510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to office@beaconuu.com 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 

~ Sunday Service, September 1, 2019
We will consider the futility of making resolutions when there are new beginnings, and rather, to find a singular guide post to fit all areas of our lives for the upcoming year.
Guest Speaker Sharon Moore

~ Beacon Picnic in the Park ~

Sunday, September 1, 2019
Bushmaster Park
Community Ramada
3150 N. Alta Vista
10:00 am

"End of summer," has a particular aura, doesn't it? 

Both a nostalgia and an anticipation are evoked, as the air subtly changes. There are changes in our time commitments with children and school, with getting back to serious productivity.  We, now, welcome a change in weather and a relief from heat that a few months ago we so expectantly awaited. Again, the best season arrives, as it does every three months, much to our glee. 

We will gather our Beacon community and friends, at Bushmaster Park, to celebrate endings and beginnings, to celebrate being outside in the greenery of Flagstaff, Arizona.

We encourage you to bring some food to share and your own utensils and dishes, but not necessary. Bring your voices to sing. And, especially, bring a spirit of celebration for a new season.

To get to the Community Ramada at Bushmaster Park enter the park from E Lockett Rd catty corner across from the John Q Thomas Elementary School at the corner of N Thomas Dr. and E Lockett Rd.
~ Thank You ~

Thank you to Mike Loven for the donation of the new refrigerator and to all those who helped move it. 
 ~ Auction Team ~

First Auction Planning Meeting

Have you been wondering how to volunteer at Beacon but you're not sure how? Consider joining the auction planning team! We will hold our first meeting on Thursday, August 29th from 5:30 to 6:30 at Katy Grant's house, 6661 E. Anazazi Dr. Anyone interested in getting involved with this year's auction should attend! There are many ways to help out ( some jobs are only on the night of the auction, 11/2), we''ll hold 3 or 4 meetings total, and your commitment is only through early November.  Email Katy for more info at auction@beaconuu.com
~ Circle Suppers ~

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 September 24. You are signing up to participate in 3-5 potluck Suppers (or brunches or whatever) during October-April. 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 is 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.
 "A Beacon tradition for 30 years"

What to do:

By Tuesday, September 24, 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 September 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.

~ Chalice Circles ~
Fourth Tuesday of the month.

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 Circle continues to meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism, Touchstones.  One can download pages for reading prior to our meeting by accessing the website in the weekly e-newsletter. 

To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at ChaliceCircles@Beaconuu.com
~ Beacon Group-Volunteer Event ~

Food Center Meal Service. Last Wednesday of each month. 
Contact  Office@Beaconuu.com for more information.
~ REI Building Project Update ~

If you happen to stop by the church during the week this week, you will be amazed at the amount of activity going on!  The building is crawling with construction workers, electricians, roofers, and also the Beacon painting crew.  The siding on the new addition is being installed this week, and it is looking great!  They have also been working inside on the center beam and side beams in the back of the sanctuary, and the electrical lines for the new lights and outlets in the sanctuary and new offices.

The Beacon Painting Team has started painting the (former) Purple Room.  The Purple Room is no longer purple!  The painting of this room will be completed this Friday.  It will be available for RE use the following week.  The current kitchen will be next, starting the following Friday (Sep 6).  If you are interested in helping with any of the painting, be sure to contact Dennis Spurlin (the Painting Team Chair) or Theresa deBoer.

More of the construction will be moving inside in the beginning of September, so please check with Carl Taylor or myself if you need to use the building.  If you need a key to the side door, see the office manager.

Check out the blog for pictures, videos, and info:    https://www.beaconuu.com/category/rei-building-project/ 

Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at bgcommittee@beaconuu.com
~ Religious Exploration ~

Have you checked out the  Religious Exploration blog
What were the numbers last week? 216!!!

This pie chart represents all interactions related to religious education  August 19-25

Coming up:
  • Building Bridges program for 6th-8th graders! Please contact Amy Huntereece by Sept. 1 if you are interested in participating in this program. We have five interested middle school youth and need a couple more to make this program a go! Adults are needed as volunteers to help with visitations and classroom instruction.
  • Tuesday September 10: TED talks. Join us at 10:00-11:00 to watch and discuss an interesting UU speakers present in a TED talk format. Get an idea what it is all about right here!
This month's talk is by Jim Tull. It is the first one released. Jim is "a global leader in strategic negotiation, facilitation, communication and conflict management, his UU Talk details how Understanding x Ability x Willingness = Trust. This presentation was recorded at the UUA in Boston MA during our inaugural UU Talks event themed: "Collaboration" (Retrieved from http://uutalks.org/featured-uu-talks-available )
  • Sunday September 8 6:00-8:00: High School Youth group
  • Sunday September 8  6:00-8:00:  Parents of Teens support group
  • Saturday September 21: Flagstaff Peace Day celebration and peace pole tour. Find more details here.
  • Monday September 23 6:45-8:00: Esoteric book club, book will be determined by the group. Meeting location TBA. For more information about this group, contact Amy Huntereece re@beaconuu.com

