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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for July 18 to 25, 2014

Greetings! Rev. Schuler

This weekend FUS is hosting a very special guest, Roger Kuhns -- a scientist, song-writer, world traveler and accomplished performer.   In addition to tag-teaming with yours truly on Sunday, Roger will bring his unique one-man show, "Dream Time Down Under," to the Landmark Auditorium on Saturday night at 7 p.m.   

   A combination of original songs and personal impressions of life in the Australian Outback, "Dream Time Down Under" is guaranteed both to entertain and give you something to think about.  Admission at the door is only $10 ($5 for kids), but no one will be turned away for lack of financial resources. I hope to see many of you there.

    -- Michael 

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 week we're talking about horses! Gallop on over to Courtyard ABC for some summer fun! Please sign in with Sara as you enter the building.

Sign-up for Service Sunday!
Please volunteer for a Service Sunday project on the FUS web site fusmadison.org/servicesunday or in person at the Service Sunday table in the Commons on Sundays throughout July.  There is a project needing your help, regardless of your age or ability. Most projects begin after a 9-9:30 a.m. service in the Auditorium and are completed in time to join other volunteers at FUS for lunch and a wrap-up discussion at noon.

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.

"Survey Says...."
Over 40% of our people sent back more than 50,000 specific responses to 98 questions, and a few items that really stuck out.  We will be going over results in detail in the Atrium Auditorium, at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday July 20. For example, a whopping 93% self-identified as liberal.  About the same percentage of respondents (94%) completed college, while a staggering 71% have post-graduate education.  Most are involved because FUS represents and promotes their values (33%), or provides a forum for spiritual exploration (26%). This considerable project was organized by Nathan Henry, a national expert on surveys and polling, and an FUS member. He will be presenting the detailed cross-tabs and findings after service this Sunday, July 20, so feel free to stop by with questions and queries. See more at fusmadison.org/survey

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

Come Learn with Us! * Did you know that one of our congregation's Vision of Ministry items is to foster multi-generational activities? You can be a part of achieving that vision by volunteering to teach one of our Children's Religious Education classes. They are fun, educational for kids AND adults, and are a great way to meet others in this awesome community. Classes begin September 6 and go through May 17 with many weeks off in between. Teachers are generally in the classroom only twice per month. We have many spots available for teaching many different ages. Contact Leslie Ross at /DRE to discuss the best fit for you!

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.

Dance Explorations will NOT meet this Monday, July 21. Join us again on Monday, July 28, for music, movement and merriment! Open to all ages and abilities. Questions? Contact Janet at 233-9774 x 131

Spiritual Topics Book Group
The Spiritual Topics Book Group will discuss John Buehrens's book: Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People's History on Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. For further information please contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

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.

Pride Parade! * On Sunday, August 10, OutReach is hosting the Pride Parade in Madison. The theme this year will be "Equality Marches Forward - 25 years of Celebrating LGBT." Parade staging happens at 1 p.m at the new Central Park, followed by a 2 p.m. march to the Capitol, where the celebration continues until 5 p.m. FUS, James Reeb UU and Prairie UU will march behind the Standing on Side of Love banner. This year, we'd like to have a flag team perform an easy routine along the route. If you'd like to be a "Flaggie," contact team leader Elizabeth Barrett. at ebarrett@tds.net.

Pride Parade needs volunteers!   Celebrate our whole community.  The 2014 LGBT Pride Parade will be on August 10 and is coordinated by Outreach Community Center.  IF you aren't marching with FUS, take a seat!  Outreach needs volunteer block captain to monitor the parade route.  Training on July 28 - Free pizza and a t-shirt!  Parade on August 10.  Call Angie 608-255-8582 or angier@lgbtoutreach.org.

Peace & Justice Book Club * Next meeting: Monday, August 25, 7 p.m. in Courtyard B. Book selection: Brightsided by Barbara Ehrenreich. Please bring ideas for future books.

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.

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 to exhibit  on-line at /artreg. The deadline for applications is August 1.

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 fusmadison.org/upham beginning July 1.

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 and build out 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.

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]