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) 


April 2019


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

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From Elizabeth:

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From Ladies Who Lunch:

The Underwear Drawer will be set up in the lobby

until further notice as the drop spot for new packaged underwear

donations of any size and type..

This is a drive to benefit Our Neighbor's Place and is sponsored by Ladies Who Lunch.  Help with greeting and with 

Undies Sundays!!

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From Brad, Foot Print Building Maps

Foot print maps of the two buildings for use with meeting and event scheduling are now available:

Click here for maps

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This is UUSRF Family News:

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Roy & Nancy are back home in Hudson and doing well.

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Bob Brown has moved to the Three Links Care Center

815 Forest Ave. Northfield MN 55057

He has enjoyed your cards and visits.

Anna is injured & would appreciate a call.

Let her know if you can offer some help

with transportation or company.

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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.


(4/2 - Tuesday)

 National Event: It's Election Day.

Participate in our Democracy and Vote!!

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(4/3 - Wednesday)

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

Come through the sanctuary if path isn't clear.  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(4/3 - Wednesday)

Meeting: SOAR (Social Outreach Action Response) meets 

First Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

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 (4/3 - 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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(4/3 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

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

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(4/3 - 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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(4/4 - 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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(4/5 - Friday)

Event: New Moon Campfire.

5:30 pm.  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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(4/7 - 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. 

(4/7- Sunday) 

                     

Service: Brad Moore and Donna Miller with the Vision Task Forces meet at 9:30 am.  Did you hear that?!

That's an hour early just to help us have a plan for the future!

At 10:30 starts the Forum where everyone can add their thoughts  to the plan. 

Plan details in a letter from Brad up in notices.

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

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(4/7 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets after the service just this time.

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

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(4/7 - Sunday)

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

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(4/10 - Wednesday)

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

Come through the sanctuary if path isn't clear.  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(4/10 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

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

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(4/11 - 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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(4/11 - 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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(4/14 - 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.

(4/14- Sunday) 

Service:  Pastor Janet Ellinger returns this week to deliver a Sunday message:  

"An Inconvenient Truth".

 We spend a fair amount of time on our "exterior" - clothes, hair manicures, glasses, weight and such.  It's what others see.  

It's another matter to spend time with our "interior" - what people don't see.  We'll take a peek inside ourselves to consider

what we might want to "die to" so that we can follow a more just and life-giving path.

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

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(4/16 - Monday)

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets the Monday before

each board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(4/16 - Tuesday)

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

as herbalists at a class on natural medicine to be held on third 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 its third Tuesday class.

This months topic: Adaptogens.

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(4/17 - Wednesday)

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

Come through the sanctuary if path isn't clear.  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(4/17 - Wednesday)

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

Newcomers are always welcome.

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(4/17 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

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

weather permitting.

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(4/17 - 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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(4/17 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets every third Wednesday

of each month starting at 8:00 pm.

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(4/18 - 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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(4/19 - Friday) 

3 Events: First is a Real or Virtual Feast to 7:00 pm &

Beltrane celebration with Fire Ritual.

It depends on what you bring.

Hazel hopes you bring Food to eat & 

Something to burn for the Ritual.

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Full Moon Campfire - 8:00 pm

 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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(4/21 - 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.

(4/21 - Sunday)

Service 10:30 - 11:30 am:  Earth Day Celebration and Benefit -

Join Elizabeth Bowden and Robin Boles for a celebration of the past, present and future

of Grow to Share, a River Falls non-profit that promotes community gardening and

delivers locally-grown food to pantries, shelters and others in need in River Falls. 

Grow to Share, Inc, is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide

nutritional assistance and hunger relief in collaboration with local organizations

while fostering healthy lifestyles, increasing access to fresh sustainably-grown produce,

and offering hands-on growing education and volunteer opportunities.

 Plan to stay after  the service for a Bread & Soup Benefit with donations to Grow to Share.

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

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(4/23 - 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: Jens Gunelson with Introduction to Permaculture.

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(4/24 - 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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(4/24 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

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

weather permitting.

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(4/25 - Thursday)

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

until it starts getting warm and 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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(4/25 - 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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(4/25 - Thursday)

Community Event:  "Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" showing at 7 - 9 pm 

presented by Hope for Creation in it's Community EARTH CARE Mini Film Series.

This showing at Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls, N8010 St. Hwy 65, River Falls

Please let Martha know if you can help with Greeting or Take down after the film.

krista@riverfallsumc.org and kristaspieler@gmail.co

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(4/26 - Friday)

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

until it starts getting warm and 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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(4/28 - 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.

(4/28 - Sunday)

Instant Choir before the service 9:30 am to learn Vine and Fig Tree, a simple tune from the Jewish tradition,

as part of our celebration of Arbor Day.

Watch for additional songs celebrating trees in our service! 

Service: Gillette Kempf will be speaking on"The New Testament in Historical Context"  

A brief review of the selection process for the 27 books in the New Testament

(the four Canonical gospels, Acts of the Apostles, 21 Epistles or letters and the Book of Revelation).

 An exploration of the many proto-Christian groups that flourished in the first 300 years of the Current Era.

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

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 Stay for a Potluck Lunch starting just after the service.

 You are all invited to bring a dish to pass to help sustain us through a full day of events.

 

After we eat we will carry on our celebration of Arbor Day with a tour of the trees in UUSRF's garden

and plans for future tree-planting, sharing of tree poems, and tree related crafts for children and adults.  

If you have a favorite tree poem or quote to share, please bring it!

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Finally, the CONCERT promised for months with a new theme

"SONGS OF THE EARTH" Music, poems, and stories for Earth Week

 with Thomas R. Smith & Fendrick and Peck,

in their third concert with us and third attempt this time, starting at 2 pm.

Donation.

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(4/30 - 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: Trygve & Vicki Aarsheim with Permaculture Applied.

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