Our Church Circular / March 21, 2007 / 21 de Marzo 2007

Inside This Issue:

  • This Sunday’s Services / READ
  • April 1 and April 8 Services/ READ
  • Save the Dates / READ
  • Geoff's Column: Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith / Articulando Nuestra fe Unitaria Universalista / READ
  • Religious Education / READ
  • New Member Classes / READ
  • Child Abuse Prevention Sunday Program / READ
  • Election of New Board Members, Officers, and Nominating Committee Members / READ
  • Circling Around / READ
  • Upcoming Events / READ
    • “Service Is Our Prayer” / READ
    • Women's Alliance / READ
    • “Working Wardrobe” Event / READ
MARCH 25

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

25 DE MARZO

25 de Marzo -- 9:30 a.m.

Domingo de Justicia 2007: Tocando los tambores para Darfur

Escuchar el sonar de los tambores, ver las caras, oír las voces. ¿Cómo los principios Unitarios Universalistas nos llaman a trabajar para la justicia frente a la crisis devastadora en Darfur ?

Cómo se puede en la lejanía estar al alcance de la mano, ¿y que estamos haciendo cuando dejamos tales tragedias en nuestros corazones? Cuando elevamos nuestras voces, junto con los de las congregaciones de UUSC y de UU a través del país, ¡podemos ser oídos! La música del coro y un peregrinaje en fotos hacen de este un servicio muy especial.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Luther Jackson y Carol Stephenson.

March 25 -- 9:30 a.m.

Justice Sunday 2007:
Drumbeat for Darfur

Listen to the drumbeat, see the faces, hear the voices. How do the principles of Unitarian Universalism call us to work for justice in the face of the devastating crisis in Darfur ? How can the faraway become the close-at-hand, and what are we to do when we let such tragedies into our hearts? When we raise our voices, along with those of the UUSC and UU congregations across the country, we can be heard! The choir’s music and a pilgrimage in photos make this a very special service.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Luther Jackson and Carol Stephenson

March 25 -- 11:00 a.m.

Justice Sunday 2007: Drumbeat for Darfur

Listen to the drumbeat, see the faces, hear the voices. How do the principles of Unitarian Universalism call us to work for justice in the face of the devastating crisis in Darfur ? How can the faraway become the close-at-hand, and what are we to do when we let such tragedies into our hearts? When we raise our voices, along with those of the UUSC and UU congregations across the country, we can be heard! The choir’s music and a pilgrimage in photos make this a very special service.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Luther Jackson, Carol Stephenson, and Our Youth.

25 de Marzo -- 11:00 a.m.

Domingo de Justicia 2007: Tocando los tambores para Darfur

Escuchar el sonar de los tambores, ver las caras, oir las voces. ¿Cómo los principios Unitarios Universalistas nos llaman a trabajar para la justicia frente a la crisis devastadora en Darfur ?

Cómo se puede en la lejanía estar al alcance de la mano, ¿y que estamos haciendo cuando dejamos tales tragedias en nuestros corazones? Cuando elevamos nuestras voces, junto con los de las congregaciones de UUSC y de UU a través del país, ¡podemos ser oídos! La música del coro y un peregrinaje en fotos hacen de este un servicio muy especial.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Luther Jackson y Carol Stephenson

Save the Dates

  • March 25, Sunday, Election of new Board Members, Officers, and Nominating Committee Members at the Congregational meeting; after the 11:00 am service in the Sanctuary Read More
  • April 1, Sunday, The UU Band of Writers, 20 minutes after the service in the Youth Room
  • April 5, Thursday, The Women's Alliance , 7:15 - 9:15 pm Read More

  • April 6, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, 8:00 pm, in the Sanctuary
  • April 27-29, Pacific Central District General Assembly in Foster City, CA. See www.pcd-uua.org for more information.
  • May 22, Sunday, New Member Ingathering Read More
  • June 9, Saturday, "Service is Our Prayer" day work party, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Read More

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Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith

by the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Articulando
Nuestra fe
Unitaria
Universalista

para el Rev. Geoff Rimositis

What does spring mean to us Californians when we don’t have to pray each day that the crocuses and daffodils will emerge from the snow and ice to alleviate our worst fears that winter will never come to an end? We don’t have the same sweet release and expectation of the season’s change like our sisters and brothers do in the Midwest and East who stand in their churches and sing their hearts out.

