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) 


October 2019


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

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The board meeting minutes will be posted monthly

and will be found on the office door.

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Photos needed.

As part of the Day of the Dead service on November 3, the program committee is asking people for photos of friends and relatives who have passed away so that we may honor and remember them in a photo montage during the service.  

Please send electronic files to Ann Leake (annleake@sbcglobal.net) by October 25.  If you have a paper photo, taking a picture of it with a phone and sending it will work. If you have a paper based photo and cannot convert it to an electronic file, bring the photo to any service before the 25th so Ann can take a picture of it.  It will be immediately returned to you.

Please also include this information with each photo you send:

The name of the person.

The person's relationship to you.

Dates that the person lived on earth.

Questions can go to Ann Leake (annleake@sbcglobal.net)

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We have added a  "SAVE the Date" announcement for you:

On October 19th we are opening our doors for a skill building opportunity:

Maureen Ash brings you "Organizing for Effective Advocacy--A Conference" - being presented at UUSRF, a full day event  Details & Registration form  Nab your seat early!

then...

On October 20th at 3:30 pm, we urge you take part in a Local Harvest Potluck at Rush River Lutheran Church in thanks for our local harvest, celebration of the growing HOPE for CREATION partnership and in anticipation of a year of Living Creationally in River Falls.

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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.


(9/28 - Saturday) 

Event: New Moon Campfire - 6:30 pm. fire start.  Everyone is welcome.  Shirley Jane (605) 517-2656.

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(9/29 - 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.  

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

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(9/29 - Sunday)


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Service:  "Word, Music & Spirit", Richard Terrill with Thomas R. Smith, 

both well known to UUSRF, are still polishing their plan

for this service.  Join us for poetry from both men.

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After the service there will be a Chili Feed 

held in honor of our Fifth Sunday Service Guests.

We hope to share maximum table time for conversation,

community building, getting to know each other

and, with luck, a little skill swapping!

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For sure, stay for Chili!

(potluck offerings cheerfully accepted)

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(10/1 - Tuesday)

Group: Meditation at 5:00 pm with Shirley Jane.

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(10/1 - Tuesday)

Group 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:  Harvest Season--Free Range Gardener

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(10/2 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  SOAR Committee meets  at 1:30 pm.

Plans for revamping Committee structure to be discussed.

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(10/2 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society meets first and third Wednesdays at 3 PM

Bring your love of poetry, something you've written 

or something you'd like to read to the group.

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(10/2 - Wednesday)

Group:  Men's Group meets first Mondays at 6:30 pm.

Contact Brad Moore at bradmoore1971@gmail.com for an invitation.

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(10/3 - Thursday) 

Group 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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(10/3 - 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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(10/6 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness, every Sunday 9:15 to 10:15 

with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation.

We will meet in the SE building.  

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

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(10/6 - Sunday) 

Shirley Jane Hobbs is a personal growth enthusiast.  She is happiest when she learns something new about herself and the world around her every day.  In general, she is very happy!  And happy to share with you about all of her discoveries as well!  The life she took on decades ago was Safe, Healthy,  and Happy Communities.   In her experiences in our society, she has added enlightenment for all to that goal.  

Service: Shirley Jane Hobbs brings "Love it All" -  12 Strategies for Success 

"I want to share with you all of the benefits of Loving it All and give you the opportunity to practice a bit.

Come prepared to have a good time.

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(10/6 - Sunday)

Meeting:  Program Committee meets after the service.

 This Sunday's meeting takes the shape of an Inservice for training of

all available and willing individuals to perform as service Presiders.

This role is extremely important for a lay-led congregation.

Donna Miller has agreed to be our guide.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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(10/8 - Tuesday)

Group: Meditation at 5:00 pm with Shirley Jane.

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(10/8 - Tuesday)

Group 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:  Harvest Season--Organizing fall garden tasks

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(10/10 - Thursday)

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

These work days will begin to be mostly garden cleanup.

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(10/10 - 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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(10/10 - 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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(10/13 - 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.  

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

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(10/13 - Sunday)

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Service:   Julie Patchouli & Bruce Heckel - Sorting out the Fear.

Songs for a new world perspective.  How do we sort out all that's happening and get back to the root of love?  We will be performing brand new songs from our upcoming album based on healing and universal love.

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(10/13 - Sunday)

Event: Full Moon Campfire - 6:30 pm. fire start & 7:00 pm - Moon Rise.

There will be celebration and a campfire & Sleepover if all goes well.

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

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(10/15 - 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:  Harvest Season--Free Range Gardener

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(10/16 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society meets first and third Wednesdays at 3 PM

Bring your love of poetry, something you've written 

or something you'd like to read to the group.

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(10/16 - Wednesday)

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

Regular meetings are open.  Please contact Trygve Aarsheim

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

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(10/17 - Thursday)

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

These work days will soon focus on garden clean up.

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(10/17- 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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(10/20 - 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.  

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

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(10/20 - Sunday

Shinko Rick Slone, Sensei is a priest and lineage holder in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He trained in residence for fifteen years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.  he is a friend and sometimes attendee at UUSRF.  He has spoken here at UUSRF and been a bridge for us to buddhism we have missed.  Lets hope this service will reincarnate our relationship for the future. 

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Service:  Shinko Rick Slone will speak on a subject yet to be determined.  If the past is any indicator, it will be on a subject we need to hear.  Come and join us this Sunday. He is now very happy to be the founding teacher of Snowy River Zen Center, here in River Falls, WI.

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Sunday, October 20 starting at 3:30 p.m.

Local Harvest Festival
At Rush River Lutheran Church, N8623 County Road Y, River Falls
Hosted by HOPE for CREATION: River Falls Communities of Faith

partnering for a more sustainable future.

All are invited to this gathering to give thanks for our local harvest,
to celebrate this growing HOPE for CREATION partnership, and
to look forward to a Year of Living Creationally in River Falls.
·       Bring a potluck dish to share – use locally harvested foods, if possible.
·       To reduce waste please bring your own plate, silverware, and cup, as you are able.
·       Car Pool with friends from your church.


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Come and enjoy autumn outdoors in this historic rural setting,

join in yard games, try out the cider press.  Potluck will be indoors.

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(10/22 - 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:  TBD

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(10/24 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays. 
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(10/24 - 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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(10/27 - Saturday)

Event: New Moon Campfire - 6:30 pm. fire start

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

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