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UU Church West E-News

Sunday, December 10, 2023 - 10:00 AM CT

"Music, Mystery and Meaning"


Rev. Julie Stoneberg and

Ruben Piirainen, Music Director

Mystery can open our hearts, renew our spirits, and transform our lives. In the presence of beautiful music and singing, let us come together to celebrate the gifts of mystery! Featuring music by the UUCW Adult Choir, the UUCW Philharmonic, and more! Invite your friends for a marvelous experience of how Unitarian Universalists celebrate the season.


Today we offer a group multi-age religious education experience for grades 4K through 8. Childcare starts at 9:45 am. Children are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary during the service.


The Board of Trustees Meeting

will be held earlier than usual

due to the upcoming holidays.

TUESDAY, December 19th at 7 pm


or online - Zoom Link:

 Everyone is welcome to attend.

A UUCW Financial Update

from our Treasurer

Leslie Peterson

At the end of October, we reached the halfway point in the fiscal year, which began May 1st, 2023, and will end on April 30th, 2024.

Before reporting financial results to date, let’s look back at the important financial goals for the year.


Multigenerational Christmas Choir

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve at 10 am

We’re putting together a festive all-ages group of voices for our morning Christmas Eve service.

You do not need to know how to read music to be in this choir! Bring your kids or your grandkids or your neighbors or just yourselves! There is a place for everyone in this choir. There will be two rehearsals prior to the service: Tuesday, December 12, and Tuesday, December 19, both at 6 pm.

If interested, contact Ruben Piirainen.

Join the Solstice Singers!

Dec. 21 - Winter Solstice service

at 7 pm

You’ve seen this small group of singers leading chants and special music at our EarthSpirit services. Give it a try for this year’s Winter Solstice service.

There will be two rehearsals prior to the service: Tuesday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 19, both at 7 pm.

If interested, please contact Ruben Piirainen.

Blue Holiday Vespers

Thursday, December 14th

7 - 8:30 pm

For some of us, the holidays are a time of quiet despair and deep sadness. We struggle to feel the “cheer” or simply can never find joy at this time of year. Life isn’t always magical, and miracles aren’t guaranteed. In a gentle ritual and in the loving embrace of others, let’s name what we are carrying and lay it down on the altar of community. Music performed by Ruben Piirain.


Holiday Giving Tree Highlights

"Allies for Teens in Foster Care"

Religious Education youth decorated this year's Holiday Giving Tree in the East Foyer. The deadline for bringing gifts for Allies for Teens in Foster Care is this Sunday, Dec 10.

If you were unable to take a tree tag last Sunday, click below for a list of the most appreciated items. Gift items brought to the church after the deadline will still be distributed to the teens, just not before Christmas. Thank you!


Engagement Campaign Phase Two

Phase Two of UUCW's Engagement Campaign enables you to share the skills and interests you might offer the church and those you wish to explore through church activities. Recently, members and active church participants were invited via email to update a Skills and Interests Profile in Realm. 

If you have questions about completing your profile in Realm, please visit the Skills and Interests Table in the Community Room after services. Members of the Engagement Team will help you to log in and update your skills and interests. You can also fill out a skills and interests profile on paper. If you have any questions, contact Vicki Banville.

You Can Help Your Community Become Plastic Free

As we near the holiday gift-giving season, Karen Zimmerman and the rest of the Earth Ministry Team encourage members to consider alternative gift-giving. 

Donating to a charitable organization on the gift recipient's behalf is a great way to show you care about them ... and our Earth.


Congratulations to Winners of the Earth Ministry

Eco-friendly Gift Raffle!

Jerry Kashmerick won a basket which included 2 lunchbox napkins, a silicone card holder, a shampoo bar, a wooden comb, dental floss in a recyclable box, The Better World Shopping Guide, and EWG’s guide to healthy cleaning.


Gen Daniels won a 3-piece set of shopping bags, a bamboo toothbrush, a small Yeti cup, EWG’s guide to decoding labels, the list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 produce, and The Better World Shopping Guide.

Why We Cannot Turn Away 

December 9th, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This event has been rescheduled from its original Nov. 18 date. A potluck lunch will follow for any wishing to continue the conversation informally.

Let's gather to watch an excellent webinar created by the help us deepen our understanding of truth and possibility. This event is for those who want to take a deep dive, and who are willing/able to take the time to reflect and to dialogue. This is not a public event.


Join the Welcome Team!

You can bring joy to folks just by making and serving coffee! COFFEE SIGN-UP

You can help make our church a welcoming place. GREETER SIGN-UP

Ushers are a core element of our in-person worship. USHER SIGN-UP

Greet and answer questions for our visitors. NEWCOMER TABLE SIGN-UP

If you or someone you know needs Pastoral Care, contact Rev. Julie or the Lay Pastoral Care Team.

