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) 


June 2019


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

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CAMP UNISTAR IS READY FOR THE SEASON!


If you have not yet registered and are still interested in coming to Camp UniStar this summer, there are still some openings during the following weeks:

June 8-15:  "Helping Hands Week"

July 27-August 3rd "Family Ties";

August 10-17 "Everyday Joy"

August 24-31:  "Natural Balance" (Adults week)

For registration information visit the Camp UniStar website.

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The Unitarian Society of Menomonie Invite to us to attend a joint service on June 30 at 10:00 am.

Let's get a group together and RSVP to attend.   We can Car Pool! 

RSVP by June 20 to Juliana or  to Vicki A.  

Short meeting each Sunday immediately after service until then to plan. 

Juliana Schmidt,  April 30, 201

to uusrfon65@gmail.com

Hello!

The Unitarian Society of Menomonie will hold a joint service in the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (our original church home), downtown Menomonie, on June 30 at 10:00 am.  The service will be led by Diane Light.  After the service, we will adjourn to our present church home at 105 21st St. NE Menomonie, for lunch, hosted by the UU’s of Menomonie.  We hope you can join us!  Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Juliana Schmidt, Chair <anoldsweetsong@hotmail.com

Unitarian Society of Menomonie

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Alert received from Ann Leake and from other sources about Scammers with UU's as targets.

 [UU-Money] Alert: Scammers Posing As Congregation Leaders

Reply-To: Information Sharing among Society Finance Leaders <uu-money@lists.uua.org>

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This is UUSRF Family News:

Rev Nancy has brought us the very bad news that her husband and our good friend, Doug Holden had a massive heart attack and passed recently.  Willy, her son and other family are with her now and plans are underway for the memorial here at UUSRF tentatively in mid July.  Watch for details and ease your mind that she is not alone with this task. 

(more details - The memorial will be on July 14.  It will begin with a buffet lunch starting at 1:00 pm with potluck offerings of salads and other cold foods.  The program follows at 1:45 or 2:00.)  Contact person here for questions and to volunteer food or help is Barb Glidden.  Bring your memories of Doug to share.

 For now, the directory phone number and address for Nancy are correct.  We hold her in our hearts.

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Helen Stolz-Wood and her husband Lyle have moved recently 

and would like us to know.  Helen also shared that the coffee pot is on.  Their new address is:


        Lyle Vernon and Helen Stoltz Wood
        80 Heritage Blvd # 16
        Hudson, Wisconsin  54016

same phone # 715-386-7537

same email address: <helen.f.stoltz-wood@my.uwrf.edu>

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.


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(6/2 - 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. 

(6/2 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 9:30 in Gathering Room.

Everyone is welcome to help us fill the Speaker Calendar, a very big job.

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(6/2 - Sunday)

       

Service: We will again attempt to celebrate a UU tradition, a "This I Believe" service where two of our familiars tell about their spiritual journey so that we may know them better.  This time we can begin to hope that no snow storm will deter the telling.  Our Volunteers are Paula Lugar and Elizabeth Bowden.  Plan to be with us to support them and to enhance the process of familiarity for a better community .

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

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(6/2 - Sunday)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets after the service on first Sundays.

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(6/3 - Monday)

Event: New Moon Campfire.  8:30 pm.  

There will be celebration with or without the campfire.

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

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(6/4 - 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:  preparing raised beds

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(6/5 - Wednesday)

Meeting: SOAR (Social Outreach Action Response) meets First Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

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(6/5 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesdays

at 3:00 pm.  Bring your latest poems or old favorites.

A love of poetry is all you need. Newcomers are always welcome.

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(6/5 - Wednesday)

Group: Men's Group meets most first Wednesdays 6:30 pm.

Try the kitchen first.  Contact Brad to be put on the invitation list.

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(6/6 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(6/6 - Thursday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesdays 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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(6/6 - 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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(6/7 - Friday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(6/9 - 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.

