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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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- This Sunday at Beacon -
Sunday, December 01, 2019


Sermon 
Practicing Gratitude with Poetry
Nancy Paxton
Sally Darley, Worship Associate
Nancy Paxton and Sally Darley will lead the service this Sunday in a celebration of gratitude.  We will read several of our favorite poems that illustrate different ways of thinking about gratitude: about how paying attention can open us to feeling gratitude in new ways, how our understanding of gratitude changes over time, and how we can celebrate the gifts that gratitude brings. If you like, bring a short poem to share that expresses your view of gratitude.


Religious Exploration

Following the Service
First Sunday Funday
  

~ Monthly Touchstone Theme: Compassion ~ 


Joys and Sorrows
From November 24, 2019

Rich C. congratulated our Music Director, Gabe Hernandez, on his fine recital.
Marti M. reported that her gravely-ill nephew will be treated in Houston at MD Anderson.
Dorothy R. celebrated that Scott Warren was acquitted of giving humanitarian aid to migrants at the border.
Katy lifted up the joy of seeing Skip and Andrea back in town.
Nancy P. offered birthday greetings to her husband Dick S.
Lisa sent news of her mother Sylvia who has been a member at Beacon. 
Jan R. expressed excitement that both of her adult sons will be with her for Thanksgiving. 

Spotlight this Week!

Publicity for Beacon 2020 brochure for Xmas Eve Service

We are putting together a Beacon 2020 brochure to be handed out at the Xmas Eve service.  If you have an event, group, or committee that you would like to see on the brochure please write a brief two sentence description with a title and send them to Linda Ochi at  Lindaochi31@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 10.

~ Community Connections ~
Happy & Safe Holiday to Everyone!

Rev. Robin will be away from Wednesday, November 27 to Tuesday, December 3, celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family in Pittsburgh. She is available, as needed, through email and phone.

Men's Astronomy Evening
December 4, 2019 at 7pm
Contact  Steve Zeldes

All adult men are invited to gather the evening of Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7 pm for an evening of  astronomy and camaraderie. We'll gather at my house (2675 E Hemberg Drive) and hope for a clear evening. Jeff Pickens will bring his 120mm refractor telescope and a mounted binocular set. The moon will be about half full, so less than ideal for deep sky viewing. But, I'm told we should see some star clusters and planets. Ask Jeff about his recent filming of the transit of Mercury across the sun.  I'll have some "refreshments" and perhaps a few snacks. A heads up if you plan to come would be nice, so I'll know how many to expect.   Hope to see you then.
Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network
Climate Strike -  Dec. 6th, in Phoenix

The next Climate Strike with our partners Sunrise Movement and AZ Youth Climate Strike. Join us at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003, from 2-6pm.

Contact:  Janine Gelsinger,  Executive Director of UUJAZ,  uujaz.director@gmail.com
  Social Justice Allies (SJA) 
 
For your calendar
                                            
Sunday, December 15, following the service: The next SJA meeting.
Rev. Robin, Rich and I have met and explored an assortment of structural shifts in how we do our SJA work, e.g. meeting days/times, communication system, determining Beacon's social justice priorities.
We know that for many of Beacon's members and friends, social justice is a central feature of your continuing goal to live your values. Whether or not you have been active in SJA, we welcome your good heart and creative thinking as we continue to move forward. You are welcome to meet with us Sunday, December 15!
 
Monday, February 17 (Presidents' Day): UU Day at the Legislature (DATL), organized by UUJAZ (UU Justice Arizona) network.
DATL is a fine opportunity to gather with UUs from around our state, register for "Request to Speak (RTS), and (possibly) meet with our State District's legislators. In addition, there will be 20-minute "Workshops on the Fly" to report on the work of UUJAZ's action teams.
To get a better sense of what DATL is likely to look like, go to UUJAZ.org and click on Events: you'll find last year's schedule.
 
With best wishes for a pleasant Thanksgiving observance,
Roz Clark, Interim SJA Chair
Chalice Circles
December 22 
  

Touchstones Chalice Circles are designed to meet our needs for belonging (intimacy) and meaning (ultimacy) by building friendships and providing opportunities to ponder life's questions, small and large, with others who share the common values of our UU Principles. 

Chalice Circle continues to meet on the 4th Sunday & Tuesday of each month. Discussion examines subjects as provided in the monthly journal of Unitarian Universalism,  Touchstones.  
To meet the needs of the congregation, we have made attendance open. 

For further information contact Char Tarashanti or Lynda L. Dorweiler at  ChaliceCircles@Beaconuu.com
Religious Exploration in December 2019 
 
December will be full of fun, creativity and many worship for all ages experiences at Beacon.
 
Dec. 1, 22, 24 and 29 are all Worship for all Ages services. Childcare is available for the youngest.
 
December 22 will be super fun with a service taken from A Charlie Brown's Christmas, with theatric vignettes and lots of singing. We'll even having a replica of Charlie's loveable little tree with the single red ornament. Rev. Robin will offer a homily called "The Perfect Imperfection of Charlie Brown's Tree."
 
December 24 is our festive family Christmas Eve services with readings and carols and candlelight. Two services at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
 
December 29: Youth Breakfast
 

Creative activities will occur in the Sunday School on December 8 and 15.
 
