Welcome to UUSRF

Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls

N8010 Hwy 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 Services: 10:30 AM

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

Our Mailing address: Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls or UUSRF 

                                   P.O. Box 63

                                   River Falls Wisconsin

(See Map  & please scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the whole scoop!)


September 2018


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

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Dear Members of UUSRF,

We are sorry to have to say that Colleen Gray, one of our Board Members has resigned which leaves us with a position to fill. This is an At-Large Board member position that will run through June 2020. We are looking for people who are interested in helping to direct the operation of our Society. Please let any one of the current Board members (including Colleen) know if you are interested. Our tentative time line is to have a Special Election on Sunday, October 28, which means we will need a slate of candidates within the next 3 weeks. That will allow us to create proxy statements, regular ballots, and absentee ballots in plenty of time. 

Thank you for your consideration and support of our community.

UUSRF Board of Directors

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Special Announcement!  September 30 Service Cancelled.  We are going to Rice Lake WI UU to visit!

Heads up for the September 30th Sunday:   We will not have a service here at UUSRF on September's 5th Sunday.   We are planning a road trip!  We need time to arrange it.   Look here for the invitation we received from neighboring UU Congregation in Rice Lake WI.   Our Board & the Program Committee are cancelling the service in River Falls & declaring, Sunday,  Sept. 30, A community excursion,  with caravan!  (I mean carpooling).  There is a pot luck component to the invitation so that we will have "table time" for conversation as well as nourishment, a good way to get acquainted.  Hope you will go to the effort it will take to join us.

We are a small congregation in a group of similarly small congregations in northwestern Wisconsin and we have been struggling to make a connection for some time.  With Helen Stoltz-wood's assistance we have connected.  We would like to strengthen this new connection.  

To accept this invitation we will want to make some connections with each other.  We need to hook up with someone who can drive or who would like to go and needs a ride.  Pick someone you would like to know better because we will be together for a long commute!! Or...just find someone who lives close to yo

It's a pot luck after the service.  Bring something to share if you are able.  

We will put up a notice on the door at UUSRF.  I will send this announcement with Our Dragonfly Times for the weeks preceding the change and have copies of the directory available at UUSRF to make contacting each other easier.  Any suggestions you might have to make this work, bring them up at services or call Trygve and Vicki (715) 273-0223 or text to (715) 821-1435, or email to pewterpair@gmail.com. You can also contact  other board members. Let us know you are going so that we can RSVP.

 Not all UU's in the area are that far away and maybe next time we can host them!

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Good News for all!

We are happy to announce that Bonnie Jones-Witthuhn will be joining our team to provide pastoral care during Derek's absence.

Pastoral Care  - Bonnie Jones-Witthuhn  &

Phone: (715) 307-1182 (TEXT Only until mid October please for a successful response)

After that date she will be available using either linked email or Phone.

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36th  UU Women's Retreat

Look here for Brochure to Register

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Cohousing Reading Group

If you are interested in learning more about cohousing as a form of intentional community planning and living, join the “read and discuss” group for our first conversation on Sunday, October 7, at UUSRF following the regular morning service.

The book we’ll read is Creating Cohousing by McCamant and Durrett, and we will discuss the first three chapters at the Oct 7 meeting.  

Creating Cohousing may be ordered from Chapter 2 Books in Hudson (715 220 8818), or from Amazon or any other book seller. 

If you have questions, feel free to contact Donna Miller at dmiller@baldwin-telecom.net or at 715 220 2627. 

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

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.



(9/2 Sunday)

NO Service today - Come to the Labor Day Picnic tomorrow!

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 (9/3 - Monday September 3.  3:00 pm Setup, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Picnic!)

Annual Event:  Labor Day Picnic here at UUSRF.

Bring a favorite beverage, dish, salad or dessert to share.

WWe will be grilling and harvesting eats from the garden.

Bring a lawn chair if you have extra.

Brad says brats, turkey burgers and veggie burgers 

wil be provided or bring something else and we'll make room on the grill.  Hope to see you

Next:

Get ready for first SE class of the year for kids next week!

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(9/4 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

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(9/5 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Social Outreach Action Response (SOAR) Committee meets

every first Wednesday at 1:30 pm

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(9/5 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Social Outreach Action Response (SOAR) Committee meets

every first Wednesday at 1:30 pm

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(9/5 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society at 3:00 pm

first & third Wednesdays of the month.

All Poets at heart are Welcome!

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(9/5 - Wednesday)

Group:  UUSRF Men's Group at 6:30 pm

first Wednesdays of the month

You guys could have a fire pit soup every time 'til the snow falls?

All Newcomers are Welcome!

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(9/6 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - Come early 9-11 am is cooler.

but come when it's convenient for you to work in the garden.

Come to weed, to water, to plant, and to harvest. 

The tomatoes are ripening.

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(9/6 - 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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(9/9 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong

"Who are you inspired by & Why" II

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray

for Readings, Discussion, Tea & Practice.

