Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / March 17, 2010 / 17 de Marzo 2010
|0317-0||Send us Your Photos - March 14, 2010 Service at 11 a.m., HUUmanist Group|
|0317-2||Save the Dates|
|0317-3||Lifespan Faith Development, Junior High Backpack Trip, Safety First!|
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith: Ode to Spring
The Annual Canvass: True Love
|0317-6||Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
|0317-7||Sabbatical leave coming up for the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones|
|0317-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
Are You Sure You Didn’t Lose One of These?
|0317-10||Circling Around - What company needs wizards? Our senior citizens revealed! The light comes back, finally. We have actors and singers and newbies, oh my.|
|0317-11||Have you ever dreamed of being a centerfold?|
Save the Date: Sunday May 28, 12:45 pm for Election of Church Leaders
|0317-14||Classifieds: Career Counseling; travel|
|0317-15||Spotlight on Social Justice: UU Service Committee conveys thanks for Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund donation|
|0317-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0317-1||Servicios de Domingo|
La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe: Oda a la Primavera
Proxima licencia sabatica para la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
Anote la Fecha en su Calendario: Domingo 28 de Mayo, a las 12:45 pm para la Elección de Los Líderes de la Iglesia.
|0317-13||Música, Música, Música en el aire!|
|0317-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
Send us your photos!
March 14, Guest Speaker: Dada Nabhaniilananda
Photos provided by David Proulx
HUUmanist Group Hosts Guest Speaker: Prof. Peter Stone
Photos provided by Peter Shenke
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
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
Domingo de compañerismo
28 de marzo 9:30am
Lucha en los campos, lucha en los corazones
Dirigen: Jeff Norment y Roberto Padilla
Fight in the fields, fight in the hearts
Worship Leaders: Jeff Norment snd Roberto Padilla
March 28 11:00 am
The religious life is a spiritual journey to our authentic selves. As Otto Scharmer of the Presencing Institute http://www.presencing.com/index.shtml writes in his Book, Theory U: Leading From The Future As It Emerges, “In order to access your best creative potential, you have to go on a journeyin which you follow your bliss, your feelings, your felt sense of the emerging future.” This is the journey to our authentic selves and what we truly love in this life. Once we are able to access this deeper source that is unique to ourselves, our lives and our future, a true love is unleashed and its language is gratitude and generosity. This Sunday marks the beginning of our annual giving campaign. We will hear from our children, youth and adults on why they give their time, talent and resources to this religious community and our Unitarian Universalist faith.
Worship Leaders: Rev Geoff Rimositis, Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Carolyn Bowman, Alice Lynch
Dirigen: Rev. Geoff Rimositis y Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Carolyn Bowman y Alice Lynch
APRIL THEME: The Arts as a Path to the Spirit /
TEMA DE ABRIL: Los artes como camino al Espíritu
4 de abril Horario Especial: 10:30 a.m.
El Ciclo de la Vida! Servicio Combinado para todas las Edades para un DOMINGO DE PASCUA Con la Comunión de las Flores!
En este domingo de Pascua, nos reuniremos juntos como una congregación en un horario especial (10: 30 a.m.) para celebrar el gran ciclo de la vida y este hermoso ritual de primavera. Compartiremos nuestra anual comunión de las flores, y solo podríamos recibir una visita después del servicio de un amigo de orejas grandes y caídas. Únanse a la alegría! Comunión de las flores: Favor de traer una o dos flores para compartir y dejarlas con los recolectores de flores (Asociados de culto y niños) en las mesas de la acera frente a la Iglesia antes del servicio. Los recolectores de flores colocaran sus ofertas florales en cestas y, a continuación, harán una procesión con ellas en el santuario. Nuestros niños más tarde pasarán estas cestas a través de la congregación para un ritual rápido y suave que creará un campo de flores que florece en nuestro santuario junto con recuerdos brillantes para llevar a casa.Nota especial: Si usted trae rosas u otras flores espinosas, por favor, quítele las espinas antes de traerlas a la Iglesia! Nosotros estamos esperando un día libre de dolor. Venga, traiga una flor para dar; lleve a casa una flor para disfrutar durante el resto del día.
