This Sunday, March 19
Calling: The Space Where Vision and Action Meet
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, March 19 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Calling is a word I use a lot at UUCP. It is a word that has meaning in my own life and path. We use the word "calling" in our mission statement and when we talk about our vision. What does calling mean, and how does one discern and follow a call?
Quiet Time in the Garden
Sunday, March 19, from 8:40 AM to 9:20 AM
For the next four Sundays (3/19, 3/26, 4/2 and 4/9), drop by the memorial garden before first service for a time of quiet meditation and reflection. From 8:40 AM - 9:20 AM, guitarist Russ Braman will intersperse meditative music with periods of silence. No need to arrive "on time"- as long as you avoid distracting others, you are welcome to come, stay and go as you please.
Next Sunday, March 26
Nurturing the Inner Fires of Vision
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, March 26 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Self-care, tending to the body, the soul and the spirit, is crucial in moments of challenge, tension, and fear. Even as we talk about justice and resistance, it is important that we tend to our spirits, our souls, that we nurture the goodness and fire of love within.
Share the Plate with AZ Children's Action Alliance
Sunday, March 26 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Children's Action Alliance is an independent voice for Arizona children at the state capitol and in the community. CAA works to improve children's health, education, and security through information and action. Through research, publications, media campaigns, and advocacy, CAA seeks to influence policies and decisions affecting the lives of Arizona children and their families on issues related to health, child abuse and neglect, early care and education, budget and taxes, juvenile justice, children and immigration, and working families. CAA works toward a future in which all children have health insurance, no child is raised in poverty and hunger, every child enters school ready to learn and succeed, no child endures the ravages of abuse and neglect, every child has a place to call home, and struggling teens have the support they need to become responsible adults. 
Upcoming Classes and Events
Campus Work Day
Tomorrow from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join Vince Waldron for the last outdoor campus work day of the Spring. Bring your heavy gloves and landscaping tools to continue cleaning out the Memorial Garden overgrowth. Please RSVP directly to Vince so he knows how many people to expect. If less than 8 RSVPs then Vince will cancel the work day - so please RSVP today!
Combined Stewardship & Capital Campaign Happening Now!
Stewardship Goal:  $540,000; Capital Goal:  $1.5 Million. Every gift counts and to reach our goals we need everyone's support! To learn more about this combined campaign RSVP for a UUCP House Meeting, read over the Campaign Brochure, or stop by the Campaign table during Coffee Hour. 
3rd Friday Movie - "Two Americans
Friday, March 17, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
This film follows the story of Kathy, a 9-year-old girl, and her fight against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department after Joe Arpaio arrests her mother during a workplace immigration raid at a carwash. Set against the backdrop of Arizona's new anti-immigrant law, SB1070, the story is both familiar and inspiring. Kathy, now 17 years old, will join us along with some of her family to give an update on their story and help us understand how the immigrant community is bracing itself for intensifying immigration enforcement.

Snacks for sale by Coming of Age youth
Love Takes Courage: Nonviolent Direct Action Training
Saturday, March 18, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at UUCP
UUCP, along with People United for Justice, will host an introductory training to non-violent direct action strategy and techniques. With a vision rooted in how faith communities engage in sacred resistance, trainers will explore both the history and present use of direct action through a mix of instruction, breakout groups, panel discussions, and role playing. 
RSVP for Direct Action Training
Sewing and Craft Circle
Saturday, March 18, drop in between Noon and 4:00 PM
The Sewing and Craft Circle will meet in the Johnson room on March 18 to make simple items to help others. This month, we are focusing on drawstring pillowcase bags to benefit the 17,000 children in foster care around Arizona. Sewing machines are appreciated but not necessary! We need people to cut and string drawstring, so all ages and skill levels welcome! Bring some pillowcases and a snack to share, and let's create change together! Can't make it to our pillowcase party? Drop your gently used pillowcases in the box in the lobby! Contact Rhia Schaudt by email below or you can also call/text her at 602-574-8365.
Community Night
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
This March, we continue our Community Night tradition. Every  Thursday evening, join us at  6:00 PM in the Johnson Room, for food and friendship. Each week features the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation: two main dishes (one vegetarian), as well as sides, salad and bread. A donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child under ten, or $10 per family, covers the cost of the meal. If you'd like to join, but have dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal. 

