Tonight! Film Screening: "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War"
Friday, December 2, at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come watch the documentary about Waitstill and Martha Sharp, two American Unitarian Universalists who agreed to move to Europe in the 1930s to help refugees flee Nazi-occupied countries. Their courage and creativity, many were able to escape persecution and death. Their efforts led to the founding of our current UUSC. After the film, Bunny Hodas will give some updates on the current work of the UUSC, and Libby Walker will talk about our congregation's Refugee Assistance Program. 
For more information, please contact Emrys below.
This Sunday, December 4
The Gift of Prayer and Practice
Service Leaders:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, December 4 at 9:30 AM
In this season of gift giving, let's take a fresh look at prayer and spiritual practice to uncover the many gifts that are possible with sustaining a regular spiritual practice in one's life.

Please remember that we have just one service on this day at 9:30 AM with the service auction to follow.
Live Service Auction  this Sunday!
Sunday, December 4, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Clear your calendars and plan to spend 2017 with new and old Congregation friends because this year's Service Auction has over 16 community hosted events.  There are game nights, book nights, food-galore nights, nature happens and so much more! Best of all, your purchases all go to support the mission of this congregation. 
Pre-registration for Live Service Auction
Save time from waiting in line on Sunday, December 4, 2016 and pre-register here for our Live Service Auction. Registration is required in order to bid.  Couples will be sharing a bidding # so please register together.  Thank you!

Pre-Register Here
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 PM
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. For more information and to RSVP, please email Rene Apack below.
UUCP Book Corner
Sunday, December 4 at the back of the Sanctuary
The UUCP Community Book Corner is the first Sunday of each month.  
December's theme is Prayer and Practice 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 Prayer and Practice with a purchase, browsing or sharing your thoughts! 
Justice Ministry December Giving Opportunities
Stop by the back table on Sundays, Dec 4th and 11th to pick up information on how you can help the Refugee Assistance program assist Eritrean refugees, and Maryland School by bringing board games, balls, and other sports equipment for family events at the school.  Donations gratefully accepted through December 18.
Next Sunday, December 11
Our Body's Response to Prayer and Meditation
Service Leaders:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
A look at some current research on how prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices impact our minds.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Ileana & Celso's Trip to Mexico 
Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM in the Johnson Room
After completing the UU Borders Trip in Tijuana Mexico and visiting the UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Celso and Ileana are back in Phoenix. They are grateful for all thoughts and prayers for their safe return home and invite you to join them for a presentation on their trip experiences and reflections. Snacks will be provided. 
Christmas Caroling
Saturday, December 10, starting at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary
If you enjoy singing Christmas carols and spreading cheer, please join us for our congregation's annual afternoon of caroling! We'll meet at UUCP at 1:00 PM, sing a few carols together, and then spend a relaxed afternoon visiting and singing to UUCP elders who are rarely able to attend services. If you'll definitely be attending, let Benjie know, so that he can estimate how many people we can visit. Email Benjie below to let him know you are coming.
Outdoor Group Hike
Saturday, December 10, starting at 8:00 AM
The Outdoor Group arranges day hikes twice a month (second and fourth Saturdays during the winter months).  We invite everyone who likes being outdoors to join us.  Bring a friend.  Our next hike is at Cave Creek Regional Park.  8:00 AM coffee social @ Starbucks at 4815 E. Carefree Highway, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. 8:30 meeting place Cave Creek Regional Park. Please come prepared with hiking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, basic first aid and snacks for the trail.  For complete information email the hiking group below or call Bonnie White 562-889-9404. 
Board Chat
Sunday, December 11, at 10:15 in Annex D
Join the Board of Trustees for a monthly conversation keeping you updated on what we're working on. We want to 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, email Glen, Board President, below.
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, December 13, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
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, email Caitlin below.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, December 13, 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
2nd Wednesday Small Group
Wednesday, December 14, at 1:00 PM in Annex B 
Facilitators:  Anne Lackey and Jan Bickley
Come one, come all to the new small group at UUCP. This small group will discuss the monthly theme in a small group format. Small Groups provide a space to tend to your heart and spirit. They follow the monthly worship themes and offer a way to engage the themes in your daily life and grow and learn with a group while sharing your own story, insights and learnings. Each group is led by a trained facilitator. Each group also engages in a service project at least once during the year to serve the congregation or wider community.
Open Small Group
Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 PM in Annex B 
Small Group Ministry is an ideal way to connect to others and tend to your heart and spirit at UUCP.  Life can feel like a frenzied struggle against a materialistic world, which leave us feeling disconnected from our deepest selves and without the energy to reach out in love and service to others. They follow the monthly worship themes and offer a way to engage the themes in your daily life and grow and learn with a group while sharing your own story, insights and learnings. For more info visit the link below.
Women's Ritual
Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Facilitators:  Pat Reed, Donna Talbot, and Brenda Nelson
Join a group of women for earth-centered rituals that honor the season, the phases of the moon and personal spirituality. Each month, a different participant will plan a ritual for everyone to engage. For more information, contact Pat Reed below.
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. 
Child Dedications at Christmas Eve Services
Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM
In UU congregations, child dedications are an opportunity for parents to bring their young children to be blessed and welcomed into community. If you are interested in having your child or children dedicated at one of the Christmas eve services (5:30pm or 7:30pm), or have questions, please email Rev. Susan below or call the office at 602-840-8400 ext 203. We ask that all dedication requests be submitted by December 18th. 
Christmas Day Service One Service Only
Sunday, December 25 at 10:30 AM
Join Benjie and Emrys for a Christmas morning singing and story service incorporating music from different traditions and cultures. Service will be followed by a brunch potluck at 11:30 - bring something to share!
Join Our Welcoming Ministry
Do you love being greeted by a warm smile each Sunday? We are looking for additional Greeters and Ushers for the Welcoming Ministry. With many new visitors entering our doors, we need additional help to ensure no one slips by without a sincere "Welcome!" Contact Janine below to sign up for a Sunday spot.
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!
Use your Arizona tax credit dollars to help Maryland School
With school budgets stretched to the limit, any extra dollars can breathe new life into opportunities for students, especially those in neighborhoods where families struggle to meet daily needs and cannot afford extra dollars for field trips, music lessons, sports programs and after school enrichment classes. Pick up a form at the back table beginning Dec 4th or use this link to print out a form which has the school address.