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!

December 17th, 2017–When Hope Shimmers with Rev. Krista Taves (Evening Service at 5pm)

Sometimes hope doesn’t give us a choice. It lovingly beckons us into the promise of renewal. In this special evening service we will recommit ourselves to a hope that is stronger than any evil, any disappointment, any tragedy.

Special Collection: New Horizons

New Horizons is a shelter for individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. The shelter remains open 24/7, 365 days a year for those in need of its services. Through community donations, New Horizons is able to provide families with clothing and personal care items. Our UU First Principle calls on us to honor the dignity and worth of each person…linking our community to those who have experienced abuse is one way we honor that principle. Please place your checks made out to “New Horizons” in the Sunday Service collection basket, or put cash in the specially marked envelope in the basket.

Annual Giving Tree

Once again we are providing gifts for two families.  One from New Horizons and one from the La Crosse Area Family Collaborative.  Here’s how it works.  Take a tag or two from the tree, (placed in the front of the sanctuary)  and purchase the item indicated.  The greatest need is clothes this year.   Wrap the item and label with the name of the individual.  Or reuse the tag, since it has the name on it.  If you would rather give gift cards that is fine too.  These gifts mean a lot to the families.  New Horizons shared a story with me: we gave herb plants to someone a few years ago and that woman still has them, and still uses them.

Last day to bring the wrapped item to the Fellowship is December 17th.  ( evening service) 

Questions?  Ask Ingrid iiverson@uwlax.edu

  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 December is Barb McPeak. You may reach her at bj_mcpeak@charter.net.

 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.

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.

Unitarian Universalist – Me Too

As we say before sharing joys and concerns  – “We are a caring community where we share special joys which lift our hearts, and sorrows which bring us pain. In these times, we are heard.  When we are heard, we are honored; When we are honored, we are healed”.  The Sunday Service and Music Team believes most women in the Fellowship have experienced harassment or  violence within her lifetime.  To honor the trauma experienced by the women in the Fellowship and in solidarity with the “Me Too” movement, the Sunday Service and Music Team is planning a service for January 14th that will anonymously tell the story of our members.  A small group of women will read the stories during the service.  We want to tell your story during the service.  Those submitting the stories will remain confidential.  Each submission should be between 1-3 minutes in length and may be edited as we want to read any many stories as possible.  To submit your story, please connect with Jane Klekamp.  Jane’s phone number is 608.386.0833.  Her email is janeklekamp@gmail.com and address is 2218 Cass Street.  She is also able to sit with you to take notes on your story for use in the service if that works best for you. 

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.

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. Childcare provided with advance notice.

If you’re interested, contact Becky Post (choir@uulacrosse.org).


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.

Continuing Collection for Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters

Cold weather is coming! La Crosse-area homeless centers and shelters currently need the following items:

  • Women’s underwear (new, please)
  • Men’s and women’s socks, especially WARM socks!
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (large containers are best)
  • Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors
  • Bath towels and washcloths (OK if gently used)
  • Bar soap, feminine hygiene products
  • Snacks and easy-to-heat food

Our fellowship collects items for the centers and shelters, including New Horizons women’s and children’s shelter. Volunteers make sure donations are delivered regularly to the right places. Our collection box is usually found in the coffee prep area of the fellowship.

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

12/24/17-No Service (Happy Holidays)

12/31/17-No Service (Happy New Year)

 1/07/18— “Life As  A Ho-Chunk Woman In La Crosse” with Tracy Littlejohn

Tracy Littlejohn, a Home School Coordinator for the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Social Services Department in the La Crosse Youth and Learning Center,” will provide a personal perspective from a lesser heard-from culture and how it influences her interaction with the world around her.”  She will address her subject from the perspective of living in La Crosse as a child, adult and mother. As a traditional Ho-Chunk, the cultural differences she faces in mainstream society play a significant role in how she works with Native youth. She will also touch on how the past has a profound effect on her life, her family and Native Americans in general.

 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!