Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Abbreviated Weekly E-news for service information and general news. Happy New Year.


~ Sunday Service, December 30~ 
" New Year's Burning Bowl Service"
With  Rev. Kevin Lawson
And Worship Associate Char Tarashanti

Ceremonies that involve fire as a cleansing ritual go back to ancient times. 
The act of watching something literally go up in flames and be transformed into ash can be very cleansing. Please make plans to join with us for this special service, 
as we prepare for and set intentions for the New Year, and to acknowledge 
and release any pains and hurts of the closing year. Rev. Kevin and 
worship associate Char Tarashanti will lead our service.


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Peace ~ 
~ Religious Exploration ~

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Find out more details about what is happening on Sundays  in December in the Religious Exploration blog .
 
This Sunday December 30th is a Worship for all Ages, children and youth are invited to participate in service. There will not be childcare, however the classroom will be open and available for families as needed.

Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration 
Board Gratitude and Appreciation

*To Dennis S for setting up our new non-profit corporate credit-card account.
 
*To Dennis S and Lynda D for filling in as office and janitorial workers while we search for a new office manager.
 
*To Gabriel Hernandez for stepping in as acting music director for November and December.

~ Winter 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. The final 2018 Circles will be Sunday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 18.

The Chalice Circle Schedule Will Continue with New Circles in January
4th Sundays, January to April, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Starting January 27 
OR 4th Tuesdays, September to December, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Starting January 29
 
Please contact Char Tarashanti for more information and to register.
  
(507) 990-3888
~ Beacon has a new Fry's rewards number! ~

Fry's grocery store has recently upgraded their system, and as a result our Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number.   NEW NUMBER IS FE392     Please reference the new number when contacting Fry's for assistance. The previous number will continue to be associated with Beacon, however, it will not be visible when enrolling. 

We encourage you to link your Fry's rewards  card to Beacon if you would like. Or you can just use the Beacon phone number as the alt-ID when checking out at the Fry's grocery store. That will also give you access to posted sales prices. Community Rewards is easy to understand and easy to explain! The more we use it, the more we earn!

~ Joys & Concerns ~
As recorded December 16, 2018 

Jan R. shared the joy of the birth of her new great grandson.

Katie G. shared concern and support for her neighbor who is away with family for the holiday and had to have emergency surgery for ruptured appendix.

Donna R. shared concern and support for two family members, husband and wife, both in rehab facility following illness and a fall, one bright spot, there across the hall from one another in center.

Maryalee R. shared joy having been accepted into her first choice for college (UofA) and also into her desired program for study. (Congratulations Maryalee, this is great news, best wishes!)

Holly T. shared appreciation and enjoyment for the morning's service. (It was the no-rehearsal holiday pageant, fun and carol singing enjoyed by all)

Andrew R. shared the news of his sister-in-law's dire health concerns in North Carolina. She has been living with internalized MRSA and this has transitioned to sepsis with accompanying organ failure. Andrew, Ruth and Maryalee, hope to travel to be with family in North Carolina Monday. 
     (Update: Ruth's sister died Monday evening, surrounded by love and her entire 
     family at Duke Medical Center. Ruth spoke with Rev. Kevin Thursday morning she 
     and the family are doing well, and will travel back to Flagstaff next Tuesday)

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~ Beacon Calendar ~
 
Healing Circle
Thursday, December 27
5:30 pm
Happy New Year!
Monday, Dec. 31 & Tuesday Jan. 1
No Beacon Events
Worship & Religious Exploration 
Sunday, December 30
10:00 am
Worship Associates
Wednesday, January 2
5:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, January 6 
10:00 am
Choir Practice
Thursday, January 3
7:00 pm
 
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: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Or by appointment 
  Office Manager, 
Interim: Dennis Spurlin

Tues:  by appointment
Wed: by appointment
Thurs: 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 beaconuu.com!

~ 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.