APRIL 5, 2019
FACING INTO THE WIND
Facing Into The Wind
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A O'Neall

Universalist Angus MacLean tells of understanding changes in the weather by turning until the wind was singing in both his ears. As we await the emerging future, how do we engage the adventure of the unknown and prepare for the new; how we listen for the message in the wind?   
Inquirers April 7 - 11:45 am in Room 11
Congregational Tour and History

Congregational historian, Charlotte Carl-Mitchell, will join us for a video, congregational history, and walking tour of our campus.
Be at UUCP this Sunday when we will reveal the identity of our CANDIDATE for settled minister!
Over the past year we’ve shared our hopes and dreams, challenged our categorical thinking, and prepared ourselves to begin again. We are ready!
Share the joy this Sunday, April 7th during our one service starting at 10:30 a.m.
And mark your calendars for CANDIDATING WEEK with starting Sunday, April 28th through Sunday, May 5th. The Congregational vote will take place after the service, Sunday, May 5th.
SUNDAY
Share the Plate with Lost Our Home Pet Rescue
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is a nonprofit, no-kill pet shelter that provides compassionate services to pets and people in crisis. We offer programs to keep pets with the families that love them when they face major life hardships like job loss, homelessness, domestic violence, illness, injury or hospitalization. We also find new, loving homes for pets whose families are no longer able to care for them. Since 2008, we have helped more than 23,000 pets in need.
City Budget 101 with Poder in Action
Sunday, April 7th at 12:00 PM in Annex B
Poder in Action will present an interactive and informative workshop on the Phoenix City Budget, including the mechanics of the Phoenix city budget and how as community members we can get involved and why it's important to get involved. They will also be looking at how to redefine safety through the budget. The workshop is open to the entire family!
The Valley Variety Art Show -
Meet the Artists!
Sunday April 7 at 11:30 in the Sanctuary
Our current art show is by artists from The Art Resource Center, The Artery, Mesa Art Center Gift Store Artists' Cooperative, Tempe Center for the Arts Gift Store, our congregation and Tempe Artists Guild. The media include packaging plastic, paint tubes and brushes, paint on canvas, assemblages sculptures and mosaics of found objects, drawings and photographs. Instructions to purchase artwork are on the East wall of the sanctuary. 
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
This week we are seeing "concrete progress" on the patio, as pouring of the concrete surface has begun. We also expect the patio trees to arrive this week.

The Early Education Cooperative Preschool on campus has gifted the project three mature trees: a 48" box Chinese Pistachio for the sand yard, a 48" box Palo Verde for the concrete bench seating area, and a 36" box Mesquite for an additional planter. These trees will help provide instant shade. Thank you EEC! www.cooppreschool.org

Parking is available along 40th Place (the street just west of the UUCP campus) Additional parking for members and friends who can easily walk a short distance is available in the parking lot behind Christ Church School, which is our closest neighbor to the west, just on the other side of 40th Place.  The entrance to that parking lot is the Christ Church back drive off 40th place. There is a graded path to the west hallway door from 40th Place.
Social Justice Opportunities
Civic Engagement
  • We, along with other activist organizations, have made a big difference in some legislative outcomes this session by sending emails and making calls! Be sure to come by the Justice table Sunday to find out which bill(s) you can protest or support to advance AZ toward laws that better align with our UU principles.
  • An unprecedented number of asylum seekers continue to come across the border. We support the wonderful volunteers who meet them at the bus station by providing supplies for their travel to sponsors. Please grab an updated list from the Justice table -- you can bring supplies on Sunday mornings or order from Amazon.
Earth Justice Ministry
The Earth Justice Ministry team is happy that Kay Welch has agreed to be our liaison to the Desert Botanical Gardens to research how to plant our grounds to help migrating Monarch butterflies. Helpers are welcome. Please join us at our next regular meeting, in Annex H, after service on Sunday, April 14. Light refreshments are served and newcomers are always welcome.  
UUCP News
Financial Stewardship -
"Realizing Our Mission"
Our gratitude for the presence of UUCP in our lives and community is priceless. What does UUCP mean to you, your family, and our greater world? What and/or Who inspires you? You Matter. We Matter.
This year we are looking for 100% member and friend participation and a 6% financial increase to achieve our budgetary goals. Please review the Intro letter, Stewardship brochure , and Commitment form here, or pick them up  in the lobby this Sunday, April 7. Please submit online or return your paper forms by mid-April, please.  The packets that are not picked up this weekend will be mailed out next week. We exist and thrive because we act together.
Text To Make a Donation
or Payment to UUCP
Text the message “UUCP $__” (you must enter a dollar amount in the text) to 73256 to give to UUCP. You will be directed to a link to a secure site where you can enter your credit card or bank account information to make a general donation, pay for an activity, or to make a payment on your pledge for the current year or next year. A dollar amount must be included in your text. 
Standard text message rates do apply.