Community Night Menu:

3/23 - Pasta Night: Baked Rigatoni Pasta with Sausage (or a vegetarian version), roasted veggies, dinner rolls, and salad. Chef Ruth Crowley with Linda Vance, Jacque Davis and Cherie Stafford as Sous Chefs.

Following Community night,  Thursday evenings feature many activities: small groups, adult faith development, Pathway to Membership, and more. Check out the UUCP website to sign up. Chalice Kids childcare is available between  6:30-8:30.

If you have any questions about Community Night, or you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread) please contact  Janine below. If you enjoy contributing, but cannot commit in advance, bringing a dessert to share is always welcome.
Young Adult Small Group
Thursday, March 23, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Sarah Moore & Claire Bethel
The young adult small group is a place for "younger" adults to get together and talk about issues important to us. We provide a safe space to share ideas and challenge each other respectfully. We are an open group and anyone who feels they are a young adult-regardless of age-is welcome to join and share their thoughts with us. For more information, please email Sarah below.
Welcoming vs. Othering
Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 PM or 
Sunday, April 30 at 9:00 AM
In this time of growth for our congregation, how do we welcome visitors in a way that our vision calls us: as radically inclusive? How do we bring a sense of belonging to our new members? This workshop will deep dive into what it means to Welcome. Members of the Welcoming Ministry (greeters and ushers) as well as previous or current STARS are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone interested in learning more. For more information, contact Janine below.
Traveling 2nd Friday
Friday, March 24 at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary
VENICE:  QUEEN OF THE SEA - by Walt & Ruth Pinkus

Venice is one of the world's iconic tourist destinations.  It was at the top of my bucket list, and we went there last year. Tourists tend to think of  Venice as a sort of cultural theme park, and in many ways the Venetians encourage this perception. What tourists often overlook is that it is a real city with real residents going about their daily lives largely unnoticed by the throngs of tourists who outnumber them. It has its own history, politics and challenges. We'll cover as much of this as we can using the pictures we shot there.
Coming of Age Fundraiser Needs Your Help
Sunday, March 26 in Between Services
Calling all stuffed animals and baked goods! The youth of the COA program are having a spring fundraiser to help fund their end of year trip to San Diego. We are in need of s tuffed animals in used but good condition. We are also in need of baked goods for the bake sales. Please bring your stuffed animal donations to Katie Resendez's room and contact Kathryn Peacock at the link below or at 602-653-6114 if you have any questions.

Please email Kathryn with what you are bringing to the bake sale. Thank you!
A Year of Silence and Return
Sunday, March 26, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
The Sangha at UUCP invites you to a presentation by former UUCP member Kiranada who will share her experience of a year spent in silence and meditation. Intrigued by the concept of solitude since her teen years, she developed a deep curiosity about the nature of silence and the benefits and drawbacks of solitude on the human mind. She spent two years planning and preparing for this life changing event. Back from 360 days alone in a small hut on a precipice hanging over Tararu Valley in the North Island of New Zealand, she will share her experience with us. Some wonderful New Zealand visuals will be included.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
We will start the meeting with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a dharma reading and discussion. You need not be a Buddhist to attend, just interested in your spiritual growth. If you have questions, contact Donna Featherston at 602-997-7996 or Katherine Kruse at 602-369-9477
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, March 28, at 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. The board will be discussing the outcome of a recent strategic planning retreat, progress in selecting a possible interim minister, and progress on the capital campaign.  Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with questions or comments.
Pathway to Membership
Thursdays,  April 6th + 13th at  6:45pm
Pathway to Membership is a class that invites you to meet with other folks considering membership, and hear more from ministers, leaders,and recently-joined members about what it means to be a member of our congregation. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism and UUCP, get to know each other in groups, and ask questions. 

The class ends with an invitation to join by signing the membership book and pledging your support. There is no pressure to join. We recognize membership is a commitment and we hope people will take their time before joining.

To register, stop by the welcome table in the lobby and fill out the registration, register on the UUCP website, or contact Janine Gelsinger below.