Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / November 7, 2007 / 7 de Noviembre 2007
|1107-2||Save the Dates|
|1107-3||Religious Education; Children's holiday play; Intensive Adult Class on UU|
|1107-4||Articulating our UU Faith|
|1107-5||As We Build the Beloved Community... Visions for the Future of Unitarian Universalism|
Joy Through Service -- Monty & Carol Low: Their Smiles and Service Glow
Let’s Create a First Unitarian Team for the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
I Would Volunteer BUT. . .
|1107-9||Volunteer Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative -- Live Your Values! (BONUS)|
|1107-10||Spotlight on Social Justice: Writing About Rights|
Wanted! Worship Associates!
|1107-12||UU Hikers & Friends|
|1107-13||Upcoming Events -- Transylania Pilgrimage Presenation, Peninsula Interweave, Singing as a Spiritual Practice, Fireside Gift Faire|
Circling Around -- Patricia Ohanian-Coffey's father passes away, Rivers' kids rock out
|1107-15||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|1107-1||Servicios de Domingo|
|1107-5||A Medida que Construimos Nuestra Comunidad de Amor...Visión para el futuro del Unitario Universalismo|
¿Quién desea unirse a la Rev. Nancy y su esposo el Rev. Kevin en el Trote del Día de Acción de Gracias el jueves 22 de noviembre?
Aquí estan los Ministros!
UU Choir Delivers Knock Out Performance of 23rd Psalm at Circle of Palms for the Interfaith Reunion on October 2
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
|En nuestra comunidad Unitaria Universalista, nos juntamos las mañanas de domingo para la música, la reflexión, la comodidad, el desafío, y el compañerismo; nos unimos para buscar la verdad y el significado, para compartir nuestras vidas, y animarnos los unos a los otros para crecer. Cada servicio religioso es único, preparado por los líderes y los asociados de culto para conectarnos con las principales preguntas de nuestras vidas. Tu puedes leer los sermones pasados en www.sanjoseuu.org ... ¡esperamos verte ahí!||In our Unitarian Universalist community, we gather on Sunday mornings for music, reflection, comfort, challenge, and companionship; we gather to seek truth and meaning, to share our lives, and to encourage each other to grow. Each worship service is unique, prepared by worship leaders and associates to engage with the major questions of our lives. Read past sermons on-line at www.sanjoseuu.org... We hope to see you there!|
Servicios en español/Translation into English
11 de Noviembre 9:30 y 11 a.m.
Gratitud I: ¿Qué Tan Agradecidos Estamos? Día de los Veteranos y el Unitario Universalismo
November 11 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Gratitude I: How Grateful Are We? Veterans’ Day and Unitarian Universalism
18 de Noviembre 9:30 y 11 a.m.
Gratitud II: Por Todo lo Que Es Nuestra Vida: Edades y Etapas
November 18 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Gratitude II: For All That Is Our Life: Ages and Stages
25 de Noviembre 9:30 a.m.
November 25 11:00 a.m.
Anger and the Spirituality of Imperfection
El Enojo y la Espiritualidad de la Imperfección
Save the Dates
Sunday Morning Class Calendar
Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years [Nursery, Lower Level]
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience.
Child Care Workers: Stacey Vinyard & Mary Qúeñones
K-2nd Grades: Treasure Hunting [Lower Level, Rooms 2-3]
Nov. 11 Making Friends with our Fears
Nov. 18 Social Justice Sunday
3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]
Nov. 11 Jingle Bells: Unitarian songwriter James Pierpont’s simple gift
Nov. 18 Social Justice Sunday
5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]
Nov. 11 Pagan Wrap-up
Nov. 18 Social Justice Sunday
6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]
Nov. 11 Putting Love and Joy into the Season
Nov. 18 Social Justice Sunday
9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room
Film as Theology: Media That Matters Film Festival
Youth Group Activities
Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12 Grades)
If you are interested in participating in 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
Children’s Holiday Play
December 16, 11 AM
We are excited to announce that Dianne Saichek, our esteemed Sunday pianist, who has directed children’s plays and musicals in the South Bay, will be directing this year’s children’s holiday play on Sunday, December 16 at the 11:00 am service.
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 - 10:45 am in the downstairs classrooms on the following days:
To RSVP, call the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, x25 or GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
Intensive on Unitarian Universalism
All are welcome (newcomers, friends, prospective and seasoned members) to spend a day in retreat at the First Unitarian Church of San José learning about the history, theology, and practices of Unitarian Universalism. Come and become acquainted or reintroduced to the rich historical legacy of our faith. Wrestle together with age-old questions that religions have sought answers to for a millennium. Spend time in meditation, prayer and quiet reflection listening for that “still small voice” within, guiding us to healing and renewal. Join like-minded seekers of truth and spiritual pilgrims as we get to know one another in deeper and more meaningful ways.
Leaders: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis and Bruce Halen
RSVP to Rev. Geoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Ellie White and You UUs
Monty & Carol Low: Their Smiles and Service Glow
Monty and Carol Low made the experience of the last church retreat so satisfying to me that I was inspired to seek out parishioners who could tell us more about them.
