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 UUCW E-News  Sunday, March 19, 2017
THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 19
"Taking the Gamble"
9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
With Rev. Suzelle Lynch 

Risk, faith, and passion - these are things that don't always come easy to Unitarian Universalists. We pride ourselves on being skeptics, on being analytical and scientific - we are thinking people. All of that is good - and then there comes the time when we need to take the gamble, or get out of the game! 
In honor of St. Patrick's Day and "the luck of the Irish," the Adult Choir offers beautiful Irish music today. 
Build 2020 Capital Campaign and 
2017-18 Annual  Pledge Drive

 
Build the Vision Update: We are witnessing a generous response to our Build the Vision Campaign. To all who have responded, a most heartfelt THANK YOU.  Thank you for your faithful support of our congregation through this campaign. We are now looking to have all of the pledge forms returned. If you have not returned your pledge form, please mail your form to the church office or bring it to the worship services next weekend.  We are grateful for whatever you can give to this campaign. Please give what you can, from your heart. If you need another pledge form, please contact Vicki Banville at (262) 782-3535 or vickib@uucw.org.  

If you need a pledge form, you can download one at the link below, and mail it to UUCW, 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI  53005

FOR NEWCOMERS -- UU ORIENTATION CLASS
Sundays, March 26, April 2, April 9, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about Unitarian Universalist Church West? Think you might want to join the church, but need more information? Join us at the three-session UU Orientation class to learn more about the congregation, meet other newcomers, and find out how to get connected. Registration forms are at the Welcome Table. You can also register by contacting Rev Joyce Palmer  via the church office with questions.  Childcare available upon request. Bring a lunch if you like, light refreshments provided. 
Living Our Values values
Register Now:
RACIAL JUSTICE: THE COURAGE TO ACT 
Saturday, April 1, 8:30-4 p.m., Alverno College

Register now for this exciting workshop featuring UU racial justice activist and educator Chris Crass.  Focus is on overcoming our fears and building our skills to move forward with courage for our work in support of Black Lives Matter.   Organized and sponsored by BLM2WUU (Black Lives Matter to WI UUs - which includes UUCW) with a dazzling array of community partners. Breakout sessions with a variety of local groups active in anti-racism work, including one led by Rev. Suzelle Lynch.   Cost: Early Bird 'til 3/15 - $20 Adult; $10 Student/Youth.  Don't wait to register -- Space is limited and tickets are going fast. 

More information is available at the registration link or via the Social Action Council Table every Sunday.
CORE/ EL CENTRO, SPLIT-THE-PLATE RECIPIENT FOR MARCH:

CORE/El Centro, a non-profit organization located in Walker's Point on Milwaukee's south side, offers wellness services in Spanish and English. CORE/El Centro offers a wide range of natural healing services  (acupuncture, massage therapy and body work; gardening and nutrition programs; children's wellness; social change through community health advocacy; and movement classes)  for individuals, weaving aliveness, compassion, respect and joy into all of its programming.  Please give generously! 
SUSSEX FOOD PANTRY, MARCH FOOD PANTRY RECIPIENT: 
The March non-perishable food collection will go to the Sussex Food Pantry. Sussex is a small suburb northwest of Milwaukee. Please be generous. Current needs include: 
  • Pasta - bow ties, shells, and spaghetti
  • Rice sides - flavored rice
  • Pasta sides - flavored pastas
  • Cereal
  • Beef broth
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned mandarin oranges
Your contributions for the less fortunate are much appreciated. For more information or to suggest future food drive recipients, contact Ellen Newbauer or Melanie Weston via the church office .
RENEWING HOPE - INTERFAITH EARTH NETWORK 
OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, March 19, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Riverside Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park at 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee

Join the UUCW Earth Ministry Team in celebrating the Interfaith Earth Network's 10th anniversary. Visit the UUCW Earth Ministry table where we showcase the actions taken by our church. You can also meet dozens of community organizations who offer inspiration and practical ideas on a wide range of environmental and sustainability topics. Enjoy dynamic workshops, delicious sustainable refreshments, family-friendly activities, and more. For more information contact Almuth Soffee  via the church office.
KITCHEN GADGETS AND CANNING JARS ROTATION
Sunday March 26

This month Earth Ministry hopes you will continue the habit of decluttering and recycling by bring kitchen gadgets and canning jars to the Community Room on Sunday, March 26 before each service. Suggestions for gadgets are mortar and pestles, grinders, choppers, potato peelers, bread makers, crock pots, pressure cookers, Bundt cake pans. Everyone is welcome to browse and take what you can use.  Contact Helen Klimowicz  via the church office with questions. 
COMMON GROUND
Sunday March 26, 12:30 p.m. at UUCW

On Sunday, March 26, following the second Religious Service, join the UUCW Common Ground Core team in room UL5 to deliberate about our role in shaping the future of Milwaukee/Waukesha.  With the current assault on democracy, what do we do differently and what do we continue.  Where can we most effectively focus our attention and energy?  This is something we need to discuss together. UUCW Common Ground Core Team Leaders, Sue Schalig, Ann Heidkamp, Mary Lynn Robinson, Joyce Cable  and Dennis Briley are listening.
UUCW COMMON GROUND GUN SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Common Ground's DO NOT STAND IDLY BY campaign is asking people to read and consider signing a petition that would ask the U.S. Secretary of Education to compile data on campus gun policies and to make that information available to prosepective students. To read the full petition and sign, please go to Sign petition
MADISON ACTION DAY
Thursday, March 30