Enter your Joy or Concern with the link below and choose whether you'd like them shared in the e-news or shared privately with Rev. Julie.



The December Donation Rotation was a success!

Members of the Earth Ministry Team carefully organized all the items for after-service shopping. Thank you!

Next Month: Keep busy this winter — refresh your selection of games, puzzles, videos, crafting/hobby items, sewing/knitting/crocheting notions & and materials by coming to Earth Ministry’s next Donation Rotation on Sunday, January 7.

UUCW Supports the

Kinship Community Food Center

for December

Kinship Community Center engages volunteers and community residents to end hunger, isolation, and poverty.



New Peer Caregiver Support Group starts December 12th

With the intent to support UUCW caregivers who are gifted with caring for another's life, a 'Peer Caregiver Support Group' is offered to strengthen ourselves so we can provide positive support for our loved ones in need. 

Gatherings will be held at 1 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays beginning Dec 12 and Dec 26 in room UL5. If this

relates in your life, please reach out with comments or questions to Mary Ross or Susan Swearingen

PieceMakers Schedule Change

The PieceMakers quilting group has canceled their December meeting but they look forward to seeing you after the holidays.

Saturday, January 13th - 10 am

All ages and levels of sewers and quilters are welcome. Contact Carolyn Lawrence for more information.

Join the Twisted Stitchers on December 9th and 16th at 1 pm

Interested in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, rug making, or any other craft that requires a chair, table, good light, and friendly company? Join us at Twisted Stitchers for discussion and fun. And just sitting and enjoying the company is OK as well!

We always welcome new crafters too.

Questions or comments? Call Carol Trinastic or Jeannie Baker.

The Wednesday Night Book Group

The book group will be meeting on December 13 at 7 pm on Zoom only and rather than discussing a book, they will be selecting the reading calendar for 2024.

We welcome new and potential group members to join us for the meeting.

Contact Patti Ulwelling for the Zoom link.

Reconsidering Resurrection

for Today

All are welcome to the second presentation and discussion in Topics in Liberal Christian Thought to be held at UUCW on Thursday, December 14th at 10:30 am in Room UL5. The topic for this discussion is Reconsidering Resurrection for Today. Join us as we look at spiritual understandings of The Resurrection in light of more current scholarship.


From Age-ing to Sage-ing

1-3pm every other Monday

starting Jan. 8

Those interested in deepening their understanding of aging and spiritual elderhood are invited to sign up for this eight-session Adult Religious Education program, to be held in person at UUCW.

Participants will explore their life journeys and elder consciousness through discussions of various chapters of rabbi Schachter-Shalomi’s book From Age-ing to Sage-ing.


Gr. 7-9 OWL: Coming Soon!

UUCW invites you to register eligible youth for Our Whole Lives, the UUA’s comprehensive sexuality education program. Facilitators from UUCW and LCUUC will lead weekly Sunday classes from 5:30-8 pm at United UU Congregation in Waukesha beginning Feb. 14. Prior to that, please note the following:

Jan. 14, 1:30 pm: Parent Orientation

Feb. 3, 6 pm: Student “Kick-off”, with games & pizza


Join "Afterthoughts,"

the small-group discussion

held after the service in UL4.

Grab a coffee and head to UL4. to reflect on the morning service with others. Discussion prompts are posted on the room's bulletin board.

CommUUnity Connections provides a helping hand to support members of the church community in times of need.

Nora Vrakas is the CommUUnity Connections coordinator for December.


Beyond UU Church West

Click below for community events and resources from outside our church that align with our UU values and may be of interest to members and friends.



A small but mighty team of decorators gathered last week to bring the holiday spirit to UUCW's foyer and Sanctuary. Team members included (l to r) Colleen Gresk, Hank Kulesza, Karen Zimmerman, Laurie Boddie, Irene Heideman, and Kelly Bognar.


Next Sunday, December 17, 2023 - 10:00 AM CT

"Love is Our Religion"

Pulpit Guest: Rev. Charley Earp

Worship Leader: Eileen Gleeson

Our pulpit guest Rev Charley will reflect on the new provisional covenant and its declaration that love is at the center of all we do as Unitarian Universalists.

Kaleidoscope will perform harmonious music.

About our Guest: Rev Charley Earp lives in Evanston with his wife. He is currently serving as a resident chaplain with Edward Elmhurst Hospital. He was ordained in 2021 by the Unitarian Church of Quincy and the Peoples Church of Chicago.

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