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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
February 20 to 27, 2015
Rev Schuler and the kids

Dear FUS Neighbor..   

In my meditation last weekend, entitled "An Ode to February," I wrote in part:

And what conclusion does February have to offer?

What does it promise but four weeks of cold, Lenten discipline
And lessons of self denial...?
A dearth of distractions is the hidden blessing of February:
No World Series, Kris Kringle or Cows on the Concourse.
It is free of graduations; weddings and vacations are few.
What good then is February?
Of all the months of the year, It is the on which we can be most present with one another -
At home, in the workplace and in our faith communities.
If this unpraised and underappreciated month
Is in many ways a test of our endurance.
May it also be a test of our affections.

Come and enjoy the good company at the Meeting House this weekend. On Saturday our annual Winter Farmer's Market will be in progress from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. A delicious breakfast will be served from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and if you haven't had a chance to purchase tickets yet, you can do so at the door on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of vendors with a great variety of local products: pickles, apples, veggies, salsa, cheese, crackers, even Alpaca yarn and handmade soaps! Shop and eat while enjoying the live music of Moldy jam.

Sunday morning will feature a choral arrangement of the 1967 Beatles hit "When I'm Sixty-Four" which is also the subject of the morning reflection. This is the make-up date for a service that was cancelled by the blizzard three weeks ago. And for the Saturday folks... something completely different!

Expectantly... Michael

The Winter Farmers' Market  
& Breakfast is tomorrow,
Saturday, February 21
Market open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Breakfast 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Our FUS Winter
Farmers' Market returns with great local food and products, activities for kids, live music, and a delicious breakfast prepared by Abigail Gage and the Food Haulers. The breakfast is prepared using items sourced from participating vendors and other local producers. A portion of all sales goes to the Harvest for Hope Fund, which aids family farmers.
    Tickets for breakfast will be sold at door. $10/adults, $5/kids under 12, $30 for families of 4 or more. More at /market.

An informational session about Quest, our two-year adult spiritual deepening program, will be held this month on the following dates: Sunday, February 22, between worship services, in the Landmark Auditorium; Saturday, February 28, following the worship service, in the Landmark Auditorium. For further information, contact Janet Swanson at /DAE.

UU Campus Ministry this Sunday, 2/22, at FUS. 5 to 6:30 p.m., food and fellowship. Student-led discussion. All college students welcome! Questions? Contact Janet at /DAE.

Peace & Justice Book Club will meet Monday, February 23, at 7 p.m. in the Hearthroom. All are welcome, as we discuss In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heart, by Judith Gwinn Adrian & DarRen Morris. Please note location change. Carole Briggs 772-7134 or gone.knitting@hotmail.com.

Thrive. "I simply feel good when I'm here. So much of what I experience enriches and nurtures me. I've met wonderful people who support me in my spiritual journey, and who want a spiritual home to be here for the needs of others to come. I want FUS to thrive so it can continue to change people's lives." -Teresa Radermacher. If you haven't made your pledge yet, please visit /pledge.

Help needed now! * Help is urgently needed from 6:15 to 7:45 a.m. at The Salvation Army shelters for women and children. We need just a few more volunteers to fulfill our partnership-adults, any gender/orientation welcome-training provided. Be a helpful presence during breakfast, so that staff can deal with arising needs. Select your mornings during the winter, M-F. Or rotate in on weekends all year. Currently, our 6 volunteers are overworked! Please call Dorit Bergen 279-4414 or Gail Bliss 231-3511.

Spotlight on Equity * During the month of February, the FUS library will highlight books on racial justice, segregation, racism, and privilege. This is the first month in a series of partnerships between our Library Committee and Social Justice Ministry Teams. Please check out the display and check out the books!

Needed: New Meeting House Guides
 Friends of the Meeting House guides provided tours to more than 1,000 visitors last year, with income from these tours funding Landmark restoration projects. If you have an interest in Frank Lloyd Wright and his involvement with FUS, are eager to share your knowledge, and have spare time on occasional weekdays or Sundays to give tours, please join our spring training class three Sunday afternoons in April. To sign up or learn more, contact March Schweitzer at marchschw@gmail.com or 231-3941.

Are you interested in
Governance Leadership at FUS?

Our Nominations committee is talking with members who are curious about leadership positions such as serving on the Board of Trustees or the Board's various committees which include Personnel, Finance and Governance. If you have in interest in supporting the FUS mission and vision in a leadership role, please talk with one of the following members. Sandy Eskrich, Nancy Vedder-Schultz, Rebecca Bernstein, Kari Ehrhardt, or Maureen Friend. Application form at /apply.

