~ Monthly Worship Theme ~ 
Who Are We?
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Thanks! 
Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager
LET'S IGNITE OUR BEACON LIGHT!


 Please turn in your pledge forms ASAP!

 No later than Celebration Sunday, March 26th!
CELEBRATION SUNDAY!

Join us for the joyous occasion of the Installation of Reverend Kevin J. Lawson.

We will be meeting at
Trinity Heights UMC Celebration Hall,
3600 Fourth Street.

Service will be held at 4:00 pm, with community dinner to follow. We look forward to celebrating with you! 
~ Ministers Musings ~
March 23, 2017
As it is said, "the only constant is change"...
Last Sunday your Board President Carol Hixson and I
shared the following news...   

    We are both here this morning to share the news that our beloved
Director of Religious Exploration, Sakenya McDonald,
has discerned it is time to continue more of her own Religious Exploration.

    Since Sakenya's initial request to me as minister, I have been in conversation with the Board, and the Chair of the RE Committee regarding this transition.  Collectively we have agreed to honor her request to shift her focus towards her full-time graduate studies program, a Master of Arts in Religious Studies / Contemplative Education with Prescott College.
   
In the spirit of ever present change, in the spirit of Celebration
for efforts to obtain educational goals,
I offer joy at all the ways
we are a strong and thriving community.
Blessed Be, Rev. Kevin
~ Upcoming Services ~  

Sunday, March 26
Rev. Kevin
"CELEBRATION SUNDAY! Who Are We: Deepening our commitment to Unitarian Universalism, How shall we walk our talk together building a new way..."
INSTALLATION SERVICE AT TRINITY HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH! See you there!

 
~ Children's ~
~ Religious Exploration ~
 
Dear Beacon Members and Friends,
 
As the Religious Exploration moves into our spring months, we are in need of a few more volunteers to help support our Sunday morning classrooms.
 
We are in need volunteers for:
 
Sunday, April 2nd- 
One lead volunteer for K-3, one lead volunteer for 6-8, and one assistant lead for 6-8.
 
Sunday, April 23rd- 
O ne lead volunteer for 6-8, and one assistant lead for 6-8.
 
Please email  re@beaconuu.com to sign-up or to get more information.
As always, lessons are carefully selected and coordinated in advance so
that volunteers are able to enjoy engaging with the children and youth.
 
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation is pleased to announce that we are currently recruiting interested candidates to serve our children and youth as an Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator. This amazing and dynamic sexuality education program is nationally accredited and developed by the
Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ.
This holistic program is offered in four age groups (K-2, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10) and we are also considering offering a young adult (18-35) and adult (35+) class in the future. Our facilitators attend a weekend-long training to
receive certification and are connected to a team of highly-skilled professionals to continue their ongoing training and education.
If you would like to explore the idea of joining the team of Beacon facilitators, please contact one of our OWL coordinators,
Dee Wegwert (dwegwert@yahoo.com,
1-928-660-8815)
or Kay Doggett (kaydoggett@aol.com,
928-890-7773).  
~ Adrianne's 
Music  Box ~
Congregational Hymns  
 
This is a celebration day!  We have been gathering financial support and focusing our Beacon light for about six weeks now.  Today we celebrate, singing songs about shining and lighting the way through dark times.  Our Choral Anthem this morning is The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In from the musical Hair, and made popular in 1969 by The Fifth Dimension.  We are indeed in the age of Aquarius.  Or perhaps, in the process of shifting from the Piscean age of duality into this Aquarian (the only zodiac symbol that takes a human form) age, full of symbology, representing unity and our own human evolution.
Our Installation Service music shifts us to a more reflective mood featuring Stars I Shall Find by Victor Johnson.  The composer set the music to a poem, "There Will Be Rest" by Sara Teasdale
There will be rest, and sure stars shining
    Over the roof-tops crowned with snow,
A reign of rest, serene forgetting,
    The music of stillness holy and low.
I will make this world of my devising
    Out of a dream in my lonely mind.
I shall find the crystal of peace, - above me
    Stars I shall find.
 
