Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / July 18, 2007 / 18 de Julio 2007
|718-1||Services This Sunday (July 22)
- 9:30 a.m. Of Our Mind to Our Spirit
- 11:00 a.m. Are There Christians Among Us?
|718-13||Upcoming Services - July 29 and August 5|
|718-2||Call for Photos - more photos needed of events in Sanctuary|
|718-3||Save the Dates|
|718-4||Religious Education - Sunday Programs, Youth Activities, Special Summer Programs|
|718-5||“What Is ‘Radical Hospitality’?”|
|718-6||Summer 2007 at First Unitarian|
|718-7||Health Care: Everybody In, Nobody Out|
|718-8||Finance Committee Report|
|718-9||Volunteer Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative -- Live Your Values!|
|718-10||Does Anyone Want To Take Over the Recycling?|
|718-11||Upcoming Events -- UU Band of Writers, Holiday Wanderers Registration Deadline August 15, Family Circle Suppers, UU Hikers and Friends, Choir Holds Two Dinners|
|718-12||Circling Around -- Doolittle Daughter in SJ Merc, Tim and Madeline catch fire, Genie turns 70|
|718-14||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|718-1||Servicios de Domingo (24 de Junio)
- 9:30 a.m. De nuestra Mente a nuestro Espíritu
- 11:00 a.m. ¿Son Cristianos entre Nosotros?
|718-13||29 de Julio y 5 de Agosto Servicios|
|718-6||El Verano del 2007 en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria|
Aquí estan los Ministros!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
22 DE JULIO
22 de Julio 9:30 a.m.
De nuestra Mente a nuestro Espíritu
Dirige: Leticia Elicea; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM
July 22 9:30 a.m.
Of Our Mind to Our Spirit
Worship Leader: Leticia Elicea; Worship Associates: Members of SSM
July 22 11 a.m.
Are There Christians Among Us?
Worship Leader: Suzanne Marsh; Worship Associate: Luther Jackson.
22 de Julio 11 a.m.
¿Son Cristianos entre Nosotros?
Dirige: Suzanne Marsh; Asociado de Servicio: Luther Jackson.
Call for Photos
The photo archive has grown a lot over the past couple of weeks because several members chose to send in their own photo collections or sent photos they took at recent events. The church’s website, newsletter and other communications still need more, particularly for events in the sanctuary such as special worship services, weddings/commitment ceremonies and community meetings. If you have or plan to take such photos, please e-mail digital images to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also let us know by e-mail if you have prints instead. We can scan them and return the originals.
Save the Dates
Religious Growth and Learning Program
Nursery (birth-5 years) - Church’s Lower Level
Youth Group Activities
· Chalice Club (Elementary Age Youth Group, K-5th)
· Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)
· Senior High (9th -12th Grades)
Advisors: Diana Chung, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis.
If you are interested in participating in chalice club, junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev.
Religious Education Registration On Line
“UU Super Heroes”
Theme and Description
Goals for Participants
“You the Creator”
Theme and Description
Goals for Participants
“What Is ‘Radical Hospitality’?”
(This article has been adapted from a sermon by Rev. Ned Wight. Ned is a past UUA Trustee and is currently Executive Director of the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. His message is timely as we prepare for the fall UU marketing campaign. We’ll be sharing details of the campaign soon!)
All of us have been strangers, visitors and guests at places both near and far. And all of us have storiesgood and badthat we could share with one another about hospitality we’ve experienced.
In fact a lot of us have heard the term “radical hospitality” used within the context of our planned fall UU marketing campaign. Where does the term come from?
Actually, it comes from the Benedictines. It was part of the order of St. Benedict, patriarch of western monks, who lived in the 6th century. St. Benedict wrote down how he believed monastic communities should functionincluding relations with one another and with “the outside world.”
According to the book entitled Radical Hospitality written by Father Daniel Homan, a monk from a Benedictine monastery in Michigan, and Lonni Collins Pratt, a laywoman, radical hospitality is a fully-embodied stance of openness and affirmation toward “the other”that is, anyone who is not you: spouses, children, close friends, casual acquaintances, strangerseven your “enemies.”
