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

Summer Imaginarium
~ This Sunday's Service ~
Rock and Roll Service! Andy Hogg, Sam Piper, Carleton Sheppard, will be leading a service called Rock of Ages. There will be no Order of Service. The service will feature rock music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. The theme is about how rock music can be part of the path toward our own spiritual development. This will be one of the most fun services of the year!
~ Special Notice! ~ 
Building & Grounds Workday
Saturday, Aug 5 from 11 am to 2 pm

We'll be doing general cleanup, windows, minor repairs, etc. Please note we will be starting later than usual! Brunch goodies will be provided.
~ Ministers Musings ~  

This edition of the weekly musings is a summer touch point on a few differing topics.
1. Please make plans to attend the very special Rock-n-Roll service this Sunday, this has become a beloved tradition with Beacon.  I am very much looking forward to my first opportunity to attend and enjoy.  Thanks to our Worship Associates Andy Hogg, Carleton Shepard and Sam Piper for creating and offering our service this week. Rock On!
2. Apology for those in the back third of Sanctuary Sunday, the hallway switch for the back wall and foyer speakers did not get flipped on, and thus many of you had a hard time hearing the full service. On behalf of set-up volunteers and me, Sorry we missed a step!
3. Adrianne Anning, our Director of Music, and I are both pleased so many of you responded with interest and enthusiasm in our new trial of creative seating in the Sanctuary.  Many of you asked if all 90 chairs are still there, indeed, they are, but with moving these front side rows into new configuration, we gained the open center space.  It was so very nice to have a real and true spot to invite our children and youth to come forward for time for all ages. Additionally, many of you shared with us how you liked the pulpit in the center space for visibility and accessibility.  All is a work in progress, so we will continue the trial and fine tune as we proceed ahead.
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*Special Notice - Welcome Adrianne as our new Music Director!  
It has been brought to my attention that not everyone was at the Annual Meeting
Sunday Service or the meeting itself, "I am shocked" said with great smile and good humor!!
For those of you who were not able to attend,
on that Sunday June 11 th and in my Annual Report as well the Board's Annual report,
we welcomed Adrianne as our new regular and ongoing Music Director.
Adrianne began in this new role July 1, bringing us year round music!
From the reception and comments I have heard of the Music Service July 16 th we love music!
Please make plans to attend the reprise Music Service, August 13 th
another opportunity for Music and Worship!
(for additional info, please see website and weekly Enews June 15 th )

4. GRATITUDE - Thanks to Marcia and Bill Owen for the extended loan and use of their piano as our Sanctuary piano for many years!  Beacon was gifted a piano this spring and exchanges were made last week, so we are grateful for both the Owens and our Donor this spring.  Speaking of music - - Please see music box for news and information of the upcoming choir year and music program updates.  Interested in joining the choir, be in touch with Adrianne, .  
4. DRE Update - The RE Committee and I are working to begin interviews in the coming week with applicants for our open position, we have job posted on, Craigslist and with the Pacific Southwest Regional UUA website.  We hope to have additional information to share in the coming weeks.
5. Touchstones is coming...  This fall ministry and music will begin using components of a national UUA theme based ministry program Touchstones.  Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more information about this new venture, which we utilize for the coming church year and review in the late spring.
6. Lastly for this week we are seeking some volunteers to support in a few key areas of church life - Please be in touch with Heather in the office, ,  if you can help out:
a. We would like to develop a group of Sunday volunteer offering counters, need to be teams of two for financial safety and security, a simple cash counting and filling out the cash forms. (This is to remove this task from our Board of Trustees who serve us in numerous other ways!)
b. We are seeking an office volunteer on Tuesdays, to help with minor office matters, prepare bank deposit and lite housekeeping (emptying the dishwasher) (This is to support better fiscal security having two individuals when money counting is involved.)
c. Please see upcoming dates for Building and Grounds work days, if you like those more nuts and bolts, and tool-belt kinda projects!
Grateful to be on the Journey with you,
Rev. Kevin
~ Music Box ~

Prepare yourself for one of the most fun filled services of the year.  Andy Hogg, Sam Piper and Carleton Sheppard will be leading the service "Rock of Ages". There will be no Order of Service. The service will feature rock music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. The theme is about how rock music can be part of the path toward our own spiritual development. 

