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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
April 26-May 3, 2015

Sun. Apr. 2612:15 p.m.Newcomers’ Light LunchLibrary
Sun.Apr. 26 12:45 p.m. 150th Anniversary Committee Conference Room
Sun. Apr. 26 12:45 p.m. Meet the Balazs Scholar Sanctuary
Sun. Apr. 26 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Meet at Newcomer Table
Sun. Apr. 26 Social Hour Produce Market Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Apr. 26 3:00 p.m. Celebration of Life – Ed Bolton Sanctuary
M,W, F Apr. 27, 29, May 1 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon. Apr. 27 6:00 p.m. Silent Meditation Gathering Sanctuary
Mon. Apr. 27 7:00 p.m. Homeless Concerns Group Conference Room
Mon. Apr. 27 7:00 p.m. UU Knitters Youth Room
Tue. Apr. 27 7:00 p.m. Prog. & Operations Committee Conference Room
Wed. Apr. 29 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Wed. Apr. 29 9:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Sanctuary
Fri. May 1 2:00 p.m. May Day Rally & March See announcement
Fri. May 1 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sat. May 2 3:00 p.m. Celebration of Life – April Moen Sanctuary

Save the Dates

Sun. May 3 1:00 p.m. Christian Origins Book Study Conference Room
Thurs. May 14 6:45 p.m. Claiming the Beloved Community Forum See announcement
Sat. May 16 6:00 p.m. Inspire Young Minds Fundraiser for TSCC Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. May 17 12:45 p.m. Congregational Meeting - 2015/2016 Budget Sanctuary
Sun. May 24 12:45 p.m. “Overview of Nuclear Energy” Fireside Room
Wed. – Sun. July 15-19 All-Church Campout Atkinson Estate Morgan Hill
Sat. Aug. 16, 22 & 23 See below Storytelling Workshop with Olga Loya Hattie Porter Hall

Sunday, April 26, 12:15 p.m.
Newcomers Get Acquainted Light Lunch, Library

Visitors and new (and old) members gather in the Library to meet and eat, to get acquainted with each other and to learn a bit about our church. Please let Ed Gardner know if you would like to attend ednatsj@sbcglobal.net.

Monday, April 27, 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, April 27, 7:00 p.m.
Homeless Concerns Group, Conference Room

The Homelessness Concerns Group is exploring what our church can do to address homelessness in downtown San Jose.

Friday, May 1, 2:00-5:45 p.m.
May Day Rally & March for International Workers’ Day, Target Plaza at Corner of Story and King Road

There are many ways to get involved in the May Day March. If you can't walk at that time, perhaps you can bring water and pass it out during the rally or before when we gather at San Jose City Hall. Here are the different points when you can join us: 2 p.m. Rally at Story and King (Corner of Target Plaza); 3 p.m. Gather; 4 p.m. March; 5:45 p.m. Closing Rally at San José City Hall. Stay tuned for more details or call or text John Burk at 408-259-3781.

Sunday, May 3, 1:00 p.m.
Christian Origins Book Study, Conference Room

On May 3 we will continue our reading of Jason BeDuhn’s book, The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon,about Marcion, a second-century heretic, and his New Testament. We will discuss the first part of Chapter 4 (pages 203-228), an introduction to Marcion’s Apostolikon (the letters of Paul that were in his New Testament) and BeDuhn’s approach to reconstructing it. Contact Bob Miess, Bob@Heart-HealthyLifestyles.com, 408-753-0541.

Thursday, May 14, 6:45 p.m.
Claiming the Beloved Community - Community Forum, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 405 S. 10th St.

The PACT interfaith clergy team (of which Rev. Nancy is a part), along with San Jose State University students and the African American women's sorority Zeta Phi Beta, lead this community gathering--the third in a series of events designed to build understanding across our diverse identities, to educate about community needs and experiences, and to develop sustainable ways of living for peace, security, and well-being for all. Part of the Black and Brown Lives Matter movement, these gatherings are a crucial aspect of a course of action to radically reshape community-law enforcement-public officials' relationships and to eliminate police profiling in Santa Clara Valley.  Come play a role in transforming San Jose and its surrounding communities, for the sake of ourselves and of generations to come!

Saturday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.
Inspire Young Minds – Fundraiser for Third Street Community Center, Hattie Porter Hall

Save the date for our annual fundraiser. The celebration will feature California wines, dinner, a silent auction and a program. Proceeds raised from this event will benefit the After School Academic Program, the Young Engineers Program and our Summer Camps. We are looking for one or two people who can help manage our silent auction. Work includes securing items, organizing bid sheets, etc.

We are also looking for table and event sponsors. If you work for a company that has a philanthropic heart, please ask them to sponsor a table of 10. Companies tend to sponsor when an employee asks. Please contact Rosemary Baez at rosemary@3street.org if you would like to discuss your involvement.

Sunday, May 24, 12:45 p.m.
“Overview of Nuclear Energy,” Fireside Room

If the world as we know it is to survive beyond mid-century, combatting carbon dioxide poisoning of the biosphere will require much more carbon-free energy than renewables alone can provide.  Professor Thuy T. Le of San Jose State University will describe how nuclear power can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while delivering energy in the increasingly large quantities needed for growing populations and socioeconomic development.  Besides presenting the basics of electric power generation and nuclear reactor technologies, Dr. Le will cover all the hot-button issues surrounding nuclear power, including environmental impacts, fuel cycles and waste management, safety, security, proliferation and accidents.  Objections to the Generation II reactors prevalent today have driven technological advances that make the emerging Generation III and future Generation IV reactors much safer and more efficient, secure, sustainable, competitive and versatile.

Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 19
All-Church Campout, Atkinson Estate in Morgan Hill

Registration begins soon! Questions? Contact Claire Wagner at cwagner21@gmail.com.

NOTE DATE CHANGE!!! Sunday, August 16 (1-4 p.m.); Saturday, August 22 (10 am-2 pm); and Sunday, August 23
“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!