There are five things to remember about radical hospitality:
Radical hospitality comes from deep inside of you. It begins with self-affirmation. It involves your own capacity to be lovable and loved - just as surely as your capacity to love. Hospitality is about the comfort of being accepted and the challenge of accepting others. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Radical hospitality is about “inclusion and exclusion.” Each encounter with another person is a chance for you to act out of inclusive or exclusive motives. Radical hospitality always sides with inclusion; on the side of seeing in the otherthe stranger, a person of inherent worth and dignity, a child of God, just like you.
Radical hospitality is about staying open. It’s not about controlling, manipulating or changing people to conform to your preconceived idea of what’s good for them, but rather granting them the freedom to be who they are. This sounds like a basic underpinning of our faith! In the process, we’re more likely to learn something significant from them. As the authors state, “The stranger opens our eyes.”
Radical hospitality is about giving another person your full attention and treating them with kindness. It is about active listening from the heart. It is about switching the focus from yourself to the other.
Radical hospitality is about understanding, acceptance and intimacy. Acceptance helps us all “discover [our] true selves,” according to Father Homan. He asserts that “intimacy is the goal of hospitality. Hospitality is a call to revere what is sacred in every person….”
Radical hospitality is about paying attention to the little things; and more importantly; paying attention to the big things: approaching one another with inner openness and positive regard, practicing compassion, patience and active listening; and, last but not least, striving to accept others where they ar--as we ourselves long to be accepted.
Who needs our hospitality? Each and every one of us . . . and all of the visitors who will come through our doors during the fall advertising campaign. May we cultivate our own deepest impulses to show these strangers the kind of radical hospitality that will invite them to stay, become friends, and make our congregation their spiritual home.
Finance Committee Report
The end-of-year financial accounting for 2006-2007 has been largely completed by Pam Garcia, our bookkeeper. Our finances looked very good this last year, with a modest balance at the end. THANKS VERY MUCH to all who contributed to make this a good year, by promptly paying pledges as well as responding to other requests for support during the year. It’s wonderful to keep all our commitments and pay fair wages to our faithful staff!
For next year, things don’t look as favorable. Members have responded admirably to requests to increase their pledges to offset the loss of one major donor. Members who have pledged have increased their pledge by an average of 12%! However, the canvass is still not complete, and we have a shortfall to meet our budget of about $15,000.
If you’re a member who has not yet made a pledge -- who has probably received a reminder letter recently from
THANKS AGAIN for all the support you provide the church and its many activities!!!
The Finance Committee: David Tucker, Treasurer; Christopher Frey, Financial Officer; Diana Wirt; Bob Howd.
Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative
Let’s Get Ready for the Newcomers Who Will Be Responding to Our Marketing Campaign!
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.
LIVE YOUR VALUESSHARE YOUR TALENTSFORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS
Call Genie at (408)997-6292 or Lloyd at (408)289-1217.
Does Anyone Want To Take Over the Recycling?
Our church has really come through for the
The Transylvania group leaves in the next few days and the
However, we think that it would be worthwhile for another group to take over this project for their own fundraising and contribution to planetary well-being. The congregation’s participation is really rolling along, and this endeavor has been rewarding in many ways.
Is there a group that would be interested in this project?
Please contact Carrie Doolittle, email@example.com, (408) 391-2887, to get started!
Family Circle Supper Potluck Dinners
Our Family Circle Dinners have been going for the last few months. We had a great time at our
Our next gathering is Sunday, July 29, at 5:00 pm at the home of Misako Matsuoka at
If you would like to attend our
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Share your creativity at the Fireside Gift Faire on Sunday Dec. 10 after the church service! This sixth annual event, formerly known as Holiday Wanderers, is a fundraiser for First Unitarian. Artistic and crafty people can rent tables to sell their handmade goods, with a portion of profits donated to the church. Let your creative mind go! Registration deadline for new vendors is August 15, 2007. California Seller’s Permit is required. It’s free and easy to get by visiting www.boe.ca.gov. For the Fireside Gift Faire registration form and further information, please contact Cecilia Deck at (408) 729-5586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the hiking schedule for the rest of July. Please let me know if you are coming on a hike so I can look for you at the carpool spot or trailhead. My phone number is (408) 730-1052, and my cell phone is (408) 507-7052, which I will have turned on after 6:30 am. You can call me the morning of the hike any time after 6:30 am. See you on the trails!
