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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for November 26 to December 5, 2014

Dear Neighbors and Friends... 

This week we turn our minds and hearts to giving thanks for all the gifts in our lives. At our services we will contemplate how to turn that gratitude energy into action in our world. You may be disappointed by the events occurring in our country and our world. You may find yourself confused by the many layered complexities of the issues of oppression and the calls for justice. You may be wondering what you could do to help heal this world. However you are feeling this Thanksgiving week, please consider joining us this weekend as we contemplate these issues and emotions.

Many of us are blessed to spend this time with family and friends gathered round, good food on the table, and laughter in the air. We know there are many who are not as fortunate. You may feel called from your sense of blessing to take part in our annual Family to Family Giving program - you can sign up to help a family have a wonderful Christmas NEXT weekend, December 6 or 7. Or you might sign up to be a volunteer at the Salvation Army Winter Shelter. You can find out more about that below. However you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you can find a few moments to savor the gratitude in your own life and search for ways to share your blessings with others.

From all of us here at FUS, thank you. Thank you for bringing your gifts, your presence, your heart into our community. We are who we are and do what we do, because of you.

with gratitude and love,


FUS Offices Closed The FUS offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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.

No CRE Classes this Weekend
Parents: please note that we do not have children's classes this weekend. Pre-K children are welcome in the child care room. Kids K-5th grade can start in service as usual for the intergenerational message. We'll then gather in Courtyard classrooms A, B, and C for yoga and other activities. Wear comfortable clothing. Kids in 6th grade and older-enjoy service!

Art Fair & Bake Sale Kudos
Many thanks to all our bakers, barristas, bench shleppers, shoppers, and anyone else who helped with this year's Art in the Wright Place art fair and bake sale. We truly could not do this without your help! This year's art fair was a great success, bringing in about $6000 for our Children's Religious Education program. We are grateful for the support and the many things we are able to do for our FUS children thanks to the additional funds that this fundraiser provides.

Be a YouTube star - or Not!
We want to let you know that beginning a few months ago, our services have been streaming live on YouTube, an internet service. This allows our members and others around the world to watch and listen to the services live on their computers. This also means that those attending the services may be seen on those webcasts, which may or may not be something you wish to do. If you don't want to be on the video, you'll want to avoid sitting in the front five rows. And if you're unable for some reason to come to a service, remember our stream (plus past services and much more) is available at /webcast on the FUS website.

Shawl Ministry
The next Shawl Ministry drop-in gathering will be Monday, December 1, in the Atrium Library.  Neither of the coordinators are able to be there, but the space will be ready and waiting for anyone who wants to get together Questions? Contact us at /shawl.

Cowspiracy Film Screening
Alliance for Animals and the Environment is hosting a one-night screening "COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret." This documentary follows a filmmaker as he reveals the environmental impact of large-scale factory farming and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are not talking about it. Limited seating. Tuesday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC Star in Fitchburg. The cost is $11. More info at https://www.tugg.com/events/11840.

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.

UU Campus Ministry
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Join us on Sunday, December 7, for our last gathering of the semester. Memorial Union (check TOTU for room location). Supper 5 p.m. Come and join in fellowship before finals begin ~ All college students welcome!

Our first Friday Musicale in December will feature music for double reeds and piano. Join Scott Ellington, oboe; Ruth Dahlke, oboe and English horn; Willy Walter and Rozan Anderson, bassoon and pianist Ann Aschbacher in the Landmark Auditorium on Friday, December 5, at 12:15 p.m.

Raise the Roof!
The holidays are just around the corner and we're gearing up for some holiday cheer. Come join us! On Sunday, December 14 (note corrected date), from 1 to 3 p.m., we'll take over the Commons to make "Gingerbread" houses. 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 to share amongst our builders. No need to sign up for this; just show up and join the construction crew. Questions? Contact Leslie at /DRE. (NOTE: Last week the date was incorrectly listed as "December 7.")

FUS Thanksgiving Feast Join our holiday community of food, friends and fun on Thanksgiving! This dinner party will be a FEAST! [more]
“Gratitude as a Revolutionary Force” with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life How can gratitude become a discipline for us and why is this such a revolutionary act? [more]
“Three Perspectives on the Myths We Live By” presented by members of the Lay Worship Ministry Team Mythology takes many forms, from the purely imaginary to the quasi-historical… [more]
Join us Sunday, December 7, at 9 and 11 a.m. for a wonderful morning of music with our choirs. [more]