News From the Red Floors for October 24-31, 2014

News From the Red Floors for October 24-31, 2014

Dear Friends…

It’s going to be a spooky weekend here at FUS with our annual Halloween Parade during services. Our children will be wearing their Halloween best as they march through the Auditorium – some scary, some sweet, all sure to be adorable in one way or another!  Our services will be led by Rev. Roger Bertschausen who has been minister of the Fox Valley Congregation in Appleton since 1990. I am sure his reflections on “duty and obligation” will challenge us, cause us to ponder, and nurture our spirits.

If you missed Select to Connect last weekend, you will have a Second Chance this weekend to sign up for events that have open spots. It was wonderful to see people signing up for Winter Fun, Soup and Scrabble, Game Nights, Bad Poetry and more.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We hope you have a wonderful time meeting new faces and making new friends.

Monday is our second MOSAiC evening, starting at 6:30 pm in the Atrium Auditorium.  We will be exploring duty and obligation as our theme.  I won’t say you are obligated to be there, but we would love to have you join us.

There is much going on at this large and lovely place.  I hope to see you here this weekend and in the coming weeks.

with gratitude and love,



Our Halloween Parade
October 25 and 26 bring our annual FUS Halloween Parade for children in pre-K – 5th grade. Children will line up in the Loggia on Saturday, the Commons on Sunday, at the start of the worship service. At the time when we typically have an Intergenerational Message, we will instead have our Halloween Parade! Creative dress is encouraged, but please, no weapon-like props. Kids will go straight to class following the parade. They are welcome to stay in their costumes if they’d like.

UU Campus Ministry * It’s the fourth Sunday of the month, so we are at church! Student-led evening with supper at 5 p.m. and discussion to follow. We will cook spaghetti and create Lego masterpieces as we talk about what it means to “be in community.” Busses #2 and #8 travel from campus to First Unitarian Society. ALL college students welcome! Questions? Contact Janet at /DAE

Select to Connect Second Chance Weekend! Stop by the commons this Saturday or Sunday and take a look at the Select to Connect events that are still available. Last weekend was a great success with 24 events selling out! BUT, don’t worry. There are still great events for you to check out! List of events at

New Singers sought for Society Choir and Meeting House Chorus…We are now offering childcare for the Meeting House Chorus and Society Choir rehearsals. Childcare will begin for the Meeting House Chorus on Wednesday, November 5 and the Society Choir on Thursday, November 6.  Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Join us!

Attention Library Lovers! Our FUS Library could use your help. The Library Ministry Team is currently looking for new members. If you love libraries and want to help keep our library a great resource, please contact Rev. Kelly at /MCL.

Water Justice Project *  FUS Youth Group water interns are raising funds to help people in specific international communities obtain access to clean water. This weekend (October 25/26) 50 percent of the service offerings will be used to fund small-scale, clean water projects selected by the Youth Group. For more information, please contact Cindy Rose at 271-6440 or at

Men’s Group Meeting * All men are invited to join the Open Men’s Group meeting on Monday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Courtyard C. Topic: What election issues have been neglected? What are your election pet peeves? For more information, Gordon at /mens.

Community Forum for Jail Alternatives * On Monday, October 27, 6 p.m.  come to a panel discussion and brainstorming session on increasing and improving opportunities for jail alternatives at Fountain of Life Church, 633 W Badger Rd. Presented by MOSES. Hosted by JustifieDanger. RSVP:

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 p.m. The group will discuss William R. Murry’s book: Becoming More Fully Human: Religious Humanism as a Way of Life.

Veterans Stand Down: Attend or Volunteer * Stand Down is a military term for soldiers removed from the battlefield for rest and relaxation. Madison Area Stand Down is a day of rest for veterans from the daily struggle of lack of housing, unemployment, physical and emotional hardships, and hopelessness. If you are a veteran in need of services, attend Nov. 1, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1420 Wright Street. Free vans will give rides from stops around Madison. If you are a community member, volunteer. Call Mary Liz Murphy at 449-0699.

