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  • 10:00 am - Service of Worship - Worship Center
  • 11:00 am - CLM Social Hour in Nelson Hall
  • 11:15 am - Youth Fellowship
  • 11:15 am - Interrobang in Nelson Hall Lounge
The Children will attend the first part of the service in the Worship Center. At the posted moment during the service, those children who have a wristband, will be excused to the foyer and escorted to Room 4. Please pickup your child promptly following service before CLM Social Hour.  
Sign-in instructions: The children need to be signed-in by 10:00 am at the table outside the south entrance. The parent and child will receive a matching wrist band to wear while the children are in our care. A parent can also sign-in their child, after the children have been excused, by walking their child to Room 4 and signing-in there to receive a wristband.

The Youth Group will meet after service. Parents of youth will still sign-in at Room 4.

Please note, liturgical vestments and robes have not gone away. We are reserving their use for high seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. 
Welcome to the Spirit Space
Beginning October 7th,  the Beatitudes Chapel will be open and available on Sundays at 9 a.m. for prayer, meditation, or self-centering in preparation for our morning worship. We hope you will take advantage of this time to settle your hearts for encountering the Divine. 
Listen to Last Weeks Sermon Again
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"A Million Dreams"
A personal note from Pastor Tony

The last year and a half has been full of adjustments. We’ve adapted to each other, more open space on the property along with cooler air, and experienced new ways to engage God with each other. And, we are not done.

We will continue to adjust and adapt. For to stop adapting is to succumb to the process of stagnation and our eventual demise. You know this to be true. Living has required you to adjust to a myriad of situations and circumstances over the years. To live is to adapt.

This Sunday, September 16, we are officially kicking off the 2018-19 church year at Beatitudes. Throughout this year, we will make three adjustments in worship.

First, with the prospect of renovation work to our worship space eminent, we will plan on worshipping in Nelson Hall from January to May. 

Second, the architecture in the worship center emphasizes the vertical dimension—the transcendence of our spiritual experience. In today’s highly digital society, many are earnestly seeking opportunities to experience the vertical communal connection of spirituality along with the horizontal. We often refer to this as the transcendent and eminent dimensions of the divine. To build on this communal experience, I will continue to preach from the main floor, so we might continue to experience the closeness we had while worshipping in Nelson Hall and sitting together on the north side throughout the summer. This will continue until the renovation is completed. However, I will be standing on a riser. Being physically closer to you, in distance and height, has impacted my preaching in a positive manner. I now feel part of you; speaking with you, rather than at you.

Lastly, in the recent survey we completed for Barduson Architectural Firm, we discovered that we are truly diverse in how we prefer to worship. The majority of respondents expressed a desire for a worshipful experience that is traditional yet contemporary, contemplative yet bright. We are committed to finding this sweet spot between these two. With that endeavor in mind, I have decided to continue wearing a clerical shirt throughout most of the year. Nevertheless, the choir will join me in robing during the high seasons of the Christian calendar (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost). 
I loved my Road King. It was my first Harley. It didn’t feel right when I traded her in a couple months ago. I still have nostalgic moments when I miss her. I can tell you, though, I’ve adjusted. I enjoy my new Harley in ways I never imagined. 

We adapt. It’s the way to a life fulfilled.

Pastor Tony
Results: Congregational Vote on Board Motion

Thank you for your attendance last Sunday, September 16, at the Congregational Meeting to vote on the Board of Directors motion to approve the funding to pursue renovations to the Worship Center using the money returned from the Southwest Conference and the money already approved for lighting. The congregation passed the motion. 

If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact a member of the Board of Directors, the staff or the Design Team.

Your Design Team:

Jeff Milton – Board President

Chuck Nolan – Board Member

Alan Cochran – Board Member

Peggy Shively – Member

Lori Ramsey – Member

Sherrell Miller – Member

Pat Ezerski – Staff

Stephen Schermitzler – Staff

Tony Minear – Pastor

The Board of Directors will hold Quarterly Town Hall Meetings immediately following service at 11:00 a.m. in the Worship Center on the following dates:
November 4, 2018
February 3, 2019
May 5, 2019
Church of Beatitudes Core Values Survey
What fundamental values do you sense should embody Church of the Beatitudes? As we ascertain our dreams and hopes for the coming decade, it is paramount these are rooted in our core values. Please take the time to let us know your top ten core values. Survey takes only a minute or two to complete and can be found at the link below or by picking up a copy located in your seat pew or on the New Visitor's table in the foyer this Sunday. Survey ends September 30, 2018. Results will be tabulated and later shared.
Click Here for Survey
Be the face of CoB!
Calling Extravagant Greeters

We are a people of God’s extravagant welcome! You know who you are…that enthusiastic ambassador with a smile for everyone and a warm hand shake to let someone know they belong.

