Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, July 28, 2019
"Trust, Vulnerability, and Freedom" How do you respond when someone betrays your trust? What are some positive ways to respond? Join us for a look back at "The Anatomy of Trust" workshops we held at Beacon last year and an update, including ideas from Brene Brown's recent writing on vulnerability, courage, and freedom in our public and spiritual lives.
Presented by Worship Associate Nancy Paxton.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Freedom  ~ 
~ Letter from the President ~

Dear Beacon Congregation,

The Beacon Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the new fiscal year on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.  The minutes of the meeting and financial reports will be available to Beacon Members at as soon as they are finalized. 
Our Office Manager filed the list of new officers with the State of Arizona's Corporation Commission early in July, and we have changed signatories with the Bank.  You have a very capable Board this year with a lot on its plate.  We will work with the UUA to transition from our settled Minister to an interim Minister.   We are welcoming our interim Minister in August who is especially qualified to help us transition to our next Minister.  The Board is in the process of planning our retreat to include Committee Leaders and making arrangements for our annual congregational picnic service on the 1st of September.  We are continuing to work with the Building Expansion Team, taking an active part in the meetings and addressing issues as they arise. 
The Board continues to rely on the outstanding support by the Committees of the Core Leadership Council.  Without their work, the Board would be less effective.  The Worship Associates and the Religious Exploration Committee are especially tasked with the absence of a minister.  Beacon's committees define who we are to the congregation and the community.  They need the support of the Board and the congregation to do that well.  Please consider where your talents can contribute to their goals.

The officers of the Board have made it easier to be available to the congregation.  You may contact ,   , , or , as appropriate.  The best way to bring your issues or proposals to the attention of the Board is to present them to the CLC who meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (check the online calendar).  Coordinating with the committees at this meeting has proven to be most beneficial to all stakeholders.  This does not preclude your sending an email to an officer of the Board using the addresses above to have an item added to the Board's agenda.  Comments made to a Board member at a social gathering are seldom assumed to be agenda items.  Your Board looks forward to serving the Beacon congregation earnestly and openly throughout the 2019-20 fiscal year.
Dennis Spurlin
President, Beacon Board of Trustees
~ Museum Fire ~

The American Red Cross has set-up a shelter at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ. For people in need of pet sheltering, please contact the Coconino Humane Association. For large animal sheltering and other questions, please contact the call center (928.213.2990). 

Beacon members have generously offered their guest room to congregation members impacted by evacuations. Please contact the office to inquire about this space. 

~ 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. 

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
~ Beacon Group-Volunteer Event ~

Wednesday, July 31, 3:30 pm

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

The walls of the new addition are going up quickly! We are happy to see real progress going on. The monsoon held off long enough for the builders to get a good start on the floors and framing. Click here to see the latest activity.

If you need to schedule a meeting or use of the building during the next couple of months, please check with Carl Taylor or myself to be sure that the construction won't interfere with your plans. If you need a key to the side door, see Dennis Spurlin.

Check out the blog for pictures, videos, and info:
Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at
~ Religious Exploration ~

Religious Education at Beacon will look a bit different this summer.  Check the  summer 2019 blog for details and more information.

We will continue to work on our  activity booklets  related to Freedom and Responsibility.   Check here for weekly updates  on activities and resources for both YOU and the kids!

Let me know if I can be supportive to you in any other way!  I am here for you.
All my best with blessings,
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, August 11, following the service (about 11:15). 

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Pledge Reminder ~

Please remember to use separate checks for payments of annual fund pledges and capital campaign pledges. 
~ Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ~

Holiday reindeer, free. Contact  Carl and Holly Taylor  928-214-6251

Spray foam insulation shavings, free.  Matt Robinson at

~ Joys and Concerns ~
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Kay J. - Shared joy to see Mary Jo Rybolt and Anne C. at Beacon.
Andy G. - Celebrated Apollo program; seeing the Big Blue Marble from space - how to convey that appreciation to a new generation?
Anne C. - Gone for a year - needs Oxygen in Flagstaff; disappointing to see so few members are there Sunday - need to share our light. 
Linda O. - Back from UU camp; it was quite a week!
This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

For July, Beacon UU is sharing the plate with Flagstaff Family Food Center. Serving around 63,000 daily meals per year in their location on N. Second Street, the Center also provides a children's reading room,
delivers to the Flagstaff Shelter Services an evening meal for those who might be staying the night, and provides Back Door and Mobile Sack Lunches. They have a food rescue program from local grocery stores and distribute food no longer good for human consumption to local farms and ranches, so there is zero waste.

Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the bottom of the stairs in the CAC folder.
CAC members are Joanne Parkes, Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Sue Strobel and Lynda L. Dorweiler.  Please contact the office for questions:
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Youth Breakfast
Sunday, July 28, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Family Food Center
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, July 28, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 4, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 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* & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Rev. Robin Zucker

Hours  t o be announced
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 12:00 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!

~ Website Updates ~
Videos (and transcripts, when available) of the Sunday Sermons will now be available for public view on the Beacon website

-- Simply go to
-- Look for the tab for "What do we do?" 
-- Click "Sermons
-- Click the image for the sermon you want. 

Information about each Sunday service is posted by April Yax, Office Manager, on the front page of the website. April provides many members services as an administrator on the website. Also be sure to checkout Amy Huntereece's, Director of Religious Exploration, Religious Exploration Blog to read about her trip to  General Assembly . And don't forget to stay up to date on the REI Building Project   under the "What's new?" tab. Theresa deBoer will be posting more videos of the construction of our addition.  The website is a team effort . Members interested in helping with the website, please contact .
Dennis Spurlin
Reach me 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