~ Monthly Worship Theme ~ 
Where are we going?
Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager
~ Ministers Musings ~
Reverend Kevin is on vacation. 
Happy 25th Annniversary, Kevin and Gary!
~ Upcoming Services ~  
Where are we going?

April 30
Sakenya McDonald
Please join us as Beacon's Youth Group presents an energetic justice themed service! Our youth will be presenting messages of hope and inspiration, sharing their District Assembly experiences, and leading a lively worship experience for all ages!

May 7
Rev. Kevin
Justice Can't Wait
This morning's sermon a conversation, Rev. Kevin and Sakenya McDonald will speak and share on recent concerns and ongoing aspects of cultural and racial tensions within Unitarian Universalism. Please note this Sunday we will also have community event 1:30 to 3:30, "Whitesupremacy Teachin" as called for UU Congregations by Black Lives of UU's.

~ Children's ~
~ Religious Exploration ~

Dear Beacon Members and Friends,


What is AZ MUUGS? Well, the Arizona Middle-School Unitarian Universalist Group, of course! Friday, May 5th, Beacon will be hosting an overnighter  for all the UU middle schoolers in the state of Arizona. We are expecting 6-8th graders from as far as Tucson and are the last congregation to host the middle schoolers in our state. What a wonderful opportunity!  So, Beacon Religious Exploration Program and our middle-schoolers are asking for volunteers! We are in need of 4 adults willing to work in 4-hour shifts for the overnighter. The hours are 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. 

Please email  re@beaconuu.com or call 928-779-4492 
for  more information or to volunteer.

PS. Volunteers must be over age 21, willing to undergo a 
paid  background check, and cannot be related to 
any of  the participants of the MUUGS overnighter.

~ Adrianne's Music Box ~

Bridges  by Bill Staine s:  Folksinger-songwriter Bill Staines came of age at the height of the mid-twentieth-century American folk music revival and has spent the years since then writing and playing music that reflects the optimistic vision of so many activists and revivalists of his time. The 1984 album, and particularly the song, Bridges feels reflective of his decades earlier activist songs yet focuses on the self-reflective almost sub-conscious celebration of the idea that music has so much MEANING.

#1020 Woyaya  was composed as a collaboration of seven South African musicians. It was recorded by Sweet Honey in the Rock and also covered by Art Garfunkel on his debut solo album.  

#1021 Lean on Me is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers.  It was released in April 1972 as the first single from his second album,"Still Bill".  It was his first and only number one single on both the soul singles and the Billboard Hot 100 .   Billboard ranked it as the No. 7 song of 1972. Numerous cover versions have been recorded, and it is one of only nine songs to have reached No. 1 with versions recorded by two different artists.  Withers' childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia was the inspiration for "Lean on Me", which he wrote after he had moved to Los Angeles and found himself missing the strong community ethic of his hometown.
~ Social Justice Update ~ 

Allow me to remind readers that Beacon UU Congregation-by overwhelming majority votes of our membership-has selected three social justice issues on which to take a "public stance." What that means is that
as a faith community we have decided to focus on these issues:
  1. Immigration, by supporting "families of undocumented immigrants" (approved 2013);
  2. Non-violence, in support of local efforts toward non-violence (approved 2016);
  3. Living wage, in support of efforts toward reform that provides a living wage for local workers (approved 2016).
Beginning today, and continuing over the next few weeks, I will summarize activity toward progress on each of these issues. You will notice that most of our work is in collaboration with partner groups, within our denomination as well as in the greate
r Flagstaff community.
This week's focus is on efforts in support on families of undocumented immigrants.
  • In 2014, with a Full Circle Trade and Thrift grant, we raised $14,500 for a variety of projects benefitting local undocumented immigrants and their families. Our collaborating partners were NAIC (No. AZ Interfaith Council) and the No. AZ Dream Fund.
  • Through our consistent engagement with in NAIC, we have participated in numerous forums and informational meetings for Flagstaff's immigrants, including sessions with local law enforcement, the Mexican Consulate and immigration lawyers. Especially since November, tension within our Latino community-and across the country-is understandably high.
  • This past fall and winter, Beacon folks donated items for immigrant mothers and their young children who faced long bus trips to locations around the country  with little or no supplies. 
  • We delivered hundreds of pounds of those items at a UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network event in the fall. Then, during their winter hiatus, Dorothy Rissel and Roseanne Fulcher, delivered more supplies to the bus station on a regular basis.
  • In early April, 20 Beacon folks-8 of them our youth-participated in Justice District Assembly: Migrant and Borderlands Justice, an ambitious venture organized by our UU regional staff along with four southern Arizona UU Congregations and UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network. Everyone I've talked to has expressed the power of their experiences that weekend, sharing that border issues have become more real for them.
  • This Sunday's service, including reflections on their border experiences, will be presented by our youth group, coordinated by our religious exploration director Sakenya McDonald.
We have been committed-and continue to be committed-to supporting families of undocumented immigrants in a variety of ways for the last almost four years!

In gratitude to our compassionate, generous Beacon community and our partners,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Yard Sale ~


So, the time has come to get serious about our second-most-serious fundraiser- yes, the Yard Sale-which is actually GREAT fun!

