News From the Red Floors for August 29 to September 5, 2014

Dear Friends…Rev. Schuler

It doesn’t seem possible that summer is just about over. The Badgers are back on the gridiron this weekend, school will be back in session on Tuesday and our own education programs for kids and adults commence a week from now. No Saturday service tomorrow, but at 4:30 next week the Landmark Auditorium will be rocking again.

For those who are sticking around this Labor Day weekend, we’ve got some great music scheduled for Sunday services. Folk singer and UU Joe Jenks will be sharing a few numbers from his vast repertoire of labor songs — the perfect complement to my reflections on Unitarian Universalism’s historic contributions to the cause of worker justice.

See you at the Meeting House!

Michael

Summer Fun * This week is the last Summer Fun session of 2014, and that means it’s Sundae Sunday! Join us for ice cream and games in Courtyard ABC after the children are released for classes. Sign up with Sara as you arrive.

Donations for CRE * Our CRE classes begin September 6 and 7 and your supply donations from our Giving Tree will soon be in the hands of our kids! If you would like to donate supplies, you can pick up a “supply chalice”with a suggested donation at the Giving Tree by the RE table in the Commons, purchase the supplies, and return them to the donation box. The tree will be available until classes begin.Questions? Contact Deb Mies at /REprogramcoordinator.

CRE needs adult-size shoe boxes * For those of you who couldn’t resist buying yourself a pair of shoes while school shopping for your kids, we welcome any adult-size shoe boxes with lids. Our K-1st grade Treasure Hunting kids will be making treasure boxes from them and we’d like to have some extras for our visiting children. You can drop them off in the donation box at the RE table in the Commons.


Our dynamic FUS choirs
invite new members!  

For Children and Youth:
All Children’s and Youth choirs begin
rehearsing on Wednesday, September 3

  • The Cherub Choir (age 4 through 2nd grade) 6:30 p.m.
  • the Choristers (grades 4 – 8) at 7 p.m.
  • and the Teen Choir at 7:45 p.m. Please note the new times.  

You can just show up for a rehearsal, or contact Heather Thorpe /directorchildrenchoir for more information. Rehearsals are in the Music Rehearsal Room at the end of the hall just past the Atrium Auditorium’s Baby Haven.
We need Adult Singers!

  • The Meeting House Chorus will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 3, at 7 p.m.
  • The Society Choir will begin rehearsals on Thursday, September 4, at 7 p.m.

Both choirs welcome new singers, and the Society Choir especially needs basses, but sopranos, altos and tenors are most welcome too! Singing in choirs is beneficial for so many reasons – give it a try!
Need more information? Contact Dan Broner at
/musicdirector or 233-9774, ext. 121.


Women’s Alliance is September 3 * Women, mostly of retirement age, will meet to lunch and learn together at noon in the Community Room (note room change) at Oakwood Village West, Mineral Point Road, on Wednesday, September 3. Paid reservations for this catered meal must be made by August 29. To save a place or for information call 836-5616 or 831-2075. The guest speaker will be FUS member and Assemblywoman Chris Taylor. Newcomers and guests are invited. See the bulletin board at FUS for more information or contact hathewayhasler@gmail.com.

Two chances at Japanese
Crane Movement Meditation!

Two drop-in groups are resuming their practice of this relaxing Qi Gong movement meditation form at FUS, and they invite you to join in.
* The Wednesdays group, led by Bobbi Zehner and Joan Heitman, will resume on September 3. They meet from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. Drop in or contact Joan Heitman at jaheitman@tds.net.
* The Thursdays group will resume September 4. They meet in the Gaebler Living Room at 5 p.m. Drop in or contact Ann Schaffer at 232-0004/annieschaffer@uwalumni.com.

New Sacred Earth Spirituality Chalice Group Forming
If you find yourself drawn to earth-centered spiritual traditions, please consider joining this newly forming chalice group. Contact Skyler at finn.and.skyler@gmail.com or 203-5753 for more information.

Fall Circle Suppers * Registration for Fall Circle Suppers closes Friday, September 5! These small informal pot luck meals are great. Details on how, when, who, and more are all available at /circles or contact Dawn Stucki, the Circle Suppers Coordinator, at 849-8078 or destucki@tds.net.

Women In Transition Group Meetings * The Women In Transition Group will start meeting again on Monday, September 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Courtyard D. We will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. We offer support and companionship to any woman who is experiencing or anticipating a transition. Amy Kell and Dorit Bergen will be the facilitators for the group this year. Any questions, please call Dorit at 279-4414.

Membership Book Signing * Are you ready to become a member here at the First Unitarian Society? Our September Membership Book Signing will be held on Sunday, September 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. If you have UU background or have taken the New UU series, we invite you to join us. Please RSVP before September 10 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears, jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116.You will be mailed information to complete.

Wondering about Unitarian
Universalism and FUS?

