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Passover Seder


Saturday, April 11, 2020



Sign-ups to volunteer to help begin 2/9. Sign-ups to participate begin 2/16. Everyone is welcome. Passover celebrates the sequence of events that led to the Israelites’ freedom from slavery. Today, it continues to commemorate freedom from oppression and reminds us to be ever vigilant regarding contemporary slavery.

Annual Church Picnic/Cookout

MAR 22

Sunday, March 22, 2020



All are welcome to this fun outdoor event at White Tank Regional Park, 20304 N White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell!  Bring a main entree for your family to grill and an additional dish to share. A sign-up sheet will be placed on the community table in the social hall closer to the event. Park entry fee is $7 per vehicle. Bring your own chairs! Please contact with any questions.

Great Decisions 2020

FEB 3 – MAR 24, 2020

Monday or Tuesday

7:00 pm


Bonnie Saunders, PhD. will facilitate an adult education course on U.S. Foreign Policy. Topics include: Climate Change, India & Pakistan, Red Sea Security, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Relations in the Northern Triangle, China’s Road into Latin America, The Philippines and US, and Artificial Intelligence and Data. Briefing book available in January costs $20. Sign up in the church Social Hall.

UU Surprise 2020 Auction and Dinner


Saturday, 4 pm, March 7




TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME – A Grand Slam Night with Team UU at the UU church of Surprise. Pre-game events start at 4pm with the main event at 6. Donations accepted through 2/23, and you may complete the silent and live auction donation forms on this website under FORMS. See weekly announcements on this website for more details.




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.



What can you bring to the UU to be delivered to Homeless Youth Connection (HYC)?  Donate healthy snacks: Single-serving Microwaveable Food; Granola Bar; Nuts/Trail Mix; Peanut Butter/Cheese Cracker Packs; Pretzels; Popcorn; 100 Calorie Nabisco Snack Packs; Mini Water Bottles; Little Bites Muffins; Cheeze-its/Goldfish

It’s time to clean up the kitchen before the Auction.   Please retrieve your dishes from the kitchen by February 23rd.   After that everything will be donated to charity.

Great Decisions – 7:00 pm

  1. Climate Change and the Global Order ………………M:2/03
  2. India and Pakistan …………………………………………..S:2/09
  3. Red Sea Security ……………………………………………M:2/17
  4. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking ………….. T:2/25
  5. U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle …………M:3/02
  6. China’s Road into Latin America ………………………M:3/09
  7. The Philippines and the U.S. …………………………….M:3/16
  8. Artificial Intelligence and Data ………………………….T:3/24

Summer Camp Scholarship Contest: Hear what two of last year’s winners have to say about camp during service on Sunday, March 1st, 2020. We will also be donating the collection plate to the scholarship fund on this day, so please bring your check books!

The National Organization for Women (NOW) SC/WV Chapter will meet Wednesday, March 4, 1:00 pm at the UU Church, 17540 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, AZ. The speaker will be James Aragon, Planned Parenthood, Cultural Affairs. Everyone welcome. For more information, call 623-972-6273 or visit our website:

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!


Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Saturday, March 7th

     Spring Training Hits Surprise UU! Join us for an evening of fun, entertainment, lively conversation, good food, and an opportunity to support our congregation, “Team UU”. Come and socialize with players, rookies and fans. Please show your team spirit by wearing your favorite MLB team gear, or just show up to support Team UU.

     Pre-Game: Gates open to the Social Hall at 4:00pm with the opportunity to check-out numerous choices of fine goods in the UU Team Shop.  These items are available to bid on during the Silent Auction. This is your chance to mingle with Team UU and stroll through the concession area while sipping on beverages and enjoying your favorite gourmet ballpark snacks.  Food at the concessions are open from 4 to 5:45 pm.

     Main event: Get ready for an exciting lineup at 6:00pm! Dinners, trips, games, family fun, and other selections of activities will be open for bids in the Live Auction.  Team UU always hits it out of the park with the annual Dessert Draft. Have your $$ ready for a sweet treat to cap off the night.

     Donations Needed, especially for the live auction. Donations (and forms) accepted up to Sunday, February 23rd at sign-up table in Social Hall.  You can also pick up a form (or submit one) at the front office during the week, or go to, select Resources then select forms. Fill out the form and print. Click the Clear Form button when finished or fill out another form. Bring your silent auction form with your item or bring live auction form to UU no later than February 23rd.

     Tickets: $15 (adult) and $7 (children) will be on sale on Sundays, until March 1st in the social hall.

     For more information, please contact the event Co-Manager Mary Beth Chrest at or 503-317-1182; Co-Manager Janet Jeffrey at or 416-602-5928 (cell).  If you have questions about donations to the silent auction, please contact Manager Bill Chartrand at  or 623-551-7570.

On Sunday, March 8th 2020, The Worship Service will contain a musical production by Rev. Julian B. Rush as a gift to our congregation. Come one, come all to hear about one pilgrim and his lifelong journey to become a worthy person who even Jesus would find satisfactory. Our pilgrim will be accompanied by two story tellers, Magi Mahan and Ruth Swank, by his pilgrim’s “Guardian Angel” Patricia Balfour and his Nay Sayer, Sharon Beard.  Come one, Come all.

March 20, 6:00 P.M: New Bunco Group- Ladies and Gents! Do you like games? Do you like to socialize? Then why not join our new Bunco group? RE is starting a monthly church-wide group to provide a sustainable revenue to the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Half the proceeds will go to the scholarship fund and the other half will go to the winners. Games will take place in the social hall on the third Friday of each month in March, April and May. (Summer TBD) Games begin at 6:00 sharp or come at 5:30 for an optional “bring your own dinner”. Buy in is $10 cash per month plus $3 singles if you’d like to play Left, Right, Center following the game. Bring this to the game with you. Please R.S.V.P. at the activities table in the social hall. Feel free to invite non-church friends, but please sign them up, because Bunco is played in groups of 4 and we will need a monthly count.

Passover Seder Planned for Saturday April 11 at 5PM

Passover, the oldest and most important of Jewish religious festivals, celebrates the entire sequence of events that led to the Israelites’ freedom from slavery in Egypt.  Today, it continues to commemorate freedom from oppression and may remind us to be ever vigilant regarding contemporary slavery.

The Seder Committee cordially invites members & congregation attendees to join us at our UUC Passover Seder for a delicious traditional Passover dinner and singing.  The cost is $20 for adults and is free for children up to age 14. Please stop by the Seder Table to sign-up, pay and learn more about the Seder. We’re also looking for a few more Seder Committee team members; the sign-up sheet is in the social hall.

Attention All UU Surprise Members:  Mark your calendar now!  UUCSJ and UUJAZ are co-hosting a workshop, “Organizing Effective Social Justice Ministry Teams” in May.  There are TWO opportunities to attend:  Saturday, May 2nd 10am – 12pm at Tucson UU OR Sunday, May 3rd 12 – 2 PM at Granite Peak UU in Prescott. Who Is This For:  Anyone who sees that the work their church does could be deeper and more effective but who needs help organizing the folks in their church in a way that changes how that work is done. Goal: Give a framework that helps the church know what their work is, make sure that the work is done in an effective anti-oppressive manner, and firmly root the work in Unitarian Universalism and the mission/vision of the church. For more info and to sign up, please contact Tom Reemtsma at



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