This Sunday, October 16
Living Beyond Like-Minded People
Service Leaders:  Rev. Terry Sims
Sunday, October 16 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
The idea that Unitarian Universalism should be widely diverse and inclusive is commonly accepted among us. But I wonder how often we ask ourselves why we want to be more diverse. After all, it takes effort to embrace what is unfamiliar. What does holding differences within a unity bring to our lives and our faith that might make the effort worthwhile?
Share the Plate with Planned Parenthood
Sunday, October 16
Planned Parenthood Arizona promotes and protects every person's freedom and right to enjoy sexual health and well-being, to make reproductive choices, and build strong, healthy families. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, medical services and educational programs including community outreach and Nurse Practitioner training. Generation SEE is a medically accurate sexual health education program designed to support the development of healthy sexual attitudes, behaviors and life styles in students aged 9 to 18, in collaboration with parents and teachers with a long term goal to improve public health by increasing positive outcomes for youth, and to reduce the number of teen and unintended pregnancies and the high rate of STI transmission in AZ.  Our UUCP funds will be used for educational programs for the public.
Next Sunday, October 23
Fitting our Faith in the Ballot Box - How elections impact our hearts and souls. 
Service Leaders:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
As UUs, we might assume that many of us are on the same page when it comes to our electoral preferences, or at least in the same chapter. But we are more diverse than we may know- and affirming that diversity is a worthy challenge.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Sewing and Crafts Circle
Saturday, October 15, drop in between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Make simple pattern dresses, quilts, backpacks and knitted items to support marginalized children locally as well as Mexico, South America and around the world. Share creative ideas as well as stitch and talk. A sewing machine nice to bring, but not necessary. Please contact Lori Rubin-Williamson at 480-234-1476 or email her below.
Community Night
Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Community nights are opportunities for us to gather together and eat in community.
Each Thursday in October & November, we gather together for a meal at 6:00 PM, followed by programming for adults and children. Bring your appetite, enthusiasm and a side dish or dessert to share if you're able. The suggested donation is $5/adults, $2/children under 10, $10/family. You are welcome to bring a sack supper if you prefer.  The meal this week is Chicken and Veggie Fajitas.
For more information about community nights, please email Janine Gelsinger below.
Women's Ritual
Thursday, October 20 at 6:45 PM in Annex A 
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. Also, please register using the link below.
Drop In Small Group
Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM in Annex B 
Facilitators:  Mike Sheffer & Josh Tures
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 leaves 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. Check out our Open Drop-In group Thursday, October 20, to see what a small group is like. For more info visit the link below.
Memorial Garden Cleanup
Saturday, October 22 7:00 AM - Noon
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. Our Garden is in serious need of care. It is overgrown with trees, brush, and weeds. We need volunteers with chainsaws, strong loppers, 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 and youth are encouraged to participate. Call Heidi at 602-840-8400 ext 202 or email her below.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, October 25 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. At this meeting we will revisit a previously postponed discussion of the role of youth representatives on the board and discuss a communication plan for keeping the congregation up-to-date on the implications of Rev. Susan's campaign. Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with questions or comments.
UUJAZ Issue & Action Day
Saturday, October 29 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the UU Congregation in Surprise
Join UUs from around the state to learn and plan for action. The day will include a panel of speakers offering updates on "the state of" UUJAZ's five issue areas, a delicious local lunch, and facilitated break-out sessions.  
The five focus Issue Areas for this year are Economic Justice, Racial Justice, Water, Immigration, and Education. Featured speakers include Michael Soto from Arizona Community Action Association, Jennifer Martin from the Sierra Club, and Carlos Garcia from Puente Human Rights Movement.
Register Below
Photo Shoot for New Directory
November 9 - 12, 2016, Johnson Room
Our new photo directory will be printed by Lifetouch in December. All members and staff are asked to sign up to have their pictures taken to be included. No purchase is required. Please sign up at the table in the Johnson Room this weekend or you can sign up online at the link below Monday-Thursday. 
Memorial Service for Lucienne Collaer Rusconi
Saturday, October 29 at 3:00 PM
There will be a memorial service for our beloved Lucienne Collaer Rusconi on Saturday, October 29 at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Please join us for the service and a reception after in the Johnson Room.
UU Arts & Craft Fair 
Sunday, November 13, Before and after services on the patio
Unique, handmade items by our own UU artists and crafters will be available for purchase. A minimum of 20% of all sales will go back to supporting our mission. Shop local, shop UU!
Live Service Auction
December 4, 2016 11 am, Sanctuary
Deadline to Donate: November 20
The focus of this year's auction is "Connections." The auction provides a fun way for our community to connect over dinners, services, lessons, tours, etc. Stop by the auction table on Sundays during coffee hour to learn more or visit our website:
Maryland Food Boxes
Thanks to very generous congregations and an efficient organizing and hauling group, twenty-five complete food boxes were delivered to Maryland School last week to help children in food insecure families have enough to eat over fall break which began October 8thUUCP and Church of the Beatitudes make an awesome team, and we look forward to more collaboration in the future.  Thank you to all of you who were able to contribute to these needs!
Unicare Friendship Partners
Do you have a congregation friend or family member who is experiencing a life challenge and could benefit from a partner? Health issues and life events can make it difficult to maintain social contacts and community. Friendship partners pairs members of our community with friends to help maintain those cherished connections. Learn more by contacting Diana Ashley below.