Dirigen: La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y El Rev. Geoff Rimositis
April 4 10:30 am SPECIAL TIME
The Cycle of Life! Combined All-Ages Worship for EASTER SUNDAY with Flower Communion!
On this Easter Sunday, we gather together as one congregation at a special time (10:30 a.m.) to celebrate the great cycle of life and this beautiful spring ritual. We’ll share in our annual Flower Communion, and we just might receive a visit after worship from a long-floppy-eared friend. Join in the joy! Flower Communion: Please bring a flower or two to share, and leave them with the Flower Gatherers (Worship Associates and children) at the tables on the sidewalk in front of the church before the service. The Flower Gatherers will place your floral offerings in baskets and then process with them into the sanctuary. Our children will later pass these baskets through the congregation for a swift and gentle ritual that will create a field of flowers blooming in our sanctuary along with bright mementos to take home. Special note: If you bring roses or other prickly flowers, please strip off the thorns before bringing them to church! We’re hoping for a pain-free day. Come, bring a flower to give; take home a flower to relish for the rest of the day.
Worship Leaders: The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and The Rev. Geoff Rimositis
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 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 21st from 10:00-10:50 am.
“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!
While we give to you and you give to me ... true love ... true love ... on and on it will always be ... true love ... true love. The 2010 annaul pledge drive will kick off at the March 28 service. 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 email@example.com).
Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini
“I thank Nancy Palmer Jones for the wonderful creative energy that she brings to worship and spiritual presence.”
“I want to thank Bob Howd for voluntarily cleaning the grubby burners on the downstairs stove on SIOPD, a job I would make every effort to avoid!”
“I thank Tamara Payne-Alex for gently and skillfully leading the Program Council in the ways of Policy Based Governance for the church.”
“Thank you to Dave Proulx who has graciously hosted Circle Suppers three months in a row, making it possible for many folks to have a fun evening getting better acquainted with one another.”
Service Is Our Prayer
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
Are You Sure You Didn’t Lose One of These?
The following items are in the Lost and Found box in the downstairs office and are eager to be claimed:
[sounds like a great prop list for an improv comedy night ed.]
Chancel Decorating Open House: March 21
Get in touch with your “inner artist” or just assist someone else with his or her design. The team of chancel decorators really needs some new members, or we may be staring at blank chancel wall in the future. We want to show you it’s easier than you think! Come out to see if chancel decorating might be your cup of tea.
On Sunday March 21 Madeline Morrow and other team members will show you how it’s done, and how many possibilities make this a very flexible job. You probably don’t realize how many cool things are stashed away waiting for someone together to beautify a worship service. We also have decorators who no longer are able to get on a step stool or lift a big vase filled with water. We need assistants who can help them with carrying and lifting.
If you hear even a tiny voice saying, “Maybe I could help”, please come to the Open House to learn what we do and what we need. We are very nice, and won’t kidnap you for the team. Meet at the back of the church at 12:15. The approximate length will be 30 minutes. Email Madeline Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or want to sign up even before the open house.
Standing on the Side of Love:
Música, Música, Música en el aire!
Imaginando un Programa de Música Enriquecida y Ampliada para FUCSJ
el sábado, 10 de abril del 2010,
Por favor únase a los organizadores: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y Claire Wagner junto con músicos, amantes de la música y todos los amantes de nuestra Querida Comunidad para una cumbre el sábado, 10 de abril del 2010, de 9: 30 a.m. a 12: 30 p.m. en el salón de la chimenea y en el santuario! Llegue temprano para café y bocadillos ligeros; el salón de la chimenea estará abierto a las 9: 00 a.m.
