As We Build the Beloved Community...
by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Simplicity: A Few More Steps on the Journey
Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…
por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Simplicidad: Algunos Pasos Más en el Viaje
In the last edition of the newsletter, I began to ponder this month’s theme of “Simplicity.” My blog, http://www.sanjoseuu.org/revnpjblog/, holds both the poem and the essay that I offered then; look for “Simplicity: The Complex Task of Living a Balanced Life.” Will you walk with me now as we continue this journey?
Here is what we have been exploring: What happens when we develop the spiritual practice of sitting stillsitting still long enough and often enough to begin to notice how we are spending our resources? Not just our money resources but also the resources of our thoughts, emotions, time, and physicalityour energy. How are we spending each of these resources each day? Each week? How we are replenishing them each day? Each week?
Are we living within our means? Are we living a sustainably? Are we replenishing our resources at a “richer” rate than we are spending them? Do our thoughts, for example, bring us more energy, more insight, more joy or depthor do they deplete us? We have a choice about how we “spend” our thoughts. And what resources have we discovered for replenishing our thoughts? A well-written book; a piece of art; a loving conversation; active engagement for the good of others; the practice of centering meditation when we take a break from “thinking”? Our thoughts are a resource that can be spent wisely or poorly, and that need replenishing. Isn’t this a mind-boggling idea?
The same is true of our feelings: On which feelings do we dwell; which ones do we encourage? How do we “replenish” our feelings?
So, too, with our time: Which uses of our time bring us closer to our authentic self? Which ways do we spend our time that distance us from what we value most? How do we replenish a sense of spaciousness in the time we are given each day?
And which uses of our body, of our physical energies, actually give us more energy? Which uses deplete us? How are we restoring these energies?
Earlier this month, I chose to spend part of my time cleaning out my e-mail in-box. My in-box was like a room in the house where we toss all our clutter until finally we dread opening the door. There are valuable treasures in that roomwe know there areso we can’t just haul everything away. Just so, my e-mail in-box was stacked high with messages that were no longer “new” but that I couldn’t simply delete. Most of them had been skimmed and responded to, but some of them had arrived on days when I couldn’t even get into that room; they were still bright bold, “unread.” Some of those e-mails were being temporarily stored, waiting to be filedexcept that “temporarily” had now stretched into months. Many messages needed to be deleted, but I had never formed the habit of getting rid of them right away. My in-box once again held thousands of e-mails.
So, for several hours a day over the course of several days, I entered into a Zen-like mode of selecting, deleting, responding, and filing. My energy rose as the numbers fell. The old messages reminded me of some beautiful ways I had spent my resources in the past yearevents and experiences shared with you or with our wider movement that were treasures, but that I had almost forgotten because I had allowed less important preoccupations to pile on top. I discovered a few messages from old friends who were still waiting for a response, and I reached out to restore those lifelines. I saw how busy we are here at FUCSJtoo busy and sometimes swamped by petty concernsbut I also saw the power for good that we have when we let our mission guide us. I wondered in which ways we most want to spend our resources so that our deepest values and highest purpose can be sustained. And I began to free up my own resources so that I could be responsive to what matters most.
This spiritual practice was time well spent. Already I have new and tender habits for how I manage this aspect of my life.
How about you? What steps have you taken on this journey toward a balanced and sustainable life?
With love and encouragement,
En la última edición del boletín, empecé a reflexionar sobre el tema de este mes de la “Simplicidad”. Mi blog http://www.sanjoseuu.org/revnpjblog/ , contiene el poema y el ensayo que ofrecí entonces; buscando la “simplicidad: La Compleja Tarea de Vivir una Vida Balanceada.” ¿Caminarán conmigo ahora mientras seguimos este viaje?
Aquí esta lo que nosotros hemos estado explorando: ¿qué ocurre cuando desarrollamos la práctica espiritual de sentarnos inmóviles aún sentarnos el tiempo suficiente y a menudo lo suficiente para empezar a observar cómo estamos empleando nuestros recursos? No sólo nuestros recursos económicos, sino también los recursos de nuestros pensamientos, de nuestras emociones, de nuestro tiempo y nuestro físico nuestra energía. ¿Cómo estamos empleando cada uno de estos recursos cada día? ¿Cada semana? ¿Cómo estamos reponiéndolos cada día? ¿Cada semana?