On December 8, children will decorate cookies in anticipation of the Cookie Swap and Carol Sing - a fun all-ages event happening later that day at 4:00 p.m. Bring cookies, good cheer and your voices to carol with Beaconers in our new space.
 
On December 15, children will make a simple UU-themed ornament for your family's Christmas tree.

Connect with Rev. Robin
First Sunday of the Month


On the first Sundays of the month, grab your coffee and come back into the Sanctuary to connect with Rev. Robin, talk about Beacon and your own journey. (No December meeting) See  you on January 5.

UUA General Assembly
 Providence, RI. June 24-28, 2020

Rooted, Inspired & Ready! 
We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. 

Early Bird registration by Feb 29. We have funds designated to help send Beacon congregants to GA! Speak to Rev. Robin

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Everyday Ways to Support Beacon UU 

1.  When you go to  Fry's  grocery store, use the Beacon phone number ( 928 779 4492 ) as the Alternate ID when it asks for it at the beginning of checkout, and you will get shopping discounts for Fry's members, as well as donating a percentage of your expenditure to Beacon. You can also sign up for an individual account if you prefer that, or want to take advantage of the gasoline discounts. You have to pick Beacon as your beneficiary when you set up your own account.

2.  If you shop on Amazon, please use "Amazon Smile"  and choose Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) as your recipient. We will receive a 0.5%  for every purchase and that can add up!  Remember that you have to start each shopping session at  smile.amazon.com  for us to receive the donation. 

3. Another online fundraiser is   igive.comOnce again, create your own account with a user name and password, then select settings, my cause, and type in Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU) . Then you can order from any of the hundreds of organizations listed under igive.  There are also coupons listed online you can use when ordering from some organizations.

4.  Basha's has a special debit card that you can charge up before shopping, and a portion of  what goes through the debit card gets donated to Beacon because that card is tied to Beacon.  Ask Anne Wittke for further information.

Have other ideas for our income incubator? leave them on a card in the bin in the lobby, or send them to Rev. Robin. 
Thank You!

The Beacon Board recognizes Norm Lowe for the excellent and attractive furniture he has made for the office manager's office and the foyer.  The desk and credenza are exceptional.  He has also framed the windows between the office and foyer.   

The Board further recognizes Linda Ochi for her dedication and energy that she gives to the Religious Education program.  Thank you to both of them.  

Beacon Board 
      December Share the Plate Partner  


Beacon's community partner for December 2019 is Flagstaff Shelter Services (FSS).  Established in 2006 by concerned citizens, business owners, and faith-based organizations, FSS provides critical shelter, food, and access to resources for Flagstaff's most vulnerable people.  Regardless of faith, mental health or sobriety, the shelter serves any adult experiencing homelessness. In 2014, FSS became a year-round shelter serving those in need every night of the year, providing personal and behavioral crisis response, and helping clients move from crisis toward self-sufficiency. Undesignated contributions in this month's offerings above $350 will be presented to the Share The Plate partner. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located at the top of the stairs in the CAC folder, or contact Office@beaconuu.com
Our Caring Connections

Confidential Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Circle works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for a listening ear and caring connections. Contact Rev. Robin or Dorothy Rissel at  dorothy.rissel@gmail.com
Beacon is Hiring
Please share with your community

There are two positions currently available:   
  • Office Manager, 15 hours per week
  • Custodian, 5 hours per week
~ Beacon Calendar  ~


Worship & Religious Exploration
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
OWL Meeting
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

First Sunday Funday
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Worship Associates Meeting
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

 
If you would like to submit a calendar event, send an email to  office@beaconuu.com . With all requests, please indicate the following: proposed start and end time of the event, the space/room preferred, and a rough group size. On the occasion of a cancellation or rescheduling of an event, please let the office know in a timely fashion to ensure that your event is correctly represented in the newsletter and order of service. Thank you!
Beacon Office Hours* & Contacts  ~
Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Minister,
Rev. Robin Zucker

Mon: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs:10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Or by appointment:
978-505-7245 - talk and text (confidential line) 
Director of RE 


Our engaging programs for all ages continue while  we search for a new Religious Exploration Director.

Rev. Robin can answer your RE questions.
  Office Manager,
April Yax

 No office hours at this time, but happy to hear from you at:

 

~ Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles  ~

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a "living tradition" of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from  sources  as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.  Learn more at beaconuu.com!


Website Updates ~
 
Dear Members and Friends,
 
Public users of the Beacon website see only the public facing information.  There are many pages of additional information available to those who have registered and are assigned the role of "Member" or "Friend" by the webmaster.  To get started click register.   


Be sure to record your username and password somewhere safe. If you are listed in the Beacon directory send an email to webmaster@beaconuu.com to set your role for access to information about what the leadership is up to, minutes of meetings, decisions of the Board, projects planned by the Core Leadership Council, as well as contact information for members and committee chairs. Your Beacon website is the place to go for copies of the bylaws, policies, and other documents that establish the business of Beacon.

Webmaster@beaconuu.com
~ Beacon Google Group  ~

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 our Office Manager, at  office@beaconuu.com or Visit:  https://groups.google.com/d/forum/uuflag