THE WEEK AHEAD
Sunday, April 28, 10am " Cultivating a Land Ethic at Home in the Driftless " Melinda Knutson
Monday, April 29, 5:30pm Real Talk, Real Time – JavaVino
Thursday, May 2nd, 6:30pm – "Cakes" UU Women's Study Group – Sanctuary
Saturday, May 4, 9am – UU La Crosse Spring Clean Up
Saturday, May 4, 4pm – UU Movie Night: Daughters of the Dust – Sanctuary
THE MONTH AHEAD
Sunday, May 5, 10am "Persisting for Justice" – Steve Minnema
Sunday, May 5, 11:30am – UU La Crosse Silent Auction & RE Open House
Sunday, May 12, 10am "Mothering: From Mystery to Mastery" – Rev. Krista Taves
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30pm – Uncapped Conversations – JavaVino
Saturday, May 18, 1pm Pathways to UU: An Intro to Unitarian Universalism
Sunday, May 19, 10am – "Faith of a Father: The Mysticism of Norbert Capek and his Flower Communion – Rev. Krista Taves; 11:30 am – Annual Member Meeting & Election – Sanctuary
Sunday, May 26 – No Service
Aldo Leopold wrote about the need for people to adopt a 'land ethic'. What does this mean for those of us who live in the beautiful and bio-diverse landscape of the Driftless Area? Do we consider how our actions are either promoting the beauty and biological diversity of our homes and communities or demoting them? What can Aldo Leopold teach us about living the UU 7th principle? Melinda Knutson will explore Leopold's land ethic. She will show how his writings are Wisconsin signposts, teaching us how we should act if we want to show respect for the interdependent web of all existence. She will share some of her own experiences with treading that path.
Hearing Assistance Available

We have recently purchased a hearing assistance system which consists of receivers with headphones to be used during the service. Please ask our A/V Tech, Giorgia, if you would like some help with this.
Special Collection for April
April is Earth Month, and the April Special Collection will be for the local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby. CCL is a nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization empowering people to experience breakthroughs exercising their personal and political power. The La Crosse chapter is headed by Larry Sleznikow, who took the lead in designing our Fellowship's new website. Please make checks payable to "La Crosse Citizens Climate Lobby" Contributions are not tax-deductible.
Past Service 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


Stop by UU La Crosse's Booth
Earth Fair - Myrick Park
Saturday, April 28th at 11am

UU La Crosse will have a table again at this year's Earth Fair on Sunday, April 28th at Myrick Park from 11am- 5pm. Stop by our table and say hello!
Real Talk Real Time
Monday, April 29th, 5:30pm at JavaVino

Join us for Real Talk, Real Time, where we talk about the real things in life. There's time to order food and drinks at 5:30 with discussion to start around 5:45-6pm. Young adults are welcome to attend and engage in self-exploration through guided discussion.
The theme for April is “Wholeness” RSVP to Giorgia at  youngadult@uulacrosse.org
See the  Facebook Event for more info.



Sign Up for a Visioning Listening Session

YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Share your hopes and dreams for the future of our fellowship. This Sunday is the listening session especially for new members and friends. To sign up contact Cindy Ericksen at cindyericksen@gmail.com .

You may also sign up for future listening sessions after service. These dates include: April 27, May 1, May 10 and May 18. More info on the
Visioning Potluck
DATE AND TIME
05/01/19 6:00pm - 05/01/19 8:00pm

This potluck will be hosted by Laura Moriarty. Email cindyericksen@gmail.com for address info. *Childcare not offered for this session
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"Cakes" UU Women's Study Group
Thursday, May 2nd, 6:30pm

It’s not too late to join in on this classic UU women’s study course. T hemes of the Session Plans are “The Sacred Female,” “In the Name of the Mother and the Daughter,” “Womanpower,” “The First Turning -- From Goddess to God,” and “Reclaiming Women's Heritage of Peace." Sign up on the sheets can be found in the Fellowship coffee area. Email iiverson@uwlax.edu with questions or to RSVP.
UU Spring Clean Up
Saturday, May 4th at 9am
Please join us as we do some spring cleaning at the UU La Crosse building inside and out. Please wear work clothes and bring gloves. Even an hour or two of your time would be very helpful! We will have cleaning supplies, trash bags, and a pickup truck for hauling.
Bring snacks if you’d like. All ages and abilities welcome.
If you have questions please contact David Boen davidboen@bellsouth.net .
Our theme for May is Mystery. “We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often ‘Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.’”  M. Scott Peck
We have chosen Daughters of the Dust to explore the mystery that is lived. Charles Mudede writes that Daughters of the Dust is one of the great films in Black American Cinema. He points out “…the lyrical greatness of  Daughters of the Dust , a film set in a strange time (1902) on a strange island (Georgia's St. Helena Island), and negotiates a strange cultural zone (between black Africa and black America) with a poetry that, though romantic, has anthropological sophistication. Black women are the stars of this work, which has a profoundly (if not surprisingly) American ending. You must watch Daughters because you will not find a film like it anywhere. It's like some rare bird that's not only striking because of its unusual colors but because of the perfection of its form…” 

Come see this beautiful film on Saturday, May 4 at 4 p.m.  Great seats, interesting company and popcorn.
UU La Crosse Silent Auction May 5th

The silent auction is going to be a fun day together; full of food, socializing, and bidding. What a great way to connect with our fellow UUers! We have some amazing, unique, fun, and delicious services and items available. Check them out! 

