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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for October 24-31, 2014

Dear Friends...

It's going to be a spooky weekend here at FUS with our annual Halloween Parade during services. Our children will be wearing their Halloween best as they march through the Auditorium - some scary, some sweet, all sure to be adorable in one way or another!  Our services will be led by Rev. Roger Bertschausen who has been minister of the Fox Valley Congregation in Appleton since 1990. I am sure his reflections on "duty and obligation" will challenge us, cause us to ponder, and nurture our spirits.

If you missed Select to Connect last weekend, you will have a Second Chance this weekend to sign up for events that have open spots. It was wonderful to see people signing up for Winter Fun, Soup and Scrabble, Game Nights, Bad Poetry and more.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We hope you have a wonderful time meeting new faces and making new friends.

Monday is our second MOSAiC evening, starting at 6:30 pm in the Atrium Auditorium.  We will be exploring duty and obligation as our theme.  I won't say you are obligated to be there, but we would love to have you join us.

There is much going on at this large and lovely place.  I hope to see you here this weekend and in the coming weeks.

with gratitude and love,


Our Halloween Parade
October 25 and 26 bring our annual FUS Halloween Parade for children in pre-K - 5th grade. Children will line up in the Loggia on Saturday, the Commons on Sunday, at the start of the worship service. At the time when we typically have an Intergenerational Message, we will instead have our Halloween Parade! Creative dress is encouraged, but please, no weapon-like props. Kids will go straight to class following the parade. They are welcome to stay in their costumes if they'd like.

UU Campus Ministry * It's the fourth Sunday of the month, so we are at church! Student-led evening with supper at 5 p.m. and discussion to follow. We will cook spaghetti and create Lego masterpieces as we talk about what it means to "be in community." Busses #2 and #8 travel from campus to First Unitarian Society. ALL college students welcome! Questions? Contact Janet at /DAE

Select to Connect Second Chance Weekend! Stop by the commons this Saturday or Sunday and take a look at the Select to Connect events that are still available. Last weekend was a great success with 24 events selling out! BUT, don't worry. There are still great events for you to check out! List of events at New Singers sought for Society Choir and Meeting House Chorus...We are now offering childcare for the Meeting House Chorus and Society Choir rehearsals. Childcare will begin for the Meeting House Chorus on Wednesday, November 5 and the Society Choir on Thursday, November 6.  Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Join us!

Attention Library Lovers! Our FUS Library could use your help. The Library Ministry Team is currently looking for new members. If you love libraries and want to help keep our library a great resource, please contact Rev. Kelly at /MCL.

Water Justice Project *  FUS Youth Group water interns are raising funds to help people in specific international communities obtain access to clean water. This weekend (October 25/26) 50 percent of the service offerings will be used to fund small-scale, clean water projects selected by the Youth Group. For more information, please contact Cindy Rose at 271-6440 or at crose5@att.net.

Men's Group Meeting * All men are invited to join the Open Men's Group meeting on Monday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Courtyard C. Topic: What election issues have been neglected? What are your election pet peeves? For more information, Gordon at /mens.

Community Forum for Jail Alternatives * On Monday, October 27, 6 p.m.  come to a panel discussion and brainstorming session on increasing and improving opportunities for jail alternatives at Fountain of Life Church, 633 W Badger Rd. Presented by MOSES. Hosted by JustifieDanger. RSVP: http://jailalternatives.eventbrite.com/

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 p.m. The group will discuss William R. Murry's book: Becoming More Fully Human: Religious Humanism as a Way of Life.

Veterans Stand Down: Attend or Volunteer * Stand Down is a military term for soldiers removed from the battlefield for rest and relaxation. Madison Area Stand Down is a day of rest for veterans from the daily struggle of lack of housing, unemployment, physical and emotional hardships, and hopelessness. If you are a veteran in need of services, attend Nov. 1, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1420 Wright Street. Free vans will give rides from stops around Madison. If you are a community member, volunteer. Call Mary Liz Murphy at 449-0699.

Art in the Wright Place Needs Your Help * As many of you know, each year FUS hosts a wonderful art fair as a fundraiser for our Children's Religious Education program. Art in the Wright Place will be on Sunday, November 23. We need your help to make this wonderful event happen. You can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/artsale. And we hope you'll come shop with us!

Our Next Friday Musicale will feature virtuoso pianist Mark Valenti.
The Chicagoland pianist will play Estampes by Debussy, Bartok's 1926 Sonata, and Variations Serieuses by Felix Mendelssohn. Friday, October 31, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free!