Art in the Wright Place Needs Your Help * As many of you know, each year FUS hosts a wonderful art fair as a fundraiser for our Children’s Religious Education program. Art in the Wright Place will be on Sunday, November 23. We need your help to make this wonderful event happen. You can sign up at And we hope you’ll come shop with us!

Our Next Friday Musicale will feature virtuoso pianist Mark Valenti.
The Chicagoland pianist will play Estampes by Debussy, Bartok’s 1926 Sonata, and Variations Serieuses by Felix Mendelssohn. Friday, October 31, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free!

The Festival Choir of Madison will be performing a concert at First Unitarian Society on Sunday, November 1.

Wondering about UU and the Society?
Our New UU Orientation series is available in November. This class consists of four sessions and will be offered on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. November 2, 9,16, and 23. Childcare is offered during this class.
New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of the First Unitarian Society. Registration materials are available in the Commons, or at /newuu.

Mentoring Fair * On Sunday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., FUS will present the Henry Hagedorn Mentoring Fair. Learn about how you can make a real difference in your life and the life of a child, teen, or adult. Be a mentor, a tutor, a circle member, a supportive volunteer. Downstairs and upstairs, in the Atrium Commons and Crossing, 10 local organizations will be here to meet with you. Questions? Contact Becky /socialjusticecoordinator.

Immigration Talk * A presentation about the broken U.S. immigration system will be at FUS-Milwaukee on Sunday, November 2, at 1 p.m. Presenters will include Leila Pine, a former member of FUS-Madison. More info at

Free Public Talk: Searching for a Solution to Alzheimer’s Disease * In recognition of November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will present a free community event sharing the latest research on Alzheimer’s disease on November 4, at the Monona Terrace, 5 p.m.

“UU Theological House”
with Nastasha (Sasha) Ostrom, Ministerial Intern
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. * Courtyard D $30 pledged/$40 non-pledged Come join Sasha as she explores UU theology in this 5-week program, with each week exploring a different part of the “UU Theological House.” Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.

Alliance to Meet Nov. 5 * The Alliance, mostly retired women and friends, will meet at noon on Wednesday, November 5, for brown bag lunch in the Community Room of Oaks Apartments, Oakwood Village West. Emeritus Prof. Robert H. Dott of UW Dept. of Geology will be guest speaker. His topic will be “Fracking: Pros and Cons.” Information? 831-2075.

“PAUSE: an Afternoon of Breathing Space for Women” with Janet Swanson and Sasha Ostrom Sunday, November 9 * 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. * Landmark Auditorium $25 pledged/$35 non-pledged * Childcare available upon request Join us on a Sunday afternoon in late autumn to pause, breathe and move from “doing” to “being.” Savor an afternoon for yourself in the company of other women. Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.

The annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner is now being planned, and you are invited to come to FUS on Thursday, November 27, for a wonderful feast as has been in the past years. Donna Cangelosi will be the coordinator of the event this year and she would appreciate hearing from anyone who is interested in pitching in – including someone who would be willing to cochair the event. Give her a call at 287-4703 or drop her an e-mail at .

Wanted: Holiday Elves! * With the Family-to-Family Holiday Giving Program, FUS provides a happier holiday for families in need. Last year, we gave wrapped gifts and grocery cards to 539 family members. Please join us this holiday season by helping for a couple of hours. Between November 15 and December 16, we need to sign up gift donors, organize the collected gifts, and match social workers with their clients’ presents. Click here to volunteer:

“Grief Explored” with Nancy Johnson, Certified Death Educator
Monday, November 17 * 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Landmark Auditorium
$10/$15 non-pledged
FUS End-of-Life Ministry Team member and former funeral director, Nancy Johnson, will facilitate the last of our End of Life Planning Series on Monday, Nov. 17. Grief is among the most widely shared human experiences and yet the character of grief is not well understood. The group will explore the many dimensions of grief and healing, as well as the developmental stages in children that affect concepts of death. More at /end.

Green and Clean. A little ‘shout out’ to Crystal Cleaners, our janitorial service here at FUS. Much like an NFL referee, they are at their best when you don’t notice them. They use “green” approved chemicals for an environmentally friendly space, and do great work with us. More at

Board of Trustees Selects Vision

On October 22, our FUS Board of Trustees came up with new Vision of Ministry language.