NEXT SUNDAY - APRIL 14, 2019
KIDS THESE DAYS!
Kids These Days!

April 14th, 2019
Service Leader: Anthony Johnson
Today’s sermon topic was chosen by Jonny Lifshitz in the winning bid at the UUCP auction last fall. We will focus on the Post-Millennial Generation, those born from 1997 to the present, the so-called “selfie-generation.” Young people today find themselves inheriting a society where the rate of change is unprecedented.
Poetry Coffeehouse
Sunday April 14 at 11:00 am in Annex H
Good poetry can be both deeply intellectual and deeply emotional. Join working poets and poetry lovers in a Poetry Coffee House Session. Call Tish Gauntt for more information at 602-544-8330.
Inquirers at 11:45 am in Annex B:
Membership and the Pathway
with Rev Margret and Katie Ventura.
Opportunities to Serve
Lay Pastoral Associates
UUCP is creating a Lay Pastoral Care Associate (LPCA) Program. Members of the congregation will be trained as skilled listeners and resource guides for people experiencing life transitions. The program will complement the support offered by our minister and the Unicare Committee. LPCAs are the BEING arm caring, Unicare is the DOING arm of Lay Pastoral Care. To learn more, contact Rev. Margret at minister@phoenixuu.org .
The Property Team is Back- And We Need You!
We have a new Property Team starting up. So far we have a small core group but we need YOU! It does not matter if everyone knows the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver, there are lots of other tasks besides fixing stuff that you can help with. We need long term planning, supervision of small projects, maintaining and enhancing our 9 acre property, working with the Safety Team, the EEC and DVLC and other groups. To find out more contact Lora (admin@phoenixuu.org), Dale (dalefisher@mac.com) or Jake Danforth (count.on.Jake@gmail.com).
Neighborhood Connections
Neighborhood Groups gather members of UUCP where they live to make connections and get to know each other. If you want to be a Lead Connector, please contact Cherie Stafford cheriecs@gmail.com. Each neighborhood group can choose the activities best suited to you. Connect with neighbors in this radically inclusive community. 
Upcoming Events
Labyrinth in the Johnson Room 
Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30 - 6:45 pm in the Johnson Room
We welcome Clive Johnson from the UK, who is traveling around America with his canvas labyrinth, offering an accessible meditative experience. Open to all walkers and wheelers, come move, breathe and enjoy!
Traveling Second Fridays
April 12 , 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan by Barbara and Dave Cawthorne

Barbara and Dave explored cities on the ancient Silk Road in Central Asia. They were wealthy countries from large supplies of natural gas and from cotton. They had some of the oldest cities in the world and were the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. In 14C Timur (Genghis Khan’s grandson) ruled the area. It was annexed by the Russian Empire from 1881 to 1991. Come and be amazed by their incredible architecture, interesting history, wonderful people, and the most untouched tourist areas.
Join the Dance! Traditional Community Dance at UUCP Saturday April 20, 2019
Doors open at 6 pm for socializing. Dance instruction and action begins promptly at 6:30. Professional caller Peg Hesley's skills have been warmly appreciated at the previous two dances. Come Join the Fun!  Bring Family and Friends. Childcare will be available for the youngest dancers-to-be. Donations at the door accepted to cover the evening's expenses for the caller and her musicians and childcare. Bring your water bottle, and optionally, finger food to be shared at the mid-evening break. Questions: Carolyn.allenby@gmail.com
Passover Seder
Thursday April 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the Johnson Room
Join your UUCP community for a Seussical Seder!. Join us as we learn about the four questions (and maybe four answers), four cups of wine/juice, 10 plagues, 40 years in the desert, splitting of the Red Sea and the age-old quest for freedom, respect, and justice. Bring some food to help make this Seder a success. You can sign up for what to bring at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0845A8A82DA6FA7-foods .
UU Foundation of Phoenix Annual Chalice Keepers Reception
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 
Costello Childs Gallery, 2724 N. 68th St., Suite 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Childcare available nearby upon request (indicate when you RSVP)
If you are a member of UUCP, you are a member of the UU Foundation! As such, you are warmly invited to the annual reception of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix's Chalice Keepers legacy society. Come and meet members of the Unitarian Universalist Foundation Board and current Chalice Keepers and learn more about planned giving opportunities to sustain and strengthen UUCP over the long term. Please let us know if you are coming, so that we can plan for enough refreshments! RSVP to Lora by April 19th at 602-623-7190 or email to administrator@phoenixuu.org . If you would like more information about the Foundation please contact the UUFP Board at uufp@phoenixuu.org.
Thursday Community Night
Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 pm in the Johnson Room through April 25, 2019. Each week features two entrees (one vegetarian or vegan), as well as sides, salad and bread. Donation: $6 per adult/teen, $3 per child, or $12 per family (or pay what you can!). Food is labeled for the top nine common allergens.