A church greeter is the first- and last-person people see when visiting a church. But it’s more than a hand shake. Greeters play a vital role in forming a visitor's first impression of our church and, to some, their first impression of Jesus. You play a significant role in ensuring that people see and experience the love of CoB.

Join us on September 30 at 11:15 in the Chapel to become a Super Greeter for CoB. For more information, contact Janelle Tapphorn
Considering membership with Church of the Beatitudes? Take the next step and contact us to learn more. We will equip you with the essentials of being a part of an open and affirming church and how to connect with our church family and community. New Member Sunday is October 28! Email Janelle Tapphorn to sign up. 
Prayer Concerns
Lee Spangler, Lowell Frye, Jeff Grobe, Maray Boyce,
Lee Keaton, Louise Files, Ellen Martin, Marvin Sommers,
Angela Corona, Mike Lancaster, Louise Buhman,
Alan Cochrane, Chuck Nolan, Shirley Dresbach
Heidi Eberenz, Lesley Setzler, Joy Louviere, Ann Janney,
Andrea, David Goldman, Bill Storm, Dosia Carlson,
Dave Langlois, Sr., Florence Wilkenson, and
Lynne Buckwald Coor 

How Our Prayer List Works
Please submit your prayer requests including first and last name. As the congregation is drawn, individuals will pray in their own way in service of deep trust that God knows what is best. To add someone to the list, please email Janelle at or call 602-264-1221 x 103. Be sure to let us know if you would like them on the list for 30 or 60 days. We wish you all perfect and vibrant health and happiness. 
 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding”
Proverbs 3:5
Ann Boal has requested that anyone sending cards and letters for her sister, Lesley Setzler, be sent in care of Ann Boal at 1988 S. 140th Place, Gilbert, AZ  85295. Thank you.


Beatitudes Choir Resumes: Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Choir Room. Anybody interested is welcome for food, fun, & fellowship! Call Director of Music, Stephen Schermitzler, at (602) 264-1221 x104 for more information.

Arts Council: The Arts Council will meet on October 7th in the Patio Room. This is our regular monthly meeting. Join us after service after stopping in Nelson Hall for coffee. Join us to see what we are planning!

Arts Council Art Showing: The current art exhibit showcases the watercolors of Alex Pekala and will be on display in the narthex from September 2-November 14. Please take a moment to stop by the narthex to see his truly remarkable work.

Interrobang Schedule: Regular meetings are held on Sundays, from 11:15-12:00 pm, in Nelson Hall Lounge. 

Movie Night: Every 3rd Monday of the month movie showing in Nelson Hall Lounge.

Crusin' Cuisines: Mark the date for Thursday, October 4, at 6 pm, dinner at Pita Jungle, 5505 North 7th Street.  This is an eclectic relaxed restaurant with middle eastern food:  soups, salads, pitas, lavosh (our favorite).  If you haven't been there, trust us, there is something for everyone and you will love it! Please RSVP by Monday, October 1, so we can give our hosts an accurate count to call (602)246-2606. 

Community Life Ministry:  CLM meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6 pm in the Nelson Hall lounge. Everyone is welcome!
The Nonfiction Book Group: The Nonfiction Book Group meets October 11 at 7 pm in Room 4. We will discuss Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest by Leslie Poling-Kempes.

Women In Faith: Women in Faith meets on the second Saturday each month in the Nelson Hall lounge from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Come and greet friends at "chat and snacks." 
Beatitudes Book Club: The Beatitudes Book Club will meet TUESDAY (instead of Thursday) September 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom next to Buckwald’s Grille at the Beatitudes Campus to discuss “Before We Are Yours” by Lisa Wingate.
Faith In Action Monthly Meeting: Do you contribute to ICM, ShoeBox Ministry, Bishops Pantry, Maryland School? Would you like to do more? Come to our monthly meeting. Second Wednesday of the month at 1 pm in the Church Office. All are welcome.


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COB Charity NFL Football Pool Update

For those members participating in the COB Charity NFL Football Pool, the standings are 12 wins, 7 losses (down from 9 last week), but with more ties at 4.

