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) 


February 2019


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

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From Barb Glidden:  CAMP UNISTAR: "BELONGING at Camp...CHERISHING the Island...INSPIRING ACTION in the World”

Camp UniStar is a camp for Unitarian Universalist individuals and families and other like-minded people, nestled in the Chippewa National Forest on Star Island in northern Minnesota. Each year we welcome campers of all ages for a week-long stay, with activities for children and youth, and a daily program for adults on topics such as spirituality, science, sailing, social justice, self-reflection, yoga, dance, music or crafts.  The lake encourages water activities; the forest trails attract hikers; sunrises and sunsets invite meditation.

The vision for Camp UniStar is as clear as the water of beautiful Cass Lake; fresh as the air you breath boating to this remote island; bright as the stars you see at night; and heartfelt as the memories you will, or already have, of this magical place. 

For more information and registration instructions, please visit:

www.CampUniStar.org

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From Brad, Foot Print Building Maps

Foot print maps of the two buildings for use with meeting and event scheduling are now available:

Click here for maps

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From Ladies Who Lunch:

The Underwear Drawer will be set up in the lobby

until further notice as the drop spot for new packaged underwear

donations of any size and type..

This is a drive to benefit Our Neighbor's Place and is 

sponsored by Ladies Who Lunch.

Undies Sundays!!

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Rescheduled Concert by Fendrick & Peck and our own Thomas R. Smith.

The Poster is for the original concert, so don't come late!!  

New Date & Time - February 24 at 2:00 pm!

We will gather here to listen today at 2:00 PM.

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New First Aid Kit!

The First Aid materials that were in the kitchen have been discarded and thrown in the trash. 

A new First Aid kit has been put together and now resides in a clear plastic container and sits on the wooden desk.

Please follow the following procedures:

Only adults should access the first aid kit, as there are over-the-counter medications in it which could be harmful to youngsters.

Please be careful with any cuts with bleeding; there are nitrile gloves to put on and use.

If you notice any item either missing or running low, let Brad Moore know.

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

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


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(2/3 - 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. 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.

(2/3 - 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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(2/3 - Sunday) 

Service: Bradley Moore presides over the initiation of the product of the Dec. 2nd Visioning Forum - Vision Task Force Groups.  (3 at this point)

There will be discussion within the first meetings of our three chosen Vision task force groups, organized by Brad and Donna Miller.  Participation in all is possible.

See Notes from Dec. 2nd Forum here. 

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

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(2/3 - Sunday) Meeting: Membership Committee meets after the service each first Sunday of the month.

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(2/4 -Monday)

Event: New Moon Campfire.

5:00 pm until 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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(2/6 - Wednesday)

Meeting: SOAR Cancelled due to weather(Social Outreach Action Response) meets 

First Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

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(2/6 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poets Society meets first and third Wednesdays

at 3:00 pm as weather permits.  All who love poetry are welcome.

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(2/7 - 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.

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(2/10 - 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. 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.

(2/10 - Sunday)

Service Cancelled due to weather.  Watch for reschedule!!

Service: A Valentine Tribute: "In Love with Life"

Join us for a Celebration of poet Mary Oliver's Life and work.

Music by Martha TerMaat, Donna Miller presiding, Sue Beckham on Oliver's life, 

and multiple familiar UUSRF faces reading a selection of Mary Oliver poems.

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

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(2/18 - Monday)

Cancelled, reschedule earlier per conference call. 

Meeting:  Caring Circle usually meets the Monday before

each board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(2/13 - Wednesday)

Group: Shirley Jane Hobbs and Sue Beckham have restarted Book Club!

now held at 2:00 pm on all second Wednesdays. Group:  New Book Club!

The chosen book will be discussed for two months.  Come join the discussion.

The First Book is:  "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See.

Shirley Jane at (605) 517-2656 text or call for information.

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(2/14 - Thursday)

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

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

for lunch and conversation and a mixed group.

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(2/14 - 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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(2/16 - Saturday)

Great Backyard Bird Count

We welcome all to gather at UUSRF on the morning of Saturday, February 16 and/or Monday, February 18 to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a nationwide "citizen science" initiative to gather data on our feathered friends!  Drop in between 8 and 10 AM on either date to learn more about the birds in the UUSRF backyard.  We will have both indoor and outdoor activities including bird-related art and music!

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(2/16 - Saturday)

Instant Choir

What goes together better than birds and song?

Instant Choir will not meet on the third Sunday this month.  Instead, all are invited to the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, February 16, 8-10 AM at UUSRF which will include a singalong of bird-related songs, one of which we will also sing on Sunday.  

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(2/17 - 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. 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.

(2/17 - Sunday)

Meeting:  Program Committee extra meeting 

at 9:30 am in the Gathering Room

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(2/17 - Sunday)

Alan Anderson's Bio here.

Service: Alan Anderson, Climate Change Lobbyist.  "Climate Change: Science, Impacts, Solutions" and he will cover the key science, the current and projected impacts, and discuss solutions, including things we can all do to make a difference for our kids, grand-kids and all future generations.

Bring contact information for you own elected officials for a card writing class and session. He'll share his knowledge so that we can spread a little influence.   

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

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(2/18 - Monday)

Great Backyard Bird Count

We welcome all to gather at UUSRF on the morning of Saturday, February 16 and/or Monday, February 18 to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a nationwide "citizen science" initiative to gather data on our feathered friends!  Drop in between 8 and 10 AM on either date to learn more about the birds in the UUSRF backyard.  We will have both indoor and outdoor activities including bird-related art and music!

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(2/19 - Tuesday) 

Event: Full Moon Campfire5:00 pm until we join the new Herb Class at 5:30.

 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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(2/19 - Tuesday)

Event: Herb Class - Heidi Nemcek and Hazel Koski will share their knowledge

as herbalists at a class on natural medicine to be held on third Tuesdays from  5:30 to 7:00 pm.

This months topic: Salves.

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(2/20 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesday at 3:00 pm. Newcomers are always welcome.

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(2/20 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets every third Wednesday

of each month starting at 8:00 pm.

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(2/20 - Wednesday)

Meeting: UUSRF Board meets the third Wednesday of each Month

beginning at 6:30 pm.  Meetings are open to members and friends.

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(2/21 - 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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(2/24 - 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.  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.

(2/24 - Sunday)

        

Service: Marshall Toman to speak on the Roma.

Details pending.

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

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We will be sharing a Potluck Meal here after the service, starting at about noon.

Stay to break bread together.  Bring something to share.

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(2/24 - Sunday)

Event:  Rescheduled Concert by Fendrick & Peck and our own Thomas R. Smith.

The Poster is for the original concert, so don't come late!! 

We will gather here to listen today at 2:00 PM.

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(2/28 - 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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(2/28, 3/1, 2, 3 - Thursday thru Sunday)

The Life Visioning is planned as a once a year event in January.  

This session has been postponed due to weather.

The 12 hour Life Visioning Course is for UU members and friends only.

Contact Shirley Jane if you are interested at (605-517-2656)

The 15 contact hours will be arranged to fit into your lives at available times

during the four days from the 28th thru the 3rd.

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