THE WEEK AHEAD
Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm – "Cakes" UU Women's Study Group
Saturday, May 18, 1pm Pathways to UU: An Intro to Unitarian Universalism (CANCELLED)
Sunday, May 19, 10am – "Faith of a Father: The Mysticism of Norbert Capek and his Flower Communion – Rev. Krista Taves; 11am – Annual Member Meeting & Election – Sanctuary
THE MONTH AHEAD
Sunday, May 26 – No Service
Sunday, June 2nd, 8:15-10:30am – Pancake Breakfast; 9am Bird Walk – Myrick Park Center
Sunday, June 9, 10am "Stories and Tools for the Healing Heart" – Diana Ensign
Sunday, June 16 "Breaking from the Busy-ness to Find Transcendence" – Rita Koch-Thometz
Sunday, June 23 2018 UUA General Assembly Ware lecture by Brittany Packnett
One of our Unitarian martyrs is Norbert 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!
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 May
May's Special Collection will be for Share the Bounty, a sustainable agriculture and food security program gathering fresh produce from farmers markets, and distributing this healthy food through local food pantries. Share the Bounty trucks the produce it receives to the  Hunger Task Force , which in turn, distributes it to the pantries and directly to consumers on Monday afternoons by the La Crosse Public Library. This program distributes over 30,000 pounds each growing season! Share the Bounty is a program of La Crosse’s interfaith network Compassionate Community Faith Alliance (CCFA).
To contribute, make your check out to “CCFA”.
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




Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spring Clean Up! The front yard is especially looking great. UU La Crosse wouldn't be the same without its wonderful volunteers. Thanks to those of you who sneak in throughout the week to touch up the landscaping, it hasn't gone unnoticed!

Interested in Getting More Involved?

From social events like Trivia at the Root Note, discussion groups like Uncapped Conversations, 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.

"Cakes" UU Women's Study Group
Thursday, May 16th, 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.
Annual Members Meeting & Election Sunday, May 19th After Service

We appreciate all the various ways that different people support our Fellowship! One way to support our Fellowship is to be a "voting member" as defined by our bylaws and standing rules. Voting members are eligible to elect our Board, vote on various Fellowship policies, serve as Team Chairs, and other privileges.
A voting member has done 2 things: 
1.  SIGNED THE MEMBERSHIP BOOK   PRIOR TO THE LAST 30 DAYS 
2.  MADE A CONTRIBUTION OF RECORD (Jan '18 thru today) OF ANY AMOUNT, IN THE CURRENT OR PREVIOUS YEAR.

We want to thank our "voting members" as well as our many guests and friends of the Fellowship for helping us thrive. As always, we hope everyone will attend our Annual Meeting on May 19th at 11am.  
If you don't see your name on the list and feel it should be, please see Emmy Carlson, Donna Bauer, or Jen Miller to make any updates or changes needed in time for our Annual Meeting.


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Congregational Annual Project
At Sunday's Annual Meeting, Social Justice Team will present a proposed Congregational Annual Project. It would renew our partnership with Kane Street Garden. It would involve building an environmental theme into congregational life. We very much want your input on Sunday. We will then ask the congregation for endorsement to move forward on this. 

UU La Crosse Annual Report
Interested in seeing what the teams and others at UU have been up to this past year?
Are You Feeling Like You’d Like to Help Out at the Fellowship?

A great way to do this is to join a Hospitality Team! There are several ways to help out on a Sunday when you are a part of one of these teams: setting up, cleaning up, greeting, counting money, bringing treats, washing towels, or bringing cream for coffee. Some take no time at all, and some are more time intensive. Each team covers the Sundays in one month four times a year. You can choose whatever suits your situation, yet your participation in the well-being of the Fellowship will feel so rewarding. Contact Donna Bauer or Jen Miller at for more information.
Annual Bird Walk & Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, June 2nd at 9am - Myrick Park Center

Join us for UU La Crosse’s Annual Bird Walk led by member Melinda Knutson & Pancake Breakfast. This is one event you don't want to miss!

Meet at the Center for a walk in the Marsh or join in on special activities in the Center for kids or others who prefer not to walk. Pancake breakfast provided starting 8:15am to conclude around 10:30am. Walk will begin at 9am.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Please consider coming to one of the White Privilege Symposium Host Planning Committee Recruitment Meetings next week on Tuesday, May 21st at 5pm or on Wednesday, May 22nd at noon. Both meetings will be held at the La Crosse County Administrative Building lower level auditorium at 212 6th St. N. in La Crosse. See the website laxwakingupwhite.com for more information.
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
Summer Service Schedule

Sunday AM Fellowship will continue through the summer*
Summer is a great time to stay connected to your UU family!
- Bring friends, invite neighbors, remain inspired
- Services will continue to be at 10 AM (NOT 9 AM like last summer)
- Special RE experiences are planned (think Summer Camp!)
- Summer kickoff, June 2 (the one start time exception) meeting at 9AM for the traditional Bird Walk in the marsh
  • meet at Myrick Park Eco-Center at 8:15am for a pancake breakfast, followed by a 9am walk in the marsh.
  • breakfast and special activities will be available until about 10:30am at the Center for kids or others that prefer not to walk
- Look to the e-bulletin for further service schedule details/content
- Summer will culminate with our service at the Folk Fest at Riverside Park, August 25th (time to be announced)
 
* Note: no service on:
       May 26  (Memorial Day weekend)   NO SERVICE
       July 7      (Fourth of July weekend)  NO SERVICE
       September 1 (Labor Day weekend) NO SERVICE
Sunday, May 26 – No Service

Sunday, June 2 – Bird Walk
The annual UU Fellowship bird walk will be lead by Melinda Knutson. Meet at Myrick Park Eco-Center at 8:15am for a pancake breakfast followed by a 9am walk in the marsh. Breakfast and special activities will be available until about 10:30am at the Center for kids and others who prefer not to walk.

Sunday, June 9 – "Stories and Tools for the Healing Heart" – Diana Ensign
Join Diana Ensign for compassionate stories and heartfelt wisdom for handling loss. Her new book, "HEART GUIDE: True Stories of Grief and Healing" is a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Winner. Dianna is an author and speaker focusing on healing, radical compassion and mindfulness.

Diana J. Ensign, JD, is an award-winning author and speaker. Her recent book, "HEART GUIDE: True Stories of Grief and Healing," shares intimate and poignant guidance for those grieving the death of a loved one. HEART GUIDE is a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal Winner. Diana's prior book, "TRAVELING SPIRIT: Daily Tools for Your Life's Journey," provides spiritual tools for dealing with life's challenges. Diana is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator on healing, radical compassion, and mindfulness. She also writes the "Spirituality for Daily Living" blog. Visit her website: www.dianaensign.com

Sunday, June 16 "Breaking from the Busy-ness to Find Transcendence" – Rita Koch-Thometz

Sunday, June 23 2018 UUA General Assembly Ware lecture by Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice. Cited by President Barack Obama as a leader whose “voice is going to be making a difference for years to come,” Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, writer, and speaker. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany has become a sought-after voice in the work of social change and empowerment. A former teacher, policy expert, and nonprofit executive director, Brittany has committed her life and career to justice. She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom.

Recently, Brittany launched Love + Power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society. Brittany was an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media.

Sunday, July 7 No Service
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 for Thursday May 23rd have been cancelled as I will be in Northern MN visiting family. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything or would like to set up a time to meet. I will be working on UU-related work and will be available by email while I'm gone.

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