This Sunday, November 27
Family Stories of Expectation and Acceptance
Service Leaders:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, November 27 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
One of the places we most readily experience both expectation and acceptance is within our families. Especially around holidays, expectations can be high. What is the balance between expectations and acceptance when it comes to parenting and negotiating family relationships?
Next 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
Sunday, December 4, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Free Admission, childcare and light refreshments. Clear your calendars and plan to spend 2017 with new and old Congregation friends because this year's Service Auction has over 20 community hosted events.  There are game nights, travel nights, food-galore nights, lessons, nature happens and so much more! Best of all, your purchases all go to support the mission of this congregation. Shop Local. Shop for a Cause. Shop at this year's FUNdraising Auction!
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! 
Upcoming Classes and Events
Parents of Youth of Color Meeting
Wednesday, November 30, at 6:00 PM in Annex C
Join Katie Resendiz and Emrys Staton for an evening gathering specifically for parents and caregivers of children of color. In light of the shifting political climate and in response to concerns raised by families in our community, we will host an open conversation to discuss anxieties, hopes, and avenues for advocacy and support for our families. Childcare is available. 
For more information, please contact Emrys below.
Standing Rock Presentation & Update
Thursday, December 1, at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Sylvia Sharma and Elena Perez from UUCP will share about their recent trips to North Dakota to be at the Standing Rock camps where water protectors are organizing to halt construction of a major oil pipeline. They will offer updates on the current events at the camps, and talk about we can continue to support the NoDAPL (No Dakota Access Pipeline) campaign. 
For more information, please contact Emrys below.
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.
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 are offer at both Christmas Eve services. Email Rev. Susan by Monday, December 19 if you would like to have your child or children dedicated. The dedication ceremony is an opportunity to welcome and offer our blessings upon young children and their parents.
Christmas Day Service at 10:30 AM
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? Would you like to help the congregation in a simple, but incredibly significant way? We are looking for additional Greeters and Ushers for the Welcoming Ministry. The job is easy, but incredibly important to our congregation. 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.
Holiday Wreath Collection:  Decorate our Sanctuary
The Sanctuary Team will begin displaying your family wreaths again this year starting on Sunday, November 20. We will continue to add wreaths until December 6. Do you have a special holiday tradition to show us? Include photos in your wreath. Bring them to the lobby each Sunday and drop them off in the office. Please include your name and wire the wreath for hanging. Need more decorating ideas? Call Ann at 480-782-5888.
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.
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.