(6/9- Sunday) 

About Paula Lugar:  UU member for several years. Interested in dementia because of family history and genetic predisposition. Commitment to actively living every day. Facilitates a memory cafe in Spring Valley where people with dementia can join the social group for coffee or tea, conversation and community.  Committed to building communities that allow all people to enjoy life. 

             

Service: As a  Forum, Paula will facilitate a discussion with this focus:  

Dementia strikes fear in the hearts of many.  For those of us who have dementia, we are usually afraid of losing ourselves and becoming dependent on loved ones for our basic care.  For our care partners, we often want to keep our partner at home even when that requires us to sacrifice our own health and well-being.  Too often we frame our lives in the context of coping and surviving.  It's time to frame dementia as living every day with moments of joy.  Today we will engage in brainstorming how to do that.  I will provide a structure to guide our conversation.  

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

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(6/9 - Sunday)

Hudson Dementia SundayEvent:  Music by Heart Sing-Along with Life-Long Singers Choir at

Hudson's Lake Point Park Bandshell at 1:00 pm

a second annual Dementia Friendly Sunday event.

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(6/11 - 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: soil preparation and companion planting

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(6/13 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays and Fridays - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(6/13 - Thursday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesdays 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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(6/13 - 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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(6/13 - 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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(6/16 - 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.

(6/16 - Sunday)

Service:   Marshall Toman is with us this morning at 10:30 am to present: "Roma".  

The presentation discusses the Romani culture and people in their interface with Western culture at different times and in different locations,  including thought on Romanticization, elimination, toleration, criminalization, and assimilation.

Brief Bio:

Marshall Toman is chair of what is now the English, TESOL, and Modern Languages Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and former director of the Ethnic Studies program at UWRF.  He taught in Central Europe on a Fulbright grant to the Czech Republic, 1997-1998.  Through his colleague, Dr. Stephen Feinstein, of the Department of History, who retired from UWRF into being the founding director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, he met Paul Polansky, an international advocate for Romani rights.  With assistance and encouragement from the professors Beckham, Toman invited Polansky to the universities in River Falls and Menomonie for public lectures.

Stay for potluck / Cookout / lunch in honor of Father's Day.

We got yard games.  Shirley is out there looking for some yard so we can play!

Bird watching too!  Be careful! don't do any tripping while you are looking up!

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(6/17 - Monday)

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets the Monday before

each board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(6/17 - Monday) 

Event: Full Moon Campfire - 8:30 pm

there will be celebration with or without the campfire.

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

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(6/18 - 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: Garden as Medicine - Heidi and/or Hazel

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(6/19 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesdays

at 3:00 pm.  Bring your latest poems or old favorites.

A love of poetry is all you need. Newcomers are always welcome.

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(6/19 - 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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(6/19 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets every third Wednesday

of each month starting at 8:00 pm.

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(6/20 - 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 on Tuesday Evenings

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(6/20 - Thursday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesdays 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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(6/20 - 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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(6/23 - 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.

(6/23 - Sunday)

       

Service:   A ValentineTribute: "In Love with Life"  

(originally scheduled near Valentine's Day)

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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(6/25 - 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 leader and topic: the arts in the gargen: photography, painting and poetry
 

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(6/27 - 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 on Tuesday Evenings

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(6/27 - Thursday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesdays 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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(6/27 - 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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(6/30 - Sunday)

Service:  FIFTH SUNDAY Caravan!! We have been invited to

Menomonie to a joint service, followed by a potluck lunch.  

We are grateful to be invited to another of these gatherings.  

We would all benefit by attending to broaden our UU base

by communing with other UU churches in our area of similar size.

 Let's all get to know each other.  Nearer to the date we can confer

 on carpool opportunities. Menomonie isn't so awfully far.

>Please access letter from  Juliana Schmidt, near top of the page for addresses. (2 of them!)<

Last time we attended a FIFTH SUNDAY event was in Rice Lake. We who attended

had a real community experience and a wonderful lunch as well.  Those who chose not

 to travel joined in some spontaneous community at UUSRF in our absence.