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510 N Leroux
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, October 06, 2019

"Thank You For Being Such A Pain: Spiritual Lessons We Learn From Difficult People"
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
Whether we enjoy it or not, we learn valuable spiritual lessons from the difficult people in our lives - those whom we know and love, those we work with, attend church with, and those whom we encounter more randomly. This morning, we will explore the inherent presence of the "prickly" in our midst, how to discern whether we are, in fact, the "difficult" one for others, and how release, self regulation, and healthy congregational boundaries can be transformative for individuals and the communities they inhabit.

Religious Exploration
Join us at 10:00 AM in Worship for All ages!

Connect with Rev. Robin, 11:30 am in the sanctuary


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Democracy ~ 

Joys and Concerns
From Sunday, September 29, 2019

Anne W. - She is having cataract and retinal surgeries; she may not be able to live in/return to Flagstaff for a while.
Charlie K. - Was given gallery molding by Marty M.; installed by Dan D., Bill O., and Norm L.
Holly T. - The Taylor's daughter is getting married next Sunday & it is a joy!
Bill S. - Shared his joy that daughter Sedona is a two year survivor of leukemia. 
Sharon & David M. - Shared that this is their last Sunday here until next May; they have loved the summer here.
Robin's Bird's-Eye View
            The venerable Hood dairy company of Boston launched an ad campaign some years ago that truly cracked me up. It featured the HoodAnswerMom. Picture her: blonde, pert, perpetually calm, presumably has great bone density, and is wise on all things dairy! This tickles my funny bone for a couple reasons. One: The whole unlikely notion that folks are panting to call, e-mail, or text a Dairy Doyenne; and two, the universal and not totally erroneous assumption that Moms know all the answers (as in, "Mom, where is my Social Studies homework!?")
            Of course, as UUs, we've grown accustomed to asking lots of bold and curious questions (Is there an afterlife? What is truth? Who's hosting coffee hour next Sunday?), and we're not expecting an AnswerMom or an AnswerGod or an AnswerRev to clear it all up for us. "The answer is to question" as we often say.
            Whenever I begin a new ministry, I gently inform my congregants that I may not be the UUAnswerRev with an easy "fix" to all of their queries and quandaries, but I will show up to question with them, listen to them, brainstorm and hash it out, sit in supportive silence, generate ideas, support theirs, and be a companion on the journey. Please reach out to me at minister@beaconuu.com or 978-505-7245 (confidential talk or text).
Ministry is mutual questing and it can be a nourishing journey. For instance, did you know that a scoop of chocolate ice cream has as much calcium as an 8 oz. glass of skim milk? It's true, and a whole lot better for your soul, if you ask me.

Take that, AnswerMom!
In faith,
Rev. Robin          
A Message from the Music Director

Hello Congregation!   
My name is Gabriel Hernandez and I have served as your Music Director for almost a year now! Thank you for the joy and safety I have found in this community. You have all had a hand in helping me finish up my Vocal Performance degree this semester and I am happy to say that I will be graduating in December! I will continue on as your music director until July as I continue to work and save money for the next adventure.   

Music making is a passion of mine, and I have been loving the opportunity to work with some of you in the choir. Right now, we have about 13 members, but I am greedy and looking for more people to join! You do not need to have past experience singing, or being in a choir; I facilitate a community of people who come together to make a joyful noise and spread love and light through music to our congregation, and I would love if you were a part of that (especially if you sing low like a tenor or bass)! If you are interested in joining the choir please contact me through email at  Music@beaconuu.com . We can set up a time to meet and I can get to know you and your voice a little bit! I am looking forward to hearing from you all!   
Rehearsal and Upcoming Performance info:  
  • Rehearsals at Beacon- Every Thursday 7-8:30 p.m.    
  • Oct. 20 th - Choir will perform in the Jazz service.  
  • Nov. 3 rd - Choir will celebrate  Dia  de los Muertos.  
  • Nov. 24 th - Choir will sing of gratitude and giving.   
  • Dec. 8 th  - Winter appreciation service.   
  • Dec. 24 th - Choir will provide music for the Christmas Eve services. 
Spotlight this Week!

Group Hike
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:00 am

Phoenix UU member Todd Haughton  is leading a group from the Phoenix congregation on a hike from Locket Meadow to the Inner Basin this Sunday and would love to have any Beaconites who are interested join his group. Todd and his wife, Stephanie,  had been splitting time between Phoenix and Flagstaff, but are now fully living in Flagstaff and have been coming to our services.

 - 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.

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 October 6th.

