Bayside Camp, Second Week of July

Spend a week in Community with other UUs

Bayside Camp provides a nurturing and fun atmosphere for singles and families of all configurations and traditions. It takes place on the shore of Lake Geneva  in Williams Bay, WI, July 12-18.

This special week includes adult workshops, activities for children, free time for family fun and relaxation, and intergenerational activities. . For more information visit our website at http://www.yahoodrummers.com/bayside/ or contact Carol Roan,

or 232-1627.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game | Mallards Outing on June 4th

Please check your calendars and save Thursday evening, June 4, for Mallard’s baseball fun for the family! We will have a grill-out before the 6:35 p.m. game at the Warner Park Shelter. Last year over 150 people joined in.

Can you help grill and set up our gathering? Please chat with Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116 to talk about possibilities, and to get tickets.

Red Letter Days in May @ FUS

5/5/15                   Evolution Forum

5/15/15                Partner Church Dinner

5/17/15                Parish Budget Forum

5/26/15                 Solitary Confinement Forum

5/29/15                 Love is Love – Marriage Equality Celebration

5/31/15               Parish Meeting

6/4/15                Mallards Baseball

 

“Cultivating Wonder in the Age of Science” (May 5th)

with Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of To the Best of Our Knowledge on Wisconsin Public Radio

Steve Paulson is the Executive Producer and one of the founders of Wisconsin’s own “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” which has been playing on WPR for more than 20 years. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. His book, Atoms and Eden:  Conversations on Religion and Science, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and taken from 20 of his series of interviews on Science and Religion, with numerous outstanding scientists and theologians.  His interviews are remarkably profound and excellent, exploring widely ranging topics out of the ordinary.

Steve has recently been given the honor of being the Distinguished Scholar at The Center for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

More at http://fusmadison.org/evolution

News from the Red Floors for May 1 to 8, 2015

News From the Red Floors for
May 1 to 8, 2015

Sermon

 

Dear Friends

Last Friday we celebrated our Old Fashioned Cabaret and what a wonderful time was had by all! Thanks to the many volunteers who organized, cooked, decorated, and sang and played their hearts out to make it such an amazing evening. And thanks to everyone who attended and bid high! If you missed this great event, this weekend you have a second chance. Many items and events will be in the Commons after services and it’s your chance to get in on the action. Please check it out and have some fun all while supporting the ongoing work of this fantastic place.

Our reflections this weekend are the gift of Sandy Eskrich who purchased the sermon theme at last year’s Cabaret. In the midst of more and more disturbing news, how do we stay hopeful? Join us as we explore this timely topic together. We will also be welcoming 28 new members who have recently joined FUS. Bring your warm smiles and open hearts to help us welcome them into our community.

yours in faith and love,

Kelly

Happenings
Goodbye to Aidan * This weekend will be Aidan Hauge’s last one here as Child Care Coordinator. Aidan has served as coordinator at FUS for over ten years; we are sorry to see her leave. We’re hosting a time to say farewell on Sunday, May 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Feel free to stop in for you or your kids to say goodbye.

Have You Registered Yet?
Registration for next Fall’s CRE classes is up and running, and some classes are filling quickly. Don’t delay! Your prompt registration is most likely to assure you a spot at your desired time. It will also save you money (the cost goes up on June 1), and helps us to plan so that we have the teachers we need to accommodate you and your family. You can register at /cre-registration. Parents with infants and toddlers should also register for child care, though there is no fee for that. We want to assure we have adequate staffing in the child care room for the number of kids expected.

Cabaret Last Chance Auction 

Stop by the Commons this weekend and checkout items, events and services still available for you to bid on. After this weekend, An Old Fashioned Cabaret will be over, so this IS your last chance.

Buy Your Raffle Tickets! 

Raffle tickets for a chance to win the “Of a Feather” quilt are being sold by Saturday’s Free to Believe (Room B) class after service May 2 and 3, and May 9. The bird-themed quilt was created with drawings by the children to support their fund-raising for Jael Rose (from the Philippines) and Beata (from our partner church in Transylvania) to attend school. Tickets are $3 each, or two tickets for $5. The quilt will be on display while tickets are sold. The winning ticket will be drawn May 9 during the potluck. Need not be present to win.

UU Campus Ministry
Join us at Memorial Union this Sunday, May 3rd, at 5pm. Check TITU for our room location. Supper will be followed by hands’ on mandala creation – and how mandalas can be a practice of meditation. Just in time for finals! All college students welcome.

Shawl Ministry Drop-in
The next gathering of the Shawl Ministry will be Monday, May 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in -the Atrium Library, with Lorna Aaronson hosting. Our drop-ins are fun and informal, and a great opportunity to meet with others who create dedication blankets for babies and children, and shawls and lap robes for folks who are ill, grieving, or in a difficult life transition. Want to know more? To get in touch with a coordinator or learn more, go to /shawl.

