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Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager
~ Monthly Worship Theme ~ 
Where Do We Come From?
~ Ministers Musings ~
February 23, 2017


I hope February is drawing to a close with grace and good will for you and your beloveds.  During February we have been exploring "Where do we come from" as our spiritual theme for service development.  I recently came across the enclosed reading I thought timely to share as we reflect; those whose shoulders we stand upon, those whose wells we drink from but did not dig, those strong willed, strong spirited activists whose life journey's we seek to emulate.  Worship Associate Nancy Paxton, brought us a fine biographical sketch of just one such ancestor in last Sunday's exploration of Rev. Olympia Brown, a suffragette, an abolitionist, a community organizer, and the first woman ordained into ministry (Universalist) in the U.S.  We have good and strong roots.  May we tend to the rootstock, as we nourish and continue our growth here at Beacon, today and for the future!
Long-Haul People
You find them in churches
when you're lucky;
other places too, though I mostly
only know ecclesiastical varieties.
Long haul people
upon whose shoulders
(and pocketbooks and casseroles
and daylight/nighttime hours)
a church is built and maintained
after the brass is tarnished and
cushions need re-stitching.
They pay their pledges full and on time
even when the music's modern;
support each canvass though the sermons aren't always short;
mow lawns and come to suppers;
teach Sunday School when
there's no one else and they'll miss the service.
Asked what they think of the minister,
or plans for the kitchen renovation,
or the choral anthem, or Christmas pageant,
or color of the bathroom paint,
they'll reply: individuals and fashions
arrive and pass.
The church-their church-will be here, steady and hale.|
For a long, long time.
It will.
For long haul people bless a church
with a very special blessing.
Kathleen Montgomery, Editor.
Blessed Be,
Rev. Kevin
~ Monthly Worship Theme Notes ~

Our next three monthly service themes, February, March and April are taken from the artists Paul Gauguin's statement painted in the piece, " Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?  Gauguin inscribed the original French title in the upper left corner: D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous. The inscription the artist wrote on his canvas has no question mark, no dash, and all words are capitalized. In the upper right corner he signed and dated the painting: P. Gauguin / 1897. These words also appear in our hymnal, "Singing the Journey," within hymn #1003. 
~ Upcoming Services ~  

February 26, Rev. Kevin
"Where Do We Come From?"
We close out this month's worship theme with UU History and Heritage. Where do UU's come from, how do we function as such a diverse, and multifaceted collection of seekers, believers, non-believers, reflections on the passage from our Christian roots, to our modern day Wings. 

~ Children's 
Religious Exploration ~

Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation is pleased to announce that we are currently recruiting interested candidates to serve our children and youth as an Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator. This amazing and dynamic sexuality education program is nationally accredited and developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ. This holistic program is offered in four age groups (K-2, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10) and we are also considering offering a young adult (18-35) and adult (35+) class in the future. Our facilitators attend a weekend-long training to receive certification and are connected to a team of highly-skilled professionals to continue their ongoing training and education. If you would like to explore the idea of joining the team of Beacon facilitators, please contact one of our OWL coordinators, Dee Wegwert (,
1-928-660-8815) or Kay Doggett (
, 928-890-7773).  

~ Adrianne's 
Music  Box ~
Congregational Hymns February 26, 2017

#403 Spirit of Truth, of Life of Power  by Rev. Horace Westwood, D.D..  Rev. Westwood was born in England on August 17, 1884.  He Emigrated to the United states and served as a Methodist minister in Florida for several years.  In 1910 he began his Ministerial service for Unitarian churches in Youngstown, Ohio, Winnipeg, Canada then in Toledo, Ohio.  His hymn was included in the 1937 UU Hymnal.  
#123 Spirit of Life by Carolyn McDade will be used from time to time during the next few months for our "body meditation" spiritual practice song.  There are many ways to meditate.  Using sign language or simple body movements can help move energy, promote relaxation, reduce stress and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
#6 Just as Long as I Have Breath  If you will allow my own, indulgent self reflection, I have vertigo all the time.  I fight through an unsteady world and sometimes I get fatigued, out of breath and ultimately, panicked.  The lyrics of this very popular UU hymn are such a great reminder to follow my breath, feel gratitude for my beating heart and when my crazy vertigo vision fools me, rely on that third eye that has never failed to show me the way through dark times.  
1. Just as long as I have breath, I must answer, 'Yes' to life;
though with pain I made my way, still with hope I meet each day.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, 'Yes', to life

