This Sunday, April 30
YRUU Flower Communion: Multigenerational Service
Service Leader:  Katie Resendiz
Sunday, April 30 at 10:30 AM
Community members are asked to each bring a flower to service. Flower Communion celebrates the beauty, strength, and diversity of community and, in our congregation, marks the end of the Sunday School year. This year our ritual will be lead by our high school group YRUU. The youth will reflect on a year of education, organizing, action, and resistance and will bring into focus our Sixth Principle Principle, the affirmation and promotion of peace, liberty, and justice for all. We will also honor the moment of transition as our high school seniors depart and rising 9th graders are brought into the circle through a few distinctly UUCP traditions.
Share the Plate with the International Rescue Committee
Sunday, April 30, at 10:30 AM
Donations will go to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) which assists refugees & victims of trafficking to integrate in Arizona through crucial services such as initial housing, employment services, cultural orientation, English-language instruction, job skills training, financial literacy & behavioral health to help them become self-reliant. They help refugees move from surviving to thriving through farming, opening new businesses and purchasing homes. In 2016 the IRC helped over 600 people become US citizens. The IRC helps refugees from harm to home.
UUCP Refugee Assistance Program Meeting
Sunday, April 30 at 11:45 AM in Annex B
Are you interested in knowing how become involved as a volunteer?  You are invited to a meeting of  individuals interested in tutoring, mentoring, and/or assisting with transportation, on April 30th, after service, at 11:45 in Annex B. Within the UUCP community Linda Vance is developing a team to work with a large Syrian family.  Libby Walker works with committed volunteers to help Eritreans. Please join us and meet others involved with RAP.
Take Our Annual Congregational Survey
Please complete the survey by April 30
Every Spring we ask our community to complete an Annual Congregational Survey. This survey provides valuable feedback and reflection about the ministries at UUCP. The Annual Survey is a tool the Staff and Board of Trustees use to evaluate our Strategic Ends as well as create a baseline to track changes and improvements over time. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Thank you very much for your time and your input. The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, April 30, 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office at 602-840-8400.
Welcoming vs. Othering
Sunday, April 30 at 9:00 AM in the Johnson Room
In this   time of growth for our congregation, how do we welcome visitors in a way that our vision calls us:  as radically inclusive? How do we bring a sense of belonging to our new members? This workshop will deep dive into what it means to Welcome. Members of the Welcoming Ministry (greeters and ushers) as well as previous or current STARS are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone interested in learning more. Contact Janine below to sign up.
Coming of Age Bake Sale Fundraiser
Sunday, April 30 after the service on the patio
The COA youth will be having another bake sale for their end-of-the-year trip! The youth have worked so hard this year in their program and would love your support for their end of your trip to Flagstaff. Baked goods, revolutionary education T-shirts,and stuffed animals will be will be being sold on the patio after service on April 30. Please join us!

An additional fundraiser that has been ongoing and will be ending soon is the flamingo yard flocking! This fundraiser has been a great success. Find your flocking work order outside the front of the lobby or contact Melinda Merkel Iyer below for more information.
Next Sunday, May 7
Adult Coming of Age Service
Service Leader:  Kim St. Clair & Gary Ezzell
Sunday, May 7 at 10:30 AM
Coming of age is a continual process. A small group of UUCP congregants has spent the past year exploring what "Coming of Age for Adults" means as we move through life, using our Covenant as our lens. This Sunday we will share what we individually have learned about ourselves and what turns out to be most important to us.
Song Sharing Jam Session
Sunday, May 7 at 11:45 AM in the Sanctuary
All the musicians in our community are invited to an informal song sharing circle and jam session after service on Sunday, May 7. This is a chance for musicians to meet and make music together and for songwriters to share songs they've written. Please come with a song in mind that you'd like to share or play. We'll meet in the sanctuary from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM. Contact music director Benjie Messer with any questions below. 
UUCP Community Book Corner
Sunday, May 7, at the back of the Sanctuary
The UUCP Community Book Corner is the first Sunday of each month. May's theme is Wisdom and Growth and there are three featured books. There is a book for children, young adults and adults. There will be other books as well, which promote our UU values. Come celebrate the theme of Wisdom and Growth with a purchase, browsing or just sharing your thoughts.
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, May 7 at 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 if you are able to help.
