This Sunday, December 11
Our Body's Response to Prayer and Meditation
Service Leaders:  Emrys Staton
Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
A look at some current research on how prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices impact our minds.
Justice Ministry December Giving Opportunities
Stop by the back table on Sunday, December 11 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.
Starting Point
Sunday, December 11, at 10:45 AM in the Foyer
Meet a representative of our Membership Committee and 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!
Board Chat
Sunday, December 11, at 10:15 AM in Annex D
Join the Board of Trustees for a monthly conversation keeping you updated on what we're working on. We want to your voice to ensure we're being a spiritual community of our time. These chats will be held the 2nd Sunday of Each Month in Annex D between services. For more information, email Glen, Board President, below.
Next Sunday, December 18
Practicing Stillness and the Beauty of Solstice
Service Leaders:  Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Sunday, December 18 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Solstice literally means "standing still sun." In this darkest time of year, we will honor the complex emotions that can come with the holidays and invite a meditative service of sharing and silence.
Share the Plate with 
Center for Neighborhood Leadership
Sunday, December 18 at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Center for Neighborhood Leadership is an incubator for social change that provides curriculum and support necessary to transform marginalized people into emerging leaders. The education and experience they receive is intended to shift the landscape of social justice, community development, and community-driven public policy. CNL prepares everyday people to build effective community coalitions that define their own priorities and implement the solutions necessary to improve their lives.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Christmas Caroling 
Saturday, December 10, starting at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary
If you enjoy singing Christmas carols and spreading cheer, please join us for our congregation's annual afternoon of caroling! We'll meet at UUCP at 1:00 PM, sing a few carols together, and then spend a relaxed afternoon visiting and singing to UUCP elders who are rarely able to attend services. If you'll definitely be attending, let Benjie know, so that he can estimate how many people we can visit. Email Benjie below to let him know you are coming.
Outdoor Group Hike
Saturday, December 10, starting at 8:00 AM
The Outdoor Group arranges day hikes twice a month (second and fourth Saturdays during the winter months).  We invite everyone who likes being outdoors to join us.  Bring a friend.  Our next hike is at Cave Creek Regional Park.  8:00 AM coffee social @ Starbucks at 4815 E. Carefree Highway, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. 8:30 meeting place Cave Creek Regional Park. Please come prepared with hiking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, basic first aid and snacks for the trail.  For complete information email the hiking group below or call Bonnie White 562-889-9404. 
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, December 13, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
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, email Caitlin below.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, December 13, 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
2nd Wednesday Small Group
Wednesday, December 14, at 1:00 PM in Annex B 
Facilitators:  Anne Lackey and Jan Bickley
Come one, come all to the new small group at UUCP. This small group will discuss the monthly theme in a small group format. Small Groups provide a space to tend to your heart and spirit. They follow the monthly worship themes and offer a way to engage the themes in your daily life and grow and learn with a group while sharing your own story, insights and learnings. Each group is led by a trained facilitator. Each group also engages in a service project at least once during the year to serve the congregation or wider community.
Open Small Group
Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 PM in Annex B 
Small Group Ministry is an ideal way to connect to others and tend to your heart and spirit at UUCP.  Life can feel like a frenzied struggle against a materialistic world, which leave us feeling disconnected from our deepest selves and without the energy to reach out in love and service to others. They follow the monthly worship themes and offer a way to engage the themes in your daily life and grow and learn with a group while sharing your own story, insights and learnings. For more info visit the link below.
Women's Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for a Women Circle's ceremonial feast with song and dance and an exchange Yule gift giving. If you can, please bring a small gift-it can be a token that is meaningful to you and/or an item in your household that you are ready to share with someone else. Bring a female Friend, if you like. Come celebrate the Cycle of Seasons! For more information, email Pat Reed below.
Memorial Service for Larry Agle
Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Join family and friends of Larry Agle to celebrate is his life. The service is Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 PM in the sanctuary with a reception in the Johnson room following the service.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, December 20 at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Break bread and socialize with the Board of Trustees starting at 6:00 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM. Guests are invited to address the board during guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. At this meeting we will be discussing the upcoming capital campaign and the next congregational meeting. Call Glen Lockwood at 602-852-0174 or email him below with comments or questions.
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 at Christmas Eve Services
Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM
In UU congregations, child dedications are an opportunity for parents to bring their young children to be blessed and welcomed into community. If you are interested in having your child or children dedicated at one of the Christmas eve services (5:30pm or 7:30pm), or have questions, please email Rev. Susan below or call the office at 602-840-8400 ext 203. We ask that all dedication requests be submitted by December 18th. 
Christmas Day Service One Service Only
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!
Read the Monthly Small Group Packet
The theme for December is Prayer & Practice. Click on the link below to be taken to the small group ministry packet for the month of December.
Photo directory pictures are here!
If you had your picture taken for our photo directory, your free 8x10 photo is in office 2. They are in big envelopes with your name on them and they are in alphabetical order. Please come in and pick up your photo from the island in office 2 today!
General Assembly Delegates
You can represent UUCP as a Delegate at General Assembly 2017 from June 21-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana! It is an opportunity to grow as a leader, connect with other Unitarian Universalists, and deepen your spirit. Delegate application deadline: Feb 23rd.

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