Career Networking Support Meeting this week
Anyone who is anxious about finding or changing employment is invited to join this informal drop-in meeting on Thursday, February 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard E. We help each other find resources and hope by sharing stories and ideas. Join us then or contact us at /jobs2 anytime.

Our next Friday Musicale will feature mezzo soprano Nancy Vedder-Shults with pianist Dan Broner. On Friday, February 27, hear songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Seymour Barab, Mary Howe and more. 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

Looking for some fun this summer? Check out Camp UniStar, a camp for UU individuals and families on Star Island in northern Minnesota's Cass Lake. Campers enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, volleyball, horeshoes, crafts, games, conversing or quietly reading on screen porches. Each week, UniStar offers a theme-centered program on topics such as sailing, yoga, spirituality, music, or the arts. Delicious, healthy meals are included. There are also 2 weeks for youth in mid-June. Pick up brochures at the UniStar display in Commons, visit www.CampUniStar.org or call Amy Schulz at 692-2639. Priority registration deadline is March 7.

"Dream Big Dreams"
film & discussion

Join us this Friday (February 27) in the Atrium Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. for a showing of Wisconsin Public Television's documentary "Dream Big Dreams." Doors open at 6 p.m. Free.  This excellent new film tells the story of Wisconsin civil rights pioneer Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first black woman in the State Assembly.  
    After, Rev. Everett Mitchell will moderate a panel on "Civil Rights Activism: Then and Now," with William Jones, Barbara McKinney, and members of the Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition. Bring teens! Reserve care for children /socialjusticecoordinator. If able, please park away from the lot.

Children's RE Program is Hiring! * Do you love to work with children? Our Children's Religious Education Program is accepting applications for two part-time positions-a Child Care Coordinator and a Summer Fun Coordinator. To learn more about these positions, go to /CREjobs.  Application deadlines are March 1 for the Child Care Coordinator position; March 13 for Summer Fun.

An Evolution Forum with Professor Charles Byers
Professor Charles Byers will present, "Evolution of Extinction," with fossil evidence for evolution, on Tuesday, March 3, from 7-9 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. This program is open to the public; we will be accepting a $10 fee at the door.  

Festival Choir Performs 3/7 at FUS * "Wisconsin Sings" is the theme of the next Festival Choir concert, to be performed at First Unitarian Society on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. There is also a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 (seniors), and $9 (students).  

Building Cultural Competency with Betsey Day and Harold Gates * Building our new Vision of Ministry around increasing "opportunities for exposure to the rich diversity of human experiences, beliefs, and identities" will take some new skills.  Join in community to expand your awareness at this workshop on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Landmark Auditorium.  Fee: $35 pledged/$45 non-pledged.

"Writer as Shaman"
with Pamela Johnson and Bridget Birdsall

Saturday, March 21 * 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Atrium Auditorium

Fee: $50 pledged/$60 non-pledged; includes lunch
The Writer as Shaman is a contemplative learning experience. Participants are invited to enter their own inner world, cultivate imagination, share their stories, and experience the power of words to heal.  No writing experience is needed. More information at /shaman.

Nature as Spiritual Sustenance

An Adult Spring Retreat
Join Retreat Leaders FUS Rev. Michael & Trina Schuler, and their Papillon Sasha at the Serene Pilgrim Center on Green Lake, April 10-12, 2015. Registration is now open. Early Bird Fee of $230 due by March 8. Vegetarian option. For Retreat information: fusmadison.org/retreat, and register on-line at /ae-registration or contact Deb Mies at 233-9774, ext. 114. Contact Trina at Trinass@gmail.com for questions about the Retreat.

Chaperones Needed for Camp! * A group of 10 FUS teens volunteering this summer July 11 to 17 at Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN. need an adult chaperone. The chaperones' primary responsibility will be to transport and support our teens during the week. They can then choose to help with campers to whatever extent they are comfortable doing so. Our teens, however, will have very structured and full days of service. If you are interested please contact Leslie Ross, our Director of Children's Religious Education, at /DRE.

“Beyond Acceptance” by Nastasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern As Unitarian Universalists, is it possible that we are called to more than mere acceptance? [more]
“Measuring What Matters ” by Rev. Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
Is there an objective way of ascertaining what matters to people? Indeed there is, and I’ll speak more directly to this subject at our services this weekend. [more]
“Just Enough and Not Too Much” by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life
Let us turn our minds and hearts to this theme of moderation and discover together how we can create lives of having, being and doing enough. [more]
Our membership is flush with potential leaders, activists, professionals and people with very particular talents. If you are interested in putting that experience to work for FUS,we need you. [more]
Feb 27th Film Screening and Civil Rights Panel Discussion [more]