Upcoming Classes & Events
White Supremacy Teach-In
Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 PM-2:30 PM and Thursday, May 4
7:00 PM-8:30 PM, in the Johnson Room. 
Following a call from the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) organizing collective, and along with hundreds of other UU congregations, our worship service on May 14 will be a teach-in on white supremacy culture. The worship planning team is inviting all of the people of color in our community to participate in planing and giving input on this teach-in. There are two available meeting times: Saturday, April 29 from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM and Thursday May 4, from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, in the Johnson Room. 

For questions, please contact Emrys Staton below.
Ethical Will Workshop
Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 AM in the Johnson Room
Come learn about ETHICAL WILLS and Legacy Letters, learn about Barack Obama's Ethical Will, and why and how you, too can make one. This will be a 2 hour presentation by 3 board members of the UU Foundation of Phoenix, which will include a workshop and a question and answer session. Discover why an Ethical Will can be as important or more important than a conventional Last Will and Testament.
Young Adult Small Group
Tuesday, May 9, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
Facilitators:  Claire Bethel & Sarah Moore
The young adult small group is a place for "younger" adults to get together and talk about issues important to us. We provide a safe space to share ideas and challenge each other respectfully. We are an open group and anyone who feels they are a young adult - regardless of age - is welcome to join and share their thoughts with us.
Sangha Buddhist Group
Tuesday, May 9, 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 or Katherine Kruse at 602-369-9477
Second Wednesday Small Group
Wednesday, May 10, at 1:00 PM in Annex B
Facilitators:  Anne Lackey and Jan Bickley
This small group will discuss the monthly theme in a small group format. Small groups provide a space to tend to your heart and spirit. Small groups are led by a trained facilitator.
Traveling Second Friday
Friday, May 12, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
Please join Carolyn Allenby for ROAMING CHINA OFF THE BEATEN PATH. We started our three weeks journey of 2,000 miles in Beijing.  We traveled to Datong and the Yungan Grottoes, then south to the ancient town of Pingyao, near the Hanging Monastery and Wang Family Courtyard.  Next to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors, then to Hangzhau. Next onto Guilin.  A river boat  by the scenic karst hills brought us to Yangshuo.  We climbed the Yellow Mountain  and descended by cable car, and bicycled countryside of Yanshuo.  Our final stop was in Shanghai.  In most of these places we seemed to be the only western tourists viewing a mix of ancient and modern ways. If you have any questions, call Barbara at 480-994-1452.
May Day March & Rally with Puente
Monday, May 1st - 4:30pm - AZ State Capitol
Join with immigration, worker, and racial justice movements in Phoenix for a May Day march and rally to commemorate International Workers Day. The rally begins at the AZ Capitol at 4:30pm (1700 W. Washington), and will process downtown to a second rally at the 4th Ave Jail. All ages welcome-bring friends! Puente is asking for donations of cases of water. More info is available from a new UUCP Justice Email Update - click to read and/or subscribe! Contact Emrys Staton with questions. Carpool from UUCP at 3:00pm. 
A New History of UUCP
If you missed getting to see the history display at Celebration  Sunday , the new history of UUCP will be available for perusing in the Johnson room after service. Compiled by congregational historian Charlotte Carl-Mitchell, it includes never-before-shared information on our earliest ministers gleaned from the UUA archives at Harvard University. A few black-and-white printed copies of the history are available in Office 2. A full color version has been posted under Publications on our website at the link below.
Memorial Day Camping Weekend at SAWUURA
Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29, 2017
SAWUURA is our own UU 100-acre woods in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness near Young, AZ (about 4 hrs drive from Phoenix). Join dozens of other UUs Memorial Day weekend for a relaxing weekend under the stars. Disconnect from your phones, computers, TVs and share meals, hikes, music and laughter with other nature-lovers. Meals are provided with the cost of registration, just bring snacks, drinks, and camping gear. Registration Fees: $45 per adult ($35 for SAWUURA members), $25 per child. Registration Due Date: Friday, May 20. Registration forms available online below. For more info please contact Eb Eberlein by email below or by phone at 520-622-6966.
UU Literary Journal Now Accepting Submissions
Poikilos, the UUCP literary journal, begin about 1978 created by Tish Gauntt and and has been published by her most of the years since then. She is now Editor Emeritus and Diane Mote and Lynne MacVean are the new Co-Editors.  We are now accepting your writing with brief biography through September 1 with a publication date in November.