Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, April 1 ~ 
"The Legacy of Caring"
Rev. Kevin Lawson 

Theologian Thandeka comments - "From within this world, my despair is 
transformed to hope and I begin anew the legacy of caring. Rev. Kevin explores 
the power of transformation, the rebirth of hope and the joy of Sacred Foolishness. 
Join with us this Sunday for Easter and April Fools, may we be fools to live, 
love and believe in hope, ever eternal.

~ Touchstone Theme: Transformation ~ 


~ Newcomer Orientation / New Member Opportunity ~

Join our minister Rev. Kevin and members of the Congregational Vitality Team this Sunday at 11:30 am to learn about how Beacon is organized, where and how UU churches and congregation hold authority, committees, opportunities for fun, service and personal growth, our budget, and our relationship with the wider UU tradition. We will cover the meaning of membership and the responsibilities of members, with no obligation to join.You can also set up an appointment with Rev. Kevin by email.
~ Building Expansion Team ~

Update on the building expansion project: Mark your calendars for May 13 for our Town Hall and June 3 for our Congregational Meeting. We will be discussing and voting on whether to proceed with construction, and what our options will be. 

We are moving right along with the Repair, Expand, Improve (REI) Capital Campaign, and the Stewardship campaign. The Visiting Steward training has been completed, and if you haven't been contacted to contribute to the two campaigns, you will be soon!

The design development drawings from our architect have been completed, and the contractor will be giving us an estimate soon. The Building Expansion Team is meeting on Friday to discuss the way forward after final negotiations with the contractor, and after we have the results of the capital campaign.
~ Community Action Committee ~

Beacon's community partner for April will be the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council  (NAIC). NAIC is a regional inter-denominational, non-partisan organization that addresses social justice issues. This coalition of congregations and organizations in Flagstaff, Sedona and Prescott has three basic goals:
  1. To build relationships across our community based on trust and a willingness to listen to each other;
  2. To equip our members and leadership with skills and practices to get results;
  3. To achieve change on concrete issues, as part of our common call to justice.

Most of NAIC's efforts the last year have been focused on supporting families of undocumented immigrants, which was the first social justice issues on which Beacon voted (unanimously, in 2013) to take a public stance.

 

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To nominate an organization to be a Beacon community partner, pick up an application in the CAC folder at the bottom of the office stairs. Information and instructions for Share the Plate partners are described on that form. The CAC has recently selected additional community partners for May and June.

The CAC is comprised of Joanne Parkes, Sue Strobel, Lynda Dorweiler, Rev. Kevin Lawson and Rich Clark. 

With continuing thanks for Beacon's generosity and especially for CAC members' thoughtful, persistent efforts to "bring our UU Principles to life,"
Rich Clark
CAC Chair
~ Building & Grounds Committee ~

Building & Grounds Workday is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 am to noon. Come and enjoy breakfast goodies and help do some spring cleaning and yardwork!
~ Religious Exploration ~

This week we will have special indoor and outdoor activities for children of all ages during the service. As always, children are welcomed to stay in service with their families if they prefer.
 
Regular classes and curriculum resume April 8. 
 
Coming up High School Youth Group Next meeting is  Sunday April 8 at noon .  Come and share your input for the Youth Service on  May 6 .

Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Website Update ~

Members and Friends, click here to register on the Beacon website. Content containing personally identifiable information and other member-specific content is transitioning behind a login screen!  This will improve the security of personally identifiable information on the Beacon website. Go to www.beaconuu.com/register/ to register!

Care of,
Dennis Spurlin
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, April 15, following the service. Agenda items include updates on our Community Film Series (see below), a progress report on the efforts of Beacon's newly formed Church Safety Committee and reviews of our SJA Charter update and 2018-'19 budget request. Beacon members, friends and visitors are always welcome! Snacks will be provided.
 
Free Community Film Series On 
Democracy and Public Engagement:
How to Change the World 
7:00 pm Monday, April 9 at Beacon
Beacon SJA and the Flagstaff Reading Group will show the second in our film series on democracy and public engagement on April 9.  How to Change the World (click for flyer)  is "the story of an eclectic group of young people who set out to stop Richard Nixon's nuclear bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and ended up creating the worldwide green movement with the birth of Greenpeace."

The third and fourth films of the series are    The Yes Men Fix the World on May 7 and Freedom Riders on June 4.


Click here for links to the local good-work groups that presented at last month's film!

Feel free to contact me for further information,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist (928-380-6502 or rozrich41@gmail.com)
~ In Community ~

Sue shared joy for the young people leading the March for Our Lives and the March that happened in Flagstaff on Saturday.

Anne apologized for "selling her house during Joys & Concerns," but is celebrating the joy of getting and offer on her house and sale pending!

Dora shared the sorrow that her brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She asked that the community send prayers and thoughts to Harold. 

Katie shared the joy that her son Jack is back from Vietnam and that she is so happy to have him back on the continent!

Stephen shared that both of his daughters just started graduate school and that his younger daughter has earned a very good scholarship.

Nancy shared greetings from Marsha Lamkin and her husband. Nancy just returned from visiting them in their new home in California.

Rose Anne shared the story of a young DACA-qualified immigrant who was pulled over for driving under the influence, though the claims may be spurious. The Keep Flagstaff Together organization is working with his family now.

Rev. Kevin shared the sorrow that Jeanne Gilbert, who generously donated our piano, has passed away.

For those who might like to send a note of support and caring, Jan Nelson's new address in Oregon: 
Jan Nelson 
11205 SW Summerville Dr. #276 
Tigard, OR 97224
~ Beacon Calendar ~

Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 29
7:00 pm
Worship Associates
Wednesday, April 4
5:30 pm
Building Expansion Team Meeting
Friday, March 30
6:00 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, April 4
6:30 pm
Worship & Childcare (No RE)
Sunday, April 1
10:00 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 5
7:00 pm
Newcomer Orientation
Sunday, April 1
11:30 am
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, April 8
8:30 am
Helping Families Heal
Sunday, April 1
3:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 8
10:00 am
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, April 2
5:00 pm
SJA Film: How to Change the World
Monday, April 9
7:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, April 3
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, April 10
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
QiGong
Tuesday, April 3
6:30 pm
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, April 10
11:30 am

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

Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tues:  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wed:  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 
  Office Manager, 
Caleb Alexander

Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Office Phone (928) 779-4492
 ~ 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 Caleb, our Office Manager, at  office@beaconuu.com.