• TODAY! Campus workday – Dec 3

    TODAY! Campus workday - Dec 3
    Are you interested in getting together in person, in community with other UUCPA folks? Come to the work day on Saturday, December 3 from 9 am-noon. Note that autumn leaves auction party and the lunch pot luck have been canceled due to rain. Contact Robert Neff (buildings-and-grounds@uucpa.org) if you have any questions about the work day. For questions ...
  • REMINDER: Bring Your Proof of Vaccination This Sunday!

    REMINDER: Bring Your Proof of Vaccination This Sunday!
    Starting this Sunday, the 4th, proof of the bivalent booster will be required to enter the Main Hall for indoor services. Please bring your card and make sure that your latest booster was after September 2022.  You can either email a picture of your card to Jeff Cashdollar, our congregational administrator, or be prepared to show ...
  • Undie Sunday 2022 is Underway – Donate Now!

    Undie Sunday 2022 is Underway – Donate Now!
    Every year UUCPA collects NEW underwear, socks, gloves, and such for the Opportunity Center’s Holiday Shoppe.  This year Undie Sunday online donations opened on Saturday, November 19 and will continue through Saturday, December 10.  In-kind donations may be made at the church through Sunday, December 11. In-kind Donations Donations of any items from the list below will be accepted ...
  • Buy Unsold Auction Items – available until Dec 4

    Buy Unsold Auction Items - available until Dec 4
    On Saturday November 19th, we closed out the Dave Jewett Memorial auction and emailed everyone who won items a statement: Please find your statement online and complete checkout at the auction site: https://auctria.events/uucpa2022auction or bring in a check to the UUCPA office. If you bring in a check, please email auction@uucpa.org so that we can ...
  • Join me for tea

    Join me for tea
    It’s going to be a rainy fall day tomorrow–the perfect day to gather in cozy Room 10 for tea, cookies, and conversation (you haven’t had chai until you’ve gone to India or tried mine, if I do say so myself). This is an event for newcomers only: those who are still exploring and getting to ...
  • Social Networking for Good!

    We’re coming out of the worst of C-19 – let’s build back our newcomers now that they can discover our beautiful, newly-colorful campus! Join us Sunday December 11th on the Patio for Second Sunday Lunch to build on the burgeoning efforts from the Membership and Growth Committee such as: Kristi (and often, John, Amy, Rev. Cat, and/or ...
  • Findings from the UUCPA Mission Task Force

    At UUCPA’s recent congregational meeting on November 20, 2022, the Mission Task Force presented the results of our work to date to gather insights from across the congregation about why UUCPA exists in the world. Eventually, these insights will form the basis for a new Mission Statement, to be voted on by the congregation in the ...
  • Town Hall meeting – Dec 18

    Town Hall meeting - Dec 18
    Supporting Campus Visioning Results of Financial Feasibility Study for 75th Anniversary Capital Campaign Please join the congregation Sunday December 18th at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Hall to hear Rachel Maxwell give the results of her Feasibility Study. It will have been conducted among a 20% representative sample of the congregation. Light refreshments will be served. The report ...
  • Holiday Events 2022

    Holiday Events 2022
    Broceliande, Friday, December 2nd, Main Hall, 7:00 pm.  Celtic/Early Music ensemble Broceliande will present a joyous concert to welcome in the Winter featuring traditional dances, carols, and ballads of the season on Celtic harp, cello, guitars, recorders, nyckelharpa, octave mandolin, flute, hardanger cello d’amore, and oboe!  Broceliande is Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover and Kris Yenney.  ...
  • Services assumed to be indoors while cold weather lasts

    Services assumed to be indoors while cold weather lasts
    I was going to send out another notice that this week’s services will both be indoors, but it makes more sense to plan for all services to be indoors, with news flashes about when we can have an outdoor service. We will always provide patio seating, and extra visibility via a screen showing the speakers and musicians, as ...
  • Undie Sundays – Donations requested Nov 19 – Dec 11, 2022

