| News From the Red Floors for December 6-13, 2013
The teen choir at last year's festival
All are invited this Sunday to our annual Winter Choral Festival at our regular service times of 9 and 11 a.m.
The Society Choir and the Meeting House Chorus will be joined by the Choristers and Teen Choirs in a selection of seasonal anthems. Strings, flute, harp, piccolo and percussion will add to the beauty and merriment. Rev. Michael Schuler will also read selections of poetry and prose specially chosen for the occasion.
Come with family and friends, join in singing carols, and enjoy communally the wonders of the season.
Dan Broner, Music Director
First Unitarian Society of Madison
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UU Campus Ministry will meet this Sunday, December 8. Join us as we gather for our last time this semester! Please note change in location - we will meet in the RED GYM, second floor, South Mezzanine Conference Room. Supper at 5 p.m.; worship and discussion 5:30. Questions? Janet at
/DAE. Family-to-Family Holiday Giving Program * Thanks to your generosity, there are only a few families left who are not yet assigned to receive holiday gifts. If you don't have time for shopping, please consider donating money or purchasing a grocery gift card. The elves will be in the Commons after services or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us continue our tradition of giving to all those families assigned to FUS. Thanks!
We look forward to our time together!
Guest at Your Table goes earth-friendly! Visit the GAYT table December 7 & 8 after all services. Drop your check in the BIG BOX or donate on our GAYT web page. https://guest.uusc.org/first-unitarian-society-of-madison. Guest at Your Table raises funds and awareness of the human rights work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) through stories of justice leaders around the world. Read about this year's heroes at
No CRE Classes on Sunday * Parents, please note that there are no CRE classes this Sunday, except for our Coming of Age class. We hope your family will join us for our annual Winter Chorale Festival.
James Reeb Congregation is 20!
Join James Reeb for a 20th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday. All are invited to commemorate their charter and first service in 1993. The JRUUC's congregation was created as an extension effort by FUS and UUA, who provided a subsidy, phased out over five years, to help start it up. James Reeb is located near East High School, at 2146 East Johnson Street. Meet with other UUs for a special worship service at 10 a.m. followed by a celebratory potluck. Men's Group Meeting * Monday, December 9 * 7:30 p.m. * Gaebler Living Room * The open men's group will discuss charity, giving, and sharing. Do you do anything different during this season? All men are welcome! For more information: Gordon at email@example.com.
UU Women's Alliance Pot Luck Lunch * The "UU Women Who Lunch" will meet at noon Wednesday, December 11, in Courtyard ABC for a holiday luncheon with FUS staff as guests. Nancy Deer will provide a main dish. Members will bring side dishes and desserts. After lunch we will sing around the piano in the Atrium with Music Master Dan Broner. Happy Holidays!
Support Group for Women in Transition * Our Women's Support group will not meet on Monday, December 9. Instead, we will meet on December 11 for a potluck supper off-site. Our December 23 meeting will be held as usual at FUS. This is an open and informal support group, where FUS women connect and share concerns and stories about various life changes. New attendees are welcome. For information please call Karen Rose at (608)516-8559.
Shawl Ministry drop-in * The next drop-in gathering for the Shawl Ministry will be on Thursday, December 12, 10-11:30, in the Atrium Library. Dorit Bergen will be there to greet you. Newcomers and curious seekers are always welcome. To learn more about the FUS Shawl Ministry, go to /shawl.
Noon Musicale * Our next Friday Musicale features piano trios by Brahms and Mendelssohn. Hear pianist Greg Punswick with violinist Shannon Farley and cellist Beth Morgan on Friday, December 13, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.
IRA Charitable Rollover * The Charitable IRA Rollover is set to expire on December 31 and many think it will not be renewed. It allows you to transfer funds from an Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to charities without having to count the distributions as taxable income. Please consult a financial planner, attorney or other tax professional for specific advice, or contact COO Andy Gussert at 233-9774 x 115 about ways to give to FUS in 2013, including stock transfers.
Our Annual "Gingerbread" Festival is on December 15
Join us in the Commons from 1 to 3 p.m. for this joyful ALL AGES event. Here's how it works: You bring one or two items to decorate the houses with-peppermint candies, tootsie rolls, pretzels, etc. We'll provide graham crackers, frosting, and small milk cartons to support the cracker "walls." The houses are for you to take home; the merriment is for us to share together. Your prompt arrival allows us to know how much icing to make!
The Youth Service Trip Registration Deadline is December 15. All FUS teens ages 15-18 (as of June 21, 2014) are invited to apply. The trip will be June 21-28. Read more at http://www.friendshipventures.org/. Please contact Ann Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adults (18-35+) Second Sunday Brunch * Next Sunday, December 15, meet after the 9 a.m. service, upstairs by the name tags, or at Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery at 10:45 a.m. RSVP to Elizabeth Bohuski, email@example.com.
Vegan Holiday Treats Exchange * The Plant Based Eating group will be hosting a holiday treats exchange after the 11 a.m. service (12:15-1 p.m.) on Sunday, December 22, in the Gaebler Living Room. Please bring 24 (or more) individual vegan treats to trade, plus something to carry your treats home in. Walk away with a lovely variety of tasty homemade treats. Please contact Sara at (608)957-2392 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Guest singers invited for Faure's Requiem * The Society Choir will be singing Gabriel Faure's Requiem with orchestra on April 13, 2014. Rehearsals begin on Sunday, January 12, from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Join us in learning and singing this remarkable music.
Trees for Tomorrow Weekend * Mark your calendars for February 21-23, and plan to join us for a Winter Weekend at Trees for Tomorrow located in Eagle River. This is an an inexpensive weekend of fun, food and fellowship, excellent cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, ice skating, annual sing-along and fun for all ages. For more information, contact Mary Kay Aide at 239-1066 or email@example.com.
Peace & Justice Book Club * No meeting in December. Next meeting will be January 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Courtyard Room B. The book will be The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin. Questions: Carole Briggs Ayres 333-2723.
“Counting on Kindness”
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
Coming to terms with the necessity of caregiving is our topic this weekend. It can be both comforting and uncomfortable; sometimes at the same time. [more]
“Welcoming Back the Light”
with Kelly Crocker and Sara Goodman
Join us as we come together to celebrate the Winter Solstice. [more]
“Meek and Mild: Why Humility Matters”
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
I doubt that many character traits are as misunderstood—and under-appreciated —as humility. [more]
Join us December 24 for four unique holiday services, all including music and holiday community. [more]