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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, January 26, 2020



Guest Speaker  
"Platform 9 & 3/4, wormholes, and synchronicities: meditation as a portal into the unknown"
Dr. Janine Schipper
This talk will explore how mindfulness meditation can serve as a portal into the unknown, revealing to us that we need go no further than our own breath to enter the great mysteries of life!

Religious Exploration
"McElligot's Pool" 
How often do you use your imagination? To create something? To solve a problem?

After the Service
Chalice Circles, 11:30 am
  

  

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Authority and Leadership ~ 
Spotlight this Week!

Please give a warm welcome to our newest staff members! 
  • Kris Satterwhite is our helpful House Keeper. 
  • Ben Jefferies will fill the position of Office Manager.

Thank you for making my time at Beacon such a warm & wonderful experience; I greatly miss the community already, but I'm also anxious to see what new heights you'll soar to in this new decade, with new faces and a new space.  Best Wishes to all of you!   -  April Yax
~ Community Connections ~
20/20 Visions - Seeing is Believing

Your generous support of Beacon makes possible the realization of what Beacon can do.
What are your 20/20 visions? Stewardship pledges need to do more than just make payroll and pay the utility bills, they need to fund our mission. The mission we recite each week is achieved through the support of committees, programs, and events.

Pledges and other revenue sources (rental, investment, fundraising, donations) support our
worship and music programs, our religious education program, programs for members and
friends, community outreach, and connections to Unitarian Universalism. Our budget needs to
reflect our mission and vision.

Generosity is an important part of being a member of Beacon. Some members are able to
pledge more, others less, but we can all share in supporting our 20/20 visions. Beacon
members should plan to contribute a percentage of their annual income. The Fair Share GivingGuidelines suggest what you might give. See UUA Congregational Stewardship Q&A for more
information.

Stewardship volunteers are in the process of planning events for late February and March.
Watch the Beacon calendar.

Dennis Spurlin
Stewardship Cochair
REI Building Project Update

The crew is hard at work on the creation of the new minister and RE offices. The drywall hanging is complete, and we are waiting on a city inspection before the "mudding" can commence. If all goes well, we may be painting next week! Thank you to Beacon volunteers Barry Brenneman, Skip Brimlow, and Bill Owen for all that you are doing!



We are continuing to coat the new interior doors with polyurethane for the next two Mondays, so beware if you are sensitive to the strong odor. It dissipates by Tuesday afternoon.
 
Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at bgcommittee@beaconuu.com

 Social Justice Allies (SJA) 
                    

Activate at Beacon for Progressive Candidates

Along with our Social Justice Allies, Rev. Robin will host a presentation (and share the UU The Vote  toolkit) along with representatives of other local groups invested in the Elections of 2020. The intention for the event "Activate for Progressive Candidates in 2020" is that it bring together Beacon UU, Indivisible, Swing Left, LWV, Together We Will (Northern AZ), Vote Forward, and other like-minded groups to merge our resources and energy in this crucial election year. Date, time and details to follow. If you are a member of one of the groups mentioned or wish to be part of this effort, please be in touch with me at minister@beaconuu.com

Religious Exploration

January 26
Children go directly to Religious Exploration in the Multipurpose Room, 10:00 am
 
Dr. Seuss takes off at Beacon!
Our new program, Horton Hears A UU: Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss got off to a great start on January 12 with "Yertle the Turtle." The affirmations from this story about listening and sharing are; " Everyone is important."  "We have a say in things that are important to us."  
Upcoming Seussian life lessons (with reading, discussion, activities, and craft projects) will be:
Jan 26th  - "McElligot's Pool"-   How often do you use your imagination? To create something? To solve a problem?
Feb 2ndChildcare Only for children 5 and under; all other children remain the Sanctuary for Worship for all ages.
Feb 9th  - "If I Ran the Zoo" - What if you ran a zoo - what changes would you make for the animals? How does this relate to our 7th principle about the interdependent web?

Religious Exploration for Middle Schoolers - Building Bridges continues. Join us as we explore and learn about the world religions and then visit different houses of worship in the Flagstaff area.
 