Lo, the earth awakes again- Al-le-lu-ia! from the winter’s bond and pain. Al-le-lu-ia! Bring we leaf and flower and spray-to adorn this happy day. Al-le-lu-ia!

We do go through our changes. The bare trees do flower and leaf again, even as they stand next to towering palm trees and an assortment of green and leafy things that we enjoy all year round.

We in California have to be more intentional in our celebration of spring or else we will miss it, as the weather turns summer-like even before school gets out.

We have to pay attention to spring’s signs.

Watch the birds. They are nesting. The mocking bird is singing its heart out. The robins are dancing across the grass in their graceful ballet as they stop and turn their heads to snatch a tasty morsel beneath the blades of grass.

Can you feel spring’s changes within you?

Can you feel the change in the quality of sunlight whose full spectrum makes you feel more energized then you did even a month ago? Does it make you want to do more and engage life with a deeper satisfaction?

Our minds are easily distracted from the subtle changes of spring that are happening all around us. But they are happening nevertheless with or without our awareness. Let’s not miss the opportunity. It is time to pay attention to what is growing in and around us. It is time to stop and take it all in: all the beauty and joy that is spring’s promise. And go ahead; sing with the joy of those who have emerged out of the cold and grey to see the dawning of a new day. We Californians need the joy of an awakened heart as much as anyone. Happy spring!

¿Qué significa la primavera para nosotros los Californianos cuando no tenemos que rogar cada día que los azafranes y los narcisos emerjan de la nieve y del hielo para aliviar nuestros peores miedos de que el invierno nunca acabará? Nosotros no tenemos la misma dulce liberación y la expectativa del cambio de la estación como lo hacen nuestras hermanas y hermanos en el centro y en el este de los Estados Unidos quienes están parados en sus iglesias y sus corazones cantan.

Lo, ¡la tierra despierta otra vez Al-le-lu-ya! De las cadenas y del dolor del invierno. ¡Al-le-lu-ya! Traigamos hojas y flores para adornar este día feliz. ¡Al-le-lu-ya!

Pero si, hay cambios aquí. Los árboles desnudos reverdecen y florecen otra vez, aunque estén parados al lado de las altas palmeras y de un surtido de cosas verdes y frondosas que nosotros disfrutamos todo el año.

En California tenemos que ser más intencionales en nuestra celebración de primavera o si no lo perderemos, cuando el tiempo cambia otra vez en verano-antes de que termine el tiempo escolar. Tenemos que poner atención a los indicios de la primavera.

Mira a los pájaros. Están haciendo sus nidos. El cenzontle canta a voz en grito. Los petirrojos están bailando en la hierba en su gracioso ballet mientras que paran y dan vuelta a sus cabezas para arrebatar un sabroso bocado de debajo de las briznas de hierba.

¿Puedes sentir los cambios de primavera dentro de ti?

¿Puedes sentir el cambio en la calidad de la luz del sol con su espectro completo que hace que te sientas más energetizado de lo que estabas hace un mes? ¿Esto hace que quieras hacer más y tener una vida comprometida con una profunda satisfacción?

Nuestras mentes se distraen fácilmente de los cambios sutiles de la primavera que están sucediendo alrededor de nosotros. Pero sin embargo están sucediendo con o sin nuestro conocimiento. No perdamos la oportunidad. Es hora de prestar atención en lo que está creciendo en y alrededor de nosotros. Es fijarse en todo: toda la belleza y alegría que es promesa de primavera. ¡Y sigue adelante! Canta con la alegría de los que han emergido del frío y del gris para ver el amanecer de un nuevo día. Los californianos necesitamos la alegría de un corazón despierto como cualquier persona.

