Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / September 19, 2007 / 19 de Septiembre 2007
|919-2||Save the Dates, Social Justice Calendar|
|919-4||Newsletter Summary for Board Meetings in June, July and August, 2007|
|919-5||Sign Up or Renew for eScrip -- Effortless Fundraising|
Choir Notes: Calling all singers for the "Keep the Diversity; Seek the Harmony" interfaith event on October 2nd
Newsletter Editors Need Understudy -- Now!
Deficit Budget? YIKES!
|919-9||Volunteer Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative -- Live Your Values!|
|919-10||Spotlight on Social Justice: California, Here I Come|
|919-11||Recycling Marches On! in support of the newsletter|
|919-12||Joy Through Service: Lucy and Dave Proulx: Fulfilled in The Spirit|
|919-14||UU Hikers and Friends|
|919-15||Upcoming Events -- Cakes is Back!, Fall Church Retreat, Keep the Diversity|
|919-16||Circling Around -- The world's newest Unitarian Universalist Fundamentalist Christian, sad news for Rev. Geoff|
|919-17||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|919-1||Servicios de Domingo|
|919-8||Déficit del Prosupuesto? YIKES!|
Aquí estan los Ministros!
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
23 de Septiembre 9:30 a.m.
El Poder del Hambre
The Power of Hunger
September 23 11 a.m.
Lessons on Faith & Unitarian-Universalism: The Romanian and South Aftrica Pilgrimages
Lecciones de fe Unitario Universalista en los peregrinajes a Transilvania y Sudáfrica
30 de Septiembre -- 9:30 y 11 a.m.
Practicando el Perdón: Bendiciones de la Imperfección
September 30 -- 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Practicing Forgiveness: The Blessings of Imperfection
7 de Octubre -- 9:30 y 11 a.m.
Portada y los Valores Unitarios Universalistas
October 7 -- 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Front-Page News and Unitarian Universalist Values
Save the Dates
Religious Growth and Learning Program Starts Sunday, September 23
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]
Sept. 23 Hooray for Differences
Sept. 30 Each Person Is a Treasure
Oct. 7 The Power of Our Hearts and Minds
3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]
Sept. 23 SportsWhat is your favorite sport?
Sept. 30 SportsLessons for life
Oct. 7 SportsIn the Congregation
5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]
Sept. 23 Session 1
Sept. 30 Session 2
Oct. 7 Judaism Introduction/Guest
6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]
Sept. 23 Opening Sunday
Sept. 30 Hymn #38 Morning Has Broken
Oct. 7 You!
Youth Group Activities
Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12 Grades)
Note: The Chalice Club is not functioning at this time.
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
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.
Calling all singers for the "Keep the Diversity; Seek the Harmony" interfaith event on October 2nd
by Joy-Ellen Lipsky, CCP
Our church choir needs 6 additional singers for the October 2nd “Keep the Diversity; Seek the Harmony” event (6-7pm) at the Circle of Palms (between the
Newsletter Editors Need Understudy -- Now!Another newsletter editor volunteer is needed to coordinate some newsletter issues -- the first being the November 21 issue. Volunteer soon to shadow and help the editors so you can put out an issue.
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 Lloyd at (408)289-1217.
I admit it, I have an unreasonable grudge against the Donner Party. It is certainly something learned, because why would anyone begrudge a decent family lost in the woods in the wintertime? It’s not so much what happened to them, but that they are so very famous for it. You see, the Donners were not the first to undertake that path through the Sierras as a wagon train, that was actually my great-great-great grandfamily. And as they crossed from Missiouri to California, my ancestors gathered for meetings to address the difficult decisions that came their way. So, they generally made good choices and, because my great-great grandmother was born en route, they finished their migration with more people in their party than when they started. But apparently when naming that particular mountain pass, tragedy figured more favorably than chronology and so the Donners will forever be remembered as the early pioneers of I 80. Because I will bet my long lost cousin that you have never heard of the Murphy-Stephens Party, the first overland wagon train to cross the Sierra Nevada. Did I mention there’s a lake named after the Donners, too?