We now have $460 for the favorite charity, and once the three losses kick in, hopefully the $10.00 buy-ins will ad to our current total. 
Those of you who have not picked a charity be sure to get the name in to Mike or Nancy Klatt or Phil Johnson. Remember your weekly pick needs to be in by Wednesday evening of each week. You can pick the same team or mix them up each week. If you have any questions, please email Mike -

Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival 2018


The Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival returns to Church of the Beatitudes from October 18th-20th! This year’s festival celebrates the music of Morten Lauridsen, and will feature almost 300 musicians!

We are looking for volunteers to help out in several ways. If you would like to help, please contact Director of Music Stephen Schermitzler. Volunteer orientations will be held on Wednesday September 5th, September 26th, and October 17th, in the Choir Room from 6:30-7:15 p.m.


Concert Tickets

Festival Performance - Saturday, October 20th, 7:00 p.m. 
See multiple choirs perform some of your favorite Morten Lauridsen selections, like O Magnum Mysterium, Sure on This Shining Night, Dirait-on, and more! Then, the choirs will join together with valley musicians to perform the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna! Reception to follow. $25 a ticket.

Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival 2018 Click Here for more information
New Arts Council Exhibit: The works of artist Alex Pekala will be on display in the narthex from September 2-November 14. Sponsored by the Arts Council.
Paintings by Alex Pekala were enjoyed at the opening reception by Ann Thomas and Dee Sullivan.
All paintings are for sale to benefit Church of the Beatitudes.



Thank you so much to all of you that give to Bishops Pantry on an ongoing basis. The items that are presently needed most: soup, canned vegetables, (corn seems to be the favorite), canned fruit, breakfast bars, pasta & sauce, mac n cheese boxes, cereal, peanut butter, jam & crackers. We encourage you to pick up a few items weekly or monthly and demonstrate in a tangible way that we are a caring church.   THANK YOU!


Look for the container unit in the foyer of the Worship Center which will make ongoing giving of items very easy!  The unit houses baskets that are labeled "ICM," "BISHOPS PANTRY," "SHOEBOX MINISTRY," and "MARYLAND SCHOOL."  If you have a very large bag of clothing for ICM, the ICM barrel will be in Nelson Hall.  You can also set it by the container unit and Faith in Action will take care of it.


A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who donated both books and money for Maryland school. Your generous spirits and kind hearts made the book drive very, very successful! We received a total of $1200.00!! That will buy a large number of much needed books that will remain in the classrooms permanently. The teachers are delighted!

Inside The Church Volunteer Opportunities


Are you a baker? CLM Cookie Cupboard is Bare and needs your goodies!

CLM is asking for cookies to serve during social hour after church. These can be store bought or homemade.

In addition, CLM is looking for bakers to provide cookies, brownies, bars, etc. for the upcoming Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival, October 18-20. You can freeze your goodies and bring them to Gayle Lawson who is accepting early donations. Thanks so much!

Do you have a servant heart? Sign up to Usher today! 

Ushers play a vital role in our weekly service. They greet people, hand out bulletins, and help direct people to find restrooms and locations of other campus meeting rooms. They take up the offertory collection and serve communion to our members. After the service, they go through the aisles and pick up lost items and used bulletins. If you're a new or a seasoned member, this is an easy way to get involved with our church as well as get to know everyone better. If you're interested in being a difference maker, please sign up by contacting Joyce Glazner at

Outside The Church Volunteer Opportunities

ICM Food & Clothing Bank is looking for volunteers Monday – Friday from 8:45 – 11:30a.m.  There are several positions open where volunteers of all ages can help.  Please contact or 602-403-3577 for more information.

Faith in Action extends a grateful "thank you" to all of you who bring items regularly for Bishops Pantry. Your donations are a vital help in filling bags for our clients who come to our door every week. Here are our most recent needs: CANNED FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, SOUP (BOTH REGULAR & CREAMED--PULL TAB LIDS PREFERRED), PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY, SPAGHETTI & SAUCE, BREAKFAST BARS & HYGEINE ITEMS SUCH AS BAR SOAP, WASH CLOTHS (GENTLY USED), DEODORANT, SHAMPOO. Thank you!


Justa Center serves homeless senior individuals. They are in need of donations to purchase food and volunteers to serve at the Justa Center, 1001 West Jefferson , Phoenix-located on the Southeast Corner of 10th Ave and Jefferson. You can make your donations to COB designating Justa Center. To volunteer, register with Doris or Pat at

Learn more about the Justa Center - Watch these videos
Overview, introduced at a major fund raising event and subsequently used for general program support awareness.

The Beatitudes Bunch has graciously provided and served lunch on Labor Day the past five years.

