This Sunday, December 17
The Longest Night
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 17, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
When challenging times leave us stony and closed, joy may not find a place to nest within us. Opening our hearts In this season of hope and love, we seek to deepen our capacity for emotional response to welcome all that life may offer.
2018 Adult Faith Development Class Signups
Sunday December 17 & 24 at the back of the Sanctuary
Registration is open for all our winter and spring AFD classes. You can read the descriptions and sign up for classes either online at the link below or in person at a table in the back of the sanctuary before, during or after services. 
Board Chat During Coffee Hour
Sunday, December 17, between services in the Johnson Room
Join the Board of Trustees for our monthly chat about the upcoming happenings at UUCP. They happen the third Sunday of each month in the Johnson Room during coffee hour. Please grab some coffee and drop by to chat about our schedule for the ministerial search, plans for a new assistant minister position, the construction project or whatever is on your mind
Arts, Crafts and Goodies Fair
Sunday, December 17 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on the Patio
Make sure you visit the patio before or after our service on Sunday...our UUCP artists and crafters have been hard at work!  There are lots of everyday items as well as ideas for last minute holiday gifts. Bring lots of cash or checks. We will not have credit card capability.  Each artist is donating 25%-100% of every sale to our UUCP Capital Campaign.
Auditions for Spring Cabaret show
Sunday, December 17 at 12:45 PM in Annex B
Would you like to be in UUCP's spring Cabaret show? Auditions are on Sunday, December 17 at 12:45 PM in Annex B. Come with a song prepared and bring sheet music; piano accompaniment will be provided. The show itself, on Saturday, March 3, will focus on the spiritual side of music from Broadway shows, but any song is fine for the audition. Contact Benjie Messer below with any questions.
Phoenix Restoration Project Training
Sunday, December 17, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at First Church UCC, 1407 N. 2nd St. Phoenix.  
The Phoenix Restoration Project (PRP) is a voluntary community initiative to assist the detainees who are dropped off by ICE at the bus station or other community sites, as they are sent to distant locations to await their court dates to be considered for asylum. PRP volunteers must attend volunteer orientation; the next session is Sunday, December 17, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at First Church UCC, 1407 N 2nd St. Phoenix.  
Next Sunday, December 24 - 1 Service at 10:30 AM
A Season of 
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 24, 10:30 AM
With story and song we enter into the spirit of the season, welcoming new possibilities with the miracle of birth.This is a multigenerational service and nursery children are welcome in the Sanctuary.
Christmas Eve Services
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 24, 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM
5:30 pm Family Service and non-traditional Nativity Play
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall, Emrys Staton, Children's Ministry Team
6:30-7:30 pm Cookies and Cider Fellowship Hour - please bring cookies to share

7:30 pm Lessons and Carols
Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall, Emrys Staton, Benjie Messer

We celebrate Christmas Eve with music, community and candlelight, singing carols and lighting candles in the darkness. The early service includes a children's play and the later service will include the congregation choir. Everyone is invited to bring cookies to share in fellowship from 6:30 PM - 7:30pm. These are multigenerational services and nursery children are welcome in the Sanctuary.

