THE WEEK AHEAD
Sunday, July 21 Family & Children's Center Service Project: Cookie & Cupcake Decorating
THE MONTH AHEAD
Sunday, July 28 – "With Great Freedom Comes Great Responsibility" Amanda Strosahl
Sunday, August 4 – "What I Learned About Prayer Being Raised by Humanists" – Ann Tyndall
Sunday, August 11 – "Praying with the Buddha and His Sons and Daughters" – Ann Tyndall
Sunday, August 18 – "Living On a Prayer" – Rev. Krista Taves
Sunday, August 25 – Annual Great River Folk Fest Service feat. Johnsmith
In keeping with our Fellowship’s mission recognizing the importance of community service, service on July 21st will be decorating cupcakes and cookies that are destined for delivery to the Family and Children’s Center in La Crosse. This will be a finger-licking good opportunity to put on your artist smocks and decorate cupcakes and sugar cookies. Some light baking will take place in our beloved coffee prep area.  The Family & Children's Center "services children, families and individuals with a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being. There will be a short devotional period prior to preparation. No need to sign up, simply show up for service and we will give you a task!
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.
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 Connections 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
Summer Special Collection
The Special Collection for June, July, and August will be for the harvesting of "seed money" for our annual congregational project. Between now and June 2020, this congregation will be partnering with the fabulous Kane Street Garden, as part of our initiative on social and environmental justice. Money for supplies is needed by our Social Justice Team. Place cash in the specially-marked envelopes, or write a check to "UU La Crosse" with the words "Kane Street" on the memo line.
 UU La Crosse is a 501 c(3) organization.
Past Service Recordings
Past services 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


UU La Crosse is Hiring!
Religious Education (RE) Teacher
$15.00 per hour

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse is looking for a caring and energetic candidate to teach children from Kindergarten to second grade in our RE classrooms on Sunday mornings. This position is from 9:30am to 11:30am for a total of 13 Sundays. This position is from September - December 2019, with the
potential to renew in January.

Please send your cover letter, resume, application form and references to officeadmin@uulacrosse.org. Applications received by July 30, 2019 will be given priority.

Annual Rock and Water Ceremony
September 8th, 2019

Please note that we again will incorporate our traditional Rock and Water Ceremony into our 08-Sep-2019 Sunday service. The tradition of a Water Ceremony was started in 1980 by two UU’s (Carolyn McDade and Lucile Schuck Longview) as a means to honor our connectedness to one another, all life, and our planet. For our Fellowship, this ritual has expanded to includes rocks. 
All participants are encouraged bring rocks or water from locations that hold special meaning. Rocks and water function as metaphors for our connectedness to those places on this planet to which individuals feel a special bond. Through this service, we strive to deepen the meaning of our 7th principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Latest Update from the Visioning Team (Mid-July 2019)

The Visioning Team has been actively collecting and collating data regarding the hopes and dreams of the Fellowship for the last several months. We are now synthesizing the data. We have identified 10 themes from the data regarding what people want the fellowship to feel/look/be in five years. We will use these to develop both a Vision and a Mission Statement. Below are the themes. Check them out. And let us know what you think. 

1) Feels welcoming, engaging, enthusiastic, connected, safe, dynamic, and relaxed
2) More diversity in attendees (age/economics/LGBTQ/ethnicity/education/spiritual
beliefs)
3) Community activism/belief into action
4) Proudly known in community for our gifts and message
5) Multigenerational and challenging Religious Education and small group
6) Engage with Community Partners
7) Professional leadership; various alternatives
8) Flexible physical space
9) Develop a stronger identity
10) Internal and external SERVICE
Summer Update for Collection Basket Aiding Those in the La Crosse Area

Here’s a list of items which are most needed at this time for folks experiencing home insecurity in our community:
Men’s T-shirts
Socks for women and men
Motel-sized hygiene items
New underwear for women and men

These items are needed for New Horizons’ Boutique (free items for clients):
Full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner
Full-sized tubes of toothpaste
Razors and deodorant
Toilet paper and cleaning supplies
Stay Updated with La Crosse's 'Waking Up White' Regional Learning Collaborative & White Privilege Symposium

Read the book "Waking Up White" by Debby Irving, join in on small group community conversations and attend guest speaker events leading up to the 2020 White Privilege Symposium in La Crosse.

