Welcome to UUSRF

Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls

N8010 US Highway 65

River Falls WI 54022

If you seek a religious home in which wisdom, compassion and justice are the guiding principles, you have come to the right place! With members from throughout the St. Croix Valley, UUSRF is a welcoming, liberal, religious congregation that strives to nurture our community, to help our children learn, and to grow spiritually. We invite you to join us for a Sunday service. If you have children ages 2-13, they are welcome to visit our Spiritual Education program; during the school year, classes begin shortly after the start of service.  After service, join us for a cup of coffee, treats and conversation.  

Thanks for visiting!  

Sunday Service:  10:30 AM

Spiritual Education Classes:  (September through May) 10:45-11:40 AM

Our Mailing address:  

Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls

P. O. Box 63

River Falls WI 54022  (Map - scroll down please)

Pastoral Care  -  Pastor Bonnie Jones Witthuhn - email: bonniejoneswitthuhn@gmail.com

Phone: (715) 307-1182 (Texts or Voice calls welcome - voice messaging available) 


August 2019


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Notices:  Please read here each time you seek out the website!

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Hello Music Lovers.

    There will be a free concert by local musicians next Saturday evening, August 24th,  at 7 P.M. at the Old Martell School House. It will feature local musicians is sure to be an entertaining and fun evening.

    Note: this is NOT the old church/ town hall west of Martell, but the little white school house right in Martell next to the Rush River.   Announcement & Particulars!

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The board meeting minutes will be posted monthly

and will be found on the office door.

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21st Century Wisconsin Political Reform Chautauqua

September 7, 8:30 am to September 8 at 2 pm.

by Wisconsin United to Amend

Menomonie WI  (tickets)

Details

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The Spiritual Education year begins!

Help us fill our classroom!

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Members and Friends,

We are happy to announce some changes to the Spiritual Education program for the coming year.  Bob Emberger is going to focus his energies as Past President working with the Committees to formulate the plans to put into effect the vision that the Society is developing, specifically toward increasing our membership. Tera Wells, who worked with Bob the past couple years in the children’s Spiritual Education, has agreed to take over as the Spiritual Education teacher and coordinator. As Tera develops the curriculum, there are a couple of policy items we would like everyone to adhere to.  Call for Registration form at (715) 821-1435 (Vicki) and I will see that you get registered.

1. If you want your child to attend  the SE sessions, please sign them up so that we have an idea how  many children will be attending. You can do this by talking with Tera, or filling out the registration form that will be posted on the UUSRF.org website shortly. There is no cutoff date, so you will be able to register even after the sessions begin in September.  

2. If you child is too young to attend the sessions, please keep your child with you throughout the service.

3. At the other end of the age spectrum, if your child feels too old to attend SE, she or he should also stay with you during the service.

4. From a safety standpoint, we are totally concerned with the safety of your children. Plus, the added advantage is that by joining their parents, the children will have the opportunity to see how our services follow the UU principles.

Thank you,

Your Board of Directors

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CAMP UNISTAR IS READY FOR THE SEASON!
If you have not yet registered and are still interested in coming to Camp UniStar this summer, there are still some openings during the following weeks:

June 8-15:  "Helping Hands Week"

July 27-gust 3rd "Family Ties"

August 10-17 "Everyday Joy"

August 24-31:  "Natural Balance" (Adults week)

For registration information visit the Camp UniStar website.

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This is UUSRF Family News:

Here we will post only notices requested by members and friends.



Upcoming Services and Events

RED for Services, Green for Youth & SE, Black for Meetings, 

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


(8/1 - Thursday) 

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 8:00 - 10:00 am.

These work days will be partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held Tuesday Evenings.

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(8/1 - Thursday)  

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am

Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656 ,especially if you would like a new beginning class.

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(8/1 - Thursday) 

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(8/4 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:15 to 10:15 

with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation.

We will meet in the SE building. Hazel (Hazelkoski@gmail.com) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(8/4- Sunday) 

                  

Service: Martha TerMaat with Shelly Weinstein to present a variation of

our annual "Blessing of the Animals".  Shelly Weinstein, a certified dog trainer,

will be talking about the importance of the bond humans have with their animals,

and on how training is an important step in building communication

and a relationship with your pet that will last a lifetime.

Please recall that this is your opportunity to bring you precious pets (on leash please).

