Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / May 20, 2009 / 20 de Mayo 2009

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The Circular is always on the lookout for your photos of church-related events. If you have taken photos during any recent services, please e-mail them to uusanjose@gmail.com. We maintain an archive of church member and event photos, so please send us what you’ve got, especially if you have a favorite photo of yourself that you would like us to use next time you appear in Circling Around or another newsletter feature.

Inside This Issue:

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Sunday Services

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Save the Dates

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Religious Education

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As we build the beloved community...

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Sunday, May 24: Bring Treasures to Share With TSCC Families

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A Small Candle

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Volunteer Opportunities - Julia Rodriguez

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

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Spirit in Practice – Monthly Adult Program

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Circling Around

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Important PACT Action May 21: Drop In to Help Prevent Drop Outs!

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Spotlight on Social Justice

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Upcoming Events -- Memorial Day Picnic, Campout, General Assembly

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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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Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad …

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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

24 de Mayo —9:30 am

Un Paseo por el Baúl de los Recuerdos 
Hay una época para cada estación: una época para mirar atrás, una época para mirar hacia adelante, una época para ser arraigado sólidamente en el presente. En este fin de semana del Día de Conmemoración a los Caídos, celebramos los regalos de la memoria en sus numerosas formas. Con un discreto ritual, elevaremos los recuerdos a partir del año pasado que deseamos llevar hacia adelante y liberar a aquellos que ya no están más con nosotros. Unámonos para este servicio dulce y curativo.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de nuestros Ministerios en Español.

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

May 24—11:00 am

A Stroll Down Memory Lane
There is a time for every season: a time to look back, a time to look forward, a time to be rooted solidly in the present. On this Memorial Day weekend, we celebrate the gifts of memory in its many forms. With a gentle ritual, we will lift up the memories from the past year that we want to carry forward and release those that no longer serve us. Join us for this sweet and healing service.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Bruce Halen.

31 de Mayo – 9:30 a.m.

Vanidad Menospreciada.
Vanidad de Vanidades, todo es vanidad, dice el antiguo libro de Eclesiastés. ¿Cuál es nuestra perspectiva contemporánea en cuanto a la vanidad? ¿Existe quizá un aspecto positivo de la vanidad? ¿Qué relación tiene nuestra vanidad con una auto estima saludable y una espiritualidad integral? Exploremos este tema juntos.

Dirige: Ervin Barrios; Asociado de Culto: PA.

Under-rated Vanity.
Vanity of vanities, everything is vanity, says the old book of Ecclesiastes. What seems to be our contemporary approach to vanity? Is there maybe a positive side to vanity? Is our vanity in any way related to a healthy self-esteem, and a holistic spirituality? Let’s explore this topic together.

Worship Leader: Ervin Barrios
Worship Associate: TBA

After the June 7 service at 11 a.m., everyone is invited to make an ice cream sundae!

May 31 – 11:00 a.m.

Serendipity: Life’s surprises
I love the Family Circus cartoon when they chart out with a dotted line the path of young Billy who is going to the store for his mom. On his way he can’t resist stopping to climb a tree, then discovers a praying mantis on a fence post— then runs into friends playing kick the can and joins in—then is offered a piece of pie by Mrs. Webster—then stops to watch the firemen flush out the fire hydrant—then finally makes it to the store and buys a loaf of bread—then has another wonderful series of serendipitous adventures on his way home. What great fun it is when we open ourselves up to life and let the surprises find us; like when we finally decide to get out of the house and go listen to that lecture at the university and run into a friend we haven’t seen in years and decide to meet and have coffee. Serendipity. What are some of your favorite serendiptous adventures? How do we remain open to life so that we see those surprises when they reveal themselves? Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth thou has for me. Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit Divine.

Worship Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Worship Associate: Frank Bosche

Serendipity: Sorpresas de la Vida
Me fascina la caricatura de la Familia del Circo cuando ellos trazan con una línea punteada la trayectoria del joven Billy que va al almacén por su mamá. En su camino él no puede resistirse a subirse a un árbol, entonces descubre una mantis religiosa en un poste de la cerca—después corre hacia sus amigos que juegan a patear una lata y se les une— luego la señora Webster le ofrece una rebanada de pie. Luego se detiene a mirar a los bomberos que están drenando el agua de una bomba de incendios—entonces finalmente llega a la tienda y compra una barra de pan—entonces tiene otra serie maravillosa de aventuras con hallazgos sorpresivos en su camino a casa. Qué gran diversión es cuando nos abrimos a la vida y dejamos que las sorpresas nos encuentren; como cuando finalmente decidimos salir de la casa e ir a escuchar esa conferencia en la universidad y encontramos a un amigo que no hemos visto en años y decidimos juntarnos para tomar café. Descubrir algo por casualidad. ¿Cuáles son algunas de sus aventuras con hallazgos sorpresivos preferidas? ¿Cómo continuamos estando abiertos a la vida de modo que veamos esas sorpresas cuando se revelan? Ábreme los ojos para que pueda ver brevemente la verdad tienes para mí. Abre mis los ojos, ilumíname, Espíritu divino.