Additional items not shown here will be present on the day-of. Bidding only occurs on-site, day-of (not online). So come eat, socialize and have fun bidding in person!  

How to Donate  You will want to get in on the fun by donating items too. Simply fill out a donation form which are available at the Fellowship and give it to any stewardship member (Nicole, Celine, Veronica, or Meghan), put in the Stewardship cubby at church, or send in information about the your donated service or item to  stewardship@uulacrosse.org .  We are looking for pictures for the online site. If you have items to drop off, you can do that Saturday, May 4th from noon-4 pm at the fellowship.
Head Downstairs for an RE Open House During the Silent Auction

Ever wondered what the kids are doing in the basement during service? You’re in luck; RE is having an Open House! Join us May 5, after service and along-side the silent auction, until about 1 pm in the basement and nursery spaces. “Ooh and aah” over the kids’ hard work, check out our class spaces, share a yummy treat, make a cool craft and play games. This is the perfect opportunity to bring a friend who might be interested in learning more about UU La Crosse and how our kids are involved. Contact Delena Leon at delena@uulacrosse.org with any questions.
Interested in Getting More Involved?

From social events like Trivia at the Root Note, discussion groups like Real Talk Real Time, volunteering opportunities or signing the Membership Book, our Membership Coordinators would be happy to talk to you about ways you can become more involved in our Fellowship. Donna and Jen can be reached at outreach@uulacrosse.org or reach Jen by phone at 779-861-2655.
Uncapped Conversations
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30pm JavaVino

“Lost in Mystery, Found in Life.” These guided conversations take the spiritual theme of our month and through readings and focusing questions, we examine our own experiences, hopes and dreams. We meet in the private room at Java Vino, order our meals and beverages, and the conversation begins around 6:45 p.m. This is a great way to slow down midweek, catch your breath, share an evening with great people, and leave refreshed. 
Please RSVP revkristataves@gmail.com as space is limited.  
Pathways to UU: An Intro to Unitarian Universalism
Saturday, May 18, 1pm

Pathways to UU is an introduction to Unitarian Universalist history and theology. You will learn more about our Fellowship, including programming, social activities, and social justice commitments. This is an interactive class and there will be many opportunities to share and learn from each other. Let us know if you will be needing childcare.
RSVP (by May 4th, if you need childcare) to Jen at  jen@uulacrosse.org , or call 779-861-2655.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Square Dances Starting at Boothill Pub
4th Tuesday of the Month, 7pm

This is Annake Ramsey - please help spread the word to those who might be interested. When we lived in Viroqua a favorite activity was going to a square dance with great old time music in Viroqua and Gays Mills. Now our favorite square dance callers and musicians are traveling to La Crosse to start a dance community here. This is a great all ages activity!  Here is a video of Tim, who called April’s dance, doing an event in Viroqua. Join us in May and bring your friends! 

UPCOMING SERVICES
Sunday, May 5, 10am – "Persisting for Justice" – Steve Minnema

Rev. Minnema will report on his month long stay in Columbia where he was accompanying various Presbyterians who are advocates for some of the six million displaced persons who lost their lands, their livelihood and their culture to the long years of violence and greed that have created a most unjust situation there. The question is how one persists in pressing for justice when it appears that the powerful hold all the cards.

Steve Minnema received a BA from University of Michigan and MDiv from Harvard and a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. After serving for over 40 years as a Presbyterian minister, her is retired and living in La Crosse with his wife, Dr. Deborah Buffton, who teaches history at UWL and is a member of the UU Fellowship. He has written a book about his ministry called A Small Good Story and Other Tales of a Pastor/Weaver at Work. His papers have included studies in John Calvin, Menno Simons and Lucius Aeneas Seneca. He has taught a number of courses in religious studies and ethics at Viterbo University. Last fall he taught a course on "The Ethical Life of the Consumer."

Sunday, May 12, 10am – "Mothering: From Mystery to Mastery" – Rev. Krista Taves
In the 1800s, Unitarian and Universalist women were at the forefront of 1st wave feminism. They transformed motherhood from a private family matter into a political force to be reckoned with. We will celebrate their successes, own their shortcomings, and draw on their learnings.

Sunday, May 19, 10am – "Faith of a Father: The Mysticism of Norbert Capek and his Flower Communion – Rev. Krista Taves
One of our Unitarian martyrs is Nobert Capek. He began his ministry as a Baptist heretic in Prague, Czechoslovakia, fled into exile to New York City, found himself labeled a heretic within the American Baptist church, and converted to Unitarianism. We will honor his life and witness with the Flower Communion Service that he developed in 1930s Prague. Please bring flowers with you on this Sunday. They can be from your garden or the grocery store. If you can’t bring flowers, don’t worry. We will have enough for everyone!

Sunday, May 26 – No Service

Sunday, June 2 – Bird Walk
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:
Emmy will be available for drop-ins or appointments Thursdays from 10am 1pm .
As usual, email Emmy at officeadmin@uulacrosse.org if you would like to meet outside of office hours or need assistance otherwise.

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