This Sunday, September 2
When Things Fall Apart: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Service Leader: Kathy Baughman
Sunday, September 2, 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
When life throws us nasty curve balls it can feel like things are falling apart. That curve ball, calamity, or loss changes our lives. The mosaic of our lives is altered. The spiritual work is to access personal, communal and transcendent resources, reshaping that altered mosaic to once again reflect balance, joy and hope.
Green Sanctuary Table
Back of Sanctuary
On our table this week we will have flyers about HB2581, to help preserve "ecological" water, and how you can support this. There are water facts and an announcement about a rivers painting exhibit at the Capitol. Also, you can pick up stamped postcards to ask the House and Senate minority leaders, and your Representative and Senator, to stop the building of the expensive and absurd Border Wall. Also, plan to attend our next meeting, Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 PM in Office 2 or the Johnson Room.   

New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Every Sunday 11:45 AM in Annex B or Sanctuary
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:   Congregational History and Building Tour
 
Next Sunday, September 9
The Eternal and the New
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall & others
Sunday, September 9, 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Water is universal, eternal, ever-changing. Each year we celebrate a new program year with the ritual of Water Communion. Flowing in continuity and change, returning to familiar spaces, we welcome the new into our lives. Bring water to share from home or summer travels, or use water we provide here.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, September 9, 11:45 AM after service in Annex B
Next week's topic : Music Ministries. Found out how music is chosen for service by our very own talented maestro, Benjie Messer 
Reminder to bring water this week!!
In our traditional Water Communion on September 9 we celebrate the start of our new program year by mingling our waters from summer.  All are welcome to bring water to share from home or travels, or use water we provide here.
Upcoming Events
Two Service Schedule Starts on September 16!
Starting on Sunday, September 16, we will move to our two service schedule. We will have a service at 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM. Children’s Ministries will have programming during both services, and high school will meet at 10:30 AM.
Calling All Singers
September is a perfect time to join the UUCP Choir, and we welcome new singers! The choir rehearses every Wednesday evening, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, from September through May and sing at two Sunday services each month. All ages are welcome, and childcare is available during rehearsals. The ability to read music at an elementary level is helpful but not required.

If you would be interested in singing with the choir for a single rehearsal and service, but can't commit to our full season, you're in luck! Our fall kicks off with a single rehearsal (Wednesday, September. 5, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM) and service (Sun. Sept. 9) that are open to anyone, with no expectation of joining the choir. Please contact Music Director Benjie Messer with any questions at BenjieMesser@phoenixuu.org


Audio/Visual team
Our sanctuary Audio/Visual team is expanding to make sure that all of our Sunday services sound and look great. If you'd like to help run the sound system, prepare slides for projection, and edit service recordings for posting online, contact Music Director Benjie Messer. A/V Technicians need to have excellent hearing and vision and the ability to walk up and down stairs. Previous experience with A/V equipment and confidence with computers is helpful but not required.
Course for Caregivers of Someone with Dementia
Sundays, September 16 - November 18 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in Annex B
This discussion series offers real promise to reduce stress and build resilience. It’s for you if you’re caring for a loved one...whether across the living room or across the country. Based on the groundbreaking book Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., this workshop is for any caregiver who struggles with the complex grief and stress of care giving.  There is no cost to participate, but registration is required so that we can plan. To register please visit  phoenixuu.org/duet  or email  duet@phoenixuu.org
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 September 13 - November 15, 2018. Each week features the culinary talents of the members of our congregation: two entrees (one vegetarian), as well as sides, salad and bread. 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, there are vegan and gluten free options, and food served is labeled for the top nine common allergens. If you’d like to join but have additional dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.
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. A diverse offering of adult faith development classes, small groups, justice experiences, and guest lectures help us to live into the congregation’s vision. 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 .

Upcoming Events September 13, 2018
 
Spiritual Practice
Anthony Johnson, In the Sanctuary
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. Today’s session is “Defining Spiritual Practice.”

Parents With Young(er) Children – drop - in friendly
Rev. Margret A. O’Neall, Annex C
J oin 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.
 
Turning Judgments into Questions
Trudi Murch, Annex F
For this session we will discuss a collaborative problem-solving process which is helpful for addressing complex situations. This process is based on the Experience-Based Case Discussion format which was first developed for use by an Early Intervention team in their work with young children and families but has application in many other settings. It can be used by teams or in individual consultation. The process encourages broad exploration of the situation at hand, promotes self-reflection and focuses on identification of strengths and resources which can serve as the basis for a plan for moving forward.
Radically Inclusive Yoga Movement Class - new time and day!
Tuesdays 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Join long-time yoga instructor Lora Gustafson for an all-ages, all-abilities yoga session. Sessions will cater to who shows up. Goals include building a greater mind/body connection through breathing, increased circulation, stimulation of the nervous system, greater range of motion and sense of peace. Extra mats available. 

Poetry Writer’s Workshop
First and Third Mondays 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Annex B
Starting Monday, September 17 at 1:00 PM

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.  -  Robert Frost
Poetry is an echo asking a shadow dancer to be a partner  -  Carl Sandburg
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary . -  Kahlil Gibran
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life . -  William Hazlitt

The Poetry Writer’s Workshop is a space to read your poems, short stories, to give and receive feedback on one another’s work. If you ever wonder how a sonnet, a sestina or any other form can be used to tell your story, this is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow. This forum is for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators.
Opportunities to Serve!

Seeking UUCP members with interest in how UUCP organizes and functions to create ever more vitality and connection, to serve on the Board-appointed Governance Committee.   And the Measurement Task Force will be looking at how we track our activities and assess the impact of this congregation on our lives. Want to know more about these flexible and welcoming opportunities? Talk to Rev. Margret, in person, by phone or at minister@phoenixuu.org
Seeking to expand the A/V team to support our new projection system. See Benjie Messer or email at benjiemesser@phoenixuu.org for details

Want to know more about these flexible and welcoming opportunities? Talk to Rev. Margret, in person, by phone or at  minister@phoenixuu.org
Calling all UUCP Artists, Crafters, and Lovers of “Arts and Crafts” - SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, November 11, 2018, Before and After Sunday Services
Reserve your calendars for our UUCP Arts & Crafts Fair, a fundraiser to benefit UUCP!
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