¡Feliz Primavera!

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Religious Education

Religious Growth and Learning Program

Nursery (birth-5 years) - Church’s Lower Level
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support all children in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories, and crafts are a part of the nursery experience.

Sunday Morning Class Calendar

4-5 Year Olds: A Discovery Year [Lower Level, Room 3]

March 25             

Teddy Bear Month:  Friendship

April 1 Teddy Bear Month: Fixed!
April 8 Easter/Flower Communion. No Class

1st-2nd Grades: Free to Believe [Lower Level, Room 2]

March 25

Easter

April 1 How Do We Live Our Principles?
April 8  Easter/Flower Communion. No Class

3rd-4th Grades: Holidays and Holy Days [Lower Level, Room 5-6]

March 25

No Ruz

April 1 Africa Day
April 8  Easter/Flower Communion. No Class

5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 4]

March 25

Visit to the Hindu Temple & Community Center in Sunnyvale

April 1  Hinduism Wrap-up
April 8

Easter/Flower Communion. No Class

6th-7th-8th Grades: Make a World of Difference [Office Conference Room]

March 25

The Disability Game

April 1 Skill-Building Media Stereotypes Log
April 8

Easter/Flower Communion. No Class

8TH-10TH Grades: Coming of Age

Mentor-Youth Meeting April 15, 12:45-2 pm
Coming of Age Retreat April 20-22, Mt. Madonna County Park

Youth Group Activities

·   Chalice Club (Elementary Age Youth Group, K-5th)

·   Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)

·   Senior High (9th -12th Grades)

Advisors: Diana Chung, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis.

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

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 .

Open Meditation Every Thursday
6:30-7:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary

Find peace and focus as you alleviate the stress of the day by joining with Robert Arne for sitting and walking meditation every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 in the church sanctuary. There will be time for silent reflection and conversation on Buddhist topics.

New Member Classes April 9, 16, and 23, 2007
New Member Sunday-May 6

Those who would like to explore becoming members of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose are invited to take a three-session class at the church with the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and the Rev. Geoff Rimositis. After the completion of the series, if participants wish to become members, they can join at the new member ingathering ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2007.

The class will explore Unitarian Universalist history, theology, worship, governance, and the larger UU world locally, nationally and internationally. We will also learn about the history and ministries of this congregation. To RSVP, call the Rev. Geoff Rimositis at 292-3858, 25 or email at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org.

Child Abuse Prevention Sunday Program
Sunday, May 6, 2007 (Save the Date)

On Sunday May 6 we offer a special program on the topic of child abuse prevention. 

Children and youth will participate in a presentation by Silicon Valley ’s YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) and Teen Empowerment Programs (TEP) in their Sunday morning religious education programs.  Children and youth will not go to the first part of the service but will go directly to their classes at 11 a.m.

 “Children's CAPP workshops consist of a series of role-plays in which potentially dangerous situations are presented: those involving a bully, a stranger, and a known adult. Each role-play is repeated twice, with the second providing the children with strategies that allow the child to remain safe. Individual review time is offered following workshops to review skills and answer any questions.

The Teen Empowerment Program (TEP) educates middle and high school students about abusive situations, creates awareness, provides options, and focuses on prevention through self-esteem, communication, and healthy relationships”

There will be presentations for the

  • Preschool-2nd grade year old classes at 11:00 a.m. in Rooms 2-3
  • 3rd -5th grades will be combined in rooms 4-6 (They might get out a few minutes later than 12:30. They will have a half-hour of regular class time waiting for their turn to participate in the CAPP.  
  • 6th-12th grades will meet in the youth room.

Hearing this empowering message and learning how they can be safe is important for our children and youth. Please mark your calendars for this special program.

