• August 12, 2018 Bulletin 
  • Fall 2018 Adult Religious Education Brochure The Fall 2018 Adult and Family Activities Brochure is now available.  Pick one up at church or here below. There are many exciting classes and even a new group or two, not to mention all of the usual ongoing groups including Adult Choir, Brown Bag Books, By Your Side Singers, Campus Workdays, Elder Journey, Faith In Action ...
  • Fall 2018 UUCPA Auction Needs You! About The Auction The UUCPA Annual Auction is our biggest fund-raiser and FUN-raiser. As most of you know, the auction is in a state of transition this year. Pat Thomas has moved away after 20 years of working on the auction and Lisa Helmonds is transitioning out to do other work. This leaves a huge gap ...
  • Follow UUCPA on Social Media Content: Are you more likely to consume news on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feed than you are from an individual email? If so, you should follow UUCPA on social media: Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ uucpa Follow us on Twitter – https://twitter.com/UUCPA Follow us on Instagram – https://www.instagram. com/uucpa/ And then, improve our social media presence by liking, commenting on, ...
  • Shall we Change our Name? – Town Hall Sept 2nd As you have no doubt heard, there was lots of discussion last spring about the possibility of changing the name of UUCPA.  These discussions will continue at a town hall meeting on Sept 2 in the Main Hall after the 11:00 service.   Whether or not to change our name is a big decision to make, ...
  • UU Crowdfunding: Be a Chalice Lighter! By signing up at https://register.pwruua.org/chalice-lighter-enrolment/, you will get requests three times a year for small donations to help area UU congregations get a project off the ground. We’d like to be good neighbors and be able to call on our neighbors sometime when we need a boost, by having a high percentage of Chalice Lighters ...
  • Summer BBQ’s – Friday Evenings and Labor Day During the summer, we invite you to join us for our Friday night and holiday BBQ’s which run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. All are invited — non-members, friends and visitors. Wegenerally start our entrees on the fire around 6:00 pm andbegin eating at 6:15 pm. The location is the McFaddenPatio/Til Evans Garden (in the right rear ...
  • Chalice Circles – Signups Are Available The UUCPA Chalice Circles program deepens and broadens personal spiritual growth. A group usually consists of 8-10 members who meet at each others’ homes, usually once every two weeks. Each meeting is focused on a spiritual or religious topic. The goals are to: Listen and be listened to in a safe place Learn about the mysteries of ...
  • Thespians The Thespians get together to sight-read plays. All UU members, friends, and guests are welcome. Second Monday: 7 to 10 pm in Room 9 Third Friday: 1:30 to 4:30 pm in Room A Fourth Tuesday: 7 to 10 pm in Room 9 — Samuel Thomas Morgan https://www.uucpa.org/connection/affinity-groups/thespians/
  • Green Sanctuary Meets 2nd Sunday Every Month We are a Green Sanctuary Congregation and continue our active push toward being truly Green in our energy consumption. The committee meets on the second Sunday of each month at 11 am in Room 9. Newcomers and drop-ins are welcome.  For more information, contact: greencom@uucpa.org
  • Elder Journey We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in Room 6 from 1:30 to 3 pm. Second Tuesday we focus on telling our personal stories, read our favorite poems, or discuss our favorite books. Fourth Tuesday generally features a visit by one of our ministers and a topic of their choosing. —Armand ...
  • From your Associate Minister of Religious Education It’s going to be another fun year for children and youth programs at UUCPA. Here are some of the highlights: We’ll be offering the acclaimed OWL comprehensive sexuality education programs for the following age levels: gr. K-1 and gr. 10-12. Read the announcement about the gr. 10-12 unit here.  Watch the CYRE newsletter in the fall for ...
  • About the intergenerational Water Communion service on August 12 Many our of children and teens really like the annual intergenerational water communion, which will take place this year on Sunday, August 12. Kids enjoy the Water Communion service because they get to participate. Everyone brings an ounce or two of water that somehow represents their summer. For example, a child might bring water they got ...
  • First Day of Sunday School – August 19 Sunday School for the 2018-2019 school year starts on August 19. Middle schoolers will be able to choose between the Ecojustice class, which involves hands-on projects relating to environmental justice, and the Neighboring Faith Communities class, which involves 5 or so field trips to other faith communities. I recommend that young people take at least a ...
  • Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) Starts Up Again on August 26 Senior High Youth Group for the 2018-2019 school year starts on August 26 at 6:30 pm.   Youth in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to join.  Come to this first meeting to help plan the activities for the year! Teens can join us in Room A at 6:30 for the first SHYG meeting of the 2018-2019 church ...
  • Training for teachers and youth advisors a. If you’re teaching Sunday school this year, or thinking about teaching, join Kris Geering, M.Ed., for a teacher training session on Sunday, August 12, at 10:45 a.m. (note change of date; room to be announced). Whether you’re new to teaching, or an experienced teacher, this workshop will help you understand what makes our Sunday ...
