Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, May 12, 2019
With Worship Associate Andy Hogg
We will recognize mothers of all kinds on Mother's Day. 
It is a national day of gratitude for those who bring love into this world.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Mystery  ~ 
~ Update on Rev. Kevin ~

Most of you received an email earlier this week letting you know that Rev. Kevin is taking two weeks of personal leave due to health and other family issues. I do not have anything more to report as of today other than to wish Gary and him well. Hopefully, I can report more by next week or by the town hall meeting.   Dora
~ Ground Breaking ~

Thanks to everyone who came out for the ground breaking!   

Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation Ground Breaking
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation Ground Breaking

Dora Harrison, President
Board of Trustees
~ Religious Exploration ~

On May 4 & 5 we celebrated the culmination of the coming of Age program with a banquet and special service. The participants had an opportunity to share their faith statements. Six youth have met with teachers and mentors since September. Thank you so much to all the mentors, teachers, and parents that helped make this program so successful this year!

What were the numbers last week 91!
This pie chart represents all interactions related to religious education   April 28- May 5 .

May 12  Worship for All Ages, please join us at:
  • 10:00 with a very special order of service just for kids! 
  • 11:00 sign up for summer camp
Director of Religious Exploration 
~ NOTICE: Town Hall Information ~
Meeting May 19 
Mark your calendar. We will gather at our annual Town Hall Information meeting after the service on May 19 to review and discuss the 2019-2020 proposed budget, proposed changes to the Beacon Bylaws, and other announcements and discussion to keep you up- to- date on Beacon.  A lot is happening.  The proposed budget and the proposed Bylaws will be sent to you electronically around Wednesday or Thursday of next week. 

Snacks will be served.  The Board will provide, but it you have something that you want to share, please feel free to contribute, - half a cake, dip or chips that you don't  want or need, etc.  

Save the date!   Saturday, June 8, 7 am to noon

Our annual yard sale is a big money maker for Beacon.  And it's loads of fun!

Yes, we'll be under construction but the show will still go on!  Dora has graciously offered the use of her driveway, just around the corner at 5 East Fine Ave.  Because our space is severely limited this year, please be very selective in what you donate.  No clothes, no computer electronics. 

Please volunteer to help on Friday from 4:30 on for sorting and pricing, during the sale on Saturday, and for clean up.  Call Bill Owen, 526-0086, if  you need to have something picked up.

Bill Owen, 2019 Team Leader
~  Social Justice Allies (SJA)   ~

Plans are underway for a community presentation about Somos America byleader Sharon Kopina. She will share current developments at the border as well as how this organization is working to mitigate the challenges asylum seekers face when they are delivered from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Phoenix bus station. These immigrants, many parent(s) with small children, will have 2-4 day bus trips from there to a sponsor with whom they will stay during the immigration process.
While we will invite other community organizations' members to donate travel-food items for these travelers-like we did last month-we are not expecting repeat donations from Beacon folks!
We are aiming for a mid-June date, probably in a venue away from Beacon, due to expansion construction of church home. Specific arrangements will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
League of Women Voters (LWV) event Thursday, May 23, 6:00pm, at Charly's in the Weatherford Hotel, corner of Aspen and Leroux downtown.
The new LVW presents their first educational event: Dinner and discussion featuring Coconino County Recorder Patty Hansen. Her topic will be "Voter Rights and Voter Suppression in Arizona".
Registration is required. $25 /person, register at Cash or check accepted at the door. For further information, you are invited to contact .
Other important dates for your calendar:
May 19 (Sunday) following the service: Budget Forum, providing an opportunity to participate in a discussion about the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year (as well as other topics).
June 8 (Saturday): Beacon's Annual Yard Sale.
June 2 (Sunday) following the service: SJA meeting.
June 9 (Sunday) following the service: Beacon's Annual Congregational Meeting. We will vote on the budget, new members of our Board of Trustees and by-law revisions. (You must have been a Beacon member for 28 days to be eligible to vote.)

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

The project has begun! After years of planning and talking, we have finally started the construction on our building addition. Last Sunday, we had a ceremonial groundbreaking behind the sanctuary.

The next day, Monday May 6, Loven Contracting began putting equipment in place as the gas company worked on capping off the gas line. We have temporary heaters in place to keep the building from getting too cool for the next couple of weeks.

With any construction project there will be inconveniences and the possibility of schedule changes, but we are working with the contractor to maximize our use of the building during construction. There may be a Sunday or two that will be impacted, but the rest of the time we should be able to hold services at Beacon. I'll be putting out a more detailed schedule soon, so in the meantime here is the schedule provided by the contractor.

And a special thanks goes to Barry Brenneman and Dan Davis, for erecting a temporary railing along the side door ramp, in the event we need to use that door while the main entrance is being worked on.

Theresa deBoer
REI Building Project Manager
~ Joys and Concerns ~
 Sunday, May 05, 2019

Andy G. - Shared joy at being back in Flagstaff and for the Coming of Age program. He also shared concern for this wife Rita who is in a discovery week. 
Rich & Roz C. - Shared that they have had a heavy heart of late. Their daughter invited them to live with her - ultimately decided against it. 
Jeanne G. - Shared joy that Audrey & Harrison are at church.
Molly - Shared joy about the play she was in. Grateful for all the people who are in her life who give her love and support.
Erica P. - Shared joy about her journey with UU before her kids were a thought and now Harrison has Come of Age. Grateful and thankful for the people who care.
Jack D. - Shared thanks for the ground breaking and Cynthia's leadership with Coming of Age.
Micah H. Placed a stone for a deceased friend. 
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 - 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  ~

Worship Associates & BET Meeting
Thursday, May 09, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
CoSM Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2019
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, May 09, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Piano Practice
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Soul Collage
Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Qi Gong
Tuesday,May 14, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, May 12, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
CLC Meeting
Wednesday May 15, 2019
5:15 pm - 7:15 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 .