Our Fellowship and Spirits Still Shine Online – Connect With Us!
No Meetings or Sunday Services to Take Place On-Site
Visit www.uulacrosse.org/zoom for information on getting set up to attend services and events online!
The headlines are bringing us better news about dropping infection rates and new evidence that some of our vaccines may not only protect against the ravages of Covid-19 but also may reduce the potential that a vaccinated person could still carry the virus to others. Combined with the increasing light of spring, thoughts turn toward when we can gather together again. The Board has asked our Board Members Nicole Iuro and Dale Norris to lead a study group to make recommendations to our existing policy on gathering (developed in July when we knew so much less than we know now) and to help us think about how we’ll take the new capacities we’ve gained because of the pandemic into our ongoing ministries and programs. They’ll be working with representatives of some of our Teams on this important work. We do know for certain that we’ll follow national UUA guidance regarding no in-person large-group services in the building until at least May; beyond that, we’ll follow the science, the advice of our health department, and what this study group learns/recommends. Other groups are already thinking toward some of our traditional spring gatherings and how we might devise meaningful outdoor gatherings that incorporate the folks who want to still tune in remotely. Rev. Leslie will facilitate a Board retreat in March to help us use a tool that takes a broader view in reflecting on the pandemic experience to start thinking about how we heal as a community and move into the future with the new resiliencies and competencies we have developed out of necessity during this time.
Meanwhile, the hum of our efforts continues: our Teams finished a robust planning process in December lead by Alice Holstein, Laura Moriarty, and Maria Runde. Each team used our five strategic plan goals to develop objectives for the next year. A new ad hoc Data Management Team (Julie Keitel, Susan McParker, and Maria Runde) is reviewing our online files, which live in several online storage locations and contain duplicate and confusing documents, and will facilitate our efforts to move all documents to a new Google UU Workspace that will create ease for leaders, members, and stakeholders to quickly find the information that they need. I’m grateful to all those who have stepped up to support these behind-the-scenes efforts that make our ministries successful.
It’s a great time to be UU – so much is afoot. Our Sunday Services are vibrant and well-attended, our choir and music program continues to inspire, adult & youth RE programs continue to be innovative, and our social justice team has much in the works. If you’d like to explore ways to deepen your engagement and aren’t sure of the path to do so, reach out to our Connections Coordinators or to the Board and we’ll help you find your niche! You can always contact us easily at firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcement from the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee, of UU La Crosse Fellowship, is accepting nominations from the congregation for the 2021-2022 Board of Trustees and the Nominating Committee. The slate of candidates is presented at the May 2, 2021 Annual Meeting.
All who wish to serve on the Board of Trustees or the Nominating Committee are encouraged to submit a Nomination Form. The working board is composed of creative, committed, and diverse fellowship members working to support its mission and vision into the future. You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone else.
You may also nominate a person by voice at the Annual Meeting on May 2nd. It is advised that you discuss such intentions with the nominee to assure their willingness to serve. We would encourage you to utilize the nomination form as indicated above.
Youth RE News
A new activity pack is available every week, while supplies last, at the UU Fellowship. They are located near the back door in a marked blue bin.
Week 1 (Feb 6-13) DIY Valentine’s – Pick this pack up if you plan to attend the Elementary Valentine’s party.
Week 2 (Feb 13-20) Chalice kits – Pick this pack up if you plan to attend the Chalice Chat Club.
Week 3 (Feb 20-27) Snow Globe
Week 4 (Feb 27-March 6) Paint Fireworks
Book Group Seeks Leader
The UU Book Group is seeking a leader/organizer. Duties include keeping members informed about meeting dates and setting up Zoom meetings. The group can be organized in many different ways. To discuss how the group might operate, contact me, Jan Jolly, at email@example.com
This Month’s Special Collection
Setup Bill Pay for Pledge Payments or Pay Online
Do you sometimes forget to make your pledge payment each month? Have you ever considered setting it up as an automated payment through your bank or credit union? It’s easy for you, easy for UU. If you have online access to your account, you can set it up in ‘Bill Pay’ as a recurring payment, and the check will be automatically sent to the UU office each month.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message attn: caregiver at (608) 796-9993.
Find details on their website: htpps://www.laxwakingupwhite.
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 the 2020 Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative. Catch the articles below:
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!
Submitting News & Room Reservations
To submit news, announcements, events, and calls for volunteers please fill out the form at www.uulacrosse.org/submitnews
To request a room reservation or to add something to the Fellowship calendar, please use the form at www.uulacrosse.org/reserve