    Undie Sundays – Donations requested Nov 19 – Dec 11, 2022
    Every year UUCPA collects NEW underwear, socks, gloves, and such for the Opportunity Center’s Holiday Shoppe.  This year Undie Sunday will run from November 19 to December 11, 2022.  How does Undie Sunday work this year? The Action Council is again providing lots of options! In-kind Donations Donations of any items from the list below will be accepted ...
  • Important Update from COVID Safety Team at UUCPA

    Important Update from COVID Safety Team at UUCPA
    As you probably know, the CDC has recently changed its guidance for up-to-date vaccination. They now recommend that everyone 5 years and older receive the bivalent (Omicron) booster, which became available Sept. 2, 2022.  Starting on Dec. 4th, proof of this latest booster will be required to enter indoor services. You can avoid the line on ...
  • The Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale – Sun, Dec 11

    The Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale - Sun, Dec 11
    The Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale returns this year on Sunday, December 11th in the Fireside Room from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. If you have an excess of holiday decorations that you would like to donate to the church fundraiser, please drop them off at the church office on Sunday, December 4th before 2pm. Love to ...
  • Starting soon: A single service every Sunday

    Starting soon: A single service every Sunday
    UUCPA to have one service at 10:15 year-round, beginning December 25 Dear UUCPA folks, It’s official! UUCPA will have a single service every Sunday of the year beginning on December 25, 2022. The service will begin at 10:15. I’m thinking you have questions, so here are our FAQs. Q: Why are we changing to one service?  A: The simplest ...
  • Kindness rocks!

    Kindness rocks!
    Picture a child coming home after a hard day at school. They had a bad argument with a friend and they’re feeling angry and stuck. As they turn the corner to home, they see a word tucked under a bush: Love. They pick it up and bring it home. Or 30 colleagues have a retreat and ...
  • UUA LGBTQIA+ Time of Mourning: All Are Welcomed

    This comes to us from Rev. Michael J. Crumpler (he, him), LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA): On Saturday, November 19th, on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, there was a mass murder at Club Q in Colorado Springs.  We are reminded yet again of the violence aimed at our queer and trans ...
  • 2022 Auction extended to Saturday 11/19 – Live Auction online @ 7 pm

    2022 Auction extended to Saturday 11/19 - Live Auction online @ 7 pm
    We’ve extended bidding on Online Auction items at auctria.events/uucpa2022auction until Saturday 11/19 at 7:00, and will conduct the Live Auction via Zoom. Join our Auctioneer Joe Bailey and Brian Weller and win that Tahoe vacation you’d been hoping for, Choose the Sermon, or win the coveted Parking Space. Time: Nov 19, 2022 06:45 PM Pacific Time (US ...
  • Campus Vision Vote this Sunday – Nov 20 @ 1 pm

    Campus Vision Vote this Sunday - Nov 20 @ 1 pm
    This Sunday, November 20th at 1 pm, let your voice be heard! We will decide as a congregation whether we move forward with our Campus Vision Project. In-person: Main Hall (be sure to check in at the tables outside) Bagels and coffee (so there’s food!) Childcare available Proof of vaccination on file (you can bring your card or ...
  • Both services are indoors again this Sunday

    Both services are indoors again this Sunday
    The brisk fall weather continues, so we will once again have both services inside the Main Hall. As always, outdoor seating on the patio will also be available for those who prefer it, and the video screen will be set up there.  As far as we heard, last Sunday no one had to sit outside for lack of ...
  • Please join us for the Transgender Day of Remembrance Service this Friday

    Please join us for the Transgender Day of Remembrance Service this Friday
    I and the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Committee encourage you to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance with us and Unitarian Universalists all over the world by attending UPLIFT’s service this Friday. See you there, Amy Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash
  • UUCPA Auction, Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm

