E-news/Bulletin Items

If you have an item to add to the weekly e-news or to Sunday bulletins, please email Rachel Carter Office Administrator at coordinator@uulacrosse.org by 8 a.m. Monday mornings unless otherwise noted.  

In the event that Sunday services may be canceled due to bad weather (e.g., snowstorm), please check our web site, www.uulacrosse.org, for any such notification after 8:00AM. Sunday morning.  A notification email also may go out, so watch your email inbox.  Regardless of any official decision, please consider your local weather conditions and use common sense if you venture out in bad weather.

Please use the front doors and kitchen doors if entering the Fellowship before 9 am. The recovery group meets in the conference room until 9 am and we would like to respect their privacy.  Thank you!

October 22nd, 2017–Reverand Nelli Mann Opdale: The Feminine Face of Faith with Rev. Maria Rutland

St. Paul’s Universalist Church La  Crosse was the predecessor to our Fellowship, existing from 1865-1930 on Cass Street. Nellie Mann Opdale was its minister from 1898-1902, and then again from 1921-1928. Who was Nellie Mann Opdale, and what was transpiring between the Universalist congregation in La Crosse and their woman minister? Could there be lessons for us today? These questions will be addressed by the Reverend Maria Rutland, a researcher of history and women’s ministry, who is coming from Indiana to La Crosse to deliver this Sunday morning service, as well as to present at 3 PM to the La Crosse Historical Society.

Special Collection

October’s special collection is Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition. WDVC is a non-partisan effort to increase voting turnout and participation in the electoral process among members of Wisconsin’s disability community, which coincides with our 1st, 2nd and 5th principles. The WDVC is funded by Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. Please place cash in the specially marked envelopes or make a check out to Disability Rights Wisconsin with “WDVC” in the memo line.

  Service Recordings

Please  follow this link  https://soundcloud.com/uuflacrosse to listen to past Sunday services. 


The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, making an announcement during Joys and Concerns, and/or publicizing your status and needs via the weekly emails. Let us know the level of care you desire. The caregiver for September is Kathy Schnitzius. You may reach her at schnitz96@aol.com or 608-399-1518.

 We Are Hiring!

We are hiring  a choir director

Please check the website for the complete job description.  http://www.uulacrosse.org/home-2/about-us/employment-opportunities/

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse, a dynamic liberal religious fellowship, seeks a choir director.  This position is responsible for leading choir rehearsal 2 evenings a month and performances 2 Sundays a month, September through May.    Candidate must have a degree in music or related experience, ability to lead rehearsals and the ability to work independently  and collaboratively in a lay led organization. Interested applicants should email a resume, references, cover letter, and completed application form to coordinator@uulacroose.org.  Application form is available at www.uulacrosse.org.  Applications are still being accepted and we would like the position to start as soon as possible.

 What’s Happening in Sunday Education Programs?

Family Photos 

This year’s church theme is “You are welcome here”. We would like to express it by decorating the lobby with pictures of all the families that attend and visit the fellowship. “Family” is unique to each-parents and children, friends, couples, adults and furbabies. We would like to display the pictures before the start of regular services. Please send images to Nicole Ravens. You may email them to nicole.iuro@gmail.com or 410 S 1st Street, La Crescent MN 55947.

Long-time Member Seeks Visitors

Liz Spangler, long-time member of our fellowship, would love to receive some visitors and phone calls at her nursing home. She is at La Crescent Health Services (formerly Golden Living), South 101 Hill St, La Crescent, in room 216. Liz LOVES children and would welcome visits from little ones, especially if they bring art to decorate her room! 

Visitors are welcome in between meal times. Board and card games are difficult for Liz due to mobility with her hands but come tell her about what is going on in your world. She’d love to hear it!

If you are unable to stop by, phone calls are welcome! You can reach her directly at 507-895-2054.If you have any questions, you can contact Pam Hartwell, Liz’s daughter, at sustainablepam@gmail.com.

Wednesday Evening Covenant Group Seeks Members

Are you interested in connecting with fellowship members on a more interactive and nourishing way?  The Wednesday evening Covenant group would love your presence.  We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. If you would like more information please contact Amanda Strosahl 608-769-1647 or strodell@centurytel.net.
Join the UU Fellowship Choir
Enjoy Singing? Consider joining our choir!
Our fellowship’s choir is a fun group that sings and laughs together and adds its music to our services.
This would be a perfect time to join this group. Rehearsals are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The choir sings at two services each month and on those Sundays rehearses from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. All rehearsals are in the sanctuary.
If you’re interested, contact Becky Post (bpost21@charter.net) or show up at our next rehearsal — Wednesday, Sept. 6th, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For a complete fall schedule, contact Becky.