After all our celebration music this morning about lights and star-shine, we now rest in the "sure stars".   The "sure stars" of our commitment to each other and our wider community.  The "sure stars", a universal symbol of hope.    Stars, I shall find.
Finally, we unite our voices singing, The Fire of Commitment, teaching us that when we live with deep assurance of the flame that burns within, or our own "sure star", then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin.
SJA (SOCIAL JUSTICE ALLIES) UPDATE
 
A surprising City Council vote on Flagstaff's minimum wage
 
  The City ordinance that amended Proposition 414 received City Council's approval by the ¾ majority (6 of the 7 members) required to amend a citizen initiative. The surprise, even (it appeared) to other Council members, was that the member whose comments have consistently been in strong opposition voted in favor; another, who has seemed to struggle with his decision, opposed.
  Several next-step possibilities could emerge, among them a law suit and/or a different amendment. Elevate Flagstaff's proposal, which would eliminate many features of the now-amended Proposition 414 "will automatically be placed on the November 2018 ballot." (AZ Daily Sun, Mar. 22)
  Even as amended last night (see below), some non-profits will face especially difficult challenges. As a local community, we now need to consider how we can help the non-profits most affected, their clients and clients' families weather the vagaries of being required to pay the increased minimum wage, beginning at $10.50 this July.
 
 
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
 
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 Heather, our Office Manager, at  office@beaconuu.com.
WordPress Training!

Beacon is excited to announce that we will be offering a free WordPress training class! This comprehensive class will cover everything from the basics to the more complicated internal workings of WordPress over a nine week period. The classes will Thursdays, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Join us for one class or all! 
If you are interested in joining the class, please email Dennis Spurlin at  DESpurlin@acm.org to sign up! 
Or, if you are a WordPress web master and are interested in helping facilitate the classes, email Dennis for more info!
Save the Date! 
 
Beacon spring cleaning 
Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
 
The Beacon town hall/budget forum
Sunday, May 7th, immediately following the service.
 
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 11th, immediately following service. Details to come!
 
Beacon Annual Yard Sale: Coming in June!
With the Yard Sale coming up in June, it's not too early to begin to ponder which items around your house you are ready to have live somewhere else. You can either save those things at your house or bring them to the "cottage" in the Beacon back yard. Contact Heather at the office (779-4492) Tues., Wed. or Thurs. afternoons to be sure you'll have access to cottage storage.
 
Please note: we don't sell clothing or electronics.
 
Watch future Weekly News editions for details!  


 
BEACON YARD SALE JUNE 3!
 
Set-up party Friday, June 2nd
 
Spring cleaning?
Thinking of replacing some well-loved household items?
Out with the old and in with the new!  
 
How about recycling those items at the annual Beacon Yard Sale!
Items big and small can be donated to the Yard Sale.
All proceeds go to Beacon's general fund.
 
Volunteers will be needed
Friday, June 2, for set-up 3:30 until dark (we'll order pizza)
and
Saturday, June 3, beginning at 7:00am, with the heaviest business 7-10:00am.
 
Contact Rich Clark ( clarkrr@q.com or 255-2515) for more details.
 
This Months Share the Plate Partner 


The mission of JLB Project is to make the journey easier for 
Northern Arizona families who have suffered the loss of a baby 
due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or other infant death through bereavement services, supportive care, and education.

Undesignated contributions to March's Sunday service offerings 
above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) 
will be presented to the JLB Project. 


Nominate your favorite Non-Profit Group or Agency!
If you would like to nominate a non-profit project or agency whose values are consistent with Beacon's for the Share the Plate Program,  please fill out a nomination form. They can also be found on the bulletin board in the foyer.
 
For more information, contact Community Action Committee (CAC) chairs 
Katy Grant,  katygrantaz@gmail.com and Eric Burns  emburns34@hotmail.com 
Beacon Calendar
WordPress Training
Thursday, March 23
5:30 pm
Qi-Gong
Tuesday, March 28
6:30 pm
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 23
7:00 pm
Flagstaff Family Food Center
Wednesday, March 29
3:30 pm
LGBTQI Youth Group
Friday, March 24
5:00 pm
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 30
7:00 pm
Sunday Service and Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 26
10:00 am
WordPress Training
Thursday, March 30
5:30 pm
INSTALLATION SERVICE
Sunday, March 26
4:00 pm
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 30
7:00 pm
Yoga
Tuesday, March 28
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Sunday Service and Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 2
10:00 am

Beacon Office Hours

Minister, 
    Rev. Kevin Lawson: 
Monday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
*Other times available by appointment

DRE,
 Sakenya McDonald
Sunday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
*Other times available by appointment

  Office Manager, 
Heather Thornton
Tuesday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Last Sunday
Attendance: 69
Plate Donations: $113.00