Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / December 2, 2009 / 2 de Deciembre 2009
|1202-0||Send us Your Photos|
|1202-2||Save the Dates|
|1202-3||Lifespan Faith Development, Adult Education, Holiday Play, Children's Music Program, Music for SSM|
As We Build the Beloved Community... Living the Questions: Exploring Jesus’ Teachings
Classifieds: Clavinova Repair Needed, Photographer & Bulletin Board Designer Wanted
|1202-6||Church Board Meeting Minutes for September, October, November|
|1202-7||Help for Those in Need: Survival Sacks|
|1202-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
|1202-9||Yoga For Beginners To Take Holiday Break|
|1202-10||Circling Around - Somebody has a really bad job. No, really bad. Handy good woman tips below. Betcha don’t know the name of the Western version of Tai Chi. I do. Who ELSE (besides me) had a zero birthday in November? How would you explain the use of the objective pronoun “whom”? You, even you, are expected at the cultural event of the season!!!|
|1202-11||Guest at Your Table Boxes and Stories of Hope|
|1202-12||Spotlight on Social Justice|
|1202-13||Upcoming Events -- Women's Alliance, Ordination of Suzanne Marsh, Common Security Club, Fireside Gift Faire, Need a Dose of Passion, Torment, Death and Redemption?, What to do with those “Treasures”!, Yoga Sutras, Fundraiser Tea Planned, Junior High Backpack Trip 2009, Peninsula Interweave Meetings Resume, UU Hikers, UUthful Spirits|
|1202-14||Volunteer Opportunities - Our Labyrinth--Much More Than a Walk|
|1202-15||Band of Writers Book|
|1202-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|1202-1||Servicios de Domingo|
Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad… Viviendo las Preguntas: Explorando las Enseñanzas de Jesús
|1202-8||¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?|
|1202-13||¡Ven Celebrar la Ordenación de Suzanne Marsh!|
|1202-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
December Theme: What Can Jesus Teach Us UUs?
Servicios en español/Translation into English
6 Deciembre 9:30 a.m.
¿Que puede enseñarnos Jesús?
Las clases de desarrollo de la fe para nuestros niños y jóvenes se llevarán a cabo en su tiempo regular este domingo.
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
December 6 11:00 a.m.
What Can Jesus Teach Us?
Lifespan Faith Development classes for our children and youth take place at their regular time on this Sunday. Our monthly “Celebration Sunday” will feature the Holiday Play on December 20!
Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Sources Sunday / Domingo de las fuentes
December 13 Combined Service at a Special Time: 10:00 a.m.
What Can Jesus Teach Us? Going Deeper …
Lifespan Faith Development classes for children and youth take place from 10:30 to 11:30 on this special day.
Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Jeff Norment
13 de diciembre - combinada de servicios en un momento especial: 10:00 am
¿Qué puede hacer Jesús nos enseña? Profundizando ...
Duración Fe clases de desarrollo de los niños y los jóvenes tienen lugar 10:30-11:30 en este día especial.
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Jeff Norment
Domingo de la Celebración
20 de Deciembre 9:30 am
To Be Announced
December 20 11:00 am
Holiday Play! Little Albert’s Tall Tale
Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Obra Navideña! Historia Grande de Alberto el Pequeño
Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Thursday, December 24 5:00 and 8:00 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Servicios de vísperas de Navidad a la luz de las velas
Dirigen: La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
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Lifespan Faith Development
Nursery -- Birth through 5 Years
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: Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotten
The Arts & Spiritual Practice Kindergarten - Grade 5
Each Sunday after the children are sung out of the service our children come together to make music with Nayo Ulloa http://www.nayoulloa.com, Sally Cooperrider and other volunteers for the first half hour. We sing, play with rhythm instruments and have fun doing musical games. The children will be presenting a musical offering for the Day of the Dead service on November 1. After we all do music, children choose to participate in community building games or an art activity that will become part of the Day of the Dead altar in the sanctuary.
