This Sunday, August 19
Embrace the Elephant
Service Leader Rev. Margret A. O’Neall
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
We talk a lot about elephants as a metaphor for something large and mysterious – the elephant in the room, or perhaps perceiving parts of the elephant without understanding the whole. How do we learn to embrace, to cherish, to engage with the elephants in our lives?
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:   Worship Calendar: Join us to learn more about the cycle of the seasons, and how we mark the annual celebrations, holidays, and events at UUCP. 
Justice Ministries Table
Educate yourself about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and what his approval by the Senate would mean. Here are two useful sources:  NY Times  and  New Yorker Magazine . On Sunday, the Advancing Justice team will have stamped postcards at their table so you can share your views with Senators Flake and McCain. Stop by and speak out! If you won't be at UUCP this Sunday, consider calling the Senators: Flake: 202-224-4521, McCain: 202-224-2235.
Next Sunday, August 26
Justice Centered Through a Lifetime
Service Leaders: Members of the Justice Teams at UUCP
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
What does it mean to be justice centered in different contexts, in different times of our lives? Members of the UUCP Justice Teams share their stories – what they have experienced, what they have learned, what inspires them as they live into their call.
New Inquirers Series at UUCP
Sunday, August 26, 11:45 AM after service in Annex B
Next week's topic : Opportunities to Serve: This week we will focus on ways for newcomers to serve the congregation in a ministry area. From helping out in a children's studio class, to greeting at the front door, to making a salad for community night, to making copies in the office . . . find out all the ways to serve our congregation while meeting others! 
Upcoming Events
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, June 26, 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. This group now meets weekly.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, August 28, 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room
Break bread and socialize with us starting at 6:00 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM. Guests are invited to address the board during the guest comments at the beginning and observe the remainder of the meeting. The topics this month include new Board committees, construction updates, and Ministerial search committee progress. Please contact board President Mary Dawes at president@phoenixuu.org or 602 761-2741 if you have any questions.
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
Maryland School Project Thanks You
Students and staff at Maryland School want to express their gratitude to UUCP for your generous contribution of supplies, books, and donations for more of these. Also they look forward to meeting volunteers who signed up begin to tutor students and help with the garden classes. If more of you are interested in volunteering, please be in touch with Cathy Kim at ckim248@yahoo.com
Phoenix Restoration Project
Immigrants are released from detention almost every day, often with children, to travel by bus to relatives or sponsors in the U.S. as they await resolution of their legal cases. They are given next to nothing for their journeys. We are collecting supplies to take to the volunteers who meet them at the Greyhound station to give them provisions and wish them well.  You can buy items from the list and bring them  on Sunday  morning to the bins by the Advancing Justice table OR order on Amazon to be direct-delivered to PRP at CLICK HERE
Community Night needs you!
Planning for this season of Community Nights is underway, and we are looking for your talents! Each Thursday, September 13 - November 15, join us at 6:00 PM in the Johnson Room for a meal featuring the talents of the fabulous cooks in our congregation. If you’d like to contribute as a Chef or Sous Chef (sides, salad, or bread), we will be meeting soon to plan the menus. Contact us ASAP to let us know you are interested.
Following the meals we have an exciting Fall line-up of small groups, classes, activities and discussions that will bring us closer to living into our vision of being Theologically Diverse, Radically Inclusive, and Justice Centered. If you are willing to facilitate a class, with curriculum provided, or you have an idea for a topic you'd like to present, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact the Community Night coordinator at  uucpcommunitynight@gmail.com
Radically Inclusive Yoga Movement Class
Wednesdays 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
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.
Opportunities to Serve!
  • Seeking UUCP members with a commitment to healthy staffing processes, with a background in HR or management, to serve on the Board-appointed Personnel Committee.
  • Small Group Ministry is a direct experience of loving connection, and we are seeking to add facilitators to sustain and expand the program in the coming year.
  • The new Safety Team to bring your commitment and expertise to supporting health and safety in congregational life.
  • 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
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!
Reminder to bring water on September 9
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.
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

Mary Oliver wrote, “Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” The Poetry Workshop is the place and opportunity to let your creativity flow -- a forum for all those writers who have been looking for a place to interact with like spirits and creators. For more information contact Rosemary Roenfanz at romo19@q.com
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