This Sunday, September 4
Including Our Differences 
Service Leaders: Benjie Messer
Sunday, September 4 at 10:30 AM
How can we become more radically inclusive? This fall, UUCP invites us all to share and understand our own personal histories through a series of "affinity groups," which is an important step in accepting each other. Benjie will personally invite us to join in this process, and (of course) lead us in singing!
New Day Center Meal
Sunday, September 4, at 5:00 PM at the New Day Center
Live out the UU commitment to serving those in need by serving a meal to the 150 parents and children of the UMOM New Day Center. This is a one-time, two-hour commitment. Please email Anne Lackey below for more information. 
Next Sunday, September 11
Water Communion & InGathering
Service Leaders: Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Emrys Staton, Katie Resendiz
Sunday, September 11 at 10:30 AM
This all-ages service celebrates community. It's also our annual ingathering, a kick-off to the year. Everyone is invited to bring water from a place that holds significance for you, maybe from a vacation spot this summer, your own home, or even tears of joy or grief. Together, we mingle these waters together as a symbol of how are lives are woven together in community.
Upcoming Classes and Events
2016-2017 Connections Now Available
Our yearly program catalog, Connections, is now available for you to view online. It was mailed out last week so keep an eye out for it in your mailbox. You can also view it online at the link below or pick one up in the lobby. 

The Connections has useful information about our upcoming year here at UUCP. There is information about our Adult Faith Development classes, our monthly themes and our small groups. Visit the link below to view the new Connections.
AFD Class:  The Embodied Journey
The 2nd and 4th Saturdays starting in September. 10:00 - 11:15 am, excluding the 4th Saturdays in Nov. and Dec. because of the holidays.
In this class we will explore methods to embody our daily lives more fully. Most of the experiential material will draw from the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, Continuum Movement and creative movement. These "practices of embodiment" all promote a creative, aesthetic and spiritual first-person experience of sensing the body through a discipline of awareness.
Open Small Group
Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 PM in Annex B
Small Group Ministry is an ideal way to connect to others and tend to your heart and spirit at UUCP.  Life can feel like a frenzied struggle against a materialistic world, which leave us feeling disconnected from our deepest selves and without the energy to reach out in love and service to others. They follow the monthly worship themes and offer a way to engage the themes in your daily life and grow and learn with a group while sharing your own story, insights and learnings. Check out our Open Drop-In group Thursday, September 15, to see what a small group is like. For more info visit the link below.
Adult Faith Development
Registration for Adult Faith Development fall, winter and spring classes is now open. We have 8 wonderful classes that are happening at UUCP this year. 

Coming of Age For Adults - Starts Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM

Towards the Other America - An Anti-Racist Study Group - Starts Saturday, September 17 at 9:30 AM

Women's Ritual - The third Thursday of the month starting on October 20

The Ebodied JourneyThe 2nd and 4th Saturdays starting in September 10:00 - 11:15 am, excluding the 4th Saturdays in Nov. and Dec. because of the holidays.

Circle of Trees - Wednesdays beginning January 11 - March 1, 6:00 7:30 PM

Couples Enrichment - Wednesdays beginning Feb 1- March 8

Emotional Intelligence:  Taking Turns - Thursday, March 16 from 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM

Living Boldly in Difficult Times - Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sewing and Craft Circle
Saturday, September 10, drop in between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
The UUCP Sewing and Craft Circle will meet in the Johnson Room on June 4th-drop in between noon and 4:00 PM. The group makes simple pattern dresses, quilts, backpacks and knitted items to support marginalized children locally as well as Mexico, South America and around the world. This group is part of the justice ministry. Everyone is welcome to attend, share creative ideas as well as stitch and talk. A sewing machine is nice to bring but not necessary. Please contact Lori Rubin-Williamson below or call 480-234-1476.
Young Adult Small Group
Thursday, September 13, at 6:45 PM in Annex C
The young adult small group is a place for "younger" adults to get together and talk about issues important to us. We provide a safe space to share ideas and challenge each other respectfully. We are an open group and anyone who feels they are a young adult-regardless of age-is welcome to join and share their thoughts with us.
Want to sing with our choir, just for a week?
Our choir season opens with an "all-sing" rehearsal in the sanctuary on Wednesday September 7 from 7:00-9:00 PM and a single service on Sunday September 11 that are open to anyone, without any need to commit to being part of the choir for the rest of our season. People who have never sung in a group, singers who are too busy for weekly rehearsals, people who want to try us out, choir alumni who no longer sing with us, friends and family members- all are welcome! We will be providing childcare during rehearsal; singing parents, please let Benjie Messer know in advance how many children you'll be bringing.
UUCP Book Corner
First Sunday on the Month in the Sanctuary
The UUCP Community Book Corner is the first Sunday of each month. September's theme is Community and Inclusion and there are three featured books, one each, for adults, young adults and children. There will be other books, as well, which promote our UU values. Come celebrate the theme of Community and Inclusion with a purchase, browsing or sharing your thoughts!
32nd Street Closing
Starting on Saturday, September 27, 32nd street will be totally closed from Stanford to Lincoln Dr. Please make alternative plans to get to UUCP if you come this way. This closure will last approximately 2 weeks. 
Sunday School Orientation
Sunday, September 11, at 11:45 AM in Annex G
Come and meet this year's Sunday School teachers, experience the new studio format, learn about the curriculum and meet other UU parents at the Orientation on September 11. For more info on Sunday School and registration visit the link below.
Sunday School: Registration for Infants and Toddlers is now open!
Infant and Toddler program offers space for play-based learning and early faith development.  Staff help children embody the 4th principle "A Free and responsible search for truth and meaning," by creating an atmosphere that is encouraging, safe, and intriguing.  Our youngest community members, newborn through year two, are provided a quiet and comfortable nursery to play, eat, and rest.  While toddlers have space for imaginative play, creative play, and a protected outside space.  Care is available beginning 1 hour before first service and ending 30 minutes after the end of second service.  

