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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
April 17 to 24, 2015

Dear Friends...

Rev. Micahel Schuler

This weekend we welcome back to the community former Associate Minister, the Rev. Karen Gustafson. She will be speaking on "play," a topic purchased by one of our members at last year's service auction. I'll be assisting with worship, which will include upbeat music appropriate for the occasion. So...if you're in the mood for something in a less sober vein, join us this weekend.

And...the Old Fashioned Cabaret is just around the corner.  A wonderful cast of performers will be showcasing their talents next Friday from 6:30 - 9:30 and there will be great food and ample beverages to sample from, as well as programming & childcare for members of the younger generation. All of this is yours for the very modest price of $25. And of course, an amazing assortment of service auction items and services will be on display throughout the evening. 

This is our biggest FUN and FUNDRAISER of the year, an event you won't want to miss. You can purchase admission in the Commons on Saturday and Sunday after services, or on the FUS website. You can also get tickets at the door next Friday, but we strongly urge you to do so beforehand.  Remember: Life is a cabaret, old chum!


Stop by the Cabaret
Table in the Commons
This weekend is the last chance to purchase $25 tickets - they will be $30 at the door. Sign up for amazing childcare at "Little Rascals" Club House. Hear about new auction items. Drop off your donation form. Check out the FUSers providing entertainment. An Old Fashioned Cabaret is next Friday, April 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Do not miss this magical evening! /cabaret

Madison Bach Musicians Pygmalion This Sunday, April 19 * 2:45 p.m. lecture, 3:30 Concert * Atrium Auditorium * Come experience Madison Bach Musicians' production of Rameau's 1748 opera-ballet masterpiece, Pygmalion. Internationally recognized early-music specialist Marc Vallon will direct a full baroque orchestra, dancers and an outstanding vocal cast as they tell the tale of a sculptor who falls in love with his beautiful creation. MBM director Trevor Stephenson, and Rameau specialist UW-Madison Prof. Charles Dill will collaborate on pre-concert lectures before both performances. www.madisonbachmusicians.org

Author Presentation Tuesday:
Turning Fear Into Power

Linda Sartor's journey as an unarmed peacekeeper and a citizen diplomat from 2001 to 2012 is shared with an open heart and great compassion in her book Turning Fear into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror. Sartor will give a presentation in the Landmark Auditorium on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. Join us!

CRE in 2015-16 * We're off to something of a slow start for class registrations and teacher sign-ups for next year. Let's speed things up! Register now for next Fall's Children's Religious Education program at
/cre-registration. Your early registration will save you money and help us to plan well for the Fall. And parents and non-parents alike, please consider teaching with us! It's a great program with great curricula and great co-teachers. A win/win. You can learn more about teaching at /cre-volunteers. Any and all questions can be go to Leslie Ross, Director of Children's Religious Education, at /DRE.

Equity Ministry Team Meeting * The Equity Ministry Team meets this Wednesday, April 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard C. (childcare available). The Team's mission is to share and create opportunities that build multicultural relationships and understanding, and build partnership with other equity-focused groups and individuals in the community.  Through collaboration, direct action, educational events, and information-sharing, the team will encourage FUS members to explore how our own insecurities and assumptions relative to race, class and/or ethnicity may interfere with others' ability to thrive.  Contact Becky Schigiel with questions at /socialjusticecoordinator.

Volunteer Recognition Event
Dinner Wednesday

FUS Volunteers that have made our congregation run are invited to a pizza/salad dinner this Wednesday, April 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Those that make our services happen (greeters, ushers, offering counters, hospitality, sound), our choir members, our Board of Trustees, our Teams and Committees, our Newsletter team, Front Desk Volunteers, Social Justice Teams, and those not mentioned we know and love are welcome! Questions? Contact Jeanne Sears at  jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116.

Job/Career Loss Support Group * Anyone facing uncertainty in their work or career is invited to join this informal drop-in meeting on Thursday, April 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard E.  We help each other find resources and hope. Contact Bob Radford 845-3523 for more info.

Criminal Justice and Injustice in America * Please visit the FUS Library in April for a display of deeply-compelling books about mass incarceration. The FUS Library Committee and MOSES Alternatives to Incarceration Ministry Team present books covering incarceration from broad policy/practice to the personal level, from arrest to re-entry or execution.  Become informed through the moving words of historians, policy-makers, prosecutors/defenders, incarcerated people and their loved ones who are doing time on the outside. Please support MOSES to promote true justice and recovery.

