Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / January 21, 2009 / 21 de Enero 2009
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Spotlight on Social Justice
Tech Challenge Mentors Sought for Third Street Community Center Robotics Program
Annual Giving Campaign Task Force Startup
2008 Annual Report Preparation Underway
Welcome New Members
CONNECT! Job Seeker Center
Operation Traveling Shoes
Annual Posada ~ Dec. 18, 2008
|0121-14||Seeking teachers and educators to consult at a Re-imagining Religious Education Retreat|
The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
Servicios de Domingo
Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad…
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
Aquí estan los Ministros!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Enero 25 9:30 am
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de nuestros Ministerios en Español.
January 25 -- 11:00 am
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: TBA.
1 de Febrero 9:30 a.m.
February 1 11 a.m.
Not a Genuine Black Man
Worship Leader: the Rev Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Carolyn Bowman and Patricia Ohanian-Coffey.
No es un hombre negro genuino
Quien y qué define quien tu eres? Qué tiene que ver el sittio donde creciste? Un analisis interno visto por el autor Brian Copland. Su libro es de la selección actual de “Leturas de Silicon Valley.”
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociadas de Culto: Carolyn Bowman y Patricia Ohanian-Coffey.
8 de Febrero 9:30 a.m.
|February 8 11:00 a.m.
We will all join together as one community as we celebrate Tu Beshvat, The New Year For Trees. Do you have a favorite tree? Is it in your backyard? Is it so tall that you can’t see the top? Does its branches spread far and wide so you can sit under its shade and read a good book? Trees are of course sacred to many people. The Torah is known as The Tree of Life. The Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree and found enlightenment. And we know what happened to Adam and Eve when they ate from the tree of knowledge!?! In mythology trees are the “Axis Mundi,” the axis of the world connecting heaven and earth. Think of your favorite tree and bring that image with you as we sink in our roots and make a deep connection with life.
Worship Leader: The Rev. Geoff Rimositis
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Sunday Morning Class Calendar
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: Jessica Nunez and Maria Elena Olvera.
A stepping stone year
Building Assets Together
Each week teachers bring alive The Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets with exercises and discussion. http://www2.search-institute.org/assets/
9th-12th Grades; Youth Room
Senior High Youth Group
Coming of age
Youth Group Activities
JUNIOR HIGH (6th-7th-8th Grades)
SENIOR HIGH (9TH-12 GRADES)
To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.
February 28th, 9:00 am 3:00 pm
Qualifications: Background in education, child development, adult learning theory, ministry or the equivalent, and spiritual grounding in Unitarian Universalism
Experience: One or more years of classroom teaching children or adults, educational research, and/or curriculum development
Job Description: To participate in a creative re-imagining process that will create a new and groundbreaking religious education structure committed to a bold vision of the beloved community for The First Unitarian Church of San José.
Location and Time: First Unitarian Church of San Jose on February 28th, 9:00 am 3:00 pm
Please send your name, contact information to email@example.com.
Religious Education Registration On Line
Pondering Your New Year’s Resolution? Do Great Things as You Make “Service be Your Prayer”!
This is the kind of excitement I’d like to see generated here at First Unitarian! Everyoneyoung and old and in-betweenall energized and focused on the positive! We’ve heard about doom and gloom for nearly a decade. Now it’s time to ask, “How can I help?” It’s time to look into the various aspects of our Social Justice Council and see how YOU can make a difference! Why? To make the Unitarian-Universalist Principles real in our daily lives!
Does working with an interfaith, grassroots organization that empowers everyday people to create a more just community get you motivated? Then PACT LOC (People Acting in Community Together Local Organizing Committee) is the spot for you! Our LOC works with a PACT organizer to develop leadership in the church as we make change at a local level: local political action to move the community outside of our church community to be more green. PACT LOC meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month in the Fireside Room at the church. Our focus is on increasing San Jose’s participation in social justice environmental issues, including weatherization for low-income folks and Green Collar Jobs
Or, are you more concerned with solving problems on the large scale? Then the Fair Trade/Global Justice Group is your best bet. It was formed by congregants to address global concerns. Their service focuses on Fair Trade. Members sell fair trade coffee at Coffee Hour after 11:00 service on the second Sunday of the month, and work together with other peace groups in the South Bay to promote peace through educational events, influencing legislation and interfaith worship. Contact John Burk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-947-7834 for Global Justice; and Diana Wirt at email@example.com, or Deanna LaTorre at firstname.lastname@example.org for Fair Trade Coffee and other Fair Trade items (like cocoa and chocolate--yummm).
We have a separate group that focuses on Peace called Juust Peace. If that sounds like where your heart is pulling you, contact John Burk at email@example.com or 408-947-7834; or Melanie Lanstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you concerned about the threat of global warming and want to promote action that reduces our dependence on non-renewable energy sources? Then The Green Sanctuary Group is for you. Members promote alternative transportation, green investing, and support green businesses, participate in the annual Earth Day Service that takes place in April. They promote greening our church building and help our church members and community to be greener.
Is it vital to you that we, as a church, strive to actively include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and dedicate ourselves towards ending oppression based on sexual orientation and gender identity? Then the Welcoming Congregation Action Group is for you! Contact Frey Leigh at email@example.com.
Do you picture yourself serving local families through an after-school program for children and by providing support services to other family members? Then the Third Street Community Center (TSCC) is where your calling lies! You’ll make a difference through a variety of volunteer opportunities including tutoring English as a Second Language students, teaching robotics, mentoring youth, and helping after-school students with special projects. TSCC also welcomes guest speakers on science subjects for the after-school program.
