October 27th is our Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) service. This is an opportunity to remember the good qualities and memories of our loved ones who have died. Please feel free to bring in photos of people in your lives who have died—with just that person in the photo—to add to our altar. You will have an opportunity to share something positive about that person with a small group during the service.

Music by UUCP Choir
Abuela Sylvia Lemus Sharma invites and welcomes  volunteers to help decorate the Dia de los Muertos altars on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-3:00pm and to volunteer on Sunday, October 27 after the second service from about 12:15-1:00 pm. Gracias. You may reach her at 651-442-4211.
Social Justice Opportunities
Sunday, October 27 at the back of the sanctuary
Civic Engagement

  • Trump has stopped new applications for DACA, but those who have it need to renew. The cost per person is $495. You can contribute at whatever level is comfortable for you at Your support will be so appreciated!

  • The IRC Welcome Center still seeks donations and needs volunteer help. Pick up information at the table.
Earth Justice Ministry
Earth Justice Ministry will hold its next regular meeting on Sunday, November 8, 2019 in Annex G at about 12:30, after second service. Visitors are welcome and refreshments are served. Please come to hear a report about legislation about about International Climate Accountability (# S1743) and about Ecological Water that will be sponsored in the upcoming months.  

Reap Goodness : Carol Manetta is looking for volunteers to help with a cooperative non-profit, for which she is the Executive Director. She needs helpers for the website, writers on social media (Linked-in), and fundraisers. The project is in on land in Tombstone building a food forest and swales to capture rain and involves seven universities across the nation. If you would like to join this project,you may contact her at .

Green Tip - Replace your thermostat with a "smart" thermostat -- you may also be eligible for a bill credit or rebate on your electrical bill. 
Blue Tip - Capture rainwater from your roof and use it to water plants.
Opportunities to Connect and Serve
Community Night Dinner

October 31: Halloween No Community Night
November 7: Enchilada Night! On the Menu: chicken enchiladas, black bean and sweet potato enchiladas served with rice and beans prepared for you by Lauren Huelser and Daisy Danforth.

To sign up, simply go to this link at where you will find a list of spots to choose from. You can select Help with Set Up, Dessert, Main Dish Meat, Main Dish Vegan, Side Dishes, Salads, Cashier, or Clean Up

Trust and Estate Planning Workshop
We can agree that adulting is not all fun and games. We can also agree that it is never too soon to plan for your family's future. With that in mind, the UU Foundation Board invites you a Trust and Estate Planning Workshop on the morning of Saturday, October 26th at 9 am in the Johnson Room. The session will run about an hour and a half. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. 

Please sign up on the clipboards on the counter in Office 2, or by emailing the Foundation Board at . If you have any questions you want to submit in advance to make sure they are answered as part of the workshop, please email those to the Foundation Board as well.
Outdoor Group
With a record turnout of 30 people at the cookout, 22 people on the hike, including 5 children, and 5 dogs, the weekend in Flagstaff was declared a success by all. The weather was picture perfect. Flagstaff has the bluest sky on the planet! The aspens were in their full fall glory. The daytime temperatures don’t get any better, and the nighttime temperatures were not as cold as everyone expected.
The next hike is going to be a grand one as well. On October 26, Phil Slater and Dan Hunn are leading a very popular hike to Horton Springs. Fall colors should be at their showy best. Plan on joining us for a beautiful morning of hiking followed by lunch together in the picnic area after the hike. Click on the link below to get the full details on the hike.
There is a lot happening with the Outdoor Group. To stay informed, please go to .
Membership Weekend—November 1 and 2
Are you interested in becoming a Member at UUCP? Are you returning after an absence and interested in re-joining? Or just interested in learning more about our congregation? 
We will have a concentrated New Member Weekend for anyone interested. It will be on Friday, November 1 st from 6pm-9pm and on Saturday, Nov 2 nd from 9am-12pm. Ideally, participants will be there for both sessions. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet others who are new or re-joining UUCP as well as learning more about Unitarian Universalism, UUCP, our organization and structure. At the end of the weekend, you will have the opportunity to decide if you are interested in joining UUCP. New Member Sunday will be Sunday, November 10 th . To sign up for the weekend, please register here:
If you have any questions, reach out to Rev. Dance at
UUCP Memorial Garden and Trail Beautification Day
November 2, 2019 8:00 am (coffee and pastries available at 7:30 in the Johnson Room)
Spend Saturday morning with fellow UUs clearing brush, trimming trees, and planting in the memorial garden and on our trail system below it. Bring your garden tools (saws, chain saws, rakes, hoes, clippers, gloves, hats) and discover the beauty of our campus. 