¿Estamos viviendo de acuerdo a nuestras posibilidades? ¿Acaso vivimos en una forma sostenible? ¿Estamos reponiendo nuestros recursos con un interés “más rico” de lo que los estamos empleando? ¿Nuestros pensamientos, por ejemplo, nos traen más energía, más comprensión, más alegría o profundidad o se nos agotan? Tenemos una opción acerca de cómo “empleamos” nuestros pensamientos. ¿Y qué recursos hemos descubierto para reponer nuestros pensamientos? ¿Un libro bien escrito, una obra de arte, una deliciosa conversación, un activo compromiso para el bien de los demás, la práctica de la meditación enfocada cuando nos hemos tomado un respiro de “pensamiento”? Nuestros pensamientos son un recurso que pueden ser empleados mal o sabiamente, y que necesitan ser repuestos. ¿No es esta una emocionante idea?
Lo mismo ocurre con nuestros sentimientos: en qué sentimientos nos detenemos; cuales nos alientan? ¿Cómo “reponemos” nuestros sentimientos?
¿Así, también, con nuestro tiempo: Como usamos nuestro tiempo para acercarnos a nuestro auténtico yo? ¿De que manera empleamos nuestro tiempo que nos distancia de lo que más valoramos? ¿Cómo reponer el sentido de amplitud en el tiempo que se nos da cada día?
¿Y que utiliza nuestro cuerpo de nuestras energías físicas, realmente nos da más energía? ¿Cómo lo utilizamos que nos agota? ¿Cómo estamos restaurando estas energías?
A principios de este mes, decidí pasar parte de mi tiempo en limpiar la caja de mi correo electrónico. Mi correo era como un cuarto en la casa donde echamos todo nuestro desorden hasta que finalmente tememos abrir la puerta. En ese cuarto hay valiosos tesoros: sabemos que ahí están por lo que simplemente no podemos transportarlo todo lejos. Por lo tanto, la caja de mi correo electrónico estaba apilada con mensajes que ya no eran “nuevos”, pero que yo no podía simplemente eliminar. La mayoría de ellos habían sido leídos rápidamente y respondidos también, pero algunos de ellos habían llegado en días cuando yo no podía incluso estar en ese cuarto; estaban todavía brillantemente en negritas, “no leídos”. Algunos de esos correos electrónicos estaban siendo almacenados temporalmente, esperando a ser archivados, excepto que “temporalmente” ahora se había estirado en meses. Muchos mensajes necesitaban ser eliminados, pero nunca me había hecho el hábito de deshacerme de ellos inmediatamente. Una vez más, mi caja mantenía miles de mensajes de correo electrónico.
Por lo tanto, durante varias horas al día a lo largo de varios días, entré en el modo Zen de seleccionar, eliminar, responder y archivar. Mi energía aumentó mientras los números bajaban. Los mensajes antiguos me recordaron algunas maneras hermosas en la que había gastado mis recursos el año pasado, eventos y experiencias compartidas con usted o con el resto de nuestro movimiento que eran unos tesoros, pero que casi había olvidado porque me había permitido que preocupaciones menos importantes se apilaran en la parte superior. Descubrí unos cuantos mensajes de viejos amigos que todavía estaban esperando una respuesta, y alcance a restaurar esas líneas de vida. Vi cuan ocupados estamos aquí en la FUCSJ demasiado ocupados y a veces inundados por pequeñas preocupaciones pero también vi el poder para lo bueno que tenemos cuando permitimos que nuestra misión nos guíe. Me preguntaba de qué otras formas queremos gastar nuestros recursos de tal manera que nuestros profundos valores y más altos propósitos puedan ser sostenidos. Y empecé a liberar mis propios recursos para que pudiera responder a lo más importante.
Esta práctica espiritual fue un tiempo bien invertido. Ya tengo nuevos y tiernos hábitos para como arreglármelas en este aspecto de mi vida.
¿Y ustedes? ¿Qué pasos han tomado en este viaje hacia una vida equilibrada y sostenible?
Con amor y ánimo,
At our last Ingathering ceremony on Sunday, November 8, we were pleased to welcome two new members, Madeleine Bodisco Alexander and Joy Butler-Kawahara.
