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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
June 18-24, 2017

SunJun 1812:30 p.m.Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council MeetingFireside Room
SunJun 182:15 – 5:30 p.m.South Bay Contra DanceHattie Porter Hall
MonJun 197:30 p.m.HUUmanati Group Library
M, W, F June 19, 21, 2311:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime LabyrinthSanctuary


June 20

7:30 p.m.

Guitars Aloud!

Fireside Room


June 21

6:00 p.m.

Silent Meditation Gathering

Fireside Room


June 22

7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


SatJun 249:00 am – 2:00 p.m.Service is Our Prayer DayAll Areas of the Church

Upcoming Events

Sat & SunJuly 15-16Circle SuppersDeadline to Register Mon, July 3
SunJun 259:30 a.m.Support Group for Parents of Teens and TweensClassrooms 4-6
SunJun 2512:45 p.m.UUthful Spirits Lunch
SatJun 255:00 p.m.Franzen Opera Studio Concert Sanctuary
MonJun 267:00 p.m.UU KnittersJulia Rodriguez’s Home
Wed - SunJul 19 - 23All Church CampoutPrivate Estate Near Morgan Hill

Wednesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 23, 2017
All Church Campout at a private estate near Morgan Hill

Let's go camping!  Every summer, we have the opportunity to go camping together!  Our annual church campout is appropriate for pretty much anyone of any age.  It's easy camping.  You don’t have to plan any meals or pack much equipment:  Just bring your tent and sleeping bag and a few other things, and you’re good to go.  We do communal cooking, and all the food, stoves, and cooking equipment is provided.  This is a fun campout for families, couples, and singles. 

Where:  Secret location in Uvas Canyon, just south of San Jose.  It’s nearby, it’s beautiful, and it’s a private property.  It has a pretty creek, shady trees, and ample time and space to just kick back and relax. 

Sliding scale cost:  $50-60 for adults and kids 12 and up, $25-30 for kids 4-11, and free for kids under age 3.  Some camperships are available.  Cost covers campsite fees, supplies, and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast (eight generous meals).  Vegetarian and vegan options available.  

Sign up on Sundays after church with MM Feldman or Alec MacLean, or email mm@feldmo.com for a registration form.

3rd Saturday & Sunday
Circle Suppers, Hattie Porter Hall

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.  Hosting is not a requirement for all attendees. Singles and couples, long-time church members or new to this church community, all are welcome.  Some folks attend often and others only occasionally. Contact Barbara Derbyshire at circlesuppers@aol.com

2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m.,
UU Knitters, Julia Rodriguez’s Home

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! Call Julia at 408 379-0759 for directions.

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace, Breath out Love,” Silent Meditation Gathering, Fireside Room

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

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.,
A Year to Live Seminars. Two Classes with Monthly Meetings every 2nd or 4th, Thursdays, Fireside Room

Registration is closed. This notice is just a convenient reminder to those already enrolled in either the 2nd or the 4th Thursday meetings.

2nd & 4th Sundays, 12:45 p.m.,
UUthful Spirits Lunch, Meet at Newcomer’s Table

Join our young adult and young-at-heart fellowship group for Sunday lunch after Worship Service. Meet in Hattie Porter Hall near the Newcomer’s table about 12:45 pm. The group also has a Happy Hour event on the first Fridays of each month. For information, contact uuthful_spirits-owner@yahoogroups.com

4th Sundays, 9:30 a.m.,
Support Group for Parents of Teens and Tweens, Classrooms 4-6

Parenting is one of the most important and least supported roles in society.  How can we support each other to stay compassionate with our children, our partners, and ourselves when the inevitable breaks in connection happen?  How do we repair the connection?  How do we get out and stay out of power struggles? There are some of the goals of this new group for parents of teens/ tweens. We support each other, share deeply, and learn from each other and are also reading the book Getting to Calm by Jennifer Wyatt. Fourth Sundays, classrooms 4-6, 9:30am, Childcare provided by request.

1st Thursday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.,
Women’s Alliance Meeting, Fireside Room

We will kick off our discussion of Chapters 1-5 of Ursula K. LeGuin's 1969 classic science fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness, which explores a society in which people's sexual characteristics change from female to male and back again over the course of a lifetime. We'll also be setting some time aside at each session to discuss how we are responding to our ever-shifting political landscape. All are welcome. Please contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com or 408 256 12622 for further information.

1st Friday, 8:00 p.m.,
Dances of Universal Peace, Sanctuary

Come join us on the labyrinth under the dome of our church. The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, celebrating the interconnected web of all existence. The words of the sacred phrases, as well as the melodies and the movements, are taught each time. If you have questions you can email Patrick Smiley at patrick.smiley@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 408-421-6492.

Thursday, April 13 & 20, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.,
Adult OWL Meeting, Fireside Room

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education and Sexuality and the Our Faith curricula are the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist bold antidotes to our ever conflicted culture about sexuality. The inability to integrate this aspect of self into our lives results in mixed messages and misinformation. The curricula support and nurture four sexuality values:

• Self-Worth • Sexual Health • Responsibility • Justice and Inclusivity.

For additional information or to register for this free adult education class, please contact Intern Minister Rodney Lemery at rlemery@meadville.edu.

3rd Sunday, South Bay Contra Dance, Newcomers' lesson 2:15, Dancing 2:30-5:30 p.m., Hattie Porter Hall

Social dance for all ages to live music.  If you can walk, you can contra dance. No experience or partner needed. All dances taught and called. First time visitors are free if they come to the lesson at 2:15. Dance starts at 2:30. Wear comfortable shoes. Suggested donation - $5-$10; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All details available here

3rd Monday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.,
HUUmanati Monday Meeting, Library

Come join us, rest your feet, check in, and chat about what’s on your mind. There may be board games and other easy activities, also. Questions? Contact Michael Pelizzari, 408-945-9848.

Hygiene and Food Donations Welcomed Every First Sunday

Starting on Sunday, February 5th, and on the first Sunday of each month, the Homeless Concerns Group will host a table during social hour to receive donations of socks, hygiene items and food for the homeless. The group will assemble Hygiene Kits to distribute. Suggested items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, soap, hand sanitizers, and combs.  Socks are always appreciated. Food items will be delivered to First Presbyterian on 4th Street for their bag lunch program. They need our help because the food often runs out before the last homeless person can be served! Suggested items: flip top cans of tuna or Vienna sausages, granola bars, small bags of chips.

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