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Weekly E-News for July 4 - 11, 2024

~ SUNDAYS AT BEACON ~


PLEASE JOIN US FOR WORSHIP!

BUILDING BRIDGES SERVICE

SUNDAY, JULY 7TH, 2024

AT BEACON

At 10:00 A.M.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME! You BELONG at Beacon - Spiritually open and intentionally inclusive since 1958.


"Let's build bridges, not walls." --Martin Luther King, Jr.


On July 7th we will be celebrating the end of our "Building Bridges" journey. For 9 months we have visited different faith traditions in Flagstaff to gain a greater understanding of each other and a broader perspective of what spirituality means to people. George Murphy, Linda Ochi, Alana Ochi, and Dru Monroe will each share a short message about their "Building Bridges" experiences, and we will have special music by George Murphy, Steve Ochi, Anne Wittke, lore dickey, and Simon Cunningham.

KIDS AT BEACON - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Children and youth are always welcome in worship!


There are activity packets available for children during the service.


If you are bringing children for a Sunday service and would like childcare provided, please contact Linda Ochi at (619) 607-1623 or by email: Lindaochi31@gmail.com

Beacon UU – YouTube sensation! 15 months, 63 recorded and edited worship services that you can tune into anytime you’d like for a first viewing or a re-viewing. Share our channel with friends you’d like to introduce to Beacon. See our virtual service history on the "Beacon UUC" Youtube Channel You can also view past sermon descriptions and PDFs on our website here.

THIS WEEK AT BEACON ~

BUILDING BRIDGES SERVICE

Sunday, July 7th, 2024, at 10:00 a.m.

in the Beacon Sanctuary


JULY BOOK CLUB

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

in the Beacon Sanctuary


JULY BOOK CLUB

Wednesday, July 10th, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.

via Zoom


BEACON 60s MUSIC JAM SESSION/SINGALONG

Thursday, July 11th, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.

in the Beacon Sanctuary




Upcoming Events:

Disney Tunes Jam Session/Singalong on Sunday, July 21st, 2024

Cheap Lunch Bunch on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

Volunteering at Flagstaff Family Food Center on Wednesday, July 24th, 2024, and Wednesday, July 31st, 2024

See details for all events here in the e-news.  

You can keep up with future Beacon events by checking out the Beacon calendar!

MAKING MUSIC AT BEACON


Lift up your voice… All are welcome to join the choir. And it’s a great way to introduce friends who like to sing to Beacon. 


The Beacon Choir will resume rehearsals in September under the direction of Simon Cunningham with accompaniment by Pete Garcia.

IN THE BEACON SPOTLIGHT:

SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL MEETING 

The results of our Annual Congregational meeting on Sunday, June 23rd, 2024: 


The Budget was approved for 2024-25.

 

Bruce Thomas was elected as the new president. 

Joan Dewey will be the new vice-president. 


Election for Endowment Committee:  

Rich Clark will serve another 3-year term 

Lise Breakey will serve a 3-year term. 

Lynda L. Dorweiler will complete the 2-year term of Chris Appleton. 


We approved a change to the Endowment Bylaws whereby the financial records will be reviewed annually by Beacon’s treasurer.  


Three social justice positions were approved, addressing

  1. Environmental Issues
  2. Housing and Food Insecurity Issues
  3. LGBTQ+ issues

 

Thank you for the support at the Annual Meeting. It has been an honor to serve as your president. 


Lynda L. Dorweiler

SPLINTERS FROM THE BOARD

The Board met on the 26th of June. They recognized the faithful work of Maryann Van Drielen in cleaning up after the yard sale and Lynda L. Dorweiler for her leadership as president of the Board.

 

Housing Solutions was approved for Share the Plate for July-September 2024.

 

The minister’s agreement and compensation package was approved and will be offered to Rev. Patrick for his signature. The Board voted to discontinue the yard sale. It has been difficult to get people to lead this and is very time intensive based on the monetary gain. Joan Dewey through the CLC will work to develop fund-raising activities.

 

The Labor Day Picnic will be held on Sunday, September 1st in the Beacon Backyard and also will be an opportunity to greet the new minister.

 

The Board will be meeting on the 4th Tuesdays of the month for the next year. Bruce Thomas and Joan Dewey were in attendance and welcomed to the Board. Dennis Spurlin and Lynda L Dorweiler ended their terms on the Board.

INTRODUCING...

REV. PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN

As announced in church on Sunday, May 12th, the Board offered a full-time contract ministry position to Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, which he accepted. The search committee (Andy Hogg, Kim Angelo, Tom Barbaric, Lynda L. Dorweiler) found him to be a very qualified candidate. Currently he serves as a contract minister in Auburn, ME and previously in Manchester, NH.