Social Justice Allies (SJA) 
Four $50 scholarships are available to cover the registration fee. Please contact Rev. Robin in confidence

UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network's annual fall ISSUES AND ACTIONS GATHERING
Saturday all day, October 26th, and Sunday, October 27th (for worship) at the UU Church of Surprise:  $50 covers all activities and three meals
Let's get active about the issues! Join SJA members and other congregants at this year's event.  On the UUJAZ website you'll find information about the schedule and programming, including provision for spiritual practices (like yoga), a variety of engaging workshops, siesta time,  three meals (and overnight home hospitality, as needed), an awards dinner, and a worship service Sunday morning.
Our goal is to have a carload or two of Beacon folks participate. Go to  uujaz.org  and click on "Learn More" for the schedule of activities, deadlines, etc. for Issues and Action Day 2019.
The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, October 13 following the service (about 11:15). All-members, friends and visitors-are always welcome!
With her new Census job-including an abundance of travel across the southwest-SJA chair Terry White has stepped back from her role facilitating our monthly meetings. Those present last Sunday honored her with personal statements of appreciation. Thank you, Terry, for your commitment to serving as our fearless leader!
For the present, Roz will facilitate meetings, Faith Moore will represent SJA in CLC (Core Leadership Council) monthly meetings, Dorothy Rissel has agreed to take over as administrator of the SJA googlegroup and Rev. Robin is committed to meeting with us whenever she is in town. (Social justice is clearly high on Robin's list of priorities-yeaay! RC)

In community
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
To reach Social Justice Allies, email:  SJA@beaconuu.com

October 9, 2-5pm

Join us for a Flagstaff Family Food Center  Ambassador Training
United Way of Northern Arizona
1515 E. Cedar Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Learn about hunger in our community. Discover opportunities to get more involved.  Become a community leader in the fight against hunger.  Snacks will be provided.
RSVP to carrie@hotfood.org by Monday, October 7th. Questions? Call 928-526-2211.
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)
Auction - Auction - Auction
Saturday, November 2nd, 6-9pm

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Beacon's 22nd Annual Auction
1. It's the best party in Flagstaff! (maybe even the planet)
2. Bid on an astounding array of raffle prizes, silent & live auction items!
3. Win door (sur)prizes worth LOTS of money! ($10-25!)
4. Enjoy free childcare!

Saturday, November 2nd
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Theme: Under Construction (Costumes encouraged)
Aspen Valley Golf Club | 1855 N Continental Dr | Flagstaff, AZ 86004

We still need donations, Beacon. We have a most generous congregation, which also happens to be filled with procrastinators. Time to start donating.
Please submit your donations by Monday, October 21

You can submit online here: DONATION FORM

Paper forms are available each Sunday at services.

Popular items to donate include themed dinners; backyard cookouts; guided hikes; tickets to local attractions; gift cards; services such as yard work, pet sitting, meal preparation.

Can't attend the auction? Then ask a Beacon friend to be your proxy! An online copy of the catalog will be available the week before the auction. Just tell your proxy what items to bid on.

For all auction questions, email Katy or Eric at 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

This week the flooring is going into the new spaces, the new furnace installation will be completed, and some electrical and alarm system work will be going on. The next couple of weeks will be minor items that need to be completed by the contractor, and inspections by the city.

As things begin wrapping up for the construction phase of our project, we will be starting a number of small projects that will be completed by Beacon members. But in the meantime, we are planning a gathering to celebrate our new and improved spaces! Sunday, Nov 3, after the service, we'll enjoy some cake and snacks in our new kitchen!

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 

Have you checked out the new  Religious Exploration blog ?

Join us at 10:00 AM in Worship for All ages!

What were the numbers last week? Total = 48!

Coming up:
  • Monday October 7, 6:45-8:00: Esoteric book club, book is Anthroposophy in Everyday Life by Rudolf Steiner. Meeting location upstairs at Beacon. For more information about this group, contact Amy Huntereece: re@beaconuu.com
  • Tuesday October 8: TED talks. Join us at 10:00-11:00. This month's talk is by Ivan Krastev. It seems the more we know about how democracy works -- through government transparency, better media coverage, even new insights about our brains -- the less we trust democracy itself. Yet it's still, arguably, the best system of government available. As Ivan Krastev says, "What went right is also what went wrong." Can democracy survive? (Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/ivan_krastev_can_democracy_exist_without_trust)
  • Tuesday October 8, 5:00-7:00 PM: Taco Tuesday at Beacon. Join us for food and fellowship. 
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.  

Sunday Circles start on September 29 th  and run through next May.  This month's Sunday meeting moved due to the Town Hall on the 22nd. Please see the calendar.

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 3, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Esoteric Book Club
Monday, October 7, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, October 6, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ted Talks
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Connect with Rev. Robin
Sunday, October 6, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Taco Tuesday
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Construction Meeting
Monday, October 7, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Finance Team Meeting
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 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

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.

~ 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