This Sunday, November 18, 2018
Voices
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall and the Ministerial Search Committee
Sunday, November 18, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Your voice is clear. In this traditional service of Bread Communion, Search Committee members share with you some of the voices we have gathered from the congregation, in a chorus that has inspired us in our search for your minister.

Bread Service
Sunday, November 18
The Traditional Bread Service is coming up soon! All are invited to bring a special bread from your personal or family traditions to share at the central table at the end of each service.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 9:45 AM in Annex B
Inquirers is a series for anyone who would like to meet others and learn more about UUCP. Join other newcomers, members, lay leaders and the membership team for a half hour of building connections and growing relationships. The second half hour explores changing topics each week, that go deeper into an area of ministry within our congregation. Inquirers topics include  Leadership, Children’s Ministry, Unicare, Social Justice, Membership, Congregational Tour and History, Small Group Ministry, Unitarian Universalism 101  and  Inside Worship Services. Coffee and treats provided, no sign-up necessary!
 
This week:   Covenant
This week, Advancing Justice highlights resources available through Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona (UUJAZ). They are offering three free Justice Strength Training webinars. The topics are 1) "Accompaniment" - a way to directly support immigrants, 2) Stop Money Bail and Pre-Trial Detention - decriminalization of poor people, and 3) Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy - solutions to carbon pollution. Sign up at  https://www.uujaz.org
Next Sunday, November 25
Dedication
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Sunday, November 25, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
In this time of Thanksgiving, we welcome children into this congregation with a ceremony of dedication, committing to support the child and family as they grow. Commitment and gratitude are gifts that we can give our children as they navigate their way through a complex world.
Board Chat
Sunday, November 25, in the Sanctuary after each service
Join the Board of Trustees for a monthly conversation keeping you updated on what we're working on. We want to hear your voice to ensure we're being a spiritual community of our time
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, November 25
Inquirers are invited to learn about Social Justice
Upcoming Events
November Theme - Democracy
UUF FACT OR FICTION?? - The UU Foundation voting membership is limited to UUCP members who have been active at least 5 years with the congregation.

ANSWER :  FICTION – The UU Foundation is a democratic organization with UUCP members ALSO being UU Foundation voting members, regardless of how long they have been UUCP members.
PRE-REGISTRATION is open for the UUCP Auction happening December 1, 6:00 PM, at UUCP. Register now to save time at the door. We have an exciting array of items to bid on for every age group, every pocketbook, every interest! You will not want to miss out on this annual fundraising party. Contact  auction@phoenixuu.org  for further information or go to  phoenixuu.org/auction .
We would love to have you help us make this a spectacular event. To volunteer, please click on the link below.


Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Break bread and socialize with us starting at 6:00 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM. Guests are invited to address the board during the guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. At this meeting the Board will be updating governance procedures and discussion of policy related to social justice initiatives. Please contact board co-President, Mary Dawes, at president@phoenixuu.org if you have any questions.
Outdoor Group
The Outdoor Group will be celebrating all there is to be thankful for at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Fall Foliage Festival November 24. Come enjoy an easy hike and fun activities for the whole family. Please go to phoenixuu.org/outdoor-group for details or contact  outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.or g.
Last call for New Members
Our New Member joining ceremony is December 9 during both services. If you have been planning on joining UUCP as a member, be sure to contact Janine Gelsinger, Director of Membership and Welcoming Ministries, by November 30 to confirm that you have completed your Pathway to Membership. If you think you are close, aren't sure if you have completed the necessary steps, or have questions, Janine is here to help! If you have been around UUCP for a while, it's possible you've completed many of the steps without knowing. This is the last opportunity to join before we call our next minister. Contact Janine  janinegelsinger@phoenixuu.org .
Inclusion Team
The Inclusion Team meets at noon on the first and third Saturdays of each month, in the Minister's Office. The meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend, whether just once or ongoing.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 22, 2018, 4:00 PM
Join UUCP members, friends and extended families for a community Thanksgiving dinner. Our community comes together to provide the meal, so please visit  phoenixuu.org/thanksgiving  to sign up for the dish you would like to bring. 
Now that Horizons is over...
We are going to be posting quite a bit more content on UUCP's website, PhoenixUU.org, and you can be emailed every time we post a new article online. We will also be posting the monthly theme packet as well as information about upcoming events. If you are interested in seeing these notifications in your email, please click on the link below.

Looking Ahead

We have several special services and events upcoming in December so please mark your calendars now.
 
Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop & Worship
Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM & December 2 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Rev. Keith Kron, UUA Transitions Director
Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT)” is a weekend program designed to promote inclusive thinking and help participants come to terms with their own, often involuntary “categorical thinking.” The program is conducted by trained leaders who have examined their own fears and prejudices, and have learned effective methods to address these fears in themselves and in our UU congregations. During morning services on Sunday, Keith Kron, will lead both services to share valuable insights.  
 
Saturday, December 22, Blue Christmas
5:00 PM in the Sanctuary
There is much joy in the holiday season, but it can also be a painful time for those who have experienced loss. This gentle service will offer a space of holding, with music, spoken word and meditative ritual, to provide support in the sadness that can be present among the celebrations of this time. Child care will be provided.
 
December 23:  Light in the Darkness
Se rvice Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Night falls earlier, the air cools, the dark time of winter solstice affects us even in the desert.  Around the world and through the ages, people bring light to lift the gloom, to bring hope, inviting the sun to return.  How shall we bring light to a darkened world?
 
Monday December 24: Christmas Eve Services
5:30 PM Family Service and non-traditional Nativity Play
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall, Anthony Johnson, Children’s Ministry Team
6:30 PM-7:30 PM Cookies and Cider Fellowship Hour – please bring cookies to share
7:30 PM Lessons and Carols
Service Leaders:  Rev. Margret A. O’Neall, Anthony Johnson, Benjie Messer
We celebrate Christmas Eve with music, community and candlelight, singing carols and lighting candles in the darkness. The early service includes a children’s play and the later service will include the congregation choir. Everyone is invited to bring cookies to share in fellowship from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.
Wreaths or Art for Holiday Show in the Sanctuary
Do you have a wreath or other holiday art piece that you would like to see brighten the Sanctuary walls during November and December? The Sanctuary Art Team will be setting up the annual holiday show on November 10 with several artist and we would like to continue the tradition of including wreaths or other holiday art from the Congregation. 
Please, bring your holiday art to the Sanctuary on November 10, after 9:00 AM or contact Bill Snowden at 623-341-6189 or  sanctuaryteam@phoenixuu.org .
Do you want to help in the office??
The UUCP office is looking for a few good people to help out in the office during the week. Come hang out with Lora and Geoff in the office and help us with this opportunity for service. Tasks include light computer work, opening mail, making phone calls and fun special projects like organizing office supplies, updating the member database and refilling the brochure rack. Please call or email Geoff in the office 602-840-8400 x 201 or GeoffAnderla@phoenixuu.org .
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