Rev. Geoff tells us, “Monty has helped to lead our all-church retreats. Last summer was his ultimate achievement: managing all the details of getting 14 youth and 14 adults to Hungary and Romania for our partner church visit. We are blessed to have a person like Monty who actively cares about our youth, treats them with respect, and truly enjoys their company as much as they enjoy his. He’s a great dancer too!”
Colleen Cabot adds, “During the Senior Camping Trip to the Santa Cruz Islands in 2006, I chaperoned our teens alongside Monty for the first time and experienced Monty’s easy-going manner which helps keep him in tune with the ebb and flow of teen dynamics. When Monty is out in the bay snorkeling with everyone, something magic happens. His clear leadership keeps the group together for safety, while his wonder at all the underwater denizens sparks the kids’ own explorations.”
“Monty had his hands full with the Transylvania Pilgrimage, yet he was always ready to collaborate with our UU-Afrika effort. He had them join us in a recycling effort and when we were in Transylvania and the other youth group was in Johannesburg, Monty said ‘Let’s get the kids talking across the globe on Skype.’ The world is a big wonderful apple to Monty, and there’s plenty for everyone to have a big bite.”
Lori Anderson says, “When my seventeen-year-old son, Zack Blitz, was in the Coming-of-Age program a few years ago, Monty mentored himtaking Zack snowboarding, to the Chinese New Year’s celebration, and to other special places and events. Monty also taught Zack how to lay out a labyrinth in preparation for the South Africa trip last summer. Zack adds, “Monty is a fun-loving guy always looking at ways for people to have a good time.”
Claire Wagner writes “The thing about Carol and Monty is that I always see them smiling, which seems to show their love for us as they do so much for us as a community. Greg sees Monty as a major ingredient in the ‘glue’ that holds this church together. Monty has been the major visionary AND organizer in chaperoning, along with Greg, four high school trips and he can get people to participate without any pressure or anxiety. Monty sets a terrific example for adults and youth. Personally, both of us would like to BE Monty when we grow up!”
Claire says of Carol: “She is a musician gifted with a singing voice of extraordinary flexibility and range and the ability (rare among women) to sing just about any part except for the lowest bass, having exactly the right voice timbre. Because Carol is modest, many people don’t realize the extent of her special talent, though she has sung in our choir from time to time for many years.”
We congregants have seen a smiling Monty many times at coffee hour, behind a table piled with t-shirts imprinted with the graphic of our church. Sales of these t-shirts help to fund scholarships for the senior high summer campout. Carol has been the registrar for our all-church retreat at Monte Toyon for the last five years and, until recently, has organized ingatherings and made the flowers that were pinned on our new members.”
We thank you, Monty and Carol, for your memorable service to our church communitymore than could be mentioned here. Whatever volunteer route you take, we know that you’ll make magic happen.
Who inspires you through church volunteerism? Email Ellie White at email@example.com or phone (408) 729-0420?
I Would Volunteer BUT. . .
Myth #3: The church doesn’t need what I am able to offer.
Reality: The Volunteer Coordinating Team offers interviews, centered around a detailed questionnaire, in order to explore ways that people’s interests and talents can be matched with volunteer opportunities.
Myth #4: I don’t know enough people to volunteer.
Reality: New volunteers are warmly welcomed and you will soon get to know many more people in the church.
Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative
Which Would You Like to Try?
These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.
LIVE YOUR VALUESSHARE YOUR TALENTSFORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS
Call Genie at (408) 997-6292 or Ed at (408) 712-4157.
I have been thinking lately about human rights. What is it that every one of us deserves? In my contemplation of this question, I looked up the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and I was impressed with the range of rights detailed there. In fact, I began to think of the things I do on any given day without a second thought that the United Nations considers something worth protection.
Every one of these simple acts is listed in the Declaration as a right, although the fact that I do it does not mean that it is protected as such in the US. What’s more, I exercise some of these rights knowing that not everyone here enjoys them equally.
I often feel privileged because I am able to do everything on this list. But it is not privilege when it is a right. All people deserve all of these things and more that I didn’t include. The fact that most people in the world don’t experience these rights only means we all have work to do.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is dedicated to advancing human rights. The current programs of the UUSC are to defend worker’s rights, protect access to clean and safe water, defend civil liberties in the War on Terror, and respond to humanitarian crisis. On November 18, we begin our annual UUSC Guest at Your Table fund-raising campaign. Please consider picking up a Guest at Your Table box that you can fill with change to support the UUSC. Participating in Guest at Your Table is your choice, and it is also your right.
Wanted! Worship Associates!
The Worship Associate program provides an exciting opportunity for members of the First Unitarian Church of San José to help plan and present the Sunday-morning services that are at the heart of our Beloved Community. Worship Associates, who serve for one calendar year, work closely with the ministers on five or six services during that year. They also set up the worship space for another five or six Sundays. Ongoing training is provided in quarterly workshops.
In addition to making a vital contribution to congregational life, participation in Worship Associates is a wonderful way to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism. And you get to know some super people!