Join us for our next Friday Musicale when guitarists Jaime Guiscafre and Christopher Murray will play music of Bach, Moreno, Hindemith, Sor, Takemitsu and Villa Lobos. Friday, April 24, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

"No Dumping: Drains to Lake" Storm Drain Challenge On Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m., join the Water Sentinels and others for this hands-on event. After an introduction to stormwater management, the group will be split into teams and fan out to mark as many storm drains as possible. All training and supplies provided. Meet atop of Bascom Hill. Rain date: May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. Please RSVP: Claire Cameron, cmcameron@wisc.edu or at: http://bit.ly/1CWZxOE. For more information, contact Liz Wessel 238-9934 or lizmwessel@gmail.com.

Membership Book Signing * If you have taken our New UU class or have UU background, please consider becoming a member of our community. Our April book signing event will be held Sunday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m.  We will offer our Membership Book for your signature, information, and a light lunch. Please RSVP to Jeanne Sears by April 16. jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116.

Mandala Meditation Workshop * Join Sarah Busse, one of Madison's Poets Laureate, on Sunday, April 26, for a peaceful afternoon exploring mandalas as a tool for self-awareness and meditation. You will have an opportunity to create three different mandalas-no art experience required. The workshop will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Fee, including all materials, is $25 pledged and $35 non-pledged. Registration and information at  /mandala.

The Peace and Justice Book Club will meet Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard C. Book: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker. Questions? Carole Briggs  gone.knitting@hotmail.com or 772-7134.

Mother's Day Peace Poles Project * Once more FUS is planning to "plant" Peace Poles on the edge of our property on University Bay Drive May 9 & 10 (Mother's Day weekend). Establishing it will start after the 4:30 service that week. Please sign up by e-mailing or calling Roz Woodward rozw@tds.net/251-1074.

Tee Shirts * The Saturday Free to Believe class has designed a UU t-shirt to raise money for the education of two youth from our partner churches in the Philippines and in Romania. The t-shirts are $15. Order forms are available at the poster board with information about the two youth next to the RE table. We will only accept orders until Saturday, May 2, so hurry!  

20s-30s Group: Spirituality with Spirits
What: Come join the FUS 20s30s group in dinner, drinks, and a discussion on the role that current and future generations play in caring for the earth.
When: Monday, April 27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Brocach Irish Pub
Questions/RSVP: Creal Zearing at czearing@gmail.com by April 26.

Make A  Difference! * Be one of 75 from FUS at WISDOM's Madison Action Day, Wednesday, April 29, 9 to 4 p.m. (or any part of the day you can attend.) Hear Hannah Rosenthal and Rev. Everett Mitchell. Learn, discuss, visit legislators with other MOSES members to seek increased funds in the state budget for treatment alternatives and diversions from incarceration. Stop by the MOSES table in the Commons for more info and a registration form or go to /MOSES.

The April meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. We will be discussing the classic book by William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience. For more info contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Tour the Dane County Jail: May 5 or May 14, at 7 p.m. Register to join the FUS MOSES Team for a guided tour. Lives and much money are at stake. Everyone agrees something must be done, but what? See and feel how the jail works. Ask questions. All participants must fill out a one-page security form due one week in advance. Please e-mail Juli at lokerfam@gmail.com to register. Questions? Carpool? Call Pat 249-4486.

Annual Madison Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale! Spring is here - and that means it's time to quench your thirst for gardening at the City of Madison Compost Bin And Rain Barrel Sale. This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 9 at the Alliant Energy Center parking lot. Pre-order online before April 27 and save an additional $10 off and pay no shipping. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

Save the Date * 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-world-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.

Take Me Out to the Mallard's Baseball Game! * Please check your calendars and save Thursday evening, June 4, for Mallard's baseball fun for the family! We will have a grill-out before the 6:35 p.m. game at the Warner Park Shelter. Stay tuned for details and cost! Can you help grill and set up our gathering? Please chat with Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116 to talk about possibilities.

Spend a week in Community with other UUs 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, WI, July 12-18. 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 Carol Roan,
or 232-1627.

“In Praise of the Play” by Karen Gustafson, Guest Speaker
Karen presently serves as the interim minister to a small UU congregation north of the Twin Cities. Karen’s services are always insightful and graced by her lively sense of humor. [more]
“Wise Together” by Sasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern
This week, we’ll reflect on how we can be “wise together” in collective decision-making as we embody our hope for a better world. [more]
Registration for next fall is now open. Please register your kids for classes now so we can plan our school year. Plus, you'll save a little money, too. Great classes and other activities have been planned! [more]
The 2015 Cabaret Auction Party, will be Friday, April 24 this year. Click here to buy tickets and make a donation! [more]