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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
May 22 to 29, 2015
Dear FUS Neighbors

Rev. Schuler
Michael will speak this weekend on "The Moral Equivalent of War."
It is the calm before the holiday weekend storm here on the Red Floors just now.
   Down in the Commons, our Social Justice Coordinator Becky Schigiel and the indefatigable Lisa West and Reenie Euhardy are preparing for the arrival of the replica Solitary Confinement cell we will have here for 2 weeks.It will provide the opportunity to learn experientially about our in-justice system, and I suspect it will open our eyes wide.
   The Rev. Schuler will be speaking this weekend, his topic at right. Many announcements follow. 
    So see you at the Meeting House. We will make some coffee and look for you!

- Harry    

Summer Fun Returns  
this weekend and the always exciting and energetic Abby Whisler is back in the lead! This summer we will be exploring the Picture Book UU curriculum, reading fun stories that highlight our 7 principles and enjoying activities that enhance our fun. Don't be mislead by the name, Summer Fun is still for all kids 4-12. There is no fee, just please sign in with Abby at the Greeter's station before service. Kids attend the beginning of service and are dismissed after the message for all ages. This weekend we will explore the Golden Rule to set the stage for a peaceful and positive summer of Fun!

Lost and Found  
Did you lose a jacket, glove, sweatshirt or other item over this past year? Check out of Lost area and find your items! These will be on display through this weekend and then will be donated if not taken. Questions? See Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs at 233-9774 ext. 116.

Support the UUSC-UUA Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund 
The loss of life and devastation in Nepal from the recent earthquake are truly staggering. Rebuilding is beginning and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association have activated joint emergency response efforts. Donate at http://bit.ly/1EoKoXB.

Child Care for Next Fall
Do you (or will you) have an infant or toddler who will need child care during worship services next fall? If so, please register now to reserve a spot. There's no fee, but we do like to know how many kids to anticipate so that we can schedule enough care providers. You can register at /cre-registration.

Outreach Offering Nominations due May 20, for 2015-2016  During most worship services, our offerings are shared with a community organization, selected by Michael Schuler, in consultation with our social justice coordinator from those suggested by FUS members. Nominations are reviewed in light of the mission and vision of FUS and UU Principles. Additional priority is given to organizations that meet pressing local or regional needs and with whom members are actively involved. E-mail beckys@fusmadison.org for a nomination form.

Shawl Ministry drop-in gathering
The next Shawl Ministry gathering will be on Thursday, May 21,  from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Atrium library, with Dorit Bergen hosting. We're a pleasant, informal group, and newcomers are always welcome. Questions? Contact us at /shawl.

Wondering what you won at Cabaret?
Just a reminder, that the Cabaret winning bidders are listed on the Cabaret webpage at /winners.  You also will be receiving an invoice in the mail. Any questions or concerns, call Sally at 233-9774 ext. 123. Thank you to everyone who helped make "An Old Fashioned Cabaret" a success.

Messages for Sasha
On May 31, Sasha Ostrom, our ministerial intern, will be leaving Madison for a position as Assistant Minister at the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past two weeks we've been collecting messages to put into a notebook to help Sasha remember her time with us. The special mailbox and paper will be in the Commons for one last weekend. If you'd like to write your message at home, simply put it on one half of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Make it as simple or as glitzy as you'd like!

2 Ways to Help One City Early Learning
One City Early Learning Centers is a new preschool using "a 2 generation approach" that-with our financial help-will open in September 2015 in South Madison. One City will be a shared offering recipient the next two Sundays. Another way you can help is to give your time on Saturday, May 30, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., to help clean and pack up classrooms in advance of remodeling. Please contact Jan O'Neill at jano1855@gmail.com or 698-1855 if you are interested and/or Click here to donate: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/onecity

Spiritual Topics Book Group
The May meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. The group will discuss the book The Bonobo and the Atheist: in Search of Humanism among the Primates' by Franz de Waal. For further information contact Ken Gage at (303)263-4707 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Solitary Confinement Cell & Forum May 26.
FUS will host a full-size replica of a Wisconsin solitary confinement cell in the Commons May 23-31. On Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. we will hold a public community forum on incarceration practices deemed torture by a UN expert and used widely in our state. Visit the replica cell, attend the forum, and contact beckys@fusmadison.org to reserve time to experience the cell individually for up to an hour.

