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News From the Red Floors

Rev. Schuler Greetings on this Easter weekend!  Although our regular  Saturday services are cancelled (Friday Vespers took precedence), we will again offer three opportunities for worship on Sunday morning.

If you are planning to attend with younger children, the Atrium Auditorium is where you'll want to be at 9:00.  Kelly Crocker,  Sara Goodman and our children's choirs have planned a delightful family service for your pleasure and edification.   Then, at both 9 and 11:00 services for a more mature audience will be held in the historic Landmark Auditorium.   Stirring music by a brass ensemble will complement a message that marries Easter to Earth Day and pays homage not only to Jesus, but to one of Wisconsin's most prescient modern prophets.  Curious?   I guarantee we'll give you something to talk about over Easter brunch.

Oh...and remember to order tickets for next Friday's gala "Spring Fling" fun and fund raiser in the Atrium Addition


Spring Fling is coming up in a week - Friday, April 25th, 6:30-10 PM!
Tickets are $25 per person if purchased before Wednesday April 23rd and will be $30 at the door.  Do not miss this magical night at FUS!   Great food, good music, silent and live auctions and more!
Auction items must be submitted by Sunday, April 20th to be included in the catalogue.
Interested in helping?  Lots of volunteers opportunities are still open. Stop by the Spring Fling table for more information or go to/Spring-Fling!

NO CRE Classes this Sunday  Parents, please note that there are no Children's Religious Education classes this Sunday because of the Easter holiday.

Easter Egg Hunt  Don't miss this year's Easter Egg Hunt for children pre-K - 5th grade. The egg hunt will start right after the Family Easter Service, which should end around 10 a.m. Kids start out in Courtyard Classrooms A and B, hunt our grounds for Easter eggs, and then trade in their eggs for a goodie bag. Children can bring their own basket or borrow one of ours. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. We'll be HOP-py to see you there!

Together/Apart: Talking Across the Social Divide
One of the most difficult things to talk about in America is race.  All manner of things get in our way, yet to become the community we aspire to be - to take on education, housing, crime and our larger economic challenges - we have to talk about what keeps us divided. For more than 20 years, award-winning journalist Keith Woods, National Public Radio's vice president for diversity, has helped community leaders, journalists, college professors and students to meet this tough conversation straight on and to find a better way to talk across difference. He'll be joined by a distinguished eight-person panel to talk about the social divide in the Madison area at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at First Unitarian Society.  Woods' Madison visit will include working with local journalists and is sponsored by The Capital Times and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Our next Noon Musicale is on Friday,  April 25, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. The Musicale will feature Kassia & Friends.
Kassia is the soprano duo of Susan Savage Day and Rebekah Demaree.Joining them will be pianist Sharon Jensen, violinist Carol Carlson,trumpeter David Cooper and bassoonist Thomas Taylor Dickey.

Register for 2014-15 Children's Religious Education
Registration for next Fall's Children's Religious Education classes is now open. You can register at /cre-registration or pick up a form at the R.E. Table in the Commons. Register soon! It will save you money and is very helpful in planning next year.  As always, we need plenty of teachers. Please consider volunteering to teach. Questions? Leslie Ross, at /DRE.

Shawl Ministry Drop-in  Evening drop-ins resume this month. Evening drop-ins are the third Monday of the months of April-October.  Join us in the Atrium Library on Monday, April 21.  Our gatherings are relaxed and informal, and newcomers are always welcome.  Questions? contact us at /shawl.

Spiritual Topics Book Group  The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss John Allen Jr.'s book: Opus Dei. For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

Annual Campaign  We base both our future budget and current spending on pledge coming in, and payments on those pledges.  As of Mid-April, about 22% of pledged contributions still need to come in for our current fiscal year.  We are also waiting for about 40% of pledges to be made by members for the 2014-15 year.  To learn more about our system, visit http://fusmadison.org/ACfaq

Connecting with Youth in a Meaningful Way  The Children's Religious Education program is currently recruiting teachers for next Fall's school year. Two of our classes-Mind, Body and Soul for 8th graders and Coming of Age for 9th graders-provide opportunities to connect with our youth in ways that are meaningful to their spiritual, physical, and emotional development. Teaching these classes is a privilege that has enriched many lives among us. Would you be interested in signing on to teach one of these classes? If so, please contact Leslie Ross, /DRE, to learn more details.

Spring Clean Up Day!  FUS Spring Clean-up day is on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come with gloves and a willing spirit. Meet on the grounds between the Atrium and the Landmark.

Advance Care Planning Session  The End-of-Life Ministry Team is hosting an advance care planning presentation for members of our congregation coordinated by 'Honoring Choices Wisconsin.' Rev. Ralph Tyksinski and Jim Jaeger will speak on "Advance Care Planning: What It is, Why It's Important and Completing an Advance Care Directive."The presentation will be Sunday, April 27, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. More information? Nancy at nancejohnson@msn.com or Jim at jim@jaegerfamily.us. To register, sign up in the Commons or contact Kelly at fusmadison.org/ministerRE or 233-9774 ext 112.