In lieu of pet, a photo (sent to Martha or Jens for projecting) and a story

about what your non human friend has brought you. 

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stay for soup

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Meeting: Membership Committee meets first Sundays after the service.

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(8/6 - Tuesday)

Group weekly Event: Tuesdays in the Garden Class for

How Does Your Garden Grow?, 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the SE Building.

 This weeks topic: Preserving Our Harvest

hands-on with our produce--freezing and drying.

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(8/7 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  SOAR Committee meets first Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

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(8/7 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesdays

at 3:00 pm.  Bring your latest poems or old favorites.

A love of poetry is all you need. Newcomers are always welcome.

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(8/7 - Wednesday) 

Group:  Men's Group meets most First Wednesdays at 6;30 pm

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(8/8 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 8:00 - 10:00 am.

These work days will be partly in association with theHow Does Your Garden Grow? classes held Tuesday Evenings

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(8/8 - Thursday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesdays

in the SE building behind UUSRF. Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656,

especially if you would like a new beginning class.

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(8/8 - Thursday)

Group: Ladies Who Lunch at West Wind Restaurant in RF.

All second Thursdays from about 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

for lunch and conversation in a mixed group, all welcome.

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(8/8 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts, and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(8/11 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:15 to 10:15 

with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation.

We will meet in the SE building.  Hazel (Hazelkoski@gmail.com) and/or

Shirley Jane (605-517-2656 - text or phone) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(8/11 - Sunday)

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Service:  Gabriel Johnson  - "Wasps and All".

We leave you in Gabriel's care for the hour.   He will also include

a reading by CS Lewis' - "is theology poetry?"

I've stolen from Facebook this additional quote:

"It's an optimistic vision of God that is compatible with science  Hope to see you there!"

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(8/11 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee Retreat, a gathering at Aarsheim's for planning our program year.  Meeting begins at 1:00 pm; plan on working for 2-3 hours.

Martha TerMaat is facilitating, Dick Beckham is Committee Chair.

All who have something to contribute to our challenging task are welcome.

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(8/13 - Tuesday)

Group weekly Event: Tuesdays in the Garden Class for

How Does Your Garden Grow?, 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the SE Building.

 This weeks topic: Planting Perennials how, what, when and where?.

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(8/15 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 8:00 - 10:00 am.

These work days will be partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held Tuesday Evenings.

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(8/15 - Thursday)

Event: Full Moon Campfire - 8:00 pm.

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

Everyone is welcome Shirley Jane (605) 517-2656.

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(8/30 - Friday)

Event: New Moon Campfire - fire start at 8:00 pm

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

Everyone is welcome - Shirley Jane (605) 517-2656.
 

(8/15 - Thursday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656, especially if you would like a new beginning class.

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(8/15 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(8/16 - Friday)

Community Event: Embrace Diversity Vigil - 6-7:00 pm 
There will be an ecumenical candle-light vigil, entitled Embracing Diversity, on Friday, August 16, beginning at the River Falls United Methodist Church (127 South Second St.) by the Peace Pole at the church’s SE corner, beginning with a brief prayer at 6 p.m. and walking from the church to Veterans’ Park until 7 p.m. The vigil will be peaceful, respectful, lawful, and non-political. All are welcome (people of all faiths and no faith) to join us and bring a candle, flashlight, or other luminary. The intent of the vigil to stand up in support for people of all races, religions, ethnicities, and nationalities, including immigrants and asylum-seekers. It is meant to be very positive, emphasizing humanitarian issues and not political or decisive ones. Feel free to bring a like-minded poster.

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(8/18 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:15 to 10:15 

with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation.

We will meet in the SE building.  Hazel (Hazelkoski@gmail.com) and/or

Shirley Jane (605-517-2656 - text or phone) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(8/18 - Sunday)

Abbie Testaberg is a co-author of CANNABIS PRIMER: An Introduction to Cannabis for Consumers, Producers, Providers, Policy Makers, and Health Professionals. In collaboration with a board certified and practicing pharmacist, the CANNABIS PRIMER offers an introduction to the history, botany, and chemical composition of cannabis, as well as, the nature of the endocannabinoid system and scientific understanding of cannabis-as-medicine (including hemp extract CBD products).