He has also served as a Board Trustee for the UUA, on the UUA Bylaws task force, and a secretary of the UUA. Rev. Patrick graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School and received full fellowship in 2016. 


Prior to his ministerial career, he did technical writing, editing and corporate journalism in the software industry. As a lay UU, he served as Board president and co-chair of the search committee at his home congregation in Vista, CA.


Rev. Patrick is married with two adult sons. His wife, Barbara, has a flexible career in biotech and works primarily from home. His hobbies include reading, following politics, and gardening. He is severely lactose intolerant, so avoids all dairy products.


His current position in Maine is through July 14, 2024, and he will join us at the annual Labor Day Picnic in the Beacon Backyard on Sunday, September 1, 2024.


From his references, Beacon is most fortunate to have Rev. Patrick to lead our congregation.

WANTED: FUN-RAISING! 

WANTED: FUN-RAISING! 


Fellow UU's: 


Have you had experiences that you remember with fondness for which you gladly gave $ for the activity?  That could be something for us to consider as a FUN-RAISER.


We currently have some terrific fundraising activities in place. We don't want to change those. However, we do hope to add 1-2 more annual activities that will help us increase our income to sustain and grow in the community. We need a small group of individuals who are willing to meet (we can do zoom or an in-person, sit-down meeting, or coffee/tea, or a weekly walk) to brainstorm with both historical and visionary ideas! You don't have to commit a huge chunk of time; this is thinking ahead so that we are not scrambling a year down the road.


Let's put our minds together and have some fun with this. You can even send ideas to me, Joan Dewey, Beacon VP, and I'll bring them to the fundraising meeting. 

CORE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (CLC) MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH, 2024, AT 6:30 P.M.

AT BEACON AND VIA ZOOM

 

The next Core Leadership Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, July 17th, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.   Contact Joan Dewey if you have any questions. 

 

The Core Leadership Council (CLC) supports the organization primarily by facilitating communication between all the committees of the congregation with the Board and is chaired by the Board Vice President. All are welcome, and there should be at least one representative from each committee. More information about the CLC can be found here and here.

RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

2023-2024 BUILDING BRIDGES

INTERGENERATIONAL BUILDING BRIDGES VISIT


This year we visited 7 faith communities here in Flagstaff: A Jewish Synagogue for Rosh Hashana, a Buddhist Meeting with Flagstaff Insight Meditation, a Quaker service and potluck, a Catholic Mass, a prayer meeting at the Islamic Center of Flagstaff, a remote service with the Baha’i Faith and a service at The Bridge Church, a charismatic Christian church. Our goal? To broaden our understanding of other faith communities and enrich our own belief in everyone’s right to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. It was a stimulating and rewarding journey. 


On July 7th, 2024, please join us for a Beacon Sunday Service celebrating our experiences!  


In community,

Dru Monroe

Linda Ochi

Building Bridges Facilitators

CALLING ALL FACILITATORS! Would you like to lead an Adult Education program?Bring it On! Contact Bruce Thomas (Beacon President) to discuss your idea and scheduling possibilities.

SHARE YOUR JOYS AND SORROWS - CHIME IN!


One way we can sustain connection is by sharing our personal joys and sorrows. These can be small things or large things that effect your life. These are spoken during service every Sunday, or you can send them to office@beaconuu.com to be shared.

JOYS AND SORROWS FROM JUNE 30TH:


Beacon thoroughly enjoyed the annual Rock and Roll service.

JULY BOOK CLUB

TUESDAY, JULY 9TH AT 5:00 P.M.

IN THE BEACON SANCTUARY


We will be reading Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood, Coming of Age in the 60s by John D'Emilio. If you were at the Memorial Day service, Kurt shared that this is his college roommate who was also a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.


The book is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To RSVP and for any questions, please email Linda at Lindaochi31@gmail.com

BEACON UU

JAM SESSIONS/SINGALONGS

60s MUSIC

THURSDAY, JULY 11TH

FROM 6:00 P.M. UNTIL 7:30 P.M.

DISNEY TUNES

SUNDAY, JULY 21ST

FROM 11:15 A.M. UNTIL 12:45 P.M.

Calling all music lovers! Start making your lists of favorite 60s music and Disney tunes! Bring your instrument/voice and let’s play on Thursday, July 11th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. AND Sunday, July 21st, 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. at Beacon!


Please be sure to let Kim Angelo know your most loved 60s jams and Disney tunes; 🤞 she can have lyrics and/or lead sheets ready.

 

We are planning to gather after the service one Sunday each month and on the second Thursday of each month through August.

