~ Monthly Worship Theme ~ 
Who Are We?
Submissions must be in by Wednesday at 4:00 pm to be included in the newsletter. 
Heather Thornton, Beacon Office Manager
~ Ministers Musings ~
March 16, 2017

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Spring Break!
~ Upcoming Services ~  

Sunday, March 19
Worship Associate Carleton Sheppard
"The Noble Activism of Unitarian Universalism"
Did you know that there have been UU martyrs throughout history?  Taking moral stands and working for social justice are in our DNA. Carleton Sheppard will talk about our proud tradition of activism."

Sunday, March 26
Rev. Kevin
"CELEBRATION SUNDAY! Who Are We: Deepening our commitment to Unitarian Universalism, How shall we walk our talk together building a new way..."

~ Children's ~
~ Religious Exploration ~

The highlighted UU principle for March is:
"That each and every person is important"
Elementary School Theme
"Love Will Guide Us"
Unitarian Universalist Association, Tapestry of Faith Curriculum

March 19, 2017 - "Love and Gratitude"

Sakenya McDonald, Director of Religious Exploration
~ Adrianne's 
Music  Box ~
Congregational Hymns 

Have a wonderful 
Spring Break!

 Please turn in your pledge forms ASAP!

 No later than Celebration Sunday, March 26th!
City Council's Action on Flagstaff Minimum Wage
Moving a proposed amended minimum wage ordinance forward by a 6-1 City Council vote, here are the main features of Ordinance No. 2017-18 that will have a second (final) vote at the March 21 Council meeting:
  • $10.50 an hour on and after July 1, 2017;
  • $11 an hour on and after January 1, 2018;
  • $12 an hour on and after January 1, 2019:
  • $13 an hour on and after January 1, 2020;
  • $15 an hour or $2 above the state minimum wage, whichever is greater, on and after January 1, 2021.
The amendment to the staff-prepared ordinance was also approved. It includes:
  • $15.50 an hour on and after January 1, 2022
  • Cost of living adjustment (written into the Prop. 414) to begin in 2023, rather than 2022.
Responding to confusion about the amendment (I know I'm confused, rrc) a Council member requested an executive session with the City Attorney before the final vote on March 21.
At Council's request in their last meeting, the City Attorney and staff prepared this ordinance that reflects the "negative compounding effects of State (Minimum Wage) Proposition 206 and City Proposition 414 (which) were not anticipated, nor were they described or analyzed for Flagstaff voters in the (November election) Information Pamphlet. (Ordinance No. 2017-08 pdf of March 3, 2017).
Following 19 public comments from representatives of Elevate Flagstaff, Bridging Flagstaff, Abrio and Hozhoni staff and families currently being served, the Council voted to move into executive session before returning to Council chambers for its discussion, followed by a vote to move the amended ordinance forward for a final vote Tuesday, March 21.

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!

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!

Beacon spring cleaning 
Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 11th, immediately following service. Details to come!

Beacon Annual Yard Sale: Coming in June!

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!  
Gratitudes from the Board ~
The Board of Trustees wishes to express our thanks to the following individuals for their hard work in supporting Beacon: 
  • Heather Thornton (our office manager)  for a can-do attitude in conquering web issues and amazing accomplishments in recreating our website
  • Paul and Trish Black for their energy, enthusiasm, passion, and organization in our Stewardship drive.
Thank you!
This Months Share the Plate Partner 

The mission of JLB Project is to make the journey easier for 
Northern Arizona families who have suffered the loss of a baby 
due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or other infant death through bereavement services, supportive care, and education.

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

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,  katygrantaz@gmail.com and Eric Burns  emburns34@hotmail.com 
Beacon Calendar
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 16
7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 21
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, March 17
7:15 pm
Tuesday, March 21
6:30 pm
Sunday Service and Religious Exploration
Sunday, March 19
10:00 am
Beacon Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 22
6:00 pm
Social Justice Allies
Sunday, March 19
11:15 am
Beacon Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 23
7:00 pm
Religious Exploration Committee
Monday, March 20
6:30 pm
LGBTQI Youth Group
Friday, March 24
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

Last Sunday
Attendance: 53
Plate Donations: $97.01