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News From the Red Floors

Dear Neighbors... 

Our people have a long and strong tradition of community. They get together for dinners, bad poetry readings, card parties and knitting.  Our 'Select to Connect' program has over 42 such events you can pick from over the next four months. Folks can sign up at services this weekend to join in the fun. This is not an auction, and it is based on a first come, first choice system, with many of the gatherings priced at just $15.  It's a great way to gather with old friends, make some new ones, and stay warm during long winter months.   

At worship, Reverend Schuler will be digging into the importance of authenticity, while music will be provided by violinist Laura Burns and pianist Jess Salek on Saturday, and members of the Madison Festival Choir on Sunday.  As always, find more at http://fusmadison.org.  

          - Andy

Celebrate Sr. Maureen  
and Support Worker Justice

Concert Saturday Oct. 18! * Sister Maureen McDonnell will celebrate 50 years of vowed Sinsinawa Dominican life with a benefit concert for the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice. Honor Sister Maureen and hear activist musical storytelling duo The Prince Myshkins, as well as Madison locals Lou & Peter Berryman in the Atrium Auditorium. On Saturday, October 18, at 7 p.m., $25 at door.

The Power of Forgiveness Workshop 
This Saturday, October 18, Join Rev. Kelly Crocker for this experiential workshop to learn practical strategies to release the power of intentional forgiveness in your life.  The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium; lunch is included.  Childcare is available by request until October 10. Complete class list and registration at /adult-ed.

Select to Connect Signup Weekend!
Sign up for great events this weekend. FINALLY - Select to Connect sign up weekend is here! There are over 40 great, fun events to choose from! The most updated list of events can be found at www.fusmadison.org/select. Sign up for events will begin on Saturday, October 18th after the 4:30 p.m. service and the morning of Sunday, October 19! Plan to bring your calendars so you can put your events on your personal schedule! We don't want people to forget what they signed Questions? Call Sally at 233-9774 ext. 123 or at www.fusmadison.org/developmentdirector.

UU Campus Ministry 
Join us this Sunday, October 19, at Memorial Union for food and fellowship. This week, we will talk about Friendship, what it means to be a "true friend" to another, and what we need from one another as we each walk Life's path, alone and together. Supper at 5 p.m.; reflection and discussion 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Check TITU for room location. ALL college students welcome! Questions? Contact Janet at /DAE.

Children's Chapel This Weekend
Join us for a wonderful gathering of children this weekend. Instead of attending an intergenerational message in the Auditorium, children pre-K through 5th grade will gather in the Commons on Saturday, and the Landmark Auditorium on Sunday, for a special children's worship. Unlike the previous few years, Children's Chapel will only last about 20-25 minutes. Children will then go their classes as usual. We hope your child can join us!

New Singers sought for Society Choir
and Meeting House Chorus...

We are now offering childcare for the Meeting House Chorus and Society Choir rehearsals. Childcare will begin for the Meeting House Chorus on Wednesday, November 5 and the Society Choir on Thursday, November 6. Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Join us!

"Are You Prepared? II:
Advanced Health Care Planning"

with UU Minister Ralph Tyksinski and Ministerial Candidate (retired Elder Law Attorney) Jim Jaeger
Monday, October 20 * 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Landmark Auditorium
$10/$15 non-pledged
In this second segment of "Are You Prepared," UU Minister, Ralph Tyksinski and Ministerial Candidate (and retired Elder Law Attorney) Jim Jaeger, will focus on "Advance Care Planning" using the Honoring Choices© model promoted by the Wisconsin State Medical Society and its partners, including the Meriter Unity Point Association of Spiritual Caregivers, of which Ralph and Jim are members. Advance Care Planning is a technique to facilitate a conversation to discern health care goals, including those related to end of life care, to communicate those goals in a Power of Attorney for Health Care. The discussion of Advance Care Planning will be preceded by a showing of the documentary, Consider The Conversation: A Documentary On A Taboo Subject which examines "The American struggle with communication and preparation at the end of life."
Complete class list and registration at /adult-ed.

Attention All Library Lovers!
Our FUS Library could use your help. The Library Ministry Team is currently looking for new members! There aren't a lot of meetings but there is time with books, magazines and more. Training on keeping the library up and running will be provided. At our quarterly meetings, we discuss what needs to be done to keep the library looking good and also discuss new book possibilities. If you love libraries, please join us on Wednesday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Library. For more information, contact Rev. Kelly at /MCL.

Economic Justice Film Festival Coming To FUS FUS will host one night of a 5-week film series on Thursday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. Learn about hunger in America! The film Food Stamped will be shown at in the Landmark Auditorium, followed by a discussion led by staff from 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Free and open to the public. RSVP and see all festival listings at http://wisconsinfaithvoicesforjustice.weebly.com/.

