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This Sunday, April 4, 2021 - 10:00 AM
"Easter Awakenings"
Rev. Suzelle Lynch and
Rev. Caitlin Coillberg

For Easter, the Sunday Unitarian Universalist Church West and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, WV will join together for an all-ages-welcome service! Join Rev. Caitlin and Rev. Suzelle for stories, songs, and meaning making as we explore what inspiration this holiday holds for us in a year that has already been so full of turmoil. What will we awaken to this Easter? Special Music from the UUCW Adult Choir today!
CHURCH LIFE
If you have an anecdote or story about Rightie you'd like to have shared during the memorial service, please email your thoughts to Rev. Suzelle.
Remembering
Rightie Pappenheim

An in-person memorial service for UUCW member Rightie Pappenheim will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 2 pm at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home, 10121 W North Ave, Wauwatosa. Rev. Suzelle Lynch will lead the service. More details will follow about social distancing and masking requirements, and the possibility of an online option.  
 
Notes of sympathy and caring to Rightie's family, including her son John Pappenheim, and step-daughters Carol Masslich and Dianne Haas can be sent to Greg Masslich, 1148 Bobolink Ave. Grafton, WI 53024.
Envisioning the Future for Religious Education

A message from
Dave Cicero,
Director of Lifespan
Religious Education
You're Invited to the
RE Council Meeting
Monday, April 5 at 6:30 pm

UUCW’s Religious Education programs rely on the cooperative volunteer efforts of participating families and adults. As our times (and the seasons) change, so does RE’s structure and delivery. All interested in helping shape that experience (for children, youth, and adults) should please contact Dave Cicero by April 2 to be part of planning for Summer ’21 and the 2021-2022 church year.
Can you type?
The UUA General Assembly planners are in need of some assistance. Volunteers are needed to view some of the program videos that are being created to let the whole UU-niverse know about our Milwaukee area, and, as they view, transcribe the spoken words on these videos into captions that will be used during the General Assembly in June.

A few videos are available NOW, and Elizabeth Lentini, of First Unitarian Society in Milwaukee, is the volunteer coordinator. Captions need to be captured by April 23. If you are able to help or have questions, contact Elizabeth Lentini.
Embracing Each Other – Embracing Our Future
Pledges of $346,448 Are In -
Thank You!
Each year we ask every member and friend of UUCW to make a financial pledge to keep the church running for the next fiscal year (begins May 1). We are on our way to meeting our pledge goal of $430,000 this year – but 58 pledging households are still outstanding.

It’s easy to pledge via postal mail, e-mail to uucw@uucw.org, call to 262-782-3535, or online, for those who are registered in our REALM database.
Need some inspiration?

UUCW is grateful to have a member who donates hours of their time and talent to our church. Click below to find out who it is and how they have been keeping busy during this pandemic year.
Thank you for
embracing UUCW with
your generous support!
Nominate an individual for the
2020-2021 Trustee Awards
before it's too late!

Each year awards are given to members who took action exhibiting excellence, initiative, and commitment or who enhanced the life of the congregation through a project or over time. The submission deadline is April 11th.
Sign up to save a life.

UUCW Blood Drive
Wednesday, May 12
1 pm – 6 pm

All donations are tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Plasma from antibody-positive donations may help current coronavirus patients in need.
Share Joys & Concerns in Tuesday's Spirit Lifter

Enter your Joy or Concern with the link below and choose whether you'd like them shared in Tuesday's Spirit Lifter email message or shared privately with Rev. Suzelle.
LIVING OUR VALUES
April & May Donations Support the Menomonee Falls Pantry

Sadie Sveum will accept food on her porch in Wauwatosa. Contact Sadie for her exact address. Thank you to Dave Herrewig who will deliver the food to the pantry.