For more information contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext. 25 GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

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Election of New Board Members, Officers, and Nominating Committee Members

Sunday, March 25, following the 11:00 am service, we will elect continuing and new Board Members, Officers, and Nominating Committee Members at the Congregational meeting. All members are encouraged to attend, participate, and vote. Friends are also welcome.

The Nominating Committee is proposing the following slate of candidates to fill the positions of Board officers and directors, and members of the Nominating Committee. These positions are two-year terms. Some current Board and Committee members are continuing in a two-year term and will not be on the ballot.

Meet the Candidates

These candidate statements provide an introduction to the Nominating Committee's slate of candidates:

MM Feldman -- for Director

Candidate statement not available.

Christopher Frey -- for Financial Officer

Christopher has been attending this church since 2001 with his life partner Liesl Wirtz. Christopher grew up in Berkeley where he later attended college, obtaining a liberal arts degree. In 1993 he moved to Portland to earn his Master's degree from Portland State University , where Liesl and he met in 1996. They were formally married in 2003. Christopher has been an active member of the church Computer Committee and has served for the two years as Financial Officer.

Bob Redfern -- for Secretary

I have attended First Unitarian Church since 1989, and signed the book about a year later.  I have helped count money since 1995 and have recruited many fine and responsible church people to help at that necessary, but quiet* task.  I have been active in the Men’s Group since 1999, and I previously served as Secretary from 2001-2005.  I promise to keep the congregation informed about the activities of our leadership, and continue to come up to San Jose for the duties of the job, even though Bob Miess has left town ( Morgan Hill ) for greener pastures nearer the church.

* Money counters need to work in a quiet, out of the way corner. Who ever heard of a brash, swashbuckling bookkeeper?

Julia Rodriguez -- for Vice President Programs
Mid-westerner with just a little Spanish.  Daughter of an immigrant.  Raised Roman Catholic.  Married to Steven Saunders.  Member of this church for more than 20 years.  In 20 years, one can do a lot of volunteering: youth group leader, VP of the board, years of making coffee on Sunday and been part of many pot-luck clean-up crews, 3rd Street ESL teacher, served on the ministerial committees of three ministers, and two search committees.  In recent years I have put a lot of energy into Small Group Ministry, and messed around with web site development.  I am seeking election as Program Officer because I want to see the Program and Operations Council fulfill the promise of its beginnings.

Marla Scharf -- for Director

I like to say that I was born a Unitarian Universalist.  I was born a UU because the year I was born was the year the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association merged to become today’s Unitarian Universalist Association, and because my parents, an interracial couple, chose to bring up my brother and me in the First Unitarian Church of Denver, and because Unitarian Universalism is so very much my chosen faith speaking to my heart, my mind and my ever-growing spirit.  I have been attending the First Unitarian Church of San Jose since 1994.  Around 2002 I decided to give myself the gift of attending church services regularly through the good times of my life (the gift part) as well as in the bad  times (what I had been doing).  My increasing attendance led to increasing involvement, and the opportunity to serve this church community (and the larger communities we support) as a Director-at-Large for the past two years. This has been a joy and a blessing, and I am seeking re-election for a second term as Director.

No picture available

Barbara Derbyshire -- for Nominating Committee

I joined the Unitarian Church ’s youth group in Providence , RI . After a 35-year hiatus I returned to the denomination in Monterey . My partner Bev Harrison and I quickly became active members. I worked on Welcoming Congregation, Finance, Nominating, Denominational Affairs, Canvass, Auction, and the Board. We moved to San Jose and joined FUCSJ four years ago. I occasionally arrange flowers for Sunday services. This winter I reorganized the Circle Supper program and am chairing the Silent Auction. On the Nominating Committee I would like to encourage more members to participate in the governance and operations of our church.