Madeleine Bodisco Alexander was born in Frankfurt Germany. Her father’s tour of duty ended before Madeleine’s first birthday, and the family returned to California. As a young girl, she loved the rituals and the calm she felt in the Catholic church they attended, and she thought of becoming a nun like one of her closest aunts, a Sacred Heart sister. Madeleine spent many summers working on social justice projects with these strong, independent women.
When Madeleine was 16 she came into conflict with the dogma and political stances of the pope against women, birth control and gay people. Ironically, this was encouraged in her liberal all girls school as part of finding true faith and becoming a strong independent woman.
Madeleine started attending pagan rituals about 10 years ago and enjoyed them, but was still looking for a regular spiritual home. Last year, Bill Baldwin brought her here. She knew almost right away that this was a place she felt the same sense of peace and welcome she felt as a child, although this time the feeling lasted even after learning more about the church’s teachings.
With a BFA in ceramic sculpture (and a religious studies minor) and teaching credentials from San Jose State, she taught art and later US History in Morgan Hill. She worked as a teacher and union negotiator until 2 years ago, when she had to stop due to an autoimmune disease. Today she paints and will soon begin teaching private art lessons.
She is engaged to Robert, and will soon become a stepmother to his nine-year-old son Ryan.
Joy Butler-Kawahara was raised in San Jose, attending Trace Elementary, Hoover Middle School and Abraham Lincoln High School. She worked as an office manager of a floral wholesaler, administrative assistant, x-ray assistant and project manager in training before she decided to go to college.
As an adult, she moved out of the area for eight years and returned three years ago. She now lives with her husband Mike Kawahara and two cats, Samantha and Toby, in Campbell. She was raised in churches her whole life but discovered she was not pleased with those she had been involved with. She was looking for a church that draws from many religions, respects the rights of gays/lesbians, that was transparent and has a strong Social Justice Program. Fortunately, she found us!
Joy has already been very active with helping Inn Vision, Sacred Heart Community Center and RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers) and also had a personal project where she and several friends made up the emergency backpack supplies for the homeless and donated the backpacks to Sacred Heart Community Service. With Joy’s encouragement, this is also a project our church has taken on. You can find Joy at our Social Justice table after church.
Joy will be graduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. She is currently exploring possibilities for her future. She is interested in joining a graduate program in social work or counseling, or working for a non-profit in the area.
Website Spanish Pages Updated
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com y entonces planee participar en el siguiente Reunión de Nuevos Miembros.
Please help us update the English pages
The Webmasters are busy updating and improving our church’s website. The webmasters are Jim Guffey, Julia Rodriguez and Sherry Howd. In supporting the website, Henry Ruddle posts the newsletters, creates buttons, and does many other difficult tasks. Susan Burke-Diquisto, Office Manager, enters the coming services, save the dates, and events.
To view the website, enter this URL in your browser: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/.
Governance documents are available, for example, the By-Laws and Mission statement. (To reach these, go to the website, click About Us in the upper blue bar, and click Governance in the left column.) A great new picture of the Program and Operations Council is on the POC page. (About Us > Governance > Leadership > Program and Operations Council.) Soon, sermons will be available in audio format for your listening pleasure.
Especially exciting is the work on the Spanish side of the website. It is being substantially upgraded through grant funds for the UUJUNTOS program. Julia is the webmaster for this project. Translators and writers are the other team members: Ervin Barrios, Roberto Padilla and Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.
Action alert for you!
Keeping the English side of the website up-to-date requires comments from you -- the members of the congregation. Please review the areas of your concern; for example, pages related to a committee you serve on or Social Justice issues.
Send your suggestions to the webmaster: firstname.lastname@example.org. When doing so, please include the URL to the pages affected by your comments. To get the URL, just copy the URL (usually in the top of the browser window) and paste it into your message.
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 email@example.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 the good /better/best writer at Pelizzari’s? I have proof. Two upstanding ladies are trafficking in highly exotic stuff and probably thought I wouldn’t tell. What kind of meeting should we all attend? Depends on whom you ask. If you try Tim.....
