Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / August 4, 2010 / 4 de Agosto 2010
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|0707-3||Lifespan Faith Development - on haitus for the summer, nursery accepts up to age 7.|
As We Build the Beloved Community... Toward a True Kinship: A Summery Reflection
This Summer at FUCSJ
|0707-6||Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
|0707-7||Members Tour Homeless Shelters|
|0707-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
Hill House at History Park
|0707-10||Circling Around - Who is taking off for parts unknown without asking permission? Somebody is being paid to play with little kids. What not to say to your hairdresser! Who has abandoned cooking, cleaning and hosting parties forever? A heretofore well-respected member of our community is an out-and-out fraud! Who discovered shocking news in front of millions?|
|0707-11||Sinister Minister on A Deadly Mission|
UU Hikers & Friends
|0707-14||Classifieds: Calling All Dancers, Career Counseling, Wine Country Tours|
|0707-15||Spotlight on Social Justice|
|0707-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0707-1||Servicios de Domingo|
Mientras Construimos Nuestra amada Comunidad… Hacia un verdadero parentesco: una reflexión veraniega
|0707-5||Este verano en la FUCSJ|
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
|0707-13||Desfile del Orgullo Gay de San José|
|0707-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Servicios en español/
Translation into English
8 de agosto 9:30 a.m.
A la Búsqueda de la Piedra Filosofal
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
The Search for the Philosopher’s Stone
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
August 8 11:00 a.m.
Global, Continental, and Local Identities: What Does ‘Immigrant’ Mean?
Worship Leader: Marla Scharf; Worship Associates: Alice Lynch, Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Identidades Locales, Continentales y Mundiales: ¿qué Significa ‘Inmigrante’?
Dirige: Marla Scharf ; Asociadas de Culto: Alice Lynch, Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
15 de agosto 9:30 a.m.
“Nadie es Ilegal”: Qué Estamos Aprendiendo Acerca de la Inmigración
“Nadie es ilegal” es el nombre de un libro que toma un complejo vistazo de la inmigración de hoy. También es una declaración de fe. ¿Qué significa para nosotros los Unitarios Universalistas? ¿Qué necesitamos saber, ¿qué historias necesitamos escuchar, ¿qué principios subyacen en dónde nos encontramos sobre la reforma de inmigración y la difícil situación de los inmigrantes recientes y de sus familias? Rev. Nancy trae historias de sus viajes a Arizona este verano y Rosemary Báez y Sabrina Parra-García ofrecen sus reflexiones mientras nosotros profundizamos más sobre este tema.
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, con Rosemary Báez, Centro Comunitario de la Calle Tercera y Sabrina Parra-García, PACT
August 15 11:00 a.m.
“No One Is Illegal”: What We Are Learning About Immigration
“No One Is Illegal” is the name of a book that takes a complex look at immigration today. It is also a statement of faith. What does it mean for us Unitarian Universalists? What do we need to know, what stories do we need to hear, what principles underlie where we stand on immigration reform and the plight of recent immigrants and their families? Rev. Nancy brings stories of her trips to Arizona this summer, and Rosemary Baez and Sabrina Parra-Garcia offer their reflections as we go deeper on this topic.
Worship Leaders: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, with Rosemary Baez, Third Street Community Center, and Sabrina Parra-Garcia, PACT
22 de agosto 9:30 a.m.
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM
Worship Leaders: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Members of the Spanish-Speaking Ministries
August 22 11:00 a.m.
To Be Announced
Que se anunciará
29 de agosto 9:30a.m.
Caminando por el vecindario
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Walking in the neighborhood
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
August 29 11:00 a.m.
The Hero’s Journey
“In books like The Hero with a Thousand Faces [and] The Power of Myth, ...[Joseph] Campbell reported on the synthesis he found while comparing the myths and legends of many cultures. The Hero’s Journey was his all-embracing metaphor for the deep inner journey of transformation that heroes in every time and place seem to share, a path that leads them through great movements of separation, descent, ordeal and return.” (Christopher Vogler, foreword to Myth and the Movies by Stuart Voytilla) In this service we will hear the story of a church member who will share her recent hero’s journey and what she learned in her Call to Adventure. Members of the Junior High Youth Group will also give witness to the agony and ecstasy of their journey through snow and mountain peaks this summer.
Worship Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Worship Associate: Carolyn Bowman
El Viaje del Héroe
Dirige: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
5 de septiembre 9:30 a.m.
Labor en el Pulpito
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y un invitado especial
September 5 11:00 a.m.
Labor in the Pulpit
Worship Leaders: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and a special guest
12 de septiembre 9:30 a.m.
¡Domingo de regreso al Hogar!
September 12 11 a.m.
26 de septiembre
Inicio de un mes de duración, se centran en toda congregación multicultural oniscerning nuestra, la misión multirracial.
Launching a month-long, congregation-wide focus oniscerning our multicultural, multiracial mission.