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Stephanie Rynas -- for Nominating Committee

I have attended First Unitarian Church since a year before the fire and became a member and quite involved after the fire.  (I have no idea what year that was.)  I met my partner, Carrie Doolittle, at a church event in 1997 and we wed in 2002.  I was involved in the Canvass Committee for two years, served on the board for two years, did a little RE work, served as a worship associate and was part of the sound crew for Sunday morning service. I currently count the offertory once a month and am in my second year on the Nominating Committee.  I enjoy this work.  I get to be reminded of all the wonderful people we have in our congregation and of the amazing number of ways in which we all connect with and serve each other.  I am especially excited about the new governance model for the board and operations council and for the possibilities which this model offers.   I look forward to serving for another two years as a member of the Nominating Committee.

Gordon Smith -- for Nominating Committee

My wife Lisa and I have been attending services since just a few weeks before The Fire.  We’ve found it a good place to be with those who share our values, to raise our children, to contribute to the community and to reflect on our lives.  The past four years on the Nominating Committee have been a very satisfying way to make my own personal contribution, drawing on my experience within the working world as well as within various other congregations. 

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Upcoming Events

Kudos to the Workers at "Service Is Our Prayer" Day

by Steve Madden

A hearty "Thank You" to all the volunteers who came to the March 10 "Service is our Prayer" work party! Among the tasks completed were moving bookshelves in the library and mounting them for earthquake safety, lowering the flag holder, cleaning the nursery and toys, painting the front doors, mounting a new soap holder in the upstairs bathroom, cleaning out the upstairs refrigerator, pruning and feeding our landscaping, sorting out the courtyard lighting so it works correctly, marking hymnals with our stamp, painting over graffiti in the back, scrubbing down the downstairs walls, replacing burned out light bulbs, organizing the worship closet, making new keys, and checking all fire extinguishers.

The volunteers who came down to the church to do this great work were: Steve Saunders, Barbara Tonneson, Genie Bernardini, Gene Martin, Mike and Catherine L. Pellizari, Bob Howd, Bob Owen, Jean Rivers, Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Carol Greene, Liz Owen, Mary Martin, Diana Chung, Chris Casey, Deanna LaTorre, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Rick Merritt, Lloyd Eater, Sandra Iwamoto, Joyce Miller, Melanie Langstrom, David Glickman, Maggie Norris, Nancy Prince, Dena Dickinson, and Vicky Merryman.

A delicious vegetarian lunch which sealed the spirit of communal labor was prepared and served by Vicky Merryman. Khalil Gibran wrote "Work is Love made visible"--and so is food!

Our next  "Service is our Prayer" day is June 9, so mark this day in your calendar!

Women's Alliance
The Women's Alliance will meet at the home of Jean von Kaenel on Thursday, April 5, from 7:15 to 9:15 pm for conversation and refreshments. Come listen to a celebration of our foremothers Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, Emily Jennings Stowe, and Frances Power Cobbe. For further information or directions Contact Nancy Coleman at nancybcoleman@mac.com or at 408 985 5778. All are welcome.

“Working Wardrobe” Event
Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22, 2007
Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Capital Club, City Connections Committee

The City Connections Committee has the perfect solution for your overloaded closet. Donate what you no longer wear to a very worthy cause. We’re graciously accepting donations of clean, gently used business attire such as:

men’s and women’s suits • sports coats • blazers

pants • dresses • skirts • blouses • dress shirts

polo shirts • sweaters • shoes • purses • portfolios

These items will be distributed to Sacred Heart Community Service and City Team Family Services. who both offer established programs for job search assistance, support and training to disadvantaged men and women in our community.

Curbside Drop Off at:
San Jose Athletic Club
196 N. Third St. (at St. James beside the Unitarian Church )
San Jose , CA 95113

Drop Off hours: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

For more info e-mail: cityconnections@ourclub.com

Receipts will be provided when donations are made.

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Circling Around

Debra Fenzel-Alexander reports, "Did you know that Handel's 'Messiah' is actually Easter music?"

Deb will be playing cello in the full orchestra for a "sing it yourself" Messiah at West Valley Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Miller at 6191 Bollinger Road , Cupertino 95014 .

