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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
February 27 to March 6, 2015

Dear Neighbor...   

Although winter has not yet ended, a few things are drawing to a close as February rolls on into March. The month of sweet valentines, rich chocolates and the celebration of love in all forms is ending, along with the month of cute-if a bit ferocious-little drowsy groundhogs.   

    And our FUS monthly theme of Charity is ending as well, with this final service on the topic, "Beyond Acceptance."  On Saturday, harpsichordist Cullen Chosy will perform the musical offerings, and on Sunday, vocalist Darcie Johnston with jazz pianist Michael BB will sing and play.

See you at the Meeting House!  

- Sasha

Vel Phillips Documentary
and discussion Tonight  
Please join us tonight at 7 pm as we watch the new Wisconsin Public Television documentary "Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams" in the Atrium Auditorium. Doors open at 6. Free and open to the public. Bring your teens!  Childcare provided, for ages 2 and up.  Learn about WI civil rights pioneer Vel Phillips.
     After the one-hour film, Rev. Everett Mitchell will moderate a panel on "Civil Rights Activism: Then and Now," with William Jones, Barbara McKinney, and members of the Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition. If able, please park away from the lot.

The FUS Annual Campaign is starting in earnest this week, and if you make your pledge by Midnight this Sunday, March 1, you'll be entered into a drawing for a one hundred dollar gift certificate to Lombardinos.  You'll find complete information about how we use your contribution, and how your support can change lives in the Commons or at /annual. Ready to pledge? Here's a link! /pledge.

An informational session about Quest, our two-year adult spiritual deepening program, will be held Saturday, February 28, following the worship service, in the Landmark Auditorium. For further information, contact Janet Swanson at /DAE.

Spotlight on Equity * During the month of February, the FUS library will highlight books on racial justice, segregation, racism, and privilege. This is the first month in a series of partnerships between our Library Committee and Social Justice Ministry Teams. Please check out the display and check out the books!

Shawl Ministry * The next drop-in gathering for the Shawl Ministry will be on Monday, March 2, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Atrium Library. To learn more about the work of the Shawl Ministry, or to get in touch with coordinators Dorit Bergen and Lorna Aaronson, please go to /shawl.

Help is needed now from 6:15 to 7:45 a.m. at The Salvation Army shelters for women and children. We need just a few more volunteers to fulfill our partnership. Adults, any gender/orientation are welcome, training provided. Be a helpful presence during breakfast, so that staff can deal with arising needs. Select your mornings during the winter, M-F. Or, rotate in on weekends all year. Currently, our 6 volunteers are overworked! Please call Dorit Bergen 279-4414 or Gail Bliss 231-3511.

An Evolution Forum with Professor Charles Byers
Professor Charles Byers will present, "Evolution of Extinction," with fossil evidence for evolution, on Tuesday, March 3, from 7-9 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. This program is open to the public; we will be accepting a $10 fee at the door.  

We are saddened to announce the death of Shirley Drayton, who struggled with Parkinson's disease for the past ten years. A memorial service for Shirley will be held at 2 p.m. this coming Thursday, March 5, at the Oakwood West chapel on Mineral Point Road. Please join us.

Our next Friday Musicale features the Russian piano duet "Troika."Pianists Vladislava Henderson and Ludmilla Syabrenko will play music of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and more on Friday, March 6, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free!

Needed: New Meeting House Guides
 Friends of the Meeting House guides provided tours to more than 1,000 visitors last year, with income from these tours funding Landmark restoration projects. If you have an interest in Frank Lloyd Wright and his involvement with FUS, are eager to share your knowledge, and have spare time on occasional weekdays or Sundays to give tours, please join our spring training class three Sunday afternoons in April. To sign up or learn more, contact March Schweitzer at marchschw@gmail.com or 231-3941.

Are you interested in Governance Leadership at FUS? Our Nominations committee is talking with members who are curious about leadership positions such as serving on the Board of Trustees or the Board's various committees which include Personnel, Finance and Governance. If you have in interest in supporting the FUS mission and vision in a leadership role, please talk with one of the following members. Sandy Eskrich, Nancy Vedder-Schultz, Rebecca Bernstein, Kari Ehrhardt, or Maureen Friend. Application form at /apply.

Home. "FUS is a supportive community that feels like home. It's inspiring to be in a place with so many who believe that with honest inquiry, a commitment to fairness and justice, and a lot of hard work, better things are possible." - Karen Timberlake and Eric Alvin
To check out frequently asked questions about pledging, please visit /ACfaq.

Looking for some fun this summer? Check out Camp UniStar, a camp for UU individuals and families on Star Island in northern Minnesota's Cass Lake. Campers enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, volleyball, horeshoes, crafts, games, conversing or quietly reading on screen porches. Each week, UniStar offers a theme-centered program on topics such as sailing, yoga, spirituality, music, or the arts. Delicious, healthy meals are included. There are also 2 weeks for youth in mid-June. Pick up brochures at the UniStar display in Commons, visit www.CampUniStar.org or call Amy Schulz at 692-2639. Priority registration deadline is March 7.

