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

Our Mailing address:  Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls  ( or UUSRF )

                                    P.O. Box 63

                                    River Falls Wisconsin  54022

(See Map  & please scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the whole scoop!)

Pastoral Care  -  Pastor Bonnie Jones Witthuhn - email: bonniejoneswitthuhn@gmail.com

Phone: (715) 307-1182 (TEXT Only until mid October please for a successful response) 

After that date she will be available using either linked email or Phone.


November 2018


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

Congratulations on a very enjoyable and successful Goods & Services Auction.

The Silent Auction and Dinners and Raffle continues until Dec. 9.  

Get your bids in!

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We have received a request for multiple tutor positions by Wescap.

See details here!

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

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


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(11/1 - Thursday)

Día de los Muertos - Crafts and Celebration - November 1 at 4-7 pm

Preparation Event:  Family Friendly gathering to decorate our meeting hall for our Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) service.Join us for some fun, Mexican inspired crafting!  Contact Martha TerMaat for more information (rightsreaders!gmail.com / 715-425-6871)

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(11/1 - Thursday)

Community Event:  Hope for Creation churches will meet this Thursday evening, Nov. 1 at 6:30 pm at St. Bridget. We will start promptly at 6:30 and adjourn by 7:30 so everyone might be able to attend the Community Prayer Service Honoring Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims, to be held in the St. B sanctuary.

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(11/1 - 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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(11/2 - Friday)

Preparation Event:  Come on Friday, November 2nd at NOON to help prepare traditional Mexican foods for Día de los Muertos! service on November 4.  Contact Shirley Jane for more info.(605) 517-2656

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(11/4 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:30 to 10:15with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation. We will meet in the SE building as soon as it is available. 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.

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(11/4 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 9:30 am where we find space.  

Come one and all.  We have a big job to do.

(11/4 - Sunday)

Service: Gather with us to celebrate Día de los Muertos - Day of the Dead!  

Elizabeth Bowden Presides, Lauren Evans and the SOAR team will share the joys of this Mexican day of remembrance.  Our festive service will include a story for children.  Bring a photo or other keepsake of someone you've loved and lost. Help us create a supporting and compassionate multi-generational community!

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

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Plan to stay after the service for a Mexican-themed luncheon/fundraiser

benefitting ARC (Assistance & Resource Center), a local nonprofit

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(11/4 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets after the service each first Sunday of the month.

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(11/4 - Sunday)

Group: Cohousing Reading Group meets at about 1 pm after the service - Donna Miller facilitating.  All

participants are welcome to SOAR's Mexican themed luncheon.

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(11/6 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(11/7 - 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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(11/7 - Wednesday)

Meeting: SOAR (Social Outreach Action Response) Committee meets

first Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

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(11/7 - Wednesday)

Group: UUSRF Men's Group at 6:30 pm first Wednesdays of the month.  

Are you guys doing another fire pit soup? Can you share with the New Moon people?

All newcomers are Welcome!

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(11/7 - Wednesday)

Event: NEW MOON CAMPFIRE - Shirley Jane (Activities Task Force) is offering

twice a month campfire gatherings for all in conjunction with the new moons and the full moons.

5:30 until full moon or new moon sets.

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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(11/8 - Thursday)

Group: Ladies Who Lunch at West Wind Restaurant in RF.

All second Thursdays from 11:00 to 1:00 pm

for lunch and conversation with a mixed group.

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(11/8 - 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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(11/10 - Saturday)

Annual Fundraiser Event:  UUSRF Goods & Services Auction will start at 6 pm with eats.  

Fill your plates and glassesand move to the meeting room to peruse the delights

and consider your bids while you munch and sip.

Thanks to all who provide the food and drink!!  

(There are sign up lists on the table in the kitchen for those who are still deciding.)

See details of the changes at the top of the page, in Notices! 

Help wrapping up and cleaning up will be appreciated. 

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(11/11 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:30 to 10:15 with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation. We will meet in the SE building as soon as it is available. 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.
 

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(11/11 - Sunday)

Service: Bonnie Jones-Witthuhn, our new pastoral care minister and therefore requires an introduction.  

Be sure to introduce yourself.  She's on our team!  This from Bonnie herself:  

"I have a varied career. Attended seminary and was ordained into the United Church of Christ in 1980 and served congregations for twenty-two years. After the birth of my daughter I decided to make a temporary change and taught high school English for fifteen years. After retirement I worked on the development of a social respite program for individuals with dementia and helped open Among Friends last year.​​"​​​​​ 

 Bonnie's message is "Soothing Waters and Troubling Waters"  After traveling for a month in several European and Scandinavian countries I was reminded of the Troubling People we are sometimes in this world--hate and violence and mass murders. Yet, beside us are often Soothing Waters. Ways of living that allow us to live out our best instead of our worst. 

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

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(11/11 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership meeting (postponed from previous Sunday) as soon as convenient after the service.

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(11/12 - Monday)

Meeting: Caring Circle meets monthly on the Monday before the Board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(11/13 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(11/14 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  UUSRF Board meets second Wednesday usually the third)  at 5:30 pm.

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(11/14 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets second Wednesday usually the third) at 7:00 pm

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(11/15 - 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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(11/18 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:30 to 10:15 with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation. We will meet in the SE building as soon as it is available. 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. 

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(11/18 - Sunday)

Come Early for Instant Choir at 9:30.  This is also for those who wish to be instant Singers!

       

Service:  Reverend Janet Ellinger returns with "Seasons of the Heart"

We live in the stark though often beautiful reality of the changing seasons here in Wisconsin.  Our hearts change seasons, too, as we experience moments each day that invite us to expand and open ourselves with gratitude to events and moments that can impact our lives forever.  

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

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(11/20 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(11/21 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society meets at 3:00 pm on the first and third Wednesday each month

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(10/22 - 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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(11/25 - Sunday)

group:  Mindfulness will continue every Sunday 9:30 to 10:15with movement, meditation and contemplative conversation. We will meet in the SE building as soon as it is available. 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. 

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(11/25 - Sunday)

      

Service:  We will start this service early in the kitchen dishing up for our annual pancake breakfast.

We serve pancakes, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausages, juice and coffee and the fixings,

depending on the kindness of those present to provide the fixings. 

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During and following our hearty meal the board, through Trygve Aarsheim, our President Elect, will introduce  you to our UUSRF Committees who will share their duties, some successful and perhaps some frustrations. They make up the "nuts and bolts" of our spiritual machine.  After the board and you have finished hearing the reports, you will all know a little more about who you might want to help in your stewardship of our fellowship.  So, we will also have "Nuts & Bolts"  for breakfast!

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

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(11/27 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

Due UUSRF building use conflicts,

please come to the Zendo at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays through November.

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(11/29 - 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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