~ Monthly Worship Theme ~ 
New Beginnings
Minister's Musings
January 12, 2017


I hope your week is going as well as for us in the office - We have internet and Wifi back and operational! Simple Gratitude -but oh so necessary tools for the modern office environment, our connections from the main cable box on pole in alley had to be updated due to age and corrosion, our fittings at the building's junction box also were replaced and updated and the office rewired.  A very special thank you to Dennis Spurlin for coming to Beacon and working with Tech for two plus hours last Friday to get us back in working order - please know we are working diligently to get basic website pages back up while we seek to develop new website presence.  Together we will, together we have weathered an unexpected storm of technological issues all hitting at the last two weeks of the year with holidays and office closure.  Thank you for your patience and understanding;we are living into our monthly theme of New Beginnings!


Mission: The Mission of Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation
is to be a welcoming community that embraces diverse thought and belief
and builds a just, peaceful and compassionate world.
Vision: The Vision of  Beacon UU Congregation is to build a center
for liberal religion and action.
~ Upcoming Services ~

Jan 15 - Rev. Kevin - "The Dream Continues"  This morning we will mark MLK Day with special music and service, the dream continues, what is our work to build the beloved community?

Jan 22 - Andy Hogg - "Many people are still dealing with presidential election stress. This sermon will offer ideas about coping, hope, and faith."

Jan 29 - Rev. Karla Brockie - We are pleased to have Rev. Karla Brockie of Prescott join us here at Beacon.
Religious Exploration

Dear Parents,
 
Welcome to 2017! The sum of the numerals in 2017 is equal to the number 10. In numerology, the number 10 is often reduced to the singular numeral 1. It is believed that, "The number 10/1 brings all sorts of new changes into your life, and there seems to be an element of luck within those energies. Through this vibration, you have the insight to recognize and understand the needs of humanity, and the ability to bring peace and harmony to all".
 
What a perfect way to begin a new year of learning, growing, and changing!
 
The highlighted UU principle for January & February is:
"Acceptance of one another and encouragement to
spiritual growth in our congregation"
 
January 15, 2017
January 22, 2017
January 29, 2017: Tales and Myths from Indian Mythology .
We will be sharing stories and myths from the Indian Tradition, and learning about their pantheon of gods and goddesses, including Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha, and Krishna. We will be exploring sacred ritual, chants, and ceremonies related to the Hindu and Buddhist faiths.

We will be focusing on inclusivity and how Unitarian Universalists encourage spiritual growth welcoming diversity and difference in our congregations.
 
All classes will be hybridized to include age appropriate discussion and activities.
 
Volunteers are always welcome! Please email re@beaconuu.com to find out how you can contribute to our dynamic RE program.
 
Adrianne's Music Box
Congregational Hymns January 15, 2017

Lift Every Voice and Sing Many people are surprised to learn that "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was first written as a poem. Created by James Weldon Johnson, it was performed for the first time by 500 school children in celebration of President Lincoln's Birthday on February 12, 1900 in Jacksonville, FL. The poem was set to music by Johnson's brother, John Rosamond Johnson, and soon adopted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as its official song. Today "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is one of the most cherished songs of the African American Civil Rights Movement and is often referred to as the Black National Anthem. (Arizona PBS.org)
Many hymns are conceived in the throes of tragedy. " Precious Lord" was written in Chicago in 1932 following the death of Thomas Dorsey's wife Nettie and infant son during childbirth. Dorsey (1899-1993) was born in Georgia. His father was a Baptist preacher, and his mother a piano teacher. Known as the "Father of Black Gospel Music," Dorsey combined African American church hymns such as those by Methodist minister, Charles A.  Tindley (1851-1933), with blues and jazz. This "worldly" combination was not without controversy at first, but set the tone for gospel music for decades to come. "Precious Lord" has been recorded by many famous singers including Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Roy Rogers, and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Martin Luther King Jr. drew inspiration from this, his favorite song. It was sung at the rally in Memphis the night before the civil-rights leader's assassination. President Lyndon B. Johnson requested that "Precious Lord" be sung at his funeral. (C. Michael  Hawn, United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries
LET'S IGNITE OUR BEACON LIGHT!


  It's the new year and that means our annual stewardship campaign is just around the corner.  Team leaders Trish and Paul Black are enthusiastic, energetic and full of creative ideas for the 2017/18 pledge drive -- and are promising to make it FUN!  Look for your invitation to one of three parties coming up, featuring "Conversations with Rev. Kevin," live music and festive food. And keep in touch!
The Flagstaff Folk Project
Presents Folk Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter
Bob Neustadt
January 20, 2017 - 7:15 pm
 
Sponsored by and Held at the Beacon
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
510 N. Leroux Street, Flagstaff, AZ
(Between Elm and Fine Avenues)
 
Robert Neustadt is professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at NAU. In 2010, Bob accompanied a group of students from NAU on a field trip to the Arizona/Mexico border. During the trip they met with deported people in Mexico, attended immigration hearings in the Federal Courthouse in Tucson, played the wall as a musical instrument, hiked on migrant trails, visited places in the desert where migrants had died, spoke with Border Patrol and spoke with migrants at a humanitarian base camp. The experience was so gut-wrenching that on returning from the trip a song emerged. He played this song, called "Voluntary Return," for his friend Chuck Cheesman. Chuck was moved and suggested that they produce an album as a fundraiser for the humanitarian organization No More Deaths / No más muertes.


