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Pastor Tony is on vacation from August 30 - September 5. Rev. Peggy Roberts is preaching this Sunday. In case of an emergency and you need pastoral care, please call

Happening This Sunday
  • 9:45am - Children's Spiritual Enrichment
  • 10:00 am - Service of Worship - Worship Center
  • 11:00am -  Social Hour - Nelson Hall
  • 11:15am - Interrobang - Nelson Hall Lounge
Congregational Presentation of
New Architectural Design Master Plan September 9 and 12
All are welcome and invited to attend a presentation of the proposed architectural Master Plan design for Church of the Beatitudes by Barduson Architectural Firm. The architects will be making two presentations to the congregation along with information regarding funding of phase one. We encourage you to attend either of these presentations and get a glimpse into the awesome possibilities before us. The first presentation will be on September 9, immediately following the service at 11 a.m. in the worship center. The second is scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 12th, at 6:30 p.m., also in the worship center.

At the previous board meeting of August 21, the Board passed a motion recommending the congregation accept this initial Master Plan and is calling a Congregational Meeting for September 16, immediately following our 10 a.m. worship.

Design Team Special Note:

The Design Team and members of the Board met with our architects again this past Tuesday afternoon. We shared some of our concerns and ideas based on the preliminary master plan we saw last week as well as comments we heard from members. Thanks to those of you who asked questions or shared opinions with the Design Team. Between now and the architect’s presentation to the congregation on September 9 and 12, please contact the Design Team with further questions or thoughts. We look forward to sharing the proposed master plan with you and are encouraged with the opportunity before us to remain faithful to our calling to be a haven of hope for Phoenix and beyond.  

Please email any questions and concerns via the Church Administrator, Pat Ezerski ( or speak with one of the members of 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

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 valuesPlease 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. Survey ends September 14, 2018. Results will be tabulated and later shared.
Click Here for Survey

COB Charity NFL Football Pool

The 2nd Annual COB Charity NFL Football Pool. Last sign up is Sunday, September 2, Nelson Hall. First schedules of the season will be available. $20 buy-in entitles each person to 3 losses with an additional $10 buy-in for another 3 losses during regular season play. Pick your favorite charity and a check will be awarded to the charity for the person with the best win record at end of regular season. See Mike or Nancy Klatt or Phil Johnson.

If you can't be there, email Mike - First week pick and charity must be in by Wednesday, September 5.  NEW THIS YEAR:  No limit to the number of times you can pick one team for you loyalists!
Fearless Sunday
     Ever wonder what theological and social perspectives shaped Pastor Tony's spiritual compass? On Fearless Sunday, September 9, the organization Progressive Christianity encourages pastors to boldly share their truth about their theological and social perspectives.  It is a time for pastors to “out” themselves on matters of belief, social justice concerns, and how they evolved spiritually. Pastor Tony invites you to be part of this by submitting your questions in these areas. You can do so by emailing any question, no matter how big or small, to, subject line "Fearless Sunday." He will respond to your questions and concerns promptly and in truth. By offering you his perspectives in an authentic and transparent manner, he joins with other pastors across the nation to enhance dialogue and elevate Jesus' Way of compassion. 
Prayer Concerns
Lee Spangler, Lowell Frye, Jeff Grobe, Mary 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 9284 Woods Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Thank you.

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
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.


Beatitudes Music Rehearsal: Summer Schedule. Email Stephen Schermitzler if you are interested in joining the choir.

Arts Council: The
 Arts Council meets on the first Sunday of the month, however, this next month's meeting will meet on September 9, following service in the Patio Room.

Arts Council Art Showing: The current art show Student Art of Sunnyslope and Washington High School displayed in the narthex will be replaced this Sunday with a watercolor show by Alex Pekala. His reception will be on Sunday, September 2, from 11:00-1:00 pm. Please plan to attend the reception to mingle and meet Alex as well as other members of the Arts Council.

Interrobang Schedule: Sundays, from 11:15-12:00 pm, in Nelson Hall Lounge.  August 26 - Dr. Joe Faykosh.

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

Crusin' Cuisines: Meets the first Thursday of the month at 6 pm at a different delicious venues. The September meetup will be at Haus Murphy's, 57th  &  Glendale Avenues, Thursday, September 6 at 6:00 pm for an early Octoberfest celebration.  We ask that attendees RSVP to our email so we can give an accurate count to our hosts. All are welcome. Please RSVP to call (602)246-2606. 

