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.


October 2018


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

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News on the UUSRF Goods and Services Auction!

The UUSRF Auction will be held November 10, 2018 and this year we want to try something a little different by limiting our offerings to:

  •          Food – this can be things you make and bring to the auction (Anna Brown’s bread, Lynn Huiskamp’s honey liqueur concoctions, etc.), things you offer for future delivery (David sold the rights to two pies delivered on a date specified by the auction winner (Anne Leake)), or dinners hosted at your house.
  •          Services – this could be a certain number of hours of yard work, carpentry, cleaning, playing music, massages, or any other talent that others at the auction might have need of.
  •          Baskets – let your imagination run wild . . . a collection of toiletries, a wine and cheese collection, tickets to an event, a Moroccan cookbook and spices . . .

The evening will unfold as follows:

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Meet at the society house for beverages, desserts, conversation and bidding on dinners

7:00 – 7:05 p.m. – Reading of the UUSRF Auction Principles

7:05 – 8:30(ish) p.m. – Spirited bidding on food, services, and baskets

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Paying up and cleaning up!

Please let Brad Moore or David Trechter know what you would like to contribute to the auction and social hour.

Brad's email: bradmoore1971@gmail.com  & David's email: david.d.trechter@uwrf.edu

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Special Board Election coming up!

Dear Members of UUSRF,

We are sorry to have to say that Colleen Gray, one of our Board Members has resigned which leaves us with a position to fill. This is an At-Large Board member position that will run through June 2020. We are looking for people who are interested in helping to direct the operation of our Society. Please let any one of the current Board members (including Colleen) know if you are interested. Our tentative time line is to have a Special Election on Sunday, October 28, which means we will need a slate of candidates within the next 3 weeks. That will allow us to create proxy statements, regular ballots, and absentee ballots in plenty of time. 

Thank you for your consideration and support of our community.

UUSRF Board of Directors

If you cannot attend on October 28, please download and print an Absentee Ballot or a Proxy form and see that we have those before the election that Sunday morning.  A quorum is required for a board seat election.  Hope to see you there!

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Good News for all!

We are happy to announce thatBonnie Jones-Witthuhn has joined us to provide pastoral careduring Derek's absence.

See Contact Information above near the bottom of the header.

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Co-housing Reading Group

- continues November 11 after the service with potluck lunch.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Donna Miller at dmiller@baldwin-telecom.net or at 715 220 2627. 

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

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


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(9/30 - Sunday)

Group: Meditation Group meets in Gathering Room or outside if weather permits

on every first, third and fifth Sunday at 9:00 am.  

(for those unable to attend the Rice Lake UU service today) 

TJ will do card readings and Tera talk about Chakra Healing for starters on the 30th.

Contact Shirley Jane with questions. (605) 517-2656

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(9/30 - Sunday)

Our own service is cancelled and all who want to join us are off visiting Rice Lake WI UU!!

You should plan ahead if your wish to join us.  The Blue Hills UU is 1 hour 43 minutes from UUSRF.

The Forum starts at 9:15, the service at 10:30 and there is a POTLUCK afterwards

for getting to know one another.  Please try to car pool.

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SE: Also cancelled for this week only.  Please come back next week. 

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(10/2 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(10/3 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Social Outreach Action Response (SOAR) Committee meets

every first Wednesday at 1:30 pm

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(10/3 - 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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(10/3 - Wednesday)

Group:  UUSRF Men's Group at 6:30 pm

first Wednesdays of the month

You guys could have a fire pit soup every time 'til the snow falls?

All Newcomers are Welcome!

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(10/4 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - Come early 8-11 am.

but come when it's convenient for you to work in the garden.

Come to harvest the ripe tomatoes & squash

and help with all garden clean up.

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(10/4 - 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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(10/7 - Sunday)

Group: Meditation Group meets in Gathering Room or outside if weather permits

on every first, third and fifth Sunday at 9:00 am.  

Contact Shirley Jane with questions. (605) 517-2656

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(10/7 - Sunday)

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

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

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(10/7 Sunday)

 Service:  Keith Rodli is one of our earliest members.  Keith's message:  

"Is 'inner peace' possible in the midst of chaos?" 

Most people probably prefer to be at peace - way down deep inside.

 And yet today's moment-by-moment "breaking news!" cycle

can not only exhaust us; it can make the experience of inner peace seem unobtainable.

