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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, October 13, 2019


  Sermon 
The Heartbeat of Trees
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
In his masterwork, Walden, Henry David Thoreau explained that he "went to the woods to live deliberately." In this sermon to mark Indigenous People's Day, we'll explore what it might mean to live in a deliberate and conscious relationship with the sacred natural world. How do we and can we help Nature thrive and protect it through our activism and through our stewardship, as we walk in step with the heartbeat of trees?

Religious Exploration

Also, after the service:
SJA Meeting - all are welcome
All Congregation Potluck and Clean-Up Day

  

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Democracy ~ 


Joys and Concerns
From Sunday, October 6, 2019

Paul B. - Expressed sorrow and concern that Andy G had a stroke last week. Andy's vision has been impaired but he has been moved to rehab and would like visitors. 
Dora H. - Placed a stone for Jan.
Susan P. - Shared joy that she can now walk!
Anne W. - Shared that she had both cataract and retinal surgery last week; she needs help with/homes for six foster kittens. 
Nancy P. - Shares healing hopes for Rev. Robin.
Spotlight this Week!
Monday, October 14, 11:00-2:00 at City Hall

Indigenous People's Day Celebration. Rev. Robin will be there; she invites Beacon attendees to congregate together.

 - 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

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. Please sign up through the office so we can plan for your attendance with materials and refreshments.
~ Community Connections ~
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.  See  you on November 3.

 
Social Justice Allies (SJA) 


Sunday, October 13 (this Sunday), following the service (about 11:15):
SJA meeting.
This is a perfect time to take a good hard look at Beacon's approach to social justice.
For starters, we'll take some time to consider this question:
What would it take to make Beacon's social justice efforts yours? We'll try some...
  1. BIG THINKING (For you, what would success look like?), and some...
  2. SMALL THINKING (What are some steps we need to take to achieve success?)
It would be especially productive if some of you-who don't usually come to SJA meetings-would join us and share your thinking and feelings. Roz
 
And for this month's calendar...
 
Monday, October 14, 11:00-2:00 at City Hall: Indigenous People's Day.
Opening with a proclamation, this event will also include guest speakers who will present historical and contemporary indigenous contributions to the City as well as indigenous dancers from across northern Arizona.
This is a special celebration commemorating Indigenous People's stories honoring their past, present and future.
Rev. Robin will be there; she invites Beacon attendees to congregate together.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2:30, NAU Liberal Arts Building, Room 120: Scott Warren, (Ph.D. in Geography and No More Deaths volunteer) will present "Humanitarian Aid in the Borderlands", sponsored by NAU Latin American Studies and NAU No More Deaths. Dr. Scott was tried by the U.S. government in July for "conspiracy to transport" and "harboring" undocumented immigrants by providing "food, water, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented border crossers.
While that jury declared him innocent in an 8-to-4 vote, the government will re-try him in November for "harboring". Please see link.
Contact Roz if you need a ride (928-380-6502 or SJA@beaconuu.com ).
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, at the UU Church of Surprise:
UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network's annual fall gathering, known as Issues and Action Days

Thanks to you, Issues + Action Day has SOLD OUT!  If you are planning to go, but missed registration, email UUJAZ Director Janine Gelsinger to be put on a waiting list.

Please  let Rev. Robin know if you have registered for the UUJAZ event in Surprise. 

In community and service,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
All Congregation, All Ages, Work Day & Finger Food Potluck
 ** Upcoming Congregational Meeting **

October 27, 2019 at  11:30 am

Since the contractor's portion of the building expansion is nearing completion, the Board requires a Congregational Meeting to seek approval for allocating funds from our reserves to complete the discretionary items needed to finalize our expansion and remodeling.  A quorum is needed for the approval. 

If you are unable to attend, please send your proxy's name to the Board Secretary, Lynda L. Dorweiler ( secretary@beaconuu.com ) by 11:30 AM on October 26, 2019. (24 hours in advance of the meeting).

Child care will be provided. Please let Amy know whether you do need child care ( re@beaconuu.com)
Beacon Auction
Saturday, November 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Aspen Valley Golf Club, 1855 N. Continental Drive

Theme: Under Construction (Costumes encouraged!)

