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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
March 26th, 2017–Forward into the Garden of Eden with Rev. Krista Taves
All religions have some sense of what the perfect state of being looks like. Buddhism has nirvana, where all things become one. In Judaism it is when God and the people live in perfect covenant. In Christianity, there are multiple understandings of what it takes to recreate the Garden of Eden. Unitarian Universalism, with its roots in liberal Christianity and its modern multifaith identity, also has a sense of where we should be heading. It’s called Beloved Community.
Please follow this link https://soundcloud.com/uuflacrosse to listen to past Sunday services.
March Special Collection-Family & Children’s Center
The March Special Collection will be to benefit the Family & Children’s Center. FCC is a regional, 501(c)3 agency that provides a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote the well-being of children. Their services include alternative schools, community-based and home-based counseling, and residential options. Their centers throughout the region have more than 300 professional staff. There is a strong focus on child abuse and neglect prevention. Donating funds to this agency that aims to strengthen children and their families is a way to invest in our future.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.fcconline.org
The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, contacting Rev. Taves for personal support, 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 March is Kathy Schnitzius. You may reach her at email@example.com.
How can liberals find happiness?
So how do liberals find happiness? These are some places I’ve witnessed happiness in the last four months:
1) Really good movies. There are some awesome movies that break new ground, movies and inspire hopefulness. Some really good ones are Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Some of them face really hard issues, but the overriding message is one of hope. The human spirit can always heal.
Building Use Reminder
If you have a key to the UU Fellowship building and need to enter the building for any reason, please remember that you are responsible for re-locking the door and for checking all other outside doors to verify that they are locked and closed before you leave.
There are two host sites for March 18 and two for April 29. Please find sign up sheets on the back table in kitchen.
Ingrid Iverson and Milo Velimirovic are hosting a circle supper on the 18th at 6 pm at their home. There is still room for 3 more adults and children are welcome. Contactiiverson@uwlax.edu for more information.
Margaret Dihlman-Malzer and Ron Malzer at 331 28th Street South are also holding a circle supper on the 18th (time TBA) and they have 6 more open spots. Contact Ron firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are looking for a minimum of 4 hosts per date (but more might be considered if interest is high), meaning people who are willing to open their home to a potluck for 6 to 12 people. The host will provide the main course, but will not be held responsible for specialty diets unless they want to. Those who sign up under a host will also sign up to bring something to contribute to the meal, and if you have a special diet you will be able to bring something that meets those requirements. It needs to be easy for the host, the focus being on the fellowship among those who gather. It will be assumed that these are adult gatherings unless a host explicitly welcomes children, which would be wonderful.
If you wish to be a host, please email the date, number of people you can have as guests, if you live in a disability accessible home, what you will be making for a main course, your name, address and email, arrival time for guests, and any other information you feel would be helpful. Sign-up sheets will be made available at the fellowship in the coffee area. If you don’t attend on Sundays, please email Rachelcoordinator@uulacrosse.org to sign up. Once we have the slots filled for a given date, the hosts will get a list and can take over communication with guests from there.
I have very fond memories of these suppers when we did them long ago, and I made some lasting friendships. My hope is that Circle Suppers can once again become part of what we do to nurture the bonds between us and to reach out to others. Let’s give it a whirl! Email me if you have any questions email@example.com or 608-385-2056 (If you text me, please identify yourself. Thanks.)
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The book we will be reading and talking about is Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:00 to 7:30, with our next gathering April 18, 2017, at UU Fellowship (use north side door). Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Barbara McPeak, (608) 780-9035 or email@example.com . Please note May 16 will be the last meeting for the book group.
“Living Well in the City: Together We Can!” 2017 La Crosse Mayor’s Neighborhood Expo
Mayor Tim Kabat would like to invite members of the La Crosse community to take part in the 4th Annual La Crosse Mayor’s Neighborhood Expo. This year’s FREE Expo will take place Saturday, March 25th from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the La Crosse Center, South Hall, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI.
Are you 70-1/2, with an IRA?
Did you know that a direct charitable contribution from the IRA counts toward your Required Minimum Distribution? The amount donated is not taxable. You can talk to a member of the finance committee (Margaret Dihlmann-Malzer, Dave Long, Drew Neve or Phil Sandberg) for an overview, but remember we are not tax professionals. Please see your tax professional to facilitate a contribution.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To say that you merely admire or respect a book could feel a bit insulting because we’re more likely to say we LOVE books that stir our emotions! What books and words do you LOVE? This multigenerational service is an opportunity to share some of the words you hold dear and experience those of members and friends.
In “Loving Literature: A Cultural History,” Deidre Shauna Lynch, professor of English at Harvard, shows us that for a long time, people didn’t love literature. Many readers believed that they read with their heads, not their hearts and they were unsettled by the idea of readers becoming emotionally attached to books and writers. However, Lynch writes—that over the century roughly between 1750 and 1850—reading became a “private and passional” activity, as opposed to a “rational, civic-minded” one.
No matter your numerical age, during this service you are invited to display books (or other forms if necessary) that you are most passionate about. We’ll create a temporary book display to celebrate how our UU community is founded on loving alike, even if we don’t always think, read or feel alike. The service will incorporate stories and samples along with time to be together. If you can’t select just one example, bring two—and all ages are invited to come dressed as a favorite character or in celebration of reading.
*A Multigenerational Service is designed to engage multiple learning styles and include everyone—from youngsters to elders—in a shared Unitarian Universalist experience. This is one of the ways that we model and visualize our desire to coexist in difference. Everyone is invited to join in mind, heart and spirit for a service with participation, choir, and a surprise or two!
Unitarian Universalists may resonate with ancient scripture as poetry even if we do not regard it as fact. The Easter story is poetry of fear and loss, human grief and hope and persistence. In the northern hemisphere seasonal changes mix with ancient rituals that touch this history, our memory and our very bodies. Each touch is a gift.
Reverend Pescan is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and a member of our Fellowship along with her partner, Reverend Ann Tyndall.