Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / April 21, 2010 / 21 de Abril 2010

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Inside This Issue:

0421-0 Send us Your Photos
0421-1 Sunday Services
0421-2 Save the Dates
0421-3 Lifespan Faith Development, Junior High Backpack Trip, Safety First!
March for America on May 1 for a just and humane immigration reform
Champions Wanted - Working together, we can create fun, successful events and activities that raise money without overwhelming anyone 
0421-6 Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
0421-7 Kindergarten to Grade 5 – Review & Planning Meeting for the 2010-11
Lifespan Faith Development Sunday Program
0421-8 Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
Circle Suppers
0421-10 Circling Around - San Jose Open Studio invites YOU! Two new Quizzes!!! Meet the Prez! Meet the New Guy! Our Kids are Majoring in Things We Never Heard Of! Who gets published? Find the non-PC term in this article!
0421-11 What You Are Missing at BOW!
UU Hikers & Friends
0421-13 Upcoming Events
  • Training for Working with Our Homeless Visitors
  • Fundraiser Book Sale Sunday, April 25
  • New Member Ingathering, Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9
  • Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget
  • Meditation Retreat
  • July 14-18 - Church Campout 2010
  • Power in Your Congregation (or Governance 101) with Gini Courter, UUA Moderator
  • Register for General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN, June 23-27
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Bay: Wine Country Holiday
  • Harvest the Power: District Assembly 2010
0421-14 Classifieds: Career Counseling; travel
0421-15 Spotlight on Social Justice: Haiti, Peacemaking Statement of Conscience
0421-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0421-1 Servicios de Domingo
Marcha por América el 1° de mayo por una reforma migratoria justa y digna
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
0421-15 Aquí estan los Ministros!
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Send us your photos!
The Circular is always on the lookout for your photos of church-related events. If you have taken photos during any recent services or church-related events, please e-mail them to uusanjose@gmail.com. We maintain an archive of church member and event photos, so please send us what you’ve got, especially if you have a favorite photo of yourself that you would like us to use next time you appear in Circling Around or another newsletter feature.

APRIL THEME: The Arts as a Path to the Spirit /
TEMA DE ABRIL: Los artes como camino al Espíritu
9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/
Translation into English

Domingo de compañerismo

April 25 – 9:30 am

Cuando Nuestros Espíritus Vuelan
¿Cuanta diversión podemos tener cuando nos sentimos libres, como los niños, para explorar y crear? A través de una serie de ejercicios, canciones y reflexiones que hablarán con el corazón, la mente y cuerpo, compartiremos en estos momentos creativos.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

Fellowship Sunday

April 25 – 11:00 am

When Our Spirits Fly
What fun can we have when we are set free, like children, to explore and create? Through a series of exercises, songs, and reflections that will speak to heart, mind, and body, we will share in these creative moments.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associates: Julia Rodríguez, Barbara Grover

MAY THEME: The Interdependent Web / TEMA DE MAYO: el tejido interdependiente

Domingo celebración

2 Mayo – 9:30 am

El fanatismo en nuestras vidas
Nos gusta hacer las cosas con pasión, ¿pero que pasa cuando traspasamos esa delgada línea del fanatismo?

Dirige: Roberto Padilla

The fanaticism in our lives
We like to do things with passion, but what happen when we cross that thin line of fanaticism?

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla

Celebration Sunday

May 2 – 11:00 am

Special Guest
UUA Moderator Gini Courter
By extraordinary good fortune (and thanks to our Program Officer Tamara Payne-Alex), the highest-ranking “volunteer” in our denomination will lead worship on Sunday, May 2. Always inspiring and funny, Gini is not to be missed!