Menu for April 11th: Tostadas w/ meat or beans with all the fixin’s and rice, from chefs Alisa Phillips and Daisy Danforth.
Following the meal, children go to Chalice Kids while adults join in for activities that help us to live into the congregation’s vision. Questions about Community Night? Want to cook, help or contribute? Contact communitynight@phoenixuu.org.

Classes and Activities for April 11th
Future Masculine Men’s Group 6:45pm - 8:15pm in Annex B
Spiritual Practices 6:45 – 8:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Search Committee Meeting 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the Minister's Office
Chalice Kids 6:45 pm, sign in Office 2, meet in Annex E
Living Our Vision... Everyday
This year, Faith Development offers many ways to learn beyond the traditional classroom. Listen to a podcast, read books and articles, watch a Ted Talk, or check out a packet of printed articles from the welcome desk, or come to office 2 and access the curriculum on the computers. Choose one focus that interests you, or move through all three, whatever works best in your life.
Come together for a Reflective Symposium on a Thursday morning, Thursday evening, or Sunday afternoon to discuss the topic we've studied. Regardless of whether we read a book, participate in a webinar or attend an in-person class, we can share our learning in community.
Come get a ribbon for your name tag from the Welcome Desk. Have questions? Visit the website,  phoenixuu.org/LOVE .

Radically Inclusive —focus on Gender Expansiveness
“Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” webinar -- watch at phxuu.org/transform
 
Justice Centered —focus on Racial Justice
Racial Justice Collaborative with Anthony Johnson, Monday, April 8, 6:30-8:30 pm
Reflective Symposium  Sunday, April 14, 11:45 am-1:15 pm in the Sanctuary
 
Theologically Diverse —focus on Indigenous Spirituality
Spiritual Practices gathering Thursday, April 11, 6:45-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Reflective Symposium  Wednesday, April 17, 6:45-8:15 pm in Annex B
Upcoming Events at a Glance

Saturday April 20 - Community Dance at 6:30 pm, all ages welcome, child care available for the youngest
Thursday, April 25 - Passover Seder 6:00-9:00 pm in the Johnson Room
Sunday, April 28 - UU Foundation of Phoenix Annual Chalice Keepers Reception 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 28 - Sunday, May 5  - Candidating Week for the next settled minister — two Sunday services, meetings and events during the week!
 
Report from Your Nominating Committee
Nominees have been selected for the UUCP Board of Trustees, UU Foundation of Phoenix and Nominating Committee. These candidates will be introduced and voted on by members of the congregation at the UUCP Annual Meeting after the service on Sunday, June 2, 2019. See list of nominees and background information on all new nominees at  https://www.phoenixuu.org/uucp-annual-election-2019/
UUA General Assembly
June 19-23, 2019
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix will be represented by 8 delegates at General Assembly (GA) 2019 in Spokane, Washington.
All members in good standing are encouraged to apply today. Send your application to Sarah Moore at  sarahdmoore@gmail.com, pick up a flyer with an application at the back table and drop off your application at the office to become a credentialed delegate. Registration is now open for GA, and we still have delegate slots available for anyone who is interested in attending.