For details, see www.wvpc.org/messiah. Tickets are free but must be acquired in advance by mail from the above address. (An offering will be taken). Entire work (including Easter sections usually omitted at Christmas-time) performed on Sunday, April 1, 7:00 pm. Popular selections only will be performed Monday, April 2, 7:30 pm. Bring your music or buy one there. Deb (who likes to sing, too) has one she is willing to loan. Also, you could attend the informal rehearsal at 7:30, March 26.

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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APRIL 1

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

1 DE ABRIL

1 de Abril -- 9:30 a.m.

!Abrazando! Quienes somos y en que nos estamos convirtiendo

Como iniciamos nuestra estación dando generosamente, ven a gozar de un estimulante mensaje y de la ocasión de envolver nuestros brazos (mentes y corazones) alrededor de nuestro futuro. Con música e historias especiales y la oportunidad de honrar a algunos voluntarios espectaculares, ven a celebrar el calor de nuestro hogar espiritual, y reflejar de que manera somos en verdad una cooperativa, cada uno de nosotros un codueño y un co-creador de nuestra comunidad.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Roberto Padilla y Miembros del equipo de SSM.

April 1 -- 9:30 a.m.

Embrace! Who We Are and What We Are Becoming

As we launch our season of generous giving, come enjoy a bracing message and a chance to wrap our arms (and minds and hearts) around our future together. With special music and stories and a chance to honor some spectacular volunteers, come celebrate the warmth of our spiritual home, and reflect on the ways in which we are truly a cooperative, each of us a co-owner and co-creator of our community.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Roberto Padilla and Members of Our Spanish-Speaking Ministries.

April 1 -- 11:00 a.m.

Embrace! Who We Are and What We Are Becoming

As we launch our season of generous giving, come enjoy a bracing message and a chance to wrap our arms (and minds and hearts) around our future together. With special music and stories and a chance to honor some spectacular volunteers, come celebrate the warmth of our spiritual home, and reflect on the ways in which we are truly a cooperative, each of us a co-owner and co-creator of our community.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Mary Martin and Members of Our Annual Giving Committee.

1 de Abril  -- 11:00 a.m.

!Abrazando! Quienes somos y en que nos estamos convirtiendo

Como iniciamos nuestra estación dando generosamente, ven a gozar de un estimulante mensaje y de la ocasión de envolver nuestros brazos (mentes y corazones) alrededor de nuestro futuro. Con música e historias especiales y la oportunidad de honrar a algunos voluntarios espectaculares, ven a celebrar el calor de nuestro hogar espiritual, y reflejar de que manera somos en verdad una cooperativa, cada uno de nosotros un codueño y un co-creador de nuestra comunidad.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Mary Martin y miembros de nuestro Comité de Recaudación de Fondos Anual.

APRIL 8

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

8 DE ABRIL

8 de Abril -- 9:30 a.m.

Resurrección Transformadora

¿Mito o realidad? De acuerdo con Joseph Campbell, la Jornada Heroica, que incluye muerte y resurrección, es un patrón universal que ilumina las etapas que cada individuo debe pasar para poder crecer. Es una jornada de evolución personal con el que cada ser humano puede identificarse.

Dirige: Ervin Barrios; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de MEE.

April 8 -- 9:30 a.m.

Transformative Resurrection

Myth or reality? According to Joseph Campbell, the Hero's Journey, which includes death and resurrection, is a universal pattern that illuminates the stages each individual must go through in order to grow. It is a journey of personal evolution that every human being can identify with.

Worship Leader: Ervin Barrios; Worship Associates: SSM members.

April 8 -- 11:00 a.m.

Leap Up With Joy

It’s Easter! It’s spring! A time of joy and rebirth!

Sing with gladness for all that is our lives.

Dance to the rhythms of love and make music that brings down the heavens.

Delight in nature’s bounty of flower and spray that will adorn our temple of faith.