Wednesday, July 18
Saturday, July 21
Wednesday, July 25
Saturday, July 28
Choir Notes: A Tale of Two Choir Dinners
All past and present FUCSJ choir members are invited to two events during our practice hiatus. Join us for dinner at Sonoma Chicken Coop on Market Street at 7 p.m., Friday, July 20. (Will be cancelled if not enough interest, so be sure to RSVP!) Or join us at Dan Zulevic’s house for a pizza party on Wednesday, August 1. Plan to bring something to share such as a bottle of wine or an hors d’oeuvre, as well as $3-$5 to help pay for the pizza.
Please contact Henry Ruddle at henry_L@ruddle.com or 408-234-3670 to RSVP.
by Kelly Burnett
By Sharon Noguchi, San Jose Mercury News, July 7, 2007, featuring our own Aralyn Tucker and Carrie Doolittle (http://www.mercurynews.com/localnewsheadlines/ci_6280176 (for the full story on Watson Park reopening.)
“...Then there was Genevieve, the long-haired dachshund-chihuahua mix who snuggled against the leg of her mistress, Aralyn Tucker, 14. At home, 'Princess Genevieve,' as she's called, dines on chicken, beef and organic dog food. At the park, she preferred being petted to playing, ignoring the loping and panting around her with a look that said, 'Only dogs would behave that way.' Nevertheless, Princess Genevieve and golden retriever Sunny had been the first dogs to rechristen
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 email@example.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
29 DE JULIO
29 de Julio -- 9:30 a.m.
Crecimiento Espiritual UU
Dirige: Ervin Barrios; Asociada de Culto: María Pereira
July 29 -- 9:30 a.m.
UU Spiritual Growth
Leader: Ervin Barrios; Worship Associate: María Pereira
29 July -- 11:00 a.m.
A Walk Through This World On Different Feet
Worship Leader: Marla Scharf; Worship Associates: Dena Dickinson, Lucy Proulx and Kelly Burnett
29 de Julio -- 11:00 a.m.
Una caminata a través de este mundo en diversos pies
Dirige: Marla Scharf; Asociadas de Culto: Dena Dickinson, Lucy Proulx, and Kelly Burnett
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
5 DE AGOSTO
5 de Agosto -- 9:30 a.m.
Porque no deberías integrarte al Unitario Universalismo
Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM
August 5 -- 9:30 a.m.
You Shouldn’t be a Unitarian Universalist
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: SSM Members
5 August -- 11:00 a.m.
Generosity of Spirit as Spiritual Practice
Worship Leader: the Rev. Donna Lenahan; Worship Associate: Kelly Burnett
5 de Agosto -- 11:00 a.m.
La Generosidad del Espíritu
Dirige: la Rev. Donna Lenahan; Asociada de Culto: Kelly Burnett
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: (cell) 408-841-1011; 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:
Vice President (Planning/Personnel
Vice President (Programs)
Debra Fenzel-Alexander, sdsalex@comcast.
Mary Mary Feldman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marla Scharf, marla_scharf@
Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.
Senior Minister .........
Assoc. Minister For Religious Education...
Office Manager .........
Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries..
Social Justice Coordinator ............
Acting R.E. Assistant ………………………………Elena Clifford
Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.
Thank you to our volunteers!
Translators: Ervin Barrios and Roberto Padilla
Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)
Assembly: Genie Bernardini, Gretchen Leavitt, Deanna LaTorre and Lloyd Eater.
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Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Next issue assembly: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Next issue mailing: Wednesday, August 1, 2007