Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / October 17, 2007 / 17 de Octubre 2007
|1017-2||Save the Dates|
|1017-3||Religious Education; Halloween Party; Intensive UU Adult Class|
|1017-4||Articulating our UU Faith|
|1017-5||Sign Up or Renew for eScrip -- Effortless Fundraising|
Notes From the Office
Newsletter Archive on Church Website!
I Would Volunteer BUT. . .
|1017-9||Volunteer Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative -- Live Your Values!|
|1017-10||Spotlight on Social Justice: Have You Called?|
Scholarships Sought for Partner Church HS Youth
|1017-12||Urgent Call to Support ENDA|
|1017-13||Interested in Sing Along and Music Jam Sessions or in a Singles Group?|
Band of Writers
|1017-15||Upcoming Events -- Family Potluck, Pagan Ritual, Dia de los Muertos, Transylania Pilgrimage Presenation|
|1017-16||Circling Around -- Catching up with Rev. Ulrich, Mary McGuiness promoted, Mary Rico's new job, the real dirt on Carol Stephenson's family, Kelly recovers!|
|1017-17||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|1017-1||Servicios de Domingo|
|1017-4||Articulando Nuestra fe Unitaria Universalista|
|1017-7||¡Archivo de la Circular de noticias en el portal de internet de la iglesia!|
Aquí estan los Ministros!
UU Choir Delivers Knock Out Performance of 23rd Psalm at Circle of Palms for the Interfaith Reunion on October 2
Fuzzy photos courtesy of Julia Rodriguez' cell phone. Thanks, Julia!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
|En nuestra comunidad Unitaria Universalista, nos juntamos las mañanas de domingo para la música, la reflexión, la comodidad, el desafío, y el compañerismo; nos unimos para buscar la verdad y el significado, para compartir nuestras vidas, y animarnos los unos a los otros para crecer. Cada servicio religioso es único, preparado por los líderes y los asociados de culto para conectarnos con las principales preguntas de nuestras vidas. Tu puedes leer los sermones pasados en www.sanjoseuu.org ... ¡esperamos verte ahí!||In our Unitarian Universalist community, we gather on Sunday mornings for music, reflection, comfort, challenge, and companionship; we gather to seek truth and meaning, to share our lives, and to encourage each other to grow. Each worship service is unique, prepared by worship leaders and associates to engage with the major questions of our lives. Read past sermons on-line at www.sanjoseuu.org... We hope to see you there!|
Servicios en español/Translation into English
21 de Octubre 9:30 y 11 a.m.
¿Quiénes Estamos? ¿Rotos o Enteros?
October 21 9:30 and 11 a.m.
How Are WeBroken or Whole?
28 de Octubre -- 9:30 a.m.
Enfrentando Nuestras Pérdidas
Confronting Our Losses
October 28 -- 11:00 a.m.
Domingo de Asociación
4 de Noviembre -- 9:30 a.m.
Día de Muertos-
Por favor traiga las fotos o algún recuerdo de los seres queridos que usted ha perdido para colocarlos en el altar antes del servicio.
Day of the Dead-
Please bring photos or mementos of loved ones you have lost, to place on the altar before the service
November 4 -- 11:00 a.m.
Day of the Dead:
Please bring photos or mementos of loved ones you have lost, to place on the altar before the service.
Día de Muertos:
Por favor traiga las fotos o algún recuerdo de los seres queridos que usted ha perdido, para colocarlos en el altar antes del servicio.
