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News From the Red Floors

Dear (Contact First Name) Rev. Schuler

It doesn't seem possible that summer is just about over. The Badgers are back on the gridiron this weekend, school will be back in session on Tuesday and our own education programs for kids and adults commence a week from now. No Saturday service tomorrow, but at 4:30 next week the Landmark Auditorium will be rocking again.

For those who are sticking around this Labor Day weekend, we've got some great music scheduled for Sunday services. Folk singer and UU Joe Jenks will be sharing a few numbers from his vast repertoire of labor songs -- the perfect complement to my reflections on Unitarian Universalism's historic contributions to the cause of worker justice.     

See you at the Meeting House!

Summer Fun * This week is the last Summer Fun session of 2014, and that means it's Sundae Sunday! Join us for ice cream and games in Courtyard ABC after the children are released for classes. Sign up with Sara as you arrive.

Donations for CRE * Our CRE classes begin September 6 and 7 and your supply donations from our Giving Tree will soon be in the hands of our kids! If you would like to donate supplies, you can pick up a "supply chalice"with a suggested donation at the Giving Tree by the RE table in the Commons, purchase the supplies, and return them to the donation box. The tree will be available until classes begin.Questions? Contact Deb Mies at /REprogramcoordinator.

CRE needs adult-size shoe boxes * For those of you who couldn't resist buying yourself a pair of shoes while school shopping for your kids, we welcome any adult-size shoe boxes with lids. Our K-1st grade Treasure Hunting kids will be making treasure boxes from them and we'd like to have some extras for our visiting children. You can drop them off in the donation box at the RE table in the Commons.

Our dynamic FUS choirs

invite new members!  
For Children and Youth:
All Children's and Youth choirs begin
rehearsing on Wednesday, September 3
  • The Cherub Choir (age 4 through 2nd grade) 6:30 p.m.
  • the Choristers (grades 4 - 8) at 7 p.m.
  • and the Teen Choir at 7:45 p.m. Please note the new times.  
You can just show up for a rehearsal, or contact Heather Thorpe /directorchildrenchoir for more information. Rehearsals are in the Music Rehearsal Room at the end of the hall just past the Atrium Auditorium's Baby Haven.
We need Adult Singers!
  • The Meeting House Chorus will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 3, at 7 p.m.
  • The Society Choir will begin rehearsals on Thursday, September 4, at 7 p.m.  
Both choirs welcome new singers, and the Society Choir especially needs basses, but sopranos, altos and tenors are most welcome too! Singing in choirs is beneficial for so many reasons - give it a try!
Need more information? Contact Dan Broner at
/musicdirector or 233-9774, ext. 121.

Women's Alliance is September 3 * Women, mostly of retirement age, will meet to lunch and learn together at noon in the Community Room (note room change) at Oakwood Village West, Mineral Point Road, on Wednesday, September 3. Paid reservations for this catered meal must be made by August 29. To save a place or for information call 836-5616 or 831-2075. The guest speaker will be FUS member and Assemblywoman Chris Taylor. Newcomers and guests are invited. See the bulletin board at FUS for more information or contact hathewayhasler@gmail.com.

Two chances at Japanese
Crane Movement Meditation!

Two drop-in groups are resuming their practice of this relaxing Qi Gong movement meditation form at FUS, and they invite you to join in.
* The Wednesdays group, led by Bobbi Zehner and Joan Heitman, will resume on September 3. They meet from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. Drop in or contact Joan Heitman at jaheitman@tds.net.
* The Thursdays group will resume September 4. They meet in the Gaebler Living Room at 5 p.m. Drop in or contact Ann Schaffer at 232-0004/annieschaffer@uwalumni.com.

New Sacred Earth Spirituality Chalice Group Forming
If you find yourself drawn to earth-centered spiritual traditions, please consider joining this newly forming chalice group. Contact Skyler at finn.and.skyler@gmail.com or 203-5753 for more information.

Fall Circle Suppers * Registration for Fall Circle Suppers closes Friday, September 5! These small informal pot luck meals are great. Details on how, when, who, and more are all available at /circles or contact Dawn Stucki, the Circle Suppers Coordinator, at 849-8078 or destucki@tds.net.

Women In Transition Group Meetings * The Women In Transition Group will start meeting again on Monday, September 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Courtyard D. We will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. We offer support and companionship to any woman who is experiencing or anticipating a transition. Amy Kell and Dorit Bergen will be the facilitators for the group this year. Any questions, please call Dorit at 279-4414.

Membership Book Signing * Are you ready to become a member here at the First Unitarian Society? Our September Membership Book Signing will be held on Sunday, September 14, at 12:30 p.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 September 10 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears, jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116.You will be mailed information to complete.

Wondering about Unitarian
Universalism and FUS?

Two "New UU" orientation classes will be available this early fall. Each class will consist of four sessions. The first class is offered on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning September 14 and on September 21, 28 and October 5. Childcare is offered. The second class will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on October 9,16 and 23 and 30.
     New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of FUS. During the four weekly meetings, you will have the opportunity to:
  • get acquainted with other curious adults,
  • learn about Unitarian Universalism and the organization of the Society,
  • explore whether your beliefs and values are consonant with UU,
  • consider your next steps to deeper involvement at First Unitarian Society.
Registration is available in the Commons or at /newuu.