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(9/9 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 9:30  am in the Gathering Room.  

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

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(9/9 - Sunday)

Service: Forum is "Our Children: Care and feeding of",

Our Speaker is Trygve Aarsheimretired elementary

school librarian and our board president elect.

Trygve will share a story "I Want to Be" with the children

before their first Spiritual Education class of the school

and church year with Tera & Robert, teachers.  

Be there to send them off with music.

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(9/9 - Sunday)

SE: First class starts at about 10:40 am, leaving

from the meeting room after the service has started.

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(9/9 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets at 11:45 after the service

on first Sundays in the Gathering Room. Postponed from first Sunday.

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(9/9 - Sunday)

Event: NEW MOON CAMPFIRE - Shirley Jane (Activities Task Force) is offering

twice a month campfire gatherings for all in conjunction with the new moons and the full moons.

(She will be contacting the Sheriff before each campfire

so if participating is difficult for you and that is your primary goal,

please contact Shirley Jane to confirm the fire ring fire is permitted.

Otherwise, join the group for whatever happens there.

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

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(9/11 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

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(9/12 - Wednesday)

Event: Memorial Service

 for loved member and friend

Marion Jamison

Visitation: 1 pm, Service: 2:00 pm

Family welcomes you in remembering our friend Marion.

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(9/12 - Wednesday)  

Group: Plant Intelligence Book Discussion Group - Heidi Nemcek facilitator -

meets at 7:00 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at UUSRF.

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(9/13 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - Come early 8-11 am is cooler.

but come when it's convenient for you to work in the garden.

Come to weed, to water, to plant, and to harvest. 

The tomatoes are ripening.

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(9/13 - Thursday)

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

All 2nd Thursdays from 11:00 to 1:00 pm

for lunch and conversation with a mixed group.

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(9/13 - 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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(9/16 - Sunday)

Group: Meditation Group meets in Gathering Room or outside if weather permits

on every first, third and fifth Sunday at 9:00 am.  

Contact Shirley Jane with questions.

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(9/16 - Sunday) 

 

Service:  Speaking this time is Gabriel Johnson. His  sermon is entitled "Consider the Ewok: racist and colonial tropes in modern mythology".  The message is about the importance of stories and myths, and how they shape us for better or worse.

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(9/16 - Sunday)

SE:  class starts at about 10:40 am, leaving

from the meeting room after the service has started.

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(9/16 Sunday)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets again this month after the Sunday service.

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(9/17 Monday)

Meeting: Caring Circle meets at 1-2:30 on the Monday before each board meeting.

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(9/18 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(9/19 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society at 3:00 pm

first & third Wednesdays of the month.

All Poets at heart are Welcome!

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(9/19 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  UUSRF Board meets third Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.

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(9/19 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets third Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

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(9/20 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - Come early 8-11 am is cooler.

but come when it's convenient for you to work in the garden.

Come to weed, to water, to plant, and to harvest. 

The tomatoes are ripening.

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(9/20 - 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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(9/23 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong

"Mindfulness of Impermanence:

Change is inevitable ... Growth is optional." 

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray

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(9/23 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 9:30 am 

where ever we find space.  

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(9/23 - Sunday)

      

Service:  Linda Warner returns at 10:30 am for Part 2 of her talk:

"Moving from Jackal to Giraffe: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication."

with reading for our children.

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(9/23 - Sunday)

SE: class starts at about 10:40 am, leaving

from the meeting room after the service has started.

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(9/24 - Monday)

Event: FULL MOON CAMPFIRE - Shirley Jane (Activities Task Force) is offering

twice a month campfire gatherings for all in conjunction with the new moons and the full moons.

(She will be contacting the Sheriff before each campfire

so if participating is difficult for you and that is your primary goal,

please contact Shirley Jane to confirm the fire ring fire is permitted.

Otherwise, join the group for whatever happens there.

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

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(9/25 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(9/26 - Wednesday)  

Group: Plant Intelligence Book Discussion Group - Heidi Nemcek facilitator -

Come early at 6:15 pm to view a Webinar that tickled Shirley Jane's fancy.

Regular meeting starts afterward as time allows.

Usually meets at 7:00 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at UUSRF.

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(9/27 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - Come early 8-11 am is cooler.

but come when it's convenient for you to work in the garden.

Come to weed, to water, to plant, and to harvest. 

The tomatoes are ripening.

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(9/27 - 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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(9/30 - Sunday)

Group: Meditation Group  in Gathering Room or

outside if weather permits Sunday at 9:00 am.

(for those unable to attend the Rice Lake UU service today) 

TJ will do card readings and Tera talk about Chakra Healing for starters on the 30th.

Contact Shirley Jane with questions.

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(9/30 - Sunday)

See announcement in red in Notices section near top of this page, regarding plans for this Sunday.

Our own service is cancelled and all who want to join us are off visiting Rice Lake WI UU!!