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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.
Church Office Help Needed on Tuesdays – 9:00 am-noon – If you can help us on any given Tuesday, please let Kathryn know. We keep a sign up calendar in the social hall and you can pick which Tuesdays you have availability. If a key is needed, Kathryn will provide one for you. Please feel free to email Kathryn at email@example.com your date choices and she will enter your name. Many thanks!
Lois Bartels, Building and Property will be out of town from Sept. 10-Oct.5. Please contact Frank Thomas if you have any B & P issues.
The church’s recycling bin is locked because it was being left open by dumpster divers and neighbors (or someone) was filling it with branches and other non-recyclable items. It is opened before church on Sunday and remains open until social hour clean-up is completed. If you do not have recycling services at your home, feel free to deposit your recyclables in the church’s bin.
USHERS NEEDED – Looking for a way to volunteer at church, but don’t have much time? Then being an usher is perfect for you! Ushers are generally scheduled to work one Sunday a month (we assign which Sunday according to your schedule) beginning at 10 am. Usher duties include handing out the Order of Service, providing a microphone for the visitors, collecting the offertory, and checking the sanctuary before and after the service. Although being an usher is an easy job, it is a very important one in order for the Sunday Service to run smoothly each week. If being an usher sounds like the volunteer opportunity you have been looking for, or if you have any questions, just contact us: Sharon Steigmann at firstname.lastname@example.org (480-650-4644) or Mary Ellen Baker at email@example.com (480-206-6507).
Plans have been made for Ann Winsor’s Memorial Service which will take place at our church on September 22nd after our normal Sunday church service. There are two obituary versions, which vary slightly. The first is for the funeral home, which is a little more detailed and less formal, features a photo gallery of a few highlights of Ann’s life and also a permanent “memory wall” where people can remember her.
The second is the shorter more formal newspaper obituary which is online and going out in the local Sun City and Sun City West newspapers in print.
POSTPONED FOR NOW!! More information forthcoming…Saturday, 9/28 5:30-9:00 pm: Dinner and a Movie- Help raise money for the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund by attending “Dinner and a Movie” night. We will be showing the Bill Murray/Richard Dreyfus PG comedy farce, “What About Bob?”. Dinner includes Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and a brownie. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Please R.S.V.P. by 9/22! Sign-up in social hall.
September is Hunger Action Month. In recognition of this and to stay true to our second principle…Justice, equity and compassion in human relations…we will have a food drive for Valley View Community Food Bank on Sunday, September 29th. Donations of food or monetary contributions are welcome. The food bank is in great need, please be as generous as possible. Items which are needed most are: soup, cereal, canned tomato products, ramen noodles, canned beans canned meat, child friendly items such as peanut butter, jelly, Spaghetti O’s.
Homeless School Connection Back to School Drive
When: Throughout the Month of September
What: Personal Hygiene Items and Food Gift Cards for Teens
Where: Drop into donation trunk in the Social Hall
Why: UU Surprise is supporting HYC in its mission to assist homeless teens who are seeking to complete their high school education.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) SC/WV Chapter will meet at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, October 2 at the UU Church, 17540 N Avenue of the Arts, Surprise. We will celebrate the Chapter’s 40th year and welcome members and guests to our first meeting of the fall. Chapter and State Board members will speak about the National Convention held last July. For more information, call 623-972-6273 or visit our website: aznow-scwv.org
Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona (UUJAZ) Issues and Action Weekend coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, 2019!
Our congregation has the privilege again this year of hosting UU’s from throughout Arizona for UUJAZ’s Issues and Action Day on Saturday, Oct. 26, followed by a special worship service on Sunday, Oct. 27. UUJAZ’s new Executive Director, Janine Gelsinger, has planned an exciting day and a half of activities in a new format. This is our once-a-year opportunity to learn about and be inspired to work for the social justice initiatives UUJAZ is coordinating within Arizona. I will be there and I would like to encourage all of us to support UUJAZ, our only specifically UU social justice organization in Arizona, with our presence, our enthusiasm, and our financial contributions.
Want to clean up Arizona elections? Sign the Outlaw Dirty Money petition to put a campaign finance disclosure amendment on the 2020 election ballot. Please see Michael Piper to add your name to the Outlaw Dirty Money petition
Does your voter registration reflect your current address? Do you want to update your voter registration, or add your name to the Permanent Early Voting List? Please see Michael Piper to register to vote, or to update your voter registration.
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 Tom Smiley (623) 203-8566, 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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