THE WEEK AHEAD
Sunday, 12/30 – N o Service
THE MONTH AHEAD
Sunday, 1/6, 10am "Mystery of Grace" – Amanda Strosahl
Sunday, 1/13, 10am – " Grace Rules" Rev. Krista Taves
Tuesday, 1/15, 6:30pm – Uncapped Conversations – Java Vino
Saturday, 1/19, 1-4pm – Pathways to UU – UU La Crosse
Sunday, 1/21, 10am – " Grace for the Long Haul: MLK Day" Rev. Krista Taves
No Service on Sunday, December 30th
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from UU La Crosse!
Winter Weather Statement
In the event that Sunday services may be canceled due to bad weather (e.g., snowstorm, heavy rain), please check our web site,  www.uulacrosse.org , for any such notification after 8:00AM on Sunday morning. A notification email also may go out, so watch your email inbox. Regardless of any official decision, please consider your local weather conditions and use common sense if you venture out in bad weather.
Special Collection
In December, in addition to gathering gifts for families residing at New Horizons, we will also support the organization with our Special Collection.

New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers was organized in 1978 through the cooperative efforts of an informal group of citizens in the La Crosse area. The Shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide emergency shelter and food to victims of domestic violence, and their children.
Often, when victims come into shelter, they are forced to flee their homes quickly and under great stress, leaving most of their belongings. Through community donations, New Horizons is able to provide families with clothing and personal care items. Other services they provide include: 24 Hour Crisis Line; Outreach Centers; Support Groups; Resource and Legal Advocacy to Youth and Families; Trauma Counseling; Diversity Advocacy; Anti-Human Trafficking; and Community Education & Awareness. Thanks to outside support, New Horizons provided 264 women, children and men with 10,840 nights of shelter.

New Horizons is a 501 c(3) organization. Please place cash in the specially-marked envelopes, or write a check made out to “New Horizons”.
Past Sermon Recordings
Past sermons are available for listening online via our SoundCloud page.
Visit the link below to catch up on Sunday Services from the UUF of La Crosse

2019 Stewardship Campaign Wrapping Up

Time to wrap-up the 2019 Stewardship Campaign, so PLEASE SEND YOUR PLEDGE OR DONATION BY MONDAY, DEC 31 st !
Now is the time for us to finalize our budget in order to plan our programs and inform teams regarding their funding in the new year. WE INVITE EVERYONE TO DONATE!

If you have questions, need your pledge amount from last year, or would like to pledge via email, please contact stewardship@uulacrosse.org . Thanks for making your financial commitment to the UU of La Crosse Fellowship a priority. It is critical as we grow and act on our values in the community and beyond!
Collection Box Needs for Winter

Our fellowship regularly collects items for local homeless centers and shelters, including New Horizons women and children’s shelter and the Franciscan Hospitality House. Current needs for New Horizons and the hospitality house: Women’s and men’s new underwear ; men’s and women’s socks, especially crew socks; undershirts; long-sleeved T-shirts; hoodies; scrubs; towels ; deodorant, razors, toothbrushes; and full-size containers of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion.
Questions? Contact Ellen Severson at EllenQofSheba@gmail.com
UU Guilt-Free Craft Group

The group will be meeting at noon on Sunday, December 16th before the evening service. All are welcome!

Join our Facebook group for updates and information: UU Guilt-Free Craft Group
Rev. Krista's January Visit: January 13 – January 20.

Rev. Krista’s January visit is January 13 – 20. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with her, she would love to hear from you. You can contact her directly at minister@uulacrosse.org.  
Uncapped Conversations: Real Talk in Real Time "Grace as Freedom"
Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30pm – Java Vino

Uncapped Conversations: Real Talk in Real Time. Grace as Freedom. Rev. Krista Taves. January 15, 6:30 p.m. at the private room at Java Vino, State Road, La Crosse. In this open covenant group, we use stories, readings, and guiding questions to explore our own lives in light of the theme of the evening. These conversations are a time to stop, rest, reconnect, and renew.  All are welcome.
Young Adult Unitarian Universalist Group Starting
Friday, January 18th, TBA – Greengrass Cafe

We are starting a Young Adult Unitarian Universalist small group, with the goal of meeting for the first time in February on the UWL campus. If you are a young adult (18-35 or thereabouts!) and would like to be part of making this happen, or would like to be on the contact list, please email  youngadult@uulacrosse.org. We will be meeting monthly at various coffee shops around the university. January’s planning meeting is on Friday the 18th (time TBA) at Greengrass Cafe.
Pathways to UU: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
Saturday, January 19th, 1-4pm – UU La Crosse

Pathways to UU is an intro to Unitarian Universalism with Rev. Krista Taves. If you are new to UU, new to the Fellowship, or simply want a refresher, this three hour interactive exploration of UU history, theology, and congregational life is for you. Find more info on our Facebook Page or RSVP to officeadmin@uulacrosse.org.
UPCOMING SERVICES
Sunday, January 6, 10am – "Mystery of Grace" – Amanda Strosahl
Amanda will explore the statement from Anne Lamott, "I do not understand the mystery of grace-only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us."

Amanda Strosahl has been a member of the fellowship for greater than 10 years. She is an internal medicine physician at Gundersen and is an active seeker finding joy in the little things in life.

Sunday, January 13, 10am – " Grace Rules" Rev. Krista Taves
Poet, essayist and novelist Brian Doyle once wrote, ““Grace is uncontrollable, arbitrary to our senses, apparently unmerited. It's utterly free, ferociously strong, about as mysterious a thing as you could imagine. First rule of grace: grace rules.” Life can be awkward, chaotic, and bruising, so we’ll explore how grace can actually save the day.

Sunday, January 21, 10am – " Grace for the Long Haul: Martin Luther King Sunday" Rev. Krista Taves
The struggle for racial equity in this country continues, with harsh reminders of how strongly the injustices of the past still live with us today. We need to cultivate a mindful resilience so that we can embrace the reality of our history while working towards a justice for today and tomorrow. Grace is one of ways we can do that.

Sunday, January 27, 10am – " Grace and Hospitality" Rick Kyte
Every act of genuine love is an expression of grace. It is a gift. In loving without the desire to possess we find ourselves receiving more than we give. This experience comes to us most frequently in the practice of hospitality. In welcoming the stranger, we find ourselves being welcomed. We find a part of ourselves that had been lost.

Rick Kyte is the Endowed Professor and Director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. Rick writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune titled "The Ethical Life." He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Downtown Rotary Club of La Crosse.
Caregiver is Here to Help!

The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, making an announcement during Joys and Concerns, and/or publicizing your status and needs via the weekly emails. Let us know the level of care you desire.
You may reach the caregiver at caregiver@uulacrosse.org or leave a message at 608.796.9993 (attn: Caregiver)
Notes from the Office

Office Hours:  Tuesdays from 2pm - 5pm & Sunday mornings

Deadlines for Newsletters & Announcements:

Weekly E-news: Giorgia at  brennan.giorgiauu@gmail.com  by 12pm Mondays

Monthly Newsletter: Janis at  jollyjanis22@gmail.com  by 23rd of the month

RE Information: Delena at delena@uulacrosse.org

Order of Service: Emmy at  officeadmin@uulacrosse.org  by 12pm Mondays

All other announcements: Emmy at  officeadmin@uulacrosse.org