Submissions must be submitted by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to 
in order to be included in the newsletter. 
~ Sunday Service, June 02, 2019
Annual Poetry Service
Nancy Paxton and Jack Doggett will present a service featuring poems about goodbyes. 
May is often full of goodbyes; this service will provide one way to say goodbye to Rev. Kevin Lawson.

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Transcendence  ~ 
~ Farewell to Rev Kevin ~
Dear Congregation: 

Just a final update on Rev. Kevin.  

As of Friday, May 31, Rev. Kevin's tenure with Beacon will have ended.  Dennis and I met with him last Friday.  He seemed in good spirits.  We had a good discussion and ended our meeting very amicably.  Again, please join me in me in wishing him well.  Also, please bring letters, cards, and/or pictures for his Memory Book. I am sure Kevin would enjoy knowing what made a positive difference to you during his ministry,  and remembrance of the good times we had.  Lynda Dorweiler and Char Tarashanti will be  accepting cards and letters at the service on Sunday, as well as Sunday, June 9 and Sunday, June 16 .  Peace to him and to all of us.  Dora 
~ Annual Poetry Service ~

Join us on Sunday, June 2, for our Annual Poetry service at Beacon. Nancy Paxton and Jack Doggett will present a service on poems about goodbyes. May is often full of goodbyes: to friends, to teachers; to home; to lovers who left you, to lovers you left; to fathers or mothers, uncles or aunts, whose time has come; to places you've loved; to dreams you have given up; to ideas about yourself that have held you back. May is also the month we say goodbye to Rev. Kevin Lawson; we hope this service will give you a chance to reflect and say goodbye. If you have a short poem about a goodbye that you would like to share, send it to  or .
~ Construction Notice ~

Dear Beacon Members and Friends,

We've had a bit of a schedule change and need to let you know that starting this Thursday, May 30, the front door to the church will be blocked off for about two weeks while the contractor repairs the foundation and installs the new door.  Please use the accessible side entrance off the alley to access the church.  The back door can still be used as an emergency exit.
Sunday services and the Congregational meeting will continue as scheduled during this inconvenience.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
The Building Expansion Team

Saturday, June 8, 7:00 am - noon

Dora Harrison's driveway, 5 E. Fine (around the corner from Beacon)
With the annual yard sale coming up soon, this is the perfect time to tackle your closets, drawers and garage!   No clothes or electronics.  And please, NO JUNK! That means old textbooks, stained linens and rusty kitchenware. If you wouldn't pay a dollar for it, leave it at home!

Dora still has lots of room in her garage, so get busy! If you need to have items picked up, contact Bill Owen, 526-0087 or
~ Congressional Meeting ~

Mark Your Calendar!

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on  Sunday, June 9, at Beacon.  Please come and bring finger food for nibbles.  

Changes in By-laws and the 2018-20 Budget as well as officers, some committee members and prior  minutes will be on the agenda. If you cannot attend remember to select a proxy, notify Diana, our secretary,  to tell her the name of your proxy.  She must receive this information at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. 

Diana's email is

We will send out the items to be voted on approximately 1 week prior to the meeting.  
Childcare will be provided. Please notify Amy if you will require child care (

~ Goodbye Celebration ~

Let's Party and eat cake! 
Sunday June 16, 2019 ~ 11:30am 

As you may know, after 25 years  here in Flagstaff and at Beacon, Kay and Jack Doggett  are moving to Colorado. Come and join us in wishing them  well.  If you know stories, bring them!! 

~ Religious Exploration ~

Religious Education at Beacon will look a bit different this summer.  Check the summer 2019 blog for details and more information .

What were the numbers last week?  64!
This pie chart represents all interactions related to religious education  May 20- May 26.

Check what's happening  this coming Sunday and get more information and resources!

Coming Up: First Sunday Fun Day is postponed until June 9.  After service, and while the grownups have their meeting, we will stay at the church and play with slime, eat snacks, and play games.  Join the fun! 

