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News From the Red Floors

Dear Friends -

Rev. Kelly

Another sign of a new year may have found its way into your mailboxes this week.  The Adult Religious Education catalog was mailed Wednesday and contains a wonderful array of classes and programs in which you can participate. Coming together in small groups is one of the best ways to get to know others in our large and vibrant community so I encourage you to look through that list of programs and find one or two or more that interest you. You won't be disappointed.You can also find the information and register at /adult-ed

This week is our annual Water Communion Service.  This service symbolizes our coming together in community - as rivers form the sea, so we flow together to form this community. Please remember to bring water with you to the service - whether it is from your kitchen sink, your rain barrel, or a far-away travel destination, bring it to mingle in our common bowl.

Looking forward to being together once again,

Kelly

Ferguson: Take Action!
Members of the newly-formed Equity Ministry Team will be in the Commons this Sunday after services to help you turn some of your frustration surrounding the recent killing of an unarmed black teen into action. Stop by our table for ideas large and small. We'll make it easy for you to do the hard stuff. Contact Betsey at daybuss@charter.net for more information.

Men's Group Meeting
All men are invited to join the Open Men's Group meeting on Monday August 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Other than your family, who pushed you to succeed? Was it a friend or a rival? For more information, Gordon at /mens.

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.

Help support our kid's classes-
donate supplies from the CRE Giving Tree
Thank you to everyone who has donated supplies to our CRE program from our Giving Tree.  We really appreciate your generosity! We will keep the tree available until after Labor Day, so stop by the RE table in the Commons for  donation suggestions.  You can take one or more donation "chalices," purchase the supplies, and return them to the donation box. Questions? Contact Deb Mies /REprogramcoordinator.

Fall Adult Education Registration is Open!
Your invited to once again engage in learning and sharing through our Adult Education Program! This fall and winter we are offering a variety of experiences-book groups, classes, lectures, movement, music and movies-we want to 'open the doors' more widely to our community, our faith and our mission.  You should be receiving our Fall/Winter catalog in the mail in the next few days, and complete information and registration can be found at fusmadison.org/adult-ed.

Health Issues Group
The Health Issues group provides an opportunity for spiritual and community support for individuals dealing with health issues or physical impairments. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month; this month's meeting is on August 27 at 7 p.m. in the Atrium Library. Please contact facilitator Susan Flowers at (225)636-8214, or lay minister Amy Kell at 841-1091 for further information.  

Choir Rehearsals begin in September!
the Cherub Choir will start back up on Wednesday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m.; the Choristers at 7, and the Teens at 7:45 p.m. Please note the new times.  The Meeting House Chorus will begin that Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the Society Choir on Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. The Society Choir especially needs Basses - but sopranos, altos and tenors are most welcome too!

Women's Alliance Meets September 3
Women, mostly of retirement age, will meet to lunch and learn together at noon in the Community Room (note room change) at Oakwood Village West, Mineral Point Road, on Wednesday, September 3. Paid reservations for this catered meal must be made by August 29.  To save a place or for information call 836-5616 or 831-2075. The guest speaker will be FUS member and Assemblywoman Chris Taylor. Newcomers and guests are invited. See the bulletin board at FUS for more information or contact hathewayhasler@gmail.com.

New Sacred Earth Spirituality
Chalice Group Forming

If you find yourself drawn to the stories, practices and rituals of earth-centered spiritual traditions and are interested in exploring them in a circle of fellow FUS folks, please consider joining this newly forming chalice group. Contact Skyler at finn.and.skyler@gmail.com or 203-5753 for more information. We'll be trying to set up an organizational meeting in early September.

Join us for Japanese Crane
Japanese Crane is a Qi Gong movement meditation form. No experience is necessary. We meet Thursdays, starting September 4, in the Gaebler Living Room at 5 p.m. It is a drop-in group and all are welcome! Contact Ann Schaffer at 232-0004 or annieschaffer@uwalumni.com with any questions.

Fall Circle Suppers:
Don't Miss the (gravy) Boat!
Registration for Fall Circle Suppers closes Friday, September 5, so register now and join in the fun. These small informal pot lucks are held in members' homes or other settings and are a great way to meet new people and old friends. Details on how the suppers work, the schedule, and a registration form are all available at the Circle Suppers webpage at /circles. You can also learn more by contacting Dawn Stucki, the Circle Suppers Coordinator, at 849-8078 or destucki@tds.net.

Wondering When Classes Begin?
Children's Religious Education classes begin the weekend of September 6 and 7. We look forward to welcoming new families and welcoming back our returning families. See you then, if not sooner!

"Letting Go - Contemplative Practices
for Living and Dying"

FUS is sponsoring a one-day retreat with Steven Spiro, Karen Reppen and Grant Abert on Saturday, September 6, 9 to 4:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. This retreat will offer a safe, gentle, and supportive opportunity to explore and discover practical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death and dying, grief and mourning. The cost is $50 for pledged participants, and $60 for non-pledged. More information and registration is now available at /practices.

Water Justice Project Beginning!
This fall the FUS Youth Group is launching a Water Justice Project in collaboration with the Water Sentinel Team. The project will raise awareness about water justice issues throughout the world. The youth will prepare materials to be shared with the congregation the weekend of October 25 and 26. The Outreach Offering from the services that weekend will be used to fund small-scale, clean water projects selected by the Youth Group with the help of various humanitarian service organizations. We look forward to presenting the work of our youth and invite you to consider this important human rights issue.

Because it was so much fun last year,
Select to Connect is back!  
Select to Connect offers a Menu of Venues to give members, friends, staff and parishioners a way to connect! Simple as that.  
* On the weekend of October 25 and 26, everyone will have the chance to purchase events for $15, $25, $35 per person.  
* Can you host an event for FUS? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:    
    - an afternoon of cribbage with snacks,        
     - a fireside winter supper
    - a movie night with lots of popcorn
    - a family sledding event - be creative!
If you can offer an event, contact Sally Bowers at 233-9774 ext. 123 or /developmentdirector.  The deadline for submitting events is Wednesday, October 1.  More information and an on-line donation form can be found  at fusmadison/select.
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]
‘Select to Connect’ is an FUS program made up of simple events donated by members, friends, parishioners, staff, and people like you. [more]
“From Clear Springs and Muddy Ponds: Our Annual Water Communion” with Kelly Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life and Sasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern Through song, story, poetry and mingling of the world’s waters we will gather the waters of the world as we, ourselves, gather back together in community. [more]
“Liberal Religion and the Laboring Classes” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister On this Labor Day Sunday, we’ll see how our forebears responded to the question “Which side are you on?” [more]
Great new classes are starting at FUS. Join us! [more]