Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to office@beaconuu.com 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, March 31 2019 ~ 
Surrender to Reality
With Rev. Glenn C. Farley
The act of letting go is a time of great tenderness, because it is an admission that a change of our own behavior is required; and that is a very vulnerable position. Nicholas Evans has written: "Sometimes what seems like surrender isn't surrender at all. It's about what's going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater."

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Truth ~ 
~ TOWN HALL MEETING THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 31, AFTER SERVICE ~

The purpose of this meeting is to provide up-to-date information regarding the Building Expansion project.  The building permit has been issued and the contractor has submitted his final pricing.  We will summarize the activities of the past 8 months and where we stand today. This is a VERY IMPORTANT information meeting.  Please plan to attend. 

It is possible we will also discuss the pledge drive. The committee meets this evening.

The Board is calling a CONGREGATIONAL MEETING FOR APRIL 14, 2019, after the service (11:30 a.m.). The meeting will be in the Beacon sanctuary.  This meeting may be necessary to move forward with the Building Expansion project; also it may be necessary to discuss and possibly act on certain budgetary items at that time.  

There are important decisions that need to be made, coming together at about the same time.  Please be patient and stay informed through the newsletter and announcements at Sunday services. 

Dora Harrison, President, Board of Trustees  
~ Religious Exploration ~

We began our work with the curriculum called  Love Connects Us a few weeks ago and it is going great! Be sure to check out my blog for a deeper understanding of what we are currently doing at Beacon and get valuable resources to help you as a UU parent!

Find out more details about what is happening specifically on  this coming Sunday

Do you wonder how you can honor this time of lent in your UU home?

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: Movement.

Coming up:
  • March 31 Last Sunday Youth Breakfast (grades 6-12) 10:00
  • April 7 Worship for All Ages AND First Sunday Fun day! Stay after service for special Easter crafts and an egg hunt!
  • April 21 Easter
  • April 26-28 District Assembly in Long Beach, CA
  • May 5 Youth Service, Coming of Age Credos
  • May 12 Child Dedications
Director of Religious Exploration
~ 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
~ 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:
Worship Associates on                        April 7th,
Finance on                                          April 14, 
and Caring Circle                               April 28.
   
Dennis Spurlin
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~ Yoga at Beacon ~

After nearly three years of offering yoga classes at Beacon, April will be the last month of Tuesday classes, led by me. I am well, and making plans for summer travel and space for a new phase of life. 

I'm grateful to the many people from Beacon and the community who have attended yoga, for the friendship and community that has emerged through weekly yoga practice, and your support of my teaching has been a true blessing. Of course, an extra benefit is that half of the proceeds from these classes has been contributed to Beacon, a liberal and open faith community.

One option to keep yoga going at Beacon is to identify another or other yoga teachers in town who may be interested in teaching in our space. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please contact April in the office.

Yoga will be held the five Tuesdays in April, at the usual time, 11 am - 12:30 pm. It's a joy to practice yoga with you - and as always join in at any time.

Namaste - Cassie
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~ Volunteers Needed ~

Food Center Meal Service4th Wednesday of each month, contact Sue Strobel for more information.

Event Coordinator for PRIDE in the Pines (Saturday, June 22, 2019) - contact Rev. Kevin for additional details

~ Joys and Concerns~
 Sunday, March 24, 2019

Dennis S. - Theresa is recovering from oral surgery and doing well. 
Bob P. - Concerned about neighbor who had open heart surgery and is now on dialysis.
N. - Family is from Kuwait and offers love to us. 
Sue S. - Expressed concern for the family of parkland survivor who committed suicide.
Preston C. - Joy for son's birthday and concern about having heart surgery on April 1 and needs a ride.
Rev. Kevin - Expressed concern for recent Flagstaff homicide victims and family. 
~ 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.
~ Upcoming Events ~

Friday, April 26-28 -  PSW District Assembly. 
Worship opportunities a 
long with music, keynoters, workshops, social justice field trips, and plenty of chances to visit with old and new friends.

Sunday, May 19 - Budget Town Hall, (Discuss draft budget with members of the Board and the Finance Committee)

Sunday, June 9 - Rev. Kevin's last Sunday in the Pulpit with Beacon.

Sunday, June 9 - Community Potluck (finger foods, please!) Bring some small bites, brunch or snack items for community sharing as we say goodbye to Rev. Kevin.

Sunday, June 9 - Annual Congregational Meeting 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Saturday, June 22 - PRIDE in the Pines (**if event coordinator found).

Wednesday, June 19-23 - UUA General Assembly.  General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend .

** Event and Volunteer Coordinator needed for Pride in the Pines 2019.
Are you looking for a small(ish) role to help support Beacon's community outreach?  We are recruiting for this years Event / Volunteer Coordinator to organize, recruit and support Beacon's participation in PRIDE in the Pines 2019. Please contact Rev. Kevin if you'd would like to serve in this role. We'll need an event coordinator prior to our purchasing booth rental space.
~ Beacon Calendar ~


Stewardship Team Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Town Hall
Sunday, March 31, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Youth Breakfast
Sunday, March 31, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Qi Gong
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 31, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 am  
Worship Associates
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 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
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 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.
~ Beacon Website - Now More Secure ~



The internet provider, DreamHost, provides free hosting for our  beaconuu.com website.  We are now protected by their "DreamShield" malware remover and their free "Let's Encrypt" SSL Certificate Authority.  You will need to use the "HTTPS" address rather than the "HTTP" address in order to encrypt the communication to and from the Beacon website.  From now on, please use  https://www.beaconuu.com to connect for a more secure connection.
 
Feel free to contact  WebMaster@beaconuu.com  if you have any questions or need assistance.