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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
July 16-22, 2017

SunJuly 1612:30 p.m.Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council MeetingFireside Room
SunJuly 162:15 – 5:30 p.m.South Bay Contra DanceHattie Porter Hall
Mon July 17 7:30 p.m.HUUmanati Group Library
Sun July 9 & 239:30 a.m.Support Group for Parents of Teens and TweensClassrooms 4-6
Sun July 9 & 2312:45 p.m.UUthful Spirits Lunch
MonJuly 10 & 247:00 p.m.UU KnittersJulia Rodriguez’s Home
M, W, F July 17, 19 & 2111:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime LabyrinthSanctuary


July 18

7:30 p.m.

Guitars Aloud!

Fireside Room


July 12

6:00 p.m.

Silent Meditation Gathering

Fireside Room

Wed - SunJul 19 - 23All Church CampoutPrivate Estate Near Morgan Hill


Aug. 2

7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice (off for July)


Upcoming Events

WedJuly 267:00 p.m.Partner Church PotluckHattie Porter Hall
SunJuly 30During social hourPartner Church Villager ReceptionHattie Porter Hall
SunAug 6After ChurchBonfire on the Beach with Partner Church VillagersSunset State Beach Watsonville
WedAug. 9 6:30 p.m.Partner Church Goodbye DinnerHattie Porter Hall
FriAug. 48:00 p.m.Dances of Universal PeaceSanctuary

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Partner Church Potluck, Hattie Porter Hall

Welcome our honored guests from Transylvania! Let's share our favorite recipes with a potluck dinner in Hattie Porter Hall. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Monty Low, 408 348-2778 or Connie Hall, 408 206-2163

Sunday, July 30, During Social Hour
Partner Church Villager Reception (Finger Food Potluck), Hattie Porter Hall

Join us for a finger food potluck reception where folks can meet our partner church visitors. It’s going to be fun and festive with traditional dance performances and songs by our visitors. We will also see a video about their village of Homoródszentmárton to gain an insight into their lives and culture. For more information, contact Monty Low, 408 348-2778, low.monty@gmail.com or Connie Hall, 408 206-2163

Sunday, August 6, After church until Sunset
Bonfire on the Beach with Partner Church Villagers,Sunset State Beach Watsonville

Let’s have a bonfire on the beach picnic with Partner Church Villagers on Sunday Aug 6 after church at Sunset State Beach Watsonville. Drive through campground down to beach parking lot. (Travel time about 1 hour). There’s a $10 entrance fee per car. Bring picnic food and a little to share with villagers. You can also bring toys (Frisbee, various balls...) and firewood.

Not allowed: Alcohol, Dogs (except service animals)

Danger: Hazardous water! Do not swim. It will probably be cold.

For more information, contact Monty Low, 408-348-2778, low.monty@gmail.com or Connie Hall, 408 206-2163

Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Partner Church Goodbye Dinner, Hattie Porter Hall

Please join us in bidding a fond farewell to our special guests from Transylvania. Catering by Casa Vicky. Suggested donation $10. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Monty Low, 408 348-2778 or Connie Hall, 408 206-2163

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.

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!