Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / December 5, 2007 / 5 de Diciembre 2007

Inside This Issue:

1205-1 Sunday Services
1205-2 Save the Dates
1205-3 Religious Education; Children's holiday play; Intensive Adult Class on UU
1205-4 As We Build the Beloved Community...

Wanted! Worship Associates!


Request for the Newsletter on PAPER (Electronic Form)


Kudos for Service


Church Board Meetings

1205-9 Volunteer Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative -- Live Your Values!
1205-10 Spotlight on Social Justice: Transformed Grinch

UU Hikers & Friends

1205-12 Choir Notes
1205-13 Upcoming Events -- Fireside Gift Faire, Cakes, Spring Thing

Circling Around

1205-15 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
1205-1 Servicios de Domingo
1205-4 Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…


Aquí estan los Ministros!

Henry Ruddle introduces his 3-month-old son, Jefferson, to Tug, Dan Zulevic and Torchy Hunter's labrador puppy.
Jefferson wasn't quite sure what to think of the face licking from Tug (full name Justes B's Sam's Legacy Tug)

Photos courtesy of Dana Grover.

Combined Service/Servicio Combinado 10:00 AM

9 de Diciembre — 10 a.m.

Adviento II—Esperanza: Velas en la Oscuridad
Además: Sabado de Nuevos Miembros

¿Cuándo las noticias del día nos lastiman o cuándo nos estamos esforzando en curar un corazón roto, qué alumbra nuestro camino y nos trae esperanza otra vez? ¡Ven a compartir en este reflexivo servicio una calurosa bienvenida a nuestros nuevos miembros y posteriormente puedes hacer algunas compras navideñas en el “Fireside Gift Faire”!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Servicio: Mary Martin.

December 9 — 10 a.m.

Advent II—Hope: Candles in the Dark
Plus: New-Member Sunday!
When we are battered by the news of the day or when we are striving to heal a broken heart, what lights our path and brings us hope again? Come share in this reflective service, heartily welcome our new members, and stay to shop at the Fireside Gift Faire!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Mary Martin.


9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

16 de Diciembre — 9:30 a.m.

Somos lo que pensamos, queremos y deseamos.
Somos lo que creemos y lo que creemos ser.

Dirigen: Gustavo Gómez C. y Ervin Barrios

We are what we think, want, and desire.
We are what we believe, and what we believe we are.

Leaders: Gustavo Gómez y Ervin Barrios

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

December 16 — 11:00 a.m.

Children’s Holiday Play
Santa will take people’s lists after the service.

Director: Dianne Saichek

Celebrando las festividades con los niños
Santa se llevará las listas de la gente después el servicio.

Director: Dianne Saichek

Christmas Services/Servicio Navidad

Domingo, 23 de Diciembre
— 9:30 a.m.

La Alegría Viene por la Mañana:
Un servicio de Navidad
¿Cuál es el significado de esta estación para los Unitarios Universalistas? Vengan, descubran y celebren nuevos significados con música tradicional y nuevas reflexiones al fanal del año y las posibilidades de esperanza.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Joy Comes in the Morning:
A Christmas Service
What is the meaning of this season for Unitarian Universalists? Come discover and celebrate new meanings with traditional music and brand-new reflections on the turning of the year and the possibilities for hope.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Members of SSM

Sunday, December 23
— 11:00 a.m.


Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Worship Associate: Frank Bosche


Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis: Asociado de Culto: Frank Bosche

Lunes, 24 de Diciembre
— 5 p.m.

¡Que Ser Luz y Amor! —
Un servicio en Vísperas de la Navidad
Nuestro tradicional servicio de alumbrado de velas.

Dirigen: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis y la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones: Asociada de Culto: Kelly Burnett

Monday, December 24
— 5 p.m.

Let there Be Light and Love —
A Christmas Eve Service
Our traditional candle lighting service.

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis and the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Kelly Burnett

Lunes, 24 de Diciembre
— 8 p.m.

La Alegría Viene por la Mañana:
Un servicio en Vísperas de la Navidad
¿Cuál es el significado de esta estación para los Unitarios Universalistas? Vengan, descubran y celebren nuevos significados con música tradicional y nuevas reflexiones al fanal del año y las posibilidades de esperanza.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y el Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociada de Culto: Marla Scharf

Monday, December 24
— 8 p.m.