Criminal Justice and Injustice in America 

Please visit the FUS Library in April for a display of deeply-compelling books about mass incarceration presented by the Library Committee and MOSES Alternatives to Incarceration Ministry Team. Become informed on the vital issues through the moving words of historians, policy-makers, prosecutors/defenders, incarcerated people and their loved ones “doing time” on the outside.

Tools Needed
Last weekend! FUS is collecting used (or new) garden tools for our friends at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church. They are starting a community garden and are in immediate need of shovels, hoes, rakes, hoses, tomato cages, etc. Please add your spare tools to the barrel in the entry of the Landmark on Saturday, and Atrium on Sunday. If you have questions, or need someone to pick up items from your home, please e-mail Susan Schwaab at susan.schwaab@yahoo.com.

Evolution Forum
Plan to attend the final lecture in our Evolution series. Join Steve Paulson for “Cultivating Wonder in the Age of Science,” Tuesday, May 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. This program is open to the public; registrations accepted at the door. $10 fee.

Attention All High School Seniors
Our annual Bridging Ceremony, celebrating the transition from high school into young adulthood will occur during our Youth Service, Sunday, May 10, at 11 am. If you are a high school senior and are interested in taking part in our Bridging Ceremony, please contact Rev. Kelly at /MCL or 233-9774, ext. 112 by May 6.

Final Musicale of the Season
Next Friday, May 8, sopranos Christina Kay and Chelsea Propst, with pianist Joseph Ross will perform songs of Rebecca Clarke, Libby Larsen, Vivian Fine, Miriam Gordon and more. Join us at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

High School Youth Group Seeks Advisors
Group of 20+ high school youth seek fun-loving adults who are interested in instilling the values of service, justice, community and compassion in our youth. If you fit this description and would like to become a part of our growing and thriving youth program, contact Rev. Kelly at /MCL or 233-9774, ext. 112 for more information.

Mother’s Day Peace Poles Project  

Once more FUS is planning to “plant” Peace Poles on the edge of our property on University Bay Drive May 9 & 10 (Mother’s Day weekend). Establishing it will start after the 4:30 service that week. Please sign up by e-mailing or calling Roz Woodward rozw@tds.net/251-1074.

Tee Shirts
The Saturday Free to Believe class has designed a UU t-shirt to raise money for the education of two youth from our partner churches in the Philippines and in Romania. The t-shirts are $15. Order forms are available at the poster board with information about the two youth next to the RE table. We will only accept orders until Saturday, May 2, so hurry!

Teens: Looking for a Job?
Our Child Care room is looking to hire a couple of additional teens to add to our team. Teen Child Care Providers are scheduled to work during some worship services, parish events, adult ed classes, choirs, and more. You get to play with kids, so there’s a lot of fun involved! You must be 14 years-old and have completed (or can complete soon) a Babysitting Certification program. If you’re interested, contact Leslie Ross at /DRE for an application.

Summer Circle Suppers are being arranged!
Our next circles, summer 2015, will begin in soon. The deadline for application is Thursday, May 14. Join us for these convivial informal pot lucks of small groups of people held in members’ homes or other settings during June, July and August. Circles are coordinated by Dawn Stucki. Please feel free to call her at 849-8078 or learn more and fill out the form at /circles. You’ll be glad you did.

International Unitarian
Partnership Dinner Returns!

On Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. you have the wonderful opportunity to join our Youth Group and our Partner Church Team in celebrating partnership.  The menu will highlight our Hungarian and Filipino connections and is being orchestrated by our own Chef Kevin Appleton. Your taste buds will be delighted as you listen to the music of our youth, join in the dancing, and hear the stories of partnership. There will be activities for the kids and fun for all ages.  To see the menu and purchase tickets go to /partnerdinner or contact Rev. Kelly at 233-9774, ext. 112.

Help at the Men’s Shelter
Here’s the perfect opportunity to put your UU values to work. Contact Dan Bradley to express your interest in helping to prepare and/or serve the evening meal at the men’s homeless shelter at Grace Episcopal church (across from the Capitol) from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Contact Dan at pn3xnav@yahoo.com.

Want to talk to someone
about religious and spiritual matters? About beliefs, convictions, finding meaning, purpose and fulfillment in life?  FUS-affiliated community minister Rev. Jerry Mosser has trained as a spiritual companion and guide, and would be happy to meet and explore how he might assist in your spiritual explorations. You can reach him at 845-7458 or jerrymosser@gmail.com.