Volunteer in the Nursery

If you miss watching babies learn to crawl, learning how to pull up and learning how to play, you might want to volunteer in the Nursery.  We have regular paid staff, but they are mostly college age and will be gone in May.  Volunteer one time or many times.  You spend about 1 ½ hours in the nursery on a Sunday morning and are left with joy for the day.   Contact  Ingrid or Kristie for more details.  iiverson@uwlax.edu  kristieneve@gmail.com

Volunteer for youth RE

The RE team is looking for volunteers to help teach the youth of our fellowship! You can be just a helping hand, or teach a whole age group. Ages range from Pre-K and up. Commit twice a year or many times a year. Contact Tiffany Brubaker at tiffany.brubaker@gmail.com for details.

Covenant group seeks members

The Afternoon Covenant Group has openings for two people.  We meet at The Willows, 2555 7th St S, La Crosse, WI 54601, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from September 7, 2017 through May 16, 2018.

We have discussed a variety of topics throughout the years.  Some are taken from the UU Small Group Ministry Network, and others are original topics developed by our members. Some topics are:  America’s Original Sin, Broken Buddha, The Bucket List, What is the American Dream, Duty, Cooperate with Life, Civility, Courage and Heroic Actions, Music, Gone Missing, and Collecting a Life.  We try to choose themes that are serious, uplifting, topical, and creative.

If you are interested in joining the Afternoon Covenant Group, please email Diane Haines,

dianehaines@acegroup.cc or call me at 507.894.4513.

Circle of Support Needs 2-3 Additional Members
Ron Malzer
The Compassionate Community Faith Alliance (CCFA) currently oversees more than a dozen Circles of Support, and starting in October, our Fellowship will be providing one as part of CCFA’s program. A Circle of Support is a group of 4 to 5 people, meeting once a week, in a public place such as a coffeehouse, with an individual (“Core Member”) who is transitioning from confinement to freedom. 
Mary Nelson and I will be two of the support members; according to Circle of Support principles, we need at least one more man and one more woman to complete the circle. A training session will be provided.
If interested, please contact either me at ronsaturday@gmail.com, or Mary Nelson at marymen1000@gmail.com
 Book Group starting up Sept. 11

The Book Group will be starting up again this fall. The first meeting will be Sept. 11 at 6:30 in the Conference Room.  Anyone who likes reading is welcome to join. A book list will be forthcoming. For more information, contact Jan Jolly at 612-709-6036 or at janisjolly22@gmail.com.

UUF Collecting Items for the Homeless Shelters

Our congregation continues to collect needed items for La Crosse-area homeless shelters and centers. Right now, they especially need these things:

* Women’s underwear (sizes medium and small)

* Men’s and women’s socks (black crew socks are great)

* Body wash (large containers, to keep in shelters’ showers)

*Bug Repellent

Other items are also useful: large bottles of 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, bar soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, snacks, and easy-to-heat food. The collection box tends to wander a bit but is currently lurking in the fellowship’s coffee area. There are also lists of needed items, if you want to take one with you.

Questions? Contact Ellen Severson at EllenQofSheba@gmail.com.

Hamilton Elementary can use your Box Tops for Education

Do you save Box Tops for Education? If you don’t already save Box Tops for another school, you may be throwing away a little extra help that Hamilton Elementary School can use. Box Tops are found on hundreds of General Mills products throughout the grocery store and on some office supplies. You can look on your cereal, Kleenex, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, packaged foods and garbage bags—and bring your Box Tops to the Fellowship. There is an envelope on the bulletin board in the kitchen where you can place Box Tops. If you have questions, please contact Deborah-Eve @ uueducation.lax@gmail.com

 Being Thankful and Giving Thanks

We, as a congregation, would like to further our efforts to promote love, compassion, and gratitude within our fellowship. In our lobby, there are markers and pieces of paper. Feel free to write down what you are thankful for or a short thank you to someone our congregation. Then, put the note in our former suggestion box and Rachel will add it to an upcoming order of service. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”-Randy Pausch. 


Upcoming Services

11/5/17  “Service of Remembrance and Healing”   with Rev. Dean Staffanson

Please consider this an opportunity to build your resilience capacity.  This special service is a time of remembrance for loved ones who have died. Part of the service is a ritual that includes lighting candles for those we want to remember and honor. If you like, you may bring a photo or small memento to be placed on our altar. This annual service is inspired by similarly themed cultural expressions that occur at this time of year, such as the Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Reverend Dean Staffanson has served terminally ill patients and their families for fourteen years as a hospice chaplain for the Gundersen Health System. He is an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister, and received his Master of Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana.  


 Please check the weekly enews and website for confirmation and more information! If you can’t make it on any given Sundaythe UUA’s Church of the Larger Fellowship offers live-streaming Sunday services also. Check it out!