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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, March 7, 2020



TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME – A Grand Slam Night with Team UU. Save the date. More to come.




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.



Attention UUC Members:  The UUC Annual Meeting will be held at the church on Friday, January 10, 2020 in the UU Church’s social hall. It will begin with social hour at 5:30, catered dinner at 6:00 and the business meeting starts at 7:00.  Dinner is $15 per person with children under 14 free. Childcare will be provided for children under 14 during the meeting. If you wish, you may skip the dinner and just attend the business meeting.

The Signup Sheet for the UUC Annual Meeting, January 10th is at the signup table.  Please be sure to sign up and pay for your dinner.

The National Organization for Women SC/WV will meet 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 11 at the UU Church, 17540 N Avenue of the Arts, Surprise. The program, jointly sponsored by the League of Women Voters, NW Maricopa County, is a fund raiser for healthcare for under-served women. There will be a special screening of Director Andrea Pritchard’s new documentary, “Risk: Women on the Frontline.” Tickets are $15 payable at the door. A raffle and light refreshments will be available. For more information, call 623-972-6273 or visit our website:

Free pizza this Sunday during coffee hour.  Come join us!

Martin Luther King Birthday Events – January 15th there are choirs and a lecture at the Performing Arts Center of the Dysart School District. On Saturday the 18th the City of Surprise is hosting a breakfast at 8:30 followed by speakers and performances. Read all about it at  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the page. I have attended this event before and found it exhilarating. A great diversity of peoples attend. Tom R.

Circle Suppers will be held the weekend of January 17-18-19, 2020, Friday-Saturday-Sunday. Suppers are a delightful way to meet other UU-Surprise members and friends and while hosts are needed, you do not need to ever host to participate. Sign up in the church social hall or call Susie to participate in January. Questions?  Contact Susie Cole (406-600-8857). Please join us! All are welcome for delicious food, wonderful conversation. In addition to the dinners in homes, we will have the option of Saturday lunch at the Colonnade hosted by Sally Thomas and Ruth Halpert.  Guests will order from the menu.  You can expect lunch to cost around $10, depending on what you order.

Rev. Kellie Walker Hart will lead a workshop from 9 to 11:30 am on January 25th in the Social Hall of the UU Congregation of Surprise. As a certified trainer for the Worship Design Studio, she will share ways to use layering, flow, congregational singing, and “Threshold Moments” to make worship meaningful as well as memorable. This workshop is open to ministers, musicians, and interested lay people from all denominations. Members of the Surprise Congregation may register for the workshop for $15 instead of the regular $25.  Please contact Kellie at to register.

How can you help Homeless Youth Connection (HYC)?  Learn more about volunteering at HYC. Attend a volunteer welcome event Saturday, January 11. For more information contact HYC at (623) 374-3747, 9950 W. Van Buren, Suite 114, Avondale, AZ 85323, email:\

Are you a little unclear about UUJAZ?  You can learn more by going to their website at  The vision of the statewide network of UU’s is “To energize people of faith to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just life for all those who live in Arizona.”  The website includes a menu item, “Get Involved.”  Click on it to check out the opportunities to participate in this important movement.

UU Day at the Legislature – Our annual UU Day at the Legislature is coming up, as always, on Monday, February 17th at the state capitol in Phoenix. If you’ve been a part of organizing DATL in the past, could you please contact us at and let us know your past role and how you’d like to help, or if we need to find someone else? The time is also ripe for ideas, suggestions, and comments about DATL to come our way… please email us this week if you have thoughts to share!

Sign up in the Social Hall for the Great Decisions 2020 Foreign Policy Discussions, which will start in February.  In January, Bonnie Saunders has the briefing books for $20.  For more details, read the January Newsletter and/or talk to Bonnie.

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!



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