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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
March 22-29, 2015

Sun. Mar. 22 Social Hour Produce Market Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Mar.22 12:30 p.m. Board Elections Sanctuary
Sun. Mar. 22 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Newcomer Table
Mon. Mar. 23 6:00 p.m. Silent Meditation Gathering Sanctuary
Mon. Mar. 23 7:00 p.m. Homeless Concerns Group Conference Room
Mon. Mar. 23 7:00 p.m. UU Knitters Youth Room
Tue. Mar. 24 7:00 p.m. Prog. & Operations Committee Conference Room
Wed. Mar. 25 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Weds. Mar. 25 9:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud!Sanctuary
Thurs. Mar. 26 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting Conference Room
Sun. Mar. 29 10:15 a.m. Partner Church Meet & Greet Fireside Room
Sun. Mar. 29 1:20 p.m. Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism, LBGTIQQA Welcome Classrooms 2-3
Sun. Mar. 29 6:00 p.m. Partner Church Potluck Hattie Porter Hall

Save the Dates

Sat. Apr. 4 1:00 p.m. Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Hattie Porter Hall
Mon. Apr. 6 Sign up for Circle Suppers circlesuppers@aol.com
Fri. & Sun. Apr. 10 and 12 See below Mystery Musical Comedy Auditions See below
Sat. July 11, 18, 19 See below Storytelling Workshop with Olga Loya Hattie Porter Hall

Saturday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Carl Franzen Opera Studio Concert, Sanctuary

Please join us for an evening of beautiful music featuring music from opera, operetta, and musical theater. Reservations are not needed. Free will donations are accepted at the door. Proceeds go to the First Unitarian Church of San Jose music program.

Sunday, March 22, 12:30 p.m.
Congregational Meeting – Board Elections, Sanctuary

If you would like to serve our congregation--especially with financial skills as Finance Officer, or organizational skills as Stewardship Liaison--please contact Nominating Committee member Bob Howd, bhowd@aol.com.

Monday, March 23, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary

We will be meditating under the sanctuary dome at First Unitarian. We meditate for 30 minutes.  We begin with the ringing of the meditation bell and setting the timer for 30 minutes. Come in the door at end of the ramp and quietly enter the sanctuary.  You can sit in a chair or bring a cushion to meditate on. All are welcome to stay afterwards for a check in about our meditation experience and practice. Contact: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@Gmail.com

Monday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
Homeless Concerns Group, Board Conference Room

The Homelessness Concerns Group meets every fourth Monday at 7 p.m. in the conference room downstairs. We are currently exploring what our church can do to address homelessness in downtown San Jose.

Sunday, March 29, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Partner Church Meet & Greet, Fireside Room

Join us in the Fireside Room to meet Rev. Janos Pal and his wife Dr. Orsolya Andorko who are traveling from our Partner Church in Homorodzentmarton to meet us!  Rev. Janos will discuss the current conditions in Romania and our partner church village.

Sunday, March 29, 1:20 p.m.
Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism, LGBTIQQA Welcome Meeting, Classrooms 2-3

Let’s talk about our Social Justice Ministry and possible next steps to work to end racism and oppression. Please call or text John Burk at 408-259-3781.

Sunday, March 29, 6:00 p.m.
Partner Church Potluck, Hattie Porter Hall

Welcome our honored guests, Rev. Janos and his wife Dr. Orsolya Andorko, with a potluck dinner in Hattie Porter Hall.  RSVP to Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com or sign up to bring food at the Partner Church table after church today.

Saturday, April 4, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. (registration at 12:30 p.m.)
Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, Hattie Porter Hall

Join the Pachamama Alliance for a profound inquiry into a bold vision: bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just and deeply meaningful human presence on this planet. Register online. For more information contact Jackie Tonkel at 408-348-3791

Monday, April 6
Deadline to sign up for April Circle Suppers

Circle Suppers offer an opportunity for members of the church community to get to know one another at casual pot luck suppers. Small groups come together in members' homes to share food and conversation. Singles and couples, long-time church members or new to this church community, all are welcome.  Contact Barbara Derbyshire at CircleSuppers@AOL.com.  The suppers in April will be Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th.  

April 10, 7:30 p.m. (Fireside Room) and 
April 12, 2:15 p.m., (Conference Room)

Auditions for 6th Annual FUCSJ Mystery Musical Comedy

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Saturday, July 11 (10am-3 pm); Saturday, July 18 (10 am-2 pm); and Sunday, July 19
“Let’s Play with Story”—A Workshop with Professional Storyteller Olga Loya, Hattie Porter Hall

FUCSJ member Olga Loya will work closely with participants to explore and develop their own storytelling styles, utilizing many fun and exciting storytelling games and exercises. This workshop focuses on folklore. Participants will learn a short folktale, myth, or legend and then present the stories to the congregation in worship on Sunday, July 19.  Participants can work in teams if they desire. Please bring a short folk tale or myth that you would like to learn. And bring a lunch and beverage for lunch. The cost is $50.

To register for this workshop, please contact Office Manager, Dana Spinney by July 1st: fucsjoffice@gmail.com.

Olga Loya is a nationally known bilingual (English-Spanish) storyteller, performance artist, teacher, and writer who presents to all ages from preschool to seniors. She tells stories that support her beliefs that we can work together as a community, that we can learn to look beyond racial and class lines, and that we can take the time to enjoy ourselves through stories and song.

For more information on these and other events, see the Current Newsletter!