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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Feb 5: Weekly Updates

Worship and Sunday News
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Campus Work Hour
Let's follow Jimmy Carter's example! Put your work clothes on, and prepare to get your hands dirty.
All Hands on Deck! Campus Work Hour on February 9th
Come one, come all! Sunday, February 9th will be a Board-sponsored campus work hour from 10:30 - 11:30 (in place of worship). Make sure you wear your garden pants, rather than your slacks and dresses. And bring a pair of garden gloves if you have them.
We will start as we do all Sundays in Holland all together at 10:30. Then, we will break into teams with specific assignments. Are you an accomplished window washer? Do you love pulling weeds? Want to go check out the labyrinth...and pick up some trash along the way? We will definitely need your help on February 9th! If you are not able to clean and spruce, you are welcome to stay in Holland from 10:30 - 11:30 and share your favorite memories of our beautiful campus. After an hour or so, we will reconvene in Goddard for the usual drinks, food, and fellowship. Our Second Hour activities that day will focus on service projects to contribute to our wider Tucson community.
All are needed for this campus work day **including our children and youth**. Nursery is available for children under 6 years.
Let's see how much we can accomplish when we focus all of our energies on our campus for just one hour!
At 95, Jimmy Carter is still living his faith through service (AP photo). morehere
Our Common Ground: Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:30 a.m.
This Sunday is the kickoff of our annual Pledge Campaign. The theme this year is "Our Common Ground." We will fill our hearts and lift our spirits with the hopes that we share for our community in the coming year. What will you do, this next year, for Our Common Ground?
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: CPreston McMillan
Music: Chris Tackett and Desert Chorale
The Pledge Drive is Coming
The Stewardship Campaign is gearing up. This is the time that we assess our commitment to our church and prepare to make a financial pledge for the coming church year.The campaign starts February 16with a free lunch for everyone. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Thank you, Deb Collinge and Margot Garcia for the Stewardship Committee.
Evening Worship: The Deep Work of Relationship
Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., Holland Sanctuary
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.
If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
--Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet"
Each service begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Bring Your Own dinner to eat with friends. At 6 p.m., we will start a 45 minute service with adessert potluckafter. When the weather cooperates, we’ll drag out the fire pit and toast marshmallows! 
**Special Collection**Because sometimes it’s the small gifts that matter the most, we are encouraging you to bring a gift we can donate toCasa Alitas. In addition to our regular offering, we will gratefully collect items to donate to the parents, children, and pregnant women from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
  • Food for bus trips
  • Travel size toiletry items
  • Miscellaneous personal care items such as shoe laces, new underwear, new socks, worn clothing in good condition.
For a full list of items they most need clickhere.
This Saturday!,February 8th,from 5-8:30 for our fabulous UUCT Auction. Tickets on sale now for $15 for auction and dinner. Sign up now in Goddard with your donations or on-line, large and small. Also donate to our 50/50 raffle, and volunteer for our most important fundraiser!
Bring cash for the 50/50. Checks or credit cards are accepted for auction items.
Donate Flowers for Sunday Service
You may bring flowers in honor or memory of someone if you like, and either take the flowers home or give them to someone else after the service. Arrangements can be as simple as flowers from your garden or the supermarket in a church vase, or as elaborate as a professional arrangement. Please volunteer for one or more dates by contacting Nancy at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 301-802-4683.
Community Office Hours
Rev. Bethany will be at the Big Heart Coffee shop, across the street from the church, on Wednesdays, from 10-12. All are welcome.
Office News
Our Congregational Administrator, Mary Wiese, will be away February 6-16. if there are any immediate facilities concerns, please contact Jody Bergedick, Board VPThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
SAVE THE DATE – Healthy Congregations Workshop on March 21st
Interested in investing in the long-term relational health of our congregation? Save the Date for our Healthy Congregations Workshop on Saturday, March 21. More details forthcoming. 
Maine Passamaquoddy Tribal Basket Sale, February 16, After Church.
