This Sunday, October 7, 2018
The Ministry We Dream Of
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Sunday, October 7, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
The Search Committee wants to know what you think! In this special Sunday service, we will divide into small groups to discuss how you would describe this church now, the future you imagine, and what success will look like in that future. Come let your voice be heard!
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. Each week after service 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:   Inquirers are invited to join the rest of the congregation to learn more about the ministerial search process.
Calling All Drummers
In this Sunday morning's service, we will have hand drums and percussion playing along with the hymns. Join us! No need to bring your own drum, we have lots. Arrive at 9:00 AM to practice before first service.
Next Sunday, October 14
Identity, Language and Access
Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Sunday, October 14, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary
Living into our vision to be radically inclusive, we learn to use our language and structures in ways that respect people of all identities and abilities. Let us embark with courage and openness on the learning path as we become truly welcoming to all.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, October 14
Inquirers are invited to learn about Small Groups
Upcoming Events
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, October 9, 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.
Spanish Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 PM in Annex C
Join José Diaz for Spanish conversation on current events and cultural topics. This drop-in group is best for people with intermediate Spanish skills.
Second Wednesday Evening Covenant Group
Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 PM in Annex B
Experience the deep connection of the classic covenant group model, centered on our monthly themes and reflection materials. Please register below before attending.
Outdoor Group
Saturday October, 13
The hiking season is about to be underway. Saturday, October 13, is our second annual campout at Sunset Crater National Monument, 20 to 30 minutes northeast of Flagstaff. The Bonita Campground is closed; so we will be camping in the Cinder Hills Off Highway Vehicle Area. Please contact outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.org or visit phoenixuu.org/outdoor-group for more information.
Green Sanctuary Group
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 PM in Office #2
We are providing community night dinner November 1 so we will be discussing the logistics of that meal. After the November 1 meal, Kristen Wolfe from AZ Water Future will speak about HB2158, a bill that defines and protects ecological water and why it's so important. There are flyers on the back table for this and to sign up for the community night meal.
Poetry Writer’s Workshop
Monday, October 15, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Annex B
Mary Oliver wrote, “Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” The Poetry Workshop is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow - a forum for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators. For more information contact Rosemary Roenfanz at poetry@phoenixuu.org or please register at  phoenixuu.org/poetry
Phoenix Restoration Project
Many of you have been donating food and supplies so the migrants that ICE drops off at the bus station -- DOZENS each week -- are ready for their long journeys. Donations have sharply decreased in the last few weeks, but the migrants keep coming. Please throw an extra item or two in your shopping cart and bring next week, or order through Amazon at  phoenixuu.org/prp
Thursday Community Night & Faith Development

Join us in building a “Spiritual Community for our Time” every Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room through November 15, 2018. Each week features the culinary talents of the members of our congregation. A donation of $6 per adult, $3 per child under ten, or $12 per family, covers the cost of the meal (those experiencing financial hardship can receive a payment waiver). In the spirit of Radical Inclusion, food is labeled for allergens. If you’d like to join but have additional dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.
 
Menu for October 11 - Taco bar with choice of shredded green chili chicken or pork al pastor, roasted butternut squash and black bean vegan tacos and green salad.

Following the meal, Thursday evenings are an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of what it means to be Theologically Diverse, Radically Inclusive, and Justice Centered. Children build community too, in Chalice Kids, free childcare between 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. If you have any questions about Community Night or you’d like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please contact communitynight@phoenixuu.org .

Thursday, October 11, 2018


BLUUbox
Janine Gelsinger, Annex F at 6:45 PM
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. The September group is free and open for all to try. For the ongoing monthly groups, please subscribe at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/bluubox
 
Parents with Young(er) Children
Rev. Margret, Annex C at 6:45 PM
Join with others who are in a parenting role to little ones for a group discussion that engages adults in quiet reflection while the small people are cared for in a loving space nearby. Drop-in Friendly

Spiritual Practices: Finding Your Spiritual Practice
Anthony Johnson, Sanctuary, at 6:45 PM
Spiritual practice creates an intentional pause in our lives at regular intervals so that we may better know the contents of our souls. It is a way to meet the self and learn about our deepest longings. It is also a way to draw into closer relationship with that which is larger than us. The objective of these sessions is to help you deepen your spiritual life by engaging in a daily practice, weekly worship, monthly service, yearly retreat, and one-time pilgrimage. Attend all 13 sessions, or choose the practices that appeal to you.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Menu for October 18 - Baked Potato Bar with chili and toppings
 
Open Small Group (Drop-In)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM in Annex B
Drop in to experience the connection and to see what Small Groups are all about.
 
Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Facilitator: Dr. Gayle Cordes
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM in Annex F
“I can’t understand my kid.” “My partner just doesn’t get it.” “My employees don’t listen to what I tell them.” Sound familiar? We have all experienced struggles with interpersonal communications - maybe even worked on techniques to improve our skills. In this class, we will explore Stephen Covey’s Habit 5 from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. If you’d like to move beyond techniques alone, join us as we learn more about how to build the skills of empathetic listening on a base of character that inspires openness and trust. You must register for this at phoenixuu.org/afd or by calling 602-840-8400

Women’s Ritual
Facilitators: Pat Reed, Donna Talbot & Brenda Nelson
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join a group of women for earth-centered rituals that honor the season, the phases of the moon and personal spirituality. This month Sierra will be leading a Samhain ritual. Each month a different participant will plan a ritual for everyone to engage in.
UUCP Arts and Craft Fair
Sunday, November 11, 2018, Before and After Sunday Services
All UUCP Artists, Crafters and lovers of Arts and Crafts are welcome to participate in this annual event – reserve a table to sell your artistic creations, or plan to come and do your holiday shopping for one-of-a-kind items! The Arts & Crafts Fair is a fundraiser to benefit UUCP!
 
Please visit phoenixuu.org/craftfair to reserve a table or contact Katy Boxley or Ruth Pinkus via email at craftfair@phoenixuu.org
UUCP Inclusion Ministry Team
As we work toward becoming a radically inclusive congregation, any interested member or friend is welcome to join the Inclusion Ministry Team, which will support implementation of the plans for gender inclusion and other initiatives to promote welcome, safety and justice for all. The team will begin work during October. To join, talk to Rev. Margret or email her at  minister@phoenixuu.org .
Opportunities to Serve
  • Seeking members and friends to create a new Racial Justice Task Force. For more information, see Anthony Johnson.
  • Seeking members and friends to create a new Universal Access Team to expand our awareness and capacity to include those of all abilities. For more information, see Rev. Margret.
  • Interested in the ways UUCP organizes for excellence, or how we measure progress toward our strategic ends? See Rev. Margret to learn more about the Board-appointed Governance Committee, or the Measurement Task Force now getting started.
  • Seeking members and friends to expand the A/V team to support our new projection resources. See Benjie Messer or email at benjiemesser@phoenixuu.org for details.
Annual UUCP Auction
The UUCP Auction is back bigger and better than ever. December 1 there will be a party with food, music, and auctioneers! Right now we are looking for people to offer up services, physical items, and events for the auction block. When that hammer goes down, you will want to be part of the fun. We are making a concerted effort to have items up for bid that fit all ages, all wallets, and many interests. We could also use help planning and executing. Contact auction@phoenixuu.org for further information.
Find your connection in reflection and discussion with a small group -- see the options and sign up after service at the back table, or on line at phoenixuu.org/smallgroups
EEC Silent Auction for the Play Structures

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