Children, youth and adults will join together in our annual Flower Communion Sunday.

Bring a flower to share and an open heart to receive the gifts of grace.

An egg hunt will take place after both services in St. James Park.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis and the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Dena Dickinson.

8 de Abril -- 11:00 a.m.

Saltando con alegría.

¡Es Pascua! ¡Es primavera! ¡Una época de la alegría y de renacimiento!

Cantemos con alegría por todo lo que hay en nuestras vidas.

Bailemos con los ritmos del amor y hagamos música que baje de los cielos.

Disfrutando de la flor y del rocío como regalos de la naturaleza que adornarán nuestro templo de la fe.

Niños, jóvenes y adultos disfrutaremos juntos en nuestro anual domingo de la comunión de las flores .

Trae una flor para compartir y un corazón abierto para recibir los regalos de gracia.

Después de ambos servicios, la caza de huevos la tendremos en el Parque de San James.

Dirigen: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis y la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de servicio: Dena Dickinson.

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The Ministers are in!
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis are here to talk with you! Because ministers’ office schedules vary—we may be in a meeting, attending to denominational business, writing at home, visiting congregants, and more—it’s always wise to call or e-mail to make an appointment before coming in.

Here is how to find us:

Nancy : (408) 292-3858, ext. 23 Mon.-Thurs.; Minister’s study at home (for pastoral emergencies): (408) 920-6513; E-mail: revnpj@yahoo.com

Geoff: (408) 292-3858, ext. 25 Mon.-Thurs.; E-mail: grimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Call if you are interested in becoming a member of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, if you would like to discuss the work of our congregation, if you want to schedule a rite of passage, if you simply need a listening ear or are in a personal crisis. We may not be able to “do it all”—but we cherish the sacred trust of being called to serve you!

Aquí estan los Ministros!
La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y el Rev. Geoff Rimositis están aquí para conversar con ustedes! Debido a que nuestros horarios de oficina varían – podemos encontrarnos en reunión, atendi-endo asuntos de negocios, escribiendo en casa, visitando congregantes y otras cosas másles recomendamos hacer una cita antes de venir a vernos.

Nos pueden encontrar:
Nancy : (408) 292-3858 ext. 23 día libre: Viernes oficina de la casa (para emergencias pastorales): (408) 920-6513; e-mail: revnpj@yahoo.com

geoff: (408) 292-3858 ext. 25 día libre: Viernes; e-mail: Grimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Llame si está interesado en ser miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria, si quiere saber más sobre el trabajo de nuestra con-gregación, si necesita servicios rituales, espirituales, o simplemente a alguien que lo excuche y si tiene una crisis per-sonal. Tal vez no podamos asistirlo con todo – pero honramos la confianza sagrada de que nos contacte para ayudarle!

Officers

President
Bob Miess, bob@creating-context.com

Vice President (Planning/Personnel)
Joyce Miller,
j408miller@sbcglobal.net

Vice President (Programs)
Julia Rodriguez, quixoposto@ix.netcom.com

Secretary
Mary Mary Feldman, mm@feldmo.com

Treasurer
David Tucker, cheverly@earthlink.net

Financial Officer
Christopher Frey, cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu

Directors

Debra Fenzel-Alexander, sdsalex@comcast.net

Marla Scharf, marla_scharf@sbcglobal.net

Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.net  

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 Manager ..............................................  Ext. 21
 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

Acting R.E. Assistant  ………………………………Elena Clifford

Nursery Teacher......................................... Stacey Vinyard

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

NEWSLETTER Editors
Sherry Howd
, 257-6844, s_howd@msn.com
Sherry will be editor for the April 18 and May 16 issues.

Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.com
Catherine will be editor for the April 4 and May 2 issues.

Thank you to our volunteers!
Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

Translators: Ervin Barrios

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

Stapling and Addressing: Genie Bernardini, Ed Bolton, Lloyd Eater, Deanna LaTorre and Gretchen Leavitt.

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

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