Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, April 28 2019
Discover Inner Gold
With Char Tarashanti
What happens when we make time to connect with our deepest selves and share that authentic self with the world?  Worship Associatie Char Tarashanti will share two stories, some useful tools, and a prediction regarding this question.   

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Wholeness / Salvation  ~ 
~ REI Building Project Update ~

Breaking Ground!

Bring your shovels! On May 5, after the service, we will have a ceremonial ground-breaking. Rev Kevin will also have a short ceremony to honor the space and the trees before the digging begins.

We have contracts signed and permits in hand, and the contract start date is May 1, with a tentative construction start on May 6. Next Monday, April 29, we will be meeting with Loven Contracting and Steve Dorsett, our architect, for a pre-construction meeting. They will be providing us with a schedule, and will be taking over the lead on the project, so Carl and Theresa can take a backseat and become project monitors.

I will be posting pictures and other info on my blog as the project progresses. To keep up with the project and to read back through the history of the project, please click here.
~ News from the Committee on Shared Ministry ~
Deadline Extended to April 28th!

All members of Beacon have received a message by separate email from the Committee on Shared Ministry which includes a live link that will connect you to the questionnaire that we have created and posted on Survey Monkey.

Last year over 60% of our members responded to the Survey Monkey questionnaire; we hope to hear from all of you this year. We thank you in advance for your time and thoughtful consideration.  

  If you have questions, please contact Collin Weller, Maryann van Drielen, Nancy Paxton, Mark James, or Beacon's office manager, April Yax during Beacon's office hours, at 928-779-4492.
~ Religious Exploration ~

Easter Sunday was filled with lots of candy, eggs, and fun!
Thank you to Nosh for making this possible!
Check the RE blog for information about what is happening this coming Sunday.

Director of Religious Exploration 
~ Circle Suppers ~
"A Beacon tradition for 30 years"

SIGN UP Time for Circle Suppers at Beacon
Break bread with a few other Beaconites

How it works:

  • Any Member or Friend of Beacon signs up (with your partner and family, if you wish) by Tuesday April 30. You are signing up to participate in 3-5 potluck Suppers (or brunches or whatever) during May-September. Each Supper is held in the home of one member of the Circle; nobody hosts more than 1 Supper. Hosting is not required, so you can sign up even if your home too small to host 8 people.
  • Paul Beier assembles participants into "Circles" of ~6-8 adults (plus kids in kid-tolerant groups), notifies you of the Circle to which you have been assigned, and assigns one person to be the Ringleader of each Circle.
  • The Ringleader of each Circle works with Circle to set the date for the first Supper at the Ringleader's home. At each Supper, the Circle selects a date & host for the next Supper. Continue until all hosts have held events.

What to do:
By Tuesday, April 30 , use this online form to provide your name, email, phone number, and the names of other adults and names & ages of kids who will participate with you. The form will also ask if your home can accommodate babies (<36 months) and kids (3 years and older), and will allow you to provide other information, such as "my house is too small for me to host" or "I will be gone all of September" or "please put me in a circle with Barack" or "please don't put me in a circle with Paul."
Find the clipboard (carried by Paul or Maryann or Dora or Carleton) at a Sunday service during April and fill out the information by hand.  If you can't remember if you already signed up for Circle Suppers, just sign up - I will find the duplicates.
~  Social Justice Allies (SJA)   ~

Many thanks to all of you who contributed to our travel-food collection to benefit asylum seekers setting out on 2 to 4-day bus trips! Special thanks to Dorothy Rissel and Roseanne Fulcher who promoted, managed (and will deliver!) goods to Sharon Kopina in the valley.

Stay tuned for specifics on a community-wide program presented by Sharon herself at Beacon in mid-May. If you missed the Easter Day opportunity to bring in donations, you'll have another chance in May.
And, speaking of immigration...we just learned of a program this Saturday, April 27, 10-11:00 a.m. at the East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N. 4th St. This event is sponsored by Keep Flagstaff Together (KFT) and is titled "Immigration and the Humanitarian Crisis-How You Can Help," featuring Pastor Magdalena Schwartz of Mesa, AZ. She is well-known for her work assisting migrants in the valley since 1998. Please see link for more information about Pastor Schwartz.

The last two SJA meetings of this fiscal year will be May 5 and June 2 following those respective Sundays' services.

Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Chalice Circles ~

Touchstones Chalice Circles are designed to meet our needs for belonging (intimacy) and meaning (ultimacy) by building friendships and providing opportunities to ponder life's questions, small and large, with others who share the common values of our UU Principles. 
Chalice Circles meet the 4th Sunday from 11:30 - 1:00, Sept - April

Or the 4th Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:30 PM, year round
While regular attendance is helpful in building group trust and a sense of community, you are welcome and encouraged to come as often as you are able, with the understanding that there will be times when you can't.

