Welcome to UUSRF

Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls - 

N8010 Hwy 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 Services: 10:30 AM

Spiritual Education classes: (September through May) 10:45-11:40 AM

     Bas Sona from our Pastor,    

     Derek Washington    

     derekwashington@me.com     
     715-220-6122  (cell)    
     715-425-6711   (9pm-6am)    
     (I text too)
     


May 2018



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

Orange for Events, Purple for Groups.


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

From Grow to Share:  You are invited to 2 upcoming Dig In Day work days.  This year on Saturdays! We can help! Next Opportunity to participate is May 26.

See flyer in announcement below.

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From Ann & Don Leake:  The 2018-19 stewardship campaign, 

Commitment To Community, will continue until Sunday, May 13.  Extended another week.

Contact Don Leake at don.leake52@gmail.com or 715-410-8737 if you have questions.

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Mari Waters wants all to know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  


(5/2)

Group:  Cancelled for the Summer-Gathering of All Interested Women starts today for now in the Kitchen at UUSRF

11:00 am to 2:00 pm and continuing weekly (all Wednesdays) 

Come and go anytime in that time period.

"We gather to foster intimacy and community to create a viable ecology"

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-2656

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(5/2)

Group: Live Poets Society at 3:00 pm

first & third Wednesdays of the month.

All Poets at heart are Welcome!

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(5/2)

Group:  UUSRF Men's Group at 6:30 pm

first Wednesdays of the month.

All Newcomers are Welcome!

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(5/3)

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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(5/5)

Group: Medicinal Herb Class in planning.

For now, First Saturday morning of the month - 9 to 11 am.

Now a group, with Heidi one of our own, and we trying to make positive use of our interests for the benefit of UUSRF & ourselves. Please join us for some serious planning!  We could meet more often (especially during growing season), split into groups by interest, merge with others, have more than one teacher, become more purposeful. Heidi wants to help us with our garden. Jens is suggestion more than one Herb Garden space. We could help you create your own.  Can we help with the Medicine Wheel or work with the Labyrinth?  Come plan and join the group.

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 (5/5)

Outside Event:  Grow to Share - First "Dig-In-Day" of two!

This year on Saturday so we wouldn't miss services!!

   

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(5/6)

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

  Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.  We have a larger task.

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(5/6)

Service:  Pastor Derek Washington brings us his last message before heading to Peru. 

"Music for the Soul's Journey"

at 10:30 am

He will share some of his original music to support, tend and encourage

our soul's journey of awakening and becoming.

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S.E.: Children's Spiritual Formation class starts at 10:45 am 

in the Gathering Room with Tera and Bob practicing the Earth Day Skit

Welcome Children!  

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(5/6)

Meeting: Membership Committee meets after the service 

first Monday of each month.

(5/8)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(5/9)

Group:  Gathering of All Interested Women starts today for now in the Kitchen at UUSRF

11:00 am to 2:00 pm and continuing weekly (all Wednesdays) 

Come and go anytime in that time period.

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-2656

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(5/10)

New Group: There is a new Drop In GARDEN & GROUNDS group emerging out of the Medicinal Herb Class with Heidi Nemcek. It has not taken definite form as yet.  If and when you wish, come and share the cooler hours of the the day on Thursday mornings 7-11 am to work in the dirt for good. We have multiple projects in mind, including building our herb and veggie gardens, sharing & adding plants to a new labyrinth Jens & Trygve are creating for us outside the meeting room on the east, putting more native plants into the unmowed areas, adding plantings under the pine trees that are now opened from below and keeping track of what is ready to harvest so that we can make use of it. If you have perennials to thin this year, we can probably use the excess! Come join Heidi or others 7 - 11 am. any Thursday!

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(5/10)

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

All 2nd Thursdays from 11:00 to 1:00 pm

for lunch and conversation with a mixed group.  

(5/10)

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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(5/13)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong

What is Qi (chi) ?

Join us for an extended session of Qigong

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray  .

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(5/13)

Instant Choir at 9:30 thanks to Martha.

 Anyone interested in singing and those that would prefer to practice our songs before the service,

please join the growing throng!

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(5/13)

Service:  Including Children's "Earth Day in Our Hands", then members Sue Bushard, & Donna Miller will share about their mothers during the service at 10:30 am.  

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S.E.: Children's Spiritual Formation class presents "Earth Day In Our Hands" 

Welcome Children!

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The annual Mothers Day Brunch, created by Cathy Cliffe & friends, will follow the service.  Brunch will be ticketed this year with adults at $10.00 and Children at 2:00 for 12 years down and Toddlers and Infants are free.There are 5 Raffle ticket prizes for which drawings will be held.  You need not be present to win.  If you can not be at the Brunch, ask someone to pick you up some chances to win one of these gifts.