Domingo de las fuentes

9 Mayo – 9:30 am

Día de las madres

Dirige: Roberto Padilla

Sources Sunday

May 9 — 11:00 am

Mother’s day

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla


Save the Dates

  • April 25, Sunday, Dollar-a-Book Used Book Sale to benefit the church, noon-3:00 pm in Hattie Porter Hall; training course on working with our homeless guests, 1-3 pm in the Sanctuary
  • April 30-May 2, UUA District Assembly, Newark, CA. More info at http://www.pcd-uua.org/events/DA-2010/index.htm
  • May 8, Saturday, K-5th Grade Review and Planning Meeting for 2010-11 Lifespan Development Sunday program; 9 am-noon, Lower Level classrooms
  • May 9, Sunday, New Member Ingathering, Mother’s Day Service
  • May 23, Sunday, Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm
  • June 5, Saturday, meditation retreat, led by Swami Dada Nabhaniilananda; 10 am-5 pm, Hattie Porter Hall
  • June 23-27, UUA General Assembly, Minneapolis, MN
  • June 27-30, FUCSJ Junior High Backpack Trip. Contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com
  • July 14-18, Wednesday-Sunday, Church Campout 2010, McConnell State Recreation Area, Turlock, mm@feldmo.com

Lifespan Faith Development

Nursery -- Birth through 5 Years
Nursery, Lower Level

We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience. Child Care Workers: Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotten

The Arts & Spiritual Practice – Kindergarten - Grade 5
(Lower Level, Classrooms 2-6) 

Each Sunday after the children are sung out of the service our children come together to make music with Nayo Ulloa http://www.nayoulloa.com, Sally Cooperrider and other volunteers for the first half hour. We sing, play with rhythm instruments, and have fun doing musical games. Music is the language of the soul and an important component of children’s spiritual growth and learning. Occasionally throughout the year the children will present a musical offering in the Sunday service.

Make A World of Difference: Asset Building Activities to Help Teens Explore Diversity — Grades 6-8 
(Lower Level, Conference & Meditation Rooms)  

In this class, youth develop their skills as competent global citizens, able to understand many of the issues surrounding diversity and culture. The goal is to raise the level of awareness about diversity issues, while giving youth an opportunity to 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 help develop greater understanding about the diversity issues. They will learn about the broad definition of diversity that includes gender, age, religion, race, physical abilities, appearance, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Senior High Youth Group — Grades 9-12
(Youth Group Room)

The senior high youth group meets weekly from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year. And they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.

Youth Group Activities
Staff: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Junior High (6th-8th Grades)
Advisor: Pam Pell
The Junior High Youth Group meets the first Friday of the month for social and fun activities. 

Senior High (9th-12th grades)
Advisors: V Kingsley, Dani Hope, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis

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

FUCSJ Junior High Backpack Trip June 27-30, 2010

Lace up your boots, put on your backpack, and hike the High Sierra on this 4-day 3-night backpacking trip. We will cover about 13 miles over the course of 4 days as we backpack through the wilderness of Meiss Country near Carson Pass (Hwy 88). This trip is open to youth in our church entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2010. For more information, contact Pam Pell: 408-287-4453 or johnpell@aol.com. Registration deadline: May 1

Safety First!!!

“We are blessed to be a community of all ages.  It is one of the great joys of a religious community to have children, youth and adults coming together under one roof to celebrate life and find here among us support and friendship.  One of the challenges for an urban congregation like us is not having a play space for our children to blow off some steam.

Their exuberance and swiftness of foot, though a joy to behold, does pose safety concerns and the possibility that someone could inadvertently be knocked off their balance and come crashing to the floor, breaking a hip or suffering other injuries. Yes, children are the responsibility of their parents after their morning program ends at 12:30;  but if I may voice a well used but still valid idea, We are the village that raises the children.

Everyone (children and youth too!) should take it upon themselves to stop anyone they observe running around the church and with a firm but loving voice, tell them that it is not allowed.  We can be both a child friendly and safe congregation!  And this goes for adults too—if we observe someone doing something that is potentially dangerous.  Remember safety first and then the Spirit can unfurl its wings!


March for America on May 1
for a just and humane immigration reform

Marcha por América el 1° de mayo
por una reforma migratoria justa y digna

Starts at Story Rd. and King Rd. at 4:00 pm; ends at San Jose City Hall

Before the march there will be music and theater. Bring United States flags. For more information: 408-421-2895, cesar@siren-bayarea.org; 408-417-2667; arguelloenrique86@yahoo.com

Inicia a las 4:00 pm en la esquina de Story Rd. y King Rdl, siguiendo por Alum Rock Rd. y Santa Clara St. hasta la alcaldía.