Somebody at Pelizzari’s can write: I can’t tell which one of them wrote this, but Mike signed it, and to even as picky an editor as I am, this is good writing. “On November 1, Michael Pelizzari celebrated his 60th birthday. His wife, Catherine treated him to dinner at Caffe Riace, the only authentic Italian restaurant in Palo Alto, where she granted him permission to gawk at the anatomically correct classical Greek statuary. Mike now has a crush on the larger-than-life maiden in the fountain, who is holding up and tilting a side-loaded washing machine with water pouring out of it. Michael owes his name to the date of his birth, All Saints Day (“Saint Michael the Archangel, protect us in battle. Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil”). He was disappointed at the absence of his winged, sword-wielding namesake from the Caffe Riace gardens.”
Julia Rodriguez and Genie Berndardini traffic in exotic recipes: how about one for a spice mix with 15 ingredients? Geez. The new Chipotle restaurant across from my studio has only the two colors of Tabasco sauce in their “Mexican” restaurant.
Here is one of the triflling, shallow, and lightweight topics Tim Blackwood sends about the Humanist group: “You are invited to hear Greg Epstein discuss his new book, “Good Without God,” Cubberly Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, November 18. Epstein has been called “The most outspoken voice for Humanism in the United States.”
Tim Blackwood received the above announcement from Hershey Julien of the PAUU church’s Humanist Roots group. See Epstein’s Harvard chaplaincy page: http://www.chaplains.harvard.edu/chaplains/profile.php?id=45 “Let me know if you would like to go. Perhaps we could carpool and even dine together before the talk.” says Tim, firstname.lastname@example.org, H: 408-244-8580, M: 408-623-3168
For those of you who would like to see more entries here, please send them to email@example.com or call Torchy at 408-929-0259
Got an event coming up? Hold it here!
Building Member Rental Fee Schedule Updated
The Program and Operations Council (POC) in the October 27 meeting approved a new Pricing for Facility Use fee schedule. This schedule includes standard fees for many more uses that often arise but were never listed in the previous fee schedule. The advantages are:
- Member rental requests, except for weddings, can be handled promptly by the Office Manager.
- Wedding rental requests and non-member rental requests can be handled promptly, too, by Giant Creative Services, FUCSJ’s Event Services provider. Because of the complexity of weddings, the rental contract requires that weddings use a professional host arranged by GCS.
- The rental fees are based on the room (or rooms) requested and the association of the booking client with FUCSJ, unlike the old fee schedule, which was wedding oriented.
Facility Use Fee Schedule for Member, Member-sponsored & External UU Events
These events are not managed or hosted by GCS. Contact the office manager for questions and booking! NOTE: Events must have a contract signed by a Church Member before space can be reserved.
Member Private Event (Non Wedding) Hosted by Church Member
Non-Profit* Organization Associated with and Hosted by Church Member
External Unitarian Universalist Events (Ordinations, Installations, CONS, PCD, etc) Hosted by Church Member
$2 per head to offset custodial services.Minimum $50
Request donation to offset custodial services. Minimum $50
|Hattie Porter Hall, Fireside Room, & Kitchens
|Sanctuary, Hattie Porter Hall, Fireside Room & Kitchens
|Fireside Room & Upstairs Kitchen
*Need Proof of Non-Profit Status / Note: FUCSJ program events are free
Trained Volunteer Hosts Required
The Pricing for Facility Use fee schedule requires that trained event hosts oversee all facility use for events. To enable FUCSJ to accommodate member-sponsored events for Social Justice, non-profits and UU-related events, using volunteer event hosts is required to keep the fee for these events low. The church has no budget for hosting events, and these hosts protect the church facility.
Training for Volunteer Hosts
If you are a member of a church committee that sponsors events, or if you are a member who wants to book personal events, please consider signing up for an event-host training class (about a 2-hour commitment), or ask a friend to sign up for an event-host training class. The classes will be scheduled soon.
If you want to sign up for a class, contact our Office Manager, Susan Burke-Diquisto at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so we know how many trainees to plan for.
Who to contact?
For booking member-sponsored events, church program-related and UU-related events, contact Susan Burke-Diquisto, Office Manager, at email@example.com.
For any questions about the schedule and event-host training, contact any one listed below:
- Susan Burk-Diquisto
- Joyce Miller, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sherry Howd, POC, Outreach Representative, at email@example.com
- Jan Theiss-Guffey, co-coordinator for overseeing church-GCS relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about wedding rentals and nonmember events, contact Annie Hermes of Giant Creative Services at email@example.com or phone (408) 841-5442.
Third Street has a challenge for the holidays!
