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) 


March 2019


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

Cancellations:

Wednesday's Learning Non-guided Meditation  &

8 Life Structures Classes due to weather and leaders illness on 3/13.

Ladies Who Lunch on Thursday 3/14.

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 from Brad:

HEADS UP! March 17 is slated for the Annual Chili Cook Off!  Just after the service!

Start pulling out your best recipes.  There is a Trophy for the best Chili.  Come & Vote!

It is a fundraiser as well!  Details pending.

To all committee chairs, co-chairs, committee members, etc.

The time is near to prepare and submit your budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year. David Trechter and Brad Moore will be preparing the 2019 - 2020 financial budget over the next few weeks and will need your input no later than March 10. You can email either one with your request. Remember, if you do not submit a budget request, the default is the same amount as this year.

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From Ladies Who Lunch:

The Underwear Drawer will be set up in the lobby

until further notice as the drop spot for new packaged underwear

donations of any size and type..

This is a drive to benefit Our Neighbor's Place and is sponsored by Ladies Who Lunch.  Help with greeting and with 

Undies Sundays!!

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From Brad, Foot Print Building Maps

Foot print maps of the two buildings for use with meeting and event scheduling are now available:

Click here for maps

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This is UUSRF Family News:

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Sue Beckham is having a Birthday Party!

Friends and Family are invited.

See Details here!

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Bob Brown has moved to the Three Links Care Center

815 Forest Ave. Northfield MN 55057

He has enjoyed your cards and visits.

Anna thanks you for your support & caring.

Let her know if you can offer some help

with transportation or company.

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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.


(2/28, 3/1, 2, 3 - Thursday thru Sunday)

 Life Visioning Workshop is going on this weekend.  Shirley Jane is currently no accepting  new participants. 

Contact Shirley Jane at (605-517-2656) if you are interested in learning more and are considering participation next January.

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(3/3 - 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. 

(3/3 - Sunday)

Meeting: Program Committee meets at 9:30 am where we find space.  Come one and all.  We have a big job to do.

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(3/3 - Sunday) 

Service:  Pastor Janet Ellinger returns this week to deliver a Sunday message:  

"Catching a Glimpse".

 In the novel (and movie) "The Color Purple," we are invited to not blindly walk past the color purple.  "It makes God Mad!" (in my words) To not notice such beauty is to miss the inbreaking of hope and joy and the refreshment of our soul.  But to catch the moment, to behold it even briefly, can be a "take off your shoes, you are standing on holy ground" moment.  Such encounters energize us. They shape us and give us new eyes for seeing and new hearts of compassion. We will ponder together.

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

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(3/3 - Sunday) Meeting: Membership Committee meets after the service each first Sunday of the month.

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(3/6 - Wednesday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

Come through the sanctuary if path isn't clear.  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(3/6 - Wednesday)

Meeting: SOAR (Social Outreach Action Response) meets 

First Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

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 (3/6 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesdays

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

Newcomers are always welcome.

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(3/6 - Wednesday)

Event: New Moon Campfire.

5:30 pm.  Shirley Jane and Heidi say there

will be celebration with or without the campfire.

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

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(3/6 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building,

weather permitting.

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(3/7 - Thursday)

Event:  First Garden Planning meeting wil be Thursday March 7 9:00 am in the SE building.

Everyone is invited. Weekly meetings will start in April.  

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(3/7 - 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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(3/10 - 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.

(3/10 - Sunday)

Meeting: Vision Task Force work session meets at 9:30 am

and in two weeks in preparation for Vision Task Force Full Forum on April 7.

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(3/10 - Sunday)  Cancelled due to weather.  Rescheduled for June 23!

       

Service: Elizabeth Bowden and Paula Lugar will present one of our traditional services.  

"This I Believe",  where two of our own agree to tell their story of a journey to their person spiritual presence.  

We, as a congregation and as fellow humans,  provide our loving support by attending to their words,

absorbing joys and sorrows and thoughts,

to unite us all as family.

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

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(3/13 - Wednesday) (Cancelled due to weather and leader's absence.)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

Come through the sanctuary if path isn't clear.  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(3/13 - Wednesday) (Cancelled due to weather and leader's absence.)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building,

weather permitting.