    UUCPA Auction, Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm
    TONIGHT, Saturday, November 12th, 5:30 – 9 pm marks the in-person return of a beloved UUCPA tradition, our Annual Auction!  Come enjoy food, drink, live music, the balloon lady, highly-anticipated kids’ auction (where kids bid with candy!), and good company on our patio while browsing our amazing array of homemade goodies, parties, events, services, ...
  • It’s chilly! Come inside and get warm – Nov 13 services to be held indoors

    It's chilly! Come inside and get warm - Nov 13 services to be held indoors
    The weather on Sunday is predicted to be as it has been all week: sunny, beautiful, and just a bit too cold for sitting still for an hour. So the 9:30 service, like the 11:00, will be held inside the Main Hall. As always, outdoor seating on the patio will also be available for those who prefer ...
  • Campus Vision Town Hall Nov 13 & Congregational Meeting Nov 20

    Campus Vision Town Hall Nov 13 & Congregational Meeting Nov 20
    Curious how your Vision of UUCPA’s future combines with others’? Join us at an important Town Hall Meeting Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 pm in the Fireside Room as our architect discusses details of our Vision and will be available to answer any questions you have. Want to read all the details? You got it! ...
  • Second Sunday Lunch – The New – The Left Over – The Yummy! (Nov 13)

    Second Sunday Lunch - The New - The Left Over - The Yummy! (Nov 13)
    You have been promised a once-in-a-lifetime Town Hall Meeting this Sunday.  How can a Second Sunday Lunch announcement follow that? Uhhh – with leftovers? But really good leftovers! Here is your food plan for the whole weekend! Saturday, Nov 12 5:30 to 7:00 pm: UUCPA Auction Delicious savory treats Saturday, Nov 12 7:00 to 8:00 pm: ...
  • Seeking your fall fruits and flowers!

    Seeking your fall fruits and flowers!
    As we give thanks for life’s bounty in the November 20 intergenerational service, Rev. Cat and I want to fill an altar with persimmons, guavas, pumpkins, garlic, black-eyed Susans, stunning fall leaves, whatever your trees and gardens are producing. Will you bring them to the Auction, the service on November 13, or the service on ...
  • Campus Work Day and Potluck Lunch – Nov 5

    Campus Work Day and Potluck Lunch - Nov 5
    Are you interested in getting together in person, in community with other UUCPA folks? Come to the work day on Saturday, November 5 from 9 am-noon and stay for the potluck. Or if you don’t have time for the work day, just come for the lunchtime potluck, noon – 1ish pm. If you don’t ...
  • Daylight Saving Time ends November 6

    Daylight Saving Time ends November 6
    Remember, clocks go back in the early hours of Sunday, November 6, 2022. Enjoy the extra hour of your weekend, and we’ll see you at the service / Forum / Religious Education / all of the above!
  • Forum Topics for December 2022

    Forum Topics for December 2022
    The Forum meets from 9:00 to 10:15 Sunday mornings. Here are the Forum topics for December 2022: 12/4 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – book discussion – Susan Owicki 12/11 The importance of seasonal holidays – Dick Duda and general discussion  12/18 Discussion of Matters of Current Local, National, and International Interest, ...
  • Weaving the Web: Top Ten List

    Weaving the Web: Top Ten List
    Ten things to love about the UUCPA Auction: 10. Grooving to live music by The Outer Half 9. Fabulous finger food 8. That moment when the ticket number is called and the raffle winner jumps up with a big, incredulous grin 7. Bringing home something beautiful that someone made with their own hands 6. Filling your social calendar for the ...
  • Justice Partner LifeMoves has job openings

    Justice Partner LifeMoves has job openings
    LifeMoves is one of the most effective providers of shelter and services across Silicon Valley. There are two job openings, should anyone be looking for worthwhile work: Case Manager Program Coordinator Brian Weller can provide job descriptions.
  • Your photos, mementos, and names are invited – Sunday, Oct 30

