Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / May 5, 2010 / 5 de Mayo 2010
Make Your True Love Pledge
If you have not yet made your annual pledge to FUCSJ, download the information and forms at: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/AboutUs/Fundraising/pledge.html
|0505-0||Send us Your Photos - Wake Up, Sun!|
|0505-2||Save the Dates|
|0505-3||Lifespan Faith Development, Planning Meeting, Safety First!|
As We Build the Beloved Community...
May’s Theme: Cherishing the Interdependent Web of All Existence
Chancel Decorators Needed
|0505-6||Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
|0505-7||Board Meeting of April 28, 2010|
|0505-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
Julian Street Inn Mental Health Day
|0505-10||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!|
|0505-11||Champions Wanted - Working together, we can create fun, successful events and activities that raise money without overwhelming anyone|
UU Hikers & Friends
|0505-14||Classifieds: Wine Country Tours|
|0505-15||Spotlight on Social Justice: Haiti, Peacemaking Statement of Conscience|
|0505-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0505-1||Servicios de Domingo|
Mientras Construimos Nuestra amada Comunidad…
Tema de Mayo: Apreciando el Tejido Interdependiente de Todo lo Existente
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
|0505-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
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Wake Up, Sun!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
MAY THEME: Appreciating the Interdependent Web of all Existence
TEMA DE MAYO: Apreciando el Tejido Interdependiente de Todo lo Existente
Servicios en español/
Translation into English
Domingo de las fuentes
9 de Mayo 9:30 am
La Risa de la Señora de las Estaciones: Una Celebración de la Divinidad Femenina
Dirigen: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y K’Ailsa Rowan
May 9 11:00 am
Lady of the Seasons’ Laughter: A Celebration of the Feminine Divine
Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and K’Ailsa Rowan
Domingo de la teología
16 de Mayo 9:30 am
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Thou Shalt Not Kill!
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
May 16 11:00 am
Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
23 de Mayo 9:30 am
Los Miembros Más-que-Humanos del tejido interconectado
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Domingo de compañerismo
May 23 11:00 am
The More-than-Human Members of the Interconnected Web
Worship Leader: the 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 Cotton
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.-noon (Church’s Lower Level Classrooms)
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.
“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?
The April 28th meeting was our first for our new incoming members Nancy Taylor, Rodrigo Garcia, and Rick Morris. Outgoing Board Member Rick Merritt and holdover Treasurer Bob Howd were present to witness the changing of the guard, and Madeline Morrow assumed the mantle of President
The Board approved renomination of John Burk and Sherry Howd as Program and Operations Committee (POC) members for Social Justice and Communications, respectively.
Our May, June and July meetings will feature training from church community members who have participated in the annual PCD leadership school held each July. Joy Ellen Lipsky, Kelly Burnett and Crystal Lanier will share their insights and perspective with the board. This falls under the “Harvest the Power” initiative, which Rev. Geoff is managing. The next three meetings were set for May 26, June 16 (early, to accommodate attendance at GA) and July 28th. Each meeting will feature a different aspect of this program.
We will also have a budget meeting, including POC members, probably next week on May 5. Any later and we run the risk of not having the budget information in your hands before the Congregational meeting.
Bob Howd discussed budget issues in light of the canvass, and our stated goal, when the canvass started, to return our ministers to the UUA standards for pay to professional staff of churches our size. We hope that budget issue will be resolved by the time of our Congregational meeting on the budget, scheduled for Sunday May 23. After the Congregational meeting, we will have our end-of-canvass celebration. Finally, we hope that the offices of Treasurer and Personnel Officer will be filled by community members who step forward to the Nominating Committee and agree to perform these critical duties for our community as a whole.
On Saturday, May 1, Gini Courter, Moderator of the UUA and Chair of the Board of Trustees and of the General Assembly, will meet with the Board, POC, and other interested community members from 1 to 3 pm and share wisdom, and on Sunday, May 2, she will speak to the congregation.
As part of President Madeline’s personal goals for her presidency, she proposes to establish an annual operations calendar and complete the finalization process for our Board Governance Policies. Since we adopted the Policy Based Governance model for our community, we have operated with “Draft” policies, which we are revising to result in policies good for the long haul. I would say that Madeline is off on the right foot as our new Prez. Let’s give her a round of applause for a good start!
Tuesday, May 11
Julian Street Inn Mental Health Day
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, May 5
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Wednesday, May 26
Saturday, May 29
Thursday, May 6
Sunday, May 9
Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
We let the interests of those present guide the focus of our discussions, so in this session we can focus on any of the material in the preface, the introduction, the Gospel of Mark, and/or the first part of Matthew. We’ll also have copies of “the Red Sayings” (which the Jesus Seminar judged as most likely to have been said by Jesus) handout that we looked at in April. Some especially exciting topics to consider during the May 9 session are:
Bring along any interesting things you noted in your reading, and questions that are arising for you. Questions? Contact Bob Miess at 408-781-7073 or Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com
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.
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!
Monday, May 17
HUUmanist Group Meeting
The May meeting of the HUUmanist group will be on Monday the 17th at 7 PM. We will meet in the lower-level conference room where we will watch a recently released film entitled "Examined Life." In this film some 10 philosophers are interviewed on the streets about a variety of different philosophical issues such as justice, meaning, ethics, and truth. According to www.IMDb.com, viewers have rated this film as 7.1 on a 10 scale. According to www.rottentomatoes.com reviewers on average gave the movie 78% thumbs up.
We will start the movie promptly at seven since it takes about 88 minutes to watch. This will allow us about a half an hour for discussion about the content of the movie. The group may decide while in the midst of the film to stop it so that we may have additional time to review it, in which case, we will watch the remainder at the June meeting. There will be no pre-meeting dinner this this month. If you need such things as popcorn and soda to go with the film, it will not be supplied. BYOP
Church Campout 2010
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.
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