 Is it?

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S.E. starts at about 10:40, we sing the children out to class from within the service.

(10/7 - Sunday)

Group: Cohousing Reading Group meets after the service - Donna Miller Facilitator.

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(10/7 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets at 11:45 am or ASAP after the service.

Postponed until October 14 at the usual time.

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(10/9 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(10/9 - Tuesday)

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.

SJ and Heidi say that there will be celebrating whether or not there is a campfire.                 

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

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(10/10 - Wednesday)  

Group: Plant Intelligence Book Discussion Group - Heidi Nemcek facilitator -

meets at 7:00 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at UUSRF.

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(10/11 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - You are always welcome to come, spend time gardening or cleaning up in our excellent garden space.  Shirley and Heidi have been carrying the load along with Jens when he's able.  They don't need reminding, so I'll close this reminder until next gardening season.  Happy Fall.  

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(10/11 - 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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(10/11 - 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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(10/14 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong 

"Mindfulness of Attachment & Aversion:

...Not too tight, not too loose." 

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray

for Readings, Discussion, Tea & Practice.

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(10/14 - Sunday)

Service: Patchouli returns!  

Julie and Bruce will be sharing about cultural unity, and interconnectedness, inspired by their recent concert tour in China, the poetry of Li Po and the poetry by Julie Patchouli.  Also, they will be sharing meditative and stress relieving breathing techniques and helpful daily chants for balance.

Would you like to explore a little more while you wait ?

Look at their website for Video and music samples of their talent.

www.patchouli.net

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

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(10/14 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership meeting (rescheduled here after being postponed from previous Sunday) as soon as possible after the service.

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(10/15 - Monday)

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

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(10/16 - Tuesday)

Group: Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

All Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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(10/17- 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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(10/17 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  UUSRF Board meets third Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.

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(10/17 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets third Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

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(10/18 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - You are always welcome to come, spend time gardening or cleaning up in our excellent garden space.  Shirley and Heidi have been carrying the load along with Jens when he's able.  They don't need reminding, so I'll close this reminder until next gardening season.  Happy Fall.  

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(10/18 - 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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(10/21 - Sunday)

Group: Open Meditation meets in Gathering Room

on every first, third and then Shirley Jane is rethinking this gathering.  

Contact Shirley Jane with questions.

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(10/21 - Sunday)

      

Service:  Reverend Janet Ellinger  - "A Tough Place to Stand".

At times the changes and chances of life can shake the foundation on which we stand.  

We find ourselves in tough territory and in an unwanted struggle.  

How, then, shall we live in such times?

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

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(10/23 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(10/24 - Wednesday)  

Group: Plant Intelligence Book Discussion Group - Heidi Nemcek facilitator -

meets at 7:00 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at UUSRF.

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(10/24 - Sunday)

Event: FULL 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.

Dusk until full moon or new moon sets.

SJ & Heidi say there will be celebration whether there is a campfire or not.

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

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(10/25 - Thursday)

Group: Thursday Garden time - You are always welcome to come, spend time gardening or cleaning up in our excellent garden space.  Shirley and Heidi have been carrying the load along with Jens when he's able.  They don't need reminding, so I'll close this reminder until next gardening season.  Happy Fall.  

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(10/25 - 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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(10/28 - Sunday)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong

"Mindfulness of the Preciousness of Life:

...Not taking our life for granted."

Colleen Gray's last session

this Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room here at UUSRF.

We will miss her tremendously.

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(10/28 - Sunday)

      

Service:  Mena Hautau  -  "The Pagan Years End: Honoring the Dark Mother and Journey to the Shining Isle"

  This is about the pagan holy day, Samhain (pronounced, Sow-when), What are the spiritual lessons of this celebration? Please bring a photo or picture of loved ones/ Ancestors  and/or your favorite items that represent Halloween.  We will be taking a guided meditation to the Shining Isle.  Wear your best black.  Halloween  costumes are optional.

Mena Hautau has been a Unitarian Universalist for 30 years and a practicing Wiccan for 25 years. She is a retired Agricultural Extension Educator and is returning back to her creative self through art and quilting. She lives with her spouse and her cat in River Falls, WI.

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

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(10/30 - Tuesday)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(10/31 - Wednesday)

HALLOWEEN!!