We will…
  • Increase opportunities for exposure to the rich diversity of human experiences, beliefs, and identities within our FUS community and in the larger world.
  • Build and nurture deeper connections among our members in all our work.
  • Live our UU principles within our larger community.

Staff and members will use this language to set strategies and work goals over the upcoming year.

Today’s Friday Noon Musicale….

…will feature soprano Rachel Eve Holmes, baritone Christopher Apfelbach, and pianist Michael Keller.

Hear music of Floyd, Hahn, Beach, Strauss, Britten, Faure, Bowles and Mozart on Friday, October 24, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

Free, but we should probably charge $9.  It would be worth it.

This weekend @ FUS – “An Exploration of Duty”

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Saturday Services are at 4:30 p.m. Sunday Services are at 9 & 11 a.m.

Fulfilling duty is a good thing, right?  Or can it be a negative thing?  Yes.

In truth duty is a slippery thing.  It’s a value worth upholding, but figuring out how and when to live it is extremely difficult.  Rev. Roger Bertschausen is the Senior Minister of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, a position he’s held since 1990.  He’s been an occasional visitor to the pulpit of FUS.

This will be his final pulpit exchange with Rev. Michael Schuler—Rev. Bertschausen has announced his departure from the Fox Valley UU Fellowship next summer.

On Saturday, pianists Pamela McMullen and Linda Warren will play hymns arranged for piano duet. Sunday, The Society Choir will sing Dale Warland’s arrangement of the Shaker tune Simple Gifts.


See the film ‘Food Stamped’ Thursday at FUS

Economic Justice Film Festival Coming To FUS

FUS will host one night of a 5-week film series on Thursday,
October 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Learn about hunger in America! The film Food Stamped will be shown at in the Landmark Auditorium, followed by a discussion led by staff from 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Free and open to the public.

RSVP and see all festival listings at

Bringing It Home: A Resource for Families with Children

Pondering our Obligations

from Kelly Crocker, Minister of Congregational Affairs

This month we turn our attention to the theme of duty and obligation. Today we think of these concepts on terms of our responsibilities to one another.  What is responsibility?

We could think of it as being accountable for what you do, for your actions and behavior.

Or we could say it is the right thing at the right time, so others can trust and depend on you. It is fulfilling our obligations, following through on the promises we have made or on the work that is ours to do.

As parents, we know we have an obligation to raise our children with love and respect, to nurture them and keep the, safe. We may have obligations to parents, helping them navigate their changing world. We have many real life examples of our own that we can use to discuss duty and obligation with our kids. But what are some ways they can be responsible and follow through on obligations to the family?

1. Complete your homework and chores on time without being reminded.

2. Follow through on your commitments, even when you don’t feel like it.

3. Accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them. Don’t make excuses or blame others.

4. Take care of your things and those of other people. Return items you borrow.

5. Find out what needs to be done and do it.

6. Consider the needs of our planet when you are making choices on how to act and what to do. Think about the obligation we have to creating a healthy Earth.

Every day we each make many choices. May we be thoughtful in those decisions, remembering our obligations to ourselves, one another, and this beautiful blue planet home of ours.

Create Your Own Story

Share with your family the story of the little red hen. Make masks to act it out giving everyone parts. You can tell the original where the hen is making a loaf of bread or you can use a more modern version such as The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. After your family has told or acted out that story, come  with your own. The Little Red Hen Bakes a Birthday Cake? In that one, she could be trying to make a cake for the cat’s birthday and no one will help. Use the story as an illustration of our responsibilities to each other and how we all need to pull together to get things done.

Family Activity


Materials: White, brown, and green construction paper. Tree trunk with branches and leaf stencils made from heavy cardboard.

Give each family member one piece each of the white, brown, and green construction paper. Instruct them to use the brown paper to trace and cut out the tree trunk and then glue it on their white paper. Then use the green paper to cut and trace out leaves and then glue the leaves on the branches of the tree trunk. Each person will then write or draw pictures of responsible actions that they will perform on each of the leaves, such as take out the garbage, feed the dog, set the table…)

Game Night

Play the “What if….?” Game

Materials: A sample lunch, for example, a pb&j sandwich, a piece of fruit.

