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

     Bas Sona from our Pastor,    

     Derek Washington    

     derekwashington@me.com     
     715-220-6122  (cell)    
     715-425-6711   (9pm-6am)    
     (I text too)
     


April 2018


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

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


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

From Ann & Don Leake:  The 2018-19 stewardship campaign, 

Commitment To Community, will continue until Sunday, May 13.  

Contact Don Leake at don.leake52@gmail.com or 715-410-8737 if you have questions.


(4/1)

Service:  Pastor Derek Washington Speaks:  Discovering Soul: The Quest That Could Save Your Life - This talk will continue our conversation of of the soul.  Your collaboration is always welcome as I share my perspectives and questions.  What is the soul?  I will share the perspective of some shamanic practicioners who see the journey to discover and uncover the soul as the most important journey we will ever make.  We will have a Children’s Message at the beginning of our time, too, as we remember Easter.

  at 10:30 am.

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S.E.: Children's Spiritual Formation class starts at 10:45 am 

in the Gathering Room with Teacher Traci Langan.

Welcome Children!  

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(4/3)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(4/4)

Group:  Gathering of All Interested Women starts today for now in the Kitchen at UUSRF

11:00 am to 2:00 pm and continuing weekly (all Wednesdays) 

Come and go anytime in that time period.

"We gather to foster intimacy and community to create a viable ecology"

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-2656

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(4/4)

Meeting: Social Action Committee meets at 2-3 pm Wednesday.

(4/4)

Group:  Live Poets Society meets at UUSRF at 3:00 pm

First and Third Wednesdays.

Newcomers always Welcome!

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(4/4)

Group:  UUSRF Men's Group at 6:30 pm

first Wednesdays of the month.

All Newcomers are Welcome!

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(4/5)

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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(4/7)

Event: Medicinal Herbs Class with Heidi Nemcek - Spring plants and liver tonics.

9:00 to 11:00 am on First Saturdays

Newcomers are always welcome.

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(4/8)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong

What Next?

Do you have a topic, book, a life concern that you would like to see discussed in our group?

Please consider offering your ideas at our next meet up.

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray  .

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(4/8)

Before the service!     10:00 am!

Watch a locally produced video on diagnosing and managing dementia

with Dr. Sieverson, a physician from Mayo.

It will help you get your mind on track for our forum.

There is a lot of info on simple things,

like how to interact during conversations. 
video preview

   

Service:  Nancy Abrahamson, dementia specialist, will speak to us on

"Creating Dementia Friendly Communities"

She will cover dementia and also dementia friendly churches.

All this in a Forum format for easy interaction and Q & A starting at 10:30 am.

Come early for You tube videos on the subject and

Stay late for our Annual Chili Cook Off - "There's a Trophy!"

Look at these videos to learn more - Videos

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S.E.: Children's Spiritual Formation class starts at 10:45 am 

in the Gathering Room with  Teacher Traci Langan.

Welcome Children!

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(4/10)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(4/10)

Outside Event: HOPE for CREATION - Communities of faith partnering for a sustainable future,

"The situation is not hopeless, and we are not helpless" with Meteorologist Paul Douglas.

7:30 - 8:30 pm, Tuesday April 10 at River Falls United Methodist Church.

See Event Poster Here.

(4/11)

Group:  Gathering of All Interested Women starts today for now in the Kitchen at UUSRF

11:00 am to 2:00 pm and continuing weekly (all Wednesdays) 

Come and go anytime in that time period.

"We gather to foster intimacy and community to create a viable ecology"

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-2656

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(4/12)

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.  

(4/12)

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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(4/14)

Event: Movie and Popcorn.  In the UUSRF sanctuary on Saturday at 2:00 pm.  Freewill donation to UU Society.

"What the #^]>€?¥@ Do We Know?"  Exploring the world of the quantum field.

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(4/15)

Come Early for INSTANT CHOIR!  

9:30 am to work on music for the children's Earth Day presentation next week.

Service: Pastor Derek Washington speaks: The Implications of Death & Taxes on the Soul - We will continue the conversation on the soul’s journey, looking at perspectives of soul that span multiple lifetimes, and how we as a species can weigh down our lives by our cultural systems,  suffocating our dreams, our true calling, and our very essence.  I will begin our time with a Children’s Message about taxes!  Sound fun?!

 at 10:30 am.  

Don Leake will be here to introduce our stewardship campaign - Commitment to Community.  

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S.E.: Children's Spiritual Formation class starts at 10:45 am 

in the Gathering Room with Teacher Traci Langan.

Welcome Children!  

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Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays (4/17) 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(4/18)

Group:  Gathering of All Interested Women continues weekly for now in the Kitchen at UUSRF

11:00 am to 2:00 pm and continuing weekly (all Wednesdays) 

Come and go anytime in that time period.

"We gather to foster intimacy and community to create a viable ecology"

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-2656

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(4/18)

Group: Live Poets Society meets at UUSRF at 3:00 pm

First & 3rd Wednesdays - Newcomers always Welcome!

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(4/18)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets at 5:30 pm

&

Meeting:  UUSRF Board Meeting starts at 6:30 pm also.

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(4/19)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck)

All Thursdays 6:30 - 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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(4/21)

Outside Event:  A small group has been meeting, learning from our compatriots at Chippewa valley Votes and are now ready to offer a Voter Registration Training on Saturday April 21, from 2-4 PM  at the  River Falls Public Library. Please RSVP to me if you can, tell your friends who might be interested in this. If you would also "like" our Facebook page, "St. Croix Valley Votes" and tell your friends.

This training will prepare volunteers to participate in voter registration drives during the 2018 election cycle.

We will take a dive into all aspects of voter registration including proof of residency, key timelines, voter eligibility, and special circumstances including college student, and confidential voters. Come prepared to do some role playing and mock registrations. Participants will learn how to help people register to vote using the myvote.wi.gov website.

We suggest attendees familiarize themself with the MyVote website (
https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/) to understand how to navigate the different features. If you can also watch this 20 minute video (https://vimeo.com/198382460) about using MyVote website to do online voter registration.

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(4/22)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong 

Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose

THE BALANCE OF EFFORT & SURRENDER

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

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(4/22)

  

Service:  For our Earth Day Program Juliet Tomkins, a longtime UUSRF Member and farmer, on: "Our Call to Eat Ethically" - Each Sunday we state our commitment to have "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. " But do we practice this in how we produce our food and what we eat?  We will explore this question, envision a different rural landscape and share actions to help us be the change we seek.

 after the service we can extend the conversation at ourTalking Tables.

We have set aside time for an Earth Day presentation by theChildren during the service but... 

(The Presentation is being moved to the May 6th Service. Watch for it then!)

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S.E.: Children's Spiritual Formation class starts at 10:45 am

in the Gathering Room with Teacher Traci Langan.

Welcome Children! Join in the Children's Earth Day Presentation on May 6th!

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(4/24)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(4/25)

Group:  Gathering of All Interested Women continues weekly for now in the Kitchen at UUSRF

11:00 am to 2:00 pm and continuing weekly (all Wednesdays) 

Come and go anytime in that time period.

"We gather to foster intimacy and community to create a viable ecology"

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-2656

***

(4/26)

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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(4/29)

Service:  Fifth Sunday Forum - Memorials, Legacies & Reputation.   Vicki Aarsheim, Facilitator.  Donna Miller, second.

at 10:30 am

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S.E.: Children's Spiritual Formation class starts at 10:45 am

in the Gathering Room with Teacher Traci Langan.

Welcome Children! 


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