Dirige: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Asociado de Culto: Frank Bosch

7 de Junio – 9:30 a.m.

Entre opresores y oprimidos.
¿Cuantas veces nos hemos sentido oprimidos por alguien o por algo y no sabemos por donde salir de esta situación, y cuantas veces hemos sido los opresores y ni siquiera nos hemos dado cuenta de ello? Exploremos juntos estas situaciones que se encuentran entrelazadas en cada uno de nosotros.

Dirige: Miembros de SSM
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Between oppressors and those oppressed
How many times have we felt oppressed by somebody or by something and we don’t know how to leave this situation, and how many times we have been the oppressors and we don’t find out about it? Let us explore together these situations that are intertwined in each one of us.

Leader: Members of SSM
Worship Associates: members of SSM

June 7 – 11:00 a.m.

Youth Sunday
Children and youth of the congregation are the worship leaders for our annual Youth Sunday. We will be recognizing those young women and men who are graduating from senior high school this year. They will be sharing with us some thoughts about how they are going take their Unitarian Universalist values into the next phase of their lives. Our children’s choir will be performing under the direction of Cordelia Willis. And after the service everyone is invited to make (and eat) a Sunday Sundae!

Worship Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Domingo de la Juventud
Los niños y los jóvenes de la congregación son los líderes del servicio en nuestro domingo anual de la juventud. Reconoceremos a esas mujeres y hombres jóvenes que se están graduando de la preparatoria este año. Compartirán con nosotros algunos pensamientos sobre cómo están llevando sus valores Unitarios Universalistas a la próxima fase de sus vidas. Nuestro coro de niños actuará bajo la dirección de Cordelia Willis. ¡Y después del servicio todos están invitados a hacer (y comer) un helado de domingo!

Dirige: Rev. Geoff Rimositis

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Save the Dates

  • May 21, Thursday, PACT LOC Action, Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Dr, San Jose, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • May 25, Monday, FUCSJ Memorial Day Picnic potluck; 11am - 3pm in Central Park, Santa Clara
  • May 25, Monday, FUCSJ Memorial Day Picnic potluck; 11am - 3pm in Central Park, Santa Clara
  • May 25, Monday, Social Justice Council Meeting, Conference Room, 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • May 26, Tuesday, Program Council Meeting, Conference Room (board room), 7-9 pm
  • May 30, Saturday, application deadline for UU Senior High Camping Trip, Channel Islands (August 10-15). For more info contact Matt Trask mattrask@earthlink.net
  • May 31, Sunday, 12:45 pm, Sanctuary: Annual Congregational Meeting
  • June 7, Sunday, 12:30, UU Band of Writers, Youth Room
  • June 7, Sunday, Spirit in Practice Workshop: Spiritual Partnership (Ramsden Fireside Room) 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.,
  • June 14, Sunday, Open-Air Worship Service, 9:15 am, Victory Parking Lot on Market Street between St. John and Santa Clara Streets, where the San Jose Pride Parade starts at 10 am; 11 am, Unitarian Universalist Revival Service, Sanctuary
  • July15 -19, All-Church Campout, McConnell State Park,
  • June 24-28, UUA General Assembly, Salt Lake City. (Find out more and register at http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/index.shtml
  • August 10-15, UU Senior High Camping Trip, Channel Islands. For more info contact Matt Trask at mattrask@earthlink.net
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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. Child Care Workers: Marta Jo Forse and Maria Elena Olvera.

K-Second Grades
Church's lower level, Rooms 2-3

Special times

May 24 Fun & Games With Friends

May 31 Fun & Games With Friends

June 7 NO CLASSES-YOUTH Sunday

Third-Fifth Grades
Church's lower level, Rooms 4-6

A stepping stone year

May 24 Fun & Games With Friends

May 31 Fun & Games With Friends

June 7 NO CLASSES-YOUTH Sunday

Sixth-Eighth Grades;
Church's lower level, Conference Room

Building Assets Together

May 24  Activities include: Following the Safe Path - youth observe positive and negative peer pressure and My Life This Month - personal goals can be short term or long term. Youth will discuss short-term goals and how to accomplish them.  Developmental Assets: resistance skills, sense of purpose, positive view of personal future.  

May 31 Our final class together for the year!  A celebration!  A party!  All teachers and assistants are encouraged to join us for this final class of the year.

June 7 NO CLASSES – YOUTH Sunday

(Each week teachers bring alive The Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets with exercises and discussion. http://www2.search-institute.org/assets/)

9th-12th Grades; Youth Room
(Balcony level above Hattie Porter Hall)

June 7 NO CLASSES – YOUTH Sunday

Senior High Youth Group
The youth group meets every Sunday after the first part of the service. The youth group provides a safe place for personal sharing and discussion of diverse issues effecting society and youth today. The group will be using the curriculum Real Stories by teens making choices and keeping it real.


Youth Group Activities

JUNIOR HIGH (6th-7th-8th Grades)
Advisor: Pam Pell

SENIOR HIGH (9TH-12 GRADES)
Advisors: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, V Kingsley, Dani Hope

To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.


Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
The youth groups are designed to empower youth in leadership positions within the group to plan and lead activities that include: conducting service projects in the church and community, participating in Young Religious Unitarian Universalists' Youth Conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, and organizing social events such as wilderness experiences, overnights, ski weekends, and movie outings.

If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.


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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As we build the beloved community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad …

Para la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.

Finding Our Way Home

On a recent Sunday after worship, I watched as two of our elementary-school-aged children helped a much smaller child find his parents, whom he had temporarily lost sight of in Hattie Porter Hall. I saw how the young girls set about energetically to help the lost child; I heard how the boy, even through his tears, bravely pronounced his full name and then took the hand of friends he didn’t even know he had. People of all ages were happy to help him find his way home.

Our children teach us what we most need to learn just when we need to learn it, don’t they? This little scene, which was over in a minute, reminded me of how we all feel lost sometimes. It can happen for a hundred different reasons: perhaps we have lost some person or some aspect of our lives that seemed to represent our very identity. Perhaps we have simply been working so hard or taking on so many responsibilities that we have lost touch with our own physical or spiritual health, and we have forgotten how it feels to be fully alive. We can all get a little burned out sometimes—I can testify to that! In fact, on that same Sunday, someone’s sincere question about how I was doing helped me to find my way to a truer, softer, more centered place—she helped me to find my way home, too.

Life in this valley is often intense and fast-paced, and its stresses have grown even worse this year as we have felt the impact of the economic downturn. Many of us may feel a little overwhelmed and lost; maybe we wish that we too could simply let the tears stream down our faces, as did our beautiful young man on that Sunday morning.

But here’s the good news: The First Unitarian Church can be the place where we can take the hands of friends we didn’t even know that we had, and they can help us find our way home again. It happens every week, really, often in little scenes that last no more than a minute. Maybe we’ll sense the care of friends in the hands we grasp during the Benediction in worship each Sunday. Maybe we’ll recognize them in the friendly smiles of those who greet us at the door or on the sidewalk in front of the church. Maybe we’ll find our way home through the kind words someone offers us during Social Hour just when we thought we’d have to stand there all alone. Maybe the worship service’s music, story, reflections, or sermon will remind us of the attitudes and actions that we want to choose for our lives. Maybe serving a meal at the Julian Street Inn, or bringing household items to share with Third Street Community Center families, or being the one to offer a warm hand during the Benediction or a friendly smile at the front door or a kindly word during Social Hour will call us back to feeling fully alive.

We here at FUCSJ could make up new lyrics to the famous song “Amazing Grace,” particularly the part about “I once was lost, but now am found”! It’s true: There are friends here at First Unitarian that you didn’t even know that you had, eager to help you find your own balance and inner beauty, your anchor and your sense of joy in living again. And there are folks who are feeling lost who need your hand, your kindly word, just a little of your energy so that they too can find their way back to their best selves. What would Social Hour be like if we, like those beautiful, helpful young girls, were all on the lookout for someone who’s feeling a little lost? Let us each reach out a hand and help another to find a way home.

With much heart and hope,

Nancy

Encontrando Nuestro Camino a Casa

En un reciente domingo después del servicio, miré como dos de nuestras niñas de primaria ayudaron a un niño más pequeño que ellas a encontrar a sus padres, el cual los había perdido de vista temporalmente en el Hattie Porter Hall. Vi cómo las niñas emprendieron enérgicamente la ayuda para ayudar al niño perdido; Oí cómo el muchacho, incluso a través de sus lagrimas, pronunció valientemente su nombre completo y después tomó la mano de sus amigas que él incluso no sabía que tenía. La gente de todas las edades estuvo feliz en ayudarle a encontrar su camino a casa.

¿Nuestros niños nos enseñan lo que nosotros necesitamos aprender en el momento en que necesitamos aprenderlo, no ellos. Esta pequeña escena, de alrededor de un minuto, me recordó cómo todos nos sentimos perdidos algunas veces. Puede suceder por cientos de diversas razones: quizás hemos perdido a alguna persona o un cierto aspecto de nuestras vidas que parecía representar nuestra propia identidad. Quizás simplemente hemos estado trabajando tan duro o hemos estado adquiriendo demasiadas responsabilidades que hemos perdido el contacto con nuestra propia salud física o espiritual y nos hemos olvidado de cómo se siente estar completamente vivos. Todos podemos estar un poco agotados algunas veces—¡Yo puedo atestiguar eso! De hecho, ese mismo domingo, una pregunta sincera de alguien sobre que estaba haciendo para ayudarme a encontrar mi camino hacia un lugar más verdadero, más suave, más centrado—ella me ayudó a encontrar mi camino a casa, también.

La vida en este valle es a menudo intensa y rápida y sus tensiones han crecido incluso peor este año mientras que hemos sentido el impacto del descenso económico. Muchos de nosotros pudiéramos sentirnos abrumados y haber perdido poco; quizá deseamos que podríamos también simplemente dejar fluir las lagrimas sobre nuestras caras, al igual que nuestro hermoso jovencito en esa mañana de domingo.

