Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / August 6, 2008 / 6 de Agosto 2008

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Inside This Issue:

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Sunday Services
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Save the Dates
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Religious Education - Junior High backpackers, Child Care Worker and RE Assistant needed
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The Tragedy in Tennessee

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Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith

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June 25, 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

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The building committee has been busy

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Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?

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Volunteer Opportunities
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Great News from Third Street

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Urban Task Force Needs Volunteers

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Jennifer DeBusk’s Ordination – You are Invited! Sunday, September 14, 2008, 4 PM

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Upcoming Events: Women's Retreat, Women's Alliance, UUthful Spirits, Fireside Gift Faire, All Church Retreat, UU Hikers
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Circling Around

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Fund-Raising Update / Facility Rental

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The Partner Church Committee is Looking for Frequent Flier Mile Tickets

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What? You Missed General Assembly this Year?

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The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
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Servicios de Domingo
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¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

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Aquí estan los Ministros!

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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

10 de Agosto — 9:30 am

Por Anunsiarse
La Rev. Nancy mandaré los anuncios mas tarde par este mes.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Alice Lynch.

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

August 10 — 11:00 am

Topic to be Announced
Rev. Nancy will send an email announcement about this service later in the month.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Alice Lynch.

17 de Agosto — 9:30 am

Por Anunsiarse
La Rev. Nancy mandaré los anuncios mas tarde par este mes.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM.

August 17 — 11:00 am

Topic to be Announced
Rev. Nancy will send an email announcement about this service later in the month.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Patti Massey.

24 de Agosto — 9:30 am

En la cocina de la espiritualidad
Todos los días escuchamos acerca de problemas de obesidad, anorexia, bulimia, desnutrición y diabetes entre otros problemas de la alimentación. Los médicos nos recomiendan que para poder mantenernos sanos, debemos tener una alimentación balanceada entre los carbohidratos, las proteínas, las grasas y la fibra. ¿Y como manejamos la alimentación de nuestro espíritu y mente? Exploremos juntos como alimentar a nuestras almas y mentes sanamente.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM.

In Spirituality’s Kitchen
Every day we hear about problems of obesity, anorexia, bulimia, malnutrition, and diabetes among problems of nutrition. Doctors say that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we must combine a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fiber. But how do we handle the feeding of our spirit and mind? Let us explore together the feeding of our souls and minds in a healthy way.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla;Worship Associates: Members of SSM

August 24 — 11:00 am

What is Real?
Albert Einstein once said, “To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty; this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness.” Stephen Mitchell says, “Words such as God, Tao, Buddha nature…only point to the reality that is the Source and Essence of all things.” Join us as we explore these quotations and our own inner and outer reality and what it means to be real.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Donna Lenahan; Worship Associate: Kelly Burnett

¿Que Es Verdadero?
Alberto Einstein una vez dijo, “Saber eso que es impenetrable a nosotros realmente existe y se manifiesta por si mismo como la sabiduría más alta y la más radiante belleza; este conocimiento, esta sensación, está en el centro de la verdadera religiosidad.” Stephen Mitchell dice, “las palabras tales como Dios, Tao, naturaleza de Buda… solamente señala a la realidad que es la fuente y la esencia de todas las cosas.” Unámonos para explorar estas citas y nuestra propia realidad interna y externa y qué significa ser verdadero.

Dirige: la Rev. Donna Lenahan; Asociada de Culto: Kelly Burnett

31 de Agosto — 9:30 am

En un rincon del alma
Este es el último servicio del año eclesiástico 07-08. ¿Que tanto hemos aprendido?, ¿cuantos errores hemos tenido?, cuantas satisfacciones hemos obtenido? Acompáñenme y revisemos juntos como hemos crecido espiritualmente en este último año de nuestras vidas.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM.

In a corner of our soul
This is the last service of the eccleastical year 07-08. How much have we learned?, How many mistakes have we made? What satisfactions have we obtained? Join us to examine together how we have grown spiritually in this latest year of our lives.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.