    Your photos, mementos, and names are invited - Sunday, Oct 30
    This Sunday, October 30, we hold our annual service of remembrance. If you are attending in person, at either 9:30 or 11, you are invited to bring photos and mementos to bedeck the physical altar. There will also be a place to light candles, and to write the names of those you have loved and lost. We ...
  • Halloween Parade – Oct 30

    Halloween Parade - Oct 30
    Come to church dressed in your most ghoulish apparel October 30 ready to participate in the Halloween parade after the 9:30 service (approx 10:30 am). Prance, dance and go ‘boo’ in our Halloween Parade. Awards will be handed out to all our fiendish friends. No need to bring candy, the church has it covered.
  • After each service on Sunday: brief ceremony in the memorial garden

    After each service on Sunday: brief ceremony in the memorial garden
    Immediately after the service on Sunday, you are welcome to follow me and Mary to the memorial garden in front of the Main Hall. We will dedicate a new bench and bricks, and give our gift of water to the tree that symbolizes our ancestors, just as they gave us gifts of life and wisdom.Amy
  • Oct 30 UUCPA class led by Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Joe Simitian

    Oct 30 UUCPA class led by Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Joe Simitian
    Sunday October 30th, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Fireside Room and Zoom Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Joe Simitian joins us for a life and death analysis of the power our local law enforcement – in this case the Sheriff’s Office – holds in its hands. For over four years Joe has driven the effort to establish ...
  • Weaving the Web: Real conversation

    Weaving the Web: Real conversation
    Dear UUCPA folks, Can I confess something? I think about 20% of my motivation in becoming a UU minister was to recreate a peak experience of my teenage years. Experiences, since it wasn’t one time but something that happened most Fridays during the school year. That’s when several of us would gather around a table in ...
  • Get Your Holiday Pie and Support SHYG

    Get Your Holiday Pie and Support SHYG
    Help our Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and eat something delicious this holiday season! SHYG will be making pies. Please reserve your pie here and bring $20 in cash on Sunday 11/19, just in time for Thanksgiving to pick up your pie outside the Main Hall. We’ll also have extra for sale that day. All proceeds go to ...
  • REMINDER: Please join us for a Mission Conversation on 10/23 (in-person) or 10/24 (on Zoom)!

    REMINDER: Please join us for a Mission Conversation on 10/23 (in-person) or 10/24 (on Zoom)!
    Please join us for a Mission Conversation In-person: Sunday, October 23, during Fourth Sunday Brunch, 10:30–11:00am. Let’s talk over waffles! Task Force members will be seated at different tables, and we invite you to join us for conversation! We especially welcome parents, young adults, and youth to talk with us at this event! OR Online: Monday, October ...
  • October 25 Session of White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy Coming Up!

    October 25 Session of White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy Coming Up!
    This coming Tuesday, October 25, is the next session of White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy. We’ll be looking at the “Model Minority” stereotype often applied to Asian Americans — that they are intelligent, skillful in math and science, hard working, and deservedly successful. This may sound great,, but in reality the myth of the ...
  • Board Seeking Counsel on Priority Areas

    Board Seeking Counsel on Priority Areas
    This past summer, the Board set three priority areas for our attention this fiscal year. Those areas are: Reconnecting our community in-person Caring for volunteers Recommitting to anti-racism work at UUCPA Of course, the Board cares about all aspects of UUCPA, but these three areas are getting some extra attention this year.  If you would like to advise the Board in ...
  • Board Member of the Month – October 2022 (Heather)

    Board Member of the Month – October 2022 (Heather)
    Meet Your Leaders!  Did you know that our community is led by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees that meets monthly? Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and learn how UUCPA is governed. In an effort to make the Board more accessible to the entire community, we will feature one Board member each month in our ...
  • Phone problems? Please persist!