Two “New UU” orientation classes will be available this early fall. Each class will consist of four sessions. The first class is offered on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning September 14 and on September 21, 28 and October 5. Childcare is offered. The second class will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on October 9,16 and 23 and 30.
New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of FUS. During the four weekly meetings, you will have the opportunity to:

  • get acquainted with other curious adults,
  • learn about Unitarian Universalism and the organization of the Society,
  • explore whether your beliefs and values are consonant with UU,
  • consider your next steps to deeper involvement at First Unitarian Society.

Registration is available in the Commons or at /newuu.

MOSAIC: Making Our
Selves Alive in Community

Beginning this fall, our community will have a new and innovative path toward building relationships and strengthening connections through small groups here at FUS.
MOSAIC is a monthly gathering that invites people to discuss and delve more deeply into our monthly worship themes. On the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium, we will come together to explore and expand our understanding of each topic. The evening will begin with a welcome and introduction by Rev. Kelly Crocker, followed by small group discussions.
Join us Monday, September 22 as we explore the theme of simplicity.
Questions? Contact Jeanne Sears /memberprogramscoordinator.

Peace & Justice Book Club * Next meeting: Monday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard C. Book:  A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. Many library copies are free to be checked out. Questions: e-mail or call Carole Briggs at 333-2723 or gone.knitting@hotmail.com.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday September 23, in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss David Abram’s book: The Spell of the Sensuous. Contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 for more information.

Job/Career Networking Group Resumes * The monthly meetings of the FUS employment support group will start on Thursday, September 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard C.This informal drop-in group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month and offers caring and insightful help to anyone who faces a change in their job or career. Come share your stories and concerns so we can all learn together.

Select to Connect Events Coming In!

  • How does a Souper Sunday sound? That is soup and conversation after the 11 a.m. service at Mary & Joe Murphy’s home.
  • Or, Amuse Bouche: A Tasteful Journey at Jen Gaber and Bart Terrell’s home? This event last year sold out in a flash!
  • Or, Birding & Brunch with Trudy Karlson and Dave Weber? Also a repeat from last year that sold out quickly!

So, have you given any thought to one you might donate? It can be as simple as you want it to be, offering the opportunity to make connections. Events must be scheduled between November 1 and April 1. The deadline to submit your event is Wednesday, October 1, so go to /select right now. Questions? Call Sally at 233-9774 ext. 123 or drop her a message at /developmentdirector.

Child Dedications * Dedication Ceremonies will be held during all three services on the weekend of October 4 and 5.  A child dedication is a uniquely UU naming ceremony. It offers the opportunity to celebrate these young lives, welcome them to our community, and offer our blessing to them and their family. For more information, please contact Rev. Kelly Crocker at /MCL or 233-9774, ext. 112. More at /child-dedications.

The Fall Adult Education

Catalog – Now in Your Hands!  

The Fall Adult Education catalog has arrived!
Not to be missed…

  • Rev. Kelly Crocker is offering a workshop on forgiveness
  • Rev. Michael Schuler will introduce us to the Abrahamic religions
  • Janet Swanson and Sasha Ostrom, ministerial intern, will lead an afternoon women’s retreat.
  • The beloved film series returns with Rev. Michael and Trina Schuler as they engage us in film and discussion about Healing and Reconcilliation.

Curious about the rest of the classes? Take a look at the catalog!

Our fall semester begins with the following programs in September:

“Letting Go – Contemplative Practices for Living and Dying” FUS is sponsoring a one-day retreat with Steven Spiro, Karen Reppen and Grant Abert on Saturday, September 6, 9 to 4:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium.  The cost is $50 pledged/$60 for non-pledged. Information and registration is available at /practices or by contacting Janet Swanson, Director of Adult Spiritual Programs, at 233-9774 ext. 131 or /DAE.

End of Life Planning Series begins Monday, September 15
Are You Prepared? Join Madison estate, special needs planning, and elder law attorney Heather Wilson as she explores alternatives for financial, estate, and charitable planning.  The series will continue with Advanced Health Care planning, October 30 and Grief Explored, November 17.

An Evolution Forum: Pre-forums on September 23 and 30
We’re exploring evolution in a 2014-15 forum. Our eight monthly programs will be led by guest professors and Rev. Scott Prinster will join us in November.
To provide background, we have two pre-forums, which are free and open to the public. FUS member Mara McDonald will lead “What is Evolution?” on September 23 and FUS member Nick Schweitzer will lead “Evolution in the Courts,” on September 30. Check the catalog for our schedule; register for programs individually or for the entire forum.

For more information and to register for these and other classes, grab a copy of our catalog (copies available in the Commons), visit our AE webpages at /adult-ed. Questions? Contact Deb Mies at /REprogramcoordinator or 233-9774, ext. 114.

