This Sunday, December 24 - 1 Service at 10:30 AM
A Season of Miracles
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 24, 10:30 AM
With story and song we enter into the spirit of the season, welcoming new possibilities with the miracle of birth.This is a multigenerational service and nursery children are welcome in the Sanctuary.
Evening Christmas Eve Services
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 24, 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM
5:30 pm Family Service and non-traditional Nativity Play
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall, Emrys Staton, Children's Ministry Team
6:30-7:30 pm Cookies and Cider Fellowship Hour - please bring cookies to share

7:30 pm Lessons and Carols
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall, Emrys Staton, 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 - 7:30pm. These are multigenerational services and nursery children are welcome in the Sanctuary.

2018 Adult Faith Development Class Signups
December 24 at the back of the Sanctuary
Registration is open for all our winter and spring AFD classes. You can read the descriptions and sign up for classes either online at the link below or in person at a table in the back of the sanctuary before, during or after services. 
Next Sunday, December 31 - 1 Service at 10:30 AM
Sing Out the Old, Ring In the New
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 31, 10:30 AM
On the last morning of 2017, join us in singing goodbye to the old year and a hello to the new! Our celebration will include songs that celebrate New Years and Hogmanay, music about beginning anew, and favorites of our congregation.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Blue Christmas 
Saturday, December 23, 6:00 PM 
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.
Traveling 2nd Fridays
Second Fridays of the month starting in January
We are beginning our new series of Traveling 2nd Friday on January 12, Friday with Joan Gale. Join us for a free one-hour presentation of TAI CHI CELEBRATION IN CHINA in the sanctuary. Bill and Joan's trip was unlike anything you would find in a travel brochure. Our Tai Chi instructor, Master Tung Kai Ying, had been invited to the opening of a new town square in his home village. His students from all over the world accompanied him to demonstrate Tai Chi forms he learned in China and had been teaching since he left in the 1960's. We also were able to see many stunning and famous sites. Our photos show these sites as well as the practice, demonstration, communist influence, banquets, celebrations and Tung family lore. Any questions, call Barbara Cawthorne 480-994-1452. Click the below link to see all this year's offerings.
Pathway to Membership
Saturday, January 13, from 9:00 AM - 2:00 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.
Early Music in the Garden
8:30 AM to 9:15 AM in the Memorial Garden on Sunday
Drop by the memorial garden before first service for a time of quiet meditation and reflection. From 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM guitarist Russ Braman and other musicians will intersperse meditative music with periods of silence. No need to arrive "on time." As long as you avoid distracting others, you are welcome to come, stay and go as you please. The music schedule is below:

December 24:   Russ Braman, guitar (9:30 AM, One Service Today @ 10:30)
December 31:   Russ Braman, guitar (9:30 AM, One Service Today @ 10:30)
UU Foundation of Phoenix Annual Reception
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Jan Kaplan & Helen Walker's Home
You are warmly invited to join us at a special reception of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix's Chalice Keepers legacy society. Come and meet members of the Unitarian Universalist Foundation Board and the Chalice Keepers.  Please let Heidi know if you plan to attend by January 2 via the email below. If you would like more information about the Foundation please contact the Board below.
Upcoming AFD Classes
All classes have a $10 fee per registrant unless otherwise noted. You can also call Geoff Anderla in the UUCP office at 602-840-8400 ext. 201 Tuesday-Friday from 9-3 or visit him in the office on Sunday to register.
World Wisdoms in Dialogue
2nd & 4th Thursdays from January to March starting at 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM in Annex H
Facilitator: Gary Ezzell
A six part class to explore core teachings and understandings of different spiritual and religious traditions and how they relate to Unitarian Universalism. We will look at quotes, poetry, songs, and other literature from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Indigenous, and Unitarian Universalism.
Couples Enrichment
Wednesday Nights, February 7 - March 14 from 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM, Johnson Room
Facilitators: Bonnie White & Ed Cernek
This workshop is for couples who want to work on their relationship. Couples of all genders, length of time together and relationship status (married, partnered, engaged, cohabitating or not) are welcome. Explore how to strengthen and rejuvenate your connection. Topics include healthy communication, respecting differences, resolving conflicts, healing past hurts, relating to your larger community. Couple also explore how the 7 principles of UUism can create a more compassionate and deepening connection to each other.
Rise Up and Call Her Name
Monday Nights, January 22 - March 5 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Annex B
Facilitator: Brenda Nelson
A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities in 13 sessions that explores numerous religious and spiritual traditions through artistic expression, music, visuals, creative ritual, dialog and rich information from a variety of sources.
Ukulele and Friends Song Circle
On the patio during coffee hour after first service on most  Sundays
This musical group gathers informally on the patio during coffee hour after first service, most Sundays. Please join us to strum or hum, sing and/or clap and smile! Loaner instruments are available. 
Remember Arizona Tax Credit Donations!
Each year you have the opportunity to direct some of your state tax dollars to BOTH schools AND 501(c)3 or designated community action agencies.  For a list of Qualifying Charitable Organizations click hereFor a link to a form for giving a donation to our partner Maryland School, click here, or pick up a form at the Justice Ministry table on Sunday mornings this month. Look for Maryland School's address on the form. You have until April 18, 2018 to make these contributions. Your help makes a big difference to these groups!
Help Build a Better UUCP Library! 
Donations of Books and Shelves needed
Help us expand and upgrade our library to be a better resource for our community. We are seeking donations of matching book cases as well as books (Subjects: Family Life, History, Inspiration, Justice, Religion and Theology). If you are interested in participating in this project, or have shelves or books to donate, please contact Rosemary Roenfanz. 
Inaugural Roots Pilgrimage
July 2018
Registration closes April 8, 2018
Join us for this joint inaugural Roots Pilgrimage (8 nights/8 days) with the Hungarian Unitarian Church and the UU Partner Church Council!  Together we will explore our shared Unitarian religious heritage, including spiritual, cultural and theological beliefs, values and traditions. Click below to see more details.