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This Week 

Monday through Friday, September 15-1911:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Weekly Lunchtime Labyrinth, Sanctuary

Wednesday, September 17, 5:45 p.m Guitars Aloud!

Guitarists! Let’s get together each Wednesday to play UU hymns and other music suitable for services. This free event (for multiple levels) will help you develop your musicianship as you serve the church and its ideals. Ages teen through adult are welcome.

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m., Choir Practice, Sanctuary

Join the FUCSJ choir, The Alegría Singers, in singing at regular Sunday services, at special events such as Solstice Celebrations and Coffee Houses, and bring music to various church activities.

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m., Finance Committee Meeting, Board Conference Room

Sunday, September 21, 10:15 a.m., Alabanza: Half-hour Multicultural Small Group Ministry Gathering, Library

Come join us for this simple half-hour prayer-meditation service (without sermon) at 10:15 a.m. in a mixture of English and Spanish in the Library. Accessible and welcoming to all, this service provides time to sing, meditate, and reflect in a small group in preparation for the service at 11:00.

Sunday, September 21, 11:00 a.m., Worship Service, The Web of Existence: Climate Justice Sunday

In Buddhism, Indra’s Net envisions all beings as individual jewels set at an infinite number of nods in a single web. Each jewel reflects the others, each is independent of the others, each glimmers in the others’ light. When we understand our Oneness with the Earth and all its beings in this way, we hear the call to live in resilient, just, and sustainable communities with new force. Let us stand, and act, in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of people gathering in New York City and elsewhere for this Climate Justice weekend.

Worship Leader: The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Worship Associate: Marnie Singer

Sunday, September 21, Submit Your Suggestions for This Year’s Special Collections 

October's special collection will go to EHC=Emergency Housing Consortium and November's special collection will benefit Stop Hunger Now. If you have a non-profit agency you would like to recommend to receive one of our monthly Special Collections this year, please fill out the slip at the Social Justice table during Social Hour.  For the next two Sundays, we will have cards available for you to fill out to suggest non-profit agencies to receive donations. The cards will be at tables around the church, in your Order of Service and perhaps on bulletin boards.  Please make sure your card is filled out completely and correctly with the address of the 501(c)3. The latest we can accept these is October 3rd. Please return to John Burk, any Social Justice Council Member, the Social Justice Council mailbox or the person who gives you the card. If you have any questions, contact John Burk at 408-259-3781.

Sunday, September 21, During Social Hour, Produce Market, Hattie Porter Hall

Karen Conrotto would like to request continued donations of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, etc. to be sold at the Produce Market table.  Our next trip to visit our partner church in Transylvania is drawing closer (July, 2015) and your continued support is needed to help cover the costs of the trip.  Karen has been proud to be involved with the Produce Market and appreciates all the donations received, so far.  If you have any questions, please call Karen at 408-998-0257 or via e-mail at conrotto96@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 21, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., My Ministry in the World, Board Conference Room

How would you like to see the world transformed? Can you play a role in making it happen? Are there ways you can draw other people into your dream? We have a program that supports people in creating ministries beyond the walls of our church and putting them into action. In each meeting we explore our callings and develop strategies for fulfilling them. This month we will discuss the new membership categories that are being implemented by the UU Society for Community Ministries, and their impact on our congregation’s Community Ministries Program. Come and join kindred spirits in discovering and deepening your mission, asking questions, learning about our program. Questions? Contact Bob Miess, Bob@Heart-HealthyLifestyles.com, 408-753-0541.

Sunday, September 21, 2:30 p.m., San Jose Community Dances, Hattie Porter Hall

Enjoy English Country Dancing and Contra Dancing. All dances are taught, no experience necessary, no partner required. Join us for fun and fellowship! Suggested donation, $8-10; no one will be turned away. 

Monday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. , “Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”Weekly Meditation Group, Sanctuary

We meditate starting at 6 pm 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 bring a cushion to meditate on. You can leave after the meditation, but all are welcome to stay from 6:30 until 7 for a check in about our meditation experience, practice and discussion of Rev. Doug Kraft’s book, Buddha’s Map. The discussion will be accessible to all! To be put on the meditation group email list contact, Rev. Geoff Rimositis,GRimositis@Gmail.com

Monday, September 22, 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. We also have a Yahoo Group (UUSJHomelessness Concerns Group) where we post notes from meetings and general information.