Antes de la marcha habrá  música y teatro comunitario. Traiga banderas de los EEUU. Para más información: 408-421-2895, cesar@siren-bayarea.org; 408-417-2667; arguelloenrique86@yahoo.com


Champions Wanted
Working together, we can create fun, successful events and activities that raise money without overwhelming anyone 

by Henry Ruddle, POC member for Stewardship and Fundraising

Champions of fundraising events and activities have great ideas for ways to raise money to support specific programs/projects, or the church generally. However, even knowing how beneficial and necessary your efforts are, and feeling good about your success and the appreciation you receive, does not help create more time in your day or room on your plate.

The new Fundraising Committee makes life easier for fundraising champions by lending a hand with administrative tasks, promotions and volunteer recruitment. The team also handles the approval and calendaring of fundraising events and activities.

So, be a champion!
If you have an idea for a fundraiser or have a program or project you feel needs financial support, download the Fundraising Form (www.sanjoseuu.org/forms/fundraising-form.doc) and send it to committee chair Henry Ruddle at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org.

Upcoming Events/Needs
The Fundraising Committee has exciting plans for the coming year. Please, if one of the proposed events or tasks below interests you, talk to a committee member or e-mail stewardship@sanjoseuu.org right away. The committee is working on:

  • End-of-Canvass Party – Cooking, serving, setup and cleanup help are needed for the End-of-Canvass Party on Sunday, May 23. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org or 408-234-3670 to sign up.

  • Member-to-Member Farmer’s Market – Many in our community have gardens and fruit trees at home, and often produce much more than they can consume. Starting this summer, we would like you to start donating your excess production to the Member-to-Member Farmer’s Market for sale to other members who enjoy fresh, inexpensive produce and fruit. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org if you are willing to share your harvest, or willing to help sort and sell donated food.
  • Puzzle Tournament – Crossword and sudoku puzzle lovers are invited to participate in the first annual FUCSJ Puzzle Tournament this September. We need a task force of puzzle fans to help plan the event, mostly by e-mail. Contact Cecilia Deck at ceciliadeck@sbcglobal.net if you are interested.
  • Mystery Dinner Theater – We have the script (courtesy of Jay Porter, who wrote it for a highly successful dinner event at another UU church), now we need the actors and stagehands! If you love acting or just helping out with theater productions, contact Jay at mj.porter7@yahoo.com to sign up for the dinner theater task force. The dinner is tentatively scheduled for October 2010.

Members of the former cast of “The Picasso on the Bottom of the Ocean” by Jay Porter.

  • Willing Worker Database – Do you know who is good at what or are you willing to find out? The committee needs someone to compile a list of members and friends who can be called upon once or twice a year to help with setup and cleanup of fundraising events. If you are willing to manage that project, or just willing to be added to the volunteer list, contact Connie Bloch at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com

  • Musical Concerts – The task force that put together the Haiti Benefit Concert has plans for a regular concert series. The team needs a member who will can take charge of ticket sales and money handling. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org if you can be that person.

  • Save the Dates – as usual, the Holiday Craft Faire will take place in December 2010, the Service Auction will occur in January 2011, and the Benefit Tea in February 2011. Be on the lookout for further announcements about those exciting events!

By the way, the Fundraising Committee meets quarterly and our next meeting will occur in May. We need your energy and ideas! Whether you want to help oversee fundraising in general or have a particular passion you would like to limit yourself to, you are welcome to participate. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org or 408-234-3670 to be included in planning our next session.

Gift of Service

by Genie Bernardini

Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
Please send your one-sentence salute to me at geniebee@hotmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities:
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 lowen@data-time.com or Bob Miess at bob@floweringenterprises.com


Kindergarten to Grade 5 –
Review & Planning Meeting for the 2010-11
Lifespan Faith Development Sunday Program
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.-noon (Church’s Lower Level Classrooms) 

Help us to envision the next stage in programming for the Kindergarten through grade five. With our new worship structure this year, including monthly themes and stories of the month, children in K-5 have had a half hour of worship followed by music, games or art.   Let’s explore what we have learned this year from this endeavor and together envision how we can best meet the spiritual and relational needs of our children and their families.  Please RSVP to Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org , 408-292-3858, ext. 25.