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) IS COMING IN MARCH AND APRIL for our 7th and 8th graders. Stay tuned for details about the parent information session and scheduling for the program (4 Saturdays from 12:30-5 p.m.) OWL is a widely- acclaimed sexuality education curriculum, developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. OWL provides accurate, developmentally- appropriate information for youth. Topics include self-respect, relationships, gender identity,  sexual orientation, healthy sexuality, consent, and cultural influences on sexuality. Classes are facilitated by dedicated Beacon members who have received training and certification through the UUA. Parents are the primary sexuality educators for their children, and this is a way our faith community supports parents in that effort, serving as a catalyst for healthy conversations at home. OWL is open to the broader Flagstaff community (parents are required to attend an information session. Although developed  by two progressive religious organizations, Our Whole Lives contains no religious references or doctrine.
 
Valentine's Day Potluck and Valentine's Day Themed Games
Sunday, February 9th at 11:15 a.m. at Beacon
Please come join us for an intergenerational potluck to celebrate Valentine's Day.  After the potluck we will play some fun Valentine's Day themed games for all ages.
Please bring a dish to share and your own reusable place setting if you can to cut down on paper waste.  We would  for you to join us, hope you can make it!

Questions? Contact Rev. Robin at  minister@beaconuu.com
Chalice Circles
January 26 & 28

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 Sunday & Tuesday of each month. Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism,  Touchstones.  
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
UUA General Assembly
 Providence, RI. June 24-28, 2020

Rooted, Inspired & Ready! 
We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. 

Early Bird registration by Feb 29. We have funds designated to help send Beacon congregants to GA! Speak to Rev. Robin

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Everyday Ways to Support Beacon UU 

1.  When you go to  Fry's  grocery store, use the Beacon phone number ( 928 779 4492 ) as the Alternate ID when it asks for it at the beginning of checkout, and you will get shopping discounts for Fry's members, as well as donating a percentage of your expenditure to Beacon. You can also sign up for an individual account if you prefer that, or want to take advantage of the gasoline discounts. You have to pick Beacon as your beneficiary when you set up your own account.

2.  If you shop on Amazon, please use "Amazon Smile"  and choose Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) as your recipient. We will receive a 0.5%  for every purchase and that can add up!  Remember that you have to start each shopping session at  smile.amazon.com  for us to receive the donation. 

3. Another online fundraiser is   igive.comOnce again, create your own account with a user name and password, then select settings, my cause, and type in Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) . Then you can order from any of the hundreds of organizations listed under igive.  There are also coupons listed online you can use when ordering from some organizations.

4.  Basha's has a special debit card that you can charge up before shopping, and a portion of  what goes through the debit card gets donated to Beacon because that card is tied to Beacon.  Ask Anne Wittke for further information.

Have other ideas for our income incubator? leave them on a card in the bin in the lobby, or send them to Rev. Robin. 
      January Share the Plate Partner

Beacon's community partner for January 2020 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 $350 to the approved community partners.
Members are encouraged to nominate an organization and can pick up an application form in the CAC folder located in the office.
The Community Action Committee (CAC) is composed of Susan Patrick, Steven Patrick, Joanne Parkes and Lynda Dorweiler.  Contact:  Office@beaconuu.com
Our Caring Connections

Confidential Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Circle works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for a listening ear and caring connections. Contact Rev. Robin or Dorothy Rissel at  dorothy.rissel@gmail.com
Volunteer Opportunity

The Flagstaff Sustainability Leaders Program is a ten-week training course that will meet once a week on Thursday evenings, where participants can learn about climate change, climate justice, and behavior change!  Applications are open at  flgsustainabilityleaders.org

~ This Week at Beacon  ~


Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, January 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chalice Circle
Tuesday, January 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, January 26, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Family Food Center
January 29, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Chalice Circle
Sunday, January 26, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Save the Date: Valentine's Day Potluck
Sunday, February 9, 2020
11:15 am - 12:15 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 & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Minister,
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) 
Get to know Rev. Robin at  www.uurobinzucker.com
Director of RE 


Our engaging programs for all ages continue while  we search for a new Religious Exploration Director.

Rev. Robin can answer your RE questions.
  Office Manager,


 No office hours at this time, but happy to hear from you at:

 

~ 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.

Webmaster@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 our Office Manager, at  office@beaconuu.com or Visit:  https://groups.google.com/d/forum/uuflag
Newsletter submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to office@beaconuu.com  in order to be included in the newsletter.