11 de Noviembre
Gratitud I: ¿Como Agradecemos? Día de los Veteranos y el Unitario Universalismo
Gratitude I: How Grateful Are We? Veterans’ Day and Unitarian Universalism
Save the Dates
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]
Oct. 21 The Importance of Feelings
Oct. 28 The Responsible Expression of Feelings
Nov. 4 Friendship
3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]
Oct. 21 Stone Soup
Oct. 28 Day of the Dead
Nov. 4 Popcorn Sale
5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]
Oct. 21 Catholic Visit
Oct. 28 Catholic Wrap-up
Nov. 4 Pagan Introduction
Nov. 11 Pagan Wrap-up
Nov. 18 Protestant Introduction
Nov. 25 Combined Classes
6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]
Oct. 21 Memorial Services
Oct. 28 Chalice in a Bag
Nov. 4 Introduction to the Bible
9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room
Film as Theology: Media That Matters Film Festival
Youth Group Activities
Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12 Grades)
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
Family Fun Night -- Halloween Party
RSVP, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, ext. 25
Intensive on Unitarian Universalism
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
Sign Up or Renew for eScrip -- Effortless Fundraising
Time to renew your eScrip Safeway card. Safeway requires that participants "renew" their cards with the eScrip program every Sept-Oct, or they drop your card on Nov 1. It is very easy to renew. Just go to www.escrip.com before Nov 1, and click on the "renew now" button under the Safeway logo. That's it. Last year all but 2 of our participants renewed before the deadline.
Thank you to all who have been participating! We made $1500 for the church in 2006, effortlessly via eScrip. If you are not already participating in eScrip, you can register your credit cards and Safeway card at www.escrip.com, and with no further effort start making money for the church off your purchases. If you were participating through your kid's school, but your kid is gone to college, you can change your receiving organization to the church. See Diana Wirt (408) 993-1003 if you want more info.
Notes From the Office
by Iris Gonzalez, Office Administrator
I had a wonderful vacation this summer and it’s great to be back! A sincere Thank You to those volunteers who covered the office while I was away. Your help was greatly appreciated!
A few reminders as we start off to a great church year:
If you’re in need of a room for a meeting or event and you would like to reserve one, I am the official person to contact. The best way to contact me is by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are three simple steps to follow before making any meeting place, day, or time official:
If your request includes usage of the kitchen downstairs, please know that you are responsible for cleaning the kitchen afterwards. Please wash any dishes/utensils and pots/pans you use. This same rule applies if you attend any type of meeting at FUCSJ. If you are here for a meeting and make yourself coffee or tea, please be kind and wash any dishes/utensils you use. Please do not simply leave your dirty dishes in the sink as either Edgar or I end up washing them and it's really no fun to come in the next day to a pile of dirty dishes to wash. As the sign over the sink says, “There is no dish fairy!” Oh, and please don’t leave a wet sponge in the sink. Please wring out the sponge and place it in the sponge caddy; nobody wants to use a smelly, germy sponge. Also, if you borrow any items from the kitchen, please be sure to return them. (On a side note -- this request also applies if you borrow any office supplies from the office or my desk. Please return any items you borrow from my desk.)
These guidelines have been set in place to better serve you and the FUCSJ community. Please be patient as I work out the kinks with our calendar and set a permanent system in place. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
I will be writing updates about and from the office from time to time, so please look for them in upcoming newsletters. If you have any suggestions or if there is an office topic you’d like to know more about, please let me know. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
I Would Volunteer BUT. . .
Myth #1: If I accept a job that I find doesn't suit me, I'll be obligated to continue serving out my term anyway.
Reality: Our church is now dedicated to doing our best to see that each beloved volunteer finds his/her service is suitable and rewarding. Any time someone finds s/he is not happy with a particular service opportunity, s/he is urged to let the chair know. S/He will then be thanked profusely and graciously and "retired."
Myth #2: I would get sucked into something that would keep expanding and would go on forever!
Reality: We now have job descriptions that make clear just what the responsibilities are and how long a volunteer is asked to serve.
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.
LIVE YOUR VALUESSHARE YOUR TALENTSFORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS
Call Genie at (408) 997-6292 or Ed at (408) 712-4157.
