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Upcoming Sunday Services on ZOOM

Make sure you have a Chalice available to light before the Service begins.
Services can be seen on Zoom every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our Touchstones Theme for June is Good & Evil.

June 28 :
Attend General Assembly Worship this Sunday, June 28th! There will be no Sunday Service on that date. 
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone is welcome to attend!  
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (9:00 a.m. CDT)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (11:00 a.m. MDT)


Join the General Assembly Service Sunday: GA Link

Last week (in case you missed it!), June 21, 2020 Worship Service Link
CARAVAN PROTEST
Mark your calendar for more Caravan Protests for safe, socially-distanced protesting in support of our Black brothers and sisters.

Last month was our first one and we had about 45 cars! Let’s keep it up!

Each protest will start at 3pm on a Sunday. We will depart from the VUU parking lot. Here are the next three dates:

July 12th
August 9th
September 13


Have posters ready to tape to your car with painter’s tape. Window paint and black or red balloons or streamers from the antenna are also great.

Contact Noell Hyman or Melissa Bush for questions. We’ll see you through your car window on July 12th!
Greetings VUU members and friends!
I am thrilled to let you know that VUU’s Special Funds Committee, the group that manages our endowment fund, has granted $2,500 each to the Navajo Nation and the Arizona Undocumented Workers Fund. The money goes to help each group with COVID-related needs.

Most years, the endowment fund spins off a percentage of revenue that is available for grants. Typically, that money goes to special projects at VUU that are outside the annual budget. In this unusual year, the committee saw fit to express our solidarity with Native Americans and our undocumented neighbors via these donations which come from that grantable revenue. Thank you, Special Funds committee, for using the tools at our disposal to serve our mission of love, service, and justice!
With gratitude,
Rev. Andy

How to Support Black Community 
Ways You Can Help

Artist: Ryan Richey 
www.ryanrichey.com 

Faith Formation Summer Programming for Children & Youth 
Unitarian Universalist Principles Virtual Art Walks 
 Check out the: First Principle Art Walk 
Get involved: Click Here

Meet Marci's newest grandchild: Nathan McEntire! 

Upcoming Special Events

June 24 - July 1
VUU Staff online
Check out the info/schedule at the bottom.
Our events are listed on our Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/ValleyUU/ click on events

It’s Time to Invest in Education
Last Chance!
We are very happy to report that VUU has done an OUTSTANDING job acquiring signatures for this very important initiative. To date, over 600 signatures have been collected, almost double what VUU accomplished in 2018!!

Please note that the original deadline for turning in notarized petitions has been extended to June 29th. We want your petition returned, even if you have collected fewer than 15 signatures. Every signature counts!

Please email  Bill Elliott or Denise McLeod for more information on available notaries and instructions for turning in petitions.

Thank you!


June, July and August 2020: Hosting Chandler I-HELP 

We will continue to host the Chandler I-HELP Shelter in our Sanctuary at least through August. Would you like to help by washing sheets? You would pick up dirty sheets on a Tuesday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and return them clean the next Tuesday during those same hours. To sign up, please click here.

I-HELP Meal for June 29th: 
Click on the picture to sign up to bring dinner to our I-HELP guests on Monday, June 29. We still need to just drop of the food/drinks at the Sanctuary. We are not setting up or serving the meal but supplying this delicious food is so appreciated  by our guests. Thanks for signing up!

Thanks to the food donors, the sheet washers and thanks to the whole beloved VUU Community for your generous hospitality during these challenging times. Our guests and those who run the Chandler I-HELP program are so grateful.

Need more info on I-HELP or other Social Action activities, contact Sue Ringler, VUU Social Action Coordinator, office@vuu.org
Volunteer Opportunities 
Volunteer Opportunities to help VUU create engaging Sunday morning services.
Sunday Tech Team:   9-11:45 Sunday morning, 1-2x/month.  We will train you to run the Zoom room, share slides, share videos during live streaming service.  Best if you have multiple monitors and a strong internet connection.
Audio/Video Editor:  2-3 hours Thursday/Friday (flexible time), 1-2x/month. Create PowerPoint slides, add subtitles to audio and visual files.  No experience necessary. We will provide the software and training.
Contact DeeAnne McClenahan at deeannemcc@gmail.com.
 

Youth Programs

One-N-Ten Support Group is now online! HERE is the link to their NEW newsletter! In addition, HERE is an Anti-Racist Resource Guide by Victoria Alexander - recommended by One-N-Ten.

Black Lives Matter

Our Dalai Lama and Friends virtual gathering meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. It will on Zoom. Here is the link.

VUUers are still getting together - virtually of course - and groups are still meeting and doing good works of love and justice...

