Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, March 11 ~ 
"We are all more human than otherwise"
Rev. Kevin Lawson

Rev. Kevin will speak upon this expression of Rev. Richard Gilbert's. What is our shared Humanity and how does this influence our Humility?

~ Touchstone Theme: Humility ~ 
~ Repair, Expand, Improve Campaign (REI) ~

Last night's Leadership Event was very successful.  The stewardship pledge drive is off to a great start and the capital campaign is well on its way.  Several have signed up for Visiting Steward training. But to reduce the number of contacts each steward must visit, more volunteers are needed.  

Training dates are:
  • March 8th at 6 PM - Prior to Choir Rehearsal
  • March 11th at 12:30 AM - After Sunday Worship
  • March 18th at 11:30 AM - After Sunday Worship
  • March 21th at 4 PM - Prior to CLC Meeting
  • March 25th at 11:30 AM - After Sunday Worship
Contact Dennis Spurlin at to get scheduled. There is no obligation associated with training.  Come see if being a Visiting Steward is for you.  It is a great way to spend time with friends.

With gratitude,
Dennis Spurlin
~ From the Beacon Board ~

We would like to share our special gratitude:
  • To Theresa deBoer for holding the BET together.
  • To the Mystery Shoveler for shoveling snow from Beacon's sidewalk.
  • To Jan Nelson, who is moving to Portland, for her many years of volunteer work, including writing Beacon's 50th anniversary history.
~ Website Update ~

Register at!
Members and Friends Log-in will have a  NEW  menu location. You will need to be registered on the Beacon website to find it. All content containing personally identifiable information and other member specific content will be available only to logged in members and friends.  Please go to to register.  

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

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, April 15, following service. The remaining meeting dates for this church year are the Sundays of May 20 and June 10. Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome, always!

Details on the second in our Community Film Series on Democracy and Public Engagement is below!

First event in Community Film Series an impressive success!
Fifty people filled the Beacon sanctuary Monday night to view the first in our Community Film Series focusing on democracy and public engagement, How to Bring Down a Dictator (about Serbian Slobodan Milosevic's demise). This series is co-sponsored by Beacon SJA and The Flagstaff Reading Group . Surprise guest activist and filmmaker John de Graaf, most famous for his film "Affluenza," kicked off the evening with a brief presentation. Following the viewing of the film, Sandra Lubarsky of The Reading Group introduced leaders of several Flagstaff organizations, each of whom presented a summary of the purpose and work of that group. Included were Flagstaff Indivisible, Together We Will, Keep Flagstaff Together, Flagstaff Needs a Raise, and Moms Demand Action.

Sandra will prepare a summary of each group's focus which I will post to the Weekly Enews and our Google Groups. If you missed our public showing of this interesting (sometimes even amusing) film and would like to see it, you can find it on YouTube.
Next in Series: How to Change the World
7:00pm on Monday, April 9 at Beacon

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."
Hearty thanks are in order for several Beacon folks, without whose support we couldn't have pulled this off: Rev. Kevin for his encouragement from the start; Beacon tech guru Dennis Spurlin for his unflagging patience in advance and troubleshooting event night; SJA regulars Becky Hipsher, Terry White and Rich Clark for showing up early and taking care of what needed to be done, and all-around MVP  Caleb Alexander for his thorough cleaning in advance and willingness to cover put-back of furniture.
In gratitude,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Religious Exploration ~

Looking forward to seeing you for RE on Sunday March 11! 

PreK-Grade 4 -  Last week we learned about humility and kindness. We will continue with those topics with the story of "Super Tiny." We will talk about acts of kindness and post reports on Stay Humble and Kind.
Grades 5-8 -  We plan to reflect on our visit to The Temple of the Divine Mother for Puja and learn a bit about Buddhism and Hinduism.  If you want a sneak peak, check out here and here.
Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Community Action Committee ~

Beacon's community partner for March is The People's Pantry, a Full Circle Charities project.
The People's Pantry is a mini-grocery store that stocks meat, dairy, eggs, produce and dry pantry goods-all free! Located at 2527 E. 7th Ave. and open convenient hours, people may shop once a week and choose what they like and need for themselves and their families.
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 April, 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
~ In Community ~

Anne shared her joy for the snow!

Jessica shared her joy for being welcomed at Beacon. She also just got a new job and is so joyful for that as well.

Rev. Kevin shared his concern for Jeremy Young who had a bad ski accident twelve days ago and is recovering from a broken back and neck. 
~ Beacon Calendar ~

Worship Associates Meeting 
Thursday, March 8
5:30 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, March 14
6:30 pm
Steward Training
Thursday, March 8
6:00 pm
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, March 14
6:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 8
7:00 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, March 7
6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 11
10:00 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 8
7:00 pm
Steward Training
Sunday, March 11
11:30 am
Cheap Lunch Bunch
Friday, March 16
11:30 am at Flame Broiler
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, March 12
5:30 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, March 16
7:15 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, March 13
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 18
10:00 am
Tuesday, March 13
6:30 pm
Talk Back Session with Sakenya 
Sunday, March 18
11:15 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

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
~ Website Members and Friends Access ~

Interested in accessing the directory and board documents on the Members and Friends page on ? You can get the password over the phone (928-779-4492) during regular office hours, or by requesting it from a board member after Sunday Services. We will not be providing it by email. 

Call or email Caleb ( with any questions!
~ Fundraising the Easy Way! ~

Looking for easy ways to give back to Beacon? Fry's, Basha's, iGive, and Amazon Smile are all great ways to show your support with your everyday purchases!
  • Fry's: At checkout, enter Beacon's phone number, (928) 779-4492, and Fry's will donate a portion of your purchase back to Beacon through their Community Rewards program.
  • Basha's: If you hold or purchase a Beacon fundraising Basha's gift card, as you use and reload it Beacon receives a portion of your total. Want to purchase one? Contact Dorothy Rissel,, for more info! Have one? Be sure to keep it loaded!
  • iGive: Check out Beacon at iGive (just click) for online shopping with retailers you already know.
  • Set Beacon as your Amazon Smile charity so your Amazon purchases chip in!
Do you know of other passive fundraising methods? Reply to this newsletter and let us know!
 ~ 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