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) 


November 2019


 ~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~   ~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~   ~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~

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

 ~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~   ~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~

The board meeting minutes will be posted monthly

and will be found on the office door.

~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~

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)

 ~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~    

27th Annual UUSRF Goods & Services Silent Auction: November 17 - December 8.  Please consider donating items of value for sale in support of the financial well-being of the society. Auction items will be accepted anytime on and after November 10. If offering a service or perishable good, bring an attractive advertisement for your gift.  Questions? Contact Don Leake at don.leake52@gmail.com.

~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~   ~~~~ ! ! ! ~~~~    



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.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(10/27 - Sunday)

Group:  Mindfulness meets all Sundays 9:15 to 10:15 

in SE building with Shirley Jane 605-517-2656 if ?'s

(10/27 - Sunday)

 at 9:30 AM Instant Choir

 meets to learn #188 Come, Come Whoever You Are (lyrics by Rumi) and a Syrian Hallelujah.

(10/27- Sunday) 

Don and Ann Leake are founding members of UUSRF.  Don is a retired UWRF math professor.  Ann teaches English language learners.   After retirement they have been working and traveling abroad.  They have recently returned from living 10 months in Morocco where Ann worked for the State Department as an English Language Fellow.

Service:  "Reflections on Living in an Islamic Country".

Ann and Don will give their impressions of living in a culture significantly influenced by Islam.

 + 

(10/27 - Sunday)

Community Event: Martell Free Concert at 2 PM with potluck meal

See Details here! 

+

(10/27 - Sunday) 

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

***

(10/29 - 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: Organizing Moon Phase schedule for next year gardening.

***

(10/30 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  Administration Committee meets at 6:30 pm in SE.  David Trechter called the meeting and invites all having information, concerns or opinions to share on a broad agenda.

***

(10/31 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Robert & Michelle's.

Call 715-531-3515 for more information

***

(11/2 - Saturday)

Service Prep Event:  Family-friendly gathering to bake Mexican skull bread and decorate our meeting hall for our Día  De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) service. Drop-in for some fun, Mexican inspired crafting!. Contact Elizabeth Bowden for more info: enj.bowden@gmail.com.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(11/3 - Sunday)

New time & content for the Winter months.

Group:  Meditation only (for 15 minute session) all Sundays at 10:00 am 

in SE building with Shirley Jane 605-517-2656 if ?'s

(11/3 - Sunday)


Service:  "Day of the Dead", Martha TerMaat and Sue Bushard will lead us

while we present a celebration of our founders and of family and friends lost with photos

of those remembered projected on screen.  

Our local food pantry will participate in the service.  

After the service there will be a Benefit Soup and Bread

meal provided by SOAR with proceeds to River Falls Food Pantry.

(potluck offerings of dishes significant to those we miss cheerfully accepted)

***

(11/5 - Tuesday)

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

+

(11/5 - 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: 

***

(11/6 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  SOAR meets  at 1:30 pm.

Plans for revamping Committee structure to be discussed.

 Interested persons are always welcome.

+

(11/6 - 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.

+

(11/6 - Wednesday)

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

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

***

(11/7 - Thursday) 

Group Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays

+

(11/7 - Thursday) 

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Robert & Michelle's.

Call 715-531-3515 for more information

***

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

New time & content for the Winter months.

Group:  Meditation only (for 15 minute session) all Sundays at 10:00 am 

in SE building with Shirley Jane 605-517-2656 if ?'s

(11/10 - Sunday) 

Katherine Grant will lead us again to find our voices.

Service: Katherine will lead us in finding our voices, even the ones most thoroughly buried.  It is a truly freeing experience!

 ***

(11/12 - Tuesday)

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

+

(11/12 - 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: 

+

(11/12 - Tuesday)

Event: Full Moon Campfire - 4:30 pm. fire start & 5:30 pm - Moon Rise.

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

***

+

(11/14 - Thursday)

Group Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays -

+

(11/14 - 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.(11/14 - Thursday)

+

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Robert & Michelle's.

Call 715-531-3515 for more information

+

(11/14 - Thursday)

Community Event:  Partnership for Our Sustainable Community -

A Public Conversation 7:00-9:00 PM at the High School Commons

Full Poster

+

(11/14 & 11/15 - Thursday & Friday)

Community Event:  American Legion - Thanksgiving Blood Drive

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

(11/17 - Sunday)

New time & content for the Winter months.

Group:  Meditation only (for 15 minute session) all Sundays at 10:00 am 

in SE building with Shirley Jane 605-517-2656 if ?'s

(11/17 - Sunday)

.  

Service:  Rev. Dennis Peters  - "There but for the Grace of God Go I"  What does grace mean in our lives? For that matter, what IS grace? Is there some kind of choosing that happens in the world to determine who gets grace? and who doesn't? If grace exists, where does it come from? Be prepared for difficult questions with few easy answers.  And this is going to include an open discussion this time.

+

(11/17 - Sunday)

Presider Training:  

 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.

***

(11/5 - Tuesday)

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

+

(11/19 - 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:  

***

(11/20 - 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.

+

(11/20 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  Connections Committee in transition meets 

third Wednesday at 5:00 pm before the Board meeting.

(11/20 - 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.

***

(11/21 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays

(11/21 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Robert & Michelle's.

Call 715-531-3515 for more information

***

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(11/24 - Sunday)

New time & content for the Winter months.

Group:  Meditation only (for 15 minute session) all Sundays at 10:00 am 

in SE building with Shirley Jane 605-517-2656 if ?'s

(11/24 - Sunday)

Native American Story Teller and Prophecy Keeper, Woableza, will be with us much of the day.

(He is pictured here at Standing Rock.)

.  

Service:  Woableza will speak to us of the meaning of Thanksgiving.  Shirley Jane Hobbs, friend of our speaker for years, will serve as presider during this service which could take unforeseen shape.

12:30 - 1:30 Folllowing the service we will all share a thanksgiving meal in the sanctuary. The afternoon will proceed with sharing stories in community in the sanctuary.

4:30 pm:  Woableza will tell starlight stories by the campfire in the garden. The moon will be waining to a new moon on Tuesday.

***

(11/26 - Tuesday)

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

+

(11/26 - 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

***

(11/26 Tuesday)

Event: New Moon Campfire - 5:30 pm. fire start

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

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

(11/28 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays. 
+

(11/28 - Thursday)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck) - 

All Thursdays - 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Robert & Michelle's.

Call 715-531-3515 for more information.