  • Our Whole Lives for grades 10-12, Parent Orientation August 26 UUCPA will offer the grade 10-12 unit of the acclaimed Our Whole Lives sexuality education course this year. OWL 10-12 will meet once a month on Sunday evenings (see schedule below). This year’s teachers will include Kevin Bourillion, experienced OWL teacher, Audrey Erbes, trained OWL teacher and retired social worker, and Robert Neff, trained OWL ...
  • Coming of Age – Family Meeting Aug 27 The UU Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA) will be offering the popular Coming of Age program in 2017-2018 for youth entering grades 8-9 in the fall. A description of the program is online here: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/coming-of-age/ If your child is thinking of participating in Coming of Age this year, please have at least one parent/guardian and the young ...
  • Register Children and Youth for 2018-2019 Please register your children for religious education programs for the 2018/2019 school year. The registration form is online here: goo.gl/forms/af1e7akeOWWNmUw52 Please register every year, so we can be sure we have updated information for your child/ren, and so we can plan our budget and volunteer staffing. Also, be sure to fill out your child’s birth date, so ...
  • Bookstore – Bag Sale August 5 On Sunday 8/5, we will have a bag sale on books.  It will be $5 for a short, paper grocery bag of books. Starting about 1 p.m, the remaining books will be boxed in preparation for a pick up by the Friends of the Library.  (Some of the best books will be retained.)
  • Yard Sale Donations This Week! TIME TO CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS, GARAGES, JUNK ROOMS, SHEDS, and anywhere else you stash things you don’t really want any more — the annual UUCPA YARD SALE is coming this Friday and Saturday! Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 from 9 am to 1 pm are the dates!  We are accepting donations this week ending Thursday – ...
  • July 29, 2018 Bulletin 
  • Exploring Mind, Hands, Spirit and Heart Through Art Resumes August 5 Exploring Mind, Hands, Spirit and Heart Through Art Resumes August 5; 1 to 3 pm. That day, we will do fluid painting. Bring clothes that can get messy! These activities are focused on accessing spiritual and emotional insights through art. No art experience necessary, just a willingness to have fun and explore. For more information, contact Amy. https://www.uucpa.org/events/exploring-mind-hands-spirit-and-heart-through-art/
  • Sunday Meditation – Start Time Moves to 10am on Aug 5   Starting August 5, hours are 10 to 10:55 am; in the Library This meditation opportunity is open to all UUCPA participants. Those who already meditate regularly may use it as a time and place to pursue their regular practice. Those for whom meditation is new may use this as a way to try it out, under the ...
  • Church Service Schedule – Dual Services Resume Aug 5 On August 5 dual services resume with services at 9:30 and 11:00 am.
  • UUCPA Yard Sale Fundraiser – Volunteers & Donations Needed Do you have any unwanted gifts that you don’t know what to do with? Did you Spring clean? Down-size? We are looking for home decorations, nice gently worn clothing, toys, jewelry, wheelchairs, walkers, musical instruments, wall hangings, antiques, etc.? Donate your goods (new or gently used) – someone else will buy your treasures! Our annual yard sale ...
  • Brown Bag Book Summer Update Brown Bag Books does not meet in July or August. The September book is The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore (historical fiction) “Based on actual events … (this) book is about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.” “New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city ...
  • Community Singing – First Sundays The first Sunday of the month Community Singing is from 10:30 to 11 am on the Main Patio. Come sing with us! We’ll sing favorite songs from Rise Up Singing. Anyone who likes to sing is welcome.
  • Summer BBQ’s During the summer, we invite you to join us for our Friday night and holiday BBQ’s which run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. All are invited including non-members, friends and visitors. We generally throw our entrees on the fire around 6:00 pm and begin eating at 6:15 pm. Bob and Martha Greene will once again ...
  • Church Recordings Available Want a recording of any Sunday Service? Just send an email specifying the date to audio-recordings@uucpa. org. A member of the audio committee will reply via email with a link to a Dropbox folder. The folder will contain mp3 files of the entire service. Click on the link, and you’ll be able to listen to any ...
  • June 2018 Banner use Notification On June 30, after approval from the Action Council and a four-day comment period for the congregation, the UUCPA banner was proudly carried by Bill Hilton and Robert Byrom at the Mountain View Families Together rally. The rally was one of many held nationwide in response to the separation of children from their parents on ...
  • Upcoming Bulletin Deadlines – August 5 and 19 August 5 and 19 are the next two deadlines to submit items for publication in the Bulletin. Send them to newsletter@uucpa.org or leave hardcopy in the church office. https://www.uucpa.org/whats-happening/newsletter/
  • Volunteers needed for the Greeter’s Table The Greeter’s Table could use some additional volunteers to staff the table on Sunday mornings. Volunteer Greeter’s can sign up for the 9:30 am Service or the 11:00 am Service or both on one Sunday a month or more if available. The volunteer for the 9:30 am Service usually arrives abound 9 am to set ...
