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~ Sunday Service, May 05, 2019
Youth Sunday
With Rev. Kevin Lawson
This morning our High School Youth and children will be sharing during the service. Director of Religious Exploration, Amy Huntereece and Rev. Kevin will be participating and supporting our children and youth in this special annual service. Come let your heart be touched as we hear from some of our younger voices.  

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Mystery  ~ 
~ Senior Voice Recital Postponed ~

For those planning to attend the Senior Voice Recital for Music Director Gabriel Hernandez this coming Friday, please know that it has been postponed until September due to illness and the need for Gabriel to rest his voice. We are thankful he is recovering. Details to follow.
~ Ground Breaking ~

Sunday, May 5, after service
We hope  everyone  will join us!

Bring your shovel. Before the service, please place your name on your shovel and  lean it against the building out back. If you don't have a shovel, or forget to bring it, come anyway!  You will need to access the back through the church building.   We want to be as efficient as possible once the worship service is over.  There are other committee  meetings and a membership class after the ground breaking.  Come, Come, whoever you are. This is a once in a generation (or more) event!  

Dora Harrison, President
Board of Trustees
~ Religious Exploration ~

Join us at 10:00 AM  in Worship for All Ages led by our Coming of Age and High School youth!  Check the RE blog for information about what is happening this coming Sunday.

What were the numbers in April? Total =128!
This pie chart represents all interactions related to Religious Education in April.

Coming up:
Saturday, May 4  at 5:00 PM Coming of Age Celebration Dinner
Sunday, May 5 at 10 AM Youth led service and COA participants present their credos.
                         at 11:00 AM   First Sunday Fun day
Sunday May 12 at 10 AM High School Bridging, Child Dedications and Summer Camp registration.
More info about Chalice Camp coming soon on the RE blog . Check back!

Director of Religious Exploration 
~  Social Justice Allies (SJA)   ~

SJA will meet this Sunday, May 5, following the brief back yard Ground Breaking Ceremony, which will be right after the service. SJA agenda items will include logistics for our community program featuring humanitarian aid speaker (see Somos below) and getting serious about how we can support educators in Flagstaff.
Beacon members, friends and visitors are encouraged to meet with us Sunday with your generous heart and creative thinking. Snacks provided.

The Somos America (We are America) border humanitarian aid community program has been postponed until June. Sharon Kopina, a leader with Somos America, will share her knowledge about the situation at the border for asylum seekers and on the work of Somos America. (Somos is the organization we recently supported with travel-food donations-thank you, Beacon!).

Our neighbor, Epiphany Episcopal Church (corner Elm and Beaver) is at mid-point in a series of unique First Friday events titled "Border + Crossroads". In this curated photographic exhibit, "artists explore the visual spectrum of human stories from our US/Mexico borderlands. This collection shows personal responses to immigration and the effects of current policies on the people and the land." This Friday's event May 3, 6:00-8:30, is an artists' reception, fiesta and panel conversation featuring exhibit artists. Please see link for more information.

In community,
 Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ REI Building Project Update ~

In our pre-construction meeting with the contractor and architect last Monday, there were a couple of surprises that we had to deal with (of course!). We found out we needed to have an asbestos survey done, and luckily, Carl Taylor pulled some strings and was able to get someone in on Tuesday to take samples. We should have the results in a couple of days. The other surprise was that we need to shut the gas off from mid-May to mid-July. The timing on this isn't too bad as the temperature usually starts warming up by then and we have plenty of space heaters for the evenings. And we'll have to wash our hands with cold water until the gas is turned back on. But I don't see this as a problem since the hot water isn't hot anyway.

Following the ceremonial ground breaking this Sunday, the actual construction project will start the following week. I would like to ask for everyone to be patient for the next couple of months as we get into the throes of construction. Some things will not go as planned, and there will be inconveniences and changes to schedules. We can't know every exact detail and problem we will encounter during a construction project. All we have to do is put up with the mess and inconvenience for a while, and then we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor!!

Theresa deBoer
REI Building Project Manager
~ Joys and Concerns ~
 Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sue S. - Shared sorrow over the shooting at the synagogue in California and vandalism here in Flagstaff. Invites everyone to join her in protest of NRA on May 4th at 3pm.
Skip B & Andrea S. - Leaving Tuesday to return to Maine; will miss everyone until their return in the fall. Hope everyone will watch & enjoy the renovations.
Grace D. - Shared a joy that she has been busy with a start-up competition; please send joy & love this Saturday.
Gus M. - Shared concern that ICE removed people from their homes here in Flagstaff. He also expressed concern that program funding for the developmentally disabled is being cut and asks that we please write our state representatives. 
This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

For May, Beacon will Share the Plate with Northern AZ Interfaith Community Leadership.  NAICL/NAIC is a non-partisan interdenominational organization dedicated  to building leadership for civic participation across lines of race, class, age, and religion and organize for issues that advance the common good.  

The group has sponsored a fall candidate accountability session for candidates running for the Flagstaff City Council and State Legislature.  They meet regularly with the current City Council members and support immigrant students and their families in efforts to promote student's post-secondary education. 

Undesignated contributions to this month's  Sunday  service offerings  above $300 will be presented to NAICL/NAIC.  Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the bottom of the stairs in the CAC folder. 

CAC members are Steven Patrick, Susan Patrick, Susan Strobel, Joanne Parkes, and Lynda Dorweiler.
~ Save the Date ~

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.
~ Volunteers Needed ~

Food Center Meal Service: 4th 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

~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Choir Practice
Thursday, May 02, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SJA Meeting
Sunday, May 05, 2019
11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Interim Search Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 04, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Newcomers Orientation
Sunday, May 05, 2019
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Coming of Age Celebration
Saturday, May 04, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Qi Gong
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, May 05, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Interim Search Committee
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ground-Breaking Ceremony
Sunday, May 05, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 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!
~ Community Safety and Awareness ~

In the coming weeks, with construction ramping up and the possibility of many people coming and going, and mindful of everyone's safety and security, the staff will do our best to maintain awareness and we also ask that anyone coming onsite please check-in with whomever is in the office so that staff are aware of your presence within the building or on the property. 
Beacon Office Hours  ~
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 - 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
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!

~ 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
~ Beacon Website Tour ~
May 16, 2019 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Learn what the Beacon website can do for you.  Look behind the website to see how much it is being used, how access is controlled, and who has what access.  Ask questions about what more it can do for you.  This forum is open to all Beacon members, friends, and visitors.  Bring your own device or not.  Please RSVP to .