This year’s application deadline is December 15. You’ll find details on the church website at http://www.sanjoseuu.org/OurWorshipLife/WorshipAssociates.html
Questions? Ask Rev. Nancy or Rev. Geoff, or phone Mary Martin at (408) 354-8878.
by Joyce Miller
Here is the November hiking schedule. If you have any question about whether a hike is on or off, just give me a call. I rarely cancel but sometimes I change the venue if muddy trails seem likely. The backup hike is the Stanford Dish. And as usual, be sure to let me know if you are planning to hike, so I know to look for you. You can call me at home at (408) 730-1052 any time after 6:30 am or email me the day before. I turn on my cell phone when I leave the house the day of the hike so you can contact me if you get delayed or your plans change. My cell phone is (408) 507-7052. See you on the trails!
Wednesday, November 7
Saturday, November 10
Wednesday, November 14
Saturday, November 17
Wednesday, November 21
Saturday, November 24
Wednesday, November 28
Sunday, November 18
Good congregational singing is good for the body (lots of breathing, relaxing yet invigorating) and the soul (deepening your emotional and spiritual experience). Sharing joy or sorrow, as expressed in the songs we sing, helps build our church community.
Join your brother/sister graduates for our quarterly get-together to learn, discuss and engage in this small taste of Leadership School. This meeting is for graduates of the Pacific Central District Leadership School and is provided free of charge. The presentation is open to all. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Joy-Ellen Lipsky at firstname.lastname@example.org to allow us to accommodate all who wish to participate.
Saturday, December 8
This course, led by the Rev Geoff Rimositis and Bruce Halen, is offered Saturday, December 8, 9:00 am.-2:00 pm in the Youth Room. Everyone (this includes newcomers, friends, prospective and seasoned members) is invited to spend a day in retreat at the First Unitarian Church of San José learning about the history, theology, and practices of Unitarian Universalism. Come and become acquainted or reintroduced to the rich historical legacy of our faith. Wrestle together with age-old questions that religions have sought answers to for a millennium. Spend time in meditation, prayer and quiet reflection listening for that “still small voice” within, guiding us to healing and renewal. Join like-minded seekers of truth and spiritual pilgrims as we get to know one another in deeper and more meaningful ways. Lunch will be provided; child care available by request. RSVP to Rev. Geoff at email@example.com.
Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Would you like to help with our annual fund-raising sale of handcrafted gifts (formerly Holiday Wanderers)? We’re looking for elves to bake, wrap gifts, and donate new or gently used art pieces and handcrafted items.
Gift Wrap: We’re looking for donations of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows with an artsy twist, e.g. hand-stamped newsprint, twine, cloth ribbon, raffia, or really weird things to wrap and tie gifts. Bring to the Fireside Gift Faire table in Hattie Porter Hall after services. Or if you would like to help wrap, e-mail Deb Fenzel-Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artwork and tchotchkes: We’re looking for donations of arts and crafts AND new or like-new objets d’art such as paintings, ceramics, greeting cards, glass works for the “Orphans Table.” Bring items to the Fireside Gift Faire table in Hattie Porter Hall after services. For more information about contributions, e-mail Catherine Leeson Pelizzari at email@example.com.
Bake Sale: Please contact Lori Zink at if you would like to help provide baked goods at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Kelly Burnett
“Abe has been affectionately called the Energizer Bunny. He was extremely generous, loyal, devoted and FUN. He would give you the shirt off his back, money to buy a refrigerator, or a plane ticket to California. At 78 years old he was still working as a stockbroker, helping others become financially secure with the same firm he has been with for over 50 years, and he still hung out with the same guys he went to high school with. He devoted much of his adult life to making this world a better place for everyone. He was instrumental in pushing for integration of the Duarte, CA schools and worked to create youth sports leagues in Duarte with the aim of bringing kids from all walks of life together. He raised awareness and countless funds for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. He served on the President’s Council of the UUA and attended over 20 UU General Assemblies. Many people will remember his wonderful parties and his love of collecting (flags, books, magazines, buttons, coins....) He was the supreme organizer (that will not surprise those of you who know me:-), he organized people for elections, church work, parties, high school reunions, and family gatherings. Truly what will we all do without him?
“This is way more information than you need, but it has brought me comfort in sharing his life with others. Last Friday was his memorial service and I am still basking in the joy of knowing we put on one hell of a memorial service. About 300 people filled Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA. He would have loved it.”
And now, just to cheer you up, here’s a photo of Kristin and Jean Rivers’ children, Julian, Elara, and Miles, making music to beat the band!
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 email@example.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.
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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: (cell) 408-841-1011; e-mail: email@example.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:
Vice President (Planning/Personnel
Vice President (Programs)
Debra Fenzel-Alexander, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Mary Feldman, email@example.com
Marla Scharf, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Wirt, email@example.com
Senior Minister .........
Assoc. Minister For Religious Education...
Office Administrator .........
Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries..
Social Justice Coordinator ............
Acting R.E. Assistant ………………………………Elena Clifford
Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our volunteers!
Translator: Roberto Padilla
Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)
Assembly Coordinators: Gretchen Leavitt and Genie Bernardini; Assembly Crew: Gretchen Leavitt, Marge Schneider, Ellie White, and Lloyd Eater.
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