Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / May 19, 2010 / 19 de Mayo 2010
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|0519-3||Lifespan Faith Development, Safety First!|
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith -- A Prayer for the New Day
Let your voice be heard
|0519-6||Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
|0519-7||Things to Do in Bay Area Free and Almost Free!|
|0519-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
May 15 Service Is Our Prayer Day
|0519-10||Circling Around - Who is off to Italy again? When is a play about a wedding, actually a wedding?|
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|0519-14||Classifieds: Wine Country Tours, Career Counseling|
|0519-15||Spotlight on Social Justice: Peacemaking Statement of Conscience|
|0519-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0519-1||Servicios de Domingo|
La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe -- Una oración por el nuevo día
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Christmas Eve 2009 for the Ulloa/Bridger Family
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
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
30 de Mayo 9:30 am
Honrando a la mujer.
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
May 30 11:00 am
“A Day to Remember”
Worship Leader: the Rev. Donna Lenahan; Worship Associate: Dena Dickinson
“Dia de Recordación”
Dirige: la Rev. Donna Lenahan; Asociada de Culto: Dena Dickinson
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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 email@example.com
“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
Thanks to Liz Owen, who takes on tasks large and small and does it all with such grace and equanimity it might be easy to overlook her contributions.
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
Check out these free and low-cost museums, parks and tours in the Bay area, shared by Dena Dickinson.
Free Admission - Any Day
Free Admission - First Sundays
Free Admission -- First Tuesdays
Free Admission - First Wednesday
Free Admission - Third Wednesday
Free Admission - First Thursday
Almost Free Or Reduced Fees
May 15 Service Is Our Prayer Day
by Patrick Myers
The Building Committee would like to thank the following 14 people, who helped to clean and maintain our church at Service Is Our Prayer Day on Saturday May 15, 2010: Genie Bernadini, Ed Gardner, Bob Howd, Gene Martin, Mary Martin, Rick Morris, Patrick Myers, Bob Owen, Liz Owen, Catherine Pelizzari, Mike Pelizzari, Julia Rodriguez, Alfonzo Sakauskas, and Steve Saunders. A special thank you goes out to Bob Howd, who provided a delicious lunch for our volunteers!
Sunday, May 23, 12:30 pm
Congregational meeting to approve 2010-2011 budget
The Budget Rationale was mailed or e-mailed to all members last week, and discussed in depth at meetings last Sunday, May 16. If you are a member of FUCSJ, please mark your calendar to be at our next congregational meeting after the regular 11 am service on May 23.
We will review and put up for a vote our 2010-2011 budget. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about our goals as we continue to grow and clarify our mission and vision, and to review our financial health. If you are not a member, you are welcome to attend although you will not be part of the voting process. Childcare will be provided, so please stick around for the party afterwards.
Stewardship Chair Henry Ruddle has some games for us to play, Music Director Dan Zulevic will lead a jazzy musical ensemble, the Board and the Volunteer Committee will recognize three volunteers who have made key contributions recently, and database pilot Steve Carr will share the final results of the 2010 pledge drive before we wrap up with group dancing led by friends of Shirley Worth. Thank you to Jan Thiess-Guffy, Kim Aldridge, Sally Souders, Kathy Cordova and Alex Pell for the food. Thanks to Pam Pell and the junior high youth for the creative table decorations!
This is suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators. We will be sitting in chairs for meditation (sitting on the floor is also an option) and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The day will include a walking concentration exercise; a presentation on “The Song of the Inner World Sound, Chakras and Mantra” and chanting exercises; Spiritual stories & visualizations; Super Yoga an easy exercise to align the two sides of your brain; and Heart Circle a blissful devotional singing and meditation exercise.
For this retreat, you bring your own bag lunch (water and tea will be provided), a meditation cushion or pillow to sit onand an open mind. Fee: $43 (includes book); $28 for students and low income. Please RSVP to the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 408-292-3858, ext. 25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org.
June 27-30, 2010
FUCSJ Junior High Backpack Trip
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 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.
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.
Former FUCSJ minister Rev. Lindi Ramsden will be receiving an honorary doctorate at this year’s Starr King School for the Ministry graduation ceremony. Lindi will be offering a few words as part of the ceremony. You are invited to attend the graduation ceremony which will be held Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Carpooling and early arrival are advised for ease of parking and seating.
Starr King announced four honorary degrees and certificates for this year -- Rev. Róbert Bálint (Balázs Scholar), Danny Glover (Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters), Patti Lawrence (Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology), and Ramsden (Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology).
Register for General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN, June 23-27
In Bowling Green, the waters flooded the first floor of the building the congregation was almost ready to move into. In Nashville, says Shelton, “we have people who have lost everything but the clothes on their back. We’re going to need a lot of help in the weeks and months ahead.”
When times are tough, we still know we can count on one another to help. Please consider making a donation, whatever you can afford, large or small, to the Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.
UU Hikers&Friends 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 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 19 Saturday, May 22 Wednesday, May 26 Saturday, May 29
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 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 19
Saturday, May 22
Wednesday, May 26
Saturday, May 29