Beacon Spiritual Theme of the Month
~ Hospitality ~
Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager

Please get your donations rolling in!  
Click  here  to view the auction donation form.
~ Building and Grounds ~ 

Last Saturday we had a very  fruitful building and grounds workday! 

Thank you to Dan Davis, Dennis Spurlin, Theresa deBoer, Anne Wittke, Barry Malpas, Terry White, Cynthia Seelhammer, Tom Marcinko, 
Dora Harrison, Sal Yakoubi, and Char Tarashanti.

We had fun sawing tree limbs, raking, leaf blowing, gutter cleaning, window washing, plumbing repair,  library reorganizing, and more. 
Beacon really appreciates all of your hard work!  Thank you so much!
~ From the Board ~ 
Gratitude to Rich Clark for organizing the plumber to cap off the leaking line near the front door; to Carleton Sheppard for everything she does to enhance our communications and public relations; and to Dennis Spurlin for being "wonderful".

~ Sunday Service ~ 

 "Celebrations of the People" 

As this time of the thin veil, all hallows eve and all saints day, let us join in celebration, costume, community. Rev. Kevin will share a message of hospitality and thanksgiving for all that is our lives and for those who have gone beyond the veil. This morning we welcome costumes for all ages, and enjoy community meal after service. Chili's of various types provided, please bring a side dish to share. 
~ Touchstones Journal ~

October Theme

~ From the Ministers Desk ~
It seems fitting that as we close out October and our monthly spiritual theme of Hospitality that we would look forward to sharing community meal together.  As I understand it, Chili's of differing varieties will be offered for all, with the request that you bring sides and salads to share for all, please be in touch with Carol Hixson or Theresa De Boer for any additional questions or information.

 Additionally, the request came forward that we have a little fun with service and gathering this week, so it is Costume Sunday, for all ages! If you wish to alter your identity, mask yourself, play with a new persona, this is the Sunday to have some fun. So let us all be ready for fun, food and fellowship as we gather in community this Sunday.

As we close out the month with reflection upon Hospitality, I share the following excerpt from our Touchstones materials. There is good information and reflection in these words, my hope is that we all may find and hold touch-points in our spiritual growth and maturity with regard to Hospitality.

Grateful to be on the journey with you,
Rev. Kevin
~ Religious Exploration ~  

On October 11, two middle school kids, Jack and Micah, toured the  SSLUG garden with Paul and Amy at NAU.  The boys learned about the origins of the garden and were impressed that the area used to be a wasteland. We discussed pollinator plants and insects and they connected UU's  7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Next Middle School Group Activity:
Saturday October 28, 3:00-7:00 PM
Meet at Beacon at  2:30 to carpool.
We will stay until about  5:00 PM
~ Music Box ~  
Choir Introit Two Samhain Chants: Hecate/Hoof and Horn are pagan ritual chants, traditionally sung to celebrate Samhain which is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland , Scotland and the Isle of Man .In the 9th century AD , Western Christianity shifted the date of All Saints' Day to 1 November, while 2 November later became All Souls' Day . Over time, Samhain and All Saints'/All Souls' merged to create the modern Halloween .Historians have used the name 'Samhain' to refer to Gaelic 'Halloween' customs up until the 19th century. (Wikipedia)

Have You Seen the Ghost of John? Come fall, it is the time for scary tales and spooky music. Like this well-known round. It is quite old, though the real history and origin is much debated. One tale traces it back to the time of the plague in Europe while another finds it in the hills of Kentucky, and since much Appalachian lore comes from old Europe, both may be true in part.  It is a round I often use to teach young singers, simple tonic, mediant and dominant starting points in the scale using body positions, low, medium and high.

Have you seen the Ghost of John? (low note or "tonic)
Long, white bones and the flesh all gone! (mediant note)
Oooo oh! (dominant of the scale and reaching to the upper tonic - high notes)
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on? (whole steps dominant to tonic)

Choral Anthem: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair arranged by John Purifoy is a Appalachian folk song masterfully arranged for piano and choir.  This song has been a reminder to me of the beauty in dark and mysterious things.  Hecate and Ceridwen, the choir sings about earlier in our service today, were both mythological goddesses from the Greek and Celtic traditions.  They were both dark and mysterious, know as protectors of new birth or rebirth.  They guarded and protected seeds buried under the soil during the dark winter, time of harvest, or death, to rest until springtime and life returned again.  They were both originally portrayed as beautiful, nurturing feminine figures until after the rise of Christianity around 400 AD began portraying these Pagan goddesses as frightening hags, hovering over a cauldron and fire pit.

