This Sunday, December 3
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 3, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
A low-key worship service focused on contemplative practices and reflection on our home within the universe. 
QnA With Kate Brophy-McGee
Sunday, December 3 from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM in the UUCP Sanctuary
Join the UUCP Advancing Justice ministry for a QnA and discussion with Kate Brophy-McGee, our State Senator representing district 28. Discussion will begin shortly after 2nd service ends, and will include opportunities for questions. Light refreshments will be available.
Companions - A Pet Blessing service for all ages and species
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 3, 5:00 PM in the Johnson Room
The creatures that share our homes and our lives are true companions for our lives.  Those loving relationships transcend the boundaries of species in our own small corners of the interdependent web. We welcome and celebrate our furred, feathered, scaled and finned companions in gratitude and respect, and there will be a memorial table for photos and remembrances of pets that we have loved and lost.
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, December 3, 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 to RSVP.
Next Sunday, December 10
The Mountain, Hope and Joy
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Sunday, December 10, 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.
Share the Plate with Peer Solutions
Sunday, December 10, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM 
Peer solutions was founded in 1996 with the mission Kids Teaching Kids to Make the World a Better Place. UUCP supported activities are youth-led and developed, open to all identities and include:  Weekly lunch meeting and after-school and summer peer training. Monthly coalition meetings and campus-wide outreach campaigns, quarterly service projects and bi-annual days at the capital, annual events and local/national workshops.
Starting Point Tour
Sunday, December 10, at 10:40 AM in the Foyer
Meet Janine Gelsinger, our Membership Coordinator and a member of our Children's Ministry program, in the front foyer at 10:40 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 & Events
Auditions for Spring Cabaret show
Sunday, December 17 at 11:45 AM in Annex B
Would you like to be in UUCP's spring Cabaret show? Auditions are on Sunday, December 17 at 11:45 AM 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.
Green Sanctuary Group 
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 PM in the Johnson Room
The Green Sanctuary Group works in partnership with local faith-based organizations and individual organizations to involve our congregation in environmental justice efforts. The group works on projects within our congregation and out in the community to increase our own knowledge and to increase the impact of current environmental campaigns.

Last Sunday the gracious welcoming of the families from CHISPA was heartwarming. Thank you all who helped with that and who donated generously to make theirs a very Merry Christmas. Look soon for a poster with all their Thank You cards.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, December 12, 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. 
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!
Christmas Gift Collection for Eritrean Refugee Family
Check out the Christmas tree on the back table in the sanctuary and take a numbered gift tag.  Sign your name on the list next to the number on your tag. Then go shopping for Nebiat and her kids aged 4-19.  Return the gifts by Sunday, December 17, and make this Christmas special for a very deserving family. Please contact Bobbi McGinn at 541-815-5518 or by email via the link below. 
Arts, Crafts and Goodies Fair
Sunday, December 17 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on the patio 
Please join us for a "holiday treasures" no frills-low key UUCP Arts, Crafts, & Goodies Fair on Sunday, December 17, from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on the patio. All proceeds will go to our UUCP Capital Campaign. This will also be a good opportunity to invite a friend to UUCP! Bring lots of cash and checks; there will be no credit card service unless the individual artist offers it. For interested artists/crafters/bakers:   Participants must be UUCP members. All items must be handmade/crafted by the  member. A minimum 25% of all sales must be donated to UUCP. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jan Kaplan for further details below or 623-516-2624. Applications must be submitted no later than December 10.
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.
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 3:  Russ Braman, guitar
December 10:  Russ Braman, guitar
December 17:  Anne Lackey, violin
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.
Artwork Purchasers Information
Art lovers, if you have already paid for Sanctuary artwork it will be available for pick-up this Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 AM. Call Ann Bixel at 480-782-5888 if you have any questions.
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. 
The Power of Forgiveness
Tuesday, December 12 & 19, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at First Church UCC, 1407 N 2nd St.
Facilitated by our own Vince Waldron & Rev. James Pennington, 1st Church UCC
Finding a path to forgiveness promises freedom and empowerment that does not necessarily involve forgetting, condoning, tolerating and/or excusing, but does facilitate an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth that may uncover alternative emotions of compassion, empathy, kindness and grace.
Arizona Association of Black Journalists Book Release Event: The Small Space Beyond Fear, by Dr. Terri Trent
Thursday December 7 at 7:00 PM First Church UCC, 1407 N 2nd St.
A community dialog on psychological masks, intersectional identity, and police-community tension, offering a space for healing cultural differences and promoting deeper understanding of our shared humanity. Please register below.