Pero aquí están las buenas noticias: La Primera Iglesia Unitaria puede ser el lugar en donde podemos tomar las manos de amigos que incluso no sabíamos que teníamos y pueden ayudarnos a encontrar nuestro camino a casa otra vez. Esto sucede cada semana, realmente, a menudo en pequeñas escenas de no más de un minuto. Quizá sentiremos el cuidado de amigos en las manos que agarramos durante la bendición en el servicio religioso cada domingo. Quizá los reconoceremos en las sonrisas amistosas de los que nos saludan en la puerta o en la acera delante de la iglesia. Quizá encontraremos nuestro camino a casa con las amables palabras que alguien nos ofrece durante la hora social en el momento en que pensamos que tendríamos que estar parados allí solos. Quizá la música, la historia, las reflexiones, o el sermón del servicio religioso nos recordarán las actitudes y las acciones que deseamos elegir para nuestras vidas. Quizá sirviendo una comida en el Julian Street Inn, o trayendo artículos de la casa para compartir con las familias de el Centro Comunitario de la Calle Tercera, o siendo el que está para ofrecer una mano calurosa durante la bendición o una sonrisa amistosa en la puerta delantera o una palabra amable durante hora social nos daría de nuevo la sensación de estar completamente vivos.

¡Aquí en FUCSJ podríamos componer la nueva letra a la famosa canción “Sublime Gracia,” particularmente en la parte sobre “Yo una vez estaba perdido, pero ahora me encontré”! Es verdad: Hay amigos aquí en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria que usted incluso no sabía que tenía, impacientes en ayudarle a encontrar su propio equilibrio y belleza interna, su ancla y su sentido de la alegría de vivir otra vez. Y hay gente que está sintiendo una pérdida, quiénes necesitan su mano, sus amables palabras, solo un poco de su energía de modo que ellos puedan encontrar también su camino de nuevo a lo mejor de ellos mismos. ¿Como sería la hora social sí, como esas hermosas jovencitas auxiliadoras, estuviéramos todos en el puesto de observación para alguien que se está sintiendo un poco perdido? Permitámonos cada uno alcanzar una mano y ayudar a otro para encontrar un camino a casa.

Con mucho corazón y esperanza,

Nancy

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Sunday, May 24

Bring Treasures to Share With TSCC Families

Please bring only things in excellent condition--toys, household items, books, and clothes (if they are exceptional) to Hattie Porter Hall between 9:30 and 1:00. On Thursday night our TSCC friends will look over the things we’d like to pass on and take what they can use. Anything left behind will be taken to the Salvation Army. For further information contact Genie at 997-6292.

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UU values reflected in book about Camp Everytown

A Small Candle tells about the impact of Camp Everytown, a leadership and communication camp for teenagers in the Santa Cruz Mountains, on the lives of its leaders and students. The book’s title resonates with our chalice symbol, and member Michael Payne-Alex has been living our UU values over the last 11 years at this camp.

To purchase or borrow a copy of this wonderful little book, see Michael in Hattie Porter Hall after church or send a message to michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com. All profits from the $10 dollar cost will be donated to help fund future camps for Santa Teresa High.

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Julia Rodriguez – Always Drawn to (into?) the Big Challenges

Julia Rodriguez, an active member for 24 years, spent five of those years making coffee! But this relatively simple task was not typical for her.

Though she was perfectly willing to do many similar jobs, Julia found herself drawn into leadership positions of considerable significance as well.

She was central to the creation and implementation of Small Group Ministry, on two Search Committees, on two Church Boards, the primary implementer of the church web site and most recently the Program Officer of the Program and Operations Council (POC).

She explains that her reason for accepting Bob Meiss’ offer to join the POC team (in addition to his excellent proposed structure) was “ to help make Rev. Nancy’s ministry a success,” but there was more involved in becoming the chair. Julia felt ready to become the leader because “it didn’t feel too intimidating since I had such a great team to work with.”

In addition, Julia had developed the leadership skills to make her feel ready because of the unqualified support and guidance she had received in all of her former big challenges. (Note: To anyone considering new or additional volunteer service beyond your comfort zone, you can be confident that you will also get such support, so go for it!)

The POC serves as the executive team of the church, responsible for personnel, programs, worship, finances, social justice, RE and building care. As Program Officer Julia chaired POC meetings and communicated with the Board and Leadership Team regarding the activities of the POC. But most important, Julia says, she “looked ahead and around to see what needed to be done.”

We thank you, Julia, for looking ahead and around in so many ways that have substantially benefited our Beloved Community. We are greatly in your debt!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Stewardship and Fundraising Position on the POC
Responsibilities include overseeing fundraising activities; recruiting for and overseeing the Annual Giving Campaign, and participating in POC meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. This is a wonderful way of making an extremely important contribution to the health of our church.

Other Choices: Library Committee member, Worship Host, Keeper of the Lost and Found, Wayside Pulpit Preparer, Memorial Day Picnic Convener, Newsletter Assembler/Mailer.

