This Sunday, December 9, 2018
Simple Gifts
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 9, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
The holiday season always seems to signal More! Bigger! Newer! Faster! in every aspect of our lives. Even as we enjoy the amenities of modern life, there is wisdom in considering Smaller-Simpler-Slower to create meaningful celebrations of light in the darkening season.
Share the Plate with the Art Resource Center
Sunday, December 9, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
The Art Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Our mission is to collect reusable materials from individuals and industries and offer them, free of charge, to schools and other nonprofit entities for the purpose of making art. THE ARC is run 100% by volunteers and sustained by donations. UUCP’s contribution will help us provide art classes, maintain a permanent gallery space for rotating exhibitions of art made from recycled materials. Sherrie Zeitlin, Founder & Director. (602)828-1987, www.artresourcecenter.org . Email:  artresourcenter@gmail.com
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's Inquirers will be in the Sanctuary for the new member welcome
Advancing Justice Table
December 9, in the back of the Sanctuary
PRP, the volunteer group that provides supplies to migrants released by ICE at the bus station without provisions, has given us an updated list of supplies needed. Thanks for your continued support in this ongoing effort to let asylum seekers know that we support them and acknowledge our common humanity. At the Advancing Justice table, we offer you a chance to send postcards to newly elected Senator, Kyrsten Sinema, congratulating her on her win AND telling her what you are most concerned about in this coming session. You can choose from a suggested list of concerns or add your own. See the list at phxuu.org/prplist
Poetry Coffeehouse
Sunday, December 9, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM in Annex H
Come read your own writing or that of any other poet you like in the spirit of amiable sharing. Call Tish at 602-544-8330 if you have questions. 
Next Sunday, December 16
Of Bone and Sinew
Service Leader: Anthony Johnson
Sunday, December 16, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Ellen Craft and her husband William escaped American Slavery on an amazing journey of 1,000 miles in search of peace and freedom. Clutching their dream of having children born as free persons, born of free bone and sinew, their saga is one of the most unique in American history.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, December 16
This week's Inquirers topic is: Living our Vision 
Upcoming Events
Green Sanctuary Group
Recycling- is Green Sanctuary's theme for the month of December. Please bring us your clean, dry, single-use water bottles and colorful, plastic jar/bottle lids for recycle art workshops we will hold later. Today the Art Resource Center is our Share the Plate organization. We will be collecting all art supplies - paper, fabric, cardboard tubes, etc. for them. They give these items away to artists and teachers at their center; so please use this opportunity to clean out drawers and closets for a good purpose.
Second Wednesday Evening Small Group
Wednesday, December 12, at 7:00 PM in Annex B
Experience the deep connection of the classic covenant group model, centered on our monthly themes and reflection materials.
Outdoor Group Hike
Saturday, December 8, meeting at 8:00 AM
Meet at 12601 N 124th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Sunrise Peak is one of very few Preserve peaks with a trail to the top, from which you can see expansive views of the McDowell Mountains in all directions and beautiful granite formations. This hike is going to be a bit of a workout; so eat something before you arrive. Don’t forget a liter of water, hat, snacks, sunscreen, basic first-aid gear. More information here.
BLUUBox
Thursday, December 13, at 6:45 PM in Annex F
The Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Spiritual Subscription Box, and the corresponding group at UUCP, is a one-of-a-kind, innovative way for individuals and congregations to inform, grow and deepen their faith. With content grounded in the lived experiences and diverse perspectives of Black Unitarian Universalists, this subscription box is a wholly unique opportunity to connect one’s beliefs to faith-led action while building community with others who are dedicated to justice-making and liberation through our shared faith. For the ongoing monthly groups, please subscribe at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/bluubox
80's Babies & Parents of Younger Children Holiday Potluck
Sunday, December 16 at 12:30 PM
Celebrate the holidays with the UUCP 80s Babies and Parents of Younger Children groups! We’ll gather after second service on December 16 for a kid-friendly potluck celebration. Please bring a favorite brunch/holiday treat to share. Special thanks to Natalie and Angel for hosting us at their home in Central Scottsdale - address provided upon RSVP. Please RSVP to Amy McKlindon at amcklindon@gmail.com
Christmas Gift Certificate/Cash Collection for Eritrean Refugee Family of Nebiat Abreha, supported by UUCP through our Refugee Assistance Program
December 9 at the back of Sanctuary
Check out the Christmas tree next Sunday and take a numbered gift tag. Return your gift by Sunday December 9 and make this Christmas special for this family. Ephrem, the oldest child received his GED last May, is working full time and has his drivers license. Nebiat, Mom, is working full time also and the other 5 children all are excelling in school. They were able to move into public housing last Christmas from a small apartment and are managing well. They are such a beautiful family, We are honored to be working with them thru UU and would welcome any members who would like to spend time getting to know them and helping.
Looking Ahead

We have several special services and events upcoming in December so please mark your calendars now.
 
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.
Traveling 2nd Fridays
Friday's at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary, January-May
Be on the lookout next week for a special announcement regarding the 2019 Traveling 2nd Friday program.
Becoming a Safer Congregation
 
We are constantly reminded that the world is a dangerous and unpredictable place, and the new Safe Congregation Team at UUCP is updating our emergency response plans. Here are some ways you can be part of becoming a safer congregation
 
  • Engage newcomers. Make them feel welcome.
  • Lock your car on our premises to avoid vandalism. Don’t leave valuable items in full view. 
  • Get involved in the Safety Team: Contact Lora Gustafson at administrator@phoenixuu.org
  • Check out emergency preparedness on https://www.ready.gov/; know basic actions to take in an active shooter situation: https://www.ready.gov/active-shooter
 
We look forward to creating a safer congregation with you!
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