The Social Action Council, in collaboration with the SOPHIA organization, encourages you to register for Madison Action Day. Join over 800 WISDOM leaders from across Wisconsin at the State Capitol to advocate and educate legislators about issues in the proposed state budget, including criminal justice reform, public transit and immigration! Details and registration are at http://wisdommadisonactio.wixsite.com/mysite Cost: $25.00 for lunch and materials; $10 for the Bus. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Barbara Pfarr  via the church office.
Church Life church
EASTER FLOWERS FOR CHANCEL TABLE

Help create a beautiful Easter morning symbol of spring and rebirth at UUCW by purchasing spring flowering bulbs.  The chancel table team will do the shopping and assemble a beautiful chancel table for April 16th, Easter Sunday-then you may take the flowering plant home after the second service. The cost of a potted plant is $12.00 for daffodils, tulips or hyacinths or $19.00 for an azalea. Contact Melanie Weston   via the church office   no later than April 4th. Please specify your plant preference. Let Melanie know if you would like your plant to be recognized in the order of service in honor of someone special. Checks payable to UUCW can be dropped in the Worship Ministry Team mailbox.
NEXT SUNDAY:   
"Holding on and Letting Go" 

Sunday, March 26, 2017
9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
With Rev. Suzelle Lynch

The challenge is always before us - when to hold on, and when to let go? We know that all growth involves change, and yet it is our human nature to prefer the comfort of the known. Today we explore this paradox in keeping with our Soul Matters theme, "We Are a Risk-Taking Community." Children's Choir sings today for Worship for All Ages! It's also "Choose the Music Sunday," purchased at last November's LEGENDARY Auction by Christopher Zamzow. Look forward to out-of-the-ordinary musical offerings today!
 



FOR THE FUTURE VIDEO:  You won't want to miss the inspiring Build the Vision video that debuted last Sunday!  It is available on YouTube -- just click the picture to the right!   
NEXT CHILDREN'S CHOIR REHEARSAL 
Sunday, March 19 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Please contact Lead Music Director Jennifer Nicolosi via the church office for more information.
ART AND THE UUNITY CIRCLE OF WRITERS
Sunday, March 19 
UUCW Community Room

The UUnity Circle of Writers will present Art and Poetry in the Community Room during coffee hour.  Nicole Taylor, a member of the group, is a painter and a writer.  Six of her paintings will be on display along with poetry written in response to her images.  Please join us for coffee, sweets, and conversation with our creative writers.
Photo of the Week church
  

 "Wall of Protest" One of the many activities during our Pledge Day , March 12 was making colorful protest signs!
Fellowship and Learning church
QUICK GUIDE TO THIS WEEK'S GROUPS: ALL ARE WELCOME!   
  • 3/20 Tap Roots: 7:00 p.m. The Silver Spur, 13275 Watertown Plank Rd.
  • 3/22 Social Action Meeting: 7:00 p.m. At UUCW
  • 3/23 West Wind Mailing Crew: 9:30 a.m.
  • 3/23 Meditation Group: Available time slots: 4:30, 5:30, or 6:30 p.m. Group meets every Thursday. Open to beginners.
  • 3/23 Board Meeting
  • 3/25 Earth Ministry Movie & Pizza: 3:30 p.m. Before The Flood  
TAP ROOTS: A PUB SPIRITUALITY GROUP MEETING
Monday, March 20, 7 p.m.
The Silver Spur, 13275 W Watertown Plank Rd.

"Risk,Safety and Spirituality" is the topic for our next gathering. Sometimes we grow by stepping out or into something, sometimes it is a time for consolidation or refuge. Where are you now in your journey? This convivial drop-in affinity group is for anyone, member and non-member alike, who likes dialog, not debate, over deeper philosophical, ethical and theological issues. Take a risk and join us at The Silver Spur, 13275 W Watertown Plank Rd. Plenty of parking in the rear. RSVP's unnecessary but appreciated to Jim Gerber  via the church office  
DUUVERSITY THEATER
Grounded by George Brant
Sunday, April 2, 2:00 p.m.

Grounded by George Brant will be the DUUversity Theater group's final play for the 2016-17 season.  Join us on Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stiemke Studio at the Milwaukee Rep Theater and then we will meet afterwards at a local restaurant to eat and discuss the play.   An ace fighter pilot finds herself grounded when she returns from maternity leave.  Instead she is flying drones and dropping bombs on enemy combatants in Afghanistan from an air conditioned trailer in Las Vegas.  This is a gripping, ripped-from-the headlines new play that explores the dilemma and stress of hunting terrorists by day and being a mother by night. Purchase your own tickets by calling (414)224-9490 or visiting tickets@milwaukeerep.com.  Contact Kristin Fewel   via the church office  to car pool and for supper reservations.   
BEFORE THE FLOOD: EARTH MINISTRY MOVIE NIGHT AT UUCW
Saturday, March 25, 3:30 p.m.

Join our congregational community for this special film showing followed by pizza and discussion. Before the Flood is a heartfelt educational documentary about climate change - perhaps the most important issue of our time. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film outlines a three-year journey to visit every corner of the globe to observe the impacts of climate change and question humanity's role in creating and reversing this problem. 
ENGAGE WITH A WIDER CIRCLE OF UUs:  

 MidAmerica UU Regional Assembly 2017:   Registration is now open for Regional Assembly 2017, April 28-30 in Oak Brook, Illinois.  The Rev. Dr. Lee Barker, President and Professor of Ministry at Meadville-Lombard Theological School will be the Keynote speaker addressing the topic "To Multi-faith: A Verb." Early bird registration deadline is April 6. To register or learn more, please visit http://www.midamericauua.org/events/regional-assembly/2604-regional-assembly-2017.

General Assembly (GA) 2017:  Will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-25. The GA is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend. Registration opens March 1. To register or learn more, please visit http://www.uua.org/ga
Monthly Newsletter: March 2017

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