What rings your bell? Contact your Volunteer Coordinating Team members Liz Owen at lowen@data-time.com or Bob Miess at bob@floweringenterprizes.com

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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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Spirit in Practice – Monthly Adult Program

Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis

“The idea of spiritual practices encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own spiritual development by spending time working on it, deliberating on its meaning and how best to pursue it, seeking to understand the sacred through reading and the counsel of others, and seeking to have contact with the sacred through personal reflection and prayer.”

Robert Wuthnow, scholar of American religious history

The Spirit in Practice workshops helps Unitarian Universalists 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 of the workshops. Please RSVP with Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25

  • Workshop 4: Spiritual Partnerships
    Sunday, June 7, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room

  • Workshop 5: Mind Practices
    Sunday, July 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room

  • Workshop 6: Body Practices
    Sunday, August 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room

Fall workshops yet to be scheduled will include: Soul Practices, Life Practices, Justice Practices and Looking Back and Moving Forward

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    Circling Around by Torchy Hunter

    As the editor for Circling Around, I accost people in Hattie Porter Hall wearing my “Tell Me Everything” sign, or, if you’d rather actually think about what you want in here, e-mail me at dzu@aol.com. I want to be up to date with you, so here’s what we need: birthdays (especially those with zeros), parties of any kind, promotions, college destinations, anything that you diverse groups are doing is interesting to everyone else. For example, in this issue:

    Which Nancy lets everybody know she’s coming? And how? Who was first at figuring out swine flu? Who takes the time to write to me to say she doesn’t read the column? What really great news do we have? And what crazy plea?


    Memories from the All Church Party: Dan, can you read this small print? What? I thought you could read it, Torch!

    Claire Wagner, longtime member and one of Dan Zulevic’s favorite song leaders, went with hubby Greg Ashley to Baltimore for a job a year or more ago – and now they are back! She shares their new contact information – also good for Lauren Ashley and Lucie Ashley: 46 West Julian Street #531, San Jose, Ca 95110, (408) 539-7045

    From my wonderful friend, Mary McGuinness:

    “This was sent to me from Mum. It reminds me of the time (I was around 5, and just back in Ireland after our sojourn in San Francisco), Dad was working in Dublin, Mum was looking for a place for us to live; Pearse, Niall, and myself were up in Carndonagh, Donegal with Mum’s Mum. Granny had a shop, and she did lunches. There were no automatic waste disposal units in those days, so she had a pig. She gave the slops to it from the kitchen. I was always animal crazy, and had no idea that this pig was been fattened for market. I fell in love with it. As a treat, as it was not common then, Granny would give us peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch. I would sneak mine (Granny often had to go back into the shop) down to the pig sty and share my sandwich with the pig. One bite for me, and one bite for the pig. Adults love to ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up. At that age I would proudly say, ‘A pig lady.’”

    I thought “Lisa Hettler-Smith said the e.e. cummings poem used at the Easter service was also said at her brother’s funeral... “ Turns out her brother would be surprised to hear this news, especially since it was her Mother’s/not brother’s memorial service...

    Now get this from Jenny Redfern: “Bob and I have hardly had time to read the Church newsletter, so...” and she goes on to announce her grandchild’s birth, recorded here weeks ago along with a picture! but then announces she and Bob have been married 40 years, and they celebrated in Atlanta with hushpuppies, crab cakes, and a Braves/Mets game... Now, what’s clear is that she hasn’t been reading us at all! Humphf.

    From Deanna LaTorre: “I just spent a wonderful day at Julian Street yesterday. All three of my daughters, my husband, and grandkids showed up and helped serve. The menu was chicken, salad, baked potatoes, and strawberry shortcake, which was made at home. I was thrilled they shared this valuable service with me. There is a consistent core of people who have been serving at Julian Street for several years. I invited my daughter and her family about a year ago and they are still there. My son-in-law is now one of the four coordinators. If anyone is interested in helping cook but can’t serve they can always drop their food off at Julian Street earlier in the day. The Unitarian schedule is every second Sunday of the month and prep and serving is between 5:30 and 7:30. Hope to see new faces! The people at Julian Street say the Unitarians always put out the best food. In fact, the food is so good, we servers always stay around and eat with the clients.”

    And from that old bag, Nancy Coleman: “I turned 50 in April and got to spend that pivotal birthday at my favorite place, Yosemite, where the rocks and the trees are much older than 50 and still look amazing. The waterfalls were magnificent, and the weather was warm. One memorable event took place on the slippery, steep Mist Trail section of the Vernal Falls trail. I had attempted this trail a few years ago and couldn’t get to the top, but I was determined to make it this time. Suddenly I found that the back half of the soles of each of my hiking boots decided to break away from the rest of the shoe, and I was wearing flip-flop hiking boots! Needless to say, I didn’t feel safe continuing up. The spirit was willing, but the shoes were weak! I caught many quizzical looks on the faces of people I passed on the way down who heard the telltale slap! slap! and looked around for the masochist wearing sandals. So now I have an excuse to go shoe shopping.”

    All of you go to http://www.examiner.com/x-10129-San-Jose-Dog-Park-Examiner to see my latest professional writing gig. If you click on “Be a subscriber” you’ll get all this deathless prose every time I write it. Plus, I get paid a penny a click, and I’m working on $1.83 as we speak, so I could use some help.