#347 Gather the Spirit by Jim Scott .  An American guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer in the genres of jazz, classical and folk music. Scott co-wrote the celebrated Missa Gaia - Earth Mass and many other pieces with the Paul Wi nter Consort. He has recorded many albums of original music, and collected and arranged The Earth and Spirit Songbook , an anthology of 110 songs of earth and peace by contemporary songwriters. In between tours, he conducts the Worcester Massachusetts Community Choir.
He has performed in 49 U.S. states (not Alaska), England, Scotland, Italy, France, Greece, Australia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Canada. He also performed in Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival (with the Paul Winter Consort), The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament with Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow.
His world tours have included a European tour with The Griffith Singers performing his choral music (in 1997), recording in the gardens of Findhorn, Scotland with jazz flautist Paul Horn, touring Nicaragua with Holly Near (in 1984), and performing in Australia for colleges and the Institute for Earth Education International Conference (in 1990).
He has also played on stage with musicians John Denver, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, 10,000 Maniacs, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, Odetta, S teve Gadd, Tony Levin, Nelson Rangell, Ed Tossing, and Tom Chapin.
Scott has been active in Unitarian Universalism, contributing hymns such as 'Gather the Spirit' and 'Common Ground' and co-chairing the Seventh Principle Project.

#407 We're Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table arranged by Mary Allen Walden The "welcome table" refers to the marriage feast of the Lamb referred to in the New Testament book of Revelation. This event takes place when those who put their trust in the Jesus Christ are joined with him in heaven. African-American's bound in slavery were never welcome to their master's table and this song echoed their hope of the tables turning in future glory.  This song was modified and used extensively during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's.
~ Community Action Committee ~
This month's community partner:
Flagstaff Family Food Center Food Bank and Kitchen

Reminder from Beacon's Community Action Committee

Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 27) is Beacon's day to organize food boxes at the Family Food Center's warehouse! Look for the big "Food Bank" sign on the warehouse building at 3805 E. Huntington Drive.
Our assignment is from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Everyone is invited to pitch in, whether for the full 3 hours, an hour, or something in between. It's typically pretty chilly, so bring a jacket.

They're counting on us as they get ready for family requests for the Thanksgiving holiday. Feel free to ask friends to join in this project in support of Beacon's October community partner, the Flagstaff Family Food Center Food Bank and Kitchen.

Questions? Contact Rich Clark:
~ In Community ~
Dorothy Harrison shared joy at celebrating 13th anniversary.

lore duckey shared thanks.

Nancy Paxton shared joy that her exchange student obtained a work permit, and also shared concern for others in similar situations. 
~ Chili Potluck ~

Sunday October 29th
Immediately after the service!  Both meat and  vegetarian chili provided.  Please bring a side dish to share. Come enjoy breaking bread together!

For Children of ALLLLLLL Ages: 
Wear your costumes and receive a special goodie bag!  We know how Beaconites love a par-tee and to dress up!
~ Auction! ~
Get ready for Beacon's "Everything Flagstaff" 20 th  Annual Silent & Live Auction!
Auction date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aspen Valley Golf Club, 1855 N. Continental Dr.
Free admission, childcare, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, door prizes, fun!
Examples of donations:  Hosted dinners, certificates to restaurants, hair salons,  experiences like guided hikes, yoga, rock climbing, yard work,  ice skating, yurts, skiing, timeshares, babysitting, and more!

Call for raffle items and door prize items for
"Everything Flagstaff", Beacon's Annual Auction

Besides terrific auction items you can bid on when you come to Beacon's "Everything Flagstaff" Auctio and maybe even a totally FREE door prize !
Where will those raffle items and door prizes come from? From YOU, of course! So think about asking for a donation from a business you frequent, like a favorite restaurant, massage therapist, hair or nail salon, coffee or tea shop, or...use your imagination. Some Beacon folks would prefer to just purchase a gift card or service rather than asking for a donation. Most raffle items are valued at $25 - $50.

More Auction Raffle Items Needed!
To make this year's Auction the most fun-and best fundraiser-possible, we need 3 or 4 more items to raffle! Please think about asking for a donation from a business you frequent, like a favorite restaurant, massage therapist, hair or nail salon, coffee or tea shop, or...use your imagination. Some Beacon folks prefer to just purchase a gift card or service rather than asking for a donation. Most raffle items are valued at $25 - $50. (We're all set for door prizes.)

