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SUNDAY SCHOOL IS BACK, IT’S VIRTUAL, AND IT STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 20th AT 9:30 A.M.
Classes are being offered this year for preschool (age 2 years-1st grade) and 2nd grade and up.
Starting in January, the preschool curriculum is called “Rainbow Connection” and will begin at 10 am. For 2nd graders and Up, the “Spirit of Adventure” class will begin at 11 am. Please R.S.V.P. in order to receive the ZOOM link or by emailing the Children’s Religious Education Director, Lisa Lawrence, at email@example.com
We’re looking forward to “seeing” you!
When we return to meeting again at the church and it is determined that eating together is safe, we will 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.
If you have something of interest to contribute to our UU Announcements, please send an email to Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from YOU soon. Thank you!
From: Joan Carlson – Emergency Systems
I want to let people in the church know about an emergency system that saved my life. About 7 years ago I found out I had A-fib so I purchased an emergency system. One year later I fell in the bathroom on the tile floor. I tried to move but I could not. It was 4:00 AM. I pressed the button on my emergency necklace and I heard the fire department answer. I told them what happened and they came right over and saved my life. Since I live alone I could have been lying on that floor for days.
This is information about the device I use. There are others available at the same price. The device I use is called Medical Alert. The main company is Connect America. It costs from $20-25 a month unless you have a cell phone system and then it is 30.00 per month. I have had this system installed for about 8 years and have never had a problem with it. The phone number for Connect America is 1-800-906-0872. You have the button on a cord that goes around your neck or you can wear it on your wrist. They also have a new system in case you fall and are unable to press the button. It automatically notifies the company that you have fallen. This system costs an extra $10.00 a month. Think about it. It might save your life.
From: Suzi Walling, Stewardship Committee
UU Surprise is asking for your continued support! A gentle reminder that if you have not completed your pledge for 2021 please do so now. Strong leadership in 2020 effectively managed our budget and continued programs during a difficult time. All of us miss in-person services on Sunday and social gatherings with our friends. The encouraging sign that vaccines will be available soon might suggest we will get back together in 2021. To pledge now, go online to www.uusurprise.org, click on the “Giving” link then scroll down to complete the pledge form and select a payment option.
“UU Values Matter … Pledging Secures our Future”
From: Amy St. Peter – Calling all Cookie Lovers!
Troop 6464 is back with all the Girl Scout cookies you crave throughout the year. We will have a drive through cookie booth on Saturday, January 23rd from 2-4pm in the church parking lot. Bring your cash and your appetite. We will all wear masks and gloves while maintaining social distancing. Your support will help the troop help animal shelters and our activities as the girls learn and grow. If you have any questions or would like to have cookies delivered, please call Amy at 623.680.6848. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you.
QUESTERS (ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM) OFFERING
Great Decisions 2021: U.S. Foreign Policy
In February and March Via Zoom, at 7:00 p.m., on the evenings below, we are pleased that Dr. Bonnie F. Saunders will once again lead this popular series of discussions on eight U.S. foreign policy topics:
Tue., Feb. 2 – Global Supply Chains and National Security,
Thurs., Feb. 11 – Persian Gulf Security Issues,
Tue., Feb. 16 – Brexit and the European Union,
Tue., Feb. 23 – Struggles over the Melting Arctic,
Tue., Mar. 2 – China’s Role in Africa,
Thurs., Mar. 11 – The Korean Peninsula,
Tue., Mar. 16 – Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic,
Tue., Mar. 23 – The End of Globalization?
Come, listen, think, ask questions, discuss, agree, or disagree. Bonnie says, “We always have civil discussions!”
REGISTRATION: Registration is required and limited to 30 people. To register, email Carol Calkins @ email@example.com – Subject: Great Decisions 2021. Include your name and preferred email address for receiving Zoom invitation.