1. What if the farmer who grew the grain to make the bread for this sandwich decided to play ball instead of harvesting the grain? (Explain that we wouldn’t have any bread to eat, than take the bread off of the sandwich.)

2. What if the workers in the factory decided to all take the day off and not process the nuts?

(Take away the peanut/almond/sunflower butter.)

3. What if the farmers who grew the berries decided to go hiking instead of harvesting the fruit? (Take the jelly away.)

4. What if the workers who harvest fruits and vegetables were too busy watching TV to work in the fields? (Take away any fruit and vegetables)

5. What if the store manager and employees at the grocery store didn’t feel like working for a few weeks and played with friends instead? (Take away everything else and explain that the store wouldn’t be open and we could not get the things we need.)

6. See what can happen when people do not show responsibility? We count on others to be responsible and do their job correctly and on time. The jobs that you have are just as important. (Ask the students to give examples of their jobs.) When you do what is expected of you to the best of your ability, then you are fulfilling your obligations, being responsible and others can count on YOU!

Discussion Ideas

1. What obligations do you believe you personally have for: 1) yourself, 2) your family, 3) your community, 4) the world?

2. Describe something you’ve done that was really irresponsible. How did you feel afterward? What did you learn from it?

3. Describe what this society might be like if nobody was accountable for their actions, if nobody kept their obligations.

Books on Duty/Obligation

Younger Kids:

Katy and the Big Snow, Virginia Lee Burton

Chrysanthemum, Kevin Henkes

The Shoeshine Girl, Clyde Bulla

Pearl’s Promise, Frank Asch

Magnificent Words to Live By, Brower and Martin

Older Kids:

The Giver, Lois Lowry

The Pigman, Paul Zindel

Watch us Live Online Sunday Morning

Both Landmark and Atrium Auditorium Services are audio webcast live at

We are also now streaming a live video feed on YouTube. Use that link and listen or watch along even if you can’t make it to church. Works on your smart phone!

Video, audio, and text of the week’s Reflections are available at Download a a sermon, listen to the Reflection, or connect to the YouTube video.

Want to listen to the Reflections on your laptop, smartphone or tablet later? Subscribe, and it automatically will download the files for your convenience. Information at

Our YouTube channel is growing and now has hundreds of videos of music, readings, and services. Use the link on the FUS home page, or go to YouTube and search for fusmadison. Click subscribe, and it will be added.

Our FUS Library could use your help…

Attention All Library Lovers!

The Library Ministry Team is currently looking for new members! There aren’t a lot of
meetings but there is time with books, magazines and more. Training on keeping
the library up and running will be provided. At our quarterly meetings, we
discuss what needs to be done to keep the library looking good and also discuss
new book possibilities. If you love libraries, please join us on Wednesday,
October 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Library.

For more information, contact Rev. Kelly at

“Is Authenticity Overrated?”

By Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister

Worship Services, October 18 & 19 – Saturday Services are at 4:30 p.m. Sunday Services are at 9 & 11 a.m.

It is not uncommon today for people to defend their speech and behavior with the argument that they are “just being authentic.” And indeed, authenticity, which suggests lack of guile and honest presentation, is clearly an admirable quality.  But do we attach more importance to it than is justified?

An opportunity for the sharing of joys and sorrows will be afforded at our services.

Saturday, violinist Laura Burns and pianist Jess Salek will play. Sunday, Members of Madison’s Festival Choir will sing.

This Saturday – Charlie King in concert @ FUS

On Saturday, October 18, at 7 p.m. Sister Maureen McDonnell will celebrate 50 years of vowed Sinsinawa Dominican life, and has chosen to honor the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice with a benefit concert as her Jubilee event.

Honor Sister Maureen and hear renowned folk and labor activist musician Charlie King in the Atrium Auditorium. $20 in advance/$25 at door. Contact Rabbi Renee Bauer for tickets or to volunteer at or 819-4740.