Contact Cathy if you can provide baked goods or such like;.

(5/15)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(5/16)

Group: Live Poets Society at 3:00 pm

first & third Wednesdays of the month.

All Poets at heart are Welcome!

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(5/16)

Meeting: Cancelled Communications Committee meets at 5:30 pm

Possibly Cancelled (keep checking here or ODT)

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Meeting:  UUSRF Board Meeting starts at 6:30 pm also.

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(5/16)

Group:  Cancelled for the Summer-Gathering of All Interested Women 

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-2656

(5/17)

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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(5/19)
Event: Next Community Conversations on Saturday, May 19.
Come join us in viewing the documentary “We the People 2.0” on Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 3 PM at the Menomonie Public Library.  We need to protect our health, safety, clean air and clean water.  Currently the rights of corporations overshadow the rights of citizens.  This presentation discusses the concept of a “Community Bill of Rights” where citizens, though local government, can determine what is best for their communities.  We hope to see you Saturday.  Bring a friend!  Lorene Vedder.

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(5/20)

Service: Today at 10:30 Shirley Jane Hobbs, Lute, Heidi, Nancy, Elizabeth, and Tera  will present their experience with

Life Visioning in advance of a Life Visioning Workshop in June.

Following this short presentation we will have our: 

ANNUAL MEETING WITH ELECTION: President Elect and Members at Large

with decisions on bylaws changes & budget approval.

Your presence is important for a quorum and to be heard.

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE

The Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Society of River Fallswill be held on Sunday, May 20th immediately following a shortened service. There are a number of official decisions to be made by the membership, including the election of 2 new Board members, the financial budgetfor the coming fiscal year, and By-Laws modifications. Additionally we need to discuss how to proceed in the coming year with Derek on sabbatical. 

In order to conduct our business, we need to hear from all members and friends. This is also a good time to join our membership. 

              PLEASE JOIN US AT THE MEETING !!!

If you will be unable to attend, please provide either a signed proxy statement or an absentee ballot. Both forms will be available on the website & as attachments with your weekly email - Our Dragonfly Times. You may also request a form from any Board member. Once your form is filled out, please send ( or give ) it to the Board Secretary prior to the meeting. 

Note, candidate nominations, including self nominations are open up until the call for nominations at the meeting.

(5/20)

Outside Event for Local Music Lovers:  Martell Spring Concert & Potluck

Look for details on this 2:00 pm concert on our website Calendar.

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(5/20)
Outside Event:  Sheldon Theater in Red Wing MN is showing the Documentary Film by Dawn Mikkelson, (new to our UUSRF mass mailing list), of Flyway Film Society, the Documentary Film "Risking Light",  See details on our Calendar and get your tickets soon.  If you can afford the VIP tickets, you can attend the pre-screening reception!
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(5/22)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(5/23)

Group:  Cancelled for the Summer-Gathering of All Interested Women 

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-265

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This week on Wednesday, gather at Grow to Share and

leave there at 6:00 pm to do some herbal foraging with like minded folks.  

Contact Heidi at 715-307-3730 for more information.

(5/24)

Instead, for the summer, Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

would like to see you, any of our friends, any members,

Join us on Any Summer Thursday Mornings, any time 7 am through 11 am. 

Vicki calls it the DROP IN GARDEN GROUP (DIGG - Thursdays)

Thursday mornings garden work with Heidi and Shirley Jane and Jens.  Bring your own project or join one in progress,

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(5/24)

Group: "Soup Night" (& vegetarian potluck)

All Thursdays 6:30 - 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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 (5/26)

Outside Event:  Grow to Share - Second "Dig-In-Day" of two!

This year on Saturday so we wouldn't miss services!!

   

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(5/27)

Group: Mindfulness & Qigong 

2nd & 4th Sunday at 9:00 am

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in the Gathering Room with Colleen Gray  .

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(5/27)

      

Service: Forum - Continuation of last month's 

"Memorials, Legacies and Reputation" at 10:30 am

We will have a table to display memorial pictures and items for display to honor our loved ones who have served in the military & those who have served us personally. A vase or bowl will be provided would you like to share flowers with your stories and thoughts.

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(5/29)

Group:  Karuna Buddhist Sangha Dharma Seminar & Potluck

 All Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

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(5/30)

Group:  Cancelled for the Summer-Gathering of All Interested Women 

Shirley Jane Hobbs - phone or text:  605-517-265

Instead, for the summer, Heidi, Shirley Jane, Jens and sometimes Vicki

would like to see you, any of our friends, any members,

Join us on Any Summer Thursday Mornings, any time 7 am through 11 am. 

(5/31)

Vicki calls it the DROP IN GARDEN GROUP (DIGG - Thursdays)

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(5/31)

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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