Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / March 3, 2010 / 3 de Marzo 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, New Class Opens Closet Doors|
As We Build the Beloved Community... The Spiritual Practice of Giving Up Despair
The Annual Canvass Starting Soon
|0217-6||Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
|0217-7||FUCSJ Board Updates, Ratifies Ends Statement|
|0217-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
Church Yearbook 2010: Sign Up For Your FREE Portrait Sitting, Contest Deadline
|0217-10||Circling Around - Which of us is really crazy? Somebody has come in from the cold. A lovely girl is re-named. Who else is absolutely crazy? Multiple answers on this one.|
|0217-11||Aren’t You Getting the UU World Magazine?|
|0217-14||Classifieds: Career Counseling; estate sale|
|0217-15||Spotlight on Social Justice|
|0217-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0217-1||Servicios de Domingo|
Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad… La Práctica Espiritual de Deshacernos de la desesperación
|0217-8||¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?|
|0217-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
Send us your photos!
January 30, Social Justice Benefit Tea
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
MARCH THEME: Aspects of the Holy The Depth and Breadth of Life
TEMA DE MARZO: Aspectos de la Santidad, La profundidad y amplitud de la vida
Servicios en español/
Translation into English
7 de Marzo 9:30 am
Manejando el Miedo
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
March 7 11:00 am
Senior High Sunday
Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Domingo de Preparatoria
Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de los clases de juventud
Domingo de las fuentes
14 de Marzo 9:30 am
Enfrentando a nuestro enemigo
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Facing our enemy
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
March 14 11:00 am
The Legacy of Shiva: The Spirituality of Tantra Yoga
Worship Leaders: Special Guest Dada Nabhaniilananda, with Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
El legado de Shiva: La espiritualidad del Yoga Tantra
Dirigen: Invitado especial Dada Nabhaniilananda, con la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociado de Culto: Frank Bosche
Domingo de la teología
March 21 9:30 am
Teología del Pecado Unitario Universalista
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
March 21 11:00 am
A Unitarian Universalist’s Theology of Sin
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Mary Martin and Dave Proulx
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
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 email@example.com. An informational meeting will be held at church on Sunday, March 21st from 10:00-10:50 am.
New Class Opens Closet Doors
“This class was a wonderful experience. As a bisexual (and polyamorous) woman, I feel it is important that people know more about bisexuality so that they can see that bisexuals are people just like them, regardless of who, or how, we love. I feel that biphobia (especially within the LGBT community) stems from a disconnection from bisexuality, and/or from a fear of the unknown. By having a curriculum like what was in [this] class, we are breaking down walls that divide and creating a more healthy, well-balanced, accepting community”
- Verna Kirkendall.
“I valued the level of sharing within a group with very diverse experiences.”
“It was wonderful to get to know some of our church folks at a much deeper level and to ... see how important it is to have a safe and affirming space to share our personal stories.” “Polyamory does not freak me out as it once did.”
What are these people talking about??
Now is the time for all good UUs to come to the aid of their community (and the bad ones too ... you know who you are).
If you are available to serve as a canvasser or as a party host this year, please contact the POC member for Stewardship and Fundraising, Henry Ruddle. (408-234-3670 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you’d like to just get your pledge card and get it over with, that’s fine too. Henry will be glad to help.
FUCSJ Board Updates, Ratifies Ends Statement
By Rick Merritt
As a UU church community organized under policy-based governance we articulate our goals in what we call an Ends Statement. We have been operating under a draft Ends Statement since February 2008. Recently the Board of Directors approved language for the goals of our new Lifespan Faith Development program and ratified the resulting Ends Statement [available at the link] below. This is a living document that is intended to change with our times and the growth of our community. The board welcomes input from members of the congregation about our goals.
Adopted by the FUCSJ Board of Directors on January 27, 2010
1.0 Global Ends Through our worship, education, service, fellowship, work for social justice, and stewardship, we build a loving compassionate multigenerational community that embodies our Unitarian Universalist values and that is multilingual, multicultural, multiracial, and anti-oppressive. We are willing to extend ourselves by giving our time, talent, and treasure to meet these expansive ends.
1.1 Worship We gather for meaningful worship to connect with our deepest selves, with each other, with what we hold of highest worth, with transcending mystery and wonder, and with both timeless questions and the questions of our time.
