Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, May 6 ~ 
Youth Service
With Amy Huntereece, Director of Religious Exploration

Please join us as Beacon's Youth Group presents on our new monthly theme: Beloved Community! This is our annual Youth Sunday Service and we hope you will join with us for this always engaging, exciting, and encouraging service.

~ Touchstone Theme: Beloved~ 
~ Office Notice ~

Staff will be unavailable throughout the day Tuesday, May 8, during the Arizona UU cluster meeting in Chandler. The rest of the week will be typical office hours. 

Office Manager Caleb Alexander's typical office hours have been cancelled this week as he provides activities for daycare during the Teachers' Strike with Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. He is still responsive over email and will return to office hours next week.
~ Religious Exploration ~

PreK-Grade 4 -  Our May theme is Beloved Community. We will hear the story "What Bees Do At Home." This session focuses on the family home through an investigation of bees and their homes. The activities explore the idea of home as a specific, physical place that plays a role in the lives of bees. Children will discover commonalities shared by the homes of bees, the homes of other animals, and our family homes. 

Please check out the preparation activities in our  Google Group for grades 3 & 4  if you would like! These are some suggestions of things you can do this week to get ready for our lesson on Sunday. Activities are appropriate for younger children as well.

Grades 5-8 -  Older children are encouraged to stay in the service this coming Sunday. Our high school youth group has prepared a special service in which they are the leaders.  Please join us! Let me know if you have any questions.

May 6 Special Youth Sunday Service Led by High School Group June 3 Curriculum on
Five New Religions
May 13 Visit with Evangelical
Christian Church
June 8 Visiting Baha'i Faith
May 20 Curriculum on
Evangelical Christianity
June 10 Visiting Mormon Faith
May 27 Labyrinth!
No Beacon Service
June 17 Curriculum on Paganism

Hope to see you soon,
Amy Huntereece
Director of Religious Exploration
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Democracy and Public Engagement
Monday, May 7 at 7:00 pm
Beacon UU, 510 N Leroux St

Are you wondering what you can do to strengthen democracy in our times? Do you want to talk
with others about how ordinary people can make a difference in public life? Join us for  The Yes Men Fix the World at Beacon! This event is free and open to the public! Click for the flyer!

The Yes Men are culture-jamming activists who practice the art of spoofing in order to
call out undemocratic and dehumanizing policies. Using humor and satire, they perform large- scale, media-savvy stunts to wake people up to the craziness at work in our lives.

The SJA Film Series is co-sponsored by Beacon Social Justice Allies (SJA) and The Flagstaff Reading Group. The final film, Freedom Riders, will be shown at Beacon Monday, June 4.

More for your calendar: Regular SJA Meeting,  Sunday, May 20, after service. Members, friends, and  visitors are always welcome!

Peace and Peace-Making: On Monday night, May 21, the Flagstaff Friends Meeting
(Quakers) is hosting a conversation on Peace and Peace-Making. Nadine Hoover is an
innovator in creating cultures of peace in some of the world's most difficult and conflictual situations.  Click here for the poster and please join the discussion. 

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Community Action Committee ~

Coming into May, our new Share the Plate partner is The Flagstaff Family Food Center! The Family Food Center sponsors eight programs that provide Flagstaff families hunger relief and children's literacy programs.They serve daily hot meals, provide emergency food boxes, and provide  sandwiches from there kitchen back door lunch service. They also support other non-profit agencies with food services. Last year they collected over 700,000 pounds of food through there food rescue program and gave over 300,000 pounds of inedible food to animal feed through food to farm program. The Family Food Center will be sponsored for the final week of April to May 20.
 
~ ~ ~

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
~ In Community ~

Skip & Andrea shared that they are returning to Maine for six months on Tuesday. They will return in November. Bon voyage and thanks for all your support!

Holly shared her joy for Lynda's beautiful quilts!

Becky shared her appreciation for Flagstaff. 

Dan shared the sorrow of his brother's passing away Thursday. He appreciates the support from the Beacon community and others.

Char shared that she is joyful to be back in Flagstaff and at Beacon after a three week trip to family in Minnesota.

Mark J. shared the sorrow of his father's burst appendix, nevertheless he is doing amazingly well!

Jan shared the joy of her second year as a foster parents with eight at home now. She went on to share curriculum on fostering children and is glad for community support.

Carleton shared that lore is recovering in Wickenburg, Arizona, and would appreciate cards from the Beacon community. Contact Carleton or Roz for the address. 
~ Beacon Calendar ~

Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, May 3
7:00 pm
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, May 9
6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration 
Sunday, May 6
10:00 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, May 10
7:00 pm
Newcomers' Orientation
Sunday, May 6
11:30 am
RE Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 13
8:30 am
Chalice Circle Meeting
Sunday, May 6 at  11:30 am
Rescheduled from last Sunday. 
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, May 13
10:00 am
 Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 6
3:00 pm
Budget Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, May 13
11:30 am
SJA Film & Talk: The Yes Men
Monday, May 7
7:00 pm
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, May 14
5:15 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, May 8
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, May 15
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
QiGong
Tuesday, May 8
6:30 pm
QiGong
Tusday, May 15
6:30 pm
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
6:30 pm
Core Leadership Council
Wednesday, May 16
5:15 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

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 BeaconUU.com? Register on the website by clicking here!  Call or email Caleb ( office@beaconuu.com ) with any questions !
 ~ 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.