Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / April 21, 2010 / 21 de Abril 2010
Make Your True Love Pledge
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|0421-0||Send us Your Photos|
|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?|
|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
|0421-14||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|
|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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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
APRIL THEME: The Arts as a Path to the Spirit /
TEMA DE ABRIL: Los artes como camino al Espíritu
Servicios en español/
Translation into English
Domingo de compañerismo
April 25 9:30 am
Cuando Nuestros Espíritus Vuelan
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
April 25 11:00 am
When Our Spirits Fly
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
MAY THEME: The Interdependent Web / TEMA DE MAYO: el tejido interdependiente
2 Mayo 9:30 am
El fanatismo en nuestras vidas
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
The fanaticism in our lives
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
May 2 11:00 am
Domingo de las fuentes
9 Mayo 9:30 am
Día de las madres
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
May 9 11:00 am
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
Save the Dates
Lifespan Faith Development
Nursery -- Birth through 5 Years
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
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
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
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
Junior High (6th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12th grades)
To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline: May 1
“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 tooif we observe someone doing something that is potentially dangerous. Remember safety first and then the Spirit can unfurl its wings!
Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
Kindergarten to Grade 5
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.
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.
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
Wednesday, April 28
Training for Working with Our Homeless Visitors
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.
New Member Ingathering, Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9
Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget
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!
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 email@example.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.
Register for General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN, June 23-27
Harvest the Power: District Assembly 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to sharing our lovely “home” with you!