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.


Circle Suppers

by Barbara Derbyshire

The suppers in May will be Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16.These are pot luck suppers, held in members’ homes. They are a great way to get to know others from our church as well as have a good meal. If you would like to join either of these groups, please call Barbara @ 370-2219 or send an email to CircleSuppers@aol.com. Deadline: Sunday, May 2.

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    Circling Around by Torchy Hunter

    As the editor for Circling Around, I accost people in Hattie Porter Hall wearing my “Tell Me Everything” sign, or, if you’d rather actually think about what you want in here, e-mail me at torchy.hunter@gmail.com. I want to be up to date with you, so here’s what we need: birthdays (especially those with zeros), parties of any kind, promotions, college destinations, anything that you diverse groups are doing is interesting to everyone else. For example, in this issue:

    San Jose Open Studio invites YOU! Two new Quizzes!!! Meet the Prez! Meet the New Guy! Our Kids are Majoring in Things We Never Heard Of! Who gets published?

    Henry Ruddle tells us: “Just in case this doesn’t otherwise come to your attention, Mary Rico had a letter to the editor printed today (April 6) in the Merc:

    “I just watched a long line of “Pray to end abortion” folks walk along Naglee Avenue toward Planned Parenthood. If their signs instead read, “Pray to end the need for abortion,” I might be able to get behind their cause. But until we have no more hungry or homeless families, until we have adequate education, health care and resources for every child, no matter ethnicity or socioeconomic situation, until violence against women is a thing of the past, then it appears the right to life ends at birth.

    People pray for many reasons – and many times it works. Wouldn’t it serve a greater good to use the energy of prayer, along with our resources (i.e., time, money), to affirm quality life for all? Mary Ellen Rico “

    A New Entry in But-They-Are-Only-Little-Kids: Claudia Tonneson is getting married. In Boston, where she’s in grad school studying stochastic modeling. (Don’t ask me, I just write this stuff down. – Torch)

    A new category: Does The Government Really Belong In This? Ben Cadena was getting on one of the city buses (yay), and eating a hamburger. Bus driver tells him you can’t eat on a bus...

    Meet the New President: Madeline Morrow was born in Columbus, Ohio, but spent most of her life in the DC area (dad was a scientist for the Feds). There were 6 kids. Her college career ranged from being a fine arts major at Boston University (1year), and after changing majors a lot ended up in computer science.

    As a result of these two influences, Madeline thinks she has a split personality, which ought to fit right in on the Board. But she really understands both sides of her brain, and feels she can deal with lots of people on their terms.

    Major passion: gardening. She was the victim of parental neglect when she went fishing with her father, who allowed her to run wild in the woods (the good old days) where plants became fascinating enough to dig up and bring home to plant. Two seminal books for her: The Little Golden Book of Wildflowers, and Noah’s Garden. They will be filling in their pool to add garden space. She’s a member of the California Native Plant Society, but not a complete zealot because she harbors roses, the kind that smell good. 

    Because she is a gardener, she tends stuff. Two of the tendee’s, her sons Alex and Nick are off studying several impossible things before breakfast: Nick is getting a PhD at Davis in physics/cosmology (which she tells me has nothing to do with makeup). Dark matter is not in her world picture, and except for correcting the grammar, she says his papers are impenetrable. Alex is a junior at UCLA, in poly sci, who campaigned for Obama way back in ought 9. So only hubby Jim Rumbaugh is left for tending. We’re in for a treat with the new Prez.

    A new choir member, Anand Celeste put the choir director, Dan Zulevic into a spasm of happiness. He’s from BC where he had a choir that operated without a corporate support - a kind of freelance choir. Dan says he has a very wide range, and says he’s very attracted by our congregation and wants to pitch in and help. Anand told me he sees choir as a spiritual practice, and had a background in East Indian music, and is an arranger and composer. (OK you guys, nobody scare him. We want to keep him.)