Honor Earth Day at FUS on Sunday, April 27  Meet the representatives from the FUS Water Sentinels and other environmental groups in the Commons after both services. Outside, meet the FUS Gardening Group and get a free bike check-up from Budget Bicycle.

Interested in Becoming an FUS Member? Our April Membership Book Signing will be held on Sunday, April 27th at 12:30p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. If you have UU background or have taken the New UU series, we invite you to join us. Please RSVP before April 23rd to our Coord. of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears (jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 Ext. 116).  You will be mailed information to complete before the book signing. If you have any questions about membership, let's talk!

20s & 30s Group Sunday Brunch April 27  Meet immediately after the 9 a.m. service, upstairs by the name tags, or at The Great Dane, downtown at 10:45 a.m. RSVP to Elizabeth Bohuski, ebohuski@gmail.com.

Peace & Justice Book Club  Next book club meeting: April 28 at 7 p.m. Courtyard B. Book: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin.  There will be no May meeting as the 4th Monday is Memorial Day.  June 23 book:  The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, by Jean Theoharis.

FUS Gardeners  Join the FUS Gardeners and enjoy the fun of meeting new people, making new friends and keeping the FUS grounds beautiful. We work every Thursday beginning May 1 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. There is always something to do, from pulling weeds to pruning shrubs. Someone is always there to help you to determine if it is a weed or an orchid. We need experts too. Please e-mail your name to Nancy R. nanragland@att.net.

Seeking housing possibilities for our 2014-15 ministerial intern  We will have a new intern joining us in August. We will more formally introduce Sasha Ostrum in the summer, but for now we are helping her find leads to an apartment and job possibilities for her partner.  They are looking for a 1-2 bedroom cat-friendly apartment for under $900/month, beginning in June or July. Sasha's partner will be looking for clerical work. Contact Lorna Aaronson with any leads: lorna464@gmail.com.

Addressing Income Inequality  How did this happen? How bad is it? What are the options to fix it?  Join us for a forum on Thursday, May 8th from 7 pm to 9:15 pm in the Gaebler Living Room.  Join Dr. Robert Haveman, Progressive Representative Chris Taylor and Conservative Economist Larry Kaufmann for three diverse viewpoints. Email Merrilee Pickett at mpickett@wisc.edu to save a spot.

Annual Peace Pole Planting event May 10 and 11th is Mother's Day weekend and before Hallmark came along it was originally conceived of as a peace holiday after the civil war. They will be planted along University Bay Drive prior to the Saturday afternoon service. Children and their families are invited to sign up and adopt one to be decorated between and after the services. Please sign up in the Commons area by the Social Justice table, call Roz Woodward at 251-1074 or email at
rozw@tds.net so she knows how many to have available.

Calling all High School Seniors! Our Youth Service on Sunday, May 11, at 11 a.m. will include a Bridging Ceremony. Bridging is a Unitarian Universalist Rite of Passage in which we honor our high school seniors, thank them for their contributions to our community in their time here, and give them our blessing for their continued journey, wherever it may lead them.  If you would like to participate please RSVP to Rev. Kelly by May 1 at /ministerRE or 233-9774, ext. 112.

Contemplative Practices Around Death and Dying On Tuesday evenings, May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, Steven Spiro, an ordained Buddhist Chaplain, and Karen Reppen, a hospice volunteer and teacher about death and dying, are returning to present another session of their experiential program, Contemplative Practices around Death and Dying. This programs offers a safe, gentle, and supportive opportunity to explore and discover aspects of death and dying. The class will meet in the Hearthroom and explore the letting go process through guided meditations, Qigong, breath practices, experiential exercises, writing, discussion, and readings.  The fee is $30 pledged/$40 non-pledged. Register at /ae-classes or send a check to FUS c/o RE Program Coordinator.  

Adult Education is Accepting Course Proposals
Do you have an idea for a course you would like to offer fellow FUS members? Do you have a passion that you want to share with others? Adult Education is currently accepting course proposals for our fall semester (September - December 2014). If you have an idea, please contact Janet Swanson at janets@fusmadison.org or 233-9774, ext. 131. Proposals are due by May 15.  

Baseball Game! FUS has three visions of ministry, which includes building deeper connections within our community and between our members. In this spirit, please join over 100 FUS members at a Mallards baseball game on Thursday, June 5. Your $10 game ticket includes food and a Mallards hat. Tailgate starts a 4 p.m., with first pitch at 7 p.m. RSVP to jeannes@fusmadison.org.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser-That's Amore!
We interrupt our regular FUS potluck to bring you...  Standing on the side of love, Italian style! The Saturday Compass Points class invites you to a fabulous Italian dinner to raise funds for homeless youth in Dane County.  Join us on May 10th at 6pm for a delicious meal of RP's famous pasta, meat-full and meat-less meatballs, salad, bread, and punch all served by the conscientious and capable Compass Points waitstaff.  All proceeds will be given to Make Room for Youth (MRFY).Join us as we eat, drink and raise funds to show the kids of Dane County that we stand on the side of love.

Happy Easter!

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