Dear Friends of Third Street,
This winter, the Frieda C. Fox Foundation will match your contribution, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 per person. The foundation, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for underserved youth, is sponsoring our Robotics Program for the second consecutive year. Third Street will receive a $5,000 grant if we can raise $5,000 by the end of December 2009.
Please help us meet this challenge. Letters and envelops are available near the bulletin board outside Hattie Porter Hall, and there will soon be a link on our website at www.3street.org for online giving.
Another way you can help us meet this challenge is by forwarding our letter to your professional networks. We are hoping to attract new donors from local Silicon Valley technology companies to offset potential loss of funding from the City of San Jose, if they eliminate the San Jose After School grants. If you have other ideas how on you can help, please contact Rosemary Baez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the last three years, Third Street has improved the quality of our programs and increased the number of children served. Your support has made all this possible. Thank you to all the UU’s who have already given to this challenge!
Thanks for Sharing the Magic
Thank you to everyone who attended Share the Magic on November 4! I hope you enjoyed the event as much as we, the staff and board of Third Street, did. We would like your feedback on the venue, date and the food. If you have any suggestions or ideas that could help us next time around, please do let us know.
Tai Chi Classes this winter!
The Third Street Community Center is offering Tai Chi classes on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:15 p.m., through December 16 in Hattie Porter Hall, for adults ages 55 & over. The cost is only $10 for 6 classes. Third Street families and FUCSJ members are welcome! Please sign up by contacting Vanessa Alcantar at (408) 295-8722 or Vanessa@3street.org. This is a pilot; continuation will depend on interest. If you are interested but the date / time doesn’t work for you, please offer alternate dates that meet your needs. We cannot guarantee that the dates you select will work, but we’ll definitely give it try!
Save the Date
Thursday, December 17 is the Annual Posada! Please join us this evening for a wonderful presentation by the children in the After School Academic Program and for a wonderful and healthy community potluck! Everyone is welcome. No cost to attend.
December 6, 2009
Come Celebrate the Ordination of Suzanne Marsh!
by Michael Payne-Alex
On September 20, we voted to ordain Suzanne Marsh as a Unitarian Universalist minister. That means that we invited ourselves to the ceremony and to the reception after!
So, save the date December 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for this wonderful event. Please RSVP for the reception (email@example.com, 408-363-1875) and contact Kelly Burnett (firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 723-7237) to find out what food to bring and/or to volunteer to help set up and clean up afterwards. See you there!
¡Ven Celebrar la Ordenación de Suzanne Marsh!
Por Michael Payne-Alex
El 20 Septiembre, la congregación voto por la ordenación de Suzanne Marsh como una ministra Unitaria Universalista. Esto significa que estamos invitándonos a nosotros mismos a la ceremonia y a la posterior recepción.
Entonces, aparte la fecha del 6 de diciembre de las 4 a las 7 pm. para este maravilloso evento. Por favor reserve a la mayor brevedad posible para la recepción (email@example.com, 408-363-1875) y contacte a Kelly Burnett (firstname.lastname@example.org, (408) 723-7237) para averiguar que alimentos traer y/o ser voluntarios para ayudar a poner y posteriormente recoger. ¡Los veré ahí!
Coming Together to Prepare for Economic and Ecological Change
Common Security Club Introduction
December 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. lower classrooms; Conveners: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Jeff Norment
These are uncertain times. The economic crisis has reminded us of our vulnerabilities. Debt. Foreclosure. Evaporating Savings. Rising Costs. Job Insecurity. We can face these changes alone or come together.
What is a Common Security Club?
- A place to come together to enhance our personal security in a changing world.
- A chance to learn about the root causes of our economic and ecological challenges.
- A way to be part of a national movement of common security clubs that are connected to religious, civic, labor and small business organizations all working to transform the economy so that it works for everyone.
- In the process, a forum to get to know neighbors (co-workers, etc), find inspiration, have fun, and strengthen community.
Three Components of a Club
Learning Together: Through popular education tools, videos and shared readings, participants increase their understanding of the larger economic forces on our lives. Why is the economy in distress? How did these changes happen? What are the historical factors? How does this connect to the global economy? What are the ecological factors contributing to the changes?
Mutual Aid: What can we do together to increase our economic security at the local level?
Social Action: Many of our challenges won’t be solved through personal or local mutual aid efforts. How can we work together to press for larger state, national and even global changes?