Job/Career Networking Support on October 23
This informal ad-hoc group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month to offer insight and comfort to anyone facing a disruption in their work. Join us from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard E to share your story. You don't need to RSVP but contact Bob Radford at 845-3523 for more information.

Our next Friday Musicale will feature soprano Rachel Eve Holmes, baritone Christopher Apfelbach, and pianist Michael Keller. Hear music of Floyd, Hahn, Beach, Strauss, Britten, Faure, Bowles and Mozart on Friday, October 24, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

New Member Book Signing
There will be a new member book signing on Saturday, October 25 Are you ready to become a member of First Unitarian Society? Our October Membership Book Signing will be held on Saturday, October 25, at 6 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. If you have UU background or have taken the "New UU" series, we invite you to join us. Please RSVP before October 16 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears (jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116).

Water Justice Project
FUS Youth Group water interns are raising funds to help people in specific international communities obtain access to clean water. The weekend of October 25/26, 50 percent of the service offerings will be used to fund small-scale, clean water projects selected by the Youth Group. For more information, please contact Cindy Rose at 271-6440 or at crose5@att.net. If you wish to donate directly to the project please address checks to First Unitarian Society of Madison with "Water Justice Project" written in the memo area.

Halloween Parade helpers needed! * Our annual Halloween Parade will be on October 25 and 26, near the beginning of the worship service. We are looking for a few adult helpers to guide the kids and to help kids without costumes to borrow one of ours. If you're willing to help at any of the services, contact Leslie Ross at /DRE.

Teens: Looking for a Job with Kids? We are planning to hire one or two additional teens to join our crew of Teen Child Care Providers at FUS. Applicants need to be at least 14 years old and need to have completed a babysitting certification class. Please contact Leslie Ross at /DRE for an application.

Peace & Justice Book Club
Next meeting is on Monday, October 27, in Courtyard E, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Book: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. Questions? gone.knitting@hotmail.com.

MOSAiC: Making Ourselves Spiritually Alive in Community Our monthly MOSAiC gatherings continue on Monday, October 27, as we meet to discuss the theme of "Duty and Obligation." Join us as we come together to explore through conversation and expand our understanding of this topic. The evening will begin with a welcome and introduction by Reverend Kelly Crocker, followed by small group discussions. On November 24 MOSAiC will go long and tackle "Eternity" Questions? Jeanne Sears /memberprogramscoordinator.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. The group will discuss William R. Murry's book: Becoming More Fully Human: Religious Humanism as a Way of Life.

Wondering about UU and the Society?
Our New UU Orientation series is available in November. This class consists of four sessions and will be offered on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. November 2, 9,16, and 23. Childcare is offered during this class. New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of the First Unitarian Society. During the four weekly meetings, participants have the opportunity to:
  • get acquainted with other curious adults, * learn about Unitarian Universalism and the organization of the Society,
  • explore whether their beliefs and values are consonant with Unitarian Universalism
  • consider your next steps to deeper involvement at FUS.
Registration materials are available in the Commons, or at /newuu.

Mentoring Fair  On Sunday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., FUS presents the Henry Hagedorn Mentoring Fair. Learn about how you can make a real difference in your life and the life of a child, teen, or adult. Be a mentor, a tutor, a circle member, a supportive volunteer. Downstairs and upstairs, in the Atrium Commons and Crossing, 10 local organizations will be here to meet with you. Questions? Contact Becky /socialjusticecoordinator.

"UU Theological House" with Nastasha (Sasha) Ostrom, Ministerial Intern
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Courtyard D
$30 pledged/$40 non-pledged
Childcare available upon request
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker wrote an article titled "Under Construction: Our Theological House." She argues that UUism has a theology all its own. Using the metaphor of a house, she explores our theology, theological anthropology, ecclesiology (how we come together as a religious community), soteriology (what threatens and restores life), Christology (the work and the person of Jesus Christ), eschatology (where we came from and where we are going) and missiology, (how we relate to other faith traditions). Join Sasha for this 5-week program, with each week exploring a different part of the "UU Theological House." Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.

"PAUSE: an Afternoon of Breathing Space for Women" with Janet Swanson and Sasha Ostrom "Turn down the volume of demands and listen to the grace of the small, the silence, the whisper."
            ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Sunday, November 9 * 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. * Landmark Auditorium $25 pledged/$35 non-pledged Childcare available upon request
Join us on a Sunday afternoon in late autumn to pause, breathe and move from "doing" to "being." Savor an afternoon for yourself in the company of other women. Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.
“An Exploration of Duty” by Rev. Roger Bertschausen”
Yes. In truth duty is a slippery thing. It’s a value worth upholding, but figuring out how and when to live it is extremely difficult. [more]
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