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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
December 10-16, 2017

SunDec 109:30 a.m.Roots and Wings UU ParentingClassrooms 4-6
SunDec 10During Social HourSOCKS and UNDERWEAR for PEOPLE in NEEDHattie Porter Hall
Sun Dec 1012:45 p.m.UUthful Spirits LunchMeet at Newcomer Table
SunDec 101:00 – 1:45 p.m.Transparency in FinanceSanctuary
Sun Dec 10 2:15 p.m. English Country Dance Hattie Porter Hall
Mon Dec 117:00 p.m.Social Justice Council MeetingConference Room
Mon Dec 117:00 p.m.UU KnittersJulia Rodriguez’s Home
M, W, F Dec 11, 13, 1511:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime LabyrinthSanctuary


Dec 12

7:30 p.m.

Guitars Aloud!

Fireside Room


Dec 13

6:00 p.m.

Silent Meditation Gathering

Fireside Room

Wed Dec 137:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


ThuDec 145:30 p.m.TSCC Annual PosadaHattie Porter Hall

Upcoming Events

SunDec 1712:45 p.m.Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council MeetingFireside Room
SunDec 1712:45 p.m.Partner Church 2019 Pilgrimage Kick-off MeetingSanctuary
SunDec 171:00 – 2:30 p.m.Contra: The Next Steps WorkshopClassroom 4-6
Sun Dec 172:15 – 5:30 p.m.South Bay Contra DanceHattie Porter Hall
Thu Dec 218:00 p.m.Solstice ServiceSanctuary
SunDec 249:30 a.m.Support Group for Parents of Teens and Tweens Classroom 4-6
Sun Dec 247:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Sanctuary
ThuJan 41:00 p.m.Women’s Alliance MeetingFireside Room
FriJan 58:00 p.m.Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sun Jan 710:00 a.m.First Sunday ForumHattie Porter Hall
Sun Jan 712:45 p.m.Band of Writers Meeting Youth Room
Sun Jan 712:45 – 2:15 p.m.Homelessness Concerns Committee MeetingConference Room
Sat & Sun Jan 8 Evening Circle Suppers Registration Deadline (Suppers Jan 20-21)Host homes
SatApril 76 p.m.Third Street Community Center’s 20th Anniversary BenefitThe Tech Museum of Innovation

Second Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Roots and Wings UU Parenting 0-10 years Group, Classrooms 4-6

Parents meeting check in about parenting and family life and then engage in a discussion relevant to parenting.  Roots and Wings meets on Second Sundays in classrooms 4-6 at 9:30am, childcare provided. Meetings facilitated by Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Second Sunday, Skills Workshop 2:15 p.m., dancing 2:30-5:00 p.m.
San José English Country Dance, Hattie Porter Hall

Enjoy truly social group dancing to classical and folk music from the last five centuries!  In our pattern dances, you dance with the whole room.  Come alone or with friends - we change partners after every dance.  All group dances taught and prompted, no experience necessary, no complicated footwork.  At 2:15 pm, there is a skills workshop and the dance starts promptly at2:30 pm. For the best experience, come at the beginning of the dance - later patterns are more complex. Suggested donation - $5-$10; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

3rd Saturday & Sunday
Circle Suppers, Hattie Porter Hall

Circle Suppers offer an opportunity for members of the church community to get to know one another at casual pot luck suppers. Small groups come together in members’ homes to share food and conversation.  Hosting is not a requirement for all attendees. Singles and couples, long-time church members or new to this church community, all are welcome.  Some folks attend often and others only occasionally. Contact Barbara Derbyshire at circlesuppers@aol.com

2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m.,
UU Knitters, Julia Rodriguez’s Home

Join the drop-in group of lively crafters: including knitting, crochet, beading (so far)...on 2nd and 4th Mondays. All levels of experience are welcome! Call Julia at 408 379-0759 for directions.

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace, Breath out Love,” Silent Meditation Gathering, Fireside Room

We will be meditating under the sanctuary dome at First Unitarian. We meditate for 30 minutes.  We begin with the ringing of the meditation bell and setting the timer for 30 minutes. Come in the door at end of the ramp and quietly enter the sanctuary.  You can sit in a chair or bring a cushion to meditate on. All are welcome to stay afterwards for a check in about our meditation experience and practice. Contact, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@Gmail.com

2nd & 4th Sundays, 12:45 p.m.,
UUthful Spirits Lunch, Meet at Newcomer’s Table

Join our young adult and young-at-heart fellowship group for Sunday lunch after Worship Service. Meet in Hattie Porter Hall near the Newcomer’s table about 12:45 pm. The group also has a Happy Hour event on the first Fridays of each month. For information, contact uuthful_spirits-owner@yahoogroups.com

4th Sundays, 9:30 a.m.,
Support Group for Parents of Teens and Tweens, Classrooms 4-6

Parenting is one of the most important and least supported roles in society.  How can we support each other to stay compassionate with our children, our partners, and ourselves when the inevitable breaks in connection happen?  How do we repair the connection?  How do we get out and stay out of power struggles? There are some of the goals of this new group for parents of teens/ tweens. We support each other, share deeply, and learn from each other and are also reading the book Getting to Calm by Jennifer Wyatt. Fourth Sundays, classrooms 4-6, 9:30am, Childcare provided by request.

1st Thursday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.,
Women’s Alliance Meeting, Fireside Room

All are welcome. Please contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com or 408 256 12622 for further information.

1st Friday, 8:00 p.m.,
Dances of Universal Peace, Sanctuary

Come join us on the labyrinth under the dome of our church. The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, celebrating the interconnected web of all existence. The words of the sacred phrases, as well as the melodies and the movements, are taught each time. If you have questions you can email Patrick Smiley at patrick.smiley@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 408-421-6492.

3rd Sunday, South Bay Contra Dance, Newcomers' lesson 2:15, Dancing 2:30-5:30 p.m., Hattie Porter Hall

Social dance for all ages to live music.  If you can walk, you can contra dance. No experience or partner needed. All dances taught and called. First time visitors are free if they come to the lesson at 2:15. Dance starts at 2:30. Wear comfortable shoes. Suggested donation - $5-$10; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All details available here

Hygiene and Food Donations Welcomed Every First Sunday

Starting on Sunday, February 5th, and on the first Sunday of each month, the Homeless Concerns Group will host a table during social hour to receive donations of socks, hygiene items and food for the homeless. The group will assemble Hygiene Kits to distribute. Suggested items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, soap, hand sanitizers, and combs.  Socks are always appreciated. Food items will be delivered to First Presbyterian on 4th Street for their bag lunch program. They need our help because the food often runs out before the last homeless person can be served! Suggested items: flip top cans of tuna or Vienna sausages, granola bars, small bags of chips.

For more information on these and other events, see the Current Newsletter!