Suggestions for getting serious:
  1. Take a good look around your home and grab those items that are no longer useful and/or joy-producing to you and begin to gather them together.
2.  Take them to Beacon-on a Sunday when you come to church (there's room in the cottage now, and we'll be sure it's unlocked every Sunday)

  1. Take them to Beacon during Heather's office hours Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 12 - 3:00 (call first-779-4492-to be sure she's there to give you a cottage key).
  2. If you have an item or items that are too big/heavy for you to take to church on your own, contact Ready Rich (255-2515 or clarkrr@q.com ). He'll recruit someone younger and stronger to pick it up.
  3. Consider these insider tips:
    1. If your potential sale items have ALREADY failed to sell in one or more yard sales, PLEASE don't take up valuable Beacon cottage space with them. Instead, take them directly to your second-favorite charity, e.g. Goodwill or some such ASAP, to get them out of your sight.
    2. We don't sell clothing: it's too labor-intensive for the money it raises. Take clothing, too, to that same second-favorite (or another) charity.
  4. If you have questions, Ask any Yard Sale Team member: Rich Clark (255-2515 or clarkrr@q.com ) or Geoff Pickens, Katherine Hart or Dennis Spurlin.
  5. Double-check to be sure you have Sat. June 3 (Yard Sale Day) on your calendar AND Fri. afternoon/evening (Set-up Party time). Starting in May we'll sign up volunteers for Fri. set-up, Sat. selling and Sat. clean-up.
~ Community News ~

Please make note-
Rev. Kevin is on two weeks' vacation as he and Gary will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the trip of a lifetime! The two will be taking a cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal, returning to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Rev. Kevin will be back in the Pulpit Sunday May 7th for our special service in recognition for the National Call to Racial Conversation from Black Lives of UU's. Happy anniversary, Kevin and Gary! 

May 7th is also our  Budget Town Hall meeting 11:15 - 12:30, after which Beacon will host a very special opportunity for a White Supremacy Teaching, an event that will be open to the larger community. Rev. Kevin, along with Sakenya McDonald, Pia Driessen-Knittle, and Cassie Dakan will offer a two-hour event to engage us all in conversation and deepening awareness around race, diversity, and inclusion.  This event will look at aspects within our own recent UUA hiring events, as well what is it like to be a person of color living in Flagstaff.

 ~ A panel conversation ~
"People of Color, living in a Blue city, within a Red State."  
Please make plans to join with Rev. Kevin, Sakenya, Pia, and Cassie with a special invited guest (TBA), Sunday, May 7 - 1:30 - 3:30 pm.  
(Light snacks will be provided, as with these special events, it will make for an unusually long Sunday).

~ Note: Pastoral Care Emergency ~
If you should have a pastoral care emergency or personal need in the coming two weeks, please contact the office for referral to Rev. Glenn Farley, who is serving on-call in support of Rev. Kevin while he is out of town.
~ Volunteers Needed for Beacon BnB ~

June Fundraising Effort
Please Join Rev. Kevin, Kay Doggett and Board President Carol Hixson as we offer a new take on an older fundraising idea! We will offer limited, one weekend/two night Flagstaff BnB hospitality to fellow UU's in the State to come north to Flagstaff for Pride in the Pines and Flagstaff Folk Festival the weekend of June 23rd and 24th.

Can you share your guest room (or two) with other UU's? Would you like to help Beacon  raise funds from outside our own pockets? Only two night's hospitality ( and the opportunity to make some new friends!) can make a big difference here at Beacon, and in the greater Arizona UU community!

Please contact the office, office@beaconuu.com, provide us with your contact info, what the guest options you have are (i.e. queen bed with a shared bath, or two twin beds and separate Bath, etc...). Your input will help us determine if this event is a real possibility! We will be in touch in early May to fine tune options and to coordinate promotion to other UU Congregations.  Thank you for your generosity and hospitality!

The Summer BnB Task Group,
Rev. Kevin, Kay and Carol

~ 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 Heather (office@beaconuu.com) 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  office@beaconuu.com.
WordPress Training!
NOTE: April 20 and 27 classes are canceled. 
See you on May 4th!

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! 

The Beacon town hall/budget forum
Sunday, May 7th, immediately following the service.

Path to Membership Class
Sunday, May 21, immediately following the service.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 11th, immediately following the service. 
Beacon Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, June 3rd
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!  

~ This Month's Share the Plate Partner ~

Sharon Manor combines safe, decent 
and affordable housing with critical one-on-one support to help families impacted by violence to take life-changing steps toward self-reliance.  
Helping homeless women and children journey out of violence and poverty and into economic independence, safety, health, and self-sufficiency. 

Undesignated contributions to this month's  Sunday  service offerings 
above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) 
will be presented to Sharon Manor. 
~ Special Notice! ~

Granite Peak UU Congregation Prescott:
1/3 time  Music/Choir Director  position available starting July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the music program and conducting our enthusiastic 20-member choir.  Applications will be accepted through April 17. Please send your resume and a cover letter indicating your interest to Rev. Karla Brockie at  ministergranitepeakuu@gmail.com . Finalists will be scheduled for a one-hour interview, and a time to conduct our choir for one hour in May.

Beacon Calendar
LBGTQI Youth Group
Friday, April 28
5:00 pm
Word Press Training
Thursday, May 4
5:30 pm
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 30
10:00 am
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, May 4
7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 2
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Middle School Sleepover
Friday, May 5
5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 2
6:15 pm
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration
Sunday, May 7
10:00 am
Religious Exploration
Wednesday, May 3
5:30 pm
Beacon Budget Town Hall
Sunday, May 7
11:30 am
Worship Associates
Wednesday, May 3
5:30 pm
BLUU White Supremacy Teach In
Sunday, May 7
2:00 pm

Beacon Office Hours

    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

 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