Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / October 21, 2009 / 21 de Octubre 2009
|1021-0||Photo Essay: Scenes of October|
|1021-2||Save the Dates|
|1021-3||Lifespan Faith Development, Adult Education|
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith: Anniversaries
|1021-5||FUCSJ ClassifiedsNew and Revised!|
|1021-6||How is San Jose UU related to “Swine” Flu?|
|1021-7||Wanted: Worship Associates!
|1021-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
|1021-9||Have You Walked the Labyrinth Lately? Labyrinth Guild Offers Retreat on November 21
|1021-10||Circling Around - You won’t believe who did what in order to talk to whom!!! What does iridescent green have to do with healing and coffee? In front of what electronic device are some people spending a whooooole lot of time? Who can translate Linear B?|
|1021-11||Partner Church High School Student Sponsorship|
|1021-12||Support Third Street! 10th Annual Share the Magic
|1021-13||Upcoming Events -- Service is Our Prayer, Day of the Dead Luncheon, Ordination of Suzanne Marsh, Yoga, Service Auction, Conociéndonos/Getting to Know Each Other Retreat, Men's Retreat, Parliament of World Religions, UU Hikers, UUthful Spirits|
|1021-15||Spotlight on Social Justice|
|1021-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|1021-1||Servicios de Domingo|
La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe: Aniversarios
|1021-8||¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?|
|Conociéndonos/Getting to Know Each Other Retreat|
|1021-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
Send us your photos!
Photographer & Bulletin Board Designer Wanted
If you are an amateur photographer or just enjoy being a shutter bug taking pictures it would be wonderful to put your interests and camera to use in helping to chronicle the goings on at First Unitarian, e.g. classes, social events, political rallies, etc. And then you or a Bulletin Board Designer would take those photos and display them on the bulletin boards at the landing at the bottom of the stairs leading to the lower level classrooms.
If you are interested in taking pictures and/or using your scrap booking skills to display photos of the community than that would be a wonderful contribution to the life of our church. Please contact Rev. Geoff at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org or 408-292-3858, 25
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
October's Worship Theme: The Power of Love
Servicios en español/Translation into English
Domingo de compañerismo
25 de Octubre 9:30 am
Estamos Preparados para Morir?
Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociada de Servicio: Maria Periera.
Are We Ready to Die?
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associate: Maria Periera.
October 2511:00 am
Nurturing Our Love Relationships
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Carolyn Bowman.
Cultivando Nuestras Relaciones Amorosas
Dirige: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Servicio: Carolyn Bowman.
November's Worship Theme: The Power of Love
1 de noviembre 10:30 a.m.
Servicio Combinado En Un Horario Especial: 10: 30 A.M.
Domingo de Celebración Día de los Muertos: El Círculo de la Vida
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
November 1 10:30 a.m.
Combined Service at a Special Time: 10:30 A.M.
Celebration Sunday Day of the Dead: The Circle of Life
Our annual Day of the Dead celebration offers special beauty and music this year, as we gather as one congregation at this special time of 10:30 a.m. to remember and celebrate those who have died, and to lift up and celebrate those who have been born in the past year. Please bring photos and mementos of your loved ones who have died; you will have the chance to bring these forward as we “build the altar” during the service. A live band will lift the roof and our spirits. Come, let us celebrate the Circle of Life!
Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Domingo de las fuentes
8 de Noviembre 9:30 a.m.
Tiempo de crisis, tiempo de oportunidades
Exploremos como reaccionamos cuando estamos en tiempos difíciles.
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Time of Crisis, Time of Opportunities
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
November 8 11:00 a.m.
Worship Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Dirige: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Domingo de la teología
15 de Noviembre 9:30 a.m.
Meditación I: Cuando el Silencio Habla
Las solicitudes de la Congregación para un servicio centrado en la meditación y en las prácticas meditativas se responden esta semana mientras exploramos los regalos del silencio. Permitámonos caminar por la “carretera hogar” (mientras el coro canta), a partir de fuentes budistas y otras, para descubrir nuestra propia “ pequeña voz de adentro”. Vengan a experimentar la belleza y el poder de compartir una práctica meditativa en Comunidad.
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
November 15 11:00 a.m.
Meditation I: When Silence Speaks
Congregants’ requests for worship centered on meditation and meditative practices are answered with this two-week worship series. This week we explore the gifts of silence. Let us walk the “road home” (as the choir will sing), drawing on Buddhist and other sources to discover our own “still small voice within.” Come experience the beauty and power of sharing a meditative practice in community.
Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Domingo de compañerismo
November 22 9:30 a.m.
To be announced / Será anunciado
November 22 11:00 a.m.
Meditation II: Sacred ReadingWhen the Text Reads Us
Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Save the Dates
Lifespan Faith Development
Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years
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.
The Arts & Spiritual Practice Kindergarten - Grade 5
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
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
The senior high youth group meets weekly from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year. And they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9
The Spirit in Practice workshops helps individuals develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and / or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregation, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich your faith journeys. Workshops are suitable for a first-time visitor or a longtime member. You can attend one or more workshops. For more information contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, ext. 25.
Workshop 10: Looking Back & Looking Forward
Help bring the spirit alive with our children
Children’s Music Program Meeting
We have gotten off to a wonderful start this fall with Nayo Ulloa, Sally Cooperrider and Steven Dusza leading the children in song leading and rhythm activities. The children are enjoying themselves and now we want to further enrich their experience. At this meeting we will plan out our musical curriculum for the year tying it into the monthly worship themes and map out our schedule. For more information please contact Rev. Geoff at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org or 408-292-3858, 25.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
One-time announcements for church members to advertise personal goods wanted, for sale or donation, household / personal service help wanted, etc.
Small Keyboard Needed Checking to see if anyone has a small, used (good condition) electronic keyboard for sale. Advice about purchasing a keyboard is also welcome. Claire Wagner email@example.com
How is San Jose UU related to “Swine” Flu?
Where large groups of people gather, viruses and bacteria flourish. The H1N1 virus, nicknamed swine flu, is an example that is spreading rapidly. It is now active in 37 states of the U.S. This influenza virus can cause sickness ranging from mild to severe (even death).
We will be taking steps at First Unitarian of San Jose to prevent the spread of these viruses. For example, you will hear more suggestions to substitute hands on shoulders or other expressions of camaraderie instead of holding hands, knowing that this is a treasured tradition at the end of service.
It is a moral issue, in our quest to take care of each other, and a public health issue. Certain age groups (i.e., age 5-24 years old) are more prone to catch the virus, and other populations (i.e., older people, pregnant people, asthma, cardiac patients) are more at risk for serious consequences. Let’s use best practices so that all can be active and participate at our church.
Unfortunately, we did not plan for swine flu in our church budget! We are asking for donations of hand sanitizer and tissues. Next week a table for donations and information will be in HPH during coffee hour. Let’s be informed, be healthy, and keep each other healthy!
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
For lots more info, go to www.cdc.gov
The image below of the newly identified H1N1 influenza virus was taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory.
Wanted: Worship Associates!
The Worship Associate program provides an exciting opportunity for members of the First Unitarian Church of San José to help plan and present the Sunday-morning services that are at the heart of our Beloved Community. Worship Associates, who serve for one calendar year, work closely with the ministers on five or six services during that year. They also set up the worship space for another five or six Sundays.
Ongoing training is provided in periodic gatherings. In addition to making a critical contribution to congregational life, participation in Worship Associates is a wonderful way to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism. And you get to know some super people! This year’s application deadline is Dec. 1, but NOW is not too soon to apply. You’ll find details on the church website.
Questions? Ask Rev. Nancy or Rev. Geoff, or phone Mary Martin at (408) 354-8878.
Here are some reasons for doing so, written by walkers in the Labyrinth Guest Book: “I find new insights and a different feeling with each walk I take.” “I just moved to the area. Highlight of my day!” “I love watching children run and play in the labyrinth. Such youthful joy!” “Love it here!”
Labyrinth Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11:30-1:00; Sundays after the service; every third Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-8:00
Labyrinth Guild Offers Retreat on November 21
Please join us November 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a relaxing retreat in the sanctuary. On this Saturday before Thanksgiving, what better holiday gift could you give yourself than a quiet afternoon with the Labyrinth Guild? Don’t go shopping; slow down and walk the gentle path of the spirit.
You will learn some history about this practice of walking meditation and have ample opportunity to experience it for yourself. Music will be provided by Patrick Smiley and Frank Farris. If you enjoy journaling, bring materials, as there will be time for reflection and sharing. Please help us plan by letting us know if you can attend. Send your RSVP (or questions) by email to Karen Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org before November 18.