E-news/Bulletin Items

If you have an item to add to the weekly e-news or to Sunday bulletins, please email our a/v technician, Giorgia Brennan at brennan.giorgia@gmail.com by 8 a.m. Wednesday 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!

June 25th, 2017–Race the Power of an Illusion Pt. 3-The House We Live In

If race doesn’t exist biologically, what is it? And why should it matter? Our final episode, “The House We Live In,” is the first film about race to focus not on individual attitudes and behavior but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others. Its subject is the “unmarked” race: white people. We see how benefits quietly and often invisibly accrue to white people, not necessarily because of merit or hard work, but because of the racialized nature of our laws, courts, customs, and perhaps most pertinently, housing.

 Service Recordings

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

June Special Collection- Black Lives of UU

Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black UUs and works to expand the roles and visibility of Black UUs within our faith. We recognize every person as an important member of the human family. Racism must end if we want to create fair and loving communities. We work to end racial discrimination and in justice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. Please make checks out to “UUA ” with “Black Lives of UU” on memo line, or place cash in the specially marked envelopes.

RE News

“We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!

So, open your mouth, lad!

For every voice counts!” (Horton Hears a Who)

Summer Sundays at UU Fellowship of La Crosse are for kids too! Then, During each Sunday when a service is scheduled in June and August, K-5 learners will gather to explore Dr. Seuss books from a UU perspective!

Since Theodore Geisel published his first children’s book in1937 (And To Think Thank I Saw It On Mulberry Street) and used the pseudonym “Dr. Seuss,” children and adults alike have been captivated by his whimsical characters and imaginative tales.

But Dr. Seuss’ stories are more than just catchy poems; they often wrestle with serious philosophical and moral dilemmas. Geisel said that “there’s an inherent moral in any story,” and remarked that he was “subversive as hell.”

For example, Horton Hatches the Egg (1940) asks us to ponder the very essence of life, and the The Lorax (1971) raises issues concerning the environment and asks readers to consider consumerism and morality. The Sneetches (1961) takes on racial equality, The Butter Battle Book (1984) questions the outcome of an arms race, Yertle the Turtle (1958) topples authoritarianism and hierarchy, and Horton Hears a Who! (1950) questions isolationism and anti-internationalism.

Each Sunday is an opportunity for learners to explore big questions through fun activities and also enjoy being together.



The Butter Battle Book

Do you sometimes fight over small things like whose team is #1 or what’s the best way to do something? Can small disagreements lead to bigger conflicts? Our #1 UU principle states that we want a world where all people and their opinions are treated respectfully and principle #7 helps us think about building a fair and peaceful world. What are some peaceful ways to deal with angry feelings?


The Lorax

What do you know about extinct animals? How can we protect our environment? What does conservation mean? How can we learn to take care of our universe and practice our #7 UU principle? What does it mean to be “a child of the earth?” Do you think we should care about the results of our actions?


If I Ran the Zoo

There are many unusual types of animals. What animals have you seen? How would you take care of them? What would you do if you ran the zoo? How can you help to take care of our world and everything living on it? How can we live the idea of UU principle #7? How are we interdependent with other species?


Horton Hatches the Egg

Have you worked really hard to get something done? Did you feel proud when you were finished? Or have you had to wait and wait for something to happen? Does it feel really good when you finish something that is uniquely yours? Our #4 UU principle is about searching for what is true. What is so true to you that you would face ridicule?


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

 We Are Hiring!

The Fellowship seeks a quarter time Music Director to lead its music ministry.  This position is responsible for directing the choir, playing piano at Sunday services, and selecting   service music.  Candidates must have a degree in music or related experience; high level piano skills; ability to lead rehearsals and direct a choir; 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@uulacrosse.org.  

Application form is available at www.uulacrosse.orThe UU Fellowship of La Crosse is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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.


UUF Collecting Items for the Homeless

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

AIM Team Looking for Members

We are looking for members for our Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Team. The Fellowship is in phase II of the AIM certification process to become a certified congregation working towards the full engagement of people with disabilities and their families in our congregation, providing support and action. For more information on the goals of an AIM congregation and the certification process, please visit http://www.uua.org/accessibility/aim If you are interested in being a member of our AIM team, please contact Rachel Carter at coordinator@uulacrosse.org or 608-498-9603.

 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. For more information, contact Rachel Carter at coordinator@uulacrosse.org.

Upcoming Services


August Services 
The August 6, 13, and 20th Sunday Services will follow a similar pattern to June services with an opportunity for personal growth and learning about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, or queer.  The first three weeks in August will also start at 9:30 and are scheduled to go until 11:00.  
August 6  – Fellowship member Deborah Buffton will provide an overview the LGBTQ movement.
August 13 – Fellowship member Will VanRoosenbeek will share information and insight on the ongoing evolution of LGBTQ identity.
August 20 – Attendees of the Fellowship will be invited to ask questions of a panel of individuals which will be led by Will VanRoosenbeek.
During this time of elevated fear, concern and increased hate crimes, the Sunday Service and Music Team with input from the Fellowship, believe it’s of utmost importance to become better community members by learning with and from each other.
Summer services end on August 27th with another familiar service linked to the Folk Festival involving Reverend Krista and musician Bill Miller.  

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!