CHEAP LUNCH BUNCH

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD AT 11:30 A.M.



The Cheap Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23rd at a local restaurant (to be determined).

Please plan on having lunch once each month at a local restaurant typically on the fourth Tuesday.


To opine on the time and location of future gatherings and to be included in all the group's emails, please email Anne at wittke.anne@gmail.com

ATTENTION,

BEACON T-SHIRT CUSTOMERS!

Short-sleeved: $16.00

Long-sleeved: $20.00

At this time, we have a total of 52 “Carolina Blue” 100% cotton—some short-sleeved, some long-sleeved—Beacon UU tee-shirts ordered! 


If you still need to pay, please see Angela Hansen or Rich Clark after the Sunday service. Checks only to make bookkeeping simpler. Make your checks out to Beacon UU


If you paid Rich, you can find your t-shirt with your name on it in the Beacon Office.

 

The response has been terrific!

 

Your friendly T-shirt hustler,

Rich Clark

JULY-SEPTEMBER 2024 SHARE THE PLATE PARTNER

HOUSING SOLUTIONS OF NORTHERN ARIZONA

Beacon’s community partner for July - September 2024 is

Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona



Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona is a nonprofit housing organization, founded as the Affordable Housing Coalition in 1990 through the grassroots efforts of local citizens concerned about the lack of affordable housing in the Flagstaff community. Housing Solutions expanded from an advocacy organization to one that focuses on programs designed to help local residents identify and maintain safe, decent, and affordable housing.


In 2022, Housing Solutions accomplished the following: 

  • Administered $154,000 in financial assistance to 11 households, enabling them to purchase a first home.
  • Our 25 affordable rentals benefit low-income households and are home to 42 adults & 42 children.
  • 145 households received pre-purchase & credit counseling.
  • 99 individuals (40 adults and 59 children) found safety, support, and healing resources at Sharon Manor.
  • 25 households received foreclosure & mortgage re-modification assistance. 


Fifty percent of all undesignated contributions to the quarter’s Sunday service offerings will be presented to Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona. Nominations for 501c3 agencies can be made through a form located in the CAC folder in the office or by contacting a CAC member (Susan Patrick, Katy Grant, Lynda L. Dorweiler).

ACTIVATE AT BEACON WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE ALLIES!

MONDAY, AUGUST 12TH, 2024

VIA ZOOM

The Social Justice Allies (SJAs) meet on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.


The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 12th, 2024. (There will be no July meeting.) If you wish to join the meeting, please contact the convener Paul Beier.


More information about the SJAs can be found here.

~ Beacon Connections ~

Volunteer At Flagstaff Food Center With Beacon!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH AND WEDNESDAY, JULY 31ST, 2024

The Flagstaff Family Food Center utilizes small groups of volunteers for their dinner service. Beacon is looking for a group of five (5) to seven (7) volunteers for typically the 4th & 5th Wednesdays of every month, from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. The dinner service is at the FFFC Kitchen (1903 N 2nd Street) and is a hybrid operation with To-Go meals and Dine-in service.


Beacon's next volunteer date is Wednesday, July 24th AND Wednesday, July 31st from 3:00-6:00 p.m. If dinnertime service does not interest you, please consider helping with prep from 10 a.m. until noon or pitching in at the warehouse on Huntington.


Volunteer Safety: Volunteers are required to wear a mask, closed-toe shoes, and long pants; regularly wash or sanitize their hands; and practice six feet of social distancing whenever possible. Gloves for food preparation and distribution will be provided at the kitchen to each volunteer. Plexiglass has been installed at the walk-up window as a safeguard against COVID-19. The center has enhanced cleaning protocols.


Mike Bruton is organizing monthly teams of Beacon UU volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering for the above dates, please use this Beacon-specific link. (If you go to the general volunteer sign-up webpage, this Beacon volunteer date and time may not show up.)


If you encounter any problems with the above link, please contact Mike at mb312@hotmail.com.


More FFFC volunteer opportunities can be found here.

Donate with Vanco
Please note: We recommend that you donate to Vanco directly from a bank account to save us the fees associated with credit card donations. More for us to sustain our congregation.

DONATION DESIGNATION



When you make donations by check or cash to Beacon, please be sure to designate whether the donation is PLEDGE or PLATE. Thank you for your continued support!

BEACON'S ENDOWMENT PLAN


The Beacon Endowment Plan, an important step to ensure that Beacon remains a strong and vibrant congregation for years to come, was approved unanimously at a Congregational Meeting on April 24, 2022. For more information about the Endowment Fund, please click here


A plaque is now hanging in the Social Hall to honor those who have contributed to the endowment. Your name can be there, too!