Joy Comes in the Morning:
A Christmas Eve Service
What is the meaning of this season for Unitarian Universalists? Come discover and celebrate new meanings with traditional music and brand-new reflections on the turning of the year and the possibilities for hope.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and the Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Worship Associates: Marla Scharf


Save the Dates

  • December 6, Thursday, Women’s Alliance Cakes for the Queen of Heaven session, Ramsden Fire Side Room, 7:15 - 9:15 pm.
  • December 7, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary
  • December 8, Saturday, Intensive on Unitarian Universalism, Youth Room, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. RSVP to Rev. Geoff at grimositis@sanjoseuu.org
  • December 9, Sunday, Fireside Gift Faire (formerly Holiday Wanderers) after the Combined 10:00 am service in Hattie Porter Hall
  • December 16, Sunday, Children’s Holiday Play at the 11:00 am service
  • December 20, Thursday, Church Board meeting, 7:00 pm, conference room
  • December 24, Christmas Eve services, 5:00 and 8:00 pm, sanctuary
  • January 6, Sunday, UU Band of Writers, 12:20 pm, Youth room
  • January 14, Registration Deadline for NCUUCC Spring Thing at Asilomar, April 18-20, 2008, e-mail: augobets@pacbell.net
  • January 30, Thursday, Church Board meeting, 7:00 pm, conference room

Religious Education

Sunday Morning Class Calendar

Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years [Nursery, Lower Level]

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:  Stacey Vinyard & Mary Qúeñones

K-2nd Grades: Treasure Hunting [Lower Level, Rooms 2-3]

Dec. 9 Laughter is Good Medicine

Dec. 16 Children’s Holiday Play

3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]

Dec. 9 Hannukah

Dec. 16 Children’s Holiday Play

5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]

Dec. 9 Integrating our Experience Attending the Antioch Baptist Church

Dec. 16 Children’s Holiday Play

6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]

Dec. 9 Winter Solstice

Dec. 16 Children’s Holiday Play

9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room

Film as Theology: Media That Matters Film Festival
This year we will look at short films--many made by youth--on social and ethical issues, and discuss how those films reflect and inform our beliefs as Unitarian Universalists.

Youth Group Activities

Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)

  • Staff: Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Senior High (9th-12 Grades)

  • Advisors: Diana Chung, Mike Williamson, Pamela Gehrke, Cordelia Willis, Richard Gould

If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Religious Education Registration On Line
To register for children and youth programs at http://sanjoseuu.org/RE/br.html, just click the button that says registration. All information is sent only to the Rev. Geoff Rimositis .

Children’s Holiday Play
December 16, 11 AM

Dianne Saichek, our esteemed Sunday pianist, who has directed children’s plays and musicals in the South Bay, will be directing this year’s children’s holiday play on Sunday, December 16 at the 11:00 am service.

Children and youth in Kindergarten through high school have started rehearsals, which take place outside of regular class time in the downstairs classrooms. Remaining rehearsals:

  • Sunday Dec. 9 (9-9:40 am)
  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 am–Noon (Dress Rehearsal in Sanctuary)

Staff: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, x25 or GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Intensive on Unitarian Universalism
Saturday, December 8 [note date change], 9 am to 3 pm
Lunch Provided / Child Care Available by Request

All are welcome (newcomers, friends, prospective and seasoned members) to spend a day in retreat at the First Unitarian Church of San José learning about the history, theology, and practices of Unitarian Universalism. Come and become acquainted or reintroduced to the rich historical legacy of our faith. Wrestle together with age-old questions that religions have sought answers to for a millennium. Spend time in meditation, prayer and quiet reflection listening for that “still small voice” within, guiding us to healing and renewal. Join like-minded seekers of truth and spiritual pilgrims as we get to know one another in deeper and more meaningful ways.

Leaders: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis and Bruce Halen

RSVP to Rev. Geoff at grimositis@sanjoseuu.org.

As We Build the Beloved Community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…..

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Let It Be a Dance We Do: A Late-Autumn Meditation

As I walked to work this afternoon, I received a call on my cell phone from an old friend whom I hadn’t heard from in a couple of years. “I was just thinking of you!” I said joyfully. “Really? Whoa,” she said, with the kind of awe that such synchronicities inspire.