Children's RE Program is Hiring! * Do you love to work with children? Our Children's Religious Education Program is accepting applications for two part-time positions-a Child Care Coordinator and a Summer Fun Coordinator. To learn more about these positions, go to /CREjobs.  Application deadlines are March 1 for the Child Care Coordinator position; March 13 for Summer Fun.

Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum!
The votes are in! The official name of this year's spring auction event is: "An Old Fashioned Cabaret" Life is a Cabaret, old chum! Friday, April 24!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a tagline. And, to every one who voted.  Our teams are forming! We have a food team headed up by Dan Bradley, decorations team headed up by Alice Delaquess, entertainment team lead by Michael Schuler & Dan Broner, and kitchen team spearheaded by Ann Puser. All teams will be looking for volunteers. We could also use some help with database work and soliciting items for our auctions. Interested?Contact Sally Bowers /developmentdirector.   

Festival Choir Performs 3/7 at FUS * "Wisconsin Sings" is the theme of the next Festival Choir concert, to be performed at First Unitarian Society on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. There is also a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 (seniors), and $9 (students).  

The 20s & 30s Group Second Sunday Brunch will be March 8. Childcare available with RSVP. Meet after the 11 a.m. service, upstairs by the name tags, or at Bluephies at 12:45 p.m. (DST). RSVP to Elizabeth Bohuski, ebohuski@gmail.com.

Building Cultural Competency with Betsey Day and Harold Gates * Building our new Vision of Ministry around increasing "opportunities for exposure to the rich diversity of human experiences, beliefs, and identities" will take some new skills.  Join in community to expand your awareness at this workshop on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Landmark Auditorium. Fee: $35 pledged/$45 non-pledged.

"Writer as Shaman"with Pamela Johnson and Bridget Birdsall Saturday, March 21 * 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. * Atrium Auditorium
Fee: $50 pledged/$60 non-pledged; includes lunch
The Writer as Shaman is a contemplative learning experience. Participants are invited to enter their own inner world, cultivate imagination, share their stories, and experience the power of words to heal.  No writing experience is needed. More information at /shaman.

Spiritual Topics Book Group
The March meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in Courtyard E at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, March 24. We will discuss American Jesus: How the Son of God became a National Icon by Stephen Prothero. Call Ken Gage at 230-5068 for further information.

Nature as Spiritual Sustenance
An Adult Spring Retreat
Join Retreat Leaders FUS Rev. Michael & Trina Schuler, and their Papillon Sasha at the Serene Pilgrim Center on Green Lake, April 10-12, 2015. Registration is now open. Early Bird Fee of $230 due by March 8. Vegan option. For Retreat information: fusmadison.org/retreat, and register on-line at /ae-registration or contact Deb Mies at 233-9774, ext. 114. Contact Trina at Trinass@gmail.com for questions about the Retreat.

Chaperones Needed for Camp! * A group of 10 FUS teens volunteering this summer July 11 to 17 at Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN. need an adult chaperone. The chaperones' primary responsibility will be to transport and support our teens during the week. They can then choose to help with campers to whatever extent they are comfortable doing so. Our teens, however, will have very structured and full days of service. If you are interested please contact Leslie Ross, our Director of Children's Religious Education, at /DRE.

Help Make the Easter Egg Hunt Happen!
Every year our Children's Religious Education Program offers an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, following the family service. We hide eggs in the playground and prairie area, offer baskets to kids, and then trade them-eggs for goodie bags. We can't make this happen without volunteers! Would you be willing to help out that morning? This year's Easter is on Sunday, April 5. We need people from 9 a.m. until around 11 a.m. (or whenever things are cleaned up). If you'd like to help, contact Leslie Ross at /DRE.

Friday, April 3 Annual FUS Passover Seder
Join us at at 6:30 p.m. for this UU adaptation of a traditional Jewish Seder. It is family-friendly and provides an opportunity to experience a key aspect of Jewish faith and practice. The main dish, soup and beverages are provided for a reasonable fee and participants bring other foods that are available in local stores (e.g. gefilte fish, matzo) or that are made at home using kosher recipes we provide. You may sign-up in the Commons before or after services, or make reservations with Michael Schuler at: michaels@fusmadison.org.

Child Dedications Coming  Up *  A child dedication is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist naming ceremony which offers parents the opportunity to have their child blessed by our congregation, their family, and our ministers. During this time, our congregation commits to help the child grow in ways of love, truth, justice, and peace. Child dedications will be held at all three services on the weekend of April 11 and 12. If you are interested in having a child dedicated please contact Rev. Kelly by calling 233-9774, x. 112 or /MCL.

“Measuring What Matters ” by Rev. Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
Is there an objective way of ascertaining what matters to people? Indeed there is, and I’ll speak more directly to this subject at our services this weekend. [more]
“Just Enough and Not Too Much”
by Kelly J. Crocker,
Minister of Congregational Life

Let us turn our minds and hearts to this theme of moderation and discover together how we can create lives of having, being and doing enough. [more]
Our membership is flush with potential leaders, activists, professionals and people with very particular talents. If you are interested in putting that experience to work for FUS,we need you. [more]