THE WEEK AHEAD
Sunday, July 7 – No Service Happy 4th of July Weekend!
THE MONTH AHEAD
Sunday, July 14 & July 21 Service Project See Below
Sunday, July 28 – "With Great Freedom Comes Great Responsibility" Amanda Strosahl
No Service July 7th
Please consider joining in volunteering at the Hunger Task Force Share the Bounty event from 8am-2pm at the Farmers' Market at the Onalaska Festival Foods parking lot. During the market and at the close of the Farmers' Market the produce is separated by volunteers, weighed and loaded into a Hunger Task Force truck. Please contact Carla Pena at ctheworldpena@gmail.com or call 608-784-3981 to volunteer.
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


Big and Little Hands Needed for Sunday Services - July 14 and 21

In keeping with our Fellowship’s mission recognizing the importance of community service, service on July 14th will be assembling a simple meal which will be delivered to the Hospitality House to feed around 90 folks. We will be catering only (not serving). There will be a short devotional period prior to preparation. We are asking for several trays of dessert bars for the 14th.

On July 21st, our assignment will be decorating cupcakes and cookies (yum!) that are destined for delivery to the Family and Children’s Center. The July 21 event 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. We also hope to have snacks available for the help on both Sundays, too.

We need some food contributions to make this happen! To get your assignments or express your preference to help, contact Kristie Neve at 608-782-3421 or kristieneve@gmail.com. Get on board early so you’re not stuck pitting cherries. 
July Update from the Visioning Team

The Visioning Team met with 14 Community Collaborators to ask for their opinion of who we are and what they need us to be in the community. Eleven indicated the UU Fellowship is mostly known for our community activism with issues ranging from race relations, to sexuality (OWL), to empowerment. Our group is viewed as educated, empowered, open to all, non-doctrinal, and free to act as a community or issue convener for various causes. A third of those interviewed do not know what we really stand for or could use more information about us. Some groups see us as “small but mighty.”

Eleven of the 14 groups want us to do more partnering and collaboration, including interfaith collaboration, with existing groups and to be a voice for and with the marginalized in our community. They also see a need for social justice outreach and five requested a need for support of their organization, whether by monetary donations, volunteerism or cross-promotion of events and causes. Three of the groups recognized us as a place for individuals who are spiritual but not religious (the Nones) to congregate.

This input will be considered in writing our vision statement and developing the five year plan.
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, 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
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 14 & July 21 – Service Projects at UU La Crosse
See above for more information

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.
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

No Office Hours this week due to the holiday. Please email Emmy at officeadmin@uulacrosse.org if you'd like to make an appointment this week or next. Have a safe and relaxing 4th of July!

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