Each Sunday, we talk about how we build community at Beacon. And our annual fundraising auction is a great way to do just that.

I got to know Dan Davis much better as he built a garden enclosure in my back yard--after I'd bid on his carpentry service. Picture Diana Roy dressed as Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Diana attended "My Dream Dinner Guest" that Eric and I hosted. If you ever want to know about local history and geography, ask Carl Taylor. He led a group of 20 of us on a tour of nearby attractions this spring. Hosting and participating in auction dinners, hikes, and events, and donating your time and talents are ways we build community.

And here's a gift idea: bid on a service and donate to a Beacon friend who might need it.

We still need donations! Now is the time to submit your donations. You can submit online by filling out this  FORM or you can pick up a paper form on Sunday, fill it out, and return it to an auction team member.  Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 21.

Free childcare! Parents, enjoy a grown-up evening at the auction. Free childcare is available at Bill and Marsha Owens' house, 2071 N. Rain Tree Road. To sign up, please complete this online   REGISTRATION

Questions about the auction? Please email  auction@beaconuu.com
 ~ Finger Foods Needed for Auction ~

We are in need of your yummy finger foods/appetizers for our upcoming Beacon Auction on 11/2. I am looking for a good mix of savory/sweet (20-30) items that can easily be handled by hand and served on a tray. If you are not able to attend the auction, I will be happy to pick up your food contribution on 11/2. Please contact Donna Engleson to let me know what you will be bringing - text or call 928-600-1639 or email  Flagdonna@yahoo.com  . Cheers!

REI Building Project Update

Important Date: Nov 3 after the service: Celebration of our new spaces!

The contractor's phase of the construction project is nearing completion! However, we can't start using our new spaces until the city has done a final inspection and issued a certificate of occupancy. We expect this to happen in about 2 to 3 weeks. We hope this will be it, but there is a chance there could be additional delays depending on the city's requirements. We've had a lot of surprises and setbacks with this project, and we are coping, but it has been a real challenge in some cases.
















More work is needed to finish our portion of the overall project. Beacon BET sub-teams are doing planning and building for the backyard and the office areas. Norm Lowe's team will begin building the Admin Office (old kitchen) furniture this week. Barry Brenneman's team is planning the renovation of the new Minister/RE office (old Purple Room). And Rich Clark and Bill Stewart are having a team planning meeting this week for the backyard. If you are interested in joining in the fun, please contact one of these team leaders. This is a great way be a part of our community and do some "fellowshipping!"

A special request: We are no longer stacking and unstacking chairs in the sanctuary on a weekly basis. If you need to move chairs, please be mindful of the hymnals. The hymnals have taken a real beating with all the moving and stacking of chairs. Please avoid stacking chairs if possible, but if you must, then please remove the hymnals and put them in a safe place. Be sure to return the chairs and hymnals back to where they belong when you are finished using the sanctuary.
 
Theresa deBoer, REI Building Project Manager
Contact me at bgcommittee@beaconuu.com
 
Check out the blog for pictures, videos, and info: https://www.beaconuu.com/category/rei-building-project/

 Religious Exploration For All Ages 

Religious Exploration at Beacon is looking different these days! Please be sure to stay updated and read this section of the newsletter, even if you do not have children!

You may be pleasantly surprised that there is something for you!

Check the RE blog for information about what is happening  this coming Sunday.

What were the numbers last week? Total = 68!

This pie chart represents all child and family interactions related to Religious Education from 9/30-10/6

Coming up:
More details about upcoming programming, resources for UU parents, and curriculum related ideas for you to connect with your children will be posted regularly on the  RE blog.

Email Amy at re@beaconuu.com
 Chalice Circles 
Fourth Tuesday & Sunday of the month


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
      October  & 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 Calendar  ~


Choir Practice 
Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
All Congregation Potluck & Work Day
Sunday, October 13, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Soul Collage: Advanced Class
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Construction Meeting
Monday, October 14, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, October 13, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
RE Committee Meeting
Monday, October 14, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
SJA Meeting
Sunday, October 13, 2019
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

CLC Meeting
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 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

Minister,
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

Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tues: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Or by appointment 
  Office Manager, 
April Yax

Working remotely as of 
Oct 1, 2019.


Please email 

 

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.

Webmaster@beaconuu.com
~ 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