Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / Februay 17, 2010 / 17 de Febrero 2010
|0217-0||Send us Your Photos - February 7, 2010 Service at 11 a.m.|
|0217-2||Save the Dates|
|0217-3||Lifespan Faith Development, Help Bring The Spirit Alive With Our Children, Events|
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist - Faith Standing on The Side of Love Affirmation
Ransom Grabeel: Preserving our Beloved Community and its Home
|0217-6||Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
|0217-7||How does our church work?|
|0217-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
Welcome New Members
Church Yearbook 2010: Sign Up For Your FREE Portrait Sitting, Contest Deadline
|0217-10||Circling Around - Torchy's gallery showing|
|0217-11||January 27, 2010 Board Meeting|
|0217-12||Around Our District
|0217-14||Classifieds: Career Counseling; Safe, reliable car for sale|
|0217-15||Spotlight on Social Justice -
|0217-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0217-1||Servicios de Domingo|
La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe - Afirmación de Estar Parados del Lado del Amor
|0217-8||¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?|
|0217-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
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February 7, 2010 Sunday Service - 11 a.m.
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
February Theme: Becoming a People So Bold!
Dismantling Divisions, Celebrating Diversities Inside and Out
Tema de febrero: Llegar a Ser un Pueblo tan Osado!
Servicios en español/Translation into English
Domingo de la teología
21 de Febrero 9:30 am
Cuestionando el Privilegio
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
February 21 11:00 am
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Domingo de compañerismo
28 de Febrero 9:30am
Entre dos montañas
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Between two Mountains
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
February 28 11:00 a.m.
When UUs Go to the Movies: Expanding Our Vision, Extending Our Compassion
Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Carolyn Bowman and K’Ailsa Rowan
Cuando los UUs Vamos al Cine: Expandiendo nuestra Visión, Extendiendo Nuestra Compasión
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Music, Arts, Games or Drama teams that are working with our children in Kindergarten through fifth grade this year in our Sunday morning art and spirituality program. If you are a musician and / or singer, join us for 30 minutes each Sunday to help make the Spirit of Music come alive with our childrenand still make it upstairs for the sermon!
Or join our children for a month and bring your special art activity that will be part of the Sunday worship experience. Or come down once a month and have fun playing games with the children as we bring the spirit alive with our holy laughter and in the midst of the fun talk about what’s going on in our lives and how one lives a joyful and meaningful life. E-mail me at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org and let’s talk about how you would like to help bring the spirit alive in your life and in our children’s lives.
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 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. An informational meeting will be held at church on Sunday, March 28th from 10:30-10:55 am.
Common Security Club Canceled
The remaining sessions (Feb. 24, March 11) have been canceled.
Our congregation has been around since Civil War times, and our building was completed in 1892. You have probably noticed that it is California Historical Landmark No. 902. The person most associated with the effort to gain that honor in 1977 was the late Ransom Grabeel.
The church directories show Ransom for the first time in 1970, living in Los Gatos, but a few years later he is listed as living in San José. After his first few years with the church, he is listed continuously as Church Archivist or Church Historian on lists of people occupying positions with the church.
Ransom obviously cared very much about preserving the congregation as well as its beautiful building on North Third Street. In our archives, we have a file with several copies of his will, made shortly before he died in 1984, in which he left money to his nieces and nephews (he was unmarried, no children) as well as one nonprofit organization, and the rest to the First Unitarian Church of San José.
Ransom apparently also had a wry sense of humor. A copy of the budget of another local church, which was very well-funded, was also enclosed in the file, with a hand-written annotation on it: “Read it and drool. RG”
The next year, our church formed its first property committee, the predecessor of today’s Building Committee. Using funds from Ransom’s estate, the church made critical seismic improvements to the building, including strengthening the balcony with steel beams and support columns. The balcony had actually been condemned and some believed it would have fallen in an earthquake. (The Loma Prieta earthquake was just four years later.) And of course, a decade later, the congregation began the long process of restoring and upgrading the entire building to be what it is today.
