Annual Rock and Water Ceremony – September 8th, 2019

Please note that we again will incorporate our traditional Rock and Water Ceremony into our 08-Sep-2019 Sunday service. The tradition of a Water Ceremony was started in 1980 by two UU’s (Carolyn McDade and Lucile Schuck Longview) as a means to honor our connectedness to one another, all life, and our planet. For our Fellowship, this ritual has expanded to include rocks. 
All participants are encouraged to bring rocks or water from locations that hold special meaning. Rocks and water function as metaphors for our connectedness to those places on this planet to which individuals feel a special bond. Through this service, we strive to deepen the meaning of our 7th principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

 

We’re Hiring for a Sunday Morning RE Teacher!

UU La Crosse is looking to add a Sunday Morning RE Teacher to our crew! 
Visit uulacrosse.org/aboutuulacrosse/jobs for a job description and more information about UU La Crosse. Please spread the word!

 

Mi-mi-mi-mi and you…and you…and you…and you!

Any and all with an interest in singing in our Fellowship choir are invited to join. We have said farewell to a few wonderful members over the past year, and we are looking to again grow our membership!

Rehearsals are the first and third Wednesday nights of the month, 7-8:30 pm, with a bonus potluck and mini-rehearsal to kick off the year on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The choir typically rehearses prior to and then sings on the Sundays that follow the Wednesday rehearsals (twice per month). Our first Sunday service this fall is on September 8.

If you have questions about making “joyful noise” with our choir or wish to RSVP for Aug. 28, please email Rita by Friday, Aug. 16 (if possible) at choir@uulacrosse.org.

 

Summer Special Collection: “Seed Money”

The Special Collection for June, July, and August will be for the harvesting of “seed money” for our Annual Congregational Project. Between now and June 2020, this congregation will be partnering with the fabulous Kane Street Garden, as part of our initiative on social and environmental justice. Money for supplies is needed by our Social Justice Team. 

Place cash in the specially-marked envelopes, or write a check to “UU La Crosse” with “Kane Street” as the memo. UU La Crosse is a 501 c(3) org.

 

Hearing Assistance Available

We have recently purchased a hearing assistance system which consists of receivers with headphones to be used during the service. Please ask our A/V Tech, Giorgia, if you would like some help with this.

 

Latest Update from the Visioning Team (Mid-July 2019)

The Visioning Team has been actively collecting and collating data regarding the hopes and dreams of the Fellowship for the last several months. We are now synthesizing the data. We have identified 10 themes from the data regarding what people want the fellowship to feel/look/be in five years. We will use these to develop both a Vision and a Mission Statement. Below are the themes. Check them out. And let us know what you think. 
 
1) Feels welcoming, engaging, enthusiastic, connected, safe, dynamic, and relaxed
2) More diversity in attendees (age/economics/LGBTQ/ethnicity/education/spiritual
beliefs)
3) Community activism/belief into action
4) Proudly known in community for our gifts and message
5) Multigenerational and challenging Religious Education and small group
6) Engage with Community Partners
7) Professional leadership; various alternatives
8) Flexible physical space
9) Develop a stronger identity
10) Internal and external SERVICE
 

Summer Update for Collection Basket Aiding Those in the La Crosse Area

Here’s a list of items which are most needed at this time for folks experiencing home insecurity in our community:
Men’s T-shirts
Socks for women and men
Motel-sized hygiene items
New underwear for women and men
 
These items are needed for New Horizons’ Boutique (free items for clients):
Full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner
Full-sized tubes of toothpaste
Razors and deodorant
Toilet paper and cleaning supplies
 

Stay Updated with La Crosse’s ‘Waking Up White’ Regional Learning Collaborative & White Privilege Symposium

Read the book “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving, join in on small group community conversations and attend guest speaker events leading up to the 2020 White Privilege Symposium in La Crosse.
 
Find details on their website: www.laxwakingupwhite.com
 
Thanks to WKBT and WXOW for covering the ongoing projects in the La Crosse area fighting against systemic racism, involving UU La Crosse, SURJ and other area groups as a part of the2020 Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative. Catch the articles below:
 

 

Interested in Helping Out at the Fellowship?

A great way to do this is to join a Hospitality Team! There are several ways to help out on a Sunday when you are a part of one of these teams: setting up, cleaning up, greeting, counting money, bringing treats, washing towels, or bringing cream for coffee. Some take no time at all, and some are more time intensive. Each team covers the Sundays in one month four times a year. You can choose whatever suits your situation, yet your participation in the well-being of the Fellowship will feel so rewarding. Contact Donna Bauer at outreach@uulacrosse.org or Jen Miller at jen@uulacrosse.org for more information.

 

OWL – Seeking Interest and Volunteers

A few fellowship members have created an Our Whole Lives (OWL) taskforce to bring OWL curricula to our fellowship. We hope to start with classes for grades K-1 and 4-6, and eventually offer classes for grades 7-9 and 10-12 as our current students age and/or that population increases. These classes are held separately from Sunday RE classes. Our timeline is late winter/early spring of 2020. You do not need to be a member to participate. For questions, more information or to get involved, please contact Tiffany Brubaker at tiffany.brubaker@gmail.com.

 

La Crosse Jail to start Weekday Mindfulness Meditations

The La Crosse Jail is committed to providing spiritual programming for a diverse population. Rev. Taves has offered to provide a Mindfulness Meditation during her week in La Crosse. Jail policy requires that there always be two people present in all services provided to the residents. If you would consider joining Rev. Taves to either help facilitate a mindfulness meditation or simply accompany her, email revkristataves@gmail.com.

 

Parking Notice

Friendly reminder not to park in our neighbor’s lot to the South of our building. Anything directly behind our building is open for UU La Crosse visitors. As always, if you are able, please park on a neighboring street.

 

Join the UU Guilt-Free Craft Group

The UU Guilt-Free Craft Group is in the planning stages. We will meet regularly to knit, crochet, sew, bead, chat, snarf cookies, and whatever else we call “crafting.” Sewing machines and comparatively quiet electrical tools are welcome. Band saws might be a problem. As usual, no guilt, no pressure. Everyone welcome.  If you’re interested in joining search for our Facebook group: UU Guilt-Free Craft Group.

 

Caregiver is Here to Help

The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, making an announcement during Joys and Concerns, and/or publicizing your status and needs via the weekly emails. Let us know the level of care you desire. You may reach the caregiver at caregiver@uulacrosse.org or leave a message attn: caregiver at (608) 796-9993.

 

Stay Connected and Listen to Past Services

Stay up to date with announcements, upcoming events, and UU news on our Facebook page (UU Fellowship of La Crosse), in our Facebook Group (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse), and on our website uulacrosse.org

Past services are available for listening online via our SoundCloud page – catch up on Sunday Services from UU La Crosse!