Email Amy at  re@beaconuu.com
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

For your calendar (with annotations)
  • Sunday, September 22, following the service (about 11:15): The next SJA meeting (please be aware this is a change from our originally scheduled September date).
       We'll pick up where we left off in our recent meetings on...
  1. A schedule for collection of school supplies for Killip School (Faith Moore has met with Killip Principal Joe Gutierrez);
  2. Planning how we move forward with a process for collaborating with NAU students in social justice work (I met with a Student Services official who put together a list of promising student organizations and their advisors as well as contact information);
  3. A preliminary look at this year's UUJAZ Issues and Action plans (see below);
    1. Reviewing Beacon Policies and Procedures for Political Activity, approved by Beacon's Board of Trustees last year. 
  • Saturday (and part of Sunday!), October 25 and 26, at the UU Church of Surprise (AZ): UUJAZ Issues and Action Day 2019.
While it is not yet on the UUJAZ website, UUJAZ Director Janine Gelsinger-Beacon's guest earlier this month--sent out preliminary information about this special annual event (please see link below). You'll see that there are some schedule, content and cost changes, including provision for yoga, siesta, dinner and a worship service Sunday morning (for those who would like to stay in the valley overnight).
(Clicking on "Order Tickets" on the link below will give you a schedule for that Saturday as well as an opportunity-although it's not a requirement at this point-to register.

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
To reach Social Justice Allies, email:  SJA@beaconuu.com
~ Joys and Concerns ~
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Kim - Shared that Susan had surgery and is doing well in her recovery.
Joanne - Shared that she will be visiting her mother.
Reb Robin - Shared joy at spending time with her children in Oregon; she is recovering from her injuries and thinking about Cassie Dakan, who left for two years with the Peace Corp in Fiji.
  ~ Yoga Interest Survey ~

Please complete this brief interest survey to help us determine the interest level for the resumption of yoga classes at Beacon (once construction has completed). This will help the instructor determine the most appropriate day & times for class(es).

September Share the Plate Partner ~

Beacon is sharing the plate with Poore Free Medical Clinic for September 2019
Founded in 1911 by Dr. Henry Poore, the clinic offers free medical and dental care to low income, uninsured individuals and families living in Coconino County. The majority of patients are the working poor who qualify because they live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Attending to patient's medical and dental needs enables them to better their lives. The clinic earned the title of Flagstaff Organization of the Year in 2013.
Services offered are Primary Care, Chronic Illness Care, Acute Illness Care, Children's Health, Sports Physicals, and Dental Care.
Dental Services offered are Full dental exam with x-rays, Filling cavities, Simple dental extractions, and Dental cleanings by a hygienist.

Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Poore Free Medical Clinic. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the bottom of the stairs in the CAC folder. Office@beaconuu.com

~ Events in the Community ~ 

Stop the Bleed Class

Unfortunately, we all are aware of recent domestic terrorism and are rightly concerned. Will this terrorism come to Flagstaff ? We all pray not! But, lets get prepared just in case! 

I and SOC are sponsoring a series of free classes on how to save lives by learning how to stop bleeding quickly and effectively.  Flagstaff Medical Center Outreach and Education has volunteered to teach these classes for free and sell emergency medical kits at a minimal cost. There are class size limits due to the nature of the instruction, Registration is required to ensure proper class sizes, a wait list will be maintained . Murdock Center and the Hal Jensen Recreation Center have graciously offered their locations for these classes.

Class dates available for September and October. 

Please contact me for Free registration:
Mark Alexander,  mtalexander@yahoo.com, 928 6995456, voice or text
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Auction Team Meeting
Thursday, August 29, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
All Congregation Potluck Service 
at  Bushmaster Park
Sunday, September 1, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Choir Practice
Thursday, August 29, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Worship Associates
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Paining (purple room)
Friday, August 30, 2019
All day

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* & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs:10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Or by appointment:
978-505-7245 - talk and text (confidential line) 
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
2nd & 4th Sun: 5:30 pm - 8 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


Beacon board, committee, and staff email addresses can be found here: 
~ 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 beaconuu.com!

~ Website Updates ~
Dear Members and Friends,
Public users of the Beacon website see only the public facing information.  There are many pages of additional information available to those who have registered and are assigned the role of "Member" or "Friend" by the webmaster.  To get started click register.   

Be sure to record your username and password somewhere safe. If you are listed in the Beacon directory send an email to webmaster@beaconuu.com to set your role for access to information about what the leadership is up to, minutes of meetings, decisions of the Board, projects planned by the Core Leadership Council, as well as contact information for members and committee chairs. Your Beacon website is the place to go for copies of the bylaws, policies, and other documents that establish the business of Beacon.

~ 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  office@beaconuu.com or Visit:  https://groups.google.com/d/forum/uuflag