This immigrant journey is the one most often repeated in my family. The Murphys came from Ireland, searching first in Canada, then Missouri, until finally settling in the Santa Clara Valley for Catholic country and schools for both their boys and girls. They became Mexican citizens and were part of the Rancho culture in the valley just before California was acquired by the United States.
What is now left for the descendants are good stories and some local geography: Murphy Street, Mathilda and Maude Avenues in Sunnyvale, Bellomy Street in Santa Clara, Bernal (that Bernal was a brother), Castro (okay, by marriage) and one tiny Martin Murphy, Jr. Park. Sometimes I think it has nothing to do with me because I can’t claim the courage and tenacity of the generations that came before. It was nothing I did, I don’t even know if I would. But still, the story provides something that I can turn to when I wonder who I am. I know what they cared about and what they were willing to endure. I can feel responsible to carry on what they held dear.
As immigrants, immigrant families and immigrant descendants, we carry immigrant stories in our blood. We can feel proud whether we were the immigrant ourself or one of the ones who came after. There is no dull immigrant tale to tell. We want to hear those accounty, to share and learn from each other. Opportunities will continue to arise, so be thinking of the heart of your immigrant story.
Social Justice Calendar
Recycling Marches On!
Our church did so well with the recycling project to help the South Africa and Transylvania pilgrims while helping the environment that we decided to keep it going! Your continued contribution of cans and bottles and other recyclables will contribute to continuing to have our newsletter printed professionally. This great-looking newsletter will be especially important in the fall as we greet the visitors who will hear about us through the Media Publicity Project.
To support our newsletter and other welcoming projects, please continue to bring in aluminum, glass, and plastic containers that have Cash Redemption Value (CRV) printed on the label or on the container. They shouldn’t be crushed. You can bring them to church, bagged or boxed, and put them on the right side of the door of the Third Street Community Center (not the church office). This door is in the lower fenced area on the right side of the church. Please do not block the doorway. Someone will pick them up every Sunday and take them to the recycling center. Thanks for your help!
by Ellie White and You UUs
Jean Embree writes, “Lucy Proulx has been my good friend through many years of child raising, name changes, and much volunteering for worthy causes. Lucy has always opened her home to gatherings for any good reason. Whether she taught with me years ago or joined me in such programs as Cakes for the Queen of Heaven (first edition!), or more recently encouraged us to get more involved in national politics (again a very worthy cause just now!), I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. We have many interests in common from Tarot cards and fantasy to business letter writing and all practical aspects of life in these tumultuous times. May more people be inspired by her example to get and give the most out of life!”
Lucy sang in the choir for a lot of years, used to lead the all-church campouteven coordinated a couple campouts with the Los Gatos and Sunnyvale churches back in the 80s; she also coordinated a retreat at Monte Toyon and did the web page for that retreat for several years. She helped with the publicity for our "sanctuary movement" for the refugees from Central America, taught Sunday school, as did Dave, and she was on the committee that got Lindi hired, putting together the package to entice her to come be our minister. Also Lucy has recently co-led a small group ministry.
Lucy says, “Gee, we used to put on pancake breakfasts as fundraisers, and then there were all the social events like photos with Santa, sleepovers for the kids in the basement of the church, pizza and games nights, and just plain pitching in where pitching in was needed at that moment. I've participated in singing at memorial services, the Dances of Peace, Meditation Group, Buddhist study group, Deep Ecology, Dreams, Red Hat Ladies, and other groups. Even took some Spanish from Ervin.”
In relation to Dave’s extensive service Steve Carr emailed, “I had the privilege of serving on the canvass committee with Dave about 10 years ago. As the "data" person on the team, Dave showed me how he created Pledge Unit Profiles in Microsoft Access, accessing data from our church membership database.
