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) 


December 2018


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

Congratulations on a successful Goods & Services Auction.

The Silent Auction and Dinners and Raffle continues until Dec. 9.  

Get your bids in!

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We have received a request for multiple tutor positions by West CAP.

See details here!

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Heads up for December:

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Cathy Cliffe is planning a Cookie Exchange for Saturday, December 15.

Kids & Adults to decorate sugar cookies at the party!  Refreshments too!

Keep this in mind and plan you holiday baking

around this event to add variety to the offerings

at your own holiday celebrations.

Bake lots of the cookies you prefer to make;

exchange them for others you like to eat;

share the extras at a UUSRF Bake Sale on December 16!

Win.  Win.  Win. Win.

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For Winter Solstice:  Another use for your baked goods and other 

festive edibles, there will be a return of Tie Down the Sun on  December 22.

A bonfire activity with poetry, readings & songs designed to bring back the sun.

We'll have a potluck and bonfire and community  .

Bring food and  some natural fiber yarn in balls for the Tie  Down.

sponsored by Shirley Jane,  David T., Trygve and Vicki

Don't forget to bring the kids...everyone is welcome.

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

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


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(12/2 - 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 as soon as it is available. 

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.

(12/2 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 9:30 am where we find space.  

Come one and all.  We have a big job to do.

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(12/2 - Sunday) 

Service: Brad Moore facilitates a Visioning Plan forum - next step in creating a new

5 year vision for the future of the society.  Join us - be a directing force in our future. 

Members are asked to  attend to  share their views, if at all possible.

Read your notice here.

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SE Class is at 10:40. Children will be sung out from within the service.

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(12/2 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets after the service each first Sunday of the month.

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(12/4 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(12/5 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesday.

Newcomers are always welcome.

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(12/5 - Wednesday)

Meeting: SOAR (Social Outreach Action Response) meets

every first Wednesday at 1:30 pm.

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(12/5 - Wednesday)

Group: Men's Group meets every first Wednesday 

of the month at 6:30 pm.  Newcomers are always welcome.

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(12/6 - Thursday)

Event: New Moon Campfire - held early to accommodate the 

Community Theater Play on 12/7.

5:00 pm until moon sets.  Shirley Jane and Heidi say there

will be celebration with or without the campfire.

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

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(12/6 - 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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(12/9 - 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 as soon as it is available. 

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.

(12/9 - Sunday)

Service: Martha TerMaat leads another "Write 4 Rights", Human  rights Day Celebration.

 It's International Human Rights Day and time for the annual worldwide marathon of letter-writing on behalf of those persecuted for defending human rights.  We will be participating in Amnesty International's "Write 4 Rights" with a little inspirational help from  musicians Thomas R. Smith and Chris TerMaat and veteran Amnesty Activist,  Martha TerMaat.  Be at UUSRF at 10:30 am (come early for some bonus music) to learn more and get ready to send greetings to those in need of our support around the world!

Watch here for more details.

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SE Class is at 10:40. Children will be sung out from within the service.

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(12/9 - Sunday)

Group: Co-housing Book Discussion - Donna Miller facilitator -

meets after the service and starts about noon.

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(12/9 - Sunday)

Outside  Event:  

Wait!  Don't go home yet!  Head to the River Falls Public Library - Lower Level

for the 7th Annual TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON AND THE BEATLES

December 9  at  1:30 - 3:30 PM

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(12/11 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(12/12 - Wednesday)

Plant Intelligence Book discussion meets every second and fourth

Sundays at UUSRF  or preferred site starting at 7:00 pm.

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(12/13 - Thursday)

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

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

for lunch and conversation and a mixed group.

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(12/13 - 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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(12/15 - Saturday)

Holiday Event:  Holiday Cookie Exchange.

Cookie Decorating for kids!

1 to 3 pm

Bring lots of cookies (and your kids!) for some refreshments

and decorating fun.  Go home with all your cookie baking done!

Bake dozens of your favorite recipe, bring them packaged in 

a dozen per package.  A dozen for UUSRF and the rest get 

exchanged for another baker's delights.