Make A World of Difference: Asset Building Activities to Help Teens Explore Diversity Grades 6-8
In this class youth develop their skills as competent global citizens, able to understand many of the issues surrounding diversity and culture. The goal is to raise the level of awareness about several diversity issues, while also giving youth an opportunity to pause and reflect on their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The purpose of these activities is not to promote any particular idea, value, or point of view, but to give youth the opportunity to develop greater understanding about the variety of issues surrounding diversity. The will learn about the broad definition of diversity that includes gender, age, religion, race, physical abilities, appearance, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Senior High Youth Group Grades 9-12
The senior high youth group meets weekly from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year. And they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9
Youth Group Activities
Junior High (6th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12th grades)
To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spirit in Practice workshops help individuals develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and / or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregation, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich your faith journeys. Workshops are suitable for a first-time visitor or a longtime member. You can attend one or more workshops. For more information contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, ext. 25.
Workshop 10: Looking Back & Looking Forward
Children and youth in Kindergarten through high school are invited to participate. We will sing! We will Act! We will read!
All skills and abilities are invited to participate. Rehearsals will take place outside of regular class time from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the downstairs classrooms on the following Sundays: November 22 and 29, December 6 and 13. Dress rehearsal will take place in the sanctuary on Saturday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon. RSVP to Director, Cordelia Willis, email@example.com
Help bring the spirit alive with our children
Sunday, December 6, at 10:30 am in Fireside Room we will be brainstorming about Music for the SSM Service as part of a larger congregational conversation we will have in the New Year about enhancing and expanding the Music Program at our church. This conversation begins by looking at ways to bring more music back to our first service--with money left over from our JUUNTOS/Together Fund! For more information, or to send suggestions, please contact Moria Merriweather at firstname.lastname@example.org, and do join us on December 6.
Children & Youth Ministries
Adult Spiritual Growth & Enrichment Activities
To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or email@example.com
Clavinova Repair Needed
Church Photographer & Bulletin Board Designer Wanted
Church Board Meeting Minutes for September, October, November
By Bob Redfern, Secretary to the Board. November 26, 2009
I apologize for permitting 2 ½ months to elapse since contributing to our church community’s knowledge about what transpires in our monthly board meeting. My only excuse is why I am preparing this missive from Albuquerque NM. Granddaughter Rosi is treating me (and Jenny) to her company and lust for life over this holiday.
On September 20th we had a Congregational meeting. 85 people were present. The purpose of the meeting was to obtain the congregation’s authorization to permit Suzanne Marsh’s ordination in our sanctuary on December 6th (afternoon). Tracy Avent shared a curriculum vitae of Suzanne’s life experiences with emphasis on her years in FUCSJ. Michael Payne-Alex is coordinating ordination activities, and said that contributions to defray the expenses were welcomed. Please make out your check with “Suzanne Marsh Ordination” in the Memo line. Volunteers to provide food, labor and set-up/take-down are wholeheartedly welcome. The vote of those present was in favor of authorization of Suzanne’s ordination.
The September 26th Board meeting discussed the matter of safety of participants in activities sponsored and endorsed by the church. The specific result of this discussion was a message from Rev. Nancy that was published here in October. The YWCA Teen Empowerment Group met with our Youth Group about these safety concerns. The Board endorsed the policy that an adult chaperone would always be alert and awake at outings. Michael Payne-Alex said that the six chaperones for the OWL retreat on September 20-21 pulled all-nighters in response to these concerns.
The Endowment Committee made two suggestions for bylaws changes to revise the clause that says a “Church Officer” may not sit on the Endowment Committee. Two revisions had consensus board support:
Revision of Article XV is needed to accommodate these changes. The proposal will be included in the agenda for the next Congregational Meeting.
Diana Wirt discussed activities of PACT and a listening campaign for their program, tentatively scheduled this month (November). The main question is: What do church members feel strongly about in the realm of Social Justice? We thank Diana and her fellow Social Justice Committee members for the input and activism they show on behalf of all of us.
The Board discussed Program & Operations Committee (POC) feedback to the Board on their specific areas of responsibility, and the Board’s feedback to the POC on the activities reported on. This communication is to address a Culture of Accountability for leadership personnel in the church, a part of the Policy-Based Governance (PBG) regime that the POC and the Board agreed needed some further effort.
Cheri Goodman and Rev. Geoff discussed the “Draft Ends” PBG for Lifetime Faith Development, the area we concluded needed to most attention to make the “Draft Ends” Permanent Ends for Religious Education-Lifetime Faith Development.
