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News From the Red Floors


News From the Red Floors for April 11 to 18, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

Dan Broner, FUS Music Director

This Sunday the Society Choir, with guest singers and instrumentalists, will be singing Gabriel Faure’s beautiful Requiem, one of the most beloved of major choral works. Faure’s Requiem focuses more on eternal rest and less, like many Requiems, on judgment and damnation, a good fit for Unitarians. All are invited to this special All Music Sunday which will be held in the Landmark Auditorium at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Landmark was chosen because the resident pipe organ has a major role in the orchestration.

Also, at 10:00 a.m. only, parents with young children are invited to attend Small Music Sunday in the Atrium Auditorium. Naturalist, educator, and humorist David Stokes will bring his special blend of live creatures, songs, and short stories. We welcome former FUS Associate Pastor, Rev. Scott Prinster, into our pulpit for our Saturday service at 4:30 p.m.

Musically yours,
Dan Broner, FUS Music Director


Join us for April's Second Saturday Potluck. All are welcome! Willy Bernstein will coordinate the kitchen efforts and the potluck is being hosted by the Room 1 of the Holiday and Holy Days Religious Education class (Classroom Coord. Kelly Hauser). This is a regular potluck! The pasta or spaghetti supper fundraiser will be held on May 10th at the last potluck of the season. You will hear more about this as we near the date. So bring your favorite generously portioned potluck recipe and share a meal with other FUSer's!

Dance for Clean Water - Olbrich Park Shoreline

On Saturday, April 12, join the Water Sentinels and others at 3 p.m. for a dance "flash mob" calling attention to our water resources. Organized by Moving from Within, the dance will be performed at Olbrich Park shoreline. This dance will be part of the National Water Dance Project, a nation-wide, simultaneous collection of dances at water sites raising awareness of the issues facing our water resources. More info at http://se.nationalwaterdance.org/, movingfromwithin@gmail.com or 233-4391.

Save the Date!  April 25!

The Spring Fling For Funds! Magic Happens Auction Party is happening in weeks!  
Your gift of an item or special event to be included in our ever famous auction would be greatly appreciated! And, a shout-out to anyone wanting to volunteer to help! We need bartenders, dishwashers, greeters, auction helpers. Stop by the table in the Commons or contact Sally Bowers at 322-9774 x 123 or go to /Spring-Fling for more information.

Register for 2014-15 Children's Religious Education
Registration for next Fall's Children's Religious Education classes is now open. You can register at /cre-registration or pick up a form at the R.E. Table in the Commons. Register soon! It will save you money and is very helpful in planning next year.  As always, we need plenty of teachers. Please consider volunteering to teach. Questions? Leslie Ross, at /DRE.

NO CRE Classes this Sunday * Parents, please note that there are no Children's Religious Education classes this Sunday. We hope you'll join us for SmAll Music Sunday, a fun and spirited family event at 10 a.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. This year's guest is David Stokes, a naturalist, educator and humorist. David will bring his blend of live creatures and animal artifacts, songs and short stories, to make learning about our environment fun.

Men's Group Meeting * Monday April 14 * 7:30 p.m. * Gaebler Living Room * The topic is white privilege and its costs to society. All men are welcome! For more information: Gordon at /mens.

Women's Support Group Our FUS support group for women in transition will meet on Monday, April 14, in Courtyard D at 5:30 p.m. This is an open and informal support group, where FUS women may connect and share their concerns and stories about various life changes. We meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, and new attendees are welcome. There is no sign-up necessary, but you may contact Karen Rose Gredler (516-8559) if you have questions.

History Book Group Discussion * The History Book Group will meet on Thursday, April 17 at 3 p.m. at FUS. We will continue our interest in presidential biographies with a discussion of the first half of Wilson by A. Scott Berg, approximately up to the time of the beginning of WWI. We welcome new members. If interested please send an e-mail to John Foltz at jefoltz@sbcglobal.net for more details.

There will not be a Noon Musicale on Good Friday, April 18. Please join us on Friday, April 25, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium when sopranos Susan Day and Rebekah Demaree will sing songs of Handel, Barbara Harbach, Lori Laitman, Eric Whitacre and more accompanied piano, violin, trumpet and bassoon.

Nominate Your Favorite Non-profit * From August through May, FUS shares the offering collected during services with local non-profit organizations through our "Outreach Offertory." Recipients are a mix of repeating annual donations and one-time groups, selected by Senior Minister Michael Schuler. Nominations are being accepted now for the 2014-15 list of recipients. Please contact Becky Schigiel to nominate an organization at /socialjusticecoordinator or 233-9774 ext. 125. Deadline April 25.

Annual FUS Passover Seder * Our annual FUS Passover Seder will be held on Friday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. This UU adaptation of a traditional Jewish Seder is family-friendly and provides an opportunity to experience a key aspect of Jewish faith and practice.  The main dish, soup and beverages are provided for a reasonable fee and participants bring side-dishes using kosher recipes we provide.  You may sign-up in the Commons before or after services, or make reservations with Michael Schuler at: michaels@fusmadison.org.  

An Egg-cellent Opportunity for Fun! * Children pre-school through 5th grade are invited to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 20, following the 9 a.m. Family Easter Service. Children can search the playground for eggs that they then trade in for Easter goodie bags. The Egg Hunt starts in Courtyard AB. We "hop" you'll be there!