Format :                       7:15 - 8:15 p.m. - Open Mic
                                    8:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Refreshment/Coffee Break
                                    8:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Featured Performer
 
Admission:     $5.00
 
Up-Coming Featured Performers:
 
February       17        Foxykoshka (Vincent & Annette) - International Guitar Music 
March           17        Terry Alan - Flagstaff Folk Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter 
April              21        JC and Laney - Folk and Guitar Duo from Phoenix
May              19        Two Hand Union (Kent & Alyssa Simmons) - Flagstaff Folk Duo
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For further information see: www.flagfolkproject.org
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 Heather, our Office Manager, at  office@beaconuu.com.
SOCIAL JUSTICE ALLIES (SJA) UPDATE

Focus for this Sunday' SJA Meeting: Flagstaff's Minimum Wage
With Special Guest Representative of the "Elevate Flagstaff" Project

We've been saying all along that the minimum wage issue is "complicated", especially the new Flagstaff minimum wage requirements as they interact with new state requirements. SJA's commitment in this specific matter is to provide information that is as complete as possible.
To that end, we especially welcome Beacon members, friends and visitors to meet with SJA this Sunday, January 15, following the service (about 11:15), to learn the perspective of the Elevate Flagstaff project to amend Prop.414. This group aims to present to city voters the option of changing the recently approved $2.00 an hour above the state minimum wage to $.50 an hour above the state level.
Our special guest will be a representative of Elevate Flagstaff, who will meet with us to clarify their position.

This just in...


Friends of Flagstaff's Future (F3) Forming a Social Justice Committee


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You are invited to join the second meeting of the F3 Social Justice Committee, which kicked off with amazing attendance at our first meeting in December.

F3 Social Justice Committee Meeting
January 26, 2017
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Location TBD*  
At this second meeting, we will be honing in on issue priorities and strategic actions based on the feedback we received at the first meeting. We will provide a more detailed agenda, as well location information, in the next week so that attendees will know what to expect. In the meantime, please mark your calendars!

Please note that it is not necessary to have attended the first meeting in order to attend this one. The F3 Social Justice Committee is open to all interested community members.

*Our group was too large for our last meeting location at the F3 office. We are currently working to secure a larger and more accessible space.
Mon., Feb. 20 (Presidents' Day): Day at the Legislature (DATL). Each year, on Presidents' Day, UUs from throughout Arizona gather at the state capitol for a rally, and to meet with our respective state legislators.
Mar. 31.- Apr. 2: "Justice District Assembly" in southern AZ. This year's Pacific Southwest District UU gathering will be structured differently: Thirty partner organizations will offer interactive immersion experiences designed to connect us to the social, environmental and spiritual facets of immigration justice. Details to come.

Roz Clark, SJA Journalist
January Art Display

New art for the New Year!

  A big thank you to Leah Mundell for sharing the portrait photography of the last 2 months. This month, we are excited to be sharing art from our very own talented volunteer, Marsha Owen!
"Sunlit Drifts"
Marsha Owen

January's Share the Plate Partner 

Since 2006,  Flagstaff Shelter Services (FSS) has provided critical shelter, food, and access to resources to those most likely to die on the streets each night. Regardless of faith, mental health, or sobriety, FSS serves any adult experiencing homelessness. FSS's entire strategy is positioned around providing personal and behavioral crisis response for people in need. 
 
Undesignated contributions to December's Sunday service offerings 
above $300 (which goes to Beacon's operational budget) get presented to the Center. 

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 

On  Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Beacon will be offering a First Aid/ CPR  Certification Class.

The cost is $20 per person and the class is offered by LP Health Directions. 

Please email re@beaconuu.com or call 928-779-4492 for more information or with any questions you may have.

Beacon Calendar
Sunday Worship Service
Sunday, January 15
10:00 am
Children's Religious Exploration  
Core Leadership Council
Wednesday, January 18
6:00 pm

Beacon Youth Group
Sunday, January 15
12:30-2:30 pm
Yoga
Thursday, January 19
11:00 - 12:30 pm
Yoga
Tuesday, January 17
11:00 - 12:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, January 19
7:00 - 8:45 pm
Stewardship Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 17
6:00 pm
Flagstaff Folk Project
Friday, January 20
7:15 pm

~Yoga returns on January17th~
Beacon Office Hours
Minister, Rev. Kevin Lawson: 
Monday:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday11:00 am to 3:00 pm
*Other times available by appointment

Director of Religious Exploration, Sakenya McDonald
Sunday:  9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday -  11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday11:00 am to 3:00 pm
*Other times available by appointment

Office Manager, Heather Thornton
Tuesday12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday:  12:00 pm to 4:00 pm