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~ Sunday Service, March 03 2019 ~ 
Celebration Sunday
With Rev. Kevin Lawson
"Here We Grow" Please join with us for this special "Celebration Sunday" as together we share in support and pledging our commitment to Beacon for the coming year. There will be special music, events and the community potluck luncheon directly following the service.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Truth ~ 
~ Religious Exploration ~

On February 23 several folks from the Coming of Age class got together for Bowl for Kid's Sake! We had a blast and raised money to support Big Brother's and Big Sisters.

Coming up:

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 ~

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.

Stewardship is about taking care of something we value and enabling it to grow. We are each stewards of Beacon, taking responsibility for our own success and contributing our time, talent, and treasure.   Giving financially  to organizations that hold great meaning to me warms my heart and "sparks joy."  I hope you, too, will see your annual financial pledge to Beacon as an opportunity to feel the joy of giving.

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 (we will provide the pledge forms), bring a potluck dish to share and stay for a potluck amongst good company.   As always, visitors are welcome to join in the celebration.

If you are unable to attend this event, please login to Beacon website, download the pledge form , fill it out and send it back to us by early March.
Stewardship Campaign, Chair

~ REI Building Project Update ~


As many of you may know, we were startled by the price we received from our contractor at the end of January.  We have since met with the contractor and architect, and renegotiated the price back down to something Beacon could afford.  There were some construction items that were removed, such as the alley parking, the handicap ramp in the back, and the cantilevered porch overhang.  These were not code required, but some are features that we would still l like to complete in the future, possibly by our members.

We have also been working with the city to meet their requirements to get our permit.  They have verbally agreed to allow us to establish the building capacity based on room usage.  This will keep us from having to make expensive upgrades that would take us out of our budget. We will be re-submitting the application with the changes very soon.

These challenges have slowed us down a little, but we are still moving forward!

Theresa deBoer
REI Project Manager
~ This Month's Share the Plate Partner~

The March Share the Plate organization is the Northland Family Help Center whose mission is to provide safe haven, advocacy, counseling, and education to promote and restore healthy relationships.

  • NFHC's Domestic Violence Shelter provides safe shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and life skills training to those affected.
  • NFHC's Youth Shelter offers shelter and respite care, family reunification, case managements, and life skills training.
  • Overview Northland Family Help Center provides out-patient professional counseling services free of charge for eligible individuals.
  • NFHC's Legal advocacy personnel provide training and advocacy to women fleeing intimate violence.
Non-designated Sunday morning offerings beyond $300 are presented to the chosen organization each month. Beacon members are encouraged to nominate organizations and can fill out a nomination form located in the CAC folder at the base of the stairs.
CAC members are Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Susan Strobel, Joanne Parkes, and Lynda Dorweiler.
~ District Assembly is Coming~
Registration is now open for the 2019 Pacific Southwest District Assembly to be held April 26-28 at the UU Church of Long Beach Along with music, keynoters, workshops, social justice field trips and plenty of chances to visit with old and new friends, there are worship opportunities!

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Youth-led worship

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 9 and 11 a.m.
Clergy-led worship

Children's RE programs will be offered during both services.

Early-bird registration ends March 31, so don't hesitate to   reserve your space now for the 2019 PSW District Assembly!
~ 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 ~

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:
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
 ~  Save the Date ~

Mary Jo Rybolt is moving to Tempe

Mary Jo, who has been a valued member of our congregations for over twenty
years, will be moving to Friendship Village in Tempe in April. We are planning a
celebration to recognize her service and friendship in our Beacon community and
to send her with our best wishes for life in her new Tempe home.
Please join us to celebrate with cake and coffee Sunday, March 10th after the
~ Joys and Concerns~
 Sunday, February 24, 2019
Rich C. - Thankful for friends & relatives. Joy that the snow caused people to help each other.
Marianne V. - Concern that she has needed a lot of help recently due to hip surgery, as well as back, rib, and walking issues. Hopeful that hip replacement will fix everything. 
Dawn D. - A joy and sorrow that her father recently passed.
Adam - Thankful for all the precipitation, especially that it should reduce fire danger. 
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice
Thursday, February 28
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Celebration Sunday
Sunday, March 3, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00pm
Parents Learn & Leave, Kids Stay and Play
Friday, March 1, 2019
5:00 - 9:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

High School OWL
Saturday, March 2
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Worship Associates
Wednesday March 6, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 03
10:00 - 11:00 am

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