    White Light Corner very good news: Lucy Proulx’s doctor said she’s getting BETTER!

    0520-11

    Important PACT Action May 21:

    Drop In to Help Prevent Drop Outs!

    by Lisa Hettler-Smith

    In the school year ending in 2007, over 2,300 San Jose middle and high school students dropped out of school. That is a full 30% of the number who graduated. Lifetime economic losses from one year’s drop outs alone, including lost earnings, and the impact on crime, health care costs, etc. reach $400 million. Preventing even half of these dropouts saves 267 victims of murder and aggravated assault.

    On May 21st 10 PACT congregations will come together to remind Mayor Reed that he is the Mayor of ALL of us - and that he CAN do something about the horrifying dropout rate, the frightening rise in crime, the desperate foreclosure rate and the unacceptable lack of jobs and job training for our youth.

    First Unitarian’s PACT LOC has a stake in this action! We need you to help us create a powerful statement of community. Please commit to attending, and invite your friends, family, and co-workers to attend this important event as well! The event will be held at Most Holy Trinity, 2040 Nassau Ave., San Jose.

    0520-12
    Spotlight on Social Justice
    By Lucy Proulx,
    Social Justice Council Communications Coodinator
    socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Social Justice BLOG: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/

    • May 21, Thursday, PACT LOC Action, Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Dr, San Jose, 7:00-8:30 pm
    • May 25, Monday, Social Justice Council Meeting, Conference Room, 6:30-8:30 pm.
    • May 26, Tuesday, Program Council Meeting, Conference Room (board room), 7-9 pm
    • May 27, Wednesday, Hotel Workers Rising Dinner, St. Justin’s Church, 2655 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara, 5:30 pm
    • May 30, Saturday, Single Payer Health Care for All Action Day
    • June 14, Sunday, Pride Sunday, Open Air Service, Parade, Blessing of Feet and more!
    • July 11–18th, UUSC’s Sixth Annual Freedom Summer–Civil Rights Journey, Atlanta, Georgia., to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama.

    Notes:


    Hotel Workers Rising Dinner May 27th
    Rising Together and the Interfaith Council invite you to a Hotel Workers Rising dinner on May 27th, 5:30pm at St. Justin’s Church, 2655 Homestead Rd. in Santa Clara. Hear the workers of the Hyatt Santa Clara committee discuss their lives, next steps with the campaign, and reflect on our shared commitment to justice and equality for all. RSVP to calvin.miaw@gmail.com

    May 30th: National Day of Action/Rallies for Improved Medicare for All
    Join thousands of single-payer supporters in a nationwide week of action to support improved Medicare for all (HR 676). Single-payer activists will be gathering all over the country to say, “Healthcare, yes; Insurance companies, no,” and to show solidarity with demonstrations at the AHIP (American Health Insurance Plans, a private health insurance lobby) conference in San Diego. If an action isn’t already in your city, plan your own day of action! It can be a town hall meeting, demonstration in front of a local insurance company, film showing, vigil, or your own unique idea. Let us know what you’d like to start planning by contacting info@healthcare-now.org. For more information go to: http://www.healthcare-now.org/campaigns/may-30th-day-of-action/.

    Maine Becomes Fifth State Allowing Gay Marriages
    In a banner day in New England for advocates of gay marriage, Maine legalized the practice May 6th, and the New Hampshire Legislature voted to do the same. If New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch signs the bill or lets it become law without his signature, his state would become the sixth overall to allow gay marriage and the fifth in New England. Rhode Island would be the region’s only holdout. Full article at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30602151/.

    Cutbacks to Hurt Poor & Elderly at SJ Area Sr. Centers
    Senior citizens soon may not be able to strengthen their flexibility with yoga, improve their coordination with a waltz or, most of all, receive balanced nutrition and health assistance. The city of San Jose has announced the possible closure of four downtown senior centers, including, Northside Community Center, Alma community Center, Hank Lopez Community Center, and Saint James Community Center --which provide these services to older residents. Full article at: http://media.www.thespartandaily.com/media/storage/paper852/news/2009/05/13/News/City-Senior.Center.Closures.Could.Impact.Nursing.Program-3740804.shtml

    Support Affordable Housing Letter Campaign
    Please join us in collecting letters to President Obama urging him to end America’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis by building public housing, increasing section 8 vouchers, funding the National Housing Trust Fund, and stopping foreclosures. The “Letters to Obama” campaign has collected over 900 letters with stories and photos. You can see them here: http://housingisahumanright.blogspot.com/. Everyone who believes in ending homelessness is encouraged to participate. Photos and personal stories make the message even more effective. What does having a home mean to you? Why do you believe everyone needs a home? For more information, contact Sandy Perry at 408-691-6153 or perrysandy@aol.com.