Las preguntas que exploraremos saldrán de esta lista y mucho más:
En suma: ¿Cómo podríamos construir un Ministerio Musical sólido y excelente en FUCSJ, paso a paso, en los próximos años? ¿Que necesitamos aprender? ¿De quienes podemos aprender? Qué temas y modelos podemos encontrar para el éxito de los Ministerios de Música entre otras congregaciones? ¿Que nuevos roles necesitaríamos crear?
En la FUCSJ estamos bendecidos con muchos buenos músicos y sorprendentes voluntarios musicales, así como con un profundo amor por la música y el canto congregacional. Esta Cumbre de la música está diseñada para abrir una conversación y desarrollar un proceso para llevar a nuestro Ministerio Musical “a las alturas”! Por favor, venga a compartir sus esperanzas, sueños y frustraciones sobre un tema que es vital para nuestro crecimiento espiritual y para el legado que les dejaremos a las generaciones futuras. Si usted no le es posible unirse a nosotros para esta Cumbre, pero desea ser incluido, por favor envíe sus ideas a Claire Wagner en email@example.com (en inglés) o con Roberto Padilla en firstname.lastname@example.org (en español). Esta Cumbre es el primer paso de un largo proceso.
Music, Music, Music in the Air!
Imagining an Enriched and Expanded Music Program for FUCSJ
Saturday, April 10, 2010,
Please join the convenersthe Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Claire Wagneralong with musicians, music lovers, and all lovers of our Beloved Community for a Music Summit on Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room and Sanctuary! Arrive early for coffee and light snacks; the Fireside Room will be open at 9:00 a.m.
The questions we will explore will draw from this list and more:
In sum: How might we build a robust and excellent Music Ministry at FUCSJ, step by step, over the next few years? What do we need to learn? Whom can we learn from? What themes and models can we find for successful Music Ministries among other congregations? What new roles might we need to create?
At FUCSJ, we are blessed with many fine musicians and amazing musical volunteers, as well as with a deep love for music and congregational singing. This Music Summit is designed to open a conversation and develop a process for taking our Music Ministry “to the heights”! Please come share your hopes, dreams, and frustrations on a topic that is vital for our spiritual growth and for the legacy that we will offer generations to come.
If you are not able to join us for this Summit, but want to be included, please send your thoughts to Claire Wagner at email@example.com (in English) or to Roberto Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org (in Spanish). This Summit is the first step in a larger process.
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.
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/
Thomas Starr King and the Discourse of Anti-Racism
Conrad Wright Lecture Lecture
Thursday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Richard S. Dinner Board Room
Graduate Theological Union’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709. Hosted by Starr King School for the Ministry. Reception for Dr. Matthews following the lecture
The Rev. Thomas Starr King, famous Unitarian and Universalist of a century and a half ago, is more recently famous for being displaced from the statuary in the U.S. Capitol by Ronald Reagan. But he may be far more relevant to us today than those bare facts suggest.
Thomas Starr King and the Discourse of Anti-Racism will be explored by Dr. Glenna Matthews in the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society’s annual Conrad Wright Lecture.
Dr. Matthews received her Ph.D. from Stanford, and has filled faculty positions at Oklahoma State University, Stanford, Berkeley, and UCLA. Among her books are “Just a Housewife”: The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America; The Rise of Public Woman: Woman’s Power and Woman’s Place, 1630-1970; American Women’s History: A Student Companion; and Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century. She has also co-authored Introduction to United States History and Running as a Woman: Gender and Power in American Politics. Thomas Starr King has been a recent subject of her research, and she will be teaching a course on him at Starr King School for the Ministry later this year. For further information, contact the Rev. Gordon Gibson, UUHS President, email@example.com, or (865) 525-0055
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!
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.
By Joyce Miller
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.
Wine Country Excursions
UU Service Committee conveys thanks for Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund donation
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-991-3212; e-mail: email@example.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:
Thank you to our volunteers!
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Translator: Roberto Padilla
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