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 coordinator, 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!

August 27th, 2017–930am service at Great River Folk Fest Grounds with Grammy Award Winner Bill Miller and Rev. Krista Taves (No Service at the Fellowship)

Three-time Grammy Award Winner Bill Miller will bring his musical talents and life experiences to a gathering of our Fellowship ​at Riverside Park, near the  ​”Hiawatha” statue​​.  Reverend Krista will be doing ​the lead-in. Chairs will be provided. ​ There is tent cover, so the event should be able to be held there whether we have rain or shine.​ We’ll start promptly at 9:30! In case of ​severe​  weather, the service w​ould be moved to the Fellowship; ​an email chain will be activated around 8:30 a.m. if needed to let you know. ​If you’re not familiar with Bill’s poignant songwriting and his excellent musicianship, here’s a link: ​


 Service Recordings

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

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.


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  August is Barb McPeak. You may reach her at bj_mcpeak@charter.net or 608-780-9035.

 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.

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.


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.

 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


September 3rdNO SERVICE (Labor Day Weekend)

9/10/17-Water and Rock Ceremony

The ingathering is the kick-off of the church year for our congregation. Our congregation includes the Water Communion ritual in this service. This ritual involves congregants who have brought small amounts of water to the service, taken from special places they have been over the summer. Or the water is collected from a rainstorm or is otherwise significant or symbolic in some way. They can pour the water into a large bowl and in turn take some home as a reminder of the Fellowship.  The La Crosse Fellowship has a tradition of including rocks in this ritual so feel free to bring a rock from your yard or a camping trip. The rocks are used in the joys and concerns portion of Sunday Service.  As the summer ends, we will hold our annual ingathering on September 10th with Fellowship member Keith Belzer leading the service.  Have a great summer.


 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!