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) 


May 2019


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

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From Brad about Annual Meeting and Visioning:

Annual Meeting Materials

 2019 Absentee Ballot and Proxy Form

Annual Meeting Agenda

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The Unitarian Society of Menomonie Invite us to attend a joint service on June 30 at 10:00 am.

Let's get a group together and RSVP to attend.   We can Car Pool!

Juliana Schmidt,  April 30, 2019

to uusrfon65@gmail.com

Hello!

The Unitarian Society of Menomonie will hold a joint service in the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (our original church home), downtown Menomonie, on June 30 at 10:00 am.  The service will be led by Diane Light.  After the service, we will adjourn to our present church home at 105 21st St. NE Menomonie, for lunch, hosted by the UU’s of Menomonie.  We hope you can join us!  Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Juliana Schmidt, Chair <anoldsweetsong@hotmail.com

Unitarian Society of Menomonie

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Alert received from Ann Leake and from other sources about Scammers with UU's as targets.

 [UU-Money] Alert: Scammers Posing As Congregation Leaders

Reply-To: Information Sharing among Society Finance Leaders <uu-money@lists.uua.org>

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This is UUSRF Family News:

Nancy & Doug Holden would appreciate a call in the evening at 651-888-2672 

and we would appreciate knowing what else we can share with members and friends.

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.


(5/1 - Wednesday)

Group: Learn and practice non-guided meditation.  11:00 to 11:45 am in the SE building beside UUSRF.

 Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(5/1 - Wednesday)

Meeting: SOAR (Social Outreach Action Response) meets First Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

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(5/1 - 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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(5/1 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building.

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(5/1 - Wednesday)

Group: Men's Group meets most first Wednesdays.

Try the kitchen first.  Contact Brad to be put on the invitation list.

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(5/2 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(5/2 - 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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(5/3 - Friday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

(5/4 - Saturday)

Event: New Moon Campfire.  8:30 pm.  

There will be celebration with or without the campfire.

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

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(5/5 - 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. 

(5/5 - Sunday)

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

Everyone is welcome to help us fill the Speaker Calendar, a very big job.

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(5/5- Sunday) 

Katherine Grant is a certified Full Voice Coach.

She helps people access their voice for deeper expression in their lives.

Katherine -- a singing farm girl -- also leads song circles and performs traditional folksongs in other languages.

            
                     

Service: Katherine Grant  will lead us this Sunday at 10:30 in hopes of raising our voices in song and more.

There is an African saying:  if you can walk, then you can dance,

if you can talk, then you can sing.

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I love to say:  dogs bark, wolves howl, cats meow and people sing!

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Community singing provides the fastest route to a sense of belonging.

Our nervous system just soaks it up.

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This approach uses an ancient way -- call and response -- for easy learning

by copying the leader.

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And then beyond singing, I will bring an approach that explores all aspects of making sounds.  

For 'the voice is the muscle of the soul' says Alfred Wolfsohn,

and our lives change as we free our voices.

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

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(5/5 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets after the service on first Sundays.

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(5/7 - 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:  Lasagna Gardening: Converting Lawn to Garden

by Shirley Jane and Vicki

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(5/8 - Wednesday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(5/8 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building.

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(5/9 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(5/9 - 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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(5/9 - 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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(5/10 - Friday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(5/12 - 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.

(5/12- Sunday) 

             

Service:  Moms Remembered, with Sue Beckham and Trygve Aarsheim

sharing their memories of Vibrant and well loved mothers with us.  

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

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Please stay for the Annual Mother's Day Brunch, prepared for 

us by Cathy Cliffe and her volunteer helpers and those donating extras.  

Tickets again this year and a raffle

of accumulated goodies!  It is always a good time.

If you wish to join us contact Cathy before the weekend so she can adjust numbers.

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(5/13 - Monday)

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets the Monday before

each board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(5/14 - 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: Mulch in the garden by Jens 

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(5/15 - Wednesday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am

Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

 Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(5/15 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesday at 3:00 pm.

Newcomers are always welcome.

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(5/15 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building.

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(5/15 - Wednesday)

Meeting: UUSRF Board meets the third Wednesday of each Month

beginning at 6:30 pm.  Meetings are open to members and friends.

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(5/15 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets every third Wednesday

of each month starting at 8:00 pm.

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(5/16 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(5/16 - 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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(5/17 - Friday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(5/18 - Saturday) 

Event: Full Moon Campfire - 8:30 pm

there will be celebration with or without the campfire.

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

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(5/19 - 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.

(5/19 - Sunday)

Service: Annual Meeting with

Election of New President Elect and New Members at Large of our Board.

We will need a quorum, so plan to attend if at all possible.  Following lunch,

there will be Task Force work, discussion and wrap up together in the meeting room. 

Stay for lunch provided by the board.

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No SE Class this morning during the Annual meeting.

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(5/21 - Tuesday)

Herb Class    Herb Class

Event: Herb Class - Heidi Nemcek and Hazel Koski will share their Knowledge

as herbalists at a class on natural medicine to be held on 3rd Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

and will continue each month starting in May as partner to How Does Your Garden Grow?,

as the 3rd Tuesday class.

Topic this month: Herbs in the Garden.

(5/22- Wednesday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am

Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

 Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(5/22 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building,

weather permitting.

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(5/23 - Thursday)

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

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

This work day is partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow classes held Tuesday Evenings.
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(5/23 - 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.

***

(5/24 - Friday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(5/26 - 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.

(5/26 - Sunday)

Service: "Seeking Peace in Distracted Times."  Martha TerMaat will facilitate and Vicki will assist.  This Memorial Day weekend, join us to light a candle for those who have served our country and for those around the world in search of peace.  Our forum discussion brings us together to share stories of peacemaking past and present, and ask how we can move forward in creating a culture of peace at home and abroad.  We will round out our service with a children's story from Bagdad and a new tune that will have you humming "Shanti, Salaam, shalom" all the way home!

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

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(5/28 - 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: Time to Plant!

planning your garden: group discussion

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(5/29 - Wednesday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am

Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

 Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(5/29 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building,

weather permitting.

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(5/30 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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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(5/30 - 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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(5/31 - Friday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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