  • Notification of Endorsement Request – September 11 Peaceful Presence service The Action Council and Board have approved a request from Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice (MVPJ) that UUCPA add our name as an endorser of this year’s annual September 11 Peaceful Presence service (http://www.multifaithpeace.org/article.php/91118).  The service will be held at King Plaza in downtown Palo Alto and is open to all.  It will begin ...
  • All Church BBQ Party/Picnic – July 22nd @ Mitchell Park New Location: Redwood Group Area in Mitchell Park, Palo Alto Lunch and Beverages are provided. Please bring a potluck dessert! We can refrigerate at the church until the BBQ After service is out at 11:30 am, walk on over. Lunch will be ready when you arrive. Bring croquet sets, soccer balls (anyone have a soccer net?), frisbees etc. For those folks ...
  • July 8, 2018 Bulletin 
  • Rev. Amy’s summer schedule Amy will be on vacation June 12-July 3, and on study leave for the following 3 1/2 weeks (July 4-27) with just a couple of exceptions: she’ll be working on July 24 and 27, so August 10 will be a study-leave day as will one other day TBD.
  • Sexton schedule Whereas we once had a full-time sexton, we now have our terrific Enrique only 20 hours a week (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) and a cleaning service that comes on Thursdays and Sundays. This can put an extra cleanup burden on you as a hardworking volunteer: dishes that you might once have left in the kitchen for ...
  • Church Service Schedule The dual service format changed to a single service at 10:30 am on June 17. Single services continue throughout the summer. On August 5 dual services resume with services at 9:30 and 11:am.
  • Bass Lake Camp Get-Away (August 2018) Join your friends at a beautiful mountain camp with its own private beach from Thursday, August 16th – Sunday, August 19th. The long weekend will feature swimming and boating, horseback rides, hiking and relaxing and is open to UUCPA members, other UU members and their friends. Meals and rustic cabins are provided and there are ...
  • Pastoral Emergency Coverage There will be several days in the summer when neither Dan nor Amy is easily reachable, and two of their colleagues are covering the pastoral emergency line during those dates: the Rev. Mary Foran, recently retired from the Petaluma congregation, and Ms. Millie Phillips, who recently completed her seminary education. Amy says, “Both are people ...
  • Walk The Labyrinth – Sundays @ 9:05 am Join others in a group walk of the UUCPA labyrinth between 9:05 and 9:20 every Sunday morning. The labyrinth is located at the front of the church not far from the front doors.
  • UUJMCA Webinar – At The Border… Immigration Justice Advocates At The Border… Immigration Justice Advocates Join the conversation at our next Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California (UUJMCA) Roundtable: Monday, July 9, 2018, 7 pm Register Now! (Go to uujmca.org and click Roundtable on left and click on Register Now) Panelists: Nicole Ramos, Attorney & Director of Border Rights, Al OTRO LADO and Mar Cardenas Loutzenhiser, member of First ...
  • Upcoming Bulletin Deadlines: July 22 and Aug 5 July 22 and August 5 are the next two deadlines to submit items for publication in the Bulletin. Send them to newsletter@uucpa.org.
  • Celebrate the 4th of July at UUCPA Celebrate the 4th of July at UUCPA
  • Join Fellow UU’s Marching with the UUCPA Banner – Saturday, June 30 In support of the immigrant families being detained at the U.S. border, there will be nationwide rallies this coming Saturday, June 30, including one in Mountain View.  Fellow UU’s and the UUCPA banner will attend the march and rally.  Anyone can join by coming to the corner of El Camino and Castro at 7:00 Saturday night.  ...
  • Sign up for the Summer Choir Workshop by July 10 Have you been considering joining the UUCPA choir? Are you a singer who can’t commit at this time to the choir on an ongoing basis but would love to participate in a choir workshop class this summer?   If so you might want to consider a 3-week class led by our wonderful choir director, Bruce Olstad, on Thursday evenings, ...
  • Notification of Request to Carry UUCPA Banner – Families Belong Together March and Rally In support of the immigrant families being detained at the U.S. border, there will be nationwide rallies this coming Saturday, June 30, including one in Mountain View.  The Action Council has approved a request for the UUCPA banner to be carried at this rally.  If you have any concerns about our banner being used at ...
  • June 2018 Endorsement Notification This past week UUCPA signed on as an endorser of a “No Muslim Ban Ever” event to be held on the day the Supreme Court releases its decision on the administration’s current travel ban on the following seven countries:  Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, North Korea, Venezuela.  The event will either be a celebration if the ...
  • June 17, 2018 Bulletin 
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