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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
April 24-30, 2016

Sun. April 24 Social HourProduce MarketHattie Porter Hall
Sun.April 2412:45 p.m.Budget Town Hall MeetingFireside Room
Sun. Apr. 24 12:45 p.m.UUthful Spirits LunchMeet at Newcomer Table
M, W, F Apr. 25, 27, 29 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon.Apr. 256:00 p.m.Silent Meditation GatheringSanctuary
Mon.April 257:00 p.m.Homeless Concerns GroupConference Room
Mon.April 257:00 p.m.UU KnittersYouth Room
Tues.April 267:00 p.m.Program and Operations CommitteeConference Room
Wed. Apr. 277:00 p.m.Choir PracticeSanctuary
Wed. Apr. 278:00 p.m.Guitars Aloud!Fireside Room
Thurs.April 287:00 p.m.Board MeetingConference Room
Sat.April 307:00 p.m.Franzen Opera Studio ConcertSanctuary

Upcoming Events

Sun.May 112:15 p.m.Newcomer’s Light LunchLibrary
Sun.May 112:45 p.m.Budget Town Hall MeetingFireside Room
Sun. May 1 4:00 p.m. May Day March King & Story (see below)
Thurs.May 51:00 p.m.Women’s AllianceFireside Room
Fri. May 6 6:30 p.m. UUthful Spirits Happy Hour TBD (email for info)
Fri. May 6 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Mon.May 97:00 p.m.UU KnittersYouth Room
Mon.May 97:00 p.m.Social Justice Council MeetingConference Room
Tues.May 107:00 p.m.Serenity CircleFireside Room
Sat.May 149:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Service is Our Prayer Day All areas of church
Sat.May 147 p.m.Whadda UU Know game show fundraiser Hattie Porter Hall (see below)
Sun.May 1512:45 p.m.Congregational Meeting – BudgetSanctuary
Sun. May 22 and June 12 1:00-2:30 p.m.Book Study – Ta-Nehisis Coates, Between the World and MeConference Room
Sat.June 49:30 a.m.Stop Hunger Now! Meal Packaging EventHattie Porter Hall
Mon.-Fri. June 13-17 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Peace Camp at First Unitarian Church of San Jose! Downstairs classrooms (see below)
Wed-SunJune 22-26 UUA General Assembly 2016Columbus, OH
Sun-SatJuly 31-August 6Senior High Camping TripChannel Islands

Monday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary

After a short reading and ringing of the bell, we sit in silent meditation for 30 minutes, followed by a loving kindness meditation. Next, we share about our practice and are currently reading and discussing The Sun, My Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh together (copies available if you don’t have the book). Please enter the church through the side door at the end of the ramp. Sit in a chair or bring a cushion. Contact Emily at faithlovegratitude@gmail.com with questions. All are welcome!


Sunday, May 1, After Worship Service
Budget Townhall Meetings, Fireside Room

The Program and Operations Council has created a budget that will be presented for discussion in two town hall meetings after Sunday services on May 1 in the Fireside Room. Please attend one of these budget information meetings if you want to ask detailed questions about the budget in preparation for the congregational meeting and vote after Worship Service on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Saturday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Carl Franzen Studio Concert, Sanctuary

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

Sunday, May 1, 12:15 p.m.,
Get Acquainted Light Lunch, Library

Newcomers gather with a small group of members and friends for a potluck light lunch (bread, soup, salad, etc.) after the worship service. The host asks everyone in the circle to share their names and a little bit about the journey that has led them to First Unitarian. Longer-term members then share the church activities that enliven them.


Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.,
MAY DAY MARCH With Coalicion Primero de Mayo San Jose/May 1st Coalition
Start: 4pm Story and King Rd
Finish: 6pm City Hall, City of San Jose

This is the 10th anniversary of the Great American Boycott and march on May 1, 2006 to protest harsh and discriminatory immigration laws. Our church had a presence then and has been represented in the annual protest march every year since.

Join us as we march together to support:

  • --Womens Rights (?#?ImmigrantWomenRising? ?#?YaBasta?),
  • --Workers Rights (?#?SiliconValleyRising? ?#?TechCanDoBetter?)
  • --Renters Rights (?#?DerechoAUnTecho?),
  • --Indigenous Peoples Land Rights,
  • --Queer Rights are Migrant Rights, and
  • --Comprehensive Immigration Reform (?#?CIR?).

Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m.
WHADDA UU KNOW? -- A Comedy Game Show, Hattie Porter Hall

Love word play, puzzles, trivia, music, laughing and having fun? Then whadda ya doin' a certain Saturday night in May!? Your emcee Nerdy Hurdle (Henry Ruddle) will lead contestants in a series of fun games. Music Director Trench Mojo (John M. Ector) will co-host and, along with Hankie Candies (Dianne Saichek), provide music and musical games. Table games will entertain you during the boring bits (if any). Very Important Puzzler celebrity guest TBA. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Free will donation at the door. (Suggested: $10). All proceeds benefit the music program. For questions, to offer help, e-mail (emcee) Henry Ruddle at rcreative1@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 13-June 17, 8:30am-3pm (with aftercare available)
Peace Camp at First Unitarian Church of San Jose!

Inspired by the Mosaic Project, your child will be encouraged to appreciate each individual and the value of community. Students will learn, play, imagine, sing, dance, create, explore, and become empowered to create a brighter, more peaceful future for themselves and the world!

What happens at peace camp? Peacemaking, games, discussion plus three field trips, including two museums and a pool party!

1st-5th grades with junior and senior high Counselor-in-training possibilities! Snacks are provided but students need to bring their own lunch. Held at First Unitarian Church except field trips. $200 registration, scholarships available. Click here to register online! Or download the form to print and mail in. (Make checks out to FUCSJ - put Peace Camp on memo line.) Or pay online here.

Questions? Religious educator Emily Carroll faithlovegratitude@gmail.com.


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