August 31 — 11:00 am

Labor Day Sunday
Along with many other places of worship, our church will commemorate Labor Day by hosting a speaker from the Interfaith Council.

Worship Associate: Bruce Halen

Doningo del Trabajo
Junto con muchos otros lugares de culto, nuestra iglesia conmemorará el día de trabajo recibiendo a un orador del consejo Inter-Fe.

Asociado de Culto: Bruce Halen

3 de Agosto — 9:30 a.m.

El humanismo
El humanismo, nuevo o viejo, continúa siendo el corazón de la religión liberal, aún cuando intentamos aceptar una teología más subjetiva o una practica espiritual centrada en la practica (escrito por la Rev. Martha Hodges, UUCC, Sacramento, CA, y traducido por Annette Falcón).

Dirige: Annette Falcón

Humanism
Old or new, Humanism continues to be the heart of liberal religion, even while we embrace a more subjective theology and spirit-centered practice (written by Rev. Martha Hodges, Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), Sacramento, CA, and translated by Annette Falcon).

Worship Leader: Annette Falcón

August 3 — 11:00 a.m.

These are my people
We will explore “community” and the amazing power that it has to hold and support those who are experiencing challenging times. In particular, we will celebrate the power of our beloved community here at FUCSJ.

Worship Leader: Suzanne Marsh; Worship Associate: Marla Scharf

Esta es mi gente
Exploraremos “comunidad” y la asombrosa energía que esto tiene para sostener y apoyar a los que están experimentando épocas desafiadoras. Particularmente, celebraremos la energía de nuestra comunidad querida aquí en FUCSJ.

Dirige: Suzanne Marsh; Asociada de Culto: Marla Scharf

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Save the Dates

  • August 5-10, Senior High Santa Cruz Island Campout
  • September 4, Thursday, Women’s Alliance Reconvenes, Fireside Room 7:15 - 9:15 pm
  • September 7, Sunday, Homecoming Sunday, 12:20 pm, UU Band of Writers, Youth Room
  • September 14, Sunday, 4 PM – Ordination of Jennifer DeBusk, Sanctuary
  • October 3-5, Friday evening through Sunday noon, All-Church Retreat at Monte Toyon, Aptos, CA
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Religious Education

Sunday Morning Class Calendar

Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years [Nursery, Lower Level]

We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience.

Child Care Workers:  Stacey Vinyard & Mary Qúeñones

Summer Curriculum

GRADES 1-8

Harry Potter has arrived for the summer! Children and youth entering grades one through eight have been enjoying creating their own “houses,” and weaving our UU principles in with the wonderful Harry Potter stories.

The following is the RE schedule for the rest of the summer:

August 10 – Animugus, Care for the Physical World, Respect for the Interdependent Web of Life
August 17 – The Great Feast, Closing Celebration
August 24 – No separate Religious Education
August 31 – Labor Day, no separate Religious Education
September 1 – Labor Day, no separate Religious Education
September 7 – Homecoming Sunday, No separate Religious Education

9th-12th grades

Advisors: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, Richard Gould

August 5-10 – Senior High camping trip, Channel Island. See June 18 Circular for details.

Youth Group Activities

To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, or for information about Religious Education, contact Rev. Geoff Rimositis, (408) 292-3858, ext. 25 or e-mail grimositis@sanjoseuu.org.

Junior High Backpacking Trip: many thanks to the 12 wonderful youth and 3 adult leaders, Pam Pell (coordinator), Paul Delgros, and the Rev. Geoff Rimositis. A wonderful time was had by all (minus a few bug bites). The next RE event will be a Junior High Youth Group Swim Party on August 24th at the Anderson/Blitz home, 1516 Newport Ave., San Jose, 293-6715

Junior High Backpackers Return from the Wilderness!