Member, Lynnie Bradley, has generously donated several of these beautiful, and collectible baskets to the church. Some of these will be offered in the church auction, and the others will be offered for sale in Goddard Hall, after service.https://www.sweetgrassbasketry.org/history.html
Membership News
The Newcomers Club
We are looking for folks who are seeking new friendships, want to share ideas on Newcomer needs, and potential activities. Our next meeting is Sunday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m., in the Blackwell Room. Follow up meetings will always be on the fourth Sunday of the month, although the room is subject to change. Please contact Wendy Annis if you have questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Social Justice
Save the Date: NMD Fundraiser:February 13, 2019
No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is excited to announce that critically
acclaimed author, Luis Alberto Urrea, is once again coming to Tucson to
host a fundraiser to support our work. 
Mr. Urrea is the author of TheDevil's Highway and 16 other books, which reflect his cross-cultural experiences as a Mexican-American. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to an American mother and a Mexican father, Urrea is best known as a "border writer."
The event will take place at the El Casino Ballroom, 427 E 26th Street,
on Thursday, February 13th, 2020.  A reception with the author at 5:30 p.m.
precedes the main program, which will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are
currently available at 
NOMOREDEATHS.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM at two levels: reception and program ($60) or for the program alone ($40).
No More Deathsis still in need of warm clothing, and shoes. Please drop off donations in the church office on Sunday, or M-F 10-1.
UU Day at theLegislature
President's Day, Monday,
February 17th 2020.
Janine Gelsinger
For many years, this is a day where UUs from around the state have come to the Capitol to meet in person with their state representatives and state senators. If you are planning to attend, sign up here
Based on the feedback you sent, this year's UU DATL will continue to focus on appointments with your legislators. We will not be encouraging folks to stay for an entire day of programming. We are asking folks who are "captains" in your districts to schedule their appointments between 11-1. We will gather for an update on the UU values in the legislature around 10. 
You can add your appointment time to this schedule, if you are a captain: https://doodle.com/poll/y7g2wiq9dndxmgz
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
You are invited to join the reading and discussion of the 2019-2020 UUA Common Read, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States   https://www.uua.org/books/read 
A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time and can build community in our congregation and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.  
Time frame: Read An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by February 29, 2020. Group conversations to follow.
If interested, please contact Steve Kraynak:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
2nd Hour
Feb. 9 | 12:30-1:30pm | UUCT
In this year of experimentation, 2nd Hour is one way that Rev. Bethany and I want to answer the call to offer more opportunities for adults to learn, grow, and deepen in understanding, community, connection, and service.  
Sunday, Feb. 9, is aDay of Community Service!
10:30am --Join us to serve our own church community with a Campus Work Hour (see details at top)
11:30am --Time for socializing and refueling!
12:30pm --We turn our attention to service we can offer others. We will have several stations around Goddard for you to drop in and add your creativity:
  • Stitch for a Cause--Do you love to create warm items with yarn like hats, scarves, or even blankets? Do you always make too many? Maybe you're not sure to whom to donate the extras? Come to this workshop! We will discuss places where you can donate your crochet or knit items, and then we'll sit and knit together! 
  • No Sew Blankets--tie blankets to donate to Casa Alitas
  • Letter Writing--have a message you want to deliver on UU Day at the Legislature but can't attend? We'll write messages and Rev. Bethany will deliver them for us!
  • Friendship Rocks!--paint rocks with messages of friendship and welcome to decorate our campus.
And our regular 2nd Hour programming:
  • Paganism 101--Learn about the history and diversity of contemporary paganism, who we are, and what we do. **This workshop will last 90 minutes.**
Children are welcome in classes indicated by “all ages" and those with an age indicated, but childcare is available for those under 10 years. 
Questions? Want to teach? Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
…Deepen faith …Strengthen connections …Serve community
Mar 14/15: UU Booth at UA Book Fest
Volunteers Needed!Southern Arizona UU Booth, March 14 & 15, at the University of Arizona Book Festival in Tucson
To volunteer to be a greeter in the booth, just click on the link below to sign up. You only need to be at the booth for 3 hours, so you can have the rest of the time at the Book Festival for yourself. Also, a week or so before the Festival, we send you a reminder with tips for booth volunteers as well as the specific booth location.
