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510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, November 17, 2019

"The Four Freedoms"
Rev. Glenn Farley from Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will discuss 
FDR's "Four Freedoms," his 1941 speech on this subject, and how these freedoms 
continue to inform us today.  Rev. Robin is preaching in Sedona today.    

Religious Exploration
This Sunday the elementary children will talk about how to be a welcoming community .

Following the Service
Members are asked to remain after the service and help move chairs out of the way so that staining and finishing of the exposed wood in the Sanctuary ceiling can be done on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Help will be greatly appreciated.


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Mission & Vision ~ 

Departure of our Director of Religious Exploration, 
Amy Huntereece
With gratitude for her many gifts and for her valuable contributions to the life of Beacon UU Congregation, we accept the resignation, without duress or request, of our DRE Amy Huntereece, effective November 18, 2019.
In her note to us, Amy said, " I appreciate the professional support and learning opportunities I have had at Beacon." Please wish her well in her future endeavors when you see her at church this Sunday. I am already collaborating with various staffers and Beacon members to craft our plan for Religious Exploration moving forward, and we have some exciting ideas in the works for the New Year! Stay tuned.
Sunday school classes will take place November 17, November 24, December 8 and December 15. All other services in November and December will be worship for all ages in the Sanctuary.
Building Bridges, Chalice Circles, and other programs will continue as scheduled. Taco Tuesday and TED Talks will be on hiatus.
To the unfolding of our souls at all stages of life,
In faith,
Rev. Robin and the Board of Trustees
Joys and Sorrows
From Sunday, November 10, 2019

Colleen participated in a conference and is working to find resources for transgender and non-binary people.
Marti M. shared sad news about her nephew's health. 
We celebrated the success of the auction.   
Spotlight this Week!

Bring-A-Friend & Potluck
Sunday, November 24

Bring a Friend or Bring Back A Friend Sunday! Let's fill the sanctuary with new and old friends for our gratitude themed service on November 24 which will include a new member welcome. A festive Thanksgiving-themed potluck to follow. Please plan to bring a dish to share.  

~ Community Connections ~

 - STARTING POINTS - For New and Renewed UUs with Rev. Robin - Join Us! 
Saturday, November 16 and Saturday, November 23 from 
9:00 am -12:00 pm

There's still time - last minute registrations are welcome!
Email to sign-up:  office@beaconuu.com

Whether you are new to Beacon or have been around a while, consider signing up for our engaging two-part Starting Points program (An Introduction to the UU Journey) that Rev. Robin will facilitate during two half-day retreats, November 16 and 23.

Session One: Your Journey - Sharing Our Stories and Spiritual Roadmaps; The Unitarian Universalist Journey &; The Journey of our Congregation 

Session Two: Our Journey Together - The 3 Paths of Unitarian Universalism, Part I & 2; Finding Your Tribe 

Preview the Program components and materials by downloading the Participant Packet of readings, videos and other exercises Please note - We will select elements from this vast array of materials. Participants will not be expected to prepare everything listed in the program.

Beverages and light refreshments in the morning; bring a brown bag lunch for more conversation with Rev. Robin from 12-1. Participants will be invited to sign the membership book after the second retreat. A new member welcome ceremony will also take place during the service on Sunday, November 24. Childcare Provided. Please sign up through the office so we can plan for your attendance with materials and refreshments.
Men's Group Gathering
November 21, 2019 at 6pm

All adult men are invited to gather in friendship and conversation at Mountain Top Tap Room on Thursday, Nov 21 at 6pm. It's at 10 E Route 66 in the old State Bar and Rickety Cricket location.  Hope to see you there. 928-856-1364
Chalice Circles
November 24 & 26 

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 Sunday & Tuesday of each month. Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism,  Touchstones.  
To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at  ChaliceCircles@Beaconuu.com
Connect with Rev. Robin
First Sunday of the Month

On the first Sundays of the month, grab your coffee and come back into the Sanctuary to connect with Rev. Robin, talk about Beacon and your own journey. (No December meeting) See  you on January 5.

Men's Astronomy Evening
December 4, 2019 at 7pm
Contact Steve Zeldes
All adult men are invited to gather the evening of Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7 pm for an evening of  astronomy and comradery. We'll gather at my house (2675 E Hemberg Drive) and hope for a clear evening. Jeff Pickens will bring his 120mm refractor telescope and a mounted binocular set. The moon will be about half full, so less than ideal for deep sky viewing. But, I'm told we should see some star clusters and planets. Ask Jeff about his recent filming of the transit of Mercury across the sun.
I'll have some "refreshments" and perhaps a few snacks. A heads up if you plan to come would be nice, so I'll know how many to expect. 
Hope to see you then.
 Religious Exploration For All Ages 

If you are curious about what is planned in RE, you can check the RE blog for information about what is happening this coming Sunday.

The middle school youth will visit the
International Kadampa Retreat Center  on Sunday morning as part of their study of world religions. Thank you so much to their teacher, Dru Monroe, for guiding them through this journey. Thank you also to the parent volunteers who are assisting as teachers and chaperones! We appreciate you! If you would like to join this field trip, please check the RE blog link above for more details.