Director of Religious Exploration 
Social Justice Allies (SJA)   ~

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, June 2, following the service (about 11:20).  Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome. Snacks will be provided. Our special guests will be Walt Halaberda, and Carol Hixson-both local teachers and Beacon members, who will give us his take on the education situation here in Flagstaff and in Arizona (now that the state budget has been passed). We will also pick his brain for his thoughts about how SJA and Beacon might help our local educators-in the short-term as well as the long term. 
The other agenda item will be last-minute planning for the community presentation by Sharon Kopina of Somos America, which will be Thursday evening, June 13, in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany on the corner of Elm and Beaver Streets. (Please see next item.)

On Thursday, June 13 at 6:30pm, at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Beacon SJA and NAIC (Northern Arizona Interfaith Council) are co-sponsoring a program about Somos America.  Sharon Kopina, a Somos America leader will (1) share current developments at the border, and (2) explain how this humanitarian aid program helps asylum-seekers with travel food and diapers for multi-day bus trips from Phoenix to stay with sponsors across the country during their respective immigration processes.

A discussion will follow Sharon's presentation.

If you donated to Somos America when we did a very successful collection last month, we certainly don't expect you to do so again. However, if you missed that chance, you will have another opportunity at this June 13 gathering to contribute the specific items these immigrant mothers, fathers and young children need for their arduous journey. Items needed (and suggestions for local stores with the best bargains) are also listed on the flyer. This is a concrete way we can help these desperate asylum seekers.
We are very grateful to Epiphany for allowing us to use their Parish Hall for this event. (Beacon's sanctuary is not available during the week for the next couple months due to construction of our long-planned-for building expansion.)
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Chalice Circle ~

Touchstones Chalice Circles are designed to meet our needs for belonging (intimacy) and meaning (ultimacy) by building friendships and providing opportunities to ponder life's questions, small and large, with others who share the common values of our UU Principles. 

Chalice Circle continues to meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism, Touchstones.  One can download pages for reading prior to our meeting by accessing the website in the weekly e-newsletter. 

To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler
~ REI Building Project Update ~

The big event happening this week is the work on the front door. We didn't expect this to happen this soon, but we have the side door entrance (off the alley) ready to go. The contractor has told us it will take about two weeks to finish the front door. They will have to remove the concrete and put in a footing under the new door, to fix the issue we have every year with the doors sagging and not closing properly (there is no footing under the front door).

We are still having Sunday services, the Congregational meeting, and potluck during this disruption! The side door will serve as our front door, and the back door can still be used as an emergency exit.

If you need to check out a key to the building, please see Dennis Spurlin this Sunday at church.

If you need to schedule a meeting or use of the building during the next couple of months, please check with Carl Taylor or myself to be sure that the construction won't interfere with your plans.

Theresa deBoer
REI Building Project Manager
~ Joys and Concerns ~
 Sunday, May 26, 2019  was Labyrinth Sunday, Joys and Concerns were not recorded.
~ Volunteers Needed ~

Food Center Meal Service: 4th Wednesday of each month, contact Sue Strobel for more information.
This Month's Share the Plate Partner   ~

For June, Beacon will share the plate with Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona and Sharon Manor. This organization helps homeless victims of violence and their children on their journey out of violence and poverty and into economic independence, safety, health, and self-sufficiency.
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and their children in the United States. Local shelters play a critical role in helping families in crisis, but they are short-term in nature.

Sharon Manor is transitional housing for homeless victims of domestic violence and their children. Beyond temporary, emergency shelter, Sharon Manor provides up to 2 years of comprehensive one-on-one case management, group trainings, and safe and affordable housing for residents as they work to rebuild their lives. Since opening, Sharon Manor has helped more than 1,140 victims and their children transition to self-reliance through its holistic program.

Undesignated contributions to this month's Sunday service offerings above $300 will be presented to Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona and Sharon Manor. 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 L. Dorweiler.
~ UUA Events ~

Sunday, June 9 - Annual Congregational Meeting 11:30am - 1:00pm.

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 .
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, June 02, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Worship Associates
Wednesday June 05
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SJA Meeting
Sunday, June 02, 2019
11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Beacon Yard Sale
Saturday, June 08, 2019
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
5 E. Fine Ave
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  ~

Hours  t o be announced
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