This Sunday, March 26
Nurturing the Inner Fires of Vision
Service Leader:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, March 26 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Self-care, tending to the body, the soul and the spirit, is crucial in moments of challenge, tension, and fear. Even as we talk about justice and resistance, it is important that we tend to our spirits, our souls, that we nurture the goodness and fire of love within.
Share the Plate with AZ Children's Action Alliance
Sunday, March 26 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Children's Action Alliance is an independent voice for Arizona children at the state capitol and in the community. CAA works to improve children's health, education, and security through information and action. Through research, publications, media campaigns, and advocacy, CAA seeks to influence policies and decisions affecting the lives of Arizona children and their families on issues related to health, child abuse and neglect, early care and education, budget and taxes, juvenile justice, children and immigration, and working families. 
Quiet Time in the Garden
Sunday, March 26, from 8:40 AM to 9:20 AM
For the next three Sundays (3/26, 4/2 and 4/9), 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.
A Year of Silence and Return
Sunday, March 26, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
The Sangha at UUCP invites you to a presentation by former UUCP member Kiranada who will share her experience of a year spent in silence and meditation.  Intrigued by the concept of solitude since her teen years, she developed a deep curiosity about the nature of silence and the benefits and drawbacks of solitude on the human mind. She spent two years planning and preparing for this life changing event. Back from 360 days alone in a small hut on a precipice hanging over Tararu Valley in the North Island of New Zealand, she will share her experience with us.  Some wonderful New Zealand visuals will be included.
Next Sunday, April 2
Money and Real Life
Service Leader:  Roger Jones
Sunday, April 2 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
How we handle money can be a source of insight about how our spiritual approach to life developed and how it has evolved for us over the years. With stories about family life and overlooked inheritances, Roger Jones invites us to think about our personal relationships, our sense of self, our money, and those funny places where they overlap. Bio: A native of Indiana and Illinois, Roger is the senior minister of the UU Society of Sacramento, where he began serving as family minister in 2008. Before that he served 10 years in Sunnyvale, CA, and one as interim minister in Bloomington, MN. Current volunteer work includes the Board of his local YMCA and the Susan Frederick-Gray's campaign to be UUA president.
UUCP Community Book Corner
Sunday, April 2, in the back of the Sanctuary
The UUCP Community Book Corner is the first Sunday of each month.   April's theme is Creation and Evolution, 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 Creation and Evolution with a purchase, browsing or sharing your thoughts!
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, April 2, at 5:00 PM at the New Day Center
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. Please email Rene Apack below.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Traveling 2nd Friday
Friday, March 24 at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary
VENICE:  QUEEN OF THE SEA - by Walt & Ruth Pinkus 
Venice is one of the world's iconic tourist destinations.  It was at the top of my bucket list, and we went there last year. Tourists tend to think of  Venice as a sort of cultural theme park, and in many ways the Venetians encourage this perception. What tourists often overlook is that it is a real city with real residents going about their daily lives largely unnoticed by the throngs of tourists who outnumber them. It has its own history, politics and challenges. We'll cover as much of this as we can using the pictures we shot there.
One Million Dollars & Counting!
This week we reached the $1 million mark for our Capital Campaign with 47 pledges! We are 66% of the way to our $1.5 million goal to fund our capital improvement projects (read more about the projects here). We have three weeks left until Celebration Sunday, where we hope to announce our goal has been met. If you would like to talk face to face with the Capital Campaign Committee about the projects visit the Combined Campaign table on Sunday, attend a House meeting, or come to the UUCP Campaign Chat on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
2017-2018 Stewardship: Growing More Than Ever!
Every Spring the Congregation holds an annual Stewardship Pledge drive to raise money for next year's ministry. On average 70% of our operating costs are funded by donors like you. Through our Members and Friends generosity we are serving more people of all ages. Over the last two years, we've increased resources to Children's Ministry and seen a 67% increase in children and youth participation. Since 2014, we've seen a 26% increase in overall Sunday participation across all ages. And in this moment, Unitarian Universalism all over the country is experiencing people flooding to their communities. Now More Than Ever, our community is needed! You can keep it strong and thriving by making a financial pledge to support our ministry July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, March 28, at 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. The board will be discussing the outcome of a recent strategic planning retreat, progress in selecting a possible interim minister, and progress on the capital campaign.  Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with questions or comments.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, March 28, 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
Community Night
Thursday, March 30, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
This March, 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:

3/30 - Chili (turkey or veggie), Cilantro Lime Rice, Salsa and Chips, and a Southwest salad. Chefs: Marjorie Redleaf + Granger Macy

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.
Egg-stra Special Celebration
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
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. 
Coming of Age Fundraiser Needs Your Help
Sunday, March 26 in Between Services
Calling all stuffed animals and baked goods! The youth of the COA program are having a spring fundraiser to help fund their end of year trip to San Diego. We are in need of s tuffed animals in used but good condition. We are also in need of baked goods for the bake sales. Please bring your stuffed animal donations to Katie Resendez's room and contact Kathryn Peacock at the link below or at 602-653-6114 if you have any questions.

Please email Kathryn with what you are bringing to the bake sale. Thank you!
Pathway to Membership
Thursdays,  April 6 & 13 at  6:45 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.
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!