This Sunday, April 9
In the Valley of the Shadow: Grace
Service Leader:  Rev. Roger Jones
Sunday, April 9 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
What sustains you during a time of wandering or confusion? What stays with us when we feel alone or lost? The Jewish Passover story is one of many about times in between security and clarity, times when confusion, hardship, or doubt are weighing us down. Spiritual writer and therapist David Richo suggests that in the midst of a journey through shadows and rocky places, can we find grace in curiosity, patience, and presence.
Starting Point
Sunday, April 9, at 10:45 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership Coordinator and a member of our Children's Ministry program, in the front foyer at 10:45 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!
Quiet Time in the Garden
Sunday, April 9, from 8:40 AM to 9:20 AM
Drop by the memorial garden before first service for a time of quiet meditation and reflection. From 8:40 AM - 9:20 AM, guitarist Russ Braman 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.
Next Sunday, April 16
Celebration Sunday: Now More Than Ever
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Worship  10:30 AM (start of one-service schedule)
Group Photo  11:30 AM meet outside in the upper parking lot
Coffee Hour  12:00 PM on the patio
Come celebrate and be a part of the Combined Stewardship and Capital Campaign! Listen as we share testimonies of the difference this congregation makes, in our dreams for our future and a very special telling of one of Rev. Susan's all time favorite stories (especially for Easter!). 

Celebration Sunday marks the end of the Combined Stewardship & Capital Campaign. We hope to have all Members pledges turned in by this date, announce our fundraising totals, and celebrate all of our ministry for the past year. It's a time to celebrate US! The whole congregation will gather up on the upper parking lot for a group photo that goes on our website, Facebook, etc. After the photo the children will go on a Spring Egg Hunt and meet up with the adults on the patio for a coffee hour party. This year we will do a smart phone scavenger hunt (got an idea for the list? Email Heidi!). We are looking for cooks to bring deviled eggs and desserts to share for the party. Light refreshments will be provided. Please email Heidi if you are able to bring deviled eggs and/or desserts. 

Start of Summer 1 Service Schedule!
Starting with the April 16 Service at 10:30 AM ONLY!!
Starting with the Celebration Sunday service on April 16, we will be moving to our summer schedule with just one service on Sundays at 10:30 AM with a coffee hour that follows the service in the Johnson Room. 
Upcoming Classes and Events
9 Days to Reach Our Combined Campaign Goals - Pledge Today!
Celebration Sunday is next week and that is when we hope to have all members and friends turn their pledge forms in by so we can celebrate our fundraising success. If you haven't turned your pledge form in, please do so at the Combined Campaign table on Sundays or online with the link below. Also at the table on Sundays are brand new perspective views of the new entrance and patio redesign. Stop by and check it out!

Stewardship                Capital 
Campaign                 Campaign
Campaign Phone-a-thon Volunteers Needed
Tuesday, April 11 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Johnson Room
On  Tuesday, April 11 from  6 PM to 8 PM in the Johnson Room there will be a Combined Campaign Phone-a-thon happening and we need your help! The script will include Celebration  Sunday reminders.  Food, drinks, scripts, phone lists and camaraderie will all be provided. Just bring your cell phone, your voice, and your passion for UUCP. The more volunteers the better!
Sign up for Phone-a-Thon
Community Night
Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
This April, 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. 

Community Night Menu:

4/13 - Teri + Donna Talbot, our community night coordinators, will finish off the year making one of our favorites: Beef Stroganoff! A vegetarian pasta dish alternative will be available. Served along side a Spring Greens and Veggies Salad with Cheese and Nuts.

Following Community night,  Thursday evenings feature many activities: small groups, adult faith development, Pathway to Membership, and more. Check out the UUCP website to sign up. Chalice Kids childcare is available between  6:30-8:30.

If you have any questions about Community Night, or you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread) please contact  Janine below. If you enjoy contributing, but cannot commit in advance, bringing a dessert to share is always welcome.
Young Adult Group
Tuesday, April 11, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Sarah Moore & Claire Bethel
The young adult small group is a place for "younger" adults to get together and talk about issues important to us. We provide a safe space to share ideas and challenge each other respectfully. We are an open group and anyone who feels they are a young adult-regardless of age-is welcome to join and share their thoughts with us. For more information, please email Sarah below.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
We will start the meeting with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a dharma reading and discussion. You need not be a Buddhist to attend, just interested in your spiritual growth. If you have questions, contact Donna Featherston at 602-997-7996 or Katherine Kruse at 602-369-9477
Traveling 2nd Fridays
Friday, April 14, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Come join Claude Guldner in the church sanctuary from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 14 present his experiences with Syrians landing in Greece.

Having been involved with the commission on Exploitation and Abuse of Children thru the World Health Organization, he has had the opportunity to visit 175 countries related to a variety of refugee issues (trafficking, child prostitution, overcrowded schools, exploitation in labor fields, forced marriage, as well as the standard provisions for medical services and clean water supplies).  

Call Barbara with questions at 480-994-1452.
Memorial Day Camping Weekend at SAWUURA
Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29, 2017
SAWUURA is our own UU 100-acre woods in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness near Young, AZ (about 4 hrs drive from Phoenix). Join dozens of other UUs Memorial Day weekend for a relaxing weekend under the stars. Disconnect from your phones, computers, TVs and share meals, hikes, music and laughter with other nature-lovers. Meals are provided with the cost of registration, just bring snacks, drinks, and camping gear. Registration Fees: $45 per adult ($35 for SAWUURA members), $25 per child. Registration Due Date: Friday, May 20. Registration forms available online below. For more info please contact Eb Eberlein by email below or by phone at 520-622-6966.
What is a Safety Star?
You may notice these red "Safety Stars" on member name tags around the congregation. Some members of our Welcoming Ministry's Usher and Greeter teams have been working together on awareness around safety and preparedness. In the unlikely event of an emergency, members with red stars will be trained to keep you safe. Follow their directions, and look to them for help. Thank you Safety Stars!
Celebrate Writers! 
Poetry Coffeehouse is hosting a fundraiser for the publication of a new edition of Poikilos, our church's literary journal. The event will be after church on May 21 and open to all who celebrate creative writing.  There will be readings by our writers and refreshments for all!
UU Literary Journal Now Accepting Submissions
Poikilos, the UUCP literary journal, begin about 1978 created by Tish Gauntt and and has been published by her most of the years since then. She is now Editor Emeritus and Diane Mote and Lynne MacVean are the new Co-Editors.  We are now accepting your writing with brief biography through September 1 with a publication date in November.