I feel sorta bad about this, but I am simply flummoxed by all the messages in my e-mailbox to call my representatives about an upcoming vote. Now, they are almost always important e-mails about critical issues that I care deeply about. But, honestly, there are a lot of people who I haven't called, but I should, so people like Zoe Lofgren and Arnold Schwartzenegger are even less likely to hear from me than my dentist or my best friend from college. So, how do those representatives making those decisions change from the people I should call to the ones I do call, like my child's dentist or my best friend now?
What changed for me this weekend was one person on one issue that looked me in the eye and said, "Have you called?" It finally registered that it matters. As much as making dentist appointments, getting a babysitter or making sure my car insurance bill is paid.
First, remember that this congregation has hired me, made a significant financial commitment to make sure I learn and keep current on the issues you have chosen as a community. Now, imagine I am in front of you, and I look you in the eye and say:
"Have you called the Governor to be sure he signs AB 43 for marriage equality?"
(1-916-445-2841 Governor's office)
"Have you called your representative in Washington to urge him or her to override the president's veto for children's health insurance?"
(1-866-633-6432 for all reps on PICO hotline)
"Have you called Nancy Pelosi to pass ENDA for workplace protection for sexual orientation and gender identity?" (at 1-202-225-4965)
Call one or all. Put down this newsletter and call now. Because it matters.
Scholarships Sought for Partner Church HS Youth
Fall is a time when our kids return to school. However, in our Partner church village in Homorodszentmarton, Transylvania, Romania, the village has no high school. Many have the hope to continue their studies, but attending a high school in another city is often beyond the means of the rural families.
When church members traveled to our partner church village this summer, their minister, Rev. Joszef, asked that we help by furnishing partial scholarships to 4 youth.
Three hundred dollars would pay for about a third of the expenses per student for a year. This level of support would make a tremendous difference to enable the youth to attend a Unitarian boarding school in Udvarhedy, about an hour from the village, since they have no regular transportation to commute.
We are looking for 4 families, or groups of families to sponsor these youth. We are hoping that the sponsorship individual or families will exchange letters and pictures throughout the year, and possibly for years to come, as the students progress in their studies.
The last 15 years in Europe has seen dramatic changes since the fall of the Berlin wall, and the restructuring of economies. We are hoping to help support and encourage their education to help in the future of their communities' life. We would like to match the donors and send the first sponsorship checks in a month.
If you are interested in sponsoring or co-sponsoring a student, please call 266-6504 or e-mail Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com for more information.
This year ENDA, H.R. 2015, includes protection against discrimination in the workplace for gender identity and gender expression for the first-time since it was introduced in 1994 with protection for sexual orientation. ENDA has never made it through Congress.
When it appeared in September to the political powers that be that removing transgender protection would improve ENDA's chances of getting through the House this year, a vote was postponed and two much weaker versions were created. This has brought such loud protests from over 200 LGBT organizations supporting the original H.R. 2015 that more time has been allowed for voices to be heard before moving any of these bills out of the House Committee on Education and Labor for a vote. Matt Foreman of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has called the effort to oppose exclusion of gender in the bill as a "watershed moment" in the LGBT civil rights movement.
You have an opportunity to speak up, but the time is short (and could even be over by the time you read this). Even if ENDA does not get through Congress this year, we still need to let Congress know there is widespread support for a fully inclusive ENDA, H.R. 2015.
Call (quicker than mail or e-mail) your congressional representative, and also call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (1-202-225-4965) and Rep. George Miller, head of the House Committee on Education and Labor (1-202-225-2095).
Call no later than Wednesday, October 18, to have the most impact.
NCTE has an online petition you can sign: http://www.nctequality.org/
There are lots of websites where you can find information about ENDA. Also check out the information at the Welcoming Congregation table in Hattie Porter Hall.
All the major organizations that fight for LGBT civil rights are good sources, including: ACLU, NGLTF, Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Transgender Equality, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
Search for the bills on the Library of Congress' Thomas site: http://thomas.loc.gov.
