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)
     


June 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 Paula Lugar:  June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month.

Some links to articles and a video to broaden your understanding:

Spirituality and Dementia

https://www.piercecountyherald.com/lifestyle/health/4454539-what-expect-alzheimers

https://www.piercecountyherald.com/community/events/4456118-alzheimers-more-losing-some-memories
https://www.piercecountyherald.com/opinion/columns/4454537-sara-tischauser-column-its-not-just-forgetting-memory-or-two

Tips from Dementia Friendly Sunday

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From the Annual Meeting:

The 2018-19 Budget was passed

 Suggested Bylaws changes were passed with clarifications and edits

Trygve Aarsheim will be our President Elect

 Donna Miller & Prill Snelling are our new Members At Large

Congratulations to the successful nominees!


(6/1 Friday)

Children's Event: Children's Welcome Summer Concert & Dance Party!

Description: concert & dance party with after school treats, 4;45-6:15 Friday June 1.

Outdoors or in new SE building space acoustic live performance by Will Hale,

well known performer for children who performed at the Children’s museum in Minneapolis on New Years this year.

See www.willhale.com

printable flyer

Contact Shirley Jane for more information.

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(6/3 - Sunday)

Service:  Shirley Jane Hobbs  at 10:30 am leads us in a first session in a series of "Success Strategies - Lesson 1. Determine what you want. Trust your desires and create a bold detailed vision for the long-term future."   Paula Lugar presides.

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(6/3 - Sunday)

Event at UUSRF:  Ennen & Dave JaVue Concert

Sunday night at 6:00 pm

A crowd pleasing musical interlude by local talent! See you there.

(6/5 - Tuesday)

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

(6/5 - Tuesday)

Important Event:  RiseUP is hosting a WISCONSIN CHOICE POLLING event on Tuesday, 6:30 pm at the River Falls Public Library. RiseUp members and the general public are all invited to attend this "town hall meeting" style discussion of potential Democratic candidates for governor.

Wisconsin Choice  will provide video introductions of all the top candidates.  Following each video, a short discussion will allow advocates for that individual to speak and the audience can comment for or against.  It is hoped that at least some attendees will be able to "stand up" for their choice for governor or say why they decided against that particular person.  

If you  aren't sure who you support or need more information on the candidates, this is a great opportunity to learn more and hear what fellow RiseUp members are thinking.

When all candidates have been presented, there will be a straw poll vote.  Wisconsin Choice would like to narrow their field to four candidates and then hold a third and final poll to select a candidate to endorse.  The two with the least support have been eliminated from the list of potential Democrat   candidates by the first poll.

Wisconsin Choice has been joined in this effort by Our Wisconsin Revolution and the Working Families Organization.

If you want more information on the  event, shoot me an email and I'll try to answer your questions. Contact Katie Chaffee - katie_chaffee@yahoo.com for more information.

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(6/6 -  Wednesday)

Meeting: Social Action Outreach Committee meets 

every first Wednesday at 2:00 pm

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(6/6 - 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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(6/6 - Wednesday)

Group:  UUSRF Men's Group at 6:30 pm

first Wednesdays of the month.

All Newcomers are Welcome!

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(6/7 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

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(6/7 - 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.

(6/9 - Saturday)

Outside Event:  Class on "Oxymels and Switchels" by our own Heidi Nemcek, community herbalist, at the WE Whole Earth Coop on Main Street in River Falls at 10-11:00am. She has some great recipes and is a great teacher.  

Sign up today to join Heidi in learning more about these health packed recipes just in time for summer!  Class is FREE, sign up here.

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(6/10 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong

"In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts"

Mindfulness of Addictive Patterns

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray  .

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(6/10 - Sunday)

Service:  Dementia Friendly Sunday in Forum format at 10:30 am, led by Paula Lugar. 

Topic:  Identify practical tips from our personal stories of dementia and memory issues in order to better include members and friends with dementia or memory issues in our UUSRF community. We will leave knowing more about how to interact with our members and friends with dementia and their caregivers. Did you know, we have at least 5 members who have some amount of dementia?

Dementia touches all of our lives eventually. If you come to UUSRF, it touches you now.
Designated in St. Croix and Pierce County churches and organized by the county Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC’s)
Presented by the Social Action Committee now known as SOAR (Social Outreach Action Response).

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There will be a table after the service to talk about next actions including pursuing dementia friendly church status.

