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) 


July 2019


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

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Brad wants us all to know that the board meeting minutes will be posted monthly

and will be found on the office door.

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ALL AVAILABLE HELP NEEDED TO SPRUCE UP BUILDING AND GROUNDS

SATURDAY JULY 13, STARTING AT 9 AM.

BRAD SAYS IT SHOULD TAKE 1 TO 2 HOURS

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Members and Friends,

We are happy to announce some changes to the Spiritual Education program for the coming year.  Bob Emberger is going to focus his energies as Past President working with the Committees to formulate the plans to put into effect the vision that the Society is developing, specifically toward increasing our membership. Tera Wells, who worked with Bob the past couple years in the children’s Spiritual Education, has agreed to take over as the Spiritual Education teacher and coordinator. As Tera develops the curriculum, there are a couple of policy items we would like everyone to adhere to.

1. If you want your child to attend the the SE sessions, please sign them up so that we have an idea how  many children will be attending. You can do this by talking with Tera, or filling out the registration form that will be posted on the UUSRF.org website shortly. There is no cutoff date, so you will be able to register even after the sessions begin in September.

2. If you child is too young to attend the sessions, please keep your child with you throughout the service.

3. At the other end of the age spectrum, if your child feels too old to attend SE, she or he should also stay with you during the service.

4. From a safety standpoint, we are totally concerned with the safety of your children. Plus, the added advantage is that by joining their parents, the children will have the opportunity to see how our services follow the UU principles.

Thank you,

Your Board of Directors

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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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This is UUSRF Family News:

Doug Holden's Memorial Service will be on July 14 at UUSRF starting with a Buffet lunch at 1:00 pm.

A special ceremony in the pine grove that Doug planted on our grounds will be included.

For now, the directory listing for Nancy's phone and address are correct.  

Let's keep her in our hearts.

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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(7/2 - Tuesday) Cancelled due to proximity to July 4 Holiday

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:

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(7/2 - Tuesday) 

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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(7/3 - Wednesday)  Cancelled due to proximity to the Holiday.

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

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(7/3 - Wednesday) Cancelled due to proximity to the holiday, unless you can't help yourself.

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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(7/3 - Wednesday) Cancelled due to proximity to the holiday.

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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(7/4 - Thursday) or celebrate the holiday.

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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(7/4 - Thursday)  Cancelled due to the holiday, unless you can't help yourself.

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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(7/4 - Thursday) Smith's may have cancelled, I'm not sure.

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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(7/7 - 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) will host each week.  

Regulars and drop-ins are always welcome.

(7/7- Sunday) 

                  

Service: Martha TerMaat will lead us in a Independence Day Singalong. Come and celebrate the best of American music!  What songs inspire you?  What tunes get you through hard times?  This year our Independence Singalong welcomes Thomas R. Smith with his guitar to help Martha TerMaat lead us through some favorite American tunes - Julia Ward Howe to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger to Dale Evans and more.  Come join us for a service of singing and sharing on Sunday, July 7 at 10:30 am.

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(7/7 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 11:30 am (TIME CHANGE), in Gathering Room.

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

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Meeting: Membership Committee rescheduled.

 Interested persons are always welcome.

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(7/9 - 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: Discovery and Intention: what has your garden taught you, Group Discussion.

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(7/11 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 8:00 - 10:00 am.

These work days will be partly in association with theHow Does Your Garden Grow? classes held Tuesday Evenings

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(7/11 - 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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(7/11 - 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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Event of Local Interest:  Hope for Creation Meeting

6-6:30 pm Social half hour before meeting

Meeting AGENDA

6:30 pm at Ezekiel Lutheran

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(7/11 - 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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(7/14 - 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.

(7/14 - Sunday)

Robert Daniel Smith has been one of us for a long time

as a speaker, muse, as a youth leader.

With Michelle,he hosts the weekly Thursday

"Soup Night with vegetarian potluck",

a sharing evening of poetry, song, mystic insights, thoughts

and conversation, attracting many loyal participants for years.

His primary focus recently has been writing and his book

is now finished.  We asked him to share it with us.

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Service:  Robert D. Smith is with us to share his book.

Resplendent in Rags

The Wild and Homeless Gospel of the Ragged-Man and Friends

Book One

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(7/14 - Sunday)

Memorial Service for Doug Holden starts at 1:00 pm

with a buffet lunch followed by memorial service

with a special ceremony in our Pine Grove that Doug planted.

Bring your memories of Doug; bring your words of comfort 

to Nancy and the rest of the family.   

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(7/14 - Monday)

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets the Monday before

each board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(7/16 - 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: Stone Soup: Sharing the Bounty, Shirley Jane Hobbs & Jens Gunelson

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(7/16 - Tuesday)

Event: Full Moon Campfire - 9:00 pm.

There will be celebration and a campfire when possible.

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

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(7/17 - 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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(7/17 - 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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(7/17 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets every third Wednesday

of each month starting at 8:00 pm.

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(7/18 - 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 Tuesday Evenings.

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(7/18 - 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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(7/18 - 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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(7/21- 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.

(7//21- Sunday)

Service:   Jens Gunelson - "If You have the Whole in Mind, Your Small Part in it will be Easy" - another sermon by Jens creating success in our spiritual home or garden, our home life, work life, society or even our governments with the help of Permaculture Principles and Practices.  

With your help, he will illustrate his ideas with an activity and meal.  If able, could we each bring some real food from our gardens, farmers markets or freezers from last years harvest, prepared to add to the kettle for a classic "Stone Soup".  Side items to fill out the meal will also be welcome but may not be included in the sermon. 

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(7/21 - Sunday)

 

Event: Stu Janis in Concert starts at 2:00 pm.  Join us for some beautiful music and community.  

A Free Will Donation to UUSRF will be accepted ( if you are able) to enjoy a mix of string Solo offerings being

shared with us through the generosity of Stu Janis, Sarah Kowals and Bill Peterson.

www.stujanis.com

(7/23 - 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:  Make it Easy, Strategies for a more effective garden, Vicki Aarsheim and friends.

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(7/25 - Thursday)

Group Weekly Event: Weekly Garden Work Day - Thursdays - 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 the other Tuesday Evenings.
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(7/25 - 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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(7/25 - 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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(7/28 - Sunday)

Service: Possible SOAR S J forum with Martha TerMaat or The Zen of Biking with Lynn Huiskamp.

Return here for details.

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(7/30 - 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:  Anticipating Our Harvest, group discussion.