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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for December 12 to 19, 2014

Dear FUS Friends and Members...

Forecasters are predicting an uncharacteristic temperate December weekend, and while it will by no means be "Hot as Hades" in the Four Lakes region, it is in keeping with the hot topic I'll be addressing from the pulpit.  Curious about the nefarious figure of Satan -- where he came from, what purpose he serves and why he has remained so popular? At our services we'll be giving the devil his due, with macabre piano accompaniment from Dan Broner on Saturday and offerings by the talented Ancora String Quartet on Sunday. New members will also be recognized at all our services.

I should also note that your minister will be wearing black this weekend, in solidarity with an initiative being undertaken by a large number of African American church groups. This is a way for us silently and solemnly to affirm that "black lives matter" and to appeal for racial equity in our U.S. justice system. The FUS MOSES and Equity ministry teams and members of the staff will join me in this effort, and we invite your participation as well. There will be information tables, with postcards for individuals to send to Dane County officials calling for fixes to our, the nation's worst, racial disparities.  

See you at the Meeting House...  


Saturday Potluck with a Twist This Month
Join us Saturday, December 13, at 6 p.m. in the Atrium Commons for a little different potluck! We will provide the food, you provide donations for our two Partner Church high school students. Our 2nd and 3rd grade Free to Believe classes will be preparing a delicious taco dinner to raise the much needed funds for our UU friends in the Philippines and Transylvania. Join us...You will be glad you did!

20s & 30s December Brunch * Join us for brunch at Bluephies on Monroe St. Sunday, December 14, at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to Maureen at muldoonmaureen@gmail.com or (608)514-4462 by Friday, December 12. If you can give a ride or need a ride after the 9 a.m. service, please let Maureen know. Hope to see you there!

Family-to-Family Gift Drop-off This Weekend * Please bring your wrapped gifts this Saturday (December 13) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. or Sunday (December 14) from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please bring everything to the Landmark Auditorium, keeping food cards separate, and identifying everything with the family number. Social workers are coming to collect gifts starting Monday. Thank you for your generosity!

Gingerbread House Party: Let's Share Some Holiday Cheer * This Sunday, December 14, is our annual Gingerbread House Festival, a wonderful event for all ages. Please consider joining us from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Commons. Bring along one or two items to decorate with-licorice, pretzels, sprinkles, jelly beans, candy canes, etc. Together we provide the holiday cheer! Hope to see you there.

Health Issues Support Group Meets December 17
The Health Issues Support group provides an opportunity for spiritual and community support for individuals dealing with health issues or physical impairments, will meet Wednesday, December 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Atrium Library (Note the new time). Please contact facilitator Susan Flowers at (225)636-8214, or lay minister Amy Kell at (608)841-1091 for further information. 

Vegan Holiday Treats Exchange December 21 
* The FUS Vegan Holiday Treats Exchange (hosted by the plant-based eating group) will be Sunday, December 21, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in Courtyard C. Bring two dozen vegan treats (24) and a container to carry your treats home. Leave with a varied holiday plate of delicious treats for yourself or to share! Questions?Contact Sara at sandrewsbibliophile@gmail.com or 957-2392.

MOSAiC is December 22 * MOSAiC [Making Our Selves Alive in Community] is a drop-in gathering that invites people to discuss and delve more deeply into our monthly worship themes. On Monday, December 22, at 6:30 p.m. we will come together to explore and expand our understanding of myth and imagination in the Atrium Auditorium. Questions? Contact Jeanne Sears at /memberprogramscoordinator or 233-9774 ext 116.

Away in a Manger Family Service Reminders
If you were planning on bringing your family to our 2 pm Christmas Eve "Away in a Manger" Nativity Service, please bring a non-perishable item or two for a local food pantry. Our Wise Ones will collect these items during our service and they will be delivered over the holidays. Remember to bring cookies to share and dress up as angels, wise ones or shepherds!

All Music Sunday rehearsals begin January 4...
Guest singers are most welcome to join the Society Choir in singing for our March 29 performances of Maurice Durufle's exquisite Requiem. Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Complete rehearsal schedule is available from FUS Music Director Dan Broner.

Child Dedications to Be Held in January * A child dedication is a uniquely UU ceremony which offers the opportunity to have your child blessed by our congregation, their family, and our ministers. The next dedication ceremonies will be held the weekend of January 3 and 4 at all three services. For more information, please contact Rev. Kelly Crocker at /MCL or 233-9774, ext. 112. More at /child-dedications.

Our Friday Musicales are on hiatus over the holidays...
Please join us for the first musicale of the new year on Friday, January 9, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Music by Bach and Bartok will be performed by violist Jeremy Kienbaum with pianist Vincent Fuh.

Volunteers Needed! * Effective and rewarding: Circles of Support is a program offering men and women returning from prison a chance to get reconnected with the community. Community members--some from FUS--commit to meeting with a returnee in a group setting once a week for six months. More volunteers are needed to start more Circles! Next training January 10. Please e-mail Jaclyn at jaclyn@emum.org for more info.

Hockey Outing * Beat the winter blues! Join 50 of us at the UW Women's Hockey Game during Youth Hockey Weekend, Friday, January 16. The UW Women's Hockey Team is having an amazing season - so let's support them! They play at the LaBahn Center (next to the Kohl's Center). We have general admission tickets for just $1 per person!
    Some are also meeting at the Nitty Gritty before the game to socialize and share platters. You can join us for an additional $6 per person.     
   Contact Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs, at jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116 to reserve and pay for your tickets.

Peace & Justice Book Club * No December Meeting. Next meeting: Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E.  Book:  On the Rez by Ian Frazier. Questions? Carole Briggs (608)772-7134.

Help The FUS Library Thrive and Grow * Are you interested in libraries? Are you one of the many folks who use our FUS Library? Our Library Team members help catalog books, decide on new additions to the library, and help maintain our collection.  If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Rev. Kelly at 233-9774, ext. 112 or /MCL.  

Major gift received for purchase of a digital organ for the Atrium Auditorium... FUS would like to thank William Wartmann for a substantial gift given in honor of the lifetime friendship of Joyce Wartmann and Eva Wright. It will be used to purchase a new organ for the Atrium Auditorium. Look for more information in upcoming newsletters.

Be a Shelter Volunteer

This Winter!

The Winter Shelter team is gearing up for working at the Salvation Army Single Women and Families shelter.

Last year, our team provided morning assistance 6 to 8 a.m. on cold mornings (overnight temps 20˚ F or lower). County policy requires shelters to exceed their usual capacity, but does not provide additional staff funding.  

Our hope and intent is to provide an even more robust resource to the homeless of Madison this winter as the weather gets colder. But we need your help. This is a way, with very little investment of time, to make a real difference for those who are really struggling in our society, literally out in the freezing cold. Join us!

If you are interested in joining us or want more information, please contact Gail Bliss at 231-3511/ or via her web form at /shelter.


Because this work is with a vulnerable population, potential volunteers are required to fill out a lengthy application form. Forms and mailing instructions are available in the Commons at the Social Justice Board or on the FUS website at /shelter.  

“Winter Solstice Service:
Welcoming back the Light”
with Kelly J. Crocker and Sasha Ostrom

Join us as we come together during this holiday season to celebrate the Winter Solstice. [more]
“Christ the Chameleon” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
People’s perceptions of Jesus have shifted considerably. Is any one image more credible than the others? This Service will be on YouTube. [more]
Join us as we come together during this holiday season to celebrate! [more]
On the fourth Sunday of the year, we’ll hold our mid-year financial update from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. [more]