By Pam Pell

Twelve wonderful, rather dirty, and fragrant youth and three equally dirty and fragrant chaperones returned from a four-day backpacking adventure in the Meiss Country Wilderness Area near Carson Pass. The group covered 40 miles, well, actually, it was 13 miles, but some in our group are convinced that it was much farther. Blue skies, wildflowers, cold lakes and streams, osprey, a few mosquitoes, sunsets, and shooting stars welcomed us into the back country.

Stay tuned for more information about the Junior High Backpack Trip 2009. We’ll set next summer’s date in September. If you’d like to be involved in the planning of the trip, please contact Rev. Geoff or Pam Pell (johnpell@aol.com).

“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” --Walt Whitman


Job Opening: Religious Education Assistant
6 Hours/Week at $13/hour

The Religious Education Assistant (REA), under the supervision of the Associate Minister for Religious Education, provides assistance to the children and youth ministries of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose.

The duties of the REA include:

  • Greeting new families on Sunday mornings, answering their questions about the church’s Religious Education Programs, giving out brochures, and showing new families where the classes are located and, when possible, introducing new children to their teachers.
  • Teaching or assisting occasionally in the Sunday morning classes
  • Keeping a list of youth from 1st-8th grades and making weekly phone calls to recruit two youth to be a chalice reader and lighter for the 11:00 am service. If the children are new at being lighters or readers s/he will meet with them in the sanctuary at 10:40 a.m. to practice lighting or reading.
  • Arriving at the church by 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings to set up classrooms and set out class containers and teacher evaluation forms and then at the end of classes at 12:30 p.m. put containers away.
  • Reviewing the teacher forms and filling requests for supplies. The REA keeps track of class attendance numbers and fills them in weekly on the bulletin board in the Associate Minister’s office. The REA leaves completed teacher forms with the Associate Minister for review.
  • Maintaining the supply cabinets and ordering supplies.
  • Keeping track of new registrations, putting new families in the church database, and updating registration and class lists.
  • Making occasional phone calls for recruitment or event notification.
  • Providing other assistance for the religious education program.

The REA must be at least 18 years of age and willing to fill out an application form, supply references and agree to have a fingerprint scan done at the Sheriff’s Office. The First Unitarian Church of San Jose is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants can obtain an application form by contacting the Rev. Geoff Rimositis at 292-3858, x25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org.


Child Care Worker Wanted

Looking for a responsible adult (over 18 years of age) to work in the church’s nursery (birth-4 years) on Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Pay is $13 per hour. References and DOJ fingerprint check are required. For more information please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis 292-3858, ext. 25.



Celebrate Homecoming Sunday, September 7

Remember to bring real or virtual water from your summer travels and experiences for the water communion on September 7. We continue our summer children and youth program through August 17. The fall Religious Education program begins September 14.


Religious Education Registration On Line
To register for children and youth programs at http://sanjoseuu.org/RE/br.html, just click the button that says registration. All information is sent only to the Rev. Geoff Rimositis .

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The Tragedy in Tennessee

You’ve probably heard by now about the tragic deaths of two members of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Cilla Raughley of the Pacific Central District (PCD) office issued a special edition of her weekly PCD newsletter with these words:

Dear Friends,

I received this report from Annette Marquis, the District Executive of the Thomas Jefferson District. It meant a lot to hear how our friends in Knoxville are doing, so I wanted to share this with you.

I know you are keeping the Tennessee Valley and Westside congregations in your minds and hearts and prayers. And I hope many will choose to demonstrate the love and support we are feeling by participating in the special fundraising effort that has now begun.

The hospital bills for the victims will be high, and the need for ongoing counseling can be expensive. It’s a very good thing that there are so many of us who want to help, and a very comforting thing to know that we will always be there for one another.

