
     Lucy Proulx, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    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
    Shirley will be editor for the August (single) issue and the September 16 issue. Catherine will be editor for the September 2 issue and the October 7 issue.

    Photographer: Dani Hope

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

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