All events are at the church, unless otherwise indicated.
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Children’s Religious Education Our children’s RE program is volunteer-driven and because we insist upon two sets of adult eyes in each classroom, we have on-going opportunities to serve. Being a classroom assistant requires no prep time. They assist with classroom activities, stories, and participating in discussion. Our teachers receive excellent, easy to use lesson plans that are well received by the students. Volunteering one or two Sundays would be of great benefit to our children. Contact Lisa Lawrence at if you can help in any capacity.
We continue to need volunteers to set up for the social hour after Sunday service. Team 1; Prep will put out the adult and kid’s treats. Set up coffee and tea services. Team 2; coffee will make the coffee and clean the pots. Team 3; Load DW, wipe down tables, put up left over treats. You can volunteer for more than one team. Please contact the church office if you are willing and able.
UUC Weekly Announcements
Calling on all UU Library patrons! It is the time of year when your Librarian is conducting the survey to access our collection. In the first section surveyed, the following titles are missing, no check-out card left at the desk. If you are enjoying any of the following, please complete and return the check-out card. If you have finished with the book, please return it. If a book is permanently missing, I will need to decide whether to purchase a replacement: Ancient Stories for Modern Times, by Mogensen, #170.44MOG; Awakening the Soul, by Moran, #242.2MOR; Jesus was a Liberal, by McLennan, #232.95McL; The Reason Driven Life, by Price, #211.4PRI. Thank you for your help! As always, if I may be of any assistance please call or text MaryAnne: 303-589-5729. (remove after 1/23)
Lois Bartels, Building and Property, will be out of town from January 18-Feb. 1. Please contact Don Helms at 719-660-5535 with any concerns.
Sunday, January 20th, we will host Chance Bogart, Community Engagement Manager for Homeless Youth Connection. Please mark your calendars and be sure to attend the service. You will be amazed by the things they accomplish.
Also, please remember that we will be taking up a special collection this Sunday for HYC. This is an opportunity for all of us to provide substantial financial support to HYC and its life-affirming work. Please bring your generous hearts and checkbooks and remember that you can receive a dollar-for-dollar Arizona tax credit of up to $400 per individual, $800 for those filing jointly.
Here’s another opportunity to give. The donation trunk will be front and center in the Social Hall this Sunday (Jan 20), ready to be filled with items for Homeless Youth Connection. HYC has these things on its Needs List: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, facial cleanser, shaving cream, body wash, razors, $5-10 food gift cards, $25 grocery gift cards. Please bring a donation. Let’s fill the trunk!
There will be free pizza served for Sunday Coffee Hour on the following six Sundays in 2019: 1/20, 2/10, 2/24, 3/17, 3/31. Pizza donated and served by Ken and Bonnie Saunders. (donations accepted) Everyone is invited.
Circle Suppers in January – Get to know some fellow UUs better…..join us for a circle supper. Due to the date of the Annual Meeting, these are small potluck dinners will be held January 25, 26, and 27. More information and signup sheets are in the social hall. If you have further questions, contact Susie Cole at 406-600-8857 or email@example.com or Nancy Flann 623-583-4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For an interesting twist, Sharon Forbes and Jim Dobbins have graciously offered to host a Circle Supper for Friday January 25, in a semi-private dining room at the Colonade where they live. Rather than each guest bringing a dish, you would be ordering off the menu. Cost per person would be$16. If you wish to sign up for this option, put a ‘C’ in the host column on the sign up sheet or notify Susie Cole or Nancy Flann.
Rise a little early on February 3, 2019, pick out your favorite pew and settle in for our Special Music Event, Sunday Jazz with Connie Jahrmarkt, beginning at 10 am. She never ceases to amaze us with her talent as she shares some very cool, hip arrangements of some familiar and maybe not so familiar pieces featuring charts by Dave Brubeck and George Shearing as well as others. It will be a morning you won’t want to miss. Be there or be square!
Sign up in the Social Hall for the Great Decisions 2019 U.S. Foreign Policy Discussion Series — at 7:00 p.m. on all eight Mondays in February and March, starting February 4th. Before the 4th, buy your briefing book from Bonnie Saunders because we will begin with the first topic on the first evening. Read the January Newsletter for the topics.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) SC/WV Chapter will meet Wednesday, February 6, 1pm at the UU church, 17540 N Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, AZ. The speaker will be Marshall Shore, Project Manager of the Arizona LGBT+ History Project. Everyone welcome. For more information, call 623-972-6273 or visit our website: aznow-scwv.org. Betty Roberts, Publicity Chair
Lights, Camera, Auction! Saturday, March 2nd. Join us for an evening of fun, entertainment, lively conversation, good food, and an opportunity to support the church. We will spend the evening on the red carpet at a premiere event. Come and socialize with established and new stars. The evening will begin at 3:30 pm with your entrance on the red carpet to review numerous choices of fine goods to bid on during the Silent Auction, while sipping on beverages and enjoying hors d’oeuvres. Dinners, trips, games, family fun, and other selections of activities will be open for bids in the live Auction. Dinner at 6 pm will be followed by The Dessert Dash. As dinner and dessert are finished, volunteers will be ready to finalize your purchases. We are seeking volunteers to help with the event from food preparation to documenting bidders for the Live Auction. Please talk with Jeff London at the sign-up table during the social hour. Ticket sales begin Sunday, February 10th. To donate items please complete a Donation Form. Forms will be at the sign-up table in February and will be on http://uusurpriseaz.org/ website; go to resources – forms; fill in the spaces on and print. Please bring completed form and/or items to church on a Sunday or to Kathryn in the church office. To volunteer, discuss donation, ask questions please contact the event co-chairs Mary Beth Chrest at email@example.com or 503- 317-1182 (cell); or Janet Jeffrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-602-5928 (cell)
On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, the Sociable Breakfast Group meets at the Royal Oak Café in Sun City. So that seating can be prearranged, anyone wishing to attend should always contact Berta Czeczyk, (623) 562-6402 or Mary Smiley, (623) 203-8595, prior to the date. Thank you!
Please like and share our Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise Facebook page! Teraysa Hightower created and maintains the Facebook page for the church. Please take a moment to check it out, say hello, like and share as you wish. The best publicity is through our own members.
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