    Know what an “Open Studio” is? Three of us are involved in it, and eagerly seek your presence. Artists open their studios for you to come and have a look, All free, of course. This part of San Jose is open the 1st weekend in May — a wonderful way to spend the rest of Sunday afternoon: come see Carol Green, Barbara Tonneson, and Torchy Hunter in their native habitats: the Alameda Art Works just where Race meets the Alameda. Be there or be prepared to tell these lovely ladies what was more important than they are. 

    Another quiz: Define “eyass”. There are 4 brand new ones just born on a ledge at City Hall, and are being watched 24/7 on live webcam at the San Jose PFA (Peregrine Falcon Association.) web site (http://www2.ucsc.edu/scpbrg/nestcamSJ.htm), and videos on YouTube [dinnertime viewing – theirs, not mine! – ed.] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK6XzDJAais). Miracle of life, indeed.


    What You Are 
    Missing at BOW!
    The homework assignments for the members of the UU Band of Writers are aimed at self-exploration, some serious and some light. For the “fools’ month” of April, the subject was “Little Annoyances.” Mike Pelizzari, our resident church comic, fulfilled the assignment by writing new words to “My Favorite Things,” below.

    If you would like to join our merry Band and be a part of such creative endeavors, please contact Genie at geniebee@hotmail.com, or join us at our next gathering on Sunday, May 2, 2:30 in the Youth Room.

    “Little Annoyances”
    [sung to the tune “My Favorite Things” from The Sound Of Music]

    by Mike Pelizzari


    Flying gnats, snoring cats, screaming brats, taxes,
    Speed bumps and tree stumps that break our wheel axles,
    Drivers who change lanes without signaling,
    These are a few of my least favorite things.

    Ants in the cereal, flies in the ointment,
    Stopped by a cop speeding to an appointment,
    Snails on the sidewalk that wet weather brings,
    These are a few of my least favorite things.

    Chicken fat, football fans, old gooshy spinach,
    Cigarette smoke, politicians who get rich,
    Mildew, mold, spider webs, fire ant stings,
    These are a few of my least favorite things.

    Creationists, Republicans, zealots of that kind,
    They make me think my least favorite things
    Are relatively benign.

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    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller
    Here is the April 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, April 24
    Henry Coe State Park. The wild flowers are supposed to be great here so let’s give it a try. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond at 8:00 am

    Wednesday, April 28
    Purisima Redwoods. This will be a long hike, 10 miles. We did it on the last schedule and everyone liked it. Plan to get back around 3:30 pm. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.


    Upcoming Events

    Training for Working with Our Homeless Visitors
    By Rev. Geoff Rimositis

    The Pastoral Associates are offering a training course on working with our homeless guests on Sunday, April 25, 1-3 pm in the sanctuary. Our presenter is Marion Brown, case manger for Julian Street Inn for the Mentally Homeless, a program of InnVision.

    I hope in particular that our Sunday morning volunteers will make a specific effort to attend the training so that we can think through how we can best provide a safe and hospitable environment for all those who grace us with their presence and worship with us.

    Fundraiser Book Sale Sunday, April 25
    Is the spring-cleaning bee buzzing in your bonnet? Got too many books for your shelves? Well, here’s the solution to your problem: Our church is holding a giant Buck-a-Book sale on Sunday, April 25 after the 11 am service – to which you can donate all those unwanted books.

    All kinds of books are welcome—paperbacks, hardbacks, kids’ books, fiction, and nonfiction.

    On the two previous Sundays, April 11 and April 18, you can bring in all those books and give them to Catherine Pelizzari at the book sale table in Hattie Porter Hall before or after the service. Then on April 25, come and see what new book treasures you can acquire for only a dollar apiece. Tell your friends to join us for this great event, Sunday, April 25 at noon.

    New Member Ingathering, Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9
    Youth (14 years of age and older) and adults who have decided that this church community and faith deserves their commitment because it affirms the values that they hold most dear are invited to join The First Unitarian Church community as an official member. There will be a new member ingathering on Sunday, May 9. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of this congregation, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 408-292-3858, ext. 25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

    Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget
    Sunday, May 23, 12:30 pm

    If you are a member of FUCSJ, please mark your calendar to be at our next congregational meeting at approximately 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 23, after the regular 11 am service. We will review and put up for a vote our annual 2010-2011 budget. This is a great time to hear more about what is going on in the church and get a look into our financial health. If you are not a member, you are still welcome to attend although you will not be part of the voting process.