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Lifespan Faith Development
Nursery -- Birth through 7 Years (summer age limit)
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 Cotton
The senior high youth group meets from 11:30-12:30 most Sundays. 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 YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Youth Group Advisors: V Kingsley, Cordelia Willis, and Greg Muller
Lifespan Faith Development Summer Update
There will be no summer program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade from June 13 through September 12. The program begins again on September 19.
The nursery will be available to children through seven years of age and the senior high youth group will continue to meet on Sundays.
The junior high youth group will continue to have social gatherings this summer including the backpacking trip. For more information contact Pam Pell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Course For Young Adults Ages 18-35
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Young Adults is grounded in a wholistic view of sexuality. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Co-author (Rev.) Michael Tino writes about how the curriculum team sought to meet the particular needs of a young adult audience:
“ . . . We intentionally developed lessons that were sex-positive (without presuming a particular level of sexual experience), creative, and grounded in justice and inclusivity. We were able to weave into the curriculum activities that ask the participants to engage in high-level reasoning and abstraction, activities that ask questions grounded in queer theory about what is ‘normal,’ and explorations of sexuality and intimacy that go beyond what is available for high-school students.”
Introductory session will be Thursday, September 9, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church of San José.
Leaders: Kristin Rivers, the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Dates: (Thursdays 7-9 p.m.) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 / Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 / Nov. 4, 11, 18 / Dec. 2, 9, 16
Cost: $140-$100, sliding scale. Scholarships available as needed. Makes checks out to First Unitarian Church c/o Susan Burke-Diquisto
RSVP: Susan Burke-Diquisto, Office Manager, email@example.com , 292-3858, ext. 10
Planning Ahead Lifespan Faith Development Program for 2010-11: Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 5
The PreK- Grade 5 Curriculum Team (Jan Theiss-Guffey, Sally Cooperrider, Pam Pell, John Burk, Tamara Payne-Alex and Rev. Geoff Rimositis) is working on an exciting program for our elementary age children beginning on September 19.
We have created three groups: 4 year olds-first grade, second through fourth grade, and fifth grade.
Nayo Ulloa and Sally Cooperrider will be returning to do music quarterly rather than every Sunday as we did this past year. In addition to music we will be introducing yoga and meditation to the children. The second through fourth graders will be getting to know members of our congregation with Faith in Action interviews that they will conduct.
On the remaining teaching Sundays we will be drawing from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith curriculums. PreK-1 will be doing Creating Home http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/creatinghome/index.shtml
And second through fourth grades will be doing Moral Tales http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/moraltales/index.shtml
Lessons can be accessed on the web by both teachers and parents.
Fifth Grade will again be doing Neighboring Faiths, our exploration of the world’s religions with visits to churches, temples and mosques.
Social Justice Sundays will happen quarterly with a special National Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Monday.
We especially are excited about how we are going to ask volunteers to participate this year. We will have both Class Guides and Curriculum Leaders. The Class Guides will be responsible for classroom management and will be trained on how to use games and transition activities. They will be responsible for community building with the children. The Curriculum Leaders would only be responsible for presenting the lesson or program for that morning. We think that it is a winning formula that will take the stress off of the person presenting the lesson for the day and bring children closer together by having a person who is responsible for the interpersonal dynamics of the class.
If you are interested in serving as a Class Guide or Curriculum Leader for next year and you haven’t already been trained, sign up for the second training, Tuesday, September 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Youth Group Activities
Staff: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis. To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior High (Grades 6-8)
Senior High Youth Group Grades 9-12 (Youth Room)
Youth Group Advisors: V Kingsley, Cordelia Willis, and Greg Muller
Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
One-paragraph salutes now welcome!
Members Tour Homeless Shelters
Members of the First Unitarian Church recently had a guided tour of Montgomery Street and Julian Inn Shelters. We have a long history of working with both shelters over the years and we are excited about renewing and deepening our relationship. To follow through on our commitment to these shelters, we will designate the offering from our September 12 Homecoming Service to the shelters. We also invite you to bring items from the InnVision wish list on that morning, which we will deliver to the shelters. We look forward to starting off our church year thinking about our neighbors who could use our assistance.
InnVision Wish List:
Hill House at History Park
Did you ever take a close look at the pictures in the Ramsden Fireside Room? There is a photo of the founders of our church, including Andrew Putnam Hill (18531922). He is better known as a painter and photographer, and the leader of the effort to save a forest of large redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains which became the first of the California State Parks, now known as Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The working group that achieved this milestone became Sempervirens [sempervirens.org].
His home, a City Landmark building, was moved from its original site on Sherman Avenue to the San Jose History Park on Senter Road, where the Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara County spent nine years restoring it. It is now open for public tours.
San Jose History Park is open from 12:00 noon to 5:00PM every day (except Mondays). Admission is free.