The Book for the Series: In January, Bonnie’s friend Susie Bowman will have copies of the GREAT DECISIONS 2021 book. Email or call her to request your copy and arrange pick-up or mail delivery. Cost: $20 for pickup or $23 (postage = $3) for mail delivery.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org –
Type “Great Decisions 2021” in the subject line.
Phone #: 469-371-1959
Address: 16501 N. El Mirage Rd., # 240, Surprise, AZ 85378
If anyone wishes to contact Bonnie, e-mail her at Bonniesaun@aol.com or call her at 602-312-7098. She has moved to 147 Geranium Way, Ventura, CA 93004.
UU Day at the Legislature: Virtual
February 15th, with additional dates TBD
This year, to keep everyone safe, DATL is going VIRTUAL! We are bringing in incredible partners and amazing speakers… and we need to know if you are coming so we know what appointments to schedule! Will you fill out your registration survey and RSVP by January 18th?
3rd Fridays, 12-1:30 pm
What legacy will you leave your beloved: your children, grandchildren, congregation, community, and/or country about how you worked to dismantle systemic racism during your lifetime? What will you bequeath to your beloved? What is your hope for their future, for Beloved Community?
Join Rev. Tina Squire and Steve Kraynak on the third Friday of each month for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values. Here we will use reading, conversation, and writing to answer these questions.
February 19, 2021: Discuss The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March 19, 2021: Discuss Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
April 16, 2021: Discuss BREATHE – A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry
May 21, 2021: Read aloud our own letters we’ve written to our Beloved.
Beloved Conversations: Spring 2021
Register on Feb 1st, course begins March 15th
The first phase of Meadville Lombard’s Beloved Conversations anti-racism curriculum, Within, will open for registration in February. Within focuses on the internal work that each of us needs to do as we engage racial justice.
Within work will include individual Lessons, using videos, music, and readings, accompanied by reflection prompts and suggested conversations with Critical Friends chosen by the participants; bi-weekly small group conversations in a Learning Pod; and larger, monthly, facilitated Meaning-Making Sessions on Zoom. We hope you join us to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice, to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together.
Registration coming February 1st.
Race Matters in the Supreme Court
Tuesday’s March 9th, 16th, 23rd from 4-5:30 pm
As UUs, we recognize the existence of many realities and even more so, how those realities are interwoven. The connection between law and race is one of these ever-present truths. Join Political Science Professor and UU, Howard Tolley for three 90 minute sessions examining the impact of race, political ideology, legal principles, and personal preference on the selection of Justices and the decisions they reach.
Multikulti: Removing Unconscious Debris From the Soil of the Soul
Thursdays, Feb 4th-March 11th, 6:30-8pm
In our present Time of Tumult, Rev. Anthony Johnson offers a container and powerful methods for exploring the “Ism’s” of race, gender, class, religion and more, that challenge our culture, our communities, and our relationships. Six sessions of learning, unlearning, feeling and sharing about our differences; moving us toward creating change – in ourselves and the world around us.
Love & Justice: Abolition and Alternatives to Policing
Every first Wednesday, 6:30pm
UUs proclaim that no one is outside the circle of love, therefore, our goals are also abolitionist goals. Join UUJAZ team member Thoi every first Wednesday of the month in actively resisting the systems of policing and incarceration while building relationships and community with other passionate UUs in Arizona.
Register for our next meeting, January 6th, here.
Trans Inclusion in Congregations from Transforming Hearts Collective
UUJAZ is thrilled to provide access to this online course on radical welcoming for all AZ UUs, thanks to a generous grant from the UU Funding panel. This course on transformational culture shift counts towards your annual Welcoming Congregation renewal. Contact us for your free login code (usually $125 per person) to explore this course at your own pace, or create a group at your congregation to take it together! If you’re interested in taking this course through UUJAZ, Janine Gelsinger is happy to schedule a time to facilitate. Contact her at email@example.com.
A Progressive, Inclusive Faith Community