1.2 Lifespan Faith Development Faith development is at the heart of our community. We provide an ongoing program of engaging, useful and relevant opportunities for children, youth and adults to grow in our understanding of who we are, what we value, and how best to put those values into action. We embrace the full and diverse expression of our ever-evolving spirituality, feel the awe and wonder of human existence, ponder the great questions of life and meaning faced in every religious tradition, and tap into our own expressions of love, joy, and compassion.
1.3 Service Our congregation embodies an ethic of service through our shared ministries. We nourish and use our unique gifts to serve our wider community, and to serve one another through pastoral care, congregational leadership, building maintenance, and a host of other volunteer tasks.
1.4 Fellowship Our members, friends, and guests experience warmth, hospitality, and welcome. We support a variety of gatherings and groups that nurture relationships among people of all ages, fostering fun and spiritual growth, and overcoming the barriers that sometimes divide the human family.
1.5 Social Justice We join with others in the wider community to work for justice, equity, and compassion for all, thereby transforming ourselves, our neighborhood, city, and world.
1.6 Stewardship Our growing generosity in contributing our time, talent, and treasure provides the essential foundation that supports our staff, building, and programs. All of these elements make it possible for us to meet our ends.
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!
By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
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 ours 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 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!
Annual Elections Slated for Sunday March 28
By Rick Merritt
The FUCSJ Board of Directors has set Sunday, March 28 at 12:45pm as the time for our annual members meeting to elect officers, directors and a nominating committee for the new church year. Elections will be held in the sanctuary. Absentee ballots should be available from the church office manager no later than March 14. If you are interested in taking part in the policy-based governance of the church there is still time to talk to one of our nominating committee membersSteve Madden, Nancy Coleman, Bob Meiss or Jan Theis-Guffey.
Women’s Alliance Meeting
The Women’s Alliance will meet at the home of Jean vonKaenel in Los Gatos on Thursday, March 4, from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. Please call Nancy Coleman at 408 985 5778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions or more information. Meg Bowman will to bring materials for a readers’ theater “performance” of one of the many scripts she has written about the life “herstory” of a courageous woman you will wish you had met. Great timing for Women’s History Month. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 1.
SJSU Hosts Transgender Awareness Week, March 8th- 11th, 2010
San Jose State University is proud to host Transgender Awareness Week, March 8th -11th, 2010. This collaborative event will feature nationally renowned Trans experts along with local activists to educate the SJSU campus and local community about Transgender people. The week will feature art, film, scholarship and performance to present the intricacies of life for people who identify as transgender. Some events are in the afternoon and some are in the evening, all are free and open to the public. More details and RSVP
Standing on the Side of Love:
By Joyce Miller
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 canceled. 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, March 3
Huddart County Park, 7 miles, moderate. We will do the longer hike up to Skyline. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.
Saturday, March 6
Sunol Regional Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capital at Alum Rock at 8:00 am. We will do McGuire Peaks hike.
Wednesday, March 10
Sierra Azule Open Space Preserve, 6-7 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath, and Beyond at the Almaden Plaza Shopping center at 8:30 am. We meet at the small lot across the access road from the large parking lot in front of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Palo Alto folks may want to meet at Page Mill/280 at 8:00 am to car pool to Almaden Plaza.
Saturday, March 13
Santa Teresa County Park, 6-7 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond at Almaden Plaza Shopping Center at 8:00 am.
Wednesday, March 17
Castle Rock State Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am. Turn right just past the Union 76 Station on Big Basin Way.
Saturday, March 20
Sanborn County Park, 8 miles, moderate to strenuous. We will go to Indian Rock, which is around 8 miles. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.
Wednesday, March 24
Skyline Loop, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.
Saturday, March 27
Mission Peak, 5 miles, moderate to strenuous. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capital at Alum Rock at 8:00 am or at the trail head at Ohlone College at 8:20 am. Parking fee $4.
Wednesday, March 31
Saratoga Gap to Grizzly Flat car shuttle, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.
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: email@example.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-991-3212; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Thank you to our volunteers!
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Translator: Roberto Padilla
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Assembly Crew: Marge Schneider
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