This Sunday – “Liberal Religion and the Laboring Classes”

Sunday, August 31 at 9 & 11 a.m.

Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister

A number of UU congregations, including our own, belong to the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice which partners with organized labor to advance the interests of wage earners.  Historically, however, when it comes to supporting workers’ rights our own movement’s record is decidedly mixed. On this Labor Day Sunday, we’ll see how our forebears responded to the question posed by Kentucky’s Depression-era coal miners: “Which side are you on?”
Gifted singer-songwriter Joe Jencks will be with us.

Select to be a Connector

Select to Connect is back! 

Select to Connect offers a Menu of Venues to give members, friends, staff and parishioners a way to connect! Simple as that.

On the weekend of October 25 and 26, everyone will have the chance to purchase events for $15, $25, $35 per person.

* Can you host an event for FUS? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

  • - an afternoon of cribbage with snacks,
  • - a fireside winter supper
  • - a movie night with lots of popcorn
  • - a family sledding event

If you can offer an event, contact Sally Bowers at 233-9774 ext. 123 or /developmentdirector.  Also, more information (and an on-line donation form) at fusmadison/select.

http://fusmadison.org/select

Water Justice Project Beginning!

This fall the FUS Youth Group is launching a Water Justice Project in collaboration with the Water Sentinel Team.

The project will raise awareness about water justice issues throughout the world. The youth will prepare materials to be shared with the congregation the weekend of October 25 and 26. The Outreach Offering from the services that weekend will be used to fund small-scale, clean water projects selected by the Youth Group with the help of various humanitarian service organizations.

We look forward to presenting the work of our youth and invite you to consider this important human rights issue.

More at http://www.sierraclub.org/water-sentinels

Health Issues Group – Meets 4th Wednesday @ 7 pm

We provide an opportunity for spiritual and community support for individuals dealing with health issues or physical impairments. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month — this month’s meeting is on August 27 at 7 p.m. in the Atrium Library.

Please contact facilitator Susan Flowers at (225)636-8214, or lay minister Amy Kell at 841-1091 for further information.  All members welcome.

Men’s Group Meets on Mondays (That’s tonight!)

Other than your family, who pushed you to succeed? Was it a friend or a rival?

We offer opportunities for men to explore issues important in their lives, like this question above. This group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Contact Gordon Olson at (608)836-1779 or on the website below for more info.

Each meeting has an announced topic for discussion. New members are always welcome. Next meeting is on Monday August 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room.

http://fusmadison.org/mens

Search for Proof of Life After Death 8/26

Spiritual Topics Book Group

The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room.

The group will discuss the book: Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for the Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum.

For further information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

Join FUS’s Youth Group today!

Hey high-school teens! 

Who: Any FUS teen in Grades 9–12. Last year, we had about 40 teens signed up and about 15–20 teens attended each week.

When & Where: Sunday afternoons, 4-6 pm, in Courtyard Rooms A–C at FUS. Come as often as you’re able.

Why: For good conversations, fun activities, snacks, social justice opportunities, youth conferences with other UU congregations, and more. It’s an excellent opportunity to develop meaningful friendships with other FUS teens and advisors. And you get a cool T-shirt!

How to join: Sign up at Registration. There’s a section for teens to fill out and a section for parents. It costs $35 per teen to join.

Deadline for joining: September 7 (but it’d be great if you signed up today for planning purposes)

Questions? Contact Rev. Kelly Crocker

http://fusmadison.org/youth

News From the Red Floors for August 22 to 29, 2014

Dear Friends -

Rev. Kelly

Another sign of a new year may have found its way into your mailboxes this week.  The Adult Religious Education catalog was mailed Wednesday and contains a wonderful array of classes and programs in which you can participate. Coming together in small groups is one of the best ways to get to know others in our large and vibrant community so I encourage you to look through that list of programs and find one or two or more that interest you. You won’t be disappointed.You can also find the information and register at /adult-ed.

This week is our annual Water Communion Service.  This service symbolizes our coming together in community – as rivers form the sea, so we flow together to form this community. Please remember to bring water with you to the service – whether it is from your kitchen sink, your rain barrel, or a far-away travel destination, bring it to mingle in our common bowl.

Looking forward to being together once again,

Kelly

Ferguson: Take Action!
Members of the newly-formed Equity Ministry Team will be in the Commons this Sunday after services to help you turn some of your frustration surrounding the recent killing of an unarmed black teen into action. Stop by our table for ideas large and small. We’ll make it easy for you to do the hard stuff. Contact Betsey at daybuss@charter.net for more information.

Men’s Group Meeting
All men are invited to join the Open Men’s Group meeting on Monday August 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Other than your family, who pushed you to succeed? Was it a friend or a rival? For more information, Gordon at /mens.