It was true: I had just been thinking of her. During the previous week’s move back into our condominium, Kevin and I had unearthed pictures of dear old friends, including hers, and placed them where we can see them often. We had unpacked prized mementos from our previous, separate lives and had shared again the stories that go with them. We had rediscovered family treasures that link us to something larger than ourselves and that help each of us to feel rooted. It had been a week of rummaging through memories, as well as belongings, for we had also recycled a small mountain of paper and had carted off to the Salvation Army several carloads of “loot” that we hope will make good and useful gifts for their new owners. I was feeling a new sense of organization—and a renewed strength in the lifelines that anchor us in friendships and life experiences.

And now, here was my old friend on the phone. Sadly, she was calling to tell me of the loss of another old friend from college, who had died a few weeks earlier after eight years of wrestling courageously with breast cancer. I sat down on the steps of one of the buildings across from St. James Park to listen to my friend and to share our memories of the beautiful person I had known a little and she had known a lot. The world seemed a little dimmer without that person’s light-filled spirit, and our mournfulness mingled with the autumn air. Still, it was good to be together in voice and spirit, even though my friend lives all the way across the country.

As we were speaking, shadowy movements in the windows of the Senior Center across the street caught my eye. Up and down the shadows went, in a rhythmic motion that surely couldn’t come from the traffic. Finally I realized that I was watching a ballroom dance class in one of the center’s large open rooms. Through the windows I could dimly see couples bobbing and turning slowly in the graceful rhythms of a waltz. Silent, peaceful, steady—their dance, from my vantage point, was a gift, hopeful and reassuring.

“Let it be a dance we do,” goes one of our hymns, “may I have this dance with you? Through the good times and the bad times, too, let it be a dance.” At this time of year, memories both sweet and bitter can visit us with renewed potency. At this time of year, our losses may mingle with happy surprises, and there is both wistfulness and anticipation in the air. At this time of year, we may be whizzing with energy and joy one moment, and utterly worn out and discouraged the next. How can we “let it be a dance”?

Here, with all my heart, is what I urge us to do: reach out. Grab hold of the lifelines that sustain you—relationships, activities, worship, community, rest. Offer an unasked-for gift of service to someone—anyone, whether stranger or friend. Cast your memory out across your long or short life, and give thanks for every gift of friendship and experience that you find. Look out at this present moment and notice that the world is just waiting for you to love it.

This month, as we explore the themes of faith, hope, love, and joy in worship, I look forward to seeing you here, so that we may gain strength, courage, and grace for this dance we do!



Deja que sea un baile lo que hacemos: Una Meditación de Otoño

Mientras caminaba hacia el trabajo esta tarde, recibí una llamada en mi celular de una vieja amiga de quien no había oído en un par de años “Estaba pensando justo en ti”, le dije alegremente. “¿Realmente?” “Guau,” dijo ella con la clase de temor que esas sincronizaciones inspiran.

Era verdad. Yo había estado pensando en ella. Durante la mudanza de la semana anterior a nuestro condominio, Kevin y yo habíamos desenterrado cuadros de viejos amigos queridos, incluyendo el suyo y los colocamos donde podíamos verlos más a menudo. Habíamos desempaquetado los recuerdos estimados de nuestras previas vidas separadas y habíamos compartido otra vez las historias que van con ellas. Habíamos vuelto a descubrir los tesoros de la familia que nos unen a algo más grande que nosotros mismos y que ayudan a cada uno de nosotros a sentir una sensación de arraigo.

Había sido una semana de revolver memorias así como de pertenencias, nosotros también habíamos reciclado una pequeña montaña de papel y trasladado al Ejercito de Salvación varias cargas del “botín”, que nosotros esperábamos serían buenos y útiles regalos para sus nuevos dueños. Yo sentía un nuevo sentido de la organización – y unas fuerzas renovadas en las líneas de la vida que nos anclan en amistad y experiencias.

Y ahora , aquí estaba mi vieja amiga en el teléfono. Tristemente, ella llamaba para decirme de la pérdida de otra vieja amiga de la Universidad, quién había muerto algunas semanas antes, después de ocho años de lucha valerosa contra el cáncer de seno. Me senté en los peldaños de uno de los edificios enfrente del Parque St. James para escuchar a mi amiga y para compartir nuestras memorias de la persona hermosa que había conocido un poco y que ella había conocido mucho. El mundo parecía un poco oscuro sin el espíritu lleno de luz de esa persona y nuestro luto se mezclo con el viento de otoño. Era bueno estar juntas en voz y en espíritu, aunque mi amiga vive en el otro lado del país.