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(3/14 - Thursday) (Cancelled, for some,  due to road conditions and leader's absence.)

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

All second Thursdays from about 11:00 to 1:00 pm

for lunch and conversation and a mixed group.

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(3/14 - 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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(3/14 - Thursday)

Community Event:  "BEFORE THE FLOOD" showing at Thursday at 7 - 9 pm 

presented by Hope for Creation in it's Community EARTH CARE Mini Film Series 

This showing at River Falls United Methodist Church

Please let Krista know if you can help with Greeting or Take down after the film.

krista@riverfallsumc.org and kristaspieler@gmail.com

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(3/16 - Saturday)

Family Event:  Sue Beckham's 80th Birthday Party!

3:30 - 6:30 PM at their home. 

Details here!

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(3/17 - 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.

(3/17 - Sunday)

Service: Our own Photographer, Tech Booth Master, Remodeling Almost-Pro, and Grounds and Garden Guru, Jens Gunelson,

will be speaking to us on a favorite topic "Why Permaculture the UUSRF?"

The actual positive effects to the earth's ecosystem of what is done by our work on UUSRF Permaculture is rather small. It remains small if we view ourselves working as individuals in isolation. It is only as we become part of the greater earth-concern community that we can make a real difference.   There is a political side that must be addressed."

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

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Stay for the ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF just after the service.

Enjoy and try all of the Chilis provided and the breads,

beverages and desserts brought by those kind enough to sign up!  

Report to Brad if you will provide Chilis or other items.

This will be a fundraiser for the society but what really counts is your vote for best Chili!!
Who gets the TROPHY!

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(3/18 - Monday)

Meeting:  Caring Circle meets the Monday before

each board meeting starting at 1:00 pm.

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(3/19 - Tuesday)

Event: Herb Class - Heidi Nemcek and Hazel Koski will share their knowledge

as herbalists at a class on natural medicine to be held on third Tuesdays from  5:30 to 7:00 pm.

This months topic: Salves.

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(3/20 - Wednesday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

Come through the sanctuary if path isn't clear.  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(3/20 - Wednesday)

Group: Live Poet Society meets every first and third Wednesday at 3:00 pm.

Newcomers are always welcome.

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(3/20 - Wednesday) 

Event: Full Moon Campfire5:00 pm until moon sets.

 Shirley Jane and Heidi say there

will be celebration with or without the campfire.Everyone is welcome.  Shirley Jane (605) 517-2656

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(3/20 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building,

weather permitting.

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(3/20 - 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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(3/20 - Wednesday)

Meeting: Communications Committee meets every third Wednesday

of each month starting at 8:00 pm.

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(3/21 - 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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(3/24 - 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.

(3/24 - Sunday)

Meeting: Vision Task Force work session meets again this morning at 9:30

 in preparation for Vision Task Force Full Forum on April 7.

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(3/24 - Sunday)

Service: Our Bonnie Jones-Witthuhn - Since I will be speaking about dementia and Among Friends,

I want to emphasis my work in this area. I am the board chair of Among Friends and volunteer director.

Most of my work happens not on the day of the program

but in efforts to secure funding and other support for the program.

"From Isolation to Engagement".

We all have known times of isolation but for individuals with dementia

those days are many and often without end.

Among Friends, a social respite for individuals with dementia and their caregivers,

there is a chance to engage in life. This presentation will include talk time,

slide time, and video time exploring dementia and responses to it.

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

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(3/27 - Wednesday)

Group:  Learn and practice non-guided meditation. 11:00 to 11:45 am Wednesdays in the SE building behind UUSRF.

Come through the sanctuary if path isn't clear.  Call or text Shirley Jane:  605-517-2656.

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(3/27 - Wednesday)

Group: 8 Life Structures Spiritual Practice

meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the SE building,

weather permitting.

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(3/28 - 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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(3/31 - 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.

(3/31 - Sunday)

Service: Our Sue Bushard  will be speaking on her  Birding Trip to Costa Rica last year.

 "Tropical Wings: a united effort to protect  birds in Costa Rica and Wisconsin parks.​​​​​"​​

Details pending.

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

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