Do you want to deepen your understanding of World Religions? Then perhaps participating in the Council of Churches (CCSCC) would be your logical choice. Contact Kathleen Bardin (Soboleska) at firstname.lastname@example.org. When it comes to the Council of Churches, we have participated more in the Interfaith Council on Religion, Race, Economic and Social Justice (aka the Interfaith Council). You can find more information about this at http://www.wpusa.org/Interfaith-Council/index.htm. Also, you could chat with Luther Jackson at Luther@SJGuild.org, who has been a recent chairman of it, and/or Tom Fink at email@example.com, who has been active in it for years to see if this is your match for “Service as your prayer.”
Do you pass homeless people on the streets only to have your heart sink? Does it leave you feeling helpless wondering how you could possibly help? Then being a member of the Julian Street Inn team or the Cecil B. White Center team that provides meals at homeless shelters is for you. Every month, dedicated volunteers from our Church provide good, wholesome meals to residents at two local shelters. They purchase, prepare, and serve the food for each meal. (At Julian Street, volunteers prepare a meal on the second Sunday of each month. At Cecil B. White Center, our volunteers provide a meal only every other month.)
All of these opportunities to let your heart sing are available through the Social Justice Council. Check out the details of the many ways you can make “Service is our Prayer” real in your life today on the church web page at http://www.sanjoseuu.org/Ministries/SocialJustice/index.html. The Council meets on the Third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the conference room on the lower level.
FUCSJ and San Jose’s Green Vision Resource Team
The City of San Jose and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have formed of a “resource team” to help with implementation of the City’s Green Vision on a local level. Business, civic, environmental organizations will join together to select local projects that embrace a green vision and implement them! This is an opportunity to roll up our collective sleeves and work together to make green visions into collaborative realities!
Join the team and green San Jose. For more information about resource teams visit: http://www.sparetheair.org/community/resourceteams.htm. For questions, please call or email Jim Smith at (415) 749-4631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PACT All Leaders Retreat
Social Justice Visioning
Questions include: Should we focus on certain social-justice issues each year, and shall we vote to determine which ones? Should we put our energies into responding ad hoc to urgent or timely matters, as we have done with Proposition 8 and its aftermath? How can we be more fully engaged in our PACT LOC, and are there other community-organizing issues we have the energy to pursue? Since Social Justice relates to our mission to become a multicultural, multigenerational, anti-oppressive congregation, then what does this mission call us to focus on as agents for change? How can our Social Justice Ministries and our Religious Education Ministries for all ages be better woven together?
Bring your own questions, suggestions, and energies, as we celebrate and enliven our Social Justice Ministries!
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 am -3:30 pm
Participants focus on the roots of institutional racism and white privilege, and how the work of uprooting racism remains central to eliminating violence and rebuilding our divided communities. Exercises help the group explore interconnections among racial, economic, and gender-based violence and oppression, and provide practical guidelines on how to be an ally in the struggle for racial justice. All are welcome. Saturday, January 24, 9:30 am -3:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd, Kensington. Suggested fee: sliding scale $15-$40. No one turned away for lack of funds
In order to help plan for space, registration is requested, although not required. If childcare is needed, please RSVP by January 20th. Contact Lynn Gardner, (510) 847-1634 or email@example.com
Third Street Students Delighted with Donations
Here are some reactions from the students: 5th Grader: “The mystery book I read was the first one I received and I liked it.” 5th Grader: “I had started reading the book I got during the summer. I can finally finish reading it now.” 2nd Grader: “The hippopotamus was really funny; I liked it a lot.”
Social Justice Calendar
Tech Challenge Mentors Sought for Third Street Community Center Robotics Program
Professionals in high tech, business and engineering field will mentor a small team of youth to teach skills such as how to work effectively as a team, learning from failure, and meeting deliverables so they are prepare to enter and win the Tech Challenge Competition. New mentors are paired with experienced mentors, and there is staff available and on hand to support each team. We ask for a time commitment of 3 hours each Saturday from January 31 to April 25 (there is one break in the spring). Mentors can work with a partner to alternate dates. However the greatest reward is achieved when you can make a full commitment.
An orientation and planning meeting will be held Saturday, January 24 at noon. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested, please let us know so that we can plan accordingly.
Please pass this information on to any others you know that might be interested! Contact Rosemary Baez, 408.295.8722 ext. 305, http://www.3street.org
Monday, February 2 at 7:00 pm
by Bob Miess, Chair
For many reasons this will be an especially important year for our Annual Giving Campaign, so I’m excited that the Finance Committee has selected me to chair the task force again this year! I want to do my part in giving everyone a chance to commit whatever time, talent, and financial contribution they feel called to make to our church and its mission. If you would like to join me in making this year’s campaign the success we would all like it to be, there are many ways that you can help. Contact me at Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com or 408-781-7073, or come to our startup meeting on Monday evening, February 2 at 7:00 pm in the Board Conference Room.
Program and Operations Council members will send the chairs of standing committee instructions about preparing reports by January 27.
For information about preparing a report, contact a member of the Program and Operations Council: John Burk (Social Justice), Dena Dickinson (Worship), Debra Fenzel-Alexander (Inreach), Christopher Frey (Finance), Sherry Howd (Communications), Joyce Miller (Personnel), Tamara Payne-Alex (Lifespan Religious Education), or Julia Rodriguez (Program Officer). Contact information is in the Church Directory.
For an example of reports, you can see Our 2007 Annual Report, which is posted at our website with a link from this page: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/WhatsHappening/index.html. The report is password protected with the same password as used for the newsletter: username: sanjoseuu; password: free2think.
These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.
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.
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: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; 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:
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