DJ Rae here. The First Unitarian Society's got a groovy weekend coming up for you all. On Saturday, get ready to put on your boogie shoes because Funky Town is comin' to First Unitarian! Let's get down at this family friendly dance party from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening. I'll spin the cool tunes of the sixties through today. We'll also have some rad snacks, drinks, a selfie booth, and much, much more. It'll be outta sight! And the suggested donations of $5 per person and $20 per family will help FUS stay groovy.
Make sure to come back to the Atrium Auditorium for services at 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. FUS Lay Minister Jim O' Brien will present "More Extravagant Expectations". Why do so many people in our rich and powerful nation feel disappointed, frustrated, angry, and betrayed? Jim will explore the phenomenon and hint at a way out. International acoustic guitar champion and songwriter Helen Avakian will perform the musical offerings. You don't want to miss this one.
Why do so many people in our rich and powerful nation feel
"More Extravagant Expectations"
by Jim O'Brien, Lay Minister
disappointed, frustrated, angry, betrayed? Historian Daniel Boorstin suggests that expectations, created not only by politicians but by many of our institutions, have created an illusion of possibility, most typified by the creation of pseudo-events. Jim O'Brien, member of the Lay Worship Committee and Professor Emeritus of Media Studies, will explore the phenomenon and hint at a way out.
International acoustic guitar champion and songwriter Helen Avakian will perform the musical offerings.
by Michael Schuler, Senior Minister; Dan Bronner; Members of the UU Musicians Network
For several days prior to Sunday, FUS will be hosting the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network for the second time. Well over 200 church musicians and ministers will gather in Madison for workshops and other programs. Sunday worship will be highly collaborative, featuring many voices and an outstanding choir comprised of conference goers.
The UU Musicians Network Summer Conference choir, with the UU Childrens Choir, will sing.
Weekly Annual Campaign Update
Wooohoooo! We saw a lovely little jump in pledge numbers last week. Twelve of you answered our call to pledge and today we celebrate the 710 individuals and families who have collectively expressed their intention to give $1,113,168 to the FUS community. With only $86,832 remaining, we're so close to our goal for this year that we can taste it! Can you? (If you can't, trust us, it's delicious.)
There are 134 people in our midst that have given historically, but haven't quite gotten their pledge forms in yet. If each pledged to give $650 this year, we could surpass our 1.2 million dollar goal! With our median pledge of $900, and our mode pledge of $600, we can definitely make this happen.
Please pledge today! You can connect with Tracy Grade
or pledge online.
And cheers to the start of another fabulous year at FUS!
Funky Town Dance Party!
On July 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., we're gonna put on our boogie shoes and jam to the groovy hits of the 60's, 70's, 80's, and beyond. All ages and all people are welcome and celebrated. We'll have refreshments, costumes to borrow, a photo booth, and much, much more! Come as you are and show off all your beautiful colors. Suggested donations of $5/individual and $20/family will be collected at the door. All proceeds will benefit FUS.
This weekend in Summer Fun we'll be exploring some of our world's many life giving plants. We'll be hearing a story about Noah's wife, Naamah, and making our own mini gardens. Join us by signing up with Jamie before each service.
Caregivers Support Group
FUS's Caregivers Support Group will meet on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Gaebler Living Room in the Landmark building. This group provides an opportunity for sharing and support between and among people who are caregivers for loved ones with serious and/or chronic illnesses. For more information, please call Amy at 841-1091.
Service Saturday is Approaching!
Service Saturday is on August 27 this year and it's fast approaching! Keep an eye out for project announcements and sign ups beginning on July 23rd.
UU Children's Choir Concert on Saturday, July 23
On Saturday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m., 48 UU students from across the nation will join together in the Mills Auditorium under the direction of Emily Ellsworth (ANIMA Children's Chorus, Chicago) to present a culminating concert from their week-long choir camp. Admission is by donation and will help support Madison Music Makers, an organization that provides music lessons and performance opportunities for students who could not easily afford the cost. A string ensemble from the organization will perform.
Join us Sunday, July 24, at 1 p.m. for a Solar Program Info Session. The City of Madison has launched two solar energy programs designed to increase solar usage by residents throughout the City. Under the MadiSUN brand, multiple residents can buy in together to save costs. A loan program from Summit Credit Union is also available to help residents finance the projects. Gaebler Living Room, free and open to the public. RSVP to MadiSUN.
Peace and Justice Book Club
The Peace and Justice Book Club will meet on Monday, July 25 in courtyard room C at 7 p.m. The book selection for the conversation is In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Elisabeth Griffith. If you have questions contact Mary Madigan, 608-298-7557.
FUS Foundation Annual Meeting July 26
The FUS Foundation will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 in Courtyard Rm A. The agenda will include election of officers for the ensuing year and review of investments. All interested FUS members are invited to attend. For information, contact Connie Beam, 608-658-4656.
On Sunday, July 31, from 1-4:30 p.m. there will be a lunch potluck reunion for Quest. We'll meet in Courtyard A-C. Questions? Contact Gail, 608-231-3511.
Spiritual Topics Book Group
The Spiritual Topics Book Group will be taking a break during the summer and will hold its next meeting at FUS on Tuesday September 27. The group will discuss Atul Gawande's book: Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What matters most in the End. For further information contact Ken Gage, 608-230-5068.
Social Justice Correspondence on Display
First Unitarian Society's ministers and ministry teams have been busy speaking out and speaking up on events that have taken place in Madison over the past few weeks. Now you can follow along with these conversations on the Social Justice bulletin board. Read the exchange between Senior Minister Michael Schuler and Chief Koval, as well as Chief Koval's conversation with the Equity Ministry team. You'll also see a Campus Climate petition with a response from University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
Calling All Artists!
There are only two weeks left until the August 1 application deadline for our annual art fair fundraiser. Art in the Wright Place will be on Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6. For more information about the rules and specifics and to apply, go to our website. Questions? Contact Leslie Ross.
New Photo Directory Coming Soon!
We are starting to create a new photo directory for our FUS community and we need your help. Beginning on July 24, you can sign up for a session on our website or in the Commons after services. If you participate, you will receive a free paper directory.We are hoping to get as many members and affiliates as we can in this book. Help us out by having your photo taken. You will have the opportunity to purchase photos if you like but there is no obligation to do so. Sessions will be available August 10-14 and September 16-19.
We need your RIDE! Show your PRIDE
On Sunday, August 21, UUs from 3 congregations will once again march together in the OutReach PRIDE parade from 1-4 p.m. We're looking for convertibles or jeeps (you can drive or loan) to drive those who need to ride. Can you help us out? Please contact Elizabeth right away.