To read the report from Annette Marquis she mentions, which was too long to reprint in this newsletter, and to access the fundraising information, go to the PCD web site at: http://www.pcd-uua.org/currents/20080730/htm

Our Rev. Geoff Rimositis held a moving memorial for the victims at our church on Thursday, July 31, and Marla Scharf has forwarded to us a link to the memorial service held at the church in Knoxville the day following the shooting:

http://wms.scripps.com/knoxville/church-shooting/full-service.mp3

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Articulating Our
Unitarian Universalist Faith

By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

As I finish my first month back in the church after returning from my sabbatical, I recall T.S. Elliot’s poem (#685 Singing The Living Tradition).

I.
What we call a beginning is often the end
and to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

II.
We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

The church looks the same. The round dome still invites people with the beauty of its architecture and the power of its message. New wrought iron handrails now steady us up the steps into the sanctuary. (Thank You! Thank you Building Committee!) There are still many familiar faces and of course new ones that have found us since I’ve been away. I long to get to know each and every one and to hear from those I know to share with me where life has taken them since we last talked.

I have always liked to describe congregational life as a river that’s constantly flowing. Though you step off the same bank and put your foot into the same water—it can never be the same river. It’s flowing and ever changing. And this church is not the same church I left back in December. A vision has captured you. Marriage Equality has given you a taste of the power you have to bring more love into the world. We are here for a reason. The world is in need of our message. Together we can accomplish so much good if we but own the power that is already ours.

During my sabbatical I reflected on power—mine and ours. I hope this year to fully embrace my power and calling to widen our vision of transformation for all of us—children, youth, families and single adults—creating one strong united community.

I wrote a mission statement/prayer to remind and inspire me in the work of our shared ministry. You can read it on my blog at www.sanjoseuu.org/revgrblog/index.php at our church web site.

At our evening chapels at the junior high backpack trip last week, we recited a version of the Passover Haggadah that goes: “May the circle we now share in inspire us to use our powers to heal and not to harm, to help and not to hinder, to bless and not to curse, to serve you, Spirit of Freedom.” May we all do likewise. Blessed Be.

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June 25, 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

by Bob Redfern, Board Secretary

We started off by reviewing coming events at the Church:

  • July 9-13- All Church Camp Out
  • July 24-27 – Junior High Backpacking trip
  • August 2-8 - PCD Leadership School- Tuolomne Trails CA
  • September 7- Homecoming Sunday- “The Gathering of Waters”

Four congregation members have signed up for the PCD training- Bob Owen, John Burk, Tracy Avent and Kathleen Bardin. Kelly Burnett, a past graduate, is participating this time as a trainer. Rev. Nancy provided a book review of several texts for recommended reading by the board members, the purpose of which is congregational development and visioning.

Carol Stephenson obtained a $3,000 grant from the UU Funding Program.

We have entered into discussion with the Metropolitan Community Church about renting space. The program and operations council is considering the details, including time, storage space, rent, etc.

A contract has been signed to replace the “temporary” wobbly railings at the front of the church (see article below). The heating systems circulating water has been turned off until chilly weather and a need for heat returns. So far, this latest adjustment seems to be working as intended, as the basement feels like a basement and not a sauna this summer.

Nancy Palmer Jones was out of the office on vacation and study break through August 3 and Geoff Rimositis returned July 1 from his 6-month sabbatical.

On a personal note, I would like to thank all those who have sent and expressed condolences about the sudden death of my father, Arthur Redfern, on June 28th as the result of a fall in his home. He did not have Alzheimers and was active and involved in life and living up until the end. But my Mom has Alzheimers and is in the final stage of the disease and the stress of losing her in this way took its toll on my Dad. We asked that any donations in his memory be sent to the Alzheimers Association, P. O. Box 309, Mountain View CA 94042-0309. Thank you from the entire Redfern family.

Thank you, one and all
Bob Redfern, Secretary

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The building committee has been busy

The new handrails were installed July 28. The refrigerator in the upstairs coffee kitchen was replaced July 25 after the old one went bad, and so far two gallons of glue have been injected under the sactuary carpet to glue down the wrinkles.

— Gene Martin

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Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?

Membership means you have found your spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism and here at FUCSJ; it means you feel called to offer your time, talent, and treasure to help build this Beloved Community. We welcome you!