You can also take food directly to the Memnomee Fall Food Pantry located at N85W15382 Menomonee River Pkwy. Donations can be left in the small room near the front door. The pantry will receive a $200 check from the Social Action Committee.
The Earth Ministry Team invites you to
Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s Annual River Cleanup
Saturday, April 24th
Starting at 9 am

Picking up litter is a great way to help protect our waterways and the ecosystems they support. It’s a fun activity for individuals, groups, or families.
You're Invited to
Virtual Madison Action Day
Thursday, April 15th

UUCW has always sent a contingent of members to WISDOM's informative and enjoyable Madison Action Day every two years to lobby our state legislators on issues related to social and racial justice in the proposed biennial budget. This year the event will be virtual - let's see if that allows even more of us to attend.
April Split the Plate Supports Hope Center of Waukesha

Hope Center of Waukesha has been providing the basic needs of financial assistance, food, clothing, and appliances in Waukesha County for more than thirty years. Client Dick was in need of support at a crucial time in his life. Hope Center was there to care and help make a difference.
FELLOWSHIP & LEARNING
Gen UU is back!
Let's reconnect (and newcomers always welcome!) and share how the latest season has been treating us. Also, join to hear about exciting opportunities for young adults (18 - 35-year-olds) within our UUCW community as well as within the larger UU world!

Sunday, April 18th at 12 pm noon

Contact Chelsey Nesbit by Friday 4/16 to RSVP, get the zoom link, or ask any questions!
Straw Bale Gardening Class
Saturday, April 17th - 1:00 pm

Are you having struggles growing a garden in your backyard? Do you hate to fight the weeds? No worries, there’s another way to grow your vegetables or improve your flowerbed, without weeds.

Join Julie Toman in her Waukesha backyard garden to learn all the tricks and how-tos of straw bale growing.
Spring UUCW Story Hike
The Wind and the Sun is now posted along a trail on the “East Property”. All ages can enjoy this “outdoor” fable safely with others from their household. (Otherwise please respect others’ space and wear masks.) The trailhead is at the SE corner of the east parking lot, where you will find a map and other assorted “wind” and “sun” goodies.

Questions? Contact Dave Cicero, DLRE. Send photos of your story adventure to Kelly Bognar.
Join Us for a Book Discussion!

Great Books Group:
The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Monday, April 12 at 10 am
contact Sue Morgan for the Zoom link

Wednesday Night Book Group:
The Dalai Lama’s Cat
by David Michie
Wednesday, April 14 at 7 pm
contact Kathy Schwei for the link
Men's Breakfast Group
Tuesday, April 13 at 8:00 am

Join the conversation on
current events, religious philosophy, good movies,
vacation spots, seminal books, and more. Contact Jerry Kashmerick to receive a Zoom meeting link.
Online UUCW Chair Yoga 
Tuesdays at 10 am
Led by Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings
Classes run through the summer!

A new month brings a new opportunity for self-care and connection – of mind to body, and of you to fellow practitioners. Cost: $10/session or $35/month (up to 4 sessions) or $75/10 sessions (no time limit).

More info and registration HERE.
Questions? Contact Dave Cicero, DLRE. 
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Thank you to the UUCW crew who volunteered to distribute food for the Waukesha Food Pantry at Burleigh Elementary School on March 26th. Participants were Andy and Nora Vrakas, Eric Hoaglund, Ann Heidkamp, Lisa Larson, Melinda Stuart, her sister Amy Moritz and her husband Mike Moritz. The event was sponsored by BEGIN and Elmbrook School District.  
Next Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 10:00 AM
"A Conversion Conversation –
How Do We Become Unitarian Universalists?"
Rev. Suzelle Lynch

Unitarian Universalism has often been called “a religion of converts” because something like 90% of our members were raised in non-UU faith communities, or in non-religious households. But few of us feel like we were converted to this faith in the stereotypical sense of being “struck by lightning” or “called by God.” And there’s a difference between “going to the UU church” and “being a UU.” Let’s chat today about the splendors and sputters of conversion.
Come as you are - leave inspired!