Annual Madison Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale! Spring is here, and that means it’s time to boost your gardening at the City of Madison Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

Women’s Alliance Meets May 13
On Wednesday, May 13, Alliance members and friends will depart from Oakwood Village West’s Oaks Community Room at 10 a.m. for a guided walk in the Oakwood Nature Preserve. Lunch will be available in the Village Inn from 11 am. to 12:30 pm.  Friends may participate in either the walk or lunch, or both. Information: 230-3080.

Tour the Dane County Jail
May 14, at 7 p.m. Register to join the FUS MOSES Team for a guided tour. Lives and much money are at stake.  Everyone agrees something must be done, but what? See and feel how the jail works. Ask questions. All participants must fill out a one-page security form before May 4. Please e-mail Juli at lokerfam@gmail.com to register. Questions? Carpool? Call Pat 249-4486.

Spiritual Topics Book Group
The May meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. The group will discuss the book The Bonobo and the Atheist: in Search of Humanism among the Primates’ by Franz de Waal. For further information contact Ken Gage at (303)263-4707 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Career Networking Support Group  

Anyone worried about changing employment is invited to join this drop-in meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month (May 28 is next).  We help each other find resources and hope by sharing stories and ideas.  Join us then or contact Bob at /jobs2 anytime.

Teach-In with the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition (YGB)
On Sunday, May 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Atrium, the Young Gifted and Black Coalition of Madison will be holding a teach in at FUS.  YGB is a grassroots organization speaking out against racial disparities and demanding change. Members of YGB will provide us with information so that we may understand their purposes and actions in a historical and community context. Free childcare by reservation to beckys@fusmadison.org. Hosted by FUS, Orchard Ridge UCC, and Madison-area Urban Ministry.

Save the Date
The FUS Spring Parish Meeting this year will be Sunday, May 31. Please join us in the Atrium after the 11 a.m. service. The almost-famous lunch will be provided by the Foodhaulers, and the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. to vote on the budget, and other important items.

Take Me Out to the Mallard’s Baseball Game!  Please save Thursday evening, June 4, for a family-friendly Mallard’s baseball outing with your present and future FUS friends! We will have a grill-out before the 6:35 p.m. game at the Warner Park Shelter. Stay tuned for details and cost. Can you help grill and set up our gathering? Please chat with Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116 to talk about possibilities.

Still time to Register for nearby UU Family Camp
Bayside Camp provides a nurturing and fun atmosphere for singles and families of all configurations and traditions. It takes place on the shore of Lake Geneva in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, July 12 to 18. This special week includes adult workshops, activities for children, free time for family fun and relaxation, and intergenerational activities. For more information visit our website at http://www.yahoodrummers.com/bayside/or contact the Camp Registrar, Carol Roan, BaysideUU@gmail.com or (608)232-1627.

“Service Sunday” Date Set
On Sunday, August 23, FUS and friends will DO service instead of attending services. If you have an idea for a group volunteer project, or can lead a project, or just want to help make it happen, please e-mail Lisa West at west@charter.net.

 

Tour the Dane County Jail

May 5 or May 14, at 7 p.m.

Register to join the FUS MOSES Team for a guided tour. Lives and much money are at stake. Everyone agrees something must be done, but what? See and feel how the jail works. Ask questions.

All participants must fill out a one-page security form due one week in advance. Please e-mail Juli at lokerfam@gmail.com to register.

Questions? Carpool? Call Pat 249-4486.

Free to Believe Tee Shirts

The Saturday Free to Believe class has designed a UU t-shirt to raise money for the education of two youth from our partner churches in the Philippines and in Romania. The t-shirts are $15. Order forms are available at the poster board with information about the two youth next to the RE table. We will only accept orders until Saturday, May 2, so hurry!

This Weekend @ FUS — “Cautious Optimism, Fearless Hope”

with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life
Saturday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 at 9 & 11 a.m.

In light of world issues and growing anxiety about our future and the lives of future generations, how do we find a sense of optimism? Or do we? Those of us with young children in our lives may find ourselves losing all hope and feeling only despair for the world we are leaving them. Join us we look for positive signs in the face of a gripping reality.

Musically, on Saturday, Linda Warren will play music composed for solo harp by her friend Laura Zaerr. Sunday, the Meeting House Chorus will sing The Human Heart from the musical “Once On This Island” and the rousing gospel anthem The Storm is Passing Over.

“Love Is Love” — Marriage Equity Celebration @ FUS on May 29th

Please save Friday evening, May 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., to join us as we celebrate same-sex couples that were married in and out of state. Now we are legal! We will host a welcome and reception/dance here at the First Unitarian Society. All members are invited.

If you are a married couple, and want to join us, let Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs, know at jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116.