Mientras hablábamos, unos movimientos de sombras vagas en las ventanas del Centro de Ancianos de la calle de enfrente captaron mi atención. Arriba y abajo iban las sombras en un movimiento rítmico que no podría venir seguramente del tráfico. Finalmente me percaté que miraba una clase de baile de salón en uno de los grandes cuartos abiertos del Centro. A través de las ventanas podía ver débilmente a las parejas menearse y dar vuelta lentamente con los agraciados ritmos de un vals. Silenciosa, pacífica y estabilizadoramente- su baile, desde mi ventajosa posición, era un regalo de esperanza y tranquilidad.

“Deja que sea un baile lo que hacemos” dice uno de nuestros himnos “¿Puedo bailar con usted?” “Por los buenos y malos tiempos, deja también que baile”. En esta época del año memorias dulces y amargas nos visitan con potencia renovada. En esta época del año, nuestras pérdidas pueden mezclarse con sorpresas felices y hay melancolía y anticipación en el aire. En esta época del año, nosotros podemos silbar con energía y alegría un momento y completamente desgastados y desalentados el siguiente. “¿Como podemos nosotros “Dejar que sea un baile lo que hacemos”?

Aquí, con todo mi corazón yo los impulso a hacer: Alcáncenlo. Agarren las líneas de vida que los sostienen, las relaciones, las actividades, la comunidad, el descanso. Ofrezcan un regalo o servicio –no solicitado a alguien - a cualquier persona, extraño o amigo. Eche su memoria a recordar a través de su larga o corta vida y dé las gracias por cada regalo de amistad y experiencia que usted encuentre. Mire hacia este momento actual y note que el mundo esta justamente esperándolo para amarlo.

Este mes mientras exploramos los temas de la fe, esperanza, amor y alegría en el culto, espero verlos aquí de modo que podamos ganar fuerza, valor, y tolerancia para este baile que hacemos.




Worship Associates!

The Worship Associate program provides an exciting opportunity for members of the First Unitarian Church of San José to help plan and present the Sunday-morning services that are at the heart of our Beloved Community. Worship Associates, who serve for one calendar year, work closely with the ministers on five or six services during that year. They also set up the worship space for another five or six Sundays. Ongoing training is provided in quarterly workshops.

In addition to making a vital contribution to congregational life, participation in Worship Associates is a wonderful way to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism. And you get to know some super people!

This year’s application deadline is December 15. You’ll find details on the church website at http://www.sanjoseuu.org/OurWorshipLife/WorshipAssociates.html

Questions? Ask Rev. Nancy or Rev. Geoff, or phone Mary Martin at (408) 354-8878.


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Kudos for Service

A great big “Thank You” for these church friends and members who showed up for our November 17 “Service is our Prayer” day: Gene Martin, Bob Owen, Mary Martin, Steve Saunders, Bill Ardrey, Lloyd Eater, Liz Owen, Geoff Rimositis, Dena Dickenson, Pam Price, Joyce Miller, Martha, Ben Cadena, Carol Greene, Vicky Merryman, Barbara Derbyshire, Bev Harrison, Melanie and Jamie Langstrom.

Among the tasks we were able to complete were wiping down the woodwork and ironwork; cleaning doors, windows, and ledges; staining the hymnal cart; touching up paint in Hattie Porter Hall; cleaning up the downstairs kitchen; cleaning the piano and organ keyboards, finding a duplicate key for a towel holder; replacing burned-out light bulbs; fixing leaky toilets in the bathrooms; oiling the boiler pump; and clipping back the landscaping.


Church Board Meetings

The Board changed the meeting time of its next two meetings. They are scheduled for Thursday, December 20 and Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 pm. The primary focus of the December meeting is the Ends Policy. As always, Board meetings are open to church members.


Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative

Which Would You Like to Try?

These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.

