This Sunday, April 2
Money and Real Life
Service Leader:  Rev. 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.
Quiet Time in the Garden
Sunday, April 2, from 8:40 AM to 9:20 AM
For the next two Sundays (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.
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!
Poetry Coffeehouse
Sunday, April 2, at 11:00 AM in Annex H
People die for lack of what is found in Poetry. Join us at poetry coffeehouse on Sunday, April 2 at 11:00 AM in Room H in the second Annex. 
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.
Next 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!
Upcoming Classes and Events
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
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
Community Night
Thursday, April 6, 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:

4/6 - We are firing up the grill on the patio to make hot dogs cooked to order! Find buns and all the fixins, accompanied by southwest-style mac and cheese, with homemade bread, and salad with a fresh lemon vinaigrette from Chef Judith Breuer.

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.
Chat with the Combined Campaign Leaders
Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 PM in Annex B
Can't make it to a UUCP House Meeting? Join members of the Capital Campaign Team after Community Night dinner to learn more about our exciting capital improvements and next year's Stewardship goals.
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.
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. 
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!