GIFTING SECURITIES TO BEACON


If you have securities held outside of a retirement account (i.e., not from your IRA, 401k, 403b, TSP, or other retirement account) and are interested in gifting some to Beacon, more information can be found here. This can be a tax-efficient way to make a gift to Beacon.

LEGACY GIVING TIP – DID YOU KNOW?

You don’t have to confess your age, but if you are 72 or older, you may be required to pay federal taxes on the RMDs, “required minimum distributions,” that you now must take from certain types of your invested retirement funds. Did you know that you may be able to reduce your tax bill by contributing to Beacon’s stewardship campaign or to Beacon’s new Endowment Fund?  See your tax consultant for more specific individual advice about whether you could benefit both Beacon and yourself by adopting this tax strategy.
EVERYDAY WAYS TO SUPPORT BEACON

1. If you shop at all at Fry's grocery, you can either sign up for your own VIP account (identifying Beacon UUC FE392 as your beneficiary) or use the church phone number (928-779-4492) to get any available discounts AND earn some money for Beacon. Currently, there are 8 households signed up, and Beacon earned $15.30 for this quarter.


If you want to take advantage of Fry's gasoline discounts, you'll want your own VIP account. You can create or edit an existing individual account at www.frysfood.com/account/create/ (Alt ID is typically your phone number.) Within your account settings, just click on Community Rewards and search for FE392 (Flagstaff's Beacon UU) to set Beacon as your beneficiary.


2. You can order from any of the over 2,300 stores listed under iGive with a portion of your purchase being donated to Beacon. After creating your own account with a user name and password, select settings and "my cause" and type in Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (do not abbreviate UU). 


3. Basha's has a special debit card that you can charge up before shopping, and a portion of what goes through the debit card gets donated to Beacon because that card is tied to Beacon. Ask Anne Wittke for further information.


Have other ideas for our income incubator? Please leave them on a card in the bin in the lobby, or send them to Bruce Thomas, President.

OTHER EVENTS IN ARIZONA AND THE SOUTHWEST

The Arizona Faith Network offers many opportunities to enroll in free webinars and sign on to many actions and initiatives across the spectrum of social justice issues.
Events include programs on “Empathy, Exhaustion and Social Change,” Circles of Hope, Healing and Humanity, and meetings of various teams addressing voting rights, criminal reform, hunger issues, racial justice, and indigenous rights. Find out more: https://www.arizonafaithnetwork.org/

CAMP DE BENNEVILLE PINES

UPCOMING EVENTS

SUMMER YOUTH CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Camp de Benneville Pines, the UUA camp for the Pacific Western Region, is hosting the following upcoming events:


  • UU Sr. High Summer Youth Camp, July 14-20, 2024
  • UU Summer Family Camp, July 21-27, 2024


For more information on these and other events and to register, please click here.


Camp de Benneville Pines

41750 Jenks Lake Road West

Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

(909) 794-2928

http://www.uucamp.org

BEACON OFFICE HOURS AND CONTACTS~

Office Phone (928) 779-4492

Minister




Beacon is currently

a lay-led congregation.




Contact president@beaconnuu.com

RE Team




We have an incredibly strong team leading our RE this year.




You can direct your RE questions to Linda: lindaochi31@gmail.com

Office Manager,

Paula Czernicki

she/her/hers


Mon: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wed: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thurs: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Paula will be out of the office

from July 12th through the 20th.


Hours may change. Please call ahead.

Office@beaconuu.com

Contribute to Beacon's Weekly News


Typically, submissions for the next weekly newsletter need to be emailed to office@beaconuu.com by noon on Wednesday. However, Paula will be out of the office July 12th-21st, so submissions for the two-week July 11th - 25th issue need to be submitted no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, July 8th. Thanks!

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST EIGHT PRINCIPLES ~

Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation affirms and promotes eight Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides.


Further information about the 8th Principle can be found here. The 8th Principle is being considered by other UU congregations and the UUA.


We live out these Principles within a "living tradition" of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. Learn more at beaconuu.com!

If you lost money due to a scam that started with an email, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint. There, you can also report spam you receive. Read more about how to limit spam, phone calls, and mail. 


 webmaster@beaconuu.com 

~ BEACON GOOGLE GROUP ~

If you are not a member of Beacon's dedicated Google group, you are missing out on an important communications link within our congregation. The BeaconUU Group is useful for sharing information about goings-on in Flagstaff, especially social justice events; offering an item for sale or to give away; expressing enthusiasm about a book or movie; requesting information or recommendations -- and more! It's simple to sign up:

Email office@beaconuu.com or Visit here.