Please set up a meeting with Rev. Nancy, revnpj@yahoo.com, and then plan to participate in the next New-Member In-gathering!

¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

Membresía significa que tú has encontrado tu hogar espiritual en el Unitario Universalismo y aquí en la FUCSJ; significa que tú has sentido el llamado de ofrecer tu tiempo, talento y tesoro para ayudar a construir a esta amada comunidad. ¡Le damos la bienvenida!

Por favor, tenga una reunión con la Rev. Nancy revnpj@yahoo.com y entonces planee participar en el siguiente Reunión de Nuevos Miembros.

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Ways to share your time and talent

These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.

  • COFFEE HOUR HOST: set out snacks, drinks before service; clean up after; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LABYRINTH HOST: set up table & music and be present, 11:30-1:00; serve according to availability; 1 yr. term
  • WORSHIP HOST: greet & welcome people coming to Sun. service, collect offering; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • SOUND SYSTEM OPERATOR: operate sound system during 9:30 & 11:00 services;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • TAPE DUPLICATOR: make & provide tapes of services in HPH after church for 1 ½ hrs.; 1 yr. term
  • NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LIVE YOUR VALUES—SHARE YOUR TALENTS—FORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS

    Call Genie at (408) 997-6292 or Ed at (408) 712-4157.


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    Great News from Third Street

    By Rosemary Baez, TSCC Executive Director

    The Third Street Community Center has been selected as the recipient of a $50,000 foundation grant from NVIDIA!

    Thank you to everyone for supporting our kids! All the kind thoughts and brain waves I’m sure helped contribute to this success. It was a much needed grant that will help make our programs for this year possible.

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    Urban Task Force Needs Volunteers

    By Sherry Howd

    Being an urban church, we get visitors from St. James Park and other downtown homeless persons. The Programs and Operations Council (POC) is initiating a program to become more welcoming to these visitors.

    If you are or have been a Pastoral Associate, Worship Associate, active in Social Justice programs, or just want to extend a friendly hand, please join the newly forming Urban Task Force committee. Initially, this committee is tasked to provide a host on Sundays to monitor Hattie Porter Hall between the 9:30 and 11:00 am services and, if necessary, during the 11:00 am service. Ideally, we’d like to invite our visitors to join us in the service. This committee can also plan training for everyone in the church about meeting the needs of an urban church.

    To volunteer to lead or participate in the Urban Task Force, please contact John Burk at mus6@aceweb.com.

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    Jennifer DeBusk’s Ordination – You are Invited!
    Sunday, September 14, 2008, 4 PM

    By Bob Miess, Frank Bosch, and Ed Massey – Ordination Committee

    On September 14, 2008, we, the First Unitarian Church of San José, will ordain our own Jennifer DeBusk as a Unitarian Universalist Minister! And you are invited to participate.

    In Unitarian Universalism, there are two forms of ordained professional Ministry:

    • congregational (or “parish”) ministry, in which the minister serves in the context of a congregation
    • community ministry, in which the minister serves by directly addressing the needs of the world in which we live

    Jennifer has been called to a community ministry – representing Unitarian Universalism not in a church, but in the community, as Development Associate at Seattle Central Community College Foundation. Her calling as a community minister is to advocate for economic justice by raising scholarship money for underserved students. Seattle Central strives to democratize education so that the privilege of learning becomes accessible to all people rather than being a rarefied experience for the few. As Jennifer writes, “Great social prophets …planted one foot in the gritty realities of human pain and suffering. Their other foot was planted on a solid foundation of hope and liberation. This is how they walked and sang for justice and healing.”

    Jennifer is inspired to follow in their path. Often a new minister is ordained by the first congregation to which the minister is called. But in Jennifer’s case she is not being called to a congregation. Ordination is reserved for congregations, so since Jennifer found her calling to the ministry here in our church, we have the honor of ordaining her into her community ministry.

