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News From the Red Floors

Harry Carnes


Greetings from the Meeting House!  

This weekend, Sara Goodman is back in the pulpit as a guest speaker. She is in between, waiting to begin a new job as a chaplain, no longer an intern. Her topic? "Living in Between." Hope to see you here. There will be lemonade. Bring cookies if you remember. :-)        

    -- Harry Carnes, FUS Director of Communications  

p.s. We got the hearing aids fixed!  

Join us this Sunday for Summer Fun! Kids ages 4-13 are invited to join us for Summer Fun this Sunday during our worship services.  This weekend our wonderful Sara will be in the pulpit. Aidan, our Child Care Coordinator, will lead the charge with fun games and activities for our kids Come play with us! Please sign in as you enter the building.

Last Chance to sign up for Service Sunday * Many community projects still need volunteers for Service Sunday, the morning of August 3.  Sign up on the FUS website at /servicesunday or in person at the Service Sunday table in the Commons. Let's lend a hand gardening, painting, cleaning, preparing for Pride parade, visiting veterans, training for homeless shelter work, and more.

Men's Group Meeting * The Open Men's Group will meet on Monday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Bring an object from your past and tell a story about yourself. For more information: Gordon at /mens.

Join our Service Sunday Drum Circle * Drummers of all ages are welcome to join in a circle that will introduce our 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 3. Please join Dan Broner near the front of the Atrium Auditorium at 8:50 a.m. You may bring your own drum or use one of ours.

Bring Canned or Dry Pet Food on Service Sunday! People who rely on food pantries need our help in caring for their pets. On Service Sunday FUS will collect donated items for the Help Keep Pets in their Homes program via Dane County Humane Society and Community Action Coalition. Please bring dry or canned food for dogs or cats. Cat litter (clumping or clay) is also welcome in bags of 5-15 lbs. Let's help pets stay with their human families. Bring your items on or before Service Sunday, August 3.

FUS Responds! Thank you to the many, MANY of you who responded to the call for more Children's Religious Education teachers. The response was overwhelmingly supportive, leaving us with only a few holes to fill. I am delighted and impressed by the quick response to our needs, and am grateful to all who responded.  ~ Leslie

Send Us Your Water Photos * What's your connection to water? The Water Sentinel Team is preparing a "water" slideshow for FUS's annual water communion service on Sunday, August 24. If you would like to have your special photo be considered, please send no more than two high resolution photos to Herb Garn, hsgarn@wisc.edu, by Friday,  August 1. The picture should represent your connection to water.  A drinking fountain, rain drops, kayak trip, special lake, etc.  Also, don't forget to collect a small vial of water to bring to the service. ---The Water Sentinel Team

UU Business Directory * If you are looking to hire somebody, for any reason, check out our FUS business directory at http://directory.fusmadison.net/ to find a good fit from FUS.

July 29 * FUS Foundation Annual Meeting The First Unitarian Society Foundation of Madison, Inc. will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in Gaebler Living Room. All FUS members are invited to attend.

Interested in participating in this year's Art in the Wright Place? The annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, November 23. You can apply on-line at /artreg. The deadline for applications is August 1.

The NEW nationally chartered Dane County NAACP is having a Community Block Party at the Labor Temple on Saturday, August 9. It's a coming out party for friends and supporters. You can check it out on their Facebook or web page. Hope you can make it.

Stand on the Side of Love at the Pride Parade! * On Sunday, August 10, OutReach is hosting the Pride Parade in Madison. Parade staging happens at 1 p.m. at the new Central Park on the near-east side, followed by a 2 p.m. march to the Capitol, where the celebration continues. This year, we will have a flag team performalong the route. If you'd like to be a "Flaggie," contact team leader Elizabeth Barrett at ebarrett@tds.net.

Pride Parade needs volunteers! *  IF you aren't marching with FUS,Outreach needs volunteer block captains to monitor the parade route. Training on July 28. Free pizza and a t-shirt! Parade on August 10. Call Angie 255-8582 or angier@lgbtoutreach.org.

