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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
December 16-22, 2018

Sun Dec. 16 Social Hour Church Directory Update Hattie Porter Hall
Sun Dec. 16 12:45 p.m. Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council Meeting Fireside Room
Sun Dec. 16 2:15 – 5:30 p.m. South Bay Contra Dance Hattie Porter Hall
M, W, F Dec. 17, 19, 21 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Tue Dec. 18 7:30 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Fireside Room
Wed Dec. 19 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Fri Dec. 21 8:00 p.m. Winter Solstice Service Sanctuary
Sat Dec. 22 7:00 p.m. Franzen Opera Studio Concert Sanctuary

Upcoming Events

Mon Nov. 26 7:00 p.m. UU Knitters Julia's Home
Sun. Dec. 2 12:40 p.m. Special Congregational Meeting Sanctuary
Sun Dec. 2 10:00 a.m. First Sunday Forum Hattie Porter Hall
Sun Dec. 2 12:45 p.m. Band of Writers Meeting Youth Room
Sun Dec. 2 12:45 – 2:15 p.m. Homelessness Concerns Committee Meeting Conference Room
Mon Dec. 3 7:00 p.m. Social Justice Council Meeting Conference Room
Thu Jan. 3 1:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Meeting Fireside Room
Sat. Dec. 8 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Service is Our Prayer Day All Areas of Church
Sun Dec. 9 9:30 a.m. Roots & Wings UU Parenting Classroom 4-6
Sun Dec. 9 2:15 – 5:00 p.m San José English Country Dance Hattie Porter Hall
Sun Dec. 9 5:30 p.m Second Sunday Supper Julian Street Inn
Sat. & Sun. Dec 15 & 16   Circle Suppers Registration Deadline: Dec. 3 Host's homes
Sun Dec. 16 12:45 p.m. Rights of Nature Group & Social Justice Council Meeting Fireside Room
Sun Dec. 16 2:15 – 5:30 p.m. South Bay Contra Dance Hattie Porter Hall
Sun Dec. 23 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Meet at Newcomer Table
Fri Feb. 1 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary

Tuesdays, 8-9 PM, Guitars Aloud!, Ramsden Fireside Room

Guitarists! Let’s get together each Tuesday to play UU hymns and other music suitable for services. This free event (for multiple levels) will help you develop your musicianship as you serve the church and its ideals. Ages teen through adult are welcome. Please call Sally Cooperrider (408-204- 1046) before attending for the first time as the group occasionally skips a week.

Wednesdays, 7-9 PM, Alegría Singers Choir Practice, Sanctuary

Join the FUCSJ choir in singing at Sunday services, special events such as solstice celebrations and Coffeehouses, and various church activities.

Summer schedule: Thursday, June 28 and Thursday, July 5 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. No other rehearsals in July. Resume Wednesday reshearsals in Sanctuary on August 8.

Questions? Liz Owen lowen@data-time.com.

First Sundays, 10-11 AM, First Sunday Forum, Hattie Porter Hall

We gather, socialize, check in, read aloud, write haiku, play games, or whatever. Come by to tarry awhile, share your thoughts, or just listen. It's fun, and interesting talk always happens. We meet at the table nearest the coffee. For more information: Amy, 408-730-9622.

First Sundays, 12:45 PM, Band of Writers, Youth Room

The UU Band of Writers is a place for writers, readers, and those who like to listen. We have a monthly promptdriven assignment and a 10-minute writing session at each meeting. But if you'd rather not share your own literary masterpieces, come and read aloud someone else's. Comic, dramatic, fantastic, poetic; memoirs, dreams, musings, novels a 'birthing – it's all good. Join us in the upstairs Youth Room on the first Sunday of the month. New folks are always welcome.

Second Sunday, Skills Workshop 2:15 p.m., dancing 2:30-5:00 p.m. (on hiatus until September)
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. (on hiatus until August)
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.

First Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Social Justice Council Meeting, Conference Room

We can preview and plan movies. Also, should the UUA have CSAI’s or Statement of Conscience (SOC)? What other Social Justice processes should there be? What would you like to discuss? We meet on 1st Mondays of the month. Please join us to make your voice heard! For more information or if you are locked out, call or text John Burk at 408-259-3781.

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 each Quarter (Aug/Nov/Feb/May), 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 Sundays, 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

First Sundays,
Hygiene and Food Donations Welcomed
, Hattie Porter Hall

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!