Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, November 4 ~ 
"Towards a Grateful Society"
With Rev. Kevin Lawson
 Rev. Kevin explores gratitude and gratefulness from the eastern philosophical traditions.  Gratitude births only positive feelings--love, compassion, joy, and hope.
As we focus on what we are thankful for, fear, anger, and bitterness simply melt away, seemingly without effort. Can this be true?
~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Gratitude~ 
~ Beacon Fundraising Auction: Slumber Party!!! ~
This Saturday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Childcare |  Hors d'oeuvre & Desserts 
Raffles & Door Prizes
Are you ready for the Beacon Auction?! Here is a friendly checklist:
  1. Slumber party attire
  2. Cash for raffle tickets and drinks
  3. Checkbook for payment of auction items you purchase. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to accept credit cards.
  4. Appetizer or dessert, if you agreed to bring food
  5. Auction Catalog (PDF) with notes on which live auction items you want to bid on. It helps to bring your calendar, too. Couples should plan to talk with each other before bidding on items so that you are in alignment about items and budgets.
  6. Childcare reservation can be made by clicking here!  
Wendy Bruun
Auction Promotions
~ Special Announcement: Special Lev Shalom Service ~
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 am at Congregation Lev Shalom (click for directions)

Please see the included flyer (click here or image for large size) announcing a  special service of remembrance and healing this  Saturday at Congregation Lev Shalom, 10:00am. This service of healing and reflection is in response to  last Saturday's tragic shooting and gun violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pennsylvania. I have  been asked to be a guest speaker, and I encourage our Beacon members and friends to please come in a  show of support for our Jewish friends and neighbors. Let us together be strong in our resolve that we  will resist voices of separation and actions of hate. Let us together gather to proclaim unity in diversity,  to speak to our values of inclusivity and the worth and dignity of all.

Please note that Congregation Lev Shalom is not a large meeting space, similar to us, I invite you to arrive early for indoor seating. It is expected to have a strong turnout of support and numbers of attendees, this may mean standing room only, and perhaps overflow crowds to hold vigil outside and around their building. Please check the weather and plan accordingly.

In community,
Rev. Kevin
~ Special Thanks from the Beacon Board ~
The Board would like to extend Special Thanks to
Katy Grant for her outstanding work organizing the auction event, to Jeff Pickens for his tireless support of this effort, and to Dennis Spurlin for his maintenance of spreadsheets for the auction.
Also, Special Thanks yet again to Carl Taylor and Theresa deBoer for their continued and extensive work on the Building Expansion Team, guiding our renovation project.
~ Special Notice: Unidentified Contributions  ~
Please contact the office! 

Will the Beacon member or friend who sent us two
 checks drawn on a OneAZ Credit Union account and dated 9/24/2018 please let us know by email or phone who you are? We'll need you to give us the amounts of each check and the pledge to which it applies to verify. We need this information to credit your accounts! 

Thank you from the Office of the Treasurer,
~ Fall Chalice Circles ~

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. The Chalice Circle experience enriches our community as we speak from the heart and listen deeply to one another in a safe and sacred environment of acceptance and caring. There is still space in both Sunday and Tuesday meeting groups!

4th Sundays, September to December, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  
OR 4th Tuesdays, September to December, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
Actual Sunday Dates: Nov. 25 and Dec. 23 
Actual Tuesday Dates: Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 
~ December's session will be on the third Tuesday due to Christmas.
Please contact Char Tarashanti for more information and to register.
(507) 990-3888
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~
In this mid-term election of great consequence, here are deadlines for submitting Early Voting ballots: The Oct. 31 mail-in deadline has passed. However, you may hand-deliver your Early Voting Ballot through Election Day, Tues., November 6, in these locations (regardless of your precinct):

Thank you, Beacon people, for your generous donations to support undocumented immigrants just released by ICE or Border Patrol for their bus rides to be with family in other parts of the U.S. Dorothy Rissel and Roseanne Fulcher delivered the much-needed travel supplies to Somos America (We Are America) who will sort and distribute them to travelers at the Phoenix bus depot. 


Rev. Kevin, Dorothy, Roseanne, Rich, and I participated in the rich programming at the UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) Network Issues and Action Day at the Surprise UU Church Saturday, November 27. Kevin joined a clergy team as a presenter as well as song leader in the brief worship service that set the "Courage and Renewal" tone for the day. We all agreed that it would be enlightening (and fun!) to engage a charismatic guy named Rowdy--and he was!--to challenge our Flagstaff faith communities on issues surrounding racial justice. So, stay tuned... 


