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) 


September 2019


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

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The board meeting minutes will be posted monthly

and will be found on the office door.

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We have added a couple of "SAVE the Date" announcements for you:

September 29 - Our service will be a Fifth Sunday Gathering of small UU churches in Northwestern Wisconsin, plus, we have invited Red Wing in Minnesota. We will welcome our siblings in mindset to enjoy a speaker at our usual service time 10:30 am followed by a Chili feed with additional dishes to enhance our friendships and encourage fellowship.  More information to come.  

Also...

On October 19th we are opening our doors for a worthwhile skill building opportunity:

Maureen Ash brings you "Organizing for Effective Advocacy--A Conference" - being presented at UUSRF, a full day event  Details & Registration form  Nab your seat early!

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The Spiritual Education year begins soon!

Help us fill our classroom!

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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.


(8/30 - Friday)

Event: New Moon Campfire - fire start at 8:00 pm

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

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

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(9/1 - Sunday)

NO SUNDAY SERVICES TODAY - COME TOMORROW  FOR PICNIC!

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(9/2 - Monday)

Labor Day Picnic~2019 4:00 pm

Potluck for the most part but Burgers (vegan & beef + Brats provided)

Bring sides, snacks, beverages, of your choosing, a chair if you wish,

and some buns would be nice.  We will enjoy a beautiful time together.

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(9/3 - 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:  Harvest Season--Free Range Gardener

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(9/4 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  SOAR Committee meets first Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(9/4 - 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.

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(9/4 - Wednesday)

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

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

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(9/5 - Thursday) 

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 8:00 - 10:00 am.

These work days will be partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held Tuesday Evenings.

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(9/5 - Thursday)  

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am

Thursdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656 ,especially if you would like a new beginning class.

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(9/5 - 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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21st Century Wisconsin Political Reform Chautauqua

September 7, 8:30 am to September 8 at 2 pm.

by Wisconsin United to Amend

Menomonie WI  (tickets)

Details

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(9/8 - 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.  

Shirley Jane (605-517-2656 - text or phone) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(9/8 - Sunday) 

This will be a renewal of our Ingathering & Water Communion service.  

Be prepared to share something of your summer.

Service: Martha TerMaat, Tera Wells, Lute Berkey and Vicki Aarsheim  team up for  our Fall Ingathering service

to include Water Communion and a committees rundown.

For the Children in us all,

Trygve Aarsheim will share the book "Water Can Be..."

Fill us in on your summer and we'll talk life enhancing

bodies of water to symbolize our vacations.

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(9/8 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets first Sundays after the service.

This month the meeting is delayed because of no service on (9/1)

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(9/9 - Monday) Date adjusted

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets on the Monday preceding the Board Meeting.  

This month scheduled one week early for convenience.

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(9/10 - 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:  Harvest Season--Organizing fall garden tasks

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(9/11 - Wednesday) 

Special Meeting:  Board Retreat on Committee Structure,

meets at 6:30 pm in the SE Building.

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(9/12 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 8:00 - 10:00 am.

These work days will be partly in association with the How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held Tuesday Evenings

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(9/12 - 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.

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(9/12 - 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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(9/13 - Friday)

Event: Full Moon Campfire - 5:00 pm. fire start,

8:00 pm - Moon Rise.

There will be celebration and a campfire, if possible.

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

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(9/15 - 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.  

Shirley Jane (605-517-2656 - text or phone) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(9/15 - Sunday)

 I graduated in May from United Theological Seminary in St. Paul.

The degree is Master of Arts in Religious Leadership, with emphasis in Interfaith Chaplaincy.

My bachelor's was from River Falls: BS Music major, Computer Science Minor.

Dick Beckham was my English teacher! 

For the commencement at United last May I played a trumpet piece

that I had written for the Capstone Class as part of my final project.

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Service:  Dennis Peters  - "Spirituality or Social Action?".

What is the foundation of our fellowship?  Do we favor one over the other?  

Is "spirituality" a dirty word to our agnostic/atheist members?

Can a marriage of the two be successful - or are they

destined for a nasty divorce?

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(9/17 - 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:  Harvest Season--Free Range Gardener

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(9/18 - Wednesday)

Meeting:  Membership Committee meets at 1:00 pm each

third Wednesday (starting this month!) 

Try to make it please.  We have work to do. 

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(9/18 - 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.

(9/18 - Wed

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(9/18 - 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.

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(9/19 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 8:00 - 10:00 am.

These work days will be partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held Tuesday Evenings.

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(9/19- 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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(9/22 - 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.  

Shirley Jane (605-517-2656 - text or phone) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(9/22 - Sunday)

Instant Choir will kick off a new year by learning "Singer of Life" a Native American tune  "Who Can Say", a song to honor Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 AM.  Everyone is welcome! Our choir does not "perform" - we just expand our knowledge of different cultures and religions through music. Get on the choir mailing list for additional information about the songs we are learning this year by contacting Martha TerMaat at rightsreaders@gmail.com.

(9/22 - Sunday)

Scott is a native of California where he once tried, and failed, to
establish a UU congregation. He has worn many unusual hats, but is
most proud of his accomplishments as a stay-at-home, unschooling dad.

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Service:  Scott Fuller supports us through his presentation of

"Avoiding the Void - an introduction to Terror Management Theory"

Terror Management Theory suggests that the fear of death leads us to seek

immortality, either literally or by proxy, profoundly affecting

our choices and beliefs.  The headlines are full of stories about folks 

who seem to have lost their minds. How might this theory shed light on some of the

more puzzling, as well as the more ordinary aspects of human behavior?

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Stay for Soup!

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(9/24 - 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:  Harvest Season--Free Range Gardener

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(9/26 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 9:00 - 11:00 am

work days will soon become garden clean up. 

(9/26 - 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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(9/28 - Saturday)

Event: New Moon Campfire - 6:30 pm. fire start

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

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

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(9/29 - 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.  

Shirley Jane (605-517-2656 - text or phone) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(9/29 - Sunday)

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Service:  "Words, Music & Spirit"Richard Terrill with Thomas R. Smith,

both well known to UUSRF, are still polishing their plan

for this service.  Details pending soon.

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After the service there will be a Chili Feed

held in honor of our Fifth Sunday Joint Service Guests.

We hope to share maximum table time for conversation,

community building, getting to know each other

and, with luck, a little skill swapping!

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For sure, stay for Chili! 

(potluck offerings cheerfully accepted)

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(10/1 - 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:  Harvest Season--Free Range Gardener

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(10/2 - 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.

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(10/2 - Wednesday)

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

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

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(10/3 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 9:00 - 11:00 am

until it starts getting warm when we will begin coming out earlier.

These work days will be partly in association with the

How Does Your Garden Grow? classes held the other Tuesday Evenings.
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(10/3 - 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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