THE WEEK AHEAD
Saturday, May 4, 9am – UU La Crosse Spring Clean Up
Saturday, May 4, 4pm – UU Movie Night: Daughters of the Dust – Sanctuary
Sunday, May 5, 10am "Persisting for Justice" – Steve Minnema
Sunday, May 5, 11:30am – UU La Crosse Silent Auction & RE Open House
THE MONTH AHEAD
Sunday, May 12, 10am "Mothering: From Mystery to Mastery" – Rev. Krista Taves
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30pm – Uncapped Conversations – JavaVino
Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm – "Cakes" UU Women's Study Group
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
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, he is retired and living in La Crosse with his wife, Dr. Deborah Buffton, who teaches history at UWL and attends 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."
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



To our Earth Fair tabling volunteers, thank you! We truly appreciate your time and effort representing UU La Crosse.
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.

**Only cash and checks will be accepted as payment, we cannot take credit or debit cards
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.




Two Remaining Opportunities to Share Your Vision for UU La Crosse

There are 2 remaining Visioning sessions. May 12 at the Fellowship, 11:30, after service, with pizza provided, and May 18, 6-8 p.m. at the home of Ingrid and Milo. Please be sure to sign up on the clipboards in the kitchen area or by calling Alice Holstein, 608-787-7412.  These are the last chances to participate; your input matters!  

Visioning Session
LOCATION
UU La Crosse

DATE AND TIME
05/12/19 11:30am - 05/12/19 1:00pm

Share your dreams for the future of UU La Crosse! Pizza will be provided. Contact Alice Holstein with any questions 608-787-7412
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Uncapped Conversations
Tuesday, May 14th, 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.  

"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.
Pathways to UU: An Intro to Unitarian Universalism
Saturday, May 18th, 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 11th, if you need childcare) to Jen at  jen@uulacrosse.org , or call 779-861-2655.
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 11:30am.  
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.
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
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 9 AM for a walk in the marsh
       - followed by a pancake breakfast on site
       - special activities at the Eco-Center for kids or others who 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 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 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!

Sunday, May 26 – No Service

Sunday, June 2 – Bird Walk
The annual UU Fellowship bird walk will be lead by Melinda Knutson. There will be activities for everyone in the family. A pancake breakfast will be offered before and after the walk starting at 8:15 am. Meet in the Ecocenter at Myrick Park.

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
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