The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, Nov. 18, following the service (about 11:15). Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome! 


Roz Clark

SJA Journalist  
~ Religious Exploration ~

On Sunday we will continue working with the curriculum called Circle of Trees.
This workshop briefly addresses the peril of global climate change with a focus on the progress that can be made when each of us takes action. Participants view a visual essay by Canadian activist Franke James and create one of their own.
Find out more details about what is happening for this coming Sunday in the Religious Exploration blog. As the Director of Religious Exploration at Beacon, I am always striving to provide opportunities and programming:
  •  that help you feel interconnected with other families,
  • that are innovative in the approach so I can meet you where you are,
  • that are impactful for all participants.
but I need your help!
Are you able and willing to take a couple minutes to  look at these 5 Ds of appreciative inquiry and tell me what you love about Beacon?  This will help me plan and bring more of what resonates with you and your family. Also I would love to hear about your dreams for the spiritual development of your children.  Tell me what you wish for.  This will also help me plan and bring more of what makes you excited.
Coming up:
  • This Sunday! First Sunday Fun Day! After service, Linda Ochi is heading up a fun new opportunity for families to come together. Hope to see you there!
  • November 13, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Coming of Age program for 12-15 year olds! We are so excited to offer this wonderful year-long opportunity to our middle school youth! Also, as an optional addition to the program, NAU Film Series this semester is focusing on Youth in Cinema: Coming of Age. Join us if you would like! Read this article in the Daily Sun for details.
  • November 18, after service 11:30 am - 1:30 pm High School Youth Group meeting. Let's get really real about what you want in youth group! Come for conversation and planning, lunch food items, and social time.
  • November 25 Bring a Friend Day
Amy Huntereece, Director of RE, 
Kay Johnson, RE Committee Chairperson,
~ Community Action Committee ~

Founded in 1911 by Dr. Henry Poore, the Poore Free Medical Clinic offers free medical and dental care to low income, uninsured individuals and families living in Coconino County. The majority of patients are the working poor who qualify because they live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. 
Attending to patient's medical and dental needs enables them to better their lives. The clinic earned the title of Flagstaff Organization of the Year in 2013. Services offered are Primary Care, Chronic Illness Care, Acute Illness Care, Children's Health, Sports Physicals, and Dental Care. Dental services offered include full dental exam with x-rays, filling cavities, simple dental extractions, and dental cleanings by a hygienist.
Community Action Committee Chair
~ Upcoming Events ~

Beacon Community Auction
Saturday, November 3, at Aspen Valley Golf Club
See article above for more details. Be sure to join us! 

UU History 101: Postponed
Previously Scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 11, and 18
This event has been postponed until early 2018. More details to come.
Listening Circles 
Sunday December 2 and Monday, December 3 in the Beacon Sanctuary.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming December Listening Circles with Nancy Paxton.
Save the date: Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24, at Beacon at both 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Join us at Beacon for one of two Christmas Eve services! We will not be at Coconino Center for the Arts, this year. Mark your calendars now!

~ Joys & Concerns ~
As recorded October 28, 2018

Rich C. shared frustrated concern for the events in Pittsburgh and is feeling more deeply committed than ever to promoting nonviolence in the future. 

Donna R. shared concern for her mother-in-law who is in the hospital and that her mother-in-law "wants to die in winter." Send her thoughts and love. 

Jack D. shared joy and appreciation for this service, even in Rev. Kevin's absence.

~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice 
Thursday, November 1
6:00 pm 
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, November 6
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Young Adult OWL
Saturday, November 3
12:30 pm at NAU
Tuesday, November 6

6:30 pm
Beacon Auction: Slumber Party!
Saturday, November 3
6:00 pm at Aspen Valley 
Worship Associates
Wednesday, November 7
5:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, November 4
10:00 am
Kadampa Buddhist Teachings
Wednesday, November 7
6:30 pm
RE Sunday Funday: Movies!
Sunday, November 4
11:30 am
Choir Practice 
Thursday, November 8 
7:00 pm
Newcomers Orientation
Sunday, November 4
11:30 am
Soul Collage with Char T. 
Saturday, November 10 
8:30 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
Thurs: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Or by appointment 
  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
~ Beacon Google Group ~

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