MOSAIC: Making Our
Selves Alive in Community
Beginning this fall, our community will have a new and innovative path toward building relationships and strengthening connections through small groups here at FUS.
   MOSAIC is a monthly gathering that invites people to discuss and delve more deeply into our monthly worship themes. On the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium, we will come together to explore and expand our understanding of each topic. The evening will begin with a welcome and introduction by Rev. Kelly Crocker, followed by small group discussions.
      Join us Monday, September 22 as we explore the theme of simplicity.
Questions? Contact Jeanne Sears /memberprogramscoordinator.

Peace & Justice Book Club * Next meeting: Monday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard C. Book:  A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. Many library copies are free to be checked out. Questions: e-mail or call Carole Briggs at 333-2723 or gone.knitting@hotmail.com.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday September 23, in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss David Abram's book: The Spell of the Sensuous. Contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 for more information.

Job/Career Networking Group Resumes * The monthly meetings of the FUS employment support group will start on Thursday, September 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard C.This informal drop-in group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month and offers caring and insightful help to anyone who faces a change in their job or career. Come share your stories and concerns so we can all learn together.

Select to Connect Events Coming In!

  • How does a Souper Sunday sound? That is soup and conversation after the 11 a.m. service at Mary & Joe Murphy's home.
  • Or, Amuse Bouche: A Tasteful Journey at Jen Gaber and Bart Terrell's home? This event last year sold out in a flash!
  • Or, Birding & Brunch with Trudy Karlson and Dave Weber? Also a repeat from last year that sold out quickly!
So, have you given any thought to one you might donate? It can be as simple as you want it to be, offering the opportunity to make connections. Events must be scheduled between November 1 and April 1. The deadline to submit your event is Wednesday, October 1, so go to /select right now. Questions? Call Sally at 233-9774 ext. 123 or drop her a message at /developmentdirector.

Child Dedications * Dedication Ceremonies will be held during all three services on the weekend of October 4 and 5.  A child dedication is a uniquely UU naming ceremony. It offers the opportunity to celebrate these young lives, welcome them to our community, and offer our blessing to them and their family. For more information, please contact Rev. Kelly Crocker at /MCL or 233-9774, ext. 112. More at /child-dedications.

The Fall Adult Education
Catalog - Now in Your Hands!  

The Fall Adult Education catalog has arrived!
Not to be missed...
  • Rev. Kelly Crocker is offering a workshop on forgiveness
  • Rev. Michael Schuler will introduce us to the Abrahamic religions
  • Janet Swanson and Sasha Ostrom, ministerial intern, will lead an afternoon women's retreat.
  • The beloved film series returns with Rev. Michael and Trina Schuler as they engage us in film and discussion about Healing and Reconcilliation.
Curious about the rest of the classes? Take a look at the catalog!   

Our fall semester begins with the following programs in September:

"Letting Go - Contemplative Practices for Living and Dying" FUS is sponsoring a one-day retreat with Steven Spiro, Karen Reppen and Grant Abert on Saturday, September 6, 9 to 4:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium.  The cost is $50 pledged/$60 for non-pledged. Information and registration is available at /practices or by contacting Janet Swanson, Director of Adult Spiritual Programs, at 233-9774 ext. 131 or /DAE.

End of Life Planning Series begins Monday, September 15
Are You Prepared? Join Madison estate, special needs planning, and elder law attorney Heather Wilson as she explores alternatives for financial, estate, and charitable planning.  The series will continue with Advanced Health Care planning, October 30 and Grief Explored, November 17.

An Evolution Forum: Pre-forums on September 23 and 30
We're exploring evolution in a 2014-15 forum. Our eight monthly programs will be led by guest professors and Rev. Scott Prinster will join us in November.
To provide background, we have two pre-forums, which are free and open to the public. FUS member Mara McDonald will lead "What is Evolution?" on September 23 and FUS member Nick Schweitzer will lead "Evolution in the Courts," on September 30. Check the catalog for our schedule; register for programs individually or for the entire forum.

For more information and to register for these and other classes, grab a copy of our catalog (copies available in the Commons), visit our AE webpages at /adult-ed. Questions? Contact Deb Mies at /REprogramcoordinator or 233-9774, ext. 114.

Fall Circle Suppers registration is open! Circles are a great way to get to know people at FUS. It's basically a rotating pot luck dinner. Click to learn more! [more]
“Liberal Religion and the Laboring Classes” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister On this Labor Day Sunday, we’ll see how our forebears responded to the question “Which side are you on?” [more]
“Finding Simplicity in a World of Complexity” by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life At first glance it appears that our modern culture is all about more – more activities, more stuff, more of everything. More is good, right? [more]
Great new classes are starting at FUS. Join us! [more]
‘Select to Connect’ is an FUS program made up of simple events donated by members, friends, parishioners, staff, and people like you. [more]