    The ordination service will feature special music by Crystal Lanier, the First Unitarian Church Choir, and visiting musicians; special dancers; with words from Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Rev. Lilia Cuervo, Bob Miess, and others. All are invited to a celebratory reception immediately following. Child care will be provided. Come and ordain and be inspired by Jennifer’s calling! Mark Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 4 PM on your calendar and RSVP to Iris Gonzalez at fucsj@sanjoseuu.org, or by phone at 408-292-3858, ext. 10.


    Help to Make Jennifer DeBusk’s Ordination Even More Special

    By Bob Miess, Frank Bosch, and Ed Massey – Ordination Committee

    In order to make Jennifer’s Ordination even more special without increasing costs during our tight budget times, a group of volunteers, led by Kelly Burnett, will be serving a delicious meal and dessert for the celebratory reception. Your help would be most appreciated. If you can bring a Lasagna dish for 8, or if you are willing to help with preparation, setup, serving, or cleanup on the day of the reception, please contact Kelly Burnett at kelly@kellybur.com or 408-723-7237, or Bob Miess at Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com or 408-781-7073.

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    Upcoming Events

    Psalms for the Journey: A Women’s Contemplative Weekend Retreat

    This lovely retreat takes place from 5:00 pm Friday, September 19 through 4:00 pm Sunday, September 21 at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA, facilitated by Rev. Donna Lenahan, M.Div.

    Come, be challenged to drink deeply from the traditions of prayer and meditation as we see how our lives relate to these particular Psalms as we continue on our own pilgrimage toward wholeness and holiness.

    We will contemplate, journal, reflect, discuss, and play with a handful of Psalms, along with other interesting activities which may include the labyrinth and painting a prayer shawl. Our work will be enhanced by commentary from prophets, mystics, and various translations of the verses.

    This will be a relaxing time of expanding and deepening the attraction many feel for these sacred scriptures and an opportunity to write and share our own Psalms for the Journey.

    The total cost for the weekend is $295 and includes two nights lodging, 6 meals, and the retreat itself. Your check to Donna Lenahan ensures your space at this retreat.

    For further information, you may call 408 354-9024 or e-mail djlenahan@aol.com.


    Women’s Alliance Reconvenes Thursday, Sept. 4

    Please join us in the Fireside Room from 7:15 to 9:15 P.M. for the kick-off of another year of learning and sharing. We’ll preview the curriculum that will build upon the foundation from last year’s Cakes for the Queen of Heaven. There are always powerful and inspiring stories shared when this group comes together! All are welcome. Contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com for information.


    Attention U.U. Crafters and Artists!

    The Fireside Gift Faire, our church’s annual arts and crafts fair fund-raiser, is a great place to display and sell your wares. This year’s fair will take place Sunday Dec. 14. If you would like to participate, please e-mail Cecilia Deck, ceciliadeck@sbcglobal.net.

    The booth fee is $30-$35 and vendors agree to donate 10 percent of sales over $100 to the church. Vendors are required to have a California Resale Permit. We will also collect donated hand-crafted or arty items for the Treasures Table.


    Our All-Church Retreat is Coming Up!

    By Diana Wirt

    The All-Church Retreat will be October 3-5 this year. Watch for information and sign-up forms at tables in Hattie Porter Hall during August and early September. All members and friends of the church are invited to attend this relaxed, fun weekend. In addition, members of the Mission Peak UU Congregation in Fremont and the UU Fellowship of Los Gatos will join us this year. What better way to get to know your fellow church members than sharing delicious food, playing games, doing crafts, hiking, and talking with them. Sign up this Sunday!


    Are You Looking for UUthful Spirits?

    UUthful Spirits is an inclusive group for fun and fellowship for young adults and the young at heart. Activities include:

    • Game night, every 3rd Friday.
    • Sunday brunches, bimonthly on 2nd and 4th Sunday. Meet in Hattie Porter Hall about 12:45 p.m.
    • Happy hour, every 1st Friday of the month at Tied House at 5:30 p.m.

