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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for November 14-21, 2014

Dear FUS Neighbors -   

As an Arizona native, I find myself moving into this weekend with a deep sense of delight and appreciation for the gentle flurries of snow we've been receiving these past few days. Yet as excited as I am to see my first real snowflakes, I am even more excited to be leading worship for you for my second time as your Ministerial Intern!   

For my reflection this week, I'll be putting our 1st Principle, "The inherent worth and dignity of every person" and this month's theme of Eternity into conversation with one another by taking a quick look at the long-running hit BBC television show, "Doctor Who".  On Saturday, cellist David Gould and pianist Dan Broner will play, and on Sunday, the Meeting House Chorus will sing Song of Kabir by UU composer Elizabeth Alexander.

There will also be opportunities this weekend to sign up for the Thanksgiving Dinner and Family-to-Family Giving! If you're wondering how you can connect more with other FUS families and families in need in our wider community during the holidays, please stop by to learn more and sign up!

I can't wait to see you!
Sasha Ostrom

Brighten Another Family's Holiday * This weekend kicks off our Family-to-Family Holiday Giving Program. Dane County social workers have brought us the wish lists of more than 115 deserving families. If you'd like to buy gifts for all or part of a family, or donate a food card or money, stop by the tables in the Commons after services. Between services, we'll offer a short presentation explaining the program. To help the elves behind the scenes, check our volunteer sign-up page at: UU Campus Ministry * Our next gathering on campus will be this Sunday, November 15, 2014, 5 to 6:30 p.m. We start with a light supper (our treat) followed by worship and discussion. Check the TITU board for room location. All college students are welcome! Questions? Contact Janet at /DAE.

Plant-Based Eating Group Fall Potluck * The plant-based eating group is hosting a potluck on Sunday, November 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Come share and enjoy delicious plant-based fall dishes! We welcome everyone to attend and bring a fall or Thanksgiving-themed vegan dish to share. For questions call or e-mail Aaron & Emily at (414)550-5820 or aaron@gemberdesign.com.

We Still Need More Help * Thank you to all who have signed up to help with setting up, cleaning up, baking and more for the upcoming Art in the Wright Place next Sunday. We still have several more spots to fill, and always the need for more baked goods! You can sign up to help and/or bring in baked items at www.signupgenius.com/go/artsale. It takes a village to make a great art fair/bake sale!

"Grief Explored"
with Nancy Johnson
Certified Death Educator
Monday, November 17 * 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Landmark Auditorium * $10/$15 non-pledged
In this class, we will talk openly about death and loss and the possibility of becoming more comfortable with this universal human experience. Because we are oftentimes stifled in talking openly about death, it is a challenge to understand that we can change or that we can behave differently when faced with the tasks that grief work involves. We will learn to recognize grief in ourselves and others by exploring the affective, physical, cognitive and behavioral responses to loss and we will come to an understanding of how to more respectfully and confidently journey with those who grieve. Register at /adult-ed.

Equity Ministry Team Meeting * Want to help recognize, celebrate, and build the diversity of human experience at FUS and in our community? Please join with our fledgling Equity Ministry Team from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, as we flesh out existing plans and brainstorm new ones for advancing FUS' new Vision of Ministry (see p. 8, Madison Unitarian). Also, we are seeking a Team co-coordinator who is passionate about racial equity. Contact Betsey Day daybuss@charter.net).

Health Issues Group Meets Next Week * The Health Issues group provides an opportunity for spiritual and community support for individuals dealing with health issues or physical impairments. We are meeting this month on the 3rd Wednesday (Nov. 19) in the Atrium Auditorium library. Please contact facilitator Susan Flowers (225)636-8214, or Lay Minister Amy Kell (608)841-1091 for further information.  

Care packages for our college students * If you have a young family member/family friend currently attending college, and you would like us to send them a "care package" before finals arrive, please send their name and contact info to Janet Swanson at /DAE by November 20. Interested in helping with the assembly? Please let me know!

