This Sunday, December 25
Practicing Stillness and the Beauty of Solstice
Service Leaders:  Emrys Staton & Benjie Messer
Sunday, December 25 at 10:30 AM Only
Solstice literally means "standing still sun." In this darkest time of year, we will honor the complex emotions that can come with the holidays and invite a meditative service of sharing and silence.

Please join us after the service for a holiday brunch in the Johnson Room. Please click on the link below to sign up to bring something to share.
Next Sunday, January 1
Welcoming the New Year
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, January 1 at 10:30 AM Only
Through story, song and ritual, we will welcome the New Year, marking the hopes and intentions that we bring for this new year.
UUCP Community Book Corner
Sunday, January 1 at 10:30 AM in the back of the Sanctuary
The UUCP Community Book Corner is the first Sunday of each month.  
January's theme is Authenticity and there are three featured books, one each, for adults, young adults and children.  There will be other books, as well, which promote our UU values.  Come celebrate the theme of Authenticity with a purchase, browsing or sharing your thoughts!
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, January 1 at 5:00 PM at the New Day Center
Live out the UU commitment to serving those in need by serving a meal to the 150 parents and children of the UMOM New Day Center. This is a one-time, two-hour commitment. Please email Rene Apack below for more information and to RSVP.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Christmas Eve Services 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 24
Christmas EveDecember 24 - Multigenerational Service at 5:30 PM and Lessons and Carols service at 7:30 PM with cookies and fellowship hour from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Johnson Room. 
New Year's Day Service
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, January 1 at 10:30 AM Only
Through story, song and ritual, we will welcome the New Year, marking the hopes and intentions that we bring for this new year.
Auction Community Events & Services 
So far we have raised over $7,000 from our Live Service Auction that was held on Saturday, December 4. If you missed out on the fun, don't despair! There are still several wonderful community events and services available for you to enjoy. Go to to learn more and register.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, December 27 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
Monthly Board Chat
Sunday, January 8, at 10:15 AM in Annex D
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. These chats will be held the 2nd Sunday of each month in Annex D between services. For more information or if you have question, please email Board President, Glen Lockwood below.
Traveling Second Friday's
Friday, January 13, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for a one-hour presentation of Traveling 2nd Friday (Jan 13) on UAE, Dubai, & Oman  by Margo Wilson. Learn about Oman: its different version of the Muslim religion, its deliberate lack of tall buildings and huge malls, its beauty, its role in mediating disputes among mid-eastern countries, its lack of significant oil income. Visit these very different countries that are near neighbors. Any questions, call Barbara Cawthorne at 480-994-1452. 
Pathway to Membership
Saturday, January 14th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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.
Join the Congregation Choir
January is a perfect time to join the UUCP Congregation Choir, and we welcome new singers! The choir rehearses every Wed. evening from 7:00-9:00 PM, and sings during services every other Sunday morning. Childcare is provided for singing parents.

If you want to sing with us for a single open rehearsal and Sunday morning, but not commit to our spring season, join us
on Wed. Jan. 11, 7:00-9:00pm to learn the music for the next Sunday's service. No previous musical experience is necessary. Please contact Music Director Benjie Messer with any questions.
Circle of Trees
Dates & Time: Wednesdays starting January 11 - March 1, 2017 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Memorial Garden
Cost: $10 per adult (kids are free!)
Facilitator: Heidi Parmenter
Circle of Trees is a multi-generational program of eight workshops that nurture deep connection with trees, nature, and all of earth's living creatures. The program uses trees as an entry point to understand and connect with life on earth. Across many cultures, trees are recognized as a symbol for life on earth. We slow down, go deeper, and truly experience a connection to trees and all of earth. We begin with some lighthearted learning about trees-how they are structured, what they contribute to life on our planet-then move into appreciation for these providers of life. A ritual helps us see into the essence of trees and nature, to sense what it feels like to be a tree or another being, and ultimately to experience empathy for trees and other beings; approaches that tend toward the spiritual, rather than the intellectual, foster deeper connection. The program incorporates movement, story learning, meditation, and taking action. All the workshops will be held outdoors in the Memorial Garden, weather permitting. To read more about the program visit 
Register Online by Monday, January 9 
Outdoor Group
February 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM
The Outdoor Group arranges hikes twice a month (second and fourth Saturdays during the winter months. Our next event is February 2, 2017, at Gilbert Water Ranch. 9:00 AM:  2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, Arizona (Guadalupe and Greenfield) in the parking lot on the south side of Guadalupe and east of the library. Call or text Sarah 602-515-1040 for additional information.
After GWR, come to the Potluck at Pauline Peverly's clubhouse whether you have gone to GWR or not! 12:00 Noon:  1235-B East Maryland, Phoenix, Arizona. You can park on street. For complete information email Pauline below or call 602-274-834
Photo directory pictures are here!
If you had your picture taken for our photo directory, your free 8x10 photo is in office 2. They are in big envelopes with your name on them and they are in alphabetical order. Please come in and pick up your photo from the island in office 2 today!
General Assembly Delegates
You can represent UUCP as a Delegate at General Assembly 2017 from June 21-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana! It is an opportunity to grow as a leader, connect with other Unitarian Universalists, and deepen your spirit. Delegate application deadline: Feb 23rd.

Click Here for Delegate Application
Memorial Garden & Trail Cleanup
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
UUCP's Memorial Garden is a sacred space where UU's ashes have been interred for generations and home to John Waddell's "That Which Might Have Been" statues honoring the four young girls who were killed in a church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1961 by members of the KKK. A hardworking crew of dedicated volunteers is needed to join Heidi with chainsaws, lopers, and strong backs to help us hack away the dead trees and brush and haul it to the roll off dumpster that will be provided. Families with children & youth are encouraged to participate. For more information contact Heidi below.
UU Door Blessing Chalices
UU Door Blessing Chalices are back for sale for December only!  100% of your purchase goes to UUCP!  Find them on the east wall of the Johnson Room - sales are via the honor system.  Just fill out an envelope clipped on the wall, enclose cash or check made out to "UUCP" with "Door Blessing" indicated on the check, and deposit in Office 1 door slot. Thank you for contributing to UUCP!