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News From the Red Floors


News From the Red Floors for
July 5 to 12, 2015
Sermon

Dear FUS Neighbors;

As a Packer football fanatic, I take far too much joy in demonizing the Vikings and Bears. (I just feel sorry for the Lions.) Senior Minister Michael Schuler is at the pulpit this weekend to consider whether human beings like me may make enemies -- and in fact may need enemies -- for any number of reasons. "Love Your Enemies?" will dig in on how we might all better lead lives that are more friendly and less adversarial.   

Musically, Karlos and Melinda Williams will perform two new songs for children based on poems by Kenneth Patton and Katrin Talbot.  

Morning weather forecast is Sunny and 64. Hope you can join us.

- Andy Gussert, FUS COO

Happenings

This Sunday in Summer Fun!
This Sunday in Summer Fun we will enjoy some "Stone Soup." Come with an open and creative mind and you're sure to enjoy it! If you have a special stone from home, bring it along. All children ages 4-12 are welcome to join us at either service. Just sign in with Abby Whisler at the Greeter's table so we know to count you in.  

MOSES Hiring Full-Time Community Organizer
Do you know this person? The individual we seek for the full time position as Organizer for MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity) is community centric, passionate and committed to ending racial and economic inequity and reforming the criminal justice system in Wisconsin. More information at mosesmadison.org.

Teachers Needed!

The Children’s RE Program is still in need of 17 teachers. The clock is ticking, and we’d like to get all spots filled as soon as possible. If you feel an inclination towards spending time with awesome kids while promoting our UU values, then teaching is sure to bring you joy. We give you all the materials; you and your team make it happen! Please contact Leslie Ross, fusmadison.org/DRE, to talk about a “best fit” for you.

Gardeners Wanted   
Come and enjoy the summer by sprucing up around FUS a couple hours a week. Usual workday is Thursday morning between 8:30 and 10:30. No experience or tools needed, yet are helpful. Come, or contact Nan at nanragland@att.net or 249-9573.

Shawl Ministry 
The FUS Shawl Ministry creates shawls and lap robes for members of the congregation who are ill, grieving, or experiencing other life challenges. Also, each child who is dedicated at FUS receives a hand-made blanket created by the Shawl Ministry. Stop by our table in the Commons on Sunday, July 5, for more information, or join Lorna Aaronson and others at our next drop-in gathering, Monday, July 6, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Atrium Library. Questions? Contact us at fusmadison.org/shawl.

Volunteer at Dane Dances  
The Dane Dances volunteer picnic will be at Vilas Park on Tuesday, July 14, at 4 p.m. Everyone who is interested in volunteering is invited. Sign up while you are there, and there will be another date after that for training. The objective of Dane Dances is to provide an environment where relationships can grow between people of different backgrounds in Dane County. Volunteer or come along. More at www.danedances.org.

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.      

Service Sunday: save the date • 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.  

Volunteers needed!  
Help is needed July 25 in Brittingham Park: Disability Pride Festival is looking for people of all abilities to help out, from set-up that morning to tear down at 6pm. There are lots of jobs including staffing the information desk, helping with concessions, talking to festival attendees and other tasks. To volunteer go to their website at http://disabilitypridemadison.org/sign-up/ or call 838-7011.

Summer Membership Book Signing  
Are you ready to become a member of First Unitarian Society? Our summer membership book signing will be held on Sunday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard AB. If you have UU background or have taken the New UU series, we invite you to join us. Please RSVP before July 20 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears, jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116. You will be mailed information to complete before the book signing. 

Spiritual Topics Book Group 
The Spiritual Topics Book Group will hold its July meeting at FUS at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss Stephen Prothero's book: 'God is not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World-and Why their Differences Matter.' For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Stephen Jenkinson to visit FUS  
Book reading/signing and discussion with Stephen Jenkinson, internationally renowned teacher, author, and activist. Landmark Auditorium, Thursday evening, July 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Die Wise -A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, is Jenkinson’s new book about grief and dying, and the great love of life. $10 suggested donation, includes refreshments. Seating is limited. To guarantee a seat, please register through Eventbrite at: orphanwisdom.com/event/an-introduction-to-dying-wise-in-madison/

Be a part of our annual art fair 
Applications are now being accepted for Art in the Wright Place, FUS’s annual (and wonderful!) art fair. Art in the Wright Place will be held on Sunday, November 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale is an excellent opportunity for area and FUS artists to sell their handmade items while raising funds for our Children’s Religious Education programs. Previous media have included fibre arts, photography, jewelry, origami, pottery, beadwork, woodwork, quilting, basketry, art glass, watercolor, and more. For more information, go to /artfair; or to apply, go to /artreg.  

Pride team forming 
Madison's OutReach Pride Parade 2015 will be on Sunday, August 9, at 1 p.m., up State Street to the Capitol Square. All Madison UUs will march together once again, behind the huge Standing on the Side of Love banner.  Wear yours, or wear yellow. (There’s time to buy a SOSL shirt from Becky at FUS or from the UUA bookstore. Help coordinate our parade participation - please contact Elizabeth Barrett ebarrett@tds.net
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan appears at the FUS Meeting House with a sermon titled "Values Unite, Issues Divide". [more]
Rev. Michael Schuler considers the need we seem to have for busyness, despite the stress and unpleasantness it brings. [more]
Registration for next fall is now open. Please register your kids now. [more]