    3 out of 6 Jubilee Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Adopted in First 100 Days
    These are: 1. Immediate debt cancellation for Haiti. 2. Support Liberia’s efforts to reach an agreement for debt cancellation from its commercial creditors. 3. Include full funding for debt relief in its first budget request. More at: http://www.jubileeusa.org/index.php?id=553

    Oppose Senate Action to Approve Flawed Definition of Homelessness
    An amendment to include the HEARTH Act (S. 808) as part of housing bill S. 896 would re-write the law governing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Homeless Assistance Programs. It fails to adequately cover people living doubled up or in motels. Today, when even more children, youth, and families are losing their homes to foreclosure and finding shelters full--forcing them to double up or move into motels--it is deeply ironic that the Senate would vote to prevent these families from receiving HUD homeless assistance. Please call your U.S. Senators immediately and urge them to oppose the Reed/Bond amendment that would add the HEARTH Act to S. 896. Instead, ask them to speak in favor of a realistic definition of homelessness that includes the doubled up and motel families most impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Contact information for all Senators may be found at www.senate.gov. For additional information, contact Jeremy Rosen at (202) 714-5378 or jrosen@npach.org.

    Book donation request for Elmwood Correction Facility
    Vision Literacy at Elmwood Correction Facility provides a small library of paperback books for the inmates, and needs more books. There is a particular need for books in Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages, but English books are also welcome. Books may be sent or delivered to Vision Literacy’s office at 540 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA, 95035. Please note that books are intended for Elmwood. You may also contact Daislyn Pease at 408-957-5485 to request the books be picked up from your church or home. All books must be paperback. To learn more, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, see www.visionliteracy.org.

    Nurture Your Spirit—Help Heal Our World
    Where are you renewing your spirit this year? Please check out the UU camps, retreat centers, and week-long institutes at: http://www.cu2c2.org/. There’s camps and retreats listed all over North America. For PCD Camps and conferences, see: http://www.unitariancamps.org/. There’s two sessions of Family Camp in the Mendocino Woodlands at: http://www.unitariancamps.org/, and the ever popular Stebbins Institute at Asilomar at: http://www.serve.com/stebbins/ and more.

    0520-13

    Upcoming Events

    Monday May 25 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Central Park, Santa Clara (Kiely Blvd. at Homestead)

    Memorial Day Picnic

    POTLUCK -- Please bring food to share and your own plastic ware (plates, cups, forks, etc). Suggested items:

    • A thru D -- Desserts
    • E thru H -- Burgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burger
    • I thru L -- Drinks, Buns
    • M thru R -- Chips, Dips, Munchies
    • S thru Z -- Salads

    Also bring games - for kids and big kids (adults) - Like ring toss, jump ropes, volleyball, flying saucers....... Activities will be organized through your efforts. Anyone wanting to help, please call Dena Dickinson (265-5919) or email at dickiden@comcast.net


    Sunday, May 31, 12:45 pm, Sanctuary

    Congregational Annual Meeting

    At this congregational meeting, the Board presents the final proposed budget for 2009-10, and we vote on whether to approve it. We’ll also formally vote to elect Dena Dickinson as our new Financial Officer. (She has been appointed by the Board until we can hold this vote--thanks a zillion, Dena and Board!)



    Sunday, June 14

    Pride Sunday

    The San Jose Pride Parade starts even earlier this year (at 10:00 am) and we’re not going to miss it! We will gather in the Victory Parking Lot on Market Street between St. John and Santa Clara Streets starting at 9:00 a., and we will hold an Open-Air All-Are-Invited Worship Service, with singing and Blessing of the Feet, in the parking lot starting at 9:15. Carolyn Bowman and other hosts will be at our church to let folks know where we are, and to keep the labyrinth open for walking and meditation while some of us are marching.

    Then, we’ll invite all who would like to join us to return to the sanctuary for the 11:00 am service, a rock-the-house Unitarian Universalist revival for all who would like to come back from the parade, and for those who won’t be marching.


    July 15-19

    Church Campout
    by Alec “I will survive until the Campout” MacLean

    Every year for 20 years at the Church campout, I have gotten together with a mixture of old friends and old friends I’ve just met. Some of these people are very young—heck, a few of them have still been in the womb!

    We sit around and get to know each other, go swimming in the river together, share lots and lots of good food and drink together, play Boggle and other games, learn why Rick and Alec make the world’s best barbecue chicken, watch children make friends they’ll keep for years. We nap in the shade.

    We bring our own toys to play with, beads, carving, crosswords, knitting, whatever. We do an amazing amount of laughing. We share childcare in a wonderfully tribal fashion. We look at bugs, birds, shooting stars and each other. Maybe we take another nap.

    We spend very little money. We share kitchen duties and enjoy it because we’re doing it together. We play music and sing. We finally get a chance to read that book we bought. We hope MaryMary will tell one of her great stories. We watch the teenagers being wonderful to the little kids. We grow closer, happier, more relaxed.

    We are the Church campout.

    Come join us. Wednesday July 15 - Sunday July 19--or any portion thereof! It’s at McConnell State Park on the Merced River. People who would like more information should contact MaryMary Feldman at mm@feldmo.com


    August 10 - 15

    FUCSJ Senior High Camping Trip
    by Colleen Cabot

    Payment deadline: May 30

    Contact: Matt Trask, (408) 655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    For UU youth who have or will attend high school in 2009, plus FUCSJ Youth who traveled to Romania in 2007.

