Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, February 24 2019 ~ 
Surrender to Joy
With Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
        14th century Iranian poet Hafiz wrote, "We have not come into this exquisite world / To hold ourselves hostage from love." What might it feel like to surrender to love or joy? How can letting go of outcomes allow us to experience the fullness that life has to offer? Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe, UU Church of Tucson is our Guest Speaker.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Surrender~ 
~ Religious Exploration ~

On Sunday we will continue our work with the curriculum called   Miracles.  We will do the lesson planned for last Sunday since no children attended.
Through stories from our Unitarian Universalist Sources and hands-on activities, children engage in defining and discerning the miraculous and discover their own agency for miracle-making.  Our seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle affirms our place among all life that shares our planet. This Sunday's session discusses global climate change and explores the Unitarian Universalist call to stewardship of the earth.

Find out more details about what is happening  for this coming Sundayin the  Religious Exploration blog.

What are our Twelve Senses and how do they relate to spiritual development?  Check this new addition to the RE blog and  this month's sense: Life.

Coming up:

February 23 Bowl for Kid's Sake! Join our team on Saturday morning.  All Welcome! Email Amy for more info at

March 3 Celebration Sunday, Here We Grow!,  Worship for All Ages AND First Sunday Fun day!   More details here.

March 16-17- Spring High School Con in Chandler, AZ

Director of Religious Exploration 
~ Here We Grow:   Annual Stewardship Campaign ~

Stewardship. Pledging. Financial Giving. Fundraising. All of these terms are used interchangeably to refer to the process that Unitarian Universalism uses to garner financial contributions within each congregation to support their vision, mission, personnel, and operations. This year, we are layering our approach with a month-long suite of testimonials, conversations, and messages that will lead up to a celebration Sunday on March 3rd. 

Some conversations about our commitment to the future of Beacon have been happening amongst members, and we want to invite members and friends to join us on Sunday, February 24th, in the sanctuary after the service, if you would like to share your joys about Beacon and learn a little more about the financial aspects of our congregation. Skip Brimlow and Bill Towler will be leading this conversation. 

There are several ways to determine what your annual financial contribution to Beacon might look like.  First and foremost, consider your personal budget and what you are able to give. Additional ideas include tithing (giving 5% of your annual income to the church and 5% organizations of your heart), pledging a percentage of the Beacon budget (1% of the budget would be $1,698), or using the UUA's Fair Share Giving Guidelines . We will be asking for your annual pledge for July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 fiscal year at our Celebration Sunday event on March 3rd.

Celebration Sunday - March 3rd - come for worship, offer your annual pledge, and stay for a potluck and good company with members and friends alike.
Stewardship Campaign, Chair
~ This Month's Share the Plate Partner~

Beacon's community partner for February is The Literacy Center. The Center aims to increase the basic English language and literacy skills of adults, teens, and families in order to improve the quality of personal, economic and community life for all. Programs offer one-to-one tutoring, drop-in tutoring, classes at the center and in the community, and Partnership for Literacy Rehabilitation (jail program). The Center serves 250-300 adults, teens, and families.
Beacon's Share the Plate presents undesignated Sunday morning offering money beyond $300 to the approved community partners.   Members are encouraged to nominate an organization and can pick up an application form in the CAC folder at the bottom of the office stairs.

~ 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 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
~ Social Justice Allies ~

ALERT: Event date shifts, due to Monster Storm         
expected Thursday and Friday!
Feb. 21 (Thursday): Postponed. Program on Immigration, Asylum and Family Separations
scheduled at the Coconino Center for the Arts. To be re-scheduled for a later date.
Feb. 22 (Friday), at Beacon: Re-scheduled. Last in the video series on church safety. Re-scheduled for Friday, March 8, 6:30 at Beacon.
Furthermore-due to the storm earlier this week, the SJA group that had planned to drive to Phoenix for UU Day at the Legislature on Presidents' Day bailed out of that hazardous expedition.
Still in effect
Mar. 10 (Sunday), following the service (about 11:15): Next SJA Meeting. Members, friends and visitors are welcome!
Mar. 24 (Sunday), following the service (about 11:15): Special SJA meeting. Following her sermon during the service, Rev. Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings, Executive Director of UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network will be our special guest.
That's the SJA news for this week,
Roz Clark
SJA Journalist  
~ 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 the:
Membership Team on                         February 24th,
Building and Grounds on                   March 10th,
Community Action Committee on     March 17th,
Social Justice Allies on                      March 24th,
Worship Associates on                       April 7th,
Finance on                                          April 14, 
and Caring Circle                               April 28.
Dennis Spurlin
~ Say Welcome to Our New Office Manager~

April Yax has joined Beacon's staff.  She has extensive professional experience in office management and academic accomplishments in Sociology and Justice Studies with a M.S. in Justice & Social Inquiry from Arizona State University.  April has rapidly assumed the duties of managing our office and has fun stories about RVing and granddaughters.  Be sure to stop in and say hello when you can.

~ Save the Date~
 Sunday, March 3, 2019
Sunday, March 3rd  will be a fun day at Beacon, as we celebrate our Stewardship Campaign. Join us after service for potluck, conversation, activities and more!
~ Joys and Concerns~
 Sunday, February 17, 2019
Gabe H. - Asks for warm thoughts for his friend Alexis to help with her big life decisions.
Paul B. - Concern for Marianne's health - her upcoming knee surgery; and other issues. 
Dawn D. - A joy and sorrow that her father recently passed.
Joe W. - A huge joy that Dee got a new day job. 
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice
Thursday, February 21
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Chalice Circle
Tuesday, February 26
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, February 24
10:00 - 11:00 am
Family Food Center
Wednesday, February 27
3:30 - 5:30 pm
LSPT Meeting
Sunday, February 24
11:15 - 12:15 pm
Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 27
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Chalice Circle
Sunday, February 24
11:30 - 1:00 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, February 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Here We Grow Gathering
Sunday, February 24, 2019
11:30 - 1:00 pm
Parents Learn & Leave, Kids Stay and Play
Friday, March 1, 2019
5:00 - 9:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, February 26
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
High School OWL
Saturday, March 2
2:00 pm - 8:00 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