Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, April 29~ 
"We Don't Always See in the Moment"
Speaker Alex Reegan

We don't always see in the moment that in loss or grief, trauma or pain, intense transformation is born. Three years ago today my best friend's mother (who was like a mother to me) died of lung cancer after a very short fight for life. This was the dawning of my re-creation, ultimately bringing me here today to speak to you." Guest Speaker Alex Reegan, Interfaith Minister-in-training, Soul Seer.

~ Touchstone Theme: Transformation ~ 
~ Stewardship Alert! ~

Our stewardship goal this year is $150,000, and we have currently collected about
$133,000 in pledges. In order to reach our goal, we are doing a second ask. Please consider increasing your stewardship pledge for next year's operating budget.

We must be able to fund our operations as a congregation. Beacon's annual budget
needs to sustain the programs and staff, pay the bills, including our dues, and support
our community partners, before we can launch a capital project to expand the building.
It is possible we will need to finance a portion of the capital project, which would mean including monthly finance payments in our annual budget.

Please contact Rich Clark at rozrich41@gmail.com or Steve Zeldes at sgzeldes@gmail.com to make changes to your pledge or if you have other questions.
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Community Film Series On
Democracy and Public Engagement
Monday, May 7 at 7:00 pm
Beacon UU, 510 N Leroux St

Are you wondering what you can do to strengthen democracy in our times? Do you want to talk with others about how ordinary people can make a difference in public life? Join us for The Yes Men Fix the World at Beacon! This event is free and open to the public! Click for the flyer!

The Yes Men are culture-jamming activists who practice the art of spoofing in order to
call out undemocratic and dehumanizing policies. Using humor and satire, they perform large-scale, media-savvy stunts to wake people up to the craziness at work in our lives.

The SJA Film Series is co-sponsored by Beacon Social Justice Allies (SJA) and The Flagstaff Reading Group. The final film, Freedom Riders, will be shown at Beacon Monday, June 4.

More for your calendar:
Regular SJA Meeting, Sunday, May 20, after service
Members,  friends and visitors are always welcome!

Sunday, June 10: Rev. Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings, Executive Director of UU Justice Arizona  Network and Community Minister of the UU Congregation of Green  Valley will present the Sunday sermon and will then join us for our June SJA meeting.
 
In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Religious Exploration ~

PreK-Grade 4 - On the last day of our April theme, Transformation, we will talk about something very important to young children: The transformation that happens in their own mouths. Join us for a story about Marissa loosing a tooth and the noble thing she decides to do with it!  

Grades 5-8 - A few of us visited Epiphany Episcopal Church last Sunday, so, this Sunday we will reflect on Christianity and how its denominations are different from one another.

Please join us!  Let me know if you have any questions and h ope to see you soon!

April 22
Epiphany Episcopal
May 27 Labyrinth!
No Beacon Service
April 27 Visit with Lev Shalom June 3 Curriculum on
Five New Religions
April 29 Curriculum on Christanity

June 8 Visiting Baha'i Faith
May 6 Special Youth Sunday Service Led by HS Group June 10 Visiting Mormon Faith
May 13 Visit with Evangelical Christian Church June 17 Curriculum on Paganism
May 20 Curriculum on Evangelical Christianity June 24 Solstice Celebration

Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Community Action Committee ~

Coming into May, our new Share the Plate partner is The Flagstaff Family Food Center! The Family Food Center sponsors eight programs that provide Flagstaff families hunger relief and children's literacy programs.They serve daily hot meals, provide emergency food boxes, and provide  sandwiches from there kitchen back door lunch service. They also support other non-profit agencies with food services. Last year they collected over 700,000 pounds of food through there food rescue program and gave over 300,000 pounds of inedible food to animal feed through food to farm program. The Family Food Center will be sponsored for the final week of April to May 20.
 
~ ~ ~

To nominate an organization to be a Beacon community partner, pick up an application in the CAC folder at the bottom of the office stairs. Information and instructions for Share the Plate partners are described on that form. The CAC has recently selected additional community partners for May and June.

The CAC is comprised of Joanne Parkes, Sue Strobel, Lynda Dorweiler, Rev. Kevin Lawson and Rich Clark. 

With continuing thanks for Beacon's generosity and especially for CAC members' thoughtful, persistent efforts to "bring our UU Principles to life,"
Rich Clark
CAC Chair
~ From the Board of Trustees ~

Before selling items for charity, collecting signatures for an issue, signing up members for a project, or any other event, please coordinate with the minister, a worship associate, office staff, or a board member. There are things to consider before using the Beacon name in association with public and political issues. Representation of Beacon by displaying our banner, using our logo in publications, or conducting campaigns within the building require coordination and approval. 

~ Building & Grounds Committee ~

Building & Grounds wants to thank you!

Thank you to all the hardworking dedicated people who showed up at our workday on Saturday, April 14. We raked and swept and cleaned and did windows, and removed a lot of pine needles and leaves. A special thank you goes to Dan Davis and Barry Brenneman, for reworking the side door exit to the sanctuary. They removed a portion of the wall, laid in a concrete footing, and built out the wooden walkway to the alley. So thank you to Dan, Barry, Dennis, Anne, Carleton, Rich, Roz, Dora, Skip, and Maryann!

Our next workday is June 16. See you then!
Theresa deBoer
Building & Grounds Chair
~ With Special Gratitude ~

Special gratitude  to Norm Lowe for the impressive Arch constructed for the pledging campaigns and to Carl and Holly Taylor for their behind-the-scenes work for the Repair, Expand, and Improve Campaign.

Care of the Beacon Board
~ In Community ~

Rev. Kevin and Gary at Birthday lunch with Jan in Tigard, Oregon.
Walt and Carol shared their joy for the Red for Ed organizing throughout Arizona and the country.

Roseanne shared the joy at result of city council meeting and their making elder units affordable.

We also had a newcomer share sorrow about her father who is in the hospital.

And a very Happy Birthday to Jan Nelson!
~ Beacon Calendar ~

Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 26
7:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, May 6
10:00 am
Worship & Religious Exploration 
Sunday, April 29
10:00 am
Newcomers Orientation
Sunday, May 6
11:30 am
CoSM Listening Circle
Sunday, April 29
11:30 am
SJA Film Event: The Yes Men
Tuesday, May 7
7:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, May 1
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, May 8
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, May 1
11:30 am at My Pita Wrap
QiGong
Tuesday, May 8
5:00 pm
QiGong
Tuesday, May 1
6:30 pm
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
6:30 pm
Worship Associates
Wednesday, May 2
5:30 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, May 9
6:30 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, May 2
6:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, May 10
7:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, May 3
7:00 pm
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 13
8:30 am

If you would like to submit a calendar event, send an email to  office@beaconuu.com . 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 ~
Minister, 
Rev. Kevin  Lawson 

Tues: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tues:  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wed:  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 
  Office Manager, 
Caleb Alexander

Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Office Phone (928) 779-4492
~ Website Members and Friends Access ~

Interested in accessing the directory and board documents on the Members and Friends page on BeaconUU.com? Register on the website by clicking here!  Call or email Caleb ( office@beaconuu.com ) with any questions !
 ~ 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 Caleb, our Office Manager, at  office@beaconuu.com.