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss John Allen Jr.'s book: Opus Dei. For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

Keith Woods of NPR Program
about Race on April 24

"What gets in the way, in your opinion, of quality conversations about matters of race and class in Madison?" One of the most difficult things to talk about is race. All manner of things get in our way, yet to become the community we aspire to be-to take on education, housing, crime and our larger economic challenges-we have to talk through what keeps us divided. For more than 20 years, award-winning journalist Keith Woods, NPR's vice president for diversity, has helped community leaders, journalists, college professors and students to meet this tough conversation straight on, and find a better way to talk across difference. He'll lead this discussion with a panel of speakers at FUS on the evening of Thursday, April 24. More to come.

Spring Clean Up Day! * FUS Spring Clean-up day is on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come with gloves and a willing spirit. Meet on the grounds between the Atrium and the Landmark.

Advance Care Planning Session * The End-of-Life Ministry Team is hosting an advance care planning presentation for members of our congregation coordinated by 'Honoring Choices Wisconsin.' Rev. Ralph Tyksinski and Jim Jaeger will speak on "Advance Care Planning: What It is, Why It's Important and Completing an Advance Care Directive."
    The presentation will be Sunday, April 27, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. More information? Nancy at nancejohnson@msn.com or Jim atjim@jaegerfamily.us. To register, sign up in the Commons or contact Kelly at /ministerRE or 233-9774 ext 112.

Honor Earth Day at FUS on Sunday, April 27 * Meet the representatives from the FUS Water Sentinels and other environmental groups in the Commons after both services. Outside, meet the FUS Gardening Group and get a free bike check-up from Budget Bicycle.

20s & 30s Group Sunday Brunch April 27 * Meet immediately after the 9 a.m. service, upstairs by the name tags, or at The Great Dane, downtown at 10:45 a.m. RSVP to Elizabeth Bohuski, ebohuski@gmail.com.

Peace & Justice Book Club * Next book club meeting: April 28 at 7 p.m. Courtyard B. Book: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. There will be no May meeting as the 4th Monday is Memorial Day.  June 23 book:  The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, by Jean Theoharis.

FUS Gardeners * Join the FUS Gardeners and enjoy the fun of meeting new people, making new friends and keeping the FUS grounds beautiful. We work every Thursday beginning May 1 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. There is always something to do, from pulling weeds to pruning shrubs. Someone is always there to help you to determine if it is a weed or an orchid. We need experts too. Please e-mail your name to Nancy R. nanragland@att.net.

Seeking housing possibilities for our 2014-15 ministerial intern * We will have a new intern joining us in August. We will more formally introduce Sasha Ostrum in the summer, but for now we are helping her find leads to an apartment and job possibilities for her partner.  They are looking for a 1-2 bedroom cat-friendly apartment for under $900/month, beginning in June or July. Sasha's partner will be looking for clerical work. Contact Lorna Aaronson with any leads: lorna464@gmail.com.

The FUS Business Group will host a forum on income inequality on Thursday, May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Join Dr. Robert Haveman, Representative Chris Taylor, and economist Larry Kaufmann for three diverse viewpoints on the current state of income inequality in Wisconsin and the world. To reserve a spot, e-mail Merilee Picket at mpickett@wisc.edu.

Calling all High School Seniors! * Our Youth Service on Sunday, May 11, at 11 a.m. will include a Bridging Ceremony. Bridging is a Unitarian Universalist Rite of Passage in which we honor our high school seniors, thank them for their contributions to our community in their time here, and give them our blessing for their continued journey, wherever it may lead them.  If you would like to participate please RSVP to Rev. Kelly by May 1 at /ministerRE or 233-9774, ext. 112.

Contemplative Practices
Around Death and Dying 
     
On Tuesday evenings, May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, Steven Spiro, an ordained Buddhist Chaplain, and Karen Reppen, a hospice volunteer and teacher about death and dying, are returning to present another session of their experiential program, Contemplative Practices around Death and Dying. This programs offers a safe, gentle, and supportive opportunity to explore and discover aspects of death and dying. The class will meet in the Hearthroom and explore the letting go process through guided meditations, Qigong, breath practices, experiential exercises, writing, discussion, and readings.  The fee is $30 pledged/$40 non-pledged. Register at /ae-classes or send a check to FUS c/o RE Program Coordinator.  

Adult Education is
Accepting Course Proposals          
  
   
Do you have an idea for a course you would like to offer fellow FUS members? Do you have a passion that you want to share with others? Adult Education is currently accepting course proposals for our fall semester (September - December 2014). If you have an idea, please contact Janet Swanson at janets@fusmadison.org or 233-9774, ext. 131. Proposals are due by May 15.  

Community Service Sunday Save the date for Community Service Sunday, August 3, 2014.  Have a project to suggest?  Want to help with planning? Contact co-chairs Lisa West, west@charter.net or Reenie Euhardy,euhardy@pt.wisc.edu.

Baseball Game! FUS has three visions of ministry, which includes building deeper connections within our community and between our members. In this spirit, please join over 100 FUS members at a Mallards baseball game on Thursday, June 5. Your $10 game ticket includes food and a Mallards hat. Tailgate starts a 4 p.m., with first pitch at 7 p.m. RSVP to jeannes@fusmadison.org.



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