  • CHANCEL DECORATOR: use creative talents to decorate chancel, using flowers, fabric, etc. ; serve when available; 1 yr. term
  • COFFEE HOUR HOST: set out snacks, drinks before service; clean up after; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LABYRINTH HOST: set up table & music and be present, 11:30-1:00; serve according to availability; 1 yr. term
  • NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLER fold, staple and stamp newsletters with amiable team; 1st or 3rd Tues. afternoon; 1 yr. term
  • WORSHIP HOST: greet & welcome people coming to Sun. service, collect offering; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • SOUND SYSTEM OPERATOR: operate sound system during 9:30 & 11:00 services;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • TAPE DUPLICATOR: make & provide tapes of services in HPH after church for 1 ½ hrs.; 1 yr. term
  • ORDER OF SERVICE ASSEMBLER: fol d and assemble Order of Service Fri. morn.; much appreciated by Office Manager; I yr. term
  • NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • NEWSLETTER COPIER: copy newsletter on risograph machine for assemblers; 1st or 3rd Tues. of mon.; 1 yr. term
  • CHOIR MEMBER: no exp. nec., practice Wed. 7-9 p.m., perform Sun. lowen@data-time.com
  • R.E. TEACHER or ASSISTANT: lead Sun. morn. sessions, using prepared curriculum; 2 hr. a mon.; I yr. term

    Call Genie at (408) 997-6292 or Ed at (408) 712-4157.

  • 1205-10
    Spotlight on Social Justice

    By Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org (408) 292-3858 x27

    Transformed Grinch

    I am feeling like the Grinch this season. In years past, that would have meant the early Grinch, the one that wraps a branch on poor Max-the-dog’s head and makes little Max haul all that represents Christmas out of the Valley of the Whos. That Grinch thought that the Whos loved the holiday because of all the food and toys and can only see the noisy annoying chaos. (He’s got a point, too, because between Thanksgiving and New Year Americans will create 25% more waste than they do the rest of the year.)

    But this year, I am the transformed Grinch, when his eyes turn blue and he carves the roast beast. You see, I thought that there were only two choices; either to indulge in the craziness of buying and eating and reveling or to be against all of it (a sort of Hate-ivity scene, if you will) by NOT buying, NOT eating and NOT reveling. Neither ever made me feel the joy of the holiday season nor goodwill to my fellows. Participating in consumerism just feels wrong but doing nothing feels like, well, nothing.

    But 2007 is the year when my heart broke the box that measures such things. I will have a Christmas tree, I always have a Christmas tree. That is no longer the question and I need not be grumpy about it. This year, though I will have a pesticide-free tree from a local sustainable farm (see below). We’ll make a day of it!

    I will shop. I have children and, I admit, they really like Christmas. But I will shop with people I care about and I will go with questions in mind: What do you have here that is organic? Recycled? Where were these shoes made? It not only lets them know I want those options, it makes my choices so much easier. Hundreds of papers at Paper Craft? Only two were recycled, and how else would I be able to choose? At Willow Glen Books I not only ran into Patti Massey, but we had a great conversation with Cathy, the owner, about where are the independent bookstores in the Valley and don’t we all miss A Clean Well Lighted Place?

    The thing is, I will choose my holiday on my terms. I will find a balance between all or nothing that works for me and my family. I will not complain about the waste, but I will do my best to minimize it.

    The things I’ve learned can be found on my blog www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/. I welcome feedback for your sustainable holiday secrets that we can collect there. Through it all, I’ve come up with Carol’s Top 5 Makin’ Holiday Who-y:

    • Get an Organic Tree: At Black Road Christmas Tree Farms just past Los Gatos off Highway 17 you can support a sustainable chemical-free Christmas tree farm, and have a picnic to boot! http://www.christmas-tree-farms.com/about-us.html
    • Now that you’ve cut down a tree, here’s how to save some trees: Go to 41pounds.org and for $41 you can join a service that will get you off junk mail lists. Better yet, give that gift to people in your life that would appreciate the decluttering.
    • Give a Book to a Student: For the third year in a row, the Social Justice Ministry will sell books at Coffee Hour December 16 to give to the students at Third Street Community Center. Choose a book you like and write a personal note inside to the child who will receive it.
    • Get Artsy: At Art House Kids your children can make givable gifts for family and friends at the Pizza and Gifts Party (December 7) or the After School Art Class (December 12). Art classes for adults and children at Art House or University Art are another gift option and don’t need wrapping paper (arthousekids.com). Or support local artists at one of many upcoming fairs including our Fireside Gift Faire, the Art House Kids holiday sale on December 8 and 9, and the Peace and Justice Fair on December 13 and 14 (peaceandjustice.org) at the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.
    • Join Our Annual Posada: On December 19, First Unitarian in collaboration with Third Street Community Center will celebrate this Latin American Christmas tradition that recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. Come at 6:00 pm to practice the traditional songs before we set off at 6:30 to walk the neighborhood. We’ll be back at Hattie Porter Hall at 7:15 for tamales, piñatas y diversión.