With 10 days remaining before the big night, there is still time to make your contact or purchase your gift card. Please alert Roz Clark ( or 380-6502) about your raffle donation so she can create a description card for it. Then, come Saturday night, November 4, we'll all have opportunities to win spiffy raffle items!

~ ~ ~

Come dressed as Everything Flagstaff!

(As a hiker, biker, tourist, skiier, tree hugger, student, Fratellis, from Route 66, ...)
Can't wait to see you there!

Please consider providing yummy finger food for our upcoming Beacon Auction!
Here are some of the particulars:
What:  Appetizers and desserts that are easily handled by hand and can be served on a tray; 20-30 items.
When:  Saturday, November 4th 6 p.m. at the Aspen Valley Golf Club.  I will happily pick up your food donation if you are not attending this event! (Please bring your food in at  5:30 p.m.Contact: Donna Engleson if you are able to contribute! or text/call 928-600-1639.
~ Building Expansion ~

Beacon Financial Capacity Study for the Proposed Building Expansion

An important step in our planning for our building expansion is to assess our financial capacity for funding the project. Beacon UU Congregation has hired Kay Crider, a congregational stewardship consultant, to conduct a professional financial feasibility study in early November. The results of her study will serve as a guide for Beacon's next steps in our building expansion planning.
Kay will prepare a summary report for the congregation. The results of the study will be reported to the congregation at a meeting on  December 3.
In a congregational meeting our membership will vote on whether to move forward with a capital campaign, which would likely be conducted in early spring, 2018. If so, it will be combined with our annual stewardship campaign.
The expansion plans include:
  • More space for fellowship and religious exploration
  • Moving our minister's office to the first floor
  • Improving our common spaces and infrastructure
It's important that the feasibility study survey a representative cross-section of our congregation. About 20 per cent of our members are being invited to participate. Kay Crider has given us guidelines for who she wants to survey and invitations have gone out to that group.
These confidential interviews will be conducted at the church  November 9, 10 and 11. The results will:
  • Clarify how much our members know about the expansion project
  • Help identify issues that need to be resolved
  • Estimate what financial support to expect
Interviews will take approximately 45 minutes and participants comments will remain confidential. Participation with partners as couples is encouraged.
Beacon Calendar
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, October 26
7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 31
6:15 pm
Sunday Service & Religious  Exploration
Sunday, October 29
10:00 am
Worship Associates
Wednesday, November 1
5:30 pm
Chili Potluck
Sunday, October 29
11:00 am
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, November 2
7:00 pm
Sunday, October 29
1:00 pm
Saturday, November 4
8:00 am
Tuesday, October 31
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Beacon Auction!
Saturday, November 4
6:00 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!
~ Save the Date ~

Friday, October 27
10:00 am
Family Food Center Volunteer Day

Sunday, October 29
11:00 am
Chili Potluck

Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:00 pm
Beacon Auction!
~ Classifieds ~

Sunday cash counters needed! You've been looking for how you can help out at Beacon, here's your chance!  We're seeking to build a pool of cash count volunteers to work in teams of two, for one half hour after service to count the offering and prepare cash count sheet.  Please contact the office with your interest. Thank you to those who have expressed interest, we need three or four more people to schedule a training, and are looking forward to implementing this program in the coming weeks!

Requesting photos with permission to use them on the Beacon website! Photos can be of congregational events (please make sure everyone in the photo is named so that I can obtain a release to use them!), the church itself, the grounds, or even just of around town! Help us show the public the beautiful community that is Beacon UU!
Beacon Office Hours

Rev. Kevin  Lawson: 

Tues: 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weds: 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Other times available by appointment
Director of Religious Exploration, 
Amy Hunterreece

Sun: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tues: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Thurs:  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  Office Manager, 
Heather Thornton

Tues: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weds: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thur: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(928) 779-4492
~ Website Members and Friends Access ~

Interested in accessing the directory and board documents on the Members and Friends page on ? 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 Heather ( with any questions!

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
~ Fundraising the Easy Way! ~

We have added new, easy ways to give back to Beacon! 

Do you shop at Fry's? Use the Beacon phone number, (928) 779-4492, at checkout, and Beacon receives donations from Fry's through their Community Rewards program!

Do you shop online? Use and Beacon receives donations from the companies you shop with! 
Or, use! Just set Beacon as your charity of choice, and when you use the portal to shop, Beacon receives donations from!

Do you know of other passive fundraising methods? Let us know at!