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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
March 12-18, 2017

Sun Mar 12 9:30 a.m. Roots & Wings UU Patenting Classrooms 4-6
Sun Mar 12 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Newcomer’s Table
Sun Mar 12 2:15 – 5:00 p.m. San José English Country Dance Hattie Porter Hall
Mon Mar 13 7:00 p.m. Social Justice Council Meeting Conference Room
Mon Mar 13 7:00 p.m. UU Knitters Julia Rodriguez's Home
M,W,F Mar 13, 15, 1711:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime LabyrinthSanctuary


Mar. 4

7:30 p.m.

Guitars Aloud!

Fireside Room


Mar. 15

6:00 p.m.

Silent Meditation Gathering

Fireside Room


Mar. 15

7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


Thu Mar 167:00 p.m.Adult OWL MeetingFireside Room

Upcoming Events

Sat & SunMar 18 & 19Circle SuppersSee announcement
SunMar 1912:45 p.m.Movie Time: The Best Democracy Money Can BuySanctuary
SunMar 192:15 – 5:30 p.m.South Bay Contra DanceHattie Porter Hall
MonMar 207:30 p.m.HUUmanati Group MeetingLibrary
ThuMar 232:30 p.m.A Year to Live SeminarFireside Room
FriMar 2412:10 p.m.Noon Arts & Lectures: A Lecture RecitalSanctuary
SatMar 257:00 p.m.Franzen Opera Studio ConcertSanctuary

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, March 18 & March 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, March 13, 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, March 15, 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, March 9, 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, March 23, 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, March 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, April 6, 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, April 7, 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, March 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, March 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!