Structure of a Common Security Club
One of the primary goals of Common Security Clubs is to convene a public process for participants to challenge their feelings of isolation and helplessness. Clubs are self-managing; the participants themselves take on responsibilities to help coordinate, schedule and host meetings.
Participants will also help the facilitator to prepare for and lead the initial series of five meetings. After that series has been completed, a Club can decide whether it wants to continue meeting with volunteers taking over facilitation responsibilities. Some Clubs may form self-organizing sub-groups to pursue specific activities and interests.
The Common Security Club Network
The Common Security Club Network is a pilot project of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, On the Commons, and the Forum Organizing Project. Learn more at www.commonsecurityclub.org
Sunday, Dec. 13,
Fireside Gift Faire
by Cecelia Deck
Hattie Porter Hall will erupt in merriment again this year for the annual Fireside Gift Faire, a celebration of the holidays and a fundraiser for the church. On Sunday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can shop for handmade gifts and enjoy tamales, music and the festive atmosphere. Local vendors offer unique jewelry, toys, dolls, textiles, dyed fabrics, soaps and more. See you there!
Beginning January 5, 2010
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 email@example.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).
Making Plans for Next Partner Church Visit
Now that the dust has settled from this summer’s successful villager visit, we are planning our return trip to Homorodszentmarton, Romania in 2011. We are taking signups now. If interested, please contact Monty Low (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Everyone is invited to a Partner Church meeting where we will be discussing current projects and beginning plans for the 2011 trip. The meeting will be on November 17 at 6pm in Hattie Porter Hall.
Spotlight on Social Justice
The Social Justice Council generally meets the second Friday of each month. See Online Calendar for all FUCSJ listings at: http://my.serviceu.com/public/frame.asp?OrgID=3442&bShowCalendar=True
Here is the November 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!
Saturday, November 21
Sanborn County Park, 6-7 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.
Wednesday, November 25
Wunderlich County Park. 5 miles, easy. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.
Saturday, November 29
Almaden Quicksilver, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond in Almaden Plaza shopping center at 8:00 am. Or at the trail head at the Hacienda entrance at 8:15 am.
Are You Looking for UUthful Spirits?
UUthful Spirits is an inclusive group for fun and fellowship for young adults and the young at heart. Our activities include:
- Game night, every 3rd Friday, monthly.
- Sunday brunches, bimonthly on 2nd and 4th Sunday. Meet in Hattie Porter Hall about 12:45 p.m.
- Happy hour, every 1st Friday of the month at Tied House at 5:30 p.m.
Come join the fun. For more information, contact John Burk at email@example.com or group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You make FUSJ what it is! Whatever your talent and availability, there is an opportunity for you to serve. Contact Volunteer Coordinating Team members Liz Owen at email@example.com or Bob Miess at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Labyrinth--Much More Than a Walk
Guest Book entries: “The powerful experience is overwhelming.” ... “Felt at peace. Set the tone for my day.” ... “I always gain something new.” ...”I’ve become stronger after this experience.” ... “I try to come every year on my birthday. Thank you for being here.” ... “I’ll be back for sure!”
Labyrinth Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11:30-1:00; Sunday after service; every third Thursday 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Band of Writers Book
Oh, What You Will Learn About Some Members of This Church Community! How? By purchasing a copy of the collected works of the UU Band of Writers, What Lies Beyond, at the Fireside Gift Faire! You will find out who almost got blown up, who had a most unusual love affair, who can write like Billy Collins and many other equally interesting facts. You will enjoy beautiful poetry and clever essays, deep emotion and light humor. Please help us support our Beloved Community, as all the proceeds will be given back to the church. For advance orders, please contact Genie at email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-991-3212; e-mail: email@example.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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-991-3212; e-mail: email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Redfern, email@example.com
Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com
POC PERSONNEL OFFICER
Joyce Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
POC PROGRAM OFFICER
POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
Dena Dickinson, email@example.com
Cheri Goodman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Merritt, email@example.com
Michael Payne-Alex, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Minister, Ext. 23
The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, email@example.com
Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
Office Manager, Ext. 21
Susan Burke-Diquisto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, 991-3212
Roberto Padilla, email@example.com
Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky
Custodian / Edgar Cruz
Nursery Staff / Jusica Nunez & Maria Elena Olvera
Thank you to our volunteers!
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