Shawl Ministry drop-in * The next drop-in gathering of the Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, November 20, 10 to11:30 a.m., in the Atrium Library, with Lorna Aaronson hosting. It's a warm and friendly group, and together we create child dedication blankets, as well as shawls and lap robes given to members of the congregation during time of challenge and transition. All are welcome. Questions, check out our web page at /shawl.

Noon Musicale * Our next Friday Musicale will feature the wind quintet, Black Marigold. Elizabeth Marshall, flute; Laura Medisky, oboe; Bethany Schultz, clarinet; Kia Karlen, horn and Cynthia Cameron-Fix, bassoon will play music of Paul Taffenel, Lalo Schifrin and Astor Piazolla on Friday, November 21, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free!

Salvation Army Shelter Needs Us * We are looking for volunteers to help out at the Salvation Army Shelter any morning after a night of below 22 degree temperatures. We have two volunteers who regularly do Saturday and Sunday mornings. Although they would occasionally appreciate a break, our most urgent need right now is for weekday mornings. Please call Dorit Bergen at 279-4414 for more information.

Food Drive * On Sunday, November 23, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m., please bring frozen turkeys, frozen hams and non-perishable food items, or your check made out to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Look for the U-Haul truck and "Turkey Drive" signs in our parking lot. Help stock the shelves of Dane County's largest food pantry!

Pat Holt Book Signing * On Sunday, November 23, following the 11 a.m. service, former FUS member Pat Holt will share her story of a remarkable friendship with Leila Wahbeh, a courageous and enterprising Palestinian woman whose work to improve the quality of life in Jordanian refugee camps has become the stuff of legend. Pat's book, "A Committee of One," highlights what she learned of and from this remarkable and indefatigable individual. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase and snacks provided during what is for many the lunch hour.

Last Chance to Purchase Kae's Work * Many of you are familiar with the batik prints of Kae Taylor, an Art in the Wright Place participant for the past eleven years. In fact, many of you have her work adorning your home! Sadly, Kae passed away in August. Her husband and daughter will be staffing her booth at this year's Art in the Wright Place, the last art fair they'll be participating in. Eighty five percent of proceeds from her art sales will go to the Kae Taylor Memorial Fund to be used to pay off her formidable medical expenses. The remaining 15% is donated to FUS. Kae had many fans here at FUS. If you are one of them, you may want to be sure to not miss this last chance of purchasing her vibrant work.

Time for the November MOSAiC * On Monday, November 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. we will gather once again in the Atrium Auditorium to explore the FUS monthly theme more in depth. This month join us as we explore the concept of Eternity. More information at /MOSAIC.

The Peace & Justice Book Club's next meeting will be Monday, November 24, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. Book: More Than Good Intentions: How New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan & Jacob Appel. Questions? Contact Carole Briggs at gone.knitting@hotmail.com or 333-2723.

The annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner is now being planned, and you are invited to come to FUS on Thursday, November 27, for a wonderful feast as has been in the past years. Donna Cangelosi will be the coordinator of the event this year and she would appreciate hearing from anyone who is interested in pitching in - including someone who would be willing to cochair the event. Give her a call at 287-4703 or drop her an e-mail at dvc7258@gmail.com.

Packer Tailgate! * Please join us on Sunday, November 30, as the two best teams in the History of the NFL play the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Our Atrium opens at 3 p.m., game starts at 3:30. We'll watch the Packers v. the Patriots on the Atrium big screen. Cost is $15, which includes beer, soda, chips and brats cooked by our COO. Please RSVP to sallyb@fusmadison.org and join three dozen who've already signed up.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. We will discuss the book 'The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are divided by Politics and Religion' by Jonathan Haidt. Contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 for further information.

Come to our Annual Gingerbread House Festival
The holidays are just around the corner and we're gearing up for some holiday cheer. Come join us! On Sunday, December 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., we'll take over the Commons to make "Gingerbread" houses. (Actually, we cheat and use graham crackers instead). We'll provide the crackers and icing, you provide the decorating items: peppermint candies, pretzels, jelly beans, and more! Please plan to bring a bag or two of decorating items.
No need to sign up for this; just show up and join the construction crew. Questions? Contact Leslie at /DRE.

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