Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager
~ Sunday Service, September 9 ~ 
"Voices Still and Small... I Hear You Calling"
With Rev. Kevin Lawson

What is the calling of your heart, would we know how to hear and to understand with all the static today? Rev. Kevin shares the message this morning.


~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Vocation ~ 
~ REI Building Project Update ~

We are making preparations for the demolition of the cottage! In order to get a demolition permit from the city, we had to have the cottage tested for asbestos and lead. When we get the report, we'll be able to apply for the permit. Hopefully, the report will be good news and we won't have to pay a lot for abatement.

In the meantime, we have been working on clearing out the cottage and will have a "Free-cycle" giveaway day on Sep 16 after the service. Whatever is left will be put out on the curb for large item pickup that week.

Theresa deBoer 
REI Building Project Manager
~ Save the Date! ~

The 21st Annual Beacon Fundraising Auction !
Saturday, November 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Aspen Valley Golf Club
The Beacon fundraising auction serves to raise money to support our values, create community, and support the joy of giving and receiving. The theme for this year's lively and fun congregation event is... Slumber Party! Wear your favorite pajamas (some discretion advised).

Aspen Valley Golf Club |  1855 N Continental Dr | Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Free Childcare | Hors d'oeuvre & Desserts | Raffles & Door Prizes
More details about donating items and services will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!
~ Religious Exploration ~

La Shanah Tovah!  A good and sweet year!

It was so great to see some of you at Bushmaster Park last weekend for the annual picnic and service in the park!

We have been learning about the Hebrew Scriptures with our multi-generational curriculum entitled  Wisdom from the Hebrew ScripturesOn Sunday September 9, we will veer from our curriculum a bit and learn about the Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.   Our story will be   When the Chickens Went on Strike, by Erica Silverman.   Check  here to find out more background information  about the ten high holy days in the Jewish tradition.  For more information about  this coming Sunday, check out what's in store here.   

Coming up:
  Amy Huntereece, Director of RE, 
Kay Johnson, RE Committee Chairperson,
~ Social Justice Allies (SJA) ~

Mark Your Calendars:
Candidate Accountability Sessions
City Council Candidates: Mon. Sept. 17, 6:30 pm
State Legislature Candidates: Mon. Oct. 1, 6:30 pm
At Flagstaff Federated Church,  400 West Aspen Ave

These sessions will educate candidates and the audience about NAIC's  focus issues of immigration, education, and affordable housing; elicit from each candidate  whether he/she supports our priorities; hear from each candidate a  willingness to continue to engage in conversation with NAIC about these issues; and instill in  all candidates understanding that NAIC and its member institutions are a  force with which to reckon. All candidates have been invited to participate in their respective  sessions.

Our goal is to have 25 folks from Beacon at each session. Please sign up with an SJA representative beginning Sunday, September 9, after the service.

The next SJA meeting will be Sunday, September 16, following the service. Beacon members, friends, and visitors are welcome.

In community,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Sign Up Time for Circle Suppers ~
Break bread with a few other Beaconites

How it works:
  • Any Member or Friend of Beacon signs up (with your partner and family, if you wish) by Sunday September 30. You are signing up to participate in 3-5 potluck suppers (or brunches or whatever) from October to April. Each Supper is held in the home of one member of the Circle; nobody hosts more than 1 Supper. Hosting is not required, so you can sign up even if your home too small to host 8 people.
  • Paul Beier assembles participants into "Circles" of 6-8 adults (plus kids in kid-tolerant groups), notifies you of the Circle to which you have been assigned, and assigns one person to be the Ringleader of each Circle. 
  • The Ringleader of each Circle works with Circle to set the date for the first Supper at the Ringleader's home. At each Supper, the Circle selects a date & host for the next Supper. Continue until all hosts have held events.
A Beacon tradition for 30 years
By Sunday, September 30, use this link to a short online form that will require you to provide your name, email, phone number, and the names of other adults and names and ages of kids who will participate with you. The form will also ask if your home can accommodate babies (36 months) and kids (3 years and older), and will allow you to provide other information, such as "my house is too small for me to host" or other concerns;  OR...

Find the clipboard (probably carried by Paul) at a Sunday service during September and fill out the information by hand. If you can't remember if you already signed up for Circle Suppers, just sign up - I will find the duplicates.

Paul Beier
Circle Supper Coordinator
~ Community Action Committee ~
Northland Family Help Center's mission is to provide safe haven, advocacy, counseling, and education to promote and restore healthy relationships.
  • NFHC's Domestic Violence Shelter provides safe shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and life skills training to those affected.
  • NFHC's Youth Shelter offers shelter and respite care, family reunification, case managements, and life skills training.
  • Overview Northland Family Help Center provides out-patient professional counseling services free of charge for eligible individuals.
  • NFHC's Legal advocacy personnel provide training and advocacy to women fleeing intimate violence.
Lynda Dorweiler
Community Action Committee Chair
~ Upcoming Events ~

Celebration of Life: Ed Kurtz
Sunday, September 23, 2:00 pm at Beacon 
From his obituary in the  AZ Daily Sun, "Ed joined the Beacon UU Congregation, and served on the Board of Trustees, from 1990-1994."

Beacon Community Auction
Saturday, November 3, at Aspen Valley Golf Club
See article above for more details.
~ Joys & Concerns ~

Following some community inquiries, we reached out to Anne Wittke concerning Barry's recovery. Barry is undergoing physical therapy at Banner Health Rehabilitation with emphasis on recovering walking ability. We know that many of our community wish them both well in this time of healing.

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This week's Joys & Concerns were shared at the Beacon in the Park service. Unfortunately, we did not have a scribe for the special service. If you would like your humble editor to add what you shared in next week's newsletter, feel free to share your comment to or share it over the Beacon Google Group
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Choir Practice
Thursday, September 6
7:00 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, September 11
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Soul Collage: Counsel Suit
Saturday, September 8
9:00 am
Tuesday, September 11
6:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, September 9
10:00 am
Choir Practice
Thursday, September 13
7:00 pm
Leadership Succession Team
Sunday, September 9
11:15 am
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, September 16
10:00 am
Newcomer Orientation
Sunday, September 9
11:30 am
Social Justice Allies Meeting
Sunday, September 16
11:15 am
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, September 10
5:15 pm
Yoga Practice
Tuesday, September 18
11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Eckanker: Wisdom on Relationships
Monday, September 10
6:00 pm
Tuesday, September 18
6:30 pm
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: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tues:  1:00 pm - 5:00 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 Political Activity: Policies and Procedures ~
On June 27, 2018, Beacon's Board of Trustees unanimously approved (1) Policies for Political Activity and (2) Procedures for Political Activity for Beacon UU Congregation. Policies are adapted from the UUA publication,  The Real Rules: Congregations and the IRS Guidelines on Advocacy, Lobbying and Election If you wish to read any of the content, the document is available in full,  simply click here.
~ 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