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September 21 – October 4, 2013

Spiritual Reflections Living our dreams, connecting

Sharing our humanity



“All our desires exist every moment we stand connected to God/the universe/ source in love and joy. Complete happiness comes to us naturally as we live our lives in harmony. We are all worthy to live our dreams. This is God’s plan for us.” Olivia Veloso Reiki master and teacher Chandler

Our bodies were sprawled across the Honolulu Airport terminal like the contents of my suitcase upon our return. Most were wrapped in blankets, some propped up in chairs and still others curled up with family members on the floor. All fancy travel attire had long ago been reduced to comfort. There were no divisions of ethnicity, color or sex—only our joint humanity was on display. We were in survival mode after our flight’s cancellation. Strangers talked with strangers while smiles, humor and helpful suggestions were exchanged. Though accompanied by our own baggage—the kind we all have—we were way too tired for facades so outer coverings had given way to exhaustion hours earlier. All of us were “in the same boat.” In a strange way, there was a sweetness to our predicament. Though each of us was traveling a different course, for those few hours, we shared that which makes us human. Sometimes, like amateur Houdinis, we try to escape this very thing that enables us to relate to others. We pretend to impress.

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Author Madeleine L’Engle has said, “As Christians, we are meant to be not less human than other people but more human, just as Jesus of Nazareth was more human.” If God took on our humanity so that He could relate His Love to us, then how much more should we be willing to share in order to relate. The same sun brightens our days, newborn babies make us smile and tragedy causes our collective hearts to ache. We are all as “one beggar offering another beggar a piece of bread.” If we forget that, we are in grave danger of losing the message of the gospel. For we come to God like the song says, “Just as I am.” The more sensitive we are to our humanity, the more closely we can walk those dusty roads of life, sharing His Love with others. Even when cancelled flights interrupt our lives. Barbara Dillard Chandler Affiliated with Redemption Gateway Church in Mesa


SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sunday Mornings Traditional Worship

7:30 & 11:30 A.M.

Contemporary Worship 8:50 & 10:10 A.M. Sunday School

Sunday Evenings CORE (6th - 8th Grade)

6:00 P.M.

High School Youth Group 6:00 P.M.

8:50 & 10:10 A.M.

Adult Forum Bible Study 8:50 A.M.


Phone: 480-895-6782 • Email: • Website:


VUU musical festival celebrates American roots Barbershop, early What it means to be ‘spiritual’ blues, Appalachian The VUU congregation is also hosting ballads and bluegrass upcoming talks addressing what it means music are all part to make a spiritual journey, such as of the Valley the upcoming “Spiritual, But Not That Unitarian Universalist Interesting.” Congregation’s annual “Many Unitarian Universalists and “Cabaret: A Night of others call themselves ‘spiritual but not American Roots” at 7 religious,’” says the Rev. Andy Burnette. p.m., Sat., Sept. 28 at “But is that claim really all that unique or 6400 W. Del Rio St., helpful?” south of Ray Road off SHOWING THEIR ROOTS: Special “Spiritual, But Not That Interesting” guests at this year’s VUU Cabaret are McKemy Avenue, in will run Sept. 22 and 23. The adult choir the Bad Cactus Brass Band, a New Chandler. will sing Sept. 22. The yearly musical Orleans parade jazz band. Submitted photo entertainment, open LGBT rights, issues discussed to the public, features talented VUU members The Rev. Terry Sims will visit Sept. 28 and 29 performing in a variety show format, with the VUU for his talk “Anybody You Want to Be.” choir singing “Good Old Way” from the movie “There has been so much progress on equal “Brother, Where Art Thou?” rights for LGBT people recently that we might Special guests this year are the Bad Cactus Brass be tempted to think full equality is inevitable,” Band, a New Orleans Second Line street jazz band says Sims. “But we know that is not true. As based in Phoenix. Founded and directed by Benjie religious people, how can we best continue the Metzer, the new music director at the Unitarian conversation with fair-minded people who still Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, this music struggle to accept variations in the modes of “promises to get people off their chairs and onto being human?” the dance floor,” says VUU Musical Director the The VUU congregation provides a welcoming Rev. Kellie Walker. diverse community that nurtures each person’s Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for lifelong spiritual journey. The church strives ages 12 and younger and $28 for families. Tickets to create a place of peace and celebration and purchased at the door are $12 for adults, $7 for works for social justice and sustainable living. ages 12 and younger and $30 for families. Tickets Within this liberal religion, VUU members seek may be purchased at VUU after services on to create lives of integrity, service and joy. Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. For information about VUU, call 480-899or online at Beverages and dessert will be 4249, check out the Facebook page at facebook. available for purchase. com/ValleyUU or visit To check out special guests Bad Cactus Brass Band, visit