VUU FLP Meeting - Food Waste and What We Can Do   
Please join VUU’s Food for Life and the Planet (FLP) Committee this Friday, 6/26 at 10:00 a.m. as we explore the important and eye-opening issues regarding our food waste. Are there things we can do personally? You bet!  

Date: Friday, June 26th 
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Format: ZOOM

 
To receive all the details, please RSVP to Denise McLeod at dns.mcleod@gmail.com.

We hope you can join us!  

 
SINGLES  --  still having fun!
 
Zooming every Wednesday, noon to 2:00, bring your lunch, check in—let us know how you are doing, and have time to visit!
 
Second and fourth Fridays, 6:15, zoom in for game night—bring pencil and paper for Boggle and a deck of cards for Keno--send ideas of games we can zoom to Claudette. 
 
RSVP to Claudette at claudettewassil@hotmail.com

More Ways to Get Involved

From UUJAZ - https://www.facebook.com/uujaz/  https://www.uujaz.org/

UUJAZ Upcoming Events
You may be thinking that the national conversation happening around police violence will have an effect on upcoming elections... and you are right! From County Attorney to Sheriff, City Council to State Senate, we have an opportunity this election cycle to push candidates to commit to issues we value. Join UUJAZ for the following events

General Assembly Day 1 - Organizing Your Congregation to UU the Vote!
Wednesday June 24th 12-2pm
Join this kick-off to GA, where Janine from UUJAZ and Isis of Puente Human Rights Movement will speak about partnerships.
General Assembly Day 5 - Building Resilience for Uncomfortable Conversations
Sunday June 28th 12:30-2pm
Join a panel (that includes Janine of UUJAZ) of white anti-racist UUs, to discuss the challenges and strategies of attempting the difficult talks you want to have.
Register for GA to attend virtually
https://www.uua.org/ga/registration 

UU the Vote AZ - Meet Our New Coordinator
Tuesday June 30th 6-7pm
Meet Bryan Rassmussen, our UUJAZ UU the Vote coordinator, for a Q+A about the webinars and actions we have planned leading up to November.
Zoom: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82598338775?pwd=RWgxVXJQR1NrSHk0TWFrSzVDdWZDQT09
Meeting ID: 825 9833 8775
Password: uuthevote

UUJAZ Book Group
Friday July 17th 12pm
Its more important than ever to stay justice centered in our faith, as decisions made now will affect climate justice and structural inequity for years to come. Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a book discussion. July will feature: How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/c9GCkkbmNPpGgR7ZA

Look for sign-up details on UUJAZ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/uujaz/ and website https://www.uujaz.org/

 

VUU has been asked by Arizona Interfaith Power and Light (AZIPL) to support climate action through spiritual reflection, education, action and by making a pledge to Vote with Climate and Creation in Mind this Fall.  Vote for candidates who support and advocate for Climate Action to preserve our Mother Earth.  VUU congregants Jerry Waters, Sandy Whitley and Jeff Grout are working with AZIPL towards this effort.  We encourage all VUU congregants to become Faith Climate Justice Voters!  
 
Your Board of Trustees has voted to support the efforts of Arizona Interfaith Power and Light.  Please click the link below to pledge to consistently vote with the climate in mind:
 
When you are finished making the pledge, please send a quick note to Jerry Waters at jerwat711@gmail.com stating that you have made the pledge. Since UU's Seventh Principle is "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part", this should be one of the easiest decisions you will ever make.  
 
Believe it or not the COVID pandemic has had some benefits.  Our Air and Water are cleaner.  The lack of gridlock on the highways has resulted in a longer life for these roads.  Has this mitigated the effects of climate change?  We know that our carbon dioxide emissions have been somewhat reduced, but MUCH more must be done, so please make your votes count this year by making sure the candidates that you support have a plan to clean up our air and water. 
 
COVID 19 stole our 50th year Earth Day celebration this year, so let's make election day Earth Day!
Mother Earth thanks you for your support! 

Schedule of Online Events

Check out our Events Page on Facebook for more information on the following online opportunities:

Wednesday, June 24
7:00 p.m. Music, Reflection, Peace with Rev. Andy and Katie. 7 - 7:30 p.m. online check in with each other

Sunday, June 28
No regular service! Attend the General Assembly Worship Here: Link

Monday, June 29 
10:30 a.m. Story Time with Marci

Tuesday, June 30
10:30 a.m. Zoom Gathering https://zoom.us/j/92080176153 with Rev. Andy

Wednesday, July 1 - Here is your link to July's Touchstone's Journal. Our theme is Harmony.
7:00 p.m. Music, Reflection, Peace with Rev. Andy and Katie. 7 - 7:30 p.m. online check in with each other
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