    Social Justice Calendar

    • December 11, Tuesday, Inclusionary Housing Study Session, 7:00 pm, City Council Chambers
    • December 13, Thursday, PACT LOC meeting, 7:00 pm, conference room
    • December 16, Sunday, Book Sale for Third St. Students, Coffee Hour, Hattie Porter Hall
    • December 19, Wednesday, La Posada, Hattie Porter Hall — 6:00 pm practice songs, 6:30 Posada walk, 7:15 Fiesta

    UU Hikers&Friends

    by Joyce Miller

    Here is the December hiking schedule. In case of rain we might go to the Stanford Dish, where the trails are paved. If it is raining, call the morning of the hike to see where we will hike. I cancel only for a severe storm—wind and rain that makes being on the trails dangerous. And as usual, be sure to let me know if you are planning to hike, so I know to look for you. You can call me at home at (408) 730-1052 any time after 6:30 am or email me the day before. I turn on my cell phone at 7:30 the day of the hike so you can contact me if you get delayed or your plans change. My cell phone is (408) 507-7052. See you on the trails!

    Saturday, December 1
    Mission Peak, 6 miles, moderate to strenuous. Meet at VTA Park and Ride at Alum Rock and Capitol to carpool at 8:00 am or meet at the Ohlone College parking lot at top of hill at 8:15 am (email for directions).

    Wednesday, December 5
    Skyline Ridge Loop, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Saturday, December 8
    Wunderlich County Park, 5 miles, easy. This will be a shorter hike to accommodate my sister, who will be visiting from Chicago. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, December 12
    Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at my house at 7:40 am or at Bed, Bath and Beyond at Almaden Plaza Shopping center at 8:00 am to carpool.

    Saturday, December 15
    Alum Rock Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capitol and Alum Rock at 8:00 am. Alice Lynch is leading this hike, so let her know if you are coming. Telephone (408)298-7050 or email at alice_lynch@hp.com.

    Wednesday, December 19
    Sanborn County Park, 7 miles moderate. Meet at parking lot behind Downey Bank (formerly Comerica) in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

    Saturday, December 22
    Sunol Regional Park, 6 miles, moderate, Maguire Peaks trail. Trailhead access is on Welch Creek Road. To meet at the trailhead, you can call me for directions.

    Wednesday, December 26
    No hike planned.

    Saturday, December 29, 2007
    Santa Teresa County Park, 5-6 miles, moderate. Meet at Almaden Plaza Bed, Bath and Beyond at 8:00 am. Use the smaller parking lot just across the access road from the big lot. Or you can meet at the trailhead at 8:20 am (email for directions).

    Choir Notes

    The FUCSJ choir performed "Down to the River to Pray" while wandering around the sanctuary during the 11 a.m. service on December 2, 2007. Photo courtesy of Dana Grover (who managed to snap this shot at a moment when about 2/3rds of the choir was trying to extricate itself from a clump ... see the left side of the photo).


    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Celebrate the Holidays at the Fireside Gift Faire

    On Sunday, December 9, after the Combined Service at 10:00 am, Hattie Porter Hall will become a holiday market place with more than 20 artisans selling wearable art, mosaics, holiday decor, jewelry, soap, candles, candy, gifts for the home, cards and more.

    And if you would like to support this gala event, which benefits our church, we’re looking for helpers to bake, wrap gifts, and donate new or gently used art pieces and handcrafted items.

    Gift Wrap: We’re looking for donations of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows with an artsy twist, e.g. hand-stamped newsprint, twine, cloth ribbon, raffia, or really weird things to wrap and tie gifts. Bring to the Fireside Gift Faire table in Hattie Porter Hall after services. Or if you would like to help wrap, e-mail Deb Fenzel-Alexander at sdsalex@comcast.net

    Artwork and tchotchkes: We’re looking for donations of arts and crafts AND new or like-new objets d’art such as paintings, ceramics, greeting cards, glass works for the “Orphans Table.” Bring items to the Fireside Gift Faire table in Hattie Porter Hall after services. For more information about contributions, e-mail Catherine Leeson Pelizzari at caleeson@aol.com.