A registration fee of $30 per child helps provide materials and supports our staff and volunteers in our Children's Ministry programming.  If this fee presents a challenge to your family, please contact Katie Resendiz.   

In an effort to be Radically Inclusive, Sunday School classes are open to all children.  If you or your child require specific accommodations or have questions about programming, please contact Katie Resendiz.

Use the links below to email Katie, register, and pay using our website.
Sunday School: Registration for Coming of Age is now open!
The Coming of Age program at UUCP is designed for 7th and 8th graders to explore and develop their own religious and spiritual beliefs, as well as learning about the history and organization of our congregation and the UU faith. This year long program offers families the opportunity for in depth exploration and conversation. A Coming of Age Fact Sheet is available at the Sunday School Easel before worship or directly from Katie. Coming of Age represents an extensive investment on the part of the UUCP community.  A program fee of $300 per child helps provide materials and supports our staff and volunteers in our Children's Ministry programming.  If this fee presents a challenge to your family, please contact Katie.

Space is limited and families are encouraged to register as early as possible.  Registration will remain open until September 15th or until the class reached capacity. In an effort to be Radically Inclusive, Sunday School classes are open to all children.  If you or your child require specific accommodations or have questions about programming.

Use the links below to email Katie, register, and pay using our website.
UU Arts & Craft Fair
Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Patio
Reserve your calendars now for our UUCP Arts & Crafts Fair, a fundraiser to benefit UUCP! If you are a Member or participating "Friend" of UUCP, we invite you expand your creative juices and submit an application online at the link below.
For those of you who just love going to a good arts and crafts fair, this is the one for you!  We will have diverse media represented-just in time for the holidays.  A percentage of all sales will go to UUCP.  This is a great time to bring a friend and introduce them to UUCP!  
Support UUCP by Re-Enrolling in Fry's Community Rewards 
To re-enroll and support UUCP click the link below to visit the Fry's Community Rewards Website. After signing into your account, click on your name (top right hand corner) under "Account Summary" scroll down to "Community Rewards" and click on "Edit" under Community Rewards. Under Find Your Organization, enter our NPO number, #80391, or our name before selecting "search". Click on the circle next to our name, and then enroll. Thank you for your support!
Curious about Worship Associates?
Saturday, September 10th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at UUCP
Worship Associates work with the worship staff at UUCP to help create and lead Sunday services. Soon we will be opening up the worship associate application process. If you've ever thought of becoming a worship associate, or would like to learn more, we are holding an open meeting on Saturday, September 10th, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM at UUCP. This is a chance to see what being a worship associate is like, what it involves and answer any questions you may have. All are welcome!
Sermon Audio Now Available on Podcast
Audio recordings of many of our sermons are now available to listen to as a podcast! Simply search for "Sermons from UUCP" anywhere you find podcasts. To see what's already available, click below
Calling All Cooks and Assistant Cooks
Calling all chili cooks and assistant cooks! Volunteer cooks needed for the big chili cook-off fundraiser dinner for Rev. Susan Frederick Gray. The dinner will be Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25th. Make whatever kind of chili you want. Are you a beef and beans type chili cook? Or a turkey and white beans chili cook? Or a vegetarian chili cook? We are hoping for a wide range of chilis, which will be sampled by the fundraising diners that evening. 
Not a chili cook, but would like to contribute? We also need a few accompaniments and desserts. 
Please contact Cherie Stafford below or call her at 480-200-2345.