If you have questions or need help signing up, please feel free to contact Erin Chadwell, Administrator at MVUU at 520 579-7094 or me at 520 664-5323.
Thank you for helping make the UU Booth a success.
Southern Arizona Covenant of UU Pagans
Pagan tip of the month
Since February is that capitalist dream of love month, why not try a love spell--for helping you love yourself more!
Some items that symbolize love you can use in a jar, on your altar, put in a warm bath, or tuck under your pillow are: rose quartz, heart shapes, the color red or pink, rose scents, the Strength tarot card, rosemary.
A simple repeated mantra "I am enough and worthy of love" can be a great way to invoke the energy of self love into your life
Have a pagan tip to share? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
All traditions welcome!
Southern Arizona CUUPS: A Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans 
Mail: Southern Arizona CUUPS c/o UUCT, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711
Web: http://uuctucson.org/worship/sazcuups.html  | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAZCUUPS/ (FB messages can be sent to m.me/SAZCUUPS
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
Grief and Loss Group
Every Sunday, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Reed Room
For those experiencing a difficult time after the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or any other significant loss, UUCT holds a Grief & Loss support group. There you can find recovery in the caring & comfort of other church members (and friends) who are also grieving a loss. Meetings are held every Sunday from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Reed Room. Childcare is available.
Sunday Morning Discussion Group
Every Sunday, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Servetus Room
All UUCT members, friends and visitors are invited to attend Conversation Among Friends. Our hour-long discussion group meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. on the UUCT campus in the Servetus Room, last classroom on the southwest side, Come a bit early for socializing.Ronna James facilitates.
More information, contact Gilbert Moore, phone 520-790-7568, email at 
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Social Opportunities
Book Club,,Thursday, February 27th
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday February 27th at 9:30 at the home of Margo Newhouse. The group is readingJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Margo atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 784-1198.
Come Join the UUCT Happy Hour Group!
When: Fourth Fridays of the, month 4-7 pm
Date of Next Gathering: February 28, 2020
Where: On the Border, at north side of Broadway between Swan and Craycroft.
Cheap prices for food and drink. We may try other places eventually. Just show up and ask for the UU's (if questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
ILIVED Training
Saturday, February 29th
Your Board of Trustees and Minister have scheduled an ILIVED training for UUCT members to learn about how to respond if our campus were to become the target of an armed intruder in the future. While the likelihood of such a catastrophic event is very low, your leaders have heard a desire to prepare ourselves and learn about the most effective responses. Here is a description of the event from ICSAVE, the organization that will facilitate the training: 
"This six-hour course is designed to educate the public on how they can mitigate the loss of life if they find themselves in a violent intruder incident. The goal of ILIVED training is for participants to recognize the need for immediate response to these types of incidents, recognize ways they may intervene, and empower them to make a difference in the event."
This training will take place on Saturday, February 29th from 9 AM - 5 PM. This event is FREE. Please bring $5 for a pizza/salad or bring a bag lunch. Please RSVP to Mary Wiese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 26th with any dietary restrictions if you would like pizza. 
Educational Opportunities For Everyone!
All are welcome!
EVERYONE of any age is welcome to leave worship on Sunday mornings and explore their faith through art, discussion, reflection, and even games. If a Sunday morning class says "All Ages," we welcome adults to come explore with us!
Want to hear about the specific classes offered in advance? Email Jamili to be added to the weekly Religious Education newsletter:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Monthly UU Role Playing group (MUURP)
Feb. 27 | 6-8pm | Goddard Hall 
We are starting a Monthly UU Role-Playing group, MUURP. We will be meeting one Thursday every month. Jim Myers will be running the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure: Dragon of Icspire Peak. Children as young as 12 are welcome to attend with parental supervision. Jim will provide characters for new players, but if you would like to learn to make a character, plan on coming a half hour early. Contact Jim atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with additional questions.
Tucson Young Adult UUs (TUUYA) Meet Ups 
Do you identify as a young adult (generations X, Y, or Z)? Would you like to meet up with other UU young adults? TUUYA regularly hosts events and meet ups! To stay in the loop make sure that Jamili (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).

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