    Bake Sale: Please contact Lori Zink at if you would like to help provide baked goods at lorizink@att.net

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Thursday, December 6
    Cakes Continues!

    The Women’s Alliance meets on Thursday, December 6, from 7:15 to 9:15 pm in the Ramsden Fireside Room. Our topic will be Woman Power in our continuing series of the newly updated Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum. Please join us. Contact Nancy Coleman at (408)985-5778 or nancybcoleman@mac.com for more information.

    April 18-20, 2008
    NCUUCC* Spring Thing at Asilomar

    A weekend in the beautiful seaside setting of the Asilomar Conference Grounds on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula. It is a relatively unstructured gathering of about 40 UUs and friends. The days are free for your own activities, exploring the Monterey area, with conversation and games in a friendly atmosphere in the evenings.

    Cost is $220 per person, double occupancy, for 3 days/2 nights, 6 meals, maid service, and use of the Asilomar amenities, including jitney service. Children (3-17 yrs.) - $170, under 3 yrs. - free. Registration deadline is January 14, 2008. Ask Ursula for a registration form.

    Ursula Gobets, Registrar, (408) 739-2787, 1155 Tucson Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089
    e-mail: augobets@pacbell.net

    * The UU camps and conferences are now held under the auspices of Northern California Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences (NCUUCC).


    Circling Around

    by Kelly Burnett

    Bob Howd reports that his technical book, Risk Assessment for Chemicals in Drinking Water, edited by Robert Howd and Anna Fan, was just published by John Wiley and Sons. This book is intended for people and students with a professional interest in public-health, drinking-water issues. It’s available through Amazon.com, if anybody would like to check it out.

    Happy Holidays to this beloved community! Take good care of yourselves and your families. Remember to be thankful for each and every day and experience. You enrich my life and those around you.

    Please send Kelly Burnett your honors, joys, plans, and any other news that needs to be shared with our community so that she can keep us all informed. Her email address is kelly@kellybur.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.


    For Pastoral Care

    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.

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: (cell) 408-841-1011; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    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:

    Cuidado Pastoral

    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: djlenahan@aol.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: (cell) 408-841-1011; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.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:


    Bob Miess, bob@creating-context.com

    Vice President (Planning/Personnel)
    Joyce Miller,

    Vice President (Programs)
    Julia Rodriguez, quixoposto@ix.netcom.com

    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    David Tucker, cheverly@earthlink.net

    Financial Officer
    Christopher Frey, cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu


    Debra Fenzel-Alexander, sdsalex@comcast.net

    Mary Mary Feldman, mm@feldmo.com

    Marla Scharf, marla.scharf@gmail.com

    Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.net  

    Church Staff

    Senior Minister .............................................. Ext. 23
     The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, revnpj@yahoo.com

    Assoc. Minister For Religious Education................. Ext. 25
     The Rev. Geoff Rimositis , Grimositis@Sanjoseuu.org

    Office Administrator ..............................................  Ext. 10
     Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries................. Ext. 24
     Roberto Padilla

    Social Justice Coordinator .....................................  Ext. 27
     Carol Stephenson, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Bookkeeper..................................................... Pam Garcia

    Sexton.......................................................... Edgar Cruz

    Acting R.E. Assistant  ………………………………Elena Clifford

    Nursery Teacher......................................... Stacey Vinyard

    Church Office
    : (408) 292-3858           Fax: (408) 292-4744
    E-mail             fucsj@sanjoseuu.org
    URL                http://www.sanjoseuu.org

    NEWSLETTER Editors
    Sherry Howd
    , 257-6844, s_howd@msn.com
    Sherry will edit the Dec. 19 and Jan. 16 issues.

    Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.com
    Catherine will edit the Jan. 2 and Feb. 6 issues.

    Thank you to our volunteers!
    Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

    Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)

    Stapling and Addressing: Deanna LaTorre, Genie Bernardini, Gretchen Leavitt, Madeline Morrow, and Lloyd Eater.

     Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.

    **Assembly starts at 4:30 pm - your help is very much welcome!**

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    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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