George Fratarelli Hike For Veterans and For Wildlife

Your fellow congregant needs your support and prayers as he begins his 500 mile hiking journey. Please consider sponsorship up to 500 miles. 75% will go to Mission 22 a NonProfit helping fight the Veteran Suicide epidemic. 25% will go to the WWF World Wildlife Fund. Follow my trip at and Instagram by searching for George Fratarelli.

To Sponsor George go to


September 2nd - 9th gave COB the unique opportunity to help homeless families in need. We hosted four families in Nelson Hall. Thank you to all the members who volunteered of their time to make this important and vital event possible! 

Family Promise Volunteer Engagement Manager, Deanna Schlagenhaft adds,
"Sending you and Church of the Beatitudes a huge THANK YOU for all you do to make our families feel welcome and safe. We appreciate Church of the Beatitudes!"

Beyond Autism, Inc. has agreed to lease the Dosia Carlson Community Center for a new school facility. Find out more about the program here. They will be starting up their school programs in January of 2019.
    On behalf of the Southwest Conference UCC Disaster Ministries I extend our prayers and concerns to our congregations and their communities who are in the path of Hurricane Florence. The hurricane is expected to make landfall during the next couple days along the North Carolina coast. Due to the size of the storm, its anticipated path and it’s expected “stalling” along the coast, several states will be severely impacted. If you have family and friends in any of these locations, I would strongly encourage that they heed the local and regional warnings being issued by emergency management officials.
You and your congregation may want to extend your compassion and assistance to the areas affected. The links below will help you to develop your response. Keep in mind that UCC Disaster Ministries focuses on long-term recovery and our hard work will begin after the initial impact and short-term response of agencies equipped to do so. And, it will continue for a long time.
I encourage you to consider sending your hurricane financial gifts through your congregation to the SWC Office, designated for Hurricane 2018 Fund. If you or your congregation decides to offer material assistance (i.e., Clean-up or Hygiene kits) please let me know,, or notify the Conference Office. Your shared efforts may help other congregations with their response or we may be able to combine efforts in some way for a greater and more cost effective impact (i.e., shipping kits together from multiple congregations).
Phil Shea
SWC Disaster Coordinator 
-          Information about giving and UCC Disaster Ministries response can be found at:
-          Donors seeking the greatest impact should give financially to the UCC Disaster Ministries Hurricane 2018 Fund.
-          Donors should not collect “stuff” and/or attempt to ship material items to the impacted region. This YouTube video helps explain why:
-          Churches and individuals are welcome to assemble kits and matching funds are still available (cleanup buckets, hygiene kits, school kits); learn more at:
-          Additional ways to support disaster survivors:
Allow me to introduce myself...
     My name is Janelle Tapphorn and I have been blessed to have been chosen as the Church of the Beatitudes' Communications/Media Specialist and Pastoral Assistant. I recently received my Master's degree in Journalism from Regent University, and did my internship with Duet: Partners in Health & Aging. You can learn more about me by visiting my website at .

     On a personal note, you will find me fluttering and floating about the church in pursuit of ways to serve and share your stories of spirituality and hope. And, oh yea, I'm also the blond girlie with a blue butterfly tattooed on my right forearm...something slightly in common with a certain well-known church leader here at Church of the Beatitudes. Why a blue butterfly you ask? It is a significant symbol to me of the power of God's presence in the smallest moments of our lives. Eleven years ago, my husband Dave and I adopted our daughter, Joy, from China. On the day we were to meet her for the first time, a small but brilliant blue butterfly flew onto our tour bus as we were driving to the adoption center and landed smack dab on the window next to my head. A fellow adoptive mom sitting behind me tapped me on the shoulder and whispered, "Janelle, you know what that means don't you?" It was a confirmation to me that we were doing exactly God's will for our lives and making Jesus alive in a remote corner of the world where hope was needed. In Christ we are a new creation and I am reminded of that truth anytime I encounter a butterfly. Just as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (NIV). Please introduce yourself to me the next time you see me, and share any cool butterfly encounters you've had that rocked your world! I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you!
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What Can I See On The Beatitudes Church Website?
As a Church Member: You have access through the membership portal to the Board and Congregational Meeting Minutes plus everything visitors receive.

As a Church Member/Visitor: 
- Calendar of Events
- Access the Beatitudes Radio Show - Weekly Sermons (at the bottom of the home page, you can listen right there), Dialogue and Interviews by Pastor Tony. 
- Weekly Blog
- See the most recent Facebook Post (at the bottom of the home page) and Like our Facebook Page
- Sign Up for the Weekly Newsletter and Blog

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