This Sunday, November 12
Living into the Future
Service Leader:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall 
Sunday, November 12, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
This has been a challenging year, with natural disasters and political turmoil abounding. What is our dream for a future of hope and justice for all people? What do we tell the children, about the past, the present and how we are creating a future of abundance for all?
Justice Ministries Table
At the back of the Sanctuary after each service
Please stop by the Legislative Action table to send postcards about current issues.  At the Green Sanctuary table, you may sign up to get our emails about environmental events in the valley and send a postcard to the governor to advocate for CHISPA's "Clean Buses for Healthy Ninos" campaign.
Opening Spaces. Making Inclusive Places.
Back of the Sanctuary after each service 
Double down for the new front doors! Chip in to make the patio a beautiful gathering space!  Our renovations this year will help make this a truly inclusive congregation. We are off to a good start on this final round of funding and we've raised $124,454 so far toward our $300,000 goal.  Every pledge, no matter what size, helps us complete our capital budget funding.  Details are on the UUCP website at the link below or visit the table at the back of the sanctuary on Sundays to talk to a capital construction representative.
Starting Point Tour 
Sunday, November 12, 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!
Next Sunday, November 19
Service Leaders:  Rev. Margret A. O'Neall, Katie Resendiz, and Emrys Staton
Sunday, November 19, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM
Sharing the abundance in our lives, we celebrate the gifts of community in the annual multigenerational bread ceremony. All are invited to bring a bread, grain-based, gluten-free or paleo (tortillas, challah, muffins, idlis, injera, naan, fry bread) from your family tradition to share with the community.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Campus Work Day and Potluck
Saturday, November 18, 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 potluck dish to share, if you plan on staying for the potluck at noon, a water bottle for while you work, and some thick work gloves. Please visit the link below to see what jobs are available to do. You can also email Heidi below if you have questions. 
Outdoor Group Hike
Saturday, November 11, 7:15 AM at Boulder Canyon Trail
Come do a moderate to difficult hike that is 7 miles round trip. If you get tired you are welcome to turn back sooner. The Outdoor Group will carpool from the McDonald's at 1250 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Please visitthe link below  for additional information and directions.
Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Are you new to meditation? Do you hear words that are confusing to you as you begin your spiritual journey? Please join Bhante Sujatha for a workshop introducing the true meaning of mindfulness and the ways we can begin to deepen our practice through this meditation process. You will experience an almost immediate improvement in your present condition and find a joyful desire rise in you to keep going. There is a $35 fee for this workshop, and all proceeds go to Bhante's Incubator Project in Sri Lanka. Bhante will sign books after, and there will be CD's available to purchase. Contact Donna Featherston below if you have any questions. 
Quiet Time in the Garden
Starting now from 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM in the Memorial Garden
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.
Companions - A Pet Blessing service for all ages and species
Sunday, December 3 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 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.
Help Create Holiday Cheer for Local Families
Sunday, November 12 and 19 in the back of the Sanctuary
Support the Green Sanctuary group and Maryland School Project in November with donations of toys and food! Both groups will be set up at tables in the back of the sanctuary this Sunday. Green Sanctuary will provide tags with suggestions for toys that will go to families through our partnership with CHISPA, an environmental justice organization. The Maryland Project is putting together food boxes for families to use during holiday breaks when students aren't able to access free breakfasts and lunches at school. Drop off gifts and completed food boxes on November 19. Cash donations are also gratefully accepted.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, November 14, 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.
Community Night
Thursday, November 16 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM in the Johnson Room
Join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room for food and friendship. A donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child under ten, or $10 per family covers the cost of the meal. Each dinner features the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation. Community Night is not a potluck. If you'd like to contribute as a Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), please sign-up in advance.

11/16 Menu:
Mac and Cheese (vegetarian; gluten-free option, contains dairy), with hot dogs (no gluten or soy; contains meat) or veggie dogs (vegan; no gluten or soy) with all the fixings, and a broccoli salad, from Chefs Teri and Donna Talbot, and Todd Haughton, and Sous Chef Justin Gelsinger.
If you'd like to join, but have dietary restrictions or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal.  For questions about Community Night, please contact Janine below.  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 PM - 8:30 PM. 
Open Small Group
Thursday, November 16, 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 leaves 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.
Women's Ritual
Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 in the Sanctuary
Join a group of women for earth-centered rituals that honor the season, the phases of the moon and personal spirituality. Each month a different participant will plan a ritual for everyone to engage in. Contact Pat Reed for more information at 847-967-1672 or via email below.
Thanksgiving Community Potluck
Thursday, November 23 at 4:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Please join us in our annual tradition of breaking bread together on Thanksgiving at 4:00 PM on November 23. Please use the sign up link below to tell us what you would like to bring. You can also email Geoff below or call him at 602-840-8400 ext. 201 with questions or to sign up. 
Winter High School Camp at de Benneville Pines
Sr. High Winter Camp - Wednesday, December 27 - Monday, January 1
Sr. High camp is for teens in grades 9-12, and this year's theme is "Camp IngenUUity." Our goal is to give all campers a voice to express themselves through creative means and thereby fostering a more inclusive and inspiring camp community. Visit the link below to register. You can also email Geoff Anderla, Camping Ministries Director for more information.