The Festival Choir of Madison will be performing a concert at First Unitarian Society on Sunday, November 1.  

Wondering about UU and the Society?
Our New UU Orientation series is available in November. This class consists of four sessions and will be offered on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. November 2, 9,16, and 23. Childcare is offered during this class.
New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of the First Unitarian Society. Registration materials are available in the Commons, or at /newuu.

Mentoring Fair * On Sunday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., FUS will present the Henry Hagedorn Mentoring Fair. Learn about how you can make a real difference in your life and the life of a child, teen, or adult. Be a mentor, a tutor, a circle member, a supportive volunteer. Downstairs and upstairs, in the Atrium Commons and Crossing, 10 local organizations will be here to meet with you. Questions? Contact Becky /socialjusticecoordinator.

Immigration Talk * A presentation about the broken U.S. immigration system will be at FUS-Milwaukee on Sunday, November 2, at 1 p.m. Presenters will include Leila Pine, a former member of FUS-Madison. More info at www.uumilwaukee-events.org/event/families-torn-apart.

Free Public Talk: Searching for a Solution to Alzheimer's Disease * In recognition of November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center will present a free community event sharing the latest research on Alzheimer's disease on November 4, at the Monona Terrace, 5 p.m.

"UU Theological House"
with Nastasha (Sasha) Ostrom, Ministerial Intern
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. * Courtyard D $30 pledged/$40 non-pledged Come join Sasha as she explores UU theology in this 5-week program, with each week exploring a different part of the "UU Theological House." Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.

Alliance to Meet Nov. 5 * The Alliance, mostly retired women and friends, will meet at noon on Wednesday, November 5, for brown bag lunch in the Community Room of Oaks Apartments, Oakwood Village West. Emeritus Prof. Robert H. Dott of UW Dept. of Geology will be guest speaker. His topic will be "Fracking: Pros and Cons." Information? 831-2075.

"PAUSE: an Afternoon of Breathing Space for Women" with Janet Swanson and Sasha Ostrom Sunday, November 9 * 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. * Landmark Auditorium $25 pledged/$35 non-pledged * Childcare available upon request Join us on a Sunday afternoon in late autumn to pause, breathe and move from "doing" to "being." Savor an afternoon for yourself in the company of other women. Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.

The annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner is now being planned, and you are invited to come to FUS on Thursday, November 27, for a wonderful feast as has been in the past years. Donna Cangelosi will be the coordinator of the event this year and she would appreciate hearing from anyone who is interested in pitching in - including someone who would be willing to cochair the event. Give her a call at 287-4703 or drop her an e-mail at svc7258@gmail.com .

Wanted: Holiday Elves! * With the Family-to-Family Holiday Giving Program, FUS provides a happier holiday for families in need. Last year, we gave wrapped gifts and grocery cards to 539 family members. Please join us this holiday season by helping for a couple of hours. Between November 15 and December 16, we need to sign up gift donors, organize the collected gifts, and match social workers with their clients' presents. Click here to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44aea92ca2f49-family2

"Grief Explored" with Nancy Johnson, Certified Death Educator
Monday, November 17 * 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Landmark Auditorium
$10/$15 non-pledged
FUS End-of-Life Ministry Team member and former funeral director, Nancy Johnson, will facilitate the last of our End of Life Planning Series on Monday, Nov. 17. Grief is among the most widely shared human experiences and yet the character of grief is not well understood. The group will explore the many dimensions of grief and healing, as well as the developmental stages in children that affect concepts of death. More at /end.

Green and Clean. A little 'shout out' to Crystal Cleaners, our janitorial service here at FUS. Much like an NFL referee, they are at their best when you don't notice them. They use "green" approved chemicals for an environmentally friendly space, and do great work with us. More at www.crystalcleanersinc.com.

Board of Trustees Selects Vision
On October 22, our FUS Board of Trustees came up with new Vision of Ministry language.

We will...
  • Increase opportunities for exposure to the rich diversity of human experiences, beliefs, and identities within our FUS community and in the larger world.
  • Build and nurture deeper connections among our members in all our work.
  • Live our UU principles within our larger community.
Staff and members will use this language to set strategies and work goals over the upcoming year.
“An Exploration of Duty” by Rev. Roger Bertschausen”
Yes. In truth duty is a slippery thing. It’s a value worth upholding, but figuring out how and when to live it is extremely difficult. [more]
Nov 2nd: Henry Hagedorn Mentoring Fair [more]
Great new classes are starting at FUS. Join us! [more]
‘Select to Connect’ is an FUS program made up of simple events donated by members, friends, parishioners, staff, and people like you. [more]