Interested in Sing Along and Music Jam Sessions or in a Singles Group?
by Kathleen Bardin
There was some talk at the recent church retreat that I want to share with the wider church community. First, I am single and want to thank the other singles who inspired me to say that. Now I am interested in getting a UU singles group going.
Also, because so many of us enjoy the opportunity for sing along and music jam sessions, I would like to determine how many are interested in getting a monthly music group going. I know that conversation began at the retreat and am now consciously opening up this conversation to the wider community.
If you are interested in expressing preferences about the meeting time and location of either of these potential groups, please let me know. You can contact me on my mobile, (408) 529-3478, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Heretic Song
Lyrics by Kathleen Bardin & Tracy Avent
Such revelations about our fellow UU's are just a few of the many benefits of attending BOW meetings. We meet the 1st Sunday of each month at 12:20 in the Youth Room, and newcomers are most welcome. Contact Genie at 997-6292 for further information.
Sunday, October 28
Please join us for the next Family Circle Potluck of parents and kids, after church on Sunday, October 28th from 12:30-2:00 pm. We will be meeting in the downstairs classrooms 3-4 immediately after RE.
We will use the potluck time to get better acquainted as families, and also to decorate pumpkins!
Our Family Circle potluck group generally meets in the evening in homes on Sundays, but this month, we're trying something different. Please RSVP to Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com so we have enough supplies for the pumpkins. Or phone 266-6504.
Sunday, October 28
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs) will present a Samhain ritual--featuring a meditation journey through the world of the ancestors--on Sunday evening, October 28. The ritual will begin at 7:30 pm, in the sanctuary. Participants are asked to bring food or beverages to share in the Ramsden Fireside Room after the ritual. Church members and friends are welcome to join CUUPs members in this ritual. For more information, contact Sandra Lewellen Jones, 408-573-7579, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 2, 2007
Come share the experience of this first time public event in the heart of downtown San Jose! View moving altars depicting various social issues, sample Mexican bread & hot chocolate, and participate in the community altar a traditional display honoring our ancestors and those who have passed away. Bring a photo of a loved one or an item to remember them by and place it on the community altar. There is no cost to participate. All faiths, cultures, ages, everyone is welcome!
Hosted by the Third Street Community Center and the First Unitarian Church of San José. This program is funded in part by the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program.
Printable postcards in English and Spanish:
by Kelly Burnett
If you would like to correspond with Rev. Louise, her e-mail is still: email@example.com. She'd no doubt be pleased to hear from you.
Mary McGuinness has been promoted to Assistant Patient Care Manager (APCM) on the same unit she has been working on at Stanford for the last six years. After being a staff nurse at Stanford for 20 years, this is her first step into a management position. She will be working eight-hour days, four a week. This will be a huge change for her, having done twelve hours for many, many years. The unit is for out-patients; they care for 23-hour stay patients (both medical and surgical), have nine infusion chairs, and do placement of a special type of IV catheter for patients receiving long-term infusions. Mary will begin this new assignment in November. WTG, Mary!
There are a number of workshops set for both San Francisco and the San Jose area, including a Music Business Seminar on 10/20 and a workshop on contracts 11/13. Folks can check them out at www.calawyersforthearts.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if they are interested in getting on our e-mail list.
Kelly Burnett sends her deepest thanks to all of you who care and continue to care for her during her recovery. She appreciates your gifts of time, advocacy, prayers, thoughts, cards, e-mails, calls, food, rides, hugs, and well wishes. You are her beloved community.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Mary Feldman, email@example.com
Marla Scharf, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Wirt, email@example.com
Senior Minister .........
Assoc. Minister For Religious Education...
Office Administrator .........
Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries..
Social Justice Coordinator ............
Acting R.E. Assistant ………………………………Elena Clifford
Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our volunteers!
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 and Marge Schneider.
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Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm, October 31, 2007
Next issue assembly: Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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