    Come join the fun. For more information, contact John Burk at mus6@aceweb.com or group at uuthful_spirits-owner@yahoogroups.com.


    UU Hikers & Friends

    by Joyce Miller

    Here is the August hiking schedule. If you have any question about whether a hike is on or off, just give me a call. And as usual, be sure to let me know if you are planning to hike, so I know to look for you.

    You can call me at home at (408) 730-1052 any time after 6:30 am or email me the day before. I turn on my cell phone when I leave the house the day of the hike so you can contact me if you get delayed or your plans change. My cell phone is (408) 507-7052. See you on the trails!

    Wednesday, August 6
    Foothill Park, 7 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, August 9
    Butano State Park, 8 miles. This is long day. Travel time and pie eating. Plan to get back around 4:30 pm. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, August 13
    Purisima State Park, 6 miles. We will do a shuttle hike. Meet at Page Mill/ Park and Ride at 8:3o am.

    Saturday, August 16
    Saratoga Gap, 6 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, August 20
    Stevens Creek/Fremont Older, 6 miles. Meet at parking lot at Stevens Creek County Park at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, August 23
    Wunderlich County Park, 6-8 miles. We can decide if we want to do the longer hike. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, August 27
    Montebello Open Space Preserve, 6 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, August 30
    Skyline Ridge Loop, 7 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.


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    Circling Around

    by Kelly Burnett

    Jerry Cluney sends us this note: “My brother Bob (Robert Mark Cluney) died in June. He was three years younger than me (June 25, 1949 - July 10, 2008). He was living in Roseville, CA. What I keep thinking of is his Timothy Tiger book when he was a little boy. The little tiger was looking for his mother. For most of his last 8 hours he held his mother’s hand.”

    Please send Kelly Burnett your honors, joys, plans, and any other news that needs to be shared with our community so that she can keep us all informed. Her email address is kelly@kellybur.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.
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    Fund-Raising Update / Facility Rental

    by Jan Thiess-Guffey

    After our budget dilemmas at the end of the fiscal year, a fund-raising group met to brainstorm fund-raising ideas. As a result, a Wedding Task Force, consisting of myself, Bob and Liz Owen, Moria Merriweather, Frey Leigh, Henry Ruddle and Sherry Howd was formed to look into increasing the revenues from rentals of our church building, particularly for weddings.

    Through a recommendation from one of our members, we contacted Chris Esparza and Annie Hermes of Giant Creative Services, a local “marketing, event design, development and performing arts resource agency.”

    The Task Force has met with Chris and Annie twice to gather information on how they might help us market our beautiful building better, and has also gotten the go-ahead from the Program and Operations Council to pursue working with them. A series of ongoing meetings has been planned.

    We are excited and confident that our partnership with Giant Creative Services will produce additional revenue for our church, not just this year but in the years to come.

    0806-16

    The Partner Church Committee is Looking for Frequent Flier Mile Tickets

    The pastures in Homorodszentmarton are green now and the cows take their daily trips out of town and back again.

    The Partner Church Committee has been in communication with the church board in Homorodszentmarton and we have learned that the youth meeting room roof is in need of urgent repair. The Homorodszentmarton board has requested that we divert villager travel money to that project. The Partner Church committee has agreed and will commit $5,000 to the roof project. We understand that this will be enough to fix the roof. We will still be able to bring some villagers to San Jose by using frequent flier mile tickets. At this time we have enough tickets to bring 3 villagers. There will be at least one high school youth coming from the village.

    Our current plans are to bring the villagers to San Jose in June or July of 2009. We are seeking donations of airline frequent flier mile tickets so we can bringing a few more villagers. Also if you have enough American Airline frequent flier miles, we would be interested in working out a trade where you could provide a ticket now and we would return a ticket within a year. If you can help, please contact Monty Low, low.monty@gmail.com, 408-348-2778.