Dave also inspired me to get more deeply involved both with the church database and the church's annual giving campaign. Serving on the Board for the six challenging years after we had the fire, Dave was our church's treasurer/financial officer for about four of those years and created the program that generates our pledge statements. Dave continued to support the church's computer network and email systems up until recently.”
Lucy’s and Dave’s service together included coordinating and serving meals to those in need and doing a “socks drive” to benefit those they served. Lloyd Eater says of this work, “I am blessed to have served for years at Julian Street Inn with Lucy, Dave and Frank. They are great organizers, helpful leaders and true blue dependable. Always laughing and kind, they are a pleasure to be around.”
On behalf of our parishioners, we thank you, Lucy and Dave, for your inspirational service to our church and to the greater community. Our hearts are with you at this extremely difficult time for you and your family.
Whose service seems to emanate from joy and/or who feeds our spirit through his/her volunteer spirit? You just need to start the ball rolling and let others carry the ball from there. Email Ellie White at email@example.com or phone (408) 729-0420.
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 when I leave the house 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, September 22
Wednesday, September 26
Saturday, September 29
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30
This year’s Fall Church Retreat promises to be a really good one, so save the dates and make your reservations early! Fitting with the Bay Area Marketing Campaign, an upcoming anti-racism/anti-oppression series called “Building the World We Dream About,” and the work we are doing to understand immigration issues more deeply, we will focus on our relationship with “the stranger” the person we may not yet know. This person, who might even seem “strange” to us, is part of the interdependent web of which we all are a part and is a person whose inherent worth and dignity we affirm.
The keynote workshop will be offered by the Rev. Cathleen Cox-Burneo. Also, we’ll have a reprise of the “Coffee, Tea and Small Talk: The Art of Mingling (and Meaningful Conversation)” workshop recently presented by Bob Miess and much more! Of course, there will be plenty of opportunity to sing, play, hike, and relax, in between the delicious, fresh meals. Coffee, tea, and conversation are available all day long, as well as games, beading, and time for solitude. We’re booking a new massage therapist as well. The retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to renew your spirit and refresh yourself for the fall, in the company of our beloved community. Church members and friends of all ages are welcome.
Make your reservation in Hattie Porter Hall. Contact Carol Low (408) 246-2859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 2
On Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 6:00-7:00 pm, in San Jose, the third Annual South Bay Interfaith gathering will feature prayers and music from the diverse religious communities of the South Bay, as well as time to meet your neighbors and share in breaking bread together.
The First Unitarian Church of San José is a sponsoring organization and its choir will perform and represent Unitarian Universalism. Join us for this FREE event at the Circle of Palms (between the Fairmont Hotel and the Art Museum) in downtown San José . This event is sponsored by South Bay Interfaith Steering Committee www.southbayinterfaith.org
by Kelly Burnett
Congratulations to Henry and Michelle Ruddle on the birth of their new son, Jefferson Tyler Ruddle, who was born on September 7, 2007 at 1:08 p.m., 9 lbs. 5 oz., 21.5 inches. Henry wrote, "Lily, Mariah, Kristina and Mercediez were all in the room during the delivery. The three older girls actually watched every (or nearly every) gory detail, while Lily watched some of it. We had Michael stay home with Zach.
"Michelle and Jefferson were discharged from Kaiser Santa Teresa at about 5:30 pm on September 8 and are now at home, healthy and (mostly) happy. All of his vitals are good, he has filled several diapers and has been passed around more than the pigskin during a college football game. So far the only cloud in Jefferson’s young life is that Zachariah has resolutely announced that “the baby is not going to play with any of my toys.”
With great sadness, Rev. Geoff reports the recent death of his father-in-law, Patty Eaton's father, Benjamin M. Eaton, Sr. We extend our deepest sympathy to Patty and Geoff.
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 Manager .........
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)
Duplicating, Stapling and Addressing: Genie Bernardini, Gretchen Leavitt and Lloyd Eater.
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Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm, Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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