    Join us for End-of-Canvass Party: Sunday, May 23

    The church will celebrate the end of the True Love 2010-11 canvass pledge drive with an all-church supper party after the congregational meeting on Sunday, May 23. We’ll announce the results of the pledge drive and toast everyone who volunteered and who pledged. Enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks and entertainment!

    Meditation Retreat
    A meditation retreat is being offered on Saturday, June 5, 10am – 5pm in Hattie Porter Hall, led by Dada Nabhaniilananda (www.eternalwave.com). Dada was a guest speaker at a Sunday service this past March. He is a monk, yogi and musician. For this retreat, you bring your own bag lunch (water and tea will be provided), a meditation cushion or pillow to sit on—and an open mind. Fee: $43 (includes book); $28 for students and low income. Please RSVP to the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 408-292-3858, ext. 25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org.

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    Church Campout 2010

    by MM “Waiting for July” Feldman

    Great news, UU campers! The early bird gets the best group campsite. We managed to book the large group campsite again at the same wonderful location as last year’s campout. The dates are Wednesday, July 14 through Sunday, July 18, 2010, just when you feel like getting out of town and soaking in a river. The location is McConnell State Recreation Area, near Turlock, about 2 hours from San Jose. The drive is worth it, because this campground has it all: easy access to the Merced River with sandy beaches for the kids, a bath house with showers and flush toilets, lots of picnic tables, and running water right in the campsite. It has everything we need for another fantastic campout. All you need to bring is your tent and sleeping bag! We do communal cooking, and all the food and cooking equipment is provided. This campout is appropriate for pretty much anyone of any age. It’s easy camping. And you can bring your dogs! Email me at mm@feldmo.com if you want to be added to an church-campout email list. Or just watch your newsletter and email for announcements.

    Around Our District

    The Pacific Central District (PCD) includes 38 congregations in northern Nevada, northern California, and Hawaii, and is home to the Church of the Larger Fellowship and two seminaries, the Starr King School for the Ministry and the Pacific School of Religion. To find out more about PCD, see http://www.pcd-uua.org. Click “PCD Currents” for current news.

    Power in Your Congregation (or Governance 101) with Gini Courter, UUA Moderator

    Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
    300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo

    On Saturday, May 15, 9:30 am-12:00 noon, UUA Moderator Gini Courter will explore the foundations of governance in our liberal religious congregations. Gini Courter facilitates the democratic process for 5,000 UU’s at our annual General Assembly. For information: office@uusanmateo.org or 650-342-5946 x 11. This event is free, child care provided.

    Register for General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN, June 23-27

    Register early to ensure the best housing possibilities. Visit http://www.uua.org/events/ generalassembly/index.shtml --and stay tuned for more information about who else will be traveling to GA from FUCSJ.

    For budget-wise ways to attend, see the February 22 issue of PCD Currents here http://www.pcd-uua.org/currents/20100222.htm and read Cilla Raughley’s suggestions for substantially reducing the cost of this great experience. And note the discounted room rate of $129 per night at the Crowne Plaza Northstar in Minneapolis, MN (http://www.cpminneapolis.com). The Crowne Plaza features a Sky Walk that is connected to the Convention Center, shops, and entertainment, just a few blocks from the Convention Center.

    Please also join Interweave on Saturday June 26th, 2010 for the annual Interweave Banquet and Awards Ceremony. This year we are hosting an outdoor Brunch Buffet, in the beautiful Sky Garden at the Crowne Plaza.

    Harvest the Power: District Assembly 2010
    April 30 – May 2, Fremont, CA

    Join 400 Vibrant & Vital Unitarian Universalists for a weekend of laughing, learning, networking and worship. For more information, see http://www.pcd-uua.org/events/DA-2010/

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Bay: Wine Country Holiday 

    “Napa was as delightful as I had expected. What was equally important and somewhat unexpected was the profound connections I felt with my hosts and hostesses.”