Monday, September 22, 7:00 p.m., UU Knitters, Youth Room

Join the drop-in group of lively crafters: including knitting, crochet, beading (so far)...on 2nd and 4th Mondays. All levels of experience are welcome!

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m., Planning & Operations Committee Meeting, Board Conference Room

SAVE THE DATE: 

  • September 27Saturday, 7:00 p.m., Carl Franzen Studio Concert, September Songs

Join us for gala concert with the students of the Franzen Opera Studio featuring Grand Opera arias and musical theater selections.  Reservations are not necessary.  Free will donations will be accepted at the door – proceeds go to the First Unitarian Church Music Program.

  • September 28Sunday12:30 p.m., Church Tour & Interactive History of 
    Unitarian Universalism, Meet in Sanctuary

Rev. Geoff will lead a 30 minute tour of the church and engage participants in an interactive history presentation of Unitarian Universalism.

  • September 29Monday, 6:00 p.m. , “Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”

Weekly Meditation Group, Sanctuary

We meditate starting at 6 pm 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 bring a cushion to meditate on. You can leave after the meditation, but all are welcome to stay from 6:30 until 7 for a check in about our meditation experience, practice and discussion of Rev. Doug Kraft’s book, Buddha’s Map. The discussion will be accessible to all! To be put on the meditation group email list contact, Rev. Geoff Rimositis,GRimositis@Gmail.com.

  • Friday through Sunday, October 10-12, Varied Times, Mystery Dinner Theater, Hattie Porter Hall

Whodunnit? A Federation Crew Member or an Alien?

Beam in or take a shuttle for the 5th annual FUCSJ Musical Mystery Dinner fundraiser for PACT.  Captain's Log: As the Starship Kelvin transports three alien ambassadors and a small Federation crew to an intergalactic conference, a strategic communications technology is stolen and a murder takes place. Join the grand jury as it enjoys singing, comedy and other shenanigans while it investigates and solves the crimes, with the help of clues in the show and available at the end.  During the Saturday show and during the Sunday matinee show, a catered meal will be served, and during the Friday night show, snacks will be available. Tickets for the show are $15 Friday night, $30 Saturday night, and $25 for the Sunday matinee. They can be purchased from Jay Porter in Hattie Porter Hall after services on Sundays, or by contacting him by phone at 408-439-9931 or by email at mj.porter7@yahoo.com

An Amazing Thing Happened When They Tried to Pay by Credit Card

It upset people who enjoy laughter, good food and solving mysteries when they were told to use cash or check to purchase tickets to Starship Kelvin.Then, they found http://www.sanjoseuu. org/WhatsHappening/starship- kelvin.html and it changed their lives. This miracle webpage made it possible to purchase tickets using PayPal or a credit card! "It was amazing," said one ticket buyer. "Starship Kelvin and credit cards are a match made in the stars!"  All proceeds help to fund the church's annual dues for PACT (People Acting in Community Together)

  • October 18, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Governance 101 Class – How We Lead and Get Things Done at FUCSJ, Classrooms 4-6

We will be offering a workshop called "How We Lead and Get Things Done at FUCSJ” (Governance 101). Learn how things happen at FUCSJ!  Come find out how we use our principles in a structure that empowers church members to lead and manage our ministries. Already volunteering? Find out how what you are doing fits in to the overall structure, and why we do things in certain ways. You’ll understand better who your partners are in leading our spiritual cooperative. New and long-term members will learn who does what in the church. Warning: Understanding governance can lead to spiritual development!

  • Topics covered:
  • Our church governance structure (diagram) 
  • Principles of policy governance
  • Management vs. leadership
  • Mission/Vision/Ends/Goals/Strategic Plan
  • Linkage & Monitoring - systems of accountability
  • Committees & paths to leadership
  • Understanding Systems in the Congregation
  • All this and refreshments, too!

The workshop will be led by Madeline Morrow, FUCSJ Board President.  Please RSVP by the Friday prior to the day you plan to attend the class.  RSVP by e-mail to: madelinemorrow@earthlink.net