    We were having some troubles with our phone system at UUCPA this week, so if you have encountered any difficulties in getting through, please try again next week or email us now. Staff email addresses are all here. In particular, the pastoral emergency line relies on the system’s forwarding function, and we’re not sure whether that ...
  • UUA’s Article II Commission Releases Draft

    UUA's Article II Commission Releases Draft
    Principles revised with an eye to what is “inspirational, memorable and poetic, inclusive, welcoming, and explicitly anti-racist” For two years, a commission of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has been reviewing Article II of the association’s by-laws, which is where the principles, purposes, and sources of Unitarian Universalism are laid out. Today the commission released a ...
  • BYO Halloween Fair Trade Chocolate – Free Samples this Sunday

    BYO Halloween Fair Trade Chocolate - Free Samples this Sunday
    Free samples of Fair Trade chocolate will be available on the UU The Vote table this Sunday! Action Council will not be selling fair trade chocolate this year, so you will have to buy your own (BYO) for trick-or-treating.  However, we have done the research for you to make it easier.  Buying fair trade chocolate instead ...
  • Forum Topics for November 2022

    Forum Topics for November 2022
    The Forum meets from 9:00 to 10:15 Sunday mornings. Here are the Forum topics for November 2022: 11/6 The fishing industry and the status of fish in the world – Katherine Pering and Cecil Bridges 11/13  How the South won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America, by Heather Cox Richardson ...
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group Meets Oct 19

    Sci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group Meets Oct 19
    For our October 19, 2022 meeting, we agreed to watch the movie “Blade Runner”, the original 1982 film. The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Discussion Group was meeting via Zoom before it was cool! Lovers of science fiction and fantasy, at UUCPA and beyond, have been getting together online to talk about books, movies, and television episodes ...
  • Spotlight on: Web / Weekly Update content updating

    Spotlight on: Web / Weekly Update content updating
    I’ll be posting frequently about ways to connect via volunteering. Why? Because alongside small groups, volunteering is usually the fastest, surest way to feel like you are really a part of a community. The key is to choose something that you enjoy and that fits into your schedule. Today’s spotlight is on the volunteer job ...
  • Brown Bag Books book list Nov ’22 – Apr ’23

    Brown Bag Books book list Nov '22 - Apr '23
    The Brown Bag Books group meets via Zoom, year-round (except in July and August) on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 2 pm. Monthly sessions are always lively and enjoyable, everyone brings a sense of humor. Book selections for November 2022 – April 2023: November Fiction The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles December Non-Fiction The Warmth of Other Suns: ...
  • UUCPA Member, Bear Capron’s book launch party, Oct 29

    UUCPA Member, Bear Capron's book launch party, Oct 29
    Bear Capron has published a memoir, Easy to Love, and UUCPA is the place for the launch party! To get RSVP information, contact Bear Capron from the UUCPA directory or email uucpa@uucpa.org to ask for Bear’s contact info. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres, and of course brief, tempting excerpts read by the author. If you know Bear ...
  • 2nd Sunday Lunch – Pasta and Salad Bar, Sun Oct 9 ~noon

    2nd Sunday Lunch - Pasta and Salad Bar, Sun Oct 9 ~noon
    Join us Sunday, October 9 after the 2nd service for Second Sunday Lunch (Pasta and Salad Bar), a home-cooked, nutritious, delicious meal for a very reasonable donation. We go through the buffet line outside the kitchen door onto the back parking lot, and eat at one of the tables set up on the lawn nearby. ...
  • Town Hall meetings: One service or two? – Thurs Oct 13 @ 4pm

    Town Hall meetings: One service or two? - Thurs Oct 13 @ 4pm
    Please join Rev Amy and other leaders on Thursday, October 13 at 4 pm in-person at UUCPA for an open forum on these and any other questions that you have: What would we gain by going to one service? What disadvantages would it bring? Could we mitigate them? If we have just one service, what ...
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