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(6/10 - Sunday)

Outside Event: "Music by Heart" 

A community sing along at 1 pm

Held in Hudson at the Bandshell, Lakefront Park

Click on Poster for a closer look!

Sponsored by Dementia Friendly Communities Coalition

on Demential Friendly Sunday

(6/12 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(6/14 - 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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(6/14 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

(6/14 - 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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(6/16 - Saturday)

Outside Event: A.A. District 14 presents "Perspectives on Sponsorship" Step 12 in Action

Four member panel discussion on all aspects of serving as a sponsor.

See details on our Calendar.

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(6/17 - Sunday)

Inside Event:  Join us for a "Father's Day / Welcome Back Derek Breakfast" at 9:30 am

hosted by Hospitality & Membership Committees.

Get up early, bring your Dad and come to eat!  Free Will Offering.

 

We attract a beautiful crowd of people so they must have the Best Dads Ever! 

Don't let him go hungry this morning. We'll have good eats!

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(6/17 - Sunday)

Service:  Pastor Derek Washington -

“Greetings Dear Ones!  I am eager to be with you and to share these next 2 Sundays. I plan to share from my shamanic adventures in Peru, and the beautiful Andean principle of “Ayni”- sacred reciprocity.  I hope to include a new song or two that I have written on my journeys too!”
Derek

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(6/17 - Sunday)

Check again for time because of the Breakfast.

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

  Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.  We have a larger task.

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(6/18 - Monday)

Meeting: Caring Circle Meets on Mondays before each board meeting at 1-2:30 pm. 

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(6/19 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(6/20 - 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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(The two following meetings will be in the opposite order starting in July!)

(6/20 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets third Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

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(6/20 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  UUSRF Board meets third Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

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(6/21 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

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(6/21 - Thursday)

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 715-53

1-3515 for address & introduction.

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(6/21 - Thursday)

Summer Solstice Celebration & Potluck!

Starts at 7:30 pm.

This is indeed SHORT NOTICE!  Derek wants us all to enjoy as celebration for Solstice.  He has planned a solstice full moon ceremony & grief ritual.  It will progress organically. Bring a dish to pass and beverage, a plan of ceremony, your favorite people, and perhaps a lawn chair.  (We have some seating in our yard.) This could be mostly outside and will include a fire-pit fire if allowed, but the building will be open for refuge if needed.  

CAUTION!:  No walking on the SE building floor until all floor work is completed and the restrictions are lifted!  Yeah!  The team is making real progress!

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(6/24 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong 

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

"Insights at the Edge"

Exploring the growing edges of our life.

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray

 forReadings, Discussion, Tea & Practice.

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(6/24 - Sunday)

      

Service:  Pastor Derek Washington -

“Greetings Dear Ones!  I am eager to be with you and to share these next 2 Sundays. I plan to share from my shamanic adventures in Peru, and the beautiful Andean principle of “Ayni”- sacred reciprocity.  I hope to include a new song or two that I have written on my journeys too!”
Derek

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(6/24)

Internal Event:  Potluck Lunch, after the service - "Happy Trails" to Derek's Big Adventure.  

Everyone, please bring ready to serve items.

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There may be some drumming as well, in or out beside the building!

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(6/25 Monday)

Preregistration is required

for Life Visioning Workshop on the 29th and 30th

Call Shirley Jane at (605) 517-2656

by June 25.

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(6/26 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(6/28 - Thursday)

Group:  Garden Work Thursday (any time between 7:00 & 11:00 am) or any day really. 

for any to join Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

to do our work or yours in the cool of the day.  

Other days remain unspoken for but people are coming to save the plantings.

(6/28 - 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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(6/28 - Thursday)

On Site Event:  Celebrating the Full Strawberry Moon in the back yard at UUSRF starting at 7:30 pm with a campfire, chanting and drumming, a cookout/potluck and possibly an overnight adventure, if anyone is interested.  A good time will be had by all, including kids.  Please come.

Great Intro to our Life Visioning Friday & Saturday.

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(6/29 - Friday & 30 - Saturday)

Internal Events:  Life Visioning Workshop

For All Members and friends of UUSRF.  Will be held at UUSRF.

Friday June 29: 2 pm to 9 pm

And Saturday June 30: 9 am to 5 pm.

Contact Shirley Jane with interest or for more information.  Preregistration is required by June 25.