Upcoming Classes & Events
Gift Collection for Eritrean Refugee Family Update
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Refugee Assistance Project for Nebiat and her six children. All 50 gift tags on the Christmas tree were taken and most fulfilled and returned last week. Sunday, December 17, is the last day to bring your gift if you took a tag. Donations are still being accepted for the children's internet cost. Let's fill up the glass jar on the back table! 
Traveling 2nd Fridays
Second Fridays of the month starting in January
We are beginning our new series of Traveling 2nd Friday on January 12, Friday with Joan Gale. Join us for a free one-hour presentation of TAI CHI CELEBRATION IN CHINA in the sanctuary. Bill and Joan's trip was unlike anything you would find in a travel brochure. Our Tai Chi instructor, Master Tung Kai Ying, had been invited to the opening of a new town square in his home village. His students from all over the world accompanied him to demonstrate Tai Chi forms he learned in China and had been teaching since he left in the 1960's. We also were able to see many stunning and famous sites. Our photos show these sites as well as the practice, demonstration, communist influence, banquets, celebrations and Tung family lore. Any questions, call Barbara Cawthorne 480-994-1452. Click the below link to see all this year's offerings.
Campus Work Day and Potluck
Saturday, December 16, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
There will be indoor, outdoor and kid-friendly projects around the campus. For every project we will have supplies here at UUCP ready for you. Bring a potluck dish to share, a water bottle for while you work, and some thick work gloves. Please let Heidi know if you plan on attending as we need at least 10 volunteers to RSVP for the work day to happen. Email Heidi below or call 602-840-8400 ext. 202 
Christmas Caroling
Saturday, December 16, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
UUCP's afternoon of Christmas caroling is set for Saturday, December 16! If you enjoy singing Christmas carols and spreading cheer, please join us. 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 below!
Blue Christmas 
Saturday, December 23, 6:00 PM 
There is much joy in the holiday season, but it can also be a painful time for those who have experienced loss. This gentle service will offer a space of holding, with music, spoken word and meditative ritual, to provide support in the sadness that can be present among the celebrations of this time. Child care will be provided.
Pathway to Membership
Saturday, January 13, from 9:00 AM - 2:00 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.
Early Music in the Garden
8:30 AM to 9:15 AM in the Memorial Garden on Sunday
Drop by the memorial garden before first service for a time of quiet meditation and reflection. From 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM guitarist Russ Braman and other musicians 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. The music schedule is below:

December 17:  Anne Lackey, violin
December 24:   Russ Braman, guitar (9:30 AM, One Service Today @ 10:30)
December 31:   Russ Braman, guitar (9:30 AM, One Service Today @ 10:30)
UU Foundation of Phoenix Annual Reception
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Jan Kaplan & Helen Walker's Home
You are warmly invited to join us at a special reception of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix's Chalice Keepers legacy society. Come and meet members of the Unitarian Universalist Foundation Board and the Chalice Keepers.  Please let Heidi know if you plan to attend by January 2 via the email below. If you would like more information about the Foundation please contact the Board below.
Ukulele and Friends Song Circle
On the patio during coffee hour after first service on most  Sundays
This musical group gathers informally on the patio during coffee hour after first service, most Sundays. Please join us to strum or hum, sing and/or clap and smile! Loaner instruments are available. 
Remember Arizona Tax Credit Donations!
Each year you have the opportunity to direct some of your state tax dollars to BOTH schools AND 501(c)3 or designated community action agencies.  For a list of Qualifying Charitable Organizations click hereFor a link to a form for giving a donation to our partner Maryland School, click here, or pick up a form at the Justice Ministry table on Sunday mornings this month. Look for Maryland School's address on the form. You have until April 18, 2018 to make these contributions. Your help makes a big difference to these groups!
Holiday Wreath Collection
The Sanctuary Team will begin displaying your family wreaths again this year. Do you have a special holiday tradition to show us? Include photos in your wreath and bring them to the lobby each Sunday and drop them off in the office. Please include your name and wire the wreath for hanging. Need more decorating ideas? Call Ann at 480-782-5888 or email her below.
Help Build a Better UUCP Library! 
Donations of Books and Shelves needed
Help us expand and upgrade our library to be a better resource for our community. We are seeking donations of matching book cases as well as books (Subjects: Family Life, History, Inspiration, Justice, Religion and Theology). If you are interested in participating in this project, or have shelves or books to donate, please contact Rosemary Roenfanz. 
Inaugural Roots Pilgrimage
July 2018
Registration closes April 8, 2018
Join us for this joint inaugural Roots Pilgrimage (8 nights/8 days) with the Hungarian Unitarian Church and the UU Partner Church Council!  Together we will explore our shared Unitarian religious heritage, including spiritual, cultural and theological beliefs, values and traditions. Click below to see more details.