Ice Cream Social for Youth Group * The FUS Youth Group is having an ice cream social on Sunday, August 17, 4 to 6 p.m., in Courtyard ABC. All high school teens are invited to attend. If you haven't ever been to Youth Group, this is a great chance to meet some Youth Group teens and find out what Youth Group is like. Plus you get free ice cream! Yum! Find out more about Youth Group at /youth.

Join our Volunteer Choir for Water Communion Sunday...all those interested in learning an easy anthem to sing on Sunday, August 24, are invited to rehearse with Dan Broner and other choir members on Wednesday, August 20, at 7 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss the book: Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for the Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum. For further information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

IHN: Doing Something about Homelessness * Volunteers are urgently needed to continue the FUS role in Madison's Interfaith Hospitality Network, a highly successful program to get families out of homelessness. Volunteers can provide part of a meal, a few hours of labor, a couple of hours of company, or help with other tasks. Children with families are welcome. We currently are organizing volunteers to staff our week in August. Help us take real action to end homelessness. Send an e-mail to Tim at /IHN to learn more.

Join us at the FUS Campout
at Upham Woods!
Mark your calendars and register now so that you don't miss the FUS Campout at Upham Woods 4H Environmental Education Center in Baraboo on the nights of Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30. Join us and share stories under the stars, music around the campfire, games, and adventures to remember. To find more information and to register, go to /upham.

Mallards Fun Last month Over 150 of our folks got together at the Duck Pond to enjoy some brats, beer and baseball with the Madison Mallards. It was three times the number we expected, which encouraged us to do more FUS outings in the future. Whether it is heading out to a UW Women's Hockey match, an American Players Theater show, Mad Dolls Roller Derby or some other event, we hope you'll join us in the future. If you have an idea of where we should go, or want to coordinate an FUS outing yourself, please contact Jeanne Sears at 233-9774 x 116 or jeannes@fusmadison.org.

Help Wanted FUS is hiring a Podcast Specialist for 15 hours a week to create audio content for our podcast library. Programs will consist of content from FUS events, historical archives, educational seminars and worship services. We will also work with the local progressive non-profits with whom we've partnered. More people are now receiving information over laptops, smart phones, and computers hooked directly into a home television. As we move to stream worship services live over the internet, we see the potential of podcasts to allow people to enjoy our message on their own time, and in their own space, and bring them into our community. The applicant should have a strong background in digital audio, studio recording, and the creation of podcasts.  For a full job description, visit /jobs.

Children's Religious Education Giving Tree * We have over 400 children enrolled for our religious education program this year, with many more by September 6-7--our first week of classes. For the past few years we have created a Giving Tree to help support our program and have appreciated your generous donations! The Giving Tree is back again this year and is located by the RE table in the Commons. Each chalice on the tree lists a supply.  You can take one or more chalices, purchase the supplies, and return them to donation box. Questions? Contact Deb Mies
/REprogramcoordinator.  

Tower Power. The 'Local Community Radio Act' was signed into law by President Obama in 2011, and lifted restrictions on starting small community radio stations. FUS took advantage of this change, applying in 2013. We are one of the first to be granted a license by the FCC, and will be broadcasting at 102.9 fm and live streaming on the internet by the end of the year. You may notice a large crate in front of the Atrium this week, and it houses the new tower for broadcasting from 122 State Street, home of our transmission site. It is one of the highest points in Madison, and also served as the Society home base from 1949 to 1952 while the Meeting House was being built.  If you want to help put up the tower the week of August 4, or assist in making podcasts and programming, please call or e-mail Andy Gussert, FUS COO, at 233-9774 x 115 or /COO.
Fall Circle Suppers registration is open! Circles are a great way to get to know people at FUS. It's basically a rotating pot luck dinner. Click to learn more! [more]
“Living In Between” with Sara Goodman Appropriately, as she is in between herself (her new job as a Chaplin starts this August) she will speak about the experience of being “in the middle.” [more]
Join us for Service Sunday On Sunday, August 3 we will fan out and get stuff done! [more]
FUS invites you to participate in Art in the Wright Place, an annual art and bake sale on Sunday, November 23. [more]
Join us for a weekend of fun, food, fellowship Labor Day weekend... [more]