No pre-registration is required unless you wish to receive a reminder email several days before each meeting, in which case, contact:
Lynda Dorweiler, for the Tuesday evening group, 712-790-0423   
Char Tarashanti, for the Sunday morning group, 507-990-3888
~ Committee Moments ~

Beacon Committees perform critical functions to support Beacon and provide valuable outreach that serves our community.  During January, February, March, and April, some committee representatives will take a few moments during Sunday Service announcements to briefly describe their committee.  

You can look forward to hearing from Caring Circle on April 28.
Dennis Spurlin
~ Volunteers Needed ~

Food Center Meal Service:  4th Wednesday of each month, contact Sue Strobel for more information.

Event Coordinator for PRIDE in the Pines: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - contact Rev. Kevin for additional details

~ Joys and Concerns ~
 Sunday, April 21, 2019

Terry W. Sharing the joy of Mikayla's senior recital - "She is Music".
Jack & Kay B. Poignantly sharing that after 24 years in Flagstaff, they are moving to Colorado.
Jack D. shared on behalf of Jim K. sorrow for the loss of his nephew to s work accident.
Nash A. Sharing that she will be away until June and asks for prayers for her mother.
This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

Beacon's community partner for April 2019 is the Hozhoni Foundation. The Hozhoni Foundation is a leading provider of services and advocacy for people with disabilities. Residential, Vocational and Educational services are provided to assist individuals in achieving their maximum potential. Ultimately every person with emotional, physical, or developmental disabilities has not only the opportunity but the right to experience life to its fullest.
~ Save the Date ~

Friday, April 26-28 -  PSW District Assembly. 
Worship opportunities a 
long with music, keynoters, workshops, social justice field trips, and plenty of chances to visit with old and new friends.

May 3, 2019 -  Senior Vocal Recital for Gabriel Hernandez (Beacon Music Director)
time and location to follow (NAU Campus).

Sunday, May 19 - Budget Town Hall, (Discuss draft budget with members of the Board and the Finance Committee)

Sunday, June 9 - Rev. Kevin's last Sunday in the Pulpit with Beacon.

Sunday, June 9 - Community Potluck (finger foods, please!) Bring some small bites, brunch or snack items for community sharing as we say goodbye to Rev. Kevin.

Sunday, June 9 - Annual Congregational Meeting 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Saturday, June 22 - PRIDE in the Pines (**if event coordinator found).

Wednesday, June 19-23 - UUA General Assembly.  General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend .

** Event and Volunteer Coordinator needed for Pride in the Pines 2019.
Are you looking for a small(ish) role to help support Beacon's community outreach?  We are recruiting for this years Event / Volunteer Coordinator to organize, recruit and support Beacon's participation in PRIDE in the Pines 2019. Please contact Rev. Kevin if you'd would like to serve in this role. We'll need an event coordinator prior to our purchasing booth rental space.
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Choir Practice
Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Yoga Practice (final)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Youth Breakfast
Sunday, April 28, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am
BET Meeting 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 28, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Youth Service Practice
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chalice Circle
Sunday, April 28, 2019
11:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Worship Associates Meeting
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Leadership Succession Team Meeting
Sunday, April 28, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

If you would like to submit a calendar event, send an email to . With all requests, please indicate the following: proposed start and end time of the event, the space/room preferred, and a rough group size. On the occasion of a cancellation or rescheduling of an event, please let the office know in a timely fashion to ensure that your event is correctly represented in the newsletter and order of service. Thank you!
Beacon Office Hours  ~
Rev. Kevin  Lawson 

Tues: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Or by appointment 
  Office Manager, 
April Yax

Tues: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Or by appointment
Office Phone (928) 779-4492
~ Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles ~

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a "living tradition" of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from  sources  as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.  Learn more at!

~ Beacon Google Group ~

If  you are not on Beacon's exclusive Google group, you are missing out on an important communications link within our congregation. It is useful for spreading information about something going on in Flagstaff, informing others of social action activities, offering an item for sale or to give away, sharing enthusiasm about a book or movie, requesting information or recommendations -- and more! It's simple to sign up! Email our Office Manager, at
~ Beacon Website Tour ~
May 16, 2019 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Learn what the Beacon website can do for you.  Look behind the website to see how much it is being used, how access is controlled, and who has what access.  Ask questions about what more it can do for you.  This forum is open to all Beacon members, friends, and visitors.  Bring your own device or not.  Please RSVP to .