    --Carol Lim, Los Angeles

    The UU’s of Napa, California proudly announce a new season of our Wine Country Excursions. We offer a variety of options for an inside look at one of America’s most beautiful areas, internationally known for fine wines, gourmet dining and spectacular vistas.   

    There’s much to see and do in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys: e.g., wine tasting at renowned and boutique wineries; visits to art galleries and museums; and exploring the natural beauty of our hills and valleys on miles of hiking and bike trails or by car on our highways and back country roads. 

    We offer two choices: Both start with comfortable lodging in members’ homes with full breakfast (up to 3 nights). You can choose a 2-day “Wine Country Excursion,” a guided, personalized tour conducted by one of our members or lodging and self-guided touring. If desired, we provide guidance, maps, etc.   

    The program runs from April through October. Our fees are below market rate for similar services and all proceeds go to our small fellowship. For complete details contact: Tom Wilson (707-254-7443) or 2wilsons1dog@comcast.net 

    We look forward to sharing our lovely “home” with you! 

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    Position Available: Office Manager

    Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists . Application deadline: April 25. Interviews: April 27 and May 4, start date: approximately May 17, 2010. BFUU offers a salary that meets the UUA fair compensation guidelines, commensurate with candidate’s abilities, education, training and experience. For more information about the Berkeley FUU go to www.bfuu.org; For complete job description go to www.bfuu.org/about-us/office-manager 

    Career Counseling
    I am offering free career counseling to 3 people. I have a free trial of the new version of Skill Scan and I am looking for 3 different types of people, i.e. artistic, realistic, investigative, etc. I will also include Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory as well as personal counseling. Anyone who is interested should e-mail Jerry Cluney at cluneycluney@yahoo.com or call 408 292-1781.

    Wine Country Excursions
    Visit wineries, galleries and museums; bike, hike, or tour by car; chose a guided tour or find your own way. Stay up to three nights (breakfast included) with fellow UUs. Fees are below market rate for similar services, and all proceeds go to the UU Fellowship of North Bay in Napa. Available April through October. For complete details, contact Tom Wilson at 707-254-7743 or 2wilsons1dog@comcast.net.

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    Spotlight on Social Justice

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

    Second Friday Event: Haiti
    Friday, May14, 7:00 p.m., Fireside Room

    The Social Justice Council’s Second Friday Event for May is about Haiti. At 7pm, we will begin socializing in the Fireside Room and go from there. Bring some food and drink for yourself and some to share.

    Peacemaking Statement of Conscience
    Are you aware of the UUS’s Peacemaking Statement of Conscience (SOC)? You can read it online at: http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/issuesprocess/currentissues/peacemaking/121606.shtml If you would like to join our congregation’s JUUst Peace group to discuss the statement and how to present it to the congregation, email John Burke at socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org for more information.


    For Pastoral Care

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

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-991-3212; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contacting the Ministers

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

    Cuidado Pastoral

    Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión, el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos sus miembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o las manos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitar en épocas difíciles.

    • Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestra Coordinadora Laica Asociado 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 Ministerios en Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-824-8831; 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, paynealex@sprintmail.com

    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net

    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Madeline Morrow, madelinemorrow@earthlink.net

    Church Staff

    Senior Minister, Ext. 23
    The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, revnpj@yahoo.com

    Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
    The Rev. Geoff Rimositis , Grimositis@Sanjoseuu.org

    Office Manager, Ext. 21
    Susan Burke-Diquisto, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24 or (408) 824-8831
    Roberto Padilla, paor69@yahoo.com

    Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky

    Custodian / Edgar Cruz

    Nursery Staff / Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotten

    Church Office
    : (408) 292-3858
    Fax: (408) 292-4744
    E-mail             fucsj@sanjoseuu.org
    URL                http://www.sanjoseuu.org

    Thank you to our volunteers!
    Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

    Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com
    Catherine will be editor for the May 5 and June 2 issues. Shirley will be editor for the May 19 and June 16 issues.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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    Assembly Crew: Genie Bernardini

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