Find details on their website: https://www.laxwakingupwhite.com/


Thanks to WKBT and WXOW for covering the ongoing projects in the La Crosse area fighting against systemic racism, involving UU La Crosse's Social & Environmental Justice Team, SURJ and other area groups as a part of the 2020 Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative. Catch the articles below:

Interested in Helping 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 at outreach@uulacrosse.org or Jen Miller at jen@uulacrosse.org for more information.
COMMUNITY EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Great River Folk Fest Looking for Volunteers
Friday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 25th
Riverside Park, La Crosse

I am excited to let you know that the 2019 Great River Folk Festival is ramping up, and that means that we will be in need of volunteers like you to pull it off! 

New for 2019: If you sign up by Monday August 5th as a volunteer you will receive an official 2019 GRFF t-shirt. We can't pull it off without you, and your support is greatly appreciated. Look for the Sign-up Genius link on our web site . Signing up only takes a few minutes, and you can lock down your favorite job and shift.

-David Boen, Volunteer Coordinator
Square Dances at Boothill Pub - Every 4th Tuesday of the Month
NEXT DANCE: July 23rd, 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 July and bring your friends! 

UPCOMING SERVICES
Sunday, July 28 – "With Great Freedom Comes Great Responsibility"
Amanda Strosahl

Freedom comes with responsibility. According to David Gerrold,"Freedom is not about being comfortable. It's about seizing and using opportunities, and using them responsibly. Freedom is not comfort. It's commitment. Commitment is the willingness to be uncomfortable." How do our commitments to freedom make us uncomfortable? How do we live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others?

Amanda Strosahl has been a member of UU Fellowship of La Crosse for over 10 years. She is an active member of Beloved Conversations Opposing Racism which is a group that started within our fellowship in response to the need to "wake up" to racial injustices.

Sunday, August 4 – "What I Learned About Prayer Being Raised by Humanists" – Ann Tyndall
I was raised in the midst of the golden age of humanism in post war (that’s WWII) Unitarian Universalism. Boy was I surprised when, as a young UU minister, I discovered a capacity for (humanist) prayer. Thanks to my parishioners who challenged me, I explored this innate urge more deeply and came to articulate it more clearly. I look forward to sharing some of my journey with you.

Ann Tyndall served as a Unitarian Universalist parish minister for 23 years, and for the past 16 years has been practicing Shambhala Buddhism. Ann and her partner Barbara moved to La Crosse when Gundersen hired Ann to be a chaplain in the Spiritual Care Department. In June she began working as a system wide bereavement coordinator for the Resolve Through Sharing bereavement program at Gundersen. She also enjoys the opportunity to do more teaching at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Minneapolis where she is a member.

Sunday, August 11 – "Praying with the Buddha and His Sons and Daughters"
Ann Tyndall

In keeping with this month’s exploration of prayer, I offer a Buddhist teaching on 3 practices: mindfulness-awareness, loving-kindness, and tingle. Periods of practice will be woven through the teaching. The Buddha was clear about our capacity to awaken to our innate nature of openness, compassion and wisdom. Burt he told his students — in my words — “Hey! Don’t take my word for it! Try it yourself and draw upon your own experience to confirm what I teach.” Bring your curiosity.

Sunday, August 18 – "Living On a Prayer" – Rev. Krista Taves

When 1980s rock band Bon Jovi released their hit single, "Livin' on a Prayer" in 1986, North America had just barely recovered from the early 80s recession. It was clear that the unbridled economic growth that many took for granted after World War 2 was over. With it came new challenges and more of us became aware that we were, indeed, living on a prayer. 

Sunday, August 25 – Annual Great River Folk Fest Service feat. Johnsmith
Riverside Park

This year's service at the Great River Folk Fest will feature a sermon by Rev. Krista Taves and music by Wisconsin artist Johnsmith.

Sunday, September 1 – No Service – Happy Labor Day Weekend!
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

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