This Sunday the elementary children will talk about how to be a  welcoming community.

Then next Sunday, November 24, all are encouraged to:
  • Bring a Friend to service!
  • And...at 11:00 AM, attend the family potluck and movie.
  Social Justice Allies (SJA) 

On Saturday, November 23, 10-12 there will be a League of Women Voters Advocacy Training workshop in Camp Verde.

The Greater Verde Valley chapter of the LWV has developed an engaged membership; they have arranged for the state level LWV Advocacy Chair to facilitate this two-hour training. Sending even a small Beacon delegation to participate will prepare us for our non-partisan work-the League has a non-partisan requirement, too-in the months to come.
Please see the attached flyer. Let me know if you're interested; if so we can participate in a carpool. Feel free to respond to the person shown at the bottom of the flyer, and copy me.
In community and service,
Roz Clark, Interim SJA Chair

Building Project Update

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new spaces! November 3, 2010

Dear fellow congregants - we hope that you are enjoying the new spaces and the fruit of your generosity and labor!  It is wonderful to see us spread out through the building after service and not clustered in a crowded vestibule space.  Things will be even better when we complete the Beacon projects (as opposed to the Contractor's).  

Which brings us to the point:  We are very appreciative of the reliable, and some cases early, payments already made to the capital campaign fund.  It is now very important that we all complete paying our remaining pledge amounts during the coming year!  We will need that money to repay our member lenders for their bridging loans to the project.  These allowed us to pay off the Contractor and Architect at the end of their part of the work, even though we had not received all pledges.  Now is the time to begin accumulating remaining pledge payments in order to reimburse our lenders on October 1, 2020.  If you have questions about the status of your capital campaign pledge, please contact Holly Taylor, 606-5211.  She is maintaining financial records of the campaign.

AND, don't forget that we continue to have need for volunteer labor as we complete the interior and exterior projects that will give us a completed and functional facility for many years to come.  What a fine gift to ourselves and the future!

Carl and Theresa
UUJAZ Updates & Events

Faith Floods the Courtroom
We're calling on people of faith and people of conscience from across the country to flood the court room at  405 W. Congress St. in Tucson, on  November 20th at 8am. We will show up in support of UU Scott Warren, Human Rights activist with No More Deaths facing 20 years of jail for providing life saving aid to migrants in the desert.   RSVP HERE 

Climate Strike
Save the date for Dec. 6th, the next Climate Strike with our partners Sunrise Movement and AZ Youth Climate Strike. Join us at Phoenix City Hall,200 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003, from 2-6pm.

In community,
Janine Gelsinger
Executive Director of UUJAZ
Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network
UUA General Assembly
 Providence, RI. June 24-28, 2020

Rooted, Inspired & Ready! 
We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. 

Early Bird registration by Feb 29. We have funds designated to help send Beacon congregants to GA! Speak to Rev. Robin

      November Share the Plate Partner  

For October and November, Beacon UU is sharing the plate with Flagstaff Family Food Center. Serving around 63,000 daily meals per year in their location on N. Second Street, the Center also provides a children's reading room, delivers to the Flagstaff Shelter Services an evening meal for those who might be staying the night, and provides Back Door and Mobile Sack Lunches. They have a food rescue program from local grocery stores and distribute food no longer good for human consumption to local farms and ranches, so there is zero waste. 

Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Share The Plate partner. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the top of the stairs in the CAC folder, or contact Office@beaconuu.com
Our Caring Connections

Confidential Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Circle works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for a listening ear and caring connections. Contact Rev. Robin or Dorothy Rissel at  dorothy.rissel@gmail.com
Beacon is Hiring
Please share! 

There are two positions currently available:   
  • Office Manager, 15 hours per week
  • Custodian, 5 hours per week
~ Beacon Calendar  ~

Choir Rehearsal 
Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Auction Team Meeting (offsite)
Friday, November 15, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
CLC Meeting
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Starting Points with Rev. Robin
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 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* & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs:10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Or by appointment:
978-505-7245 - talk and text (confidential line) 
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Mon: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tues: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm, 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Or by appointment 
  Office Manager,
April Yax

 No office hours at this time, but happy to hear from you at:


Beacon board, committee, and staff email addresses can be found here: 
~ 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 beaconuu.com!

Website Updates ~
Dear Members and Friends,
Public users of the Beacon website see only the public facing information.  There are many pages of additional information available to those who have registered and are assigned the role of "Member" or "Friend" by the webmaster.  To get started click register.   

Be sure to record your username and password somewhere safe. If you are listed in the Beacon directory send an email to webmaster@beaconuu.com to set your role for access to information about what the leadership is up to, minutes of meetings, decisions of the Board, projects planned by the Core Leadership Council, as well as contact information for members and committee chairs. Your Beacon website is the place to go for copies of the bylaws, policies, and other documents that establish the business of Beacon.

~ 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  office@beaconuu.com or Visit:  https://groups.google.com/d/forum/uuflag