It’s interesting to note that during the 1970s there was talk of selling our old building and moving to the suburbs to escape what was at that time a rather desolate downtown area before redevelopment. Historical status would make the building nearly impossible to sell, but much more work had to be done to ensure that the congregation could continue to occupy that space.
Therefore, Ransom played a key role in preserving both the physical and spiritual legacies of First Unitarian Church of San José through both his tireless efforts and his bequest. Without him, the congregation would likely be very different and so might North Third Street. It shows how the passion and generosity of one individual can make an enormous difference in the life of a church for generations to come.
Special thanks to Catherine Pelizzari, Mary and Gene Martin, and Jean vonKaenel for contributing the information for this article.
Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
Please send your one-sentence salute to me at email@example.com
...to all of the loving and generous people who helped me get through my intense health issues and hospitalizations in 2009 and with my big move. I can’t find words to truly express my gratitude, but you have pulled me through hard times. You know who you are from those of you who sat with my daughter, held me in the hospital and took care of me there and at home and those of you who cooked for me, helped pack, carry, move, unload and unpack boxes, to those who held me in their hearts and sent energy or prayed for me. My deepest thanks and gratitude to you all. It is a humbling experience to receive such love and generosity.
“Thank you to Liz Owen for her conscientious support of choir logistics by coming early to open up and set out the music, copying music, putting the music away and finally locking up!”
“I thank Donna Lenahan for being such a wonderful leader and inspiration in the important area of pastoral care and for offering deep presence for those in pain.”
How does our church work?
Our church adopted a system called “Policy Based Governance” in 2007. That means that our elected Church Board is responsible for asking such questions as “How are our core values expressed in our policies? What’s our next step?”
The Board is the deliberative body of the church; the people on the Board do the deep thinking and planning necessary to move our church forward towards fulfilling our mission statement. The Board makes sure that the “means,” or the way we get things done, and the “ends,” or the reasons we do these things, are in sync with our values.
The Program and Operations Council, on the other hand, is the hands-on team of the church. They empower committees in various areas to make sure that the budget is on track, the facilities are maintained and the programs are running smoothly.
Right now, your Nominating Committee, consisting of Chairperson Steve Madden, Bob Miess, Nancy Coleman, and Jan Theiss-Guffey, is working hard on recruiting people for Board and Program terms, which begin in April of this year. We think you will be happy with the candidates who will be offered in nomination to you soon.
We are still seeking people, however, for Treasurer (also on the Board), Personnel Officer, Lifespan Faith Development, and Inreach positions on the Program and Operations Council. Our church needs thoughtful, committed church members who enjoy deliberative discussions, and want to serve our church in a deep, meaningful way. We want to reflect evolving thinking in our leadership positions.
Maybe you know someone who might be the perfect candidate for one of the leadership positions. Perhaps you would be interested. Or possibly you just want to learn more about the Board or the Program and Operations Council. Each term is only for two years. Please contact Steve, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nancy, email@example.com; Jan, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Bob, Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com, with your thoughts.
Welcome New Members
Kathryn is 47 and a native of Wisconsin. She came to California 22 years ago in search of adventure and found absolute paradise here in the Bay Area.
She asked her husband, Dave Axtell, to marry her a few days after their first date. She bought the rings and they eloped to San Francisco City Hall a month later. They will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.
Kathryn and Dave lived on their sailboat “Walkabout” in Redwood City until their oldest child, Jameson, was 1.5 years old before moving to their current Sunnyvale residence. Jameson and their middle daughter, Roslyn, are now teenagers and so far, can only be coaxed to attend church, along with their dad, when their little sister is in one of Cordelia’s Holiday plays.
Kathryn has been a staunch supporter of California Theatre Center (children’s theatre) in Sunnyvale and is a parent aid at Lauren’s school-Christa McAuliffe in Saratoga. Many weekends find her on an outdoor adventure with the Boy Scouts or with the Y Guides. Kathryn’s most recent passions are gardening, building barn owl boxes, raising composting worms and getting backyard chickens. Favorite Color: Robin’s Egg Blue. Favorite Heroine: Rachel Maddow.