We will feature one more music-centric service this summer on  August 13th.  It will be in similar fashion to the music and worship service we shared a couple of weeks ago at Beacon.  Choir members shared their selections.  This time, I would like to invite any and all of you to participate.  If you would like to share a hymn with the congregation, please email me and tell me the title.  Be prepared to say a short introduction or why this particular hymn is important/memorable to you.  (less than 2 minutes please.)

Email your hymn to share for  August 13th to - please reply - in advance - no later than  August 6th.  Thanks!!! Adrianne Anning

~ Our Whole Lives ~
This fall - 5 th and 6 th grades and 7 th and 8 th grades!
The Beacon Religious Exploration program is pleased to announce two OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) classes for youth this fall. OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information for all ages about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences of sexuality. Classes are facilitated by Beacon members who have received training and certification through the UUA. More information about OWL content is available at www.uua/org/re/owl .
It is our philosophy that parents are the primary sexuality educators for their children, and this is a way that our faith community supports parents in that effort.
Families from outside the Beacon congregation are very welcome to participate.  
If you have a child in one of the grade levels, know families who might be interested, or have any questions, please contact Kay Doggett about the 5 th -6 th grade class (928-890-7773 ) or Dee Wegwert about the 7 th -8 th grade class (1-928-660-8815 ).
Download the attached flyer to see the full class schedule and requested participant donations to cover food and curriculum expenses.  And watch for more information in a direct email to Beacon members and friends.
~ Social Justice Allies ~
A biased review of the first session of   Beacon's four-part conversations on
Literature of the Borderlands

By any measure, last Saturday's first installment of four Saturday morning conversations focusing on Literature of the Borderlands was a solid success! We had hoped for about a dozen participants (there were 19) and we couldn't guess whether our reach would extend beyond Beacon (four people from outside our congregation joined us that morning)!

Prior to this event your SJA journalist had had no such seminar-like experience with good friend and presenter/facilitator Dr. Charles (Chuck) Tatum, University of Arizona Professor Emeritus of Spanish, so I admit I was a bit nervous about how the session might go. I was, however, delighted with Chuck's artful balancing of structure (e.g. clarification of terminology, historical context), encyclopedic knowledge of borderlands writers and their works and compassionate responses to participant questions and perceptions. By my lights he did all this in a relaxed-though-candid manner, punctuated with humor.

So what's next? On three more Saturday mornings-July 29, August 5 and August 12-we will gather again 9 - 11:00 in the sanctuary. You are welcome to join us for one or more sessions, even if you missed the first session and whether or not you read the materials Chuck has provided for us.

If you'd like to have the readings-to read now or later (or much later)-- let me know by email ( ) and I'll send them to you as attachments. However, here's my limitation: I'll be away next week and out of email range, beginning Sunday, July 29. I can email the readings to you Thursday or Friday this week (July 27 or 28) or after August 5.

From comments elicited from those who did not have the reading material last week, the session was informative and interesting nonetheless. So, take a chance and give this unique opportunity a try: We welcome you!

In gratitude to Chuck Tatum for generously sharing his stories-personal and professional-and his learning with us,
Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
~ Literature of the US Borderlands ~

~ Classifieds ~

New  Sunday Morning Volunteer opportunity!  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.

Tuesday Volunteer opportunity! We're seeking volunteers to prepare the weekly deposit and other simple tasks as needed. Please contact the office with your interest.

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!

~ Art Exhibitions at Beacon for July and August  ~

And Now For Something Different - New Art At Beacon

For July And August we are displaying the exciting work of textile artist and man about town Jamie Hasapis. The pieces in this exhibit were created using a technique called "snow-dyeing". Fabric is covered with 8" - 10" of snow and then dyes are applied. As the snow melts the dye is absorbed randomly creating color, design and texture. "I never know what the end result will be....when I open the bundles I have these incredible gifts that I get to share."
In addition to his art, Jamey is a musician, singer and actor. He is also the host of Radio Sunnyside's Community Conversation  on Monday mornings at  10 a.m.
~ 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
Beacon Calendar
Literature of the Borderlands
Saturday, July 29
9:00 am
Tuesday, August 1
6:15 pm
Sunday Service & Religious  Exploration
Sunday, July 30
10:00 am
Worship Associates
Wednesday, August 2
5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 1
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Literature of the Borderlands
Saturday, August 5
9:00 am

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!
Beacon Office Hours

Rev. Kevin  Lawson: 

Summer hours, please call the office to schedule an appointment. 
Director of Religious Exploration

Please call the office during regular office hours for DRE needs at this time. 

  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

~ 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!