September 21 – October 4, 2013

Treasure sale, raffle at Chapel Center The Sun Lakes Chapel Board is having its ninth annual Treasure Sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 and Sat., Nov. 16 at the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes Country Club. Also featured will be a restaurant and time share raffle, with a top prize of a one-week time share at the Sheraton Desert Oasis in Scottsdale. There will be at least 12 winners of multiple dinners for two. The Treasure Sale will feature a wide selection of items from knickknacks to furniture, and welcomes all bargain hunters. Items for donation are also requested for the Treasure Sale, and donors are asked to leave them in the back porch of the Chapel Center, or if they are too large to move, call Harold at 480-326-1299 and he will arrange help moving the items. Clothing, large televisions or other large electronics or appliances are not needed. Entrants are also welcome for the third annual Restaurant Raffle with the addition of a grand prize of a one week time share in Scottsdale. The raffle has a first prize of dinner for two at seven different restaurants. Second prize is dinner for two at five different restaurants and third prize is dinner for two at four different restaurants. There are 12 prize winners in all. Raffle winners will be drawn at the treasure sale Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Winners need not be present to win. Raffle tickets will be sold until noon Nov. 16. Treasure Sale items are all donated by people in the greater Sun Lakes area. All the money from both of the events will go to support the Sun Lakes Chapel, which hosts four congregations: Sun Lakes Community Church, the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, Sun Lakes Lutheran Church and the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ. Participating restaurants are: Abuelo’s, Applebee’s, Black Angus, Blu Burger Grille, Buca di Beppo, Charleston’s, Chompie’s, Elephant Bar, Floridino, Iron Oaks, Keegan’s, Kona Grill, Majerle’s, Native New Yorker, Old Spaghetti Factory, Olive Garden, Pecan Grove, Red Robin, RigaTony’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Table 49, Tao Garden, Uncle Bear’s, Village Inn, Vinci Torio’s and possibly more. Raffle tickets are $1, seven tickets for $5, 15 tickets for $10 or 35 tickets for $20, and may be purchased at Bashas’ on Riggs Road Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Temple welcomes guests Temple Havurat Emet of Sun Lakes welcomes new visitors, now that the high holy days are over and it’s time to settle into a “winter routine.” With other area temples raising yearly dues, this smaller group without a building (or building fund) might be a way to keep your costs down and also meet some new like-minded people. The close community of members meets at the Lecky Center at the Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Temple Havurat Emet provides a friendly family atmosphere for monthly services, which are held on


the first Friday evening of each month. A second, “lay” service is held on the third Friday evening of each month, at the home of a temple member For more information, visit

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September 21 – October 4, 2013


Sharing, confirming your faith

Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at 480-802-7457 or Joy King 480-588-1882

Science and God’s word

CICM child sponsorships If you picked up a card to sponsor a child from the Central India Christian Mission card this summer, please visit

Pregnancy Care Center banquet The Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler will hold its annual fundraising banquet 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 featuring guest speakers Chandler Councilwoman Nora Ellen and Arizona Sen. Steven Yarbrough. The Pregnancy Care Center is a nonprofit Christian organization that assists women facing unplanned pregnancy. The center provides free services including pregnancy tests, counseling, referrals and resources as


Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to

Chandler Christian Church wraps up its series TRUTH.Faith classes, a series of addressing doubts and having the courage to share your faith, at 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 25. The meetings discuss how to share faith with confidence. For more information, check out chandlercc. org/truth-faith-2013. CCC’s It’s Creation Not Confusion Conference runs through Sun., Sept. 22. In a series of seminars led by Dr. Jonathan Safarti and Gary Bates, listen to a discussion about creation and science. To learn more, visit creation-not-confusion.

well as ultrasounds. The center does not perform or refer for abortions. A key program at the center is the Parenting Program, which allows parents to learn the skills they need while earning credit toward new maternity and baby items from a boutique. The center is funded by businesses, churches and individuals in the Chandler community and is run primarily by volunteers. For more information, visit

Make a spiritual commitment to your child Parents with young children who would like to pledge to raise their kids according to the principles of the Bible may attend family dedication services Sept. 21 and 22. Chandler Christian Church is located at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700,

Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by


WebXtra: For a complete list of Spiritual Connections, SanTan Sun area monthly support groups, study groups and spiritually stimulating meetings, visit and click on “Spirituality.”

A Place of Love Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Hamilton High School Auditorium 3700 S. Arizona Ave.

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Chandler United Methodist Church Celebrating 100 Years in Chandler. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913.

SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship .............8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children..................................................8:40 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children..................................................9:45 a.m. 480-963-3360 • • 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

19609 S. McQueen Rd. • Chandler, AZ 480-899-LIFE (5433) • 480-343-0022


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