Mark and Robi McClure
Church Yearbook 2010:
Remember your school yearbooks with the pictures of events, clubs, classes and, of course, portraits of each person? The 2010 FUCSJ Yearbook will be similar, and, even better, will include a directory of member and friend names and addresses.
Photo sessions for portraits will run from late February to late March, and the church is counting on you to sign up! The more member and friend photos in the directory, the more useful it will be to everyone and the more activity pages will be included. Please bring whichever family members you wish to appear in the photos, even if they do not attend the church. If you are not yet a pledging member or friend of FUCSJ, but still consider or plan to consider FUCSJ your church home, you are welcome too!
Olan Mills has offered to produce the Yearbook and take the portraits at no cost to the church. You will be offered an opportunity to sit for two poses (the official one for the Yearbook and a fun one), and to purchase prints. You are under no obligation to buy. Everyone who sits will receive a free 8x10 print and a free copy of the directory when the final printed product is delivered in May. PLEASE NOTE: the official portraits will have a white background. The photo sessions will be held:
Please sign up for a sitting by calling Susan Burke-Diquisto in the church office at 408-292-3858 or by e-mailing her at email@example.com. Or you may sign-up during social hour after any Sunday service before the sessions begin. View available sessions at http://www.sanjoseuu.org/
Make Your Chalice Design The Yearbook Cover!
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.
UU Legislative Ministry Special Event
Tickets now available! $40 each. March 5, 2010 7pm to 10pm at the First UU Society of San Francisco. Come and meet the new UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales! Mingle with other UULM supporters! Dancing with music by “Backyard Shenanigans”
Go to our website: www.uulmca.org or call Saron Stone of the UULMCA at 916-441-0018. To contribute to the UULM Action Network CA and/or the UULM-CA, please visit our Donation pages. UULM Action Network, CA (non-tax deductible) UULM-CA (Tax deductible, for educational purposes). Monthly donors are vital to our work, and one time donations are also gratefully received.
Jim Stevens & Friends Concert
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.
Jim and his band of three others will do a concert of folk music with an Irish theme to get you in the mood for St. Patrick’s day and to benefit UUCPS. Information: 650-494-0541, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Central District Board Seeks Nominations for Honors Awards 2010
Each year our PCD Board of Directors honors the work and contributions of a number of congregations and individual members at our District Assembly. All nominations must be received on or before February 28. For more information, see http://www.pcd-uua.org/currents/20100111.htm
There are still a few weeks left in the Listening Campaign. If you have not been contacted by the time you read this, and would like to participate, please contact Diana Wirt at 993-1003 or DiWirt@sbcglobal.net.
The Band of Writers has a surprise!
The Partner Church Committee Presents
Date: Feb 28
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: First Unitarian Church of San Jose, Sanctuary.
Suggested donation: $10 - $20
Information: Monty Low, email@example.com, 408 348-2778
Reception to follow
Proceeds will help with high school expenses and programs for the students of Homorodszentmarton, Romania.
The Presidio Quintet - based in San Francisco, formed in 2007, and is comprised of the principals from the Mill Valley Philharmonic.
Thursday, March 4
March 5-7, 2010
Women and Religion UUA Retreat
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be added to an church-campout email list. Or just watch your newsletter and email for announcements.
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!
Wednesday, February 17
Stevens Creek/Fremont Older, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at trail head at 8:30 am. Directions to trail head: Take Foothill Expressway as though you were going to Rancho San Antonio. Don’t turn off Foothill. Go about 1.5 miles to entrance to Stevens Creek Park on the left. You can see the parking lot below you as you go around a curve. Turn left and go straight ahead to the parking lot. There is $6 parking fee.
Saturday, February 20
Wednesday, February 24
Saturday, February 27