At the time of this meeting, Susan Burke-DiQuisto had just started working as “Acting Office Administrator.” After the meeting, her selection for the position on a permanent basis was agreed to by the POC, and we all applaud her arrival and efforts to get the business of our church office on an even keel.
The October 28th Board Meeting touched on several items of general interest. Rev. Nancy plumped for one and all to attend the November 2nd gathering “Keeping the Faith for Marriage Equality.” Joyce Miller was the organizer.
The Pacific Central District is holding “New Century Summit Training” on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Rev. Nancy is attending the “Minister’s Preview” on December 9th. Expect a call for volunteers to attend and participate. See more about this workshop at http://www.pcd-uua.org/currents/summit.htm.
Further news on the “Listening Campaign” brought up last month at the Board meeting, led by Diana Wirt, was the Board’s interest in broadening the campaign to include renewal and revisioning possibilities as a part of a church community-building exercise.
The safety concerns brought up at the September meeting were a part of the “Harvest of Power” long-term planning initiative presented by Rev. Geoff. Madeline Morrow suggested there was more merit to going over the initiative as a group, rather than parceling it out individually. This will be further discussed in December or January during those board meetings.
The board had a long discussion about the “Ends” report from the POC on the issue of Fellowship. Rev. Nancy discussed Executive Limitations and bi-monthly reports we are initiating to lay down an “accountability matrix”, or framework to allow future reports to be a simple process for those involved. Cheri Goodman discussed several Bylaws and Ends Policies in effect at other congregations, and the board went over them from the perspective of acceptability for our congregation adopting them.
Finally, we met November 18th (a week early due to Thanksgiving). We will also meet a week early in December, on the 16th, due to a conflict between the 4th Wednesday (our usual meeting) and the holidays.
Madeline synthesized a response to the POC about their report, received last month. The “suggested format” we had thought about using did not thrill anybody present, so we will continue to work it into a shape we can all live with. The issue of creating a foundation for POC-Board reports to lead into the future was discussed by Rev. Geoff. He repeated what we talked about two months ago, this time with some concrete results to consider.
Rev. Geoff also discussed the “Harvest the Power” plan to energize our membership and grow our membership and finances. This process came out of the “New Century Workshop” and Geoff will be looking for a dedicated team to help accomplish these goals and engage new community leaders.
This discussion led to more discussion by all present about our church’s mission, focus, direction, and growth opportunities. As an example, Rev. Geoff had discussed lower RE attendance in the lower grades. Reviewing the past and speculating about the reasons for this trend are less important than developing outreach methods, revitalizing music and following up on Listening Campaign input. That campaign will occur during the next three months. In December we will recruit listeners, in January they will attend training, and in February they will spread out to gather in what all members have to say to them.
Madeline led a discussion on Executive Limitations policy Section 2.1, Page 2. Pastoral Care is listed as the “Main Focus of Ministry,” while treatment of members, friends and newcomers is an “Important Component.” Since nobody agreed that this hierarchy of limitations was what we want, and the POC had also brought up this topic for consideration and guidance. POC asked “Are we in compliance?” Madeline proposed the policy wording be changed to “Shall not fail to insure that Pastoral Care responsibilities are fulfilled.”
Cheri discussed Board Governance Policy, Section 4. She offered the opinion that this section does not seem to be the right place for listing responsibilities and duties for budgeting, finance and endowments. For our January meeting, various portions of Section 4 were split up for review and presentation. That Board meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2010.
So there’s a summary of three months of Board meetings. Thank you for your patience as I did not forward them with the zip I expect of myself. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and best wishes in 2010. May our vision match the promise of the numerical year! ●
Help for Those in Need: Survival Sacks
New member Joy Butler and our Social Justice Council are collecting items for backpacks full of life’s necessities which will be distributed to our neighbors most in need through a nonprofit organization. Joy will be collecting items for these Survival Sacks during Social Hour following the 11:00 am worship service, every Sunday in December! Items include men’s and women’s socks, small roll blanket, first aid kit, 3 oz. bar of soap, toothbrush--and much more. Stop by the Social Justice table to find out more about it! Let’s make our care and compassion tangible this holiday season by contributing to these Survival Sacks!
The Yoga for Beginners class will be held in the Sanctuary at the church Wednesday evenings December 2 and 9, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, but will then take a break for the holidays. Classes will resume in January.