    The Senior Youth Group will be repeating its favorite trip to the Channel Islands August 10-15. Be sure to sign up for this fabulous trip. Traveling down to Ventura Harbor, we will board a ferry to cross the Santa Barbara Channel to dock in a small bay on Santa Cruz Island, with porpoises surfing our bow waves and maybe seeing whales. Once we carry all our gear into the campground, we’ll spend most of the six days snorkeling in the wonderful clear waters and kelp forest in the bay; kayaking around the island and into sea caves; hiking across the island; hanging out in camp (literally, in our nest of hammocks) beading, and getting to know each other. Little wild foxes are our campground hosts! This is an especially good chance for teens who will join the Senior Youth Group in the Fall to meet their peers.

    Dates: August 10 to August 15

    Contact: Matt Trask, 408-655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    Cost: $200 (Scholarships are available)

    Embarkation: Ventura Harbor, Santa Barbara

    Destination: Scorpion Valley Campground, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park.

    Maximum group size will be 24 youth. FUCSJ youth have first priority until June 1. Payment deadline: May 30. Non-FUCSJ youth will need leader approval.

    Activities: Crafts, Hiking, Swimming, First Aid workshop, orienteering, kayaking, snorkeling, youth-led classes, music


    10-15 de Agosto

    Viaje de Campamento para jóvenes del último grado de la preparatoria de la FUCSJ
    par Colleen Cabot

    Fecha límite de pago: 30 de Mayo

    Contactar a: Matt Trask, (408) 655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    Para los jóvenes UU que están o acudirán a High School en 2009, más los jóvenes de la FUCSJ que viajaron a Rumania en el 2007.

    El grupo de jóvenes del último grado de la preparatoria repetirán su viaje preferido a las Islas Channel del 10 al 15 de agosto. Asegúrate de firmar para este viaje fabuloso. Viajando al puerto de Ventura, subiremos a un ferry para cruzar el Canal de Santa Bárbara y atracar en una pequeña bahía en la Isla de Santa Cruz, con marsopas surfeando nuestras olas de proa y viendo quizá ballenas. Una vez que llevemos todo nuestro equipo al campamento, pasaremos la mayor parte de los seis días buceando con snorkel en las hermosas y claras aguas y en los bosques de algas marinas de la bahía; remando en kayak alrededor de la isla y en las cuevas hechas por el mar; iremos de excursión a través de la isla; colgando en el campo (literalmente, en nuestros nidos de hamacas) haciendo manualidades y conociéndose unos con otros. ¡Los pequeños zorros salvajes son nuestros anfitriones del campamento! Esta es una ocasión especialmente buena para los adolescentes que se unirán al grupo de jóvenes de último grado de la preparatoria en el otoño para conocer a sus iguales.

    Fecha: Del 10 al 15 de Agosto

    Costo: $200 (becas están disponibles) 

    Embarque: Ventura Harbor, Santa Barbara

    Destino: Scorpion Valley Campground, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park.

    Tamaño máximo del grupo será de 24 jóvenes. Los jóvenes de FUCSJ tienen prioridad hasta el 1 de Junio. Fecha de pago: May 30. los jóvenes que no son parte de FUCSJ necesitarán la aprobación del líder.

    Actividades: Manualidades, caminatas, natación, taller de Primeros Auxilios, orientación, remar en cayak, buceo con snorkel, clases de liderazgo juvenil, música.



    June 24-28
    General Assembly, 2009

    The UUA General Assembly will occur in Salt Lake City from June 24-28. This year, General Assembly will be highlighted by the addition of UU University, a superb lay leadership training opportunity, as part of GA programming - at no additional cost. A new UUA President will be elected at General Assembly, and Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University and a frequent media commentator, will deliver this year’s Ware Lecture. The Assembly will also vote on whether to adopt a new Statement of Conscience, on Peacemaking.

    Registration and Housing Reservations for General Assembly are now open
    Go to http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/index.shtml for links to information on all parts of the upcoming General Assembly program.


    Are You Looking for UUthful Spirits?

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

    • Game night, every 3rd Friday, monthly.
    • 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.

  • 0520-14

    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
    Tamara Payne-Alex

    POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net

    Directors
    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Michael Payne-Alex, michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com
    Madeline Morrow

    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
     Lucy Proulx, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky

    Custodian / Edgar Cruz

    R.E. Assistant / TBD

    Nursery Staff / Jusica Nunez & Maria Elena Olvera

    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!
    Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

    Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com

    Catherine will be editor for the June 3 and July, 2009 issues. Shirley will be editor for June 17 and August, 2009 issues. (One issue only in July and August.)

    Photographer: Dani Hope

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

    Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)

    Assembly Coordinator: Gretchen Leavitt

    Assembly Crew: Lloyd Eater and Marjorie Schneider.

    Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.

    Want to Receive the Newsletter?

    To receive the newsletter on paper, fill out the form at this link:

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    or call (408) 292-3858, ext. 31.

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    Next issue deadline: 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    Next issue mailing: Wednesday, June 3, 2009