Dinner and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra - Saturday, November 9th
Join us for dinner and a performance of City Music, written by UUCP’s own Glenn Stallcop. Glenn has been the double bassist for the Phoenix Symphony for 46 years and retired this year. Come support him as the Symphony honors him playing one of his orchestral works entitled City Music along with Beethoven's Mass in C. We will be meeting downtown for dinner at 5:30 and the performance is at 7:30. Each person will be responsible for getting their own tickets. Email Anne Lackey at by Nov. 1st if you are interested in joining us for dinner before the performance. Links for tickets and directions:
Community "Barn Hoedown" Dance on November 16th!
All Join Hands! 

Doors open at 6 pm for socializing in the Sanctuary; Dance Fun starts at 6:30 pm, to 8:30 pm.

Peg Hesley, professional caller with Jeff Thorn, fiddler, will teach and call our gender-free dance.
Suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Complimentary childcare available for the youngest.
Wear comfy clothes for moving. Close-toed shoes suggested. Bring your water bottle, and optionally, a finger food snack to share the mid-dance refreshment refreshment break.  Let's dance together! 

Questions, suggestions, about this multi-generational event: .
YRUU Service
Service Leaders: YRUU of UUCP                   
Join our amazing youth for a service that they are designing and leading. Hear what is on their minds about social justice and how we as Unitarian Universalists can show up in the world to make a difference.

Music: Strings (in collaboration with youth)
November Theme: Attention

"You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle."
Paulo Coelho
What Can I Do?
The biggest question I hear when I travel around the state to UU communities is: "What can I do?" As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to live our values into the world. We don't just talk, or pray, or learn about issues... we ACT. We know that when Dr. Cornell West said "Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public" he was calling us to use our voices and hands and bodies and time and resources for human rights in our communities, and our world.
I wanted to ask if your heart is called to the following opportunities for engaging with justice for asylum seekers and migrant families.

Do you have a Saturday or Sunday morning, once a month or less, to visit Eloy detention center? In partnersip with Puente Human Rights Movement, UUJAZ will visit detainees in Eloy to gather their stories and connect them with resources. Email Janine to be notified of the dates.

Do you like to do research on the internet? There are several opportunities to spend a few hours online to help fact-find for justice groups, before November 1st. This can be done from anywhere in the state! Let Janine know if this sounds like the justice work for you.

Are you open to spend a couple hours occasionally at the new Phoenix Welcome Center? Phoenix Restoration Project is holding a mandatory volunteer training THIS Saturday, October 19th, 1-3:30. Advanced registration is required ; address of training will be texted upon verification.

Do you know any of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors? If you are at all connected to Bill Gates, Clint Hickman, Jack Sellers, Steve Chucri, or Steve Gallardo , or know someone who is, let us know, please.

Are you available on a very occasional weekday to attend court alongside an asylum seeker? UUJAZ is starting an exciting new partnership with groups across the state for a court accompaniment network to provide advocacy and support.

Janine Gelsinger can be reached at .
Sanctuary Holiday Decorations
The Sanctuary Art Team is looking ahead to the coming Holiday Season and would like to include decorations that are personal to you. Whether you decorate for the holidays with wreaths, menorahs, candle arcs, spider webs or Krampus masks we would like to show it. A future Saturday will be announced to bring your hangable art to the Sanctuary to be displayed for about 2 months. For questions please email Bill Snowden at .
Have you noticed that some members have blue, yellow, or purple ribbons attached to their name tags?  These ribbons, which may say Theological Diversity, Radical Inclusion, or Justice Centered, are areas of personal study available to us in the form of on-demand classes, books, articles, videos, podcasts, social media, and other ways to reflect and discuss each topic. UUCP is in the process of organizing this program for fall 2019. Sign up to get a ribbon and be contacted about classes at a table in the back of the Sanctuary before and after each Sunday Service.

Upcoming Events
10/26 • Advanced Level Meditation • 10:00 AM- 12 PM, Annex B
10/27 • Book Group • 11:00 AM-12:15 PM • Annex B
10/28 • Open Arts & Crafts Studio • 9:30 AM-Noon, Johnson Room
10/30 • Choir Rehearsal 7:00-9:00 PM, Sanctuary
10/30 • Children’s Ministry Parent Group • 6:30-8:00 PM, Annex B
11/1 • Walking Conversation Lovers 6:30am - 8:30am
11/1 • New Member Gathering 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Annex C