History Park website, historysanjose.org
Victorian Preservation Association website, wpa.org
Again let me know if you are joining us unless you are a regular and you know who you are. Call on my home phone 408 730 1052 or email me. I will check it in the morning before the hike. You can call my cell phone 408 507 7052 after 7:30 am the morning of the hike. If I am driving I will not answer, so just leave me a message and I’ll check it when I get parked. See you on the trails!
Wednesday August 4
Saturday, August 7
Wednesday, August 11
Saturday, August 14
Wednesday, August 18
Saturday, August 21
Wednesday, August 25
Saturday, August 28
August 9th from 7-9pm
The First Unitarian UU Campus Outreach (Campus UU’s) group has just begun meeting to create a presence at San Jose State University. This group is open to anyone who is inclined to help in bringing information about our faith to the student and faculty of SJSU. We would also request that anyone who is connected to SJSU (student, teacher, contractor, etc.) please contact John Burk at email@example.com.
The next meeting of the Campus UU’s is on August 9th from 7-9pm in the FUCSJ Board Room. Please join us we are starting small, so we are looking for ideas to get the word out to the students and faculty of San Jose State.
Monday, August 16, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sanctuary
A newly forming Meditation group is meeting next on August 16 and continuing on the first and third Monday evenings in the church Sanctuary. Anand David Solest, who has a background in meditation and chanting for over 30 years and began to attend our church in February 2010, is leading the meditations.
Many of the group participants attended a meditation workshop given at our church in June, but this is not a pre-requisite. The format is simple, and it encourages our meditation practices.
For more information or questions, please contact Connie at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com. or 408-206-2163. We invite you to be part of our new meditation group, and reap the spiritual and physical benefits!
July 14-29, July 21-August 4, 2011
The Partner Church Committee will offer 2 trips to Homoródszentmárton in 2011. The first trip from July 14 to July 29 will include a more adult oriented programs with classes in the arts and culture of the village. The second trip will be youth oriented from July 21 to August 4 with less structure. All travelers must be high school age or older. The youth and their families will have priority for the second trip. The approximate cost for the trip is $2,600. This includes airfare, but not food in Budapest and Kolozsvar. We will have scholarship opportunities for anyone who needs help with the cost of the trip. Please contact Monty Low for scholarship and fundraising needs.
The first trip will begin with 2 full days in Budapest, but the second trip will have only 1 full day in Budapest. The trips will then travel to Kolozsvar, Romania for 1 day where we will visit Unitarian heritage sites. The trips will travel to our partner church in the village of Homoródszentmárton where we will stay 7 nights. There will be a one-night overlap when both trips will be in the village. While in the village we will work on service projects with our hosts and learn about the life, history and culture of our Unitarian partners. Finally we will travel to Budapest for a one-day visit and then fly home. Please contact Monty Low, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information or if you are interested in joining us on one of the trips.
September 19 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
October 24 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
November 14 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
January 16 - Compassion in the Midst of Crisis
February 27 - Caring for Care Givers
Sacred Reading Circle
This Sacred Reading Circle, facilitated by Rev. Donna Lenahan, will meet in her home for seven Wednesday evenings from 6:20 to 8:50 pm, on October 6, 13, 20, 21, 27 and November 4 and 11.
The book we will use is For the Love of God; Handbook for the Spirit by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield. It is a wonderful collection of original writing by twenty-five extraordinary writers (such as The Dalai Lama, Matthew Fox, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Huston Smith) celebrating their personal experiences of the divine. Donna has a few of these books.
Come enjoy tea and discussion with like-minded journeyers on the path. $5 per session is suggested.
Marianne Williamson says: “Books such as this one are maps back home. They bridge us back to the essential self. They remind us who we are and grant us the peace of remembering at last.”
Please e-mail Donna at: email@example.com or call her at 408-354-9024 to let her know you are interested. The group is limited to ten participants.
Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, 2010
Annual Pacific Central District Men’s Retreat:
Third Street Community Center Presents:
Leading Strong and Healthy Lives
English as a Second Language (ESL)
NOTE: We are also looking for Instructors who are proficient in Vietnamese or Chinese (Mandarin preferred) to teach ESL classes.
Contact Vanessa at Vanessa@3street.org or (408) 295-8722 ext. 301 for registration or questions or drop in during sessions.
FUCSJ FARMERS’ MARKET AFTER CHURCH IN HATTIE PORTER HALL!
BACKYARD FARMERS! Do you find yourself with a tree full of too many cherries, plums, apricots, etc.? Have your tomatoes, cucumbers and squash etc. been way too prolific? Here is a chance to share fresh, home-grown produce with others at church. Please bring anything you would like to share to HPH 15 minutes before the 11:00 service.
FRESH PRODUCE LOVERS! Each Sunday might offer various bounty ready for you to purchase at remarkable prices! All going to support our youth programs! So bring your shopping lists and market baskets!
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.
Thursday-Monday, September 2-6
Labor Day Camp 2010