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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
February 19-25, 2017

SunFeb 1912:30 p.m.Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council MeetingFireside Room
SunFeb 1912:45 – 1:45 p.m.Commissioned Community Ministers Program RoundtableConference Room
SunFeb 192:15 – 5:30 p.m.South Bay Contra DanceHattie Porter Hall
MonFeb 207:30 p.m.HUUmanati Group MeetingLibrary

W, F

Feb. 22 & 24

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunchtime Labyrinth



Feb. 21

7:30 p.m.

Guitars Aloud!

Fireside Room


Feb. 22

6:00 p.m.

Silent Meditation Gathering

Fireside Room


Feb. 22

7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


ThuFeb 237:00 p.m.Adult OWL MeetingFireside Room
SatFeb 2511:30 a.m.Muslim-UUPotluckSouth Bay Islamic Association

Upcoming Events

SunFeb 269:30 a.m.Support Group for Parents of Teens and TweensClassrooms 4-6
SunFeb 2612:45 p.m.UUthful Spirits Lunch
MonFeb 267:00 p.m.UU KnittersJulia Rodriguez’s Home
ThuMar 21:00 – 3:00 p.m.Women’s Alliance MeetingFireside Room
FriMar 38:00 p.m.Dances of Universal PeaceSanctuary

2nd Sundays at 1:30 p.m. & 4th Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Young Adult Group Meeting, Youth Room

Meditation, reflection, singing, and laughter! All young adults 18-35 are invited to join this spiritual discussion group. Questions? Contact Ben Kern at ben.s.kern@gmail.com. Facebook group is First Unitarian Church of San Jose Young Adult Group

Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19,
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

Monday, February 20, 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.

Wednesday, February 22, 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

Thursday, February 23, 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.

Sunday, February 12, 12:45 p.m.,
UUthful Spirits Lunch, Meets every 2nd & 4th Sundays, 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

Sunday, February 26, 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.

Thursday, March 2, 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.

Friday, March 3, 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, March 9, 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.

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.,
Commissioned Community Ministers Program Roundtable, Conference Room

The Commissioned Community Ministers (CCM) program has been in development for many years.  It is a program for lay people and non-fellowshipped clergy doing community ministry beyond the walls of the church to become affiliated with and recognized by their congregation and to enable the congregation to stay apprised of the work being done in their name and Unitarian Universalism.  This roundtable will be led by Rev. Joy-Ellen Lipsky, who, with Bob Miess, has worked on the procedures of CCM.  Come with your questions or to just hear about this new program that congregations are starting in the U.S. 

Sunday, February 19, 12:30 p.m.,
Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council Meeting, Fireside Room

Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council will meet together after service on Jan. 15 in the Fireside Room. Join us as we make plans for a challenging year ahead. What are your priorities?

Sunday, February 19, 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

Monday, February 20, 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!