Spiritual Topics Book Group
The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss the book: Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for the Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum. For further information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

Help support our kid’s classes-
donate supplies from the CRE Giving Tree
Thank you to everyone who has donated supplies to our CRE program from our Giving Tree.  We really appreciate your generosity! We will keep the tree available until after Labor Day, so stop by the RE table in the Commons for  donation suggestions.  You can take one or more donation “chalices,” purchase the supplies, and return them to the donation box. Questions? Contact Deb Mies /REprogramcoordinator.

Fall Adult Education Registration is Open!
Your invited to once again engage in learning and sharing through our Adult Education Program! This fall and winter we are offering a variety of experiences-book groups, classes, lectures, movement, music and movies-we want to ‘open the doors’ more widely to our community, our faith and our mission.  You should be receiving our Fall/Winter catalog in the mail in the next few days, and complete information and registration can be found at fusmadison.org/adult-ed.

Health Issues Group
The Health Issues group provides an opportunity for spiritual and community support for individuals dealing with health issues or physical impairments. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month; this month’s meeting is on August 27 at 7 p.m. in the Atrium Library. Please contact facilitator Susan Flowers at (225)636-8214, or lay minister Amy Kell at 841-1091 for further information.

Choir Rehearsals begin in September!
the Cherub Choir will start back up on Wednesday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m.; the Choristers at 7, and the Teens at 7:45 p.m. Please note the new times.  The Meeting House Chorus will begin that Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the Society Choir on Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. The Society Choir especially needs Basses – but sopranos, altos and tenors are most welcome too!

Women’s Alliance Meets September 3
Women, mostly of retirement age, will meet to lunch and learn together at noon in the Community Room (note room change) at Oakwood Village West, Mineral Point Road, on Wednesday, September 3. Paid reservations for this catered meal must be made by August 29.  To save a place or for information call 836-5616 or 831-2075. The guest speaker will be FUS member and Assemblywoman Chris Taylor. Newcomers and guests are invited. See the bulletin board at FUS for more information or contact hathewayhasler@gmail.com.

New Sacred Earth Spirituality
Chalice Group Forming

If you find yourself drawn to the stories, practices and rituals of earth-centered spiritual traditions and are interested in exploring them in a circle of fellow FUS folks, please consider joining this newly forming chalice group. Contact Skyler at finn.and.skyler@gmail.com or 203-5753 for more information. We’ll be trying to set up an organizational meeting in early September.

Join us for Japanese Crane
Japanese Crane is a Qi Gong movement meditation form. No experience is necessary. We meet Thursdays, starting September 4, in the Gaebler Living Room at 5 p.m. It is a drop-in group and all are welcome! Contact Ann Schaffer at 232-0004 or annieschaffer@uwalumni.com with any questions.

Fall Circle Suppers:
Don’t Miss the (gravy) Boat!
Registration for Fall Circle Suppers closes Friday, September 5, so register now and join in the fun. These small informal pot lucks are held in members’ homes or other settings and are a great way to meet new people and old friends. Details on how the suppers work, the schedule, and a registration form are all available at the Circle Suppers webpage at /circles. You can also learn more by contacting Dawn Stucki, the Circle Suppers Coordinator, at 849-8078 or destucki@tds.net.

Wondering When Classes Begin?
Children’s Religious Education classes begin the weekend of September 6 and 7. We look forward to welcoming new families and welcoming back our returning families. See you then, if not sooner!

“Letting Go – Contemplative Practices
for Living and Dying”

FUS is sponsoring a one-day retreat with Steven Spiro, Karen Reppen and Grant Abert on Saturday, September 6, 9 to 4:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. This retreat will offer a safe, gentle, and supportive opportunity to explore and discover practical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death and dying, grief and mourning. The cost is $50 for pledged participants, and $60 for non-pledged. More information and registration is now available at /practices.

Water Justice Project Beginning!
This fall the FUS Youth Group is launching a Water Justice Project in collaboration with the Water Sentinel Team. The project will raise awareness about water justice issues throughout the world. The youth will prepare materials to be shared with the congregation the weekend of October 25 and 26. The Outreach Offering from the services that weekend will be used to fund small-scale, clean water projects selected by the Youth Group with the help of various humanitarian service organizations. We look forward to presenting the work of our youth and invite you to consider this important human rights issue.

Because it was so much fun last year,
Select to Connect is back!  

Select to Connect offers a Menu of Venues to give members, friends, staff and parishioners a way to connect! Simple as that.
* On the weekend of October 25 and 26, everyone will have the chance to purchase events for $15, $25, $35 per person.
* Can you host an event for FUS? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
- an afternoon of cribbage with snacks,
- a fireside winter supper
- a movie night with lots of popcorn
- a family sledding event – be creative!
If you can offer an event, contact Sally Bowers at 233-9774 ext. 123 or /developmentdirector.  The deadline for submitting events is Wednesday, October 1.  More information and an on-line donation form can be found  at fusmadison/select.