Testaberg is the COO of Whole Plant Technologies, Inc. - offering manufactured solutions for advanced indoor production. She is the President of Kinni Hemp Company, Inc. - a Wisconsin hemp cultivator and processor with a hemp extract CBD product line. Abbie is also co-founder of PhytoPharm.D, LLC - a medical cannabis education platform merging pharmaceutical approaches with traditional compassionate care (including CBD science and dosing context).

Service:  Abbie Testaberg speaks -  Lessons from hemp | hemp journey toward balance

Abbie Testaberg will speak about the healing potential of hemp from a scientific, compassionate care, and personal journey perspective.  This discussion will be informative regarding hemp, phytochemical, and interaction of hemp phytochemical with the human endocannabinoid system, but will also speak to the spiritual potential of the hemp plant. 

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stay for soup

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(8/18 - Sunday)

Meeting:  Program Committee meets on First Sundays after the service.

 Due to this month's Program Retreat, we accomplished quite a bit for next year.

We need a meeting for current holes in the schedule.  Dick and I picked 

August 18, after the service, to catch up on now.

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(8/19 - Monday)

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets on the Monday preceding the Board Meeting.  

This month scheduled one week early for convenience.

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(8/20 - Tuesday) 

Group weekly Event: Tuesdays in the Garden Class for

How Does Your Garden Grow, 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the SE Building.

 This weeks topic:  Planting Fall Crops.

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(8/21 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesdays

at 3:00 pm.  Bring your latest poems or old favorites.

A love of poetry is all you need. Newcomers are always welcome.

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(8/22 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 9:00 - 11:00 am

until it starts getting warm when we will begin coming out earlier.

These work days will be partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held the other Tuesday Evenings.
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(8/22 - Thursday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesdays

in the SE building behind UUSRF. Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656, especially if you would like a new beginning class.

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(8/22 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(8/24 - Saturday)

Community Concert Event:  Martell Schoolhouse Evening Concert at 7:00 pm Saturday

presenting a host of familiar local musicians including our past accompanist - Beth Ray!

Fred Pierce says "check here for particulars"

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(8/25 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:15 to 10:15 

with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation.

We will meet in the SE building.  Hazel (Hazelkoski@gmail.com) and/or

Shirley Jane (605-517-2656 - text or phone) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

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(8/25 - Sunday)

Rachel Carter is the intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a third year seminary student at Iliff School of Theology. She has been an active advocate regarding Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma and invisible disabilities. She served as a broadcast journalist assigned to Armed Forces Network-Korea as well as the Wisconsin National Guard. Rachel identifies as a person with multiple disabilities, including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Dysautonomia, and Fibromyalgia. 

Service: Disabilities: Inclusion, Accessibility, and Identity

Join visiting speaker, Rachel Carter as she shares her experiences with a life altering identity change and how Unitarian Universalism has influenced her journey towards healing and ministry.  Stay for a Soup and Bread fundraiser for Walk On (a local non-profit which provides therapeutic horse riding activities) by SOAR with conversation and community.

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(8/25 - Sunday)

In House Concert Event:   Brother Timothy Frantzich joins us in concert.

He says he likes to sing with us.  This time he brought his family!

Return at 2 pm for a wonderful music experience.

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 (8/27 - Tuesday)

Group weekly Event: Tuesdays in the Garden Class for

How Does Your Garden Grow, 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the SE Building.

 This weeks leader and topic:  Preparing Vegetables to Eat: shared great recipes and ideas to eat our bounty.

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(8/28 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  UUSRF Board usually meeting on third Wednesdays at 6:30 pm,

rescheduled this month to the fourth Wednesday.

Regular meetings are open.  Please contact Trygve Aarsheim

to add any issue to the agenda  (715) 315-8228.

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(8/28 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets at 8:00 pm 

usually on third Wednesdays after the board meeting

but this time rescheduled here.

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(8/29 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 9:00 - 11:00 am

until it starts getting warm when we will begin coming out earlier.

These work days will be partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held the other Tuesday Evenings.
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(8/29 - Thursday)  

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am

Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656 ,especially if you would like a new beginning class.

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(8/29 - Thursday) 

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm

in the home of Robert and Michelle Smith.  

It is a sharing evening for poetry, song, mystic insights,

good thoughts and conversation.

Please call your first time at 715-531-3515 for address & introduction.

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(8/30 - Friday)

Event: New Moon Campfire - fire start at 8:00 pm

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

Everyone is welcome - Shirley Jane (605) 517-2656.