This Sunday, September 3
Bread and Roses
Service Leader: Benjie Messer
Sunday, September 3,10:30 AM
With widening income inequality and austerity measures around the globe, let us celebrate Labor Day by singing the labor music in our UU hymnals! In these beautiful songs of working people, we give thanks for the benefits of labor, grieve the harm it does, and shout for a better world.
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, September 3, 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 the coordinator, Rene Apack below to RSVP.
Next Sunday, September 10
Ingathering:  One World
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall and Others
Sunday, September 10, 10:30 AM
Water is universal, eternal, ever-changing. Gathering for the traditional Water Communion to open the church year, we reflect on our changing world, our emerging understandings of community, welcoming the new into our lives. Bring a small container of water from home or summer travels, or use water we provide here.
Children's Ministry Family Orientation 
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Come learn about our 2017-2018 programs for children, newborn to high school graduation. You are invited to see your friends, learn about our OWL (Our Whole Lives lifespan sexuality education), studio and age-based programming, experience our new Tinker class, set up one-on-one meetings with staff and register for the awesome year to come.  This event will be the primary enrollment for all OWL classes offered at UUCP this year. Attending families will be given priority for spaces in OWL. For more information please contact Katie Resendiz at 602-840-8400 x233 or email her below.
Celebrating Ministry
Sunday, September 10, at 11:30 AM in the Johnson Room and on the Patio
Wish Emrys well as he heads off for the committee interview that will culminate his journey into ministry and welcoming Rev. Margret who will guide us through a new transitional ministry for our congregation.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, September 10, at 11:40 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership Coordinator and a member of our Children's Ministry program, in the front foyer at 11:40 AM for a brief tour of our campus. You will have a chance to learn about our programs and ask questions in this informal introduction to UUCP. No sign up. Just show up!
Poetry Coffeehouse
Sunday, September 10, at 11:30 AM in Annex H
Poetry Coffeehouse is a forum for congregation members and friends who write and or enjoy poetry. Our purpose is to read, encourage and appreciate poets and other writers. It is a small group ranging from 4 to 8 in attendance. Contact Tish Gauntt at 602-544-8330 for additional information.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Art Journaling Workshop
Saturday, September 2, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Join Heidi Parmenter in exploring the worship theme "Welcoming" and the desert nature theme "Saguaro" through mixed media art journaling. No experience required, only an open mind and a desire to express oneself through visual art. We will start the workshop with introductions, chalice lighting and reading and then jump right into creative visual expression of the theme. We will finish up with a "show and tell" for those that want to share their work. Required supplies:  your own mixed media art journal in any size (make sure that the paper is thick!), acrylic paint brushes, acrylic paint, scissors, old credit cards or gift cards, and a small spray bottle of water. This workshop is open to anyone 12 and older (parents may need to be present for those 12 - 14, please contact Heidi for more details). No RSVP and this workshop is FREE.
Qais Essar Trio Concert 
Saturday, September 2, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary 
Please join us on the evening of Saturday, September 2 for a concert in our sanctuary with the Qais Essar Trio. Qais is a virtuoso of the rabab, the lute-like national instrument of Afghanistan. Based in Phoenix, he has traveled the world as a performer, composer and educator. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the concert begins at 7:00 PM. A suggested donation of $10-15 per adult will be accepted at the door.
Musical Instruments for Maryland School
Do you, a family member, or friend have a musical instrument collecting dust in a closet?  For most families at Maryland School instrument rental fees are outside of the budget, so the band and orchestra teachers are reaching out for donations to the school of instruments of all kinds, including guitars.  Many students are interested in learning to appreciate music and play them, so if you can help please email Cathy Kim below.
Are you interested in singing at UUCP?
Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Sing with our choir just for a week! No commitment or musical background necessary! Open rehearsal in the Sanctuary and childcare is provided during rehearsal. Sing at one service on September 11 with a brief rehearsal before. Everyone Can Sing! Contact Music Director Benjie Messer below with any questions.
Sound, Light and Movement
Facilitators:  Aaron Ford and Stuart Silverman
Time and Date: Saturdays, September 23 - November 4 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary
No class on October 7
Community Nights will resume Thursday, September 21, 2017
In this course we will be exploring the creative arts to promote personal and collective awareness, empowerment and healing. Using the modalities of art, music and dance/movement, we will immerse ourselves in guided explorations, improvisation, and discussion. The integration of these expressive art forms creates a synergy which helps to raise our personal and collective consciousness. Our explorations will be a combination of individual and group work. We will also examine how our intention can raise awareness on a more global scale.
This year, 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. If you enjoy contributing, but are unable to commit in advance, bringing a dessert or fruit to share is always welcome. Following Community night, Thursday evenings feature many activities:  small groupsadult faith developmentPathway to Membership and more. Check out the UUCP website to sign up. Chalice Kids childcare is available between 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Please contact Janine Gelsinger below with any questions. 
Calling All Artists
Art show begins on Saturday, September 30
The Sanctuary Art Team is calling all artists who are members and/or friends of UUCP to participate in the 2017 fall art show The show will begin Saturday September 30th. It's time to get your artwork ready! For forms and information about how to participate contact Ann Bixel at 480-782-5888 or you can email her below.
Raised-Upper-Class Facilitator Needed
Our Identity Nights program helps us make connections and share with other members of our community around issues of identity. This fall, one of our Identity Nights will be about socioeconomic class. We have two facilitators for the raised-poor and raised-working-class group, and two for the raised-middle-class group, but only one for the group of those raised in either the upper-middle-class and upper-class-elite, and it would be good to have one more. Most of us have mixed class backgrounds, so if you have any upper-class influence in your childhood at all and would be willing to help facilitate this group, please email Benjie Messer below. We know that class background can be a sensitive and confusing aspect of identity, and we appreciate you considering helping our congregation grow in this way.
2017-2018 Connections Now Available & Online
Our 2017-2018 Annual Connections Magazine is HOT OFF THE PRESS!

They were just mailed to members today so expect to see it in your mailbox on Monday or Tuesday. You can also look at it online at the link below. The Connections has a ton of information about UUCP. You can find information about Adult Faith Development Classes, Small Groups, Worship Themes and much more. Click on the link below now to check it out!