    The people of the Homorodszentmarton Unitarian Church send their regards and thanks to all the friends and members of FUCSJ for helping with the roof and the opportunity to visit San Jose.

    We thank you for your support.

    Monty Low - Connie Bloch - Partner Church Committee Co-chairs

    0806-17


    Church Leadership: More Than “The Usual Suspects”!

    By Steve Madden, Chair, Nominating Committee

    At the end of the film classic Casablanca, Rick has shot the Nazi Major Strasser to save the life of his true love, Ilsa. Police Captain Renault, who witnessed the shooting, tells his Lieutenant to “round up the usual suspects.”

    Captain Renault could have identified with being on the Nominating Committee. Our church has a core set of dedicated and talented people who constantly answer the call of leadership. In addition, they are often getting a call from a “NomCom” member asking them their interest in positions on the Board or Program and Operations Committee.

    However, we would like to go beyond just these wonderful “usual suspects” to tap into our church’s incredible diversity of age, gender identity, brain orientation (right or left), sexual orientation, culture, race, physical ability, work and language. What we have found is that it is far more than simply a matter of making a phone call or chatting after church.

    In order for our church to develop successful leaders, potential leaders need to be:

    • Aware of the leadership positions and what they do
    • Willing and enthusiastic about doing them
    • Trained in the skills necessary to do them

    As a result, the Nominating Committee is expanding its role. We want to go upstream in the leadership selection process to assist in selecting and developing potential church leaders. This way, when we want to fill a position we might have several excellent candidates who are happy to take our call.

    So how do we plan to do this? Right now the committee is meeting through the summer to define actions that will take us to the ideal state above. These actions and how you can help will be the subject of future columns about developing church leaders.

    I am excited about the opportunities this will open up for the church in terms of involvement and ways of looking at the world. I look forward to checking back in with you on this project.

    0806-18

    What? You Missed General Assembly this Year?

    by Tracy Avent, Board President

    Not to worry, you can see many of the events that took place at General Assembly on streaming video at this link: http://uua.org/events/generalassembly/2008/112314.shtml

    The link should get you to the page where the video streams are available; once the display starts, you will generally have the choice of “full-screen” or a smaller window and audio volume levels. Depending on the microphone placement in the session, the audio quality varies, but the general feel is there.

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    For Pastoral Care

    Our community strives to offer compassion, companionship, healing, and joy to all its members. Our pastoral care coordinators can help you find the listening ear or helping hands that you may need in difficult times.

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contacting the Ministers

    Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:


    Cuidado Pastoral

    Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión,el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos susmiembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o lasmanos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitaren épocas difíciles. Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador Asociado Laico en Cuidado Pastoral, la Rev. Donna Lenahan: (casa) 408-354-9024; (celular) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contactando a los Ministros

    La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y El Rev. Geoff Rimositis se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:

    Officers

    PRESIDENT
    Tracy Avent, darkmuzik@yahoo.com

    SECRETARY
    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    TREASURER
    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    POC PERSONNEL OFFICER
    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    POC PROGRAM OFFICER
    Julia Rodriguez, quixoposto@ix.netcom.com

    POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Christopher Frey, cjfrey@cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu

    Directors
    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Michael Payne-Alex, michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com
    Marla Scharf, marla.scharf@gmail.com

    Church Staff

    Senior Minister, Ext. 23
     The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, revnpj@yahoo.com

    Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
     The Rev. Geoff Rimositis , Grimositis@Sanjoseuu.org

    Office Administrator, Ext. 10
     Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24
     Roberto Padilla

    Social Justice Coordinator, Ext. 27
     Carol Stephenson, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Bookkeeper / Pam Garcia

    Sexton / Edgar Cruz

    R.E. Assistant / Alecia Baker

    Nursery Teacher / Stacey Vinyard

    Church Office
    Phone
    : (408) 292-3858
    Fax: (408) 292-4744
    E-mail             fucsj@sanjoseuu.org
    URL                http://www.sanjoseuu.org

    Thank you to our volunteers!
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