~ 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 23
Sarah King
Beacon welcomes special guest speaker, Sarah King, to deliver an inspirational Earth Day message. Sarah has spent many years as Chair of the Arizona Faith Network Earth Care Commission, addressing timely issues surrounding environmental justice. Please join us as Sarah invites shares with Beacon a message of change, stewardship, and sustainability, and personal reflection of our individual relationship with our home, planet Earth.

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!

~ 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.
~ Social Justice Update ~ 

SJA will meet this Sunday, April 23, after the service (about 11:15), in the purple room. Beacon members, friends and visitors are welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided.

More Justice District Assembly reflection

In my Weekly News article of April 6-written just after Justice District Assembly in southern Arizona-I reflected on our day-long experience coordinated by Frontera de Cristo (Christ's Border), a Presbyterian ministry located in the sister cities of Agua Prieta, Sonora and Douglas, Arizona. They work in six primary areas of ministry: New Hope Community Center, Mission Education, Family Ministry, Migrant Resource Center, Church Development,  and Health Ministry.  Rich and I, along with UUs from southern California, southern Nevada and other AZ congregations, visited a project in a very poor neighborhood in Agua Prieta: Proyecto Douglas/Agua Prieta (Douglas/Agua Prieta Project),  where 8 neighborhood women members (so far) have been learning skills themselves (e.g. sewing, crocheting, cooking, organic gardening) and selling their wares, including preparation of delicious meals for visitors like us. It was gratifying to observe the spirited shopping. (I lost out on my favorite handmade apron to a woman more decisive than I!)  This project, in operation for several years, includes classes taught by volunteers. The board comprises five neighborhood community members, two members of Frontera de Cristo  and two members of a local Presbyterian church. Starting with outdoor meetings several years ago, they have recently purchased a large parcel of neighborhood property, including a building with a kitchen, the exterior decorated with a beautiful mural. They are growing organic vegetables and raising chickens and rabbits on their small "farm." 
The meal we were served was no light lunch: it was a full-blown (delicious!) mid-day comida of pollo con crema (chicken with cream), rice and beans, with fresh agua de naranja (orange water, icy cold).  From the personal stories shared by our three women hosts was abundantly clear that these women-though shy at first--were determined and proud of their accomplishments. Our UU group was blessed to be able to partake of their impressive efforts!

Roz Clark, SJA Journalist 
~ Yard Sale ~


"Necessity is the mother of invention" is sometimes more than a cliché: Last Saturday's Pre-Sale garnered $840 for Beacon, giving us a roaring head start toward our "real" Yard Sale coming up Saturday, June 3! Not only that, it created space in the "cottage" for gathering more well-loved items (needing new homes), and made several Beacon folks very happy.  So, as you collect your pass-alongs, we'll see that the cottage is unlocked so you can take them in, beginning this Sunday after the service, or you can take them during Heather's office hours (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (call first- 779-4492 -to be sure she's on site to give you a key). By Yard Sale day June 3 we'll have a wonderful array of merchandise.

Set aside Friday afternoon/evening, June 2, for our Set-up Party, and Saturday, June 3, for Beacon's Annual Yard Sale. In May we'll begin doing sign-ups for required tasks!

Questions? Ask any Yard Sale Team member: Rich Clark (255-2515 or clarkrr@q.com), or Geoff Pickens, Katherine Hart and Dennis Spurlin.
~ 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

Presents Phoenix Folk and Guitar Duo  JC & Laney
  April 21, 2017 - 7:15 pm
Held at the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  510 N. Leroux Street, Flagstaff, AZ.

JC Scott has written and published 5 CDs, and has played with musicians such as  Arlo Guthrie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Kenny Loggins. Laney Greynolds was lead  singer for "Saddletramp" from Scottsdale Arizona for twelve years. Their combined voices form their own Folksy Americana. Hard driving and bluesy  songs come uniquely alive. Their stories and lyrics can be simple and direct, tongue  in cheek, sometimes satirical, and sometimes deep.  JC & Laney is a one of a kind entertainment experience, some have described as a  cross between a rock and a rose. They have performed at the Tucson and Flagstaff  Folk Festivals, and at a variety of venues around the country. Join us in welcoming  them back to the Flagstaff Folk Project.

Future Up-coming Programs:
May 19;   Two Hand Union (Kent & Alyssa Simmons) - Flagstaff Folk Duo
June 16:  Bob Neustadt - Folk Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter - Boarder Songs 
Format:    7:15 - 8:15 p.m.  - Open Mic
               8:15 - 8:30 p.m.  - Refreshments/Coffee Break
               8:30 - 9:30 p.m.  - Featured Performers

Admission:  $5.00

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!
 ~ Art At Beacon ~

Figure Drawing Lesson At Beacon

 Former member Kathi Barron will be teaching drawing with a live model. Kathi is an excellent artist and teacher. There will also be a still life set up. (Any paper or pencil will work.) Please reply to Marsha Owen if you will attend: h2owencolor@gmail.com 

Figure Drawing in Proportion
People are fascinating!  As complicated as drawing the figure may seem, some simple tricks can lead to creating convincing characters. This session will start with practice capturing poses with quick gestures and a short lesson on measuring and proportions. The rest of the time will be spent sketching with a live clothed model. 
Supplies:  Two graphite pencils #2 or 2B, an 18 X 24" newsprint pad with backing, and maybe an eraser.
Optional: vine charcoal, easel, large board with clips, 80 lb. drawing paper.

When:  Saturday, April 22nd9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Where: Beacon UU church, 510 N. Leroux
Supplies:  pencil, paper and a support for your paper if you need it.
Cost: We don't know yet, depends on attendance but hoping for about $10.
Note: If you are using vine charcoal or watercolor bring protection for the chair & floor.

Light refreshments provided.
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
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 20
7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 25
6:15 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, April 21
7:00 pm
Flagstaff Family Food Center
Wednesday, April 26
3:30 pm
Figure Drawing Class
Saturday, April 22
9:00 am
Beacon Youth Group
Wednesday, April 26
5:30 pm
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration
Sunday, April 23
10:00 am
Beacon Board
Wednesday, April 26
5:30 pm
Social Justice Allies 
Sunday, April 23
11:15 am
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 27
7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 25
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
LBGTQI Youth Group
Friday, April 28
5:00 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