2. Just as long as vision lasts, I must answer, 'Yes' to truth;
in my dream and in my dark, always: that elusive spark.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, 'Yes' to truth.

3. Just as long as my heart beats, I must answer, 'Yes' to love;
disappointment pierced me through, still I kept on loving you.
If they ask what I did best, tell them I said, 'Yes' to love

Let's Ignite Our Beacon Light Question of the Week:

How do your financial contributions turn our values and principles into ACTION?

Trish and Paul Black will be in the lobby before and after the service, ready to collect your answer to the question, if you wish to do so. The Stewardship Team will post the answers each week!

Conversations with Rev. Kevin
You should have received a postcard inviting you to one of three parties:  Tuesday, February 7, 6-8 pm; Saturday, February 25, 10 am- 12 pm; or Sunday, March 5, 11:45 - 1:45. Enjoy engaging in small group conversations with Rev. Kevin while sampling food and beverages along with live music! Childcare is provided for the Saturday and Sunday parties. 

If you did not receive an invitation, or need to change your date, please call Trish Black, 602-350-0592.
False News on Private School Vouchers
Steve Finger, a leader of Flagstaff's Quaker Meeting (and active participant in NAIC (No. AZ Interfaith Council), shares occasional notices with his listserve. If you missed this voucher fact-check in the AZ Republic, I hope you'll take the time to read it (see link in Steve's forwarded message below).
State Senator Debbie Lesko says that vouchers, if approved, will save the state $4,300 per student, whereas the Joint Legislative Budget Committee found that it will COST taxpayers $5,600 per student. 
Click here for Laurie Roberts' column in the Republic:
If this bill passes, it could be a nail in the coffin of public education in Arizona.  The vote will be this week, and it could be a squeaker.  Please register your opinion to our state legislators.
                                                        -- Steve
Steven C. Finger, RAPN (Retired and Probably Napping)
"Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I'd rather see you in better living conditions." - Hafiz
No. AZ Legislators' Contact Information

1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Email Address: 
sallen@azleg.go v

Representative ROBERT J THORPE 
1700 W. Washington, Room 331 
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5219
Fax Number: (602) 417-3118
Email Address:
Representative BRENDA BARTON 
1700 W. Washington, Room 111 
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4129
Fax Number: (602) 417-3010
Email Address:
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
February's Share the Plate Partner 

The Poore Free Medical Clinic provides medical and 
dental care for those who do not have insurance.

Undesignated contributions to December's Sunday service offerings 
above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) 
will be presented to the Center. 

Nominate your favorite Non-Profit Group or Agency!
If you would like to nominate a non-profit project or agency whose values are consistent with Beacon's for the Share the Plate Program,  please fill out a nomination form. They can also be found on the bulletin board in the foyer.
For more information, contact Community Action Committee (CAC) chairs 
Katy Grant, and Eric Burns 
Beacon Calendar
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 23
7:00 pm
Beacon Youth Group
Sunday, February 26
12:30 pm
LGBTQI Community Youth Group
Friday, February 24
5:00 pm
Tuesday, February 28
11:00 am
5:00 pm
Stewardship  Event
Saturday, February 25
10:00 am
Beacon Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 22
6:00 pm
Sunday Worship Services
Sunday, February 26
10:00 am
Children's Religious Exploration
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 2
7:00 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

Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Fundraiser!
Join our Sedona sister congregation for their fundraiser auction!
Help us build community between Sedona and Flagstaff, and foster connections for UU's in the red rocks and the high country!

Last Sunday
Sunday, February 12
Attendance: 46
Plate Donations: $118