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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
August 28 to September 3, 2015

Michael Schuler

Dear friends,

August seems to have flown by and in some public school districts classes have already
resumed.  Our own Children's and Adult Education program doesn't swing into gear
 for a couple of weeks yet, but in the meantime we are gearing up for what promises to be a stimulating year of learning and deepening.

This Sunday we celebrate our annual Water Communion at 9 and 11 - a time of intergenerational ingathering as we each bring water from our travels during the summer months, or from a location that holds special meaning to us.  Water Communion is a service with ancient roots and of contemporary relevance. Whether or not you have water to contribute, I'm sure you will find your experience on Sunday to be as refreshing as a summer sun shower or a cold drink on a sweltering August day.

Our new ministerial intern, Julie Brock, will co-facilitate Water Communion while
the FUS String Band and I will provide musical offerings.  If you have yet to meet
Julie, please come and welcome her.  Again, this is a family-friendly service, but
as always, childcare is provided.


p.s. - My book discussion class begins two Sundays from now.  Register soon if you would like to participate.  Copies of "Making the Good Life Last" are available.


No Summer Fun This Week
We're looking forward to our intergenerational Water Communion worship service this Sunday. Next Sunday, September 6, will be our last Summer Fun session of the year. Come with an appetite! It's our annual Sundae Sunday!

Children's Classes Resume in Two Weeks
We're looking forward to getting our Children's Religious Education classes underway. September 12/13 will be our kick-off. Families, we hope to see you here!

Welcome Table in a New Spot
A new placement for our Information and Welcome Table can be found in front of the painting by the elevators. At this table there will be information, a notebook to sign up to volunteer on our worship scheduler, a class, change your address and more! This table will be staffed during our Hospitality times after and before services.

Wondering About Unitarian Universalism and the First Unitarian Society?
We have two New UU orientation classes available this early fall. This class consists of four sessions. The first class is offered on Sundays from 1-3pm beginning Sept. 13th and on Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4th. Childcare is offered during this class. The second is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm on October 8,15 and 22 and 29th.

New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of the First Unitarian Society. Registrations are available in the Commons, at the Information tables or online at fusmadison.org/newuu

Choir Rehearsals Start This Week
Children and Teen choirs start on Wednesday, September 2 in the Music Rehearsal Room:
Cherubs (4 yrs. - 2nd grade) at 6:30 p.m.
Choristers (3rd - 7th grade) at 7 p.m.
Teen Choir at 7:45 p.m.
The adult choirs also start this coming week: The Meeting House Chorus on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and the Society Choir on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Both choirs rehearse in the Atrium Auditorium. Join a choir - Singing in community is good for our hearts, minds and souls and we need you!

Seeking a Fundraising Coordinator
We're looking for someone to help us grow and prosper. The position is paid, 20 hours per week. Members and friends are encouraged to apply. See fusmadison.org/jobs

Making the Good Life Last
Making the Good Life Last with senior minister Michael Schuler is an Adult RE presentation/discussion offering based on his book by the same name. Sundays, September 13, 27 and October 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. Check the Adult RE table in the Commons for fee information and registration. Online registration will be available soon.

Special Thank You
To our Friends at FUS,
Thank you so very much for your kind and generous donations of garden tools! Our garden is thriving thanks to your support. Please stop by to see our progress. Our hope is to expand and collaborate with others next season . We'll keep you posted!
With peace and gratitude,
Your friends at Christ the Solid Rock

Elves Wanted
FUS's Family-to-Family Holiday Giving program needs more elves for the upcoming holiday season. Can you offer our committee just a few hours of your time between September and December?
Publicity Elf: We publicize only within FUS. Last year's elf can walk you through it.
F2F-to-FUS Liaison: Keeps communication between the committee and the church running smoothly.
Co-Volunteer Coordinator: Someone who knows, or wants to get to know, other FUS members and coax them into helping.
If you can help or want to know more, please call Susan Dinauer at 233-2385, 235-8698 or sdinauer@gmail.com

Training Opportunity
Thursday, September 17
One in three students report experiencing some form of abuse from a dating partner. If you work with teens, are you prepared to handle a disclosure? Adults in faith communities can serve as a powerful resource for teens who are experiencing or know someone who is experiencing dating violence. The way a disclosure is handled can deeply impact whether a victim will continue to seek help. In 2015, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) has created a goal to reach as many teens and adults who work with teens as possible to develop a community that is prepared to actively address the epidemic of teen dating violence. They are offering a training that includes basic information about dating violence, how to appropriately and compassionately handle a disclosure, how to screen teens for current or past violence, and information about community resources available specifically for teens. FUS will be hosting one of these workshops from 6:-7:30 p.m. on September 17th in the Gaebler Living Room. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP to DAIS staff member Aly Jarocki at alyj@abuseintervention.org.

Spiritual Topics Book Group
Tuesday, September 25
The September meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held on Tuesday Evening September 22 at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E at FUS. We will discuss Megan Marshall's book: Margaret Fuller, An American Life. For further information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Wealth Inequality, Taxes and Race
Thursday, September 10
Join us for public training on Thursday, September. 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium on how tax policy has contributed to our wealth gap, the racial implication of economic policies, and how we can advocate for a more just system! Led by NETWORK national trainer Colin Christopher. Free, with pizza provided and limited childcare available by reservation. RSVP by September 7 to Becky Schigiel beckys@fusmadison.org
Circle Suppers Gearing Up
Friday, September 11
Join us for informal pot lucks of small groups of people held in members' homes or other settings. Circles are coordinated by Dawn Stucki. Please feel free to call her at 849-8078 to register or email her at
destucki@tds.net. To sign up, go to fusmadison.org/circles Soon you'll be making new friends over delicious meals!

Peace And Justice Book Group
Monday, September 28
On Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m., in Courtyard C. Liz McBride will show photos and talk about her recent trip to Cuba. Please feel free to read any book about Cuba that interests you. Questions? Carole Briggs

Prisoner Re-entry Simulation
Tuesday, September 29
Villager Mall community room, on Park Street, Madison, 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is an effective, interactive experience presented by our community partner Madison-area Urban Ministry, which teaches participants what people coming out of prison in Madison encounter and need to do upon their return. FUS members who have done it recommend it to others. Email shawna@emum.org to register or to volunteer. It will fill up quickly!

MOSES Celebration
Saturday, October 10
Join us for an informal, relaxed gathering at Zion City International, 1317 Applegate Rd, Saturday, Oct. 10, 4-7 p.m. There will be delicious and hearty appetizers, a raffle, short program and music. Tickets $15; tax-deductible donations over that cost are gladly accepted! To buy, email: mosesticketsales@gmail.com or at the MOSES Table on Sunday, Sept. 13 or 20 after either service. Questions? Contact Susan Millar at sbmillar@gmail.com

Rick Childs, Retired Worship Leader from Mendecino, CA reflects on how humanists can overcome their reservations and embrace a spiritual life. [more]
Our annual day of lending a hand to community projects around Madison. [more]
Our annual celebration of waters gathered from home and away. [more]