Health Issues Group
The Health Issues Group will meet on Wednesday, May 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Atrium Library. This group provides an opportunity for spiritual and community support for individuals dealing with health issues or physical impairments. Please contact Facilitator Susan (225)636-8214 or Lay Minister Amy 841-1091 for further information.  

Job/Career Loss Support Group
Anyone facing uncertainty in their job or career is invited to join this informal drop-in meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month (May 28 is next) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard E. We help each other find resources and hope. Join us! Contact Bob Radford 845-3523 for info.

"Love is Love" Wedding Reception and Dance for all of FUS to participate on Friday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the Atrium Auditorium for a Reception and Dance! We will celebrate those couples married these past years and not recognized in Wisconsin. It will be an wonderful celebration and dance for all of our FUS congregation. The DJ'ed dance will be begin at 7 p.m. and will have our reception favorites. Come celebrate...come for cake...come to dance...come for fun! There are no tickets only donations at the door! Questions? Contact Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs, jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116.

Important Parish Meeting
The FUS Spring Parish Meeting this year will be Sunday, May 31. Please join us in the Atrium after the 11 a.m. service. The almost-famous lunch will be provided by the Foodhaulers, and the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. to vote on the budget, and other important items.

Water Sentinel Planning Meeting
The Water Sentinels invite you to join them on Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m. in Courtyard C. We are currently planning activities for the summer and fall, and a follow up to groundwater resolution. Some possible activities:  A water summer fun day, week of water with the public libraries, tour of a fish hatchery. The Water Sentinels welcome your ideas and participation. Please join us there or contact Liz Wessel, 238-9934 or lizmwessel@gmail.com or Cindy Rose, 271.6440 or crose5@att.net with your ideas.

Mallard's Baseball Night with other FUS'ers
Tickets are still available for our evening game and grill out at the Mallard's Baseball Game. Tickets are $10 per person for the game plus $5 for the grill out before game time! The grill out at Warner Park Shelter will begin at 5 p.m., game begins at 6:35. Contact Jeanne Sears for tickets jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116 by May 28 to reserve your spots!

Possibly Still time to Register for UU Family Camp
Bayside Camp provides a nurturing and fun atmosphere for singles and families of all configurations and traditions. It takes place on the shore of Lake Geneva in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, July 12 to 18.  This special week includes adult workshops, activities for children, free time for family fun and relaxation, and intergenerational activities. For more information visit our website at http://www.yahoodrummers.com/bayside/or contact the Camp Registrar, Carol Roan, BaysideUU@gmail.com or 232-1627.

Violist Jeremy Kienbaum in Fundraiser Recital...
FUS member Jeremy Kienbaum will be graduating from the UW School of Music this spring and has been accepted into the Masters of Music program at the famed Juilliard School of music in New York City. Jeremy has been active in the FUS music program, playing in the FUS String Band, our All Music Sunday orchestras and more, and we wish him much success in his new venture. Jeremy, with pianist Micah Behr and cellist Andrew Briggs, will be playing a concert in the Atrium Auditorium on Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets, available at the door or at Orange Tree Imports, are $20.  The proceeds will go towards the cost of tuition.

"Service Sunday" Date Set
On Sunday, August 23, FUS and friends will DO service instead of attending services. If you have an idea for a group volunteer project, or can lead a project, or just want to help make it happen, please e-mail Lisa West at west@charter.net.

Peace & Justice Book Club
The Peace and Justice Book Club will not meet in May due to the holiday.  Next meeting:  June 22 in Courtyard C at 7 p.m. Book: The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible, by Charles Eisenstein. Questions? Carole Briggs gone.knitting@hotmail.com.

FUS on Ebay
 FUS has several items donated by members posted on Ebay this week. If you are interested in bidding, please visit http://www.ebay.com/usr/fusmadison.  All proceeds go to the FUS operating fund. If you have something valuable you want to donate to the Society (think $500 or more), please e-mail or call COO Andy Gussert at 233-9774 ext 110 or /COO.

James Reeb UU: Musical Help Wanted!
James Reeb UU Congregation in East Madison is currently searching for a part-time Music Director.  Applicatons close May 31. More info: http://www.jruuc.org/music-director-job-description.

“The Moral Equivalent of War” by Rev. Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Can the passions that cause war be harnessed to advance the cause of civilization? [more]
“With Peace, Liberty and Justice for All” by Nastasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern Let's explore what peace, liberty and justice can look like when we truly mean all. [more]
Registration for next fall is now open. Please register your kids now. [more]
Join us on Sunday, May 31 at 12:30 p.m. [more]