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(12/16 - 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 as soon as it is available. 

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.

(12/16 - Sunday)

Service: Paula Lugar returns to share

"Connecting with the wisdom and spiritualty of the ancient Incas".

Paula will share a  journey the sacred  valley of  Peru  

including  information on how the Incas  lived in  harmony with nature

and constructed amazing stone buildings on  the sides of mountains with little technology. 

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SE Class is at 10:40. Children will be sung out from within the service.

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(12/16 - Sunday)

Outside Event:  Concert & Carol Sing at Rush River Lutheran Church

Concert is at 3:00 pm with Laura Bond at piano and Abigail Inlow on the violin.

Address and directions to Rush River Lutheran found in Heads Up below.

Thanks to Fred Pierce for this Heads Up!

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(12/17 - Monday)

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets the Monday before

each board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(12/18 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(12/19 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesday.

Newcomers are always welcome.

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(12/19 - Wednesday)

Meeting: UUSRF Board meets the third Wednesday of each Month

beginning at 5:00 pm.  Meetings are open to members and friends.

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(12/19 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets every third Wednesday

of each month starting at 7:00 pm.

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(12/20 - 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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(12/22 - Saturday)

Event:  A Reintroduction here at UUSRF after several years of a Norwegian Tradition

meant to  embrace and insure the returning of the light.

"Tie Down the Sun"

For more pictures of our 2013 "Tie Down the Sun" look here

Shirley Jane Hobbs, Dave Trechter & Trygve Aarsheim, hosts.

We hope to make the Winter Solstice celebration an annual event again.

Shirley Jane recommends at least a 5:00 pm arrival so as not to miss the moon rise.

The kitchen will be open at about 4:00

so we can make this a holiday gathering of feasting too.

(potluck for traditional, holiday foods, both sweet and savory)

Potluck offerings, only if you like...eat either way.  We will love you!

We don't keep track. 

We'll eat after the bonfire & Tie Down Ceremony.  

Dress  warm,  bring the kids, some natural fiber yarn rolled into balls,

not skeins.  Solstice friendly poetry or other readings and songs needed.

Trygve will bring his birchwood lur (horn), you bring friends and neighbors,

and whatever you can for the potluck.

Let's all Tie Down the Sun!! 

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IF YOU HAVE COME BEFORE, come again, with friends, and help us do it right!

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(12/23 - 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 as soon as it is available. 

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.

(12/23 - Sunday)

      

Service: Richard Terrill and Larry McDonough return with "Mysteries of the Season".

In music and original  poetry, pianist/composer Larry McDonough

and saxophonist/writer Richard Terrill  

will  offer  a re-thinking of traditional  holiday themes.

Saxophonist and writer Richard Terrill is the author of

two collections of poetry, including Coming Late to Rachmaninoff,

winner of the Minnesota Book Award; and two memoirs,

including Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey Back to Jazz.

He is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State-Mankato and lives in New Hope.

Larry McDonough is a St. Paul jazz pianist, singer and composer.

His new CD with the Larry McDonough Quartet is Alice in

Stonehenge and Other Accoustelectric Adventures. He is an attorney,

and director of the pro bono program at the firm of Dorsey & Whitney.

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SE Class is at 10:40. Children will be sung out from within the service.

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May your Christmas be Merry!

May your celebrations be Joyous!

(12/25 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(12/26 - Wednesday)

Plant Intelligence Book discussion meets every second and fourth

Sundays at UUSRF  or preferred site starting at 7:00 pm.

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(12/27 - 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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(12/30 - 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 as soon as it is available. 

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.

(12/30 - Sunday)

Service: Susan Bushard will share about her eclipse experience, details to follow.

Martha will also present an extended music program to fill out the service.

Hope to see you with us.

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SE Class is at 10:40. Children will be sung out from within the service or

the children will stay with us for the music program

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(12/31 - Monday)

NEW YEAR'S EVE

See You All Next Year!

Hope it's Great!