Community Life Ministry: 
CLM is asking for cookies to serve during social hour after church. These can be store bought or homemade. Thanks so much!
The Nonfiction Book Group: Join us 
Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m. in Nelson Hall as Pastor Tony Minear leads a discussion of Matthew Desmond’s book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City." You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch, if you choose.

Women In Faith: Women in Faith will not have regular monthly meetings from June through August. However, it will start again on Saturday, September 8, in the lounge from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. and will continue to meet each month on the second Saturday.  Come and greet friends at "chat and snacks." Afterward enjoy the "Summer Highlights" program in which you're asked to share one special thing--a book, time spent in nature, trip, or other thing--that brought you joy during our time apart.
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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New Arts Council Exhibit: The works of artist Alex Pekala will be on display in the narthex from September 2-November 14. A reception for Alex Pekala will be held Sunday, September 2, 11:00-1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the Arts Council.

Dr. Charles Emerson will teach Lost Scriptures, Lost Christianities-a fall semester course beginning Tuesday, September 11, 1:30-2:45 pm, in the chapel at Church of the Beatitudes, and continuing for 15 weeks, to conclude December 18.  The course will explore early books that did not make it into the New Testament, some discovered in the 20th century. 

Contact Dr. Emerson at or 602-264-9384 by September 4 to confirm your participation.


 has been replenished thanks to your kind hearts and generous spirits.  We have an adequate amount of food to serve those in need who come to our doors right now.  However, the need is ongoing, so we encourage you to pick up a few items weekly or monthly.  Thanks for your great response, we are a caring church!        

FAITH IN ACTION has placed a container unit in the narthex 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.

Books for Maryland 
We extend a gigantic thank you to all of you who have donated generously to purchase grade level sets of books for the classrooms. We have also received many gently used children's books. For those of you who have not heard about this project, you are not too late!! You can still make a donation in any amount; just make a notation on your check for Maryland books. We will be accepting new or gently used books all year. Just look for the donation set-up in the narthex. Each basket for ongoing giving is labeled. Grateful appreciation to all!

Inside The Church Volunteer Opportunities


CLM Cookie Cupboard is Bare

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


Family Promise

September 2nd - 9th is your opportunity to help homeless families in need. 4 families are hosted at COB. We will be hosting the families in Nelson Hall.

Click Here for the sign up sheet. Contact Kris Nyman if you are interested in volunteering,

Call for Ushers

Dear friends,
We are in desperate need for new ushers, we would like our new members to participate as it's a great way to get involved with the church as well as get to know everyone better.
Ushers mainly greet people and hand out bulletins. They help people find restrooms, other rooms, etc.  They take up the collection and serve communion.  After the service, ushers go through the aisles and pick up items left and used bulletins, etc. If you are interested please email Joyce Glazner at

Call for Greeters

Make an impactful first impression for Church of the Beatitudes by volunteering to greet visitors as they enter for worship. Please see Janelle Tapphorn if you would like to be a friendly, helpful face of Church of the Beatitudes at

Outside The Church Volunteer Opportunities


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

Serving Labor Day Lunch at Justa Center


Needing donations to purchase food and volunteers to serve lunch to approximately 140 people at the Justa Center on Labor Day. Justa Center serves homeless senior individuals. Donations to COB designating Justa Center. September 3 from 9:30am to 12:00pm, 1001 West Jefferson , Phoenix. Located on the Southeast Corner of 10thAve and Jefferson.  Register with Doris or Pat to volunteer.

Watch these Justa Center 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


     United Church of Christ churches, clergy and congregants are reaching out with hope and in faith to migrants at our borders and immigrants across the country. Many more are asking what they can do to respond to the government policies that detain and separate families. The Southwest Conference UCC, acting with Justice and Local Church Ministries, is calling each member of the denomination to build on that immigrant-welcoming effort this fall as one Church to Keep Families Together.

     That's why the Southwest Conference UCC and its border churches are issuing two calls to action, one for a faithful witness AT the border, in Arizona at United States border with Mexico August 26-30, and another for a faithful witness FOR the border this fall, in cities and towns across America. This two-pronged, organized effort prepares people of faith to welcome immigrants into our country, our communities and our churches, and to advocate for their humane treatment at the hands of the U.S government. 

     For more information on this important cause, visit

On a related topic, Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. William Lyons, has extended the following invitation for anyone interested in finding out more about family reunification projects.  He notes, "when we joined the migrant family reunification effort last month we found Lutheran Social Services to be an excellent partner. They are inviting us to learn more about who they are and who they serve on Sept. 6." If you are interested in attending, please RSVP directly to Hannah Miller at
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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