Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Caleb Alexander, Beacon Office Manager

~ Sunday Service, Dec. 24 ~ 
Holiday Light, 10:00 am
Rev. Kevin Lawson

~ Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24 ~ 
Coconino Center for the Arts
6:00 pm

~ Board of Directors ~  

Important Note from the Board to Members of Beacon

Beacon members will be voting on whether or not to proceed with the capital campaign on Sunday, January 7, 2018 .  Kay Crider's "Report on Financial Feasibility Study for Beacon" recommends that a super-majority of the congregational members are ready to stretch and support a capital campaign.  In accordance with the bylaws, a simple majority of a quorum is all that is needed to pass a motion to proceed with the capital campaign. 

Each member's participation in this vote is strongly requested.  An attending member can only be proxy for one other member.  Absent members must register their proxy in writing with the Board Secretary, Diana Roy at:  dmroy.or@gmail.com  at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.  If you are available to be a proxy, contact Diana to create a list of available proxies.  Voting by the proxies must be coordinated between the proxy and the absent member.
~ Building Expansion Team ~

Why is the congregation being asked to authorize building design funds?

At the January 7th meeting, there will be two votes:  
  1. Whether or not to commence a Capital Campaign for the building expansion, and 
  2. to authorize the withdrawal of up to $11,000 from the Building Reserve Fund. 
The $11,000 comes from a fund that the congregation has already set aside for just such purposes. It is not part of our operating budget. Any withdrawal from the Building Reserve Fund must be agreed upon by a vote of the congregation.

This money will permit the architect to advance the building design from the current 10% level of completion to a more refined 25-30% level. This will allow the contractor to create a more accurate estimate of construction cost.

The Building Expansion Team understands the concerns expressed at the December 3rd Town Hall about the amount of any required loan. This advancement in the building design will give us a better idea of the loan amount that will be needed to cover the difference between what is raised by the capital campaign and the total cost of the project.
  From the Minister's Desk ~

From the Minister's Desk,
Happy Holidays, from all your Beacon Staff and Minister.  
For those who celebrate the Winter Solstice - Blessed Be today the shortest daylight of the year!
We wish everyone a safe and joyous Christmas Holiday with family, loved one, friends and neighbors.  With whomever and however you recognize and celebrate the Christmas Holiday or even if you do not we recognize this special time of the year, the turning from the darkest days to the returning of the light.  May we all be reminded of the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, one of our core UU principles and perhaps one we all need to cherish and support in these trying times presently in our country.
Remember this coming Sunday we will offer both our regular morning service at 10:00 am, this will be an intergenerational service, children and youth will stay in service. We will have Carols and Readings by gift box opening, the service will have the element of excitement and surprise.  Additionally we will have our traditional Christmas Eve service at 6:00pm again this year at the Coconino Center for the Arts. We will have special music and readings, and our annual candlelight Silent Night closing ritual.  
Grateful to be on the journey with you,
Rev. Kevin
~ Religious Exploration ~

Calling all kids on Christmas Eve!  Join us at 6 PM at Coconino Center for the Arts to celebrate the holidays. We will learn about some signs of the season. We also need your help with making joyful noise. See you there! 

Coming up:
  • December 31 ~ Join parents the service for a special Burning Bowl Ceremony.
  • January 7 ~ Classes resume with new curriculum! Stay tuned for more details.
~ In Community ~
Char shared the joyful celebration of lighting the menorah.

Jen shared that she is fostering eight kids and all are home for Christmas. She plans to adopt three. She is besides herself with joy.
~ Touchstones Journal: Hope ~
~ Beacon Calendar ~
Worship & Childcare
Sunday, December 24
10:00 am  
Youth Group Celebration
Sunday, December 31
6:00 pm
Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 24
6:00 pm
Worship Associates
Wednesday, January 3
5:30 pm
Family Food Center Service Day
Wednesday, December 27
12:00 to 5:00 pm
Religious Exploration Meeting 
Thursday, January 4
3:30 pm
Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, December 31
10:00 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, January 4
7:00 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 ~
Minister, 
Rev. Kevin  Lawson 

Tues: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Or by appointment
Director of RE, 
Amy Huntereece

Sun: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tues: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Thurs:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 
  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
~ Website Members and Friends Access ~

Interested in accessing the directory and board documents on the Members and Friends page on  BeaconUU.com ? You can get the password over the phone (928-779-4492) during regular office hours, or by requesting it from a board member after Sunday Services.We will not be providing it by email. 

Call or email Caleb (office@beaconuu.com) with any questions!
 ~ 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 Caleb, our Office Manager, at  office@beaconuu.com.