APRIL 14, 2019
Kids These Days!
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.
Inquirers at 11:45 am in Annex B:
Membership and the Pathway
with Rev. Margret and Katie Ventura.

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.
Earth Justice Ministry
Please join us at our regular meeting, in Annex G, after service this Sunday, April 14. Light refreshments are served and newcomers are always welcome.  
The "concrete progress" on the patio continues, with much of the surface now in place. The beautiful patio trees also arrived this week: 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, and more trees will arrive soon. Thank you to the Early Education Cooperative for gifting these wonderful trees! 
We are grateful for the cool spring weather as we await the structural work to install the new air conditioning system, which should be running in test mode by April 30. Please dress for the weather until we get the new system up and running.
The upper parking lot is CLOSED and the accessible entrance from the front is the ramped south door that you get to via the path on the left (south) side of the building from the main parking lot.
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 AZ Legislature outcomes this session by sending emails and making calls. We never know by press time WHAT will happen by Friday evening, but rest assured there will be another action for you to take on Sunday morning! Come by the table to learn about it.

  • Many of you regularly donate food and other supplies to PRP, a volunteer group that meets migrants at the bus station with provisions for their trips to sponsors around the U.S. For lack of air-conditioned storage space during the summer months, PRP has requested that we stop bringing food items on Sunday mornings. Instead, donate small, child-safe toys and stuffed animals, or coloring/activity books with colored pencils to keep children entertained on their journeys.

  • Amazon ordering is still encouraged. (Those donations are mailed to an air-conditioned place.)

Would you like to host an international student?

OCEAN (Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations) is seeking a family in the Paradise Valley School District to host a male high school senior from Kyrgyzstan for the 2019/2020 school year. There is a stipend for the host family. See Rev. Margret for details and to follow up with the sponsoring agency.

Our Ministerial Candidate, Rev. Christine Dance, will lead the Sunday service on April 28 at 10:30 am.
All are welcome to a social hour after service on April 28.

Rev. Christine will be present at the Chalice Keepers Reception
at Costello Childs Gallery at 2:30 on April 28.
There will be scheduled gatherings with UUCP groups during the week.
All are welcome to attend these open gatherings to meet Rev. Christine:

If you would like to meet with Rev. Christine in a casual setting, join us
Monday (4/29) or Wednesday (5/1) from noon-1:30. Bring your lunch!

There will also be a potluck dinner at 6:00 pm on Thursday May 2. On Saturday, May 4 you can share Coffee with Rev. Christine at 10:00 am.

You can read more about Rev. Christine here.
Rev. Christine will lead the Sunday service on May 5 at 10:30 am, with a special Congregational meeting immediately following. The only agenda item will be the vote on the call of the Candidate to be UUCP’s next Settled Lead Minister. Members will sign in and receive a ballot, and must be present to vote.
UUCP Children's Ministry - Childcare Staff

UUCP is expanding our pool of childcare staff! Pay is $15/hour, and there are opportunities for multiple candidates. At UUCP, childcare staff work in teams of 2 or more, to help create places for children and youth to build community, explore & experience kindness, and have an opportunity to socialize in spaces designed just for them.

The ideal candidate(s) will:
   •   Be 18 or older
   •   Have experience, or interest in gaining experience, with children and play spaces
   •   Have a Fingerprint Clearance card, or the ability to obtain one
   •   Have availability that includes some of the following days:
   ◦   Wednesday afternoons, 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
   ◦   Sunday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

UUCP is a UUA fair compensation employer.
Please feel free to request more info from: rosepascoe@phoenixuu.org
Financial Stewardship -
"Realizing Our Mission"
Building Community, Sharing Journeys,
Growing in Spirit, Advancing Justice
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 return all stewardship forms
to the congregation by April 21.
You can submit online through the website or Realm
or return your paper forms –
let’s wrap this up by mid-April, please!
All packets that have not been picked up have been mailed
We exist and thrive because we act together.
Expressing Our Solidarity

On February 26, 2019, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted to uphold its opposition to same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy. In response, the children of UUCP made and held up signs of support on the Sunday following that action. We received a letter of gratitude from PVUMC in early March. You can read the letter here:
Seeking The Source

April 21st, 2019
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Our search for truth and meaning opens the doors of faith and science, exploring the depths of miracle and mystery in the world. This regenerative time of Easter draws us into the search for our connection to the ultimate Unknown, the alpha and omega, the unfolding future appearing before us.
There is no Inquirers on April 21, since many people celebrate Passover, Easter or Earth Day with their families.
BLUU Worship Service Watch Sunday April 21, 1:00 – 2:30 pm in Annex B
Are you a Black Unitarian Universalist feeling in need of connection with other Black UU’s?? We invite Black Unitarian Universalists and all Black people to join us for online worship. BLUU worship is built specifically for black UU’s as a Sacred Black Space. This is an opportunity for black UU’s to come worship together with one another. It is a smaller more intimate gathering. Please join us for this special time together as black UU’s fostering community. For more information contact Sidney A. Harrison at sydneyha@usc.edu
Babies & Bailouts “End Money Bail” Panel
Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 – 6:00 pm in Annex B
The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) Micro30 collective will be hosting a Facebook Live watch party to bring awareness to the cash bail system and how it affects women of color. This is an opportunity to come together to support black mothers and their families by donating baby supplies or monetarily to be donated to the national bailout fund. This event is open to everyone. This event will have a facilitated post-panel discussion. Please join us in supporting Black moms and caregivers by donating what you can, having deep conversation, and bring a friend with you! Snacks and drinks will be provided!
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
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.
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, May 13, 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
Reflective Symposium Wednesday, April 17, 6:45 – 8:15 pm in Annex B
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 18, 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 18th:
Chile Rellenos with salad and cornbread, prepared by the Phoenix Sunday Evening Small Group. 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 18th:
Nominating Committee 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Annex H
Future Masculine Men’s Group 6:45 - 8:15 pm in Annex B
Open Drop-In Group 7:00 – 9:00 pm in annex C
Women’s Ritual 7:00– 8:30pm 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
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!
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.
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  www.phoenixuu.org/uucp-annual-election-2019/
Kids Kamp 2019
Registration is open for Kids Kamp 2019! A month of fun for kids ages 3-13! Early bird discount if you register before April 15th!

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.